The original Blade came along at a time when comic book movies were deemed “too risky”. The year before, a hat trick of comic-based failure consisting of Batman and Robin, Steel and Spawn all struck out at the box office. Marvel movies weren’t cool yet, so the first Blade was sold as a low-budget vampire movie rather than the adaptation of a comic book. Blade was a decent enough hit to generate two sequels and a TV series. Writer-director David Goyer clearly had plans to carry on the Blade franchise. In fact he seemed to be using the third Blade movie to set up a series of spin-offs. But instead, Blade: Trinity killed the series and ended up with everyone embroiled in a bitter lawsuit.
DC Comics has released the first image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman from their upcoming super hero flick, Batman v. Superman.
I have been a vocal critic of this year’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel from Zach Snyder and David Goyer. Their involvement in the sequel has me less than excited about the project. The announcement that Ben Affleck would co-star as Batman had me even less excited – both because I didn’t care for the casting and because I didn’t really want to see Batman crowding Superman out of his own movie. I had suggested that if WB wanted to team Superman up with another hero, it made more sense to have Wonder Woman co-star.
Well, apparently I will get my wish. Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in the untitled sequel.
“I think a lot of us have realized that being a nerd … it’s not about what you love. It’s about how you love it.”
–Wil Wheaton, King of the Nerds
This year marks 75 years since Superman’s first appearance in Action Comics #1 in June of 1938. When he first appeared, he wore a circus strongman’s outfit while performing feats of strength. The original Superman couldn’t fly. He leapt tall buildings in a single bound. Over the years, Superman has been adapted to stage, screen and radio. He’s been on TV and the movies both in animation and live action. Not surprisingly, the Man of Steel has changed with the times. In the post 9/11-era, the original super hero was in danger of seeming outdated. To that end, Christopher Nolan and David Goyer, the creative force behind the Dark Knight trilogy, have teamed with Watchmen director, Zach Snyder, to reinvent Superman for the 21st Century.