Welcome to your post-Thanksgiving edition of Everyday Hero, the roundup of handpicked headlines from the fanboy universe…
Superman, back to the beginning: A few months ago, Richard Donner told me he that he wishes Hollywood would allow writer Geoff Johns to script the next Superman film. Well, if some studio executive is curious about how Johns would handle a reboot of the franchise all they will have to do is pick up a copy of “Superman: Secret Origin,” a back-to-Smallville series that will premiere in the early months of 2009. Johns gave Matt Brady the lowdown on his vision for the Clark Kent series, which sounds extremely promising to me: “We haven’t seen a modern-day retelling of Clark’s first adventure as Superboy with the Legion of Super-Heroes, or the day Superman met Jimmy Olsen or the origins of Superman’s longtime enemies like the Parasite and Metallo. More importantly, Clark Kent himself will be explored in his earlier years in a way I don’t think he’s ever been explored before. And freaking Gary Frank, one of the greatest Superman artists in history already, is illustrating it. Every cover, every panel, every line. For longtime readers — with the inclusion of the Legion of Super-Heroes back in Superman’s history, General Zod introduced and all the other changes made post-‘Infinite Crisis’ nearly three years ago — they’ve been requesting a definitive secret origin. ‘Man of Steel’ was brilliant and ‘Birthright’ was a beautiful book, but ‘Superman: Secret Origin’ will be what lines right up for the modern-day monthly books. It will feature new looks at the origin of not only Superman, but some of his greatest allies, enemies and supporting cast and it will tie into everything Gary and I have done so far on ‘Action Comics’ as well as setting the stage for the future.” The entire article is well worth reading and, again, it’s right here. [Newsarama]
Logan’s run: The always interesting Empire Magazine from across the Atlantic has a first-look image of Hugh Jackman from next year’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” film and he looks … well, pretty much the same way he looked in the three “X-Men” films. That’s not a bad thing and, according to my wife, it is in fact a very good thing. Here’s the promotional blurb from Empire: “It’s that time again, and the new issue of Empire is about to hit the shelves. And this month we have a very exciting, news-packed feature from the set of ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine,’ which is why the glowering mutant himself adorns our front cover. We got the lowdown from star Hugh Jackman, director Gavin Hood, Liev Schreiber (who plays Victor Creed) and many more for the full picture from the film’s set, and here’s a taster of what they’re going for. ‘There’s a scene in the first “X-Men movie,” ‘ said Jackman, ‘where Wolverine’s introduced in a bar, fighting in a cage, and you felt that he did this every night of his life. If this movie is successful, you should feel that this guy can walk straight off the end of this film and into that bar.’ We also heard a little bit from Danny Huston on his take on the sinister William Stryker. ‘The thing about Stryker is that he feels like he’s got this God-given right, that he’s on a crusade. He both loves and hates mutants, because his son was a mutant and murdered his wife. So he understands what they’re going through but despises their force, their potential danger. It’s wonderfully complicated.’ ‘In Logan and Creed,’ continues Huston, ‘Stryker finds his children and hones their powers like racehorses. But as in the world of horse racing, when your horse breaks his leg and is suddenly useless, he has a very cold way of looking at them. And he’s also a mad scientist excited by the possibilities of what he can do to mutants.'” [Empire]
Samuel L. Jackson gets spooky: The world’s greatest f-bomber, Samuel L. Jackson, will be honored tonight with the 23rd Annual American Cinematheque Award at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Jackson, who turns 60 this month, is intensifying his focus on his career as a producer, and in a recent interview with Jerry Endling, he told the reporter to watch for a pair of television projects, including one with fantasy themes: “I have two ideas that are about to come to fruition. One’s a cop show, and the other one is sort of a supernatural show about these immortal women — it’s four women that were placed here at the beginning of time to guard us against the forces of evil. And they have personal lives that we’ll get involved in, which will be strange from women who are thousands of years old and who’ve had relationships with people throughout history. And the cop show, we’re actually trying to figure out if we can set in a city like Atlanta, because that’s a place we haven’t seen, and there’s two very different guys who have just become detectives. One has been a detective who’s been in an undercover situation for about five years, and the other one has been a beat cop.” [Hollywood Reporter]…ALSO: If you haven’t seen it, check out this photo gallery of Jackson’s ever-changing hair styles on screen, which was put together in very witty fashion by Hero Complex contributor Chris Lee.
Mediocrity most excellent: The latest issue of Chris Ware’s always fascinating series “The Acme Novelty Library” (from publisher Drawn & Quarterly) has reviewer Richard Gehr marveling at its loopy worlds of heartbreak: “Bleak, yet brilliant. The party line on Chris Ware’s ongoing Rusty Brown graphic novel is in no danger of wavering with its latest installment … the Chicago cartoonist’s operating trope this time around is low-brow — even no-brow — science fiction. Following some typically self-abnegating boilerplate (‘The contents of this volume … should not be interpreted as an artistic response to recent criticisms and/or reviews of this periodical’), the book opens with ‘The Seeing Eye Dogs of Mars.’ Attributed to one W. K. Brown (one F. C. Ware holds the copyright on the ‘Library’ itself), the 33-page faux-SF story demonstrates yet again Ware’s genius for mimicking the mediocre, exquisitely. A study in blues, oranges, and browns, Brown’s ‘Seeing Eye Dogs’ recounts a romance gone savagely wrong during a mission to colonize Mars.” [Village Voice]
— Geoff Boucher
Photos: “Superman: Secret Origin” art by Matt Brady, Samuel L. Jackson and “The Acme Novelty Library” cover. Credits: DC Comics; Alejandra Villa /For The Times