Mark Millar for Superman in 2011??

     
 

Is this the guy to reinvent one of the most pop icons ever??

What the comics writer told the Daily Record makes it seems as if he has his chess pieces in place to wrest control of the franchise away from the director and into the waiting embrace of his own hand-picked team:

"Since I was a kid I’ve always wanted to reinvent Superman for the 21st century," Millar said. "I’ve been planning this my entire life. I’ve got my director and producer set up, and it’ll be 2011. This is how far ahead you have to think.

 

 
 
 

"The Superman brand is toxic after that last movie lost [money], but in 2011 we’re hoping to restart it. Sadly I can’t say who the director is, but we may make it official by Christmas."

The comments are somewhat puzzling. What will be made official? No doubt Millar and his unnamed producer are not in a position to simply claim control of the ‘Superman’ franchise. While they could be negotiating with Warner Bros. to oust Singer, it would seem like a monumental task to actually make that happen.

While Millar’s comments come across as very assertive and definitive, he closes the ‘Superman’ talk with a softer remark.

"…Fingers crossed it could work out, that would be my lifetime’s dream."

Dream? Hoax? Imaginary Story? Or will Millar and some amazing director really make the next ‘Superman’ film for release three years from now? We’ll find out in the next six months!

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Meet the New Villains of Smallville

               
     

Fans of Smallville have been wondering who the new villains on the show will be, ever since it was announced that Michael Rosenbaum, who plays Lex Luthor, would be leaving as a series regular. Now, thanks to TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello we know that the new villains on the show will be played by Sam Witwer and Cassidy Freeman.

 

Witwer, known to many from his role as Alex “Crashdown” Quartararo on Battlestar Galactica, will be taking the role of Doomsday, whose real name is Davis Bloome. The character seems to be far removed from his comic book roots as the ultimate Kryptonian killing machine. The character’s description from the CW reads as follows:

He’s in his mid-20s. He works as a bartender at the hip new Metropolis lounge Ace of Clubs. He plays down his smoldering good looks with a self-effacing wit and down-to-earth soulfulness. But he has long felt like an outsider (hence his nickname). And beneath his charismatic, easy-going demeanor lies a brooding sense of isolation and insecurity. When he begins to delve into the haunting mysteries of his true origins, a darker truth begins to emerge, one of blood and serial murders, one of survival and utter destruction – one in which he is forced to confront the true evil inside of him.

 

It sounds like an interesting character, though one has to wonder why the producers decided to name him Doomsday, considering the baggage that name carries with fans of Superman comics.

 

 

 

 

 

   
 
     

 

Freeman will be playing Tess, a determined, vengeful woman with super-strength who Lex leaves in control of his estate in his absence. The CW describes her as:

While Lex is away, she is in control of his estate and rules it with aggression. She’s had intellect and the confidence all her life, though it’s obvious she’s had some training from Lex as well. But as much as Lex has helped fortify her power, he is also her biggest weakness. She harbors an undying devotion to Lex, claiming he saved her life a few years ago. She carries out his wishes with coercion, force, seduction – anything to get what she wants. And no one can resist her beguiling ways. Even Clark Kent. She doesn’t remember anything before the day she met Lex. Once she realizes her previous life is buried below the surface, she’s desperate to dig it up. 

   
               
               
               
               
               

More Screenshots of Mortal Kombat vs. the DC Universe!

                             
 

Midway has released the first in-game screenshots for "Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe" along with some brand new renders — check’em out below. That’s cool and all, but the bigger news is that the Flash is in those screenshots. That’s right, he might have been unannounced before, but we now know that Barry Allen or Wally West or Bart Allen is in this game as the Flash.

Along with the art and Flash, Midway also announced that it is planning a panel for the game at the San Diego Comic-Con. Friday, July 25, 2008, Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon and comic book writer Jimmy Palmiotti will be on hand for "Worlds Collide: The Making of Midway’s Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe." Aside from chatting about how the game came to be, Boon and Palmiotti will also offer an exclusive look at never-before-seen gameplay, unveil some new characters, and host a Q&A session. If you make it into the 11:15 a.m. panel, you’ll also get an exclusive, limited edition Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe Comic-con 2008 poster.

 
                             
   
 
                   
                             
                       
                             
                       
                             
   

Ohhh ..btw we’ve learned that a certain villainess may make an appearance in the game:

did you guess who yet?

 

 

 
                             
   

Holy Colossal Cleavage Batman!!

   
   
   

Justice League: A lot slower than a speeding bullet

         
   

The latest news on a live-action “Justice League of America” movie still appears to be no forward movement. IGN.com has posted an exclusive video interview with rapper turned actor Common.

Common had reportedly been contracted to portray John Stewart, aka Green Lantern, in the “JLA” film.

