X-Men's Beast Selling Insurance???

Apparently this commercial has been out for a short period of time, but it's just been brought to my attention. The latest ad for Farmers Insurance not only has the great J.K. Simmons (OZ, The Closer, J.Jonah Jameson from the Spider-Man movies), but apparently has Beast from X-Men. The premise is the Farmers Insurance school is involved in a student exchange program with the Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. Take a look...




Uh....OK.

Stan Lee Reveals His Cameo in The Amazing Spider-Man

Stan Lee was here in Dallas (Irving actually) for the Dallas Comic-Con over the past weekend. During a Q & A session, he was asked about how he gets the cameos and what was his favorite. After a little joking around, especially the REAL reason why he's not in X-Men: First Class, he revealed his cameo scene for the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man. He plays a librarian who is working with headphones on listening to music. Meanwhile Spidey and the Lizard are battling behind him. Sounds funny. I kinda like that his cameos are starting to take a more humorous tone.

The Amazing Spider-Man is scheduled for a July 3, 2012 release. Here's a YouTube video talking about his cameos and the one for The Amazing Spider-Man. Thanks to SuperHeroHype for posting this.


Green Lantern 3D Trailer (Some New Footage)



I'M GETTING EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!!

Trailer for the Batman Live World Arena Tour


From the website...

"For the first time in DC Comics history, see Batman the world's most popular DC Super Hero as you've never seen him before, in an all-new, live-action arena adventure, set to take the world by storm. Premiering in the UK in Summer 2011, Batman Live - World Arena Tour is a multi-million pound stage production of unprecedented scale and a must-see for families and Batman fans everywhere.

Based on an original story being created exclusively for the show, Batman Live is a theatrical extravaganza of thrilling stunts, acrobatic acts and illusions. Never before has Gotham City, Wayne Manor, the Batcave and Arkham Asylum been brought to life on stage in a more visually exciting way. Join Batman and Robin as they battle their nemesis The Joker and other super-villains such as The Riddler, Catwoman, The Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, set on destroying Gotham City.

Totally authentic, bold and awe-inspiring, Batman Live will be a completely new way to experience the world of Batman. This is one adventure you do not want to miss!"

Here's the trailer...

The World of Flashpoint


DC: The Source released a map revealing the world according to the events of Flashpoint. The event is where the timeline of the DC universe has been changed on a massive level and only Barry (Flash) Allen and his arch-nemesis Professor Zoom are the only ones who know what the proper timeline should be.

A couple of things stand out...

1. Republic of Japan (Tornado protected) - Red Tornado? Interesting...
2. Brazil (Nazi - occupied) - 'nuff said
3. Alaska (Land of the undead) - the zombies decided to move north...OK.?
4. Neutral Territories - once again Australia is left out. I don't think they have been part of an event since Invasion (back in 1988-1989)

To be quite honest, I wasn't all that impressed with the first issue, and I was looking forward to this event. I'll give it another chance.

Dark Knight Website Alive...and Chanting?? (Possible Spoiler?)

The website for The Dark Knight Rises went active this morning, and if you head over there you will see a black screen and hear...chanting. Click anywhere on the screen and you will see the audio player. A message board member of SuperheroHype figured out that the chant is "The Fire Rises." That apparently refers to a Twitter page. If you follow the page, your Twitter image (from what I can tell) will be used to fill in a larger image which is...


Tom Hardy as Bane

This is awesome! Whoever thought this up earned his/her/their paycheck! It will be interesting to see what else they do in the months to come. The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled for a July 20, 2012 release.

THOR Sequel Planned for 2013? Are These the Possible Villians?


Cinema Blend (among others) is reporting that we may see THOR 2 as soon as 2013. We may already know who the villains are. Granted, it's WAY TOO EARLY, but it seems that we may see Amora, the Enchantress and her minion, Skurge, the Executioner.

For those who don't know, Amora is an Asgardian sorceress who has feelings for the God of Thunder. She has used her sorcery to enhance her natural beauty and allure, and to enchant her lips so that by kissing virtually any man she can make him her slave.

