goodm0urning, post: 1862910 wrote:
Yeah, I was just thinking that. (Re: the thread.)
I used to feel differently, but after some hard evaluation, I've come to a similar conclusion: movie adaptations of comics must be treated as their own entity. I think it was Raymond Chandler, or one of those pulp story guys, who was asked how he felt about Hollywood ruining his books. His response was to point at his shelf and say, "There they are. They're fine."
That's not to say there are specific cases for which I'd make exception. I still think the Watchmen movie was a fool's errand. But there's a big difference between adapting a masterpiece of form and structure, and adapting an amalgam of different story ideas taken from a variety of source material.
DA GAME, post: 1862914 wrote:
What happened @ the end of Blackest Night:Superman #2?
Sano, post: 1862915 wrote:
I read the issue but I don't remember exactly how it ended. Superman and Superboy / Conner Kent still fighting Black Lantern Golden Age Superman and Black Lantern Golden Age Lois Lane on the Kent farm is all I can recall. I think Pa Kent either came back as a Black Lantern or is about to.
darksoul173, post: 1862919 wrote:
JJ Abrams MAYBE taking over the nex Supes film?
goodm0urning, post: 1862920 wrote:
1. Not bloody likely.
2. Please, no.
goodm0urning, post: 1862922 wrote:
I do, too, but after seeing what he did with Star Trek... I just want something different for Superman. Abrams's style is too modern. And by too modern, I mean he loves to do the bouncing camera/choppy cut style that will be looked back on someday as a campy relic of the 2000s. And I guess he gets bonus points for adding inexplicable and unnecessary lens flares to the mix.
A Superman movie needs to be a little more elegant, classical, and classy.
Tizoc, post: 1862923 wrote:
...can we have some good action in it that amounts to at least 15 mins. of the movie...or even maybe 30?
goodm0urning, post: 1862928 wrote:
My friends, you know me to be neither rash nor impulsive.
I'm not given to wild, unsupported statements.
But I tell you that this may be the greatest thing in the history of things.
In a move that could indicate DC is moving toward a courtroom showdown in the Siegel lawsuits, the company has replaced its local outside counsel with Los Angeles ?Super Lawyer? Daniel Petrocelli.
Petrocelli is perhaps best known for his work in several high-profile trials, including a major intellectual property case involving a cartoon character. Besides defending Enron CEO Jeff Skilling in a case that has reached the Supreme Court and helping the Goldman family win a multimillion dollar judgment against OJ Simpson, Petrocelli successfully defended the Walt Disney Company in a long-running dispute over the royalties from Winnie the Pooh.
Time Warner?s decision to bring on such a high-profile litigator as its new outside counsel would seem to signal that the company does not expect a settlement with the Siegel family in the foreseeable future. It?s equally possible that the hire is itself a negotiation tactic, as it?s not unusual for a party in a lawsuit to bring in big name counsel in an attempt to intimidate a seemingly intractable opponent.
Whatever its effect on the Siegels and their own high-powered counsel, the move to Petrocelli is a serious loss for DC?s previous outside counsel, Weissmann Wolff Bergman. The firm had previously succeeded in defending the company in Winter v. DC Comics, a right of publicity action in which the California Supreme Court ruled that a Jonah Hex parody of celebrity musicians was protected by the First Amendment.
P. Gorath, post: 1862934 wrote:
No one talking about JMS taking over Superman? His essay was pretty damn good.
RoninChaos, post: 1862937 wrote:
JMS Grounds Superman - Comics Feature at IGN
Here's a link to a good interview with JMS. It's got me interested in the new Superman, Run.
Rugal 3:16, post: 1862938 wrote:
G00dy if you're here, there are some things I'd like to get your opinion on. (which I have to dig up then )
goodm0urning, post: 1862942 wrote:
Good piece. I would point out that Superman needs to be Clark in order to understand and be a part of humanity, just as he needs to be Superman to understand and be a part of his utopian native race. He needs to know what it's like to be walked on, pushed around, and overlooked. He needs to know what it's like to be shoved and to not shove back. If he didn't have that, then he couldn't have the other side of the coin. His endless compassion and need to bring people up are Kryptonian. He's seen the heights that a race of intelligent beings can reach once they've overcome their oldest problems. But his respect for individuality and his humility are from his human upbringing. He was brought up by quiet farmers who'd been around long enough to see powerful people come and go. It's what keeps him humble.
