Slow news week, but there’s a few vids to be grateful for . . .
Marvel has announced “The Death of Spider-Man.” It’ll be Ulti-Spidey, though, and will be handled by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar. I don’t know about you, but I find the Ultimate Universe to be pretty stale these days. The only thing worth reading there is Ulti-Spidey, so killing him is a huge mistake. (As if they’ll really do it, anway.) In other Webhead news . . . Hit the break. Also, for some very cool videos…..
UNCLE PRESIDENT SHEEN
Martin Sheen will be Uncle Ben in the (Ultimate) Spider-Man reboot from Sony Pictures (not Marvel Studios) and Dennis Leary will be Captain Stacey. You probably remember that Andrew Garfield will be Spidey, Emma Stone will be Gwen Stacey, Rhys Ifans will be the foe: Lizard, and Sally Field will (probably) be Aunt May.
Darren Aronofsky, now confirmed as director, will title his film “The Wolverine,” and won’t worry about fitting the movie in with Sony Marvel continuity (remember, this ain’t a Marvel Studios film). It will in fact be based on the 1982 miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, which defined the character for the decades that followed. The mini was actually the child of a road trip between Claremont and Miller in which the former was pitching to the latter, and Frank said he wasn’t interested in illustrating a book about a crazy psychopath, so the two, together, created the Logan backstory and came up with the idea of Wolvie vs. ninjas for the heart of a Yakuza daughter.
Okay, so Bruce Wayne has “returned” and now Bats has “incorporated.” Should you be reading? If the question is asked after reading “Batman: The Return #1” and “Batman Incorporated #1”, both by Grant Morrison, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” I’m not a Grant groupie, and I thought “Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne” was largely unnecessary and incomprehensible, but these two issues show a new Grant Morrison style that is linear, logical, hilarious and exciting. For the first time in a long time I not only care about Bruce Wayne, but I understand completely what’s going on and can’t wait to see what happens next.
This week saw trailers from Green Lantern, Cowboys & Aliens, and Young Justice.
Green Lantern: Looks a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. I think GL is the lamest Super Icon out there.
Cowboys and Aliens:Looks better than GL. Indiana Jones vs. James Bond!
Young Justice: Could it be as good as the new Avengers cartoon? Maybe . . .