Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Just a quick post to say Happy New Year to everyone that reads this blog, and to say that next year I will do my very best to try to update this blog on a regular schedule. I had started out so well!

Friday, December 19, 2008

First trailer for X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

I have to be honest; at first, when I heard they were planning a movie for a solo Wolverine, I had my doubts. Looking at the trailer has me re-thinking my opinions on the movie. The trailer is awesome!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

First Trailer of Batman: Arkham Asylum

WOW! This is the first trailer for BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM, the newest video game in the Batman franchise. From the snippet trailer, it looks to be really cool, and really creepy. Hopefully, the actual "people" graphics don't come out crappy....

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Comic Art Comparisons # 7

It's been a while, but it's back!
It's hard to believe I've only done 7 of these, considering how much friggin' artwork I've downloaded for my blog to put up!

Artwork: Mike Dedato, Jr.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Wonder Woman DVD Trailer

I believe this is the next project from DC Universe (the animation side of DC Comics). Wonder Woman.
While it looks really cool, I can't help but wonder why not just use the model sheets and voice from when she was in Justice League? I'm all for creativity, but shouldn't consistency be a key in the decision making process as well?
Just a thought....


So, lately I have become very frustrated with Deezer. Specifically, not being able to hear a song, or be able to add it to my playist. So I went to the website & looked on their blog, and this is what I found....

"Why are certain tracks not accessible on-demand?

As you may have noticed, some tracks from bands like AC/DC, Led Zeppelin or Die Toten Hosen are not accessible on-demand anymore. Please know that we are not responsible for this, some labels with whom we have agreements, do not have the necessary authorization to broadcast their songs on Deezer (what happens to Deezer also happens to other websites offering music-on-demand).

We’re sorry for this situation but we’re doing our best to obtain the right to broadcast those artists again, so that you can listen to them for free and legally!"

It still irks me to no end, but at least there's an explanation in place. For now, I will use the old sings from my own playlist to produce Flashback Fridays. (I really hope that this gets resolved sooner rather than later, because I don't have that much "old stuff" on my playlist.)

Friday, October 31, 2008


This week's flashback is a "second stringer". Not that there is anything wrong with this song by any means, but it IS Halloween; so my first choice WAS going to be "Nightmare on My Street" by D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince...

Stupid Deezer doesn't have that song available to listen to....

This week's song was written by one of rock's greatest bands of all time, so please enjoy this week's song: "Princes of the Universe" by Queen.

Discover Queen!

"Princes of the Universe", was released in 1986 from the album A Kind of Magic.

*Interesting Note*
While written specifically for the movie "HIGHLANDER", the song was released first on Queen's album, then later on the soundtrack for HIGHLANDER.

**Interesting Note # 2**
While not a chart topping hit for the band, it went on to become a cult classic, (due to the association with HIGHLANDER)and became the HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES theme song.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Movie News

Here are some interesting little movie tidbits that I happened to come across from various places on the internet...


Marvel's gotten Don Cheadle to fill the iron boots of Jim Rhodes for the role of "Iron Man's" Rhodey, that is rumored to be much larger and feature many more gatling guns and rocket launchers than it did in the first installment of the Iron Avenger's big screen adventures. Terence Howard, who previously played Rhodey in the first "Iron Man", won't be reprising his role reportedly due to financial differences that arose in negotiations for the actor's return.

*Taken from*


This week 20th Century Fox announced they are going ahead with a proposed sequel to 1987's "Wall Street," which won Michael Douglas an Oscar for the role of tycoon Gordon Gekko. Called "Money Never Sleeps," it is said to pick up with Gekko re-entering the financial world after prison and finding it to be even more cutthroat than how he left it. Douglas has expressed interest in returning to the character, but says he won't commit until he reads the script.

*Taken from Yahoo! Movies*


Robert Downey Jr. has just begun work playing another brilliant and iconic hero, "Sherlock Holmes." Downey was photographed on location in London this week in costume. He looks decidedly different than previous portrayals of the famed detective, wearing a bowler hat, neckerchief and striped vest. The movie is based on the comic book by Lionel Wigram, rather than an original Arthur Conan Doyle story. Directed by Guy Ritchie, it also stars Jude Law as Dr. Watson, Rachel McAdams as Holmes' love interest, and Mark Strong as the villainous Blackwood.