As for who he really is, he can't be reduced to either/or. He's not the mild-mannered reporter and he's not the stoic champion of mankind. He certainly has both of those facets to his personality, but you have to factor in so much else to really understand him. Where he comes from, what he's been through, the questions and struggles he's faced, and the terrible responsibility of keeping all that power in check. Neither Clark nor Superman fully encapsulate it.
In that sense, he's the most tragic superheroic character at all. Batman struggles to shape a better world with his own two hands. For Superman, that wouldn't be a struggle at all, but he knows that he loses the battle if he does.
Rugal 3:16, post: 1862946 wrote:
But i'd like to ass some more noteworthy stories..
Zack Snyder directing Superman: "It's his time." (Updated)
Zack Snyder has been chosen to direct the new Superman movie, which Christopher Nolan is producing for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Negotiations began earlier today.
Snyder, who directed "300" and "Watchmen," had been on the list of helmers ensconced in meetings with Nolan and Warners execs, who in recent weeks have talked to Darren Aronofsky, Ben Affleck, Matt Reeves and Tony Scott.
The job was so coveted that even Robert Zemeckis, retired to the world of performance capture, considered returning to live-action filmmaking in order to nab the gig.
A new Superman movie is one of the studio?s top priorities, not only since it serves as linchpin for their line of DC superhero-based films, but especially since Warners needs to be in production on a new Superman movie by 2011 or risk losing certain copyrights to the heirs of creators Joe Shuster and Jerry Seigel. (That litigation is still pending.)
Nolan, who revived Batman, teamed up with David Goyer for a new a way to revive the last son of Krypton. Despite grossing $200 million domestically, the last movie, 2006?s ?Superman Returns,? was considered a disappointment and a hoped-for franchise launch never flew off.
Part of the problem stems from Superman?s classic comic book characteristics: The character for decades was a beacon for positive characteristics and his stories usually painted in black and white, so from a point of view of a certain segment, he was not hip enough for a time that prefers its heroes more morally ambiguous and drawn with tones of gray.
Goyer is writing the script, which is rumored to have, like ?Superman Returns,? a Richard Donner Superman connection. In the movie?s case, it?s a villain connection: General Zod.
Nolan is producing with his wife and producing partner Emma Thomas, along with Charles Roven, and Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder?s wife and partner.
Snyder, repped by CAA, is one of Warners favorite filmmakers, ever since he directed the surprise smash ?300,? the adaptation of the Frank Miller comic book. He followed that up with ?Watchmen,? the adaptation of the seminal Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons miniseries, and is now putting on the final touches on his original work ?Suckerpunch,? which is slated to open March 25, 2011.
Snyder just made his animated feature debut with ?Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.? The movie opened softly but is generating strong word-of-mouth, having fallen only 32% in its second week.
Because Nolan was godfathering ?Superman,? it initially was though that any filmmaker coming on baord would be someone who would be more of a mentee in a mentor-style relationship. Snyder, however, brings not only box-office clout but also, like Nolan, a reputation for being a visionary.
Snyder, who told Heat Vision that he was ?psyched? about the gig, played down potential class differences.
?In the initial meetings, he?s been super amzaingly smart and also amazingly kind, filmmaker-to-filmmaker,? he said of Nolan. ?I have great respect for him. The process has been amazing so far, and it looks like nothing but pluses.?
Snyder first met with Nolan about a month ago, and while he didn?t do any dog-and-pony show, ?I defintely expressed my love for the character and interest in seeing him treated right.?
Added Snyder: ?The character deserves to be loved. It?s his time?
The director said he and the movie?s makers would work on the script a little bit before jumping to the next stage.
?We?re moving quick,? he said.
- Borys Kit
goodm0urning, post: 1862952 wrote:
Snyder on Supes? That's... interesting.
I appreciated Dawn of the Dead as horror, I appreciated 300 as comedy, and I never saw Watchmen. I choose cautious optimism.