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Holy Franchise, Batman! Bringing The Caped Crusader to the Screen (Part Two)

20 August 2010 10:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Gary Collinson traces the many screen incarnations of The Dark Knight in the second of a three-part feature... read part one here.

Just as Superman's comic-book debut had led to the creation of Batman almost forty years earlier, the success of Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie (1978) helped plant the seed that would ultimately bring The Dark Knight back to movie screens. Acquiring the Batman film rights in 1979, former comic-book writer Michael E. Uslan and his producing partner Benjamin Melniker hired uncredited Superman scribe Tom Mankiewicz to provide a script far removed from the campy 1960s TV series, which had by that time become synonymous with the character, in an attempt to take The Caped Crusader back to his roots.

Budgeted at $15m and initially set for release in 1981, the film languished in development hell for a number of years with the likes of Ivan Reitman, Joe Dante, Robert Zemeckis »

- flickeringmyth

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Comic-Con 2010: Full Weekend Movie Schedule

14 July 2010 12:00 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Thursday:

10:00-11:00 – DreamWorks Animation: Megamind — DreamWorks Animation makes its Comic-Con debut with Megamind. The characters Megamind and Metro Man are jettisoned to Earth as babies when their home planets are destroyed. Megamind crash-lands inside a maximum-security prison, where he evolves into the wicked and diabolical genius he is today, while the dashingly handsome superhero Metro Man grows into the universally adored savior of Metro City, beloved by every man, woman and child — and especially the city’s ace reporter Roxanne Ritchi. These life-long archenemies will rewrite superhero movie lore when they challenge each other to the ultimate showdown of Good vs. Evil! Megamind stars Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Jonah Hill and director Tom McGrath join forces to unveil footage from DreamWorks Animation’s November 5 release. Hall H

10:30-11:30 – Danny Elfman — From Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure to Alice in Wonderland, composer Danny Elfman discusses his 25-year collaboration with director Tim Burton. »

- Jason Moore

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Comic-Con 2010 Saturday line-up

10 July 2010 9:51 PM, PDT | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

The Saturday schedule for the 2010 Comic-Con at San Diego is now released. As was the case with the Thursday and Friday breakdown reports, I'm focusing on film/TV/DVD related events, screenings and panels.

Read the Thursday, July 22, 2010 schedule.

Read the Friday, July 23, 2010 schedule.

10:00-11:00 Nickelodeon Presents: The SpongeBob SquarePants Secret Formula Revealed!—  Ever wonder what delicious ingredients go into making an episode of SpongeBob? The masterminds behind the show -- executive producer Paul Tibbitt (Nightmare Ned), head writer Steven Banks (The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius), creative director Vincent Waller (Ren & Stimpy), supervising storyboard director Tuck Tucker (Hey Arnold!), layout supervisor Kenny Pittenger (CatDog), storyboard director Luke Brookshier (Kim Possible), background painter Andy Clark (Dexter's Laboratory), animation director Andrew Overtoom (Family Guy), and the voice of SpongeBob himself, Tom Kenny -- show you how the kernel of an idea turns into a fully animated episode. Followed »

- Patrick Sauriol

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Sdcc 2010: Saturday Schedule for Comic-Con 2010 Released!

10 July 2010 12:39 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Comic-Con has just released its full Saturday schedule and below you will find all of the movie and TV-related panels and events for the day. Take a look below and you can also if you missed Friday's schedule, or if you missed Wednesday's Preview Night and the Thursday schedule. If you want the entire Saturday Comic-Con schedule with comic book, video game and other related events, you can .

Saturday, July 24

10:00-11:00 Writing Animated Feature Films

The Writers Guild of America's Animation Writers Caucus once again sponsors a panel on writing for animation. Some of the most successful films of the last decade have been animated. But how different are they to write from live-action features? From television scripts? And what about direct-to-dvd animated features? The writers of some of the top animated features will talk about the process of creating those films, their interactions with the artists and the studios, »

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The Comic-Con Saturday, July 24 Schedule!

10 July 2010 9:29 AM, PDT | Superherohype | See recent Superherohype news »

Here are the movie and TV highlights

The San Diego Comic-Con has posted the schedule for Saturday, July 24. You can view the full schedule here, but below are the movie and TV events that ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype/ShockTillYouDrop.com will be concentrating on.