Chris Hemsworth (Thor) is already signed for six movies (presumably three THOR movies and three Avengers). Tom Hiddleston (Loki) said he's signed on for five movies (and he'll be in the Avengers movie), so will we see Loki return? We'll have to wait and see. If this is accurate (and I think it is), the THOR sequel will be out the same summer with IRON MAN 3 (scheduled for a May 3rd release).

DC to Relaunch All Titles in September?

Bleeding Cool is reporting that DC will relaunch all titles in September with new #1s. They base it off the fact that the Flashpoint event will be over and the way things appear in the August solicitations which were released yesterday, ALL story arcs end in August.

Hmm...not sure what to think about this. I hate when books are cancelled only to be restarted in a couple of months with a new number one. I definitely hate it that a year or two later, they go back to the original number - just in time for a landmark number (say #600? - yeah, I'm looking at you Marvel). We'll just have to wait and see...

The Adventures of Tintin trailer


The teaser trailer for The Adventures of Tintin has been released. The animated movie is based on a French comic strip that started back in 1929. The hero, Tintin is a young Belgian reporter who is drawn to dangerous international intrigues.

Steven Speilberg will produce and direct. Peter Jackson is also one of the producers. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn will be released December 23rd.



Fright Night Trailer and Poster Released

The official poster and trailer for the Fright Night remake were released today. Here is the premise of the movie...

Charley (Anton Yelchin) is a teenager convinced that his new neighbor (Colin Farrell) is a vampire. Toni Collette plays the boy's disbelieving mother, who falls under the vampire's spell. Peter Vincent (David Tennant) is a Las Vegas/British magician whose show revolves around horror movie imagery. Vincent claims to be a vampire expert, but when the teen turns to him for assistance, he is less than helpful.

Here's the trailer...

Classic Marvel Comics Sacrificed for Upper Deck

LinkYou may have already heard about this travesty, but Upper Deck is taking old, Marvel comics that are in horrible shape, and cutting out panels to make exclusive inserts for the 2011 Marvel Beginnings card set. This is horrible! Why are they doing this? Yes, the books bad shape, but still...ugh. You can see more of the exclusives on their blog.


Here is a little video they put together to show you the process. Watch at your own risk if you are a collector....

The Return of Star Trek: The Animated Series?

Star Trek writer Bob Orci revealed this week the possibility of putting together another animated Star Trek TV series. I assume it will be the continuation of the rebooted franchise, but who knows? Reading the response, fans want the original cast back and I doubt that will happen. Shatner and Nimoy will want too much money and of course we no longer have DeForest Kelly (Dr. McCoy) and James Doohan (Scotty, and most of the other voices on the original cartoon).

The interesting thing will be which format will they use? Traditional animation, or the 3D computer animation similar to Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I would lean to the latter, another break from the original franchise, but it's not my money. Stay tuned...

Flashpoint #5 Gamble

In a stunning and bold move, DC will only have one title out the week of August 31st - Flashpoint #5. August is a five week month so obviously the other titles are shifted to the previous weeks. This is a gamble, since the other publishers will have taken into account that there are five weeks and acted accordingly. Will it work? Will it backfire? I don't know. The response to the first issue (which came out Wednesday) has been mixed to say the least. Haven't seen a lot of "I liked it." It has either been you loved it or hated it. We'll see how issue two fairs. Here is the solicitation...




FLASHPOINT #4-5
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE
Covers by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE
1:25 Black and white variant covers A by ANDY KUBERT
Issue #4 Variant cover B by IVAN REIS and GEORGE PEREZ
Issue #5 Variant cover B by RAGS MORALES

FLASH FACT: The war between the Amazons and the Atlantians has arrived. The battles between Diana of Themsycira and Emperor Aquaman will tear this world apart - unless The Flash can fix it!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because of its impact on the DC Universe, FLASHPOINT #5 is the only title that DC Comics is currently soliciting to arrive in stores on August 31.