*Taken from Yahoo! Movies*


Tobey Maguire will return as Peter Parker & Sam Raimi will return as well, though Raimi's exact connection to the production seems a bit more up in the air. "I'm really excited about Spider-Man, and I'm hoping to direct it," said Raimi. "I don't have a script yet, but production would start probably by March of 2010, I'm guessing. It sounds like a long time away, but we need a script first, and a lot of pre-production has to take place."

*Taken from Yahoo! Movies!*

Friday, October 17, 2008


a very popular Irish band, The Cranberries. The song is one of their first (of many) number ones. One of my favorite all time songs, here is "Dreams" by the Cranberries.

"Dreams" was released on March 1, 1993 on the Cranberries first major release album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?

**Interesting Note**
The song "Dreams", was featured in:
the movie You've Got Mail,
the show "JAG",
in a trailer for the movie The Babysitter's Club,
briefly in the movie The Next Karate Kid,
and as background music to the next to last scene of the film Mission: Impossible.


I missed last weeks flashback. Apologies on that! I still have to find more time to update my blog (in general) regularly, not just my Flashback Fridays!
Moving on, this weeks Flashback is from the popular hip hop group The Beastie Boys. While there were many songs that I could have chosen from their albums, I decided on one of their earliest releases. Here it is, "(You've Got To)Fight For Your Right(To Party)" by the Beastie Boys.

Discover Beastie Boys!

"Fight For Your Right" was released in 1986, the first single released from the Beasties Boys debut solo album Licensed to Ill.

*Interesting Note*
"Fight For Your Right" was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

**Interesting Note #2**
Ironically, the song was intended as a parody of party and attitude songs, such as "Smokin' In the Boys Room" and "I Wanna Rock."; however, the irony was lost on most listeners.

***Interesting Note # 3 ***
Licensed to Ill was the first rap LP to top Billboard's Pop Albums chart.

****Interesting Note # 4 ****
On the album cover for Licensed to Ill, the tail of the plane has the legend '3MTA3' which spells 'EATME' when viewed in a mirror.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Artist of the Week: DREW STRUZAN

WOW! When I finally learned the artist's name that did some of my favorite movie posters (probably of all time), I went and researched him. Not only did I find out that he was a spectauclar artist (which I already knew from the posters I love), but I found out that he did some of the most famous (and not so famous) movie posters from the 70s to today. I just learned that he is retiring! He has been involved in creating some of the most iconic movie posters for some iconic movies. He was known as the "unofficial" movie artist for Jim Henson's Muppets. I tried to be fair, and show case some of his art, as well as some of his movie posters. Enjoy this week's artist, the "Movie Poster Maven", DREW STRUZAN....

STAR WARS (Special Edition Posters) combined together


Han Solo

Albert Einstein

Abe Lincoln

A Gorilla


This is one of the posters from the movie "Goonies"

This is one of many posters from "An American Tail"

This is the poorly done "Masters of the Universe"

This is from the "Police Academy" series. Drew stopped after the fourth one I believe....

This is from the "Star Wars" series of movies...Drew has done all the posters for all of the movies.

This is from the "Indiana Jones" series of movies...once again, Drew has done all of the posters for all of the movies.

This is from the "Back to the Future" series of before, he has done all of the posters for all of the movies.

This is from the "Harry Potter" series....I don't believe he has done all of the posters. I think he only did the first two, maybe three.

To see the complete list (and year) of Drew's posters, please go here.

To see Drew's work, visit Drew's website here.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Flashback Fridays

I decided to go really old shcool on this edition of Flashback Friday. I decided to go with one of the most popular bands of all time. Their prime was in the 60's, but they are still remembered to this day as being one of the greatest bands ever. With that I present this weeks song: "Twist and Shout" by the Beatles.

Discover The Beatles!

"Twist and Shout" was released on March 22, 1963 (U.K.) on the Beatle's first studio album Please Please Me.