Saturday, July 24

10:00-11:00 Writing Animated Feature Films— The Writers Guild of America's Animation Writers Caucus once again sponsors a panel on writing for animation. Some of the most successful films of the last decade have been animated. But how different are they to write from live-action features? From television scripts? And what about direct-to-dvd animated features? The writers of some of the top animated features will talk about the process of creating those films, their interactions with the artists and the studios, and how they came to be involved with their project. Panelists tentatively scheduled include Alan Burnett (Green Lantern: First Flight), Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After »

- editor@comingsoon.net (SuperHeroHype)

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Sdcc 2010: Friday Schedule for Comic-Con 2010 Released!

9 July 2010 3:01 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Comic-Con has just released its full Friday schedule and below you will find all of the movie and TV-related panels and events for the day. Take a look below and you can also if you missed yesterday's Preview Night and Thursday schedule. If you want the entire Friday Comic-Con schedule with comic book, video game and other related events, you can .

Friday, July 23

10:00-11:00 Comedy Central: Ugly Americans

David M. Stern (showrunner and executive producer), Daniel Powell (executive producer), Jeff Poliquin (supervising producer), Devin Clark (producer and series creator), Aaron Augenblick (director of animation), Matt Oberg (voice of Mark Lilly), Kurt Metzger (voice of Randall Skeffington), and Randy Pearlstein (voice of Leonard) take you behind the scenes at this animated series sensation. Featuring a sneak peek of the new season, Q&A, and more. One audience member selected will be drawn into an upcoming episode! Room 25Abc

10:15-11:15 Aloha, »

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The Comic-Con Friday, July 23 Schedule!

9 July 2010 9:42 AM, PDT | Superherohype | See recent Superherohype news »

Here are the movie and TV highlights

The San Diego Comic-Con has posted the schedule for Friday, July 23. You can view the full schedule here, but below are the movie and TV events that ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype/ShockTillYouDrop.com will be concentrating on.

Friday, July 23

10:00-11:00 Comedy Central: Ugly AmericansDavid M. Stern (showrunner and executive producer), Dan Powell (executive producer), Jeff Poliquin (supervising producer), Devin Clark (producer and series creator), Aaron Augenblick (director of animation), Matt Oberg (voice of Mark Lilly), Kurt Metzger (voice of Randall Skeffington), and Randy Pearlstein (voice of Leonard) take you behind the scenes at this animated series sensation. Featuring a sneak peek of the new season, Q&A, and more. One audience member selected will be drawn into an upcoming episode! Room 25Abc

10:15-11:15 Aloha, Earth!— Lost castaway found! Battlestar Cylon becomes human! Star Trek writers return from space! »

- editor@comingsoon.net (SuperHeroHype)

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David Slade Is Not Directing ‘The Shadow’

24 June 2010 2:04 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

In an interview with MTV News, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse director David Slade took a moment to debunk the persistent rumors that he’s attached to the latest live-action adaptation of pulp hero The Shadow. The project may be moving forward, but Slade confirms that he is not involved:

“It’s funny, particularly with something like ‘Twilight,’ you get all these bizarre rumors that are made up [by] bloggers or whatever … And I don’t know how that one originated, but I can debunk it and say I will not be directing ‘The Shadow’ and I have no idea where it came from.”

The Shadow is being produced by Sam Raimi and Michael E. Uslan and Slade mentions that once he caught wind of the rumor he actually emailed Raimi about possibly taking a look at the script. He never heard back from him.

Uslan addressed the same rumor back in »

- Christopher Schrader

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'Twilight Saga: Eclipse' Director David Slade Debunks 'The Shadow' Rumor

24 June 2010 11:01 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" filmmaker David Slade will not be directing "The Shadow," and online rumors that he'd be behind the camera for a Sam Raimi-produced take on the classic pulp hero were "lies."

That's the word straight from the mouth of the "Eclipse" (and "30 Days of Night") director, during an interview with MTV News.

"Lies," said Slade of the anonymously sourced report that surfaced on Latino Review back in March. "Not true. Total internet rumor."

"[I] don't know anything about it," he added. "I emailed Sam Raimi asking him if he'd send me the script at least, and no, nothing."

Veteran fans of the character, Raimi and his co-producer on the project, Michael Uslan ("The Dark Knight"), have been intent on crafting a new film based on the mysterious hero from the 1930s. While Uslan offered some ambiguous comments on the status of the film back in April, he »

- Rick Marshall

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Mark Hamill Confirmed To Direct Adapation Of The Black Pearl

18 May 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Mark Hamill (Star Wars) will direct a big screen adaptation of his comic book miniseries The Black Pearl. The project was originally penned as a screenplay 14 years ago and turned into a comic book published by Dark Horse Comics in 1996. The $7 million live-action film will be adapted by Hamill, writing partner Eric Johnson (The Fighter) and Paul Tamasy of Berkeley Square Films. Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight) will serve as producer.

