Smallville — Booster Gold & Blue Beetle Pic

Smallville_BOOSTER1From TV Guide comes this first look at Booster Gold (Eric Martsolf) and the new Blue Beetle (Jaren Brandt Bartlett), in their upcoming appearance on SMALLVILLE. 
In Booster, scheduled to air April 22nd, Days of Our Lives star Eric Martsolf describes his role of Booster Gold as , “a glory-seeking showboat from the future.”  

“The episode takes place in Booster’s very early stages where he’s at his conceited best, where he believes he can do whatever he wants. He’s gonna stay for the photo op and bask in the glory of his heroic efforts.”

Episode author, DC Comics’  Geoff Johns says:

“The one thing Booster does prove to Clark is that people want to look up to this guy… They want to be inspired, and no one’s doing it for them.”

However. Clark Kent and his time-traveling rival have different values. 
“This guy (Booster Gold)  always shows up at the last second to make a dramatic rescue, which is really suspect,” hints Johns, now creative head of DC Entertainment.
See the entire article at the link above.
SMALLVILLE returns from hiatus  on Friday, April 15th at 8:00PM/7:00 PM Central on The CW.

Nathan Fillion, Emerald Knight

nathan_fillion_02TV Guide broke the news that  Nathan Fillion (FIREFLY, CASTLE) will be voicing the role of Hal Jordan in DC Universe’s GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS.
The Warner Brothers Animation Direct-To-DDVD feature is due out June 7th. It’s set to be an anthology film, consisting of Emerald Knights is a series of short tales  about the Green Lantern Corps. Fillion’s Green Lantern will be mentoring Arisia, a new Corps recuit, to be voiced by Elisabeth Moss (MAD MEN).
The voice cast includes Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy, HARRY POTTER films), “Rowdy: Roddy Piper (THEY LIVE)  Kelly Hu (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES) The Vampire Diaries), and Henry Rollins (FEAST),
Bruce Timm is a producer, and Chris Berkeley, Lauren Montgomery, and Jay Oliva direct segments.
Pleased to cast, Nathan Fillion said:  

 “I was always reading the comic books, I was always a spectator. Now I feel like I own a little piece of Green Lantern.”

Wonder Woman Not Coming to TV

Linda Cater as WONDER WOMAN
Linda Carter as WONDER WOMAN

Deadline reports that DC Entertaiment/Warner Brothers Television’s proposed WONDER WOMAN TV series is being shelved for the time being. Apparently, all the major networks passed on David E. Kelley’s pilot script. 

The article indicates that this may be  due as much to bad timing as any other factor.

The Fox Network passed, as it’s suggested was an expected result. Un-named sources are said to claim that CBS was interested, but split on the idea. NBC may be a bit too much in flux at the moment, as new head of programing  Robert Greenblatt has not yet taken command.

It’s suggested that ABC’s passing on the series is “politically” motivated, as the network is owned by Disney, which now also owns Marvel Comics, and THE INCREDIBLE HULK and a series involving ALIAS’ s Jessica Jones/Jewel/Knightress character are in development.

The updating of the Wonder Woman character might be a good match for the Warner Bros./CBS joint venture, The CW — but the ambitiouslly concieved proposed show is assumed to be too expensive for the lower-budgeted network.

 However, the idea of a new Wonder Woman TV franchise is not dead, only consigned to limbo for the time being.

Changes at DC Comics, Entertainment

dc_75 MUSIC CDThere’s been a lot of information, some contradictory, going around the internet about organizational changes at DC Comics and DC Entertainment.
From what I glean from various sources, this much seems to be true:

  • DC’s Digital and Administration departments will be moving from New York to Burbank, CA.

  • DC Comics Editorial Department will remain in New York.

  • WildStorm Comics (headquarted in California) will cease as a seperate imprint, and some of it’s staff and the largely web-based Zuda will be integrated into DC Digital.
    Wild Storm’s licensed titles will be picked up by DC Comics.

  • There will be some staff reductions. The L.A. Times and Washington post speculate that this could run as high as 20% of current positions, though this figure is in dispute.

  • DC Entertainment /Warner Brothers Prictures will NOT be making a public announcement of their feature film plans this month. Plans for specific productions will be announced over the next few months.

  • Their strategy will most likely not mirror Marvel Studios’ approach of interconnected films, to culminate in THE AVENGERS cross-over. Instead, stand-alone films are envisioned. (So don’t look for a big Justice League multi-franchise cross-over movie.)

