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By Rob M. Worley     June 25, 2009
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'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' breaks Wed box office record. Plus: 'The Dark Knight' collects Saturn awards. Writer talks 'Avengers' . 'Watchmen' to return to theaters. 'Scott Pilgrim', 'Dead of Night' and more! Walkin on a sidewalk, hotter than a match head, it's your Comics2Film 9.6.25!


More on that SMALLVILLE spinoff?

Ain't it Cool News received an interesting tip from an "untested" scooper regarding that rumored 'Smallville' spin-off. By "untested" they're saying that they've never heard from this scooper before, can't verify his claim, and caution readers to take this as a rumor. However, they also say that the scooper sent in additional information, which they aren't publishing that lends credence to his story.

The scooper claims to have laid eyes on some signage that is being prepped for Comic-Con next month. The signage bears the worlds "Metropolis - Christmas 2010". He also describes the sign as being, "on black, with crimson/red text in the same font lettering that Smallville uses, and a transparent grey Superman 'S' watermark behind the text."

Could 'Metropolis' be the spin-off that was rumored last week? Ain't it Cool News speculates that we may be looking at a made-for-TV movie that caps off the series, rather than a new show altogether, with the cast and crew of 'Smalliville' filming 'Metropolis' directly behind Season 9.

Could 'Metropolis' see Tom Welling don the super suit after all these years? Or is this just an internet hoax? Hopefully we'll learn more at Comic-Con.



TRANSFORMERS Sets Box Office Record

Optimistic estimates of the 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' box office seem to be well-founded.

The film raked in $16 million on midnight screenings alone, at the wee hours of Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, according to the Hollywood Reporter. This doesn't touch the record set by 'The Dark Knight' for earlybirds (that one raked in $18.5 million) but it's still pretty impressive.

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" stormed about 3,000 locations Tuesday night, and the first midnight screenings of Michael Bay's action sequel captured a mighty $16 million.

However, Variety reports that 'Fallen' now holds the top spot for a Wednesday, having collected a full $55 million by the end of the day. The puts it well ahead of previous record holder 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' and its paltry $44.2 million.

Predictions that the film's 5-day opening would best 'Spider-Man 2' now seem to be a done deal. It only needs to collect another $98 million between now and Sunday to kick the Marvel flagship down a notch.



DARK KNIGHT, C2Fs clean up at Saturn Awards

The ballots have been counted and the results are in. 'The Dark Knight' is the most-honored film in the 35th Annual Saturn Awards, collecting five trophies. 'Iron Man' and 'Hellboy II' were also among recipients.

Here are the highlights for comic fans. The complete list is at the official Saturn Awards website.

Best Science Fiction Film: IRON MAN
Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film: THE DARK KNIGHT

Best Actor: ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. (Iron Man)
Best Supporting Actor: HEATH LEDGER (The Dark Knight)

Best Director: JON FAVREAU (Iron Man)
Best Music: HANS ZIMMER and JAMES NEWTON HOWARD (The Dark Knight)




WATCHMEN Director's Cut in Theaters

If you live in Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York you'll have a chance to watch Zack Snyder's directors cut of 'Watchmen' on the big screen before it debuts on DVD, according to Variety. The film will see screenings in those select locations on July 17th with the DVD and Blu-Ray coming on July 21st.

The film has been expanded by 25 minutes.

Snyder is also set to host a "BD Live" screening from Comic-Con on July 25th.

So what will you see in the extra 25 minutes?

Well, CHUD has a write-up of one of the extra scenes, which is the death of Hollis Mason, the original Night Owl. Mason's murder is a critical scene in the graphic novel, but only referenced in dialog in the theatrical cut of the movie.

Write's CHUD's Devin Faraci, "I was able to see a bit of the extended cut, specifically the death scene of Hollis Mason, the original Nite Owl. Usually scenes that are added back into new movies aren't that interesting; for one thing, they usually deserved to be on the cutting room floor. For another, the newer a film is the less exciting it is to see deleted scenes. The movies where cut scenes are the grail are old ones, movies you know well that will take on a new life when viewed with the new footage."

Click through for his complete remarks.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Zak Penn Assembles AVENGERS

SCI FI Wire caught Zak Penn hosting a panel at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Tuesday. The writer talked about the challenges of screenwriting Marvel style as the chief pen behind 'The Avengers'. The film is unique as it may be the first time three (or four) protagonists from recent movies are brought together in one blockbuster film.

For Penn, the task is to reconcile the styles and ideas presented in the other Marvel films.