Hamill said,

“We started getting interest from some pretty big producers a while ago,” said Hamill of the “Pearl” material. “But then it started to take on a life of its own where it became this huge mega-budget comic book movie. This was the exact opposite of what we wanted to do.”

The comic centers on Luther Drake, a loner who is brought up on a diet of violent films, tabloid TV and comics. When a young neighbor is kidnapped, »

- Jason Moore

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Mark Hamill Plans Documentary-Style 'Black Pearl Comic Adaptation

16 May 2010 9:20 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Last month, we reported that Mark Hamill, who famously played Luke Skywalker in the first Star Wars trilogy, was getting ready to adapt a comic book for the big screen. Given what he said at the time — that "at first glance it’s a drama, but it has dark humor" — we speculated he was talking about 'The Black Pearl', a five-part comic series Hamill wrote back in 1996.

Well, now it appears we were right. According to Digital Spy, it’s been confirmed Hamill will direct a feature version of 'The Black Pearl', which was first published by Dark Horse Comics, through the actor’s Berkeley Square Films company. The screenplay has been written by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson in collaboration with Hamill. Michael Uslan, a producer on The Dark Knight, is also on-board, and the project has a budget of approximately $7M.

'The Black Pearl' centers around Luther Drake, »

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Official Release Date of July 20, 2012 Set For ‘The Dark Knight’ Sequel ‘Batman 3’

2 May 2010 10:44 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – While the highly anticipated sequel to the box office-obliterating film “The Dark Knight” is already known by many tentative names (“Batman 3,” “Untitled Batman Project,” “The Dark Knight Returns,” etc.), one fact is now true as of April 30, 2010: its release date on July 20, 2012, according to an announcement by Warner Bros. on that day.

When “The Dark Knight” filmed in Chicago, HollywoodChicago.com was one of the best places on or off the Web to comprehensively learn about everything related to the film from its filming to its viral networking. For the upcoming 2012 film, we’ll be your Bible again. Want proof? Hit this link. It’s one of the best links on the Internet about “The Dark Knight,” which hit theaters on July 18, 2008. For “Batman 3” coverage and more, tune into HollywoodChicago.com and tell your friends!

The Dark Knight” stars Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Producer Michael Uslan Updates The Shadow Adaptation

20 April 2010 6:41 PM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

When director Sam Raimi departed from Spider-Man 4 over creative differences, many assumed that his next directorial effort might very well be another superhero of sorts—The Shadow, a mysterious vigilante from the days of pulp radio serials last seen on screen in the 1994 movie starring Alec Baldwin. Raimi was attached as co-producer of a new The Shadow movie back in 2006 and, following the Spider-Man 4 rift with Sony, it was rumored that he would also step up to take the directing reigns. However, a subsequent rumor pegged Eclipse director David Slade as helming the movie. During the recent Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), The Shadow co-producer Michael Uslan updated the status of the project and addressed the Slade rumor.

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The Shadow - Trailer

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Sam Raimi | Joshua Donen | Michael Uslan | David Slade | The Shadow »

- BrentJS Sprecher

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'Dark Knight' Producer Compares Chris Nolan Rebooting Superman To 'The Wrath Of Khan'

20 April 2010 5:02 PM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

One of the many creators I had a chance to chat with during last weekend's C2E2 convention in Chicago was comic creator and film producer Michael Uslan, executive producer on just about every Batman project to ever hit the big (or small) screen — including 2008's record-breaking blockbuster "The Dark Knight."

While Uslan said he had "nothing to share" regarding regarding the much-anticipated third film in director Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise, he did offer up some thoughts on the news that Nolan will shepherd a reboot of the Superman movie universe. Comparing Superman's big-screen future to the second film in the "Star Trek" franchise (considered a vast improvement on its predecessor), Uslan said he has high hopes for the filmmaker's take on the Man of Steel.

"I think there are great things happening in the DC universe," said Uslan when asked about Nolan taking over the Superman movies.

"I »

- Rick Marshall

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C2E2 Photo Gallery: Costumes, Merch, Iron Man And More!

20 April 2010 2:01 PM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Whether it's C2E2 in Chicago or Comic-Con International in San Diego, two things that are constants at every big comic book show are costumes and cool merch — and last weekend's first-ever Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (hence the "C2E2") was no exception.

In between one-on-one interviews with the likes of Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, award-winning author Neil Gaiman, "The Dark Knight" producer Michael Uslan, and various other well-known creators of comics, television and film, I also managed to snap a few photos from the convention floor. I've selected some of my favorites from the bunch for a handy little gallery.

