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By Rob M. Worley     August 03, 2009

Kick-Ass 2 enters theaters on August 16, 2013.
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Comic-Con footage from 'Kick-Ass' is now online. Plus: 'G.I.Joe' reviews trickling in. Cameron talks 'Battle Angel' tech. 'Surrogates' promo art inspired by web contest? When all else fails, it doesn't. It's your Comics2Film 9.8.3!



G.I. JOE Reviews

The reviews for 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra' are coming in. It seems the movie is not as you think. Or, maybe it is...

Empire Online2 Stars - "The script is almost willfully stupid...Hugging the dumb and making it fun is Sommers’ strength. For all The Mummy Returns’ flaws, it //did// have zombie pygmies. GI Joe has a robot tuna."

SCI FI Wire: "Ultimately, G.I. Joe probably will appeal most to the 12-year-olds in the audience, or at least those adults most eager to embrace their inner 12-year-olds, which means if you felt burned by 'Revenge of the Fallen' then you should beware of this film."

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



THE DARK Comic on iTunes

From a press release...

Markosia Enterprises have teamed up with Chris Lynch (Monkeys with Machineguns, Photonic Graffiti) and Rick Lundeen (100 Covers, Epoch) to publish “The Dark”.

The first issue of “The Dark” will be released in August of this year as a digital comic book, via iTunes, with three more issues in the pipeline. A graphic novel is planned for later in the year.

The Dark is the story of Daniel Abbot, a brilliant young scientist on the fringes of the establishment and the creator of Memetech - a technology that encodes information and memories into a liquid form, allowing anyone to “drink” the information. Terrified that his invention will be used for military purposes he decides to destroy his research, but not before he takes one last trip … with disastrous results.

Two years on, and the Memetech genie is out of the bottle. Abbot, having perfected his own version of the technology, fights a one-man war against the spread of his own invention and the collapse of our information culture in the guise of “The Dark”. Aided by an artificial intelligence nicknamed Howard Hughes, Abbott creates “The Baffler” – a coat made of Memetech that gives his the edge over his enemies. Capable of injecting information directly into this brain and firing Memetech flechettes to hit others with bursts of pure information, The Baffler is both weapon and disguise in Daniel Abbot’s war against his own creation.

When The Dark uncovers a plot to set off Memetech bombs across the whole of the city Dante, filling the air with liquid information and creating a new society of his enemy’s devising, The Dark is plunged into a desperate race against time.

But, not everything is what is seems. Who is the new and mysterious enemy who seems to know The Dark’s every move? How did the Memetech, thought destroyed, reappear? Why can’t Daniel wake his wife and son? And why is everyone in Dante named after an English poet?

Publisher Harry Markos had this to say on securing the property for Markosia: “I’ve been a big fan of Chris Lynch for a while now and asked him to pitch a couple of new projects that we could look at for the digital market, with a view to releasing it as a graphic novel later. He has come up trumps with The Dark. Coupled with Rick’s fantastically atmospheric art, Chris’s story takes you to a very believable but disturbing world, not unlike the one we are living in at the moment! I am confident that we have a hit in the making.”

Visit for more info.



Promo art for THE SURROGATES

Disney unveiled a series of 6 new posters promoting the comic book flick 'The Surrogates' last week. Each image displays a sexy model peeling away its skin to reveal a robotic skeleton underneath.

The images are pretty sweet, but Bleeding Cool reveals that they are more than a little bit derivative. It seems that the website ran a Photoshop contest asking fans to come up with Celebrity Cyborgs. One users named bigbadsi concocted an image of Kate Moss that's nearly identical in composition to one of the 'Surrogates' pieces, clearly an inspiration for the whole campaign.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Zack Snyder Fantasizes More about DARK KNIGHT Adaptation

He's said it before but MTV Splash Page has a video interview in which director Zack Snyder talks about his dream of adapting Frank Miller's graphic novel 'The Dark Knight Returns' into a motion picture, and waiting until Christian Bale is 50 in order to do it.

"It will be only 20 years from now, and it’ll be Christian Bale in his 50s," Snyder said of his dream scenario. "And by then, Chris will be over it and I’ll roll up and be like, ‘Let’s make a ‘Dark Knight’ movie!’"


Thanks to MutantNinjaLoungeSinger for the submission.



Cameron talks BATTLE ANGEL Tech

At Comic-Con, MTV Splash Page caught up with film making pioneer James Cameron and asked him if  the long-discussed 'Battle Angel Alita' movie might be on his dance card yet.

Cameron talks about his 10 year dalliance with deep-sea photography and inventing technology that benefits both filmmakers and researchers in that realm. Given what he's done there and with the 3D technology that will be seen in 'Avatar', Cameron told MTV that a 'Battle Angel' movie is now relatively simple.

"I think 'Battle Angel' will be very straightforward based on what we know right now [from 'Avatar']," Cameron said. "There are actually three technologies we designed from scratch for this movie. One was the fusion, 3D camera system, which would have a big role in 'Battle Angel' because it's more live-action by proportion. The other one is the facial performance capture, which would allow us to create Alita that way."

Check out his complete comments:


Thanks to MutantNinjaLoungeSinger for the submission.



SOLOMON KANE Comic-Con footage

The other surprise at Comic-Con was how good the 'Solomon Kane' movie looked, placing 'Lord of the Rings' style fantasy with an early American setting. Now some of that footage is online. This is a very poor quality hand-camera take. Hopefully they'll post a clean copy online soon!

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.




