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Comics2Film: GREEN HORNET, DARK KNIGHT, SUPERMAN and more...

Your news roundup for December 24

    December 24, 2008
Source: Various


Stephen Chow is Kato in GREEN HORNET...or is he? (slideshow)
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Twas the morn before Christmas and all through Maniac central, the stocking were hung and overflowing with  comic book movie news....

 

Chow may not even play Kato in GREEN HORNET

An Associated Press wire story indicates that Stephen Chow may not only have passed on directing 'The Green Hornet', but may also bow out of playing Kato in the movie.

The actor/director said he's looking to free up time in order to do a suphero comedy with Jack Black.

"If I direct 'The Green Hornet,' the superhero comedy will have to be delayed for two years," Chow said. "The timing might not be right for a superhero comedy in two years. And I want to make a movie based on an original idea."

He also said he's play Kato if his schedule permits.

Seth Rogen is set to star in the film, based on a script he's written with partner Evan Goldberg. Back in September Columbia Pictures announced with much fanfare that Chow would direct and co-star in the movie. The movie is targeted for a June 25, 2010 release.

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DARK KNIGHT won't travel to China

Although parts of the movie were filmed in Hong Kong, Warner Bros will not release 'The Dark Knight' in China.

"Based on a number of pre-release conditions that are being attached to 'The Dark Knight' as well as cultural sensitivities to some elements of the film, we have opted to forego a theatrical release of the film in China," a representative for Warner told Variety, without elaborating further.

Those same Hong Kong scenes may have prompted mandates from Chinese censors that Warner could not or would not manage.

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REVIEW: SUPERMAN RETURNS on Blu-Ray

Our friends at Worlds Finest DVD report have taken a look at the 'Superman Returns' reissue on Blu-Ray:

Now this is how you do a bonus features-laden Blu-ray release, Warner! The content here is overwhelming, and it’s all on one disc with any loss to the audio or video quality of both the main feature and the bonus content. Everything looks absolutely perfect. A three-hour documentary pairs with the nearly two-and-a-half hour movie, on top of other small extras, rounding up to six hours of entertainment all on one disc. Now compare this disc, which originally came out in 2006 before being reissued in September of this year, and compare it to the recent The Dark Knight Blu-ray release and behold how Warner Home Video could get something so right with the Superman Returns Blu-ray release and then mostly wrong for the The Dark Knight release. It is absolutely staggering comparing how differently both releases were handled. Superman Returns is easily one of the best super-hero Blu-rays releases and I sincerely hope Warner Home Video looks at this release when they approach The Dark Knight for the inevitable double-dip. Superman Returns is an absolutely beautiful Blu-ray release, no question. 

Overall, a staggering collection of extras that really do justice to a great film, a film that is one of the best in the comic super-hero genre (easily in the top five). And now, finally, Warner Home Video has done justice toSuperman Returns, especially when it comes to the technical aspect of the release. The new audio track sounds so full and boisterous, aided by an excellent video transfer. If you want to experience Superman Returns, this is the version to have. Just be sure to double-check before you purchase the Blu-ray, especially reviewing the technical aspects listed on the back cover. Overall, considering the entire package, it’s a worthy addition to any fan’s DVD collection and a worthy successor to the Donner/Reeves Superman films. Highly Recommend.


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

 

The Life & Loves of Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT

With Frank Miller's screen adaptation of "The Spirit" opening this week, CBR looks at the life and loves of the classic Will Eisner creation, from his origins as a newspaper strip to his reinvigoration by Darwyn Cooke.

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COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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xenomorph 12/24/2008 10:24:41 AM

Its a shame that the people of China won't be able to see The Dark Knight, But I also applaued WB for not deciding to censor the film.

abednigo 12/24/2008 1:31:11 PM

I love the site, I really do.  And maybe it's been addressed before, but I just have to ask, do any of these posts get a spelling/grammar check?  Maybe I'm just uptight about stuff like this, but this is a fairly professional site (to my knowledge) and to constantly read lines like, "it€™s all on one disc with any loss to the audio or video quality" is just frustrating.  Almost every review I read has similar mistakes.  It's too frequent to be an "isolated incident".  As I said, I love the site, but that stuff is just annoying. This is, after all, "the premiere online destination for fans of sci/fi, fantasy, horror and anime entertainment", isn't it?

hanso 12/24/2008 2:14:22 PM

Chow bailing like a bitch.  Where were his plans before he accepted the gig?

How can we take what the people that review SR on Blu Ray seriously when they say things like "a film that is one of the best in the comic super-hero genre (easily in the top five). "?  Buwahahaha.

