Robbins joins 'Green Lantern'. Plus: 'Deadpool' writers talk merc. 'Justice League: Crisis' to bow on big screen. 'Markus Fang' riding comic-to-film wave and more! Way cuter than the E-trade baby, it's your Comics2Film 10.2.9!
While fans may be divided over this summer's toy-based blockbusters 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' and 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra', Variety reports that the movies have served Hasbro well. The company saw a 22% increase in profits last year with a 77% surge during the holiday-laden fourth quarter.
The company enjoyed some $4.07 billion in revenue in 2009. Almost $600 million of that was from 'Transformers' toys alone. Another $125 million came from 'G.I.Joe' toys.
Of course, this only serves to encourage movies like 'Stretch Armstrong' and 'Battleship', along with sequels to 'Transformers' and 'Joe'. It remains to be seen if the other toys, who aren't already invested with strong story and mythology, will enjoy similar levels of success.
The CW is declaring a ratings victory over the airing of the two-hour 'Smallville' movie "Absolute Justice". The network enjoyed it's best Friday night since September 2008 in all key categories, including adults 18-49 (1.2/4), men 18-49 (1.5/5), adults 18-34 (1.1/4), men 18-34 (1.3/5) and total viewers (2.8mil), according to preliminary live plus same day Nielsen ratings for Friday, Feb. 5, 2009.
Friday’s two-hour SMALLVILLE was the show’s highest rated telecast of the season in total viewers, adults 18-49 (tie) and men 18-49.
A CNN piece focusing on the interrelationships between comics and film reveals that 'Rush Hour' scribe Ross LaManna's soon-to-be-published graphic novel 'Markus Fang' may be headed for the big screen.
Co-created by Shannon Eric Denton, 'Markus Fang' focuses on an 18-year-old, trained by an agency to battle an opposing evil agency. The only problem is, while out in the field Fang's own agency is wiped out. It's up to Fang and a handful of survivors to bring the opposition down without the weapons, technology and support network they were trained to use.
Apparently the comic started off as a film pitch. In 2002 the pair actually produced an animated short showcasing actor Russell Wong as a motion-capture version of the character. With the current wave of comic book movies, Denton and LaManna realized they could get more traction on the property if it was a comic first.
Warner Home Video, Newsarama.com and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the bi-coastal World Premieres of 'Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths', the highly anticipated next entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 movies, in New York on February 16 and in Beverly Hills on February 18. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast are expected to attend both events.
On February 16, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths will screen at The Paley Center in New York City (25 West 52nd Street) with a media interviews starting at 5:30 p.m. and screening commencing at 6:30 p.m. A panel discussion with filmmakers and voice cast will follow the screening.
On February 18, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths will screen at The Paley Center in Beverly Hills (465 North Beverly Drive) with media interviews starting at 6:00 p.m. and screening commencing at 7:00 p.m. A panel discussion with filmmakers and voice cast will follow the screening.
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 Justice 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 Owlman, puts the balance of all existence in peril.
A star-studded cast provides the voices behind the super heroes and villains, led by Mark Harmon (NCIS) as Superman, James Woods (Mississippi Burning) as Owlman, Chris Noth (Law & Order, Sex and the City) as Lex Luthor, William Baldwin (Dirty Sexy Money) as Batman, Gina Torres (Firefly/Serenity) as Superwoman and Bruce Davison (X-Men) as President Wilson. Other cast members include Josh Keaton (The Spectacular Spider-Man) as The Flash, Vanessa Marshall (Grim & Evil) as Wonder Woman and Jonathan Adams (Bones) as Martian Manhunter.
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths is an original story from award-winning animation/comics writer Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League). Animation legend Bruce Timm (Superman Doomsday) is executive producer, and Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight) and Sam Liu (Superman/Batman: Public Enemies) are co-directors.
Warner Home Video will distribute the full-length animated Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths on February 23 as a Special Edition 2-disc version on DVD and Blu-Ray™ Hi-Def, as well as single disc DVD, and On Demand and Download.
Speaking of 'Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths', Captain Sigma points us to a new Virtual Collector Cards game on Facebook. You can collect new cards daily and turn in completed sets for exclusive content from the movie and downloads.
Warner created a similar app promoting the 'Green Lantern: First Flight' movie last year.
The Geek Files blog chats with Josh Keaton, the voice of Peter Parker on the animated TV show 'The Spectacular Spider-Man' about the upcoming 'Spider-Man' movie reboot. Keaton happily adds his name to the top of the list of actors who should be considered for the part and gives his opinions on the villains, storyline and other things he'd like to see in the film.
Hot writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are hard at work putting together an outline for the much-discussed 'Deadpool' movie that Fox aims to make with Ryan Reynolds in the lead. The pair told MTV Splash Page that they're getting plenty of guidance from the main man himself.
"We’re very excited for ‘Deadpool,’ and have been developing it on a near-daily basis with Ryan Reynolds, who is just awesome," Wernick said. "It’s such a collaborative process, with someone who’s so smart and passionate; it’s just been a true pleasure."
While they profess a great love for the character, they defer to Reynolds who is a bit of a super fan for the Merc with a Mouth.
"What’s great about Ryan is that he’s been the keeper of the Deadpool flame for many years, he’s loved the character since forever; he lives it and breathes it," Reese said. "We’re a little newer to Deadpool, although we’ve done a bit of catching up. One of the nice things about working with Ryan is that he tonally gets it — if we ever do something that is off the Deadpool path, or if it doesn’t feel like Deadpool, he catches it."
The pair promise that the movie will kick-ass and be unlike the character's weird debut in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine', or any other movie for that matter.
"It’s not going to be your father’s superhero movie, or even your older brother’s superhero movie," Reese said. "It’s definitely going to be irreverent and fun, and we owe a lot to that character, because it’s a wonderful character."
Last November, Mark Millar posted some hype about a superhero film that he would be producing and directing, independent of the Hollywood studios.
More recently IGN sat down for an interview with Millar and tried to pry some new details free. Millar revealed that he is writing the script based on an original concept. He's in pre-production on the movie now and plans to film the thing in Scotland "next year" (although it's possible the interview was conducted late 2009 and "next year" is a reference to 2010.
Here's the complete video interview:
The CW have unveiled two new clips from this Friday's episode of 'Smallville'
The Heat Vision blog reports that Tim Robbins has landed a role in the upcoming 'Green Lantern' movie.
Robbins will play Senator Hammond, father to the film's villain, Dr. Hector Hammond, played by Peter Sarsgaard.
The movie marks Robbins' second comic-to-film having previously appeared in the Marvel masterpiece 'Howard the Duck'.
'Green Lantern' rolls cameras this March in New Orleans with Ryan Reynolds in the lead role and Martin Campbell directing.