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News Bits From Around the 'Net

• The movie adaptation of the Marvel comic book, “Ghost Rider” goes live today. The movie stars Nicholas Cage as the titular character, a motorcycle riding demon with a flaming skull for a head, and is directed by Mark S. Johnson who also directed "Daredevil." -- LINK

Personally, I think this movie will fail on just about every conceivable level. It just looks horrendous and the addition of a tired-looking Nicholas Cage doesn’t pump me full of hope for this film. How many non-comics people are going to want to see a movie about a flaming skeleton on a motorcycle fighting demons? The answer is not a lot. Which means this movie’s audience is purely the built in audience any comic book-based film starts out with, the die-hard comic fans waiting to see their childhood characters brought to life. Unfortunately, Mark Steven Johnson has already taken the faith and expectations of the fans and shown he’s not capable of bringing them what they want (for more on that read any review of his "Daredevil" movie).

• Richard Donner, the director famous for bringing the Man of Steel to the big screen years before Bryan Singer’s recent box-office revival, is writing the monthly Superman title, “Action Comics” with his former intern and master comics scribe, Geoff Johns. Entertainment Weekly has a small article and a SEVEN PAGE preview of the upcoming title. -- LINK

The art looks amazing and I’ve got to admit, after hearing that the basis for this story comes from an idea Donner had for a Superman movie, I’m a little more excited to read this comic. The big hurtle for me is that I really don’t care about Superman. Don’t get me wrong…he’s Superman and he’s an icon and all that but, past that, who cares? The experience of viewing the recent, “Superman Returns” has shown me that even with amazing special effects and direction, Superman is boring. There’s almost never any really threat to him or the people around him. He has almost no pathos, no tension or drama. He’s simply Superman. For me that’s not enough to get me invested in a story. Hopefully Donner and Johns have what it takes to rectify this problem and make Superman interesting enough to read monthly.

• The Arizona Republic has a short but sweet interview with novelist Michael Chabon, author of “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay”. In the interview he discusses his new novel “The Yiddish Policemen's Union” and his love for comics. -- LINK

The new book sounds like it will be cool as hell but I still have two Chabon books to read before I get to “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union." I better get started….

So that’s it for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with some more news and a BIG announcement for next week. Don’t forget…tonight is Thursday, which means “The Office,” is on. I’ve got a Dwight bobble-head….do you?