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Our weekly round-up of the big news stories from the world of movie superheroes…
Warner Bros. gave Batman fans an early Christmas present this past Monday with the online release of the second theatrical trailer for The Dark Knight Rises and – with anticipation for Christopher Nolan’s Gotham swansong reaching fever pitch - it quickly went on to shatter the iTunes record previously held by Marvel’s The Avengers as it amassed a whopping 12.5m views in just 24 hours. The trailer delivered on pretty much every level, giving us a tantalising glimpse at what appears to be some epic action sequences, along with a look at the majority of the cast in action, including Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne / Batman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon), Michael Caine (Alfred), Marion Cotillard (Miranda Tate) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (John Blake), along with a Batman Returns-style introduction to Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle. »
As we know, there is already a Dr Strange movie in the works with a screenplay by Conan duo Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. Although no director has been announced, we have been led to believe that Marvel have a shortlist. So the following excerpt from Spinoffonline's article on the Nycc Venture Bros panel which has a very confident sounding Doc Hammer express his passion and interest in the movie probably won't get him the gig. Still, there are always sequels! Hammer’s dream gig would be to write a Doctor Strange movie, and said he was offended when he wasn’t contacted by Marvel to help write the screenplay making the rounds. “I’ve got notebooks and notebooks of stuff on Doctor Strange,” he said. “I’ve been making that pitch since I was 8 years old. I can walk into a room and go ‘Are you ready for the »
Prepare yourselves for magic! The Sorcerer Supreme himself, Dr. Strange, is no doubt on his way to starring in one of your next favorite Marvel movies, but we at MTV News aren’t the only ones with our sights set on the enigmatic master of the mystic arts.
Stan Lee has long been a proponent of the film's creation, and the character even has Patrick Dempsey practicing his incantations in front of his mirror at home. However the newest fan to join the fray is none other than Doc Hammer of "Venture Bros." fame, who recently spoke at New York Comic Con about his lifelong dream of bringing everybody’s favorite magic slinging surgeon to the big screen.
“I’ve got notebooks and notebooks of stuff on Doctor Strange,” said Hammer, according to Spinoff Online. “I’ve been making that pitch since I was 8 years old. I can walk into »
- Brian Phares
We know a sequel to the dark and violent hit Sin City is in the works, and that Robert Rodriguez will be back behind the camera. And we also know comic book legend Frank Miller returns as the co-scribe alongside Rodriguez.
Now add to that list the return of fan favorite characters Marv and Nancy Callahan; the roles filled by Jessica Alba (right) and Mickey Rourke. Miller, writer and artist of the cult comic series, talked to MTV about the upcoming adaptation.
"Sin City 2 is primarily an adaptation of the book A Dame to Kill For," says the writer. "It also features the short story Just Another Saturday Night and two new stories."
He also alluded to his connection to the film's director, Robert Rodriguez, explaining that they share more than just a love of hats. "Robert and I have kind of a magical chemistry that I was really quick to discover, »
- Michael Pellegrini
Presenting our weekly round-up of all the biggest news stories from the world of movie superheroes…
It seems that Tom Cruise’s latest impossible mission, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, will enjoy a hefty IMAX opening when it hits North America this December, with /Film breaking the news that the sequel will be accompanied by a six-minute prologue for Christopher Nolan’s final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. Warner Bros. employed the same tactic back in 2007, attaching the opening sequence of The Dark Knight to the post-apocalyptic Will Smith actioner I Am Legend and giving us our first glimpse of Heath Ledger’s Joker in action. Assuming Nolan follows suit and takes the opportunity to introduce Bane, then my guess is we’ll get some kind of origin montage that makes use of the footage shot in India back in May when Josh Pence filmed scenes as a young Ra »
The Iraq War is almost over, but it's just heating up on the paneled page… and, it seems, on the big screen: "War Heroes," the six-issue Image Comics limited series from writer Mark Millar ("Kick Ass," "Wanted") and artist Tony Harris ("Ex Machina," "Starman"), is looking to invade a theater near you.
The Hollywood Reporter has the news that Universal is in negotiations to adapt "War Heroes" with "Conan" and "Doctor Strange" screenwriters Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer attached to tackle the script. Michael De Luca, Chris Morgan and Dana Brunetti are producing.
