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Wednesday, July 23, 2003
HELLBOY MOVIE UPDATE
The Hellboy movie was part of Sony's presentation last Saturday at Comic-Con International. Although writer/director Guillermo del Toro and star Ron Perlman were still filming and could not make a return appearance, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola returned from Prague in time for the convention.
After a behind-the-scenes preview, Mignola fielded questions from the audience. For an edited transcript of the question-and-answer sessison, along with Hellboy movie images from Dark Horse's booth, CLICK HERE.
DEATHLOK GETS DIRECTOR
Lee Tamahori, who directed the latest James Bond movie Die Another Day, has been attached to direct the Deathlok live-action movie.
"We've got quite a director," said Avi Arad of Marvel Studios, which is producing with Paramount Picturees and Crystal Sky Productions.
Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner wrote the script, which features a suburban family man who is unwittingly made a test subject for technology research that turns him into a living computer.
Tamahori previously directed Along Came a Spider for Paramount.
GREEN LANTERN ON DUCK DODGERS
An upcoming episode of Cartoon Network's new Duck Dodgers animated series will be a spoof on Green Lantern called "Green Loontern."
A scene from the episode was screened over the weekend at Comic-Con International as Duck Dodgers puts on a Green Lantern ring and discovers its powers.
"We talked to DC about doing the crossover and they asked which Green Lantern we wanted to use and we said, 'All of them,'" said Duck Dodgers writer/director Tony Cervone. "So everyone is in it.
"It's going to be a freeze-frame show because we did go crazy with this stuff."
The voice of the Hal Jordan Green Lantern will be voiced by filmmaker Kevin Smith.
The cast of Duck Dodgers includes Joe Alaskey as Duck Dodgers and Bob Bergen as Space Cadet. Tia Carrere will perform the voice of the Martian Queen, and Michael Dorn does the voices of the Martian Centurian Robots.
Tom Jones is teaming with The Flaming Lips on the opening theme song.
Duck Dodgers will premiere on Saturday, Aug 23 at 11:30 a.m.
JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED UPDATE
The line also will include Flash, Wonder Woman, Superman, Green Lantern and Batman, as well as deluxe versions of Batman and Superman. Each figure comes with a lenticular accessory that shows the character's mission.
Ten-inch versions of Batman, Superman and Flash are now in stores, with Green Lantern next and Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter to follow in a rolling mix starting in December.
This spring, Mattel will release Green Lantern, Flash and Batman with motorcycles. There is also a line of Matchbox cars with Justice League characters.
A Mattel representative said the Justice League toys have sold "extremely well" and that Flash has been a surprisingly successful character.
Click on the images for larger images and look for more Justice League news this week here in The Continuum.
In related news, the representative told The Continuum that there will not be a Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman toy line, as previously reported. What's happening is that the Batman toys will be used to promote the film.
CROSSGEN, FUTURE FIRST LOOKS
For covers and three- to five-page previews of upcoming titles from CrossGen Entertainment and Future Comics, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Crux #28, The Crossovers #7 and Peacekeeper #1.
KOMIKWERKS TEAMS WITH CIRCLE OF CONFUSION
Komikwerks, a leader in digital distribution of creator-owned comics, and Circle of Confusion, a management and production company, have announced a strategic alliance to manage, co-produce and develop comic-book properties to film, TV, video games.
Circle of Confusion manages such diverse talent as the Wachowski Bros., the Reign of Fire writers Gregg Chabot and Kevin Peterka, and comic-book creator Brian Michael Bendis.
Under the terms, Circle of Confusion will represent Komikwerks and its contributors in a management capacity, as well as a producing partner on some selected ventures.
"Circle of Confusion has an impressive roster of clients, and a track record of working with great comic talent; it's an honor to be working with them," said Komikwerks co-founder Shannon Denton.
"This arrangement continues to extend our original goal as a publisher, which is to allow independent creators access to resources that are usually only available to the larger publishers. We're thrilled about this partnership," said Komikwerks co-founder Patrick Coyle.
Most recently Komikwerks announced a strategic partnership with ibooks, which gives Komikwerks access to graphic novel titles with a roster of talent that includes Jim Steranko, Harvey Kurtzman, Ray Bradbury, Douglas Adams, Matt Wagner, Dean Motter , Mike Mignola, Dave Gibbons and Moebius.
EDITOR'S NOTE: COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL
Comic-Con International ended on Sunday, but The Continuum's coverage continues on Monday and throughout the week with more than 30 stories and interviews to come.
Here are some previous stories in case you missed them over the weekend.
* For stories from Preview Night, including an interview with Mike Mignola about the Hellboy movie, CLICK HERE.
* For the CrossGen Comics panel, CLICK HERE.
* For the WildStorm Productions panel, CLICK HERE.
* For a look at the Hellboy movie trading cards, CLICK HERE.
* For a look at the Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman movie, CLICK HERE.
* For DC Comics' Batman panel, CLICK HERE.
* For DC Comics' Vertigo panel, CLICK HERE.
* For the Spider-Man sequel panel, including a first look at Doc Ock, CLICK HERE.
* For comments from Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry about appearing in a third X-Men movie, CLICK HERE.
* For the Smallville panel, CLICK HERE.
* For an interview with Spider-Man 2 producer Avi Arad, CLICK HERE.
* For DC Comics' super teams panel, CLICK HERE.
* For Phil LaMarr talking about the Static Shock/Green Lantern team-up, CLICK HERE.
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