Hero Express – ‘Powers’ and ‘100 Bullets’ on TV, Wonder Woman on Film, and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Teaser?

Welcome to Hero Express, your one-stop shop through the news filled world of superhero’s in Film, TV, Video Games and whatever else floats your boat.

This is the Hero Express for June 22, 2011:

100 Bullets headed to Showtime to bring the Awesome (Splashpage)

100 Bullets is easily on my Top 10 favorite comic series ever list. Make that Top 5. Screw it, 100 Bullets is my favorite comic book series ever. So to hear it may be coming to Showtime as the latest in the Graphic Novel-To-TV adaptations, makes me squee a little.

Deadline is reporting that David S. Goyer will write and executive produce the series for Showtime. Warner Brothers TV will also be producing.

Brian Azzarello, who wrote the “100 Bullets” comic book series, previously alluded to a possible cable television adaptation when speaking to MTV News in 2009, saying, “Television — there’s an idea! That’s all I’ll say. Television… or maybe something that’s not just TV.”

Here’s a quick summary:

The mysterious Agent Graves gives people 100 bullets and the chance to exact revenge on someone who wronged them in the past with full immunity for their actions — even murder. Some people accept and others don’t. Mr. Graves, however, has a hidden agenda that slowly becomes revealed throughout the series.

Powers TV pilot casts Walker and Pilgrim(Splashpage)

We’ve mentioned a little about the Powers TV pilot over the past couple of weeks, but we finally have some real news. The main characters, Detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim have been cast.

Deena Pilgrim will be played by Lucy Punch (Hot Fuzz, Dinner for Schmucks) and Christian Walker by Jason Patric (The Losers, The Lost Boys, Speed 2: Cruise Control – which we won’t blame him for):

 Here’s a little about Powers:

Based on a comic book series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, “Powers” is set in a world where superhuman powers are common, and the police must use creative measures to regulate villains with special abilities. The series put heavy emphasis on the procedural elements of investigating super-powered crimes.

The “Powers” pilot was written by Charles H. Eglee, and will be directed by Michael Dinner. It’s expected to begin shooting this summer in Chicago.

Locke & Key Pilot to air at Comic-Con(Splashpage)

Another Graphic Novel by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez adapted for TV , and another show that might not make it to the small screen. Fox decided not to pick up the pilot but you can see it aired at this years Comic-Con, where afterwards you can wait hopefully for another network to pick it up…

Locke & Key Fox Pilot Screening
The most talked-about pilot not on the Fall schedule was the Fox production of Locke & Key. This one-time-only screening of the entire pilot will show you just what a void there will be on your TVs this fall. Come watch the special filmed adaptation of “Welcome to Lovecraft” and see the Eisner-nominated comic brought to life.

Friday, July 22
Room: 8
10:30 – 11:30 AM

Sneak Peek at Green Lantern: The Animated Series (Splashpage)

The first trailer for the upcoming Green Lantern: The Animated Series has arrived, and it gives us a taste of the CG animation being used, as well as some of the characters featured. Check it out:

Pretty cool. Cool enough that I want to see more at least.

Bronson director says Hendricks is his Wonder Woman(Splashpage)

Nicholas Winding Refn has wanted to be a part of bringing Wonder Woman to the big screen, despite the recent failure to bring her to TV. And he has been pretty vocal about who he would cast as the the Amazon Warrior:

Speaking to New York Magazine at the U.S. premiere of his new movie, “Drive,” Refn said that he wants “Mad Men” actress Christina Hendricks for the role. Hendricks was also in “Drive” and has already been mentioned in some “Wonder Woman” rumors.

“If I ever get to do [the “Wonder Woman” movie], she’s going to be it,” Refn said about the redheaded actress.

Now I like Hendricks, who was great in Mad Men and even greater in Firefly, but I don’t know if I really buy her as WW. Not quite the look I would be going for, and also not the tough as nails “I could beat up Superman” attitude, at least from anything I’ve seen. But man would she look good in the WW outfit.

 Possible The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Trailer?(indieWIRE)

Now with any look at footage that we see right now, I would highly recommend that you take it with a grain of salt. This may very well be a legitimate teaser for TDKR, or it could be a very nice fake. Either way, it’s cool to see, and hear the crowd when they see it:

Michael Caine Lets a TDKR SPOILER slip?(Collider)

Now I don’t know how much of a slip it is, whether he’s talking about the cast and crew or the story of the movie, but it could be something. He then follows this by discussing the secrecy of the film:

Collider: A lot of us are excited to see you returning as Alfred in The Dark Knight Rises. I know Mr. Nolan is very guarded about the story, but can you at least tell us how filming has been going so far?

Caine:  It’s fantastic.  I started filming last week and I film next week.  As the butler, I do a load of filming at the beginning, and everybody goes off and does all the adventures and they all come home shot to pieces and I patch them together when they all get back.  Christopher Nolan, I think, is one of the greatest directors in the world and I’ve been lucky enough…this is my fifth movie with him.  It’s such a pleasure to work with him and he’s so clever.  We’ve all signed the Official Secrets Act.  I’m lucky to be able to tell you the title of the movie.  I remember I did an interview and someone said to me, “What are you doing next?”  I said, “I’m doing Batman.”  I saw Chris and he said, “Why did you tell them you were doing Batman?”  I said, “Because I am.”  He said, “You’re supposed to keep it secret.”  I said, “I couldn’t keep that a secret.”  Let me tell you…the plot is extraordinary…really extraordinary.  I know why he wants to keep it a secret.  You really need not to know till you see the movie.

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What Collider seems to be referring to is the fact that he talks about Alfred patching ‘everybody’ up, which of course assumes that Batman will not be operating alone in this flick. So while I think it’s not really a huge spoiler as we are quite aware of Catwoman’s involvement, it is an interesting piece of info that could speak to the story of the film.

Ultimate Spider-Man Cartoon Image Revealed(ComicsAlliance)

This promo image was released a while ago, so I figured I might as well show it to you now. Our first look at the new Spidey cartoon based off of Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley‘s Ultimate Spider-Man. While I think that’s easily the best comic series to base a cartoon off of, I’m still quite upset that The Spectacular Spider-Man had to be cancelled in order for us to see this. Here’s the teaser image:

And that’s today’s Hero Express! Sure was a lot to cover, but that’s what the Express is all about, giving you one place to look at the spectrum of news from across the web.

Be sure to drop us a line with your thoughts on any of the stories we talked about, or on the Hero Express itself in the comments section below!

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