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SMALLVILLE Spinoff Coming?


By Rob M. Worley     June 19, 2009

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Is there a 'Smallville' spin-off in the works? Plus: Michael Bay is not quitting 'Transformers'. A new 'Green Lantern' introduced in the film. Posters for 'Astro Boy', 'Sherlock Holmes', 'Adele Blac-Sec' and more! Getting sacked over the Phantom Menace, it's your Comics2Film 9.6.19!



Michael Bay Not Quitting TRANSFORMERS

On his official website Michael Bay clarified his position on the 'Transformers' franchise. His involvement with it is not dead yet, just hoping for a bit of a rest.

Recapping the story that blistered around the internet yesterday, Bay was quoted by WENN as saying that he's "had enough" of the franchise, of big explosions, and of critics relentlessly dogging his movies.

Bay's response from his blog reads, "Hah, love press how they spin. Never said it - just wanted a vacation is more to the point. And no I don't read the good or the bad reviews."

So rest easy, Autobot lovers. Bay will be back for a third go-round.



Mendes Vague on PREACHER Future

With 'Away We Go' now in theaters, many of us hoped diretor Sam Mendes would get busy on that 'Preacher' movie.

A Variety article detailing his two year first-look pact with FOCUS Features makes no mention of it as an upcoming project for the producer, director. Even more discouraging are the comments Mendes made to the Scotsman newspaper in a recent interview.

When asked what his next project might be, the filmmakers said, "I don't know, really, I'm a very bad predictor of what I'm going to do next."

When pressed on the question of 'Preacher', Mendes said he is attached, "but it would need to be transformed into a script, and it's another piece of Americana, so it's something that might wait".



A new GREEN LANTERN in the movie?

Screenwriter Marc Guggenheim tells MTV Splash Page that when 'Green Lantern' hits the big screen they'll see lots of familiar characters soaring out of the pages of the comics. However, there are plans to introduce one new Corpsman that the world has never seen before.

"One of our rules has been: 'Don’t create a new Lantern when a pre-existing one from the comic books would work just as well,'"he said. "There’s only one Lantern who we’ve decided to completely create from scratch, but there’s a very specific reason why we’ve made that decision."

Sadly the writer revealed little else.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Mania editor Robbo-tized by TRANSFORMERS


Speaking of 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen', the official site for the movie features a fun new interactive widget that lets you transform yourself or your friends into an autobot.

Check out the image of your favorite daily Mania columnist after being Robbo-tized!



SMALLVILLE Spin-off in the works?

Michael Aussielo at tells his readers that The CW is looking for ways to keep the 'Smallville' brand alive and a new series might be just the ticket.

"The 's' word is being thrown around again. No, not Superman -- I'm talking about spin-off. With next season likely the show's last, rumor has it there's chatter around Smallville about ways to extend the franchise," writes the answer man.

He doesn't divulge any other details. Our thinking is that the Green Arrow character has breathed new life into the series over the past few seasons and he'd be the best candidate to carry his own show. Of course, they've been seeding the works with many interesting incarnations of DC Comics classics, so any one of them could be a candidate as well.

Thanks to ponyboy76 for the submission.



SHERLOCK HOLMES movie posters

Empire Online has unveiled two new posters from the upcoming 'Sherlock Holmes' movie. The film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson. Guy Ritchie directs.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



New ASTRO BOY Poster and Featurette

A couple of new bits of 'Astro Boy' media have turned up online. has a new poster, while Trailer Addict has a featurette on the film.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Megan Fox says HEX is a franchise

MTV chatted up the lovely Megan Fox at the MTV Movie Awards earlier this month. They asked Fox if she thought the 'Jonah Hex' movie was a stand-alone feature, or was part of a series of films.

"They leave it open for a sequel," Fox said. "They tweaked the script so there could be a sequel if necessary."

