20 items from 2010
There has seen a boom in big screen comic book adaptations recently and they’ve proved more popular than ever in 2010. With the likes of Kick Ass, Scott Pilgrim and Red this recent trend seems set to stay. To celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release of Jonah Hex on December 27th, we decided to take a look at the Top 10 Comic to Film Adaptations.
Film(s): Batman, Batman and Robin (1940’s), Batman (1966), Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995), Batman & Robin (1997), Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), [Pre-production] The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Adapted from: DC Comic book
Result: Batman & Robin was poorly reviewed yet Dark Knight triumphed, it was met with positive reviews and received eight Academy Award nominations
Adapted from: Marvel Comics book
Result: Each of the films set records upon release »
Gary Collinson selects his Essential Movie Superheroes...
Although the comic-book superhero was generally overlooked by the movie industry until Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie (1978) made you believe a man could fly, Hollywood failed to capitalise on this success over the next couple of decades and a stigma soon became attached to the genre. Save for a handful of notable exceptions (Warner Bros.’ Batman franchise was successful, but we all know how that turned out once Joel Schumacher got involved), it wasn’t until the release of the X-Men and Spider-Man movies that Hollywood really started to stand up and pay attention.
These days it seems you can’t breathe for superheroes – 2010 has seen the release of Iron Man II, Kick-Ass and Jonah Hex, while the next few years will see a host of superhero movies grace the screen including Thor and X-Men: First Class in 2011 along with the likes of Captain America, »
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While Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga are staying off Twitter to raise money for needy children, comedian Dane Cook is using it to take a run at Eva Longoria, tweeting "Is it too soon to ask @EvaLongoria if she's ready to date? I'd like to take her to dinner, a divorce and then a movie."
Knighted Irish singer Bob Geldof finally cops to something the world has known for years, telling Sydney's Daily Telegraph that he "is responsible for two of the worst songs in history." That would be, of course, We Are The World and, playing at a mall near you, Do They Know It's Christmas?
At a Thanksgiving auction at Christie's, James Bond's infamous Walther LP-53 air »
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The film directors Michael Winner and John Landis have every reason to be grateful to the British cinematographer Robert Paynter, who has died aged 82. Paynter helped visualise 10 of Winner's films and five by Landis, one of which is considered the most popular music video in history. Directed by Landis, the 14-minute video for Michael Jackson's Thriller (1983) vividly merged a pop song, innovative dancing and horror movie. Shot on 35mm stock, it featured Jackson metamorphosing into a werewolf and a zombie. Both Paynter, who created the eerie mood, and Rick Baker, credited with the stunning makeup effects, had previously teamed up effectively for Landis on An American Werewolf in London (1981).
Paynter was born in south London and educated at Mercer's school, Holborn, before being evacuated to Horsham, West Sussex, during the second world war. While still in his teens, he became a camera »
- Ronald Bergan
In the early years of the American Revolution, the fledgling nation known as the United States appeared to be participating in what could only be described as a lost cause. The Continental Army was routinely harried by the superior-trained British Regulars, supplies were short, food stores were dwindling, and the outlook was, to put it mildly, dangerously grim. The country's tottering economy was so weak and inflation so high that, in the exasperated words of General George Washington, it took "a wagonful of money to buy a wagonful of hay".
"Wait a minute," you ask. "I thought we were talking about comic book films here." That we are. But give me just one more moment. Washington's frustration at the worthlessness of his nation's currency was due to an overload in product. A million-dollar-bill certainly seems like it would be worth a fortune, especially so if it was the only one in existence. »
She was still in her teens when she flew to Britain for a year to become Supergirl in the film of the same name. And she spared us some time to talk about becoming the girl of steel…
Supergirl is a film that, as we found when we mentioned it on our Twitter feed (twitter.com/denofgeek), many of you have fond memories of. And rewatching it in advance of talking to its star, Helen Slater, I found it hard to disagree. It's no classic, granted, but it's a fun, fascinating movie, the ilk of which would never be made now.
So, one Thursday afternoon, we rang its star, Helen Slater, and she happily talked us through the production, and what happened since...
Reading into your background, the impression I get is that it was music that was your first passion. Is that right?
Well, I would say yes, but »
Sixty boxes of notes and photographs cover 40-year career of director who worked with Beatles and on Superman films
Richard Lester – the movie director who helped give the Beatles big screen success in the 1960s before finding more fame with The Three Musketeers and Superman franchises – has donated his archive to the nation.
