First look at "Movie 43" – next year's best comedy or greatest superhero mash-up ever???

Here’s the first look at the “Movie 43” poster with the tagline of “Comedy Exposed: The Biggest Cast Ever Assembled for the Most Outrageous Comedy.” If nothing else, you’ve gotta admire the marketing team for not shying away from the most over-the-top slogan they could come up with and then backing it up with showing off the cast.

Not too many details have been released about it yet, but it’s a comedy so it doesn’t have to win Best Screenplay so long as it has me laughing more than I’m wondering how much longer I have to endure it. All that is known is that it’s a film with a bunch of stories. Make of that what you will.

Far more interesting to me though was after a quick glance of the cast, I thought this has a massive comic book cast. There’s Halle Berry (“Cloud Atlas”) and Hugh Jackman (“The Prestige”) from the original X-Men trilogy; Terrence Howard and Leslie Bibb from “Iron Man,” Gerard Butler from “300,” Elizabeth Banks from the original “Spider-Man” trilogy, Emma Stone from “The Amazing Spider-Man,” Chloe Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse from “Kick Ass” and Liev Schreiber from “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

Soon comic book movies will be the new Seven Degrees of Separation from Kevin Bacon. Course, Bacon was in a comic book movie too — the stellar  “X-Men: First Class” —  so he’s covered on that end too. Man, his agent’s good!

The writers (eight are credited. Yikes!) are clearly in on the superhero connections and have a subplot that features Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Lois Lane and Supergirl.  Who knew Leslie Bibb could pull off Wonder Woman?

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[From left] Leslie Bibb as Wonder Woman, Justin Long as Robin and Jason Sudeikis as Batman in Relativity Media’s “Movie 43.”

The subplot that at least from first glance looks like it could be really funny is the Seann William Scott (Stifler from “American Pie”) and Johnny Knoxville pairing. It looks like they’ve kidnapped an elf. I am intrigued and wish to know more.

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[From left] Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville star in Relativity Media’s “Movie 43.”

So which way are we leaning? Good? Bad? Terrible idea? I’m just hoping that this is more “Love Actually” than “He’s Just Not That Into You” when it releases on Jan. 25, 2013.

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