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Jeremiah, S.M.A.S.Heroes, Batwoman, X2, More: Comics2Film wrap for July 29, 2003

by  in Movie News, TV News Comment

JEREMIAH

“Jeremiah” writer/producer J. Michael Straczynski is so put off by
creative interference from MGM that he will not return for a third season of the
hit show. Straczynski’s told his fans that much in a posting on the moderated rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated
usenet news group last Thursday.

“I have zero desire to return to a third season of ‘Jeremiah,'”
Straczynski, who shaped the series into a hit for the Showtime cable channel,
said. “Showtime was great, no mistake, but MGM has overall been the most
heinous, difficult and intrusive studio I’ve ever worked for. I’ve worked for,
and had great relations with, Viacom, Universal, Warner Bros., and a bunch more.
But I will never, ever, work for the present administration at MGM.

“I didn’t know why so many other writers had a problem there and never
wanted to go back,” the writer added. “Now I do.”

When asked if the show could continue without him Straczynski
responded
, “Sure, they could definitely do so. At the end of their day,
it’s their show, and if there should be a season three, they would have no
choice but to bring someone else in.”

The creator added, “None of this should be taken as a diss of the coming
season. I honestly think that the second season is miles better than our first
season. It’s more consistent, takes more chances, it’s really a very strong
season.”

The new season of “Jeremiah” is slated to begin in August. Thanks
to SCI
FI Wire
for the lead.

 

S.M.A.S.HEROES

There’s a reason they call it “development hell.” Almost five years
ago C2F first reported on plans to animate Mike Vieten’s independent superhero
comic “S.M.A.S.Heroes.” Now Vieten’s hard work and persistence is
about to pay off.

Vieten told C2F/CBR News this week that he is partnering with a major
Hollywood CGI animation house to develop a pilot trailer for promotion to major
TV network producers and distribution companies. The as yet unnamed animation
company plans to utilize its key industry contacts to secure
production/distribution partners for the animated television series. 

The name of the animation house is being kept under wraps but Vieten tells us
that all will be revealed, “real soon as S.M.A.S.Heroes prepares to
SMASHollywood.”

“S.M.A.S.Heroes” was first published by Zen Comics Publishing back
in 1998. The book centers on a team of soldiers from various branches of the
U.S. military who are killed in combat but are revived by a top-secret program,
using alien DNA. The new super soldiers form an elite fighting team that can
morph into alien creatures.

 

BATMAN:
MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN

From a press release:

“Batman: The Mystery of the Batwoman” is slated for release on the
home video market on October 21. The new animated movie features the voices
Kelly Ripa, Kyra Sedgwick and Hector Elizondo along with Batman regular Kevin
Conroy. Warner Home Video provides this description of the movie:

“When a new vigilante in the guise of a Batwoman appears in Gotham City,
she is so ruthless and destructive that Batman feels compelled to stop her. As
he tries to uncover her secret identity, he realizes that she has targeted a
criminal consortium headed by Penguin, who is trying desperately to export a
cache of high tech arms out of Gotham City. By the time Batman realizes who the
mysterious Batwoman is, she has been captured by Bane, whom Penguin has hired to
oversee the export of arms. It’s up to Batman to save her, defeat Bane and stop
the shipment of arms before it leaves Gotham Harbor.”

The DVD includes special features like:

  • Chase Me – A DVD exclusive, original Batman short.
  • Behind the Mystery – Behind-the-scenes of the production.
  • Nine Character Bios.
  • Great Gadgets! – A look at the gadgets used by Batman and his enemies.
  • Life of a Scene – How everything comes together to create a scene.
  • Batman: P.O.V. – The director, writer, producers and animators discuss
    favorite characters and scenes.
  • DVD-ROM sneak peeks of Batman edutainment games.

“Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman” will be available on DVD for
$24.98 SRP and on VHS for $14.94 SRP. Check out the
official website
for trailers and more information.

 


X2
DVD

The
Digital Bits
has published what is said to be the cover art of the DVD
release of “X2: X-Men United.” The artwork is the same group shot used
on the cover of “The Art of X2” coffee table book. Fans will also
notice it bears the more sensible title “X-Men 2.”

 

SMALLVILLE

The online “Smallville” resources KryptonSite
has the details on episode three of season three entitled
“Extinction.” Check it out if you must be spoiled.

 

TEEN
TITANS

Fans of the new “Teen Titans” animated show on Cartoon Network will
be happy to hear that DC Comics is planning a comic book title based on the
series. 

The
Comics Continuum
reports that “Teen Titans Go!,” will be the name
of the new comic book launching Nov. 26. The book is to be written by J.
Torres
, with art by Todd Nauck and Lary Stucker and
a cover by Dave Bullock.

 

DAREDEVIL
DVD

Be sure to check out Comics2Film’s
review
of the “Daredevil” DVD. While “Daredevil” may be
our least favorite Marvel movie, the DVD is loaded with enough cool stuff to
entice any comic fan.


Also,
C2F has drawn the winners in our DVD giveaway. 20th
Century Fox provided five copies of the two-disc set. Without further ado, the recipients
of those free DD DVDs are:

Chris P of Cary, NC

Michael D of Methuen, MA

Craig S of Wheeling, IL

Matt B of Memphis, TN

Ted H of Madison, MS

Thanks to Fox for providing the prizes and to the 2200+ people
who entered the giveaway.  The
“Daredevil” DVD is due in stores today.