(Click on the image below for the full C2E2 photo gallery.)

Were you at the show? See anything cool? Let us know in the comment section or on Twitter! »

- Rick Marshall

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Batman Producer Michael Uslan Discusses The Shadow

17 April 2010 10:25 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

This weekend, Michael E. Uslan, the executive producer of every Batman film from Tim Burton’s Batman to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, appeared as a guest at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2). While he wouldn’t take any questions on the next Batman film, he did provide an update on some of his other active film projects including The Shadow.

Regarding The Shadow, Uslan told MTV Splash Page writer Rick Marshall that the film is definitely still in the works and director-producer Sam Raimi is still attached to the project, though he wouldn’t clarify whether Raimi was still planning on directing the film. Last month, there were reports that the film might be switching studios from Sony Pictures to 20th Century Fox with David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse)…

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'The Shadow' Producer On Film Rights, Sam Raimi, And Director Rumors: 'Don't Believe Everything You Read'

17 April 2010 11:14 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

The Shadow knows what lurks in the hearts of men, but what does "The Shadow" producer Michael Uslan know about plans for a new film to feature the pulp hero?

Last month, rumors hit the 'Net that an upcoming "Shadow" film co-produced by Uslan and Sam Raimi (a well-known fan of the character) was being shopped around Hollywood to various studios. While most reports agreed that there was some uncertainty where the project would land, other reports indicated that former "Spider-Man" director Raimi (whose 1990 film "Darkman" was actually his take on The Shadow sans rights to the character) might not direct, and instead hand the reins over to "30 Days of Night" and "Twilight: Eclipse" director David Slade.

During this weekend's C2E2 convention in Chicago, I put the question to Uslan for some clarification on the status of "The Shadow."

"It's in the process of being developed, and as you know, »

- Rick Marshall

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Crisis On Infinite Archies

24 March 2010 11:15 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

We all know that Marvel has their Marvel Universe and their Ultimate Universe, and we know that DC has 52 different universes all in constant flux, but did you know that Archie Comics – yes, Archie Comics – started three more brand new universes in the past several months?

That brings their total up to at least five; six if you count the one that DC has been renting for a while. There’s the ongoing America’s Typical Teen-Ager universe and there’s their new-look more up-to-date and somewhat more realistic universe. To this they have added a universe in which their 1950s characters such as Super Duck and Cosmo The Merry Martian live – they crossed over into the mainstream universe this past winter – and now they’re adding a universe in which Archie married Betty and another in which Archie married Veronica.

Yep, they’re adding two on-going spinoffs to Michael Uslan »

- Mike Gold

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'The Shadow' Film Rights Lapse, Sam Raimi Still Attached

5 March 2010 7:01 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Sam Raimi's potential feature film adaptation of "The Shadow" — a classic pulp hero from the '30s — is looking for a new home.

According to Variety, Sony has allowed the film rights for "The Shadow" to lapse, leaving the project in turnaround. Raimi is still attached to the project and is currently preparing to pitch the film to other studios — although 20th Century Fox was the only studio named as a potential destination.

Back in 2006, Raimi partnered with "Dark Knight" producer Michael Uslan to place "The Shadow" at Sony. Raimi had previously attempted to get the rights for "The Shadow" in the '80s before creating his own pulp-inspired superhero, "Darkman."

"The Shadow" originated as a popular radio drama that eventually spawned several film serials, TV series, comic books and video games featuring a dark vigilante with psychic powers. "The Shadow" was most recently adapted in the 1994 movie of »

- Blair Marnell

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Fox Knows What Evil Lurks In The Hearts Of Men

4 March 2010 3:36 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Producer Sam "Spider-Man" Raimi, continues developing with producer Michael Uslan, a big screen adaptation of the pulp magazine hero "The Shadow" for 2oth Century Fox, with Josh Donen of Buckaroo Entertainment co-producing from a screenplay by Siavash Farahani.

According to reports, Fox wants David Slade ("Hard Candy") to direct.

Raimi will not direct "The Shadow, as the character has too many visual similarities to his 1990 feature "Darkman" starring Liam Neeson.

"The Shadow" has been featured in comic books, comic strips, television, video games and seven motion pictures.

The character debuted in 1930 as the mysterious narrator of Street & Smith's radio show "Detective Story Hour". By 1931, the narrator became the star of Street & Smith's "The Shadow Magazine" and by 1937 was a crime-fighter on radio, imbued with 'the power to cloud men's minds'.

In the pulps the character wore a slouch hat and black, crimson-lined cloak with an upturned collar, using skills at »

- Michael Stevens

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