Comic Film Snob: June 15th 2009

Published on June 21st, 2009

Well gang I am back this time with 20% more Snobbery!!!

This week was fairly quiet as we really only got a hand full of comic movie news from the front! Of course Simon told us about the White Out trailer and about Olivia Munn getting a very very small role in the upcoming Iron Man 2 film…but apparently she stated on her Twitter that she will not be playing a reporter….let’s take a minute to ponder that…. You’re welcome.

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Moving along with other semi Iron Man news, Joe “Cup O Joe” Quesada had this to say in his colum when discussing the new movie with Jon Favreau:

He wanted to know who he is and why Tony Stark does what he does. That was really key to Favreau: why put on the suit and try to do good things? It was a much tougher question once he defeats the Iron Monger, gets his tech and his company back…why continue doing this? What does Tony Stark stand for? In essence, the thing I never revealed about that conversation in the past is that Jon was looking for these answers because he was already thinking ahead, he was thinking about Iron Man 2. See, it doesn’t quite work on film that he goes and stops a little lady from getting mugged. While that may be an ancillary part of it, when you have that suit of armor, the world’s greatest weapon, the story has to be bigger, and your reason for being has to be bigger. But at the same time, it has to be small and streamlined enough that an audience can grab hold of it.

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Favreau is all about that. And at the same time, where do Tony’s allegiances lie? It was almost the same kind of questions we had during Civil War. So time with Favreau is sort of spent quietly huddling and talking about a character’s reason for doing what he does. Again, that’s also a part of that Marvel formula.

We also got a little tid bit from Quesada on Thor, as he discussed his meeting that he took with director Kenneth Branagh and the epic 3 hour story pitch:

We had one big creative meeting with the Marvel Creative Committee, which now works on all of our movies and I have the honor to be a part of. We sat with Kenneth and discussed the “Thor” movie and the overarching story of what that’s going to be, just to give our input before anything was put down to paper by screenwriters. And it was one of the highlights of my time here at Marvel because not only did Branagh sit there and give you the story beat for beat, he and [Marvel Studios head] Kevin Feige formed a great team. It was performance art. Kevin would give us the establishment of the shot and the situation: “Here we are. We’re in (take your pick of location). And here’s Odin and he’s coming up to (pick a character).” And then Kenneth would come in and give you the color commentary. “Odin has an air of majesty to him” and he’d act out the Odin part or the Thor part. So we sat there and literally got a three-hour one-man show from Kenneth Branagh. It was fantastic.

People pay a lot of money for that kind of performance by one of the world’s greatest living actors.” … “He’s very Shakespearean in his delivery. He’d sit there and give us the emotions between the characters as they are in scenes – what the character’s motivation is in that particular moment and how it relates to the overarching story of the movie. He’s definitely about character, which is the quintessential trait you have to have to understand the Marvel characters. It’s not just big hammers and capes and things like that. It’s about what makes the character tick. There’s definitely a reason for Thor, a reason for him being and a very deep family relationship and story in the movie that I think is going to be very cool. Oh yeah, and there’s reasons and motivations for him to hit people with his hammer… hard!

Sounds cool to me!! What do you think? What’s that you say- too much Marvel news…ok well how about this….

opeationoffshoreJessica Alba has signed on with Robert Rodriguez to make the French Comic Insiders! I don’t know what that means but you put Jessica Alba in a sentence and I will pay attention!

Insiders is a spy thriller in several volumes, reportedly revolving around the female lead Najah Cruz. Cruz is a Colombian working for the White House, tasked to infiltrate and bring down a global crime syndicate. Well, it sounds about right and looks like she might be tyring to make people forget about her role in The Fantastic Four movie. I can’t say that I blame her for wanting to get past it.

Well that’s it from me this week…. any big news you guys are hoping for in the coming days?

Maybe Cap casting news or GL casting news? God knows I am looking forward to both, but that might be a short wait as Comic Con is coming up and my money is on them announcing more then… unless it leaks. So on that note, if you have any news I missed send it my way! And tell’em Comic Film Snob sent ya!

Sheldon Lee
Sheldon@comicimpact.com