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By Rob M. Worley     November 24, 2009
Source: Various

A new JUSTICE LEAGUE animated series is in the works.
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Warner Bros announces 'Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths'. Plus: Another cast member for 'Thor'. Favreau and Downey talk 'Iron Man'. Eric Powell on 'The Goon' movie and more! Everybody's movin'! Everybody's Groovin'! Folks linin' up outside just to get down with your Comics2Film 9.11.24!



Jock Tweets About JUDGE DREDD Movie

Last week, the amazing comic artist Jock tweeted that he would have a meeting on the 'Judge Dredd' movie Monday this week. So how did it go?

From Jock's Twitter feed: "on the train, heading home. Dredd meeting went really really well."



THE CROW Producer Talks Casting

The io9 website chatted up producer Ryan Kavanaugh, currently out promoting 'Brothers'. He is also a producer on the relaunch 'The Crow'.

During the Q & A Kavanaugh confirmed many facts that regular Comics2Film readers already knew: The script is in good shape. The story does not focus on Eric Draven, but rather a new character. Attention has now shifted to casting.

"The script is great. We're very excited about it," Kavanaugh said of director Stephen Norrington's work. "'The Crow' is definitely going to happen, we're just getting all the pieces together right now. It's not officially greenlit, but it's going to happen... I think in a couple months we could have the package together for sure."

Kavanaugh said plans are to relaunch the character as "a dark Superhero type" and they're looking for the right actor to fill the bill.

"It will be an actor you've heard of.... We're not ruling anything out. We're looking at both, with the very well known and the 'very talented but they may not be quite there yet,'" the producer said.

He also said they plan to tweak the character's iconic goth. "He'll have makeup, but it will be different. The best way to compare it is the first 'Batman' and 'Batman Begins'. In terms of their look and feel and character."

Click through for more of io9's chat with Ryan Kavanaugh.



Eric Powell Talks GOON Movie

Comic Book Resources has a great in-depth article with Eric Powell, creator of 'The Goon'. Among the many topics (including talk of his new book 'Chimichanga') Powell offered some dish on the animated film version of his burly creature-puncher, which he's developing with filmmaker David Fincher and the CG animation house Blur Studios.

"I just finished writing the script a few months back, and Blur is working on a lot of test stuff. Fincher is working on a film right now, so we're waiting for him to get some space so we can start showing some of this stuff off," Powell said. "I'm pretty happy with everything so far. We've just got to work to get to the next point. This is a slow, long process."

Powell said that, as a producer, Fincher has been very involved in the development of the script, but he's not sure if he plans to direct the film. The main point of attraction for Powell is that he gets to remain involved in the handling of his character.

"I think it's a choice where, if you're getting a giant paycheck from a major studio to adapt your book and get Brad Pitt as the lead or whatever, then they kind of take it away from you because they've invested so much. But when you're doing something that's more about the material and less about a big event, they give you the opportunity to be more involved. And that's your choice," Powell said.

Click through for the complete chat with Powell.



Kat Dennings the Latest THOR Cast Member

The Hollywood Reporter adds another name to the swelling ranks of 'Thor' cast members. Actress Kat Dennings is apparently on board the film in a bit role. According to the Heat Vision Blog, Dennings will play a co-worker to Natalie Portman's Jane Foster.

Heat Vision also reports that Jane Foster is no mere Nurse (as she was in the original comics) but a "doctor-scientist type."



Holy Cow! Robert Downey Jr. Quits Acting! No IRON MAN 3! No AVENGERS! (Not)

The career of Robert Downy Jr. certainly resembles a roller-coaster ride, with 'Iron Man' marking the start of his latest and greatest ascension, which will continue via next month's 'Sherlock Holmes' and next summer's 'Iron Man 2'.

Yet, in a chat with Entertainment Weekly the actor was feeling philosophical and mentioned that he's looking forward to retirement. He's enjoying his current level of success, but yearns for more time with the family to pursue the finer things in life.

"I’m f—ing really good at what I do — and have been for a long time, so I don’t waver on that," he told EW. "But here’s the thing: I can only be a guy on a call sheet probably, I don’t know, maybe a couple more times. It’s something I’m so grateful to have in my palm, and yet I already see its inevitable decay."

Wow! So if he bails out now, what happens to 'Iron Man 3', 'The Avengers', 'Cowboy & Aliens' and the like?

Well, in spite of propped up headlines to the contrary, there's little doubt he's still doing those movies. He also told EW, "If 'Sherlock Holmes' performs well, I could be busy for the next 5 or 7 or 10 years."

Thanks to Matador for the submission.



Speaking of IRON MAN...

Jon Favreau offers a mini update via Twitter. He posted on Sunday, "Editing all weekend. Looking forward to the Thanksgiving break. 'Iron Man 2' is a demanding mistress."




The Falcon is one of the the many Marvel super stars squished down to cute size, but still flying high on Cartoon Network's 'Super Hero Squad Show'.

Here's a video that presents Cap's one-time sidekick as he exists in the SHS universe:




The heroic Lex Luthor joins the JLA for an Oval Office confab in JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS

Warner Home Video have officially announced details for the upcoming home video release 'Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths'.

The PG-13 film depicts the JLA's encounter with their evil opposites from Earth Two. The movie arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray on February 23, 2010. A 2-disc special edition will set you back $24.98, while the high-def platter runs $29.99. A more budget-friendly single-disc DVD will cost $19.98. It'll also roll out on the On Demand market.

