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Even casual horror fans are familiar with the silent Universal classics The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which starred the legendary “Man of a Thousand Faces” Lon Chaney, Sr. in his two most iconic screen roles. The box-office success of those two films led the studio in 1928 to adapt The Man Who Laughs, a story by Hunchback author Victor Hugo, into one of their first sound productions, with music and sound effects (but no recorded dialog). While Chaney did not return for this one (he was under contract to MGM by that time), the lead role was taken on by another screen legend, Conrad Veidt – best remembered by horror fans as the creepy sleepwalker Cesare in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Just as in Hunchback, the title character here is not technically a “monster,” but a sympathetic figure who happens to be horribly disfigured... but like the grotesque Quasimodo, »
- Gregory Burkart
Yesterday we got our first look at footage the upcoming animated series Marvel's Avengers Assemble, and now Disney Xd has released the first promo for its second new Marvel offering, the reality TV-styled Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., which features a few snippets of footage from the show, as well as interviews with the cast and crew...
"In Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Hulk has long fought alone to protect a world that sees him as a monster, but his friend Rick Jones has taken it upon himself to film the world-saving exploits of Big Green and his team to change that image. In this never before seen team up of Hulk, his cousin She-Hulk, A-Bomb, Red Hulk and Skaar, Marvel's mightiest super heroes form an eccentric family living under one roof, working together to tackle threats that are too enormous for other heroes to handle. »
- Flickering Myth
Feature James Peaty 15 May 2013 - 07:10
With the new Superman movie Man Of Steel barely a month from release, early interviews with the film's cast and crew are beginning to filter out. But in amongst the usual wearying discussions about the lead character's perceived lack of relevance and how ‘dark’ the film will be, one question has continually bubbled up: what specific comic books and creators have informed this latest incarnation of Superman?
Join us as we find out...
The Look… Curt Swan
As with any character that has existed over many decades, Superman’s look, while laid out by his creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938, has evolved over the years. While Shuster’s take inarguably set the template for the Man of Steel, »
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have had several scripts written for feature films over the years such as Wonder Woman, The Flash, Justice League, other versions of Batman and Superman, and who knows what else. There's a good amount of unproduced superhero scripts sitting over at the studio collecting dust that maybe, just maybe, will see the light of day.
While talking to Collider, Chief Creative Officer at DC Comics Geoff Johns revealed that these projects could be brought to life as animated films in the future, and that there have even been discussions about it.
There’s always a possibility. That’s not the first time that’s come up. There’s always discussions about what would be really cool to do.
- Joey Paur
After the substantial failure that was 1997's Batman & Robin, Warner Bros. didn't know where to take their once popular franchise. Before deciding to go with Christopher Nolan's 2005 blockbuster hit Batman Begins, which relaunched the series to great acclaim, DC and Warner Bros. considered turning Batman: Year One into a live action movie with Darren Aronofsky directing. New concept art from the failed movie has risen from the depths. Check out Batman, Alfred, Catwoman, and the Batmobile as envisioned for this potential franchise, then read on for more details.
Batman: Year One got as far as the concept art stages, with some of these images discovered by Comic Movie News. The movie reportedly didn't go into production because it changed Batman's back-story, and the script, written by Darren Aronofsky and Frank Miller wasn't liked by the studio. The story revolved around a homeless Bruce Wayne, and Alfred was an African-American »
In the early 2000s Warner Bros. was trying to get a new Batman movie off the ground that would hopefully launch a new franchise. Two projects emerged as front-runners: Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins and Darren Aronofsky's Batman: Year One. We obviously all know which one of those ended up becoming a reality, but that doesn't mean we can't peek into the alternate world where Aronofsky's got off the ground to see what it would have looked like. Keep in mind that these images that ComicBookMovie.com dug up are far from final images. They're concept art in the purest sense of the word. The thing is, this concept kind of stinks. Batman's got a fancy lad-looking suit, and the weapons and car designs are too close to the over-the-top, impractical, wacky...
- Peter Hall
Here's a tweet from Darren Aronofsky concerning the art:
btw none of that year one batman art circling the web originated from mine or frank's work. so can't take credit or blame for it.
— darren aronofsky (@DarrenAronofsky) May 7, 2013
Before Warner Bros. decided to move forward with Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, Darren Aronofsky was trying to sell them on his vision of the comic book franchise. It looks and sounds a lot like a Batman Rockabilly style story. It completely reinvents the origin story of Batman, and that's probably why the studio decided to pass on it. The movie was supposed to be an adaptation of Frank Miller's Batman: Year One, but that's not how the Aronofsky and Miller script turned out.
Bruce Wayne isn't a billionaire playboy in this version of the story, instead after the death of his parents Bruce was homeless, living on the streets of Gotham. »
- Joey Paur
by Brett White
With "Man of Steel" landing in theaters on June 14th, a lot of attention has been placed on "Superman Lives," the Tim Burton/Kevin Smith/Nic Cage Super-film that failed to get off the ground 15 years ago. New concept art for the film, along with art from director Darren Aronofsky's failed "Batman: Year One" film, has surfaced today.
