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Thursday, August 19, 2004
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED UPDATE
Fred Savage and Jason Hervey are brothers again this week. The two, who starred in the ABC coming-of-age series The Wonder Years, are paired again in Cartoon Network's Justice League Unlimited as Hawk and Dove.
The episode, approriately titled "Hawk and Dove," premieres Saturday at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on Cartoon Network.
Andrea Romano, voice director for Justice League Unlimited, explained how this unique casting took place.
"I had worked with Fred Savage for many years now," Romano told The Continuum. "I think he's just a terrific talent and a very good voiceover actor. And when we got the casting for this episode, the producers came to me, Bruce Timm, and said, 'Wouldn't it be fun to get Fred Savage and then have Jason Hervey to play his brother?' since they played brothers on The Wonder Years.
"Since I had a working relationship with Fred Savage, that was not a problem. That was really quite simple to call the agent and book him, and he's quite happy to do the work.
"Jason Hervey was a bit harder to track down. He doesn't live in Los Angeles anymore, somewhere out of state. We tracked him down and found his agent, who also happens to be his mother we came to find out, and broke it down and explained that it was a Justice League episode with two super-hero brothers, Hawk and Dove, and that we did have Fred Savage on board already. We asked if Jason would be willing to come into town and play the brother. After she spoke with him, she said he would be very enthusiastic to come in and play."
Romano, who prefers to voice record ensemble, was able to get Savage and Hervey in the studio at the same time for "Hawk and Dove."
"It was such a joy to see them together. I don't know how long it had been since they had physical contact," Romano said. "It was quite a lovely story to see them together."
The final voices weren't what you would expect. Savage provided the voice of Hawk, and Hervey did the voice of Dove.
"When I initially cast it and I spoke to the producers on how we were going to cast it, our first thought was to have Fred Savage play Don/Dove, the calmer, more peace-loving character, and have Jason play Hank/Hawk, the more aggressive of the two," Romano said. "Simply because that was the way they existed in The Wonder Years series; Jason's character was always the more aggressive, obnoxious character and Fred was the more agreeable guy.
"Once we did the rehearsal, basically strictly on how their voices printed, it didn't sound quite right. So just for the heck of it, we said, 'You know what, let's rehearse again, switching characters.' So we did. And it worked much better that way."
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DANGER GIRL TV UPDATE
The Danger Girl television series, intended for UPN, is essentially dead, creator J. Scott Campbell told The Continuum.
"The rights are back to us," said Campbell during a signing with co-creator Andy Hartnell at the DC Comics booth at Wizard World Chicago last weekend.
Producer Chuck Gordon and Adrian Askarieh were developing the show with writer Analisa LaBianco. There had been talk of pilot that would have aired this year.
"It never got to pilot stage. The TV people ultimately liked something else," Cambpell. "They did well to get it up the pole as far as they did."
"We both liked the script," Hartnell said.
Casting buzz on the project centered around Jessica Biel, who ultimately wound up playing Abigail Whistler in Blade: Trinity. She was being looked at as Abbey Chase, the series' lead character.
This isn't the first go-round the pair have had with Danger Girl in Hollywood. At one time, the property was optioned by New Line Cinema for a film.
Campbell and Hartnell are working on WildSiderz, a new series targeted to launch next summer from WildStorm Productions.
PUNISHER DVD DETAILS
The Continuum has obtained a look at The Punisher comic book that will be inserted into 10,000 copies of The Punisher DVD that hit stores on Sept. 7.
The 28-page mini-comic is written by Garth Ennis, with a cover illustration by Tim Bradstreet. The comic provides a background to the movie, adds depth and back-story to the Punisher character, leading readers into the first scene of the film.
The DVD, from Lions Game Home Entertainment, is presented in widescreen format. Bonus materials include: "War Journal," on-the-set of The Punisher featurette and the making of the film; "Army of One" featurette outlining the character's place within the Marvel Universe with an interview with Ennis; "Drawing Blood," an interview with artist Bradstreet that includes a showcase of his art for the Punisher; and "Keeping It Real," an in-depth look at the film's stunt work and a sneak peek trailer of the Punisher video game.
Deleted scenes, an audio commentary from writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh and a music video from Drowning Pool, "Step Up," are also included.
"The Punisher is one of Marvel's most beloved and popular comic book characters, but this film will generate wide appeal well beyond the stereotypical fan," said Steve Beeks, President, Lions Gate Entertainment, Inc. "It is a perfect example of the type of movie that has defined this category and is of interest to the masses -- a talented cast, explosive special effects and an interesting storyline that stays true to the character."
ADI GRANOV ON IRON MAN
Adi Granov, who has been providing covers for Iron Man, is the new regular artist of the book as it relaunches in November with Warren Ellis writing.
Granov is one of Marvel's "Young Gun" artists, relatively newcomers the company is pushing this year.
"I've wanted to do comics for a long time," Granov said.
"His art is very different and unique," Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada said.
As part of "Young Guns," Granov will also be providing the variant covers to New Avengers #5, featuring what Quesada called "mystery characters."
Marvel Comics has provided The Continuum with the above preview of Granov's art. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Saturday, Aug. 14, including Green Lantern news and other news from Wizard World Chicago, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Aug. 13, including J. Scott Campbell news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Aug. 12, including Dark Horse's solicitations for November, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Aug. 11, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Aug. 10, including Lady Death movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Aug. 9, including Sin City movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Aug. 7, including X-Men DVD news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Aug. 6, including Global Frequency TV news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Aug. 5, including Marvel Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Aug. 4, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Aug. 3, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Aug. 2, including Teen Titans animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, July 31, including Constantine movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, July 30, including The Batman animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, July 29, including Blade: Trinity news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, July 28, including Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, July 27, including an interview with the cast of the Fantastic Four movie, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, July 26, including Comic-Con International news, CLICK HERE.
* For Sunday, July 25, including Comic-Con International news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, July 24, including Marvel Comics' solicitiations for October, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, July 23, including Comic-Con International news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, July 22, including an interview with Catwoman screenwriter John Brancato, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, July 21, including Devil's Due solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, July 20, including Catwoman movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, July 19, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, July 17, including an interview with Catwoman star Halle Berry, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, July 16, including an interview with Catwoman star Sharon Stone, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, July 15, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, July 14, including Dark Horse's solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, July 13, including an interview with Catwoman star Benjamin Bratt, CLICK HERE.
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