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Hulk, Blade III, Superman, MirrorMask, Batman, Betty & Veronica: Comics2Film wrap for July 24, 2003

HULK

'TheHulk' DVD is due out on October 28th and DVDAnswers has the first look at what fans can expect. The DVD site dug up fourimages of the new disc's menu screens. Like the movie, the DVD is opting for acomic-booky design, re-creating the best moments from the movie in the style ofcomic book art.

The menus reveal that fans can expect an audio commentary with directorAng Lee and a selection of deleted scenes. We're presenting two small screenshots, but check out DVDAnswers for the full-sized artwork.

Thanks to Jeff, John and Tom for the scoop.

 

BLADEIII

TyRuben Ellingson has joined the design team for "BladeIII" according to CountingDown.com. The design artist told the website that he got the call fromwriter/producer/director David Goyer about six weeks ago.

Ellingson workedwith Goyer on "Blade II." His most famous design for that movie mayhave been Reinhardt's gun/sword...a hand gun with a massive blade on the front.Ellingson has subsequently worked on "Hellboy" where he designed thetitle character's massive gun, the Samaritan.

 

SUPERMAN

IGNFilmForce is reporting that in spite of the less-than-heavenly performanceof "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," Warner Bros. has signed directorMcG to helm the "Superman" movie. The news comes from unnamed sources.

McG was initially slated to helm the feature, but dropped out to do the"Angels" sequel, giving way to director Brett Ratner. After theproject floundered for several months, Ratner resigned leaving the spot vacant.More recently, rumors picked up that McG would return to the project.

However, FilmForce's anonymous source cautions that the studio will not gopublic until the script is solid and they are ready to commit to going intoproduction. For now, the suits are divided about the director and want to keepit quiet in case it doesn't work out.

Sources also claim that McG is eyeinghis "Angels" star Drew Barrymore for the role of Lois Lane. Let thecomplaining begin!

 

MIRRORMASK

Fans who attended the "MirrorMask" panel at Comic-Con hearddirector Dave McKean say he is open to recruiting new talent to help him withthe post-production F/X chores on the movie.

Now, in his  onlinejournal Neil Gaiman reveals the method for contacting McKean about suchwork. Gaiman writes:

"I phoned Kevin Kelly at Hensons [sic] and he's made an e-mail account. If you're an animator or a computer artist or3D modeller and you want to work with Dave McKean on 'MirrorMask' from pretty muchnow until next April, and you're prepared to live in the UK, and workenthusiastically on something amazingly cool for not very much money at all,probably, then send an e-mail to mirrormask@henson.comand give resume detailsand contact info...Someone will be intouch."

 

BATMAN:DEAD END

"Batman: Dead End" is the fan film that has the internet buzzing.Sporting some great production design and a costume straight out of an Alex Rosspainting, this expensive short features the Dark Knight duking it out with, notonly the Joker, but an Alien and Predator (from the Fox movies) as well.

Now, TheForce.net has posted the film online for all to see.

Enjoy!

 

BEHIND THEHEROES

Today VH1plans to name the "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons" and four of them aresuperheroes. The list is presented as part of the music vid network's series"The Greatest".

VH1will begin re-airing a marathon of the show, ticking off the list from 200 to 41starting at 3 PM (ET)/ 2 PM (CT). The remaining greatest pop culture icons willbe represented in future segments of the show.

Wonder Woman, Batman and Spider-Man all made the list, but failed to breakthe top 100. Superman, on the other hand, soared all the way to #2 on the list,only falling behind Oprah!

If you visit the VH1 website, you can view some fun and wacky illustrationsof the top 200 by Robert Risko, including the freaky Spider-Man one seen here.The site also has a screen saver featuring the same illustrations.

 

BETTY ANDVERONICA

Although the trades had it early, here's the official press release regardingthe "Betty & Veronica" movie

Miramax Films and Archie ComicsEntertainment LLC are teaming up to co-produce a major live action theatricalmotion picture based on the popular comic book icons "Betty &Veronica." Theannouncement was made today by Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein and ArchieComics Entertainment President Allan I. Grafman.

"The demand for youth-oriented entertainment based on well-knowncharacter properties continues to soar in the feature marketplace," saidHarvey Weinstein. "With more than six decades of unparalleled success inthe teen marketplace, Betty, Veronica, Archie, Jughead and the rest of theoriginal Riverdale characters have all the elements to become a highlysuccessful film franchise."

"We are delighted to join forces with Miramax for the production of'Betty & Veronica,'" said Allan Grafman, President of Archie ComicsEntertainment. "Harvey Weinstein and his Miramax executive teamdemonstrated tremendous enthusiasm for the project along with an impressiveunderstanding of the property's full potential across film, television, livestage and all other media."

CEO Chuck Grimes will oversee the production on behalf of Archie ComicsEntertainment and Grafman will serve as an executive producer. MichaelSilberkleit and Richard Goldwater will serve as associate producers.

Michelle Raimo, senior vice president of production and development, willoversee the production on behalf of Miramax, with Meryl Poster, co-president ofproduction.

Charles Layton, executive vice president, office of the co-chairmen, andTimothy Schmidt, vice president of business and legal affairs, negotiated theagreement on behalf of Miramax. Grimes and Grafman negotiated on behalf ofArchie Comics Entertainment.

The announcement of the motion picture based on the perennially popular teenduo "Betty & Veronica" comes only four months after Archie ComicsEntertainment was co-founded as the entertainment and licensing arm of leadingcomic book publisher Archie Comic Publications, Inc. by Michael Silberkleit andRichard Goldwater along with Grimes and Grafman.

 

TIME ISRUNNING OUT FOR G.I.JOE FAN ART!

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.

Time isrunning out! Entries must be in by July 25th. Click overto the Comics2Film.comwebsite for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!

 

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.

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