Monday, July 19, 2004
BRYAN SINGER ON SUPERMAN
Bryan Singer, director of the first two X-Men movies, has signed on to direct the new Superman movie for Warner Bros., the studio has told The Continuum.
"My interest in Superman dates back many, many years," Singer said. "In fact, it was the Richard Donner classic film that was my day-to-day inspiration in shaping the X-Men universe for the screen. I feel that Superman has been late in his return and it is time for him to fly again."
Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty, screenwriters on X2, are expected to help Singer develop the film's story.
Singer's Superman gig puts his involvement in the X-Men franchise in doubt. Although he has a deal at Fox, he had not signed for a third X-installment. Singer also has Logan's Run in development at Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. is expected to release a full announcement on Singer's involvement later on Monday.
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED UPDATE
Cartoon Network continues to promote the upcoming Justice League Unlimited, with commercials recently featuring images from the first few episodes.
The images include Supergirl and Green Arrow from "Initiation," Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman from the adaptation of Alan Moore's "For the Man Who Has Everything" and Hawk and Dove from "Hawk and Dove."
Click on the thumbnails for larger images.
In other Justice League news, voice actors Kevin Conroy (Batman), Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman), Phil LaMarr (Green Lantern), George Newbern (Superman) and Nicholle Tom (Supergirl) from Justice League and Scott Menville (Robin) and Tara Strong (Raven) from Teen Titans will be appearing at Comic-Con International in San Diego this weekend.
They will be signing at the Wonderful World of Animation Art gallery from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
SAN DIEGO EXCLUSIVES
* Top Cow is producing three variants for the show attendees: Wanted #4 San Diego variant, featuring new cover art by Marc Silvestri; Witchblade #76 sketch cover variant, featuring a combo sketch cover by co-creator Marc Silvestri and new Witchblade penciller Michael Choi (limited to 100 copies); and Witchblade #1 sketch variant, featuring a new cover to Witchblade #1 by Tyler Kirkham (limited to 1,000 copies).
Top Cow will also be offering the Proximity Effect graphic novel. The first 200 to purchase it at the booth get a free Proxmity Effect CD and a free Jones Soda Proximity Effect edition bottle.
Lithographs by Silvestri, Michael Turner, Eric Basaldua, Dale Keown, Adam Hughes and others will be available.
* Viper Comics will have Comic-Con exclusive covers for two new titles, Daisy Kutter #1 and Dead@17: Rough Cut #1. The exclusive editions, limited to 500 copies, as well as regular editions, will be available before they hit retail stores.
* Devil's Due will have such specials as G.I Joe vs. The Transformers Vol. 2: Preview Book; Army of Darkness: Special foil stamped versions of the issue #1 covers; G.I. Joe: Cobra Reborn: Talent Caldwell limited edition mini-poster; G.I. Joe: Tim Seeley Sketchbook; Street Fighter Summer Special from Udon Studios; Ice Special and 5 limited posters, including Mega City 909 from Korean superstars, Studio Ice; and LeSean Thomas' Cannon Busters #0.
At its panel on on Saturday, Devil's Due will have details about Aftermath, its new super-hero imprint, including writers Ron Marz, Marv Wolfman and Joe Casey, and what Mark Waid is doing on Voltron.
* O-P-P will debut the first 48-page issue of Periphery, featuring work by Steve Niles, Brian Horton, Mark Fearing, Richard Raleigh and Omaha Perez. There will also be a preview of Fearingšs Cenozoic and signed copies of Bodhisattva by Perez and Raleigh.
* Among the IDW Publishing convention exclusives will be Comic-Con Exclusive: CSI: MiamiThou Shalt Not... Emily Procter variant cover, 2004 Con Exclusive: The Shield: Spotlight #1 super rare variant cover B, 2004 Con Special: Wake the Dead #1 variant cover by Ben Templesmith, 2004 Con Special: Dark Days #1 variant cover signed by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith. IDW has had its file copies of 30 Days of Night #1 graded by CGC and will be offering them for sale at the con.
*At Arcana Studio's booth, Greg Horn will be signing the metallic Ezra #1 which is limited to 500 books. Mario Gully will be signing books, including a convention sketch cover for the sold-out Ant #1. Arcana will be releasing its new line of Ultraprints (12" x 18" 3 mil Xerographic film). Each Ultraprint is limited to 100 and comes with a certificate of authenticity and all artists will be available to sign them.
* At Oni Press' booth Steve Rolston will be selling his exclusive Lost Souls in Love mini-comic, as well as Electrogeish T-shirts featuring brand new Rolston art and a limited edition Rocky Horror Pun Rock Show CD featuring new cover art.
Ande Parks will have an exclusive Union Station print, limited to 100, and Blue Monday's Chynna Clugston-Major will have "top-secret" items.
Oni will have a new preview Ashcan with sneak peeks at projects from Sam Kieth, J. Torres, Antony Johnston, Neal Shaffer and Jeremy Love.