According to Common, there’s been absolutely no recent movement on the film but he remains “hopeful” that the film will one day be made and that he’d get the opportunity to play Green Lantern. Watch the IGN video interview with Common right here:

   
         
   

 
   
         

Green Arrow Coming Back for Season 8!

         
 

E! Online has reported that the CW just confirmed that Justin Hartley (Green Arrow/Oliver Queen) has been locked in as a series regular for the upcoming eighth season.

According to the show’s rep, Justin’s storyline will focus on Oliver’s past and where he comes from as opposed to his Green alter ego.

It’s reported also that Kristen Kreuk will most definitely be back for a batch of episodes. Most likely six or seven but they’re still working out the exact number.

 

As for the two new characters—Tess (female villain) and Doomsday (aka Davis Bloome), they are yet to be cast according to the CW. Read the character descriptions here

   
 
 

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New love interest for the Man of Steel?

         
   

Indian actress Priyanaka Chopra may be going from Bollywood to Metropolis if the latest rumblings are to be believed.

According a report in Zee News, Chopra has been offered the role of Superman’s love interest in Superman: The Man of Steel.

 

Officially, Chopra and the studios aren’t saying anything, but according to sources the actress has been offered the role and has almost accepted.

 

The role will be that of a lady scientist who will be romantically involved with the Man of Steel.

 

   
   
   

 

 

And what about Lois Lane? Well, remember that in Superman Returns, it was established that Lois was engaged to another man, who she assumed was the father of her son.

 

Few details are currently available for Superman: The Man of Steel, but it is known that Brandon Routh will return to his role as the Man of Steel and Bryan Singer will be back to direct. Kevin Spacey has also expressed an interest in returning as Lex Luthor.

         
         

The Joe Shuster Awards

     
One of Canada’s best known national award recognizing outstanding achievements by Canadian creators in the creation and publication of comic books and graphic novels returns in 2008 for it’s fourth year: the JOE SHUSTER CANADIAN COMIC BOOK CREATOR AWARDS, named after pioneering Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created the iconic super-powered hero, Superman. From coast to coast, Canada is home to many of the comic    
 
book industry’s top talents. The JOE SHUSTER AWARDS are a way of recognizing and celebrating the achievements of Canadian creators – past, present and future. : Nominees were selected by a two round voting process. Now that the list of nominees has been finalized, the nominated creators will have their work reviewed by a jury, who will ultimately decide which of the nominated creators will receive a Joe Shuster Award. In previous years winners were selected by a public vote. Between now and the end of May, fans can vote for the following categories online at www.joeshusterawards.com- FAVOURITE CANADIAN COMIC BOOK CREATOR – ENGLISH LANGUAGE – -FAVOURITE CANADIAN COMIC BOOK CREATOR – FRENCH LANGUAGE – -FAVOURITE INTERNATIONAL (NON-CANADIAN) COMIC BOOK CREATOR Winners will be announced at a public ceremony on June 14th in Toronto. The awards will be the final event at the Sequential Art Symposium to be held in the auditorium of the Toronto Public Library’s Lillian Smith branch on College Street on Saturday, June 14. The Symposium will feature talks related to comics and the 70th anniversary of the Superman character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, as well as a Superman-themed art exhibit entitled “Visions of an Icon” featuring work by Canadian comic book artists. Guests for the symposium include Darwyn Cooke, Tom Grummett, J. Torres, Ty Templeton and more creators to be announced. All nominees are invited to attend and participate.

Bizzaro Am Sports Celeb?

         
 

The New York Yankees sucking wind at the bottom of the AL East. The once-crappy Tampa Bay Devil Rays near the top of it. All that’s needed to make sense of this bizarro baseball season is … Bizarro!

 

DC Comics will oblige, and nail a first in the comics powerhouse’s storied history, when the backward-talking, anti-Superman antihero lands on the cover of Sports Illustrated May 26.
Comics icons like Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman have graced the covers of other publications in the past, but this is the first time anyone from DC’s stable has graced the front

     
 
  of the sports magazine! And no, Shaq’s bicep tattoo of the Superman symbol doesn’t count. The occasion for Bizarro’s clearly confused entrance is Major League Baseball’s topsy-turvy 2008 season. DC Comics has literalized this perceived imbalance for the cover image (pictured, right) as a deathmatch between Devil Rays slugger Carl Crawford and Yankees golden boy Derek Jeter, whose seems about to have his spine broken before he’s thrown into the nosebleeds. For Yankees haters around the globe, this might be the best cover Sports Illustrated has ever published.
The eye-catching image was penned by artist Mark Bagley, who’s done the same for Marvel’s Spider-Man and Thunderbolts franchises. He’s currently at work with writer Kurt Busiek on Trinity, a new series due out in June that is dedicated to DC’s Big Three: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman