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SURROGATES Tech Just 10 Years Away


By Rob M. Worley     August 06, 2009

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'Surrogates' Tech Just 10 Years Away. Plus: Wayans eyes 'The Mask' franchise! 'G.I.JOE' figures spring into action! 'Clockwork Girl' animated teaser online! Infused with probiotics for you digestive health, it's your Comics2Film 9.8.6!



G.I.JOE Review

Well, Variety caught a screening of 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra'. Their assessment won't surprise anyone:

"Playing more like a highlights reel from an established franchise than a movie intended to launch it, 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' interrupts its barrage of CGI action for only the barest minimum of anything resembling character development. Still, young auds switched on to precisely this sort of entertainment should turn this futuristic, military-themed pic into a significantworldwide hit..."



Wayans wants THE MASK 3

Some fans are having a hard time with the casting of Marlon Wayans as Ripcord in 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra'. That reaction is nothing compared to the negative buzz created when he was "rumored" to be Robin in the Tim Burton-era  Batman movies.

Wayans told MTV Splash Page that the rumors were a reality and that he had actually been cast as Dick Grayson in 'Batman Returns'. However the role was struck as the movie already had too many characters to develop. However, Wayans said that even after being cut from the film he was paid for his work and still gets residuals from the film.

Still, if fans can't accept Wayans as Robin or Ripcord, is there a comic book superhero that they will let him play?

"I would like to do 'The Mask'," Wayans told MTV, referring of course to the 1994 feature which helped lauch Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz to super-stardom, and was a pretty darn good comic book movie in a period where comic book movies pretty regularly sucked. Of course it also inspired the lesser 2005 sequel 'Son of the Mask' which featured Jamie Kennedy in the lead role. "Jim Carrey did one, Jamie Kennedy did two. I would like to do three."

Now, if you ask us, that's a project that would play to Wayans' strength and actually could be a good idea!



G.I. JOE: THE INVASION OF COBRA ISLAND - Figures spring into action!

Promoting 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra', Paramount and Hasbro have rolled out a web mini-series 'G.I.Joe: Invasion of Cobra Island'. The toon features Robot Chicken style animation with G.I.Joe action figures running through the story paces. Check out episode 1 and then click through for the rest at




SURROGATES Tech just 10 Years Away? takes a look at the science fact behind the science fiction of the new comic-based movie 'The Surrogates'.

In the future depicted by the film, everyday people can send a robotic surrogate out into the world in their place, as they sleep at home and mentally control their android double.

In reality, such robots already exist, although they are far less sophisticated than the ones in the movie and require more typical keyboard, joystick, microphone and monitors to control the surrogate robot's off-site actions.

Still futurist Dr. James Canton tells Wired, "In the near future, robots are going to start to look like humans. I think within 10 years we are going to have the world of the Surrogates."

Check out the fascinating video...



CLOCKWORK GIRL Animated Teaser Debuts

The animated teaser trailer for 'The Clockwork Girl' based on the Arcana Comics title is now online.

The comic and film follows the story of a nameless robot girl has recently been given the gift of life from her creator, while exploring the wonders of an ordinary world she meets an amazing mutant boy and they share a friendship that must overcome their warring families.

The animated teaser is directed by Frogchildren's Kevin Hanna, produced by Sean O'Reilly. The comic has won the Moonbeam Award as well as Graphic Novel of the Year at Book Expo America by Foreword Magazine.  Last year it was announced that Telefilm funded the development of the screenplay by Jennica Harper allowing The Clockwork Girl to move into production.

Arcana' s O'Reilly said, “It's incredible to see these characters take their first steps.  Kevin truly is a visionary and I am thrilled to be working with him on this project.".  The Clockwork Girl is currently being developed into a feature length film by Arcana Studios.

Check out the trailer below or watch the hi-res version at





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Wiseguy 8/6/2009 8:14:00 AM

Good for Wayans on getting residuals from Batman Returns, he must've had a heck of an agent. This guy really doesn't have the face nor the attitude to pull off a serious superhero. But The Mask? yeah I can see that. Though no one will surpass Carey's turn in the role

I'm tired of these experts always predicting the future. Where the fuck is the flying car I was supposed to have 20 years ago, where's my jetpack, where's my blow-up girlfriend, oh wait that one is in my closet

fft5305 8/6/2009 9:15:08 AM

Yeah, haven't they been predicting things like this for the past 30 years or so?  It's always 10 years away.