The BFI National Archive yesterday announced that it had acquired more than 60 boxes of letters, scripts, notes, receipts and photographs covering Lester's 40 year career in the TV and movie business.
Lester, now aged 78, has had a long association with the BFI, standing in for Jean-Luc Godard when he failed to turn up for the first John Player lecture in 1968. "The organisation has always been very helpful to me in different ways, »
- Mark Brown
Seth Rogen and Jay Chou in The Green HornetEarlier this week we took you behind the scenes of Sony's upcoming super-hero film The Green Hornet. Last fall we had a rare chance to visit the set in Los Angeles and watch the production first hand. While there we were given a tour of the set, watched some filming and even had a chance to speak with the movies producer, Neal H. Moritz (The Fast and the Furious), as well as the star of the film, actor/comedian Seth Rogen. The movie features Rogen in the title role and is based on the popular character from radio, TV, film serials and comics. The movie attacks theaters on January 14th 2011 in 3D and promises to be an exciting and hilarious deconstruction of the modern super-hero film.
In the second half of our visit to the set we had the opportunity to speak with the films director, »
On The Green Hornet set visit, Michel Gondry was a wanted man. He had to contend with directing an action sequence, and a squad of journalists. He came over for a minute, and spoke to us briefly revealing that his favorite superhero film was Superman III, and after shooting a take, had to wait for things to be re-set and came over and gave us a couple minutes.
As an art-house director to this point in his career, we were curious about his interest in genre, what it was like working with the biggest film of his career, his feelings about this becoming a franchise, and possible involvement in future sequels, and – of course – Dave Chappelle. My talk with Gondry after the jump.
(note: this interview was conducted with a few other online reporters)
Question: Does Cameron as Lenore get in on the butt-kicking action?
Michel Gondry: Not in this one. »
- Andre Dellamorte
There is wreckage everywhere – you can’t help but stand on it. Though we are being guided around, it’s hard not to stop and look at the waste on the floor. And the shells, there’s ton of different shells. Many guns were fired in this newsroom, papers are shredded, computers destroyed, and lights hang precariously from the ceiling. We’re in The Sentinel, the paper owned by Seth Rogen’s character Britt Reed. Reed is also the titular crime fighter in the superhero movie The Green Hornet and producer Neal Moritz is shocked and impressed “I just can’t believe we destroyed it like this.”
Moritz continues: “Ultimately, in the third act it becomes the main set piece. There’s an incredible car chase that goes through the office of the newspaper. Britt Reed and Kato are trying to download something, but Britt has no idea how to download. »
- Andre Dellamorte
"What Could Have been", Part One, explored what might have happened if Bryan Singer had stayed on to direct X-Men: The Last Stand instead of leaving for Superman Returns. Singer's Superman was supposed to bring the beloved franchise back to the former glory it had achieved with Richard Donner's Superman and Superman II (the "Director's Cut," of course). Superman 5 is the subject of Part Two of "What Could Have Been," an unproduced sequel that would have brought Christopher Reeve back for one last turn as the Man of Steel.
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- Ryan Gowland
Back in 1974, three producers purchased the film rights to Superman that eventually resulted in the classic 1978 film. After a great sequel, there were two more installments that many believe led to the end of that series. But the producers were planning a fifth film, called "Superman Reborn" with comic book writer Cary Bates on board to bring the franchise back to its past glory. Unfortunately, Warner Bros managed to get the rights back and quickly killed "Reborn." Newsarama now caught up with Bates to get a few details about the project, which would have had Brainiac as the main villain. He said: "The intent was to leapfrog over Superman III and especially IV, and return the series to the high mark achieved in 1 and 2. It was our desire to do a fully developed, balls-out science fiction story pitting Superman and Brainiac against each other mano a mano." "Brainiac comes to »
Though I admittedly go into most films I watch here with some level of expectation, I must confess a certain bias with regards to these two films: I really hate Richard Lester in a way that extends beyond mere aesthetic difference and dangerously close to the personal. I hate what he did to the Superman franchise, and I hate how he conspired with Salkinds to make the entire series more like the 60s live-action Batman on purpose, in what can only strike me as a nefarious communist plot to strike us at the heart of one of our most cherished institutions. And so, by extension, I kind of hate The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers, the back-to-back hits that emboldened them to do it in the first place, which is really unfair, but just sort of the way it has to be.
