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CONAN gets 300 Makeup F/X guys

Plus: SPIDER-MAN 4 and Trailers Galore!

By Rob M. Worley     November 11, 2009
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Comics2Film: CONAN by Frank Frazetta
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'Conan' gets '300' Makeup F/X guys. Plus: More confirmation of Black Cat in 'Spider-Man 4'. Trailers for 'Kick-Ass', 'Justice League', 'Turtles Forever' and more! Seeing its enemies driven before it, it's your Comics2Film 9.11.11!



Screen Rant opens Game Rant

Before we begin our daily C2F we'll take a second to offer a hearty congratulations to our friends at for the grand-opening of their new video game oriented!

Lookin' sharp, peeps!



Beatty's DICK TRACY Suit Goes Forward

Variety reports that filmmaker Warren Beatty's suit over the film and TV rights to 'Dick Tracy' cleared a hurdle this week. A Delaware bankruptcy judge ruled that Beatty's action against the Tribune Company can go forward.

Beatty obtained the film rights about two decades ago, which resulted in a 1990 film based on the character. Beatty has done little with the character since then. In 2006  Tribune served him notice that they were reclaiming the rights unless a sequel film went into production by November of 2008. In order to assert his rights, Beatty alleges that he started filming a TV special November 8, 2008. Tribune claims there's no evidence of that.

Well, apparently Beatty produced the evidence to Judge Kevin J. Carey who ruled that Beatty may have a case and therefore can continue to sue for the rights to 'Dick Tracy'.

Tribune has their own lawsuit percolating against Beatty.



Black Cat Confirmed for SPIDER-MAN 4

The folks at HeyUGuys confirmed our Monday exclusive, that Black Cat will be a major foil for the hero of 'Spider-Man 4'. The went us one better by revealing specific details about the character's big-screen debut.

Their own source handed them what we assume to be the casting breakdown for the film which reveals how Hardy is integrated into the story. Apparently she meets Peter Parker when her father assumes control of the Daily Bugle (allegedly as editor, somehow ousting JJJ). She falls in love and manages to discover his dual identity. When the father figure dies, she becomes a threat to Parker and Spidey.

HUG also has some clues about the male villain in the story. Check out their report and follow the trail.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Lionsgate to Distribute SOLOMON KANE

Fangoria is reporting that Lionsgate snagged the U.S. distribution rights to the 'Solomon Kane' movie at the recent American Film Market. The film is based on Robert E. Howard's Puritan gunslinger, who battles demons and monsters in early, pre-Revolution America. The film is directed by Michael J. Bassett and stars James Purefoy in the lead.

Fango suggests the the film will see a theatrical release.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



EuropaCorp sells ADELE BLANC SEC

Here's another tale from the AFM. Luc Besson's comic-based 'Adele Blanc Sec' has also been sold for distribution. Variety reports that Italy's Medusa, Latin America's Sun Distribution Group and Japan's Asmik Ace Entertainment will handle distribution in their respective markets. Reports from the summer indicated that movie already had covered most markets.

Wikipedia offers this synopsis of the comic strip:

"The adventures, set in Paris in the years before and after World War I, revolve around the protagonist Adèle Blanc-Sec. A cynical heroine, she is initially a novelist of popular fiction, who turns to investigative journalism as her research and subsequent adventures reveal further details of the mystical world of crime. Themes of the occult, corruption, official incompetence, and the dangers of patriotism suffuse the series."



CONAN Gets 300 Makeup F/X Guys

Speaking of Robert E. Howard, fans already know well that filming is just about to commence on the big-screen return of his other character, 'Conan'.

Comics2Film at has learned that the production is crewing up in the makeup F/X department.

To that end, Shaun Smith and Scott Wheeler, both alumni of the Zack Snyder's 2006 sword, sandals (and a tiny bit o' sorcery) epic '300' are on board. Smith is acting as creature designer on 'Conan', while Wheeler is heading up the makeup department. The pair are currently working up the creature schemes for the pic with director Marcus Nispel (of 'Friday the 13th' fame).

Smith confirmed the news for us adding, "as you might expect I really can't say much except it looks really cool and we are excited to be a part of it."

Plans are to start shooting 'Conan' in Bulgaria next February. Stay tuned to for more as it develops.

What do you think, Maniacs? Looking forward to the return of the Barbarian King? Post your comments below...



KICK-ASS Trailer Leaks Early

Well, it wasn't supposed to debut until the weekend, but when a major website got a hold of the 'Kick-Ass' trailer, the producers had no choice but to hasten their plans and push it out on MySpace early.

Check it out for it does, indeed, mind.  (And is it just us or does Aaron Johnson's voice over sound weirdly Maguire-esque?)

 Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.




But hey, that's not the only kick ass trailer online today. IGN exclusively unveiled the trailer for the upcoming DCU animate movie 'Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, and C2F has to say this looks pretty darn swell!

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.




Turtle fans are gonna want to tune into the CW4Kids on November 21st. That's when the 'Turtles Forever' movie debuts. This is the one that finds the current cartoon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles going trans-dimensional and teaming up with their younger, sillier counterparts from the classic 1980s cartoon.

Here's the trailer:




This has been out in the wild for a few weeks, but we just discovered it courtesy of Heat Vision. Enjoy!


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Wiseguy 11/11/2009 7:30:29 AM

I'm really looking forward to Conan but I am a bit concerned but optimistic that Nispel gets it right. I liked his horror flicks but Pathfinder, which is his closest thing to a Conan movie, was a disaster IMO. Casting, needless to say, is going to be hugely important. Now I'm curious if they're going for the 300 look as well or the more traditional look

KickAss is really looking like it's going to live up to its name. Like I said before some are praising the film as the most entertaininmg superhero film yet. Really looking forward to this as well

Spiderman 4 is starting to sound like it's going to mimic Harry's story. Evil dad dies, mad offspring seeks revenge. There better be more to it this time around and let's get Kraven involved

That video shows Batman's lameness when Superman is involved. No wonder Nolan doesn't want to have Bats in the DCU


MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 11/11/2009 7:40:29 AM

I saw some old-school Ninja Turtles in that from the black and white comics.  If they'd only make a whole cartoon like that geared towards the grown folk who grew up with them starting from the comics.  

littlemikey979 11/11/2009 7:45:40 AM

Two-earths is looking pretty sweet, DC is putting out hit after hit. I hope they dont slow down

Wiseguy 11/11/2009 7:50:41 AM

Crisis on 2 Earths looks pretty damn good. I don't think DC has put out an animated feature that I haven't liked yet. Looking forward to this as well

Can we get a release date for Solomon Kane please

 Dick Tracy, loved the first film so I wouldn't mind seeing more of the noir detective

redhairs99 11/11/2009 7:54:18 AM

That Batman/Superman video from College Humor has been around for a while.  I wanna say I first saw it a year ago, but it could've been released as late as last winter.  There's also a sequel that came out a couple months back.  You should be able to find it thru a quick search at

Hobbs 11/11/2009 8:28:41 AM

If this is the same Conan script mania posted months ago you would have to be a moron to screw it up...but that being said I don't know if the same script.  I just remember what I read on here was great.



Ozymandas 11/11/2009 8:38:40 AM

Spidey 4: Black Cat falls in love with Parker first? Total departure from the book where she falls in love with Spidey & urges him to keep the mask on beacuse she feels that Parker is lame.

The hint from the other website the mention re: this movie's big bad is that Felicia's dad is "a viper". Now, Marvel's got plenty of snakey villains but none I can think of that play in Spidey's back yard. Closest fit yould be Venom, who's was shown in the last Spidey movie and is obviously not old enough to be the father of a young adult. I think they're probably going with this definition - "a false or treacherous person" - and referring to the Chameleon or Mysterio (hopefully the former).

Kick-Ass trailer: looking good! I'm looking forward to seeing this, even more looking forward to seeing the rest of this story told in print before theatres.

JLA Crisis trailer: also looks good & I will see this, but does anybody else feels that they need to start making these direct-to-video movie stories more epic? The animation looks great but storywise,  it looks like it belongs in the old tv show (which it was originally written for). DC got it right with the New Frontier; it's time to bring us stories like The Dark Knight Returns, Kingdom Come, Crisis on Infinite Earths and the other Crisis minis & maxis.

Bats meets Supes: 1st time I've seen this and it is hysterical. I love when people spoofing Batman now use that deep, deep voice & the funniest thing is, they're not exaggerating even though they're trying! Can someone please tell me what the heck happened between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight to effect this change? Oh, and back to the animated short, has anybody else noticed that if Commissioner Gordon used this "Supe-Signal" he'd actually be summoning Bizarro?

flinshadytoo 11/11/2009 8:52:48 AM

 I agree with wiseguy about spidey 4, can't they at least try & write some new kind of motivations for characters in these movies! Also how many ppl are gonna know who spidey really is, it reminds me of ultimate spidey where Mary Jane says so how many ppl know your secret identity? The list goes on. 

I loved the first conan even though I was too young to watch it when it came out & I wasn't a fan of Arnold (he was perfect for that tho)! I really hope they have a good script & don't over stylise it like 300!

violator14 11/11/2009 9:06:35 AM

oh man that dark knight meets supes clip is one of the funniest things ive ever seen. Brilliant!!!

monkeyfoot 11/11/2009 9:24:32 AM

Kick-Ass: this is not how I expected the trailer to look. I've only read one of the comics but from that I was expecting a very real, gritty, and brutal look at what trying to be a real-life superhero would be. This has more humor in this teaser than I thought. We'll see.

Dark Knight meets Supes: Very funny! Also it shows how impossible it would be to introduce Superman into the realistic world that director Chris Nolan has created for Batman.

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