It’s always nice to spend a weekend with old friends. It’s even better when those friends are Dick Tracy, Captain Kirk, Clark Kent, Mr. Incredible and Tony Stark. The Los Angeles Times hosted their second annual Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood this weekend, screening classic superhero and genre films with their filmmakers in attendance. Beginning on Thursday with Dick Tracy and Warren Beatty and ending Sunday with Iron Man and Iron Man 2 with Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr., it was a whirlwind four days of great movies, interviews and surprises. We’ve already pulled out two of the biggest bits of news (Dick Tracy 2, Iron Man 3) but, after the jump, you can read a rundown of the festival as a whole include tidbits on Star Trek 2, Cars 2 and more. Read More »

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Dick Tracy, Iron Man, Captain Kirk, Superman and the Incredibles will all be represented at the upcoming Hero Complex Film Festival. Presented by the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex, it’ll not only feature screenings but in depth Q&A’s with several important and influential filmmakers.

The event runs from June 9-12 at the Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood CA and kicks off with a screening of Dick Tracy followed by Q&A with Warren Beatty. Day two starts with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn featuring writer/director Nicholas Meyer in person, followed by the 2009 Star Trek with special guests, and Star Trek 2 screenwriters, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. Day three features Richard Donner discussing Superman and Superman II, with a special appearance by Geoff Johns and on the last day animator Dave Mullins presents The Incredibles and then Jon Favreau will be on hand to screen and discuss Iron Man and Iron Man 2.

After the break, find out how you can get tickets and more. Read More »

I’ve flown direct from CinemaCon in Las Vegas to WonderCon in San Francisco. The first day presented two interesting panels, one for the Steven Spielberg-produced alien invasion television series Falling Skies and the other for Warner Bros’ big screen comic adaptation Green Lantern. Read the details and my thoughts after the jump.
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This will either be great news or a disappointing report, depending upon what sort of fan you are of Neil Gaiman‘s landmark comic book series Sandman. Do you want to see the stories adapted into a new medium, or not? Last year we heard that Warner Bros. TV was developing a TV series based on the comic, with Supernatural‘s Erik Kripke a top choice to lead the project.

Yesterday a brief interview surfaced in which Mr. Kripke said that the project was dead. Specifically, he said, “Unfortunately, for a lot of varying reasons, Sandman is not in the works, at least for this season. I retain hope that maybe sometime in the future we can resurrect it.”

Now it sounds as if Sandman was never quite dead. Geoff Johns, writer and Chief Creative Officer for DC Comics says that development continues. Read More »

DC Not Planning for Justice League Movie

Justice League of America

Geoff Johns, speaking at New York Comic-Con, confirmed that Warner Bros and DC are not currently planning for a superhero team-up Justice League of America movie. ComicBookMovie reports that when Johns was asked about the possibility of shared-universe films á la Marvel, Johns responded with the following:

“I’m going to speak frankly: I think our characters are bigger than Marvel’s.” He said that he’d rather spend time building each character on his or her own rather than “smashing them together.”

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Green Lantern Production Wrapped

Production has wrapped on Martin Campbell‘s big screen adaptation of DC Comics’ Green Lantern. Comic book writer/DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns revealed the news this past Friday night on Twitter. Johns tweeted the following:

“GREEN LANTERN IS WRAPPED!!!! Finished the last shot today!!! Celebrating in New Orleans. :) As co-producer of the film, I am very, very proud of what we’ve got in store. Much more to come. Martin Campbell FTW.”

Production began on February 26th 2010, and lasted over 100 days. If you’re not following Geoff Johns on Twitter, you probably should be doing so at @GeoffJohns0.

Christopher Nolan directs Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight

Welcome once again to our superhero news round-up. Today I have Nicolas Winding Refn explaining his take on a big screen Wonder Woman movie, Ashton Kutcher talking about how he auditioned for the role of Superman for Brett Ranter, DC Comics writer Geoff Johns talks about seeing Mark Strong‘s screen test as Sinestro in Green Lantern, and 31 New Minutes of new bonus content has been released from The Dark Knight. Find out the full details on all of these stories, after the jump.
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Blue Beetle

Over the weekend, comic book writer Geoff Johns (Green Lantern, The Flash) revealed on Twitter (spotted by Mel Valentin) that DC/Warner Bros is “hoping to develop a live-action show. Fingers crossed!” I’m guessing this is one of the WB’s possible answers to the fastly approaching series conclusion of Smallville. Johns also announced that they “have a live-action test of Jaime Reyes’ scarab activating his suit. It. Is. Awesome.” Johns says he will bring the test footage to San Diego Comic-Con International as a “wrok-in-progress”.

Update: We won’t have to wait until Comic-Con, Johns has put some screen captures from the test footage online. Check them out, after the jump.

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