* At the Lost in the Dark Press booth, Video creator Stephen R. Buell will be signing copies of Video #1. Every copy sold will receive a free original sketch by Buell, as well. Lost in the Dark will also be selling its new black T-shirts, emblazoned in white with their slogan, "Shoot your TV; Read Comics."
* At Beyond Time Comics' booth, Black Tiger: Legacy of Fury #3 will debut, with creator/writer John Hervey signing.
* At The Astonish Factory's booth, copies of the video game City of Heroes will be given away with purchases of $50 or more. Supplies are limited, and fans will be rewarded on a first-come-first-served basis. An exclusive City of Heroes poster featuring art by Mike Kunkel, Scott Sava and Scott Kurtz will be given away for free.
Kunkel and Randy Heuser will unveil a Comic-Con edition of their children's book, The Land of Sokmunster. This limited edition features a blank, white cover -- the perfect cover for getting sketches by and signatures of the creators who take readers and 10-year-old Sam on a journey to the land of the socks and the evil Moth King.
Also available are a Herobear and the kid poster celebrating its fifth anniversary; four special-edition versions of Sava's The Dreamland Chronicles with covers by Sava, Kunkel, Mike Wieringo and Dean Yeagle; and two books, The Lab: Hey ... Thest THIS! by Sava and Spooner: Love is Strange by Ted Dawson.
* KCQ Comics will be in the Small Press Pavilion and will have Crossings #2 available.
SPIDER-MAN 2 UPDATE
Spider-Man 2 went over the $300 million mark over the weekend, pulling in $24.2 million to push its domestic total to $301.7 million.
The film slipped to second at the box office, trailing I, Robot, which opened with $53.3. million.
The sequel remains on a pace to challenge the $403.1 total box office of the original Spider-Man in 2002.
In other Spider-Man 2 news:
* Spider-Man 2: The IMAX Experience opens in select IMAX Theaters on Friday. Screens will be up to 8 stories high, surrounded by 12,000 watts of digital sound.
"When you have a movie like Spider-Man 2, it makes sense to offer audiences an opportunity to experience the film in this incredible format," said Jeff Blake, Vice Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution.
Tempest, the latest creation from the Paperfilms writing team of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, has been optioned for development by Double Nickel Entertainment and Catch 23 Entertainment.
Described as "a blending of horror, romance and action," Tempest focuses on a small group of men and women who become aware of a supernatural phenomenon operating in their small town. Tempest, in the early stages of development by Paperfilms for a graphic novel, was pre-empted by Double Nickel in its pre-publication state.
Feature and television writer Richard Kletter will write the screenplay for Double Nickel.
Film and television production company Double Nickel is headed by Jenette Kahn, former longtime President and Editor-in-Chief of DC Comics, and Adam Richman, former Senior Vice President of Production and Development for Motion Picture Corporation of America.
"With Tempest, we knew right away we had something extraordinary and different from anything on the market and with the great folks at Double Nickel behind us, we were certain we had something special," Palmiotti said. "It's a franchise in the making that will catch audiences totally unprepared and really make them care about what they are seeing, for a change."
"Tempest has been a labor of love since its inception, mixing several genres in new and exciting ways," Gray said, "and we're thrilled to see it head toward the big screen."
"Once we spoke with Eidos and realized they were changing Lara Croft up quite a bit it seemed a prudent course to wrap up what we're doing now and prepare for the newer version sometime late next year," said Top Cow President Matt Hawkins.
Once Tomb Raider #50 has shipped, Top Cow still plans to release various Tomb Raider specials and one-shots before Volume 2 starts up again with the redesigned character. Top Cow will continue to produce new trade paperbacks of existing storylines and keep the issues in print.
The story focuses on two kids who stumble upon a device invented by an eccentric scientist that enables them to be transported into great works of fiction. The kids embark on a series of spectacular adventures only to realize that someone else is changing the outcome of these classic books and thus altering real-world history. The kids must locate the reluctant inventor and team with him to stop the villain before he goes too far.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Tuesday, July 13, including an interview with Catwoman star Benjamin Bratt, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, July 12, including DC Comics' solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, July 10, including Catwoman movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, July 9, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, July 8, including Teen Titans news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, July 7, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, July 6, including Jessica Biel talking about Blade: Trinity, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, July 5, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, July 3, including X-Men movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, July 2, including Elektra movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, July 1, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, June 30, including an interview with Spider-Man 2 producer Avi Arad, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, June 29, including an interview with Spider-Man 2 star Tobey Maguire, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, June 28, including Blade Trinity news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, June 26, including UDON/Capcom news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, June 25, including an interview with Spider-Man 2's Kirsten Dunst, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, June 24, including Justice League news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, June 23, including Image Comics' solicitations for September, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, June 22, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, June 21, including Dark Horse solicitations for September, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, June 19, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, June 18, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, June 17, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, June 16, including Marvel's solicitations for September, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, June 15, including an inteview with Spider-Man 2's Alfred Molina, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, June 14, including DC Comics' solicitations for September, CLICK HERE.
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