Friday, January 9, 2009

In an odd bit of news, it seems that the success of DC's the Dark Knight - and impending certain-to-be-blockbuster Watchmen - has actually led DC to cancel their previous slate of comic book/film adaptations, presumably so that they can do it right (more Dark Knight, less Catwoman). Although 2008 held a lot of super-hero movies, DC seems to have nothing in the pipeline for 2009 past Watchmen; Marvel just has X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Curious, I went through Wikipedia's list of 2009 films to see what else might be on the way. I knew about Whiteout, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Dragonball and Astro Boy already, but was a little surprised to learn about Blood: the Last Vampire, Red Sonja, Sherlock Holmes and Witchblade. Witchblade aside, there don't appear to be any other super-hero films on the horizon for 2009 (unless an original property turns up). The above are the sort of comic book adaptations that filmgoers usually don't recognize as comic book adaptations. Given that there were some complaints that 2008 had too many super-hero films I almost wonder if the studios agree...or if this means we won't be able to swing a cat without hitting a super-hero film in 2010.

2 comments:

Traumador said...

so long as i get my devil dinosaur adaptation soon life will be good ;p

maybe it is a GOOD thing DC is pausing. they should take a good hard look at their comic line, and make movies the opposite of them!

Michael Hoskin said...

Zing!