The next animated feature from DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation will be based on 2011’s Flashpoint, the comic that saw the old DC Universe die out and merge into The New 52. It’s an interesting choice to develop a movie based on such a recent comic, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess it’s being chosen to further ingrain The New 52 in the public consciousness. Or they just think it’s a good story. I disagree, but you don’t see anyone asking what comics I want to see become animated features. ::cough::TheKillingJokeStarringMarkHamill::cough::
Opinions of Flashpoint aside, the cast for Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox – the animated version’s new title – looks stellar. Fan favorites Kevin Conroy, Dana Delany and Nathan Fillion are all returning as Batman, Lois Lane, and Green Lantern, respectively. Some new, big names are also on the roster, like Ron Perlman as Slade/Deathstroke and Cary Elwes as Aquaman. There’ll be another Batman in this one, too, and as readers of the comics know it’s not Bruce Wayne. Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy, Rome) will play the other Batman, Michael B. Jordan is Cyborg, Vanessa Marshall (Young Justice‘s Black Canary) is Wonder Woman, Sam Daly (son of often-Superman, Tim Daly) is Superman, C. Thomas Howell (Southland, The Amazing Spider-Man) is the story’s main villain Professor Zoom, and Justin Chambers (Grey’s Anatomy) takes on the starring role of The Flash.
All right, this cast has me pretty excited, possibly enough I’ll overlook their poor decision in adapting Flashpoint. What do you guys think? Conroy back as Batman is always welcomed, but I might even be more pumped for Elwes as the King of the Sea. That’s right, Aquaman fangirl right here.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox will release on DVD, Blu-ray, on-demand, and digitally on July 30th.
Today Paramount released a teaser trailer for the upcoming film, The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. It seems like only yesterday we were admiring the recently released domestic and international posters. Wait, we were? That was yesterday, Well damn, they’re hammering this film hard. I guess they have good reason to; they only have six months to get Americans interested in an animated movie about an adventuring boy and his dog based on a popular European caroton strip no one stateside has ever heard of.
This trailer is a step in the right direction. It’s exciting, intense and still the plot is a mystery. I’m a little worried because we don’t see any characters’ mouths moving. All the dialogue is provided by voice over and while it’s still early, you can’t help but wonder have they not fixed the ‘dead tongue’ issue which plagued all of Robert Zemeckis’ motion capture animated films. Again, it’s early and this is simply a teaser, hopefully they’ll work that out.
Where I am not concerned at all is the creative talent involved. The film is produced by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. Wow. Written by Stephen Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. It’s like a British writer dream team! Plus, Tintin will feature voice work and motion-capture likeness of Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Cary Elwes, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Awesome balls.
These people have me really excited, the animation has me worried, but all in all the trailer is a treat. Check it out below and let us know, will you be excited about The Adventures of Tintin when it releases December 23rd this year?
Admittedly, I don’t know goddamn thing about The Adventures of Tin Tin. Well that’s not entirely true. I am aware that it’s an 80 something year old European cartoon strip about a globe trotting boy and his dog. Beyond that, I’m completely oblivious.
With that said, I do not know how well the material lends itself to being adapted to a full-length film. Nor do I know if a film is called for or not, but as of right now, I’m excited that a film is happening. Really, I could give two shits about about the source material, I’m just getting a chubby at the names involved in this adaption. Lookie here:
It’s a joint collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. And it’s written by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World) & Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). It will feature the voices and mo-cap likeness of Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Cary Elwes, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, among others.
Dude, if that doesn’t scream potential I dunno what does.
The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn, opens in the UK on October 26 and in the US on December 23. Apparently, will get to see our first official look at some footage tomorrow. In the meantime, Empire has the debut of the international poster. It looks like something out Carmen San Diego. Tin Tin depicted in globe-trotter mode, I dunno what else I was expecting. I guess it serves it’s purpose.
