Issue #104

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Issue #104


Last week, Corona Coming Attractions came up with a preview of what the
X-Men movie will look like. In their latest update, CCA has provided
fans with a look at three more of the design sketches for the movie.

The first illustration features a front view of Mystique, who will be
played by Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me)
in the movie. The second illustration is a back view of the
character. The article accompanying the illustrations states that, on-
screen, the character will have skin colored a darker shade of blue and
hair colored a darker shade of red. The character is also said to
sport a “bikini” of scales which will keep the MPAA rating down.

The third sketch depicts a back view of Cyclops. This sketch looks to
be the companion of the previous Cyclops sketch posted by Corona. For
full-sized views of all the images visit Corona Coming Attractions.

Later in the week, CCA had reports that the movie will depict many
more recognizable mutants than those in the main cast. Rumors have
been circulating that Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat will turn up in the movie.
One of CCA’s reliable scoopers insists that Pryde will be seen in the
film as will other younger mutants from the X-Men comics.
Furthermore, these characters may be a bit more involved in the story
than was previously speculated.


A different scooper for the site claims that an actress named Sumela
Kay (Simon Birch) will play Pryde in the movie. Furthermore, the
scooper claims that Katrina Florece will play pyrotechnic mutant
Jubilee in the movie. CCA has not been able to confirm this. Shawn
Ashmore of the TV show Animorphs is also rumored to be in the movie as
a mutant named Bobby. Speculation is that he could be young Bobby
Drake a.k.a. Ice Man.

Early this week, CCA produced evidence to support their prior scoops
about younger mutants from the comics appearing in the movie. A call
sheet for the film (of which a digitized image is on display at the
site) clearly lists “Kitty” and “Jubilee” as characters involved with
a shoot that was scheduled to occur on January 11. Consistent with
recent reports, Sumela Kay is the actor playing Kitty and Katrina
Florece is listed with Jubilee. One of the scenes being filmed is
described as “Kitty goes through door – Greenscreen.” All the scenes
described on the sheet take place at Xavier’s school.

Also corroborating the previous report, Shawn Ashmore is listed as
“Bobby”. Furthermore an actor named Alex Burton is listed as John
which fans speculate could refer to John Proudstar (Thunderbird) or
Jonathan Starsmore (Chamber).

However, it was Ain’t it Cool News that gave fans what they wanted
this weekend when that site displayed over a dozen pieces of
promotional artwork for the upcoming X-Men movie. Images posted by
that site include photos of Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), James Marsden
(Cyclops), Halle Berry (Storm), Famke Janssen (Jean Grey), Patrick
Stewart (Professor X), Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (Mystique), Ray Park
(Toad) and Tyler Mane (Sabretooth) all in costume and makeup. Also
posted were a few set pictures depicting some of the characters in
action. While many of the characters had two promotional shots, no
images of Anna Paquin as Rogue were posted.

According to the Mighty Marvel Mailer that arrived via e-mail this
Monday, there will be no X-Men trailer airing during the upcoming
Super Bowl broadcast. Producer Tom DeSanto broke the information
stating that they want the first look at the film to be the theatrical
trailer. DeSanto estimates that the trailer will likely air in late
February or early March.

Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Magneto in the movie, continues to keep
fans posted via his own website. His latest posting gives several
insights into his take on the character. Also of interest is that
fact that the character’s name has been restored to that of the
comics. When a fan complained about the character’s name having been
changed from Erik Magnus Lensherr to Max Lensherr, McKellen responded,
“Apparently someone agreed with you because the early scripts which
called him Max were changed months ago to Erik.”

Finally, the February issue of Movieline has a few buried tidbits
about X-Men. Cover girl Rebecca Romijn-Stamos commented on whether or
not her role as Mystique moves her toward being a “real actress”.
Romijn responded, “Well, I’m going to have my own action figure, so
that does put me in another league, doesn’t it? Actually my part is
pretty small and I don’t say that much.” The actress also states that
her 14 hour body painting sessions for Sports Illustrated may have
helped her get the makeup-heavy part.


