5 new images from The Walking Dead. Plus: Marvel chief talks Captain America. Ellis talks Gravel movie. Aja to strike at Cobra film and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.8.19!
Comics2Film takes a break this Friday as Mania editor and columnist Rob M. Worley heads out to Wizard World's Chicago Comic Con to promote his new comic Scratch9 from Ape Entertainment. If you're at the show stop by booth #117, say howdy, and pick up the first issue of the all-new, all-ages, all-cat, all-awesome comic series!
We posted a new clip from Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. This one features the Scarlet Spider costume and seems to be set in an Aztec temple, evoke J. Michael Straczinski's Spider-God stuff. Click and view!
From a press release...
BURBANK, CA (August 18, 2010) – Warner Bros. Animation’s breakthrough series Batman Beyond comes to DVD for the first time in its entirety. Featuring DC Comics’ iconic hero, Batman, Batman Beyond: The Complete Series presents nearly 20 hours of animated action spread over 52 episodes, as well as all-new bonus featurettes and a 24-page, 8”x 12” collectible booklet. Batman Beyond: The Complete Series will be distributed by Warner Home Video on November 23, 2010 as a nine-disc limited edition DVD set for $99.98 (SRP).
Batman Beyond: The Complete Series centers on Terry McGinnis, an ordinary teenager ... until his father is mysteriously murdered. Suspecting foul play at his father's company, Wayne/Powers Corporation, Terry meets Bruce Wayne and learns of a secret identity hidden for decades. Now too old to don the cape and cowl as Batman, Wayne refuses to help – so Terry does what any brash young kid would do: steal the Bat-suit and take matters into his own hands! Vowing to avenge his father's death, Terry dons the high-tech suit tricked out with jetpacks, a supersensitive microphone and even camouflage capabilities in search of his father's assassin. It’s 52 action-packed episodes following the adventures of the partnership between an ex-crimefighter and his apprentice, starring Will Friedle (Boy Meets World) as Terry McGinnis and, reprising his seminal role, Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Bruce Wayne.
Casting throughout the series’ 52 episodes featured award winners from feature films, primetime television and the Broadway stage – from Paul Winfield, Stockard Channing and Seth Green to William H. Macy, Wayne Brady and Teri Garr – not to mention George Lazenby (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons), Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid), George Takei (Star Trek) and Henry Rollins (the front man for the rock band, Black Flag).
An all-star production team was headed by executive producer Jean MacCurdy and producers Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Glen Murakami and Paul Dini. Writers on the series included Burnett and Dini, as well as Stan Berkowitz, Bob Goodman, Rich Fogel, Hilary Bader and John McCann.
Included in the beautifully custom designed package is a 24-page, 8”x 12” collectible booklet with the inside perspective and artwork from the vaults especially compiled by DC Comics for this release.
Three new bonus features created specifically for the Batman Beyond: The Complete Series are:
TOMORROW KNIGHT: THE BATMAN REBORN - The "Batman Beyond" creative team gives you a peek into the character of Terry McGinnis, and what made him worthy to become the new Caped Crusader.
GOTHAM: CITY OF THE FUTURE - A look at Gotham City, circa 2039, and how the team built a realistic vision of the near future while remaining true to the city they created in Batman: The Animated Series.
THE HIGH TECH HERO - Explore the technology behind the Bat-suit, its amazing powers and the real world science that inspired it.
The collection will also contain the DC 75th anniversary documentary, Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics.
“Batman Beyond was a landmark series as it created altogether new directions for the iconic character, and added dimensions for fans both old and new to the Batman mythology,” said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Sports Marketing. “Warner Home Video is proud to release this important series in an all-encompassing box set, just in time to make a perfect holiday gift for the ultimate fan.”
The official website of actor Glenn Morshower (known to many as the trustworthy secret service agent Aaron Pierce on 24) reveals that he's signed on to reprise his role as "General Morshower" in Transformers 3.
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige talked with MTV Splash Page about Captain America: The First Avenger and praised director Joe Johnston as being the right man to bring the Star Spangled Avenger to life.
"I actually think Joe's entire career has been leading up to this," Feige told MTV News during this year's Comic-Con. He sites the directors design work on the original Star Wars franchise and added, "The work he did with Spielberg on [Raiders of the Lost Ark] to the films he's directed, of course The Rocketeer, I think his whole career has been leading up to this movie."
The movie is rolling cameras in London as we write this. It arrives in theaters next July.
Warren Ellis chatted with MTV Splash Page at Comic-Con this year to give a status update on the filmed adaptation of his comic Gravel. Ellis serves as writer and executive producer on the project, based on his horror comic.
"I'm halfway through right now," Ellis told MTV of the film's script. "I'm actually writing a new William Gravel story. It's a horror-action thing in the whole combat-magician mode of those books."
Ellis said that, unlike past adaptations of his work, he's very involved in the development process because the other producers want the movie to mirror the comics.
The writer also revealed that a second attempt to create a TV show from his Global Frequency comic has also stalled. "It went up and then it came down," was all he said.
Deadline.com reports that Piranha 3D director Alexandre Aja has acquired the rights to Buichi Terasawa's manga turned anime Cobra—The Space Pirate.
Aja is said to be a fan of the cartoons since childhood and pursued the rights as his next live-action feature. He's writing a screenplay with Gregory Levasseur. The pair are producing, along with Marc Sessego and Alexandra Milchan.
Deadline provides this description:
In a future where merchant spaceships and ruthless brigands sail across space, Cobra is a notorious rogue pirate whose refusal to align with the United Galaxies Federation or the Pirates Guild puts him on the business end of a huge bounty. As he tries to keep his identity secret and avoid capture, Cobra teams up with a sexy bounty hunter named Jane, who is out to locate her sisters and decode a treasure map tattooed on their backs. Their goal: to liberate a lost treasure on Mars.
The producers are now seeking financing and beginning the work of designing the sci-fi f/x of the film.
And, it'll be in 3D.
"I'll start work on the script soon, but I have been carrying this inside me for 30 years and we are talking to the creature designers of films like Avatar and Star Trek, building a new world and doing it the right way," Aja told Deadline.
AMC has released five new images from the set of its upcoming original series The Walking Dead, which depict new shots of walkers as well as the arrival of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) on horseback in Atlanta -- and the horrors he encounters there. The Walking Dead is currently being filmed on location in Atlanta, GA, and will premiere on AMC this October.