Superman, Wolverine 2, Criminal Macabre: August 14th Comic Reel

Fri, August 14th, 2009 at 7:58am PDT | Updated: August 14th, 2009 at 8:00am

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Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

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SUPERMAN BEGINS?

While Warner Bros must be in production on a Superman feature by 2011, the courts may have just made it impossible for them to do a "Begins" style reboot. According to Variety, the family of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel have been awarded control of early Superman stories and newspaper strips. The article states these stories cover "depictions of Superman's origins from the planet Krypton, his parents Jor-El and Lora, Superman as the infant Kal-El, the launching of the infant Superman into space by his parents as Krypton explodes and his landing on Earth in a fiery crash." Of course, the family and Warner Bros could come up with an equitable license agreement to all the elements in dispute. However, this latest ruling may mean the studio will have to prep a Superman films without the aid of the origin story.

Release date: 2012?

WOLVERINE 2

As reported here at CBR yesterday, the Hollywood Reporter states writer Christopher McQuarrie has been tapped to write the sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." They also confirm Jackman's earlier statement this week about the Japan setting. "The movie's story line will take its cue from the early 1980s Chris Claremont/Frank Miller miniseries, which is set in Japan and features Wolverine dealing with ninjas as he struggles whether to follow his animal killer instincts or the life under a samurai's code of honor and respect," states the reporter article. McQuarrie has written several scripts for director Bryan Singer and directed "Way of the Gun" in 2000. Meanwhile, MTV Splash Page has another video with Jackman about the film. This interview took place before McQuarrie became known, but Jackman does say "I wish I could announce to you some of the people involved."

Release date: 2012?

CRIMINAL MACABRE

Variety reports the Steve Niles miniseries from Dark Horse has been acquired by Universal. Writer Kyle Ward will pen the script.

Release date, TBA

SMALLVILLE

Kryptonsite reveals more episode titles for the upcoming ninth season. One interesting title is the eighth episode, "Kandor." Kryptonsite also has a review of the soon to be released eighth season DVD box set.

New episdoes begin: September 25th, 2009

DEAD SPACE

Variety's BFDealmemo says the Electronic Arts video game "Dead Space" is being developed as a feature by director D.J. Caruso. EA has been aggressive in multi-media presentations of "Dead Space," which began with a prequel comic book written by Antony Johnston and drawn by Ben Templesmith.

Release date: TBA

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD

Today's set pic from the blog of director Edgar Wright features Movement.

Starring Michael Cera and Chris Evans, release date: 2010

WEEKEND GETAWAY

After a week of chasing Wolverine, I'm ready for the weekend (cue Loverboy). Of course, the world of comic book film and television adaptation never stops. While out and about this weekend, if you discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours! Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya practicing for the future threat of "District 9."

TAGS:  wolverine, superman, criminal macabre, smallville, scott pilgrim

 
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