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I’ve mentioned my distaste for mixing vampires and superheroes in the past, but this preview image from X-Men #2 actually gives me a little hope. It features the X-Men “bumping” into Blade, the vampire hunter.

X-Men and Blade team up

I really love the character look and style of the art from Paco Medina.  Not only is it perfect for the X-Men, but it brings a striking look for the vampires and his fights have life to them.  I might be changing my tone on this story…

Posted on July 16th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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  • The 2009 San Diego Comic-Con’s Wednesday Preview night will include sneak peek screenings of the pilots for Human Target, V, and The Vampire Diaries. While The Vampire Diaries looks like it is taking all of the horrible things about Twilight and making it into a TV series, the comic adaptation Human Target and the remake of the alien invasion V actually look really interesting.
  • Fox has hired Kyle Ward to pen a script for Hitman 2, a sequel to the studio’s abomination that they tried to pass off as an adaptation of the hit game. Variety describes the plot of the sequel as a time that “catches title character, Agent 47, at a low point.” Funny enough, the first Hitman movie was the title character’s low point!
  • With the casting of Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern, Warner Brothers and DC Comics better get their act together with their other superhero properties. The Marc Guggenheim penned GL script features a cameo by Clark Kent. Will the WB use this to tie together a movie DC Universe? Will they continue forward with Brandon Routh as Clark Kent? Tom Welling? Or start fresh again.  Would it be very jarring to cast a new Clark Kent who we don’t know before a new Superman film has even had any development? For once, I really wish the WB and DC could take a page from Marvel Studio’s book .
  • While on the subject of Marvel, their comic side has posted a new free issue online, Captain America Reborn: Prelude. As the title says, it is a prelude to their currently running Captain America Reborn limited series which showcases the return of the classic Captian, Steve Rogers.  Check it out at Marvel’s website.
  • I guess I’m going to keep this week’s Pit completely geektaskic. TheWB.com has posted all 13 episodes of the Blade TV spin-off. I missed it in its original run, so I’m excited to be able to watch it whenever I want online, for free. With all this recent talk about a possible Blade movie prequel and Ryan Reynolds getting another comic book role, I’ve been back in the mood for the vampire hunter.
  • Previewing this week’s comic preview… BOOM! Studios is releasing the first issue of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, a straight book to comic adaptation of the classic Philip K. Dick novel that inspired Blade Runner. The series will run for 24 issues.

Ryan Reynolds is Green Lantern, Ryan Reynolds is Green Lantern

Earlier tonight, Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Ryan Reynolds would be slipping on the most powerful weapon in the universe and would now have the burden of protecting Sector 2814. That’s right, Ryan Reynolds will become Hal Jordan (aka the Green Lantern) for DC Comics, Warner Brothers, and director Martin Campbell.

I love Reynolds, but I am completely shocked at this casting. I had completely ignored the news a few days back that the WB narrowed the casting of Hal Jordan to three (Bradly Cooper, Justin Timberlake, and Reynolds of course). I dismissed it because Reynolds had just signed on the dotted line to bring a more faithful Deadpool to life in a spin-off film from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and in the past he co-starred in Marvel’s third Blade movie as Hannibal King, a vampire hunter. Add to that the fact that he has been DC Comic’s (and fans) top choice to star as Wally West (aka the Flash) for years.

Before he turned into the Green Lantern, Hal Jordan was a man without fear. Originally he was a test pilot, but in alternate versions he has also been portrayed as a United States Air Force pilot. I’d expect them to go with the Air Force pilot version for the film. Do we even have test pilots anymore?

Reynolds is a strong actor with a lot of faces, and without a doubt he has the built and look for Jordan/Green Lantern. This dude is huge, he looks like a superhero.  I just hope and pray that he doesn’t portray a comical or annoying Hal Jordan.  He should be a larger than life superhero. More of a strong, silent type.

Casting Reynolds is a small step in the right direction for this flick, but Martin Campbell still has a lot to do to prove that he is the right man to helm this project.  I want an epic Green Lantern film, not a forgettable action movie.

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  • The Sunday Mail is reporting that Stephen Dorff and director Stephen Norrington are teaming up for a new trilogy set in the Blade universe. They are reporting that the films will showcase Dorff’s Deacon Frost rising through the vampire ranks.  Unless this is planned as a Straight to DVD series of prequels, I don’t see it happening. Who wants a Blade film without Blade? Plus after The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, who is going to go to theaters for a Norrington film. A Norrington STDVD, that I think I’d give a shot.
  • As usual with video game news, I’m a bit delayed/behind. Game Informer’s July issue featured info on the return of Max Payne, and boy has he aged badly! The new game takes place 12 years after “The Fall of Max Payne” and I’m gonna assume that it follows the ending where Mona died. In the new game, Payne was cut from the NYPD and works in security for a wealthy family in São Paulo, Brazil. Of course, something goes wrong, there is betrayal, murder, and our film noir hero will be forced to save the day (or at least try to survive through it).
  • The folks over at Topless Robot have written what has to be the BEST review/FAQ for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Click here to check it out and please, for the love of all there is, stop going to see it in theaters!
  • There is a View-Master movie in the works. Why?
  • The upcoming comedy Grown Ups will be teaming up ex-SNLers including Adam Sandler, Maya Rudolph, Rob Schneider, Tim Meadows, David Spade, Chris Rock, Norm Macdonald, Tim Herlihy and Colin Quinn as high school friends that meet up 30 years later.  Dennis Dugan, who helmed the disappointing I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, will be directing the flick.
  • I didn’t realize just how much I missed the animated film spoofing TV series The Critic until I stumbled on 10 webisodes that were made between 2000 and 2001. How in the world did I not know about these? I might do a full spotlight article on them, but for now you can check out the first 3 webisodes on youtube.