Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Kapow! Comic Con Trailer from kapowcomiccon on Vimeo.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Oh boy. The more I see from this, the more that I actually like. Hat, get ready to be eaten.
The first official Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark commercial hit the web and it features mostly behind the scenes work mixed with sequences from the show. The rotating and flipping sets look as cool as the rotating and flipping people.
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark makes it’s Broadway debut tomorrow night with an official opening on January 11, 2011.
Kurt Busiek informed Newsarama on Friday that he is writing a follow-up of sorts to Superman: Secret Identity, his 2004 mini-series with artist Stuart Immonen. This was one of those surprising gems that was an incredibly passionate tale with some of the most striking art I’ve ever seen in a comic book. Immonen has since become a favorite of mine, but I’ve never seen him match what he did on this lovely book.
While the original dealt with a man named Clark Kent who lives in the real world and begins to develop super powers, the sequel will deal with a character name Bruce Wainwright who gets into adventures of his own. Being Batman-centric Busiek admits that the book, Batman: Creature of the Night, will be darker in tone because, naturally, it’s Batman.
Busiek told the following to Newsarama:
“In Superman: Secret Identity, Clark Kent is somebody who is heartily sick of Superman. He discovers that he has the powers, and it brings up questions about his place in the world and who he is in secret inside. So he's somebody who didn't like Superman, but in becoming Superman, he learns about himself. Bruce Wainwright, however, loves Batman. But becoming Batman is not a happy process. So where Clark goes from dislike to a sort of acceptance and wonder, Bruce goes from love to horror.”
Sadly Immonen will not be drawing the title. However, John Paul Leon (above, not series art) is currently penciling the four-issue mini and his work has a similarly realistic look to Immonen’s. Superman: Secret Identity is easily one of my all time favorite Superman stories. The bar is going to be pretty high for Batman: Creature of the Night.
Batman: Creature of the Night does not yet have a release date. The Superman: Secret Identity trade is currently out of print.
The biggest draw for me is going to be anything that occurs in Hall H, which features presentations from the film and television studios which are designed to get the hype in gear for movies and programming that might be a year or so away. Typically news starts surfacing immediately about clips from movies that won’t see the light of day for another year. Genre television pilots are often featured months before airing in primetime, again with the hope of channeling early online buzz.
Last summer’s Hall H panels included, as always, big name stars, directors and writers from movies that would not be hitting theaters until 2011 (Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Green Lantern, and Cowboys & Indians to name a few). The Thor and Captain America panel ended with a well publicized gathering of the Avengers cast (above, a whopping two years before the movie is scheduled to hit theaters).
While nothing has been announced yet in terms of what Hall H panels are scheduled for 2011, looking at the slate of films set for release in 2012 should spark some anticipation:
The Wolverine: Darren Aronofsky’s directs the follow-up to 2009’s first solo Wolverine feature. With a script by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects), this film is almost certain to be a greater critical success than it’s predecessor (TBA 2012).
Frankenweenie: Based on Tim Burton’s original short subject about a dog that is brought back to life by its owner, the director returns with a full-length stop animation feature (his third such film as producer). The film will be voiced by Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short and Catherine O‘Hara (March 9, 2012).
The Avengers: Undisputedly the most ambitious comic book movie project ever. Writer/director Joss Whedon is taking Marvel’s recent film franchises and putting them all together in this hotly anticipated feature. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Nick Fury and Black Widow will all be on hand to face off against what will have to be a pretty major threat (May 4, 2012).
Men in Black III: Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back with series director Barry Sonnenfield and writer Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder). This film will receive the 3-D treatment (as it seems perfectly suited) and will also feature Josh Brolin, Gemma Arterton, Emma Thompson, Alec Baldwin, Sharlto Copley, and Rip Torn (May 25, 2012).
John Carter of Mars: Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs serialized stories from the early 1900’s, Andrew Stanton (WALL-E and Finding Nemo) directs his first live-action film with a script by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay) . The film stars Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) as John Carter , a Civil War veteran who travels to Mars where there is life and adventure to be had (concept art above). The film also stars Mark Strong, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Hayden Church and Samantha Morton (June 8, 2012).
Star Trek 2: Now that J.J. Abrahms has retconned the Trek universe, there are endless possibilities for this second follow-up. Screenwriters Robert Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof are returning and there is some speculation that the returning crew of the Enterprise will be facing off against the Klingons. This is purely speculation though (June 29, 2012).
The Dark Knight Rises: The final film in Christopher Nolan’s critically and financially successful trilogy is so far a mystery. We know Tom Hardy (Inception) has been cast (presumably as a villain) and a search is being conducted for two female leads (again, presumably one as a villain and the other a love interest). Hardy as Bane? Are the League of Assassins heading to Gotham led by Talia al Gul? Nothing has been revealed yet. (July 20, 2012).
Untitled Spider-Man Reboot: Director Marc Webb is rebooting a beloved franchise that ended on a critically sour note. Based on some of the casting announcements (Martin Sheen is in talks to play Uncle Ben), this is going to be another take on the origin, but I trust Webb and screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) to present their own fresh spin on the web-slinger (July 23, 2012).
The Hobbit: The on again off again production has remained so for the past few years, but it appears to finally be on again and moving ahead. Lord of the Rings helmer Peter Jackson is guiding the film again with some recognizable faces from the original trilogy and Martin Freeman (The Office) as Bilbo Baggins. The Hobbit will be filmed in two parts for release in 2012 and 2013 (December 19, 2012).
