Robin Williams is Professor Strange?; Another look at Evans as Cap; Green Lantern promo images; RIP John Barry; Russian MST3K ripoff

From the "Take with a huge grain of salt" department, the internet has been flooded with the rumors that Robin Williams will be cast as Professor Hugo Strange in The Dark Knight Rises. Now, as much as I like to see Prof. Strange in a Batman movie and feel that Williams can do the job, that is asking a lot for there to be three villains in the movie. We already know Anne Hathaway is in the movie as Selina Kyle (to become Catwoman I guess) and Tom Hardy is in as Bane. If true, then let's hope it won't turn into a mess like Spider-Man 3 was.

The new issue of Empire magazine as Chris Evans in the Captain America suit, sans helmet. There doing a slightly better job of trying to get images of the suit out, but the helmet/mask seems to left off on most of them. Hmmm...

The Daily Blam has some promo images from the Green Lantern movie.You can view the rest of them here.

Composer John Barry passed away today at the age of 77. He is best known for the composer of 11 of the James bond films including Goldfinger and Thunderball. He won Academy Awards for Born Free, The Lion in Winter, Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves (which also won a Grammy Award). He also composed music for the films Midnight Cowboy, King Kong (1976), The Black Hole, Somewhere in Time, among others. He will be missed.


Les brought this to my attention. This is a show in Russia called "Project Popcorn." It is a ripoff of the classic TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000. In the words of Dr.Erhardt..."Enjoy!"

Ladies and Gentlemen, your new Superman!





Warner Brothers have announced  that Henry Cavill is the new Man of Steel in Zach Snyder's reboot of the Superman franchise. I am not familiar with his work, but have heard that he was this close to becoming the new Bond. Someone has made a photoshop image of him in the suit...
So, what do you think? Yay or Nay?

Flashpoint revealed; More Spidey pics; Time travel to save the Fab Four?; Steve Niles on Wulf the Barbarian

DC revealed the titles that will be involved in the upcoming Flash event. They are:


FLASHPOINT: BATMAN KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: DEADMAN AND THE FLYING GRAYSONS #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: CITIZEN COLD #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: DEATHSTROKE & THE CURSE OF THE RAVAGER #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: THE OUTSIDER #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: ABIN SUR THE GREEN LANTERN #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: PROJECT: SUPERMAN #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: FRANKENSTEIN & THE CREATURES OF THE UNKNOWN #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: SECRET SEVEN #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: EMPEROR AQUAMAN #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: WONDER WOMAN AND THE FURIES #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTANCE #1-#3

FLASHPOINT: KID FLASH LOST #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: THE WORLD OF FLASHPOINT #1-#3

They also revealed a new image:




So what do you think? It really sounds like Marvel's "Age of Apocalypse" or it's current book "Age of X."

Comic Book Movie has posted more set photos showing the new Spidey outfit. You can see them here. I haven't heard much feedback from you guys. What do you think of the suit? Yay? Nay? Don't give a? Inquiring minds want to know!




Mark Waters, the director of Mean Girls and The Spiderwick Chronicles, has signed on to direct Get Back, a comedy about two Beatle fans who go back in time and stop John Lennon from meeting Yoko Ono, who they feel is responsible for the break up of the band. This could be really great, or really bad. Let's hope great. :)

Newsarama has a great interview with Steve Niles (the creator of 30 Days of Night) about his take on Wulf.  I am excited to read his take on the character. I will do all that I can to promote the return of Atlas Comics. Hopefully I will make things interesting enough to you so you will read them. :)

Marvel follows DC's example?; ComiXology to help retailers; True Grit comic book?; A Super Super Bowl?; Teaser for "last" issue of Fantastic Four.

Bleeding Cool is reporting that Marvel maybe following DC's example and will go to the 20 pages/$2.99 price point in May. DC started the $2.99 price this month in a  move that was "mocked by the likes of Marvel’s CB Cebulski and Tom Brevoort." If true, who looks like an idiot now?

ComiXology announced today a storefront affiliate program where retailers can sell digital comics with ComiXology's library.

"By having a comiXology-powered store and reader integrated with our existing new and back-issue comics website, we will provide our customers with even more access to the comics they love while increasing their loyalty to us,” said Chris Powell, General Manager and CRO of Lone Star Comics and mycomicshop.com. “Having seen comiXology’s Retailer Tools and Pull List services, we trust comiXology’s technology to help us thrive in a market where customers are interested in both print and digital comics. ComiXology will help us provide the one-stop shopping that customers are looking for.

Now this is cool. Way to go Comixology for doing this.

Apparently, there is a True Grit comic book. It was commissioned by Paramount Pictures to promote the movie starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin. If you go here, you can download a PDF file of the comic.

