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ABC Greenlights Joss Whedon’s SHIELD Show!

Posted by Billy Lane On August - 29 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

We have heard time and time again about a possible SHIELD movie spin off, possibly featuring Nick Fury, Hawkeye or the Black Widow. I was looking forward to it, but Marvel has a jam-packed movie slate and this always seemed like a nebulous project. Now, Joss Whedon will be developing a SHIELD TV show for ABC!

ABC is now my favorite network.

Now, the early buzz doesn’t tell us exactly what the show will be about. For all we know, it could be a flashback to the origins of SHIELD and feature guys like Dum Dum Dugan. The better option is that it will feature the modern SHIELD battling terrorists and super powered foes alike. Organizations like HYDRA and AIM have connections to the greater Marvel U and also can be made in a more grounded way for TV so you can expect to see plenty of them. Beekeeper helmets are sadly a must. 

Joss, I officially volunteer for this role.

Who will be the focus of the show? Hard to say. I wouldn’t expect anything more than a few appearances by Nick Fury, and we’re lucky to get anything at all from the likes of Jeremy Renner or Scarlett Johansson. And jeez, the one guy who would be perfect as a supporting cast member is sort of dead. Where’s Coulson when you need him?

Of all the SHIELD agent we’ve seen so far, this leaves one big character left: Maria Hill. If Cobie Smulders isn’t a series regular, I just give up. She has extensive experience on TV, How I Met You Mother should be ending soon, and she would fit perfectly as the coordinator of our SHIELD agents. Besides, Joss is a huge fan of her, even trying to cast her as Wonder Woman a few years back. I also have some ideas on potential recruits, so check back tomorrow for those ideas! Spoiler alert: 90% of those ideas involve Whedon casting me.

I’m happy to see Marvel and DC explore live action TV. Between this and Green Arrow, we have a lot of small screen comic goodness on the horizon.

“The Way” Kickstarter Project Needs Support

Posted by Jordan On August - 28 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Kickstarter has been a useful tool for independent creators of films, art, and even comic books. There’s no shortage of good projects that could use some support to get them up and running, so it really takes a unique project to stand out. One of these unique projects is “The Way (of Yahweh)” by creator/writer/artist Jason Tucker. This comic is making itself stand out with the introduction of fan chosen storylines. Fans have been able to vote on stories before to choose the direction they go in, so we are familiar with the idea. One of the best examples of this is when Batman fans proved they were vicious monsters and voted to kill off Robin. The DC vs. Marvel mini-series also operated on fan votes as readers decided whether DC or Marvel would win. “The Way” operates like this, but on a bigger scale. The readers get to choose pretty much everything that happens in this story. I’ll let the promotional video explain:

The fan chosen storylines are only a part of what makes this project intriguing. There’s no point in having people vote on stories if the stories aren’t very good. Luckily Jason Tucker has put together a pretty interesting premise for his comic. His futuristic tale of what happens to faith when it is scientifically proven false has a lot of potential. There are so many different ideologies and beliefs that could come into play here that this story could really go in any direction. Chances are it will be a bit more thought provoking than the average read.

Choosing how a city is destroyed can be fun too.

I enjoy comics that go beyond the well known beat up the bad guys archetype and actually discuss important topics. It is always good to see differing viewpoints on topics such as religion, and this comic will provide a great way to see exactly this. Keeping track of how many people vote for each potential branch of the story could be a fun little social experiment. I would really like to see this comic happen. Unfortunately, it is still quite a ways away from reaching its Kickstarter goal. If you find this idea as intriguing as I do check out the Kickstarter page for “The Way”.

Green Arrow Show Won’t Have Super Cameos

Posted by Jordan On August - 27 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

The CW is coming out with a show about Green Arrow which I probably won’t watch much. I’m just not a big fan of Green Arrow. The one thing that I was kind of interested in seeing, cameos from superheroes I actually care about, apparently won’t be happening according to Comic Book Movie. Arrow producers Mark Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg revealed that they don’t want anything to do with super powers in their show, or heroes that could overshadow their titular character.

