Planet Buzz 06-07-02
Decca Records presents
The Dark Knight...
In A Mellow Mood
DC released this
planned cover image for The Dark Knight Strikes Again #3, proving
an earlier theory of mine that Frank Miller is trying to go stylistically
back to the sixties with his artwork on this series. My parents had
an awful lot of record albums they bought at Grant's with covers just
And part of me
just can't shake the image of that East German/Nazi in Top Secret
hissing, "bring out…the Neiman paintings…"
Oh, The Shame
Of It All...
currently number five on the all-time Box Office list, it's not surprising
that we're in the midst of a frenzy of Hollywood raiding comic books
for hot properties. Even Mort, The Dead Teen-Ager makes a weird
kind of sense in this climate.
One studio has
remained fairly quiet, mainly because they own the rights to a whole
comic book company already anyway. That would be, of course, Warner
Brothers, still steadily plodding along trying to figure out how to
revive the Superman and Batman franchises, with an occasional spark
from Wonder Woman. That's about to change.
Finally, they figured
out that they don't have to use one of the big three to get a good superhero
movie going. Warner Brothers has reached into their huge selection of
available characters and pulled out…
(Pause for dramatic
effect. Is it Plastic Man? Metamorpho? Green Arrow? Ambush Bug? Oh,
I hope it's Ambush Bug.)
The Wonder Twins.
Those shape-changing teens from the planet Exxor, visiting Earth with
their blue pet monkey, Gleek.
I held off on running
this yesterday because I thought it was some sort of bizarre hoax. But
it's true. Did I say "good" superhero movie?
The infamous Alex
has licensed the option for a live-action Wonder Twins movie to Gaylord
Films, the production company currently responsible for The Divine
Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.. (Oh, how the crimes mount…)
No word on screenwriter,
director, or possible stars. But do we really want to know? The Wonder
Twins, despite appearing on a popular Saturday morning cartoon show
(Superfriends, of course), are a joke at best. Two years ago,
Wizard Magazine even had Alex Ross do a painting of them for
April Fools' Day, purporting to be the cover of a new large format collaboration
with Paul Dini.
In comics, Zan
and Jayna appeared in the Super-Friends title of the 1970's,
vanishing for a couple of decades before being re-introduced in grim
and gritty form to the DCU in Extreme Justice. Nobody noticed.
Maybe we should
give this the benefit of the doubt. After all, everybody thought Shaquille
O'Neal as Steel was a stupid idea, and look how that…oh…
Form of…an ice
sculpture of an embarrassed fanboy.
this and more in the Fanboy forums.