Comic Book Movie has great insight into both "Superman Lives" and "Batman: Year One", including some truly out there plot synopses. For fans eagerly waiting to see a homeless Bruce Wayne or Lex Luthor and Brainiac combined into something called "Luthiac," you'll be sad to know that your (very weird) dreams would have come true if these films had been made.
A documentary about the making of "Superman Lives" was recently funded on Kickstarter, an idea that Nicolas Cage seemed to enjoy. You can check out some of the concept art below, »
- Splash Page Team
by Brett White
Wednesday is new comic book day, which also means it's new potential-movie-source-material day. Here are all of the comics and collections out today starring the comic book characters from the movies and television shows of today, tomorrow and yesterday.
Of particular note this week: get in on the ground floor of Jonathan Hickman's "Avengers" run with the "Avengers World" hardcover, check out the continuing adventures of Clark Kent with the first "Smallville: Season 11" paperback, and catch up with last week's Hero of the Week in "Captain America" #6.
» Iron Man #8
» Justice League #19
» Savage Wolverine #4
Story by Frank Cho, art by Frank Cho, colors by »
- Splash Page Team
News 10 Apr 2013 - 14:00
Game Informer has lifted the lid on Batman: Arkham Origins, revealing some juicy info...
The May issue of Game Informer has revealed plenty of new details about the next instalment in the Batman: Arkham series of games, which we now know is coming in October alongside a new handheld title for 3Ds and Vita, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate.
The details confirm that events will take place earlier in Batman's crime fighting career, and will be influenced by Batman: Year One and Legends of the Dark Knight.
The story, which is based in Gotham City long before part of it was turned into a massive prison, will take place on Christmas Eve, and sees Black Mask place a bounty on the Caped Crusader's head, drawing in the DC universe's best assassins.
Batman will no only have to combat his many assailants, but he'll also have to find »
Luke Owen reviews the final issue of Godzilla: Half Century War....
Ota Murakami has fought Godzilla for fifty years. The decades have been hard on Ota, and he is seemingly no closer to his goal. Now, in the frozen wastes of Antarctica, the end of the world beckons. Ota and Ken gear up for a deadly final battle, and only one beast will be left standing at its end! This is the book you’ll be talking about for years! Don’t miss it!
It doesn't seem all that long ago that I was getting excited for James Stokoe’s Godzilla: Half-Century War and it sure lived up to all the hype that surrounded it. This has been, without a shadow of a doubt, the best Godzilla series ever. I truly mean that.
We've seen Ota chase down Godzilla throughout the decades and now, old and beaten, he has one »
Having steered DC Comics' animated output since the debut of the classic Batman: The Animated Series in 1992, Bruce Timm has stepped down from his position as DC Animation's supervising producer, with Voices from Krypton reporting that Timm has since been replaced in the role by another veteran of the DC animated universe, James Tucker.
After co-creating the Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series with Eric Radomski, Timm went on to produce Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures, Batman Beyond, Justice League and Teen Titans, as well as DC's direct-to-video feature output, including the likes of Superman/Doomsday, Batman: Gotham Knight, All-Star Superman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman: Year One, Justice League Doom and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Parts 1 and 2. He also helped to develop Green Lantern: The Animated Series, which recently finished its run on Cartoon Network after just one season.
"Bruce had done a »
- Flickering Myth
More Joe Hill news has hit our inbox this week with word that he is re-teaming with his longtime collaborator Jason Ciaramella for a new comic miniseries entitled Thumbprint.
From the Press Release:
Idw Publishing is pleased to announce a new project from the Eisner-nominated writing team behind The Cape, Joe Hill and Jason Ciaramella. Based on Hill's original novella and featuring covers and art by superstar newcomer Vic Malhotra, Thumbprint is a twisted three-issue tale of fear, terror, and indelible remorse.
When Private Mallory Grennan is dishonorably discharged from the Us Army, she hopes to start a new life back home, far away from the things she'd seen and done in Abu Ghraib prison. Mal's crimes, committed beneath a harsh Arabian sun, throw a shadow long enough to reach all the way to the United States. What started there will end here - in blood. Over Thumbprint's three gripping issues, »
- The Woman In Black
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection (Vol. 2) will include signatures and original hand-drawn artwork from Kevin Eastman courtesy of Idw Publishing. Complete colour artwork is included with both the Blue and Black Label editions while the latter will also allow fans to choose which of the hand-rendered Turtles they want to have with their book.
“This series has been an absolute blast!” says Tmnt co-creator Kevin Eastman. “To think of how far we’ve come, from when Pete [Laird] and I first self-published these issues on pulp paper, to this absolutely over-the-top amazing presentation. It’s with utmost pride that I can say: this is the best it’s ever looked. This is it. Make room on the top shelf of your bookcase, because that’s where these belong.”