Untitled Superman Reboot: Christmas bring a fresh take on the Man of Steel. After Superman Returns failed to capture the steam required to relaunch a franchise, Warner Bros. has tapped Zack Snyder to bring his creative eye to the character. Not much is known about the story (other than some unlikely rumors that came out last week involving warring African tribes); Zack Snyder has said that much of what has been published on the web has been incorrect (TBA December 2012).
PopCultureGeek.com created the following video featuring the coolness that went down at the 2010 Hall H panels.
Mark Millar and Frank Quitely are thisclose to what is sure to be exciting news according to Millar and Bleeding Cool. The two were planning a Thanksgiving announcement, but according to a Twitter post we should only have to wait until Monday morning sometime.
The two worked famously together on their brilliant run on The Authority beginning in 2000 (after the equally but differently brilliant run by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch). While we get a lot from Millar these days (Kick-Ass 2, Superior, and Nemesis), we do not get enough of Quitely due to the quality of his work.
This pairing excites me to no end. It’s a safe bet that we will be hearing about a creator-owned book on Monday because Millar has had home run after home run with his own creations.
More to come!
The Young Justice comic book series was a precursor to the current run of Teen Titans, but this new series is taking its inspiration and characters from the last forty years of DC history to put together this series. The team includes the original Robin and Kid Flash with Aqualad, Superboy, and Miss Martian.
While the manga-inspired Teen Titans from a few years back had a rabid fan base, it did not embody the spirit of the source material that viewers have come to expect from Warner Bros. animation since Batman: The Animated Series premiered in 1992. Young Justice is accessible to preteen kids and on up to us geezers in our thirties and forties who grew up on comic books.
The story begins with four sidekicks (Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, and Speedy) who believe they are taking a step closer to their ascension into the Justice League. They soon learn that they are not quite as close as they would like. With the League on a mission, the boys learn about an explosion at Cadmus and decide to investigate; Cadmus is a scientific operation of which Robin advises the group that Batman is suspicious. Their fears are realized once they run into a teenage clone of Superman.
The young heroes are captured and eventually befriended by Superboy who yearns for freedom and an opportunity to meet the Man of Steel. We are treated to a series of excellent action sequences; excellent fight choreography has always been important to the producers as story and characterization. Not to dismiss the story and characterization, because it is all there.
In the Justice League series the characters were never presented as infallible (even Superman) and there is already some of that in this series. Robin doesn’t hesitate to hack into the Justice League’s computer, Speedy gets his way or the highway, and the fledgling team confronts the League in a show of defiance to announce they are joining forces whether or not their mentors approve.
Of course there is room for humor when the script calls for it. After Robin is freed late into the episode he says dryly to Kid Flash’s chagrin: “Lucky Batman isn’t here. He’d have my head for taking so long.” Kid Flash proves he is Wally West in the making when he grabs a part of their opponents decaying face and exclaims “Got your nose!”
I also enjoyed that the team was still obviously learning a thing or two about being heroes. Kid Flash does not appear to be an adept fighter and early on needs rescuing from Robin. Superboy assumes he has all of Superman’s powers but learns at inconvenient times that he indeed does not.
This is easily the best animation that Warner Bros. has ever had on one of its shows. The character designs and animation most resemble the animated shorts that have accompanied the most recent DC Universe movies (The Spectre, Green Arrow, and Jonah Hex).
The voice acting is strong by all the leads who sound for the most part like teens: Jesse McCartney as Robin, Jason Spisak as Kid Flash, Khary Payton as Aqualad, and Nolan North as Superboy. Renee Auberjonois was as distinguishable as ever as the evil Dr. Desmond, the man responsible for the Superboy clone.
For fan boys there is much to enjoy. There’s a big formidable League featured in the episode and, while they are mainly in the background, there are no throwaway character designs. The producers have promised the inclusion of the Justice League in the series and I’m excited to see some more of them (especially an armored up Hawkman).
Like the Justice League and Justice League: Unlimited after it, there appears to be an underlying arc that may be a thread through the rest of the season; that is, Project Cadmus and the unnamed villains who are running the show. One thing is for sure, the torch has been successfully handed from Justice League: Unlimited to Young Justice.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Release Date: 12/29/10
Release Date: 1/5/11
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
If Matthew Goode is really being considered for the role of Superman, then Hathaway would seem a good fit as the intrepid reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper.
We got our first glimpse at some of the aerial work and sets from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark today in the form of a new behind-the-scenes video. While I've yet to be sold on Julie Taymor's ideas for this production, I'll admit it looks like it will, at the very least, be a feast for the senses.
There was something confounding and thrilling about Taymor's saying, “We can’t really tell you what this is. But it has rock ‘n roll, it has drama, and it has circus.” So vague but exciting at the same time. Perhaps the woman who brought The Lion King to Broadway might be onto something.
Audiences will be the first to know when Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark opens officially on January 11, 2011 at the Foxwoods Theatre.
Monday, November 22, 2010
A chronicle of my Monday morning:
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Last week was an enormous one for comic book movie trailers. Tuesday saw our first peek at the entire Green Lantern teaser, followed Wednesday by the Cowboys & Aliens teaser. The second Green Hornet trailer premiered on Friday with more glimpses of the Green Hornet and Kato in action.
The Green Hornet is directed by Michael Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and written by Evan Goldberg (Superbad). The film is scheduled for release on January 14, 2011, and stars Seth Rogan, Cameron Diaz, Jay Chou, Tom Wilkinson and Christoph Waltz.
The Flash #6