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Green Lantern – Angela Bassett to play Amanda Waller

Posted by LiveFor on March 25, 2010

Some interesting news from the Green Lantern film and possible hint that a Suicide Squad film may soon be in the offing. Angela Bassett (Strange Days, What’s Love Got to do With It) is joining the cast of the Martin Campbell directed comic book movie. Heat Vision had the news.

Bassett is playing Dr. Amanda Waller, a government agent who headed up the Suicide Squad, a government-run group of captured supervillains performing tasks in exchange for eventual freedom. She also was high up in the Checkmate organisation (the very first comic book Green Lantern also cropped up in that series). Still no word on whether the Squad will appear in the film, but could lead to some nice little Easter Eggs for comic book fans.

Back in February 2009 was the news that Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, Greyskull, Green Arrow: Supermax) was adapting the DC Comics property Suicide Squad as a feature film for Warner Bros. Then the Squad’s creator, John Ostrander, spoke about a Suicide Squad film last March.

Of course in the comics Waller was a rather large lady and was nicknamed The Wall. I doubt they’ll be putting Bassett in a fat suit though.

Pam Grier had been playing Waller in Smallville and had voiced her in the Justice League cartoons so it is a bit of a shame she didn’t get the role in the Green Lantern film.

Green Lantern began filming in New Orleans (check out the first pic of Ryan Reynolds on set) with a cast that includes Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard and Tim Robbins.

Call me Ishmael

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Superman – What do we need for the film to be good?

Posted by LiveFor on February 25, 2010

A story broke yesterday in Latino Review stating that David Goyer would be penning the proposed new Superman film. Since then there has been conflicting reports from all directions; Goyer is involved, Goyer is not involved, Hell even Christopher Nolan is not involved! Until a spokesman clears the situation up we are left to speculate and we all know the internet loves to speculate, so for arguments sake let’s say Goyer is involved. Would he be the right man? Will he be writing alone? What story will he be using?

David Goyer has a chequered track record. On one hand, he successfully developed Marvel character Blade in the first two instalments before single-handedly destroying what he had built with Blade Trinity which he directed as well as writing. Other blemishes on his resume include the farcical Jumper as writer, The Invisible (not to be confused with Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles) as director and one of the worst horror films ever made, The Unborn, which he both wrote and directed. Along with television series Flash Forward, Goyer has his fair share of detractors. Arguably his greatest success along with Blade was his involvement in Christopher Nolan’s Batman double, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight in which the later he shared a writing credit with Nolan’s brother Jonathan. With the monumental success of The Dark Knight and the news of Christopher Nolan being installed as ‘Godfather’ to the new Superman project it was inevitable Goyers name would be mooted.

Would he be the right man? Well as previously mentioned, Goyer does have some good and some bad but his writing credits are far greater than his directing efforts. Blade, Blade II, as well as Alex Proyas’ underrated sci-fi classic Dark City show that he does possess a deal of talent, but all of those projects pale in comparison to The Dark Knight.

With its dark undertones of crime and politics, The Dark Knight was more than just a superhero movie but is that what Superman needs? With two of The Dark Knight trio rumoured to be involved in Superman, it begs the question if Goyer is writing the script, will he be alone? Jonathan Nolan has worked with brother Christopher on The Prestige as well as The Dark Knight, but was not involved in Insomnia, Batman Begins or Inception so they are by no means inseparable and with Christopher’s role in the project still a little hazy it does not guarantee any involvement on Jonathan’s part. But until some confirmed facts about who exactly is working on the project surface and a director is named we can only speculate.

Stories for comic book adaptations are always a source of heated debate. Fans have their own favourite arcs and characters. Should it be an origins story? “Well that seems too commonplace these days and I suppose there’s Smallville for its sins”. “But it needs to be freshened up, it’s always the same with Lex and Lois and Clark!” What about a darker version? “Well that goes against Superman. Why does everything need to be dark these days?” These are arguments I hear all the time but what are the options? To be honest, we could spend all day discussing great Superman stories; Superman: Red Son, The Death of Superman, Whatever Happened to The Man of Tomorrow? But the rumoured story says the new film is set to adapt is John Byrne’s 80’s series The Man of Steel (although John Byrne has said he has not been approached about it) which is essentially an origins story. How much of this will be used is again up for debate, but a meeting between Batman and Superman in issue three is a little odd. Of course Batman and Superman have met in numerous comics over the years but the news of Nolans involvement in a Superman film from a comic which features both characters seems a little strange or even convenient. A lot of fans are keen on an epic idea that comic book scribe Mark Millar had planned well over a year ago. In an interview with Empire in late 2008, Millar talked about creating an 8 hour story which would chart the life of Kal-El from his birth until he is the only man left on Earth. Read the full interview here.

Lex Luthor

So very little to go on as a rather confusing cloud surrounds the future of Superman, but what would you like to see? Villains? Story? Writer? Director? Star?

Now debate away…

Discuss in the Forum or the comments below.

