Director/writerÂ Michael Doughertyâ€™sÂ creepy, darkly comic celebration of the scariest night of the year â€“ Trick â€˜r TreatÂ â€“ comes to Comic-Con International with a special screening and panel on Thursday, July 23 at 10:00 p.m. in Balllroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center.
Trick â€˜r TreatÂ takes theÂ Creepshow/Tales from the CryptÂ approach to nefarious new depths with four interwoven tales set on Halloween night: a high school principal who moonlights as a vicious serial killer; a young virgin whose quest for that special someone takes a gruesome turn; a group of teens who carry out a cruel prank with disastrous consequences; and a cantankerous old man who battles a mischievous trick-or-treating demon.
Comic-Con International credentials are required for admittance to the 4,000-seat room.
Prior to the screening,Â Ainâ€™t It Cool NewsÂ mogulÂ Harry KnowlesÂ will moderate a panel featuring Dougherty (Superman Returns, X2) and members of the cast. The movies stars Anna PaquinÂ (True Blood, X-Men),Â Tahmoh PenikettÂ (Battlestar Galactica, Dollhouse) andÂ Brian CoxÂ (The Bourne Identity, X2).
A collection of creepy stories that mixes fun with fear, candy with poison, and laughter with screams,Â the critically-acclaimedÂ Trick ‘r TreatÂ will be releasedÂ on Blu-Rayâ„¢ Hi-Def andÂ DVD and On Demand by Warner Home Video in October 2009.
After the decades of headache over who created Superman and Superboy, who currently owns the character outright, and who owes whom how much money, the latest court decision between the Siegel estate, DC and Warner Bros. Entertainment, should embolden the conglomerate to move forward with other Superman related projects.Â The latest suit between the parties had the Siegel estate arguing that DC gave Warner Bros. a “sweetheart deal” in licensing the Superman character for Superman Returns and the Smallville series, resulting in the family getting less money than they believe they should have.
DC Comics has announced a new rush solicitation for the Hot Toys Superman Returns Jor-El Deluxe 1:6 Scale Collectors Figure that has the figure arriving in stores February 11.
This spectacular 12-inch high figure is inspired by the appearance of Jor-El in the hit movie Superman Returns, and includes over 22 points of articulation, real-cloth jacket and pants colored glossy white, a display base with the Superman Returns logo and a Jor-El nameplate, and the authentic likeness of actor Marlon Brando.
This is the first time the figure has been available in the U.S. and is in extremely limited supply.Â Limited supply being the reason this figure will set you back $195.00.
Those famous Max Fleischer Superman cartoons from the 1940s have been in public domain for years, causing many cheap versions to be passed around.Â Fortunately, Warner Home Video is collecting the original 17 shorts and releasing them on a two DVD collection in April 2009.
Smallville: The Complete Seventh Season arrives September 9, 2008 from Warner Home Video, and in addition to all the episodes (Laura Vandervoort and Kristin Kreuk in HD WOOT!), the DVD collection includes several special features including Supergirl: The Last Daughter of Krypton, and Jimmy on Jimmy.
According to an interview at the Wall Street Journal, the Superman franchise is going to get a complete reboot ala Ang Lee’s Hulk movie.Â But this time Warner Bros. is actually taking something away from the big summit it had with DC and some of its creators and the recent success Marvel has had with its properties.
According to the interview with Jeff Robinov, Warner Bros. plans on releasing at least two tent-pole films a year based on DC characters.
The Superman Man of Tomorrow panel was the first presentation from DC, and featured Senior Editor Matt Idelson, Superman writer James Robinson and artist Renato Guedes, Action Comics’ Geoff Johns and artist Joe Prado, artist Jamal Igle and writer Sterling Gates from Supergirl.
It’s being reported that Warner Bros. is in close talks with DC Comics and some of its creators on the direction the movie adaptations of DC characters should take.
“While we are not going to go into the specifics of the meetings, we’re constantly looking at how best to exploit the DC Comics characters and properties. DC is an incredibly valuable asset to Warner Bros. and plays an important role across the entire studio by providing development and franchise opportunities for all media, including films, television, home entertainment, animation, consumer products, video games and digital platforms.”
The success of Iron Man from Marvel and the less than stellar performance from Superman Returns appears to have finally gotten the company to stop mucking around with franchises that could net them billions of dollars if handled correctly. Batman and Robin anyone?
Even though DC Comics brings in a nice chunk of change to Warner Bros. bottom line, it is nothing more than a drop in the bucket. So I’m really hopeful Warner execs listen to DC instead of forcing DC to conform to some wild hair idea of a screenwriter looking to make a name for himself.
What could this mean in the long run?Â For one, it could mean a delay in the release of new DC based movies as the studios retool to combat the success of the House of Ideas, and perhaps – just perhaps, Warner will finally get that Justice League movie off the ground.
Of course the success of The Dark Knight in a few weeks could have the Warner execs thinking they know what is best, thus screwing up all talks.
According to director Peter Segal, the production is still feeling the aftershocks of the writer’s strike.
We’re still working on the script. An interesting little development, but it’s an annoying one, is that after a strike there are residual effects and one was that everyone who was a writer suddenly had a back log of assignments as did John August, so we started to do our re-write process but he had to service some of these other prior commitments. So now we’re kind of waiting in line to get him back but it’s worked out okay because we’ve been working on the marketing of this and getting this going, so we’ve been doing enough to keep ourselves busy and as soon as this movie gets released then we’re going to focus again on ‘Billy Batson and the Legend of Shazam‘.
Well gosh darn that!Â Of all the superheroes to get a movie make over, this is one that could be really good, especially if they make it a true adventure ala the old seriels.Â If Segal plays his cards right, and there is a really good script, Shazam could finally get the last laugh by out performing Superman Returns.