Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes out tomorrow. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters next month. Comic book movie sequels are all the rage right now, and they have been for quite some time. They’re pretty much a guaranteed profit machine for the production studios, and when the right amount of attention is given to their development, they often turn out to be awesome films on their own accord.
Looks like the Predator actor is going with what he knows, and what he knows is glistening muscles and state legislation. EW announced today that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The Governator will be kicking bottoms and taking note of his constituents’ needs as of next year. “When I ran for governor back in 2003 and I started hearing people talking about ‘the Governator,’ I thought the word was so cool,” Schwarzenegger explained. “The word Governator combined two worlds: the world of politics and the movie world. And [this cartoon] brings everything together. It combines the governor, the Terminator, the bodybuilding world, the True LiesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â He didn’t say the pregnant men or the Danny Devito, but it’s probably only a matter of time!
As rumors about Arnold’s cartoon superhero suggested, the former governor has teamed up with Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee to produce an animated TV show and comic book due out in 2012. “WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re using all the personal elements of Arnold’s life. We’re using his wife [Maria Shriver],” Lee explained. “WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re using his kids. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re using the fact that he used to be governor. Only after he leaves the governorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s office, Arnold decides to become a crime fighter and builds a secret high-tech crime-fighting center under his house in Brentwood.Ã¢â‚¬Â SoÃ¢â‚¬Â¦basically it’s a thinly-veiled animated documentary. We’re on-board!
Do you ever wonder if Arnold Schwarzenegger secretly wishes he could do Shakespeare occasionally? Do you think he feels trapped by his muscle-bound body, explosion-filled resume and signature accent? Yeah, us either. Which is good, considering Schwarzenegger allegedly has a new cartoon series in the works. According to Deadline, Arnold may be signed up for an educational kid’s show, “content with a purpose” produced by the same company delighting the world’s children with “Gisele & the Green Team, with supermodel Gisele BÃƒÂ¼ndchen as an environmental superhero; and Martha & Friends, featuring a 10-year-old Martha Stewart running an event-planning business.” If Schwarzenegger can pass between the barrier that separates movies from reality, we’re sure he can successfully play an eight-year-old version of himself as governor. Last Action Hero was a documentary, right?
However, others believe that that Arnold’s project is based on a comic book hero he’s developing with Stan Lee. “I am packaging a Comic Book character right now. I’m going to announce that sometime at the end of March or the beginning of April,” the former governor told the fan site TheArnoldFans.com. So far Schwarzenegger has only revealed that is it an “an international TV series,” so we’ll have to wait for his official announcement on April 4 to find out for sure. Throw a True Lies 2 script on top of that pile and we’re happy as pigs in mud. Sorry, Arnold; you can keep that monologue from King Lear to yourself for now.
“Hey,” you may find yourself wondering from time to time, “how come none of the superheroes in these big budget Hollywood movies are women, MANNNN?” Well, while the big studios are still spooked by the dismal box office performance of Jennifer Garner’s Elektra back in 2005, network execs whose playground is the small screen are still willing to take bets on the genre. Case in point, NBC has greenlit a Wonder Woman pilot, one that’s helmed by David E. Kelley and starring Adrianne Palicki, Elizabeth Hurley and Cary Elwes. Not exactly a Murderer’s Row of thespians, exactly, but it’ll do!
So, while we wait with baited breath to see if David E. Kelley can reverse his decade-long streak of creating terrible television programs, we can at least begin debating the merits (or lack thereof) of the new Wonder Woman outfit. Pictured, at left, is the first official image of Adrianne Palicki, former star of Friday Night Lights, as the new owner of the world’s most renowned Bulletproof Bracelets. And at right, naturally, is Lynda Carter, who utilized the Lasso of Truth to defeat countless misogynistic creeps during the four-year run of Wonder Woman from 1975-1979.
Where to start, WHERE TO START?
The way we see it, Lady Gaga‘s life is already a fantastic work of imagination with a touch of disco sticks. (Check out Gaga’s 100 Hottest Outfits of 2009 to admire her out-of-this-world fashion sense.) However, her everyday outlandishness is not stopping her from upping the ante and turning herself into an actual comic book character.
Bluewater Productions, a publisher of unconventional comic books (previous titles include a series called “Female Force” about such women as J.K. Rowling and Michelle Obama, and “Political Power” featuring comic hero Ted Kennedy), is creating a new series called “Fame” and will be highlighting a different celeb in each installment. Gaga’s will be out in May, and other celebrities who will be immortalized in ink include Taylor Swift and David Beckham. Even though we think celebrities already lead imaginary lives worth reading about, we can get on board with illustrated Lady Gaga (er, and shirtless David Beckham) fan fiction.
[Photos: Bluewater Productions]