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!
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).
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.
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:
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.
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."
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:
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!
[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!