Issue #4 on sale AUGUST 3
Issue #5 on sale AUGUST 31
4 and 5 of 5, 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US RATED T

Kevin Smith's Six Million Dollar Man Comes to Dynamite!

Dynamite is taking the Kevin Smith script for The Six Million Dollar Man and turning it into comic book form. This is following the successful adaptation of Smith's Green Hornet script to comics last year.

"True story: when I turned in a script for The Six Million Dollar Man back in '98, there was an exec who dismissed it as being more like a comic book than a movie," said Smith. "It's an honor to head back into the trenches with the same creative team at Dynamite that made my Green Hornet script so readable and fun. It makes me moist."

Here are the variant covers to issue #1, which comes out in August.


John Carpenter's The Ward Finally Gets a Release Date

John Carpenter's first film since Ghosts of Mars (back in 2001) finally gets to be released. Shock Till You Drop reports that the film will be out on July 8th. It will be available On Demand June 8th.

The story revolves around a young institutionalized woman named Kristen (Amber Heard) who is haunted by a mysterious and deadly ghost. As danger creeps closer, she comes to realize that this ghost might be darker than anything she ever could have imagined.

Here's the trailer (pay no mind to the "This January").

Say Goodbye to Greg Pak, Incredible Hulks

With Issue #635, which comes out in August, Greg Pak leaves a book he has been writing since 2006. According to the Marvel's press release, it is also the series finale. Pak took the Emerald Goliath off-world, brought him back to start a World War and beyond. This five year run is not the longest in the history of the Hulk books (Peter David was there for a staggering 12 years), but still quite remarkable in today's time where someone MAY stay on a book for a year to do ONE story.

I jumped on this book just after the Planet Hulk arc and have enjoyed the ride. Pak has written an incredible (no pun intended) version of the Hulk and made Bruce a even bigger threat than the monster. Sad to see him go. His replacement has some BIG shoes to fill (pun half intended).

Fox Cancells Human Target; Passes on Locke & Key

The Hollwood Reporter is reporting that Fox has indeed cancelled The Human Target. The show has been on the bubble for most of this past season. The series was loosely based on a DC character created by Len Wein and Carmine Infantino back in 1972. This is the second series based on the Christopher Chance character. Rick Springfield starred in the 1992 series developed for television by Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo (who developed the Flash TV show) and lasted seven episodes. The current series, starring Mark Valley, lasted two seasons - 25 episodes.

The network also passed on the pilot to Locke & Key, a series of miniseries from IDW. The story is about a an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all. The series and writer (Joe Hill) were nominated in 2009 for the Eisner awards. The pilot is now being shopped to other networks.

Tom Welling Bering Persued...By Marvel?


From the "Take This With a Grain of Salt" Department, What's Playing has heard from an unnamed source that Marvel Studios may be looking at the soon-to-be-former star of Smallville for a project. The article speculates on what project it may be. Among those mentioned include Deathlock, Runaways and Doctor Strange.

I don't see this happening, not because of the Marvel/DC issue, it's that Welling is free to do whatever he wants (not that he couldn't do that during the series), he probably would want to stay away from this genre for awhile. But I've been wrong before....

Real Steel Trailer


The plot: A future-set story where robot boxing is a popular sport and centered on a struggling promoter ( Hugh Jackman) who thinks he's found a champion in a discarded robot. During his hopeful rise to the top, he also discovers he has an 11-year-old son who wants to know his father.






Three Stooges Film Begins Production Today



The Farrelly Brothers have started production on their Three Stooges film in Atlanta today. As stated before, the film is three 27 minute stories with the central arc being the Stooges trying to raise money to save the orphanage they grew up in.

Here are your 21st century Stooges...



Chris Diamantopoulos (The Starter Wife, 24) as Moe, Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) as Larry, and Will Sasso (MADTV, $#*! My Dad Says) as Curly.

The rest of the cast includes: Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Mother Mengele, Jane Lynch (GLEE) as Mother Superior, Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) as Mrs. Harter and Stephen Collins (7th Heaven) as Mr. Harter.

