VillainsLook at the Joker, Lex Luthor, Adrian Veidt: sometimes being a bad guy is just more fun. That’s certainly the belief of the main character in the Viper Comics miniseries “Villains,” who decides he wants to learn the dark art of villainy after discovering the old guy living next door is actually a retired baddie.

Universal is giving the series the big-screen adaptation treatment and producers are conceiving the film as a big-budget, super-dark adventure directed by someone with a sensibility similar to the men who’ve helmed “Fight Club” and “Collateral.”

“I think we want to go big with it,” producer Sean Bailey told MTV News. “My personal ambition is to have it be operatic and epic. If Michael Mann or David Fincher were ever to go make one of these movies, what would that look like? That’s my hope for it. To be in that kind of world.” Read More...

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Back in June, we reported that ABC Family's canceled "The Middleman" television series (based on the Viper Comics series by "Lost" writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach) would say farewell to fans with a cast reading of the unfilmed 13th episode, "The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse," along with the release of a comic book adaptation of the episode at San Diego Comic-Con. But fans who can't make the convention needn't feel left out -- all 12 of the original series episodes arrive on DVD July 28, complete with extras and of Easter Eggs only fans can catch.

Splash Page spoke with Grillo-Marxuach about his time with the series, its cancellation and what surprises viewers can expect to uncover in the DVD -- including a very familiar prop from a fan-favorite, sci-fi movie franchise. Read More...

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The MiddlemanParting with a favorite television series is hard enough when a show concludes by design, but fans of ABC Family's "The Middleman" were left high and dry when the series was canceled last year. Fortunately for those attending this summer's San Diego Comic-Con International, io9 reports the series' stars are slated to perform a reading of the final, unmade episode "The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse."

Based on the Viper Comics series by writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach ("Lost") and Eisner-nominated artist Les McClaine ("Jonny Crossbones"), "The Middleman" adaptation was originally planned to run for 13 episodes on ABC Family Chanel, but was canceled after 12. Read More...

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'Dead @ 17'"Dead @ 17" creator Josh Howard says "Superman Returns" and “X2: X-Men United” screenwriter Mike Dougherty will provide a big-screen adaptation his Viper Comics series about a demon-fighting undead teenager, with “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens possibly starring as the story's hero, Nara Kilday.

During an interview on the Comics on Comics podcast, Howard said that last he heard, the "Dead @ 17" producers were targeting the teenage star for one of two roles in the film.

"I don't know if this is true anymore -- it's been a while since I received an update -- but they were talking to Vanessa Hudgens,” said Howard, who went on to speculate that she might play the title character but would probably be better for Nara's best friend, Hazy Floss. Read More...

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'How to be a Serial Killer'It feels like there are millions of would-be filmmakers flocking to the indie comics marketplace these days in hopes that a drawn version of their film pitch will lead to a studio deal. What’s not seen quite as often are successful indie filmmakers coming to comics, but that’s the track writer/director Luke Ricci found himself on after completing the horror-comedy “How To Be A Serial Killer.”

While shopping the finished film around to distributors (New York area viewers can see the flick as part of the NYC Horror Fest from November 12 – 16), Ricci spun a scene that dropped to the cutting room floor into a comics prequel with artist Ramon Espinoza that was released by Viper Comics as a free give-away at San Diego Comic-Con and will be in comic shops in November. “I think we brought 1,500 copies, and we’d planned on handing them out over three or four days, but they were gone by Saturday morning because people kept coming back for them and telling other people about them. It just felt like the right fit,” Ricci told MTV of the Comic-Con promo. Read More...

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'Villains'It looks like Viper Comics' somewhat under-the-radar (but loads of fun) "Villains" miniseries is the latest comics title to gain the attention of Hollywood, with Universal picking up the rights to adapt the project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Wonder Woman" screenwriters Matt Jennison and Brent Strickland will pen a script for the film.

"Villains," written by Adam Cogan with art by Ryan Cody, follows a down-on-his-luck character who discovers a super-powered suit -- and its ex-supervillain owner -- and subsequently decides that his future lies in being the bad guy. Read More...


'Attack of the Killer Tomatoes'Halloween Week at Splash Page continues with an exclusive sneak peek at Viper Comics' "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes," featuring an interview with series writer Dale Mettam.

It's been 30 years since the B-horror film parody "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" hit theaters. Now, after three sequels, two video games and an animated series, Viper Comics' new horror imprint, Black Mamba Books, is celebrating the cult-classic "Tomatoes" film with a new three-issue miniseries.

Marking the first time that the original film has been adapted for comics when it arrives in stores Oct. 29, "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" #1 -- written by Dale Mettam with art by Erich Owen -- follows the plot of the original "AKT" with a few new touches, including omissions of superfluous material and intensified action during pivotal scenes.

"I wanted to maintain the low-budget vibe, but the movie folks wanted to exploit the lack of budget-constraints, so in part three, the battle is really ramped up," said Mettam. "Changes needed to be made, but if I stayed true to the spirit of the original, I figured the fans of the movies would forgive me." Read More...

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