Matt Price and Kyle Roberts talk about Paul Giamatti being in talks to play Rhino in Amazing Spider-Man 2; more on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For; and 3 more X-Men sign on to Singer’s Days of Future Past on the Planet 46 Comics Show.
• TOPIC 1: Paul Giamatti in talks for Spider-Man 2
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are back as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, Jamie Foxx is signed on as bad guy Electro, Shailene Woodley is Mary Jane Watson, and Dane DeHaan is Harry Osborne.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: What do you think of Giamatti as a Spider-Man villain?
TOPIC 2: Eva Green is Sin City’s Dame to Kill For
Former Bond girl Eva Green will become the titular character of the second Sin City film, “A Dame to Kill For.”
Green will play femme fatale Eva Lord.
“We’ve been wanting to tell this story for a very long time,” Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez said in a joint statement. “Ava Lord is one of the most deadly and fascinating residents of Sin City. From the start, we knew that the actor would need to be able to embody the multifaceted characteristics of this femme fatale and we found that in Eva Green. We are ecstatic that Eva is joining us.”
TOPIC 3: More X-Men Days of Future Past updates !
Bryan Singer recently announced via twitter that three more former X-Men would return for “Days of Future Past.” Anna Paquin (Rogue), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde) are all set to return.
“It has a lot of aspects of the comic,” he says in a new interview with Empire. “The actual comic of Days Of Future Past had a whole ton of stuff going on, so it’s like any of these things; you have to distill it. But I think the fans will be pleased that some of the most exciting parts of Days Of Future Past are going to be connected to this movie.” Singer also recently tweeted that he was in Montreal checking out set designs for the upcoming film. (Going through set designs at Mell’s studio in Montreal. pic.twitter.com/cFtt17bl)
• Invincible #100 Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley
This anniversary issue features a change of direction for the title character as Ryan Ottley provides dynamic art throughout. “The Death of Everyone” deals with Mark Grayson’s actions of late, and puts the book going forward in a new direction. I don’t want to give out too many spoilers, but the issue will definitely satisfy long-time readers of the titles. New readers may start out a bit over their heads, though Kirkman and Ottley make the story reasonably easy to catch up with despite no “what has gone before”-type recaps.
• Hawkeye #7 Fraction, Lieber, Hamm
This special Super Storm Sandy issue features the Hawkeyes – Clint Barton and Kate Bishop – dealing with the impending hurricane. The two stories are drawn by Periscope studio mates Steve Lieber and Jesse Hamm. Fraction’s story continues to be a regular-guy take on superheroics, what Hawkeye does when he’s not saving the universe, and this grounded take makes this issue work very well. Comics frequently show major disasters without repercussions; Fraction here does a good job of showing the down-to-earth heroism that regular people find in the face of natural disasters. Fraction is donating some of his royalties for this issue to the Red Cross, a nice gesture; thus, the more copies that sell, the more that gets donated.
• Masters of the Universe Origin of He-Man #1 Joshua Hale Fialkov, Ben Oliver
In this one-shot, reveals how Prince Adam first harnessed the Power of Grayskull. It also shows the first battle between He-Man and Skeletor. The Masters of the Universe toys and animated program were hits in the 1980s, but DC Comics is charting a more mature mythology here.
While Joshua Hale Fialkov has a nice feel for the Masters of the Universe characters, this issue feels much more slight than his recent “Skeletor” one-shot. The out-of-sequence chronology also doesn’t work as well here, as the time in which the story takes place is relatively short.
However, artist Ben Oliver nicely renders the characters, giving them an epic, powerful feel. While I didn’t enjoy this as much as the “Skeletor” issue, I feel Fialkov is a good choice for future Masters of the Universe tales.