question of the day: What’s your most anticipated comic book movie of 2010?

Recently, the members of the Online Film Critics Society voted on which comic book movie slated for release in 2010 we’re most looking forward to. We chose from this list, which includes, as far as I can determine, all the comic book movies currently on the schedule:

Dead of Night
The Green Hornet
Iron Man 2
Jax of Heart
Jonah Hex
The Losers
Scott Pilgrim vs The World

(Links go to the IMDB, in case you need more info on the films.)
Iron Man 2 came out on top with the OFCSers, and it’s the one I voted for, too. (I love the trailer, plus I feel a little obligation to my current boyfriend, Robert Downey Jr.) Though I confess to being deeply intrigued by the prospect of Jonah Hex — it’s a zombie flick set in the Wild West, and it’s written by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (hopefully more like their Crank movies, and less like Gamer). I’m curious to see what Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen do with The Green Hornet, too, and anything new from Edgar Wright — who gave us Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz — is cause for celebration, so I have to be psyched for Scott Pilgrim. (I wrote a bit more about 2010’s comic book flicks over at

What’s your most anticipated comic book movie of 2010?

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Thu, Dec 31, 2009 10:09am

I am most excited about Iron Man 2 but know I will also see Scott Pilgrim! I am a big fan of Edgar Wright movies too.

Alex Knapp
Thu, Dec 31, 2009 10:17am

It’s a toss-up for me between Red and Iron Man 2. Red has a great cast and Warren Ellis gave the screenplay his blessing. On the other hand, Iron Man 2 has Robert Downey, Jr.

Thu, Dec 31, 2009 10:34am

Did anyone read the IMDB description for Jonah Hex? A bounty hunter in the Wild West hunts a voodoo zombie master trying to raise the South! That’s the second best movie description since Bubba Ho-Tep!

Thu, Dec 31, 2009 10:36am

I’d forgotten that Scott Pilgrim was coming out. If it’s anything like the comic, it’s going to be all kinds of awesome.

Thu, Dec 31, 2009 11:16am

Iron Man 2 for me as well, but with Scott Pilgrim and Kick-Ass not far behind!

Thu, Dec 31, 2009 12:41pm

They finally made Green Hornet? Hmm. Tempted…

I still don’t understand why Hollywood is having a hard time with Wonder Woman. Just get a curvy European brunette with enough height, borrow George Perez’s TPB “Gods and Monsters”, film straight from the graphic novel, and you’re done! Gimme 80 million, I’ll film it for ya! Sheesh.

C David Dent
Thu, Dec 31, 2009 1:26pm

Without a doubt Kick-Ass followed closely by Scott Pilgrim.

Kick-Ass is very original and the creators made it themselves when no major studio would touch it. They had to struggle to find a studio to distribute it. It is a success story I’d like to see pay off for folks who bring us new things.

Scott Pilgrim is a comic that is published in an offbeat format by a self-publishing artist and another idea that caught the eye of the right guy (Edgar Wright) to bring it to life. Mr. Wright had the clout to see this produced with the budget and support it deserves and this unique original story will be another incredible experience from the best director in Britain right now.

C David Dent
Thu, Dec 31, 2009 1:34pm


Wonder Woman is tough because everyone wants to remake her with their own ideas. They find her beautiful but smart, patriotic but accepting, nurturing but unwavering, and other contradictions to be too hard to accept at a personal level. Because they can’t BE like her (or can’t imagine anyone like her) they have to create a new character that wears her name.

And every time they do that DC Comics (rightfully) rejects it. They know what they have and they aren’t willing to throw it away for a quick buck. I’d rather the right movie got made when the right combination of factors comes together.

This is partially why Joss Whedon’s script was rejected. Not only did he write the character properly but he did it in a way that made her so unacceptable to the Hollywood machine that they could never cast it because nobody would believe a Hollywood bimbo in the role, and that’s what they wanted to cast.

“They had a different vision,” indeed.

Thu, Dec 31, 2009 6:07pm

I think Jonah Hex. I interviewed one of the comic’s orginal artists, Tim Truman (under DC’s Vertigo imprint) a while ago, and he had a lot of love for the story. He got me curious, so I read a few of the books and realized the horror/western is a very effective hybrid. Neither the horror or western elements get weakened in the mix…in fact, they’re kind of made for each other.

Sure, I wanna see Downey’s smart alec Stark, but there ya go.

Thu, Dec 31, 2009 6:58pm

Kick Ass!

Fri, Jan 01, 2010 3:43pm

I think I’m going to go with Priest because it combines three of my favorite things in fiction: priests kicking ass, vampires, and Paul Bettany.

It may well be awful, but I am in touch with my id.

Fri, Jan 01, 2010 4:36pm

Priest. Karl Urban as an evil vampire? SOLD.

Sat, Jan 02, 2010 9:39am

Speaking of butt-kicking religious dudes, has Solomon Kane acquired a wide release date yet? He’s almost a comic book character. (Robert E. Howard would probably have written comics had he lived long enough.)

Looking forward to see what kind of craziness Gondry will inject into Green Hornet, and of course Iron Man 2. Beyond that I’m looking to Branagh’s Thor and John Carter of Mars in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Sat, Jan 02, 2010 5:16pm

@C David: If those are the contradictions keeping WW from being made into a movie, then I will never again believe Hollywood is run by liberals. Marketers, sure. Liberals? No.

I have to admit I’ve wondered if Wheden’s Wonder Woman was Buffy without the Xanderspeaker, Buffy’s punning, Giles’ sarcasm, etc. I will concede that Whedon probably wrote WW too well for marketers, but I’m wondering how you write so certainly of that.

Sat, Jan 02, 2010 10:27pm

Wonder Woman!

It’s not Joss Wedon, but I saw a great animated version of Wonder Woman featuring Nathan Fillion from early 09. Its Wonder Woman was spot-on, definitely the mix of all the contradictions described. The strongest WW I’ve seen animated, I think. Good writing too. Nathan plays the air force pilot who is the first man the Amazons have seen in centuries and who both confirms and contradicts every bad thing Princess Diana had ever heard about men. There’s some bits involving the lasso…

But okay, it’s not feature-length, and not one of the options. So… I guess Iron Man 2 since I haven’t heard of most of the others, not that this means much. But I’m going to say it: I’m sick of zombies. And vampires too for that matter. Yet I still like the idea of the undead. I guess that doesn’t leave much left.

Tonio Kruger
Sat, Jan 02, 2010 11:34pm

Karl Urban as an evil vampire? SOLD.

Apparently someone out there liked Blade III

Tonio Kruger
Sat, Jan 02, 2010 11:39pm

I’m sick of zombies. And vampires too for that matter. Yet I still like the idea of the undead. I guess that doesn’t leave much left.

Well, we’ve had three movies about mummies since 1999 and each one has gotten worse and worse reviews…so…ghouls?

I’ve been always curious to see how a feature-length movie version of Lovecraft’s “Pickman’s Model” or Yarbro’s “Disturb Not My Slumbering Fair” would turn out…

Mon, Jan 04, 2010 12:43pm

Waiting for the DTV “Justice League : Crisis”. Sure it was done before (Justice Lords episodes of the JLU series, and the recent Batman, the Brave and the Bold episode with Owlman), but I like parallel worlds.