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Big Bang, LXG, Garfield, Punisher, Hulk and Wonder Woman: Comics2Film wrap for June 27, 2003

KNIGHTS OF JUSTICE, WHIZ KIDS

Heroeswith a clear sense of morality and justice, villains who were easily identifiedas evil: these are the hallmarks of comics from the golden age. Readers who misssuch stores often turn to Image's "Big Bang" comics, for comics payinghomage to simpler times.

In 2000 producer Philip R. Cable wrote, produced, directed and even appearedin a low-budget, direct-to-video adaptation of the books called "Knights ofJustice." Just as the comics paid homage to funny books past, Cable's videopaid homage to cheesy, live-action, Saturday-morning spandex shows of the1970s.

Then, in 2002, Cable vowed to return with a feature length film adapted fromthe "Big Bang" comics. Little has been heard since.

Cable recent dropped a line to Comics2Film/CBR News updating us on theproject, which is now back in development.

Althoughthe project was moving forward last year, a near-tragic car crash brought it toa halt. Cable and his wife were involved in the accident and nearly died as aresult. During the slow recovery process, the financing that had been securedfor the "Knights of Justice" feature dried up.

"Now that my health is relativelynormal, I am in the process of getting the 'Knights' movie off the ground again.Currently, a DVD company is negotiating with me for the video rights to themovie. If we can come to terms then we may be in production early nextyear," Cable told C2F/CBR News.

Inthe mean time, Cable will be warming up his directorial muscles on another BigBang project called "Whiz Kids," which is basically the "TeenTitans" of the Big Bang universe.

"The movie is about four young superheroes who are part of the Whiz Kidsproject. This project has been set by the Knights of Justice to train youngsuperheroes in the proper use of their super powers. Any trainee who showsenough promise might possibly become a member of the Knights," Cableexplains.

"Four would-beKnights include the acrobatic Galahad, the ultra strong Thunder Girl, thesuper-fast Cyclone, and Kid Ghost, who can become invisible or intangible.

"Whenthe Whiz Kids are given the simple assignment of finding a witness, theyunexpectedly find themselves opposing an incredibly dangerous extraterrestrialcriminal who is stealing advanced technologies. These thefts lead the Whiz Kidsinto an action packed adventure filled with fights, car chases, and death traps."

Noel Neill, a veteran of the 1950s show "The Adventures ofSuperman," has been cast in the movie. She'll play Miss Pepper, who trainsthe young heroes.

Returning from the "Knights" DTV movie is Lorin Taylor, who playsthe superhero Masker, an original character created for the live-actionprojects.

Casting is underway for the superhero teens.

"Whiz Kids" is written and directed by Cable. Belinda P. Cable isproducing. Deidre Neal is the costume designer. Filming is expected to begin inOctober.

LXG

Fox is targeting the"X-Men" crowd with the latest "League of ExtraordinaryGentlemen" hype. Fans who are subscribed to the official "X-Men"movie e-mailer got a promo sent to them last night.

The new promo links theVictorian-era superheroes to the modern day mutants with the tag line, "Beforethere were X-Men there were Gentlemen." From there fans can watch a specialtrailer linking the two movies.

Clickhere to have a look.

GARFIELD

"Drumline" breakout Nick Cannon has joined the cast of"Garfield" according to TheHollywood Reporter. Cannon will play Louis, a city mouse who befriends theportly leading-cat.

Although the title character is a CGI creation, the remaining cast members,other animals included, are reported to be live-action. Presumably a trainedmouse will stand in for Cannon, who will provide the voice.

Bill Murray is voicing the title role. Breckin Meyer and Jennifer Love Hewittstar as Garfield's human companions. Peter Hewitt is directing.

PUNISHER

IGNFilmForce shed some additional light on the potential casting of RebeccaRomijn-Stamos in "The Punisher." According to FilmForce's typicallyreliable sources, Romijn-Stamos is circling the role of Joan, a characterintroduced in Garth Ennis' initial run of the comics.

Romijn-Stamos is currently said to be in negotiations for the part.

HULK

Fans who are wearing out their thumbs playing "The Hulk" video gamewill want to head back to theaters and watch the movie one more time. Hidden inthe film is a "supercode" which unlocks completely new gameplay in thevideo game.

Hulk fans who correctly identify this code in the movie will be rewarded withthe ability to re-play the interactive game as the gray Hulk. The video gamecharacter is said to be more an homage to the character's first appearance inThe Incredible Hulk #1, rather than the Fixit character that appeared in PeterDavid's highly acclaimed run on the book.

"The 'Hulk' video game was designed with the goal of rewarding fans whoexperience both the movie and the game," said Nicholas Longano, VivendiUniversal Games' SVP of Marketing. "We created the Gray Hulk bonus gameplayas the ultimate payoff in which the key to the treasure is literally buried inthe body of the film."

The code that unlocks Gray Hulk appears in a scene right before Bruce Bannertransforms into the Hulk for the first time. Gamers can unlock the Gray Hulk byentering the code word into any computer terminal in the game.

Additional special game content can be unlocked with a series of passwordsrelated to the film's plot and characters. Clues can be found online at TheHulk.com.

WONDER WOMAN

There's no telling how long it will take before we see a "WonderWoman" movie but one eagle-eyed C2F reader uncovered this bit ofinformation about the development effort: Warren Manser, who did concept designsfor "X-Men," "Spider-Man" and "Daredevil," is, orwas, on board as a designer for the Amazon Princess.

At his officialwebsite Manser writes, "I worked on 'Wonder Woman' for about nine months in development before WarnerBros. decided to put the project on hold while they revise the script. I did avariety of character designs as well as vehicles and some environments.Unfortunately, since the film is unreleased, I cannot show any of myconcept art. The project was great fun and I hope they continue towards afinished film."

Philip Levens of "Smallville" fame was recently hired to take thelatest pass at the script.

Thanks to Robert N for mailing this one in.

DD DVD GIVEAWAY

The"Daredevil" DVD is due in stores July 29th, but Comics2Film and 20thCentury 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 passon to you, the faithful reader.

Just signup for our giveawayat Comics2Film.com between now and July 27th for your chance to win.

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

Comics2Filmhas teamed up with Devil'sDue Publishing to give fan artists a chance to see their artwork inprint.

We're looking for a few good pencil and inkgurus to work up a faux cover for the "G.I. Joe" comic. The top threeentries will be published in the pages of upcoming Devil's Due comics.

We'vejust launched the contest, so there's still plenty of time to enter. Click overto the Comics2Film.comwebsite for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!

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