Marvel has done fantastic in the world of Hollywood for the last few years but they’re equally stong in the animated market. With a multitude of series on their way, a lot of kids are going to be happy and, according Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television, so will us bigger kids.
Loeb, who’s a busy man developing live-action and animated shows based on the Marvel catalog of characters, was a recent guest on the worldballoon podcast. During his time on the podcast, he shared some of the recent developments on the Marvel S.H.I.E.L.D. series for ABC and a few of the animated programs scheduled for 2013. While Loeb does reveal 15 other animated projects at various stages in production the one that caught our attention is the currently unannounced animated project starring Frank Castle, better known to us as The Punisher.
While he doesn’t get into specifics, he does mention the inclusion of the Black Widow — which isn’t much more than a tease, but it’s a start. Just the idea of an animated Punisher sounds awesome and I personally can’t remember the last time he was in an animated series outside The Super Hero Squad Show — don’t ask how I know, I just do.
His work on the first Punisher and the short film Dirty Laundry should cement his spot voicing Frank one more time and hopfully Marvel will be smart to listen. They’ve done a great job listening to the fans so far and this isn’t the time to start letting us down now.
Thomas Jane has played the Frank Castle, Mickey Mantle, a member of the Vegan Police, Jonah Hex, a soldier, a gigolo and more, but the thing that is most impressive about the every-man actor is his mind for comics.
More than a fan of the medium, I spoke at length with Jane about pre-code comics, Bruce Jones, and adapting the cult horror film (which and short story Dark Country (which Jane directed) to a wordless graphic novel by Thomas Ott. After that, we spoke about the future of comic book inspired films and I asked him if he’s done with The Punisher. (more…)
Last Saturday night at SDCC 2012, Thomas Jane and Ron Perlman premiered a short film called DirtyLaundry. Go ahead, watch the video then come back for some follow up about the surprise ending and Thomas Jane’s comments about the short film.
After the premier of the short, Thomas Jane said:
“I wanted to make a fan film for a character I’ve always loved and believed in – a love letter to Frank Castle & his fans. It was an incredible experience with everyone on the project throwing in their time just for the fun of it. It’s been a blast to be a part of from start to finish — we hope the friends of Frank enjoy watching it as much as we did making it.”
The conversation later went to Twitter when in a reply on Twitter to a fan who asked if he had some kind of agenda making the short, Jane added:
“Not pushing anything. Just a fan film from Friends of Frank.”
What did you think about the short? This NerdBastard hopes that more shorts might be in the works. The Punisher character would be a great cable television show, just think “Highway to Heaven” with the Punisher in place of the angel that Micheal Landon played. There could even be guest appearances by other Marvel heroes as Frank travels the world.
Hey kids, wanna see something neat? Here’s a dose of some cool comic crossovers that could only live in a bizarro world where intellectual properties were allowed to co-mingle more freely.
Brian Cronin from the Comics Should Be Good section over at Comic Book Resources put out a challenge in honor of the now departed Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie and some brilliant artists answered the call. Check it out, share it, and let us know what you think. These are, of course, mere requests, but if you’ve come this far and don’t, it sorta makes you an epic tease.
ABOVE: Since the Deadpool movie keeps moving further and further away from the realm of possibility, I say Marvel trades Wade Wilson to Lucasfilm for Asajj Ventress and a Wookie to be named later, then, at least, this could happen. As for the drawing, I’m split on which is my favorite part, Bounty Hunter fist-bump or the Deapool “Shh, don’t speak” to carbonite Han. What do you think?
This one is by Marco D’Alfonso, here’s his website.
Happy first new comic day of 2012! If you’ve been mulling over an easy to keep new year’s resolution, here’s a no brainer, READ COMICS! Simple right? For the past few months I have found myself back in the habit and stretching out of my comfort zone, each week grabbing a handful of books that I wouldn’t normally pick up, and it’s been fun, expanding your horizons and trying something different is really great for you and helps you grow as a person.
Now if we could just get the big two comic companies to do the same.
Yes, I have a bitch to pick here and it is about the brewing mega-events both of the big guys have planned. Now, I am not going to go after Marvel for their latest superhero vs superhero slugfest, A vs X (we all know Civil War was amazing, please don’t cheapen it by ripping it off, again.) I will say this though, they have announced that there will be midnight launch parties for the first issue of Avengers Vs X-Menat participating comic book stores. Yep, you’ll be able to pick it up a whole 14 hours earlier! Oh sure, I sound cynical, but I’ll be in line too.
