Al Gough and Miles Millar created Smallville for television in 2001 and breathed new life into the Superman mythology, taking Clark Kent (Tom Welling) back to his high school days and following him journey in becoming a superhero. Now in its 10th and final season, it is the longest-running comic book based series in television history.
During a recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, the writer/producer team talked about how cool it is to have developed a series that has been on the air for a decade, how they’d never been a fan of Superman prior to creating Smallville, and how they always hoped the final moment of the series would see Clark Kent suiting up and flying off to his destiny as Superman.
Also included are their thoughts from the press day roundtable about Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, since they wrote the screen story for Spider-Man 2, and why they think the character is viable for a stage musical. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
The New Yorker is known for their witty and sometimes controversial covers. Julie Taymor’s Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark is known for almost killing its participants. It’s only natural that the Broadway show would make the cover of the New Yorker.
Hit the jump to check out the full cover. Click here to read Michael Schulman’s New Yorker piece on Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark. Click here for more of our coverage on the disastrous Broadway musical.
An actor in director Julie Taymor’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark fell tonight during a preview performance of the play at Broadway’s Foxwoods Theatre. Although the play’s production has yet to issue an official word, Broadway World is reporting that the fall was sustained by the actor playing Spider-Man, was “several feet” in height, and took place approximately seven minutes before the show ended. Needless to say, the performance was subsequently canceled as ambulances arrived at the scene.
Although details surrounding the severity of the injuries are unconfirmed at this point, the report claims that “all signs were good as he was taken to the hospital for observation.” Of course, all of us here at Collider extend our thoughts to those involved in the accident and we will have more information on the accident as it becomes available. In the meantime, hit the jump for a few eye-witness accounts of the fall. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is currently set to open on February 7th, 2011.
UPDATED with video after the jump
CBS’ 60 Minutes did a segment tonight on Julie Taymor’s upcoming musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. With music by U2′s Bono and The Edge, it is the most expensive musical in Broadway history. Part of that is due to the production’s continued delays and, according to 60 Minutes, the operating cost is $1 million a week. Another interesting fact gleamed from 60 Minutes‘ story is that one of the show’s original producers had a seizure and died when Bono and The Edge were about to sign their contracts. No one took that as a bad sign.
Tonight, the $65 million musical began it’s first night of previews. According to WENN, the show’s only full rehearsal was scheduled for last night, but had to be canceled, which means tonight, in front of an audience, is the first time it’s ever been performed from start to finish. Hit the jump for the 60 Minutes piece and reactions to tonight’s performance. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is set to open on January 11, 2011.
So far, Julie Taymor’s Spider-Man musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark looks like it will be an absolute train wreck. A TV commercial for the production has now gone online and it does nothing to change my opinion. However, if I lived in New York or were making a trip up there, I would totally go see it because I enjoy rubbernecking. If you end up seeing it and want to send in a review, we’ll happily run it.
Hit the jump to check out the TV spot. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark begins previews tomorrow and is set to open on January 11, 2011.
In September, we showed you the first look at the costumes for the villains Green Goblin and Swiss Miss in Julie Taymor’s problem-plagued Spider-Man musical, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark. The costumes looked ridiculous, but admittedly they were out of context. Now Vogue has premiered a look at the costumes in beautiful images by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz…and the costumes still look ridiculous. The images also provide the first look at Carnage, who, without the benefit of CG, looks like a Halloween costume for a child who’s missing a neck. Says Taymor of including the character, “I saw the inherent theatricality in it, and I couldn’t resist.” Looking at the image, I hope she at least tried to resist.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark was recently delayed again and is now set to open in January 2011.
If you didn’t much care for emo-Peter Parker in Spider-Man 3, it’s looking like the Julie Taymor-directed Spider-Man musical, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark won’t be to your liking. This morning on Good Morning America, Spider-Man/Peter Parking actor Reeve Carney performed the song “Boy Falls from the Sky” which was written by U2′s Bono and The Edge. It sounds a lot like U2′s recent output (i.e. terrible). The production has been plagued with problems and producer Michael Cohl told the New York Times that he’s doubtful he’ll recoup the musical’s $50-60 million budget.
Also, the costumes for Green Goblin and new villain “Swiss Miss” have also gone online and after seeing them and hearing this song, I’m also doubtful Turn off the Dark will recoup its $50-60 million budget. Hit the jump to check out the costumes and watch a video of Carney’s performance on GMA. Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark will debut November 14 on Broadway’s Foxwoods Theatre. I wonder how many Spidey nerds will turn up out of morbid curiosity.