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Adapt This: “Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” by Alan Moore & Curt Swan

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With Hollywood turning more of its attention to the world of graphic novels for inspiration, I’ll cast the spotlight on a new comic book each week that has the potential to pack a theater or keep you glued to your television screens. At the end of some “Adapt This” columns, you’ll also find thoughts from various comic creators about the books they’d like to see make the jump from page to screen.


This Week’s Book: Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? by Alan Moore & Curt Swan

The Premise: Watchmen author Alan Moore tells the story of Superman’s final days as his enemies unite to destroy both him and everyone he loves. His secret identity revealed and his life as Clark Kent forever compromised, Superman must bring his remaining family and friends to the Fortress of Solitude in order to protect them from the army of super-powered villains hunting them down. He knows that this will be his final battle, but who will be alive when it’s decided is the question only he can answer.

The Pitch: With all the recent talk of Alan Moore’s contributions to the DC universe, it seemed like a good time to shine the spotlight on a story many consider to be one of his best, and one of the greatest Superman stories ever written. With the right treatment, Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? could be the next great feature to come out of DC and Warner Bros. celebrated line of animated movies based on popular comic-book story arcs.

Right from the start, an animated take on Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? would seem to hit all the right niches when it comes to audience appeal. Not only does it feature a wide array of supporting characters — including most of Superman’s rogues gallery and cameos from the other members of the Justice League — but it also has the benefit of presenting a well-known, celebrated story about one of the most popular superheroes in the world, written by one of the few comic-book authors to become a household name.

Beyond the obvious mainstream appeal and promotional benefits, there’s also the all-important fact that Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? is one hell of a Superman story, too. Blending an old-school, larger-than-life superhero brawl with the pathos of its hero making his final stand while surrounded by family and friends, Moore’s tale is a testament to everything that’s great about Superman and his adventures. Brought to life in animated form, the story will likely have that same generation-spanning appeal — something that seems to be a common thread among the projects selected for DC’s line of animated features.

As far as production goes, it could serve the story well to use different animation styles for the narrative book-ends to each chapter, which take place at some future time and frame the events of Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? as a flashback to Superman’s final days. Giving the events up to and including his climactic showdown a degree of nostalgia would seem appropriate for the subject matter and overall tone of Moore’s story, which feels like something your grandparents would tell you about events that happened a long time ago. Along similar lines, casting an actor with a more mature voice to play Superman would make sense, since the story chronicles the superhero’s final days.

The Closing Argument: “A story about Superman’s final days, written by Watchmen author Alan Moore” is one heck of a tagline, isn’t it? Beyond that, all it needs is the right translation of Moore’s story for the screen and a talented voice cast that can handle both the exciting action sequences and — more importantly — the quiet, emotional moments that the story is famous for.

With the live-action “Man of Steel” on the way and Alan Moore’s storytelling on everyone’s minds lately, the timing couldn’t be better to put a story like Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? on the radar for longtime fans and mainstream audiences alike.


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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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