Lots of cool stuff surfacing on the vast ocean of the interwebs today including concept art for 'Judge Dredd', another new 'Watchmen' video, a new 'Watchmen' website. Plus news about 'Hulk 2', 'The Dark Knight' and the future of DC Comics movies. Hoist the misen mast and damn the torpedoes, maties, it's full steam ahead into this Comics2Film round up on day 8 of 2009!
Who can forget the astounding Alternate Reality Game (ARG) promoting 'The Dark Knight' which ran from summer 2007 until the movie's release, spanning dozens of websites and real world sites, to pull fans into Batman's world long before the movie hit the theater. Also online were the far less memorable ARGs for 'Wanted' and 'Hellboy II'.
So is there to be a similar effort for 'Watchmen'? It seems late in the game to do anything on par with Batman's game, but Warner Bros. has launched a new website tying in to the film.
NewFrontiersman.net features elements of the Watchmen universe, but not much else at the moment. Unlike the aforementioned ARG sites, this one makes it very clear that it's tied to the movie, complete with linkage and logos at the bottom of the page. So, perhaps it's less an ARG an more a promo for the various side-movies from the film.
We encourage you maniacs to click around and keep an eye on the site, post any findings in the comments area below.
Warner Bros has passed along this latest video from 'Watchmen' showing us the fisrt on-screen assemblege of the classic costumed crimefighters The Minutemen.
Three pieces of concept art from the new 'Judge Dredd' movie have surfaced online. Created by the amazing comics artist Jock ('The Losers') the images were posted on the message boards over at the 2000AD website.
Hit the thumbnail for a look at three images from the film.
In other 'Dredd' news, fans who have heard that Danny Boyle ('Slumdog Millionaire') might be taking the helm of the movie may be disappointed that Boyle knows little of the project, in spite of the fact that his production company, DNA, is involved with the effort.
EmpireOnline asked Boyle about the new movie:
"Where has this come from? Someone asked me about Judge Dredd the other day! [Once we remind him that DNA has the rights] Well... ha! I hated the last version of it; I can't imagine the next one will be any better."
Actor and Abomination Tim Roth told SCI FI Wire that he's ready to get (brownish) green and mean on the big screen again if they decide to make any sequels to 'The Incredible Hulk'.
"Yeah, they've got me for three, If we do one," he said. "I liked working with [director Louis Leterrier] very much, so if he's up to anything, I'll probably jump in with him."
'The Dark Knight' continues to make the rounds, collecting trophies and nominations as the movie award season chugs along.
Last night the film took home five Peoples Choice Awards.
'The Dark Knight' beat 'Iron Man' and 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' for both "Favorite Movie" and "Favorite Action Movie"
The film also won the trophy for "Favorite Cast", acing out chick flicks like 'Mamma Mia!' and 'Sex and the City'.
Christian Bale & Heath Ledger won the day in the "Favorite On Screen Match Up".
And in a surprise upset, Christian Bale snagged the "Favorite Superhero" trophy from comeback darling Robert Downey Jr.
Meanwhile, Variety reports that the Writers Guild of America has named the nominees for its "Best Adapted Screenplay" award. The writers for 'The Dark Knight' are honored along with those of 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button', 'Doubt', 'Frost/Nixon' and 'Slumdog Millionaire'.
The awards will be presented Feb. 7 in simultaneous ceremonies at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles and the Hudson Theater in New York.
Variety also has the scoop on the Cinema Audio Society nominations. 'Iron Man' joins 'The Dark Knight' as a nominee for "Sound Mixing in a Feature Film", along with 'Quantum of Solace', 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Wall-E'.
In spite of the high level of buzz on the 'Green Lantern' movie, filmmaker David Goyer told IESB.net that Warner Bros. has all movies based on DC Comics Characters in a holding pattern, including Goyer's pet projects 'Super Max' and 'The Flash'.
However, the plan isn't to stall out the lucrative genre, but simply formulate a plan for best exploting them.
"A lot of the DC movies at Warner Brothers are all on hold while the figure out, they're going to come up with some new plan, methodology, things like that so everything has just been pressed pause on at the moment. It was the double header of both Iron Man and The Dark Knight coming out, so more than ever I think they've realized, I think DC was responsible for 15% of Warner Brother's revenue this year, something crazy like that, so they realized that comic books, it's become a new genre, one of the most successful genres."