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Bruckheimer Declares WORLD WAR ROBOT

Plus: IRON MAN 2, SUPERMAN, G.I.JOE and more...

By Rob M. Worley     July 31, 2009

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Bruckheimer has the film rights to Ashley Wood's 'World War Robot'. Plus: 'Iron Man 2' recruits YOU into Stark Industries. 'Superman' rumors flying again. Is Hulk in 'The Avengers' or not? It's alright, we told you what to dream. Welcome, my Maniacs, to your Comics2Film 9.7.31!



SUPERMAN Rumors Flying High reports that Warner Bros is keen to get the next 'Superman' movie going in the face of the current litigation that could result in the rights reverting to the estates of the character's creators by 2013. The site says that two names were dropped in their ear this weekend at Comic-Con International as potential directors for the re-reboot.

The first is James McTeigue of 'V for Vendetta' and 'Ninja Assassin fame. The second is an oldie but a goodie: McTeigue's sometime bosses, the Wachowski Brothers. Since McTeigue has worked as a director (and in other roles) on movies the Wachowskis have produced, it could be a package deal that includes all three. IESB doesn't name their sources, so its unclear if their name-dropper is in the know, or just regurgitating past internet rumors.

In related news, Maniacs will recall a recent report that indicated Grant Morrison was consulting on a DC Universe movie. Well, the guys over at the ThinkMcFlyThink blog are saying that the 'Superman' franchise is what has been entrusted to Morrison. The assignment does makes sense, given how well received the writer's 'All-Star Superman' comics were. Those funnybooks created a free-standing version of the Superman mythos that could be enjoyed by fans of all ages, which is usually what Hollywood wants in a superhero film adaptation.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.




Want to swing with Tony Stark? Stark Industries is now hiring! Head over to and fill out a job application.

The new website was discovered by fans who were handed a translucent Stark Industries business card at Comic-Con International this weekend. Also found on the site is a "press release" direct from the main man himself.

Could this be the start of an 'Iron Man 2' alternate reality experience on par with the one promoting 'The Dark Knight'? Time will see, but with a year to go until the movie's release Paramount Pictures has plenty of time to build up the web-based hype.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.




Once upon a time, it was very clear that Marvel intended its four initial tentpoles, 'Iron Man', 'Incredible Hulk', 'Thor' and 'Captain America' to feed into its mega-movie 'The Avengers'. Then, with hubbub that 'Hulk' star Edward Norton was less-than-happy with the theatrical cut of the movie, and that the audiences responded to the movie wtih a fair degree of apathy, the prospect of Norton appearing in the superteam movie seemed to fade a bit.

With Norton out promoting his documentary film 'By the People: The Election of Barack Obama', SCI FI Wire asked him if he is, in fact, on board with 'The Avengers'.

"No comment," is Norton's reply.

He then elaborated saying, "I probably won't comment on that just because they keep a pretty tight rein on what they are letting out. I'll let them address it."

So is Norton being deferential to Marvel? Or is he simply avoiding the hornets nest of having describe why he's not in the movie? Time will tell. Marvel has to ramp up 'Thor' and 'First Avenger: Captain America' before they get into production on 'The Avengers', and a lot can happen in that time.


Ruby Spears SUPERMAN on DVD November 3

From a press release

DVD Box art for Ruby-Spears Superman

Burbank, CA (July 29, 2009) – As a 50th anniversary gift to fans, DC Comics’ Man of Steel was given a brand-new Saturday morning cartoon in 1988.  Now, fans of all ages can finally join the celebration when Warner Home Video (WHV) and DC Comics release Ruby-Spears Superman, a 2-disc collection of cartoons from the Warner Bros. vault, on November 3, 2009 for $26.99 SRP.  Order due date is September 29, 2009.

Debuting in 1988, the Ruby-Spears Superman series brought back some familiar foes and new unfriendly faces for battles against our favorite hero.  In addition to the thrills of Superman’s weekly adventures, each episode also includes a mini-segment – a continuing series called Superman Family Album.  These featurettes tell the real story of what it was like to grow up as the most powerful boy in Smallville.  Watch young Clark Kent deal with not only the normal trials and tribulations of youth and adolescence, but learn to balance them with his newfound super powers.

Ruby-Spears Productions was founded in 1977 by veteran writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears.  Ruby and Spears started as sound editors at Hanna-Barbera, branched out into writing, and eventually went on to create “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!”  In total, Ruby-Spears Productions produced 36 different TV series including the hit, “Alvin and the Chipmunks.”