The U.S. version was released on January 10, 1964 (U.S.) under the album name Introducing... the Beatles.

**Interesting Note**
"Twist and Shout" was actual a cover song that the Beatles recorded. It was originally written by Phil Medley and Bert Russell. It was originally recorded by the Topnotes, covered by The Isley Brothers, and then covered by The Beatles.

**Interesting Note # 2 **
Introducing ...The Beatles was the most counterfeited Beatles record of all.

**Interesting Note # 3 **
"Twist and Shout", while already a popular song, was made even more popular by the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Shout Outs & Links

We interrupt our scheduled post entry for these kind words & shout outs to other creators....

First one up is:
The Cake Wrecks blog .

(Click on the pic for the story on this particular cake)

Not only is this one of the funniest blogs I have ever read, but it also shows just how bad people can be at making cakes. While I feel bad for the people who received the cakes, I burst out laughing anytime I read the blog entries!

I found this next blog through a blog that I frequent, and was so impressed, that I had to give a shout out!

The Springfield Punx blog .

This blog combines two things: Art & the Simpsons. It's one thing to create a cartoon version of someone, it's another to make a "Simpsonized" version of them. The creator of this blog not only does an awesome version of his "Simpsonized" characters, but the details he adds into them are simply amazing. Batman, Spiderman, Conan O'Brien & He-Man are just some of the many wonderful creations that are present on his blog!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Flashback Fridays

Big props to V3 on this weeks song selection. Of the songs that I had in mind, none of them had the "it" factor I was looking for!

This weeks Flashback Friday is "Super Freak" by Rick James.

Discover Rick James!

"Super Freak" came out in 1981, off the album STREET SONGS.

**Interesting Note**
A sampling of this song was used to make M.C. Hammer's smash hit "U Can't Touch This"

Friday, September 19, 2008

Flashback Fridays

Welcome to the second installment of "Flashback Fridays". This particular song was going to be my first pick, but for some reason I couldn't get the link. Now that I have it, here is a little "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister for you! Enjoy!

Discover Twisted Sister!

"We're Not Gonna Take It" is a 1984 hit song from their album Stay Hungry. The song was first released as a single (With B-Side song "You Can't Stop Rock & Roll") on April 27, 1984.

The album came out two weeks later, on May 10, 1984.

**Interesting Note**
It is the first album in history to be deemed legally obscene.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

What I'm Reading...

Currently, it's "The Death and Life of Superman" by Roger Stern.

It's a pretty cool book, giving another dimension and feel to the mega 1993 "event" of killing Superman. Roger Stern has written numerous comics, and even was part of the team for the huge "Superman Death Event".

Kevin James Comedy Stand Up

In my opinion, Kevin James has to be one of the best stand up comedians. His facial expressions, his jokes, his actions are all extremely funny. Below is a clip from his stand up act "Kevin James: Sweat the Small Stuff"

Kevin James - Click here for more blooper videos


**I added the pics of the character renderings for the MK vs. DC Game under the original post.**

***I added the story behind the art on Comic Comparison #6 ***

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Did You Know?

The name "Guns-N-Roses" was formed by combing the names of "Hollywood Rose" & "L.A. Guns", the two bands that the founding members were origianlly part of.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Flashback Fridays

Welcome to the first installment of "Flashback Fridays"!
This part of my blog will be updated every Friday (obviously), and will highlight music from the past:the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. Maybe even older, who knows!

I thought I would kick it off with a little G-N-R (Guns -N- Roses), a popular band back in the 80's. Here is their hit "Welcome to the Jungle"....

Discover Guns N' Roses!

**UPDATE** After having a conversation with Kelly, he said that I should put a little about when the music came out, and album, etc. And I totally agree! It's foolish for me to think that everybody knows when these songs came out, and even what album they came out on!

With the case of Guns-N-Roses, the song "Welcome to the Jungle" came out in 1987 off their debut album Appetite for Destruction.

Interesting note: The album's original cover, based on the Robert Williams painting "Appetite for Destruction", depicted a robot rapist about to be punished by a metal avenger.