I've been told the script is very much in vein to the originals work. It's sounds basically like a love letter to Mrs. Howard, Fine, and Howard. I hope so. The movie is scheduled to be released early next year.

RIP Dana Wynter

News has broken about the death of Dana Wynter. Wynter died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Ojai Valley Community Hospital's Continuing Care Center at the age of 79. She is best known for being the female lead in the sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers with Kevin McCarthy (who died last year). She was also in the movies Sink the Bismark!, D-Day the Sixth of June, and Airport.

Thor: God of the Box Office

Thor took in $66 million at the box office this weekend. Overall, the film took in $242 million in less than two weeks! Paramount said the movie is doing what they expected. It's US opening is better than X-Men and Fantastic Four (around $56 million), but not as well as Iron Man or Spider-Man (both cleared the $100 million mark).

This is a good sign. Of course, we'll need to see if the film has any staying power, but this was a major hurdle for Marvel Studios. Expect more Thor and the Avengers for sure. I know the Green Lantern will do well, but still have concern for Captain America. Not so much the character, but the patriotic aspects. We'll see in a couple of months.

Spider-Man to Save Your Favorite LCS?

Marvel is offering special variants for Amazing Spider-Man #666. The cover will actually include your local comic book store! How cool is that? I may have to look into this. Here is the official press release.

Marvel is pleased to announce two exciting new variants for Amazing Spider-Man #666. These Amazing Spider-Man #666 Comic Shop Variants feature unique covers with your very own comic shop being defended from the dangers of Spider-Island by the Wallcrawler himself! In the Spider-Man #666 Comic Shop Bugle Variant by Ryan Stegman, an actual photograph of your comic shop will be inserted into the front page of the Daily Bugle featured on the cover! In the Spider-Man #666 Comic Shop Spider-Man Variant by Humberto Ramos, Spider-Man can be seen valiantly defending your favorite comic shop, complete with store name and logo!

These personalized variant covers are a must have for fans who want to show support for their comic shops. And that’s not all because on the back covers of these variants there will be a full page Marvel-designed ad for your store. Make sure to tell your retailers to order their preferred variant as both of these commemorative Amazing Spider-Man #666 Comic Shop Variants can’t be ordered together! Spider-Man to the rescue!

*Note to retailers: These variants have an early FOC of 6/13. Retailers will find all ordering information, cover images, and uploading information starting in this week’s Marvel Mailer and upcoming Diamond Daily articles.

FOC – 6/13/11, On Sale – 7/27/11

That is just too cool!

Thanks to Comic Books Resources for the heads up!

Wolverine to Join X-Men: First Class?

In an exclusive interview with IGN, Bryan Signer said that he's ok with the possibility of Wolverine joining the X-Men: First Class at some point.

"I think there would definitely be room. I think it would be a very exciting thing. This universe has to establish itself before, but that would be a very interesting and fun thing."

Since the Wolverine franchise is in a holding pattern at best, this may be the best way to see Hugh Jackman as the man who's the best there is at what he does, but what he does best isn't very nice.

R.I.P Jackie Cooper

Veteran actor Jackie Cooper passed away Tuesday at the age of 88. No cause has been listed. The actor had a 60 year career starting with the Our Gang comedies in 1929 up until his retirement in 1990. He has been in several movies and guest starred in many TV shows, but may be best known as playing Perry White in the Superman films starring Christopher Reeve. He directed several TV episodes from the mid 50s until 1989. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

Full Trailer: Conan the Barbarian

New Green Lantern Trailer

May the Fourth Be With You!

Happy Star Wars Day!!!


To mark this occasion, Lucasfilm announced the details of the complete saga on blu-ray:

Bring home the adventure and share Star Wars™ with your whole family – when STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment! To be released beginning on September 12 internationally and on September 16 in North America, the nine-disc collection brings the wonder of the entire Saga direct to your living room, where you can revisit all of your favorite Star Wars moments – in gorgeous high definition and with pristine, 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. Dive deeper into the universe with an unprecedented 40+ hours of special features, highlighted by never-before-seen content sourced from the Lucasfilm archives.

