Warren Ellis’ Iron Man and Wolverine Anime Trailers. Plus, Excalibur.

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Warren Ellis is one busy man. Besides writing a gazillion comic book series a year for various houses and himself, the English scribe also dabbles in the occasional TV and movie work. His latest is four TV series for Japanese anime versions of Marvel Studio’s famous characters. The first two will be Iron Man and Wolverine (teaser trailers for them below), but the next two have yet to be announced. Plus, what’s this about a new “Excalibur” movie?

Ellis tells AICN that he won’t actually be scripting the anime series, but will provide detailed storylines for each series’ 13-episodes, so yeah, that’s basically like writing them. A Japanese writer, meanwhile, will take care of the dialogue on that end, as these shows are intended for a Japanese audiences and will be originally in Japanese. And as you can see from the teasers below, they’re very, well, Japanese. I mean, for God’s sake, Wolverine has a mullet and doesn’t look like Wolverine at all except for those claws.

So, here are the teaser trailers for the “Iron Man” and “Wolverine” anime TV series. You’ll probably have to get them as imports later on when they’re released in 2010.



Meanwhile, over at WarrenEllis.com, the writer informs the world that he’s currently scripting a movie called “Excalibur” for the folks at Hollywood Gang, the same people behind Zack Snyder’s “300”. According to Ellis, the movie will be based on the King Arthur legend, though he doesn’t add any further details.

What are the chances that it will actually turn out to be the comic book superhero team from Marvel, a title Ellis has actually written for in the past? Probably slim, but one can hope.

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Oh Good no ones crying…yet. Ok I’ve read somewhere that these are not representative of what the actual series will be like but more test animation. That being said, I also want to mention that not only are they being created for a Japanese audience, but from a Japanese cultural standpoint. Meaning alot of the anime mainstays will be prevelant (Like Wolverine being a prettyboy with long hair, fighting demons AND ninjas YAY…Maybe even demonic Ninjas!). This is intended as a crosspolinization of sorts. American property, with Japanes production.
    With all that in mind I must say I like what I’ve seen. Lets do a break down.
    Iron Man: I’m actually shocked it wasn’t More Japanese inspired. I was fully expecting some crazy mecha version of the Iron Man suit (which I actually hope they do). The action was definitely cool and reminded me of the japanese opening sequences from American based cartoons we had, where that animation was better than the series animation (Thundercats, SilverHawks, etc and the 90’s X-men cartoon used it for end credits in syndication). Lots of crazy ation and spinning, and a cool little battle between the hero and villain.

    Wolverine: Vampire Hunter D/Devil May Cry anyone? That’s all I could think of watching that. And that’s not a bad thing. DMC is a decent series, and D, well that’s just classic (both versions). I love the idea of a demon killing WOlverine, who may just be half demon himself (hence the healing, claws, hair). But hey I’m not a purists if good stories come out of this. I liked Marvel’s Mangaverse line…mostly. Their first take on the X-men was weak.

  • Deadpool3678

    Oh Good no ones crying…yet. Ok I’ve read somewhere that these are not representative of what the actual series will be like but more test animation. That being said, I also want to mention that not only are they being created for a Japanese audience, but from a Japanese cultural standpoint. Meaning alot of the anime mainstays will be prevelant (Like Wolverine being a prettyboy with long hair, fighting demons AND ninjas YAY…Maybe even demonic Ninjas!). This is intended as a crosspolinization of sorts. American property, with Japanes production.
    With all that in mind I must say I like what I’ve seen. Lets do a break down.
    Iron Man: I’m actually shocked it wasn’t More Japanese inspired. I was fully expecting some crazy mecha version of the Iron Man suit (which I actually hope they do). The action was definitely cool and reminded me of the japanese opening sequences from American based cartoons we had, where that animation was better than the series animation (Thundercats, SilverHawks, etc and the 90’s X-men cartoon used it for end credits in syndication). Lots of crazy ation and spinning, and a cool little battle between the hero and villain.

    Wolverine: Vampire Hunter D/Devil May Cry anyone? That’s all I could think of watching that. And that’s not a bad thing. DMC is a decent series, and D, well that’s just classic (both versions). I love the idea of a demon killing WOlverine, who may just be half demon himself (hence the healing, claws, hair). But hey I’m not a purists if good stories come out of this. I liked Marvel’s Mangaverse line…mostly. Their first take on the X-men was weak.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Oh and I love Excalibur, and the idea of Warren Ellis and the 300 crew working this is great. I read, I beleive it was on Joblo or io9.com, that he was going to focus on the gathering of the Knights of The Round Table, as most films gloss over that in favor of the beginning of Arthur’s fall.

  • Deadpool3678

    Oh and I love Excalibur, and the idea of Warren Ellis and the 300 crew working this is great. I read, I beleive it was on Joblo or io9.com, that he was going to focus on the gathering of the Knights of The Round Table, as most films gloss over that in favor of the beginning of Arthur’s fall.