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After denying an initial report, Sony representatives are now confirming that a new Ghostbusters animated movie is being put into development.  According to The Wrap, the animated feature will debut after Paul Feig’s upcoming live-action reboot film.  The studio will soon begin fielding pitches from writers , but a few key “main ideas” have been tossed around already – read on to learn more!

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You hear the words “Todd McFarlane” and “Spawn” you might think that you’re about to get a vague and random update about the live-action Spawn movie reboot. Not today. Today, McFarlane is shedding light in a not-so vague way on the in-the-works Spawn animated series reboot. Yes, there is a new Spawn animated series coming. The original ran on HBO for three years between 1997 and 1999. It was a hard-R rated animated series, and perhaps much more representative of the style and tone of the McFarlane comic book than the 1997 movie ever was. But can lightening strike twice so far as Spawn animated shows are concerned? Well, the concept art release so far leans in the direction of a definite “yes.” (more…)

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Coming this fall is another all-new Star Wars animated series. I know, sometimes we get so wrapped up in the ongoing rumor mill of Episode VII we forget that there’s more to Star Wars then whatever J.J. Abrams is up to, so let’s talk about what Simon Kinberg is up to. Kinberg is the executive producer and showrunner of the next, great animated Star Wars series Star Wars: Rebels, and he took some time out of his increasingly busy schedule to answer some questions about the new show from a major entertainment magazine. (more…)

Kevin Smith to Tour With His Cartoon Movie

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, even if you’re imitating yourself. In this case, filmmaker Kevin Smith has announced his intention to travel theater to theater with his new film, Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, when it’s released later this spring. The model is the same one he used when his last film Red State come out two years ago, turning that independent release into a D.I.Y. hit.

Details and a trailer for Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie are coming sometime in the next month, but the official poster for the film was recently posted on Smith’s Blog.

What do you Bastards think? Are you ready to buy your tickets for Smith’s Groovy Cartoon and Q&A?

Source: /Film

It’s our second clip from the upcoming The Dark Knight Returns Part 2, releasing January 29th,the first can be found here – and it features one of my favorite moments from the classic Frank Miller comic. Batman riding a horse. You don’t need anymore setup than that, enjoy,

There’s just something ludicrous and lovely about Batman on horse, breaking a rifle in half with his bare hands, and rallying his troops of face-painted weirdos. I reviewed The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 when it released last year, and I’m expecting the second part to be not unlike the first, “… a solid adaptation whose devout version of Batman’s later years will likely be loved by fans and enjoyed, but maybe a little mocked, by newcomers to Miller’s final days of The Dark Knight.” I mean, come on, Batman is riding a horse.

With Gotham City back under his watchful eye, and accompanied by able sidekick Robin, Batman continues to battle crime – but his resurgence awakens a far worse evil at Arkham Asylum: The Joker. In the meantime, Superman has been dispatched by the President to halt Batman’s unsanctioned reign by whatever means necessary. Between the Joker’s diabolical scheme to drag Batmanto the darkest levels of insanity, and the Man of Steel’s seemingly invincible physical presence, the Dark Knight must confront adversaries and allies simultaneously while maintaining the peace in Gotham City.

Primetime television stars Michael Emerson (Person of Interest, Lost) and Mark Valley (Human Target, Fringe) join the voice cast as The Joker and Superman, respectively; and popular talk show host Conan O’Brien gives voice to animated talk show host Dave Endochrine. Fanboy favorite Peter Weller (RoboCop, Dexter) continues as Bruce Wayne/Batman, and he is once again accompanied by David Selby (The Social Network, Dark Shadows) as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter (Modern Family) as Carrie/Robin, and Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap) as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper. Also featured in the voice cast is Maria Canals-Barrrera (Wizards of Waverly Place) as new Commissioner Yindel, Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) as Lana Lang, and Radio Hall of Fame member Michael Jackson as Alfred.

The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 releases January 29th on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital formats. Will you be snagging a copy?

