Monday, June 7, 2010

ThunderCats are loose! and a couple other news bits

A few news items from the past week or so...

ThunderCats, a classic 1980s cartoon, is being revived by Warner Bros. Animation for Cartoon Network (Variety blog). WBA will be teaming with Japan's Studio4°C to give the new series a new anime look. I loved this show as a little girl; I have very early memories of watching it with my older brother, and we had a bunch of episodes recorded onto VHS that we'd rewatch a lot. I'm happy to see that a new generation of kids will get to experience the joys of Thunder, Thunder, ThunderCats Ho!

Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love, FlashForward) and Eva Green (Casino Royale) are set to star in a 10-episode miniseries called Camelot as Merlin and Morgana, respectively (IMDb). I'm always interested to see new incarnations of Merlin (I took a whole college course on him, after all), and I like these actors. We'll see how it turns out.

Stanley Tucci has been cast in the upcoming Captain America movie as Dr. Abraham Erskine, a scientist behind the experiment that turns Steve Rogers into Captain America (Variety). He joins Chris Evans and Hugo Weaving in the cast. Tucci is an awesome character actor who has been in so many great things, so I'm always happy to hear about a new role he's been cast in, especially if it's a cool movie that I'm looking forward to.

In further Marvel movie casting news, Jeremy Renner has been cast as Hawkeye in the Avengers movie (IMDb). I thought he was great in The Hurt Locker, so I'm excited about this casting. My first exposure to the Avengers was in a Sega Genesis game we owned where players could choose from Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Vision. Regardless of which heroes true Marvel comics fans consider to be the core Avengers, these four are the ones I most associate with the team. I have to say that Hawkeye was my least favorite of the four to play, but still, he's cool. I really hope this movie turns out to be awesome.

9 comments:

Mei said...

Is it too much to ask for a live action Thundercats with someone really hot as Lionel???

Eleni said...

Haha, that could be cool. Have you seen the fake trailer someone made of a live-action ThunderCats movie? It's brilliant...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb50GMmY5nk

Finding Myself said...

Ahhhh! So many exciting geeky and nostalgic movies to look forward to!!!!

Eleni said...

I know, Marvel is being really ambitious. The first Iron Man movie was awesome, so hopefully all the new ones will be that good (or better).

Sebastian said...

I think I missed ThunderCats... or for some reason I don't have some massive hard-on when it comes to them.

I was into MASK... He-Man... I think ThunderCats came a bit after?

In the same way I missed pokemon by a year or two -- did Magic the Gathering instead.

Also, thanks for clarifying that Joseph and not Eva will be playing Merlin.

Eleni said...

I missed MASK, but I remember He-Man and She-Ra. We also watched SilverHawks.

I played Magic a bit with my brother but never had any cards of my own (other than his cast-offs). Had my own deck of Pokemon cards (and the GameBoy game--it was the only game I ever owned for my GameBoy color, which seems a bit of a waste because Pokemon Blue wasn't even in color).

I actually thought about it but decided hey, you never know, it is Fantasy. So you're welcome.

Andhari said...

Joseph Fiennes? MERLIN? lol I suppose I can see a resemblance. He's quite a good actor!

missyummyface said...

Another Merlin?! I'm not sure how many more I can take...

Eleni said...

Andhari - After watching a season of FlashForward, it will be nice to hear him not doing his "American" voice. He is good!

missyummyface - What am I supposed to call you now? MYF? Face? Anyway, at least this is just a miniseries, so we won't have to take it for long.