I will say that I am getting a Robert Zemeckis vibe from this. That concerns me. I really don’t want to see another Christmas Carol/Polar Express. The dead eyes of the CGI characters haunt me so. Regardless, I have a lot of faith and trust that names attached to this project got something good brewing.
Have a look at the full sized poster international poster, as well as the domestic one-sheet below. Tune into tomorrow to check out some footage.
This is the working logo for the new Wonder Woman television series from NBC, their filming the pilot in L.A. right now. Let’s take a look. They kinda hide the “WW” in the bird logo, that’s not bad. There is just red in blue in the name, where’s the white? I’m not really feeling the stars in the “O’s.”
What the hell font is that they are using and why make the name wavy? The font looks like some limp seventies throwback. I have always seen Wonder Woman as strong, that wavy look doesn’t project strength. The bird doesn’t look majestic enough to me, there should be a sense of royalty coming from it.
The “W” isn’t capitalised, which makes me think someone feels Wonder Woman isn’t “wonderful” enough for that tiny shard of grammatical respect. You would think that if Wonder Woman is the head of an enormous company, that she would want that company logo to scream strength, power, respect.
This logo doesn’t project any of those things. What’s your take on this logo? Am I full of it or maybe my male perspective is tainting my view? Time to speak out in the comments section below ladies!
Logo and casting aside. What I’m even more afraid of? That this Wonder Woman running a company in man’s world, trying to find herself, moping over a lost love bullshit will be terrible and everyone will love it. Then we’ll have this new versions of the Amazon princess and no one will remember what a rad, ass-kicking lady she is.
And the big (maybe semi-big) names keep rolling in. The Wonder Woman television series from David E. Kelley that almost didn’t happen is rushing along pre-production. Just last week we learned Elizabeth Hurley would be playing villianess, Veronica Cale. Two more roles were cast as well, Tracie Thoms as Etta Candy and Pedro Pascal as a friendly police officer. Now we’ve got even more casting news, Cary Elwes, star of The Princess Bride and Saw will be playing the CEO of Themyscria Industries. Oh man, this is a lot of casting for characters I’ve never even heard of. All of whom will be joining Adrianne Palicki, our new Diana of Themyscria. Recently Palicki was seen sporting her new, darker do she’ll be donning to play the princess. The bangs are of some concern. How can we see a tiara under all that hair (pictured above)?
The more I learn the more I’m worried about this series. For years we bitched and moaned, “Why doesn’t Wonder Woman have a movie!?!, ” and I’m afraid we’re not going to like our answer. Kelley’s premise still reads like Wonder Woman meets Ally McBeal, yuck. And I fear this series will fail and all the big-shots in charge of these decisions will be like, “See, this is why Wonder Woman doesn’t have a movie and most of the time we ignore her existance all together, she doesn’t sell.” Which will be enrage me so much I’ll transform in to my Red Lantern alter ego and ravage all of Los Angeles.
But what I’m even more afraid of? That this Wonder Woman running a company in man’s world, trying to find herself, moping over a lost love bullshit will be terrible and everyone will love it. Then we’ll have this new versions of the Amazon princess and no one will remember what a rad, ass-kicking lady she is. Even worse, what if she doesn’t wear the star-spangled bathing suit!? This could be like Smallville all over again. ::shudders::
An Illinois man accused of stabbing his friend’s roommate in a Boulder apartment last weekend told police the stabbing occurred accidentally as the three men were acting out a scene from “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.”
See, thats all I needed to say to blow this news story off the chain…Apparently these two guys were ten beers deep into their romp when one dude jumped on the other dude’s back and he had an open knife in his back pocket…Stabbing his bud in the abdomen and groin. Cops said Leo Beitz, 20, of Rolling Meadows, Ill., simply grabbed a knife and stabbed 21-year-old Parker Chase Rolles. The issue is, that neither’s story isn’t matching the others. We here at NerdBastards don’t care so much about the police side of the story, we care about MEN IN TIGHTS!!!! I want to know what scene they were reinacting and if they were or were not…In costume?