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Issue #107

BATMAN

[Who's next?]Early this week, news spread across the Internet that Warner Bros. hadsnapped up a domain name relating to the upcoming Batman sequel. Manysites suggested that, surely, the fact that WB purchased batman-yearone.com is an indication as to the direction the studio was takingwith the franchise. We here at Comics 2 Film have taken a closer lookand have come up with a different view of things.

You see, not only did the Warner buy the aforementioned domain, butthey also purchased batmanbeyonethemovie.com on the very same day.This could just as likely give credence to rumors that a live-actionBatman Beyond feature is still under consideration. The studio alsopicked up the more generic batmanfive.com.

These domains were just three of over a dozen Batman related domainnames that the studio purchased on January 31, 2000. The studio likelymade the January turf-grab to protect itself from the nefarious domainsquatters who had already taken names like batmanyearone.com andbatmanyear1.com.

Here's a complete list of Batman related domains that were purchased byWB on 1/31/2000:

  • batman5.net
  • batmanbeyondmovie.com
  • batmanbeyondmovie.net
  • batmanbeyondthefilm.com
  • batmanbeyondthefilm.net
  • batmanbeyondthemovie.com
  • batmanbeyondthemovie.net
  • batmanfive.com
  • batmanfive.net
  • batmanv.com
  • batmanv.net
  • batman-yearone.com
  • batman-yearone.net
  • batmanyearone.net
  • batman-year1.com
  • batmanyear1.net

As of today, none of these addresses has been attached to an actual website. Thanks to M@th for the tip.

In a related story, our friends Fabio2 and Lovecraft13 over at Batcaveweb site have launched a campaign to get screen and comic writer JephLoeb hired as the writer for the Batman sequel. Lovecraft13 tells us."Jeph Loeb is the hottest writer in the comic industry today, and hismini-series (set in Batman's early years) Batman: The Long Halloweenhas been one of the greatest Batman stories ever told.

"Jeph Loeb, himself, is personally supporting our campaign, and we arelooking for support from everyone who is interested in seeing a goodBatman movie! The petition's URL is:

"Both Fabio and myself really believe we can turn some heads if we getenough signatures, and once we do he will send them up the WB foodchain!"

Fans: this is your chance to shape the future of the bat-franchise!

[X]X-MEN

While attending a recent sneak preview of Pitch Black yours truly ran into the 3-D X-Men theater lobby display. Anticipating the encounter,I had concealed my digital camera in my coat pocket and snapped somepictures of the much-discussed piece of art. As described in the past,it is basically a six-foot-tall, three-dimensional model of the "X in acircle" art from the movie poster.

[X-Men]Corona Coming Attractions unveiled the next phase of the X-Men movieposter artwork today. The latest poster reveals what is behind the X-Door. The poster depicts, backlit by the intense light seen in theearlier artwork, Storm, Wolverine, Rogue, Jean, Cyclops and Professor X.

CCA also alerts readers to a display of X-Men toy photos at the RavingToy Maniac (RTM) website. The photos depict 11 of the movie-based toysthat were being shown at the Toy Fair trade show.

In trailer news, CCA now reports that the trailer may appear before TheWhole Nine Yards which is set to debut in theaters this Friday.However, a separate source told the website that the trailer hadshipped, but theater managers will likely be asked to show it withMission To Mars instead.

The Countdown To X-Men website also gave fans a sneak peek at theupcoming X-Men movie. The site recently posted a pair of conceptsketches from the production. Readers are cautioned to view them attheir own risk as they do contain spoilers.

SPIDER-MAN

According to a recent report from Ain't it Cool News Doctor Octopus andGreen Goblin are set to be the villains in the Spider-Man movie. Thiscomes from a spy that AICN reports has been 100% accurate in allreports made in the past three years. The spy reports that theinformation comes from a studio document. The spy also claims that thedocument is fairly recent as it references Sam Raimi as the director.Raimi's name hadn't worked its way into the rumor mill until early thisyear.

Late last week the Spider-Man Hype site offered up the latest castingrumor. According to their source Jennifer Aniston (Friends) is the topcontender for the role of Mary Jane. The source does not say where this bit of casting speculation comes from.

BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER

[Batman Beyond Video]The feature-length, animated Batman Beyond video has been given a newrelease date according to a recent press release from Warner HomeVideo. Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker is now slated to be instores on October 31. WB provides this description for the movie, "Inthis thrilling action-packed adventure, the sleeker, more dangerous andseemingly immortal Clown Prince of Crime is back to terrorize Gotham,Batman and the aging Bruce Wayne. While trying to uncover the Joker'ssecrets, Terry McGinnis, the new Batman, discovers the greatest mysteryin the career of the original Batman -- the true story of the nightBatman fought the Joker for the last time. When Bruce Wayne is almostkilled in one of the Joker's new attacks, it's up to Batman Beyond toavenge his mentor and put the Joker to rest forever."

The studio will also release Tweety's High-Flying Adventures onSeptember 12 and Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders on October 3.

ASTERIX AND CLEOPATRA

Isabelle Adjani (Diabolique) is set to play Cleopatra in the upcomingsequel Asterix and Cleopatra according to the French press. Reportsthat the actress was in talks, or had even signed on, to play the rolehave been reported since late last year.

However, in a recent inteview with Italy's La Repubblica, GerardDepardieu refused to give the name of the actress who would likely takethe part, leaving the suggestion that Adjani may not yet have the part.Depardieu will reprise his role of Obelix opposite Christian Clavier'sAsterix.

THE CROW: SALVATION

Irony Despair of the A Boy and His Bird website provided Comics 2 Filmwith another scoop on the upcoming sequel The Crow: Salvation. Thelatest report from I.D. is the listing of all the tracks on thesoundtrack for the movie:

  1. Best Things - Filter (remix)
  2. Living Dead Girl - Rob Zombie (Naked Exorcism mix)
  3. Bad Brother - Infidels/Juliette Lewis
  4. It's All Over Now Baby Blue - Hole
  5. Warm Winter - Kid Rock
  6. What You Want - The Flys
  7. Waking Up Beside You - Stabbing Westward (Forgotten By The World mix)
  8. Painful - Sin
  9. Antihistamine - Tricky
  10. Now Is The Time - Crystal Method (Millennium mix)
  11. Everything Sucks (Again) - Pitch Shifter
  12. Big God - Monster Magnet
  13. Independent Slaves - Days Of The New
  14. Burning Inside - Static X/Burton C. Bell
  15. Rusted Wings - New American Shame
  16. Underbelly Of The Beast - (remix)

A few days later Irony was back with even more news on the movie.According to I.D. Miramax is set to open the movie on March 31st, threedays after the soundtrack's release.

JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS

Rachael Leigh Cook (She's All That) is set to star in the big screenversion of Josie and the Pussycats according to a recent article in theHollywood Reporter. Cook will play Josie and reportedly would like toperform the singing parts as well, although it's uncertain if she'llactually do that.

The Archie Comics concept will be directed by Harry Elfont and DeborahKaplan (Can't Hardly Wait) for Universal Pictures. The movie is set togo before the cameras this summer. Riverdale Prods. will produce withMarc Platt.

The article also states that Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and his wifeTracey negotiating to produce the music for the movie.

THE TICK TV

TickDaily Variety reports that fan fave Patrick Warburton hassigned to play the title role in the live action TV pilot The Tick.Warburton is best known to fans as Elaine's rock-headed boyfriend Puddyon Seinfeld. He's also frequently seen terrorizing M & M's and has arole in current box-office champ Scream 3. Fans at this website havelong maintained that Warburton would be the perfect actor to bring BenEdlund's goofy superhero to life.

Barry Sonnefeld, the producer of the show, has also signed on to directthe pilot episode. Sonnefeld has directed such big-budget box officefare as Men In Black and Wild, Wild West. "I've been a huge fan of TheTick for years," Sonnenfeld told Variety. "I like it even more than my6-year-old daughter. It's really up my alley. It doesn't feel likeanything on television today."

Sonnenfeld, Edlund and Barry Josephson are producers on the show, whichhas been scripted by Edlund. Bo Welsh (Men in Black) has been namedthe production designer on the project. The show is slated to air onFox TV. The Tick is set to go before the cameras in the first twoweeks of April.

STATIC

According to Rob Allstetter of the Comics Continuum, Kids WB! isconsidering the outstanding and much-lamented comic book Static for anupcoming animated show. Static was the teenage subject of a comicpublished by the also-lamented Milestone Media. Recent reportsindicated that Milestone may be making a comeback in the near future.No official comment from Kids WB! or Milestone was made regarding therumored show.

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