20 July 2006

A Brokeback Knight to be The Joker, and Other Comics News

Heath Ledger, star of A Knight's Tale and Brokeback Mountain is rumored to have been cast as the Joker in the upcoming sequel to Batman Begins. Not who I would have at first thought of, but not a horrible choice either (like the rumored Robin Williams would have been).

In Hulk news, Louis Leterrier will direct The Incredible Hulk. Who? He directed Transporter 2 and Unleashed. Which? Hey I just pass the news along. Leterrier says "We won't be spending times presenting the characters, which is unfortunately pretty much unavoidable as far as number ones are concerned. " Huh? He also said that this Hulk will be less serious, use less CG, and will still have a sizeable budget over 100 "millions." Zak Penn writer of X2, X3, and Elektra will write. It has also been announced that the Hulk will square off with the Abomination in this theatrical "do-over."

And in other news, DC is actually going to make a non Superman or Batman movie, 2 in fact. Plans are being made for adaptations of The Doom Patrol and Deadman. I do not have too much exposure to the Doom Patrol other than their gust appearance on Teen Titans, and they had a character named Elasti-Girl before The Incredibles. Here is a bit about them:

Debuting in 1963, "Doom Patrol" was often compared to Marvel's X-Men. Both comics follow the exploits of a band of super-powered social misfits ostracized by the rest of the world.

As with X-Men, the Doom Patrol is guided by a wheelchair-boundmentor in fighting evil. Characters include Elasti-Girl, Negative Man and Robotman.

The series, created by Bob Haney, Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani, ceased in 1968 after failing to woo a big audience. DC revived the series several times over the years, however, with more recent incarnations turning Doom Patrol into a much darker, edgier comic than X-Men.

Check here for more info.

As for Deadman:

The character is a ghost who, when alive, was a circus acrobat named Boston Brand. He was murdered during a trapeze performance by an unknown assailant but his spirit was granted the power to possess the living in order to search for his murderer as well as help the innocent.

Again, here is a bit more.

Stay tuned for more from Comic Con 2006


j said...

I think I could live with Heath Ledger as the Joker. Definitely a better choice than Robin Williams (isn't he like 80 now?) who couldn't have given anything but a re-hash of Jim Carrey's Riddler.

Chip Chief said...

exactly. it will be cool to see a new interpretation of the joker who will likely be less "haha funny" and more "scary funny."