Friday, January 23, 2004
HULK MOVIE UPDATE
Kevin Feige of Marvel Studios told The Continuum that he expects The Hulk film franchise to continue.
"I think The Hulk is extremely important to Marvel, obviously, one of the biggest and most well-known characters and I think he'll have a future on the screen," Feige told The Continuum. "And I think most likely that future will be a sequel at Universal.
"We've got a meeting in the next week or two with a very talented writer who's come up with a version that is interesting. We're anxious about it, and think there are amazing stories to come with Bruce Banner."
Feige said it's too early in the process to talk about potential filmmakers for the sequel. Hulk 2 figures to have more action than the first film, however.
"We explored a lot of very important core elements about the Hulk's character and Bruce Banner's character in that first movie, elements that are key from the comic and elements that, whether people realize it or not, came directly out of the comic," Feige said.
"But I think with the sequel we'll explore other elements of his character from the comics that people love and remember. We want to continue to take it very seriously and continue to follow his inner psyche, but at the same time allow us in the audience to have a little more fun, a little more action, a little more of the 'Hulk smash.'"
Look for more from The Continuum's visit to Marvel Studios here on Saturday.
BLADE: TRINITY UPDATE
New Line Cinema has released the first three publicity photos from Blade: Trinity, the third movie in the franchise featuring Marvel Comics' vampire hunter.
Here's how New Line describes the movie:
"Wesley Snipes returns as the day-walking vampire hunter in the explosive third and final film in the Blade franchise, Blade: Trinity. When the Vampire Nation hatches a plan to frame Blade in a series of brutal killings, he must join forces with the Nightstalkers, a clan of human vampire hunters, in an extreme battle in which the trail of blood leads directly to the notorious vampire legend, Dracula.
"Written and directed by David S. Goyer, Blade: Trinity also stars Jessica Biel as Abigail, the daughter of Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), who inherits the vampire-slaying duties that once belonged to Blade; and Ryan Reynolds (National Lampoon's Van Wilder) as Hannibal King, one of the Nightstalkers."
The film is being shot in Vancouver, British Columbia.
"We're seeing the dailies and they look very good," Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige told The Continuum.
Click on the images for larger and fuller images.
DEVIL'S DUE, DREAMWAVE FIRST LOOKS
For covers and five-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.
Titles include G.I. Joe: Cobra Reborn from Devil's Due Publishing and Devil May Cry #1 from Dreamwave Productions.
THE SON OF THE MASK
New Line Cinema has announced an Oct. 15 release for The Son of the Mask, the sequel to the Dark Horse-based film.
Here's how the studio describes the film:
"In the sequel to the 1994 hit, the Mask of Loki finds its way into the hands of aspiring cartoonist Tim Avery's (Jamie Kennedy) infant son. As the power of the Mask transforms him, the unthinkable becomes not only possible, but mind-bogglingly real. Son of the Mask is directed by Lawrence Guterman, who helmed the acclaimed visual effects hit, Cats & Dogs. The film also stars Alan Cumming. The screenplay is by Tom Gammill, Lance Khazei, Rob McKittrick and Max Prost. Erica Huggins and Scott Kroopf are the producers."
New Line has also released the first publicity image of the film, Alan Cumming as Loki. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.
STATIC SHOCK UPDATE
Pop group B2K will be appearing on Kids' WB!'s Static Shock this season, it was announced at The WB Winter Press Tour.
The group follows such real-life guest-stars as Shaquille O'Neal, Lil' Romeo and AJ McLean.
In other Static news, above is a photo from a recording session from the show last week in Sherman Oaks, Calif., led by voice director Andrea Romano.
Look for more from The Continuum's visit to Warner Bros. Animation soon.
SAVAGE DRAGON 100-PAGER
Image Comics on Thursday announced that Savage Dragon #115 will be expanding from 80 pages to 100 pages.
"This one got away from me," Savage Dragon creator Erik Larsen said. "When it came to wrapping up the current Vicious Circle saga, a 22-page lead feature simply didn't allow me enough room to tell the story the way I wanted."
Written, penciled and inked by Larsen, with color by Bill Crabtree and a Freak Force story by Larsen, artist Mark Englert and colorist Dash Martin, Savage Dargon #115 was originally solicited as an 80-page issue that concluded the "Vicious Circle Rising" arc. Because of other special features in the book, though, the lead feature was only allotted the standard 22 pages.
"Leave it to me to run out of room in an 80-page comic book," Larsen laughed. "But there were so many changes. So many events and deaths that having the story confined to 22 pages was just too limiting. I needed the room to pull off the epic conclusion the story demanded."
Here's how Image describes the issue:
"As the new head of the Vicious Circle takes control, Dragon brings all his allies, past and present, together for one final battle in an attempt to put an end to the nefarious Vicious Circle once and for all."
Larsen promised major changes as a result of the clash: "The death toll is high, the body count impressive."
Savage Dragon #115 also features an all-new Freak Force adventure, reuniting the characters from the mid-'90s Savage Dragon spin-off, but with a surprise twist. The issue also includes the seventh installment of the 10-part Mighty Man serial "The Never-Ending War Against Evil," along with Larsen's six-page contribution to the CBLDF fund-raiser, More Fund Comics, seen in color for the first time.
Savage Dragon #115 will cost $7.95 and will go on sale in April.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Saturday, Jan. 17, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Jan. 16, including Dark Horse solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Jan. 15, including Elektra movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Jan. 14, including Image Comics' solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Jan. 13, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Jan. 12, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Jan. 11, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Jan. 10, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Jan. 9, including a feature on Image Comics' Patient Zero, as well as Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Jan. 8, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Jan. 6, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Jan. 5, including Mutant X, Smallville and Justice League news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Jan. 3, including Transformers news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Jan. 2, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Jan. 1, including Mutant X news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Dec. 31, including Static Shock news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Dec. 30, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Dec. 29, including Catwoman movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Dec. 27, including X-Men movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Dec. 26, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Dec. 25, including Marvel Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Dec. 24, including IDW Publishing's solicitations for March, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Dec. 23, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Dec. 22, including Marvel Comics' solicitations for March, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Dec. 20, including Mutant X news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Dec. 19, including CrossGen solicitations for March, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Dec. 18, including New X-Men news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Dec. 17, including Image Comics solicitations, CLICK HERE.
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