Two more Superman candidates rumored. Plus: Berlanti says The Flash will be edgy. Warner may mandate Batman 3D. Cameras roll on XIII TV show and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.9.28!
Superhero Hype caught up with TV and Film creator Greg Berlanti, who was a bit more forthcoming about the tone of The Flash. He developed the story for the movie, which is being written by Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green.
"I think [The Flash is] tonally somewhere in between [Green Lantern] and Dark Knight. It's actually a little bit darker...because you're dealing with somebody who is already a crimefighter in a world of those kinds of criminals and that kind of murder and homicide," Berlanti revealed. "I find you talk a lot about different films when you're working on a film, and we spend a lot more time talking about Se7en or The Silence of the Lambs as we construct that part of Barry's world, then I thought when we got into it. It helps balance a guy in a red suit who runs really fast."
He also tipped another element of the comics that's helping shape the tone and content of the movies, and that's the notion of alternate dimensions.
"In The Flash, there's the sci-fi component and there's the crime component and it's fitting those two things together, and the sci-fi thing, we obviously want to nail that and honor that and do that in a way that feels visceral and real and cool and probably more in the tone of The Matrix films or things like that," Berlanti said. "I always think of The Flash stories where he met Jay Garrick and knows there was Earth Prime and things like that. There's an avenue for these films to broaden the DC Film Universe in that way, so that's the hope."
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Smallville has been a tentpole show since the beginning. It was the show's strong ratings that ground The WB Network in the early days. Now in its 10th and final season, The CW reports that the show is still drawing viewers. Here's the press release...
September 27, 2010 (Burbank, CA) – The CW turns up the action and the original programming on Friday night this season. The reteaming of SMALLVILLE and SUPERNATURAL earned The CW’s best earned The CW’s best Friday night performance in two years (since 9/26/08) among total viewers (2.93mi) and adults 18-34 (1.3/5), and men 18-34 (1.5/6) in two years (since 9/26/08), according to Live Plus Same Day Nielsen ratings for Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2010. The CW was #1 on Friday night among adults 18-34, men 18-34 and men 18-49 (1.4/5).
The premiere of SMALLVILLE's final season kicked off the night by won its time period in adults 18-34 (1.3/5), men 18-34 (1.6/7), men 18-49 (1.5/6). The CW’s SMALLVILLE ourperformed both ABC and FOX at 8:00-9:00p.m. in adults 18-49 (1.3/5).
SMALLVILLE delivered The CW's best performance in the Friday 8-9pm time period in 2 years in total viewers (3.0mil) and adults 18-49 (1.3/5).
The debut of the sixth season of SUPERNATURAL was first the 9-10pm hour in adults 18-34 (1.4/5-tie), men 18-34 (1.5/6) and men 18-49 (1.4/5-tie). SUPERNATURAL ranked third in the hour among total viewers (2.9mil) and adults 18-49 (1.3/4).
Compared to its season premiere last year (on Thursday), SUPERNATURAL was flat year to year in adults 18-34, and up 25% in men 18-34 and 17% in men 18-49.
SUPERNATURAL scored The CW's best performance in the time period in 2 years in all key categories, including adults 18-34 (1.4/5), adults 18-49 (1.3/4), men 18-34 (1.5/6), men 18-49 (1.4/5) and viewers (2.9mil).
The Candian TV outlet Showcase will be where fans in that country can watch XIII, the new TV show based on the classic comics. It's from the folks who made last year's XIII mini-series, but they're starting over with a brand new cast. Here's the press release from Showcase announcing the start of production on the series.
Production on the one-hour conspiracy thriller drama, XIII commenced September 13 in Toronto and surrounding areas. Stuart Townsend (The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, Queen of the Damned) headlines the series as XIII, a skilled and lethal former secret agent who can’t remember his past and sets out on a quest to uncover his true identity. The 13 episode Canada-France original series is set to premiere on Showcase in Spring 2011.
Hunted by a dark anti-government organization, XIII quickly realizes that the closer he gets to uncovering the riddle of his past life, the more complex and deadly his mission becomes. Alongside Townsend, XIII stars Aisha Tyler (24, CSI, Friends) as Jones, a top CIA operator and XIII’s past flame, Virginie Ledoyen (The Beach) as Irina, a mercenary hired by the former U.S. President to track XIII, and Caterina Murino (Casino Royale) as Sam, XIII’s trustworthy ally and love interest. Other key cast members include Greg Bryk (Saw V, Cra$h & Burn) as Amos, a national security officer, Stephen McHattie (Happy Town, 2012) as President Carrington and Ted Atherton (The Border) as Wally Sheridan, the former U.S. President and a possible traitor.
