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SCOTT PILGRIM Toons In

Plus: SMALLVILLE, X-MEN, ATOMIK MIKE and more!

By Rob M. Worley     August 04, 2010
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Comics2Film: SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE ANIMATION
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Scott Pilgrim animation to debut on [adult swim]! Plus: Smallville buzz! Vaughn talks X-Men mutants. Atomik Mike gets movie deal and more! Conjuring up a furious Kong out of rock sounds, it's your Comics2Film 10.8.4!

 

 

 

C2F Saw SCOTT PILGRIM

We caught a screening of Scott Pilgrim vs The World last night and have to say a year or so of build-up pays off spectacularly. Cute girls, dragons, rock and roll, anime, sword fights, video games, chain fights, laughing, hammer fights, skate stunts, comics, giant apes, being in love, kung fu or movies. If you like any of those things in any combination you should dig this film. We'll leave the full review to resident critic Rob Vaux, but C2F grades this movie an A (with +10 against cynics).

 

 

Semi-Animated ASTONISHING X-MEN Comes to DVD

From a press release...

The time has come for Marvel Super Heroes CYCLOPS, EMMA FROST, SHADOWCAT, COLOSSUS, BEAST and WOLVERINE to leap from the comic book pages into every home this Fall. On September 28, 2010, Shout! Factory, in association with Marvel Knights Animation will unleash the highly anticipated DVD of ASTONISHING X-MEN – GIFTED, the first title in the multi-part ASTONISHING X-MEN home entertainment series.

Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s Eisner award-winning take on Marvel’s mightiest mutants comes to life through the studio of comics legend Neal Adams, in the ASTONISHING X-MEN Marvel Motion Comic, adapting the acclaimed “Gifted” storyline! Remaining true to the heritage of panel-by-panel graphic storytelling, with groundbreaking visuals, sensational soundscapes and, of course, the explosiveness of the Mighty Marvel Universe, the ASTONISHING X-MEN - GIFTED DVD features the first story arc of the ASTONISHING X-MEN 3-part series by Whedon and Cassaday. Boasting an exciting array of bonus features, this DVD invites viewers to delve deep inside the imaginative world of the Marvel Universe. A must have for collectors and loyal fans, this deluxe DVD is featured with a graphic rich cover and a unique replica of comic book-style plastic sleeve packaging that bridges the comic book to DVD concept. It is priced to own at $14.97.

Synopsis:

Professor Charles Xavier’s X-Men — the aggressive Wolverine, conflicted Beast and newly returned Kitty Pryde, led by Cyclops and Emma Frost — find themselves confronted with Dr. Kavita Rao, who has developed a controversial “mutant cure.” Now they’re up against science, prejudice and a mysterious new foe named Ord! Can the X-Men protect the world’s mutants against this powerful new alien menace and the “cure” that threatens to rid them of their unique abilities forever?

Extensive Bonus Features:

  • A Conversation with Joe Quesada and Neal Adams
  • ASTONISHING X-MEN “Rise Up” music video
  • ASTONISHING X-MEN – GIFTED trailer
  • Visual history of the characters
  • Behind-the-scenes: Marvel Knights Animation
  • Marvel Super Heroes™: What The — ?
  • Artists gallery – John Cassaday
  • Additional trailers

 

 

SMALLVILLE Season 10 Buzz

Buzz is building as we head into the tenth and final season of Smallville next month.

First up, Kryptonsite reveals two DC Universe characters that we can expect to put in an appearance: Hawkgirl and Deadshot.

Their sources tell them that the lovely Sahar Biniaz is set to play Shayera Hall in the second episode of the show. Shayera is, of course, the long-lost love of Carter Hall (aka Hawkman). Michael Shanks is returning to play that role. Kryptonsite has not confirmed that Shayera will don a Hawkgirl costume. She may just appear as a love interest.

Likewise actor Bradley Stryker has been cast as Floyd Lawton (possibly in the same episode). Lawton is better known as Deadshot, best known as a staple character in the Suicide Squad.

Another episode will feature V player Laura Vandervoort returning as Kara, Clark's Supergirl cousin from Krypton.

"I think I'm only back for one [episode]," Vandervoort told Digital Spy. "I start filming this week. It'll be a great episode. I just read it."

The actress was loath to spoil any details about the episode but told the site there will be "definitely a lot of Clark and Kara discovering their past...about their family. People have always wondered why Clark can't fly and that will be sort of discovered in this episode."

In a separate article, Digital Spy chats up The CW's President Dawn Ostroff about what the network will do now that it's long-running anchor show is wrapping up.