Millar and Harris' "War Heroes" takes place in an alternate timeline where a nuclear bomb set off in Washington, D.C., pushes the United States to launch a program where soldiers are given pills that bestow them with super powers.
The "War Heroes" miniseries, first launched in 2008, remains unfinished, but perhaps news of the film adaptation »
- Josh Wigler
Mark Millar is making film deals left and right lately. Some are new, like the ones that have Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn looking at directing adaptations  of Millar books The Secret Service and Superior. And some are old, as with the deal to adapt Millar's comic War Heroes to the screen. Columbia had the rights but put the project in turnaround. Now Universal, which has recently shed several projects of its own, is picking up the still in-development project. THR  says that Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, currently writing Doctor Strange for Marvel, are in talks to write. The film would be about "a U.S. military experimental program, developed in light of dwindling enlistments and the expanding war on terrorism, that gives ordinary soldiers superpowers. When a rogue group of the super-soldiers breaks off to form a criminal enterprise, one hero rises from their ranks to prevent catastrophic results. »
- Russ Fischer
Earlier this month, we brought you the news when director Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class) has picked up the rights to Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar‘s comic book series Superior, a story about a young boy living with multiple sclerosis who is granted a magic wish to be transformed into a superhero.
Now, THR reports that Universal Pictures is in negotiations to snag the rights to one of Millar’s other projects called War Heroes, a comic books series by Millar and Tony Harris. The story centers on a U.S. military experimental program developed in light of dwindling enlistments and the expanding war on terrorism that gives ordinary soldiers superpowers. When a rogue group of the super-soldiers breaks off to form a criminal enterprise, one hero rises from their ranks to prevent catastrophic results.
- Jason Moore
Universal Pictures is negotiating for the rights to a War Heroes adaptation, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and Tony Harris's (Ex Machina) title was first published by Image Comics in 2008. Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, who are working on a Doctor Strange script for Marvel, are in negotiations to write the screenplay. Sony previously held the film rights to War Heroes, but they lapsed before the project went (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
The story will revolve around a group of ordinary soldiers given superpowers on the battlefield by the Us military. When the group goes Awol to form their own criminal enterprise, one man is left behind and sets out to take them down.
Sony Pictures acquired the rights in 2008 through producer Michael De Luca but that time has now elapsed. De Luca is still set to produce.
- Garth Franklin
Comic book writer Mark Millar is currently the belle of Hollywood.s ball. A number of his titles are being optioned for potential big-screen treatments, from Nemesis to Superior and The Secret Service. The last two are on the radar of Matthew Vaughn, director of yet another Millar property, Kick-Ass. Add War Heroes, an experimental war-on-terror book Millar created with Tony Harris, to the growing pile. Universal is in negotiations to grab the rights, and is eying Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to write the screenplay, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The duo is already on tap to write Doctor Strange for Marvel, which we reported on earlier this month. In Millar.s Heroes, our government launches a new program granting ordinary soldiers with superpowers as a means of combating dwindling recruitment numbers. But things go wrong when a group of the enhanced soldiers breaks off on their own »
Premise of "War Heroes", focuses on a Us military program that gives ordinary soldiers 'super-soldier' powers. When a rogue group breaks off to form a criminal enterprise, one hero rises from their ranks.
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- Michael Stevens
Universal Pictures is aggressively pursuing the rights to War Heroes, a comic book by Kick-Ass' Mark Millar and Tony Harris. The project was just freed from Columbia Pictures, who acquired the rights in 2008 through producer Michael De Luca.
Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, who are in the midst of writing Doctor Strange for Marvel Studios, will pen the War Heroes screenplay, which will revolve around this group of super soldiers going Awol to form their own criminal enterprise. One man is left behind, and he sets out to take the War Heroes down.
War Heroes is »
It has today been revealed that Universal is in negotiations to pick up War Heroes, a comic book series written by Mark Millar (who you'll know best from such series' as Kick-Ass, Nemesis, Superior and his extensive work for Marvel) with art from Tony Harris. Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, who have most recently been hired by Marvel Studios to pen Doctor Strange for Marvel, are said to be in negotiations to write the script with Michael De Luca, Chris Morgan and Trigger Street’s Dana Brunetti are attached to produce.
