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!
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 Online: 2 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."
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 TheDarkComicbook.com for more info.
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 Worth1000.com 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.
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!’"
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:
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!
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...