Pajiba (via Latino Review) rather snarkily reports plans are afoot for a big screen treatment Hawkman. “Warners is looking to make ‘Hawkman’ a tentpole franchise, and describes the movie as part ‘Indiana Jones,’ part ‘Da Vinci Code’ and part ‘Ghost,'” writes Pajiba’s Dustin Rowles. While he can’t make sense of those elements, I think anyone who has seen the Carter Hall episode of “Justice League Unlimited” will understand how those films could be used to sell the concept to cagey studio execs. That’s not to say this is an easy sell or a sure thing. This is a tough character to adapt and has a tendency to have his title canceled from under him. Of course, this could be an early rumbling of the DC Masterplan to be unvield in the new year.
Release date: TBA
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
“Mallrats” director Kevin Smith is the latest to sing the praises of the film in its earliest form. “”scott pilgrim? see any early cuts?” I did, w/Quentin and @JasonReitman. It fucking ROCKS! Knives will break your heart,” writes Smith to his Twitter page. The “Knives” he is referring to is, of course, Knives Chau, 17 Years Old.
Starring Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, release date: 2010
30 DAYS OF NIGHT: DARK DAYS
Creator Steven Niles talks with Bloody Disgusting about some of the changes to the story the adaptation to film required. “You have to track it from the first movie. So, you know the things that would change for that movie, you’d have to change as well. In terms of the comic there was that whole New Orleans subplot, and there were those two characters Judith and George that just didn’t make it into the movie. They play a prominent role in the comic. We had to write our way around that, but it didn’t turn into that big of a problem. Most of the stuff is the same though. You still have Agent Norris, Stella and her group of hunters. She ends up kind of meeting them in a different way. You can do some things in a comic that you just can’t do in a movie. In Dark Days, you just catch up with ‘new’ Stella and her group of vampire hunters, and I don’t think I gave them a beat of back-story. For the film you got to really flesh them out, make them interesting characters that the audience would care about,” Niles explained.
Release date: TBA
SUPERGIRL! THE LOVE STORY?
So there was a silly rumor last week of a Supergirl franchise being built around Taylor Swift, the pretty country music singer(?) accosted by Kayne West at an award show earlier this year. I chose not to run the story because it was a truly silly story that wasn’t in connection with “Batman 3” and while we run rumors here at the Comic Reel, this one had a tenuous grasp on reality. Sometimes these really silly ones get traction (see the one about Cher playing Catwoman in “Batman 3”), so Mania.com talked to a source within DC Entertainment for a dismissal of the claim. “Pretty funny though, but no truth whatsoever. I’d love to know who the ‘hollywood insider’ is because that’s as clueless a thing as I’ve heard all year,” says their source. I think this was the work of Mysterio.
Release date: Never
My review of the film is up here at CBR. I enjoyed the film a lot more than I was expecting and look forward to a re-teaming of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude law as Holmes and Watson in a subsequent film.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, release date: Friday
Target419 has a picture gallery for the second episode of the series, “Embassy Row.” I saw the pilot back during Comic-Con and I’m looking forward to seeing how the show develops the premise as a weekly series.
Premieres: January 17th, 2010
AND THE QUARTERBACK IS TOAST
It’s a Christmas trading now. A friends of mine make food. I bring freshly baked goods. Other still bring drinks and together we watch “Die Hard” on Christmas evening. Yes, that’s right. “Die Hard” is the best Christmas movie ever by virtue of being “Die Hard.” If you’ve seen it, you don’t need me to tell you why it’s great. If you haven’t, go and get it now. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya bracing for the future threat of coal in my stocking.