Source: Geek Tyrant

With every new release DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation are trying to raise the bar on animated superhero films. Are they succeeding? Yes and no, but I’d say mostly yes. Recently their choice of stories to adapt have become more ambitious, more revered, and that couldn’t be more true than when bringing Frank Miller’s classic, The Dark Knight Returns, to the screen. A lot of what this adaptation gets right is owed to their unwillingness to deviate much from the original work. It can also be said that’s where anything they get wrong comes from, too. It’s this utter faithfulness to Miller’s work that can be both a blessing and hindrance when bringing the story to life in a new medium. In this sense, The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 reminds me of Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, which received criticism for at times being too faithful to Alan Moore’s script and not forming their narrative to better fit the film. A comic book isn’t simply a storyboard to be filmed and turned into a movie, the two mediums are separate and should be developed separately.

That being said, Miller’s original story of an aging, retired Batman donning the cowl once again to save a Gotham overrun by crime, corruption, and complacency comes through strongly in the animated film. Most everything your remember from the comic is here. Even some extraneous plot lines that could have been condensed or removed for the sake of pace, like Two-Face’s rehabilitation and regression. It’s a nice exploration of the villain and how his psychosis can’t be cured with a little plastic surgery, but we don’t need it in the movie and the focus could have been on The Mutant uprising from the beginning.

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I for one enjoyed the hell out of the animated adaptation of Batman: Year One, as I liked to call it, The Jim Gordon Bad@ss Hour. I know some were disappointed with it, but I felt it was a near flawless adaptation of Frank Miller‘s gritty re-imagining and origin on the Dark Knight. Needless to say I’m really excited for DC and Warner Bros. second attempt at adapting a Miller work, this time the epic The Dark Knight Returns. Being cut into two films, with Part 1 releasing on September 25th (also note this as the date The Avengers releases on DVD/Blu-ray, so plan your evening of watching superheroes accordingly) and Part 2 coming in the Spring of 2013.

In anticipation there have been two more clips released, check ’em out,

Synopsis:

It’s been a decade since Bruce Wayne hung up his cape, following most of the other superheroes who had been forced into retirement. Facing the downside of middle age, a restless Bruce Wayne pacifies his frustration with race cars and liquor – but the bat still beckons as he watches his city fall prey to gangs of barbaric criminals known as The Mutants.

The return of Harvey Dent as Two-Face finally prompts Wayne to once again don the Dark Knight’s cowl, and his dramatic capture of the villain returns him to crime-fighting – simultaneously making him the target of law enforcement and the new hope for a desolate Gotham City. Particularly inspired is a teenage girl named Carrie, who adopts the persona of Robin and ultimately saves Batman from a brutal attack by the Mutant leader. Armed with a new sidekick, and re-energized with a definitive purpose, the Dark Knight returns to protect Gotham from foes new…and old.

The Dark Knight Returns stars Peter Weller as Batman/Bruce Wayne, David Selby as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter as Robin, Wade Williams as Two-Face and Michael McKean as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper. Directed by Jay Oliva, written by Bob Goodman, executive produced by Sam Register and Bruce Timm.

Yup, I’m pumped. Are you?

Source: Geek Tyrant

At this past weekend’s Penny Arcade Expo (aka PAX) arcade master and King of Kong star Steve Wiebe traveled to the local Gameworks, a casual dining and entertainment franchise in Seattle, WA to play Fix-It Felix Jr. The fictional game centered around Disney’s upcoming animated film Wreck-It Ralph. Since an actual arcade version of the game never existed until this past weekend, this made Steve the first gamer to play it, as well as the first one to break it’s high score.

Watch the video of Steve`s first game and the interview that followed below:

Obviously, this was a PR stunt in anticipation for Disney`s film. Regardless, it’s still pretty sweet seeing Wiebe in action.

Fans at Gameworks could play to beat Wiebe’s score. If they reached total victory, they would earn themselves  a free advanced screening of Wreck-It Ralph in their hometown. No word yet as to whether or not the prize was claimed. But honestly, who the heck is going to beat Wiebe? I for one, would be like “Wiebe got the high score, huh? Screw it, I can’t compete with that!”

Wanna see how you’d stack up against Wiebe? Well, you can still play the game on your home computer (HERE). WARNING: It’s very addicting. Oh, and Wiebe got a score of 444,000. Good luck, fucker.

Wreck-It Ralph, starring John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch and Sarah Silverman hits theaters everywhere November 2nd, 2012.