I don’t think it would be too hard to overshadow this guy.

As far as the super powers go, Guggenheim had this to say on the subject:

Chris Nolan took Ra’s al Ghul, somebody who in the comic books literally is immortal and has supernatural elements to his character, and presented him in a more grounded, realistic manner — took his immortality and gave it a sort of real world twist…

His take on bringing in big name superheroes was similarly negative:

I think as far as those big names like Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne and Hal Jordan and Diana Prince, we’re going to shy away from that, especially because we really want to establish Oliver Queen as our hero and our lead … We’re not looking to do Justice League as our TV show. We’re doing a show called ‘Arrow,’ which is about Oliver Queen. Anyone who comes into his world will be a supporting character. Those characters aren’t supporting characters. Those are leads. So we’ll be focusing more on supporting cast in the DC universe. People who come in and complement Oliver, not overtake him.”

I don’t mind the lack of super powers in this world, as it is hard to argue with anything being modeled after Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies. Green Arrow might be seen as more impressive if he was going up against super powered villains with only his wits and trusty bow and arrow, but there are definitely ways to work around that. Plus super powers would probably increase the special effects budget more than the producers would like.

The cameos are still a bit of a grey area. We won’t be seeing any big name heroes, but there are plenty of other DC characters that could be making an appearance in supporting roles. I would be shocked if we didn’t see some kind of incarnation of Black Canary in the show, she probably won’t have her sonic shriek though. It will be interesting to see what DC characters do make it on the show and how they work in this world without powers. I don’t expect a CW show to have the same ability to turn super-villains into grounded characters as Christopher Nolan, but it will be interesting to see if they can pull it off with any degree of success.

 

Judge Dredd Reboot Trailer

Posted by Jordan On August - 26 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

There isn’t a whole lot I remember from the original Judge Dredd movie besides some weird cyborg cannibal people, the fact that Rob Schneider was in it, and Sylvester Stallone telling everybody that he was the law. This actually sounds pretty entertaining now that I think about it, except for the Rob Schneider part, but the Hollywood powers that be have decided to give us an updated version of Judge Dredd.

Judging by the poster, Judge Dredd isn’t very good at protecting his city.

I haven’t covered this movie much because I honestly haven’t expected much from it. All I’ve heard is that Karl Urban will be playing Judge Dredd which is cool I guess. I don’t dislike Karl Urban, I just haven’t seen him in much besides Doom and Star Trek. I might be one of the only people to have actually enjoyed Doom, possibly because Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson can do no wrong, but Urban was pretty fun in that. I didn’t see his performance in Priest because nobody saw Priest. After seeing the new trailer for Dredd 3D, I’m starting to think Urban was a good choice to play the top Judge of Mega-City One. Check it out below courtesy of MTV.

This movie looks kind of badass and definitely just made my list of tickets to buy. There is one thing that distracted me a little bit though. Karl Urban is totally trying to do a Batman voice for this movie. I have heard him talk before and it did not sound like this. At all. I guess he saw the success Christian Bale has had as Batman and decided that the amusingly scratchy voice was the way to go. I don’t mind it, I just hope that he doesn’t follow Bale’s example too closely and leave his mouth hanging open in every scene.

His voice was probably raspy from all the flies that he accidentally swallowed with his mouth always hanging open.

Superman And Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Power Couple

Posted by Billy Lane On August - 25 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Well it’s about damn time. The Supes-WW hook up has been the biggest will they/won’t they of all time, predating Ross and Rachel by generations. I think we all assumed they were hooking up between issues. How could they not be? I truly am shocked it took this long.


Superman enjoys doing synchronized foot pops when he smooches.

Why is this happening now? Because Geoff Johns is the biggest fanboy in the world, and I guarantee he’s had this in the back of his mind for decades. The thing is, he’s actually such a good writer the story will probably be fun. I’m legitimately interested in this relationship, and can’t wait to see what they do with it.

