With the conversation and buzz building up over who will be in the next Batman Movie I thought we should take a moment to point out what should be the obvious. The DC Comics Encyclopedia is a must have for any writer of DC comics movie. This book is a wonderful reference full of heroes and villains from the DC Universe. For each character they give at basic bio sheet, what comics they appear in and a couple of paragraphs with some basic information. They also cover the different organizations like The Justice League and The Justice Society. As a fan I love this book and use it often as a quick reference sometimes to refresh my memory and with the more obscure characters like Bat-Mite a good starting source of information.
This is just a quick note to ask a little favor from you and all of your brilliant writers, directors and producers. If you could, please start treating Comics like books. I know this might come as a surprise to many of you, but comics are not just collections of pretty pictures of men and women in tights. They have stories, characters and depth. Well not all of them. Some of them are pretty bad, but like novels, there are good ones. There are some that are classic.
If you want to do a Batman film, may I suggest The Killing Joke, A Death in the Family, or even The Dark Knight Returns. All of them would make great movies. They are action packed and full of emotional touch tones. If you want to do another X-men film, why not try the Dark Phoenix Saga, it has superheroes, space battles and magic.
I know what I am suggesting is radical. I know that none of you have ever thought about mining stories for sources of screenplays but they are there. Consider V for Vendetta, Sin City and the forthcoming Watchmen films, you found your stories there even though they do not have any big names. I really hope you can get over need to recreate beloved characters, telling stories about them that do not make sense at all.
This is just a thought. You don't have to take my advice. I mean what are the odd you are going to make another film as bad as Spiderman 3, X-men 3, Batman Begins, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin... wow, I suppose it isn't that hard to make a really bad superhero flick.
Blade is coming to television courtesy of Spike TV. The network and New Line announced today that the comic and film franchise will be adapted into a two-hour original drama -- the channel's first stab at scripted entertainment.
I really have mixed feelings about this. It will be written by David Goyer, the writer of some of the worse movies ever made: Death Warrant (1990), Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1991), Demonic Toys (1992), The Puppet Masters (1994), The Crow: City of Angels (1996), Nick Fury: Agent of Shield (1998), and Batman Begins (2005)... ugh... In fairness, he also wrote Dark City (1998) and the deteriorating Blade film series, which started strong and has galloped down hill. After the deplorable writing job on Batman Begins and Blade: Trinity (which he also directed) I would have thought they would have sought out fresh blood.
Spike TV itself has poor taste in movies, so I am afraid of what will become of this brilliant character.