“These celebratory episodes not only take fans through the expected, yet exhilarating, adventures of Superman, but they share the untold story of his youth,” said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Sports Marketing. “Warner Home Video is absolutely thrilled to release Ruby-Spears Superman just in time for the holiday season.”

Ruby-Spears Superman will include the special feature "Corruption of the Corrupt: The Rise of LexCorp" - A fascinating glimpse into the Decade of Greed, when Americans were growing more and more distrustful of corporate leadership.  From the headlines of the day to the pages of Superman arose a new vision of an old villain, Lex Luthor and his conglomerate, LexCorp.   

Thanks to Captain Sigma for the submission.



WATCHMEN A Home Video Hit

Warner Bros may have seen a disappointing return on 'Watchmen' during its theatrical run, but the home video release of the film has topped the sales and rental charts, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 36% of those sales were to the Blu-Ray market.

We wonder if it'll sell strong again in December when the next edition comes out?



Bruckheimer Declares WORLD WAR ROBOT

Not to be outdone by past collaborator Michael Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer's has locked down the feature film rights to Ashley Wood's graphic novel 'World War Robot'.

The book, from IDW Publishing, unfolds in the form of a war-diary told from both sides of a conflict that involves humans and robots duking it out on Earth, the moon and Mars.

Variety reports that Wood and IDW chief Ted Adams join Bruckheimer as executive producers on the movie.



Larry Hama talks G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

Here's comic scribe Larry Hama, the chief architect of the 'G.I.Joe' mythology that most fans know and love, talking about the new movie 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra', due in theaters August 7.




Animal Logic has a NIGHT MARY

Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer's thriller comic 'Night Mary' may become an animated feature courtesy of toon house Animal Logic. Bleeding Cool reports that the animators (currently at work on Zack Snyder's 'Guardians of Ga'Hoole') have picked up the feature rights to the IDW Publishing title.

The comic tells the story a teenager who can enter the dreams of her father’s patients at a sleep disorder clinic. There she encounters a serial killer there.



Grillo-Marxuach Completes COURIERS Script

'Lost' writer and 'Middleman' creator Javier Grillo-Marxuach told MTV Splash Page that he's completed a draft of the film version of Brian Wood's comic 'Couriers' for Intrepid Pictures.

"I've written the script and we've had studio interest and directors attached and all that, and now we're just hoping to make this movie," said Grillo-Marxuach.

The writer did not name names but said he was faithful to the comics in writing the screenplay.

"I'm not one of those people who likes to take a title and character and then throw everything else out," said Grillo-Marxuach, "That's how I wrote the script, so I'm hoping sooner rather than later we can move that into production and have a wonderful movie that ultimately gets looked at as one of the good comic book adaptations."




Topless Robot points out a disturbing similarity between a recent clip from 'Green Lantern: First Flight and the classic anime 'Sailor Moon'. Click through if you dare...

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.


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Wiseguy 7/31/2009 8:43:59 AM

I'd be somewhat surprised if WB lets the Wachowski Bros. handle Superman after the debacle that was Speed Racer. But I myself would love to see their take, after The Matrix these guys receive a life long pass in my book

World War Robot sounds like Terminator taken to space. Never read the books but it could be ok, Bruckheimer doesn't produce anything half-ass so you know he'll throw them all the money needed for cgi and so on

Feige during an interview  at SDCC omitted the Hulk when talking Avengers and basically said he wanted to keep the team fairly small to devote time to their chemistry mostly among the big three, Cap, IM and Thor. Add the reported hissy fits Norton had during filming and I wouldn't be surprised if they skip him altogether. Plus they can always have the Hulk without Norton, just let the Hulk have some control over himself as the end of the film suggested


hanso 7/31/2009 9:41:36 AM

Oh please let the Wachowskis rumor be true!

Bruckheimer don't forget to add some balls to your giant robots, that really brings in the big bucks.

Lsn22s 7/31/2009 10:37:06 AM

man i really hope they have ed norton in the avengers movie, that would add to the already solid lineup they've got going...hulk cgi whole time w/ no actor? that COULD be cool if done right. but i really like the anticipation of waiting to see Banner lose his sh*t. 

i kno its probably a ways off, but im really curious to see who actually ends up playing/being superman, it would be great to see someone really take that role and make it their own.

silversurfer 7/31/2009 10:40:44 AM

I think the Brothers Wachowskis are looking for something that they can redeem themselves with...after all the flying that Neo did was far better than Superman Returns as a whole...

I think that they would get people interested in the franchise and them again if they could pull that one they have a good grasp of WB/DC properties ( V for Vendetta)'s to hoping that it comes true...

