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Hulk, Punisher, Batman, Hellboy, Catwoman, Spider-Man and Daredevil: Comics2Film wrap for June 23, 2003

HULK

As expected "The Hulk" smashed the box office according to weekendestimates published by BoxOffice Mojo. In the face of mixed reviews and fanreactions, big green grabbed opening receipts totalling about $62.6 million.

This puts "Hulk" in the #1 spot for the weekend. It also makes itthe biggest June opening, surpassing the previous record-holder "AustinPowers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" which brought in $54.9 (albeit at lowerticket prices).

"The Hulk" represents the third biggest opening for a comic-to-filmadaptation, behind "Spider-Man" and "X2: X-Men-United." Jade jaws finally pushed the mutant movie out of the top 10 this week, for the firsttime since it opened. "X2" came in at #12 in its eighth week of release.

Reviews for the movie have been lukewarm, although leaning towards thepositive. By the end of the weekend, review aggregator RottenTomatoes was scoring the movie 63% "fresh" (positive) out of 82posted, professional reviews. The majority of CBR readers who responded to our opinion poll felt the movie rated a 7 or higher on the 10 scale, with the plurality hitting the "7 to 8" range, but over 35% felt the movie was a 6 or less (as of this morning). Even the usually generous fan reviews at Comics2FilmFanViews are only scoring "The Hulk" 7.5 on the 10 scale.

In other "Hulk" news, Universal opened a nifty new section of TheHulk.comlast week. If you were disappointed by the lackluster "Marvel EncyclopediaVol. 3: The Hulk," released in May, then you may enjoy Universal's"Modern Evolution of The Hulk."

The new web site section delves into the comic book roots of the characterand gives summaries of the high points of the comics and the cast of charactersfrom the books. You'll find it under "The History" button at TheHulk.com.

 

PUNISHER

Fanswho were waiting to see that punisher trailer can now direct their browsers to PunisherTheMovie.com.

The new teaser site is open for business, about a year ahead of the film'stargeted release date. The site is a fairly odd construct, presumably intendedto draw you into the fractured world of Frank Castle.

It opens on a computer readout, giving you Castle's basic stats. From thereit goes into a Flash animation in which you pour over the scorched ruins ofCastle's history in an attempt to piece together his back story.

In a way it's an effective set up for the movie, but it takes way too long toget where it's going and there doesn't appear to be any way to circumvent theanimation. It does get a little boring and frustrating after a few minutes. Fanswho are just looking to get to the good stuff can click over to theteaser trailer at Apple.com, which is the only content to be found after theweb-site intro.

As promised, Comics2Film drew winners in our Punishergiveaway. Artisan provided 10 posters and 5 T-shirts from the movie to giveto the fans. Here are the winners:

  • Grand Prize - Poster and Shirt: David S. of  Grover Beach, CA
  • T-Shirt Winners:
    • Andy L. of Roanoke, VA
    • John M. of Hawthorne, CA

    • Kimble W. of Lafayette, CO

    • Chuck E. of  Claremont, NH

    • Brian M. of Babylon, NY
    • Roland P. of New Orleans, LA
    • Kris W. of Fairview Heights, IL
    • David G.  of Ferndale, MI
    • Brian P. of Sherwood, AR

    • Matthew M. of Costa Mesa, CA

    • Dan C.  of O'Fallon, MO

    • George N. of Rockville Centre, NY

    • Chris T. of Mount Prospect, IL

     

    BATMAN

    In what is surely a sign of the impending apocalypse,  E!Online is reporting that Aston Kutcher ("Punk'd", "Dude,Where's my Car?") is not just rumored, but favored for the role of"Batman" in the upcoming production.

    Readers know that Chris Nolan ("Memento") is on board to direct andDavid Goyer ("Blade") will write the script.

    The site reports that Kutcher is "close to being announced in therole."

    No sources are named in the report and it remains to be seen if the castingwill actually happen. Meanwhile, bat-fans everywhere are bracing for impact.

     

    HELLBOY

    Over at CHUD.com, Nick Nunziata continues his coverage of the movie. Checkout his interviews with F/X guru MattRose and the big, red actor himself RonPerlman.

     

    CATWOMAN

    FilmJerk.comreports that "Men in Black" writer Ed Solomon has come on board"Catwoman" to rewrite the script. Solomon follows a list of writersthat includes Jon Brancato, Mike Ferris, John Rogers and Kate Kondell.

    The information was found on casting sides for the movie, after other sourceshad reported it to FilmJerk. The other sources indicate that Solomon is doing asignificant reworking of the previous scripts for the movie.

    The casting sides indicate that the movie will go into production inSeptember. Halle Berry has committed to playing the lead role in the movie.

     

    SPIDER-MAN

    "Spider-Man" just can't stay out of the news. The top-grossingcomic book movie of all time collected four awards at The Hollywood Reporter's32nd Annual Key Art Awards on Friday (according to TheReporter itself, natch). Sony took a total of six awards at the ceremony.The awards honor movie marketing.

     

    DAREDEVIL

    "Daredevil"kicked off the 2003 superhero season with a bang. Now DD, Elektra, Bullseye andThe Kingpin are coming home to DVD on a special edition two-disc set. The DVD ispresented in Widescreen (Aspect Ratio 2:35:1) and Fullscreen with English 5.1DTS, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French Dolby Surround and Spanish Dolby Surroundsound. Additional DVD special features include:

    • Production commentary by Mark Steven Johnson and Gary Foster

    • Two brand new documentaries, "Beyond Hell's Kitchen: Making Daredevil" with an optional enhanced viewing mode and "The Men Without Fear: The Art of Daredevil"

    • Six multi-angle scene studies

    • Enhanced viewing mode

    • HBO First Look Special

    • "Shadow World" - an in depth look at how Daredevil views the world

    • Modeling sheet - bios on Daredevil villains and heroes

    • Kingpin featurette

    • Three music videos - "Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence, "Won't Back Down" by Fuel and "For You" by The Calling

    • Jennifer Garner's screen test

    • Still gallery

    • Original theatrical trailers

    • Full-length screenplay

    The special edition VHS will include one hit music video andmore.

    For a sampling of DVD extras check out ourFriday update.

    The movie is due in stores July 29th, but Comics2Film and 20thCentury Fox are giving you the chance to claim your own copy for free! 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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