'The Flash' ready to run with more DC Heroes to follow. Plus: 'X-Men: First Class' has its Professor X. Bay hangs with the 'Ninja Turtles'. 'Green Lantern' gets a new toon show and more! The daily column that's been banned from wearing tight pants, it's your Comics2Film 10.5.28!
While us fans in the U.S. are still puzzling over our lack of Solomon Kane fans in Europe are already gearing up the the home entertainment release of the film in late June.
Director Michael Bassett says the film drops on June 28 in the UK and a week earlier in France. Other countries in Europe will see it later in the summer.
He's also got photos of the box art from the UK and France products.
Comic Book Resources chatted up Zack Whedon, brother of The Joss, to talk about his work on the comic book version of Dr. Horrible out from Dark Horse Comics.
In talking about a sequel to the 2008 smash web mini-series starring Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion Zack told CBR, "we are all anxious to work on it, but some of us — and I'm not pointing any fingers here — but some of us have tentatively agreed to helm an all-star mega-blockbuster summer tent-pole extravaganza movie to be released in 2012."
Surely Zack mus be referring to the long-rumored attachment of Joss to Marvel's Avengers movie.
Regular readers of C2F were the first to learn last October that Warner Premiere was so happy with the performance of Superman/Batman: Public Enemies that they immediately started work on a sequel.
Now, Superman Home Page reveals the name of that sequel: Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. The title was glommed from an image of the packaging of the soon-to-release Batman: Under the Red Hood which will carry a sneak peek at the animated feature.
Apocalypse is apparently targeted for a September/October 2010 release.
He may be a needy soul, but the hero of this summer's Scott Pilgrim vs The World may have sunk to a new low. He really, really wants you to like him, so much so that he's offering a bribe.
See if you head over to the film's Facebook page and click the "Like" button you'll put the world one step closer to seeing a new trailer for the film. It's part of a campaign by Universal and when the page attracts 100,000 fans, the trailer will appear magically online. If Scott doesn't hit the mark, well you'll just have to wait until next week (*gasp*) to see it.
Right now the tally is approaching 75k so click over there and friend Scott Pilgrim!
We're super-excited about the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie that's been planned and discussed for well over a year now. The production gained some head last October when Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon purchased the rights to the brand for a whopping $60 million.
Now, Deadline.com reports that the studio has brought in Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form to produce the new movie. Also producing are Galen Walker and Scott Mednick.
Platinum Dunes has been known as a horror brand up until now, focusing on remakes of previously strong horror franchises. While Ninja Turtles is a family-friendly brand, plans are to keep some of the edge of the early comics in the new movie.
Deadline.com scoops again with news that Marvel has hired a writer for their Runaways movie.
Drew Pearce, known to genre fans in the UK as the creator of the superhero comedy series No Heroics, is set to pen a draft of the film.
The movie is not about Joan Jett, but rather is based on Brian K. Vaughn's comic about a group of teens in the Marvel U who discover their parents are actually a cadre of super villains. They run away to escape their birthright and use their own emerging powers for good.
Vaughn previously wrote a draft of the script.
Wanted actor James McAvoy is the first actor to be cast in Matthew Vaughn and 20th Century Fox's franchise refresher 'X-Men: First Class' he's set to play a young version of Professor Charles Xavier in the film that would detail the founding of his school for gifted youngsters, according to Heat Vision.
Fox says the movie will, "chart the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were the closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men."
Fans know well that Patrick Stewart played the character in four previous X-Men films.
First Class is set to roll cameras in London this summer with an eye towards a June 3, 2011 release.
The question now on everyone's mind: will McAvoy shave his head?
What do you think, Maniacs? Are you on board with this casting? If not, who would you have preferred. Post your comments below...
Heat Vision blog reports on a presentation by Warner Bros chairman and CEO Barry Meyer which detailed the studios upcoming movie plans. Of primary interest to C2F readers is the emphasis Meyer placed on the DC Comics characters.
He touted Green Lantern as a major franchise in the making which isn't surprising. More interesting is the declaration that the studio is "nearing" a greenlight for The Flash.
Earlier in the year, DC Entertainment's Chief Creative Something-something Geoff Johns suggested that fans could expect news about a Flash movie to break at Comic-Con in July. Last year Johns worked with screenwriter Dan Mazeau developing a script for the film. Rumors from February linked TV creator and Green Lantern screenwriter Greg Berlanti to the movie as director. All indications are that The Flash has momentum at Warner Bros.
Meyer also named July 20, 2012 release date for the new Christopher Nolan Batman movie, and holiday 2012 for Superman. He said other priorities in the comic-to-film realm are Wonder Woman, Aquaman and a film featuring "MAD Magazine characters". On that last one we'd point out that Cartoon Network just announced an animated MAD show for the upcoming season and it's unclear if that's actually what's being referred to. However, the focus of Meyer's presentation was on feature films, so most likely they have other plans for a MAD movie.
Heat Vision also posted the DC Comics slides from the presentation, which are actually kind of boring but for one detail. Plans for the Green Lantern include an animated show on Cartoon Network some time after the June 2011 release of the movie.
What do you think, Maniacs? Are you psyched for a FLASH movie? Post your comments below...
And now, a clip that needs no further introduction...
Those of you who shop comics via the Diamond Previews Catalog: please direct your attention to page 224, top-right. There you'll find the first issue of the all-new, all-cat mini-series for young readers written by Comics2Film a Mania's own Rob M. Worley (which is me, writing about myself in the third person)...Scratch9.
We're awfully proud of our funnybook featuring a superhero cat with the ability to summon any of his nine lives to help him out in his adventures. Jason T. Kruse, who created the Kids WB animated series The World of Quest drew the book. Mike Kunkel of Herobear and Shazam fame did the cover for us.
Help a Maniac out and ask your local comics shop about Scratch9 today!