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So here’s the new trailer for DC’s latest animated feature: All*Star Superman. It’s expected to be released in Spring of next year, with James Denton (Desperate Housewives) voicing Superman, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) voicing Lois Lane and Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace) voicing Lex Luthor. In the film, Superman is faced with mortality and has to decide what is truly important to the last survivor of Krypton.

The movie sounds interesting, but I can’t help but feel as though the once great DC animated empire has taken off into a DC Direct model for movies. Each film has different actors, different writing, different universes and even a different drawing style. I realize that the DC animated team are probably tired of exploring the Bruce Timm BTAS/STAS/JLU world… But that’s what people liked about DC’s animated stuff. That world was probably the best damn incarnation of the DC Universe ever.

The rest of this stuff, while good, often varies in quality. We also run into the problem of a lot of these films exploring similar themes. These are basically one shot comics, in a cartoon movie format. It’s a nice idea and all, but I think DC would be better served to create a series of movies that tied together and used the same actors and drawing style.

Am I alone in this?

It seems as if DC and Warner Brothers plans for a live action Aquaman movie have been shelved, for now. If you can take one guess, what would it be? Yeah, Aquaman is apparently “tough” to translate to the screen and his rogues gallery isn’t very deep. It seems that Arthur may end up with a spot in a proposed Justice League movie, assuming that ever gets off the ground. Here’s what a leak from the studio said about Aquaman:

“They were struggling to put together a film that would have been good enough to translate to screen. Aquaman is a difficult character to have in a solo movie because his rogues aren’t compelling enough compared to characters like Batman and Superman. He also doesn’t have the back up characters and writing proved difficult which is why Warner Bros. and DC decided that they should drop the solo movie and just put him in JLA with a little intro, most likely as the King of Atlantis who is approached by the rest of the League.”

Personally, I say, PSSHAW! Aquaman could be awesome, they just need to tackle it with a little better idea. Why not do Aquaman as a retro period piece? Who needs a deep rogues gallery when you can fight sharks and squids! I think there’s potential in Aquaman, damn it!

Huge news just breaking that Legendary Pictures (Batman Begins, Clash of the Titans) are working with Toho to bring Godzilla back to the big screen here in the US. Legendary Pictures have officially secured the rights to Godzilla from Japan’s Toho Company. Reports say that Toho will handle release in Japan. Warner Brothers is aiming for a 2012 release date with, of course, early 3D rumors circulating.

Anyone who follows Godzilla, knows that Toho retired Godzilla a few years back but has kept the idea open for another Godzilla film. Most importantly, Toho wanted to do Godzilla in 3D (even before Avatar and other 3D films were hits) and originally had Godzilla versus Hedorah director Yoshimitsu Banno working on “Godzilla 3D to the Max”. No word on if these two projects are related, but obviously Toho feels that 3D and Godzilla are a perfect match.

According to BloodyDisgusting.com, Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary had the following to say on the film…

“Godzilla is one of the world’s most powerful pop culture icons, and we at Legendary are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long-loved Toho franchise. Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character to remain as pop-culturally relevant for as long as it has.”

I remain carefully optimistic. The last American made Godzilla film had all the makings of a classic. The hype was incredible and the movie made a lot of money off the idea… Unfortunately the movie itself was pretty terrible and uninspired and as a Godzilla film, there was next to nothing that resembled Godzilla. Of course, that was really before Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich had been exposed as the hacks that they are.

3D could be the perfect forum for Godzilla. However it’ll need to resemble the classic Godzilla movies both in scale and scope, not rely too much on CGI and most importantly feature other monsters. The world doesn’t need another Godzilla origin movie.