X-Men, Captain, Lantern, Marvel Updates

Three major superhero movies are scheduled to hit next Summer and each has scored some new casting news in the past day or so.

First up, Latino Review reports that Caleb Landry Jones (“The Last Exorcism,” “Friday Night Lights”) has emerged as the top contender for the role of Sean Cassidy aka Banshee in “X-Men: First Class”.

Meanwhile two casting rumors that first sprang up the other month have finally been confirmed – Tommy Lee Jones will play US Army Colonel Chester Phillips in “Captain America: The First Avenger” and Jon Tenney has been cast the father of Ryan Reynolds’s Hal Jordan character in “Green Lantern”.

Finally today, Marvel Entertainment announced that it has appointed Jeph Loeb to head up its new television department which plans to bring Marvel’s various characters and stories to television in both live-action and animated formats. Loeb worked as writer/producer on shows like “Lost,” “Smallville” and “Heroes”. He also co-wrote such notable comics as “Batman: The Long Halloween”.