I had always heard that Damon was the one cast as Robin.  Either way, good for him still getting paid.  I'm glad he didn't get the gig, though. It would have sucked.

Darkknight2280 8/6/2009 9:20:20 AM

Answer to where your jetpack is was answered in last weeks robot chicken! Was a great episode, i recommend if u missed it to check it out on

The SURROGATES looks amazing! Cant wait for that to come out!

SgtTechCom 8/6/2009 9:42:44 AM

Sorry you cant have a black Robin, not a character on that level. He's too much of a figure in the whole batman mythos. Im glad they didn't go with that blunder.

Ripcord on the other hand sure he's white but he wasn't that much of a big character unlike a DUKE, or HAWK Or something. It doesn't matter if that character is black.

I love how everyone looks for character development. LOL We dont need that since we pretty much know all we need to know about the Joe characters based on the comics, cartoons ect ect. Just have at it with the kick ass.

ok thats that good day.


flinshadytoo 8/6/2009 10:04:42 AM

 yeah a black Robin that really would have been a mistake & ruined that movie! ... no wait minute that was joel schumacher!  Like it would have made a difference lol!

AMiSHPiRATE 8/6/2009 10:21:20 AM

Not to get picky on you, Rob, but that video used Robot Chicken style animation like South Park uses Pixar style animation.  RC uses stop motion, while that video was live with some light effect composition.  I like how it reminded me of how I'd play with my Joe's back in the day, but those lips were just creepy.

gauleyboy420 8/6/2009 10:52:34 AM

Joel Shumacher ruined Batman Forever, and Batman and Robin. Sadly Burton (Who I like) ruined Batman returns, with the classic mistake of too many villains.


That GI JOE video SUCKS DONKEY BALLS!!!!! They should have released GI Joe Resolute on Video to promote the movie this week

jmg134 8/6/2009 10:54:01 AM

That Joe vid was hilarious! I loved it! But what was up with CC switching from his hood to his shield mask? Its like he couldn't make up his mind on what to wear! LOL! Plus I think CC is gay. How many esss are in Scarlet? Yes it supposed to sound like he is hissing but I beg to differ. Plus he is always insulting people and being snarky, so yeah...definitely gay.

hanso 8/6/2009 11:54:17 AM

Batman Forever and Batman & Robin are great FUN films. Fun, fun, fun, la ri da dee do F-U-N! FUN! It had action, good guys vs. bad guys, gadgets, special effects and humor. But wait, there is more. The film was not only FUN but also CHEESY! That my friends is what I call a dynamic duo!

Why do people hate on Joel Schumacher and his Batman films? What were you guys expecting, Shakespeare? LOL! Please, it was a CHEESY FUN SUMMER POPCORN FILM and you know those never can strive for anything other than being FUN! which the films were.  Plus the movies were based on a comic book where the main character dresses up as a gian bat. What more do you want from that premise? I thought they did a spectacular job, people that hated Schumacher films forgot to turn their brains off and enjoy the mindless summer popcorn fun cheesey entertaining film. Look, it wasn' t high art okay?  Not everything released in summer can be Gladiator.  The bat films were made to sell toys to kids and give audiences a good ol FUN cheesy time. I lreally ove those FUN movies! Did it have Batman in it? Yes. Was he battling super villains like Mr. Freeze and Riddler? Yes. Did Batman have his vehicles to ride around? Yes. All the ingredients for a Funtascular extravanganza of cheesyness were in place and delivered.

Joel Schumacher is a masterful filmmaker. He did what he was supposed to do. He made money at the box office and more importantly delivered audiences a SUPER FUN summer movie, that was cheesey! I don't understand the big deal or why more people didn't  love them. I personally can't wait for another Schumacher Bat film to bring the FUN back to the Batman franchise.  Did I mention that Schumacher's films were FUN?  

hanso 8/6/2009 11:57:38 AM

Onto more important matters shall we?  On a scale of 1 to 10 how crazy do you think the blogs are getting and is there room for more crazy hilarious shit?

If you look now, you will see shemale transexuals and something about midgets.  I'm gonna go with 6 and there is plenty of room for more, like midget shemale transexuals that wifeswap.  It's coming, you'll see.

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