By Richard Bodsworth

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Smallville – New Absolute Justice trailer with added Hawkman and Dr Fate

Posted by LiveFor on January 26, 2010

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Smallville – Trailer for Absolute Justice. The one with Hawkman and Dr Fate

Posted by LiveFor on January 23, 2010

I’ve been mentioning it for a while no, but we finally have the trailer for the two-hour Smallville JSA movie Absolute Justice written by Geoff Johns. It stars Michael Shanks (Carter Hall/Hawkman), Brent Stait (Kent Nelson/Doctor Fate), Britt Irvin (Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl), Phil Morris (John Jones/Martian Manhunter), and Erica Carroll (Inza Nelson).

Clark, John Jones, Green Arrow and Chloe team up to help the Justice Society of America stop a killer before he murders another member of the retired superhero group. Lois receives a package from an agency called Checkmate, which is run by Amanda Waller.

If you are a fan of the DC Comics universe then there is a whole heap of things to watch out for.

Absolute Justice shows on Friday 5th February 8/7c

I love the glimpses we get around the halls of the JSA. Mind you would Alan Scott’s Green Lantern and Power Ring just be lying around like that?

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Smallville – Wonder Woman is in it, but not how you think

Posted by LiveFor on January 14, 2010

Smallville – while many feel it has gone on for much too long (myself included) it is still digging through the wonderous catalogue of characters from DC Comics. Versions of Green Arrow, Cyborg, Aquaman, The Flash, Martian Manhunter and more have already appeared and Dr Fate, Stargirl and Hawkman are due an appearance (check out those photos).

Noticeable in their absence have been the final two of DC’s big trinity – Batman and Wonder Woman. Bats won’t be turning up anytime soon, but now Wonder Woman is due to show up, but not in the way you imagine.

As the photo shows Lois Lane (Erica Durance) appears in a forthcoming episode called Warrior.

This introduces a charmed comic book, which transforms a young man named Stephen (guest star Carlo Marks) into a superhero. We won’t give much away, but somehow this causes Lois to dress up as the iconic Wonder Woman.

Well, she could’ve done this so that Clark (Tom Welling) would stay away from the seductive Zatanna (guest star Serinda Swan), who has returned to inform him of the magical comic book. To put it mildly, Lois isn’t fond of sharing her man.

I guess this means the real Wonder Woman doesn’t exist in the Smallville universe, at least not yet. It all seems a bit unfair that Lois is allowed to dress up as Wonder Woman yet Clark still can’t wear the Red and Blue.

Are you still watching Smallville? Should I catch up on recent episodes? What do you think about Erica Durance as Wonder Woman? Could she play her on the big screen?

Source: BuddyTV

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Smallville – First proper look at Hawkman, Dr Fate and Stargirl…I’m just not sure

Posted by LiveFor on November 28, 2009

I know they are being incredibly faithful with the costume designs for the Justice Society in the upcoming episode of Smallville, but I just don’t think it works.

Every other comic book character that has appeared in the show has been stylised to fit into it.

I’m not sure what it is but it all looks a little ridiculous. Hawkman’s costume was always a bit silly and I think his wings need to be bigger (there was another photo of him in flight). Doctor Fate’s glowing eyes look cheap as does the rest of his comic. It should be a real metal helm and a big flowing cloak with lots of shadows all around. Stargirl’s costume looks like she hired it from a fancy dress shop.

The shot below shows Justin Hartley’s Green Arrow and Michael Shanks’ Hawkman getting it on, while the photo above offers a first look at Doctor Fate (Brent Stait) and Stargirl (Britt Irvin).

I’m a big fan of the JSA, but I just can’t get enthusiastic about their appearance which is a great big shame.

What do you think of the costumes?

Source: EW

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Smallville – First look at the Justice Society of America

Posted by LiveFor on November 22, 2009

I spotted Green Lantern, the original Sandman (I’m assuming it is Wesley Dodds behind the gas mask) and Dr Fate in this trailer for the upcoming Smallville TV movie (2 episodes put together).

Will it be any good? I don’t know. I posted a photo of Michael Shanks (Stargate) as Hawkman a few days ago – that may give you a better idea.

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Michael Shanks as Hawkman in Smallville

Posted by LiveFor on November 16, 2009

What works in a comic book doesn’t always work on screen. Mind you it is good to see the classic Hawkman costume, although the futuristic suit of Katar Hol in Hawkworld may have been a better look for the small screen.

The caption for this should of course be “Gordon’s Alive?”

What do you think of the suit?

Source: TV Guide

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V – Some more photos from the new series.

Posted by LiveFor on May 21, 2009

Alan Tudyk, Supergirl, whatsherface from Lost and the bloke from The 4400.

Check out the trailer for the show.

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One of Freddy Krueger’s victims has been cast

Posted by LiveFor on April 10, 2009

Kyle Gallner (The Haunting in Connecticut, Jennifer’s Body, Bart Allen in Smallville) has signed on for the male lead teen in New Line’s relaunch of A Nightmare on Elm Street.

According to Variety, Jackie Earle Haley already is cast as slasher Freddy Krueger in the pic being directed by Samuel Bayer and produced by Platinum Dunes. Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are producing.

Gallner will play Quentin, an indie-style guy who runs the high school’s podcast, “Insomnia Radio.” He is part of the group of teens that falls prey to Krueger, haunting the dreams of those that lived on the street where he was murdered.

Gallner’s approximate role in the original 1984 film was played by Johnny Depp.

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