Saturday, March 1, 2003
JUSTICE LEAGUE, SMALLVILLE CARDS
Allan Caplan, president and CEO of Inkworks, told The Continuum that the company will release two Justice League-based trading card sets and a second Smallville set this year.
The Justice League animated trading card set will be released on June 25. The 81-card set, based on Cartoon Network's series, will include "Greatest Battles" and "Creating the Animated Series" cards.
* 18 Friends and Foes Foil Cards, one per pack.
* Nine World's Greatest Heroes cards, 1:11 packs.
* 7 ActionWorks Cards, lenticular cards featuring each Justice League character, 1:17 packs.
* Sketch cards, with artists and odds to be announced.
The second Justice League-set will be JLA, based on the comic books. Caplan told The Continuum the set is tentatively targeted for the fourth quarter and will include a JSA subset.
The second Smallville set, focusing on the second season, will be released in October, Caplan said. Autographs cards will be featured.
Other upcoming sets from Inkworks will include Tomb Raider 2, Alias 2 and Looney Tunes Back in Action.
MUTANT X FROM ADV FILMS
Seth Howard of Tribune Entertainment told The Continuum that upcoming home releases of Mutant X from ADV Films will feature commentary from the series' stars.
ADV Films on Friday announced the acquisition of home distribution rights to Mutant X. The syndicated series, produced by Tribune Entertainment, Marvel Studios and Fireworks Entertainment, is in the middle of its second season and has been picked up for a third.
"The commentary for the first episode, 'The Shock of the New,' is provided by (director) T.J. Scott, Victor Webster and yours truly," Howard told The Continuum. "T.J. and Victoria Pratt provide the commentary for 'Fool For Love.'"
The release schedule and full features are yet to be determined.
"But it is produced by ADV and they are a first-class company that puts out the coolest DVDs," Howard said. "We are also trying to put on a behind-the-scenes documentary that was directed by Jake Shea, John's very talented son."
ADV Films has found success with another Tribune show, Andromeda.
"Mutant X is an exciting program, centered around a group of mutants who unwittingly possess fantastic powers," said ADV Films president, CEO and founder John Ledford. "Viewership proves that this is a formula that resonates strongly with viewers, and for good reason. No one is perfect, but everyone has hidden strengths."
Ledford said he is confident that Mutant X will be a strong home-video seller.
"For some time there has been strong fan interest and speculation about the possible home-video release of Mutant X," said Ledford. "I'm pleased that ADV Films has been chosen by Tribune Entertainment to distribute the series."
Meanwhile, filming of Season 2 of Mutant X has wrapped, with the final episodes airing in May, and Howard told The Continuum work has begun on Season 3.
"Peter Mohan and Jonathon Hackett have already signed on for the
next season and I just got back from Toronto, where we mapped out what we
want to do creatively," Howard said. "Peter and his writing team are off and
NEW ANGEL EPISODE
The WB has released eight images from "Orpheus," the March 19 episode of Angel, which guest-stars Alyson Hannigan from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Here's how the network describes the episode:
"While in their drug-induced comas, Angelus (David Boreanaz) and Faith (guest star Eliza Dushku) experience flashbacks of Angel's good deeds over the centuries. Fred (Amy Acker) calls in Willow (Hannigan), the only person ever able to restore Angel's soul and asks her to help them do it again."
The episode was written by Mere Smith and directed by Terrance O'Hara.
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NEW T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS
DC Comics has announced a new monthly T.H.U.N.D.E.R Agents series that features the classic Tower Comics characters and launches in June.
The series is written by Marc Andreyko, with art by Manuel Garcia and Jimmy Palmiotti and painted covers by J.G. Jones.
"This series will feature all the classic characters from the original series, but while the names Dynamo, Lightning and No-Man remain the same, everything around them has changed," says Dan DiDio, DC's VP - Editorial and editor of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents. "We're taking a more contemporary look at these heroes, their motivations, and the world around them."
Here's how DC describes the book:
"Operating outside the jurisdiction or boundaries of any one nation, the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents seek world peace, and the coming Age of the Alpha-Human is a threat to mankind that only they can fight! But can the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents save a world in constant turmoil? Expect non-stop action and adventure as the tales of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents unfold."
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1 will be in stores on June 4.
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