by Ryan Rigley
Last week's return of "Arrow" to the CW marks the beginning of a new wave of DC television series. Not only have Warner Bros. and DC announced their plans for a "Flash" spinoff series sometime next year but they've also made mention of a Jim Gordon-centric "Gotham" TV series over at FOX.
Marvel Studios may be killing it in the Cinematic Universe, but it seems like DC has television on lock. In fact, DC has always been pretty proficient with their TV series. Case in point being "Swamp Thing: The Series," a TV show based on a DC character made popular by Alan Moore in the 80's. With Guillermo del Toro's plans to include Swamp Thing in his "Justice League Dark" film, we think now's as good a time as any to reflect back on the "Swamp Thing" TV series. Read More...
by Ryan Rigley
No matter how much Alan Moore protests, big name studios just keep making film adaptations of his work. Whether it's "Watchmen," "V For Vendetta," or "From Hell," it seems like Hollywood just can't get enough of the bearded hermit's literary genius. Even graphic novels that have already been adapted are fair play, as is the case with Fox's plans to turn Moore's "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" into a TV series.
The network ordered a "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" put pilot be made with 20th Century Fox helming the project. This, of course, means that even if Fox decides to pass on the series all together they're still obligated to at least air the pilot; which is great news for us and terrible news for Moore. With that, we've decided to compile a list of five more Alan Moore comics that would make for good TV. Check 'em out past the jump!
by Ryan Rigley
As if Guillermo del Toro isn't already busy enough, the critically adored filmmaker is rumored to be in the mix for "Heaven Sent," a movie that would take the best supernatural characters from DC Comics lore and put them in one adventure, not unlike the "Justice League Dark" comic books.
Del Toro himself has expressed his hopes to make such a movie, though nothing is official just yet. Still, while we're waiting to see if "Heaven Sent" comes to pass, now's as good a time as any to look at some of the DC Comics heroes who might find their way into the film.
Check out our "Heaven Sent" dream team below the jump!
It's been a while since we heard anything regarding the hinted-at plans for new films based on DC's "Swamp Thing" and "Sgt. Rock" comic books. And while that sort of radio silence can sometimes mean good things are afoot behind the scenes, that doesn't seem to be the case for these two projects.
MTV News recently spoke with "Swamp Thing" and "Sgt. Rock" producer Joel Silver during the press junket for his latest film, "Unknown," and got an update of sorts on the two projects.
"I don’t know, there are rights issues with Swamp Thing," Silver told MTV News when asked if we'll ever see the 3-D "Swamp Thing" movie he hinted at back in August 2009. "I’m not sure if we could clear that up but we’re always working on something. We like the idea of making a 3-D version of that story, but it’s not something we can do right now." Read More...
Just over a year ago, producer Joel Silver began dropping hints about a new 3-D "Swamp Thing" movie. Although Swamp Thing co-creator Len Wein has written a screenplay for the project, it may still be some time before it goes forward.
"There is a rights problem which I don't understand because I'm not a lawyer," Wein told Movie Web during the San Diego Comic-Con. "My wife could probably explain it, I can't. (She is a lawyer). But we desperately want to make a new 'Swamp Thing' movie. I've written a screenplay. Joel Silver is gung-ho to make it, to do it right... big-budget, CGI, the whole dance."
"I know Akiva Goldsman wants to take my script, rewrite that and do something with it," continued Wein. "We want to do a 'Swamp Thing' movie. Once we figure out the rights problems, we will." Read More...
Back in April, "Splice" director Vincenzo Natali told MTV News he'd love to direct a "Swamp Thing" movie based on Alan Moore's celebrated run on the series. In town to promote the June 4 premiere of "Splice," the filmmaker dropped by the newsroom this week to chat about the thriller, and also give us an update on the "Swamp Thing" front.
Sadly, fans of a Natali-directed "Swamp Thing" might not want to hold their breath waiting for the project to materialize.
"Unfortunately, there is no 'Swamp Thing' movie in the works right now because of all the legal entanglements involved with that particular property," Natali told MTV News. "I'm told it won't happen any time soon." Read More...
By Josh Wigler and Rick Marshall
There's no denying that comic books are often strange — some might even say trippy.
In honor of April 20th, the day when everyone seems to have mind-altering moments on the brain, it seemed fitting to take a look at some of our favorite characters from the comic book world who have experimented with hallucinogenic and psychedelic drugs. While we certainly don't advocate such activities, we can't help but celebrate these comic-book moments that have varied from hilariously far-out to dangerously past the brink of insanity.
Read on for four of our favorite psychedelic, surreal and otherwise trippy comics and story arcs. Read More...
"Splice" director Vincenzo Natali already has a lot of horror cred for his 1997 film "Cube," but if he had his way, he'd bring his dark, psychological vision to the comics world, too.
Speaking with MTV News during this weekend's WonderCon in San Francisco, Natali said he'd love to make a "Swamp Thing" movie based on Alan Moore's classic run of the series.
"There are two incarnations of Swamp Thing — both of them are quite wonderful," said Natali. "The first one was by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, which was a more traditional sort of retake on classic, James Whale-style, Universal Studio horror films. Then Alan Moore reinvented the character in the early '80s, and that's actually the version that's a little more interesting to me." Read More...
When Joel Silver first mentioned the possibility of a 3D revival of "Swamp Thing," the reaction from fans of the DC Comics creature was an understandable mixture of excitement and skepticism. Would the 3D be too gimmicky? Would it detract from good storytelling?
Until more is known, it's impossible to answer any of those questions. What we can look towards, however, is a relatively recent "Swamp Thing" screenplay written by Len Wein, the character's co-creator.
MyPDFScripts has a copy of Wein's screenplay dated December 10, 2003. Whether this script is still being considered for Silver's planned 3D adaptation is unknown — but if this script is still in play, then "Swamp Thing" fans have very little to fear. Read More...
"Sherlock Holmes" producer Joel Silver has his hands full with films based on literary heroes these days, and as many comic book fans are aware, quite a few of those projects hail from the DC Comics universe.
Since his name is attached to many of the projects we're most excited about these days, Silver offered MTV News a quick update on some of those projects during the "Sherlock Holmes" red carpet event last week. We pressed the comics-friendly producer for his thoughts on everything from "Swamp Thing" to "Lobo" and many of the other films drawing on DC's massive stable of characters.