As a bald man, it offends me that they cast an actor with hair: According to Deadline, dreamy Scottish actor James McAvoy is going to play the young Professor Xavier in the in-development X-Men: First Class movie, which Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn is is set to direct. McAvoy is 31 years old, so if we assume Professor X is a generation older than his charges, that should give us some indication of just how young the youngsters attending the Xavier School For Gifted Youngsters are going to be. Speaking of Marvel movies about super-teenagers, Deadline also reports (at the same link) that the Runaways film has a writer—No Heroics creator Drew Pearce. Given the fact that Runaways co-creator and original writer Brian K. Vaughan is also a screenwriter, I guess the big surprise is that someone other than BKV is doing the script.
But they just rebooted it!: Deadline also has news regarding Paramount’s plans to reboot the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchise, with Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes in charge. I gues that means we know one actress who won’t be playing April O’Neil—Ms. Megan Fox.
WB’s plans for DC’s B-List: The Hollywood Reporter rep0rted that Warner Bros’ CEO Barry Meyer announced that the next Batman and Superman movies will be released in 2012 (the former in July, the latter during the holiday season), and that Wonder Woman, Aquaman (it’ll never happen) and Flash are all getting closer to being greenlit. Entertainment Weely‘s Chris Nashawaty points out the major stumbling block facing a Flash movie–depicting super-speed on film in a way that doesn’t look ridiculous. That got me thinking about super-speed on film, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen The Flash’s powers look “right” to me on film, either in live-action (that TV show that wasn’t very good) or any of the animated versions of the character (he always seems to slow in those). The best super-speed sequence I’ve seen was that breif one in The Incredibles, but it was just a sequence, not a whole film.
“To a lot of people, a black man as a superhero is a hard thing to swallow, which is why I think a lot of characters had a hard time gaining traction”: That’s Randall Kenan, a University of North Carolina professor, talking about black superheroes, as quoted in this Durham News article covering his lecture “It’s Clobbering Time! Comic Books and Creating the Idea of Black Masculinity.” Not sure why he quoted an organge superhero in the title of a lecture about black superheroes, but, according to the article, Kenan raises at least one point I’ve never heard mentioned before—the strict Comics Code Authority rules of the ’50s made it all but impossible to “portray black folk as criminal” so “you rarely saw black criminals in comic books despite the images being fed by the popular media.”