by Brett White
Wednesday is new comic book day, which also means it's new potential-movie-source-material day. Here are all of the comics and collections out today starring the comic book characters from the movies and television shows of today, tomorrow and yesterday.
Of particular note this week: get in on the ground floor of Jonathan Hickman's "Avengers" run with the "Avengers World" hardcover, check out the continuing adventures of Clark Kent with the first "Smallville: Season 11" paperback, and catch up with last week's Hero of the Week in "Captain America" #6.
We ended last week with a whole lot of comic book adaptation rumors swirling around, and we weren’t quite sure which ones would actually turn out to be true. Fortunately, the one that panned out is also one of the ones that has us most excited.
Latino Review had reported on Friday that "Locke & Key" is in the process of being turned into a live-action film trilogy after the TV series failed to be picked up by Fox. While we were skeptically hopeful of that news at the time, producer Roberto Orci has confirmed that the trilogy is actually happening. Click on after the jump for more details.
A "Locke & Key" movie trilogy? An "Avengers" sized film starring DC Comics' supernatural all-stars and directed by Guillermo del Toro? A swing and a miss on the "Powers" TV show? Depending on what you believe, these are all things that are currently in the mix.
Latino Review published a massive report this week detailing several once and future (and possibly defunct) comic book movie and TV properties. Read on for the rundown.
» Up first is "Heaven Sent," a potential Guillermo del Toro director vehicle that would feature an all-star lineup of DC's most prominent supernatural characters including Swamp Thing, John Constantine, Etrigan the Demon, the Spectre and more. Considering their line that "HEAVEN SENT is certain to RULE ComicCon in 2020," we're not holding our breath for any confirmation on this project for quite some time.
Given the current reboot and remake cycle permeating Hollywood, this news should come as no surprise: "The Rocketeer" is reportedly being eyed for a do over.
Vulture reports that Disney is putting the wheels in motion for a new adaptation of the "Rocketeer" comic books, previously brought to life on screen in 1991's adventure film starring Billy Campbell and Jennifer Connelly. No writers, directors or actors are currently attached, according to the report, but the reboot is said to be "one of the first priorities" for the new Disney regime led by Alan Horn.
The "Ninja Turtles" reboot is delayed, not dead. Michael Bay is still producing, Jonathan Liebesman is still directing, and "TMNT" co-creator Kevin Eastman is still very much in the loop.
Eastman recently spoke with Comic Book Resources about his upcoming comic "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2012" for IDW Publishing (pictured above), and he explained some of the reasons behind the "Turtles" delay, with two big reasons standing out: Liebesman wanting to make sure that the visual effects are up to snuff, and timing the film's release with the 30th anniversary of the "Ninja Turtles" brand.
FROM MTV MOVIES BLOG: If "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" left you cold, its sequel — "Retaliation" — should warm you right up. The Rock is on board as Roadblock, leading an all-star cast that includes Bruce Willis as the original Joe, Ray Stevenson as bad guy Firefly, RZA as the Blind Master and returning "Joe" veterans Channing Tatum as Duke and Ray Park as Snake-Eyes. It's a strong cast and a great assortment of classic "Joe" characters that has at least this fan very, very stoked.
We haven't seen much from the film yet, but a new "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" sneak peek courtesy of Entertainment Tonight is shining some light on the subject.
Check out MTV Movies Blog for the full story!
One of the most highly sought after events at San Diego Comic-Con this year was the "Locke & Key" panel, and unlike the cryptic nature of the series itself, there's no mystery behind the panel's popularity: after Fox decided not to pick the comic book adaptation up to series, this was the only official chance fans would have to see the full "Locke & Key" pilot episode based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's horror masterpiece.
Though access to the pilot remains limited to the very lucky few who saw it at Comic-Con, a second best alternative has emerged. Josh Friedman, one of the writers tapped to shepherd the "Locke & Key" adaptation to television, recently tweeted out a link to a promotional trailer for the show that reveals — forgive the pun — key moments from the unaired episode.
Watch the trailer after the jump!
It could be the understatement of the year to say we were disappointed by the news that "Locke & Key" television series pilot might not make it to the small screen. The IDW Publishing comic is one of our favorites around Splash Page HQ, and everything seemed primed for it to make a successful jump from page to screen.
Alas, it wasn't meant to be (on the FOX network, at least), but now it looks like fans will indeed be able to check out the pilot episode — if they can make it to San Diego for this year's Comic-Con International.
Calling it "the most talked-about pilot not on the Fall schedule," IDW will screen "Locke & Key" on Friday, July 22. The screening will be followed by a Q&A panel with comic creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, as well as pilot writer Josh Friedman, and producers Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci. Read More...
Yes, you read that headline correctly, and yes, it is possibly the most ridiculous headline I have written in my entire career. The best part? It happened.
Apparently, "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith was one of several actors who participated in a recent event called "24 Hour Plays" in Los Angeles. For his part in the event, which tasks writers with scripting a play in one night and having actors perform it the next, Smith played a "very confused Batman" who wakes up on an autopsy table.
There's a full report on the event and Smith's performance over at The Telegraph, while The Daily Mail has a bunch of great photos of Smith and some of the other actors. Oh, and Smith's take on Batman wasn't the only comics-friendly performance during the show. Read More...
It's always fun when a package from Hasbro arrives at MTV Splash Page HQ, and today's delivery of "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" toys was no exception.
As you've probably learned by now, I don't mind setting aside my pride for the opportunity to show off all of the cool stuff that these packages contain (and if you haven't learned that, I encourage you to check out the "Thor" and "Iron Man 2" toy write-ups). However, since the bulk of our "Dark Of The Moon" coverage will be happening on MTV Movies Blog, I asked Movies Blog editor Josh Wigler to star in the necessary — and unabashedly nerdy — swag photo. Read More...