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By Rob M. Worley     November 12, 2010
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Dark Knight casting female leads, teasing new tech. Plus: Eat it, haters: Green Hornet is awesome! Ninja Turtles a priority for Viacom. Busiek talks Astro City and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.11.12!





Warner Home Video has announced that the second DVD release for Batman: The Brave and the Bold is coming in March. The new release will collect "Season 1, Part 2" and include 13 episodes for a $19.97 SRP.

Episodes include, "Mystery in Space!", "Trials of the Demons!", "Night of the Huntress!", "Menace of the Conqueror Caveman!", "The Color of Revenge!", "Legends of the Dark Mite!", "Hail the Tornado Tyrant!", "Duel of the Double Crossers!", "The Last Bat on Earth!", "When Omac Attacks!", "The Fate of Equinox!", "Mayhem of the Music Meister!" and "Inside the Outsiders!"



Eat it, Haters! GREEN HORNET is Very Good

So, we've had our fun taking shots at Seth Rogen's Green Hornet movie over the past few years. But Rogen and Gondry have been consistently nudging us away from cynicism and towards intrigue (and maybe even excitement) about their take on the classic pulp character.

Now, word from outlets like The Big Picture Blog at the L.A. Times is that the movie is actually pretty durn good.

Sony held a test screening on Tuesday night in Long Beach and the reaction was positive, and well above studio expectations. 93% of the test audience said the movie was "excellent" or "very good" (the two highest check boxes on the survey card). 83% said they would "definitely recommend" the film to their friends.

The film releases in January and it remains to be seen whether or not it clicks with audiences, but Sony is said to be excited enough that chief Amy Pascal is now contemplating a sequel.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



SPAWN Animated Series Still in Development

Todd McFarlane told MTV Splash Page that he's still working to bring Spawn back to TV as an animated series. The comic book character enjoyed an Emmy Award Winning toon show on HBO back in the late 1990s.

The comics creator said plans are to keep things dark and edgy for the new series.

"[Cable networks] want stuff that isn't what you can find on ABC, NBC and CBS," McFarlane said. "They've covered that field. We have now an area where we can actually do shows that get a little grittier, a little darker, a little more risque."

He also said the networks that he's talking to want more of what McFarlane brought to HBO and aren't looking to change up what worked before.



COWBOYS & ALIENS Wrangles Herd of Writers

Heat-Vision has an interesting analysis of the brewing Writers Guild of America (WGA) dispute over the writing credits for Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens movie. The current version of the movie was developed by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof and is being touted as being based on the graphic novel.

However, fans who have followed C2F over the past decade plus know that Cowboys & Aliens has been rolling around the Platinum Studios idea bin since 1997 and was in development as a move long before the 2006 comic ever bowed. As such there are several scripts by several writers and writing teams that were written well before the comic and the new movie. Furthermore, Orci and Kurtzman have said publicly many times that the movie retains little of the graphic novel.

Universal and Dreamworks have filed the paperwork with the WGA citing the current writing team and being "based on Platinum Studios’ Comic Book Created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg." That filing has the early writing teams upset as it seems to be an attempt to cut them off from consideration for a writing credit.

Normally a long-developed tentpole movie like this will go through several writing teams and, when it's time to settle the credits, the WGA has to plow through all existing scripts and decide which of the teams made significant contributions to the final work. Should the WGA agree that the movie is based on the 2006 graphic novel, then it would effectively invalidate the efforts of previous writers who may have actually contributed to the mythology of the film.

So, expect to hear more about this as we get closer to the film's release next summer.



AKIRA Rumor Debunked

Word broke earlier this week that Zac Efron and Morgan Freeman were circling roles in the Akira live-action movie. However, Gossip Cop checked in with reps for the Hughes Brothers, who are attached to direct the movie and they say the Efron stories are "not true."



Busiek Talks ASTRO CITY Movie

In a Q & A with Newsarama , Kurt Busiek updates us on the status of the Astro City movie, based on his outstanding anthology comic of the same name.

Busiek says he's in progress on a treatment for Working Tile Films, a studio is more known for smaller, intimate pictures than supehero fare. But the core principle of Astro City is telling superhero stories from the man on the street's point of view, and dealing with how superhero events impact ordinary people.

"Everything they'd seen that in the superhero arena was about spectacle, about action or about fighting. So they it didn't seem like their kind of thing until seeing Astro City," Busiek said.

The comics creator also said that filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen were responsible for introducing the suits at Working Title to the property, although he doesn't elaborate on their involvement or his relationship to them and, strangely, Newsarama didn't ask the follow up question. It's unlikely that the Coen Brothers would stay involved, but it would be a very interesting movie if they did.

Busiek is mum on details of the movie but does talk a bit more about the process of adapting it to the big screen. Click through for the complete interview.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



DARK KNIGHT Wants Two Female Leads...going All IMAX?

Deadline.com reports that director Christopher Nolan has begun scheduling meetings for, not one, but two female leads for The Dark Knight Rises. According to their report, the first round of casting discussions will be with Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway and Keira Knightley.

Most interestingly is the revelation that one role is for a love interest to replace the Rachel Dawes character. The second role is "a villain." C2F is going to have to presume that the villain is Catwoman, but that's complete speculation (and some wishful thinking on our part). If this is Nolan's last go-round with Batman, then how could he pass on such a great Batman character.

