Here’s What’s Going On 07/18/2013: Wonder Woman Destined for the Screen

DC Entertainment chief has interesting choices for film adaptation… Latino PARANORMAL ACTIVITY gets delayed… FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY is on the march, we wish we could show it to you…
From the luxurious Cinefantastique Online studios in NYC, Dan Persons brings you up-to-date on what’s happening in fantastic film & TV.


'Dark Knight Rises': TV Spot #3

Here’s the third TV spot for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, this time concentrating on Bruce Wanye (Christian Bale) and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman).
Also starring Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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Directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay by Nolan and Jonathan Nolan (story by David S. Goyer).
In theaters and IMAX July 20th from Warner Brothers Pictures, DC Entertainment and Legendary Pictures.

'DC Nation' Advance Trailer

This new preview includes footage of the  GREEN LANTERN: ANIMATED CG series, the new season of YOUNG JUSTICE,  and interesting glimpses of other projects, from silly and amusing stuff aimed at young children and more adult-targeted fare.

DC NATION is coming in 2012, as a new block of DC Entertainment programming on Cartoon Network.

Batman: Arkham City: New York Comic Con 2011 Video

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The lunatics have taken over the Gotham, and fans of the Dark Knight are all asking, “Why didn’t this happen sooner?” Their patience has been paid off in BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY, a new video game that takes the mayhem first encountered in BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM and spreads it out into Gotham City proper, to considerable praise (and probably some orgasmic moans) from gameplayers everywhere. We got a few minutes with a representative from game designer Rocksteady Studios to find out what motivated the new game’s broader canvas, and explore what happens when chaos reigns in the Caped Crusader’s home turf (as if it doesn’t always).


'Beware the Batman' & DC Nation

Sam Register, executive vice president for creative affairs at Warner Brothers Animation, revealed at MIP Junior (Kids Entertainemt Conference) that the next Batman animated series will be titled BEWARE THE BATMAN. 
According World’s Finest,  the CGI animated series, set for 2013 will feature:

 “… A classic-looking Batman teaming up with a gun-toting Alfred Pennyworth and a female ninja sidekick.
 BEWARE THE BATMAN is executive-produced by Glen Murakami, and will explore the mythology’s more obscure villains, such as Professor Pyg, but also won’t shy away from featuring some of the more well-known Batman foes.
In the series, Batman will team up with a younger female sidekick named Katana. During the keynote, Register added that Katana will fill the sidekick role, but won’t be a replacement for Robin.”

Register also provided  more  details about the Cartoon Network DC NATION programming.  
Aardman Animation (THE WRONG TROUSERS) will create new “claymation” Batman amf Plastic Man animated shorts.  
Wonder Girl, Batgirl, and Supergirl will team up in the girl appeal SUPER BEST FRIENDS FOREVER. 
THE DOOM PATROL will apear in  animated shorts.
Previously announced for 2012:

Based upon the DC Comics super hero, the series is an all-new CG animated action series from Warner Bros.
As Earth’s Green Lantern, Hal Jordan is used to being in dangerous situations—but he’s never faced anything like this! Set at the farthest reaches of deep space, Hal must face down an invasion from the Red Lantern Corps. Hal is soon joined by an all-new group of heroes on a mission to protect Guardian Space —and the Green Lantern Corps itself!

I had never heard of “Professor Pyg” before — turns out he’s more an adversary of the recent  Dick Grayson/Batman Damien Wayne/Robin, rather than being one of the classic set of villains.

DC Relaunch Johns & Lee Interview— Video

DC’s  Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee inteveiwed by Newsarama regarding today’s relaunch of the entire DC Universe with the release of the new Justice League “#1”.
Johns, also Chief Creative Officer at DC Entertainment, has elsewhere (as in an ABC interveow last night) given the impression that changes to the characters’ onscreen adaptations and  appearances will likely be gradual.
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DC Comics '52' Relaunch—Video

DC Comics released this video, giving more information about their “52” re-launch of their titles and characters with new, renumbered “first issues”, and their plains to simultaneously publish digital versions. 
It’s a bold move, to be sure. Will it prove a hit with fans? Is it a hint of where DC Entertainment might be headed in future film and TV adaptations?
Time will tell.
Artwork from promotional Tumbler
Artwork from promotional Tumbler


Green Lantern to Fly Again?

