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Thursday, May 16, 2002
MARVEL STUDIOS ROUNDUP
20th Century Fox has provided The Continuum with a first full look at Ben Affleck in costume for the Daredevil movie.
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"The struggle with the costume is staying faithful to the comic and at the same time not making it look ridiculous," director Mark Steven Johnson told USA Today. "We knew we weren't going to do red tights."
The filmmakers went with a sculpted leather bodysuit hybrid, combining a partially form-fitting costume (like Spider-Man) with the molded look of Batman.
Fox has yet to confirm a Daredevil trailer with Minority Report, which reaches theaters on June 21.
In other Marvel Studios news:
MTV's Spider-Man animated series will likely start a little later than its originally planned October premiere.
Sources told The Continuum a December start is now more likely, although MTV has not set an official launch yet.
The computer-generated series is being produced and animated at Mainframe Entertainment in Vancouver, ensuring a quicker turnaround than traditionally animated shows.
Audu Paden, who is producing the series for Sony, told The Continuum that creating the series is a bit of a balancing act.
"This is for MTV, and I'm not sure what MTV's demographics are, but I'm sure it's not children aged 7," Paden said. "To give you a gauge, we're trying to level of drama and maturity that's represented in the feature film. So it's PG rated, basically.
"And we have Marvel, which has to protect the truth of the characters that they've got decades invested in, so we can't do anything that's inappropriate for these characters that would harm the rest of the Marvel Universe, in the sense they've got comics and so far. So we can't have Peter do something that would be out of character."
* The Spider-Man movie pulled in $4.5 million on Tuesday, pushing its domestic total $232.8 million. The film is now No. 27 all-time and is projected by Box Office Mojo to hit $300 million on May 26, which would set a record.
* Marvel Studios' Avi Arad was featured on E! News Live on Wednesday.
"These kids that used to read comics are today's directors, cinematographers, writers and studio executives who understand the things that make comic books endure," Arad said.
"The characters are really interesting. They're human on one level and they are fantastic on another."
* Fox has released a list of upcoming movies and stars for the next 18 months. For the X-Men sequel, the studio listed the following as cast members: Patrick Stewart (Professor Xavier), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Halle Berry (Storm), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Famke Janssen (Jean Grey), James Marsden (Cyclops), Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (Mystique) and Anna Paquin (Rogue).
DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of DC Comics titles shipping next week, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Action Comics #791, Batman: Gotham Adventures #50, Birds of Prey #43, Catwoman #7, DC First: Green Lantern/Green Lantern, Haven: The Broken City #6, JSA #36, Midnight, Mass #2 and Robin #102.
Marvel Comics has released the covers to Avengers #57, left, and Avengers Icons: The Vision #1.
Avengers #57 marks the first issue for new writer Geoff Johns, who is also writing The Vision mini-series. It also kicks off the four-part "World Trust" story arc and features Falcon, She-Hulk and the Black Panther.
Kieron Dwyer remains artist. Avengers #57 goes on sale on Aug. 28.
The Vision #1 goes on sale on Aug. 14 and features art by Ivan Reis and Joe Pimentel and a computer-generated cover by Brian Haberlin.
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