What more fitting way for a game adaptation of a movie adaptation of a comic?
Set to be release next month, the movie adaptation of the brilliant comic book series Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley has had its fair share of coverage from The Daily Zombies (here, and here). And here's one more, on the game adaptation that will be released for PlayStation Network on August 10, 2010, and Xbox Live Arcade on August 25, 2010 to coincide with the release of the film.
Appropriately enough by staying true with the "arcade-istic" feel of the original comic, the side-scrolling beat 'em up game will be published by Ubisoft and developed by Ubisoft Montreal with Ubisoft Chengdu. Already garnering acclaim from its trailer, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game has received nominations for Best Downloadable Game of E3 2010 by both GameSpot and GameTrailers.
With no further ado, let's take a look at the trailer, courtesy of Director Edgar Wright.
And a gameplay montage video with a lengthier sneak peek at the gameplay.
Bryan Lee O'Malley himselg has recently posted a track from the upcoming game on his website.
Titled "Another Winter", AKA World 1-1 of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, this is some piece of work by Anamangaguchi, evoking all kinds of nostalgic 2D side-scrolling fun. Check the track out right here.
And we end this preview with some screenshots of the game. For those interested to see more, check it out right here.
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What more fitting way for a game adaptation of a movie adaptation of a comic?
It pays to be patriotic. But it certainly has been a long ride for Captain America to stay around in the comic world to have his first live-action (yes, we have successfully lobotomized our brain to remove memories from the dreadful 1990's monstrosity) feature film.
Good ol' Cap opened for the tremendously well-received Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con, being the eponymous first avenger and all (in actual comic continuity, he's in fact the sixth. And if you want to argue that he's called that for being around for the longest time, that's just a weak argument. I'm not going to drop names like Namor the Sub-Mariner, Hercules, or The Forgotten One, Gilgamesh, all immortal members of the team. But having another immortal god (Thor) even in the cinematic version makes the claim superfluous. It's not like Cap needs the namesake to be cooler or something.).
Anyway, after only weeks of shooting begun, nobody was actually looking for any teaser clips for the movie, and all that added to the state of euphoria induced when director Joe Johnston (most recently, of "The Wolfman" fame), "Steve Rogers" himself, Chris Evans and "Red Skull" Hugo Weaving, along with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige presented to the crowd at Hall H a brief though nonetheless teaser trailer clip from the film. Compbining old World War II newsreel footage with the famous "Days Of Infamy Speech" by then-United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the short gradually begun to display Cap's shield as title cards read: "Our Courage and Strength Led Us Into Battle. Stories Emerged of Heroes, But One Story Has Never Been Told." The scene then cut to a shot of Captain America's silhouette as Tommy Lee Jones, in his Col. Chester Phillips role, spoke in voiceover, "Today we're going to make the best army in history. And every great army starts with one man." Another title card appeared with the message: "Next Summer, Meet the First Avenger" Then Cap has a close-up shot and toss his shield at the camera and the screen faded to black.
And when fans thought they have already gotten the money shot, they have to re-evaluate their lucky day as Feige brought out another short actual footage to show off to the crowd. A short scene depicting Weaving's turn as Johann Schmidt, pre-Red Skull era, who led a team of Nazi soldiers as they storm a catacomb and open a sarcophagus to reveal a skeleton holding what appears to be the Cosmic Cube. Claiming the the artifact is part of “the jewel of Odin’s treasure room.”
Pretty promising stuff. Evans himself have also briefly explained that Cap will be having constant outfit and shield change throughout the movie.
"It's a World War II movie, so I think a little bit of a cumbersome feel to it and something that's a bit chunkier … not only serves the time period, I think it looks better. It's not this sleek spandex suit. It looks like something you might wear in the '40s in the middle of a war." … "There's a couple stages and initially in the script, Steve isn't Captain America right away. He gets the injection and isn't asked to go to war right off the bat. He's used in different areas and different facets, so he has different stages of the suit. I don't think he actually jumps into the final suit until the third act of the film.
