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There are almost two dozen superhero movies scheduled in the next four years. Not all of them will happen, but even that tentative schedule shows Hollywood’s massive continued commitment to the genre that continually brings in hundreds of millions of dollars for studios like Disney, Sony and 20th Century Fox.

That’s a stark contrast to a decade ago when comic creator Rob Liefeld took at meeting at Paramount. Liefeld was pitching a film based on his Image Comic Youngblood, and was told by then president of the studio John Goldwyn that the superehero genre was a fad.

Below, read Liefeld’s account of the meeting where the head of one of the most famous movie studios in the world missed the mark so completely. Read More »

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Limited Edition Noah Art Posters

You may have heard, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky curated an art show inspired by the story of Noah, featuring original works by over 50 modern artists. Turns out, four of these pieces will be turned into limited edition poster prints which will given out while supplies last at various large screen format screenings of Noah on opening weekend. See all four of the Noah art posters after the jump, and find out where you might be able to find them.

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X-Force

While at Comic Con, I got a chance to chat with Kick-Ass 2 writer/director Jeff Wadlow about his upcoming announced adaptation of Rob Liefeld‘s comic book series X-Force and the just announced action thriller ‘Go Fast‘ which he is making at Sony. Learn more details on these two projects, after the jump. My full interview with Wadlow (and Mark Millar who drops in at one point in the transcript below) will hit later this week.

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X-Force

Thirteen years after the first X-Men, the film series is still going strong with a fifth installment (X-Men: Days of Future Past) due out next year. But Fox hasn’t had much luck expanding that world outward. The only spinoff released so far, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, made OK money but earned dreadful reviews. James Mangold’s The Wolverine looks more promising, thankfully, but we won’t know how things shake out for another few weeks.

With Mark Millar now on board to oversee Fox’s X-Men universe, though, the studio seems to be getting more ambitious. Comic book creator Rob Liefeld has now confirmed that an X-Force movie is in development at the studio. “In development” is still several steps away from “in production,” let alone “in theaters,” but it’s a start. Hit the jump for all the details.

Update: Info came fast on this one. Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow has been announced as the screenwriter and possible director.

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For decades, comic artist and writer Rob Liefeld has plied his trade crafting stories of women with rubber spines and men with elastic physiques who love pouches and violence, and have no use for feet.

Liefeld co-created the character Deadpool, played by Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and has been lobbying to push forward Fox’s standalone film starring the character. But he’s also got other film projects brewing, and the latest is a Gods-as-Avengers style thing called — wait for it — Godyssey. Read More »

Together with writer Fabian Nicieza, comic artist Rob Liefeld created the character Deadpool, the ‘merc with a mouth,’ in the early ’90s. The character quickly became a fan favorite, and was incorporated into X-Men Origins: Wolverine when that film was shot in 2008. That version of the character, played by Ryan Reynolds, didn’t exactly inspire the same sort of devotion dedicated to the comic incarnation.

Fox seemed to realize that it screwed up Deadpool in the film, and moved to exploit the character with a movie of his own, in which Reynolds would star as a more faithful recreation of the mercenary. Former visual effects guy Tim Miller is making the step up to director with Deadpool, based on a script by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. We haven’t heard a whole lot about the film in the past few months,  but last weekend Liefeld strongly hinted that the studio has shot a chunk of test footage. Read More »

Why does Joss Whedon say The Avengers is being told through Captain America‘s point of view? What evil substance might have appeared on the set of Man of Steel? Which comics and graphic novels were the best sellers in 2011? Want to see a clip from tonight’s Blade anime premiere? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Red director Robert Schwentke is already fielding options for his next film. One that came up earlier this week is the underwater adventure Shadow Divers, but now he’s been linked to the Ryan Reynolds film R.I.P.D., based on the Dark Horse comic series of the same name. But how will this one fit into the crowded Reynolds schedule that includes possible Green Lantern sequels and (hopefully, if you’re Rob Liefeld) the Fox film Deadpool? Read More »

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