The next big comic book movies!

The wait is almost over for Watchmen fans – our beloved comic book has finally made it to the big screen. Of course, there are many out there who have seen the trailer and been left saying “what was that?” Did some of you feel a bit left out of all the excitement? Did the cool kids give you a hard time for not knowing that big blue guy’s name? Well, fear not. Here is your guide to the next big comic book adaptations. So enjoy, and get on the bandwagon early this time around!

Mark Millar might be one of the most polarizing comic writers since Frank Miller. Not only do the two have similar last names, they are beloved by teenage boys with an insatiable bloodlust. Millar’s Kick-Ass tells the story of Dave Lizewski, a teenager who decides to don the superhero costume (well, a scuba suit) and fight criminals in suitably bloody fashion. The last Millar comic to hit the big screen was the incredibly unfaithful Wanted. However, Kick Ass director Matthew Vaughn promises his film adaptation of Millar’s latest comic series will stay much closer to the source material. That includes the 11-year-old sword-wielding, foul mouthed assassin Hit Girl, and her father Big Daddy (to be played by Nicolas Cage). Hell yes.

Whiteout

Whiteout is based on the acclaimed four issue series created by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber in 1999. The story follows U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko who is hunting a murderer in Antarctica. The project has been struggling for the past decade to get to cinemas. The screenplay was rewritten time and time again (a male character was invented due to fears of an exclusively female led picture). Swordfish director Dominic Sena was handed the reins in 2006, and Kate Beckinsale was cast in the lead role, replacing Reese Witherspoon. Although filming finished in July 2007, Whiteout will not be released until September 11. That’s never a good sign.

Y: The Last Man

Director D.J Caruso will reteam with Disturbia scribe Carl Ellsworth to adapt Brian K. Vaughn’s acclaimed comic book series. Vaughn is best known as a principal writer on the show Lost, and his comic book series is similarly kooky and mysterious. Y: The Last Man examines the aftermath of a plague which wipes out every mammal with a Y chromosome – from men to fertilized eggs. The one exception appears to be Yorick Brown (heavily rumoured to be played by Shia LaBeouf) and his pet monkey Ampersand. Yorick attempts to understand the new world, and survive in a society exclusively inhabited by women. The project is currently in the writing stages, with a release date set in 2010. I haven’t read this series yet, but it’s definitely on my ‘must-list’. Here’s hoping Caruso and LaBeouf can pull off a film at least a little less incomprehensible than Eagle Eye.

Black Hole

Here is one I would LOVE to see make it to the big screen, although it looks as if it might be sliding into development hell. Written and illustrated by Charles Burns, the 12-issue series was released between 1995 and 2005. The comic takes place in the mid-1970’s, and follows a group of middle class teenagers who contract a mysterious STD known as ‘The Bug’, which causes each of them to develop bizarre physical mutations. Director Alexandre Aja was originally attached to direct back in 2005, and in early 2008 the project was associated with David Fincher. However, late last year screenwriters Neil Gaiman and Roger Avery (Beowulf) abandoned the project due to creative disagreements with Fincher. Not enough Old Man Babies in their version perhaps?

We’ve been following this project very closely over the past few months. Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Canadian comic saga is now officially the number one anticipated comic book movie heading to big screens. Directed by the appropriately manic Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) and starring Michael Cera in the title role, Scott Pilgrim is set to be the action/comedy/romance freak-out of 2010. Pilgrim is a twenty-three year old slacker, and bass player for the band Sex Bob-Omb. He falls in love with Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), but must first defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends before she can ‘officially’ be his. Trust me – go and read the comics; it might be the funnest, funniest and most fantastical comic series since … well ever! Check out our detailed report here.

Let us know which comic book adaptation you’re looking forward to seeing on the big screen!

One Response to “The next big comic book movies!”

  1. Desperate for Sandman to come to the cinema – I just hope that Zach Snyder directs. . .

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