Comic Book Movie News Round-Up: Vin Diesel, The Boys, and The Wolverine


Vin Diesel in The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) Movie ImageThree bits of comic book movie related items that just aren’t big enough, or substantial enough to warrant their own posts. So here they are, in no particular order of importance…

So, someone who frequents Vin Diesel’s Facebook page saw him post a picture of the Marvel superhero The Vision and immediately jumped to the conclusion that it’s entirely possible he’s hinting that he’ll be playing The Vision in Joss Whedon’s upcoming “The Avengers 2″. Here’s really, really stretching it:

Vin Diesel (or whoever manages his Facebook page) recently posted two new profile pictures and a new cover photo to his official Facebook page. The two profile pictures are of the Marvel Comics character the Vision. One of the Vision profile pictures is in color and the other Vision profile picture is in black and white. The cover photo shows a close-up drawing of Vin Diesel’s eyes with the words “True Vision.”

There was no type of announcement to go along with the profile pictures, but the profile pictures are often of characters Vin Diesel plays in the movies. For example, the Vision profile picture has now been updated to a picture of The Iron Giant, who Vin Diesel voiced.


I can see Vin Diesel as a superhero, though. Dude practically plays a superhero in every one of his movies already anyhow. Mind as well just slap on the spandex and make it official.

Svetlana Khodchenkova in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Movie Image

In more substantial comic book movie news, Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova has officially joined the cast of James Mangold’s “The Wolverine”.

The actress, last seen in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”, will play Viper, the role originally offered to Jessica Biel. In the Marvel Comic book universe, Viper has a major affiliation with the supervillain group Hydra. No idea if Hydra will be showing their heads in “The Wolverine”, or if this is another incarnation of Viper.

“The Wolverine”, starring Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee, is currently shooting Down Under.

Adam McKayAnd finally, in “The Boys” news, attached director Adam McKay claims the movie version of the infamous Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic book isn’t quite dead yet despite previous reports.

Via Twitter, McKay updates that Paramount has picked up the property after Columbia Pictures gave up on it, and that he, along with the new studio, are “still developing” the movie version of the ultra violent comic book.

He should give it up. “The Boys” is never going to happen. And I’m not sure fans of the comic will like the version that makes it to the big screen. The only way you could make a movie that’s faithful to the original comics is if you go the indie route like Matthew Vaughn did with “Kick-Ass”, but that’s a tad expensive and risky, and “The Boys” isn’t exactly a cheap movie to make to begin with.

Below, guys covered in blood and brain matter is par for the course with “The Boys”:

The Boys Comic Book Cover

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  • Juggernaut

    While I like Vin Diesel when he is playing characters that are in his wheelhouse, he is not in the same league as most of the ensemble cast of Avengers. Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johensen, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, these are all great actors with tons of accolades and in some cases worthy of Oscar nominations and wins. While Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth are both relatively lesser known and haven’t had many tour de force performances in their careers, they have shown that they can hold their own with the likes of the other heavy hitters in the film.
    I had heard a rumor a while back of Coulson coming back as Vision which would be awesome!

    As for the casting of Viper in The Wolverine I’m sure that they will have her likeness in name only much like XOW’s characters. Hydra will undoubtably be out of the picture since Marvel apparently owns the rights and they were already featured in CATFA.

    • Dedpool

      Viper was not always known as Madame Hydra, and wasn’t always associated with them, she kind of killed her way there. So having her in Wolverine pretty much says the Madame Hydra version will not be known as Viper if she shows (maybe have that role go to Red Skull’s daughter, Sin).

      As for Vin, Vision he is not. Sure he’s bald and built but Vision should come off like a Badass version of Data from Star Trek the Next Generation, and that i don’t see Diesel doing. I too heard the rumors of Greg taking the part of Vision using Coulson’s brainwaves as thetmeplate, which would be great. But if they do, they need to make sure their is a difference in personality, like a disconnect. He remmebers people, and how he felt about them to a point, but he doesn’t actually have the feelings, or at least they seem new.

      • Juggernaut

        This Viper will obviously not be associated with Hydra so Sin taking the Madame Hydra role would make perfect sense.
        Exactly what I was thinking. Diesel is an action hero and he is great in that capacity but taking on a more cerebral, thinking man role does not suit him. Not to say that he is dumb or anything it’s just against type and not a great fit IMO. I’d love that scenario for Clark Greg as Vision.

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  • Usertron

    Wonder how wolverine gets his Adamantium if this is world war 2 era…

    • Juggernaut

      I’d assume that the events of the film will take place post Project X. However, some pre-admantium, bone clawwing flashbacks would be cool.