AZM Ally Greg passed along a list of 75 comics that are coming to the big screen as feature films. The slate seems very Marvel heavy. A lot of usual suspects and some titles that we’ve heard rumors about for a while now (looking at you Battle Angel Alita). Warren Ellis’s Red is absolutely perfect for the big screen. It was kind of a sleeper mini series, but I loved it to bits. Has a very modern noir feel to it with plenty of action and an actual plot. Runaways also seems like it’s made for live action, although, I think it might work better as a television series. Frank Miller is helming Hard Boiled and I hope to god he remembers to put some damn color in the fucking film. If Hard Boiled looks like Sin City, someone seriously needs to kick Frank out of Hollywood.
The door is wide open for comic creators to make ungodly sums of money from film rights. Some may even get a shot at working in the film industry. Fans get to see their favorite characters come to live on the big screen. And it’s clear that Hollywood needs some fresh ideas, even though many of these comic properties are decades old. For Hollywood, these titles come with an established fan base who are more likely than not to see these things in the theater. And with the proven financial successes of Spider-Man, Dark Knight, and Iron Man, comic book flicks are serious, cash-money business.
Greg also mentioned that he was looking forward to an Erfworld movie. Certainly, Rob and I would love it if a producer suddenly showed up at our doorsteps with ungodly sums of money just waiting to be thrown at us. Of course, the question is do you do an Erfworld animated or live action feature? Besides Parson, all of my character designs have GINORMOUS, unnatural heads! Do you ignore that and just film it live action anyway and do some forced-perspective ala Lord of the Rings? And now to the real question, who would you cast in an Erfworld movie? Time for the Erfworld casting game! I’m most curious as to who people would want to see as Wanda. She’s the one character who truly frightens the shit out of both me and Rob.
[Via Den of Geek]
And they didn’t have to strap anyone to a bomb to do it!
Angry Zen Minion S. Blue writes in with the exceedingly great news that plans for CW’s “The Graysons” have been scrapped. So relieved! “The Graysons” was to have taken the place of “Smallville” once that show ended. In a statement, the studio said:
The studio has opted not to go forward with the development of “The Graysons” at this time as the concept doesn’t fit the current strategy for the Batman franchise. Warner Bros. Television is currently working on several replacement options for the CW.
Whether this has anything to do with the possible outcome of the current Batman RIP storyline is unknown. But it is HIGHLY suspicious that Robin, Nightwing, and Birds of Prey have all been canceled. Speculation aside, I’m so happy this show got yanked. Get this, the show would have followed DJ (*groan*) as he dealt with love (meh), rivalry (meh), and his famous juggling act family (whuuuu?). Right, cause when I think flying through the air on a zip line, I think juggling.
Looks like the CW will have to scrounge for something else to fill the “Smallville” void. I vote for a Big Barda wrestling show!
Angry Zen Minion Kevin Bahrt sent along the trailers for Hulk vs. Thor above and Hulk vs. Wolverine which I can’t embed and can’t be bothered to find a bootleg copy. Both are coming to DVD in 2009.
Is that Sean Bean as the voice of Thor? Hmm… maybe maybe I’ll check this out. Honestly, I’ve never been much of a Hulk fan. I don’t dislike the character, but I don’t harbor much love for him either. The timing of this release is somewhat ponderous. Why now? Why didn’t these drop when the movie was in full swing? It’s just kind of weird to have such a big push for Hulk when the movie is out on DVD already and World War Hulk was earlier this year. There’s not much fan buzz surrounding the Hulk so to have him in two titles is kind of, well, meh.
Anyway, the animation seems pretty good. I like the character design. And Wolverine is short again which is always good. He’s gotten too tall since Hugh Jackman played him in the movies. I’m kind of meh on these two releases, but they look decent enough.
With election day comes ART FIGHT HIGH SCHOOL day!
Nick and Marty have put Dead of Summer to rest (for now) leaving the world of a zombie infested Baltimore behind to tackle high school. Art Fight High School that is. Episode one is up and running and damn, that’s a sexy comic. This marks the first time Nick has used the digital crayons to color his comic and I must say, I dig the results. They’re running a Tuesday, Thursday update schedule and I can’t wait for more.
[Via Art Fight High School]
Taichi Takashita loves comics way more than you ever will. He’s petitioning the government to make it legal for him to marry cartoon characters. Says Takashita:
I am no longer interested in three dimensions. I would even like to become a resident of the two-dimensional world. However, that seems impossible with present-day technology. Therefore, at the very least, would it be possible to legally authorise marriage with a two-dimensional character?
In his first week, he’s already gathered 1000 signatures.
At ComicCon 2003, Collora premiered Batman: Dead End (shown above), a reinterpretation of Batman he produced, filmed, and directed for $30,000. The film was met with much geek love and it seemed Hollywood was warming up to what he had to offer. He planned to kick things up a notch and return to ComicCon 2004 with a World’s Finest fan film featuring Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman that was sure to win him a real Hollywood deal. Unfortunately, ComicCon was not interested. ComicCon issued a statement that they were discontinuing their fan film track as of ComicCon 2004 at the request of Warner Brothers. Seems they had a change of heart after the geek success of Dead End. Collora was shut out of ComicCon and Hollywood seemingly forgot all about him.
But like any good dreamer, Collora ain’t taking shit from nobody! He’s back on the wagon shooting an indy sci fi/horror pic in Mexico called Hunter Prey. Damn straight!
Looking forward to reading the juicy details in Homemade Hollywood. Should serve as inspiration and warning for all us budding indy creators.