Tuesday, November 25, 2003
X-MEN MOVIE FRANCHISE: BEHIND THE SCENES
With the release of X2 on DVD on Tuesday, The Continuum presents excerpts from a recent convention panel attended by writers David Hayter and Michael Dougherty and director Bryan Singer.
Find out the original movie plans for Beast, Angel and the Sentinels, and why they were scrapped, as well as how close Wolverine came to wearing his garb from the comics.
For part one of a two-part report, CLICK HERE, and look for part two on Wednesday.
SPIDER-MAN 2 MOVIE UPDATE
NECA again will be providing licensed products from the Spider-Man franchise. Randy Falk, director of product development, told The Continuum the company has secured Spider-Man 2 rights.
"We haven't shown anything yet," Falk told The Continuum last weekend at Wizard World Texas. "We'll debut product from the film in February."
Falk provided The Continuum an unofficial list of likely products, including bobbleheads, cookie jars, snow globes, lava lamps, lunch boxes and shot glasses.
"I think the sequel is going to be huge," Falk said. "I have complete faith in (director) Sam Raimi after the first film."
Falk said NECA will likely be producing merchandise for The Punisher movie.
"We'll probably be pretty involved with whatever Marvel is doing," Falk said.
In other Spider-Man movie news:
* Sources have told The Continuum that the first trailer will "likely" be shown before The Lord of The Rings: Return of the King. Fighting scenes between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus are said to be "phenomenal."
* More than 35 Spidey suits were made for the second film. The costume is tweaked slightly from the first movie, probably most noticable in the spider logos on the front and back.
* HBO will show Spider-Man again in January. Air dates and times include Thursday, Jan. 1 at 9 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 3 p.m. and midnight; Saturday, Jan. 10 at noon; Monday, Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.; and Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 12:45 p.m.
MICHAEL CAINE IN BATMAN MOVIE?
Both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported Tuesday that Michael Caine might be playing Alfred in the new Batman movie.
Caine would join Christian Bale, who's playing Bruce Wayne/Batman, in the Warner Bros. film.
Michael Gough had played Alfred in the four previous Batman films.
Production on the film, directed by Christopher Nolan and written by David Goyer, is expected to begin this spring.
PAUL DINI PREVIEWS JUSTICE LEAGUE
At a panel devoted to him at Wizard World Texas last weekend, Paul Dini previewed "Comfort and Joy," the Christmas-themed episode of Justice League written by him and scheduled to air Saturday, Dec. 13 on Cartoon Network.
"It was fun to do," Dini said after showing the episode. "It's a one-off, not the normal two-parter. It's interesting to see what they're like when they not off saving the Earth."
For more news on the panel, including more on the Justice League, a new Batman animated movie and collaborations with Alex Ross, CLICK HERE
TEEN TITANS UPDATE
Kids' WB! on Monday announced it will air Teen Titans weekdays for one week starting on Monday, Dec. 8. All episodes will air at 3 p.m. (ET).
Following is a rundown of the weekday episodes:
"Divide and Conquer" on Monday, Dec. 8; "Sisters" on Tuesday, Dec. 9; "Masks" on Wednesday, Dec. 10; "Mad Mod" on Thursday, Dec. 11; and "Car Trouble" on Friday, Dec. 12.
The Saturday, Dec. 13 episode of Teen Titans will be "Final Exam."
For a complete rundown of the network's schedule for the week, CLICK HERE.
Look for more Teen Titans news on Wednesday here in The Continuum.
MIKE PLOOG ON ABADAZAD
CrossGen Entertainment on Monday announced that Abadazad #1 -- originally scheduled to contain only a handful of pages of art by Mike Ploog -- will now feature 31 pages penciled by the artist.
After many years in Hollywood as a designer and storyboard artist on films such as Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, Ploog is returning to comic books to pencil Abadazad, a new fantasy series tailor-made for his mastery of the incredible and the macabre. Created and written by writer J.M. DeMatteis, Abadazad tells the adventures of Kate, a troubled teenaged girl riddled with guilt over the shocking disappearance of her younger brother. Given a glimmer of hope that he may still be alive, Kate must undergo terrifying trials in a bizarre and surreal world she thought only existed in her brother's favorite novels.
"J.M.'s wonderful story has all the ingredients of a 21st Century classic: magic, mystery, and suspense," Ploog said. "Abadazad works on many different levels as J.M. cleverly moves the action along in an amazingly brisk and entertaining manner. That leaves me with the foreboding task of bringing his rich characters to life. Fortunately, J.M. is very articulate and we've formed an exciting partnership."
"More Ploog is never a bad thing," DeMatteis said. "And having seen some of Mike's gorgeous, textured pencil-work for the first issue, I am delighted beyond words that Abadazad is now -- to paraphrase the radio DJ's of my childhood -- All Ploog, All The Time."
Click on the thumbnails above for larger looks at Ploog's art.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Thursday, Nov. 20, including Image Comics' solicitations for February, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Nov. 19, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Nov. 18, including DC Comics' solicitations for February, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Nov. 17, including Astro Boy news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Nov. 15, including Wonder Woman news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Nov. 14, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Nov. 13, including Image Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Nov. 12, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Nov. 11, including Tomb Raider news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Nov. 10, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Nov. 8, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Nov. 7, including Dark Horse solicitations, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Nov. 6, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Nov. 5, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Nov. 4, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Nov. 3, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Sunday, Nov. 2, including the DC panel at Las Vegas, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Nov. 1, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Oct. 31, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Oct. 30, including IDW news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Oct. 29, including Marvel Comics movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Oct. 28, including Marvel Comics movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Oct. 27, including Marvel Comics solicitations, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Oct. 25, including Image Comics solicitations, CLICK HERE.
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