Special Features:

STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY is presented in widescreen with 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. Special features include:

  • DISC ONE – STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE
    • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren and Scott Squires
    • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • DISC TWO – STAR WARS: EPISODE II ATTACK OF THE CLONES
    • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll and Ben Snow
    • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • DISC THREE – STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH
    • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John Knoll and Roger Guyett
    • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • DISC FOUR – STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE
    • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
    • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • DISC FIVE – STAR WARS: EPISODE V THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
    • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
    • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • DISC SIX – STAR WARS: EPISODE VI RETURN OF THE JEDI
    • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
    • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • DISC SEVEN – NEW! STAR WARS ARCHIVES: EPISODES I-III
    • Including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; a flythrough of the Lucasfilm Archives and more
  • DISC EIGHT – NEW! STAR WARS ARCHIVES: EPISODES IV-VI
    • Including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; and more
  • DISC NINE – THE STAR WARS DOCUMENTARIES
    • NEW! Star Warriors (2007, Color, Apx. 84 Minutes) – Some Star Wars fans want to collect action figures…these fans want to be action figures! A tribute to the 501st Legion, a global organization of Star Wars costume enthusiasts, this insightful documentary shows how the super-fan club promotes interest in the films through charity and volunteer work at fundraisers and high-profile special events around the world.
    • NEW! A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later (2010, Color, Apx. 25 Minutes) – George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan and John Williams look back on the making of The Empire Strikes Back in this in-depth retrospective from Lucasfilm created to help commemorate the 30th anniversary of the movie. The masters discuss and reminisce about one of the most beloved films of all time.
    • NEW! Star Wars Spoofs (2011, Color, Apx. 91 Minutes) – The farce is strong with this one! Enjoy a hilarious collection of Star Wars spoofs and parodies that have been created over the years, including outrageous clips from Family Guy, The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother and more — and don’t miss “Weird Al” Yankovic’s one-of-a-kind music video tribute to The Phantom Menace!
    • The Making of Star Wars (1977, Color, Apx. 49 Minutes) – Learn the incredible behind-the-scenes story of how the original Star Wars movie was brought to the big screen in this fascinating documentary hosted by C-3PO and R2-D2. Includes interviews with George Lucas and appearances by Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.
    • The Empire Strikes Back: SPFX (1980, Color, Apx. 48 Minutes) – Learn the secrets of making movies in a galaxy far, far away. Hosted by Mark Hamill, this revealing documentary offers behind-the-scenes glimpses into the amazing special effects that transformed George Lucas’ vision for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back into reality!
    • Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi (1983, Color, Apx. 48 Minutes) – Go behind the scenes — and into the costumes — as production footage from Return of the Jedi is interspersed with vintage monster movie clips in this in-depth exploration of the painstaking techniques utilized by George Lucas to create the classic creatures and characters seen in the film. Hosted and narrated by Carrie Fisher and Billie Dee Williams.
    • Anatomy of a Dewback (1997, Color, Apx. 26 Minutes) – See how some of the special effects in Star Wars became even more special two decades later! George Lucas explains and demonstrates how his team transformed the original dewback creatures from immovable rubber puppets (in the original 1977 release) to seemingly living, breathing creatures for the Star Wars 1997 Special Edition update.
    • Star Wars Tech (2007, Color, Apx. 46 Minutes) – Exploring the technical aspects of Star Wars vehicles, weapons and gadgetry, Star Wars Tech consults leading scientists in the fields of physics, prosthetics, lasers, engineering and astronomy to examine the plausibility of Star Wars technology based on science as we know it today.
This is cool! Two discs of alternate and deleted scenes!

Another Version of Seven Samurai?