"Well, during the USO tour, there's obviously a different shield. And he goes on a couple missions, he goes AWOL and kind of takes the USO shield. And eventually, once he's kind of allowed to be this soldier, and they outfit him with the new uniform, they decide to outfit him with an updated shield."Along with Thor's helmet and the incredulous Infinity Gauntlet props, Cap's shield was also on full-demonstration at the San Diego Comic-Con too.
An official art piece released by Marvel.
Interestingly, Joss Whedon, who will be directing 2012's, for lack of a better word, Marvelous Superhero epic, Avengers, have this to say, with regard to the team dynamics in the contemporary cinematic set-up when approached by iO9.com.
I'm really excited about your vision for The Avengers and how it's really a broken family...or a family...
Broken is okay.
Is there any way you could expand on that just a tiny bit for us?
It just really just goes back to the very first incarnation of The Avengers. It goes to The Ultimates, it goes to everything about it. It makes no sense, it's ridiculous. There's a thunder god, there's a green "ID" giant rage monster, there's Captain America from the 40s, there's Tony Stark who definitely doesn't get along with anybody. Ultimately these people don't belong together and the whole movie is about finding yourself from community. And finding that you not only belong together but you need each other, very much. Obviously this will be expressed through punching but it will be the heart of the film.
Are you tempted to pin [play with] the Civil War with Captain American and Iron Man against each other?
You know Civil War comes from what's great about the dynamic between them. And so does The Avengers, they definitely are at odds. But it's not a Civil War thing because it existed before that, at least in my mind. They are two very different definitions of a person. One is a self-made man, a modern man, a rockstar. The other is a World War 2 grunt, just trying to do his part. They couldn't have more different views of the world. That will just end up in fun. It ended up in Civil War in the comics, in my movie it will be witty banter.
Spare me the gospel, more godly butts to kick will do.
As mentioned in our earlier feature on the "Top 13 Trailers From E3 2010", "El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron" is not that annoying Amy Grant spiritual pop song. Thank God (pun intended). Nevertheless, the normal church-going folks might just have a better chance of knowing just what the hell "El Shaddai" is, as opposed to the general extremely knowledgeable game-playing folks like us. While those god-fearing folks might be feeling happy for having an edge over us now, well, screw you. There's still the ever-dependable wikipedia. Here goes: El Shaddai (Hebrew: אל שדי) is one of the Judaic names of God. El Shaddai is translated as God Almighty. So before you even begin to ponder on the prospect of praising God non-stop as a gameplay element, hell no. That's not what you will be doing with this one.
A loose interpretation of the Book of Enoch, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron follows the adventures of Enoch, a priest looking for seven fallen angels to prevent the very ineffable God from tampering with the reset button of the universe by bringing forth a great flood from destroying mankind. What a jerk. Well, Enoch will be having some heavy weight assistance, in Lucifel, a guardian angel in charge of the protection of the world who exists outside of the flow of time, and by four Archangels: Raphael, Uriel, Gabriel), and Michael.Thankfully, the mission is in good hands. Designed as a stylish action title the likes of Devil May Cry, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is developed and published by Ignition Entertainment for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game consoles. Leading the development team are Director and Character Designer Takeyasu Sawaki, the artist of in Devil May Cry and Okami, and Producer Masato Kimura, whom have had his fair share of experience working with Sawaki on the aforementioned titles closely earlier.
With the creative talents behind stylish titles like the popular Devil May Cry series working on this one, it is quite the fair guess that this is gonna be one hell of a looker, especially after checking out the trailer. All crazy shit biblical nonsense aside, the trailer poignantly displayed the wildly gorgeous action-packed game with some cool platforming element. Check it out right below.
Our impressions on this one? Despite its heavy biblical plot, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron has the potential to be one impressive title. In the meantime, check out the gorgeous characters design and some of the screenshots released thus far.
