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Thursday, June 5, 2003

FATHOM MOVIE UPDATE

The Fathom live-action movie remains in development at James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox, creator Michael Turner told The Continuum.

It was nearly a year ago that Linda Woolverton was announced as the project's screenwriter.

"We're waiting to talk about the first draft," Turner told The Continuum. "It's a slow process, but we're getting into that process. There's no casting or anything like that yet."

Turner was talking from his booth at Wizard World East in Philadelphia, the convention debut of Turner's Aspen Entertainment.

"We're holding back on the other concepts, although we've got lots of interest from studios for both video games and movies," Turner said. "We changed the name of Dragonfly to Soulfire because there is interest in that already and there was the Kevin Costner movie called Dragonfly."



NEW BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES?

A new Batman animated series is in development at Warner Bros. Animation, The Continuum has learned.

The series will likely feature a younger Batman than the one currently seen in Justice League, but he will not be a teenager. It will likely be somewhat of a Year One approach.

According to one source, the show will be the equivalent of an animated "reboot."

Warner Bros. representatives did not comment on Wednesday.

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JOE QUESADA TALKS SUPREME POWER

At last weekend's Wizard World East, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada explained why Supreme Power, the new series by J. Micahel Straczynski and Gary Frank, is part of the MAX imprint.

"It's not like it's a filthy (Brian Michael) Bendis book. It's not a hyper-violent Garth Ennis book," Quesada said. "But every once in a while, Joe wanted to have the latitude to do something we might not be able to do in the normal comic books.

"You won't necessarily see strong language, but every once in a while, there will be a touch of something that we just couldn't get away with in a regular Marvel comic book.

"So we use the MAX imprint for this so we can have that latitude if we need it."

Supreme Power is one of the few titles that Quesada says he "hands-on" edits.

"This is going to be a major book for us," Quesada said. "These guys are working way ahead. I know we already have four issues in the can, which is more than we expected at this point in time."

Here's how Marvel describes the series:

"Presenting a brand-new vision of a world about to give birth to its first generation of superheroes. This new MAX ongoing series follows the origins of these new heroes - from their birth through adulthood, and examines how their lives and abilities change and shape the world around them. A hard edged, mature and deeply personal saga that pushes the limits of the comics form into new, uncharted territory."

"We're taking the idea of Squadron Supreme, which I know had quite a cult following among the Marvel faithful," Quesada said. "I came to Joe with this idea a while ago, and he just loved it."



FIRST LOOK: CHIMERA #4

Chimera #4 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from CrossGen Entertainment. The issue is co-plotted and illustrated by Brandon Peterson and co-plotted and scripted by Ron Marz.

Here's how CrossGen describes the issue:

"The Emperor of the Chimeran Imperium means to have the genetic secrets Sara possesses, even if he has to shred her mind in order to obtain them. But he’s not counting on the vast might at Sara’s command. The mini-series by Marz and Peterson concludes with a truly spectacular, star-spanning finale."

Chimera #4 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.95.

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FIRST LOOK: HULK: NIGHTMERICA #1

Hulk: Nightmerica #1 will arrive in stores on June 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Robin Laws, with art and cover by Brian Ashmore.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"A haunting tale of two fugitives beautifully illustrated in this fully painted limited series! Doctor Bruce Banner discovers that being on the run is a little bit easier when you have a charming young woman to run with - but his new friend has her own secrets, and her own demons to run from."

Hulk: Nightmerica #1 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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