According to Variety, a modern take of Akira Kurosawa's classic, Seven Samurai. In this version, "a town in northern Thailand recruits seven paramilitary contractors from around the globe to defend it from attack." The film will be produced by Weinstein Co. and Japan's Kurosawa Prods. Scott Mann is set to direct. John Fusco (Young Guns I & II, The Forbidden Kingdom) was been working on the script for the Weinsteins.

The original premise of Seven Samurai was a village of farmers that hire seven samurai to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal their crops. The premise was tweaked into one of my favorite westerns, The Magnificent Seven...



And used again by Marvel in the first major story arc after the adaptation of Star Wars...



We'll just have to see if this is as good as the previous versions. It's still a great story.

Hugh Jackman Ready for a FANTASTIC VOYAGE?

It's really sounding like The Wolverine won't be seen anytime soon. Last month, there was speculation that he would star in Snow White and the Huntsman, now he may be attached to the remake of Fantastic Voyage. The movie (which apparently will be in 3D) will produced by James Cameron. Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum movies, The Pink Panther remake) is attached to direct. The two have worked together on the recently completed Real Steel, a film where robots have replaced humans in the boxing ring and Jackman's character (a former champion) builds a robot to compete for a championship. The script is written by Laeta Kalogridis who also wrote Shutter Island for Martin Scorsese, and is writing Ghost in the Shell for Avi Arad and DreamWorks. Loved the original, an update might be interesting. What do you guys think?

DC Retroactive Teams Finally Announced

DC has released the final teams of the DC "Retroactive" projLinkect. For those who don't recall, the project brings classic writers and artists back to the title they wrote during the 70s, 80s, or 90s to do a tale during a certain story arc. The 70s and 80s have already been announced, but the 90s teams were announced yesterday. If you saw last week's broadcast, you know I theorized on who the artists were to be. Well outside of Flash and Wonder Woman, I was indeed correct (yay me!). Here is the creative teams for all books.


1970's
Superman
Martin Pasko and Eduardo Pasko
Batman
Len Wein and Tom Mandrake
Wonder Woman
Dennis O'Neil and J. Bone
Green Lantern
Dennis O'Neil and Mike Grell
Flash
Cary Bates and Benito Gallego
Justice League
Cary Bates and Andy Smith and Gordon Purcell

1980's
Superman
Marv Wolfman and Sergio Cariello
Batman
Mike W. Barr and Jerry Bingham
Wonder Woman
Roy Thomas and Rich Buckler
Green Lantern
Len Wein and Joe Staton
Flash
William Messner-Loebs and Greg LaRouque
Justice League
Gerry Conway and Ron Randall

1990's
Superman
Louise Simonson and Jon Bogdanove
Batman
Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle
Wonder Woman
William Messner-Loebs and Paris Cullins
Green Lantern
Ron Marz and Darryl Banks
Flash
Brian Augustyn and Mike Bowden
Justice League
Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatties and Kevin McGuire

DC Retroactive 70s will be released in July, while the 80s and 90s will be released in August.

DC to Retailers: Unplug the Green Lantern Animated Light Up Display

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After receiving one report of a fire and several others of smoke, DC has urged retailers who were using the Green Lantern Animated Light Up Display to unplug them for safety reasons. The display is based on the variant cover from Green Lantern #50. The art is by Jim Lee and Scott Williams.

After seeing the video from Bleeding Cool's website, it looks cool, but not worth the $150 price tag. Especially if it's gonna cost a ton more in property damage from a fire.

Here's the video...

Marvel Animated Heads to Netflix

Somehow I missed this, but Marvel is releasing their animated series on Nextflix. Some are available now! Here's the press release...

Hey Marvel fans, get ready to catch up on some of your all-time favorite Marvel programming instantly streamed through Netflix!

That’s right, you just read that correctly! Available to Netflix subscribers in the US, Marvel’s instantly bringing you some of your favorite movies and TV shows in a rather super heroic way!

Starting on April 29th, you’ll be able to instantly stream some of Marvel’s most memorable content from Netflix in mere moments!