Comic Book Movie decided to have some fun and do the first Superhero Bowl. You check out the details here. This is cool, just don't do a superhero version of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. The Fellowship already has that covered! Oops, I wasn't supposed to say anything...yet.


Marvel released a teaser image for the final issue of Fantastic Four. It shows Spider-man probably trying to cheer up Franklin, Sue looking at replacement members and Reed looking at potential threats. The list of replacements is interesting. Black Panther and Storm are mentioned. Not gonna happen. Panther is busy with Hell's Kitchen and Storm is in Wakanda I think. It can't be Luke Cage because he is leading the New Avengers and the Thunderbolts. There is "She"and I assume that is She-Hulk, but which one? The obvious choice is Jennifer Walters, but there is also Lyra, Hulk's daughter from a future time-line. She could use a family environment to hang around, why not Marvel's First Family? Alex Power, not sure about that one. Do they want to bring in one member of the Power Pack? I guess it would make some sense so Alex can help Franklin in his grieving. Wyatt Wingfoot is a VERY interesting choice. Granted, no powers, but he's been a friend of the family for years and was Johnny's best buddy. Would he join the FF in memory of his best friend? What do you think?

Hobbit delayed again; Dark Knight in Dark Tower?; DD back @ Marvel?; DC tried to stop early FF release.





Production on the Hobbit has been delayed again. This time because Peter Jackson has a perforated ulcer. He was checked into a hospital and has had successful surgery.

The New York Post is reporting that Christian Bale is now the front runner to play the lead role in Ron Howard's adaptation of The Dark Tower. Is this a good choice? I haven't read the book to give an opinion one way or another.


Big Shiny Robot has done some research and it appears that, barring any trickery, Marvel Studios should regain the movie rights to Daredevil from 20th Century Fox in 2013.  The studio has not made any recent comments about sequels or a reboot for the man without fear, so it's possible. The deal was for seven years and even though the Daredevil movie came out in 2003, he made a cameo in the Elektra movie in 2005.

Apparently, DC tried to stop the early release of this week's issue of Fantastic Four. Now if you been living in a cave or haven't been on the internet for a week or two, this was the "death" issue of a member of the team.

The argument given was that "Diamond would be seen as giving Marvel an unfair sales boost by allowing  an early sale, bringing customers into the shop where other publisher’s comics for that week could not be sold." Now I remember DC sending out one issue of Blackest Night a week early during Christmas/New Year's break, but only to dealers who agreed NOT to sell it early. This could be an interesting situation to follow.

Tony Isabella to co-write Grim Ghost; Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern cover, fan made Dark Knight Rises TV ad

Newsarama has an exclusive interview with the writing team of Stephen Susco and ... Tony Isabella! Love Tony's writing. He wrote the Grim Ghost for Atlas back in the 1970s. He also wrote for DC and Marvel. He is the creator of  Black Lighting. I am very excited about the return of Atlas comics (as I have mentioned on the broadcasts lol) and really excited about the talent they have lined up already. Expect good things from Ardden/Atlas.

The new issue of F magazine (?) Has Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern on the cover. What do you think? The mask still seems off to me, but overall I like it.

I don't normally deal with fan-made trailers or TV spots, but this is cool so I'm sharing it. ENJOY!

Clips from new episode of Young Justice; more Spidey pics; the GL in Flashpoint is...; Dr. No's birthday celebration

DC/Cartoon Network have released clips from the new episode of Young Justice which will be on Friday January 28th @ 7:00pm EST. The episode is called "Drop Zone" and features the team dealing with criminal organization known as KOBRA and  the villian Bane (what a coincidence). Here's a preview...

Marie Claire has posted more pictures of Spider-man in action. Click on the link to view the others. Granted, the suit doesn't look EXACTLY like the comic book, but I really don't have too much of a problem with it. The gloves (with the blue) and the boots (are those silver slippers?) are the only things I question, but the rest looks good. What do you think?


More Flashpoint news, with the event several books will be retitled and numbered. Late last week it was announced that Gail Simon and George Perez will do a book called "The Secret Seven." Bleeding Cool is reporting today that the Green Lantern title will be called "Abin Sur The Green Lantern." Well, I guess that answers the teaser "His ship never crashed." 

Apparently MGM will go all out next year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of the first James Bond film, Dr. No. The year-long celebration will be capped off with the release of the new 007 movie that will start filming later this year.

Concept art for Mr. Peabody, the last of the "All-Ages" books, Marvel's "Birth of a Vampire"

Here is the concept art for the forthcoming Peabody and Sherman movie. As reported before Robert Downey Jr. is to voice the time-traveling dog. Dreamworks has confirmed that the movie is all animated, not a mix with live action like Rocky and Bullwinkle. Yay!


