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Superman Reloaded – Wachowski’s may direct reboot. Oh and some Ninja Assassin and Plastic Man news.

Posted by LiveFor on February 12, 2009

AICN heard from a reliable source that James McTeigue (director of Ninja Assassin) had been on the radio in Berlin where Ninja Assassin had been filmed. He chatted about how the shoot had gone. McTeigue then chatted about his plans regarding Plastic Man and that the Wachowski Brothers had been approached to direct a trilogy of films for the Man of Steel (wonder if it is anything to do with Mark Millar’s Superman trilogy). Here is a break down of what was said.

Ninja Assassin is locked and complete. Awaiting a suitable marketing strategy and release from WB. Looking likely to be a late summer release.

– Action scenes are absolutely brutal, unbelievable vision from the Wachowski’s in blocking the fights with the Hong Kong stunt team.

– Spoke about the benefits of tax breaks received from the German and British Governments in making the film.

– McTeigue confirmed that Plastic Man was the next project in the pipeline for the Wachowski’s and he had been signed on to provide Second Unit support. Says the movie has been delayed indefinitely due to a major shake up of projects at WB.

Bryan Singer has refused to undertake a re-boot of the Superman franchise and has left the Executives at WB with no choice but to take a fresh creative direction.

– He stated the Wachowski Brothers had been approached to re-boot the franchise as a trilogy and they are currently reviewing their options as its like being asked to take the final play in a superbowl final. Says if they do agree, he will likely either succumb to providing second unit support on the movie or will champion the directorship of Plastic Man – He started to giggle as he stated its like a young child for the Brothers and they wont give that up easily.

– Says, the very thought of the brothers making a superman movie is unbelievable as they have grown up in the world of comic books and they would be ideal for the project.

– Stated that Bryan Singer is looking to move on to Logan’s Run a movie to be produced by Joel Silver.

Thinking about this I do feel that the Wachowski’s could do a pretty cool Superman film. Neo was pretty much Kal-El by the end of the Matrix trilogy and even struck some Superman poses in his final battle with Agent Smith, as I mentioned when it appeared as one of The Best Fight Scenes Ever! (pity the Matrix Trilogy went steadily downhill as the series progressed in my humble opinion). However, they do get the whole comic book ethos and do always manage to push the special effects in all of their films. Fingers crossed that if they do take it on then they will make something truly special – it’s got to be a damn site better than Superman Returns anyway (hope they get rid of the kid!)

If the Wachowski’s do take on Superman what do you want to see in the trilogy? Should it go back to the very beginning? Should Brandon Routh still play Clark Kent or should someone else be brought on board to play him?

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Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Diedrich Bader is Batman. Do you remember The Searcher?

Posted by LiveFor on November 24, 2008

Just been reading a bit about the new DC animated series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Basically a weekly team-up with Batman and another DC hero. Sounds pretty good and I do like me a bit of animated comic goodness. Here is the trailer for the animated show. It seems to be going for a more kid friendly comic book kind of vibe as opposed to the Christian Bale gravelly voiced Batman. I mean Batman and Plastic Man in the picture are going up against intelligent apes (which is always cool in my book) and Kamandi and the new Blue Beetle are down to star in the series of stand alone adventures.

This is the opening credits and theme song.

What struck me though was the fact Diedrich Bader is voicing the Dark Knight this time around and not Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series). If you don’t know the name you will more than likely know Bader’s voice as he has done a load of character acting for various animated things (Surf’s Up, Ice Age, Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Gargoyles, and Batman Beyond to name but a few). For his live action stuff he is probably best known as Oswald in The Drew Carey Show. However, I first remember seeing him as The Searcher in Danger Theatre many moons ago (actually it was 1994). The Searcher was a great spoof on the action series such as Knight Rider and the other lone renegade helping the innocent against the bad guys. Below is the opening credits for The Searcher.

Here is one of his adventures as introduced by Robert Vaughn.

At first I was a bit sorry to hear that Kevin Conroy wouldn’t be doing the voice of Batman in the new series. However, looking into it a bit more I think Bader’s voice will be well suited for the Silver Age-esque Batman they seem to be going for in the show. How do you feel about Bader voicing Batman? Will you be watching The Brave and The Bold? More importantly does anyone else remember The Searcher?

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Keanu as Plastic Man

Posted by LiveFor on July 15, 2008

Still very much a rumour at the moment, but the people over on have heard that Joel Silver was head on German radio talking the new martial arts movie, Ninja Assassin. However, the big news is apparantly that the Wachowskis would be directing Plastic Man apparantly due out in 2009. Silver then went on to say the Keanu Reeves would be playing the titular Eels O’Brien (small time crook who becomes the hero Plastic Man).

Chud are still trying to get confirmation on this but if it’s true it could be something that is visually stunning. Before you laugh off a superhero that can change shape and stretch, this is the person who Batman said could easily kill him and that there was nothing he could not do beyond his imagination.

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