Spider-Man 2, American Splendor, LXG, Hulk, Marvel/Artisan, Hef's Superbunnies: Comics2Film wrap for July 22, 2003


Hoton the heels of the unveiling of Doc Ock at Comic-Con, theOfficial Spider-Man 2 website opened up this weekend. 

There's not much there but fans who didn't attend the convention can downloada nice wallpaper of Alfred Molina sporting his nasty metal tentacles. If youwant another good look at Ock, you can click the thumbnail at left for agiant-sized poster image of the character.

You'll also find a summary of the film's story at the new site.

"Spider-Man 2" is due out July 2, 2004.



The movie version of Harvey Pekar's "American Splendor" collectedanother festival award over the weekend. Varietyreports that the film received the Just for Laughs' Comedia film festival awardat the wrap of the 21st annual event.

"American Splendor" has previously won the Grand Jury Prize at theSundance Film Festival and the Fipresci Award at Cannes.



"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" is holding strong at thirdplace at the box office this week. The movie took in another $10 millionaccording to actual figures published by BoxOffice Mojo. The movie's two-week take is now up to $42.5 million dollars.

Although "Bad Boys II" topped the charts with a whopping $46.5million, other new movies debuted below "LXG" with " Johnny English"coming in at #5 and " How to Deal" at #8.

'The Hulk' has left the building. The mega-budget comic book adaptation hasfallen off the top 10 chart in its fifth week of release. The movie came in at#13 this week, edging its total box office to just over $128 million.



The bids for Artisan Entertainment are in according to TheHollywood Reporter. Earlier this month the trade revealed that MarvelEnterprises was expected to make a bid on the movie studio.

According to the new report, Marvel has made a verbal bid of an undisclosedamount for the studio and its assets. However, insiders believe that Marvel'sbid is the lower than the $140 million-$160 million bid from production partnersStanley Jaffe and Scott Greenstein. That party's bid is said to be fullyfinanced.

Meanwhile, CBR's own RichJohnston speculates that Marvel's bidding may just be a ploy to get a lookat Artisan's financials.



From a press release:

Playboy, the world's best-selling magazine for men and POW! Entertainment,home to Stan Lee, godfather of the modern comic book superhero, recently announceda joint venture to develop an animated television series, "Hef'sSuperbunnies." 

The series, targeted to adults, will feature Playboy magazine's founder andeditor-in-chief Hugh M. Hefner as the leader of a sophisticated, worldwidecrime-fighting organization comprised of the publication's famed Playmates ofthe Month.

Each 30-minute program will introduce viewers to the "hidden world"of the Playboy Mansion, from which Hef will lead teams of highly-trained "Superbunnies"to combat the merciless, deadly enemies of democracy.

The series will be produced jointly by POW! Entertainment and Playboy's AltaLoma Entertainment division.

Announcing the development deal, Playboy's Hefner said, "As a young man,comic books played an important role in my own life. In fact, if I had been abetter cartoonist, I might never have created Playboy magazine. That's one morereason I'm glad that a creative genius such as Stan Lee was around to take theappeal of the comic book superhero to the highest level."

Lee said, "As a fan who bought and cherished the very first copy ofPlayboy in 1953, it is an enormous thrill for me to be partnering with a man whohas done so much to shape the culture of the times we live in. Hugh Hefner haslong been one of the great communicators in our society and I can't think ofanyone I'd rather partner with on such an unusual and exciting project."

"Hef's Superbunnies" is created by Stan Lee. Executive Producersfor POW! Entertainment are Lee and COO Gill Champion. POW! Entertainment createsmotion pictures and television franchises, both live action and animation.

Executive producers for Playboy Enterprises, Inc. are Hugh M. Hefner andRichard S. Rosenzweig, chairman of Alta Loma Entertainment, Playboy's mainstreamentertainment and production company. Associate producer is Jill Liberman.

Champion says, "The joining of these two global icons in this new exoticanimated adventure will not only provide an innovative, provocative and cuttingedge entertainment series, but is certain to generate substantial multiplerevenue opportunities world-wide."



The"Daredevil" DVD is due in stores July 29th, but Comics2Film and 20thCentury 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 passon to you, the faithful reader.

Just signup for our giveawayat Comics2Film.com between now and July 27th for your chance to win. 



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.

Time isrunning out. Entries are due by July 25th. Click overto the Comics2Film.comwebsite for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!

Dark Phoenix Already Being Pulled from Theaters

More in Movies