Emerging tidbits about comic book movies dominated the day today, with the eagerly anticipated duo of The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers leading the way. Remember when the studios were going to take over comics? Do you think they’ve noticed it happened the other way around yet?
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The latest issue of popular film magazine Empire offers a choice of two covers, each depicting a pivotal character in Christopher Nolan’s next Batman movie.
The official website for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers movie has been updated with a series of character banners and a little bio blurb for the main characters. I know you know that I know you know the Avengers – I mean, really, how familiar must they be by now? – but there’s some movie specific stuff in here. Just about.
Last we heard, Simon Kinberg was working on a script for the sequel to X-Men: First Class, though it’s probably worth mentioning that this was not formally announced and came from, ultimately, an anonymous source.
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But instead I found a really good comic. A really really good comic. Funny, spiky, great dialogue, fun new twists, and it’s full. There’s a lot packed into those twenty pages, efficiently told.
Now, Miller’s script for Robocop 2 would get stripped for parts, some of it ending up in Robocop 2, some in Robocop 3, most of it dropped somewhere in between. But a few years ago, Avatar Press published a comic book version of the Frank Miller screenplay, adapted by Steven Grant and Juan Jose Ryp, with covers by Frank. A work that the Guardian chose not to feature… possibly because it might interfere with the narrative.
Don’t call them Point Ones. Or Flashpoint Ones. But I understand that DC is planning a number of books, ancillary one shots if you will, intended to plug backstory on current New DCU comics, rather than offer extra exposition in the ongoing series, and breaking up the narrative flow.