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.
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 Collider.com 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 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'.
The Jetix block on Toon Disney has scheduled a holiday-themed Batman: The Animated Series episode.
The World's Finest has received two dozen new images from an upcoming Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode.