WONDER WOMAN making a comeback? (Mania.com)

By:Rob M. Worley
Date: Monday, March 30, 2009

The 'Wonder Woman' movie may be showing signs of life again. PLUS: 'The Dark Knight' wins more awards. New 'Wolverine' content online. Screenwriters talk 'Cowboys & Aliens'. 'Astro Boy''s bff is an evil genius. Can't keep our eyes from the circling skies, it's your Comics2Film 9.3.30!



Rafael Albuquerque conjures ANGELS & DEMONS

Amazing comics talent and Mania friend Rafael Albuquerque revealed yet another aspect of his versatility last week.

It turns out that when he wasn't busy drawing DC Superheroes or conjuring up creator-owned rock-and-roll comics, Rafael went Hollywood on us. On his blog, Albuquerque revealed that he's been storyboarding sequences for the upcoming 'Angels & Demons'. The film is a sequel to 'The Davinci Code', directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks.

Congrats to Rafael on landing the gig!




'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' is coming up fast. Opening May 1st, the mutant prequel, chock o' block with Marvel hero cameos, may just prove to be the comic-to-film blockbuster of the year.

Fans can click over to XMenFilms.net for a handful of new photos from the production.

You can also shoot and slash your way through the historic military battles depicted in the film with the online game Time Warrior.




Warner Wanting WONDER WOMAN Once More?

IESB.net says that the frustrating 'Wonder Woman' feature film project may gaining momentum again. Sources who are said to be inside of the Warner Bros. camp claim that the hunt is on for a new director to sheherd the Amazon Warrior Princess to the big screen.

'Wonder Woman' is, perhaps, the last truly iconic superhero yet to be adapted to the big screen in the modern age of cinema. For the almost 12 years that I've been reporting on the Comics2Film front, a movie version of this character has been discussed, written, cast, re-written, handed from one producer to another, and from one director to another.  For some reason Diana Prince as proven an elusive character to capture on the big screen.

The IESB implies, and we heartily agree, that he new heat on 'Wonder Woman' likely owes a huge debt to the terrific animated movie that just came out on DVD. That film did an amazing job of striking the balance of humor, action and character, while bringing the comic and mythic underpinnings into the modern world in a completely credible way.

Come on, Joel Silver. Come on, Warner Bros. Let's see a great 'Wonder Woman' movie!

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

What do you think, Maniacs? What director is capable of making a cool 'Wonder Woman' feature? What actress could bring all the elements of the the Amazon Warrior to the big screen? Post you comments below...




'Watchmen' remains a top 10 film in its fourth week, according to our Mania Box Office report, and may have collected enough worldwide to cover its estimated production budget. Here's Jarrod Sarafin's analysis of this week's performance:

Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder’s Watchmen found itself dropping three places to 8th place by pulling in only $2.7 million this weekend. It should be noted that theaters are moving it out of their chains as well with the film having 1,500 less prints across the nation this weekend. The current count is now only 2,010 theaters and with only $2.7 million to show for it, the average rate comes out to only $1,371 per showing. After four weekends at the box office, the comic adaptation has a domestic tally of $103.2 million. With the film’s previous foreign numbers, Snyder’s production has a worldwide gross of $163.9 million. The budget is set at $150 million. 




Orci & Kurtzman talks COWBOYS & ALIENS

Platinum Studios seems to be picking up steam. With 'Dead of Night' currently in production, the studio also has Hollywood wonderboys Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman ('Star Trek', 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen', 'Fringe') focused on the development of the long-gestating 'Cowboys & Aliens'. The pair chatted with SCI FI Wire (or is it SyFy Wire) about the film:

"We're in the middle of writing that with [Lost executive producer] Damon Lindelof," Kurtzman said in an exclusive interview last week. "We're hoping to deliver that soon, but it's feeling really good, and it's really exciting because it's just fun to write a genre [mashup]."

Orci goes on to describe the difficulties of balancing old west and science fiction without it turning into a Will Smith movie. He said they're striving to find the right tone by trying to be true to both genres.

"It's odd. You want it to feel like a real Western that then gets interrupted realistically by this phenomenon, as opposed to a cartoon," said Orci.

Kurtzman adds, "Kurtzman: Yeah, ... It's not the 'Wild Wild West' tone. You know? It's much more of a straightforward kind of serious movie that is all of a sudden interrupted with the arrival of aliens."

Click through for the complete interview.



ASTRO BOY's BFF is a LOST evil genius?

SCI FI Wire revealed that young actor Sterling Beaumon has been cast in the role of Sludge in the CGI animated 'Astro Boy' movie. Where have you seen Beaumon before? Well, he's the creepy, sandwich-bearing child Benjamin Linus that's appeared in the most recent episodes of ABC's 'Lost'.

Beaumon told SCI FI Wire that he knows little of 'Astro Boy' before signing on, and he still doesn't know.

"I still haven't gotten the script because, once again [like with Lost], that's sort of secret. I never got the script. I just did my [lines]. Even though I have one of the lead parts, I never got the full script," Beaumon revealed.

He did talk a bit about Sludge.

"Astro Boy is a son of Nicolas Cage's character [Dr. Tenma]. His actual son died, and he created a robot model," the actor said. "Sludge is Astro Boy's best friend. He does not have parents. He lives alone with his twin sister, played by Madeline Carroll, who was Annie on Lost. And he's a bit of a know-it-all."

Just like freakin' Ben Linus!

Click through for more of Beamon's comments about 'Astro Boy'.

The movie, based on Osamu Tezuka's manga 'Tetsuwan Atomu'. It arrives in theaters this October.

The film features an all-star cast including the voices of Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage ('The Ant Bully'), Kristen Bell ('Assassin's Creed') Donald Sutherland ('Final Fantasy: The Spirits Wthin'), Nathan Lane ('The Lion King'), Bill Nighy ('Flushed Away') and Eugene Levy ('Over the Hedge')  with Freddie Highmore ('The Golden Compass') in the title role. David Bowers ('Flushed Away') is directing 'Astro Boy' from a screenplay written by Timothy Harris ('Trading Places', 'Kindergarten Cop').




Just when you thought we were out of awards for 'The Dark Knight', Empire Magazine unveils the Jameson Empire Award Winners for 2009.

While the bat-film did well, 'Wanted' was the surprise winner in the "Best Sci-Fi / Superhero" category. That film pulled off a multiple upset by acing out better movies like 'Iron Man', 'Hellboy II: The Golden Army', 'The Dark Knight' and 'WALL-E'.

Awards for 'The Dark Knight' include: "Best Director" for Christopher Nolan, "Best Actor" for Christian Bale and "Best Film".

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

Series: Astro Boy, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, Watchmen, Cowboys & Aliens, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Wanted, Hellboy II, The Dark Knight