See Comic Book Resources for an interview with DC Entertainment President Diane Neslon as she comments on thes matters.
See DC Universe’s  ‘The Source’  for  an announcement by DC Comics co-Publishers  Jim Lee and Dan Didio.

"Green Lantern" Screenwriter Signs on for Sequel

Warner Bros/DC Entertainment must have been impressed with Michael Goldenberg’s work on GREEN LANTERN, because they’ve signed him up to write the sequel according to Variety.
Goldenberg (WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE) is now working on GREEN LANTERN 2, working off of a treatment by writers Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, who have also been involved in the first GREEN LANTERN film. This shows that DCE/WB are out to create a more unified film universe, possibly something akin to what Marvel has been working at for the past few years.
GREEN LANTERN opens in theaters on June 17th, 2011. No word yet on the sequel’s release date.

"Green Lantern" Teaser Posters

GL_Ryan-687x1024Despite all the news on the Marvel Comics movies front, DC Comics fans were not disappointed by San Diego Comic-Con 2010. A series of GREEN LANTERN character teaser posters were released that should put a smile on the face of many a geek.
The posters feature Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan (the Green Lantern of Space Sector 2814), Blake Lively as his on-again, off-again girlfriend Carol Ferris, Mark Strong as Jordan’s nemesis Sinestro, and Peter Sarsgaard as the supervillain Hector Hammond. Each poster features a piece of the first line of the Green Lantern Oath: “In Brightest Day, in Blackest Night, no evil shall escape my sight.”

GREEN LANTERN is set for release on June 17, 2011.
Check out more posters below:
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'Batman: Under The Red Hood' -New Clip

Here’s a new clip from Warner Home Video’s upcoming BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD animated feature.
Directed by Brandon Vietti. 
Written by Judd Winick. 
Starring the voices of STAR TREK’s Bruce Greenwood (Bruce Wayne / Batman); Neil Patrick Harris (Dick Grayson / Nightwing); SUPERNATURAL’s Jensen Ackles (The Red Hood); FUTURAMA’s John DiMaggio (The Joker), Wade Williams, Jim Piddock.
UNDER THE RED HOOD is due in stores June 27th.

Video via Collider

'Green Lantern 2' and 'The Flash' Deals

According to The Hollywood Reporter Warner Brothers has hired Greg Berlanti (NO ORDINARY FAMILY), Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim to write screen treatments for GREEN LANTERN 2 and THE FLASH.
The first GREEN LANTERN is still shooting under directer Martin Campbell in New Orleans, but the studio is apparently excited enough to being developing a sequel.
The trio had written a screenplay for the film currently in production, but Campbell brought in Michael Goldenberg (HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX) to alter the script to his liking.
The article states Berlanti & Co. will write storylines for both films and that they’ll be commissioned to write a full screenplay for one or the other, depending on reactions.
THE FLASH film is one that writer/DC Entertainment executive Geoff Johns is very interested in, and the storyline will reportedly be inspired by his comic book work, featuring the silver age Barry Allen version of the character.

Jonah Hex Trailer

Here’s Warner Brother’s trailer (courtesy of Yahoo Movies) for JONAH HEX, the film adaptation of DC Comic’s western hero of the same name.
The trailer makes it clear that liberties have been taken with the character. Long time antagonist Quentin Trunbull (John Malkovich) appears to have replaced the Apache tribe’s role in Hex’s (Josh Brolin) origin and the protagonist’s essential nature and abilities have been pushed more firmly into the supernatural realm.
Judging from the weaponry on display, it looks like a little touch of steam-punk WILD WILD WEST aesthetic has been added to the mix as well. 
The Clint Eastwood-inspired anti-hero was created by John Albano and artist Tony DeZuniga for DC’s Weird Western Tales (first full story appearing in #10 of it’s former title, All-Star Western). Jonah Hex had his own title from 1977-85, scripted mainly by Michael Fleisher.
In more recent years, writers such as Joe R. Landsdale (BUBBA HOTEP) have given their own takes on the character, involving him in a variety of strange escapades, including sojourns into the future.
JONAH HEX also stars Megan Fox and Will Arnet.
Screenplay by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (CRANK, GAMER).
Directed by Jimmy Hayward (HORTON HEARS A WHO!).
Due out June 18, 2010 from Warner Bros. Entertainment.