Constantine Will Blaze Hell Again

It looks like we will get a sequel or “reimagining” of Constantine sometime in the future, according to producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who was at the Saturn Awards and won the Producer’s Showcase Award. The original 2005 Constantine movie was based on the DC / Vertigo comic book Hellblazer and was directed by Francis Lawrence. The comic Hellblazer “is set in a contemporary world, albeit a world of magic and supernatural conflict behind the scenes. John Constantine, the main character of Hellblazer, is portrayed as a kind of confidence man who does morally questionable things, arguably for the greater good. He usually triumphs through guile, deceit, and misdirection, but often makes more enemies in the process than he defeats.” The movie version told the story of “irreverent supernatural detective John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), who has literally been to Hell and back. When Constantine teams up with skeptical policewoman Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz) to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister (also played by Weisz), their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists just beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. Caught in a catastrophic series of otherworldy events, the two become inextricably involved and seek to find their own peace at whatever cost.” Bloody Disgusting got a very quick second to ask the legendary producer “will Constantine 2 ever move forward?” After the jump, you can check out what she had to say.

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First Official Priest Image

The first official image of Paul Bettany as Priest has hit the net. It originally was released through Entertainment Weekly, but then the resourceful fellows over at Bloody Disgusting got a hi-res copy of it to post on their site. I wonder what that freaky pale bald dude is pointing at? Whatever it is, it can’t be good from the look on Priest’s face. Priest is being converted to 3-D right now and is scheduled for release on May 13th, 2011. The movie is directed by Scott Charles Stewart (Legion) and “is set in a world ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampire and follows a warrior priest who turns against the church to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece.” After the jump, you can see the whole picture and get more info on the movie and comic.
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Who You Gonna Call? Josh Howard!

Dead@17 creator, artist, and writer Josh Howard has apparently had his hands full as of late. He’s got three major projects coming out. Two of them actually hit bookshelves yesterday. Those would be the last issue in the Dead@17: The Witch Queen series and the Ghostbusters: Con-volution one-shot that he llustrated (pencils and inks only). He also just announced on his website that he is working on a new edition of his book Black Harvest for Image Comics to release in October, stating that he wants ‘definitive editions of all my Dead-related books in the same format and under the same banner, so I will probably be doing this with Lost Books of Eve at some point, too.” He also said that the revised Harvest “will contain some new artwork, some fixes of things that bugged me, and a revised ending” and that the Eve re-release “will be a bit more extensive though because of circumstances that forced me to end the book earlier than I originally wanted.” That’s very exciting. I’m always interested in anything that expands the Dead@17 universe. After the jump, you can check out all three full covers in hi-res and get more info on each title we discussed.
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Nuns Without Guns Review

Four sisters of the church battle evils using the skills they acquired in their previous lives. Answering to a mysterious figurehead known only as MOTHER HEN, the four sisters lead a secret existence that finds them battling those evils that threaten the church and innocent souls everywhere. If it wasn’t for them, the world would be a much different place.

Viper Comics out of the Dallas, TX area seems to have a strange fixation on edgy Christian and religion-themed comic book writers and artists. First, they released one of the greatest series that has it’s foot planted firmly in the spiritual ground entitled Dead@17. The series has since moved on to Image Comics, but there’s no denying that Viper had a hand in it’s launch to success. Now, we’ve got Nuns Without Guns out and soon the comic company will be releasing Hell House, which centers on “the first night of a Texas high school’s (highly controversial, religiously themed) Halloween Hell House, a shocking and mysterious event occurs, leaving behind a small number of survivors. This motley crew is forced to battle their way out of the collapsing structure, while fighting against a terrifying and unspeakable force desperate to consume their very souls.” Nuns Without Guns very well could be the next big comic franchise for Viper.
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Ghost Rider Gearing Up For More

For some bizarre reason, I had a nagging desire to watch Ghost Rider last night. Seeing it again reminded me how much it is rooted in religious themes. The whole reason that Johnny Blaze has “superpowers” is because of his deal with the Devil to save his father. Of course, the Devil, being the liar and the cheat he is, heals Johnny’s father of cancer but kills him in a motorcycle stunt wreck the very next day. This leaves Johnny a slave to Satan without really getting what he promised from him. Obviously, making a deal with the Devil is never a good idea, but he was young and dumb and kind of tricked into it. My favorite part of the film is the end, when Johnny tells the Devil that he is going to keep the curse on himself instead of giving it up for some other poor soul to take on. He tells the Devil that he’s going to use the powers the fallen angel gave him against him and battle evil with them. I was reminded that an announcement was made the other day that Columbia has moved forward on a sequel, which will be entitled Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. After the jump, you can read more.
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UPDATED – Jesus & Abraham Lincoln VS Zombies

UPDATED! One of our readers – Chris Liesch – commented on our Facebook about Jesus Hates Zombies and I thought it would be cool to post what he had to say on the series. Chris stated that he had “read those before. Although the ones I read didn’t have Honest Abe…It doesn’t promote Christianity at all.” When I asked him if he cusses in the books, he answered “Yep. And smokes. Anyone who has a Droid can download it for free on their phone. I think its still free. Either way, it does not edify the Body of Christ (the church).” So hope that helps anyone out there who has been wondering about this comic series.

Wow. I have no idea what to think about this. It’s a little too far over the line for me. A comic book series titled Jesus Hates Zombies where Jesus Christ and Abraham Lincoln team up to fight zombies and werewolves? I was introduced to it through the Christian pop-culture website Hollywood Jesus. It’s written by Stephen Lindsay, drawn by Daniel Thollin, and published through Alterna. The book begins with “Jesus and a time-traveling Abe Lincoln joining forces to save mankind from an apocalyptic zombie uprising, a zombified angel, and a werewolf with a grudge! Accompanied by his ever-faithful zombie sidekick Laz, and his newest companion, King (a male stripper), Jesus must unite any remaining humans in an effort to stop the zombie devastation. But with the world dying around them, will humanity still have faith in the Son of God?”
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Vampire-Killing Priest Gets Pushed Around!

The big-screen adaptation of Tokyo Pop comic book Priest has been pushed back to May 13, 2011 from it’s original March date by Screen Gems. The film is being post-converted to 3D, which gives me absolutely no hope that it will look good in three dimensions. The last post-converted film I saw was Clash of the Titans and it looked like a big jumbled mess. I’m pretty much over the whole 3D thing anyway. The last couple of 3D films I saw, about 10 minutes into them I was wishing I had just waited to see them in a regular format. Is it my imagination, or does actor Paul Bettany have some issues with God and Christianity? First, he plays the rebellious against God archangel Michael, then he plays Charles Darwin, and now he plays a warrior priest who turns against the church. Also interesting is the fact that Legion director Scott Charles Stewart is also directing Priest. Both movies are rooted in religion and Christianity. After the jump, you can check out a short synopsis of the film.
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