Though their series adaptation of Human Target lasted only two seasons, Fox isn’t done trying to bring comic book pages to the small screen just yet. Deadline reports the network has just ordered a script for a series adaptation of The Spectre, the DC Comics superhero crafted by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel and Bernard Baily. The comic follows murdered hard-boiled cop Jim Corrigan who finds his spirit refused entry into the afterlife and instead sent back to Earth to eliminate evil. As The Spectre, he begins by seeking bloody vengeance against Corrigan’s murderers in a grim, supernatural fashion. John Doe writer Brandon Camp is behind the script with Gran Torino producer Bill Gerber serving as executive producer. Sounds a bit similar to the plotline for the feature film adaptation of the comic book R.I.P.D. starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, but that might just help get some interest in the series as well.
Paramount acquired the feature rights to the DC comic The Mighty earlier this summer. Variety reports the studio has hired Drew Pearce to adapt the screenplay. The comic, written by Peter J. Tomasi and Keith Champagne, centers on America’s first and only superhero, Alpha One: “a cop whose life was saved by Alpha One as a child has uncovered his hero’s dark plan that will put them on a collision course of an ordinary man versus a super-man.” BenderSpink partners Chris Bender and JC Spink (Arthur) will produce with Jake Weiner (Leap Year).
Pearce is also working on two Marvel properties at the moment in Iron Man 3 and Runaways. This all can be traced back to No Heroics, the superhero sitcom he created for ITV2. Read the synopsis for The Mighty issue #1 after the break.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get crushed by tens of thousands of people? Then you may want to walk (or attempt to walk) the Exhibitors’ Hall at Comic-Con. Despite the seeming chaos of the hall, there is actually a method to the madness. Major companies get the center (except for video game companies which get their own corner), artists are shunted as far off to the side as possible, and most of the sellers inhabit one-half of the hall.
But where the crush truly happens is at the insane lines circling the major companies as fans line up for swag and autographs. The usual suspects are all here: DC Comics, Marvel, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Mattel, LucasFilm, CBS/Showtime, Lionsgate, Hasbro, and Sideshow Collectibles. I’m not sure why Square-Enix gets such a large booth considering everything they make nowadays is crap. Hit the jump to check out the full map. The 2011 San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 21 – 24th.
At the conclusion of Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert’s 5-issue miniseries Flashpoint, DC Comics has announced it will reboot its universe and re-number each of its titles to begin at issue #1. In a letter from DC Senior Sales VP Bob Wayne to comic retailers, Wayne explains that the publisher will perform some character alterations with regards to “appearance, origin, and age” in an attempt to bring DC’s classic group of characters into a “more modern, diverse DC Universe.” The reboot will officially be underway on Wednesday, August 31st when DC will only release two titles: Flashpoint #5 and Justice League #1 to be written by Johns with art from Jim Lee.
In addition to the reboot, DC announced that the August 31st release will also be a landmark date for the digital distribution of comics as it will be the first time that either of the two major comic publishers (DC and Marvel) will release new titles digitally on the same day as their physical release. For more on the reboot and what it could mean for DC’s classic cast of characters, hit the jump.
Warner Bros. president Alan Horn is retiring this week after 12 years as the man with final say on every studio project. Jeff Robinov will succeed Horn, and the LA Times profile of the apparently awkward studio executive confirms what we knew about WB’s tentpole strategy in a post-Harry Potter world: fill the void with DC Comics superheroes. The specifics of that superhero slate might surprise you. The LA Times writes: “[Robinov is] aiming to release new Batman and Superman films in 2012 and Justice League, a teaming of DC’s top heroes, in 2013.”
We’re well aware of The Dark Knight Rises (July 20, 2012) and the Superman reboot (December 2012), but it’s news to us if there are even tentative plans to release Justice League in two years. A discussion of whether or not it’s even feasible after the jump. [Update: Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov has confirmed to Hero Complex that the studio plans to release a Justice League movie in 2013.]
Last October we got word that David E. Kelley, the man behind such series as Ally McBeal and Boston Legal, was developing a new Wonder Woman TV series. While the prospect certainly sounded enticing, apparently networks aren’t too keen on the idea. EW reports that all the major networks have passed on the superhero adaptation, and while the team behind the contemporary take on the lassoing heroine isn’t giving up, the project is “not moving forward at this time.” Between this fallen attempt and the rumors surrounding a Wonder Woman film, it sounds like no one can find the invisible jet to bring the iconic DC Comics off the page and onto any screen, regardless of the size. Anyone disappointed?
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:
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.
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.”