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Month: May 2008

Not To Be Confused With The Female Punk Band

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This gets me all kinds of giddy. Brian K. Vaughn’s Runaways is coming to the big screen!

Announced today by The Hollywood Reporter, the teen team book (featuring a group of super powered kids who leave home after discovering their parents are supervillans) has been added to Marvel Studios slate for films to be released between now at 2011.

What’s even better? Vaughn himself (who you may also know for his creation Y: The Last Man or his writing work on Lost) will be writing the screenplay! You can’t get more accurate a translation than that.

Since the comics release in 2003, Runaways has been one of my favorite titles on the shelves, with stunning art, amazing covers (usually drawn by the fantastic Jo Chen), and always solid writing.  Runaways actually was in the headlines late last year, as Vaughn left the title, giving way to another favorite of us here at B-o-R, Mr. Joss Whedon. Highly recommend the book if you haven’t checked it out.  Me? I’m in nerd heaven.

JUSTICE LEAGUE ARE GO!

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From the What Could’ve Been Department, artist Cliff Chiang reveals these fantastic sketches from a lost pitch for a Japanese influenced Justice League title.

Says Cliff:

Similar to Grant Morrison’s ideas for Super Young Team, I imagined that the DC universe had a band of Japanese superheroes inspired by their original Western counterparts. It’s basically a mix of DC, old school anime and kaiju. This got a tiny bit of interest around the offices (this was a year prior to the Marvel Mangaverse) but it never went anywhere because they already had Chris Moeller’s giant robot Justice League book in the works.

Personally, I really love the Battle of the Planets feel, and the Gigantor styled Superman. SO awesome.

No Time For Love, Dr. Jones…

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With the release this week of Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, I’ve been undergoing a bit of an obsession with everyone’s favorite archaeologist.

This has included cracking into the DVDs of the trilogy (wherein I was surprised to realize that in all these years I’d never watched Temple of Doom, but yet seen Raiders and Last Crusade dozens of times), rekindling my childhood crush on Karen Allen (she’s still got it, even at 56, I don’t care), reading WikiPedia (who knew the journey towards Indy 4 was so difficult?), and stumbling upon dozens of reviews and interesting articles leading to Thursday’s release of the fourth Indiana Jones adventure.

The most interesting article thus far? This scrap from a supposed Q&A with famed composer John Williams.  According to the article, before writing, Williams actually comes up with song lyrics for each of his themes, and writes the appropriate music, knowing that they’ll never get heard.

What exactly were the words to “Raiders March”, the famed Indy theme? The lyrics may surprise you….

In-di-ana fuck-ing Jones

In-di-ana moth-er-fuck-ing Jones

In-di-ana fuck-ing Jones

Bite my ball-sack you Na-zis I’m In-di-ana fuck-ing Jones

I don’t know about you, but I now know the song I’ll be singing to myself as the lights go down at The Senator this Thursday evening.

We’ll Be Watching The Watchmen…

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When people talk about Watchmen, they talk about how in 1986, it revolutionized how comics were created, along with Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns

I suppose that’s appropriate…considering what a lil’ birdie just told me.

Apparently, when the HIGHLY anticipated Batman sequel The Dark Knight hits theaters this July, attached will be the first teaser trailer for Zach Snyder’s film adaptation of Watchmen.

Watchmen hits theaters March 6, 2009.