At the outset of The Three Musketeers, »
- Anders Nelson
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We celebrate some of the finest performances by actors tackling multiple roles in the same films. But is there any room for Eddie?
This week, Edward Norton's latest film, Leaves Of Grass arrives in American cinemas. Norton plays the two lead roles, a professor of philosophy and his drug-dealing twin brother. As excellent an actor as Norton is, it got me thinking about the ups and downs of actors taking multiple roles in one film in the past.
It's a bold and rather theatrical device that goes back about as far as Captain Hook being played by the same actor who plays the Darling children's father in stage productions of Peter Pan, a technique largely adopted in film adaptations of the story, too. Done well, it's impressive. When it's bad, it's Meet Dave, or that bit in the third Pirates Of The Caribbean film where there are hundreds of Jack Sparrows flitting about. »
The DVD format is over a decade old now - so what's holding up the disc release of these 15 films?
Good old DVD - it rose from nowhere a decade ago and offered us unrivalled picture quality, amazing special features, supersharp sound, and films the way they were meant to be seen. (Sound familiar?)
Soon, the VHS tape, bulky, prone to rewinding, fast forwarding, tape lag, and degradation with repeated use, was obsolete. Who can forget the original VHS tapes of Ghostbusters, watched so many times it started to look like a Swedish TV broadcast recorded from a ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean? And then there was the upgrading, rebuying your library over the course of a few years, with each double-dip special edition. Evil Dead 2 has been released in seven different versions in the UK alone.
But not everything made it to DVD, and plenty of it never will. »
The world of Superman has been busy of late and the news of Christopher Nolan bringing David Goyer to the table to write the next film, which he is shepherding to the screen, is a good sign of things to come.
Here’s his take.
Lots of young men and women of my generation grew up watching Star Wars at the cinema, for them it was their first experience of a truly ‘epic’ film. For me, it was totally different. I didn’t see Star Wars until 2000. The film I grew up with with ‘Superman – The Movie’. It’s still one of my top films of all time. I make no bones about the »
- Jon Lyus
By Sujay Kumar
Shakespeare wrote that "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds." And with Valentine's Day coming up, that phrase can be adapted for the comic book world to "love is not love which alters when alter-egos are found." After all, our favorite superheroes may battle villains for a living, but sometimes it's heartbreak that proves to be the ultimate enemy.
On film we've seen Peter Parker woo Mary Jane, Rachel Dawes fall for Bruce Wayne, and even the Hulk get his heart pumping for Betty Ross. But in the lexicon of comic books, there's plenty of other stories that would make us feel all warm inside.
Read on for five of our favorite comic book romances that we'd love to see adapted (in some cases, a second time) on the big screen.
Peter Parker And Gwen Stacy
While Peter Parker's first love made a small appearance in "Spider-Man 3, »
- Splash Page Team
It sounds like the upcoming Green Lantern will follow in the footsteps of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight—although the film revolves around a comic book superhero, it will be as grounded in realism as possible.
Director Martin Campbell has said that endless meetings have centered on keeping the project from spinning off into pure silliness (Perhaps Superman III and Batman & Robin were used as negative examples?). Meanwhile, he hinted that Green Lantern might not be a case of "one and done" for him, although the concern at the moment is getting the best Hal Jordan/Green Lantern origin on film.
"The main thing I've got to do is keep a sense of reality about it, and we endlessly at meetings have what we call a 'Cheese-Meter' which whenever we have ideas or how we're going to do something or develop it, we all talk about the cheese factor, »
One of our readers, James, sent us this brilliant article entitled, ‘What Makes a Good Superhero Film?’ and in the current climate of directors being pulled left right and centre on some of the biggest superhero movie + films like Kick-Ass coming out, there was no better time to post it.We want this post to be interactive so please tell us your thoughts in the comments below and if you completely disagree with James, feel free to say so but back it up with why.
So, to find out the answer to the question, read on……
With the news of yet another superhero re-boot (Spider-Man) and following on from the recent successes of The Dark Knight in particular, as well as Iron Man, it seemed an appropriate time to discuss superhero films in a little more detail. Indeed, with the Green Lantern film in production, Iron Man 2 to come »
- David Sztypuljak
20 items from 2010
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