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Stuff: Warner Brothers Wants DC Comics Movies (Good Luck)

Jim Henson and Kermit
  • DC Comics and Warner Brothers are having a meeting to plan a meeting about another meeting regarding a meeting about why they suck at making hit movies based on their properties, when Marvel looks, so far at least, to have finally figured out how to do the shit correctly. There’s not much to report, since WB is playing their cards close to the chest, except I wish I could be in a meeting where Grant Morrison tried to explain the fucked up mess that is the DCU to a bunch of executives. “Well, you see there’s a Multiverse and…something something Gods…and something meta…and…” “Hey…weren’t you attached to write Lawnmower Man 3 at one point?” (That bit’s not a joke; he really was.)
  • Robert Downey Jr. is this close to being Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock due out October 2009. Although it’s interesting for one reason, worrisome for another. Interesting because technically, it’s another comic book movie for Downey and yet another comic book being turned into a movie at all. The producer wrote a comic book (which the article lists as “forthcoming”) and that’s what the film is based on. Since so many people made hay about Downey playing Tony Stark, comic bookdom’s most famous alcoholic, I can’t wait to see the first interview that talks about Holmes’ tendency to have fun with morphine. The worrisome bit is this: “The concept sees Holmes as more adventurous and less stuffy than previous screen incarnations and mines more obscure character traits.” Obscure character traits? He’s literature’s greatest detective–what else do you need, Guy? Anyway, so is it Jason Statham for Watson then? (We ran down a bunch of different Sherlocks here.)
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  • A whole lot of great Muppets stuff is on display starting today through October 5th at the Smithsonian. It’s coming to Atlanta thereafter. Hell yes. For more info, here’s the exhibit’s bit on the Smithsonian site.

  • Priceless. And so wrong that it’s right. While this one is priceless as well. But so very right, to the point where it’s wrong.
  • The drum skin used in the cover artwork of Sgt. Pepper’s, the number one album of all time, went for the equivalent of over US$1 million at a Christie’s auction. On one hand, it should end up in a museum. On the other hand, I should have it in my office.
  • David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow is coming back to Broadway starting October 3rd with Raul Esparza (Company) and Jeremy Piven (Entourage). Did you know that Piven’s parents were both drama teachers? Me neither.
  • Steampunk Wallpaper. Rox of Spaz-House thought you should know about it. We concur.

  • Joss Whedon has co-scribed The Cabin in the Woods with Drew Goddard, who scribed Cloverfield. Goddard will be helming the picture with Whedon producing. Unfortunately, Cabin will be edited in a strange order and then showings of the film will be moved around making audiences have to work way too goddamn hard to see it. MGM will no doubt be shocked and surprised that the film does poorly and cancel it, only to have the sequel appear at Dark Horse Comics.
  • If you recall, I said that Will & Grace Season 8 wasn’t available for sale yet. It is now.

    • I think the Marvelverse is at least 4X more complicated than the DCverse could ever hope to be. That’s just my opinion, though, and I’m not a comic nerd, so it’s not exactly relevant.

    • Well, the MU is complicated like a bad soap opera is complicated. There are alternate realities, but they never really cross over and muck each other up. Sure, you’ve got the Ultyverse and the Squadron Supremeverse or whatever. And the New Universe and the 2099verse. But those are mostly pocket realities. But Marvel never really had years and years of stories for you to only find out “Oh, well, that all happened on Earth-2.” Marvel also doesn’t have a superhero team that needs a limited series all to itself to explain which of three variations is real. And Marvel never had to kick entire bits of its continuity to the four winds in order to establish a single continuity only to throw it out the window several years later. I guess the one thing I’ll say for Marvel in their favor is that I don’t get the sense from them that they give a fuck anymore about maintaining a continuity. Whereas DC keeps trying to either fix something they’ve broken or break something they’ve already fixed. But that’s just my two cents…and if you’re not a comic nerd, for fuck’s sake, it’s not the time to start with the Big 2 now. I’m sure there’s plenty of people who could point you to good comics you should read instead. :)

    • *Sqwee!* *splodes* *dies* *resurrects to share with all her friends*

      Thank you!