The GeeksverseAstonishing X-Men Gets Dangerous

Astonishing X-Men Gets Dangerous
Published on Monday, December 12, 2011 by

Supervising Producer Todd Casey talks about Marvel Knights Animation’s upcoming ‘Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous’ series! With the “Marvel Knights Animation Collection” now in stores, will bring you a spotlight on each of the five series collected within all this week! Bringing together “Astonishing X-Men: Gifted,” “Iron Man: Extremis,” “Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers,” “Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D.” and “Black Panther,” the “Marvel Knights Animation Collection” on DVD gives you hours worth of Marvel animated action.

Marvel Knights Animation’s adaptation of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s epic “Astonishing X-Men: Gifted” wowed fans with its release two years ago, but that was just the beginning of the story. “Gifted” adapts the first six issues of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s run on Astonishing X-Men. With “Astonishing X-Men: Gifted” now available in the “Marvel Knights Animation Collection” on DVD, we spoke with Casey about the series’ future and what it takes to take Whedon and Cassaday’s story off the page and onto the screen.

Being unfamiliar with the style of animation, I was under the assumption that it would be difficult to pull really compelling action sequences out of the art by just moving around assets, but Atomic Studios and Director Jesse Cote really impressed me with the level of movement they pulled off. We were really lucky to be building a show around a comic written by a TV vet like Joss Whedon because his dialogue moves at a fast clip and, despite the fact he never intended this to be a show, it sure feels like it was meant to be. What are some of the challenges in bringing Cassady’s art to life?

Todd Casey: John is really a born director. His shot selection is impeccable and his characters have such expressive acting, which comes in really handy for what we’re doing. He brings the scenes to life with a cinematic realism that did us a world of good in the translation. The challenge in making his artwork move is that he uses a touch of charcoal around his line work. On the page, it gives it a wonderful texture, but when you blow up a small panel to the size of a TV screen, it can be tricky to preserve the detail in a line like that. In addition to John’s knack for directing, we had the added kick of Laura Martin’s rich colors. She does such brilliant work, I wish she could paint the entire planet.

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