Micro-News: MAN OF STEEL Compensation, TRANSFORMERS 4, THE WOLVERINE And More
James Mangold is entering the final stages of work on The Wolverine. Why was Mark Waid not compensated for Man of Steel's use of Birthright? Foxx and Tatum discuss their upcoming blockbusters and which veteran voice-actors are returning for Transformers 4?
According to director James Mangold, The Wolverine is currently receiving its last finishing touches.
Mark Waid explains why even though Man of Steel borrows heavily from Birthright, his name doesn't appear in the credits.
".....By way of example, let’s take Impulse, a character I co-created with artist Mike Wieringo. Mike and I signed a contract that grants us a small percentage of all revenue DC might earn off Impulse action figures, merchandise, guest-starring roles on Young Justice or Smallville, what have you. It’s hardly buy-a-boat money; I get maybe a couple hundred bucks off of every action figure (because of the equity deal) and a few cents off every trade paperback collection or digital sale (because of the royalty agreement), but it adds up and I do see something, enough for a nice meal every few months. And that’s the deal I agreed to at the time, and that’s fine. But that’s the limit of DC’s legal, contractual obligation to us......." You can check out the full post over at his blog, Thrillbent.
Jaime Foxx and Channing Tatum discussed their respective forthcoming blockbusters Jupiter Ascending and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with Collider while doing press for White House Down [Incidentally, I saw White House Down at a screening, very funny and entertaining].
Peter Cullen and Frank Weller discuss Michael Bay's Transformers 4 with IGN.
Peter Cullen: I’m always fascinated by the design changes because what could be more realistic in something that transforms than change itself? Cars change every year. They come off the designing tables, the clay models, and before you know it , you’ve got a brand new look to a car. I like it that way. I’m excited to find out what Mr. Bay is going to do for the next look, you know? Because after all, he’s always going to look like that. [Points to the Optimus statue on top of the ride]. He’s always going to transform into something that’s pretty close to that!
Frank Welker: Yet to be determined [whether I return to voice a character in Transformers 4]. I’m not sure. I did the last two [Editor's note: While Welker doesn't voice Megatron in the films, he has voiced Soundwave, Ravage and Devastator, among other characters], but waiting to see. I usually won’t know until the very end, but I’m really looking forward to see what Michael [Bay] does. As you know, he always outdoes himself. He’s got big shoes to fill -- his own shoes -- so it’ll be a lot of fun to see what he comes up with. And of course, Peter’s always fantastic. And we have this ride to work on together and it’s a blast. I really enjoyed doing that.
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