"They're doing Captain American and Thor first, and then Avengers is coming out," Penn said. "They want to see that they're all connected, not like the Fantastic Four can't come into the X-Men world, like I was told. I'm taking a meeting next week with the Thor and Captain America people, and we are all going to get together, and I will see what is going to happen. I'll see where they are leaving the characters; it's pretty complicated. ... There's a board that is tracking what is happening. [We'll see] how this movie overlaps in that movie. ... Marvel is autonomous now. It is night and day: Everyone has read every comic. They know how to make a cool movie."

Penn also offers this disclaimer to eager fans: "We all have the best intentions, and it still might suck."

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Zack Snyder Confirms Miller's 300 sequel

'300' director Zack Snyder told press attending a recent press event that Frank Miller is writing and drawing a follow up to '300', which will appear as a comic before any movie sequel is made, reports

"Just from what [Miller] told me, it would be bigger as far as landscape and terrain. We're going to see Athens and the Aegean and other places. There would be an opportunity for bigger visions, though I'd hope for the same aesthetic," Snyder said.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry who wonders, "Will the title be 300+1? Or 300²=90000?"



Writer talks COWBOY BEBOP has a chat with screenwriter Peter Craig who has been tasked with bringing 'Cowboy Bebop' to the big screen as a live-action film. Craig said he liked the show when he caught a few episodes on Adult Swim, but really became a fan when he started researching his screenplay:

"...once I watched all of them in order, I really became a full convert to the show.  I've probably watched every episode at least three or four times now - and I really adore what a complete world Watanabe and Nobumoto created.  I was also extremely drawn to all of the characters' backstories: Faye's amnesia after being taken out of cryogenic freeze, and the con played on her; Spike's history in the Syndicate and with Julia; Jet's days as a cop on Ganymede, and his run-in with Udai Taxim.  Every character was new and interesting, and I felt like I was looking at an encyclopedia of some imaginary world."

Click through for an in-depth Q & A with Craig about the movie.



Mark Webber as Stephen Stills in SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD

SCOTT PILGRIM Pic of the Day

You'll find daily photos from the set of 'Scott Pilgrim vs the World' on Edgar Wright's blog. Today Wright posted a shot of actor Mark Webber on the set. Webber plays Pilgrim's band mate Stephen Stills. Here's how Wikipedia describes the character:

Lead singer and guitarist of Sex Bob-omb. 23 years old. Named after Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young[citation needed]. Scott always refers to him by his full name. Birthday: "Last Tuesday," August. Employed at The Happy Avocado vegetarian restaurant as a cook. He is referred to as "the talent" of Sex Bob-omb.

As always, visit for the latest 'Scott Pilgrim' set photos.



DEAD OF NIGHT Film Extended as Graphic Novel

Longtime Comics2Film scooper Antonello Blueberry sure gets around.

He gets a shout-out in today's posting on the 'Dead of Night' production blog, which reproduces an article from the Italian magazine L'Espresso. Regular readers know that the film is based on Italy's wildly popular 'Dylan Dog' comics, so the producers of the film are biting their nails to a certain extent over the reaction from fans in that country of their Americanized take on the character.

"Gioy (our resident expert in all things Italian) and the good folks at Bonelli all seem very happy with the way the article turns out.  And I think there might be one or two fans of Brandon’s on here that enjoy the article, even without being able to read Italian."

Antonello also points out "this article announces officially some news that I had hinted at in a previous post, that Bonelli would be handling the graphic novel adaptation of the Dead of Night tale."

Development Exec/blogger Dan Forcey says the Bonelli edition is as much an "extension" as an adaptation of the film "because we’re going to be doing something very, very different to bridge the worlds of the Dylan Dog comics and Dead of Night.  We’ve got a really great writer that ALL Dylan Dog fans will know (name to be announced soon…) writing this bridge for us and EVERYBODY concerned is excited about how it is shaping up.  Bonelli will be publishing it worldwide and Platinum Studios will be handling it in the US, so save up in the meantime."



And we wrap up with a wrap-a-delic wrap-around edition of...

Jon Favreau Tweets about Wrapping IRON MAN 2

An important tweet came from John Favreau's Twitter feed just a short time ago...

# Wrapped. Exhausted. About 5AM PT Today

Earlier tweets include...

# Thanks to all for the Saturn Awards. Sorry I couldn't be there. I'm filming nights. Midnight

# I'm looking at the biggest green screen I've ever seen. Midnight

# Spy helicopters hovering. 1 AM PT Today


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jimvo99 6/25/2009 8:40:29 AM

Here we go again with more idiotic ideas like a sequel to 300. It really is the end of days.

SgtTechCom 6/25/2009 8:46:35 AM

Transformers 2 just owned ya son. lol

Metropolis eh? Prob a hoax but we shall see. Id love a Tv movie and ending with Tom in the superman outfit.

Who knows have to wait and see what happens.

