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

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


As expected “The Hulk” smashed the box office according to weekend
estimates published by Box
Office Mojo
. In the face of mixed reviews and fan
reactions, big green grabbed opening receipts totalling about $62.6 million.

This puts “Hulk” in the #1 spot for the weekend. It also makes it
the biggest June opening, surpassing the previous record-holder “Austin
Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” which brought in $54.9 (albeit at lower
ticket prices).

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

Reviews for the movie have been lukewarm, although leaning towards the
positive. By the end of the weekend, review aggregator Rotten
was scoring the movie 63% “fresh” (positive) out of 82
posted, 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 Comics2Film
are only scoring “The Hulk” 7.5 on the 10 scale.

In other “Hulk” news, Universal opened a nifty new section of
last week. If you were disappointed by the lackluster “Marvel Encyclopedia
Vol. 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 character
and gives summaries of the high points of the comics and the cast of characters
from the books. You’ll find it under “The History” button at



who were waiting to see that punisher trailer can now direct their browsers to

The new teaser site is open for business, about a year ahead of the film’s
targeted release date. The site is a fairly odd construct, presumably intended
to draw you into the fractured world of Frank Castle.

It opens on a computer readout, giving you Castle’s basic stats. From there
it goes into a Flash animation in which you pour over the scorched ruins of
Castle’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 to
get where it’s going and there doesn’t appear to be any way to circumvent the
animation. It does get a little boring and frustrating after a few minutes. Fans
who are just looking to get to the good stuff can click over to the
teaser trailer at
, which is the only content to be found after the
web-site intro.

As promised, Comics2Film drew winners in our Punisher
. Artisan provided 10 posters and 5 T-shirts from the movie to give
to 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

  • Poster Winners:
    • 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



In what is surely a sign of the impending apocalypse,  E!
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 and
David Goyer (“Blade”) will write the script.

The site reports that Kutcher is “close to being announced in the

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



Over at, Nick Nunziata continues his coverage of the movie. Check
out his interviews with F/X guru Matt
and the big, red actor himself Ron


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

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

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



“Spider-Man” just can’t stay out of the news. The top-grossing
comic book movie of all time collected four awards at The Hollywood Reporter’s
32nd Annual Key Art Awards on Friday (according to The
itself, natch). Sony took a total of six awards at the ceremony.
The awards honor movie marketing.



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

For a sampling of DVD extras check out our
Friday update

The movie is due in stores July 29th, but Comics2Film and 20th
Century Fox are giving you the chance to claim your own copy for free! Just sign
up for our giveaway
between now and July 27th for your chance to win.



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.

just launched the contest, so there’s still plenty of time to enter. Click over
to the
website for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!


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