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

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


Hulk’ DVD is due out on October 28th and DVD
has the first look at what fans can expect. The DVD site dug up four
images of the new disc’s menu screens. Like the movie, the DVD is opting for a
comic-booky design, re-creating the best moments from the movie in the style of
comic book art.

The menus reveal that fans can expect an audio commentary with director
Ang Lee and a selection of deleted scenes. We’re presenting two small screen
shots, but check out DVD
for the full-sized artwork.

Thanks to Jeff, John and Tom for the scoop.



TyRuben Ellingson has joined the design team for “Blade
III” according to Counting
. The design artist told the website that he got the call from
writer/producer/director David Goyer about six weeks ago.

Ellingson worked
with Goyer on “Blade II.” His most famous design for that movie may
have been Reinhardt’s gun/sword…a hand gun with a massive blade on the front.
Ellingson has subsequently worked on “Hellboy” where he designed the
title character’s massive gun, the Samaritan.



is reporting that in spite of the less-than-heavenly performance
of “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” Warner Bros. has signed director
McG 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 the
project 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 go
public until the script is solid and they are ready to commit to going into
production. For now, the suits are divided about the director and want to keep
it quiet in case it doesn’t work out.

Sources also claim that McG is eyeing
his “Angels” star Drew Barrymore for the role of Lois Lane. Let the
complaining begin!



Fans who attended the “MirrorMask” panel at Comic-Con heard
director Dave McKean say he is open to recruiting new talent to help him with
the post-production F/X chores on the movie.

Now, in his  online
Neil Gaiman reveals the method for contacting McKean about such
work. 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 or
3D modeller and you want to work with Dave McKean on ‘MirrorMask’ from pretty much
now until next April, and you’re prepared to live in the UK, and work
enthusiastically on something amazingly cool for not very much money at all,
probably, then send an e-mail to
and give resume details
and contact info…Someone will be in



“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 Ross
painting, this expensive short features the Dark Knight duking it out with, not
only the Joker, but an Alien and Predator (from the Fox movies) as well.

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




Today VH1
plans to name the “200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons” and four of them are
superheroes. The list is presented as part of the music vid network’s series
“The Greatest”.

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

Wonder Woman, Batman and Spider-Man all made the list, but failed to break
the 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 illustrations
of 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.



Although the trades had it early, here’s the official press release regarding
the “Betty & Veronica” movie

Miramax Films and Archie Comics
Entertainment LLC are teaming up to co-produce a major live action theatrical
motion picture based on the popular comic book icons “Betty &
Veronica.” The
announcement was made today by Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein and Archie
Comics Entertainment President Allan I. Grafman.

“The demand for youth-oriented entertainment based on well-known
character properties continues to soar in the feature marketplace,” said
Harvey Weinstein. “With more than six decades of unparalleled success in
the teen marketplace, Betty, Veronica, Archie, Jughead and the rest of the
original Riverdale characters have all the elements to become a highly
successful film franchise.”

“We are delighted to join forces with Miramax for the production of
‘Betty & Veronica,'” said Allan Grafman, President of Archie Comics
Entertainment. “Harvey Weinstein and his Miramax executive team
demonstrated tremendous enthusiasm for the project along with an impressive
understanding of the property’s full potential across film, television, live
stage and all other media.”

CEO Chuck Grimes will oversee the production on behalf of Archie Comics
Entertainment and Grafman will serve as an executive producer. Michael
Silberkleit and Richard Goldwater will serve as associate producers.

Michelle Raimo, senior vice president of production and development, will
oversee the production on behalf of Miramax, with Meryl Poster, co-president of

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

The announcement of the motion picture based on the perennially popular teen
duo “Betty & Veronica” comes only four months after Archie Comics
Entertainment was co-founded as the entertainment and licensing arm of leading
comic book publisher Archie Comic Publications, Inc. by Michael Silberkleit and
Richard Goldwater along with Grimes and Grafman.



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

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.

Time is
running out! Entries must be in by July 25th. Click over
to the
website for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!



“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
between now and July 27th for your chance to win.

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