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Jim Carrey Joins Kick-Ass 2!
Rumored a short time ago, it has been officially announced that Jim Carrey has joined the cast of director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2. He will be playing Colonel Stars, member of the Millarverse’s Justice Forever, a crime fighting group that fits in perfectly to the world of Kick-Ass. Splashpage reports:
Mark Millar, writer and co-creator of the “Kick-Ass” comic books, hopped on his official website to confirm the news and express his excitement over Carrey’s casting, a deal that was “a little over two years” in the making.
“Matthew Vaughn, Jeff Wadlow and I did a conference call with Jim a couple of weeks back and we’ve been itching to talk about this ever since because the energy Jim’s going to bring to Colonel Stars has me buzzing as much as Nic Cage with Big Daddy,” Millar wrote.
He continued, “I’ve been a fan since I first saw him. I remember reading an interview with Spielberg, a great one back in Empire for a JAws anniversary, where he was saying that Jim would be his choice for Chief Brodie were he shooting Jaws now. He said he could see the brilliant dramatic range Jim had as well as the comedy people knew him for at that time. For all these reasons, combined with the conversation we had with him on the phone, I’m so genuinely excited about this. I can’t wait to see what he does once the cameras are on.”
This comes alongside several casting announcements, which Collider sums up:
Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead) is in talks to play Night Bitch, a hero who joins Justice Forever after being inspired by Kick-Ass and hopes to avenge the murder of her sister. Johnson returns as Kick-Ass, Moretz will reprise her role as Hit-Girl and Mintz-Plasse antagonizes as The Red Mist once again. Donald Faison (Scrubs) has joined as Doctor Gravity, another hero inspired by Kick-Ass who accompanies him on his patrols. John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge) has also joined the picture as the enigmatic “Javier. Robert Emms (War Horse) has also been rumored to star as Insect Man, another member of Justice Forever who is a cop in his daily life. Nicolas Cage and Yancy Butler also return to the sequel as Big Daddy and Angie D’Amico, respectively.
New The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1 Clip!
I can’t really get across how excited I am for the release of this. And for a number of reasons, as not only is DC kicking ass and taking names when it comes to animated features, but it looks to be a really great adaptation of the source material. ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ plays a pivotal role in the development of Batman from the 80’s to now, and is an important part of comic book history. We’ve seen a trailer recently, and now a short clip has been released that does nothing to lower my excitement.
I know, big tease. Here’s a sneak peek that has been posted before but if you’re left feeling underwhelmed it should bring you back to my level.
Iron Man 3 Adds Radioactive Man To The Cast!
As if the list of villains for Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 wasn’t already long enough (check some of them here and here) another name has been added to the fold and even cast already. Wang Xuqei has been cast as Dr. Chen Lu, who becomes the Radioactive man, China’s answer to the atomic superhuman. Gamma Squad reports:
Wang will be taking the tole of Chen Lu, a Chinese nuclear scientist perhaps best known in Marvel’s comic continuity as a member of the Masters of Evil and the Thunderbolts. It’s unclear whether or not the movie Lu will become the irradiated mutant super villain of the comics in Iron Man 3, especially considering that he actually originally appeared as a Thor villain. Could his first movie appearance be part of a set-up for a later appearance in Thor: The Dark World, due out six months after the third Iron Man movie?
I’m not quite sure how I feel about all of these announcements, but I’m not exactly discouraged. We’ll have to wait and see what develops.
The Wolverine Set Photos Show Logan & Mariko!
Another movie I’m really hoping will be good is The Wolverine, Hugh Jackman’s 6th time in the title role (I’m counting the cameo in X-Men: First Class). It is based off of one of my favorite comic mini-series ever, written by Chris Claremont with art by Frank Miller. A series that shaped Wolverine into the nerd bait he will eventually become. Filming is underway in Japan, and a series of set photos reveal Logan, Mariko (Tao Okamoto), and a quick glimpse at Yukio (Rila Fukushima) as well. Mariko is the half sister of the movie’s villain (Silver Samurai) as well as Logan’s love interest. Yukio is a ninja/thief who plays a large role in Logan’s time in Japan. It looks like they are at a funeral, which may or may not be spoiler-ish. Collider has the photos:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DVD Boxset Release!
The TV show anyone within my generation is aware of, and most likely loves, will be heading onto DVD in probably the coolest looking box set EVER. Yea. EVER. I used all capitals. That means it’s pretty freaking amazing. The 23 disc, 193 episode set will come housed in… I can’t spoil it. Check it out below, courtesy of SuperHeroHype.
Experience the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle saga in this totally tubular 23-disc set of the original animated series, featuring all 10 seasons in one complete cowabunga collection! From their origins on the comic book page to the depths of Dimension X and beyond, the pizza-loving, shell-busting Leonardo™, Donatello™, Raphael™ and Michelangelo™, with the guidance of their Sensei, have been delighting fans for decades with their turtle power. Whether it’s facing fierce enemies Krang™, Shredder™ and Lord Dregg™, saving humanity from near extinction, or battling against life-altering mutations, the half-shell heroes are always ready for heart-stopping, time-bending, straight outta the sewer action!
Awesome. The set comes out on November 13th, and it couldn’t come soon enough. Nothing would look better on my movie shelf. And If some child is ever unfortunate enough to have me as their gene donor, at least I will have something great for them to watch while I let them eat cat food wearing lit fireworks. That’s what kids do, right? Turtle Power!
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