Comics2Film Wrap for April 16th, 2003

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Comics2Film Wrap for April 16th, 2003


“X2” director Bryan Singer told SCI
FI Wire
that the new Marvel movie is the film the original should have been.
“X-Men,” as well received as it was, presented a learning curve for
the directors and actors, even as the story was burdened with laying down the
foundation of the mutant universe. All that should pay off in the sequel.

“There were limitations, financial limitations, scheduling limitations.
And yet I couldn’t have made ‘X2’ without having made the first ‘X-Men’
picture,” Singer told SCI FI. “So this is definitely the movie that I
would have, could have, should have made. Yet it does take off from where the
other one left off, and I don’t think it could have been made had I not had the
first experience.”



Although German director Oliver Hirschbiegel was once under consideration for
the job of directing “Blade III,” Variety
now reports that he’s attached to a conflicting project.

Hirschbiegel will instead helm “Der Untergang — Hitler und das Ende des
3. Reichs” (“The Downfall — Hitler and the End of the Third
Reich”) for Constantin Films. That project is set to roll in August of this

“Blade III” writer and producer David Goyer previously
told C2F/CBR News
that the Marvel movie could be shooting as early as
September of this year, which would now make Hirschbiegel’s participation



Although it’s a project that’s been discussed for years, filmmaking giant
James Cameron told Hot Dog magazine that he still plans on making a big screen
version of “Battle Angel Alita.” Cameron (whose comments were
reprinted by
says “Battle Angel” will be a movie that he directs, but it may not be
the next movie he directs.

“The issue is will it be the next film, or will it be the one after the
next film? That’s really all there is to it at this point,” Cameron is
quoted as saying. “We’ve done a
tremendous amount of design for the film, we’re fine-tuning the script, it’s
just a matter of time.”



Film Roman, Inc., the makers of animated fare like “The Simpsons”
and “X-Men: Evolution” announced yesterday that the ShowTime cable net
has ordered up seven episodes of an animated series based on Brett Merhar’s
comic strip, “Free For All.”

The show will be presented in Hi-Definition. The show will present a blend of
hand-drawn animation, as well as 2D and 3D computer animation.

Film Roman’s president and CEO John Hyde, commented, “We have hit
another milestone in animation by devising new methodology to enable affordable
top quality production to take place right here under our roof.”

“The day has finally arrived where we can combine the talents of
traditional animators with the vast array of software solutions now available to
create top quality animated shows within the financial conditions of the current
marketplace,” says Mindi Lipschultz, line producer for “Free For

The cast of the show includes Jonathan Silverman (“Weekend at
Bernie’s”) who will voice Johnny who still lives with his parents and
attends a pseudo-community college. Juliette Lewis (“Old School”) has
been tapped to play Paula, Johnny’s unattainable love interest, and Brett Merhar
will voice the character of Clay, who is enjoying his millions won in a
frivolous lawsuit from a fast-food restaurant. The series will also boast the
talents of Mitzi McCall (“Ice Age”) and Sam McMurray (“Sunshine

“Free For All” is co-written and executive produced by Merriwether
Williams (“Spongebob Squarepants,” “Wonder Twins”). Brett
Merhar, creator of the comic strip, will also serve as co-writer and executive

“Free For All” is slated to air on ShowTime this summer.



From a press release: 

April 21, 2003, seven of the world’s most popular, fearless
crime-fighting Super Heroes — Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern,
Flash, Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl — will leap off the pages of DC Comics
and burst out of the TV screen for a power-packed kids’ promotion at
participating Burger King restaurants nationwide. DC Comics’ Justice League
Super Heroes are bounding into Burger King Big Kids’ Meals in the form of eight
action toys.

“These Super Heroes appeal both to kids who have come to know and love
the Justice League cartoon as well as parents who grew up admiring these popular
characters,” said Craig Braasch, vice president, global advertising and
promotions, Burger King Corporation. “These eight action-based toys inside
our Kids Meals, as well as the mini-comic books, will give our young customers
hours of enjoyment.”

Power-Packed Fun: About The Toys

Each toy features a Justice League crime fighter showcasing their unique
powers in a display of Super Hero prowess. The promotion runs for five weeks,
during which time kids can collect all eight toys as well as accompanying 12-
page mini comic books. Each comic book features storylines inspired by each
toy’s activity and will be the one of the largest per custom-comic project print
runs ever published!

“We are extremely excited to bring these well-loved and empowering Super
Heroes to Burger King restaurants,” said Joel Ehrlich, Senior Vice
President of Advertising and Promotions for Warner Bros. Consumer Products and
DC Comics. “We are certain that this supreme team of Justice League members
will provide the same fun and excitement they have offered for decades to the
kids of today at Burger King restaurants.”

Blast Off With New Spicy Catsup Dipping Sauce

The Justice League superheroes will burst into Burger King restaurants with an
exciting, new “Power Blast” spicy Catsup Dipping Sauce. Kids can have
a “blast” with dipping one of the most popular items on the Burger King
Big Kids menu, Chicken Tenders, in fun star and lightning bolt shapes.

Catsup is the #1 kids condiment and the new “Power Blast” spicy Catsup
Dipping Sauce brings catsup into a whole new realm! Kids will love to dip their Chicken Tenders
into this new dipping sauce with a “powerful,” tangy kick. “We
know that kids like to ‘have it their way’ with unique, fun food presented in
imaginative ways,” said Braasch. “Kids can order their old favorites
at Burger King, like Chicken Tenders, in cool shapes and dip them into new
catsup with a spicy twist.”

Super-powered Online Fun

To add further excitement to the Burger King Justice League promotion, the
packaging for each superhero toy will contain special codes — available only at
Burger King restaurants! — that kids can use on the Cartoon Network Web site to
win cToon online trading cards and other items from Justice League and Burger King.
By entering the Cartoon Orbit area microsite on,
kids can use their exclusive Burger King cToons to win screen savers, Burger King
“Burger Bucks” gift certificates and more toys, featuring their favorite cartoon

Become a Justice League Character!

In conjunction with the in-restaurant premium promotion at Burger King, for the
first time ever, Cartoon Network and DC Comics are holding the “Justice
League Adventure Sweepstakes.” Contestants can log on to
to enter. In addition to several amazing runner-up prizes, the grand prize
winner will be illustrated in a real Justice League comic book and receive the
original artwork from the DC Comics artist.