After the huge financial success of the Spider-man and X-Men movies, it is no surprise that Hollywood has numerous comic book adaptions in the works. Marvel has over a dozen projects planned, and DC is finally getting on the ball with new Batman and Superman movies.
It is great to see that more care than usual is being taken in finding directors that understand the medium and budgets to support the vision. (See the Roger Corman FANTASTIC FOUR and the current CATWOMAN on how to not make a comic book movie.)
With Bryan Singer (THE USUAL SUSPECTS) helming the new Superman movie, Christopher Nolan (MEMENTO) shooting BATMAN BEGINS, Robert Rodriguez (EL MARIACHI) with comic book creator Frank Miller on SIN CITY, and Darren Aronofsky (PI) with two projects, WATCHMEN and LONE WOLF AND CUB, Hollywood is entrusting some of the biggest indie film auteurs of the past decade for their big budget, CG heavy summer vehicles. Hopefully this will mean smarter films with a respect for the fans and the source material.