Plans for a Justice League Movie?

JLA - DC Comics
Unlike the last couple of weeks, this one was chock-full of superhero movie news. The biggest development was on Wednesday, when LatinoReview.com reported that David Goyer and Jonah Nolan (Christopher's bro) will be writing The Man of Steel (2011), the Superman reboot. When this announcement was confirmed the next day by Variety, speculation started regarding who will direct the mega-project. Twitter was flooded with posts suggesting that Jonah Nolan will direct, with support from big bother Chris, who was hired to act as a "mentor" for Supe's return to the screen.

"The Wolfman": An Early Cape Influence?

The Wolfman - Universal Pictures
Random thoughts...As I watched The Wolfman (2010) last night, I wondered if the original 1941 film was one of the earliest depictions of shape-shifting in the cinema. I know Werewolf of London (1935) pre-dated it by six years, but were there even earlier examples? Also- I guess one could categorize Lawernce Talbot/The Wolfman as a "Transformational" character, along with Dr. Jekyll/Mr.Hyde. By that I mean one whose entire persona changes, not just his outward appearance. I know this type of story has its roots in ancient mythology and I'm sure someone, somewhere has already studied its portrayal in the cinema.

Joe Johnston: From "Wolfman" to "Cap"

The Wolfman - Universal Pictures
Captain America - Marvel Entertainment
I just returned from seeing The Wolfman, and I have a few thoughts. No, this isn't a review of the flick. I have a few thoughts on its director, Joe Johnston, who's now helming The First Avenger: Captain America (July 22, 2011). I was interested to see how Johnston handled this movie because many have questioned if Marvel made a mistake in giving him the reigns to Captain America. Johnston has been criticised for his take on Wolfie, with many of the reviewers saying the movie is a CGI disaster. After seeing The Wolfman, I don't understand the concerns that some have about Johnston's ability to make a great Captain America flick. While Johnston's Wolfman is a bit silly at times, I think that has more to do with the subject matter than it does with his directing style.

Daredevil (2003) Re-post

This is the first time I've re-posted an article, but I can justify it in one way. Since Twentieth Century Fox has announced that Daredevil will be rebooted in the near future (release date TBA), the 2003 film has garnered some attention lately- but not in a good way. This post isn't a review- it's just a few observations that occurred to me regarding the much maligned flick.

2003
20th Century Fox

Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson
Main Cast:
Ben Affleck- Matt Murdock / Daredevil
Jennifer Garner – Elektra Natchios
Colin Farrell- Bullseye
Michael Clarke Duncan- Wilson Fisk

Background
Until recently, Daredevil, the longtime Marvel Comics character, was an unlikely candidate to get the big screen treatment. He was unknown to non-comic book readers, and even among hardcore comic fans his popularity had waxed and waned over the last four decades. Daredevil was a character that came to epitomize the grim ‘n gritty movement of the 1980’s in comics. Fortunately for Daredevil, one of his biggest fans was screenwriter / director Mark Steven Johnson who had a vision of presenting a mature, somewhat grim picture of what a superhero’s life would really be like. Johnson’s 2003 film adaptation of his favorite character contained many of the elements audiences had come to expect from superhero movies.

The Comic Book Movie Decade -Newsarama

English: Christopher Nolan at Santa Barbara In...
Christopher Nolan  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Today, Newsarama published an article by Vaneta Rogers that highlights the work of four groundbreaking directors (Bryan Singer, Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder, Sam Raimi) and writer, David Goyer. Rogers gives a concise history of the last decade in comic-inspired movies, and includes several quotes from writer, Michael Green (Green Lantern, 2011) and producer, Jeff Katz (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 2009). Overall, it's a great tribute to some of the people who helped usher in the modern era of superhero movies.

One part that I dug was Green's mention of Blade (1998) as being a turning point in how the studios viewed comic book characters. I think that's a film often overlooked in discussions of the mature, sophisticated approach that studios now take with superhero movies. Back in '98, Blade was the flick that inspired me to find the old comics that I had stored in the attic and rediscover how cool they were. I'm sure that's true for many others as well.

I have one minor complaint about the article's content, though. When Rogers includes the above mentioned quotes, she never makes clear to whom the speaker was addressing. In other words, she doesn't say, "I spoke to Jeff Katz last week, and he told me..." I think that if a journalist was able to land a personal interview with a major Hollywood heavyweight, she would mention that fact in the story. For all we know, these quotes could've been made at a convention or other venue, but the reader is left to assume that they were directed at Rogers. That quibble aside, Rogers' article is still a well-written piece that's worth a look. 
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Goyer Leaving TV For Batman 3

David Goyer - Google Images
This brief post on Nikki Finke's blog, Deadline Hollywood, is really about David Goyer leaving the TV show FlashForward. However, it mentions his work on a Batman 3 screenplay
and other films as being the main reason for his exit. As far as I know, this is the first mention of his working on Bats 3.
‘FlashForward’ Showrunner Exits For Features – Deadline.com