The New York Times reports here (registration required) that Marvel Entertainment has teamed with Japanese animation studio Madhouse and together they will develop four anime series to re-vision several of Marvel's iconic superheroes for the Japanese market. The characters and back stories will have be overhauled to "reflect Japanese culture," and "create an entire parallel universe for Marvel," according to Simon Philips, Marvel International president. The only superhero so far named Iron Man. Jungo Maruta, the president and chief executive of Madhouse, said through his interpreter, Alex Yeh, the chief operating officer of the studio: "Marvel today is so open-minded. Marvel gives creators freedom to fly." Mr. Yeh said: "We are very excited to be involved. Although they say, ‘I want Japanese anime,’ it’s not what they actually want. They want a hybrid between Japanese and Western animation."
Superman: The Man of Steel
In this interview from the Wall Street Journal, Jeff Robinov, Warner Bros. Pictures Group President, says that the studio wants to explore the darker side of superheroes in future DC Comics based films. Due to the success of Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight," Robinov said: "We're going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it. That goes for the company's Superman franchise as well. Films with our DC properties have the opportunity to support other divisions in the company in a way that our other movies don't. ['Superman Returns]’ didn't quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to. It didn't position the character the way he needed to be positioned. Had 'Superman' worked in 2006, we would have had a movie for Christmas of this year or 2009. But now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman without regard to a Batman and Superman movie at all." Robinov was making reference to the "Batman vs. Superman" project (Script here in pdf format), which like "Justice League of America" (Working title "Justice League: Mortal") has gone into extended turnaround (read scrapped). Robinov said: "Along those lines, we have been developing every DC character that we own." Green Lantern, Flash, Green Arrow, and Wonder Woman are all now actively being developed, as well as a third Batman film and a new feature to reintroduce Superman. Word is that Bryan Singer and Brandon Routh are not to be associated with that project.
TV DVD News
TVShowsOnDVD.com has posted info about "M Squad" (Complete Series) here, "Quark" (Complete Series) here, "Firefly" (Blu-Ray) here, "Spin City" (Season 1) here, "The Outer Limits" (Complete Original Series) here, "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" (Vol. 6) here and "The Munsters" (Complete Series) here.
The Dark Knight Sequel
Movies Online says here that a source in England's Sunday Mirror tells them that Angelina Jolie is out as Catwoman in the third Batman film, rather: "Cher is Nolan's first choice to play Catwoman. He wants to portray her like a vamp in her twilight years. The new Catwoman will be the absolute opposite of Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry's creations."
The Wolf Man
Ain't It Cool News says here that Danny Elfman is writing the score for Universal Pictures' update, which is to hit theaters April 3, 2009.
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
X-Men: Magneto Testament #1,
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #33,
The Art of Marc Silvestri,
Madman Atomic Comics #10,
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #96,
& Jughead's Double Digest #143,