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Captain America trailer launches; Zack Snyder talks Superman’s national origin; Firebreather on DVD; FF #1 comic review

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm •  Published: March 24, 2011

That’s really Super, Superman

Director Zack Snyder will take on the most famous superhero in his next film.

I talked to Snyder while he was in Beverly Hills promoting this weekend’s “Sucker Punch” film.

Snyder, 45, has been named the director for the upcoming “Superman” movie reboot, to star British actor Henry Cavill. He said he wasn’t worried about casting an English actor as Superman.

“No, not at all, because Batman’s English too,” he said, referring to Christian Bale.

Chris Evans in "Captain America: The First Avenger."
Chris Evans in "Captain America: The First Avenger."

Snyder said in an interview with MTV at the event that Cavill had a mix of physicality and innocence.

Things are moving quickly on “Superman,” which is set to be released December 2012. Kevin Costner was recently announced as an addition to the cast as Jonathan Kent, Superman’s father on Earth, joining Diane Lane, already cast as Martha Kent, Superman’s mother on Earth, in the film.

“We start at the end of the summer. So a couple of months,” Snyder said. “But it feels like tomorrow.”

Firebreather on DVD

Duncan Rosenblatt is a half-human, half-dragon hybrid known as “Firebreather,” and the CGI cartoon based on his adventures came out on DVD this week.

Co-creator Phil Hester talked to the Oklahoman about the project’s genesis.

“Firebreather” is an Image comic book by Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn, in which Belloc, the King of the Monsters, and Margaret Rosenblatt, regular human woman, gave birth to Duncan, who’s now facing everyday teen problems despite not being an everyday teen at all.

The idea sprang from a pitch Hester and Kuhn prepared in the 1990s. The pair had an idea to do a book of teen versions of some of Marvel’s superheroes.

“We really wanted to do a teen hero book,” Hester said in an interview with The Oklahoman.

When the book wasn’t picked up by Marvel, Hester and Kuhn continued to develop the idea.

“That idea stuck in my mind, what would it be like to be a teenage monster?” Hester said. “We kept working on it and refining it until it became ‘Firebreather.’”

Marvel goes to Starbucks

On the Entertainment Channel, watch for the upcoming arrival of the Marvel Universe as Super Heroes, mutants, aliens, armor-clad super-geniuses and thunder gods join forces with the Starbucks Digital Network on Apr. 23, 2011. Known for engrossing stories and a library of more than 8,000 characters, Marvel Comics gives Starbucks customers unlimited, free access to its full library of Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine and others await to captivate as customers explore the comic realm and imagine fighting villains with a cup of coffee in hand.

Captain America trailer hits Paramount Pictures has been sneaking out looks at Captain America through Entertainment Tonight and through Twitter, but the full video is finally out!   The 2 and 1/2 minute trailer looks at Captain America’s origin and his enemy, the Red Skull. The movie is directed by Joe Johnston and stars Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, aka Captain America. Hugo Weaving plays the Red Skull. The film also stars Hayley Atwell and Tommy Lee Jones.

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REVIEW FILE: Matt and Kyle review FF #1, Batman: The Dark Knight #2, Ultimate Spider-Man #157 and Captain America 615.1.

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