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It seems like Chuck
Dixon writes every single book in the Bat stable, so when he decides
to leave New York for the lovely Florida offices of CrossGen, you'd
think DC would have a problem. Not at all, as it turns out.
Last week editor
Bob Schreck announced that some changes were going to have to be made.
Devin Grayson, who has been doing some interesting work on Gotham
Knights, will now take over the book she has always wanted to do:
Nightwing. Stepping into her shoes on Gotham Knights will
be Scott Beatty, the man who brought us Last Laugh with Dixon.
But give him a chance anyway.
DC has chosen two writers better known for their independent work to
round out the rest of Dixon's roster. Jon Lewis, creator of True
Swamp, will be writing Robin, while Terry Moore, no stranger
to strong females with Strangers In Paradise, will be writing
Birds of Prey. With that title being developed for television,
this may turn out to be an even higher profile gig than Moore dreamed.
We'll start reading
the changes this summer, and for now, they look pretty interesting.
Costumes on the
thinks so. In an interview with Britain's Sunday Times, Morrison claimed
that after September 11, brightly colored heroes and villains clashing
have lost their luster. He went on to say that he had already begun
dropping the costumes for the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man.
No mention of the strange coincidence that the X-Men are really just
looking more like their movie counterparts, and that Morrison doesn't
even write Spider-Man.
Chiming in, the
redoubtable Joe Quesada agreed, saying that the whole Marvel line would
be moving in a more realistic direction, with many of its heroes revealing
their identities to the public.
threatened to move back over to DC and start de-costuming their big
guns as well. This would be the same DC that Morrison vowed never to
work for again after initially vowing never to work for comics at all
again. Genius or total wanker? You be the judge.
All I really know
here is that it's impossible to license superheroes just standing around
in street clothes.
Episode II trailer
to debut this weekend with Monsters, Inc.
Pixar has really scored
a coup. Not only will Monsters, Inc. be the only film to play the
first Star Wars Episode II trailer this weekend, but Lucasfilm
will also not have it available on-line until November 9.
What makes this
deal particularly special is that neither Disney nor Fox had anything
to do with it. George Lucas and Steve Jobs negotiated this one on their
own. This should make Disney very nervous, as Pixar has been chafing
under its distribution deal with the corporate giant. Contracted to
a controversial three more pictures, the computer animation studio would
very much like to get away from the House of Mouse. But until now, nobody
else looked possible.
But if Lucas can
market the crap out of The Phantom Menace, he could certainly
help Pixar if they wanted to fly solo in the future.
Of course the other
consequence is that Fox now doesn't get the boost of the trailer on
any of their big holiday releases. Suddenly the big studios are feeling
a little nervous because smaller companies are doing it for themselves
and upsetting the natural order of things.
be there at Monsters, Inc. this weekend without a single twinge
of guilt or sorrow, unless both movie and trailer suck.
gets to be in a comic book movie. No. Really. We mean it.
Will it be Superman?
No. Ghost Rider? No. Luke Cage, Power Man? No. Nicolas Cage has finally
signed, sealed, and apparently will be delivered on Constantine,
the big-screen adaptation of Vertigo's Hellblazer. On board to
direct is Tarsem (The Cell).
Despite the pleas
of the latest screenwriter Frank Capello, John Constantine has suffered
a nationality change in the translation. Now he will be an American,
and The Hollywood Reporter describes the film as "Dirty Harry
set in the occult world."
be partnered with a female cop to fight against dark supernatural forces.
to see the character done correctly may do well to look for Joss Whedon's
upcoming BBC series Ripper, since Rupert Giles is just John Constantine
last week bought the rights to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen.
As expected, they immediately turned to David Hayter to write the script
and possibly to direct. (Even though Hayter said a few weeks ago that
he would not direct it. Oh, that coy Solid Snake.)
At this point,
we wish Hayter luck in a truly gargantuan task. Only Harry Potter fans
could be more demanding of an adaptation.
The Chamber of Secrets
Yes, that was a
signed last week to play the role of Gilderoy Lockhart in the second
Potter film, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, rumored
to start lensing in two weeks. (And yes, Warner Brothers is doing
the right thing here; if the first Potter film tanks I'll eat my prized
Captain Action Green Hornet repro figure.)
Cage and any comic book character, this is perfect casting. Lockhart
joins Hogwarts as the Defense of Dark Arts teacher. Flashy with a genius
for self-promotion, it quickly becomes apparent that Lockhart may not
be any of what he seems.
is what he seems, an incredibly talented actor, keeping with Warners'
decision to fill the Potter films with the cream of British Theater.
Or theatre, if you prefer.
Moulin Rouge to theaters
Working to generate
some Oscar-buzz, on November 21st Fox will re-release Baz Luhrmann's
brilliant hallucinogenic musical Moulin Rouge in four cities:
New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco.
Possibly the best
film of the year, Moulin Rouge mixes the myth of Orpheus with
the decadence of late 19th-century Paris. Young Obi-Wan Kenobi himself
Ewan McGregor gives the dynamite performance that you wish Lucas would
let him give in the Star Wars films.
If you live in
one of those four cities and haven't seen it, go.
This does not affect
the scheduled DVD release of the film, currently on track for December
Mutant X scores
series Mutant X has become America's most-watched syndicated
action/adventure hour. What that really means is that it can't beat
Entertainment Tonight: Weekend Edition, but have you seen the
gams on that weekend host?
its legal troubles with Fox (the studio claims that Marvel is ripping
off their own X-Men concept), the show has clearly found its
audience. Even though it wastes a lot of time copying Miami Vice
visuals and underuses its talented cast members (especially John Shea,
who should fire his agent), Mutant X may be worth watching just
for making the mad genius villain look like Andy Warhol.
But will the devil
be making guest-appearances?
In what may be
the strangest news of the week, NBC has announced that they want to
turn the classic ABC fictional television series Fantasy Island
into a reality series.
The new show would
fly contestants out to the island and allow them to live out their fantasies,
as well as the consequences of same. Yes, there is nothing better than
watching real people destroy their lives on national television for
our amusement. Dance, monkeys, dance!
Brothers do Batman: The Animated Series right on DVD
Because we are
fanboys, we believe in the power of on-line petitions. So when Warner
Brothers started making noises about releasing B:TAS on DVD,
fans rallied to voice their concerns that the DVDs be released by seasons,
rather than samplers as the videotape releases had been.
If you, too, want
a lovely boxed set of one of the best animated series ever done (well,
it kicks the ass of Superfriends, anyway), go to
the Batman Boxed Set Petition site.
Frankly, I'm still
waiting for the Adam West series.
This time for
Delayed twice already
due to national security concerns, the Emmy Awards will go on this Sunday,
Of course, we'll
all be watching Lucy Lawless on the season premiere of The X-Files,
but our congratulations go out to all the lucky winners.
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