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01.06.2009

One downside of THE DARK KNIGHT's unstoppable box office success: now Warner Bros. apparently believes that "dark and gritty" is the only way to go for comic book projects. Because copying something successful always works. Except for all those times it actually doesn't.

One casualty of this new paradigm at WB (which owns DC Comics and its stable of heroes and other properties) is apparently SHAZAM. It was presumed to be the next project from director Peter Segal (GET SMART) and would feature Dwayne 'Ex-The Rock' Johnson and a script by John August (CHARLIE'S ANGELS, BIG FISH).

But now August himself reports that the studio, flinching after the financial failure of SPEED RACER and propelled by the monumental bankroll generated by TDK, wanted to take the story (about a kid who can transform into a red-suited superhero named Captain Marvel) in a more adult direction. ''The studio felt the movie played too young. They wanted edgier. They wanted Billy to be older. They wanted [villain] Black Adam to appear much earlier."

August is quite candid about the entire disheartening experience, including the studio's staggering lack of communication and the project's subsequent disappearance from view, which you can read RIGHT HERE at his official site.

Extra Tidbit: Captain Marvel's arch nemesis Doctor Sivana referred to him as "The Big Red Cheese."
Source: John August

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5:34PM on 01/07/2009
This sucks. While I love the film, I hate what TDK is doing as far as studios only trying to copy it and follow its success.
Captain Marvel would make a great film. Not only does this spell his death but it seems certain other heroes such as Te Flash may never get their turn on screen because they're not as "dark and gritty" as Batman.
This sucks. While I love the film, I hate what TDK is doing as far as studios only trying to copy it and follow its success.
Captain Marvel would make a great film. Not only does this spell his death but it seems certain other heroes such as Te Flash may never get their turn on screen because they're not as "dark and gritty" as Batman.
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2:50AM on 01/07/2009
I for one would've loved to see a Captain Marvel movie but not from John August's script. From all the interviews and exerpts I've read his script was a "family comedy adventure", I think one of the sites said something alogn the lines of it being closer to National Treasure than your typical superhero flick.

Of course not every superhero film needs to be dark and gritty, but they should at least be taken seriously (otherwise you get stuck with the FF movies, and that's something that seemed
I for one would've loved to see a Captain Marvel movie but not from John August's script. From all the interviews and exerpts I've read his script was a "family comedy adventure", I think one of the sites said something alogn the lines of it being closer to National Treasure than your typical superhero flick.

Of course not every superhero film needs to be dark and gritty, but they should at least be taken seriously (otherwise you get stuck with the FF movies, and that's something that seemed to be lacking in August's treatment. I also don't think Peter Segal's involvement would have helped any. He's good at goofy action comedies, but I think Captain Marvel can aim a little higher than that.

Yes, DC does seem to shoot themselves in the foot quite a bit when it comes to superhero films, but at least Marvel doesn't seem to have been infected by the whole "make everything just like The Dark Knight" mentality.
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2:20AM on 01/07/2009
why isn't anyone making a 'Kingdom Come' movie? forget JL, i'm paying top dollars for a Kingdom Come movie.
why isn't anyone making a 'Kingdom Come' movie? forget JL, i'm paying top dollars for a Kingdom Come movie.
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2:07AM on 01/07/2009
This is a shame considering Iron Man was a lot of fun this summer, wasn't dark and gritty but was a huge success at the box office. Batman is in the dark category (and is awesome) but some comic films are built for a broader (read: family) audience and more universal themes (ie: not terrorism). It's good and different and brings balance to the force.
This is a shame considering Iron Man was a lot of fun this summer, wasn't dark and gritty but was a huge success at the box office. Batman is in the dark category (and is awesome) but some comic films are built for a broader (read: family) audience and more universal themes (ie: not terrorism). It's good and different and brings balance to the force.
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12:44AM on 01/07/2009
if Green Lantern is killed off i will be so so so so angry. this doesn't surprise me at all. this movie has been stop and go forever. and i don't think WW nor the flash are RIP. Silver will get around to WW. and grant morrisson had an interview recently about a Flash movie on mtv but the article was quickly taken down.
if Green Lantern is killed off i will be so so so so angry. this doesn't surprise me at all. this movie has been stop and go forever. and i don't think WW nor the flash are RIP. Silver will get around to WW. and grant morrisson had an interview recently about a Flash movie on mtv but the article was quickly taken down.
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11:49PM on 01/06/2009

another one

It would seem that well, WB wants to pick up projects and then BODY SLAM 'EM to the ground.

Wonder Woman - R.I.P.
The Flash - R.I.P.
Shazam! - R.I.P.

what's next the Green Lantern film?

honestly, as much as I have LOVED the dark knight, I can feel batman's grip around Hollywood's neck because he wants to be the SOLE Superhero. megalomaniac!!!

also I'd like to point out that WB (my Fav studio by the by) really can't commit to anything that they start.

it's always Start and
It would seem that well, WB wants to pick up projects and then BODY SLAM 'EM to the ground.

Wonder Woman - R.I.P.
The Flash - R.I.P.
Shazam! - R.I.P.

what's next the Green Lantern film?

honestly, as much as I have LOVED the dark knight, I can feel batman's grip around Hollywood's neck because he wants to be the SOLE Superhero. megalomaniac!!!

also I'd like to point out that WB (my Fav studio by the by) really can't commit to anything that they start.

it's always Start and Stop with Comic Book films with these guys.

and look where that's gotten us, They had First Pick of all DC property and then they let go of one of the Greatest Graphic Novels of all time and let it travel to Fox - - Where they dropped and then WB sniffed the cash cow that it is then picked it back up only to get Bitten in the ass by FOX - now if WB just finished what they started WE WOULDN'T BE IN THIS STEAMY MESS.
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