On the other hand, the Dark Knight has plenty of femmes fatale in his rogue's gallery. Another guess would see a Harley Quinn take up withere the Joker left off. Our understanding was that, before actor Heath Ledger's untimely passing Nolan wanted to bring the Joker back for this one, so bringing Harley into the mix might be a way to fulfill on his story goals. Again, that's all just speculation on his part.

Deadline also reveals that for all the groundless speculation on who actor Tom Hardy is playing in the movie, Hardy himself may not even know. He signed on to his role on the strength of his relationship with Nolan alone and hasn't seen a script. Whether he's a villain or other supporting character remains to be seen. One thing we do know is he ain't The Riddler.

In other Bat-news, Collider.com reports that while Nolan has resolved to shun the 3D fad on this movie, he is planning to flex some technological muscle with it. He recently told the site, "We’re looking to do something technologically that’s never been done before."

Nolan has been a huge advocate of IMAX but has only employed it sparingly in the previous two movies. The reason for that is that IMAX cameras are bigger, bulkier and louder than normal cameras, which makes their usefulness limited. But Collider has heard that IMAX has been working hard on "a smaller, less intrusive camera." Nolan aims to use the technology if it comes together.

Collider has confirmed this information with independent sources as well, so it seems the story is very credible.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. Issues #1 and #2 are in stores now. Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Visit Scratch9.com for news and info!


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middlerealm 11/12/2010 7:35:36 AM

 Rachel Weisz..... mmmmm I would soooooo like to see her as Catwoman... Hell, any of them, except Knightly, would be fine with me!

LocoLobo73 11/12/2010 7:39:04 AM

Green Hornet: Im sure that I will see it and if its a s good as they are saying all the better, not expecting much, it can only be enjoyable

Spawn Animated : Loved it when it was on HBO, i even have it on dvd, great to watch in fact reading the article makes me want to pop it in when I get home tonight. I think This would be a great show for SPIKE.

Astro City: I love the book, I just cant imagine this in a live action setting, the amount of CGI, would be enormous to actually capture what make the book great. This would be great as a Animated Movie

Dark Knight Rises: Talia, or Harley, the love intrest , with the many Blonde actresses Vicky Vale, Maybe. To I Max or Not to I Max, is there really a question. Just Do it

Chris Beveridge 11/12/2010 7:43:11 AM

 So disappointed we don't get a Brave and Bold Blu-ray. I watch it in HD and it looks great; why would I buy a DVD?

jedibanner 11/12/2010 8:08:05 AM

DKR: Anyone, ANYONE except Keira Knightly please...nothing more uglier then a woman with only bones and skin.

spykotic 11/12/2010 8:13:38 AM

If you want continuity with the Joker, how about bringing in Harley Quinn?.........  Forget Catwoman!

Wyldstaar 11/12/2010 8:36:43 AM

Loved Spawn on HBO, even though so much of it never went anywhere due to the legal issues with Angela.  A new series that has all of these problems already put to rest will be awesome.  Now all they have to do is stop talking about it and actually make the series!  I'm not going to hold my breath.

Dark Knight Rises will be awesome regardless of casting because Nolan knows what he's doing.  Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes in the first movie wasn't very good, the vaporizing machine that somehow only effects water in pipes and not in people didn't makes any sense, but still the movie worked as a whole.  Maggie as Rachel was much better, if no more interesting a character, and the story elements actually made sense this go around (or as much sense as anything involving The Joker can).  Nolan seemed to have a better grasp on things.  With two Batfilms under his belt, the third film should be near perfection (sadly, true perfection would require The Joker to return).

thefakejaredk83 11/12/2010 9:00:40 AM

I know Catwoman and Talia are the closest 'love interests' Batman has ever had, but do we need one again? He's friggin' Batman! He may need some 24 hour fling but he's so screwed up and believes that nothing can get in the way of his crusade of justice...NOTHING!!  And Blake Lively really can't do this since she's committed as Carol Ferris for 'GL'  I've started noticing the same names with the female actresses being recycled with every female casting rumor.  Is this the cream of the crop?  Don't get me wrong they're great actresses but it seems like they're everyone's choice! Ech.


And thank god 'Akira' was a rumor..

wessmith1966 11/12/2010 9:07:12 AM

Green Hornet good? I'm sorry, but I'm not buying it regardless of the positive reactions to sneak previews. From what I saw in the trailer, Rogen sucks and the comedy is cheesy (and not in a funny way). Kato may be cool, the gadgets may be cool and the effects may even be cool, but Rogen will pull it all down. I'm passing unless a reviewer I trust gives it a thumbs up.


I'd like to see an Astro City movie, but as much as I enjoyed the early stories, Astro City's heroes were just alternate universe versions of DC and Marvel characters.

Catwoman would serve dual purposes as both Bruce's new love interest and villain, which is just the kind of sandbox Nolan likes to play in. The duality of human nature is a constant in Nolan's movies.

BunyonSnipe 11/12/2010 9:19:58 AM

Talia Al Ghul as the Villain...

Selina Kyle/Catwoman as the love interest/partner...

Tom Hardy as Hush!

BunyonSnipe 11/12/2010 9:29:16 AM

With Batman on the run from the law, a having a partner makes sense, and seeing that hopefully we will not see Robin, why not one that is also a love interest... Catwoman...

He accidentally interupts her while escaping from a trap laid by Tom Hardy's Hush and she helps him to evade the law and he takes her, wounded back to the new batcave where they strike up a 'bond'

Meanwhile we learn that Hush is working with the reformed League of Shadows and Daddy's little girl, Talia wants some payback!

CDatwoman is more interesting to me as a friend to Bats than a foe, anyway!

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