Tuesday, May 13, 2003
X-MEN: EVOLUTION UPDATE
Boyd Kirkland, producer of the X-Men: Evolution animated series, told The Continuum that pre-production on the fourth season is "progressing rapidly."
"We have recorded all nine shows, and are currently storyboarding the two-part finale," Kirkland told The Continuum on Monday from his Film Roman office. "Several of the shows are overseas in animation, and we should be getting footage back the end of July.
"We've got some really interesting stories, with pretty shocking developments for several of our key characters. Guest villains will include Omega Red, as well as more of Apocalypse. One episode focuses on the Brotherhood, and another focuses on Gambit. It's some really exciting stuff!"
Four episodes remain from Season 3. It was originally believed that Kids' WB! would broadcast them in conjunction with the release of X2, but the remaining episodes currently are not scheduled.
"I've heard rumors that the final four episodes of this season will be held until next fall, but nothing definite. The network isn't talking one way or the other," Kirkland said. "I understand that some of them have aired overseas already, however."
MUTANT X SEASON FINALE
"Lest He Become," the second-season finale of Mutant X, airs in syndication this week.
In the episode, a reluctant Shalimar must reconnect with her estranged father when the Mutant X team learns his company is involved in genetic testing and manipulation.
For a complete episode synopsis, with photos and spoilers, CLICK HERE.
In addition to a third season of Smallville, The WB on Tuesday announced Smallville Beginnings, which will air Sundays at 7 p.m.
Smallville Beginnings will be comprised of rebroadcasts of episodes of the first two season of the network's top-rated show.
As anticipated, for the third season of Smallville, The WB has moved the show from Tuesday at 9 p.m. to Wednesday at 8 p.m., where it will be the lead-in for Angel.
"Moving our number one show, Smallville, to lead off Wednesday is a move we're confident will anchor a critical night for years to come, just as Dawson's Creek did," said Jordan Levin, president of The WB.
"Paired with Angel, the show viewers and critics begged us to return, we have a formidable action-fantasy block with massive male appeal and stars women and teens love as well. In addition, James Marsters will join Angel as Spike, and other visitors from Sunnydale will be seen in Joss Whedon's world, which will take an uptown turn out of the darkness this fall."
MARVEL MOVIE ROUNDUP
X2's official take at the box office last weekend was $40.0 million, slightly less than original estimates.
According to BoxOfficeMojo, the film took in $3.0 million on Monday, pushing its domestic total to $150.7. X2 should surpass the $157.4 total of 2000's X-Men this week.
In other Marvel movie news:
Encore has released a description of its upcoming Daredevil console game:
"Daredevil -- also known as the Man Without Fear -- is lawyer Matt Michael Murdock by day, vigilante hero by night. Blinded in a childhood accident, Daredevil upholds his passion for justice and rises to superhuman levels through hyper-developed senses of hearing, smell and touch, and extraordinary acrobatic abilities.
"The plot of the videogame revolves around Daredevil's mission to rescue his best friend and law partner Foggy Nelson, who has mysteriously disappeared. Around the same time, the Kingpin has been murdered, causing the worst gang war in New York's history. To add to the intrigue, Daredevil has discovered his former love, Elektra, is in New York and is in some way linked to the Kingpin's murder.
"Players will take on Daredevil's persona as they hunt to find Foggy and Elektra throughout the dark streets of Hell's Kitchen, all the while battling yakuza punks, mafia thugs and ninjas."
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