One of the seminal deconstructions of the superhero genre is Frank Miller and Klaus Janson’s 1986 miniseries The Dark Knight Returns. The comics are set in the future where a middle-aged Bruce Wayne feels forced to come out of retirement and fight crime only to incur the wrath of his old foes as well as the Gotham police department, the United States government, and Superman. If you haven’t read it, go buy it right now.
But if you don’t feel like reading it, Bleeding Cool reports that an animated adaptation is in the works. The adaptation would be the latest in a line of animated films based on DC Comics following the recent All-Star Superman and the in-development Year One, the latter of which is also based off a famous Miller Batman comic. According to Bleeding Cool, “several veterans of Batman toons past will be on the crew list.” My question is how dark can they go with this adaptation. DKR isn’t exactly the bright sunshine of All-Star Superman. It will be interesting to see who will be writing the adaptation of Dark Knight Returns and how they’ll be adapting this classic comic. Hit the jump for a synopsis of The Dark Knight Returns.
Ever since Zack Snyder’s 300 hit theaters three years ago, fans have been chomping at the bit for a sequel/follow-up. Snyder always said that it depended on whether comic book artist/writer Frank Miller wanted to write another graphic novel. Well, it appears that Miller has a good chunk of Xerxes written and drawn, and he recently spoke extensively about the project. Regarding the story, Miller had this to say:
The time frame begins 10 years before ’300′ and the story starts with the Battle of Marathon, which was killer to draw, by the way, even if it was a lot of work. The lead character is Themistocles, who became warlord of Greece and built their navy. The story is very different than ’300′ in that it involves Xerxes’ search for godhood. The existence of gods are presupposed in this story and the idea is that he [is] well on his way to godhood by the end of the story.
For much, much more from Miller regarding Xerxes, hit the jump.
While in London last week doing press for Legend of the Guardians, director Zack Snyder talked about his plans for the upcoming 300 spinoff, Xerxes. I say “spinoff” because as we previously reported, Snyder says that Xerxes isn’t a “prequel or a sequel” because it’s about the Battle of Artemisium, which took place during the exact same three days as the Battle of Thermopylae (which was depicted in 300). But whereas Thermopylae was a land battle, Artmisium was fought at sea and Snyder has big plans for how he plans to depict that fight. Hit the jump for how he says he’s going to have Greeks and Persians going at it this time.
Frank Miller has directed a TV commercial for the new Gucci fragrance, “Gucci Guilty”. The commercial stars Evan Rachel Wood and Chris Evans and features music by Friendly Fires. The ad looks, unsurprisingly, like Miller’s The Spirit. Personally, I prefer a Gucci ad from a couple years back that starred James Franco. You can check out both ads after the jump.
When we checked in with 300 director Zack Snyder in June, he indicated that he would commit to a sequel if Frank Miller could put together “something cool” with the graphic novel Xerxes. He must have liked what he saw, because Snyder confirmed that he and collaborator Kurt Johnstad were plotting the cinematic version:
“We closed the writing deal on Xerxes. We started writing about a week ago. So we’re doing it. It’s happening.”
Hit the jump for more comments from Snyder on the project.
At last week’s Saturn Awards, I was able to interview director Zack Snyder and his producing partner (and wife) Debbie Snyder on the red carpet. While interviews on the red carpet are usually short, I was able to speak with them for about 6 minutes and got updates on Sucker Punch, Legend of the Guardians, what are they going to do at Comic-Con, what’s up with the 300 Prequel Xerxes, and a lot more.
Some of the highlights were Snyder confirming they did a friends and family screening of Sucker Punch recently and it went over great, they have big plans for Comic-Con and we’ll get out first look at some Sucker Punch footage and exclusives, the finale of Legend of the Guardians is still being worked on and none of the footage has been in either trailer, he’s seen some of Frank Miller’s Xerxes comic and it’s still and wait and see if he’ll make a movie out of it, Snyder is currently writing a new project (doesn’t reveal what it is), and they talk about the challenges of trying to make two films at the same time. It’s a great update on all their projects so hit the jump to take a look:
Folks who have seen or read 300 know that a sequel probably isn’t in the cards. However, Frank Miller is putting together a prequel to his 1998 comic. Entitled Xerxes, the comic would center on 300‘s antagonist (played in Zach Snyder’s film by Rodrigo Santoro). In an interview with Hero Complex, Miller talked at length about the upcoming six-part miniseries, which is due to hit stores next year. Said Miller:
“The story will be the same heft as 300 but it cover a much, much greater span of time — it’s 10 years, not three days. This is a more complex story. The story is so much larger. The Spartans in 300 were being enclosed by the page as the world got smaller. This story has truly vast subjects. The Athenian naval fleet, for instance, is a massive artistic undertaking and it dwarfed by the Persian fleet, which is also shown in this story. The story has elements of espionage, too, and it’s a sweeping tale with gods and warriors.”