green_lantern_saveAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers may go ahead with a GREEN LANTERN sequel, despite being “somewhat disappointed” with the DC Comic superhero film’s box offices results thus far.
Unamed sources tell them that the studio still has faith in the character as a franchise, even given the relatively modest opening weekend, and his weeked’s sharp drop-off –66%–in ticket sales.  The domestic total for the $200 million production is a little over $89 million, so far. Foreign markets might improve the box-office take, and DVD sales could possbily push it into the black.
The site suggests that Warners might be willing to absorb the costs of the expensive sci-fi superhero CGI film and its massive publicity campaign as a means to introduce the character to the general public, and thus build an audience for further adventures. Certainly DC Entertainment and the studio would want to expand the brand beyond Superman and the Batman films.
A more compelling script next time around might make a big difference. There is a lot of potential there, I think. The scenes on Oa and with Jordan actually in action worked fairly well, at times truly seeming like a comic book brought to life. Where the film stumbled is with the Earth-bound scenes, much of which seemed forced, prefunctory, and all too derivitive of other films.

Green Lantern: Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast 2:23.1

Mean, green, interstellar justice machine: Ryan Reynolds is the GREEN LANTERN.
Mean, green, interstellar justice machine: Ryan Reynolds is the GREEN LANTERN.

Somebody notify Kermit: Being green just got a little easier. That’s what happens when the all-powerful will of the universe taps test pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) to be its latest defender, and a dying alien bequeaths him a ring that turns him into the GREEN LANTERN, a mighty force for good with a bitchin’ emerald wardrobe and the ability conjure anything that can be imagined into reality. The new film is Hollywood’s latest attempt to take the comic book movie back to its purer roots, when heroes were heroes, bad guys were malevolent, and the galaxy had the colorful vividness of a two-page splash. Does GREEN LANTERN earn its stripes as simple summer fun? Do Reynolds and Blake Lively (playing Jordan’s boss, wingman, and love interest Carol Ferris) make an appealing screen couple (even as the kids are going, “Yick”)? And what the hell’s going on with Peter Sarsgaard’s forehead? Listen in as Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons discuss these and many more issues.


DC Re-Launches JLA, Entire Line

JLA_1_Jim LeeUSA TODAY reports that in the aftermath of its current Flashpoint multi-comic “event”, DC Comics will be re-vamping it’s entire line yet again. 

Starting with  JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 , due out August 31st, ALL of its superhero titles will be re-numbered as Number 1, despite the company’s 75-plus year history.
Superman, The Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, et al, will be re-started as younger, different versions of their former selves. 
Beginning in  September, 51 first issues titles will debut, with the stated intent of making the stories more relatable to the real world, always a dubious idea for characters whose essential appeal is precisely that they exist in a fantasy world of their own, with it’s own history and rules.

Dan DiDio, co-publisher of DC Comics, is quoted as saying:
“We really want to inject new life in our characters and line. This was a chance to start, not at the beginning, but at a point where our characters are younger and the stories are being told for today’s audience.”

As can be seen by the artwork, artist and co-publisher  Jim Lee has redesigned the Justice League heroes appearances to various degrees, Superman and Wonder Woman most noticeably. Superman’s been given a high collar that does not work well at all with the arrangement of the cape (and the idea that he wear the suit undernear his Clark Kent street clothes), and seems to have lost his trademark red shorts. The ‘S’ Symbol is also somewhat squared off. Wonder Woman’s costume appears to be a combination of her recent and controversial mini-series redesign and the similar costume  made for the failed TV pilot.
Interestingly, Green Lantern’s costume seems influenced by the new movie’s ‘peeled flesh’ look.  As Geoff Johns, creative head of Warner Brothers’  DC Entertainment is involved in the re-vamping, including writing the Justice League opening story arc, I would not be surprised if the whole venture was undertaken in part with modern and simplified (in terms of looks and continuity)  movie and television adaptations in mind.   
In a nod to changing times for the comic book publishing business, all of the re-numbered comics will be available digitally as downloadable apps and through a DC website, timed to be accessible the same day they are supposed to arrive in comic book stores.

Jim Lee told the site: “We’re allowing people who have never bought a comic book in their lives to download them on portable media devices and take a look. To give people access to these comics with one button click means we’re going to get a lot of new readers.”

That remains to be seen. Personally, all of these every few years total re-launches and make-overs have left me with less and less desire to keep up with the comics at all, and concentrate only on the film and TV output.