Look, Lois was fine and all that, but that always felt like a boring co-worker romance. You’re the world’s most powerful superhero and you’re dating the girl three cubicles down. Supes needed to branch off a bit, and even though Wonder Woman won’t teach him about humanity or anything like that she makes up for it by being freaking Wonder Woman.

Although to be honest, Wonder Woman is only settling for Supes since Batman is clearly too busy running of to Italy with Catwoman. Do you remember the Justice League show? The tension between the two was positively brutal. It’s no coincidence that we see our Amazonian Princess settle for the blue boy scout a few weeks after Bruce is taken off the market. Alternatively, this is just a ruse to get Batman jealous. Dating the guy’s best bud? That’s a positively cold-blooded strategy, and one that’s bound to make the DC Trinity more than a bit awkward. LET THE LOVE TRIANGLE BEGIN!

Awkward…

With so many people ripping on Rob Liefeld, I almost feel bad bashing the poor guy even more. Almost. Just look here for any proof you need. While he’s definitely improved his artwork (but not by a whole lot), he more or less embodies all the excess and terror of comics in the 90’s.

Those were dark days indeed.

This brings us to Bloodstrike, one of his superpowered teams now being pushed towards the silver screen by the studio Private Defense Contractors.  They’re a team of resurrected super powered assassins and… actually I really don’t want to describe their backstory. I won’t, and you can’t make me. Jordan, you are not paying me enough to talk about Bloodstrike. This is about to be replaced by Billystrike.

Well, here’s a picture that will put everything into perspective. Which is funny, because perspective is something most Liefeld drawings lack.

Did anybody else notice that fake Hawkeye forgot to string his bow?

Now, just look at them. I see Wolverine, Deadpool and Hawkeye in red and white costumes. I decided to Wikipedia their names, and oh my god guys this if fantastic stuff. Dude with four arms? His name is Fourplay. Screw it, I want this movie to happen just to see an actor say that name with a straight face.

In some ways, I’m happy a comic property outside of Marvel and DC being explored. I just wish it was something other than this.

Did Marvel Find a Director for Guardians of the Galaxy?

Posted by Billy Lane On August - 20 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Holy rusted metal Batman, they’re actually trying to make this movie, aren’t they? I must be in coma and dreaming all this up because there is simply no way they’re making a Guardians of the Galaxy movie. But they are, and it looks like they found a director. Meet James Gunn, the man who tried to turn Dwight K. Schrute into a superhero.

This movie was a lot more graphic than the poster implies.

Marvel is getting increasingly esoteric with these director choices. At some point I would love to see them head hunt some super big name director for a movie. Then again, Guardians did need someone with a quirkier sense of humor. Y’know, because of the whole talking raccoon thing. The movie needs someone with a sense of fun, and Gunn might be able to offer that.

Think we can get Sean Connery to voice Rocket Raccoon or Cosmo?

Interesting fact, back when Joss Whedon wrote a thank you letter to his fans after the Avengers, he cited James Gunn as a pioneer in the superhero genre for his movie “Super”. Whedon probably has a fair deal of influence on what goes on at Marvel, so I wouldn’t be shocked if his word carried a bit of weight. Who knows, maybe he recommended Gunn?

Clark Gregg as The Vision!

Posted by Jordan On August - 19 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Everybody here has seen The Avengers by now, right? Good, then we all remember how Agent Coulson got turned into a human shish kabob. Rumors have been swirling around Agent Coulson’s possible return to The Avengers as The Vision ever since, mainly because everybody loves actor Clark Gregg. He is kind of the man. Well now it looks like all of our dreams have come true! Here we have the very first look at Clark Gregg as The Vision!

They forgot his robot arms!

