Bryan Singer Producing Capeshooters for Warner Brothers
by Kevin Powers
July 23, 2008
Yesterday we learned that Red 5 Comics' property ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction had been picked up for a big-screen adaptation after being on shelves less than a month. With the flurry of success this year for comic book-based movies, it seems the frenzy to snatch up the next hot thing might be ever-so-heightened. Take, for instance, the not-yet-released comic book called "Capeshooters," which was just secured by Warner Bros. Throwing money at intangible ideas is nothing new, but this does seem a tad unique when it comes to comic books. After all, the most successful ones are based on stories that have existed for a long time. But I digress. The other big news for this project is that veteran genre-director Bryan Singer (of X-Men, X2, Superman Returns; seen above) is attached, though only in a producing capacity. Capeshooters will be set up at Singer's production company, Bat Hat Harry.
The forthcoming graphic novel and movie surround "two slackers [that] become paparazzi who specialize in shooting covert videos of superheroes… [they] find themselves on the run after they stumble onto evidence that a revered superhero is actually a villain." Not at a bad storyline, and I'm encouraged by the author, Robert Liefeld. Liefeld left Marvel Comics in 1992 to help found Image Comics - the company responsible for Spawn, WildC.A.T.s, Witchblade, and a number of other off-beat, but impressive properties. Personally, Image was my favorite comic line of the '90s, so anything related to it makes me a touch happy.
However, the script is being handled by some less-known folks, namely Chad Damiani and J.P. Lavin of the TV series "Anchorwoman". Huh? Apparently, the two are also "writers on Ryan Seacrest's KISS-FM morning show and also work on 'American Idol.'" That's not exactly encouraging, but I'll hold complete disdain ’til more news surfaces on the project. Questionable, as well, is whether securing Capeshooters is a consequence of Warner Bros. increasing their focus on the comic space. After all, the do seem to be getting their shit together, considering their meetings of late with DC. So what do you think of the concept?