Comic-Con News Round-up: Friday

Posted on 24 July 2010 by William Gatevackes

Another day, another load of updates from SDCC. Some of them have actually been confirmed.

ITEM!: Nathan Fillion has been confirmed as Ant-Man! By Joss Whedon! For five minutes! But it was a joke! Ha-ha!

Personal note to Rich Johnston: I know that part and parcel of being a gossip columnist is that not everything you report pans out or is true. But when you  rush info onto your site before completely understanding the information, you might have people like my wife and I doing happy dances for no good reason. You owe me a beer, supposing that you ever remember who I am.

ITEM!: Whedon did confirm Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, which really wasn’t a secret. And apparently Marvel has finished the last minute race to cast Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner in time for tonight’s panel. We have more about these here.   

ITEM!: Marvel also displayed the helmets of Thor, Odin and Loki from their up coming Thor film.

Pretty snazzy. Not that far from the comic books (what, were you expecting the feathered skull cap from the early days of Thor?) and should look great on screen.

ITEM!: Comic writer Grant Morrison will be making the leap to the big screen. He has been tapped to pen Sinatoro, an indie film for ZDONK Productions.

Here is how the press release describes the film:

The film tells the story of Sinatoro, a man with no past and no memories; the sole survivor of a car crash in the middle of a desolate American desert road. When he encounters the beautiful daughter of a cult leader, she convinces him to help defeat the forces of evil, which have overrun her town. His journey pits him against the world’s most dangerous gangster and allies him with a deranged astronaut, a drunken cowboy, and an army of hobos. As Sinatoro travels through an American landscape made of pop culture nightmares, he struggles to understand who he is and why everyone is out to get him. 

Yeah, that sounds like Grant Morrison. Look for it if it ever comes to a theater near. If not, look for it on Netflix. In quasi-related, non-Comic Con news, Neil Gaiman announced on his blog that he has finished the first draft of the screenplay adaptation of his novel Anansi Boys. Morrison might be further along, but I’d imagine more people will see Gaiman’s.

ITEM!: Will Eisner’s classic A Contract With God has been optioned for a movie.

ITEM!: Sam Worthington has confirmed he is cast as Dan Dare for Warner Brothers.

ITEM!: There is what is being called a new “trailer” for the CGI animated comic adaptation, The Goon.

Personally, I think it’s more of a extended test shot than a trailer, but what do I know.

Join us tomorrow as we have news from today’s proceedings, including a look at the Destroyer from Thor, a look at the logo for the Green Lantern film, and what ever comes out of the Warner’s and Marvel panels.

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