Lions Gate and Marvel have launched a website for the direct-to-DVD animated feature with a trailer and downloads available.
Meanwhile, comic book artist Bryan Hitch was interviewed by Hero Realm about his work on the project. “They wanted to get me on board to just give me a list of characters they are going to use. Let me go to town on them, then take them away to their development team and worked on them. Again, much as happened with the DVD here. So Craig basically just got in touch and said that we’re going to be doing this we’d like you to consult with us and Lions Gate. We’d like you to read the script, offer any comments. It came to them asking me to design some new characters for the second one because we hadn’t used them in our book, and they wanted to get my Ultimate take on them, as it were. They then took them to the development team again. I did a whole series of background illustrations for some characters just show some different directions. And of course they had me do all the display art. All the public artwork because they were determined to keep it within the area creatively that it had come from. I was delighted because they could have easily gone to any ole body. They could have just had the standard DVD cover. They could have used a still from the movie. They could have used any standard approach that you see with a game or a movie.”
Speaking of animated super-teams, according to Comics Continuum, “The Legion of Super-Heroes will be featured along with Supergirl in an upcoming episode of Cartoon Network’s Justice League Unlimited. In the episode, Supergirl is kidnapped to the 31st century for what the history books say was her last adventure. The Fatal Five appears, as do more than 20 Legionnaires. Among the Legion members in the episode are Brainiac 5 and Bouncing Boy. The Legion’s appearance has nothing to do with the ‘Legion’ show in development at Warner Bros. Animation.”
IRON MAN ANIMATED
Comics Continuum also chimed in with quotes from voice over actor Marc Worden, who brings Tony Stark to life in the film. “It’s his origin, updated,” Johnson said at Boston. “It isn’t based on anybody’s specific run. There are some surprises that I think are going to thrill the fans because it’s a great origin story.”
As noted in this PDF file, a Canadian company called PQ Systems is working on technical issues for the Brett Ratner-led Marvel sequel.
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