Neil Gaiman says than an adaptation of his graphic novel Death: The High Cost of Living is currently dead, but that doesn’t mean it won’t come back to life. For those who don’t know, Death is a spin-off of Gaiman’s Sandman comics. In the story, Death takes human form for one day every century in order to better understand humanity. Here’s what Gaiman told Vulture about the status of the movie:
We just set it up again at a Warner-related company and everything was all ready. It was weird, though. If you had asked me in March of this year about Death, I would have told you that I thought it was pretty definitely dead. And if you’d asked me in April, I would have been thrilled and happy and said, “No, no, no, it’s absolutely on. And then in June, July, the new powers that be at DC and Warner basically closed everything down.
Of course, that’s no reason to be discouraged. Hit the jump for what Gaiman told us about the project last year.
If you’re a fan of DC superheroes and curious what the company is doing to bring more of their characters to movie and television screens, you’re going to like the interview I did with Geoff Johns last night at the 2010 Scream Awards. While most will recognize Johns name because he writes a number of DC comics every month, he’s also the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, so he’s one of the few that shapes what direction DC is going in the future.
During the interview we talked about what announcements will be coming and when, is the upcoming Green Lantern trailer a teaser or a full trailer, how tough is it to work on Green Lantern 2 since the first film isn’t finished, what’s the status of Green Lantern and the 3D post conversion, will DC be putting more of their superheroes on TV, what is he writing, will DC superhero movies always be tentpoles (huge budget movies) or will they possibly release lesser known characters as smaller budgeted films, and a lot more. Again, if you’re a DC fan, you want to hit the jump:
by Bill Graham Posted: September 17th, 2010 at 10:28 am
The Harry Potter franchise is nearing the end of its tremendously successful run at Warner Brothers as the kickoff to the finale begins with the first of the two-part conclusion to the final chapter of the series this November. To date, the franchise has brought in over $5.4 billion in worldwide box office gross, which easily cements its place as the biggest film franchise in overall gross, and we still have two films left. So it’s clear that WB cannot sit around and wait until the guaranteed bread winner is gone; they have to take action, and they aim to begin planning ahead by getting DC Comics more involved. Join me after the break for full quotes from CEO Barry Meyer on the future of WB and why I think they aren’t in a terrible position.
by Jason Barr Posted: September 17th, 2010 at 7:15 am
James Denton (Desperate Housewives) , Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), and Golden Globe-winner Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace) will each be voicing characters in the upcoming Warner Premiere/DC Comics animated film adaptation of All-Star Superman. Written by Grant Morrison and drawn by the always great Frank Quitely, All-Star is a multiple award-winning DC mini-series (three Eisners, two Harvey, and three Eagle awards) that just happens to be one of my personal favorites as well. From Heat Vision, Denton will be voicing ol’ Kal-El himself (Note: that’s Superman) with Hendricks lending her pipes to Lois Lane and LaPaglia taking on the Man of Steel’s number one foe, Lex Luthor. Also voicing characters in the film are Ed Asner as Perry White, Frances Conroy as ‘Ma Kent, as well as Linda Cardellini (ER), Arnold Vosloo (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), and Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds).
The film is due to be released on DVD/Blu-ray in Spring 2011 with a PG-13 rating intact. Per usual, legendary artist Bruce Timm will be exec. producing the project. Finally, did I mention All-Star Superman is a personal favorite read of mine? Well, I’ll try and put it another way: if you haven’t read the 12-issue run and you have any interest whatsoever in Superman and/or great storytelling, do yourself a favor and check out All-Star Superman. I don’t think you will be disappointed.
Later this year, DC is releasing an album including almost every DC movie, cartoon, and TV show theme song ever. 21 of the 31 tracks have never been released before, including Max Fleischer’s 1941 Superman theme, so if you’re a DC fan you’ll probably want this album. Some of the other tracks include unreleased music from Smallville, Justice League and Superfriends, and the CD will also include re-mastered versions of the Lois & Clark theme along with 7 different Batman themes. The album doesn’t include every single DC theme ever (as Topless Robot points out, the new Teen Titans theme is omitted) but it will have the vast majority of them. Hit the jump for a full track listing.
Comic book/television writer Geoff Johns dropped some exciting news for Blue Beetle fans on Twitter today. To wit:
BLUE BEETLE NEWS from DCE!! We have a live-action test of Jaime Reyes’ scarab activating his suit. It. Is. Awesome… we’re hoping to develop a live-action show. Fingers crossed!
The word choice (“hoping to develop”) indicates that it’s still very early in the process, but exciting news nonetheless. Despite the comic book boom in film, adaptation of heroes to live-action television series has been scarce, save for Smallville and perhaps Human Target. Johns also promises that Blue Beetle will continue to make several appearances the upcoming season of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Hit the jump for a character biography.
With a June 18 release date fast approaching, Warner Bros. has released a second trailer for Jonah Hex. While the first trailer focused on the story of Jonah Hex, the second trailer is all about selling the action and letting you know the film has a supernatural element. And you know what…it works. While I agreed with Matt’s assessment that the first trailer was all over the place, by not trying to do too much in the second trailer, I think more will be interested in the film.
For more on Jonah Hex…here’s my set report and on set interviews with Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Director Jimmy Hayward and a ton of images. Hit the jump for the new trailer.
