Joss Whedon, Peter Sollett in Running to Direct Marvel Comics’ RUNAWAYS

     April 5, 2010

runaways_cover_art_jo_chen_01.jpgDirector Peter Sollett  (Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist) is in negotiations with Marvel Comics to helm an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn’s Runaways, but Joss Whedon may be in the running as well.  Deadline says Sollett is in talks with Marvel for the gig while The Playlist says Whedon’s under consideration to take the helm.  As you can expect, I side with Whedon, not only because I don’t much care for Nick and Nora, but because Whedon has shown he knows how to write smart, believable teenagers.  Oh, and he just so happened to write the second volume of the comics.

Deadline describes the project as, “The Breakfast Club with superheroes,” which really doesn’t do justice to the series created by Brian K. Vaughn (Y: The Last Man).  Yes, it does start out with a group of kids who don’t have anything in common.  But instead of growing close due to a stay in detention, they runaway together because they discover their parents are supervillains, and an eclectic bunch at that: mob bosses, alien invaders, dark wizards, mad scientists, telepathic mutants, and evil time-travelers.  The kids steal their parents’ gadgets and discover their own special powers as they try to avoid being caught by their illegal guardians.  The first two volumes of the series are great and I highly encourage you to pick them up.

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