When the Avengers Trailer finally debut's People will be in desperate need to have their underwear cleaned or torched since everyone will shit themselves at the awesome ness. lol

Matador 6/25/2009 9:02:58 AM

No wonder Nolan is chickening out on the Bat franchise cuase his afraid to get his ass handed to him by Bay, Favreau, & who ever else has something bigger coming out!

Yeah I'm talking shit so he can hurry up and make a third one. But there facts........

Wiseguy 6/25/2009 9:12:33 AM

Metropolis? I can see that been true and just a guess by the scooper, afterall more than a few here have hinted that's what the show should become

I loved 300 but I believe the novelty of the way the film was shot has worn off on people and just can't see a sequel equalling that success. But I'd be there opening day, I loved and love it

I don't know what to think of the way Zak Penn downplays himself as far as Avengers saying it could suck despite intentions. Is he trying to keep expectations in check or does he think such an ensemble won't translate well to the big screen, it better be the former, at least I hope so. Plus I like the way all the people get together and communicate to see how to integrate them

My mouth waters at the thought of IM but most of my focus remains on Avatar

xenomorph 6/25/2009 9:12:41 AM

Yeah, I don't see how there can be a sequel to 300. I guess they could focus on the naval battle in the agiean sea.

Transformers was awesome!

Metroplois-it's good that Tom Welling will FINALY be putting on the suit and becoming SuperMan, but I'd still rather see a spin-off staring Green Arrow.

violator14 6/25/2009 9:21:21 AM

Transformers 2 was an amazing movie. I definitely think the critics were way too hard on Bay. They saw it from a standpoint of criticizing and focusing on what they thought was bad and never recovered from it, therefore were not able to enjoy it for wat it was. This is definitely one of those movies u have to watch more than once to really appreciate what is there. The fight scenes alone were well worth it to me. OPTIMUUUUUUS !!!!!!!! Some of the sickest fight scenes ive ever seen in cinema history.... fucking brutal robot mayhem!!

I thought the comedy was basic Bay humor. Not bad, but not super great, but I thought it was funny shit and so did the audience i was with. Skids and Flaps were not as bad as i thought they were gonna be. And Devasatator's balls were not real "testicle balls" which is what i thought they were gonna be from what everyone was saying.... they were just 2 Wrecking balls from the constructicons!! I  thought that was pretty clever/funny. Now if they had REAL robot balls.. that woulda been a bit ridiculous.

However I am very very disappointed that Soundwave, the Constructicons, and the arcees barely had any lines and screen time. Next time they really need to focus more on character development for side characters like that, FUCK those other random Decepticons that were being bred like Matrix babies. OH.. and they shoulda shown ALOT more of Sideswipe... he was sick! They coulda done without that stupid human robot though..... ok.. i guess that's it.

almostunbiased 6/25/2009 10:04:29 AM

300 sequel, bad idea.

ponyboy76 6/25/2009 10:19:08 AM

Yeah, I really don't see a 300 sequel being a good idea. I would however like to see a prequel. That would be cool. The Spartans fought a whole bunch of other wars before the Persian War and they could focus a little more on their society.
  Violator, I`m right with you about Soundwave, but you have to admit the idea they came up for him was cool as hell. Thinking about the cartoon Soundwave really wasn't the talkative  type, but people listened when eh said something, because it just sounded so cool.  And the y really captured the relationship between Meagtron and Starscream perfectly. Dude, what can I say about OPTIMUS! He was way more of a badass in this flick then the first one. He was killing Decepticons left and right ripping their heads off and cutting them in half. He was like Leonidas in 300. The one Autobot I really wanted to see more of was Sideswipe because he was seriously badass in the begiinning.
  And its official, they are really making too big of a deal about the stupid twins. I admit, it was knee jerk reaction from me personally, to label it "racist". I mean if I`m saying that they are making fun of black people what does say that I think my people sound like that? One of the guys who did the voices said it best when he says "It could easily be a Transformer that uploaded Kevin Federline data."

silversurfer 6/25/2009 10:23:43 AM

I think that the Avengers is going to be all kinds of awesome, simply because this is something that most have wanted to see...with that, I would hope that it's going to live up to some of the hype that's already associated with if done correctly, it will give WB a road map on how to do the Justice League movie and not make it into garbage....

violator14 6/25/2009 10:29:44 AM

haha.. ponyboy im with you on that.... I definitely thought Soundwave was bad ass, which is why i was disappointed they didnt have more of him. I wish I could have atleast seen him interact with Megatron. Megatron with Starscream and Soundwave at his side just like the cartoons.... it would have been bliss. The forest fight scene definitely should have been them 3 vs. Prime.

But yea... I think u me and Gauleyboy are the only ones that really enjoyed this flick and can appreciate what is there, instead of bashing everything we saw. Sometimes people just have to let go of all their expectations and just go along for the ride and relax a lil.


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