A brief mention elsewhere in the issue stats that Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is in talks to take on music supervision chores on the movie.

Skinfreak, a Comics 2 Film reader from the UK, reports that additional
X-Men publicity materials have turned up in his local theater. “I
spotted a giant 3D X-Men promo piece at my local Odeon cinema a couple
of weeks ago. It’s identical to the sheet A poster we know, but is
about 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide (if memory serves) and looks so
[gosh darn] cool. I was going to steal it but then realized it
wouldn’t get through the door. It offers no information apart from the
website address and ‘coming soon’.”


[Monkey Bone]

Promotional artwork for the live-action/animated Monkey Bone movie can be found at the 20th Century Fox UK website. Also posted on the site is promotional artwork for X-Men. Monkey Bone is an adaptation of Kaja Blackley’s graphic novel Dark Town. The movie stars Brendan Fraser as a cartoonist who falls into a coma, only to encounter a strange world inhabited by his cartoon creations.

The Monkey Bone does not currently have a website. However, we have noticed that 20th Century Fox has purchased a number of domain names that relate to the title. Among them are,,,,, and None of these domains are currently active as Monkey Bone websites. Following the above links will take you to a Fox site or a dead end.


Sources at Todd McFarlane Entertainment want to make clear that the
futuristic Gorilla show in the works for UPN is not called Gorilla
World as was recently suggested. Our source tells us that name was
“very briefly bantered about, but Todd and Terry have chosen to move
forward with no title at this time.” Our source also encourages
interested readers to visit the newly revamped for
information on all things McFarlane.


Comics 2 Film has learned that our recent report regarding the rumored
live-action Batman Beyond movie was blown out of proportion in
relation to the actual facts submitted by the original source.
Writer, cartoonist and graphic designer Brian Saner Lamken contacted
us today and informed us that he was the source of the story recently
found on Ain’t it Cool News. That story seemed to imply that Paul
Dini and Alan Burnett are involved in the development of the rumored
movie. However, Lamken also told us that his comments posted on AICN
were not intended as on-record remarks for publication.

Lamken had intended to go on record with some direct quotes from Bruce
Timm, Dini and Burnett’s co-creator on the recent Batman and Superman
animated shows. Here is Lamken’s summary of his Timm interview:

“I spoke to Bruce Timm late last year, over the course of a few days,
for a wide-ranging interview to be printed in the first issue of
Comicology — a comics magazine that I’ve self-published in the past
and that will be relaunched this April through TwoMorrows Publishing,
home of, among other magazines, The Jack Kirby Collector.

“One of the questions that I pretty much had to ask Bruce was whether
he and the rest of the animated Batman gang would be interested in
working on a live-action feature, and whether there was a chance in
hell of that happening. His response:

“‘I would love to do that. Are you kidding? My pay scale would get a
significant bump, so I’d owe it to my family to say yes…But, no, I
don’t think that there’s a chance in hell. The only thing that’s
possible at this point is that Alan [Burnett] and Paul [Dini] have both
been approached by the people on the [Warner Bros. Pictures] lot to
submit ideas for a [live-action] Batman Beyond movie, but it’s all
speculation at this point.'”

The remainder of the interview will appear in the Lamken’s relaunched
Comicology. In the interview, Timm discusses the direct-to-video
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, the future of the classic Batman
animated show and other new animated projects he and his animation
partners are pursuing. The magazine will be solicited in the next
Diamond catalog for an April release.

Comicology Volume Two launches in April as a quarterly, 100-page
magazine with a U.S. price of $5.95. “Fans will get more bang for their

buck from Comicology than from just about any other magazine,” Lamken
said. “The whole TwoMorrows line is like that. We’ll have major
features in every issue, light on the advertising and so heavy on the
in-depth interviews, reviews, commentary, historical retrospectives, &
sketchbook sections that we’ll probably need extra-strength staples.”
Aside from the Timm interview and cover art, the magazine will sport a
flip cover by Lea Hernandez featuring characters from her critically
acclaimed Texas Steampunk graphic novels. Interiors feature a
Hernandez interview; a look at Stan Sakai’s critically acclaimed Usagi
Yojimbo; a gallery of rare & previously unpublished Timm artwork that
spotlights your favorite DC & Marvel Comics characters as well as a few
surprises; and a long conversation with Batman: Dark Victory writer
Jeph Loeb.


