Before we get to the usual comic-related nonsense, I wanna say that the new film “The Muppets” is…As good as the original. Better, even. Truly. It was smart, hilarious, sentimental…Everything you would have expected if Jim Henson rose from the grave and brought the characters back. See it!
Also, I’ve decided I need an iPad. Please buy one for me.
Ahem. Now, hit the break.
Today’s news is a rapid fire series of medium flips . . . Comics to TV! TV to comics! Wow, my head is spinning!
BOOSTER GOLD: THE T.V. SHOW. SyFy has ordered a pilot for a one-hour drama.
ENDER’S GAME: THE MOVIE. Probably my favorite SF book of all time (but I don’t read many of them), and a not-too-shabby comic as well, Ender has finally been cast. The role goes to Asa Butterfield, star of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. Petra, the extremely cool girl-ally of Ender, may be played by Hailee Steinfeld, who did a phenomenal acting job in True Grit. The confirmed director is Gavin “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” Hood.
BATMAN: THE LEGO. Lego Batman is pretty cool, and the game sure had legs, but I got bored of it pretty quick. The next one, though, will be bigger. It’s called, “Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes,” and is slated for a summer 2012 release. It will include a wider array of DC characters like Lex Luthor, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern.
POWERS: THE T.V. SHOW. Apparently, initial shoots of the FX adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming indie comic did not go well. It’s being retooled to improve the special effects. Still, if the network is willing to put more money in it, they must like it on some level.
ADVENTURE TIME: THE COMIC. It’s coming from the all-ages Kaboom! Publisher.
DAKEN: THE CANCELLATION! It’s about damn time. This book has sucked longer (and harder) than X-23 and Ghost Rider combined, and both those titles were recently cancelled—along with Black Panther, Iron Man 2.0, and others. The only fatality that will give me a little free income is PunisherMAX, the best Punisher book since Ennis. Damn shame about that one.
THE WALKING DEAD: THE SPOILER! Rumors abound, based on an extra’s tumblr post, that Michonne arrives with her pet zombies in the last ep of this season. So, we’ll get a glimpse, probably, and then nothing for 9 months. Holy Christ is that gonna kill me.
HELLBOY: THE “HELL ON EARTH” EVENT! By now it’s no spoiler to say that Hellboy is “dead.” Come 2012, Dark Horse is launching “B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth,” and four other titles, in which the effects of this year’s “death” will reverb onto Earth itself. Lots of good creators are attached to the projects (including Max Fiumara, one of the great art finds of 2012). It’s kind of a “new 52” for the Hellboy Universe, with Mignola promising huge, irreversible changes.
ALL YOU NEED IS KILL: THE MOVIE! Hiroshi Sakurazaka and Yoshitoshi Abe’s graphic novel is being adapted by Tom Cruise. The Manga is basically Groundhog Day meets War of the Worlds. A solider during an alien attacks relives the first day of the invasion, getting a little better at repelling the aliens every day. Filming is set to begin next year under the direction of Joseph “Tron Legacy” Kosinski.
ACTION COMICS: THE LESS GRANT MORRISON VERSION. That’s right, there will already be less of Grant Morrison on Action Comics, just within months of its launch and even as it still really hasn’t given us a “Big Theme” yet. Backup features will begin soon, written by Sholly Fisch, who has written titles like Hellraiser and comic versions of Ren and Stimpy Show, Scooby-Doo, and the comic version of the brilliant TV show “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” which frequently borrows heavily from the Morrison catalog. The author was personally selected by Grant, and the features will tie directly into the main storyline. They’ll feature Steel, Ma and Pa Kent, and others from the Superverse. I can’t say I’m looking forward to this, as I’d really rather see Morrison establish his storyline before they start cutting his page count, but the concept seems sound.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: THE CROSSOVER. Mark Waid, who worked on some truly great Amazing Spider-Man arcs during “One More Day,” has taken over the Daredevil relaunch to great success. He’s actually managing to get new readers interested in a non-cynical DD! And Dan Slott’s “Big Time” era in Amazing Spider-Man has been solid superheroics and lots of fun. I’ve read recently that 2012 will see a cross-over between Amazing and Daredevil, brought to us by the creative teams on both books. So start reading them now—truly, these are two of the best superhero comics on the market.
HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS. Yes, that’s actually the title of the new film starring Jeremy “Hawkeye/Jason Bourne” Renner and Gemma “Quantum of Solace” Arterton. It takes place 15 years after the fairy tale, and the titular brother and sister are…Witch hunters. I’m only mentioning it because I’d so much rather see a movie version of the amazing Pinocchio The Vampire Slayer comic. And because the title has a colon in it, which matches my theme for this week’s items.
TURF: THE MOVIE. Jonathan Ross and Tommy Lee Edwards’ gangsters-versus-vampire comic Turf has been optioned by the same company that bought the rights to “Y: The Last Man.”
THOR 2: THE RUDDERLESS SEQUEL. Patty Jenkins quit as director after just 2 months. I’m actually pretty happy about that—I never saw the director of the true-crime/biopic “Monster” as the likely choice for the movie. Still no word on her replacement, or what the script will focus on. My hope: Frog Thor.
X-MEN VS. AVENGERS: THE EVENT. Marvel’s 2012 event—because every year’s gotta have at least one—will pit its two popular teams against each other. Let’s hope it’s better than Fear Itself. The book will be 12 issues over 6 months, starting in April, and written/drawn by a gang bang: Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, Frank Cho, John Romita, Jr., Olivier Coipel and Adam Kubert. Each writer will work a single issue (or more), with another writer picking up where the previous left off. (Example: Bendis is doing the first issue, featuring Scarlet Witch.) The tale will tell of the return of a new Phoenix (probably Hope Summers), and the return of Scarlet Witch who has pretty much been unheard of since Marvel’s great “House of M” event. If all goes right, we could be looking at a pretty significant change in the MU—the way House of M killed off mutants.
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS: THE RETIREMENT. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Marvel Event will mark the end of Bendis’ 7+ year stint as Avengers scribe. I’ve enjoyed his run, but I have to say: It is indeed time to leave.