If it’s March in Toronto, then it’s time for Toronto ComiCon, and one of the fixtures of the annual event in the last couple of years has been the folks at Chapterhouse Comics. After rejuvenating Captain Canuck a few years, they’ve begun reclaiming other bits of lost Canadian comic book history with, you guessed it, an expanded comic book universe. The man at the center of that is Kalman Andrasofszky, the writer and artist that pens the new monthly adventures of Captain Canuck and redesigned him for the 21st century. Nerd Bastards caught up with Andrasofszky from his Toronto studio to talk about the latest developments with Canuck, the effect of Canada’s 150th birthday on the series, and all sorts of Canadian inside jokes. (more…)
It’s Toronto, it’s ComiCon, so naturally, we were going to talk about Captain Canuck! Members of the team that successfully relaunched Captain Canuck a few years ago in a multimedia charm offensive gathered for a panel that offered updates on all things Canuck. From the Captain’s comic book adventures, to the recently launched second season of his webseries, to new Crimestoppers PSAs, to even whispers of a feature film, executive producer Fadi Hakim, head writer Kalman Andrasofszky, Captain Canuck creator Richard Comely, and Captain Canuck’s voice Kris Holden-Ried had a lot to discuss. (more…)
Captain Canuck probably doesn’t even make the Top 100 in terms of the most popular superheroes, even amongst Canadians, but he’s been around for almost 45 years now so he must be doing something right. Actually, there’s a lot about Captain Canuck that’s being done right because he’s currently in the midst of a resurgence. A Toronto company called Smiley Guy Studios, and the support of dozens of people through an IndieGoGo campaign, have launched the next phase of Canuck as both an animated web series and as a comic book, and the creators were in attendance at Fan Expo to discuss season 2 of the show, The Prometheus Protocol. (more…)
Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers, Jake here from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bag and boarded professional. My passion (and business) is to read, write about and sell comics. In an alliance forged in the stars, The Hall of Comics will be dropping by Nerd Bastards weekly, to bring you the latest word and the weeks best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out what latest comic titles you should be reading. (more…)
If you thought the superhero film obsession was over, welcome to the summer of 2012! With the record-breaking release of The Avengers, the surprise success of The Amazing Spider-Man, and the veritable ATM that The Dark Knight Rises is bound to be, let’s just say there’s still gold in spandex. Even if that spandex belongs to an independently published cult superhero from Canada called Captain Canuck.
Created by writer Ron Leishman and artist/co-writer Richard Comely, the original Captain Canuck first appeared in Captain Canuck #1 in July 1975. Since then, Comely’s has had a hand in all incarnations of Captain Canuck, including the most recent original series about the character released in 2006. Three different people have donned the identity of Captain Canuck, but the original ’75 Canuck takes place in a (then) future Canada, now the most powerful nation on Earth, where Tom Evans is exposed to an extraterrestrial energy giving him super strength and speed. Captain Canuck then becomes a costumed agent of the Canadian International Security Organization (CISO) where he deals with more espionage oriented stories rather than costumed super-villains.
Anyway, it was around 2006, about the same time as the release of the latest series, that rumblings were being made about a potential Captain Canuck movie. Then at San Diego Comic Con 2011, a Canadian production company called Mind’s Eye Entertainment announced that they were developing a CC movie although no writer or director was assigned. But that was then…
The Vancouver Sun is reporting today that Arne Olsen will be penning the script after his 15 page treatment beat out all offers from “hundreds” of other screenwriters. Olsen will be familiar to American audiences as the writer of the Dolph Lundgren-starring Red Scorpion, or as one of the writers of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers movie. But my fellow Canadians might recognize his work in the 2011 Canadian thriller Repeaters. He was the writer of that film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010.
Olsen talked about what made his vision for Captain Canuck won out:
“I’m much more interested in the grittier [films] – where there’s a much more realistic approach. The way we’re going to approach this is – more of a visceral action thriller in the [style] of the Bourne trilogy. We’re trying to take him to more of a 21st century sensibility. Hipper, with a bit more of an interest in contemporary issues and characters, and the technology and information we have access to.”
As for dream casting, Olsen would like to see Drive star Ryan Gosling, which might help get the project movie towards principal photography if Gosling is interested (not to mention help potential overseas and American distribution).
But hey, let’s throw it out there: any Bastards out there – Canadian, American, or other – interested in seeing a big screen Captain Canuck?
Source: Screen Rant
Super Hero Round Up? All the little Superhero movie and news bits that you should know about, but just can’t make a full post on their own. Sneaks peaks in this roundup includes the Avengers teaser poster, the original Superman Returns opening sequence, everything you want to know about Fear itself and Flashpoint, a new Spiderman Edge of Time trailer, cardboard super hero costumes, Dark Knight Rises teaser gets animated and a Captain Canuck film in development.
San Diego Comic-con News: The Avengers Teaser Poster
Coming straight from the official site for Marvel’s The Avengers the official teaser poster has been released to the public, right in time for Comic-con. Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, this is Marvel’s brass ring-dipped in gold and sprinkled with awesome.
When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Written and directed by Joss Whedon, the action adventure stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard and Amanda Righetti. The Avengers hit theaters everywhere May 4, 2012.
Source: Coming Soon
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Being a fellow Canadian this just tickles my sides with delight just to bring this story to readers in America. Every super hero movie released in the last 5 years has been about an America with super powers, sure there’s Wolverine Origins, but that doesn’t count based on the fact that it sucked. Every hero on screen has been holding his green card since birth and it’s about time to take the super hero up north. Heroes have come from nearly every single state, but have you heard of a hero coming from Nova Scotia? Alberta? I don’t think so. Canada has it’s own super heroes too and it’s about time that the hero representing the nation of the beaver, hockey, and uncensored boobs gets his time on the silver screen.
Who is this red and white wonder?
This is going to sound very stereotypical but Captain Canuck, created back in 1975, has a huge cult following in both Canada and America. Created by writer Ron Leishman and artist/co-writer Richard Comely Captain Canuck has been described as a union between Captain America and Flash Gordon. Captain Canuck patrols Canada in the futuristic world of 1993, where “Canada had become the most powerful country in the world.” Yeah, it’s a stretch but a country can dream that it’s the one riding on top can’t they. A costumed agent of CSIS (Canadian Secret Intelligence Services) not to be confused with Alpha Flight‘s Guardian, looking like long lost twins from a Dr. Phil special
Comely recently spoke with Hero Complex about the Maple loving hero making his way into Hollywood. According to Comely:
He is close to striking a deal with a Canadian production company to make a $15-million live-action version of the comic. He would not say which company he is in discussions with.
The rumored company is a Toronto based group know as Sinking Ship Productions Inc. As for what could happen to the movie we already know it won’t happen in 1993.
If the movie deal does come to fruition, Comely said Captain Canuck will surprise fans accustomed to the fiery violence and high-tech gizmos that define the American masked-men movies. “I wanted him to be as real as possible,” Comely said in a phone interview from Ontario. “He’s polite, by the way. Just a little bit gentler.”
Of course Captain Canuck is polite, he’s a god damn Canadian, the only difference is when he punches you in the face he’ll pick up back up and say “sorry” only to punch you again. He may be our hero but that doesn’t mean he’s a heartless. Yet what iteration of Captain Canuck will audiences actually see? There have been 3 Canucks since his inception in 75, so just who could be slipping into the red and white spandex?
Comely said it’s unclear which Captain Canuck would appear in the movie.
Awesome, a small budget Canadian super hero hopefully hitting viewers everywhere soon. He’ll be able to finally break all those bad sterotypes that the world is always talking aboot, eh?
Via: Comic Book Movie