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Introducing…The 10 Best Unproduced Comic Book Movie Scripts!
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Batman Vs. Superman

Greetings all. BAADASSSSS! here to announce the beginning of a new series of detailed articles I will be posting each week this Summer: The 10 Best Unproduced Comic Book Movie Scripts! At the end of this post is a sneak peek at what those 10 selections will be, so be sure to take a look and see if you can guess what they are.

Each summer the multiplexes are packed with the latest mega-budget action extravaganzas, enhanced by the finest visual effects and top-lined by the biggest stars in the industry. Every year you are guaranteed to locate at least two or three comic book-based spectaculars in the bunch. Last summer brought us the two most anticipated superhero movies of all time – Marvel Studios’ The Avengers, which grossed over a billion dollars worldwide in less than three months of release, and The Dark Knight Rises, the conclusion of the standard-setting Batman trilogy helmed by visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan. That one also did very well financially as I am told.

Both movies – and many more like them released in the past and still yet to come – were granted exorbitant budgets and A-list casts and developed over the years with patience and care by exceptionally talented writers and directors working in tandem with teams of professional craftspeople. Their productions were overseen by studio executives who respected the filmmakers and the material they were working with and wanted nothing more than to create memorable screen entertainments that would captivate audiences the world over and be enjoyed by generations to come, not to mention make them mountains of cold, hard cash. This year alone has brought us the record-smashing successes of Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel, with The Wolverine and Thor: The Dark World to follow and Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy both on deck for 2014.

The times have certainly changed.

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WonderCon 2011 Video: Ryan Reynolds Talks Green Lantern, Flash & Deadpool Movies
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Tom Cheredar   |  
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Geeks of Doom Invades WonderCon 2011

Green Lantern Panel at WonderCon 2011Star of the upcoming Green Lantern film Ryan Reynolds said he was pretty damn impressed with the footage showed off at this year’s WonderCon after being in a skin tight blue suit that didn’t breath well in Louisiana. [For details on that footage, read: WonderCon 2011: Ryan Reynolds Shows Off New ‘Green Lantern’ Footage and Watch Now: 4 Minutes Of New ‘Green Lantern’ Footage]

It was a fun panel filled with lots of banter between Reynolds and the audience. He joked with the fans about reading Green Lantern comics for inspiration, saying if he hadn’t at this point the fans would have run him out of the convention center in an angry mob — and then seemed disappointed that the crowd was slow to chant the Green Lantern oath with him, stopping midway through to reveal that the “front row just bombed it.”

“I was going to come out here and tell everyone I was cast a the lead in a new Flash movie since it’s April Fools Day,” Reynolds said, adding that he’d likely “be systematically murdered” if he played another super-character. And since he wouldn’t be playing Barry Allen, he suggested the role for Bradley Cooper, which got a mixed reaction from the crowd.

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The ‘Fallout’ Movie That Never Happened; Would You Have Seen It?
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Fans of Bethesda Softworks’ Fallout franchise may not know this (I certainly didn’t), but way back in 1998 a movie adaptation of the first game in the series was in the works. Interplay Entertainment, who owned Fallout and Fallout 2 developer Black Isle Studios, had begun a new division called Interplay Films with plans of making multiple movies based on their games.

After the popular debut of the first Fallout in 1997 it was obviously a world that was perfect for film adaptation, but sadly it would never come to be; even with multiple studios interested in the movie, Interplay closed its film division and that was that. Three outlines of what was to become a script were written by Brent V. Friedman while it was still being developed, however, and recently the second treatment was found on a old floppy disk.

So would a Fallout movie have worked or would it have just become another example of how horrible video game movies have been over the years? Click on over to the other side now to find out where you can read the full treatment and share your thoughts below!

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New ‘Black Panther’ Film In The Works From Marvel Studios
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Tom Cheredar   |  
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A new film based on the comic book super-hero Black Panther is in development by Marvel Studios.

Black Panther is the alter identity of T’Challa, king of the African nation of Wakanda, who made his debut in Fantastic Four #52 and later starred in a solo title that is credited as being the first to feature a black super-hero as the lead.

Marvel has tapped documentary film maker Mark Bailey to pen the new movie, which may give some sort of indication about the overall tone we’re likely to see on the big screen.

One notable element present in Black Panther comics has been the ability for the fictitious African nation to juggle its political relationships with other countries who would like trade deals of Wakanda’s most valuable resource — a nearly indestructible metal called Vibranium. It would be interesting to see a District 9-style telling of Black Panther as opposed to the standard super-hero movie that has become all too common in the last decade.

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Seen The New Captain America Photo? Here’s What I See
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Tom Cheredar   |  
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Captain Super ProA lot of people reserve their criticism towards comic book super-hero movies on the basis of “at least they are getting made” — to which I wholeheartedly reject.

Case in point: the forthcoming Captain America film, which features a costume that looks radically different than the comic book version because it “translates” better to the big screen (Read: Take A Look: Best Shot Of Chris Evans As Captain America Yet!).

I realize this could be due in part to the time period that the film is based in (1940s) and that a modernized version could pop up when we see Captain America in The Avengers film.

But honestly, this is the first thing that came to my mind after seeing the high resolution images Marvel release yesterday (Click the image thumbnail).

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Ultimate Team-up? Brian Bendis Meets ‘Spider-Man’ Movie Team
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Tom Cheredar   |  
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2010-02-18_ultimate_movieIf Sony’s main intention is to give the Spider-Man movie franchise a “younger” refreshed take rather than another sequel, they should consult someone who’s successfully done so in the past like Marvel scribe Brian Michael Bendis. This is the relative consensus among fans familiar with Bendis’ work on the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book series, which modernized the web head for a new generation of fans.

Both the studio and new Spider-Man director Mark Webb apparently agree with this sentiment as anyone following Bendis on Twitter found out after he told the world he “just spent a very interesting morning at Sony with the entire spidey movie team!! Very very cool stuff!!”

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DVD Review: The Hunt for Red October (Blu-Ray)
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HFROThe Hunt for Red October
Blu-Ray Edition
Directed by: John McTiernan
Starring: Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Sam Neill
Paramount Home Entertainment
Release date: July 29, 2008

The Hunt for Red October is hands-down the best film in the Jack Ryan series for a number of reasons, but first and foremost is the lack of a major villain. Instead the conflict is provided by the cryptic world of international politics and tense foreign relations that are all too real. Obviously there are villainous characters, but their roles are minor and are often interjected to give the plot a single push when needed.
A young Alec Baldwin plays a Jack Ryan who believes in others more than he believes in himself, but whose dedication to doing the right thing is unwavering.

Sean Connery play the mysterious submarine Captain Marko Ramius, whose internal conflict creates an international crisis. Ramius is perhaps the most interesting character in any of the Ryan films. His own dreams surpass any nationalism that may be ingrained into him through years of military service. Despite the fact that we see him commit treason, desertion, murder and conspiracy, viewers will find it near impossible not to sympathize with Ramius’ cause.

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