By Joe Hughes
Anyway you look at it, Whoopi Goldberg has had an incredibly successful and varied career in entertainment (homegirl EGOTed, ya’ll). But for some folks, her most recognizable role will forever be as Guinan from Star Trek: The Next Generation, so it seemed perfectly natural that she’d attend last weekend’s New York Comic Con. But Goldberg wasn’t there to bask in Next Gen fan love. Rather, the award winning actress, and co-host on The View,was on the con floor pitching her idea for a comic.
She got advice from a few celebrities in attendance — Ronald D. Moore, Seth Green, Clare Grant, Kevin Smith, and Kristin Baur van Straten, among others — and made her pitch to DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio and Marvel Chief Creative Office Joe Quesada.
Smallville’s Lex Luthor, Michael Rosenbaum, made it abundantly clear on Twitter Wednesday that he is the absolutely most qualified actor to play Lex Luthor in the already-green-lit Man of Steel sequel.
Though observant listeners to early clips of Fox’s new Axe Cop animated show were pretty certain Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman, Ron F**king Swanson himself, would play the titular mustachioed officer, Axe Cop co-creator Ethan Nicolle confirmed it, along with the rest of a truly stellar cast, on his blog.
Check out the full cast list, which includes Patton Oswalt and actors from Mad Men and Breaking Bad, after the jump!
Superman is not a role they give to movie stars. Christopher Reeve was unknown when he took the part. The same was true for Dean Cain, Tom Welling and Brandon Routh; the best any of them could claim is a multi-episod guest e spot on a TV show or, in Routh’s case, a supporting role on a daytime soap. Though some bigger names have been considered for the role (Nicolas Cage being the most bizarre among them), filmmakers seem to understand that when audiences look at Superman they should see only Superman, and not the actor who plays the part.
Though Henry Cavill is far from a household name, he is in fact the Superman actor with the biggest pre-cape career — and yet most comic fans probably had little idea who he was when he was cast as the titular Man of Steel. If you’re still wondering who Cavill is, where he came from, and whether he’s going to be any good in the film that opens today, look no further, friend. You have questions. We have answers.
By Ziah Grace
Deadline is reporting that Marvel Studios has cast Emily VanCamp, probably best known for her role on the ABC series Revenge, as the female lead in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Although her role has not been officially specified, it seems likely that she could be playing Sharon Carter, the SHIELD agent niece of Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter from The First Avenger, and Captain America’s main love interest.
By Andy Khouri
Perhaps best known for her role as Vesper Lynd in the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale, French actress and supermodel Eva Green has been cast to play the titular Ava Lordin Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Based on the classic graphic novel by Frank Miller, the film is a sequel to the 2005 Sin City film co-directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Rumored To Appear As Batman In ‘Justice League’
By Andy Khouri
From Drew McWeeny at HitFix comes this tantalizing rumor: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is “absolutely” going to play Batman in Warner Bros. forthcoming Justice League film based on the DC Comics superheroes. Citing unnamed sources, the report also indicates the Dark Knight Rises star, who emerged from that film as Gotham City’s new Batman, will appear in cape and cowl much earlier than Justice League’s 2015 release.
If it’s not already obvious where this is going, consider this a SPOILER WARNING for a movie whose title I cannot even mention because to do would in and of itself be a potential spoiler.