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THE FLASH Ready to Run

Plus: X-MEN, TMNT, GREEN LANTERN and more!

By Rob M. Worley     May 28, 2010
Source: Various

The Flash is running towards The CW
© DC Comics/ Warner Bros.

'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!




SOLOMON KANE Approaches UK Home Entertanment Release

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.



Whedon Sorta Confirms Other Whedon's Involvement with THE AVENGERS

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.



New SUPERMAN/BATMAN 2 Details Revealed

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.

Thanks to CaptainSigma for the submission.



SCOTT PILGRIM Wants You to Like Him, Offers Trailer

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!

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Bay Hanging with the NINJA TURTLES

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, 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.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



NO HEORICS Scribe Writing RUNAWAYS Movie 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.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry and fft5305 for the submission.



James McAvoy To Lead X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

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...

Thanks to fft5305 and AntoBlueberry (who always saw McAvoy as a young Magneto) for the submission.




THE FLASH Ready to Run?

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...

Thanks to AntoBlueberry and fft5305 for the submission.



Friday Fun: IRON BABY!

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.

You can read the first eight pages of the book at various websites. There's also an interview with me at CBR, and positive reviews here, here and here.

There's more info at as well as the book's Facebook page (hey...Pilgrim isn't the only one who needs you to LIKE him).

Help a Maniac out and ask your local comics shop about Scratch9 today!


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Calibur454 5/28/2010 6:38:25 AM

um iliked james in wanted but he is no proffessor x- what the heck is singer smokin?

flash- sounds promising but i'll wait for a trailer

bay on ninja turtles- at least this time around we know there will be plenty of explosions- eh I can already since it will be a rental for me

superman/batman2- I never really cared for the first one that much but i'll rent the second just like i did that one

scott pilgrim facebook ploy- eh even i think that this is a bad move even though i know that it is just being used and a marketing ploy- some may even think it be desperate-


Rheul_home 5/28/2010 7:01:15 AM


Bay on TMNT? This really disappoints me. I always look at the Turtles as a more internal character driven property. Not at all what were used to getting from Bay... Meh... Maybe hell surprise us. I hope so.


This Solomon Kane issue must be rectified. I watched it a few weeks ago and it rocks. Totally in the spirit of the original Howard stories. It needs US distribution.


jdiggitty 5/28/2010 7:09:17 AM

Singer has nothing to do with the new X-Men movie

ElBaz13 5/28/2010 7:17:49 AM

Singer is the producer of First Class, therefore has a lot to do with this movie, including part of the casting.

McAvoy? WTF? a 30 year old Xavier who looks like he is 20? So is Cyclops going to be 8 years old.

This movie will suck big time like Spidey Reboot. Fox and Sony are just purposely crapping on these licenses to prevent Marvel/Disney of getting the rights back. Both these studios will run the licenses to the ground until they no longer have any value. Pretty sad.

Darkknight2280 5/28/2010 7:31:12 AM

McAvoy i think looks like a young Prof X! has a great pick of him that reminds me of ProfX . Just imagine him bald and BOOM. I think hes a good actor, hes british (like Patrick Stewart) and i dont think the dude looks 20...I think this is good casting sooo far.

Bay isnt directing TMNT, its his production company i beleive. So dont hang yourself yet Rheul_home. I would only say go ahead if Uwe Boll was attached to

lracors 5/28/2010 7:36:12 AM

Good news regarding the DC film-verse... now hopefully they will tie their franchises together leading up to a Justice League film!

askanison40 5/28/2010 7:52:23 AM

After seeing Patrick Stewart as Prof X (he was pretty much born for that role), it's going to be admittedly hard to see anyone else in those shoes. With that said; McAvoy is a good actor and he could definately pull it off (sans the "look" category); but I'll reserve my judgement until I at least see some pre-production stuff. I'm more concerned about Singer (as producer) screwing up the STORY than I am about casting at this point. Hadn't really heard about any conspiracy on Fox and Sony's part to crap on the Marvel movies they have right now. Actually Sony paid Marvel ALOT of money to hold onto the Spidey Franchise 2 years ago. They wouldn't have spent that kind of money (it was a considerable sizable amount) only to turn around and purposedly not want to turn a profit on their investment, so what Mr. ElBaz13 is saying makes no sense at all.

Umm.. I like Michael Bay and for the most part, I like his movies ("Revenge of the Fallen's" story WAS a little rough though, but no more than Avatar's was). him being involved in TMNT at least gaurantees that it won't (hopefully) SUCK like those 90's live action pieces.

AGAIN.. Ummm... I Totally LOVED the first "Superman/Batman". Can't wait to see the second one.

Kind of excited (there's that fanboy in me trying to come out) at all the DC/Warner Bros movie news. Kind of expected "The Flash", but wasn't expecting to hear anything on "Superman" so soon. As Green Lantern is my favorite DC Comics Hero, I was stoked to hear about the new cartoon series coming. I'm sure see more on that at this years San Diego Comic-Con.

Not really interseted in Solomon Kane or Scott Pilgrim so good luck with that.

wessmith1966 5/28/2010 8:01:17 AM

Maybe Megan Fox can get a job in the new TMNT movie! The producers can bring back Vanilla Ice and she can be one of the turtle's love interest.

McAvoy is a good actor. Marvel's really going back in time with this, so will we actually see the X-Men in this movie, or is this just going to be about Xavier and Magneto? If so, I'm not really interested in that. I never liked the whole "they used to be friends" storyline between the two characters. I was hoping to see Xavier gathering the first class of X-Men together (Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman and Angel). Maybe this movie isn't a reboot like many of us thought. When it comes right down to it I have little faith in Fox putting together a good movie. They'll put together a movie that will make money and in the end that's all the studio really cares about.

If Scott Pilgrim doesn't get 100,000 does that mean the movie won't be released? The world could do without another one-note, same schtick Michael Cera performance.

Good news about the Flash movie. Hopefully they cast it well (Barry Allen or Wally West version?). I'm really interested in seeing what DC does with the Superman franchise. There have been 5 movies and only 1 has been really good (first one) and one has been ok (second one - Donner's version although the ending was cheap).

cinemaman72 5/28/2010 8:17:20 AM

When in the timeline is this going to be set? This is the problem with all these X-Men sequels. Wolverine was roughtly set maybe 10-15 years before the events of the first X-Men, and they clearly show Stewart as Xaiver with a teenage Cyclops, so again my question is how is McAvoy going to be in this new film training recruits that might look potentially older than him. This film is going to be 'Flaming Turd' terrible, and it's going to sink the X-Men franchise, and personally I couldn't be happier, the last time a comic franchise went belly up it was Batman, and Nolan managed to ressurect it with two artistically masterful films (with hopefully a 3rd one on the way).

CaptAmerica04 5/28/2010 8:20:26 AM

I thought Jon Favreau was directing "The Avengers." Did that change? Eh... either way, I'm down. I <3 Favreau and Whedon both, so either one works for me.

DC is apparently taking their sweet time with their movies. I guess they want Marvel to grab all the glory and soak up the market while it's hot, so that DC can just be a bunch of "also rans" again. Good job, DC.

I just am not getting excited about X-Men.  Since the last two film outtings sucked out loud, I'm just not enthusiastic about this next one.  And it's too soon for a reboot, IMHO.

Oh, and that Iron Baby video is some funny-ass sh*t.

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