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Heroes: A Clear And Present Danger

Before I talk about this week’s return of Heroes, let’s get the results of the LOL-Heroes vote/drawing out of the way.  The winner of the drawing for the graphic novel is … “helix9”.  And for the LOL-Heroes, first place was split (at 6 votes each) between Dick In a Box and MacGruber, and third place went to Petr Is All Mad Bout Invisible Fish Hook (with 4 votes).  Many thanks to everybody who participated!

Now on with the show.  This week, on Heroes

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Welcome to the X-Men, Bitch!

It’s being reported that Josh Schwartz, creator/writer of shows like The O.C., Chuck, and Gossip Girl, will be penning the next X-Men movie, to be tentatively titled either “X-Men: First Class” or “Young X-Men”, depending on which news article you read. All that seems to be established so far is that it will be a story of teenage mutants dealing with their powers — hence the reason for bringing Josh Schwartz on to write the script. Whether those teenagers will be younger versions of the adult X-Men that have already been in the films or the New Mutants from the 80s or the lesser-known characters from the recent “Young X-Men” series, it remains to be seen.

So … take that for what it’s worth. I’ve actually been enjoying Chuck, and having watched more of The O.C. with my wife than I care to admit, I have to say that when Schwartz himself wrote the episodes, they seemed to work well. He’s a comic book geek, so he “gets it”, and hopefully he’ll carry that over into the franchise. As far as character development is concerned, he really can’t do much worse than Brett Ratner did with X3, as far as I’m concerned. The X-Men comics have always worked first and foremost as a metaphor for 1) racism/intolerance and 2) the anxiety of puberty. And I feel confident that Schwartz can at least pull off the second half of that equation.

To date, no director has been attached to the film yet.

Spider-Man 4 & 5 are ON … with Raimi & Maguire

Word has it that Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire have been signed on for the Spider-Man 4 and Spider-Man 5 movies. This will perhaps come as a disappointment to those who feel that Raimi dropped the ball on the last Spidey movie, but I’m actually looking forward to seeing him pick the ball back up and run with it again.

When I saw the first movie, I thought it was the best superhero flick to date. Then the second movie blew my socks off, and I had to transfer the crown. So the third movie left me more perplexed than angry. How did Raimi manage to go so far off track? I tend to believe rumors that he was coerced into including Venom as a primary bad guy, even though it it didn’t fit his previously stated overall plan to work with only old school supervillains for the first few movies — the result, a story that went on too long, with too many bad guys.

So prove me right, Sam. Make these next two as solid as the first sequel, and all will be forgiven (even that whole dancing thing). Follow through on that Lizard subplot you’ve been building up to. An army of genetically altered lizards rising up from the sewers of Manhattan would be an awesome use of CGI, don’t you think? Oh, and be sure to include Bruce Campbell cameos. Lots of Bruce Campbell cameos. People like those. I’m even fine with an Iron Man cameo.  Just remember, with great power comes great responsibility — so please don’t frak these movies up. Thanks!

via io9.com