After several music retailers refused to stock the album, they compromised and put the controversial cover art inside, replacing it with a cover depicting a cross and skulls of the five band members (designed by Billy White Jr., originally as a tattoo), each skull representing one member of the band: Izzy Stradlin, top skull; Steven Adler, left skull; Axl Rose, center skull; Duff McKagan, right skull; and Slash, bottom skull.

The photographs used for the back of the album and liner notes were taken by Robert John.

**Information from INTERESTING NOTE came from Wikipedia**

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Comic Art Comparisons # 6

Art by Peter Laird
(Inks by Unknown, Colors by Unknown)

This is an awesome comparison for two reasons:

1)The stark contast of the black & white drawing against the color art that came out from it

2) The idea, as stated from Peter Laird's original post:

"For the cover, I drew this black and white rough...

...which I then split up into eight overlapping segments. The segments were distributed among the artists to be finished in their individual styles, and the only rule was that they had to keep the basic positioning and shape of the turtle(s) in each section.

After everyone had finished their segments, I composited them together. Below, from left to right: Steve Lavigne, Eric Talbot, Dan Berger, Mike Dooney, Ryan Brown, Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, and Jim Lawson..."

All TMNT-related images © 2008 Mirage Studios unless otherwise noted. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles® is a registered trademark of Mirage Studios; all rights reserved.

Batman: Brave and the Bold

Below is a short clip of the new cartoon that is coming out this fall, entitled: "Batman:The Brave and The Bold". I'm not really sure what to think of this yet, but I may check it out ehn it comes out to see.

Ghostbusters 3?!

Columbia Scaring Up Ghostbusters Revival
Thursday September 4 4:32 PM ET

Los Angeles (E! Online) - No need to believe in UFOs, astral projections, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the theory of Atlantis.

Just believe that the allure of nostalgia and a monster paycheck is strong enough to get Bill Murray to strap on that positron collider again.

Variety reports that Columbia Pictures is gearing up to bring another Ghostbusters film to the big screen, ideally featuring all four main characters from the 1984 blockbuster and its 1989 sequel—Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson.

Both '80s-era films were cowritten by Aykroyd and Ramis and directed by Ivan Reitman.

Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, both executive producers on The Office, have been tapped to pen the new installment—after which, Columbia will approach its would-be leading men.

Eisenberg and Stupnitsky recently collaborated on the Ramis-directed comedy Year One. Despite a handful of small parts over the years in comedies such as Knocked Up and As Good as It Gets, Ramis—who also helmed three episodes of The Office last year—has had more of a career behind the camera since his Egon Spengler days.

While the project remains officially unconfirmed, the general consensus is that getting Murray to suit up after all these years will be the hard part—although the Oscar-nominated thesp deigned to contribute his Dr. Peter Venkman voice for the new Ghostbusters: The Video Game.

After helping to keep the dream alive for the past two decades, Aykroyd told a radio station last year that the idea of another Ghostbusters sequel was still alive and kicking. But...

"It will not happen as a live-action [movie], 'cause Billy [Murray] will not come on, in the live-action stage anymore for it," the veteran character actor said. "But he will voice his part, and we are looking to do it as a CGI animated project."

But who knows what will happen if the script stacks up?

Ghostbusters II didn't exactly recapture the magic of the original, which grossed $229.2 million (at '80s prices) at the box office, but it still brought in $112.5 million and millions more from home video sales.

Besides, even the lamest sequels are usually good for lines like, "Only a Carpathian would come back to life now and choose New York! "

***Taken from****

Hey, Detroit! News for You!!!

Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick pleads guilty, resigns By COREY WILLIAMS and ED WHITE, Associated Press Writers

DETROIT - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to felony charges Thursday in a sex scandal and will step down after months of defiantly holding onto his job leading the nation's 11th-largest city. He was ordered jailed for four months and fined $1 million.

The plea deal brings to an end a seven-months-long ordeal that led to felony charges against Kilpatrick and plunged the city, region and state into political chaos.

"I lied under oath," Kilpatrick said in court.

As part of the deal, the 38-year-old Democrat is to serve four months in jail and five years of probation. He also would pay the $1 million in restitution over the five-year probationary period.

