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Winick pens BATMAN: RED HOOD script

Plus: X-MEN, SPIDER-MAN 4, RED and More!

By Rob M .Worley     December 18, 2009
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Judd Winick pens 'Batman: Under the Hood' animated film script. Plus: More 'X-Men: First Class' details. Sony refutes 'Spider-Man 4' rumors. 'Red'  gets a release date and more! We SEE you! We're your Comics2Film 9.12.18!



PHANTOM Character Breakdowns and Images

KryptonSite's has posted a new image from the Syfy Channel's 'Phantom' mini-series as well as a clearer look at the one posted last week. Additionally, the site has posted breakdowns and photos of the individual characters from the mini-series.



RED Hitting October 22

Variety reports that Summit Entertainment has fixed a release date for the filmed adaptation of Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner's comic 'Red'. The movie, directed by Robert Schwentke and starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman with a deep supporting cast, will hit theaters October 22nd 2010. 'Red' goes into production in Toronto next month.




After director Bryan Singer leaked the news that he is talking the helm of Fox's 'X-Men: First Class' movie, the Heat Vision Blog at THR posted a follow up.

20th Century Fox confirmed the news and added that screenwriter Jamie Moss ('Street Kings')  is on board to develop the script (thus implying that previous work done by 'Gossip Girl' mastermind Josh Schwarz has been flushed).

In a separate report Singer told Variety, "This is the formative years of Xavier and Magneto, and the formation of the school and where there relationship took a wrong turn. There is a romantic element, and some of the mutants from 'X-Men' will figure into the plot, though I don't want to say which ones. There will be a lot of new mutants and a great villain."

Singer also told Variety that he's committed to pleasing the fans.

"Whether it's 'Batman,' 'Lord of the Rings' or 'Star Trek,' if the characters are good, you want to see them on their journey even if you know their destiny," Singer said. "I put myself in the fan's position, and I think this story is something I would want to see, and so will they."

Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg are producing the new film.

Singer may make his 'Jack the Giant Killer' film first, but Variety indicates that there's a lot of momentum between Singer and Moss on 'X-Men' and that one could go first as well.

What do you think, Maniacs? Does it sound like Singer's on the right track? Post you comments below...



Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl in KICK-ASS

KICK-ASS Poster and Buzz

MARV Films have pushed out another poster for the 'Kick-Ass' movie revealing it first to IGN readers. This one features features young actress Chloe Moretz as the film's foul-mouthed death machine Hit Girl. As with the previous characters, she has her own URL at

And CHUD recently saw the movie at the Butt-Numb-A-Thon and posted a gusher of a review. Check it out.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



SPIDER-MAN 4 Disputes Dismissed

Not surprisingly, yesterday's report alleging that there was some major strife happening behind the scenes of 'Spider-Man 4' caused a stir around the interwebs.

Sony pictures was quick to respond, making a statement directly to the source of the rumors at IESB. The upshot: there ain't nothing wrong in Spidey town.

The studio says that they have not suspended work on 'Spider-Man 4' for any reason other than they're taking the expected holiday break. Work on the film will resume in January. Long holiday breaks are typical in Hollywood.

Sony also says that there is ongoing work on the script, but nothing out of the ordinary.



Cover art to BATMAN #635 by Matt Wagner

Winick Writes BATMAN: UNDER THE HOOD Animated Feature

Comics2Film at has confirm that the next DC Universe animated feature film after 'Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths' will be 'Batman: Under the Hood'.

The movie will be based on the recent storyline featured in Batman #635-641. We've also learned that Judd Winick, who wrote the comic series, is also writing the script for the film.

The comics storyline features the return of the mysterious Batman villain, The Red Hood, which was originally the identity adopted by the Joker before he fell into a vat of chemicals and was transformed into the clown prince of crime. This new Red Hood rises up as an anti-hero in Gotham City, waging a violent war against the likes of the Joker and the Black Mask.

The villain's campaign puts him at odds with Batman as well as various allies including Nightwing, Green Arrow, Zatanna and others. While most readers of C2F likely already know the character that is eventually revealed to be under the Red Hood, we'll avoid spoiling it for anyone who isn't current on their bat-books.

Watch for 'Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths' to arrive in February. Expect 'Batman: Under the Hood' to drop in the summer.


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DrSpiderhead 12/18/2009 8:23:22 AM

Spider-man 4:I really hope they will stick to villians that have already been established. I'll take the Vulture, but no Vulturess, that's just stupid.  They can update the characters some, tweak them as they did Doc Octopus, that's fine... I didn't care for Green Goblin (I or II)'s suit though.... hopefully they'll go the Spider-man 2 route on this.

