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And the next PG-13 DC animated movie is…

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Based upon the comic series by Jeff Loeb and Ed McGuinness, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is currently in production under executive producer Bruce Timm.  The animated feature has a scheduled fall 2009 release date.  Here’s the plot description:

SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES:

United States President Lex Luthor uses the oncoming trajectory of a
kryptonite asteroid to frame Superman and declare a $1 billion bounty
on the heads of the Man of Steel and his “partner in crime” Batman.
Super heroes and super villains alike launch a relentless pursuit of
Superman and Batman, who must unite – and recruit super help – to
stave off the action-packed onslaught, stop the asteroid, and uncover
Luthor’s devious plot to take command of far more than North America.

The AW Poll – “Smallville” 8.15

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“Smallville” – Season 8, Episode 15 – “Infamous”

Linda Lake (guest star Tori Spelling) returns to Metropolis and threatens to expose Clark’s secret unless he promises to give her exclusive information on the red-blue blur so she can become a star reporter again. Refusing to be blackmailed, Clark tells Lois his secret and asks her to write his story for The Daily Planet.

Smallville Facts

  • The sound effect used for the sound of Kryptonite radiating is the same as the one used in “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” (1993).
  • Lex Luthor’s mansion is the same mansion used in X2 (2003)
  • Jensen Ackles, who plays Jason Teague in Season 4, was the second choice to play Clark Kent. If Tom Welling had not accepted the part, the role would have gone to him
  • Kristen Bell (I) auditioned for the role of Chloe Sullivan.
  • Although he plays the lead character, Tom Welling has admitted in interviews that he is not a fan of the Superman comic books.
  • ‘Milo Ventimiglia (I)’ originally auditioned for the role of Clark Kent. Although the role went to Tom Welling, the producers at The WB liked him so much they gave him the role of Jess on “Gilmore Girls” (2000). Ventimiglia now plays a different comic book-style superhero on “Heroes” (2006/II).

“Smallville” returns tonight at 8/7c on The CW.

Smallville 8.15 – “Infamous” Trailer

So the writing’s been a little lackluster lately for this season of “Smallville”, especially for those who remember the recent horrendous “Power” episode…yes, where Lana Lang receives superpowers (ugh, geez…).  Then again, “Smallville” has always had quite the fickle record for quality episodes, and as this trailer shows, it looks like it’s picking itself right back up once again.

The show continues March 12th with “Infamous” where, as seen in the trailer, Clark reveals his powers to the world, even to Lois.  While my curiosity’s certainly piqued by the direction this show seems to be taking, I’m also baffled as to how the writers will actually pull this off.  After all, Clark currently doesn’t wear glasses.  Neither does Superman (aka “the red-blue blur”).  Hmm, that’s a problem…

Well, we can only speculate on the resolution to this dilemma for now, and seeing as there’s an episode of “Hex” coming up with a guest appearance by Zatanna, a magician character in the DC mythos, I have the slightest feeling she may play some role in this.  Of course take that with a grain of salt – I’m only theorizing here 🙂  But however the writers do choose to disentangle this plotline, they had better seriously not screw this up.  “Smallville” is, indeed, nearing “Superman” territory at this stage of the show and here’s hoping that the writers are well aware of the thin ground they’re now treading on.

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“The Dark Superman” (?) and Warner Bros’ future plans with DC Comics

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Warner Bros. Pictures Group President Jeff Robinov has announced to The Wall Street Journal that he wants the studio to release as many as 8 movies a year, centered on DC Comics properties, by 2011.

Warner Bros. also put on hold plans for another movie starring multiple superheroes — known as “Batman vs. Superman” — after the $215 million “Superman Returns,” which had disappointing box-office returns, didn’t please executives. “‘Superman’ didn’t quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to,” says Mr. Robinov. “It didn’t position the character the way he needed to be positioned.” “Had ‘Superman’ worked in 2006, we would have had a movie for Christmas of this year or 2009,” he adds. “But now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman without regard to a Batman and Superman movie at all.”

Regarding a “Superman” reboot, past rumored projects such as “Batman vs. Superman”, “Justice League”, and other DC characters that have yet to make it to film, here’s what he had to say:

With “Batman vs. Superman” and “Justice League” stalled, Warner Bros. has quietly adopted Marvel’s model of releasing a single film for each character, and then using those movies and their sequels to build up to a multicharacter film. “Along those lines, we have been developing every DC character that we own,” Mr. Robinov says.

Like the recent Batman sequel — which has become the highest-grossing film of the year thus far — Mr. Robinov wants his next pack of superhero movies to be bathed in the same brooding tone as “The Dark Knight.” Creatively, he sees exploring the evil side to characters as the key to unlocking some of Warner Bros.’ DC properties. “We’re going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it,” he says. That goes for the company’s Superman franchise as well.

So “TDS”, eh? (Why does the word, chlamydia, come to mind? Hmm…) I, personally, don’t think this is the best way to go with the franchise as it’ll defeat the whole yin and yang motif that exists between Batman and Superman. What do you guys think?

The studio is set to announce its plans for future DC movies in the next month. For now, though, it is focused on releasing four comic-book films in the next three years, including a third Batman film, a new film reintroducing Superman, and two movies focusing on other DC Comics characters. Movies featuring Green Lantern, Flash, Green Arrow, and Wonder Woman are all in active development.

Bring on Supermax! The remainder of the article can be found here.

“Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe”: Gameplay video and narration

This video was sent to me as part of a Comic Con press kit. In the video, you will see a demonstration of gameplay, features, and get a narration by one of the original creators, Ed Boon. I was hesitant about this game when I first saw the trailor but the more info and video released on the game, the better it looks. Enjoy.

Luthor leaves “Smallville”

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Now that his contract is up, Michael Rosenbaum, “Smallville’s” Lex Luthor, will be leaving the show after the current season. There will be 2 new villains to take his place in season 8 but this is still sad news as Luthor was arguably the most interesting character on the program. Seeing Rosenbaum’s character develop was reason in itself to watch “Smallville”. From rooting for him in season 1 to despising him in season 8, it will be sad to see him go and interesting to see what develops in the next season of “Smallville”

“It has been an honor and pleasure to work with Michael for the past six seasons. He is one of the best actors on television and has never failed to bring a new layer to the character of Lex Luthor in every episode. While Michael won’t be a series regular and we won’t have the pleasure of working with him on a weekly basis this fall, we like to think that we haven’t seen the last of Lex Luthor. Stay tuned.”

You can read more about it HERE including a statement from Rosenbaum.