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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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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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At WonderCon, Geoff Johns hinted that a Justice League of America live-action feature film might be in development, responding that he “Can’t talk about it yet, but we’ll talk in San Diego.” Today Comic Book Resources posted their annual 20 question reader Q&A with Johns which prodded CCO of DC Comics about what other potential big screen adaptations of other DC comic book properties we might expect to see:

“I can’t get into the exact DC slate right now, but we’re all working heavily on what that is with Warner Bros. and there will be news forthcoming. But, you can bet there is going to be a lot more than there is right now.”

I’m assuming that the forthcoming news will probably be announced at San Diego Comic-Con International this Summer. Johns was also asked about the Green Lantern movie, about his experiences on set, and his early impressions of Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan. Answer after the jump.

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Geoff Johns spoke at WonderCon today, and there were a few interesting bits said involving the future of DC’s superhero movie adaptations. First off, Johns explained his new role as the CCO of DC Comics, stating that he’s “in charge of the creative consistency of the DC Universe” and promised that we’re “going to see a lot more DC Movies.”

The most interesting bit came about when a fan asked if DC and Warner Bros were planning to do something like Marvel is doing with The Avengers, with the goal being a Justice League of America live-action feature film.

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Regular Green Lantern comics scribe Geoff Johns has today tweeted about his trip to “Green Lantern town a.k.a. New Orleans!!”. According to his first tweet “Ryan IS Hal. And Mark Strong is going to be a brilliant Sinestro” and according to his second, “Kilowog, the Guardians, Oa…all breathtaking. The age of Green Lantern is upon us!!”

So, we’ve learned that he’s fond of double exclamation marks, even when operating under a 140 character limit, and that Mark Strong has indeed taken the role of Sinestro. Back on January 15th he was “in talks”.

Sinestro, if you’re not aware, is a Green Lantern corps. instructor turned nemesis of Hal Jordan. the story’s hero. It’s the sort of thing Strong could do in his sleep.


Entertainment Weekly has learned that the CW are planning to air the upcoming Justice Society-heavy Smallville two-parter (“Society” and “Legends) as a two hour movie event on January 29th 2010. Penned by comic bookwriter Geoff Johns, the television movie will feature the arrival of Justice Society members Hawkman (Michael Shanks), Doctor Fate (Brent Stait), Stargirl (Britt Irvin), and the return of Phil Morris as Martian Manhunter. The storyline apparently involves Clark crossing paths with the Justice Society characters, who have come out of retirement to meet up with an old foe.

I stopped watching Smallville about 5 or 6 years ago (which in retrospect, was probably 4 or 5 seasons longer than I should have), so I really don’t care about this latest development. It also seems that releasing a two episode arc under the package of a two hour television movie was just a last minute decision, and not much more. It might have actually been somewhat interesting if they had planned for it and shot the story as a two hour movie.

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The Hollywood Reporter has a good article updating DC Comics‘ Hollywood plans. Not much new information to come by, but an interesting read. The one thing I learned from the update is that Warners quietly hired three of DC’s biggest writers last fall as consultants and writers for their upcoming superhero projects — Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison and Marv Wolfman.

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Geoff Johns to Retell Superman’s Origin

In the 2006 film Superman Returns, Bryan Singer chose not to retell Superman’s origin story. I mean, heck, we’ve all seen the original Richard Donner classic, right? Newsarama reports that DC Comics will be releasing a six-issue stand-alone series called Superman: Secret Origin, which will retell the Man of Steel’s origin story. Geoff Johns and Gary Frank have been hired.

DC Universe Executive Editor Dan Didio compares Geoff’s new take on the origin story to that of John Byrne made in the 1980’s, stating that it will make the “same imprint now, for 2009 and past that.” The new take will take readers from Clark’s teenage years, through his first adventure with the Legion of Super-Heroes and into his arrival and introduction to Metropolis as Superman.

“We haven’t seen a modern day retelling of Clark’s first adventure as Superboy with the Legion of Super-Heroes, or the day Superman met Jimmy Olsen or the origins of Superman’s long time enemies like the Parasite and Metallo. More importantly, Clark Kent himself will be explored in his earlier years in a way I don’t think he’s ever been explored before. And freaking Gary Frank, one of the greatest Superman artists in history already, is illustrating it. Every cover, every panel, ever line,” Johns told Newsarama. “Unlike previous Superman origin stories, this will be told almost entirely from Clark’s eyes. We won’t be spending an issue on Krypton. We’ll be opening on one of Clark’s earliest memories as a kid and moving forward from there. This is his story of self-discovery and the world’s story of meeting Superman.”

I’m not sure what to make of the new origin story. Sounds like they are just trying to reflect some of the recent continuity changes with Infinite Crisis. I honestly don’t follow the Superman comics enough to know what I’m talking about in this arena, but it does seem a bit odd that DC would release a retelling when it appears, that Warner Bros is looking to completely relaunch the entire film franchise (speculation, not confirmed) complete with origin. As /Film commentor DDD points out, Geoff Johns made a pitch to WB for a Superman reboot and Richard Donner has been publicly saying that Johns should write the next Superman movie.