"We have started to talk about if there are other DC comic book adaptations," she revealed. "We haven't picked anything else up to develop yet, [but] we would like to see something on the air, so we're going to work on it."

One such thing might be a spin-off of Smallville. They've certainly got a hit character in Justin Hartley's Oliver Queen (aka The Green Arrow) and have seeded the shows with other prospective characters over the past few seasons. And Geoff Johns has been pushing a Blue Beetle show for many months now.

"We are talking about everything," she said. "The characters are there. We're looking at the DC library. There are different parts of the puzzle. At the end of the day, I would love to be able to say that Smallville is going off the air and now we have something else is coming on."

The new season of Smallville starts September 24th.

 

 

ATOMIK MIKE Gets Animation Deal

From a press release...

The indie comics title Atomik Mike has been optioned by Solipsist Films for animated feature film development.

The comic was originally released as a comic book with Alias Entertainment in May 2006. The second series and two trade paperbacks were released by Desperado Publishing. The comic book series follows the misadventures of Mike Connors and his salvage company crew as they pursue Captain Tariq and Mr. Peck, the two men responsible for transforming Mike into a monkey.

"Atomik Mike is a wonderful creation by the guys at Frozen Beach. Great story telling and we cannot wait to bring Atomik Mike and this world to life," said the President of Solipsist Films, Stephen L’Heureux. Solipsist Films tapped into the entrepreneurial studio Root Films to lead the production process. Root Films will be writing, directing and overseeing design and animation with creative input from Frozen Beach throughout the process. "The opportunity to work with Zack and Ed on our second collaboration with such a rich brand and layered characters was something we could not pass up," L’Heureux remarked.

Stephan Nilson, president of Frozen Beach Studios, started his work with comics in 2001 with a limited budget, a small pool of independent readers and fierce competition. Today, Nilson has optioned several of his titles. In addition to Atomik Mike, Solipsist has optioned the Frozen Beach Studios title Upgraded. The Pound, scheduled for comic book release in Fall 2010, is optioned for theatrical development by Kevin Spacey’s production company, Trigger Street. Government Bodies, originally released under the Across the Pond Studios imprint, is optioned with Nu Image for television development with Nilson attached to write the pilot.

Nilson readily offers advice to would-be creators. "I guess the best advice I could give is to make sure your work is professional. Whether it’s a comic or script, TV or movie, honestly compare it to other works in the market. You have to be honest with yourself. Does it truly stack up to what people are paying to read and watch? If it doesn’t go back and fix it, and never go with your first draft no matter how awesome you think it is. There will always be something to tighten up."

 

 

C2F Quick Hits

  • The Wrap is reporting that Stephen Sommers will return to Paramount's G.I.Joe franchise as the director of the sequel. Word comes from an anonymous source.
     
  • Actor Mark Strong told MTV Splash Page that there were many Sinestro designs for Green Lantern before they arrived at something that fans will appreciate. "People will be — and I am — really delighted at the fact that they've really made sure that he is as he is in the comics," said Strong. "It's born of the look of David Niven, that moustache and that widow's peak, and I think it would be a shame to get rid of it. I'm delighted, because he looks pretty much exactly like he is in the comic."
     
  • Some footage from Dylan Dog: Dead of Night has leaked online, courtesy of an Italian TV news magazine. There's a recording on YouTube, of fairly low quality unfortunately. The movie still lacks distribution in the U.S.
     
  • Although he doesn't reveal much, director Matthew Vaughn talks with MTV Splash Page about his plans for X-Men: First Class. "I'm very keen that it has a lot of heart, this movie," Vaughn said. "You understand where these characters have come from, and you obviously know where they're going, but to see that very important point of their lives where they're discovering their power and working out their ethical take on what to do with their power — it's a very interesting story to tell. I want it to be a very good film, and I'm working very hard to create one for you."
     
  • The BBC reveals that Captain America: The First Avenger will utilize Manchester's Northern Quarter as a stand-in for 1940s New York for "a dramatic car chase."  The filming there will run for about two weeks starting in mid September.
     
  • SuperheroHype has your first look at a 12-minute behind-the-scenes clip focusing on the development of the upcoming animated feature Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.  The film arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on September 28.
     
  • Summit Entertainment has released the final one-sheet for Red, which shoots its way into theaters this October.

 Final one-sheet for RED featuring Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Hellen Mirrin, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich

 

SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE ANIMATION

With Scott Pilgrim vs The World rockin' into theaters next week, Cartoon Network's [adult swim] is supporting the film with an animated short, according to /Film.