Here’s the current release list*:

Coming April 29

  • The Incredible Hulk (1996-97)
  • Spider-Man Unlimited (1999-2001)
  • Iron Man: Extremis – Marvel Knights Animation (2010)
  • Astonishing X-Men: Gifted – Marvel Knights Animation (2010)
  • Spider-Woman: Agent of the S.W.O.R.D. – Marvel Knights Animation (2010)
  • Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes (2006)
  • Silver Surfer (1998)
  • Black Panther – Marvel Knights Animation (2010)
  • Iron Man: Armored Adventures Season 1 (2009)

Coming throughout the summer

  • Marvel Action Hour: Iron Man (1994-96)
  • The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Season 1 (2010)
  • X-Men Evolution (2000-3)
  • X-Men (1992-7)
  • Spider-Man (1994-‘98)
  • Spider-Man (1967-‘68)
  • Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends (1981)
  • Spider-Man (1981-‘82)


Coming in the fall

  • Iron Man (1966)
  • Thor (1966)
  • Captain America (1966)
  • Hulk (1966)
  • Sub-Mariner (1966)


That enough for you? It better not be, because there’s so much more on its way. Stay tuned to Marvel.com and we’ll let you know when you can see the next batch of Marvel magnificence on Netflix.Link

And, remember, with Netflix you can watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed over the Internet to PCs, Macs and TVs and so much more! Among the large and expanding base of devices that can stream are Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Sony’s PS3, Nintendo’s Wii game consoles; Blu-ray disc players from Samsung, LG and Insignia; Internet TVs from LG, Sony and VIZIO; the Roku digital video player and TiVo digital video recorders.

Not a Netflix member yet? Join now at Netflix.com or via your Netflix enabled device and start making YOURS Marvel today!

* All dates and titles are subject to change without notice

Jeff Bridges to Join the R.I.P.D.?

Jeff Bridges is in final negotiations to join Ryan Reynolds in the adaptation of the Dark Horse comic R.I.P.D (Rest In Peace Department). He would play Reynolds wise-cracking partner as they police the afterlife.

Never heard of this title (it came out several years ago), but I kinda like the premise. I'm also a big Jeff Bridges fan and if he gets to be the funny guy to Ryan Reynolds straight man, this SHOULD be good.

Zach Galifianakis was up for the role, but left due to the uncertainty of Reynolds commitment to the project due the possibility of Green Lantern 2 being green-lit (no pun intended) right away. The movie is slated for a 2012 release.

Evans Confirms - New Suit for Cap


When talking to MTV recently, Chris Evans confirmed that the First Avenger will get a new costume for the Avengers movie. He recently did a camera test in the new suit, which he said was "pretty rad." However, he said he was just getting used to the old outfit.

"I was worried because I started to get really attached to the old one. I really started digging it. It's not that easy to move in, but I started really liking it. The first time we tried a new one on, I was like, 'Oh, I miss the old one."

There has been speculation out on the internet on whether or not this would happen. I like the outfit he's wearing, and wonder what the new one will look like. Maybe we'll see something around San Diego time. The movie started filming this week.

The Big Bombshell from Action Comics #900 (spoiler)

You probably have heard by now because everyone is talking about it, even FoxNews, but there was a major event that happened in Action Comics #900 which was released yesterday. No, I'm not talking about the continuation of the Regin of Doomsday (ugh). Superman renounced his U.S, citizenship.

Here's what happened in the story. Superman showed up in Tehran to non-violently support the protesters demonstrating against the Iranian regime. Tthe Iranian government construed his actions as the will of the American Government.

He admits that he should have realized that would be the implications, so he plans to announce at the United Nations that he is no longer an American citizen, but a citizen of Earth. A daring move by the character, the writer (David Goyer - the screenwriter for the upcoming Superman reboot) and for DC as well. What do you make of this? I'm still on the fence about it.

Antje Traue is Ursa, I Mean, Faora in "Man of Steel?"


