Venkman here and it seems Villains are the new Heroes. Everyone that has seen 'The Dark Knight' loved The Joker including Sony. Apparently The Joker is the main reason Sony wants to do a Venom movie. I hope Sony understands that to have a successful movie the story character and acting needs to be right on, which is why movies like 'The Dark Knight' and 'Iron Man' were so successful.
Topher Grace who played Venom in Spider-Man 3 is out. Sony feels that he doesn't have what it takes to carry this film. I couldn't agree more. I did not like him at all in Spider-Man 3. They have not cast the lead yet, but I am sure there is a list floating around that will pop up online eventually. THR says:
With Heath Ledger's villainous Joker drawing attention and boxoffice dollars, Sony is moving forward with "Venom," a potential "Spider-Man" spinoff based on a bad guy.
The studio is developing the project, based on the gooey nemesis who appeared in "Spider-Man 3" and is hoping the character could serve as an antidote to the aging "Spider-Man" franchise in the way that Fox has used Wolverine to add longevity to its "X-Men" franchise.
Casting also is no simple matter. Topher Grace played the character in the film, but agents have been eyeing the role for their clients, as Sony is not yet convinced the actor can carry a tentpole picture.
Just because movies like 'The Dark Knight' and 'Iron Man' were incredibly successful doesn't mean that every super hero movie that comes after it will be as good or as successful. I would love to see an amazing movie about Venom! But I just don't see Sony pulling it off. Sony is also developing Spider-Man 4 set to be released in 2011. I just hope they have learned their lesson after Spider-Man 3 made a ton of money but sucked ass. Venom is a kick ass character and there is a big market out there for a movie like this. People are going to go see this film and it will make tons of money. So a word to Sony, Don't throw this crap together! Put a little bit more time and effort in to making this film and developing the story so it turns out good.