We know a lot of you Comic Vine maniacs have just being loving Eric Shanower and Skottie Young’s WONDERFUL WORLD OF OZ to bits, so I’m sure you’re going to be pleased as punch to learn that ( according to GeekTyrant) SPIDER-MAN director Sam Raimi’s just signed on to direct OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL. And it’s starring Iron Man, no less. Yes sir, Robert Downey Jr’s attached to play the Wizard, begetting many bizarre visions of Tony Stark conquering the Oz in my warped imagination.
The movie’s story will be a prequel to the Dorothy-centered adventures we’re all so familiar with. According to Hit Fix, RDJ’s nascent wizard will be a “lecherous con artist” who flees 1900s Kansas in a hot air balloon after being caught fooling around with a married lady. Yikes! I’m sure they’re going to be drawing from the 20-odd Oz books that have yet to be adapted, but as dark as those original stories ever got (and they do get violent) I somehow dobut these kinds of dalliances are to be found anywhere in the likes of OZMA OF OZ or RINKTINK OF OZ. == TEASER ==
This is going be a Disney production, following on the heels of ALICE IN WONDERLAND’s absurd grosses, so I suppose it begs the question of whether they’re going to tie in to the continuing Marvel Illustrated adaptations. It would make sense, wouldn’t it? Corporate synergy and what not. I know G-Man and Lil’ G-Girl would be happy about it. But what do you Comic Vine maniacs think?
Just as an aside, I feel like sharing my unusual relationship to the Oz books. I used to live just next to Chittenango, New York, the birthplace of L. Frank Baum and that town throws an annual "Ozfest" wherein they paint all the sidewalks yellow, hold a parade with every kind of Oz character and even offer a spaghetti dinner with the surviving Munchins. I bring that up because Ozfest also set up exhibits of all the illustrations from the original Books and, after seeing them, I have to say I’m surprised they included in comics history more often. There were a lot of illustrations and their interplay with the text was a significant part of the experience.