Enoch and Lucifer.Enoch.
We have had our fair share of coverage (here, here, and here) on the mighty God of Thunder's transition from print to screen. Things have been pretty sketchy... until now. Or specifically, here, at the San Diego Comic-Con.
We all know by how Marvel dropped all the collective jaws of all the Marvel Zombies out there at the San Diego Comic Con by pulling the big one when they introduced the ensemble cast of Avengers, but that's not the singular reason behind Marvel's reign at the SDCC. Thor himself conjured a couple of thunders himself when director Kenneth Branagh brought along several of his cast, Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Tom Hiddleston and Clark Gregg, as well as an awesome piece of never-before-seen footage during the Marvel panel Saturday evening in Hall H. Branagh himself geeked out when he saw some plot threads in the short Captain America footage that was shown (more on the footage in our Captain America: The First Avenger SDCC preview later), linking Asgardian mythology to the First Avenger (damn, the namesake stucked). And when confronted with inquiries on how the mythological fantasy world of Asgard melded with the technological savvy Marvel universe molded by the Iron Man movies, Branagh and Producer Kevin Feige let their very own Thor short footage does the talking.
For those interested in the explicit details of the aforementioned short footage, check out Collider's coverage on it. Just so you know, that there's a terrific scene right at the end of the slick footage, where Clark Gregg, reprising his role as SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson from the Iron Man movie series, confronted the Destroyer armor in the middle of a desert with several SHIELD agents. Instantly jumping to the conclusion that the armored individual belonged to Stark Industries, they were stunned when the face shield of the armor opened up and unleashes a deadly flash on everything around it. And if you're wondering why there is no video embedded herein for the aforementioned footage, well, that's what the folks who went all the way down San Diego are for. Just so that the general public who missed it to curbed their patience for the trailers to be released eventually.
During the SDCC week, many images from the film have been released online. Let's take a look at them right after the jump.
Well, just so now we can stop all those wondering guesses on whether the God of Thunder will be having his helmet on. So will Odin and Loki.
The grand citadel of Asgard.
Some father and sons moment.
Thor having some embarrassing Hammer-In-The-Stone moment.
An official art piece released by Marvel.
And last but certainly not the least, as Marvel simply just can't resist the urge to drop one last bomb on the collective Marvel Zombies before the event closes ... The Infinity Gauntlet!!!
So what exactly is the omnipotent Infinity Gauntlet doing in a Thor Movie? According to the Marvel spokesperson on site, the artifact will be featured in the Thor film, as a key item in Odin's collection, much like the Cosmic Cube showcased in the Captain America footage. Sources also indicated that the Gauntlet is likely to be featured in the upcoming Avenger film as well, giving fans a strong hint of who the villain might be in ensemble film. Thanos, anyone?
So what exactly is an Infinity Gauntlet? If you're actually lazy to even check out the wikipedia for it, it's a gauntlet forged with six gem, each personifying the power of Soul, Time, Space, Mind, Reality, and Power, respectively. In unison, they made its wielder omnipotent and in short, with complete control over the Universe.
Wild or valid speculations aside, check out the official synopsis from Marvel.
Marvel Studios expands its film universe with a new type of super hero: "Thor." This epic adventure spans the Marvel Universe; from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
This is old news for the fanboys, but for those who don't follow the geeky news intensely...well, here goes the unveiling of Ryan Reynolds as ...Green Lantern, along with the latest updates on the movie, including four nifty character posters of the film!
An expected move by most medias, that Warner Bros. will be unveiling images from the upcoming DC superhero film, Green Lantern, during the San Diego Comic-Con week. But perhaps making the unveiling in a magazine, especially a magazine like Entertainment Weekly, still seemed like a weird decision by most. Anyway, thanks to iFanboy, who painstakingly posted scanned images from the EW article, let's take a peek at some of the images released.
Voila, the cover.
And a closer look at the patchy domino mask.
Ryan Raynolds as Hal Jordan.