Okay, so that’s not actually Clark Gregg. It is just an awesome sculpture of what he might look like as The Vision. This ridiculously detailed work of art was done by Sculpture and Makeup Effects Forum user bhsfx. Unfortunately there is no official connection between this bust and The Avengers 2, so we can’t quite confirm that Clark Gregg will be returning for the sequel yet. Still, the rumors were right when everybody said Joss Whedon was going to kill off Agent Coulson. Obviously this means that we are right about this rumor as well. It has to happen now that we’ve seen how cool he would look. We will have to keep a look out for updates once this bust is actually painted. I expect great things from it. For now we will have to be satisfied with a couple more photos of Agent Coulson reborn.

A big shout out to Comic Book Movie for spotting this gem.

What Would Joe Carnahan’s Daredevil Look Like?

Posted by Billy Lane On August - 17 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Unless something happens in the near future, Daredevil is going back to Marvel. And this means that Joe Carnahan’s 70’s crime styled adaptation is mostly likely not happening. This doesn’t bug me, since in addition to be being completely unlikable, he makes uninspired movies. If a film features Liam Neeson punching a wolf in the face and still manages to be boring, something is horribly wrong.

How was this not the greatest moment in cinematographic history?

Carnahan has released his sizzle reel for the proposed Daredevil movie on YouTube. This isn’t actual footage, it’s snippets of other movies and artwork that tries to capture

For those of you who can stand watching another version of Carnahan’s proposed Daredevil movie, here is the NC-17 version:

Well thank Galactus this isn’t happening. Doesn’t this feel kind of goofy? I will admit, the 70’s vibe is a unique take on the genre, but I’ve never liked those kinds of films. So even if they nailed this material, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed the style of it. There are some great approaches to adapting Daredevil, and I would go with something less retro and more noir. Now, this could in theory carry over to Marvel, but I highly doubt it. We’ll just have to see if old Hornhead can land on his feet.


Why Daredevil Needs A TV Show

Posted by Billy Lane On August - 17 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Daredevil might be coming back to Marvel soon, which means he could soon join the reserve lineup of heroes waiting to be unleashed by Marvel. Most Marvel movies have a nice blend of humor, heart, and fun characters that make for enjoyable experiences. Iron Man found a tone for pretty much the whole continuity, and most Marvel heroes can do well with that style. But can Daredevil? I know Mark Waid’s current run goes back to that swashbuckly feel, but Daredevil has long been used with a more dramatic, noir style. With plenty of tragedy and a more serious tone, perhaps Daredevil needs something with less flash and more character study. Could that work in a big blockbuster movie?

Probably not.

Nope. We need things that go boom.

Generally speaking, we don’t see too many big budget dramas. But drama hasn’t disappeared, it’s just moved over somewhere else. The best dramatic stories are not on film, but on TV stations like HBO and AMC. Shows like Breaking Bad, Mad Men or The Wire have redefined what can be done on television.  Even in nerdier genres, shows like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead have been extraordinarily successful. I suggest Daredevil be the first superhero to make this transition.

Besides, comics are serialized stories that combine episodic storytelling with bigger overarching stories. This is a much easier transition as opposed to film, where you have to construct everything as a single two hour story. Seriously, imagine legendary stories from Frank Miller and Brian Michael Bendis adapted over the course of a season of television. We could truly explore Matt Murdock not only as a hero, but as a blind man, a lawyer, and a human being. Just tell me Daredevil’s game of Russian Roulette wouldn’t make for a masterful episode.

This could be one of the greatest scene in television history.

The goal should be to strive for a grounded, character driven take on Daredevil. Adapting the costume will be a huge challenge, but there are so many legendary story arcs that could be adapted as seasons of television. Frank Miller “Born Again” is particularly interesting, and watching Daredevil being broken down by the Kingpin over time would work better than a condensed, two hour version of the story.

This is my dream: A Daredevil TV running for 5 or 6 seasons on AMC (maybe HBO, but that’s not as realistic). I don’t think it will happen, since the agenda looks like a Daredevil movie. Even if it does go to TV, Disney might try and go for something on ABC. Regardless, I fully believe this could make for exceptional television that takes the highest advantage of the source material.

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