During a separate hearing moments after Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Groner accepted the mayor's plea, Kilpatrick offered a no contest plea in an assault case.

The judge also accepted that plea, which called for Kilpatrick to serve a four-month jail sentence that would run at the same time.

Kilpatrick had faced 10 felony counts in the two separate criminal cases.

Groner asked Kilpatrick if he understood he was giving up the right to be innocent until proven guilty.

"I gave that up a long time ago," Kilpatrick replied.

Kilpatrick also read a statement in court and admitted his guilt, saying "I lied under oath ... I did so with an intent to mislead the court and jury and to impede and obstruct the fair administration of justice."

The married mayor and former top aide Christine Beatty were charged in March with perjury, misconduct and obstruction of justice. They're accused of lying under oath about an affair and their roles in the firing of a deputy police chief.

Beatty did not plead guilty and next will appear in court on Sept. 11. Groner said a plea deal in Beatty's case appeared likely.

The mayor will be sentenced on Oct. 28. He will report to jail that day, said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

"We did not give an inch and these conditions were basically to a letter of what we wanted all along," she said.

The mayor has to announce his resignation immediately, and it will become effective within two weeks.

Worthy said she was glad that Kilpatrick resigned but that was never a "bargaining chip" for her. She said paying restitution and serving time in jail were far more important.

"You don't just lose your job and walk away," she said.

City Council President Ken Cockrel Jr. will succeed Kilpatrick as mayor until a special election is held.

Until now, Kilpatrick had refused to resign even as the calls for him to step down grew louder and the controversy overshadowed all else at City Hall, tarnishing the national image of the much-maligned city even more.

Kilpatrick leaves a mixed legacy. He persuaded big business to invest in a city staggering from the auto industry's woes and a decades-long exodus of people, but he failed to live up to a promising political future due to repeated scandal.

The son of a Detroit congresswoman, Kilpatrick was just 31 when he was elected in 2001, becoming the youngest mayor in city history.

His pro-Detroit rhetoric and diamond stud earring endeared Kilpatrick to many blacks, especially young voters who embraced the "Hip-Hop Mayor."

But Kilpatrick's first term was marked by political immaturity and fiscal irresponsibility. He racked up thousands of dollars in travel on his city-issued credit card and the city's lease of a luxury Lincoln Navigator for his wife, Carlita.

Less than a year into the first term, rumors surfaced of a wild party involving strippers and members of Kilpatrick's security team at the mayor's mansion.

Former Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown filed a lawsuit in 2003, claiming he was fired for looking into the alleged party and investigating the actions of the mayor's bodyguards.

During the 2007 trial, Kilpatrick and Beatty sat in the witness chair and denied having a romantic relationship in 2002 and 2003.

But a bombshell rocked Detroit in January: The Detroit Free Press published sexually explicit text messages recovered from Beatty's city-issued pager that contradicted their courtroom denials.

He and Beatty were charged with perjury and other felonies.

More text messages released in April revealed the evolution of flirty and sexually explicit exchanges to professions of love and promises of marriage.

In May, the City Council asked Granholm to remove Kilpatrick from office, saying it was misled into approving a $8.4 million settlement with Brown and two other officers. Council members said they didn't know about provisions to keep the text messages under wraps.

In July, a sheriff's detective trying to serve a subpoena on a Kilpatrick friend said he was shoved by the mayor. Assault charges followed.

The next month, a judge ordered the mayor to jail for violating the terms of his bond by traveling to Canada. He was released the next day, but the incident prompted some politicians and community leaders who had remained silent on the scandal to call for his resignation.


Warners and Fox continue to battle over the film's release
Updated with the trial date!

By Josh Wigler
Posted 9/02/2008

UPDATE: The "Watchmen" trial date has been set for January 6. Read all about it here.

If you thought that this whole "Watchmen" legal situation was as ugly as Walter J. Kovacs, just wait—it's getting even uglier.

The New York Times reports that Warner Brothers and 20th Century Fox filed a joint report to a Los Angeles federal court regarding their "frenzied fight" over the future of "Watchmen."

