Grant Morrison’s Sci-Fi Mahabharata?! Sign me up!

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Manuscript illustration of the Battle of Kurukshetra from The Mahabhrata

Oh hell yes! Lunatic comic mastermind Grant Morrison is re-imagining one of India’s greatest ancient epics, as he puts it;

“… like a psychedelic The Lord of the Rings with Star Wars technology”

My god, that’s what the term “geekstasy” was made for! How is this the first I have heard of this stunning project? Apparently this was originally planned as a comic book to be published by Virgin Comics but having since been bought out and absorbed by Liquid Comics, it has been re-conceived as 3 hour epic CGI drama! Check out the teaser over at 18-Days.com, where you can also read Mr. Morrison’s extensive notes on his vision of the tale, along with a gallery of gorgeous concept art. Feast your eyes and drink in the transcendent nerdery!

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Grant Morrison’s 18 Days is set to debut in Spring 2010!

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Iron Man 2 Footage Leaked!

Widow and Whiplash and War Machine, oh my!! Check it out before it’s gone friends!

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Gee, how do you make this trailer rock as hard as freaking possible? I know, add Tool to the soundtrack!! \m/


KICK-ASS Brings the Pain!!!

KickAss_MustHave_Cover Thanks to an intrepid comic-con attendee we have our first blurry, bootlegalicious looks at the Matthew Vaughn directed Kick-Ass film adaptation! We get to see the titular hero’s first shaky attempts at vigilantism, an 11 year-old girl who makes Charles Bronson look like…well…an 11 year old girl, and one clip that begs for the tagline;

“You won’t believe a man can fly”

Seeing these clips I get the feeling this may just make an even better film than a comic. Since the entire premise is “what if this happened in the real world”, once you actually see it with your own eyes in concrete reality, the absurdity and brutality of it is absolutely infectious!

Watch ’em while you can!

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Mixed Reactions to Marvel Anime

We got our first glimpses of 2 of the 4 planned Warren Ellis scripted Marvel Anime series this weekend, Iron Man and Wolverine! While I am stoked as hell for anything that mad bastard Ellis does, I’ve got mixed feelings about what I’ve seen here and judging by general buzz of my geeky brethren around the internet I am far from alone.

First off, I thought Iron Man looked incredible and seemed especially well suited (no pun intended) for the anime treatment. The detail of the armor is fantastic and the action looks powerfully kinetic!

Wolverine however leaves me feeling a bit wary. They went for a very uncharacteristic thin and lanky look, very gaunt face with a ridiculous anime mullet. In fact, aside from the claws there is absolutely nothing in his design that indicates that this is Wolverine. Now it is important to keep in mind that these are meant to be Japanese re-imaginings of the characters so they do have a bit more creative leeway. Hopefully Mr. Ellis will deliver a story bad ass enough (which he says will be loosely based on Claremont/Miller miniseries) to make us forget how friggin’ weird he looks.

Both series are expected to debut Spring 2010.

The Dark Knight Set to Return in 2011??

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The nerd news networks have been all a’buzz ever since Gary Oldman seemed to let the bat out of the bag during his appearance at the San Diego Comic Con panel for The Book of Eli. Oldman reportedly stated that they were planning to shoot next year, adding “ but you didn’t hear it from me” and then later followed up with “I’ve been a rather naughty boy today”.

So if you ask me, that all seems to spell out that Nolan is back on board people! I seriously doubt they would be making any definite plans were he not. Over at Batman On Film they pointed out that The Dark Knight was officially announced the week following Comic Con in July of 2006 so could we be looking at an official announcement next week?

Of course we are all foaming at the mouth to find out who the next villain(s) will be. Most assume Catwoman and The Riddler to be at the top of the list. (and when Johnny Depp says he would gladly don the question mark, how do you turn that down??). While the Riddler may just seem like the next obvious choice in the Rogues Gallery, he is also perhaps the perfect Chris Nolan villain. With he and his screenwriter bother having made names for themselves delivering films with twisting, turning, labyrinthian plots (Memento, The Prestige), I’m confident they could turn out one hell of a mind bending puzzle worthy of The Riddler!

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Dr. Hugo Strange (clearly a bastion of mental health)

Also since the Nolan brothers are so adept at juggling multiple villains I would personally love to see the lesser known Hugo Strange thrown into the mix. In the Legends of the Dark Knight story arc “Prey” (which is possibly the most disturbing Batman story I read as a child) he was a psychologist hired to use his analytical skills to determine Batman’s identity so the police could bring him to justice. However, being quite demented, he chooses to keep the information to himself and plays twisted mind games with Bruce Wayne, pushing him to the brink of insanity. A story perfectly suited to Batman’s outlaw status post ‘Dark Knight’ and one that could be easily intertwined with The Riddler.

Whatever the choices of villain it’s safe to say that this is the most anticipated comic book film of all time and if Nolan is indeed blessing us with his talents once again, he has earned the absolute faith of legions of Batfans everywhere.

The Beginning of Green Lantern: First Flight!

Check out the first four minutes of Green Lantern’s solo feature debut care of MTV!

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Pretty much the bare bones Hal Jordan origin story. Obviously they aren’t wasting any time getting to the outer space action! That’s just fine by me. 😉

Good to see it’s gotten a very positive review over at Ain’t it Cool!

Green Lantern: First Flight arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray July 28th!

This Black Widow Can Devour Me Anytime! Ba-da-bum

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Today Entertainment Weekly has our first look at the criminally hot Scarlett Johansson as Marvel Comics femme fatale Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow!

While I admittedly have my concerns about how well Ms. Johansson will be able to pull off a convincing Russian accent I certainly had no worries as to her ability to fill out out a black leather cat-suit!

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Adding more flesh and blood to the new movie, Scarlett Johansson joined the cast as Stark’s mysterious new assistant, Natasha, who has an alter ego of her own, Black Widow. That introduction inevitably sparks romantic tension between Stark and former assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), who’s been promoted to CEO of Stark Industries. “The men want it to be, like, ‘Ooh, the girls are fighting over Tony,’ but it’s not as standard as that,” says Paltrow. “There’s a weird male catfight fantasy. Downey agrees. He believes what differentiates the franchise from other superhero series can be summarized as follows: “We’re horny. Not, like, can’t-bring-your-kids horny, but just…horny.”

Yes, I’m sure it will be a very sophisticated and dignified catfight Ms. Paltrow.

Read more of what the cast had to say here, including why Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash likes to get drunk and talk to a cockatoo.

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