Now that the 'Watchmen' lawsuit has cleared 'Superman' arguments are on the horizon. Also: 'Watchmen' art on the web, 'Iron Man' dodged a bullet and Emmy Rossum bullish on 'Dragonball Evolution'. Put another log on the fire and warm your hands on your Comics2Film 9.1.25.
Following the wake of 'Superman Returns' there's been quite a bit of speculation about if and when the man of steel would get another shot at the big screen, and in what form that might take. The crux of the problem seems to have been the lackluster performance of Singer's film which, while profitable, wasn't the tent pole phenom that Warner Bros. had hoped for. Also complicating the matter was Warner's apparent intention to shape a big-screen superhero universe in the same manner Marvel is doing now.
But little discussion has been given to the copyrights issue over the character, which is now shared by DC Comics and the estate of Jerry Siegel.
According to a report at Newsarama, the Siegels are alleging that the film deals struck between DC Comics and Warner Bros Studios do not represent fair market value. In other words, the Superman license could fetch more money if it were open to all studios to bid on. It's a reasonable presumption given the close coprorated ties between the two companies.
Newsarama links to "several thousand pages of depositions and corporate documents" in the emerging case, for your reading enjoyment and edification. One interesting document they link to is a PDF containing several unproduced scripts written over the past decade or so.
The new book 'Watchmen: The Art of the Film' is making the publicity rounds.
Over at Ain't it cool News they've got an exclusive look at artwork crated by Dave Gibbons for the film. These are new illustrations that recreate some key moments from the movie, for licensing purposes.
Then IGN has posted concept art created by comics great John Cassiday for the Nite Owl II charcter.
Sure, Robert Downey Jr. was swell as Tony Stark in 'Iron Man' but wouldn't you love to see 'Bad Santa' himself in the armor?
Probably not, but MTV Splash Page reveals that Billy Bob Thornton was considered for the lead role in the movie, although the actor concedes the consideration lasted for "just a minute." Check it out:
Emmy Rossum chatted up MTV Splash Page at Sundance. The intrepid rock-n-reel reporters quizzed her on this years manga and anime-based 'Dragonball Evolution'.