He-Man fans have been jerked around for a long time -- pretty much since day one, in fact. They grew to love the early '80s toy line and cartoon despite conflicting backstories, then were rewarded with a fairly ridiculous live-action movie in 1987. Toymaker Mattel's attempt to remake it as a BSG-style sci-fi epic in 1990 was a failure on multiple levels, while its creatively successful 2002 revamp was merely a failure at retail and was prematurely canceled. Last week, fans were anticipating both a new live-action movie from Warner Bros. as well as a new, classically styled toy line; this week, they'll have to content themselves with the toys, because the movie is apparently deader than King Grayskull. ...If you didn't get that reference, then you probably don't care either way.
We've got writers! We've got directors! We've got... well, writers and directors, mostly. First up, there is the long-awaited news about talent being attached to First Avenger: Captain America. Sadly, the acting talent question remains a mystery, but The Chronicles of Narnia scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (a name I will henceforth be calling the handsy guy on my Saturday morning bus) have been attached to pen the script for director Joe Johnston. As most know, the Captain America story is that of rejected army candidate Steve Rogers who undergoes an experiment that gives him enhanced strength and reflexes. And of course, an indestructible shield. The film will be set during World War II, after which the character will then appear in the modern-day set Avengers film, which will come out in May of 2011. I don't know if the weird time-space continuum that links Narnia with our world and makes time pass differently is going to help them, there. Should be interesting.