Source: Stitch Kingdom via Trailer Addict

You gotta know Disney is mighty pleased with themselves for acquiring that little comic book company, Marvel. How much money did that little movie, The Avengers, rake in? Oh yeah – A LOT. So how long will you have to wait before you can hang out, pose, and take pictures with The Avengers and all of Marvel’s super heroes in a Disney theme park? It’ll happen sooner, but probably not as soon as you’d think.

Carsland is Disney’s latest attraction and only just opened. Carsland was first announced in 2006. That makes it about six years in between announcement and reality, so any Avenger-themed attractions will still be a ways off. Tom Staggs, chairman of Disney’s parks and resorts division, was recently quoted in Reuters saying,

We were hard at work on attractions using Marvel characters previously, and that work has only intensified given (the film’s) great success.

The setting has to be right, the story has to be right. That takes a fair amount of time.

Also it should be noted that anything Marvel can only happen at Disneyland in California, not Walt Disney World in Florida due to Marvel’s contract with Universal and their theme park. But if any Marvel attractions were to come to Disneyland, what would you like to see?

Source: /Film

There’s an even bigger question hovering over these Disney/Marvel relations, and that’s what kind of role, if any, does Pixar have to play? Collider recently spoke to Pixar founder and Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios, John Lasseter at a press junket for Brave and were able to get in some questions about a possible Pixar/Marvel movie. Here’s what Lasseter had to say,

Well, I can’t say anything about that because Marvel just got—[they’ve] been a couple years as part of the Disney company, we’ve been six years as part of the Disney company.  And at Pixar, we stay focused on making original films.  Even our sequels are kind of created internally and we come up with ideas [on our own].  I’m also leading the Walt Disney Animation Studio and all of that.  These studios are filmmaker driven studios, so if a filmmaker comes to me and says, ‘Hey, I wanna do this,’ then I would be really open to it.

Okay, so a Marvel movie made by Pixar may never happen, but one directly from the House of Mouse? That’s a possibility. What Marvel character or story do you think would make a good match for a Disney animated feature?

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The next property DC and Warner Bros. are adapting into an animated feature is The Dark Knight Returns, and the pressure is on not to fuck this one up. Among most Batman and comic book fans this book by Frank Miller is a grandaddy of Batman stories. Dark Knight Returns focuses on an aging Batman who’s been out of the cowl for some time and what happens to Gotham in his absence that drives him back into the mask. It managed to both reinvent and define the character. Basically, folks are gonna be pissed if this animated film doesn’t live up to the source material.

Personally, I trust producer Bruce Timm, casting director Andrea Romana, director Jay Oliva and the rest of the team to deliver a faithful, if not at times re-imaginative adaption. I thought they did a bang up job on Batman: Year One, the last Frank Miller work they adapted (Psst…I also reviewed it.) They’ve already released some casting info, like the news Peter “Robocop” Weller would be voicing old man Bruce/Batman, and a few stills that give a taste of the animation style. And today we’ve got a sneak peek from the special features of Superman vs The Elite.

This sneak peek doesn’t show much footage from the movies – oh did I mention The Dark Knight Returns will be split into two films? – but it does go into great detail on how they approached adapting such a beloved work as well as a chance to hear some of the voice work. It’s also subtitled in Spanish so hey, maybe you can learn a few phrases here and there.

The Dark Knight Returns is set in a near future where Batman is retired and Gotham City has slid into a dystopian state ruled by a gang of hooligans called The Mutants. The 55-year old Bruce Wayne is forced to don the cape once more, this time partnering with a female Robin to not only stop the Joker but keep the peace when the city falls into chaos after being hit by an electromagnetic pulse.

Peter Weller (Robocop) will be the voice of Batman/Bruce Wayne, Ariel Winter (Modern Family) as Robin. David Selby (original Dark Shadows soap opera), Wade Williams (Prison Break) as Harvey Dent/Two-Face; and Michael McKean as Dr. Wolper, the psychiatrist who releases the Joker from the insane asylum. The movie is being directed by Jay Oliva, who was the storyboard artist for Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman movie Man of Steel, from a script by Bob Goodman.

The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 releases this fall, do you plan to check it out?

Source: Geek Tyrant