Director Jeffrey Blitz Working on a 'History of DC Comics' Doc
by Ethan Anderton
February 6, 2010
If you're like me, then you're one of a dozen people who've seen the indie comedy Rocket Science. If not, then toss it in your Netflix Queue or whatever and watch it ASAP, if for no other reason then to at least check out yet another fantastic performance from Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick. In addition, you'll be familiarizing yourself with Jeffrey Blitz who has dabbled in narrative features such as this in addition to documentaries like Spellbound. Now Blitz has his eyes on superheroes as Collider discovered he has started work on a documentary about the history of DC Comics and plans to premiere it at Comic-Con this year.
On top of that, this project was actually commissioned and encouraged by DC Comics. However, their involvement might turn this into an ass-kissing session whereas I would much rather see an objective exploration of DC Comics, especially their rivalry with Marvel. Blitz and his producing partner Sean Welch (who worked with Blitz on all of his previous features, including the film Lucky, a documentary about people who've won the lottery, which was just showcased at Sundance this year) just started shooting the DC doc a little over a week ago. Welch said:
“DC Comics contacted us and asked if we would do this. Jeff and the director are comic book enthusiasts since they were kids and remain comic book enthusiasts. So yes, we have access to their archives, their material, their covers, their panels, the creatives and the executives in the DC world.”
So this is going to come together pretty quickly in order to premiere by July's Comic-Con. Hopefully it doesn't feel rushed and contains more than moving stills and voiceover like a half-ass History Channel feature. Spellbound was proof that Blitz knows his way around the documentary, but Alex absolutely hated Lucky, so I'm not sure what to expect. If it does premiere at Comic-Con, you can be sure we'll do out very best to check it out and let you know the verdict.
that should be excellent,dc have got so much history with comic's & films,should have something to do with their rivalry with marvel as well, can't wait.
DEADPOOL,MERC WITH A MOUTH on Feb 6, 2010
DC has been publishing for 70+ years. To do a comprehensive documentary of the company between now and July is ridiculous. Does Michael Moor complete his docs in 5 months? How about Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Problem, It Might Get Loud)? Do it right or don't do it! The rivalry with marvel is only one aspect--and not the most interesting-- of this amazing company's history. DC is retooling its published History of The DC Universe. Maybe this will be a powerpoint to accompany it.
zubzwank on Feb 7, 2010
those lucky bastards. sign me up to work on the Marvel Documentary!
dave13 on Feb 8, 2010
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