The hero gets the babe. In this case, it's Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively as Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris.
Hector Hammond, the purported main antagonist of the film, before he got all big-headed. Literally. Played by Peter Sarsgaard who recently slaved through Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz's "Knight And Day".
Tim Robbins as Senator Robert Hammond, the disapproving father of Hector, (Senator Hammond), and Angela Bassett as Dr. Amanda Waller, a familiar character for the DCU fans. And poor old big-headed Hector lying right there.
Hector Hammond, the villain with such a funny real name that he doesn't need any aliases to carry out his villainous routine, in a bunker with the corpse of Abin Sur.
Abin Sur himself.
A pity we don't get to have a sneak peek at Mark Strong's Sinestro, a character that is likely to go the "Two-Face" route, building up for a likely sequel. As for the chances of a sequel, well, Green Lantern is scheduled to be released on June 17, 2011, going head-to-head with a part of the Marvel cinematic juggernaut, Captain America: The First Avenger, to be released on July 22, 2011> Not to mentioned Thor, set to be released on May 6, 2011.
What gives? The ultimate DC vs. Marvel war is on next year, as comic fans all over the world are bound to be sent into superheroic overdrive. Or an overdose that might kill the genre altogether. Both DC and Marvel have already crossed swords at the recent San Diego Comic-Con when they promote their respective films with Marvel coming on top with their obviously superior star power (Interestingly, Ryan Reynolds's wife, Scarlett Johansson also attended SSDC to promote Marvel's mega-superhero film, Avengers, as Black Widow. So does the couple came to the event together or shielded by rivaling comic giants?). You might want to check out more details from the film via Collider's coverage on the panel.
In the meantime, IGN has exclusively unveiled the official character posters of the film from the SDCC event. Check them out for a glimpse of our favorite Purple villain (no, not Marvel's Purple Man, despite Bendis's bast effort).
In the meantime, an official synopsis of the film were made available online recently. So for those unfamiliar with Green Lantern, here goes:
'Bringing the enduringly popular superhero to the big screen for the first time, “Green Lantern” stars Ryan Reynolds (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) in the title role, under the direction of Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”).
In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.
Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.
Campbell directs “Green Lantern” from a screenplay by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg, story by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim, based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics.
The film also stars Blake Lively (upcoming “The Town,” TV’s “Gossip Girl”) as the spirited Carol Ferris, a test pilot and the heir apparent to her father’s aviation company; Peter Sarsgaard (“An Education,” “Flightplan”) as scientist Dr. Hector Hammond; Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes”) as Sinestro, Jordan’s powerful mentor in the Green Lantern Corps; Jay O. Sanders (“Revolutionary Road”) as Carl Ferris, Carol’s aircraft designer dad; Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars” Episodes II and III) as Abin Sur, Jordan’s alien predecessor; Taika Waititi (TV’s “The Flight of the Conchords”) as flight navigator Tom Kalmaku, Hal’s good friend and confidante; Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”) as enigmatic government scientist Amanda Waller; and Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins (“Mystic River”) as Hector’s influential father, Senator Robert Hammond.
The film is being produced by Donald De Line (“The Italian Job”) and Greg Berlanti (upcoming “Life As We Know It”). Herbert W. Gains and Andrew Haas serve as executive producers. Geoff Johns and Lucienne Papon are co-producing.
The film’s behind-the-scenes creative team is led by a number of Academy Award® winners, including director of photography Dion Beebe (“Memoirs of a Geisha”), production designer Grant Major (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”), and costume designer Ngila Dickson (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”), as well as Oscar®-nominated editor and longtime Campbell collaborator, Stuart Baird (“Gorillas in the Mist,” “Superman”). The film’s visual effects are being overseen by Oscar®-nominee Kent Houston (“The Adventures of Baron Von Munchausen,” “Casino Royale”).
The film is currently scheduled for release in 3D and 2D on June 17, 2011. “Green Lantern” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. '
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