Four short episodes left Castlevania's fans desperate for more—luckily, Netflix has already greenlit the second season—but in the meantime, we have to get our fix from fan-made creations.
Netflix has an animated adaptation of Castlevania in the works, to be written by Warren Ellis and brought to the screen by the team for Adventure Time and Bee and Puppycat.
Retired and Extremely Dangerous
The RED films are awesome, action-y fun (based on the Warren Ellis comic) that, much like Constance Tillet in my previous post today, remind me that you're never too old to whoop some serious ass. They give me hope that I, too, may one day grow up to look flawless like Helen Mirren and wield machine guns with abandon. I have high hopes!
Moon Knight is a cool character who, sadly, has often suffered from strange decisions and some creators not knowing what to do with him. Throughout it all, he's remained Marc Spector, a former mercenary who became a vigilante cloaked in silver because he absolutely wants the bad guys to see him coming. Recently, writer Warren Ellis
and artists Declan Shelvey
and Jordie Bellaire
have reinvented the character for the new ongoing Moon Knight
series. I highly recommend it for fans old and new.
But before we chat any further about the new series, let's delve into the history of this lunar avenger of the night who had to die before he could live as a hero.
Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87 due to complications from a stroke. Her name quickly shot up to one of the top trending topics on Twitter, because Twitter loves talking about a notable death. Thatcher was nothing if not a controversial figure in Britain, and while many supporters are mourning her passing, plenty of folks are on the verge of celebration, while others are just using her passing to crack jokes. Here's a brief sampling of Twitter's reaction to the former PM's passing.
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Comic writer and novelist Warren Ellis
has a lengthy list of credits to his name. Transmetropolitan
, Crooked Little Vein
, and The Authority
to name a few. Next on his agenda is a new book title Gun Machine
about a detective who finds a room full of guns from unsolved murders, the perpetrator of which, may be working for some very old Manhattan gods. If that wasn't enough to intrigue you, check out this trailer narrated by Wil Wheaton
, illustrated by Ben Templesmith
, and directed by Jim Batt
(who you may remember from the Molly Crabapple illustrated video for Kim Boekbinder
). Gun Machine is out now
from Mulholland Books.
(via MTV Geek
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We have some casting announcements for Iron Man 3
, and yes, everyone is going to be in this movie. Yup. All of the actors are getting roles in Iron Man 3
, and all of the actors who were in the second movie are back for the third one. It is shaping up to be the most partytime awesome crowd in a Marvel
movie, ever: because now, Jessica Chastain
and Guy Pearce
have signed on. Surely there will also be room for Ben Stiller
so he can meet his six-movies-per-year quota.
And Fansplosions Abound
It was announced last year that Joss Whedon
and Warren Ellis
would be teaming up for a web series. There was a slight hiccup in the plans of course, Whedon was asked to direct The Avengers (which, from what we've seen so far, seems like a good move). With months of production and post-production still left to go on the Marvel series, Whedon wants to make sure we know he hasn't forgetting about the web series with the comic scribe.
million dollar lady
Dame Helen Mirren
has confirmed her involvement in the sequel to RED
, the 2010 sleeper hit of an action movie based on Warren Ellis
' comic that turned this awesome woman in her 60s into a serious action star (National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets
notwithstanding). The sequel, which was announced back in January
, doesn't have anyone else officially on board at the moment, but if Mirren is on board, then everyone else is just going to look like a huge bummer if they turn it down.
So they found a director for Die Hard 5
, which according to the Mohs scale of mineral hardness
puts this particular death alongside cobalt, obsidian, and tooth enamel. It's John Moore, in case anyone was interested.
We're much more interested in another related-only-by-the-serendipity-of-Bruce
tidbit of news: that Die Hard 5
is trying to get off the ground and finished before Summit Entertainment makes good on the roughly $120 million in profits it made on last summer's Red
and puts its sequel into production.
Why are we interested? Could it be getting to watch Dame Helen Mirren
wielding some more giant guns
i'll just leave this here
The New DC comics stuff looks so much like stuff I would never read that it oddly fills me with hope that they are targetting the core audience they want. If a 43-year old man looks at most of this promo stuff and goes meh, then that’s very probably a good sign for them. Best of luck to Dan D, Jim L et all for the imminent relaunch. -- Warren Ellis, whose style of backhand has won him many a match of compliment tennis.
(Warren Ellis via The Beat.)
And Fansplosions Abound
Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether
launched yesterday, and we were interested in it, because we love Greg Rucka
and were deeply saddened and worried when he left DC Comics because he wanted to pursue projects that DC wouldn't greenlight. But, to our detriment, we were not quite interested enough to post about it until we realized that it's a webcomic. A free webcomic. And that Greg Rucka, one of our favorite comic writers, has joined the ranks alongside Warren Ellis
, another of our favorite comic writers, as creators who have taken their too-offbeat-for-mainstream-comics projects and put them up online, for free.
Together At Last
It's flown under the radar for a while, because of Joss Whedon
making himself quite busy with nearly every Marvel comics movie coming out in the next two years
, but he and Warren Ellis
have a standing agreement to reprise Doctor Horrible
's internet distribution method on a project called Wastelanders
. Says Whedon
I talked at great length and planned at great length the idea of a portal and putting shows together, having an Internet identity and starting my own little micro-studio. Nobody in town was interested, and then by the time they were, “Avengers” came around. I was and will continue to work on a very, very different Internet mini-thing that I was writing with Warren Ellis, and I have a lot of ideas for things I want to put up there. I still believe it’s a viable financial model, and a creative playground and I miss it.
Every week, writer Warren Ellis
descends into the Whitechapel forums
at the site of his webcomic Freakangels
, and delivers an ultimatum to the denizens thereof: craft a wild remake or remodel of some existing comic property. This week, he asked for The Fantastic Four:
You are an artist/designer. You have to put together the cover for a comic called THE FANTASTIC FOUR. It is issue 1 of this book.
You have been told that the comic is about four people who steal a spaceship, fly into space, get heavily irradiated by cosmic rays, and return to earth weirdly altered by their experience.
And that's it. The bastards haven't told you one more damn thing than that. Not a clue. They might all be women. It might be about the Indian space programme twenty years from now. For all you know this is a JG Ballard story, for christ's sake...
It's up to you what kind of company you're at. What kind of comics you make. How you translate that description of The Fantastic Four. What era you're in. Who you are, even. Go nuts with it.
And it didn't even take until the week was up for people to start paying attention to the results of his request. We, however, decided to wait until the deadline was up before presenting our personal favorites. We've got six more behind the jump.
As announced by Summit Entertainment yesterday, Erich
and Jon Hoeber
, the writers behind the screenplay of RED
, are at work scripting a second installment of the story. No word yet on what the sequel will entail, plot-wise, but anyone who saw the first movie will be aware that it sets up for a sequel.
A sequel that has John Malkovich