KICK-ASS At Comic-Con

Mania's own Bob Trate journeyed to Comic-Con in hopes of getting a peek at James Cameron's 'Avatar' but came away raving about Matthew Vaughn's vision of Mark Millar's comic 'Kick-Ass'.

Now you can see for yourself what the buzz is about as several of the clips that were screened have made their way onto YouTube. The quality is poor but you get the gist of what this movie is going for. Watch 'em while you can!

The opening, as seen in the comics:


Dave goes into action as Kick-Ass for the first time:


Kick-Ass, meet Hit-Girl. Hit-Girl, Kick-Ass!


And finally, the panel itself...


Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



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CaptAmerica04 8/3/2009 8:51:53 AM

Solomon Kane looks great, from what I can see.

G.I. Joe sounds EXACTLY like I expected it to.  The first Mummy movie was pretty good.  After that, Stephen Sommers should've been sent back to the minors.  And comparing it to "Revenge of the Fallen," I'm SURE that'll sell it to Hanso and the rest of the Transformers 2 fans from this summer.  lol

violator14 8/3/2009 9:12:51 AM

OH yes!! One of my many requests coming true! Zack Snyder wanting direct a Batman movie!! LET IT HAPPEN!

Kick ASS--- I had no idea what this comic was really about, but now i know what the big deal is. This shit is craziness... like wtFFF!!!??

gauleyboy420 8/3/2009 10:01:38 AM

GI JOE- I',m gonna like it! I'm in the minority of people that can seperate their 12 year old nostolgia (and poor memory) from a cool movie wrapped around a cool concept. I loved LOVED both of the Transformers movies.

(They were all I wanted, and heads and shoulders better than the cartoon)
AND I'm psyced for GI Joe, looks like a fun sci-fi/military/ action movie. Sorry for all of you who are gonna hate it. Must suck for you, hating everything about life.


Surrogates Posters- First Thought were of Sara Conner Chronicles ads.


Solomon Kane- Don't know who he is, is he cool, should I be reading it?

Dark Night Returns- Been wanting to see that on the screen for years. My original casting for aged Batman/ Bruce was Clint Eastwood, about 10 years ago.

Now, I think Bruce Willis would be perfect for the role.


Kick-ASS- KICKED ASS!!! Love the comic, this movie looks super sweet! John Romita Jr, is a class act! and The way I heard it from my guy at the comic shop, is That Kick-Ass was planned from the begining as a Movie, that Millar then made into a comic to shop the idea around more easily, hence the script and movie being finished before the comic.

DaForce1 8/3/2009 10:47:15 AM

Yeah, those Surrogate posters are a total ripoff of the Season two promo posters for the Sarah Connor Chronicles. They even use the same background color.

Darkknight2280 8/3/2009 10:58:20 AM

Good catch  gauleyboy and daforce! I was like OMFG, can their advertisers get an original idea to promote their robot movie?!?

I'm totally like Gauley boy, i can appreciate a movie for what it is as long as its not godawful. I will be at the movies this friday night to see GIJOE!.


Darkknight2280 8/3/2009 10:59:49 AM

Oh and yeah...ZACH SNYDER BATMAN?!?! HOLY CRAP i cant imagine how freaking AWESOME that would be!..LET US HAVE IT! If Nolan Walks WB needs to bring Zach on Board for the next Batman!!

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 8/3/2009 11:06:51 AM

Okay - if there is any question now about who should direct the Conan movie is should be moot.  Whoever directed this Solomon Kane movie should do it.  'Nuff said.  Can I get a "Hell, yeah"?

Wiseguy 8/3/2009 2:16:09 PM

Kick Ass looks good but not great IMO and I still don't see it breaking the bank like Millar thinks it will. It almost feels like a Tarantino film which just don't appeal to veryone

Love James Cameron is still mulling an AVATAR sequel. But I do hope he makes Battle Angel first. It's on my short list of animes I like and now that the tech is there it would be great then get on the AVATAR sequel. Either one is a win-win

Solomon Kane looks sweet but I wouldn't assign Conan to anyone based on a 2 min. trailer

Early, very early rottentomatoes has Joe at 88%. I think Rob could as easily have found a couple of positive quotes, that is unless he's already made up his mind



fft5305 8/3/2009 3:08:37 PM

Kick Ass looked good, but not Box Office Smash good.  I t hink Wiseguy's got it right.  Tarantino-esque appeal. Very targeted. Probably won't kill at the theaters, but will make back its budget with foreign BO & DVD sales.

A robot tuna?  Seriously?  Am I the only one who caught that?

Surrogate ads - complete TSCC ripoff!  Before I read the text, I thought maybe TSCC was coming back.

I think Dark Knight would work better as an animated feature, a la Heavy Metal. Dark, adult, heavy. Not clean Disney-type animation. Could seriously wreak havoc with Batman's moves and the mutant leader's physique.  Wouldn't have to worry about stepping on any potential Superman franchise, either.

aegrant 8/3/2009 6:23:35 PM

GI Joe: my son is 9 so I will be seeing this with him. I take him to see these types of movies (Transformers, GI Joe) while his mom takes him to see G-Force. Fair trade. Kind of iffy on the robot tuna?

Dark: PR reads well but I am not part of the apple brigade so I guess I will never see it.

Surrogates: I want to see this movie but the poster reminds me of I Robot!

Dark Knight: Read it - loved it - But 20 years from now I could be dead

Battle Angel - I could give a rat's ass

Solomon Kane: the guy looks like VanHelsing with that hat on. I will wait for the DVD

Kick-Ass: looks funny but not worth my $9 or $5 if I go to the matinee

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