It just got really weird
You know what has really been missing in DC Comics since the end of 52?Â A whole slew of mutliverse stories.Â Sure, thereâ€™s that whole cluster bomb that is Final Crisis and Superman Beyond 3D that touches on a multiverse, and there has been an ongoing tale featuring Superman from Earth-22 in JSA, but that story took place on New Earth.Â It could be argued Trinity is a multiverse story, in that it features the Riddler from the Antimatter universe, but the series has turned more into an alternate timeline story than one that takes place in the multiverse.
Where are tales taking place on Earth-10, Earth-47, and Earth-17?Â The only real Multi-Earth spanning tale readers have seen in the last two years has been Tangent: Supermanâ€™s Reign.Â And lately, thatâ€™s not necessarily a good thing.
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When last we left the title character and his British secret service companion, they were stuck on a train, headed for a cliff, and battling some horrific scientific Nazi experiments gone wrong.Â If you thought Robo and Sparrow were doomed, then you probably havenâ€™t been reading comics that long.
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I’m sure it has been on your mind ever since Marvel announced the release date for Captain America, “Who is going to direct this masterpiece?”Â Your question has been answered via the trades, as The Hollywood Reporter has Joe Johnston taking on the First Avenger.
Who is Joe Johnston?Â This is the guy who directed The Rocketeer, which has a huge fan following.Â Since First Avenger: Captain America is set during World War II, he should be perfect to guide the production.
“Captain America” will be a World War II-set movie, and the character will appear in the modern day-set “Avengers.” Executive producing on “Captain” are Louis D’Esposito, Stan Lee and Marvel Studios’ chairman David Maisel.
Johnston is also the genius behind the convoy sequence from Raiders of the Lost Ark, as he served as the storyboard artist for Spielberg, and envisioned one of my most loved action sequences of all time.Â Of course he’s also the director behind Hildago and the upcoming Wolfman remake, but I still have hope for an awesome movie.
Even though Johnston is in place, no writer has been brought on board, and the role of Cap has yet to be cast.
Sony Pictures Imageworks has announced it will be the driving force behind the live action 3D adaptation of one of my favorite cartoons from my youth.Â G-Force (Gatchaman, Battle of the Planets) will have its 2D footage converted into 3D during the action sequences.
Is everyone excited about a G-Force movie?
I went to see Wanted on Friday, and even though many of the themes are the same from the MIllar comic, everything else was totally off.Â From the “fate” weaving machine, to the magic bullet theory, what was really missing was the “Oh Shnike!” moments that played better in the comic.
Was the movie enjoyable?Â As an action flick, yes.Â As a comic book adaptation, a big no.Â I’ve heard some grumblings that the movie was a real downer, with the bad guys winning in the end.Â In a movie filled with moral ambiguity having the lesser evil win, sat just fine with me.
Still, I missed the super villains, and the jumping to other worlds.Â Perhaps that would be too fantastical for audiences to grasp and enjoy in a year when the movie theaters are filled with comic book adaptations.
While Wanted did well in its first weekend, bringing in $51.1 million – half of the opening weekend gross of Iron Man, and just slightly behind Incredible Hulk – it fell way behind Disney’s Wall-E, which brought in $62 million.
If fan reaction was tepid this past weekend, I expect Wanted will tumble at least 60% next weekend.Â If you want a good action movie with some very very cool action sequences, then Wanted is probably a flick for you.Â If you want to see Shithead and Fuckwit and a slew of other super villain cameos, then reread your Wanted trade.
Hey Cory Edwards, writer/director of the upcoming Fraggle Rock movie, how are things going?
I’m having a lot of fun. I just finished my first action scene (yes, there WILL be action scenes!), and am cracking some decent jokes. It’s hard to create jokes for Fraggles, since they have no pop culture references whatsoever. That’s probably a good thing… that means I have a better chance of creating a timeless movie (If I see one more cute iconic character ruined by “Shrekking It Up” for easy jokes, I’m going to go postal).
Oh yeah. Who’s up for some Fraggle action sequences?
Now for the bigger questions of music and puppets.
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