Saturday, June 28, 2003
A panel devoted to The WB's Smallville will be staged at Comic-Con International in San Diego, The Continuum has learned.
The panel will feature main members of the cast, to be announced, as well as executive producers Al Gough and Miles Millar, supervising producer Mark Verheiden and consulting producer Jeph Loeb.
The presentation will include producers' picks of the top 10 Smallville moments of all time, a question-and-answer session, limited-edition posters and a sneak peek at other new WB shows.
After the session, the panelists will be signing posters in the DC Comics booth for one hour.
In other Smallville news, the Tuesday, July 15 episode will be a repeat of "Nicodemus."
IDW'S UNDERWORLD ADAPTATION
IDW Publishing on Friday released details about its adaptation of the Underworld movie, including announcing Nick Postic and Nick Marinkovich as artists.
As previously reported from Wizard World East earlier this month, writing the comic book adaptation is Kris Oprisko, who is noted for his work adapting the video game Resident Evil, as well as other entertainment properties, into comic books.
The Underworld movie adaptation will be a 48-page, prestige format one-shot, on sale in September with a cover price of $6.99. The movie hits theaters on Sept. 19.
Underworld re-imagines Vampires as a secretive clan of modern, aristocratic sophisticates whose mortal enemies are the Werewolves, a shrewd gang of street thugs who prowl the city's underbelly. The balance of power is upset when a beautiful young Vampire and a nascent Werewolf - deadly rivals for centuries - fall in love. Len Wiseman directs Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman in a "modern-day tale of deadly action, ruthless intrigue and forbidden love, all set against the backdrop of an ancient feud between the two tribes in a timeless, Gothic metropolis."
According to Jeff Mariotte, IDW editor-in-chief, "Underworld looks like a terrific movie, visually stunning and with some incredibly entertaining concepts behind it. It's a treat for comic storytellers to get to play in such a rich sandbox."
"We're very excited to be partnering with IDW for Underworld," said Al Ovadia, executive vice president, Sony Pictures Consumer Products.
"Their reputation for top quality comic books and graphic novels, both in terms of editorial content and production values, was a key reason why we chose them to develop the adaptation for this film."
TEEN TITANS ANIMATED UPDATE
The series premiere of Cartoon Network's Teen Titans, "Final Exam," will give viewers their first look at four villains.
The main villains in the episode are Gizmo, Mammoth and Jinx, members of Hive Academy who are trying to make an impression on Slade by taking out the Titans. (For descriptions of villains in Teen Titans, CLICK HERE.)
Lauren Tom does the voices of Jinx and Gizmo, Kevin Michael Richardson does the voice of Mammoth and Ron Perlman does the voice of Slade. Andrea Romano, the show's voice director, provides the voice of Hive Academy's headmistress.
"Final Exam," which airs on Saturday, July 19, is written by Rob Hoegee and is directed by Michael Chang.
Click on the thumbnails below for larger images from Gizmo, Jinx and Mammoth and look for more on the show very soon here in The Continuum.
Teen Titans' second episode, "Sisters," deals with Starfire's sister, Blackfire, who seems to click with all the Titans better than she does but possesses a secret of which they are unaware.
"Sisters" is written by Amy Wolfram and is directed by Alex Soto. Hynden Walch, who does the voice of Starfire, also provides the voice of Blackfire. Rino Romano, who starred in Spider-Man Unlimited, provides a guest voice.
Click on the image at the top of this story for a larger image from "Sisters."
NEIL GAIMAN TALKS 1602
Marvel Comics on Friday staged a press conference to release details about 1602, the mini-series written by Neil Gaiman.
Before the press conference, Marvel released the following introductory comment from Gaiman:
"1602 is an 8-issue mini, set in a Marvel Universe in which, for reasons which will take a while to uncover, the whole Marvel Universe is starting to occur 500 years early: Sir Nicholas Fury is head of the Queen's Intelligence, Dr Stephen Strange is her court physician (and magician), the Inquisition is torturing "witchbreed", many of whom have taken sanctuary in England under the wing of Carlos Javier, and now a mysterious treasure -- which may be a weapon of some kind -- is being sent from Jerusalem to England by the last of the Templars. Something that may save the world, or destroy it, which has already attracted the attention of such people as Count Otto Von Doom (known as "The Handsome")...
"It's a race against time in a world in which time is the enemy --
"It's not a What If or an Elseworlds. And it's really fun..."
The mini-series, which debuts on Aug. 13, has art by Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove and cardstock covers by Scott McKowen. The first issue is 40 pages, with all subsequent issues 32 pages.
During the press conference, Gaiman reiterated that profits from the book will go toward regaining the rights to Miracleman, he said that the mini-series grew from six issues to eight while he was working on the second issue and that he'll probably work on something with Marvel after 1602.
"I'm having a wonderful time," Gaiman said. "The joy of writing this stuff and seeing Andy draw it is really cool. It takes everything in interesting directions. It took us about an issue to get comfortable with each other. And once I saw what he could do I sort of wrote to let him let loose."
LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN UPDATE
With the Twentieth Century Fox film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen set to open on July 11, DC Comics is back to press for new printings of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 2 Bumper Compendium Edition Parts 3 and 4 and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 2 #5.
Both are scheduled to reach stores on July 16.
"We decided to go back to press after receiving input from a number of retailers, and we're happy to help stores take advantage of the movie's release," said Bob Wayne, DC's VP - sales and marketing. "The League's popularity continues to grow, and that popularity is sure to spread to non-comics readers when they see the movie."
These new printings are accompanied by the new, sixth printing of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen TP, with the same cover burst reading "Now a Major Motion Picture!" that appeared on the previous printing.
Look for more news on League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, including interviews with the film's stars, soon here in The Continuum.
The Graduation Day Compendium also includes eight story pages from Teen Titans #1 and the now-sold out Outsiders #1.
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