Three years have passed since the release of "The Umbrella Academy: Dallas," the second and most recent entry in Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá's Dark Horse comic book series about a group of disbanded superheroes who reunite after the death of their adoptive father. It hasn't been quite that long since we last heard an update on the film adaptation of "Umbrella Academy" — it was reported in 2011 that Rawson Thurber was taking a crack at the script. But what's the latest on the project?
"I'd say it's hanging out a little bit," Way said of the "Umbrella Academy" movie in an interview with Comics Alliance. "Every once in a while there's a burst of movement and it's kind of how I've noticed Hollywood works. There's a burst of movement and then a burst of nothing. We actually recently got a script and it's really great, so I think it's just a matter of waiting for [Universal Studios] wanting to take the risk on it."
Gerard Butler turned down the "300" sequel, but that doesn't mean some of the old guard aren't returning.
One such actor is Rodrigo Santoro, who reprises the monstrous dictator Xerxes in next summer's "300: Rise of an Empire." Santoro spoke with Coming Soon about what it was like to get back into Xerxes' skin, how the movie differs from what fans saw in the first "300," and more.
The tragic death of Michael Clarke Duncan earlier this year meant we wouldn't be seeing his interpretation of brutal bodyguard Manute in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." But as fans of the graphic novel Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are adapting already know, Manute is an integral part of the upcoming sequel, leaving the co-directors with a tricky problem: do you recast Manute, or come up with a new character to replace him?
It seems that Rodriguez and Miller have opted for the former option, as Heat Vision reveals that "24" actor Dennis Haysbert is joining the "Dame to Kill For" cast as Manute, replacing the late Duncan.
Conan the Barbarian is returning to us, but this time he won't be harder, better, faster or stronger. Instead, "The Legend of Conan" will pick up years after the Cimmerian warrior was in his prime, and will star an aging Arnold Schwarzenegger as well. But instead of being a bad idea like some believe, producer Chris Morgan said that this is the best approach for the story.
"I want the warrior whose joints have started to fuse together, who has to crack the cartilage so he can pick up a sword again,” Morgan told The Los Angeles Times. “I want the guy who’s not necessarily lost a step, but there’s some rust he has to shake off. I want to embrace that. It makes it a greater hero story."
by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)
“They’re special. They’re called. They’re strong. They punch really hard and run really fast and they’re always, always girls.”
This is 16-year-old Billy Lane’s accurate description of Vampire Slayers – accurate, that is, except for the last part about Slayers always being girls. Because there’s a new Slayer in town, and it’s Billy himself.
The current issue of Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy Season 9 is the second half of a two-part introduction of Billy the Vampire Slayer. This initially reluctant boy, the victim of homophobic bullying in his small town, takes on the responsibility of facing the new zompire threat. He’s got a Watcher, Devon, who also happens to be his love interest. And, according to Devon, he’s got moxie.
It's time to work on our clever number puns, because the forthcoming "300" sequel is soon going to be coming to us in 3D.
The film, called "300: Rise of an Empire," is due in theaters on August 2, 2013. The news of the 3D release came when IMAX recently unveiled its 20-picture movie deal with Warner Bros. "All You Need Is Kill" is another Warner Bros. IMAX release that's going to get the 3D treatment.
Just a friendly public service announcement for all you "Goon" fans out there...
The Dark Horse movie adaptation has been in limbo for years now, and Blur Studios has been pulling out all the stops to get the movie made thanks to a massive Kickstarter effort. That effort draws to a close this coming weekend, with only $3,000 standing in the way of the project's pledge goal as of this writing. So if you're a fan of "The Goon" and have yet to donate, or if you already have but know somebody willing to join the cause, direct them to the "Goon" Kickstarter page — time is running out, and quick!
UPDATE: The goal has been reached! You did it!
With Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm, one question that comic book fans are likely asking is this: what's going to happen to the "Star Wars" comics?
For years and years now, Dark Horse Comics have been the publishing powerhouse behind "Star Wars" comics. But with Disney's ownership of Marvel Comics, one imagines that the relationship could change in the not too distant future.
Dark Horse president Mike Richardson commented on the matter recently, saying that for now, "Star Wars" is staying put — but exactly how long that will remain the case is very much up in the air.
"Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" still needs that dame to kill for, but it has plenty of other dames willing to kill for your amusement.
The long-awaited "Sin City" sequel, which just started shooting in Austin, Texas this week, has just added two more actors to its ever expanding cast: Jaime King, who played Goldie and Wendy in the first film, and Jamie Chung, hot off her turns in "Sucker Punch" and the "Hangover" sequel.
King will reprise her role as warrior woman Wendy for the sequel, while Chung takes over the part of silent assassin Miho from outgoing actress Devon Aoki.
by Ryan Rigley
A few months ago, it was announced that Fox's new Saturday night animation lineup would be kicking off with a series based on "Axe Cop," the greatest comic book ever written (by a 5 year old). Created by brothers Malachai Nicolle (who was just 5 when he started the series) and Ethan Nicolle (who was 29), "Axe Cop" revolves around an axe-wielding cop and his never ending quest to chop the heads off of bad guys.
There's been talk of an animated "Axe Cop" series for a while, but now (thanks to Fox's ADHD) we have an official first look at what this wacky series might entail. Not to mention the ever-amazing vocal talents of Nick Offerman (from NBC's "Parks And Recreation"), who plays Axe Cop in the video.