Sounds pretty sweet. Hit the jump for more on the project including whether its due for a film adaptation.
A few days ago, I got to speak with Robert Rodriguez in Austin, Texas as I was visiting the set of Predators – along with a number of online journalists. While a strict embargo prevents me from saying anything about that film, we’ve been given permission to run stories on other projects. Since Robert Rodriguez is busy developing other movies, we got him to give us updates on Sin City 2, Machete, and what’s up with the next Spy Kids movie.
Regarding Spy Kids, Rodriguez says he’s already turned in the script to the Weinstein Company and it’s a reboot that will be shot in March or April with new kids. On Machete, he says he’s “always talked about making him a franchise character”. Meaning he’s like to do sequels.
Of course the news everyone wants to know is what’s up with Sin City 2. Like he’s done in the past, he wouldn’t give us any specifics regarding when the film is going in front of the cameras. But he did reveal “there has been a script since 2007″ and it has pre-existing material “with some original stuff added to it to kind of catch yourself up with some characters.”
Rodriguez also said, “I know Frank (Miller) wants to do it I know I wanna do it and its always sort of time permitting kind of thing, but its not like I can tell you definitely we’re starting…its not my next picture…I know that. Doesn’t mean that its not the picture right after because that’s still a possibility.” Much more after the jump:
Last year, Steve was able to confirm that there were plans to make a prequel to 300 when he interviewed the film’s producers. Since then the only thing we’ve really known about the project is that Frank Miller was working on it and that if everyone liked what they saw when it was done, then they would move ahead with a film adaptation.
Now, a year and a half later ,we finally have an update on the project from Frank Miller thanks to an interview he did with L.A. Times’ Hero Complex Blog. Miller, who has already finished the plot and is now getting started on the artwork says that the project is now titled Xerxes and will be set 10 years before the events of 300. According to the report, the story will center around the Battle of Marathon, although it is unknown if there’s an opportunity to squeeze in the line, “This! Is! [Insert Name of Ancient City!] He also mentions that Zack Snyder has already expressed interest in it as a film property. However, there’s no word if Rodrigo Santoro would come back to play the title character. Now I think that it’s just a matter of waiting for Miller to be done before we see a film made out of Xerxes because it seems unlikely that anyone would pass up the opportunity to make a follow-up to 300. There’s just too much money and too many rock hard abs at stake. Also, it’s a perfect time to put back on the swords and sandals with Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and the remake of Clash of the Titans due out next year.
No matter how much excitement you may have for “Sin City 2″, I can’t imagined it was somewhat diminished by “The Spirit”, a film that had such potential had it only stuck to being bat-shit insane. However, interest in a sequel to “Sin City” remains high and now the film may finally, after long last, go into production. For news on that film plus Miller’s planned adaptation of his own comic, “Hard Boiled”, hit the jump.
Last week I was able to speak with director Sylvain White. While most of our conversation is under embargo, I’ve been given permission to post some of what was said. Since Sylvain is currently attached to Frank Miller’s “Ronin” movie, I figured you’d like to hear what he said about his take on the property and where it currently is in development.
According to Sylvain, he’s about to get a new draft of the script and he envisions the film as a “big-budget, big blockbuster.” He went on to say he’d “love to do it in 3D.” For more on the project, click the jump:
We’re now in a different place with Zack Snyder. He’s directed three films, all on Blu-ray, and I have watched and reviewed all three for Collider. The most honest statement I can make is that Snyder is an amazing visual talent, who knows what the fuck he’s doing behind a camera. But after three films, I don’t know what’s going on inside his head. Sure, his first film was smartly hella commercial, and 300 was a blockbuster, but is also inherently a shallow but engaging visual spectacle. Watchmen is a great dense tome of a film, but much of its greatness belongs to the graphic novel. He has done little that can guess what he really has going on upstairs. There is great technique, but the voice is undefined. My review after the jump: