Friday, February 7, 2003
STAN LEE TALKS DAREDEVIL
Stan Lee talked about his latest cameo, in Daredevil, during an appearance at the Comics & Pop Culture Convention in Pasadena, Calif., last weekend.
"I'm a guy who's walking down the street reading a newspaper and you don't see my face. I can understand why they did that," Lee joked. "I'm holding the paper up my face. And all of a sudden I come up to the curb -- and Daredevil who is yet not an adult but still has his power - and I'm reading the paper so I don't see where I'm walking.
"And a bus is about to come up and I'm about to walk into the bus. And the kid takes his little cane and stops me from hitting the bus. And, at that point, I put down the paper and you can drink it all in in one split second.
"I don't know why they don't have an Academy Award for best cameo, but we're working on it."
Lee said he was impressed with Daredevil director Mark Steven Johnson's passion for the project.
"He has wanted to Daredevil for years. I met with him years ago and I had lunch with him; I didn't know who he was but I knew he was a director," Lee said. "And he said, 'I want to Daredevil!' And at that time we weren't able to make a deal with anyone.
"But he's really wanted to make this movie, and I'm sure he put a lot of effort into it. I can't wait to see it."
Lee, who also appeared in X-Men and Spider-Man, said he has not filmed his cameo for The Hulk yet.
Lee did not talk about his current litigation with Marvel.
Also appearing in Daredevil are Kevin Smith, as a morgue worker, and Frank Miller, in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot as a Bullseye victim.
In other Daredevil movie news:
* Friday's episode of the syndicated Access Hollywood will focus on Daredevil.
* Appearing on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno will be Michael Clarke Duncan on Monday and Ben Affleck on Wednesday.
* For an interview with Ben Affleck, CLICK HERE.
* For an interview with Jennifer Garner, CLICK HERE.
* For an interview with Colin Farrell, CLICK HERE.
* For an interview with Michael Clarke Duncan, CLICK HERE.
* Coming Monday: Coverage of the Daredevil premiere.
CROSSGEN COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four- or five-page previews of CrossGen Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles includes Lady Death #1, Sigil #33, Sojourn #20 and Negation #15.
STATIC SHOCK IN AFRICA
Dwayne McDuffie, who wrote "Static In Africa," this Saturday's episode of Static Shock on Kids' WB!, told The Continuum that the episode should be a highlight for the series.
"'Static In Africa' is my favorite episode of all the cartoons I've worked on so far," McDuffie told The Continuum. "Virgil Hawkins and family take a trip to Ghana, West Africa, where Static teams up with that continent's greatest super hero, Anansi, in a battle with Osebo, the Leopard.
"Everything came together beautifully, terrific direction and animation, gorgeous painted backgrounds of locations in and around Ghana, outstanding performances -- as usual -- from the regular cast and wonderful guest turns from Carl Lumbly, Michael Jai White and Roscoe Lee Brown. Did I mention the musical score? I should have."
McDuffie also noted that "Static In Africa" is a fitting episode for Black History Month.
"Originally this episode was titled 'Role Models' and while the title changed along the way, the intent didn't," he said. "To me, this is an important part of what Static Shock is all about."
Warner Home Video and Village Roadshow Pictures will release The Animatrix on DVD and VHS on June 3.
A fusion of CG-animation and Japanese anime, The Animatrix is a collection of nine original short films conceived by the Wachowski Brothers, the creators of The Matrix trilogy.
Inspired by trilogy, the short film series delves deeper into the world of The Matrix and the characters who inhabit it. Created in the anime style pioneered by Japanese animation artists and helmed by world-renowned anime directors, The Animatrix also features the voices of actors Keanu Reeves (Neo) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity) in two of the shorts.
One complete episode from The Animatrix, The Final Flight of the Osiris, will accompany the worldwide release of the supernatural thriller Dreamcatcher when it debuts in theaters on March 21. Written by Larry and Andy Wachowski, this nine-minute computer-generated short serves as an explosive prelude to The Matrix Reloaded.
The Animatrix between the release of the next two films in The Matrix trilogy - The Matrix Reloaded, which opens theatrically on May 15, followed by The Matrix Revolutions, which debuts in theaters in November. The Animatrix will be available on DVD for $24.98 and on VHS for $19.98.
The Animatrix features an eclectic techno soundtrack supervised by DJ/producer/remixer Jason Bentley with electronica artists such as Juno Reactor, Death in Vegas, Meat Beat Manifesto and others. The original score for the project is provided by Don Davis, who crafted the music for all three films in The Matrix trilogy.
For a rundown of the Animatrix synopses, CLICK HERE.
JUSTICE LEAGUE, BATMAN TOYS
Mattel has provided The Continuum with a look at its just-released Justice League action figures.
Each figure comes with a unique figure base and a lenticular collectible card with two action shots. Collect all the figures and snap the bases together to spell out Justice League.
The Javelin 7 Space Jet vehicle is also now available. The vehicle transforms into two separate ships, with room for one Justice League figure in each. A missile is loaded into the nose of each ship.
Mattel will also launch a new Batman product line this year, with a fresh, new look inspired by the DC comic books.
The products include:
* Batmobile: The new Batmobile styling is an original design inspired by the DC Comics series, featuring tandem seating that allows Batman and Robin to cruise side-by-side. Robin's seat ejects from the Batmobile and transforms into a stand-alone motorcycle with spring-loaded wings that pop out on each side. The Batmobile's rear wing detaches to become Batman's personal Jetpack. $26.99, available in July.
* Batman Deluxe Figures: These figures are highly detailed comic book-inspired sculpts, each with unique crime fighting accessories. Approximately six-inches high, the assortment includes Stealth Wing Armor Batman, Night Patrol Armor Batman and Crime Patrol Batman. $10.99, available in August.
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