XIII is developed and produced by Prodigy Pictures and French production company Cipango, the television division of Luc Besson’s Europacorp (La Femme Nikita). In addition to airing in Canada on Showcase, the series will air on Canal Plus in France as part of their international original programming.
The creative forces behind XIII include Prodigy Pictures’ Jay Firestone, Executive Producer, along with Cipango’s Edouard De Vésinne and Thomas Anargyros. Frederic Bruneel will co-produce the series. Gil Grant (NCIS: Los Angeles, 24) wrote the pilot and is the series’ Showrunner and also an Executive Producer. Peter Mohan (Lost Girl, The Bridge) will act as Co-Executive Producer for the series along with Damien Couvreur. Duane Clark (CSI: NY, XIII: The Conspiracy) will also be a Co-Executive Producer and direct three of the 13 episodes. Other directors include Xavier Palud and Philippe Haim. Wanda Chaffey serves as Producer on the series.
XIII is based on Jean Van Hamme’s popular graphic novel of the same name, which has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide since the first volume was published 25 years ago.
Christopher Nolan has been vocal in denouncing 3D. He successfully dissuaded Warner Bros from releasing a theatrical 3D version of Inception and denounced the post-conversion process.
Now, however, HollywoodInHiDef.com says that a 3D version of the movie may be coming after all, due to the fact that 3D is hitting the home entertainment market in a big way. So Inception may be subjected to conversion in order to play on such outlets as HBO's 3D on-demand offerings, due in your living room in early 2011.
Even more interesting is a foot-note on the article about the next Batman movie:
"Prevailing opinions at Warner are that Nolan will not enjoy the luxury of taking a pass on 3D for the new Batman movie, which will surely be set up for 3D from the beginning."
One of the knocks on filming a live-action movie in 3D is the difficulty of using the bulky cameras. Since the superhero movie will certainly contain many action sequences, one wonders if Nolan will continue to resist, or if he'll find a way to innovate better 3D for The Dark Knight's return.
Credible outlets on the internet have offered up two more director names who have been in discussion with producer Christopher Nolan about helming the Superman relaunch.
Heat Vision reports that none other than Ben Affleck took a meeting about the project with Nolan. Now Affleck is a name that usually elicits groans from fans and C2F admits we didn't love Affleck-the-movie-star very much. However, we freely admit that we've always been a fan of Affleck-the-serious-actor, and we're huge fans of the newly-minted Affleck-the-movie-director. Gone Baby Gone is a tremendous film and The Town is a critical and box-office hit, which has Warner Bros high on big Ben at the moment.
However, Heat Vision also reports that Affleck has withdrawn himself from consideration on the Superman movie, so he's off the list already. Frankly, this is good news for the flavors of Affleck that we like. We'd hate to see him dive right back into the big-budget mainstream/tentpole world when he's doing stellar work on smaller, edgier movies.
The other name offered up comes from the Hero Complex blog at the L.A. Times and that's Darren Aronofosky.
The auteur director has flirted with numerous comics properties in the past including Frank Miller's Ronin, Batman: Year One and Watchmen. More recently his Fountain collaborator Hugh Jackman has been lobbying to bring him on board the Wolverine 2 movie.
According to Hero Complex, Aronofsky and Nolan have had meetings over the project. However, Aronofsky has resisted doing big studio pics in the past and favors situations where he retains a higher degree of creative control. That's worked well for him with The Wrestler and his upcoming Black Swan featuring Natalie Portman. With Superman he'd not only have the studio interfering, but a certified genius like Nolan looking over his shoulder and offering Godfatherly guidance.
Moviehole.net offers a bit of insight into the Aronofsky attachment, citing a source who worked on Black Swan. Their source says the conversation between Aronofsky and the Superman camp has been going on for "a while" but hasn't progressed beyond the point of suggesting bringing Natalie Portman on board as Lois Lane.
What do you think, Maniacs? Is Aronofsky an interesting choice? If not him, then who? Post your comments below...
Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9 which arrived in comic shops on September 9th! Come see Rob at Detroit Comics on October 6th and the New York Comic Con on October 8th-10th!