[Batman Beyond]

Warner Bros. has released a teaser trailer for the feature-length,
animated video Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. A QuickTime
version of the trailer can be found at the New Batman/Superman
Adventures website. A copy of the trailer is also available at the
Batman Beyond Video website. Curiously, that trailer is a lower
quality (and easier download) version.

Mark Hamill’s Joker laugh can be heard over the dramatic music and
narration on the clip. The movie is said to feature the character’s
appearance in the futuristic Batman Beyond setting. The story will
answer many of the questions about what happened between the era of the
classic show and the start of the Beyond continuity.
The movie is due out November 7, 2000.


Irony Despair, webmaster of A Boy and His Bird (The Crow Website)
stopped by to give us the confirmed music track listing for the
upcoming The Crow: Salvation. According to Irony, the soundtrack “will
feature previously unreleased songs and remixes from a number of rock,
hip-hop and electronica acts, including Hole (covering Bob Dylan’s It’s
All Over Now Baby Blue), Kid Rock (Warm Winter), Rob Zombie (doing a
remix of Living Dead Girl by Nine Inch Nails’ Charlie Clouser) and
Tricky (on a remix of Antihistamine). Also on the 16-cut soundtrack,
due March 28, is a new Days of the New song and remixes and previously
released songs from Crystal Method, Filter, Static-X, Danzig, Monster
Magnet and Stabbing Westward.”


The image of Gena Lee Nolin, in costume as Sheena, Queen of the Jungle,
graces to the cover of The Hollywood Reporter’s special issue covering
the NATPE televison trade show. The report indicates that Sheena is
one of Columbia-TriStar’s most important shows of the year. The jungle
heroine is to be depicted as “environmentally conscious” in her adventures.


Cyberworld International Corporation, a new-media enterprise committed
to transforming the web into an interactive multimedia experience for
everyone, has today announced that Jeff Smith’s Bone, one of the
world’s best selling, and most popular alternative comics, has joined
Cyberworld to produce a new multidimensional interactive Boneville website.

Cyberworld President & CEO Keith Soley said, “We are delighted to have
a tremendous talent like Jeff Smith and Cartoon Books using Cyberworld
to showcase his award winning art and stories. Jeff’s agreement to use
Cyberworld’s multidimensional web authoring software is another
endorsement of our technology and its incredible potential to transform
the web into a true multidimensional, multimedia information and
entertainment platform.”

“This is really exciting” Smith said. “Cyberworld’s ability to
transform my art and vision into a three dimensional walk through
adventure is exactly what I’ve always wanted for our Boneville web
site. This is an incredibly exciting new aspect of the web I only
dreamed would one day be available.”

The new internet site, featuring Cyberworld 3D
Technology, is scheduled to make its Internet debut February 1st, 2000!
A Bone Theme Pack, which will allow fans to build their own ‘Bone’
worlds, will follow soon.

Bone is a fantasy adventure about three cousins; lost and stranded in a
strange and mysterious forest populated by good guys, bad guys, giant
rat creatures and dragons. Visitors to the new will now
be able to actually step into the story and explore the trails, walk
amongst the trees, dodge the ‘stupid stupid rat creatures’ lurking in
the forests, and discover a whole new adventure. With Cyberworld’s new
browser visitors now have the ability to ‘walk into’ the 3-D village of
Boneville, stroll through the town , visit the county fair, and walk
amongst and mingle with the Bone characters.


The “final, final script” for a Deadworld movie was turned in back in
November according to Corona Coming Attractions. CCA cited a posting
on the Caliber Comics website as their source.

Deadworld features a planet overrun by Zombies, lead by the sole
intelligent undead flesh-eater: King Zombie. The property was
purchased by Warner Bros. for George Clooney’s Maysville Pictures back
in July of 1998.