Justice League, Gambit, Flash, Global Frequency, more: January 30th Comic Reel Wrap


Comics Continuum reports that the three-part season finale of the Cartoon Network series won't air until summer, closer to a July 19th DVD release of the grandiose adventure. An anonymous scooper told the Comic Reel that this special event will also feature a major event -- a female character is very likely to die.


Former CBR staffer Rob Worley emailed in this tidbit about a possible cinematic debut for the Cajun X-Man: "That rumor is bull****. I can't believe Garth picked it up. An anonymous jack*** sent a made up story about a Gambit movie to every movie webmaster on the web to see who was gullible enough to run it."


There were plans at bringing the Scarlet Speedster back to the small screen, but those plans have ground to a dead stop. Our dear friends at Kryptonsite (who also ran a Flash site with the same data) sent us the following: "A friend of mine put in a call to Todd Komarnicki's office and learned that the 'Flash' TV project has a new status: Dead. That would probably explain the lack of casting sides etc. leaking out. I've got an e-mail in to that production office; hoping for some kind of official confirmation, but I'd say 99.5% that the project is dead."


Creator Warren Ellis sent out word on his Bad Signal listserv that he's pretty optimistic about the work being done. "The GLOBAL FREQUENCY TV pilot script is actually really good. Adaptations are never exact when they occur across different media. US network TV is an entirely different beast to serial comics. It's one of those things you know going in, and if you're going to be bothered by it, well, why sell the option in the first place? It's not like it erases the original work. But, without wanting to be insulting to people who worked hard, it's not like I've been FROM HELLed or LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMENed. The pilot script is an expansion of the first issue, and, while it makes some obvious concessions to the form it's being adapted for (which it has to, otherwise it wouldn't be any good), it completely captures the tone, keeps some scenes entirely whole and doesn't change a damn thing about the central concept. Not a thing. John Rogers, the writer, did a brilliant job, and stayed in touch with me during every phase of the writing. Which, in and of itself, is unusual enough to be almost freakish. And there's one idea in there I so wish I'd thought of myself. Fingers crossed."


It seems that popular outcry had some effect. Ain't It Cool News' Harry Knowles followed up on his prior reports that Warner Brothers was looking at singer Beyonce Knowles for the role of Lois Lane in the upcoming Superman film. Knowles said, "Seems that McG had decided he wanted to go with Beyonce, nothing official had been signed at that point, HOWEVER, agents of other actresses that were up for the part, their agencies, a few secretaries and assistants here and there all heard that the part was no longer available and was going to Beyonce. Today, according to a plethora of sources, the part of Lois Lane is WIDE-OPEN and the line being spread was that Beyonce was, of course, never going to be Lois Lane, but rather ... ahem ... that was just a really bad idea that was being floated, and ... ahem ... of course Warner Brothers would ... ahem ... never do that, because of course they respect the source material and it's long and valued history ... ahem ..."


MTV has an interview with Thomas Jane, with more inside info on the man in the skull shirt. "I've been a fan of comic books all of my life, but I didn't take the Punisher role right away," Jane said. "Because any time you bring a known character to life, there's an incredible responsibility to not f--- it up." Meanwhile, director Jonathan Hensleigh chatted with Sci Fi Wire, and gave some interesting thoughts about the creation of the film. "t sort of runs counter to my politics," Hensleigh, a former lawyer, said. "I believe that if you're aggrieved that you should call law enforcement and have the person arrested and prosecuted. "I had to ask myself intellectual questions like, 'To what extent do crimes against a person become so unconscionable, so heinous, that even a person who does not believe in vigilantism can resort to vigilantism in a more just way? That was the equation for me. I told Marvel that I didn't just want to do a revenge story, that I wanted to do the mother of all revenge stories. I wanted to ramp everything up. I can't really go further without doing spoilers here. The underlying events that give rise to Frank Castle's vigilantism are not from the comic. I invented a lot of that. I made it a lot worse."


The gang at Kryptonsite are hard at work, delivering four official images from next Wednesday's episode, "Hereafter," as well as an exclusive report o features of the Season 2 DVD, supposedly due for releas in May. Finally, they have an explanation of Ezra Small's latest "prophecy" from the WB's Smallville Ledger subsite, which contains clues to current mysteries and lines from past shows.


"Once Upon a Time in Mexico" creator Robert Rodriguez told Moviehole, "We're writing 'Madman' right now. Yes, Mike Hollard's going to come down, he just finished moving, he's coming in the next couple of weeks to come go through what we've been working up and see what he thinks." He also said that it's still early on in the casting process, but there's a possibility that some former "Spy Kids" and "Desperado" cast members might pop up. As for the lead character? "I know who but I can't say right now. We do have somebody."


Oprah fans got a leather-clad surprise for the talk-show host's fiftieth birthday show: Halle Berry videotaped a special birthday greeting, in costume, with "whip and all." A scooper called "Axeface" mailed Superherohype about it, and said, "She was doing her 'Catwoman' voice which was a MAJOR rip off of Pfeiffer's, I mean almost the exact same voice, meow and all!" In other feline news, it seems that a company called Briefly Stated will be making loungewear and daywear "inspired by the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film."


Wizard has an interview with Jonathan Alpers, the screenwriter bringing Kurt Busiek's super city to the big screen. Alpers said, "It seems to me that one of the things that comic book movies do wrong a lot is eliminate the guy that created it, the creative side, which doesn't make any sense. It doesn't seem like the right thing to do to eliminate Kurt from the decision-making stuff. I think you always run into a little bit of a problem when the guy that created anything, either a screenplay or what have you, is too close to it and not making logical decisions, but I don't think that's what's happening here."


Variety noted that Senator International will handle worldwide sales rights to the sci-fi fantasy adventure CG feature. Voice talents already signed up include Mark Hamill, Chris Marguette, Michael Dorn, Kellie Martin, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Jean Simmons. The pre-production work has been going on in Los Angels since 2000, and then moved to China in 2001. It's expected to be finished this year, now in post-production.


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