Check out her complete comments:




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hanso 6/19/2009 8:37:39 AM

CW needs to spin off to Smallville Gossip 90210.  3 shows in one, brilliant!  Clark can write the gossip column about the smallville gang in beverly hills.

hanso 6/19/2009 8:39:08 AM

Reason they created a new Green Lantern is cause that Green Lantern is gonna die.

hanso 6/19/2009 8:42:13 AM

Damn it Bay, go make your art film you ADD directing son of a gun!  Show us what you got.

I'm beginning to worry about Transformers 2 due to the all the "length" talk in the reviews coming in.  Last Michael Bay sequel (Bad Boys 2) was damn long when it didnt need to be and brought the movie down.  Bad Boys 2 would've worked much better had they ended the film in Miami instead of adding 20 mins of stuff in Cuba.

hanso 6/19/2009 8:42:48 AM

If there was an edit button I could combine my posts.  Where is it Jarrod, where is it!!?

Jarroooooooooood, come out and play!!!!!!

Wiseguy 6/19/2009 9:11:38 AM

Transformers is said to be around 2h 25m. That really doesn't seem that long, to me anyway. I'm thinking that people just got bored watching robots duking it out and once you're bored time slows down, that's a scientific fact :)

I'm actually a little worried about GL,  he's my fave DC cat but the way this guy talks about someone being cast leads me to believe that there will be some fan backlash and is prepping people's expectations. All I know is that I better not see Jack Black's name anywhere near this. I'm crossing my fingers. And hope this new GL makes good sense, the Corps has so many characters I don't see why a new one is necessary.

Smallville spin-off with Arrow or the once rumored Aquaman could be cool. I believe it'll be Arrow since he's basically Batman light. I'm cool either way just make sure it isn't Kristin Kreuk's Lana Lang getting the treatment, I get ill watching her.

Matador 6/19/2009 9:15:28 AM

Dude that's creepy......

On Smallville there probably just call it Metropolis since thats where it takes place mostly and they don't have to centralize on just one character. Still would be cool if they just focused on episodes where the main character was just the villan. For a super hero series that shit revolves way to much on the drama aspect. It feels more like Bryan Singer's SR craptastic film.  Needs more action and less watered down plots.

But hey that's why we got Heroes right. Hey I could be wrong.

xenomorph 6/19/2009 10:16:05 AM

Ok, since Jarrod has disapeared of the face off the earth, I'll have to give my fellow maniacs this news story myself. I read on's the feed news line the other day that actor Michael Sheen, from the Underworld movies and the upcoming Twilight saga: New Moon, is in negotiations to play the classic James Bond villian Blofeld a.k.a Number One in the 23rd Bond movie. Also, the report says that MGM and Sony pictures are planning for Bond 23 to come out in 2011.

Now Jarrod, get your butt out of the shadow zone and give us movie news!

hanso 6/19/2009 10:20:54 AM

I got it.  Smallville needs to spin off Michael Rosenbaum & Kristin Kreuk.  Basically cameras follow them around as their careers sink from TV actor, failed movie star, voice work, porn, coke dealing, straight up prostitution and finally the depths of hell.


fft5305 6/19/2009 10:37:21 AM

Hmm... I'd watch KK doing some porn. Yes, Lana may have been annoying at times and the Clark/Lana relationship drama wore out its welcome, but she is very attractive.  Not attractive enough to get me to watch that Street Fighter crap, but...

My vote for a spinoff would be Justice, following GA and his Justice League. There's been a ton of talk about it. I think it could be done.

Yeah, that was my thought about the new GL.  My guess would be a female GL with whom  Hal becomes involved, then she gets killed.

Finally, I agree (yet again) that we need our edit button back!

SgtTechCom 6/19/2009 11:18:10 AM


Thats the only way it works. Keep Oliver - Chloe , Aquaman - Flash - Martian Man Hunter ( after he gets his powers back) and guest star Tom Welling as Clark for a few episodes.

Thats the only way it works. Id watch it tho.

Without smallville TV shall fall into the black hole of nothingness meaning there's nothing worth watching unless its HBO like Entourage.

See Bay don't want to miss that amazing funtastic payday. He'll make another Transformers esp since this one is sure to make millions and millions.

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