From The Future To The Page: The Connections Between ‘Terminator: Salvation’ And Comic Books

Splash Page has already chronicled the connections between the “Star Trek” cast and comics, but how do comic books relate to the robot apocalypse? The stars and filmmaker behind “Terminator: Salvation,” the much-anticipated reboot of the sci-fi action franchise, have more than a fair share of links to the world of comic books — whether through concrete facts or fleeting rumors.

Here’s a roundup of everything from the obvious to the obscure affiliations between the cast and crew of “Terminator Salvation” and the comic book world, so you know all the degrees of separation between comics and the robot-savvy “Terminator” team.

CHRISTIAN BALE: As if you really need us to spell it out for you, Christian Bale famously portrayed — and hopefully will continue to portray — DC Comics’ iconic crime-fighter Batman in Christopher Nolan’sBatman Begins” and “The Dark Knight.”

Maybe lesser known is Bale’s involvement in Nolan’s “The Prestige,” which co-starred “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” actor Hugh Jackman. We’re betting that this film is the best chance to see a Logan versus Bruce Wayne showdown on the big screen — though we certainly wouldn’t be opposed to something more official!

SAM WORTHINGTON: Aside from starring in James Cameron’s much anticipated return to film with “Avatar” and his recently cast role in the “Clash of the Titans” remake, Sam Worthington has also been rumored for the leading role of Hal Jordan in “Green Lantern.”

The actor is friendly with director Martin Campbell, though he’s previously stated that he can’t imagine strapping on the superhero tights. On the far side of the rumor mill, Worthington was also once rumored to be a potential replacement for Bale in “Batman 3,” though the actor has firmly denied that report.

ANTON YELCHIN: You’d be hard-pressed to know it based on his radically different performances, but Anton Yelchin has already appeared in one blockbuster film this summer — he played Pavel Chekov in the highly praised “Star Trek” flick from director J.J. Abrams.

Buzz is already building about the on-screen Kyle Reese’s excellent performance in “Terminator Salvation,” which no doubt led to the speculation that he’d star in the upcoming “Green Lantern” film — a rumor that surprised Yelchin himself!

BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD: As the daughter of “Angels & Demons” director Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard has herself been surrounded by film her entire life — and that, of course, includes comic book cinema. In addition to starring in two projects directed by comics friendly filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, Howard had a decent-sized role as Gwen Stacy in “Spider-Man 3.”

Though she did not meet her comic book fate at the hand of Green Goblin in that film, there’s always room for a dramatic demise in “Spider-Man 4“!

COMMON: Yes, believe it or not, there’s another actor attached to Green Lantern on our list — except Common’s involvement with the DC Comics superhero is significantly different than Worthington’s and Yelchin’s. The rapper-turned-actor was rumored for the role of Green Lantern John Stewart in the now-defunct “Justice League” film from director George Miller.

While that movie is effectively shelved, Common still has comic book credibility from his role as the Gunsmith in last year’s “Wanted.”

MOON BLOODGOOD: Can you believe that we’re making two “Pathfinder” references within one month? Neither can we, but there it is: Moon Bloodgood, who plays a resistance fighter and love interest for Worthington in “Terminator Salvation,” starred alongside Karl Urban in the 2007 comic book adaptation, which we previously cited in our “Star Trek” comic book round-up.

With a name like Bloodgood, it’s hardly a surprise that she’d be drawn to that violent viking epic.

McG: The “Charlie’s Angels” director received a lot of flack when it was announced that he’d be taking the reigns of “Terminator Salvation,” but early footage and subsequent trailers have seemed to turn the tides for McG. But while the futuristic actioneer might be his big break, his first opportunity to turn the hearts of the geek community already came and went — he was previously attached to direct a “Superman” adaptation with Henry Cavill in the lead role, but an ironic fear of flying ultimately led to his departure from the project.

Are there any other comic book connections that we missed? Point them out in the comments section!

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