This edition of TV Bits has casting, rumors, Lego and even some controversy. After the jump read about:

  • Joel McHale will join FX’s Sons of Anarchy for a multi-episode story this season.
  • Broadway actor Sebastian Arcelus joins Kevin Spacey and David Fincher‘s Netflix show House of Cards.
  • Watch classic scenes from The Wire in Lego. It’s even better than it sounds.
  • Guillermo Del Toro offers an update on the Hulk pilot.
  • Emmy nominee Giancarlo Esposito has some interesting thoughts on this season of Breaking Bad.
  • Fred Willard has been fired from his PBS show Market Warriors after being caught in a XXX rated theater.

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What’s the latest update on Guillermo Del Toro‘s Hulk TV show? Has The Wolverine been delayed once again? Which director does 20th Century Fox want to direct the sequel to X-Men First Class? Want to see some teases of the new Batman: Arkham City DLC? Is Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark still doing well a year after opening? Are there some funny, great, superhero themed stocking stuffers out there? What piece of casting gives a hint to the story Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Who is scoring The Avengers? What’s the latest speed bump for Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark? Want to hear an extensive update on the Hulk TV show? Which Goodfellas actor could have played Batman for Tim Burton? And why do the writers of the new Wonder Woman comic book think there hasn’t been a movie yet? Has Marvel Comics finally made it into the digital age? Read about this and much more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Marvel’s Phase Two is coming together. That was the message presented at New York Comic-Con this past weekend as Marvel President Kevin Feige was on hand to promote next summer’s The Avengers. Of course, he was also bombarded with questions about what’s happening after that. Among the revelations were that the first post-Avengers movie, Iron Man 3, is the beginning of a new phase that will ultimately lead to The Avengers 2 and that film will likely feature a new team. Doctor Strange could factor into that plan and the Hulk TV show might even link up. It’s all explained after the jump along with the full Avengers panel for your viewing pleasure. Read More »

Which character is Guillermo Del Toro thinking will make a good villain for his Hulk TV show? What have we learned about the bad guys in The Avengers? Is there a cooler looking X-Men: First Class Blu-ray case out there? Who made the best comic book arcade game of all time? What are the most ridiculous comic book movie moments of all time? Are scientists evolving an immunity to x-rays? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Want to see some footage from Captain America with the hero on ice? Want to know who’ll release Frank Miller’s upcoming graphic novel Holy Terror? How many lists can feature Marvel’s MODOK as a beloved character? Learn the answers to these questions and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Briefly: There was a small stir a few months back when Mark Ruffalo announced that in addition to playing Bruce Banner in The Avengers, he would play all of the Hulk’s scenes via motion capture. The excitement was caused because he said that had never been done — one actor playing the Hulk’s monstrous form — since Lou Ferrigno’s TV work. Which may be true, though both Edward Norton and Tim Roth played parts of their respective ‘transformed’ characters via mo-cap for Louis Leterrier‘s The Incredible Hulk. (Cyril Raffaelli played some of the Abomination’s movements, too.)

Last week stuntman Brandon Molale tweeted (since deleted) that he had auditioned to play the mo-cap version of the Hulk, and suddenly the headlines were that Mark Ruffalo wouldn’t be doing the mo-cap. But let’s calm down; at the very least we can probably expect Mr. Ruffalo to do some of the work and other actors to  handle the fight scenes and more physical aspects. And if Mark Ruffalo ends up doing all the mo-cap work, so much the better. It’s likely to be a pretty minor point when all is said and done.

After the break, check out what is presumably the (currently) final word on the subject, straight from the actor at the Golden Globes. Read More »

Ang Lee’s Unused ‘Hulk’ Robot

Before eventual Oscar-winning director Ang Lee decided on going full CGI for his 2003 superhero film Hulk, the production  experimented with a fully animatronic version of the character. How do we know? Steve Johnson, of course.

The special effects master who has been blowing the doors off superhero pre-production is back again. This time, though, he has more than photos. While Johnson has been using Facebook of late to show some of the hundreds of thousands of still photographs he possesses from his 30 plus years of Hollywood effects work, he also has a fairly active YouTube channel. That’s where he chose to debut this footage of tests done for Ang Lee’s Hulk.

Johnson also promises to continue to reveal tens of thousands of hours of footage from his 30 year career both on YouTube and in special behind-the-scenes DVDs he’s beginning to sell. Check out the video and more after the break. Read More »