X-Men First Class: I'm cool with Mr Sinister as the villian... Apocolypse was always cool, but I always figured he would have been better for X4.  Mr Sinister could work if they used him against Scott and Alex and touched on that a bit in addition to the Xavier and Magneto relationship.  They would also have a ton of cool henchmen too with Sinister around.

shac2846 12/18/2009 8:46:11 AM

I know people are mixed about Winicks under the hood storyline and his writing in general and I agree but I thought under the hood was a great batman story that brought Jason Todd back in a way that made it not only relevant but cool. I hope the animated movie is just as good.  

savagelee 12/18/2009 9:15:34 AM

 RE: Batman, under the hood. Wow, I sure am glad that DC is finally getting around to adapting that unpopular series that nobody read or cared about. God forbid DC adapt one of their popular, well-written comics. DC has barely kept the books in print over the past few years, but now they'll animate the whole thing? Not worth it. Why don't they just get Grant Morrison do something awesome, since they're trusting him with the rest of the Bat-franchise lately? 

It's hard to tell if a reviewer is too much of a fanboy to give a good review. I'll wait to hear what Ebert has to say about Kick-Ass, thanks. No fanboy opinions necessary. 

axia777 12/18/2009 9:32:14 AM

More raping of the X-Men.  Yah.  Now we get to see them screw up the origin story now too!  Hey DrSpiderhead, where did it say that Sinister will be the villian?  If so that would be pretty cool.  He was involved in the Summer's brothers lives from very early on.  He is a right b*stard.  Gonna have to get some one that can pull off real evil to act as him.

Anything Batman from DCU will kick ass.  Please give us more animation DC.

Spider-Man 4 sounds all right.  I still wanted The Lizard and Kraven but I guess the Vulture is all right.  I just wish Sony would leave Raimi alone.  He can do it by himself.  He does not need their damned input.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 12/18/2009 10:08:14 AM

I just love how Savage Lee speaks for everyone.  How just because he doesn't like something that means everyone else in the world thinks the same as he does.  All, hail, Savage Lee, the Sun, 'cause the world doth revolve around him.

Anyway - I wonder if that means they're going to show the backstory involving him getting murdered by a certain someone way back in the day.  That seems like a lot of backstory to cover in one feature length, if that, film. But I guess, everyone, except Savage Lee, will see when it comes.;  Well, not everyone...  I have to extrapolate that before I give Savage Lee any ammunition to fire back at me.



DarthDuck 12/18/2009 10:35:28 AM

MrJE - I thought that too.  combine [storyline title omitted] with the Under the Hood storyline, could be very cool.  I actually like Winick and the UTH arc.  I was reading it around the time I got back into comics full time and really enjoyed it.  The animated DCU movies have a great track record so far.

If the 'Vultress' or any other made up villains are used i seriously doubt I'll ever see Spidey4.  Recently re-watched 3 hoping it wasn't as bad as I remember, it was.  But at least they didn't make up brand new villains.  Ugh.  Hoefully we'll start getting some real news in Spidey 4 soon.

gauleyboy420 12/18/2009 10:36:34 AM

I'm so on board for Singer and X-men, HE DID IT RIGHT! I love his films, and his take on X-Men

I wonder if they will use the de-aging computer tech for Ian McKellan, and Patrick Stewart? or re-cast? I hope for the former.

gauleyboy420 12/18/2009 10:38:18 AM

@ SavageHenryLee- It looks like the Crisis movie that is coming out soon is more inspired by Morrison's Earth 2  ( a great and brutal book) than the old school Earth 2 stories. I don't know thats just how it looks to me.

nightwing33 12/18/2009 11:37:10 AM

Well another X-Men movie would be cool. Maybe they can slip Gambit in there somewhere; since they managed to put him the Wolverine movie; which he had no business in. He should've been at least X2 or X3. I'm glad to see another Batman anime, but I think it's time they concentrate more on the Nightwing story line. That would good one. They expand more on the Rift between Batman and Robin and the other Robin(s).


DrSpiderhead 12/18/2009 12:54:30 PM

axia 777 - I wasn't meaning that Mr Sinister was the villian, just that I'd be cool with it if he was.  Sorry for the confusion. I was just trying to think of strong characters that they could use and hopefully not bastardize too much.  I like X-Men 1 okay... and X2 was really good I thought... I think this prequel could be good too.

But then again, I admit... I actually liked Superman Returns. Sorry guys. To each their own? :)

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