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Captain Canuck Movie

If Marvel Comics can do something as ridiculous as publish a star-spangled, nationalist hero called Captain America, then it doesn’t make any sense why somebody else can’t let their Canadian freak flag fly and publish a comic book called “Captain Canuck.” Or, at least, that’s what Comely Comix thought back in 1975 when they debuted the character. Though he’s remained something of an underground figure for these last few decades, the good Captain has been published sporadically all the way up through the 2000s, and now it’s looking like he might be making a super-sized jump to the big screen. The Vancouver Sun (via Cinema Blend) reports that Minds Eye Entertainment is looking to put a movie adaptation of the character’s adventures together, and they’ve hired screenwriter Arne Olsen to get the job started. Olsen was picked out of hundreds of candidates who sent in 15-page proposals for what Captain Canuck’s adventures might look like in film form, and the 50-year-old says of his hard-won job, “Ninety-nine per cent [of the answers you get] is bad news. It’s so rare where you get some-thing like this. And right now the industry is very tough, so it’s doubly exciting.” Sounds like something of a heartwarming story indeed, but what was Olsen’s vision for the Captain, exactly?

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A short, fan-made film called Batman Dead End hit the web like a meteor in 2003 and the shock waves are still being felt.  Though it was low budget and independently produced, many felt that Dead End was the treatment on the Batman character that they had been waiting for. A string of imitators has followed, including most recently a Mortal Kombat fan film that has been picked up by Warner Brothers to be produced as an official web series. Perhaps buoyed by that success, the next, “that looks cooler than anything the studios have done” fan film has been made and released via FightTheFoot.com. This film seems to be inspired more by the darker, grittier, original TMNT comics by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird than it does the cartoon series or live action films of the late 80s/early 90s. Like the Batman and Mortal Kombat films before it, this one looks slick and professional, the turtle effects seem beyond the capabilities of a mere fan, and I’m sure it will probably make a lot of fanboys smile. I’m not sure I want to live in a world where every comic book movie has to be a real world approach to some gritty series from the 80s though. Do we really need a Foot Clan that looks like some sort of psychotic SWAT team? What was wrong with them being a bunch of kids who lived in a warehouse with skateboard ramps, stand-up arcade games, and all the cigarettes you […]

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