Pre-orders for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection (Vol. 2) are effective immediately at http://www.idwlimited.com/series/tmnt. »
Disney is set to continue expanding its Marvel empire this year with the arrival of two new Disney Xd animated series - Marvel's Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. - and the network has today announced premiere dates for both shows, which will join Ultimate Spider-Man as part of the Marvel Universe programming block.
Earth's Mightiest Heroes will reunite on May 26th for a one-hour preview of Avengers Assemble, before debuting in a regular slot on Sunday, July 7th. The show has been designed to capitalise on the blockbuster success of last year's feature film, and features a voice cast that includes Marvel regulars Adrian Pasdar (Marvel Anime: Iron Man) and Fred Tatasciore (The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes) - both of whom are also set to feature in this year's straight-to-video CG animated feature Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United.
"Marvel's Avengers Assemble reunites the most popular »
- Flickering Myth
Since 1987's "Superman IV: The Quest For Peace," there have been four Spider-Mans ("Spider-Man," "Spider-Man 2," "Spider-Man 3" and "The Amazing Spider-Man") and seven Batmans ("Batman," "Batman Returns," "Batman Forever," "Batman & Robin," "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises"), but just two Superman movies: 2006's "Superman Returns" and the upcoming Superman reboot, "Man of Steel." How did one of the most iconic comic book characters of all-time fall between the cracks during the last 25 years, when movies starring the likes of Thor became global blockbusters? It all started with "Superman Lives."
"If 'Superman Lives' had come out, I think it would have been a giant hit," filmmaker Jon Schnepp told HuffPost Entertainment. "This movie would have been a departure and completely different from what we're used to from Superman and superhero lore."
"Superman Lives" was supposed to hit theaters in the summer of 1998 with Nicolas Cage playing »
- Christopher Rosen
Hollywood's love affair with comic books took decades to blossom, but there are few hotter properties than superheroes in modern day cinema. In the last year alone, we've seen The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises topple box office records the world over.
The runaway success of such films has paved the way for dozens of future projects, but not every filmmaker has enjoyed the same fortunes as Christopher Nolan and Joss Whedon when they delved into the world of powers and spandex.
Tim Burton's Superman Lives, James Cameron's Spider-Man and George Miller's Justice League are but a few examples of comic book projects that died an early death. Wondering what might have been, Digital Spy takes a look at 10 aborted superhero movies.
Tim Burton's Superman Lives
Building on the terror of The Haunting in Connecticut, The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia serves as a horrifying companion piece that traces a young family's nightmarish descent into a centuries-old Southern hell.
When Andy Wyrick (Chad Michael Murray) moves his wife Lisa (Katee Sackhoff) and daughter Heidi (Abigail Spencer) to an historic home in Georgia, they quickly discover they are not the house's only inhabitants. Joined by Lisa's free-spirited sister, Joyce (Katee Sackhoff), the family soon comes face-to-face with a bone-chilling mystery born of a deranged desire...A haunting secret rising from underground and threatening to bring down anyone in its path.
We recently caught up with genre favorite actress Katee Sackhoff, who discussed her character's Southern roots and the unique nature of this Southern fried thriller that focuses »
Get More: MTV Shows Get More: MTV Shows Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 is set to hit DVD and Blu-Ray today, January 29th. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is a two-part animated superhero film, an adaptation of the 1986 comic book story arc "The Dark Knight Returns" by Frank Miller and a sequel to the 2011 animated film Batman: Year One. It was directed by Jay Oliva, who worked as a storyboard artist on Man of Steel, Batman: Year One and Batman: Under the Red Hood. Several other Batman veterans were also involved in the film. Part 1 was released September 25, 2012, and Part 2 is scheduled for release January 29, 2013. It is the 15th film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series. Related Content: 10 On-Hold/In-Development Projects Hopefully Greenlit In 2013 How It Should Have Ended: The Dark Knight Rises First Teaser For CG Beware The Batman From Cartoon Network »
Get More: MTV Shows Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 is set to hit DVD and Blu-Ray January 29th. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is a two-part animated superhero film, an adaptation of the 1986 comic book story arc "The Dark Knight Returns" by Frank Miller and a sequel to the 2011 animated film Batman: Year One. It was directed by Jay Oliva, who worked as a storyboard artist on Man of Steel, Batman: Year One and Batman: Under the Red Hood. Several other Batman veterans were also involved in the film. Part 1 was released September 25, 2012, and Part 2 is scheduled for release January 29, 2013. It is the 15th film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series. Related Content: 10 On-Hold/In-Development Projects Hopefully Greenlit In 2013 How It Should Have Ended: The Dark Knight Rises First Teaser For CG Beware The Batman From Cartoon Network »
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