The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
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Friday, July 4, 2003
LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN MOVIE UPDATE
20th Century Fox has provided The Continuum with images of the one-sheets featuring the primary cast members of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie.
The images include Sean Connery as Allan Quatermain, Shane West as Tom Sawyer, Stuart Townsend as Dorian Gary, Jason Flemyng as Dr. Jekyll, Peta Wilson as Mina Harker, Naseeruddin Shah as Captain Nemo and Tony Curran as Rodney Skinner. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.
In other League news:
* The interior for Nemo's ship, the Nautilus, was built in a converted former shipyard warehouse on the banks of the Vltava River. The massive set contained the submarine's bridge, opulent stateroom, captain's quarters, guest rooms, ice room, corridors, and rocket room.
Said production designer Carol Spier, "The Nautilus is Nemo's world, and we wanted to introduce Hindu elements to establish a certain symbolism and spirituality to his enigmatic character. Nemo is a highly principled man, reflected in the vessel's orderly, harmonic appearance."
Naseeruddin Shah said of his character's submarine, "It's like the Taj Mahal underwater, beautifully white and mysterious, self_sufficient, and opulent beyond words. Throughout the ship are elaborate carvings and beautiful appointments, and Nemo is very proud of both its beauty and power. It is itself a character in the film."
* Connery will be a guest on the syndicated Live with Regis and Kelly on Monday.
MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Fantastic Four #500, Spectacular Spider-Man #1, Wolverine: Snikt! #3, Emma Frost #1, Incredible Hulk #57, Iron Man #70, The Punisher #29, Kingpin #2 and Trouble #1.
JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED UPDATE
Cartoon Network has provided The Continuum with three new promotional images from Justice League.
Producer Rich Fogel said Superman's power level is addressed in the second season, and "Twilight" will be a good example of that.
"You won't be saying, 'Superman's a wimp,'" Fogel said.
"Twilight" also puts the spotlight on George Newbern, who took over the voice of Superman from Tim Daly for Justice League.
"I've done some movies and television and some voiceover work, but this is the first thing that has lasted for two years so far," Newbern said. "It's been a fantastic job. You get to go work with a hair net and pimples on your face, and no one cares. And we've had some really amazing guests."
"Twilight" kicks off the second season of Justice League, although other new episodes of the show aren't scheduled through August.
In other Justice League news:
* Fogel on returning villains in the second season: "You see a lot of those villains coming back. But they're coming back for different purposes."
* Justice League producer Bruce Timm is also listed as a producer for Teen Titans.
* Look for more on Justice League very soon here in The Continuum.
HIP FLASK: ELEPHANTMEN PREVIEW
Comicraft's publishing arm, Active Images, has released six preview pages from Hip Flask: Elephantmen, which hits stores July 16.
The story of Hip Flask is set in the world of the 23rd century. Hieronymous "Hip" Flask is a human/hippo hybrid, one of the survivors of a series of genetic engineering experiments conducted by the sinister MAPPO organization at a secret facility deep in the heart of Africa. Led by Doctor Kazushi Nikken, MAPPO sponsored the creation of human/African animal hybrids with the intention of breeding a race of suprahuman biological weapons they could sell to the highest bidder. After the emancipation of Flask -- and hundreds more creatures like him - by a UN coalition, they are rehabilitated and allowed to live peacefully in the world of man which dismisses them as "Elephantmen."
Elephantmen, by Richard Starkings, Joe Casey and Ladronn, picks up the story begun in Hip Flask: Unnatural Selection and establishes the key players of the epic The Big Here & The Long Now that will follow these two prologue stories. Set in the city of Los Angeles, circa 2262, Elephantmen reintroduces Hip Flask and reveals the world he now lives in, and how he and the rest of the Elephantmen are being treated twenty years after being released from captivity.
Hip now works for a government bureau known as The Information Agency. The young and lovely and very human Vanity Case is Hip's fellow Information Agent, a rookie who has been partnered with Hip because no one else wants the job; Obadiah Horn is a human/rhino hybrid who seems to have overcome the obstacles and prejudices presented to the Elephantmen by man and has established himself as an enormously wealthy and successful trader. Horn enjoys the support and devotion of the beautiful Sahara.
Elephantmen also introduces readers to Serengheti, a rival trader whose envy of Horn's success is matched only by his hatred for all the Elephantmen, and The Silencer, a former MAPPO employee who somehow escaped judgment for the part he played in the corruption and abuse of Hip Flask and his kind.
DC COMICS' JIM LEE CONTEST
DC Comics is giving away a version of the cover art to Batman #616 by Jim Lee.
Visitors to DCComics.com will have the chance to the win Lee's original, unused pencils to this cover in the "Who is Hush?" contest.
To enter the contest, go to DCComics.com now and guess the correct identity of Hush. If your answer is right, you will be automatically entered for a chance to win this never-before-seen artwork. The correct answer will be revealed at a later date.
"We wanted to do something special to wrap up the 'Hush' storyline," Lee said. "Since fans are so divided over who they think Hush really is, Jeph (Loeb, Batman writer) and I thought it would be cool for readers to see if they could outsmart Batman and figure it out on their own."
Said Loeb, "Jim and I have tried to make 'Hush' as challenging for readers as it has been for Batman, but I can honestly say that a few keen folks have figured out the mystery - or at least part of it. Here's a chance to cast your ballot and get a shot at some truly awesome prizes. My single regret? I can't vote! I'd love that Jim Lee cover!"
"This piece of artwork was chosen for the grand prize since it's a special, one-of-a-kind original drawing that was never used," Lee said. "It was supposed to be the cover to Batman #616, but I decided to redraw it with different shadows and lighting. I'd rather make one lucky reader very happy than let this piece go to waste."
Go to DCComics.com for the official rules.
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