DaForce1 12/25/2008 12:38:21 AM

Chow had probably never seen Seth Rogen before, and after finally meeting him thought to himself, "This movie is going to suck ass!" So he bailed on the project.

I would have too. Especially with the thought of a fat Seth Rogen dressed as the Green Hornet. The script written by Rogen probably didn't inspire any confidence in Chow either.

auvischizo 12/25/2008 9:07:14 AM

Rogen and Chow have different comedic styles and I attribute that to the reason Chow backed out of directing.  And, he already expressed in relation to DBZ how he prefers to do only his own original films.  So, he got the greenlight for his own project and he said "screw it".  And, now he is doing exactly what he wants to do.  I don't blame him.

GSSCHAN2000 12/26/2008 8:14:27 AM

hmmm i wonder if  WILL SMITH is available to do KATO?

tombaker 12/27/2008 6:02:06 AM

Is world's finest DVD owned by Warner Bros? Because there is not one person (well maybe 2 or 3 here on cinescape (i still remember) that liked that movie) I mean, honestly, top5... now i could say it was not one of the bottom 5 but top 5 come on... the only thing that could make the bluray disk something so great is if they re-shot the movie, put in a super hero, recast lois, got rid of the kid, and i dont know.... had less of those "majesticly moving" flying scenes.... i mean come on, how am i supposed to be wowed by him flying when Pixalated Neo had cooler flying scenes with Agent Smith? Ugh... Please make us a Superman movie we can love again... i am willing to look at Superman returns like batman and robin... wait, i can say this, superman returns was better than batman and robin....

keithdaniel 12/27/2008 1:02:03 PM

Although I'm sure Warners did a great job with the blu-ray release of Superman Returns,I totally agree with the previous comments by tombaker,however,I would add another major criticism. The script for SR needed a major revision because of it's weak story and lack of dialogue between Clack Kent/Superman and Lois Lane as well as Lex Luthor. SR doesn't belong in any greatest superhero movie list because it was such a major disappointment compared to what they could've done with it. However,as let done as many of us were by SR,it wasn't the worst superhero film either. It was certainly much better than Superman 3 and 4 as well as others like Electra,Catwoman,Judge Dredd,Supergirl,Darkman,The Fantastic Four(2005),The Phantom,as well as any of the Batman films by Burton/Schomacher. The real Batman film series truly began with Batman Begins as far as I'm concerned...but I digress! Anyway,SR did have some terrific action sequences,visual effects,and some good actors like Kevin Spacey and Parker Posey. Other actors in the film like Frank Langella and Kate Bosworth are also good actors but were totally miscast in their roles,especially Bosworth as Lois Lane! My top five superhero films are:








1. Superman(1978)








2.The Dark Knight(2008)








3.Spiderman 2(2004)








4.Batman Begins(2005)








5.Superman 2(1980,2006)(either version of Richard Lester or Richard Donner)








Some would rank The Dark Knight and or Spiderman 2 as the greatest but it took a long time for those films to come out;26 and 30 years after the first Superman(1978). I ranked Superman: The Movie as the greatest for a number of reasons including the fact that it was the first great superhero movie and has stood out for so many years. If it hadn't stood out for so long I would have likely had both The Dark Knight and Spiderman 2 ranked above it but even then just barely so.  The brillant casting of every major role in the film from Cristopher Reeve to Marlon Brando to Gene Hackman to Margo Kidder to Terence Stamp among others should also be considered as well as the amazing set designs,especially Krypton and the Fortress of Solitude. We are in a time where there has been a number of not only good but very good and even great superhero flicks for the better part of a decade. Donner's first Superman didn't come out in such an environment and still stands out among the very best today. Even though it doesn't have the elaborate visuals that todays films have including Superman Returns it's fx were great for it's time. Besides,Donner's Superman had a much superior script,cast,performances,original set designs,overall music score and tremendous charm. Superior fx along with a bigger budget doesn't guarantee greatness in a superhero movie!   

garygriffith03@yahoo.com_home 12/31/2008 7:13:57 AM

THE MOVIE THE GREEN HORNET SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS A COMEDY.

THE MOVIE SHOULD BE A SERIOUS ACTION MOVIE WITH GOOD ACTING AS WELL.

WHEN THE MOVIE FINALLY COME TO THEATRES IT MAY DO GOOD AT THE BOX OFFICE

OR IT MAY BOMB AT THE BOX OFFICE. WILL IT FAIL BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF ACTION

ACTING OR WILL IT FAIL BECAUSE IT WASN"T TAKEN SERIOUS AS A GOOD MOVIE.

THE FANS WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE.

GARYGRIFFITH03@YAHOO.COM

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