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Your news roundup for December 19

By Rob M. Worley     December 19, 2008
Source: Various

DOC SAVAGE by Joe DeVito (slideshow)
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Fincher talks 'Torso' (but calls it 'Ness'). Uslan talks 'The Shadow' and 'Doc Savage'. Alternate looks at 'The Spirit'. Bat-rumors still guano! Toon news and more as we journey to the far reaches of the interwebs to bring you today's Comics2Film roundup.


Batman Rumor Guano Stew!

Buried in yesterday's Comics2Film roundup was our agreement that all of the recent casting rumors around 'The Dark Knight' sequel are bogus.

Why do we say this?

On December 8th Christopher Nolan told a major national newspaper he's begun thinking about an outline for the third movie, but he's far from moving forward with developing it. He's got notes jotted down but none that he's willing to commit to.

Then, in yesterday's roundup we showed a video from in which Warner Bros. chief Alan Horne said they are simply waiting for Nolan before doing anything with the sequel.

No movement. No story from Nolan. No villains and no casting!

Still this link to a story in the UK tabloid paper THE SUN keeps ending up in our inbox. The story there claims Eddie Murphy and others have been signed for the sequel. They state it as if its a fact, but it is not a fact.

It's important to remember that, in the opinion of this writer, based on what I've seen from the paper over the last decade, The Sun's entertainment reporting is the equivalent to the Weekly World News here in the U.S. and this story is simply not true.


Fincher talks about his TORSO vision

MTV Splash Page caught up with director David FIncher who shed some light on his adapation of Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko's  'Torso' , which is officially being called 'Ness'

Fincher talked about how the narrative flow of comics differs from film and does so in a way that's not appealing to him. To that end, his vision of the 'Torso' story will not strive to be super-faithful to the comics.

"Not to take anything away from Bendis, who did an amazing thing, but it’s a pretty complete reimagining of it,” Fincher said. “Certainly from a stylistic standpoint it will be Bendis’ world, but from a story standpoint, it’s not just Ness in the moment. It’s not a linear chronology. It’s more like ‘Rashomon’ or ‘Citizen Kane.’ It’s an exploded version of it.”

[LINK] - Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.


THE SPIRIT movie that could have been

The L.A. Times Hero Complex blog has a fascinating look at an attempt to make 'The Spirit' in the 1980s, a project that could have involved Pixar wunderkind Brad Bird working directly with Will Eisner.



THE SPIRIT storyboards

Empire Online has a couple of Frank Miller's storyboard sketches from 'The Spirit', taken from a new book, "The Spirit: The Movie Visual Companion" book from Titan Books.



Uslan says THE SHADOW is next

Having ushered 'The Spirit' to the big screen this month, producer Michael E. Usland said his next project will likely be a update of Walter B. Gibson's pulp hero 'The Shadow'.

The film is to be produced by Sam Raimi and Josh Donen, along with Uslan. Siavash Farahani has already written a script for the project.

Uslan already has an actor he likes for the lead role.



Uslan also like DOC SAVAGE

Uslan is also talking about the long-in-developmen 'Doc Savage' movie, based on the classic pulp character. The projec still lacks a script and a director.

He told IGN that the film would follow Doc's departure from his Arctic base on his first adventure to the United States. The story would focus on the title character and likely shun, or downplay his crew, The Fabulous Five.




In this special update, Marvel Animation Age has your exclusive first look at the complete episode descriptions for the second season of 'The Spectacular Spider-Man'.

[LINK] - Thanks to Jim Harvey for the submission.



The Jetix block on Toon Disney has scheduled the holiday-themed X-Men: The Animated Series episode.

[LINK] - Thanks to Jim Harvey for the submission.



The Jetix block on Toon Disney has scheduled a holiday-themed Batman: The Animated Series episode.

[LINK] - Thanks to Jim Harvey for the submission.



The World's Finest has received two dozen new images from an upcoming Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode.

[LINK] - Thanks to Jim Harvey for the submission.


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Darkknight2280 12/19/2008 7:59:40 AM

You know i didnt think I was going to like Batman: the brave and the bold. But I have been enjoying it. When i 1st saw the Adam West looking batman I was like..omg what are they doing? But I have enjoyed the animation, story lines and the voice work.

xenomorph 12/19/2008 10:01:45 AM

I loved the X-MEN animated series when I was a kid. Does anyone know if the series will be avalible on DVD like the Batman animated series?

monkeyfoot 12/19/2008 6:03:06 PM

Looking forward to Uslan's Shadow and Doc Savage. they are the Batman and Superman of their age. The Shadow, I hope, will be done in a film noir style and a serious tone. Please no Frank Miller.

Doc Savage, I had hoped would include his Fabulous Five becasue they give him someone to play off of. By himself he can be very stoic and serious. It would also provide an opportunity for some great casting in the Ocean's Eleven way. The Man of Bronze should be portrayed by Duane Johnson.  

spence34 12/20/2008 6:02:37 PM

On Doc Savage, when I read this article I was bothered by the implication that the Fab Five wouldn't be a part of the story.  In fact the word 'shun' was poorly chosen and give the wrong impression.  When you read the source article it is the first movie that won't have the Fab Five since it is to be Doc's origin story and the Fab Five "would be better served later".   This makes sense as an approach even though I would have liked to see the books made themsellves.


On The Shadow.  I always hate the words reinvent.  If he means it in reference to the other movie, then fine.  If he is referencing the books then I have to wonder "why bother?" 

tombaker 12/21/2008 1:04:41 PM

The Sun is The National Enquirer and Weekly World News but without the editorial integrity...

dbrock06 12/22/2008 10:36:48 AM

Xenomorph.  I also loved the x-men cartoon as well as the Spiderman cartoon that was on about the same time.  I wish whoever owns the rights to them would just make it available already.

I haven't given Brave and the Bold a shot yet.  Whenever I want to see Batman cartoons I break out the Batman animated series DVDS.  That was a great cartoon.  It really doesn't get much better than that.

I hope Nolan takes his time(not too much mind you) with a third Batman Movie.  I would rather have it done right than have it rushed out just for pure profit.   Batman just has such a great Rogues Gallery that there is a lot to choose from.  Maybe too much.  But selfishly I would love to see the Riddler done right.

Shavager 12/17/2009 3:54:51 AM

I disagree with Monkeyfoot, I think that WWF wrestler Randy Orton would make a better Doc Savage character. Randy Orton has the height, the hair style and facial features and build to pass for the BAMA image of Doc. Duane (The Rock)Johnson definitely has the build but is undersized and lacks enough resemblance to the character. I also think the movie should incorporate the Fab Five but limit their roles rather than complicate the storyline, maybe using Monk and Ham, possibly Renny more to complete the background of the main character, Doc Savage. Hope to see a movie, the George Pal production was a joke! Like to see another SHADOW movie, Baldwin was good in the last one and except for a couple of corny spots where agents pass messages in the streets on bicycle and the so-called pnuematic tubes outside office buildings carrying the SHADOW'S messages, it followed the character closely in representation, even though a better storyline plot was needed.



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