Along with old TV series
, comic book characters remain the hottest commodity in Hollywood, with Batman Begins
already garnering raves (it opens on the 15th), and there are upcoming big-screen projects featuring Superman, The Fantastic Four, X-Men, and The Hulk. One superhero team that remains unfilmed, however, is Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, from their classic 1987 mini-series (available as a 12-chapter graphic novel
). Even though their official website
is still up, Paramount just cancelled the film
. (Universal had it before, and it, too, pulled the plug.)
Much better news is that the long-promised feature-film debut of The Simpsons is finally about to happen. A spokesperson for the show said, "We always wanted the show to end first but it just keeps going."
In related comics-to-movie news, silver screen star Harvey Pekar has a new graphic novel coming out in the fall from DC/Vertigo. It's called The Quitter and is being touted as Harvey's best work to date.