To help prepare for a ton of Jonah Hex movie articles that are coming Thursday morning, I screen grabbed 36 high-resolution images from the recently released trailer. While you may have already watched the trailer, I’m pretty sure you missed a bunch of stuff if you only saw it once. I was very surprised how many cool images I was able to grab from it. Hit the jump to look them over and check back Thursday morning for a ton of Hex coverage:
In a surprising bit of news right up there with Mickey Rourke playing Genghis Khan, Warner Bros. and DC Comics have announced they are collaborating to bring the Caped Crusader and his rogue’s gallery to theatres across the nation in a touring show. The much-lauded firms of Nick Grace Management and Walter Lane Prods., who designed the lucrative Walking With Dinosaurs and Mama Mia! traveling shows, will be working with fan-favorites Alan Burnett and Stan Berkowitz (Batman: The Animated Series) to create the family-friendly show. Superheroes and the stage may seem like strange bedfellows but the tentatively titled Batman Live, is looking to buck the trend by eschewing the lights of Broadway for a succession of local theatres and arenas. In other words, it sounds like it will be the Disney on Ice version of Batman. Heat Vision is reporting that Batman Live should take off in 2011 or 2012. I can hardly wait to learn the lyrics to “Springtime for Batman.”
Geoff Johns is one of the top writers for DC Comics. He has done runs on Superman, The Flash, Justice Society of America, and Green Lantern. Speaking to ComicBookMovie.com about DC’s upcoming timeline for their superhero movies, here’s what Johns had to say:
“I can’t get into the exact DC slate right now, but we’re all working heavily on what that is with Warner Bros. and there will be news forthcoming. But, you can bet there is going to be a lot more than there is right now.”
I’m hoping this means that DC’s is close to announcing a plan for their superhero movies like Marvel did with Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers following the release of Iron Man. Hit the jump for some slightly biased comments from Johns regarding the film adaptation of Green Lantern.
Before we begin, consider this item to have “RUMOR” stamped across it in big red letters. IESB has repeated some of the possibilities they’ve been hearing for the future of DC Comics in Hollywood. The report acknowledges that some of it seems pretty unlikely, but cool enough to pass along. First off, there’s talk that Christopher Nolan may have accepted the Superman “godfather” gig to better the chances of that his brother and Dark Knight co-writer, Jonah Nolan, would be hired to direct what is reportedly titled The Man of Steel. On top of that, Nolan may be guiding the Superman and Batman franchises toward an eventual Justice League movie that he would helm, hinting at similar shepherding roles in the Green Lantern and (recently progressing) Flash movies.
Cool stuff indeed, but the probability that any of it comes to fruition is worth analyzing after the jump.
It looks like The Flash is finally picking up speed as IESB reports that Warner Bros. is interested in getting Greg Berlanti to direct the superhero flick. For those who don’t know, Berlanti co-wrote another upcoming WB superhero flick, Green Lantern, and was considered to direct before the studio settled on Martin Campbell. Keep in mind, this is not a confirmation, but IESB says he’s the leading contender to take the job. Since I imagine most folks (myself included) haven’t seen Berlanti’s 2000 film, The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy, his second movie, Life as We Know It, is slated to hit theaters at the end of this year.
For more about how DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson has revived the cinematic opportunities for the company’s cherished superheroes, hit the jump.
While millions of kids around the world know the origin of Superman and Batman, I’d wager most of them don’t know they were originally created by DC comics a long time ago. But if director Jeffrey Blitz (Spellbound, Rocket Science, Lucky) and producer Sean Welch (he produced all three of Blitz’s movies) have their way, at this summer’s Comic-Con, a lot more people are going to know the history of DC comics.
The reason is at last week’s Sundance Film Festival, the two filmmakers told me they’ve just started work on a documentary about the history of DC Comics! While they just started rolling cameras last week, they said the plan is to premiere the movie at this summer’s Comic-Con. And if you’re nervous they’re doing this without the support of DC, Welch told me:
“DC Comics contacted us and asked if we would do this. Jeff and the director are comic book enthusiasts since they were kids and remain comic book enthusiasts. So yes, we have access to their archives, their material, their covers, their panels, the creatives and the executives in the DC world.”
Read or watch what they had to say about the project after the jump:
Bleeding Cool is reporting that DC has some pretty definite plans to move forward with several sequels or even prequels to the Watchmen comics. Why now, after over 20 years after the original graphic novel was published? The popularity of the book since the release of the film adaptation’s release is one reason, but the driving force behind these plans is DC Comics’ Dan Di Dio. Since previous DC Comics president and publisher Paul Levitz stepped down, new executive editor Dan DiDio seems determined to make a Watchmen sequel and reap the financial benefits. Levitz prevented any continuation of the story despite various attempts to do so, most significantly in the Countdown multiverse, because doing so would be a terrible move creatively and would also go against the wishes of Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore. Since Alan Moore decided he wanted nothing to do with DC as well as with Watchmen years ago and also refused to have anything to do with the film adaptation, it’s pretty likely that he’d never agree to get behind it, considering that he and Dave Gibbons reportedly have rights to first refusal. Regardless, plans for a sequel seem to be moving ahead faster than most expected.
More after the jump:
by David Lane Posted: February 2nd, 2010 at 12:09 pm
Warner Home Video has just released a new clip from the new DC Universe animated movie Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. The animated film will be released on February 23 and it’s rooted in DC Comics’ popular canon of “Crisis” stories depicting parallel worlds with uniquely similar super heroes and villains. The scene WHV released basically sets up the film’s primary conflict with Lex Luthor (voiced by Chris Noth) explaining the plight of his Earth, and attempting to recruit the Justice League to join the battle against the Crime Syndicate. Hi the jump to check it out. I’ve also posted the full trailer.