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Wednesday, June 5, 2002
DWAYNE MCDUFFIE ON JUSTICE LEAGUE
Dwayne McDuffie told The Continuum that he is the newest story editor on the second season of Cartoon Network's Justice League animated series.
"I'm just finishing up writing my first two-parter," said McDuffie, who is now working out of Warner Bros. Animation.
McDuffie began working for Warner Bros. on the Static Shock animated series, based on the Milestone Comics character. He also wrote for the first season of Justice League.
Static Shock is currently in its second season on Kids' WB! and has had solid ratings. The network has not announced any orders for more episodes, although an announcement could be coming soon.
STAN LEE TALKS MARVEL MOVIES
Stan Lee said he should be filming his cameo in The Hulk movie soon, perhaps as early as this week.
"They were filming in San Francisco and I was supposed to go up there and do my cameo," Lee said in response to a question from The Continuum during an AOL chat on Tuesday night. "I didn't have time to get away. Now they are coming down to Los Angeles. And I think I will be doing it pretty soon."
Lee has already filmed his part for Daredevil.
"I think Ben Affleck looks exactly the way he did," Lee said, comparing the Daredevil movie star to the comics version.
Lee said he couldn't divulge any details about the Spider-Man sequel, but said he was pleased with how the first film turned out.
"I loved the way he became Spider-Man," Lee said. "My preferences were all the personal scenes. The scenes of him when he first got his power and when he fought Flash in the school, when he caught that tray, his romance with Mary Jane.
"Of course I loved the scenes of him web swinging and when he was learning to use the web. You see, to me the fight scenes are great. But you always have fight scenes in every movie. To me, the really intriguing things are the little personal things in every movie and in every story."
MARVEL MOVIES ROUNDUP
MTV visited the set of Daredevil for its Movie House program on Tuesday night.
Rob Zombie reported for MTV from a rooftop set in downtown Los Angeles. The scenes included star Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock, sensing Elektra on an adjacent rooftop, and then later a kissing scene in the rain between Affleck and Jennifer Garner's Elektra.
Affleck wasn't shown in Daredevil costume, but Zombie complimented Affleck on the look of it.
"It's more like regular clothes," Affleck said. "It's not tights."
Jon Favreau, who plays Foggy Nelson, and Michael Clarke Duncan, who plays the Kingpin, also showed up, although they weren't filming on the day MTV was at the set.
"I don't do this type of stuff," Favreau said. "My character is strictly in the law offices."
The piece -- which featured a lot of good-natured ribbing among the cast -- also showed a sensory depriviation chamber and Elektra design drawings.
Look for more on Daredevil soon here in The Continuum.
In other Marvel movie news:
* Kelly Hu, who co-starred in The Scorpion King, has joined the X-Men sequel cast. According to the Hollywood Reporter, she will play Anne, a mutant accessory to the villain Striker who has the ability to control human emotions.
Sources told The Continuum another casting announcement will be happening "soon, perhaps within the week."
ASHLEY JUDD TALKS CATWOMAN
Appearing on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Ashley Judd reiterated her commitment to star in a Catwoman movie.
"How sick am I in two years going to be of talking about the suit?" Judd said. "Catwoman's really cool because she's this very hen-pecked, loser, insecure gal who ultimate sort of busts out and maximizes her alternate opportunities, shall we say.
"And it continues to have a dialogue between oppression and empowerment."
Judd responded to Leno's inquiry about Catwoman appearing in a Batman movie. "Catwoman has her own movie, Jay, get with the times," she laughed.
French director Pitof has been attached to the film, which will come from Warner Bros.
NEW JEREMIAH EPISODE
"Ring of Truth," a new episode of Jeremiah, will air on Showtime on Friday at 10:45 p.m.
Here's how the episode is described:
"An encounter with a lost elephant and a fist fight for a woman's freedom involve Jeremiah and Kurdy in a circus and in helping the woman re-connect with her estranged daughter."
"Ring of Truth" was written by Sam Egan and directed by Ken Girotti.
The episode will air again Sunday on Showtime Beyond at 10:45 p.m.
FIRST LOOK: THE INCREDIBLE HULK: THE END
The Incredible Hulk: The End will arrive in stores on June 26. The issue is written by Peter David, with art by Dale Keown and Joe Weems and a cover by Keown.
Here's how Marvel describes the issue:
"Journey into a far-flung future in which the only things living on the planet Earth are Bruce Banner, the Incredible Hulk, and cockroaches with attitude... all of whom are at each other's throats. It's the final Hulk story ever as 'The Last Titan' finally comes to understand his reason for existence -- if only he can survive it!'
Said David: "It's about the relationship between the Hulk and Bruce Banner, and the final showdown between them. By the end of the story, Banner will have a number of revelations about why things happened the way they did -- why the Hulk was created, why he has suffered through all this."
The Incredible Hulk: The End will be 48 pages and will cost $4.95.
ZEN GETS NEW LOOK
"Zen's a little more 'alien'-looking now, which is the way I always envisioned him," said creator/writer Steve Stern. "This piece of preview art is by Bill Maus, considered by many to be the definitive Zen artist. Bill will be illustrating our new color comics series which is now in active development."
"This is the news that Zen-fans have been waiting years for," said artist/creator Dan Cote, who designed the new logo. Longtime readers will note that it's minus the words, 'Intergalactic Ninja.'
"The longer name worked back in the day, but this is Zen for today's audience."
One place the name will remain the same is at Zen's official web site, www.zenintergalacticninja.com. "We've posted some additional hints of things to come at the newly designed, Flash-enhanced Zen web site," said Stern.
Click on the thumbnail for a full view of the new Zen.
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