Says the report: "Fox has said it will seek an injunction blocking Warner's planned release of the film next March. Warner has argued that Fox should not be allowed to stop the movie, after standing by while Warner and its partners on the film, Paramount Pictures and Legendary Pictures, spent more than $100 million on the production."

"Fox, which filed a lawsuit in February, has claimed in its own filings that [Producer Lawrence] Gordon did not keep the studio apprised of his plans, as required by a 1994 agreement," continues the report. "That deal granted Mr. Gordon rights to 'Watchmen' in 'turnaround' — an industry term for arrangements under which producers can move a project from one studio to another under certain conditions."

Warner Bros. claims that Gordon, who isn't named a defendant in Fox's lawsuit, offered "Watchmen" to Fox back in 2005, but the company "simply rejected it."

"Warner said Fox had gone so far as to grant it rights to the title 'Watchmen,' which Fox had earlier registered with the Motion Picture Association of America."

Included in the report are conflicting requests for a trial date. Fox wants a trial as early as next June, whereas Warner is requesting an April trial. In either scenario, the trial would take place after "Watchmen's" currently scheduled March release date. The real question, then, is not which side will win the rights to the film—it's whether we'll see the film at all.

***Taken from***

Blog Neglect

Yes, I admit it; my blog has been suffering from some serious neglect. Shame on me, and apologies all around! Well, I am going to try to make a better effort of updating this blog, but I'm not making any promises!

On with the blog!!!!!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Movie News

20th Century Fox stands in the way of Rorschach's big screen debut

By Josh Wigler
Posted 8/19/2008

Who watches the Watchmen? According to a report from Variety, the studio bigwigs at Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox.

In a plot twist so shocking that it makes the Alan Moore epic look like an episode of "Muppet Babies," a judge has denied Warner Bros.' motion to dismiss Fox's lawsuit over Warners' right to the film version of "Watchmen." Fox claims that they never ceded their rights to the comic book property, which has been in development for two decades.

"According to the federal Judge Gary Allen Feess, Fox retained distribution rights to the graphic novel penned by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons through a 1991 claim," reports Variety.

"Furthermore, Feess appears to agree that under a 1994 turnaround deal with producer Larry Gordon, Gordon acquired an option to acquire Fox's remaining interest in 'Watchmen,' which was never exercised, thereby leaving Fox with its rights under the 1994 agreement."

And if you think the nightmare couldn't get worse, you're wrong. Fox isn't seeking monetary compensation from the project—they want to prevent the film from being released altogether.

"We will be asking the court to enforce Fox's copyright interests in 'The Watchmen' and enjoin the release of the Warner Bros. film and any related 'Watchmen' media that violate our copyright interests in that property," Fox said in a statement.

Warner Bros. also released a statement, though it is considerably more tight-lipped.

"It is our company's policy not to comment on pending litigation and thus will not comment on the specifics of this case," says the company. "That said, the court's ruling simply means that the parties will engage in discovery and proceed with the litigation. The judge did not opine at all on the merits other than to conclude that Fox satisfied the pleading requirements. We respectfully disagree with Fox's position and do not believe they have any rights in and to this project."

Discovery processes can take up to two years, according to the report, but the court has asked both parties for expedited discovery due to the film's scheduled Spring 2009 release.

At the least, this lawsuit will be yet another testament to the continuing curse of "Watchmen's" film development. At it's worst, however, it could prevent the movie from seeing release altogether. That would surely put a smile on Alan Moore's face, but it would be the ultimate ball tap to "Watchmen" fans everywhere. Fans, looks like it's time to start wearing a cup.

~Taken from Wizard


Following Marvel's lead, WB plans to build up solo adventures for DC heroes before big team-up feature

By Josh Wigler
Posted 8/22/2008

After weeks of speculation, Warner Bros. has finally spoken in greater detail about their plans for their upcoming DC Comics properties. Unsurprisingly, their strategy is set to closely follow that of Marvel Studios—build up the lesser-known characters, then release a team-up flick.

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, "Warner Bros. has quietly adopted Marvel's model of releasing a single film for each character, and then using those movies and their sequels to build up to a multicharacter film."

