The news on anything from the world of comics has been painfully slow, and while I hate reporting non-news, it's such a slow day that I've dug up my old Geek Daily graphic and compiled a bunch of quotes from the pre-production world. Hopefully, there's something to get you talking about in here, even if all you want to do is complain that you still don't know who will play the Emerald Knight, or that you haven't seen a photo of Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow.

First, let's talk The Green Lantern -- or rather, read what Marc Guggenheim told Sci Fi Wire about it. He assures fans that the film is moving forward, and that he's written yet another draft of its screenplay. "You know I really can't [say anything]. I've sworn a blood oath of secrecy in relation to the project. But, you know, the thing I can tell you is that it is a very loving and respectful approach. The goal here is to do the best cinematic representation of the Green Lantern character. You know, there's no desire on anyone's part to completely change the character and just call this other character Green Lantern and try to ... draft off the name recognition. This is all about 'How do we bring the best version of this character to the silver screen?'"

SciFi Wire
also caught up with Don Murphy for a We3 update. John Stevenson is still attached, the script is done, and now they're just looking for a studio that'll give it a home. "We're working with a director named John Stevenson. Don't be confused, though. Even though he directed Kung Fu Panda, the movie's going to be live action. It's going to be a combination CG, puppetry [and] real animals. We have a great script, a great director, and we're trying to figure out who's going to pay for it in this marketplace, but we're looking."





And for those who wish they were a fly on the wall to hear Kenneth Branagh talk Thor, Joe Quesada gives a Cup O'Joe description that's as close as we'll get to the real thing: "it was one of the highlights of my time here at Marvel because not only did Branagh sit there and give you the story beat for beat, he and [Marvel Studios
head] Kevin Feige formed a great team. It was performance art. Kevin would give us the establishment of the shot and the situation: 'Here we are. We're in (take your pick of location). And here's Odin and he's coming up to (pick a character).' And then Kenneth would come in and give you the color commentary. 'Odin has an air of majesty to him' and he'd act out the Odin part or the Thor part. So we sat there and literally got a three-hour one-man show from Kenneth Branagh. It was fantastic. People pay a lot of money for that kind of performance by one of the world's greatest living actors. And of course, he's got that great, charming British accent, so it makes it all go down easy too. He could have said anything, and we would have said, 'Yeah. Make that.' He has such a passion for the material, and he's sitting there describing things from the Kirby run and things from the Simonson run, citing places where the mythology conflicted in Marvel history and how we're going to streamline it. It was just fascinating to watch."


Finally, there's some unintentional hilarity from Cam Gigandet as he talks up Priest. Hiring an ex-Twilighter to play a half-vampire is really the easiest casting ever, but Gigandet has been desperately trying to squash all bloodsucking talk. He told the Splash Page that he wasn't playing the half-vampire as reported in the trades. "I think there was some miscommunication that I was a vampire, but that's not the case. I'm not a vampire ... There are vampire-esque creatures in the movie, but it's really a battle between good and evil. Paul Bettany and I are on this journey to rescue someone that we love, and it's just this fascinating journey movie taking place in a different reality."

Then he told ShockTillYouDrop that yeah, actually, there are vampires in Priest. "It's a big movie. Paul Bettany and I are fighting vampires. Or creatures. Vampire-creatures to be exact ... If you wanted to call them something, they'd be vampires. But not in the terms that we think of vampires. They don't like sun and that's kind of the main similarity. Other than that, they don't look like humans. They move differently. When you think of vampires, now people probably think of Twilight. But these aren't like that." Gigandet also confirms that the script bears little resemblance to Hyung Min-woo's manga. "I didn't even know it was based on a graphic novel until after I auditioned. Now, looking at both the script and the comic, they're related, but I don't know if it's based on it entirely. I personally like the script better."