Hobbs 7/31/2009 10:43:21 AM

Superman has nowhere to go but up (no pun intended) so bring on the bros and lets see what they can do with it.

That worldwar robot sounds kinda cool and if Bruckheimer is involved it could be very entertaining. 

I'm shocked Watchmen is doing so good in sales because for one they didn't release the theater version in blu-ray and two, they already announced the ultimate edition in December.  Never under estimate the power of a geek who wants his movie...not making fun of geeks, I'm one myself.  Just saying.

jfdavis 7/31/2009 12:13:44 PM

I remeber the Superman cartoon from '88 and will definitely be picking that up at some point. Awesome.

Singer's movie version wasn't bad enough in my book to completely reboot but, on the other hand, I have yet to see a Superman film on par with Spider-man let alone Nolan's Batman films.  (Hell, Fantastic Four 2 was more interesting than any of them.) I think Supes works better as a teammember rather than on his own. Maybe rebooting Supergirl in this film would be a good idea...

Since there will be many castmembers in Avengers, I can't imagine Bruce Banner will have a huge role in the movie.  He could concievably be the Hulk for 60% of the movie anyway.  Whether Banner is played by Norton, Bana or whoever is not really important...

fft5305 7/31/2009 1:34:28 PM

Man, I wish peeps would lay off Norton. Mostly the media, who seem to have a vested interest in stoking fires so they can have stories to run. At the time, both Norton and Leterrier denied they had problems with each other.  They both said they had approached Marvel together about having a longer, more character-driven cut of the movie and were denied. Marvel wanted a more visceral (i.e. action-driven) movie.  That was it.  If the Hulk isn't in the Avengers movie, I don't imagine it will be because of Norton; it will be due to the budget constraints of having a fully CG Hulk running around.

P.S. Wiseguy, I'm not slamming you. I've just been frustrated about this ever since the movie came out. I think the false (I believe) rumors hurt the box office.

Wiseguy 7/31/2009 3:12:54 PM

fft, I agree with you about the rumors to a degree. Hell, I tried defending Norton as much as possible when the film came out. But I do believe where there's smoke there's fire and "supposedly" the antics were pretty common for Norton.

But the film had so much negativity around it from the regular fans that it may not have mattered. People just don't seem willing to accept a cgi Hulk and the bad pub. from the first just kept lingering. I don't know how many times I heard people asking for a real actor, which is just stupid IMO. Anyway maybe Cameron's new motion capture tech will help in the future.

Btw, I loved both films so I'm not trying to throw dirt on Norton or the films

LocoLobo73 7/31/2009 5:08:18 PM

Whats up boy and girls,  As far as Avengers goes I think the reason they are keeping it quiet is due to what Norton may want as far as his involvement and What marvel wants. I know alot of people are not big fans of The Ultimates comic book but I happen to have loved Millar & Hitch's work on those books, and I think that what Marvel may be aiming for with the exception of the Aliens.  I would love to see the HULK  raging through NYC and the Avengers  having to stop him, and having it end with The HULK  turning back to Banner and Having Cap kicking him in the Face, lol. I hate hold outs and Norton will want his say on how his role plays out . I say leave it to Faveru and let him do his thing if we are lucky enough to have him. Btw Im with Wise and it seems alot of the rest of you when I say I  liked The Incerdible Hulk, bad press or not I thought it was well down story and action  wise and I have to agree with the way Marvel wanted it balanced. 

As far as SUPES, if MORRISON is scripting this and The BROTHERS are directing it , then Im all in.  However im sorry FFT5305, this has to be rebooted there where so many issues with Returns that it has to be redine , and Im all for the ALL STAR SUPERMAN version, if your not a Superman fan I highly recommend this series, by Grant Morrison , it is very well written and the art is beautiful in it. The story makes it real  easy for new readers to approah the character, and its funny when I read this series , I had said to my boys that this would have made a great movie.

AS far as Watchmen, I told you so , If you remember I said that people were going to wait for this to hit dvd cause of how long the movie was. and it looks like thats what is happening, and some of my friends are now saying they wish they would have seen it at the theater. It really was a great movie and it kept the integrity of the novel, I salute you Zack

fft5305 7/31/2009 6:18:49 PM

Wait... I didn't say anything about the Superman article.  You reading my mind, Loco?  The funny thing is, you actually reacted to how I really feel about it.  I don't think a Supes reboot is in order.  By no means did I think SR was perfect, but I would have liked to have seen how Singer would have handled S2, like he did with X2.

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