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Punisher, Spider-Man, LXG, Hulk, Smallville: C2F wrap for June 25, 2003

by  in Movie News, TV News Comment

THE PUNISHER


Thomas
Jane, star of the soon-to-lens “Punisher” recently told About:
Romantic Movies
that he finds the prospect of playing a well-known and
much-loved character more daunting than the stunts that the role will require.

“Like I did with Mickey Mantle, it’s taking on a figure that’s just beloved by a
lot of folks, and trying to give it everything that I’ve got so that they get
the best of me,” Jane said in a Q & A. “I give it every shot at just doing the absolute best that I can
with it.”

Jane told the site he’s no fan of superheroes.

“I wasn’t a fan prior to because I didn’t like superhero comics, but this guy

is such an anti-hero that I’ve fallen in love with him,” Jane said. “He’s so dark and it’s
Marvel’s darkest property, so I’ve fallen in love with the whole thing.

“And he’s not a typical superhero because he doesn’t have special powers.

Right. He doesn’t have super powers. He can’t leap over tall buildings, he can’t
crawl up a wall, he’s just really, really angry.”

Jane also told the site that he’s looking forward to working with John
Travolta on the movie, although they haven’t begun preparing for it yet. For
more of Jane’s comments about “The Punisher” and comic fans check out the
complete interview
.

Thanks to Lauren for the lead.

SPIDER-MAN ANIMATED

The Comics
Continuum
tells fans to listen for Virginia Madsen (“The
Haunting”) in the upcoming “Spider-Man” animated show. Madsen
plays sexy mercenary Silver Sable in an episode called “Spider-Man
Dis-Sabled.”

“Spider-Man” debuts on MTV on July 11th.

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN


Fans
can check out LXGMovie.com
for another sneak peek at the upcoming movie based on Alan Moore’s “The
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.”

A new section has opened on the official site entitled “Technology and
the League” spotlighting the “high-tech” gadgets the Victorian
era heroes will use in the film.

Futuristic weapons include the so-called “Machine Gun” and
“Gas Grenade.”

The League will also travel in fanciful vehicles like “Nemo’s Car”
and “The Nautilus” while the villain of the piece cruises in the
“Fantom Warship.”

HULK

The latest figures published by Box
Office Mojo
showed “The Hulk” grabbing another $6 million at
theaters on Monday, bringing the total gross to over $68 million.

By way of comparison, the unqualified hit “Finding Nemo” took in
$6.9 million in its Monday after a $70 million opening weekend, and swam on the the #1 spot in its second week. This may
indicate that a severe drop-off for “Hulk,” predicted by analysts on
Tuesday, may not be in the cards after all.

Fans who enjoyed “The Hulk” will also enjoy a couple of articles
filling in the background of the movie.

The
L.A. Times
has a nice write up with composer Danny Elfman who scored the
two-hour plus movie. Elfman was hired to replace Mychael Danna, a personal
friend of Ang Lee who the director frequently collaborated with.

“It was a very extreme situation,” Elfman recalls. “I wouldn’t
have even flown up there if it hadn’t been for how much respect I have for Ang.
I had this horrible fear that he’d look at me like this Hollywood hack who’d
come in and do a predictable action movie score. After I looked at the film, I
went home and had nightmares all night long – and that was before I realized
how little time I had to do it.”

With only 37 days (as opposed to the more typical 10 to 12 weeks) to score
the movie, Elfman faced an uphill battle.

Check out the in-depth
article
for more about Elfman’s “Hulk” experience.

If it’s special effects you’re interested in, then USA
Today
has an interesting write up for you. The national paper spotlights
Jamy Wheless, the man behind the muscle in “The Hulk.”

Wheless, a computer animator on the film, has been doodling the Hulk since he
was a kid. Now he works for ILM and is living the dream of bringing his hero to
life.

SMALLVILLE

From a press release:

Whether they’re on the big screen or the small screen, comic book heroes have
never been more popular, and to satisfy millions of television viewers hooked on
the latest twist on the DC Comics’ Superman mythology, Warner Home Video (WHV)
will release “Smallville: The Complete First Season” on DVD September
23, 2003. The highest rated show on The WB among people ages 12-34 and across
all male demographics, “Smallville” has consistently set ratings
records. The six-disc DVD collector’s set contains all 21 episodes from the
first season, including the pilot episode, and is priced at $64.92 SRP.

The deluxe DVD collection of “Smallville: The Complete First
Season” contains super special features including audio commentaries on the
pilot by executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, as well as pilot
director David Nutter. Another commentary with Gough and Millar appears on the
show’s second episode entitled “Metamorphosis.” Additional special
features include deleted scenes from two episodes, a storyboard to screen
featurette and an interactive tour of Smallville. A DVD-ROM link to
smallville.net website also provides access to additional bonus content.

DD DVD GIVEAWAY


The
“Daredevil” DVD is due in stores July 29th, but Comics2Film and 20th
Century Fox are giving you the chance to claim your own copy for free!

Fox is providing us with five copies of the 2-disc set to pass
on to you, the faithful reader.

Just sign
up for our giveaway
at Comics2Film.com
between now and July 27th for your chance to win.

CALLING ALL FAN ARTISTS: G.I. JOE WANTS YOU


Comics2Film
has teamed up with Devil’s
Due Publishing
to give fan artists a chance to see their artwork in
print.

We’re looking for a few good pencil and ink
gurus to work up a faux cover for the “G.I. Joe” comic. The top three
entries will be published in the pages of upcoming Devil’s Due comics.

We’ve
just launched the contest, so there’s still plenty of time to enter. Click over
to the Comics2Film.com
website for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!