Jeff Kirschenbaum, who oversaw Wanted, another Universal adaptation of a Mark Millar comic reportedly heard that Columbia had relinquished the rights to the project and stepped in immediately to take over. »
Universal is in negotiations to acquire War Heroes, based on the comic book by Mark Millar and Tony Harris. The book tells the story of a group of super soldiers who are created as part of an experimental program designed by the U.S. military to boost recruitment numbers and fight the war on terrorism. A group of the super soldiers goes rogue and forms a criminal enterprise, and one hero must rise to the occasion to prevent destruction. Heat Vision reports that Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly, who are writing Marvel’s Doctor Strange, are in talks to handle script duties. Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti (The Social Network) and Fast Five scribe Chris Morgan are producing. The project was originally set up at Columbia in 2008, but Universal has picked it up out of turnaround. Millar and Harris are onboard as executive producers. »
- Adam Chitwood
Is there a comic book writer that is having a better last couple weeks than Mark Millar? I doubt it. With the recent news that Millar's Superior and The Secret Service is in development you have to imagine Mark has quite the smile on his face. Mark Millar's War Heroes is a six issue mini-series published by Image Comics and illustrated by Tony Harris. Millar said, "War Heroes is everything I've been leading up to with Civil War, Ultimates, The Authority, Kick-Ass and Wanted" and "This is what my Ultimates 3 would have been if Bryan and I had stuck around." Universal is in negotiations to pick up War Heroes, the project based on the Mark Millar-Tony Harris comic book. Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly, who are writing Doctor Strange for Marvel, are in negotiations to write the script. Michael De Luca, Chris Morgan and Trigger Street »
IGN caught up with Marvel head Kevin Feige to talk about the second phase of the company's superhero strategy, which will begin after "The Avengers" hits theaters next year. "Thor 2" and "Iron Man 3" are part of that phase and so are films focusing on new characters, that will eventually be the stars of "The Avengers" sequel. "Absolutely. That's the fun of it. Introducing new characters," he said, adding that "Iron Man 3" will begin setting up "The Avengers 2." "[It will be] what we refer to as Phase Two of this Avengers Assemble talk, which will lead to 'The Avengers 2.'" Some of the new superheroes discussed have been Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, The Wasp and Black Panther. "The Avengers" is tentatively set to appear in theaters in 2015. »
While at Nycc 2011 to promote next summer's epic Marvel ensemble adventure The Avengers, producer and Marvel president Kevin Feige revealed that The Avengers 2 will mix things up by introducing a new team roster, and that it will tie directly into Iron Man 3.
"Absolutely. That's the fun of it. Introducing new characters. Seeing: 'How will things change after Iron Man goes through his next adventure? After Thor goes through his next adventure? If we do another Cap adventure, how will things change? The dynamic between them? Their own worlds? So that the dynamic in The Avengers 2 is actually quite different than it is in the first one."
At the "Marvel's The Avengers" panel held at New York Comic Con over the weekend, studio head Kevin Feige used the phrase "phase two" in relation to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Feige, the upcoming "Iron Man 3" will be "the first of what we sort of refer to as phase two of this … saga that will culminate, God willing, in 'Avengers 2.'"
Not that I think many people are complaining about a second phase of Marvel movies that lead to another "Avengers," but it does make you pause and wonder… what exactly is phase two? What, and who, does it entail?
Read some of our guesses beyond the break.
Feige has already made it clear that any future version of "The Avengers" could very well involve a new lineup of superheroes. He told IGN: "That's the fun of it -- introducing new characters. How will things »
- Josh Wigler
Speaking at New York Comic Con, he said that the studio would use Iron Man 3 - due out on May 3, 2013 - to begin laying the groundwork for the next team adventure.
Feige told IGN: "We've already announced Iron Man 3 and Thor 2; both of those will be spread out within 2013. We haven't announced yet the 2014 movies, but we are working on a draft of Captain America 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, and some of these other ones we've been talking about for a while."
He confirmed that an Inhumans film was in development, that they hoped to get Ant-Man off the ground »
- David Bentley
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