What was to be an ongoing series is now a huge one-shot. In April, Captain America: The Fighting Avenger will be release and will be one of the last "All Ages" books that Marvel will publish. The company states that the books "aren't profitable." This is sad. I understand that they are in the business of making money, but cutting out books that could the next generation of readers involved I think is a big mistake. I don't hear DC saying the same thing regarding their "Johnny DC" books. Food for thought.



Marvel released a teaser image for "Throne of Blood: Birth of a Vampire." The image came with the following:

Out Of The Shadows, Into The Marvel Universe
A game changer in Fear Itself stands revealed.
He will leave the Marvel Universe a different place.
His story begins here.
Thought you knew everything about Vampires?
Don’t be so sure.
You'll never look at vampires the same way ever again.
THRONE OF BLOOD: BIRTH OF A VAMPIRE (FEB110543)
Written by VICTOR GISCHLER
Pencils by GORAN PARLOV
Cover by TBA
Parental Advisory $3.99
FOC - 3/14/11, On Sale - 4/6/11

Great. More Vampires. Sigh.

2 Avatar sequels planned; Do we have our Superman?, "Evil Dead" being remade?, Goodbye Wizard?

James Cameron told Entertainment Weekly that expects Avatars 2 & 3 to be released Christmas 2014 and 2015. Still haven't seen the first one and not interested. Oh well, you guys have fun!

Geoff Boucher of The Los Angeles Time Hero Complex tweeted that Joe Magniellois the frontrunner to portray the Man of Steel in the Chris Nolan/Zack Snyder reboot. A source to Comicbookmovie.com says the same thing. This same sources told CBM that expect big news regarding "The Dark Knight Rises" and 24 hours later we found out about Tom Hardy was playing Bane and Anne Hathaway was playing Catwoman. Take it for what it's worth.


Rob Tapert, the man who operates Ghost House Pictures with Sam Raimi, says that they are still working on an "Evil Dead" reboot.
"It's possible; we're looking at a script this month" Tapert said. "What's interesting about 'Evil Dead' is very few people saw it in the format we made it for, which is for the theater. ... I think Sam wants to embrace the ultimate experience in grueling terror and see it remade for a proper theatrical experience."
Sigh...LEAVE IT ALONE! I'm not sure if I even wanted another sequel. I sure as heck don't want a reboot.


Bleedingcool.com is reporting that Wizard magazine closed their doors effective immediately. The sales of the magazine have been declining, so apparently the focus will be their sister magazine Toyfare and their conventions. 

If true, I have mixed about this. There is not a lot of comic book magazines out there and Wizard used to be the best. But price increases, lower page counts and the fact that they print news that I read about online a couple of months earlier made me stop reading the magazine. I'm sure I'm not the only one who felt this way.


Update - Newsarama confirms that Wizard AND Toyfare have ceased publications. They will release an online publication called "Wizard World" in February.

Ted Kord in Smallville; Hopkins is Hitchcock?; Picture of Spidey in action; FF "death issue" to sell early





A follow up to the casting of Booster Gold and Blue Beetle which you can read here, Sebastian Spence (First Wave) has been cast as Ted Kord for the Smallville episode "Booster." In the comics, Ted Kord was the second man to be called Blue Beetle for the current version Jaime Reyes (which is the version we'll see in the episode). Good choice and I'm glad to see that Ted is alive in this universe. :)

Sir Anthony Hopkins is in talks to play the title role in Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, based on a 1998 non-fiction book of the same name. We obviously know what will be happening during the movie based on that title. I'm a big Hopkins fan and think this is a good choice. This might be interesting since this movie basically was the inspiration of modern horror in general and the birth of slasher movies.

Here is one of many pics that have hit the internet showing off the Spider-man costume from the upcoming movie. It strays from the comic a little bit, but not that much. If you look at his left wrist, you'll see something metal...webshooters?? What do you guys think? Not too bad in my opinion.


Marvel has given the green light to comic stores who get their books on Tuesday that it's ok to sell Fantastic Four # 587 when it comes out on the 25th. The thinking is to avoid spoiling fans who don't want to know until reading the book. The tricky part is with the changes of shipping that took place recently, comic stores in Britain will get their books hours before anyone on the east coast so for the first time comic bloggers in Britain can spoil it for the Americans.




David E. Kelly's Wonder Woman will fly!

Deadline is reporting that NBC has done a reversal and will pick up the Wonder Woman series under the supervision of David E. Kelly. The project is described as a reinvention in which she is a vigilante crime fighter in L.A. but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life. 

Not sure how this will fly, but I am curious.