The toon segment adapts some of the backstory from Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novel series which does not appear in the movie. It's a four-minute short detailing the early friendship of Michael Cera's Scott Pilgriim and Allison Pill's Kim Pine. The two actors voice the characters in the toon. Also appearing are Mae Whitman as Lisa Miller and Jason Schwartzman as Simon Lee (both of whom appear in the film as different characters).

The short, called Scott Pilgrim vs the Animation will air Thursday, August 12th in two parts between 12 and 12:30 am, inside commercial breaks on [adult swim]. It will also be available in full on adultswim.com, and on the [adult swim] and Scott Pilgrim FaceBook pages the day after it airs. 

A few snippets from the toon are already online:

 

 

 

Wednesday Wauuuugh: Is INCEPTION Based on a comic?

Yesterday we revealed the claims of a comic creator that asserted The Sorcerer's Apprentice swiped from his comic Wisher.

Then, news broke on blogs like IWatchStuff that Christopher Nolan's beloved blockbuster Inception may also have stolen it's core ideas from the sleeping minds of our funnybooks.

Witness this 2002 issue of Disney's Scrooge McDuck that finds Gyro Gearloose linking the dreaming minds of Scrooge, Donald and the Beagle Boys to create an anxiety dream, designed to prompt Scrooge into coughing up the combination to his safe!

Blatherin' blatherskite, Nolan!

Scrooge vs Inception

[Apologies to Howard the Duck as "Waaaaugh" is his line]

 


 

Rob M. Worley is the creator of the upcoming comics series Scratch9, which arrives in comic shops this month! He'll be promoting the book at Wizard World's Chicago Comic Con from August 19-22! 

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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Rheul_home 8/4/2010 7:40:40 AM

I was excited when I saw there would be an X-Men animated movie covering the Whedon storyline. I've bought all of the Marvel Animated DVD's accept for Next Avengers. If were getting just another motion comic, I think I'll pass.

almostunbiased 8/4/2010 8:40:51 AM

As funny and maybe even cool as I think Scott Pilgrim looks I think I'll wait and rent that and Red.  Just not movie theater worthy if you ask me.  Which of course you didn't.

And that's a joke about Inception right?

tiredjay 8/4/2010 9:03:12 AM

It's more a joke about people who cry rip-off at the drop of a hat.

jfdavis 8/4/2010 9:23:07 AM

Another site posted a Calvin and Hobbes strip the other day featuring "a kick" and multi-level dreaming.  

That's kind of cool Hawkgirl makes an apperence but she will not likely be anywhere close to as cool as the JLU version. "Grundy like Bird Nose..." Having Green Arrow or Blue Beetle solo doesn't really spark my interest as a Supergirl spin-off or full Justice League would...
 

Higgy 8/4/2010 10:14:53 AM

Excited about smallville and GL info.

Uggh...how much farther can Sommers brutalize the G.I.Joe name?  Didn't he wreak enough havok on that travesty last year?

Higgy 8/4/2010 10:17:18 AM

Which makes me think of another question...why do they reboot decent flicks like Spiderman, but they won't reboot crap like G.I.Joe?

Darkknight2280 8/4/2010 11:15:15 AM

Wish Scott Pilgrim would hurry up and come out..so we can move on! I dont see why people are soooo pumped about it. Sure it looks like a cool movie, but i meant he source materials artwork looks like the same crap as the powerpuff girls from cartoon network. So done with it!

ponyboy76 8/4/2010 11:24:55 AM

I would definitely be down for a Green Arrow spin-off as long as he left Metropolis and was based in  Central City?. He was good as Aquaman in that Mercy Reef pilot.

I'm definitely  looking forward to seeing Scott Pilgrim. I love movies like that and Edgar Wright hasn't gone wrong yet.

I'm not a big fan of "semi-animated" stuff. Either make it fully animated or keep it a comic. Don't like muddling in between, like that motion comic stuff that Marvel has up on their site.

Wyldstaar 8/4/2010 11:41:52 AM

Higgy, to answer your question- GI Joe isn't getting a reboot because the first movie made loads of money at the box office, and still more on dvd/bluray.  It may be crap, but it's crap that people are willing to pay to see.  Spidey is being given the reboot treatment because Sam Raimi seems to think that Spider-Man is supposed to be a musical, and Fox did not agree.  Considering that all three of Raimi's Spider-Man films had the same basic plot, I say good riddance.  I had no interest in seeing the Vulture kidnap MJ after discovering that Spidey is really Peter Parker anyway.

AntoBlueberry 8/4/2010 1:07:25 PM

I said it before elsewhere, I'm surprised that Satoshi Kon didn't sue Nolan for plagiarism. Inception has a lot in common with his Paprika animated movie.

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