Dark Tower

April 18, 2011

One of the things I love most in this world is Stephen King’s ‘Dark Tower’ book series.  The first volume , ‘The Gunslinger”, was one of the first books I read by him and I read the first three in rapid succession.  When I read the fourth book I nearly flipped out.  Near the end, the main characters end up in a version of Topeka ravaged by the Captain Trips virus from ‘The Stand’.  This was my first experience with King using his Dark Tower series to crossover with many of this others (to the point of adding ‘Salem’s Lot’ priest as a major character in book 5).

So when I recently heard that plans are proceeding for a film series I was very happy. I was even happier when I heard that the movie series was going to be accompanied by TV miniseries between films.  That’s about the best plan for telling a seven book story that I can think of.  And then the best news of all. Javier Bardem has been cast as the main character, Roland Deschain.  Bardem is best known as the killer in ‘No Country For Old Men’ and he will do a great job in the role.  I can’t wait to see if they score the acting coup and get Alan Rickman to play Walter/The Man In Black.  An illustration in the last book of Walter looked so much like Rickman that it couldn’t have been anything but intentional.  And I would love to see it.

Secondary

April 15, 2011

While considering the recent spate of really good Marvel Comics movies, I was began thinking of the deal they signed to market some of the their lesser-known characters into smaller budget film franchises (like Blade).  So here are some characters that could use the big-screen treatment.

– Cloak and Dagger- Mutant runaways with the powers of light and darkness who fight drug dealers.

– Heroes For Hire- Big time Marvel characters Luke Cage and Iron Fist, joined by female crimefighters Misty Knight and Colleen Wing.

– Doctor Strange- A former surgeon turned Master of the Mystic arts.

– Rocket Raccoon- A swashbuckling raccoon in space.

Bill And/Or Ted

April 14, 2011

Word has it that the third Bill and Ted movie is weeks away from having a final script.  All these years later I am surprised that Keanu Reeves has agreed to do it.  But I can’t wait. Because I love ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ and I REALLY love ‘Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey’.  The second was much more epic than the first and had more laughs per minute (LPM), in my opinion.  Besides, Granny S. Preston, Esquire was terrifying.  We have since lost the genius of George Carlin but I still think this movie could work.  And let’s face it, Alex Winter could use the money.

Maryland

April 14, 2011

There’s a chance I may move to Maryland if I get this position I applied for at work.  It’s by no means a sure thing at this point but I just wanted to offer three things that would be awesome about moving to the DC Metro area.

– Ledo’s Pizza- The best pizza I have ever had has a couple locations up that way.

– No More Roommate- I could bid a fond farewell to roommate living.  And my roommate is a clown so that is a BIG plus.

– Museums- I would have more than ample time to visit all the Smithsonian institutions I never got to go to.

– My employer is right on the Metro line so I could avoid the hassles of traffic.  Probably.

Shoulda

April 13, 2011

I was thinking today about comic projects that never got made into movies. That were in development and got cancelled. Here are a couple I wish had happened.

– Supermax- Green Arrow trapped in a super-villain prison.

– Captain Marvel- With The Rock rumored to play villainous Black Adam

– X-Men Origins: Magneto- An origin film delving into the past of Magneto. It’s been replaced by X-Men:First Class.

– Justice League of America- It nearly got made.

– Blade III- It was supposed to be Blade as a survivor as the world has been over run by vampires. Instead we got Blade:Trinity. Which sucked (despite some Ryan Reynolds wittiness and Jessica Biel hotness).

– Teen Titans animated film- It was supposed to be an adaptation of the ‘Judas Contract’ storyline. Which kicked 97 flavors of ass.

– The Flash- It was rumored that Ryan Reynolds was going to be The Flash. Instead, he’s Green Lantern. So that’s actually better in my opinion.