Green Lantern, Iron Man 2, Popeye: September 25th Comic Reel

Fri, September 25th, 2009 at 7:58am PDT | Updated: September 25th, 2009 at 4:31pm

TV/Film
Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

GREEN LANTERN

According to Nuke the Fridge, Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld is quite friendly with the FX Supervisors on the film. The artist told the site "over one-third of the movie is set on Oa, the home world of the Green Lanterns." Of course, they do not directly quote Liefeld or provide video, so there is a grain of salt to this story. Considering what is known about the movie, a third of the film set on Oa or space makes sense. It is not unreasonable to think the film will begin on Earth, move to Hal's training, and eventually bring whatever threat he must face back toward Earth.

Directed by Martin Campbell, release date: June 17th, 2011

IRON MAN 2

Entertainment Tonight visited the set of the film and aired a video package of that visit last night. Luckily, they are offering the video to the Internet:

Starring Robert Downey Jr., release date: May 7th, 2010

POPEYE

I can make it through this item without referencing the 1980 version. Wost Previews notes in Variety's earlier Ghost Rider 2 article a mention of Marvel's Avi Arad securing the film rights to "Popeye." According to that Variety article, the plan is "to make a CGI animated feature based on the venerable strongman."

Release TBA

SURROGATES

My review is up here at CBR. Its core idea is interesting and most of the material that addresses it brings the film to life. Also, Bruce Willis is enjoyable in the film. Variety's Todd McCarthy also enjoyed the premise and praises its action beats (which I think are the films weakest parts). Sci Fi Wire calls it, somewhat sarcastically, "the most intelligent and cutting-edge science fiction movie of 1981." That is a rather succinct description of the film. Parts of the movie are throwbacks to those slower, thoughtful science fiction movies of the late 1970s and early 80s before the effects of "Star Wars" forced every film in the genre to be a high octane action picture. Collider is a little less generous, calling out Mostow's direction and the script for their lack of subtlety.

Release date: today

THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT

Ron Howard is taking on his first comic-inspired project with "The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft," according to the Los Angeles Times. "It very cleverly uses H.P. Lovecraft in a fictional way, but there's some loose biographical elements. But it certainly has the flavor and the tone of Lovecraft," says the director.

Release date: TBA

SPAWN

Todd McFarlane is looking to go smaller and darker with the new film, according to MTV News. He is wary of the PG-13 mindset of the major studios. "If I take the offer of the big studios with the big budgets and big production values, that's all nice and you have a better chance of getting a big star, and it works for them commercially, but as I get older, it's sort of less interesting to me," says McFarlane.

Release date: TBA

WEEKEND GETAWAY

It'd Friday. Cue Loverboy and get me a rum drink. I'm off to Disneyland and any number off-duty geeky activities. If you discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird this weekend, 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 bracing for the future threat of adventure.

TAGS:  green lantern, iron man 2, popeye, surrogates, spawn

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