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Comics2Film Wrap for April 10th, 2003

SPIDER-MAN

Mary Jane Watson's love life is set to go into the stratosphere in the"Spider-Man" sequel. 

Today'sVarietyreports that New Zealand thespian Daniel Gillies has come on board to play thelove interest to Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane. As if our hero, Peter Parker, didn'thave enough trouble, Gillies is said to be playing none other than an astronautnamed John "Jamison." We're assuming that that's a typo on the part ofVariety and the character is actually John Jameson, none other than the son ofthe irritable J. Jonah Jameson.

Gillies has a handful of credits, including an appearance in ShowTime'scomic-based "Jeremiah" show. In addition to "Spider-Man 2,"he'll soon be seen in "Trespassing" with Estella Warren and "Headin the Clouds" with Charlize Theron, Penelope Cruz and Stuart Townsend.

John Jameson of course had a varied history in the Spider-Man mythos. J.Jonah Jameson's resentment of Spider-Man was in part due to the fact that as anastronaut John was a real hero as opposed to a masked glory-hog like theweb-slinger. John Jameson went on to collect a mysterious gem from the moon'ssurface that turned him into the Man Wolf. He was also a central character inthe "Spider-Man Unlimited" cartoon series, in which he traveled toCounter Earth and Spider-Man followed him there on a rescue mission.

 

HELLBOY

Comics2Film/CBR News readers heardit first on Monday. New design art from the Hellboy movie was due on theofficial website this week.

As promised by director Guillermo del Toro himself, the site has now beenupdated with a variety of cool concept art images from the production.

First up are a series of concept designs showing Hellboy and his wardrobe,various monsters and settings. Best of all, there's a nice shot of TyRubenEllingson's big-ass Hellboy gun!

There  are also a few bits of prop art. One sweet image shows the coverto the "Hellboy" comic that will be seen in the movie. It's done uplike a classic Marvel comic, with artwork that is clearly in the Jack Kirbyvein.

There's also a nice cover to the Weekly World News, which places theexistence of our red-skinned buddy in the same realm of UFOs and Bigfoot.

If fans recalled the excellent website for del Toro's "Blade II"movie, the updated Hellsite should seem familiar. Much of the artwork isaccompanied by audio commentary from del Toro and creator Mike Mignola, givingfans the feel of DVD extras before the movie is even out.

Check out the images today! Then keep your eyes peeled for that photo of RonPerlman in full Hellboy coolness. Del Toro tells us that they should be uptomorrow.

 

HULK

Speakingof cool images, those rascally guys at Ain't it Cool News have struck again.They've gotten their hands on a good-quality image of "The Hulk" fromthe new movie. The image shows jade jaws towering over Betty Ross (JenniferConnelly). We'll give you a little preview image here, but you'll have to clickto AICN for the full size image.

In other "Hulk" news, Universal is capitalizing on the movie buzzby releasing a DVD featuring the two-hour pilot movie from the classic TVseries. That show, which starred Bill Bixby as David Banner (a change from thecomics' "Bruce") and Lou Ferrigno as The Incredible Hulk, catapultedthe the character from the pages of the comics and cemented him in themainstream public's consciousness.

The DVD contains these special features:

  • FREE movie mail-in rebate!  Available only with a rebate form contained in every "The Incredible Hulk: Original Television Premiere" DVD when accompanied by a ticket stub for "The Hulk."
  • Exclusive Hulk Sneak Preview!  A behind-the-scenes look into the making of "The Hulk: with director Ang Lee and stars Eric Bana and Jennifer Connelly.
  • A special introduction by Lou Ferrigno, popular star of "The Incredible Hulk" TV series.
  • A Special Bonus Episode!  Available only on the DVD is "Married," an extra two-hour episode of "The Incredible Hulk" featuring Mariette Hartley, who won a 1978/79 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy for her portrayal of psychiatrist Carolyn Fields, marking the first time a sci-fi-themed show won an Emmy award in a non-technical category.
  • Hot extras including an audio commentary on "The Incredible Hulk" TV pilot and "Married" bonus episode from director Kenneth Johnson, the theatrical trailer for "The Hulk" feature film, and a trailer for "The Hulk" interactive game.

The new disc is due out June 3, 2003.

Fans of the old TV show may also be aware that there is a two-disc DVD setcoming out around the same time from Anchor Bay Entertainment. That one featurestwo of the "Incredible Hulk" made-for-TV movies that followed theseries. Those movies guest star Marvel characters Daredevil and Thor.

Additionally, Buena Vista Home Entertainment is getting in on the act byreleasing a DVD collecting episodes of "The Incredible Hulk" animatedshow, which ran in the early 1990s. That series also featured Ferrigno voicingthe Hulk character (something he actually didn't do in the live-action show) andwas much closer to the classic comics than the live-action show.

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