"Along those lines, we have been developing every DC character that we own," says Jeff Robinov, Group President of Warner Bros. Pictures.

One of those characters includes the Man of Steel himself. As we recently speculated, the WB plans to move Superman in a whole new direction.

"'Superman' didn't quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to," says Mr. Robinov. "But now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman."

Moving forward, the WB will take a cue from their summer blockbuster "The Dark Knight." Robinov envisions that movie's darker tone as the key to success for other DC film properties.

"We're going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it," he reveals, which includes their plans for Superman.

For now, the ill-fated "Justice League" project is getting benched alongside "Batman vs. Superman," another project that's roasted in development hell for the better part of a decade. The studio will instead focus it's attention on developing a third Batman, a reintroduction of Superman and two other unspecified DC Comics characters over the next three years. Given recent rumors, smart money puts "Green Lantern" and "Green Arrow: Escape from Super Max" as the likely candidates to head to the big screen.

Regardless of what happens over the next few years, it's comforting that Warner Bros. isn't just sitting on a gold mine of comic book icons—they're grabbing the pick-axes and thoughtfully hi-hoing these characters into existence. Here's hoping they succeed.

~Taken from Wizard

Warners debates the Man of Steel's film future

By Josh Wigler
Posted 8/20/2008

When it comes to Batman and Superman, you can debate until you're red and blue in the face about which is the better hero. One thing that's indisputable, however, is that the Caped Crusader is the big screen winner. The commercial and critical acclaim of "Batman Begins" led to a quickly followed-up sequel—mighta heard of it, a little film called "The Dark Knight," currently the second highest grossing film of all time. Who needs a pocket full of Kryptonite when you have a $400 million and counting box office?

Bryan Singer's 2006 "Superman Returns" has its defenders and detractors, but it lacked the big bucks that Gotham's Dark Knight raked in. Life imitated art as multi-billionaire Bruce Wayne's film adventure outgrossed underpaid staff writer Clark Kent. [Note: We writers at Wizard, of course, can't sympathize with Clark, as our annual salaries typically range from $100,000 to $MoreMoneyThanGod.]

The fellas and fellaettes at Warner Bros. are understandably nervous about how to approach their Superman franchise. Think about it—one of the most recognizable American icons of all time loses out to a lunatic dressed up as a Bat. Wouldn't you be skeptical? As such, the future of the series has hit something of a stalemate as late.

Blogger Anne Thompson at Variety weighed in on the topic yesterday. Here's what she had to say:
Fans have been clamoring all over the web—and on this blog—for a complete reboot. And within the halls of Warner Bros. the same debate rages on. They too believe that the last movie didn't break the mold and wound up in some kind of middle limbo. Today I was told that it is a priority at the studio to find the right direction and if Bryan Singer is willing to do that, fine, but if he gets in the way, he may not stay on the project. There are no writers working on a Superman script now. The studio wants to figure it out. "It might be better to start from scratch," one exec admitted.
Take this as further evidence that the WB is looking to bounce Bryan Singer from the franchise. As we've previously reported, Singer's attached to two new comic book/superhero properties, "Capeshooters" and "Freedom Formula." Though he's not signed to direct either of those features, Singer's plate is filled with so much comic booky goodness that the Last Son of Krypton might not have a seat at the table. When coupled with Thompson's insider scoop, it's looking likely that the next time Superman returns, he'll be flying with a new director and in a new direction.

~Taken from Wizard

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Ringo's "Lost"






Mr. Eko

**Art by Mike Wieringo (1963 - 2007), found on Comic Art Community**
**Mr. Eko art by Mike Wieringo, found on his Deviant Art page **


Take two of my favorite things: Star Wars and Comic Books, combine them together, and you have one awesome homage!!!

"ORDER 66" was a poster/pin-up from Star Wars Insider magazine, which was based on the X-Men 141 cover. (I put the original cover below the pin-up/poster.)

"ORDER 66"

"X-MEN #141"

**Artwork found online @ Comic Art Community (Order 66) and Yahoo! Images. **