Now over DC Comics they have been teasing this strange purple hoodie lady since the end of Flashpoint/start of the New 52. Yes, she made a background Where’s Waldo-esque cameo in each of the new number ones and yes we are all pretty clear she has something to do with the new continuity, but how? Who? When? Well, over at DC’s official blog, The Source, they at least gave us the ‘who’ – apparently her name is Pandora. Really guys? That’s the best you can do? Any interest I had fizzled with such a stock throwaway name. According to DC Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras we’ll “soon see the next step in this character’s evolution in the pages of ‘Justice League,’ and in the months to come you will see more events ripple across titles as we continue to weave the DC Universe together and tell even more amazing stories.” It feels like another shot at the DCnU just being the dreaded dark 90’s all over again to me. Buckle in, because I am pretty sure she ties into the all new, all different, yet completely the same as it always was multiverse for DC Comics. Oh sure the new continuity will remain, Supes still won’t have his undies, but my call is the next big event will be all about the new playing field of multiple earths, that while different, amount to the same as it’s been.
Now, let’s see whats on the shelves today. Honestly, a lot of really good books. Yes, there are new issues of Swamp Thing and Animal Man, two books you really should be reading. Wolverine And The X-Men: Alpha & Omega kicks off and looks like fun read. The second issue of the previously reviewed Defenders is out and the cover alone makes it a must, purely for the look on Doctor Strange’s face. The Boys, The Goon, Irredeemable, and Uncanny X-Force also look really good this week. Oh, and don’t forget, The Annotated Sandman is finally on the shelves, $50 is a small price to pay for Neil Gaiman‘s incredible work on this Vertigo series.
That’s enough staring at the shelves, let’s get into some books. Stop me if you’ve heard this one, baby gets rocketed from his dying planet, lands on earth to be raised… yes, I know you are screaming stop, but I don’t care, for the gazillionth time Superman’s origin is being told, let’s see how Grant Morrison feeds us the same old story. I’ve also grabbed yet another horror/vampire looking book, but this one comes from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, so I am willing to give it a chance. Lastly, my habit of revisiting Marvel characters I haven’t read in years continues, now it’s Frank Castles turn.
Hit the jump for the fast and dirty rapid fire reviews.
There’s three feature films based on The Punisher and all of em’ suck. Now, I’m not saying Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane, or Ray Stevenson weren’t absolute bad-asses, which they were (so stay the fuck away from me Jane fans), it was a matter of a mediocre character being handled by second-rate directors/writers that lead to film trumpery. The Punisher needed the touch of Nolan or someone of equivalent talent to make such a so-so character into something more. Suffice to say, the Punisher has had 3 attempts at cinematic countenance and failed. TV on the other hand, well that may be a more suitable avenue for the no mercy vigilante.
With ABC series adaptations of The Incredible Hulk and Jessica Jones under development, it only makes sense for Marvel-Disney to make further use of it’s catalog of heroes and Mr. Castle (Frank) seems to be on their check list. The trades of Variety, among other media outlets, are suggesting that Disney’s ABC channel has sold a television series based on famous Marvel comics character to FOX.
The Punisher is described as an hour-long procedural with a Marvel signature and a new take on one of comic book giant’s iconic characters, Frank Castle, a rising star detective with the NYC Police Department who moonlights as a vigilante Punisher seeking justice for those the system has failed. Ed Bernero (co-create “Third Watch” for NBC) with executive produce along with Marvel. The marks the first sale this season the first one ever outside of ABC for Disney-owned Marvel, which is developing TV series based on it’s properties through ABC studios.
This was sounding great until I got to the FOX part. Eh, maybe it will be on FX (subsidiary of FOX) and thus have a chance of being a good show and avoid the FOX cancellation guillotine. Will see. Overall, I like the idea of Punisher being adapted for TV. It might not be as violent as we’d hope it to be, but it would allow for better character and story development.
What say you? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
Think you can take a punch? Maybe you can, but then maybe you just think you can. The characters on today’s list have a proven track record of taking a beating and rising up to get beat on again and again. There will be blood, oh yes there will be blood. So read this list you little girly men and women, because you can’t take the punishment these characters take. Not and keep that wonderfully cheery Nerd Bastard disposition, but don’t worry, as the Black Knight is often quoted, “It’s only a flesh wound!”
Disney is on a roll in making money with the Marvel property as we now have news that there are three TV shows in the making. The news came from an interview with Robert Iger, Disney CEO, who had this to say to the Wall Street Journal:
[With Marvel] we’ve taken back distribution, or bought back distribution from [Viacom Inc.’s] Paramount, for some critical franchises. Notably, “Iron Man 3″ will be distributed by us, and “Avengers.” We’re developing three live-action series for ABC and ABC Family. You can buy Marvel products at Disney stores. And we’re working on Marvel games.
As far as which Marvel heroes we’ll be seeing on the TV screen, this is what we know. It looks like ABC will be getting an hour long Incredible Hulk TV show, which showed up on the internet not too long ago. The other two possible series are The Punisher and Cloak and Dagger, in which the later might become an ABC Family series. What’s known for sure is that Jeph Loeb will be one busy fella over at Marvel’s television department.
What do y’all think of this move? Is Disney being money hungry with the Marvel property? Or do you think Marvel is finally getting the TV chance with Disney? Also, other than three mentioned above, what Marvel character would you like to see have their own TV show? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment.