DRAGONBALL Photorama (Mania.com)

By:Rob M. Worley
Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Source: Various

A whole bunch of 'Dragonball' photos dropped on the interwebs today. Plus: 'Transformers 2' spoilers (sort of) online. 'Smallivlle' photos online. 'Brave and the Bold' episode online! And there's this little film you might have heard mentioned called 'Watchmen' coming out, so there's some new buzz on that online. Even more! All this in your super-online edition of Comics2Film 9.2.24!



WATCHMEN lenticular poster

Syndime.com is offering a 'Watchmen' lenticular poster for sale. The website has  a Quicktime demo widget that simulates the 3D motion of the artwork. It's kinda fun.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.




TFW2005 has been running a message board Q & A with 'Transformers 2' writer and producer Roberto Orci. One bit of potential SPOILER has come out of it. Frankly, the news won't surprise most people, but we're putting the spoiler in white text to protect the innocent. Swipe it with your cursor to read it.

Orci has revealed that Megatron, who was apparently destroyed at the end of the first movie, will make a comeback in 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'. Come on. You saw that coming. Right?

Fans are invited to visit TFW2005 to submit their questions to Mr. Orci.




Eriko as Mai and James Marsters as Piccolo in this still from DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION

Normally a studio likes to have full control of the photos and videos coming out of their movies. With a film like 'Dragonball', the stateside studio 20th Century Fox doesn't have the level of control they'd normally enjoy, as they have partners in other countries alos rolling out publicity materials.

That being the case, we've got a huge set of new photos from the film at the site JediYuth.com. These include production photos as well as stills from the finished film.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Three New Clips from WONDER WOMAN

The other big comic-based movie that's coming out next week is 'Wonder Woman', the animate film on DVD. IGN has three clips from the movie ready for your viewing enjoyment.



First Look: SMALLVILLE's Zatanna

Fans who subscribe to TV Guide will see the first image of Canadian supermodel Serinda Swan as the mind-wiping Zatanna in an upcoming episode of 'Smallville'. If you don't get the magazine, never fear. KryptonSite.com comes to the rescue with a scan of the photo faster than you can say, "Erutcip Eht Em Wohs!"

Guess what? She's the first 'Smallville' take on a DCU character that looks exactly like the comic book counterpart, fishnets and all.




Mania.com has seen 'Watchmen'. So have a lot of U.S. based websites. Warner Bros have embargoed reviews from the site, which means we can't tell you what we thought until next week.

Apparently "international" outlets have no such bindings (as if all websites aren't international). So, we're seeing a smattering of reviews trickling out from "international" sites. Here's a roundup:

IGN AU - 5 Stars (of 5) - "The movie you always wanted to see but never expected to get."

Total Film - 4 Stars (of 4) - "...It’s hard to imagine anyone watching the Watchmen as faithfully as Zack Snyder’s heartfelt, stylised adap [sic]."

Empire Online - 4 stars (of 5) - "Okay, it isn’t the graphic novel, but Zack Snyder clearly gives a toss, creating a smart, stylish, decent adaptation, if low on accessibility for the non-convert."

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



BRAVE/BOLD - "Return of the Fearsome Fangs" Online

If you missed last Friday's episode of the super-groovy new 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' show, you can catch it online now at CartoonNetwork.com.

"Return of the Fearsome Fangs" takes Batman back to his origins with Master Wong Fei and the Wudang Temple. There he teams up with Bronze Tiger to save the temple's most sacred relic. The episode also includes a teaser clip that gives us a first look at Jonah Hex and Batman in the Old West.




WATCHMEN World Premiere Report

Finally, here's Empire Online's video coverage of the "Yellow Carpet" premier of the movie in London:

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



IRON MAN 2 and THOR Confirmations

Mania.com just received the following announcements regarding 'Iron Man 2' and 'Thor' direct from Marvel Studios publicity machine. It's nothing too earth-quaking. Just some confirmations of stuff that's previously been reported with the big bit of news is a new release date for the the Thunder God film.

Here are the announcements:

Kenneth Branagh is set to direct Marvel Studios’ 'Thor' which Paramount Pictures will distribute worldwide.  The film will come to theatres domestically on July 16, 2010.

'Iron Man 2' will begin principal photography in early April starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle and directed by Jon Favreau.




Series: Iron Man 2, Smallville, Watchmen, Dragonball: Evolution, Thor, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Wonder Woman Animated