RIP Comics Code Authority; No War Machine in Avengers, but spin-off ?; Beetle offically cast, but not Booster; Cap gets "new" title in some countries

Archie Comics announced today that they will no longer carry the code on their covers as of next month. That had to be the last nail in the coffin for the code. None of the big companies carry the code. It's really a end of an era. The code was put in place during the 1950s. Bleeding Cool brings up an interesting point, will we get a chance to see what the authority objected to over the years? OPEN THE FILES!!!!!

 Don Cheadle says that War Machine will not be in the Avengers movie, but they are going ahead with a spin off movie.

"They're developing it ['War Machine'] now, they're working on that," Cheadle told MTV News. "I think they've hired a writer, so we'll see how it goes. It would be a lot of fun. I don't think he shows up in ['Avengers']," said Cheadle. "I think he's kind of a lone wolf." 

This would be pretty cool if it happens. Stay tuned.


Jaren Brandt Bartlett (seen above) has been cast as the Jaime Reyes version of Blue Beetle according to Entertainment Weekly. He will appear in an episode of Smallville. There still hasn't been an official announcement to the casting of Eric Martsolf (seen below) as Booster Gold, but the actor tweeted that he has the part.

 
 According to a report from the LA Times, Captain America: The First Avenger won't be called that everywhere. Here are some excerpts...

The film “Captain America: The First Avenger” will have its title truncated to, simply, “The First Avenger” in those three overseas markets, according to Marvel Studios insiders. The choice was made by Marvel, Paramount Pictures’ international team and distributors in those three countries based on market research results. Those involved in the decision are being careful to frame the move as a matter of brand management and consumer awareness and not as a decision tilted by cultural or political winds.

In private, Marvel insiders said that early on in the project’s planning there was talk that the title might need to be changed in numerous international markets but that there was a ”pleasant surprise” — the brand recognition of the comic-book superhero was so strong that it overrode those considerations in many places. That was not the case in Russia, South Korea and the Ukraine
.

What do you think?

THAT'S being made into a movie?; Mystery DC Comic revealed for FCBD ; Green Lantern gets a composer

Due to the success of Yogi Bear ($100 million), not only is Warner Brothers thinking about a sequel but adapting Huckleberry Hound to the big screen. OMG! Stop the madness!

Red Crown Productions is looking at bringing the children's classic "Choose Your Own Adventure" to TV and to the big screen. Not sure how this would work. If they did them as straight-to-DVD so you can "choose" where to go to next, it would make sense. What do you think?

DC Comics The Source released today the image of what their contribution to Free Comic Book Day. As expected it's a tie-in to the "Flashpoint" event. The book is a reprint of Green Lantern #30 with a preview of the Flash event. For those who don't know, Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May where participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books for free to anyone who comes into their stores. To find a local comic shop near you try out http://www.comicshoplocator.com/

James Newton Howard has been confirmed to score the Green Lantern movie. Howard has scored a lot of movies including all of M. Night Shyamalan's movies and the Chris Nolan Batman movies (with Hans Zimmer)

Sinbad in Space?;Black Panther has a writer

Morningside Entertainment is working on a movie adaptation of "Sinbad: Rogue of Mars" comic from Bluewater Comics. Executive producer Barry Schneer, who says Rogue of Mars is the first in a planned trilogy, is the nephew of the late Charles H. Schneer, who produced the Harryhausen films. In a press release, the younger Schneer says he's bringing "to the screen the Sinbad movie that [Charles] and Ray Harryhausen never got to make."
  The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Marvel Studios has hired Mark Bailey to write a script on the Wakandan King/Protector/Hero/Avenger. Bailey has been a writer and story editor on documentaries such as Pandemic: Facing AIDS and Ghost of Abu Ghraib for HBO.

DC: No more Code; Iron Man out, Captain Jack in?; Magneto, Xavier and teaser poster





DC Comics has released a statement saying that they are no longer have the Comics Code Authority Seal of Approval on their books. They will use the rating system that most companies (Marvel being the first back in 2001) use. To see the breakdown, click the link. IMHO, the code is an outdated form of policing the comics. The world is totally different compared to what it was when the code was created (1950s). You can see the rating system here.



Robert Downey Jr. has dropped out of Sam Raimi's Oz The Great and Powerful. Johnny Depp is in negotiations to replace him. Not sure what the movie is about, but boy Depp is busy. Between another couple of Pirates movies, The Lone Ranger (still can't see that, but oh well) now this...


Pictures of Magneto and Professor X, as well as the teaser poster for X-Men: First Class have been released. Newsarama has the other pics, plus the story that director Matthew Vaughn was not happy about the group photo that was "released" a couple of days ago. You can hit the link to read his comments.

Well, it's been a couple of days and I don't think I like the initial photo any better than when I first saw it. Of all the superhero movies that are scheduled to be released this year, this is the one that has me most concerned.  I hope that I am wrong, but I don't think that I am.