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Thursday, November 7, 2002
DAREDEVIL TRAILER DEBUTS
Daredevil producer Gary Foster told The Continuum that reaction to the new trailer for the film has been "so far so good."
The new trailer will reach theaters on Friday, but became available to the general public for the first time on Wednesday night, first through E! News Live and Entertainment Tonight and then through the film's official site, www.daredevilmovie.com.
The new trailer shows all of the film's stars, including Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Jennifer Garner as Elektra, Michael Clarke Duncan as Kingpin, Colin Farrell as Bullseye, Joe Pantoliano as Ben Urich and Jon Favreau as Foggy Nelson.
The trailer shows Favreau as Foggy Nelson for the first time as he and Affleck's Matt Murdock discuss tabloid reports of the mysterious vigilante.
"Favreau is fantastic!" Foster said. "He is just the right look and the right sense of humor. He and Ben are terrific together."
Another Daredevil trailer will debut in December, but Foster told The Continuum he can't talk too much about it right now.
"Waiting to see the next pass at it," Foster said. "I will tell you this, there is a big element that has not been exposed yet...DD's radar vision, or as we like to call it, shadow world."
Click on the thumbnails for larger images from the trailer, and look for more on Daredevil soon here in The Continuum.
IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Spawn #120, Witchblade #60, Tomb Raider Journeys #8, Tellos: Sons and Moons and Tomb Raider: The Greatest Treasure of All Prelude.
X-MEN: EVOLUTION UPDATE
The episode -- written by Sean Roche and directed by Frank Paur - should be one of the most memorable of the third season.
"Here we gather the famed five of the original X-Men as introduced in the comics - Cyclops, Jean Gray, Beast, Iceman, and Angel - for a very specific mission that deals with... well, the title should clue you in," X-Men: Evolution story editor Greg Johnson told The Continuum.
"If the animation lives up to the script, this is going to be one very cool episode."
In other X-Men: Evolution news, a Kids' WB! representative told The Continuum that the network has not made any decisions for next season yet. Pending are a fourth season of X-Men: Evolution as well as possibly a rumored new Hulk animated series.
Look for more on X-Men: Evolution soon here in The Continuum.
ONI COLLECTS SKINWALKER
Oni Press has announced a March 26 release for a Skinwalker trade paperback.
The book collects the four-issue mini-series written by comics newcomers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, and illustrated in an innovative pencils/digital graytones style by Brian Hurtt and Arthur Dela Cruz.
"The hook of this comic is we wanted to show very human characters against the horror of some very grisly murders," DeFilippis said. "The killer is perverting an already forbidden ritual among the Navajo, and it makes for a pretty nasty crime scene. On top of that, we add Officer Adakai's desire to see her people represented fairly and Agent Haworth's clashing career ambitions and interest in helping his friend, and you have a pretty complicated crime story to wrap your head around."
"In many ways, the story ends up being less about the crimes themselves, and more about the character issues Nunzio touched upon," Weir said. "We realized there were a lot of 'buddy cop' and 'fish out of water' clichés we could fall prey to, but we relied on the realness of the characters to help us avoid those pitfalls. The idea was to get the readers to care about the pair, to cheer them on to realize their goals and make the right choices."
To capture the balance of the very real setting and the more supernatural elements of the story, Oni turned to two very different artists for one very unique collaboration. Penciler Brian Hurtt had debuted on Queen & Country near the end of 2001, around the same time that Oni released the first issue of Arthur Dela Cruz's Kissing Chaos. Dela Cruz crafted his comics using a combination of traditional and digital methods, whereas Hurtt took a straightforward approach to the comic book page. The result is a combination of stark realism and foreboding darkness.
"I learned a lot on this series," Hurtt said. "Working with Arthur, I found new avenues of expression and also saw how things translated from original art to printed product. It was a fun challenge. Nunzio and Christina threw a lot of curveballs at me, and the scripts required a lot of research and a lot of imagination. Hopefully, that all translates and is visible in the final result."
The creators are promising bonus features.
"I love DVDs for all the goodies you get," Hurtt said. "If you look at Arthur's Kissing Chaos collection, he approached his extras with an eye for doing something different. I want to match that in Skinwalker. Expect some cool surprises."
Skinwalker be 120 black-and-white pages and will cost $11.95. It will feature a new cover by Durwin Talon.
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