Deadline and Variety are reporting that actress Antje Traue (Pandorum) is either a leading candidate or has been signed (depends on who you believe) to play Faora, the Kryptonian foe of Superman. It's the basis of this character that Ursa was created for Superman: The Movie and Superman II.

Sigh. It's sounding more and more like a re-hash of what we've seen before. Now I'm starting to doubt the validity of the reports that Metallo and General Lane are the main villains. I'm sure someone will quickly point out that Joker, Two-Face, Bane and Catwoman have been used in the previous Batman franchise and I'll give you that. It's just that I understood that Zach Snyder wanted to stay away from the Christopher Reeve's version, but it doesn't seem that way. I guess we just need to keep an open mind.

Immortals Trailer

Henry (Superman) Cavill's next film...It also stars Mickey Rourke, John Hurt, Freida Pinto and Stephen Dorff

A Rebooted, Post-Apocalyptic Zorro?

Apparently, we will have a Zorro reboot in the future, that takes place in the future. The LA Times is reporting that Fox is developing Zorro Reborn that takes place in a post-apocalyptic western that would be compared to a Sergio Leone (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly; Once Upon a Time in the West).

The script was written by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, the screenwriters behind the Dracula reboot Harker. Rpin Suwannath has been picked to direct the film (his first film). His credits are mainly visual effects (just like Deadpool's Tim Miller), but has second unit experience on two of the The Chronicles of Narnia films.

This goes back to what I was saying a couple of weeks back about westerns. Why trick them up? Can't a traditional Zorro film work? I liked Mask of Zorro with Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins. I didn't care for the sequel. Why not reboot and do the classic character? You make him dark (a la Batman), ok - not a problem for me. I have a concern about a Mad Max version of the character. It could be worse - look at the Don Quixote version version of Lone Ranger we are going to get from Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp.

Arnold Told Us He'll Be Back (So We Were Warned).

Deadline is reporting that the former Governor of California is returning to one of the franchises that made him a star. He will be in Terminator 5, which is currently looking for a home. The article also said that Justin Lin, director of the last Fast and Furious movies, is set to direct.

Quite honestly, I'm speechless. I have not seen Terminator 3, nor Terminator Salvation. I frankly didn't want to. I felt that the story had a perfect ending with T2: Judgement Day. I was kinda interested in Salvation, since I can look at it as a pseudo-prequel to the first, but I'm sure that wasn't it's intent. T3 told me that everyone's sacrifice in the previous movies were for nothing. Skynet was going to take over the world anyway. Anyway, we'll see how this works out.

Bratpack Coming to a Theater Near You in 2012

No, I'm not talking about the group of actors from the 1980s, I'm talking about the mini-series from the the early 90s written by Rick Veitch. Justin Rhodes has signed on to write the screenplay. His writing credits include Contract Killers and Grassroots (with writer/director Stephen Gyllenhaal). Yeah, not familiar with the guy either.

According to Bleeding Cool, this is the plot blurb that is being used...

The Black October Superheroes are costumed vigilantes that guard the citizens of Slumberg, PA with an iron fist. When their teenage sidekicks (the eponymous “Brat Pack”) are murdered by the evil Doctor Blasphemy, the Supers recruit a new team of wunderkinds. It is not long, however, before the cadets discover the dark side of super: if they want to save the city, they must first save themselves.

I remember reading this A LONG time ago, and being a little disturbed about it, but thought it was a good book. After the success of Kick Ass comic and movie, I can see them being encouraged to do this movie.

The Lord of the Rings Extended Versions on the Big Screen!

TheOneRing.net is reporting that the extended editions of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy will be released at AMC theaters this summer. Here are the dates:

The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition) - June 14th

The Two Towers (Extended Edition) - June 21st

The Return of the King (Extended Edition) - June 28th

While this is cool, I'm trying to figure out what the reasoning is here. It can't be to generate excitement for The Hobbit (part 1). That won't come out until December of 2012. They should spread these out every couple of months or so, that way The Return of the King would be out - what September of 2012 - a couple of months before the new movie. I dunno. They didn't ask me.