Synopsis: In 'Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths', a "good" Lex Luthor arrives from an alternate universe to recruit the Justice League to help save his Earth from the Crime Syndicate, a gang of villainous characters with virtually identical super powers to the League.  What ensues is the ultimate battle of good versus evil in a war that threatens both planets and, through a diabolical plan launched by Owl Man, puts the balance of all existence in peril. 

The movie features an all-star voice cast led by Mark Harmon (NCIS) as SUPERMAN, James Woods (Ghosts of Mississippi) as OWLMAN, Chris Noth (Sex and the City, Law & Order) as LEX LUTHOR, William Baldwin (Dirty Sexy Money) as BATMAN, Gina Torres (Serenity, Firefly) as SUPERWOMAN and Bruce Davison (X-Men) as the President.

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths - 2 Disc Special Edition version will have more than two hours of features, including:

  • DC Showcase - The Spectre: The first animated short in the all-new DC Showcase series focuses on a detective story with an ethereal twist, featuring the otherworldly character originally introduced by DC Comics in 1940. The short is written by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), and the voice cast includes Gary Cole (Entourage) and Alyssa Milano (Charmed).
  • Featurette – “The New World”: From Identity Crisis forward, DC Comics raised the stakes with talent writers, editors and artists pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a modern day Super Hero. This documentary covers the riveting and often harrowing tale of New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer’s “Identity Crisis,” and why this story struck the right chord with the comic book audience.  The story is a personal one for the creator, as well as the DC Comics executives’ fortunate enough to have been a part of this mature comic book publication.  While revealing the strategy and sentiments behind this comic book, the documentary film goes a step further to explore the continuing and recent publications of “Infinite Crisis” and “Final Crisis,” while crafted with the narration of “The Dark Knight” Executive Producer Michael Uslan.  The tension is high, the story is personal, and the stakes have been raised!
  • Extended Sneak Peek at the next DC UNIVERSE Animated Original PG-13 Movie.
  • Digital Copy Download
  • Widescreen (1.78:1)
  • Two Episodes of Justice League Unlimited hand-picked by animation legend Bruce Timm

The Blu-Ray edition ups the ante with more than three hours of bonus materials. It's got all of the aforementioned stuff, plus two additional episodes from Justice League Unlimited, both personally selected by fan-favorite Bruce Timm, plus television pilot episodes from the DC live-action shows:  Wonder Woman, and Aquaman. 

Warner have provided us with a high-quality version of the trailer for the film.

What do you think, Maniacs? Looking forward to the impending CRISIS? Post your comments below...


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Flint521466 11/24/2009 6:35:39 AM

Downey aint goin' anywhere. He's is just now tapping into his mainstream potential.  If Holmes blows up he'll be alternating IM & SH flicks for the next 10 yrs.


Justice League looks like another quality release from WB.  Now only if they could treat their live-action films with the reverence & attention to detail that they do with their animated features.  Hopefully this is longer than 72 min.

Ozymandas 11/24/2009 6:59:27 AM

JL: Crisis on 2 Earths - looking very forward to the sneak peek of the next DC animated movie (what can it be?) and the Spectre short on the Special Edition - hope this will be available to rent.

Darkknight2280 11/24/2009 7:00:48 AM

Kat Denning is STACKED!!! Cant wait to see her bewbs in yet another flick! :)

that is all!

DarthDuck 11/24/2009 7:32:52 AM

Already excited for JL: Crisis on Two Earths.  That trailer is awesome!

ManofTheAtom 11/24/2009 7:49:48 AM

plus television pilot episodes from the DC live-action shows: Wonder Woman, and Aquaman

Live-action Aquaman? You mean Mercy Reef?

Matador 11/24/2009 7:57:24 AM

Guess we all have to pay to see Sherlock Holmes then to make he sticks around till his 80.

SgtTechCom 11/24/2009 8:12:15 AM

RDJ isn't going anywhere he's set for life till the end of his career. Iron Man  - SH - Avengers.

This Crow nonsense is lame. I defy them to find someone that can do the job Brandon Lee did. Im so sick of all these lame ass reboots . I won't go see it.

Wiseguy 11/24/2009 8:34:17 AM

Don't forget Cowboys and Aliens also for RDJ. Of course he isn't going anywhere this is just a way to boost his fee, is the game they all play. What we need now is an IM2 trailer, I'm hoping one is attached to AVATAR

JLA Crisis on 2 Earths looks good but that's what's expected from DC.

Kat Dennings will be Janet Van Dyne, yes, the Wasp, mark my words. Why do you all think Foster is now a scientist type, setting it all up. Obviously that's just my speculation/wishful thinking

Looking forward to another Judge Dredd. I hope it's as good or better than the Sly's underrated version

Don't read Goon but I'm still looking forward to this cgi film

I don't care for The Crow, original, sequel or remake. What can I say I have refined taste in movies :)


VicDeZen 11/24/2009 8:56:10 AM

JLA Crisis on 2 Earths looks amazing.  DC has totally mastered the animated movie portion of film making.  Now if if they can just carry that success onto live features...aside from Batman of course.

savagelee 11/24/2009 10:05:12 AM

 The Crow - It's a mistake to remake a "cult" movie within 25 years of the original. The original Crow had a huge impact on a lot of people, but this will just destroy it. It will be a waste of money and time from every perspective, and will no doubt be insulting to the fans. Besides, goth-punk is wicked old now. What can they do, try to make it emo? Get My Chemical Bromance in the soundtrack?

And where the hell is my Scott Pilgrim Trailer???

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