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 »

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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 »

Ep. 120 – Never Let Me Go

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This week, Peter Sciretta, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley praise Frank Darabont’s The Walking Dead, discuss the groundbreaking 3D of Jackass 3D, and lambaste the MPAA’s ridiculous Blue Valentine NC-17 rating.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us on Sunday (10/24) at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Paranormal Activity 2.

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There has been a lot of comic book movie related bits that we missed over the last 24 hours, so I thought I’d do a round-up. After the jump you will find out who Edgar Wright says Ant-Man won’t fit in The Avengers, watch a leaked copy of Josh Hutcherson‘s Spider-Man audition/stunt tape, hear what Jon Favreau thinks about Hulk being recast, and a new Fox News report which claims that Eva Longoria will join The Avengers as The Wasp? Hit the jump.

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Wolverine ABCs
29-year-old Brooklyn-based graphic artist Sean Gordon Murphy created an alphabet using nothing but illustrations of the Marvel Comics’ X-Men character Wolverine. Check out a sample of the alphabet, after the jump.

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Kevin Feige Confirms Line-Up For The Avengers

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Making a coherent Avengers film that somehow bridges the styles of the other Marvel universe movies probably won’t be an easy job for whoever gets the job. Fans of the comic series are fairly well prepared to see discordant arrangements of characters both crossover and team up, but for a mainstream crowd, the collage might seem a little jarring.

Kevin Feige, the man that Marvel has awarded with the tricky role of orchestrating the whole multi-movie shebang, has recently given an interview to SFX magazine here in the UK. As well as discussing how on earth they’re going to pull these disparate strands together, he also let slip the line-up of established characters we can expect to see in the Avengers picture.

…its three people, four including Hulk , five including Nick Fury – who you have seen before in other movies, coming together for the very first time.

That’s good to know. But will Edward Norton be returning to the role, or will Dr. Banner have to be recast again?

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