Comics2Film: Issue #107

Wed, February 16th, 2000 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Rob Worley, Columnist

BATMAN

[Who's next?]

Early this week, news spread across the Internet that Warner Bros. had

snapped up a domain name relating to the upcoming Batman sequel. Many

sites suggested that, surely, the fact that WB purchased batman-yearone.com is an indication as to the direction the studio was taking

with the franchise. We here at Comics 2 Film have taken a closer look

and have come up with a different view of things.

You see, not only did the Warner buy the aforementioned domain, but

they also purchased batmanbeyonethemovie.com on the very same day.

This could just as likely give credence to rumors that a live-action

Batman Beyond feature is still under consideration. The studio also

picked up the more generic batmanfive.com.

These domains were just three of over a dozen Batman related domain

names that the studio purchased on January 31, 2000. The studio likely

made the January turf-grab to protect itself from the nefarious domain

squatters who had already taken names like batmanyearone.com and

batmanyear1.com.

Here's a complete list of Batman related domains that were purchased by

WB 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 Batcave

web site have launched a campaign to get screen and comic writer Jeph

Loeb hired as the writer for the Batman sequel. Lovecraft13 tells us.

"Jeph Loeb is the hottest writer in the comic industry today, and his

mini-series (set in Batman's early years) Batman: The Long Halloween

has been one of the greatest Batman stories ever told.

"Jeph Loeb, himself, is personally supporting our campaign, and we are

looking for support from everyone who is interested in seeing a good

Batman movie! The petition's URL is:

http://homepages.go.com/~fabio2_batcave/campaign.html

"Both Fabio and myself really believe we can turn some heads if we get

enough signatures, and once we do he will send them up the WB food

chain!"

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 some

pictures 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 a

circle" art from the movie poster.

[X-Men]Corona Coming Attractions unveiled the next phase of the X-Men movie

poster artwork today. The latest poster reveals what is behind the X-

Door. The poster depicts, backlit by the intense light seen in the

earlier artwork, Storm, Wolverine, Rogue, Jean, Cyclops and Professor X.

CCA also alerts readers to a display of X-Men toy photos at the Raving

Toy Maniac (RTM) website. The photos depict 11 of the movie-based toys

that were being shown at the Toy Fair trade show.

In trailer news, CCA now reports that the trailer may appear before The

Whole Nine Yards which is set to debut in theaters this Friday.

However, a separate source told the website that the trailer had

shipped, but theater managers will likely be asked to show it with

Mission To Mars instead.

The Countdown To X-Men website also gave fans a sneak peek at the

upcoming X-Men movie. The site recently posted a pair of concept

sketches from the production. Readers are cautioned to view them at

their own risk as they do contain spoilers.

SPIDER-MAN

According to a recent report from Ain't it Cool News Doctor Octopus and

Green Goblin are set to be the villains in the Spider-Man movie. This

comes from a spy that AICN reports has been 100% accurate in all

reports made in the past three years. The spy reports that the

information comes from a studio document. The spy also claims that the

document 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 this

year.

Late last week the Spider-Man Hype site offered up the latest casting

rumor. According to their source Jennifer Aniston (Friends) is the top

contender 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 new

release date according to a recent press release from Warner Home

Video. Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker is now slated to be in

stores on October 31. WB provides this description for the movie, "In

this thrilling action-packed adventure, the sleeker, more dangerous and

seemingly immortal Clown Prince of Crime is back to terrorize Gotham,

Batman and the aging Bruce Wayne. While trying to uncover the Joker's

secrets, Terry McGinnis, the new Batman, discovers the greatest mystery

in the career of the original Batman -- the true story of the night

Batman fought the Joker for the last time. When Bruce Wayne is almost

killed in one of the Joker's new attacks, it's up to Batman Beyond to

avenge his mentor and put the Joker to rest forever."

The studio will also release Tweety's High-Flying Adventures on

September 12 and Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders on October 3.

ASTERIX AND CLEOPATRA

Isabelle Adjani (Diabolique) is set to play Cleopatra in the upcoming

sequel Asterix and Cleopatra according to the French press. Reports

that the actress was in talks, or had even signed on, to play the role

have been reported since late last year.

However, in a recent inteview with Italy's La Repubblica, Gerard

Depardieu refused to give the name of the actress who would likely take

the part, leaving the suggestion that Adjani may not yet have the part.

Depardieu will reprise his role of Obelix opposite Christian Clavier's

Asterix.

THE CROW: SALVATION

Irony Despair of the A Boy and His Bird website provided Comics 2 Film

with another scoop on the upcoming sequel The Crow: Salvation. The

latest report from I.D. is the listing of all the tracks on the

soundtrack 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, three

days after the soundtrack's release.

JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS

Rachael Leigh Cook (She's All That) is set to star in the big screen

version of Josie and the Pussycats according to a recent article in the

Hollywood Reporter. Cook will play Josie and reportedly would like to

perform the singing parts as well, although it's uncertain if she'll

actually do that.

The Archie Comics concept will be directed by Harry Elfont and Deborah

Kaplan (Can't Hardly Wait) for Universal Pictures. The movie is set to

go before the cameras this summer. Riverdale Prods. will produce with

Marc Platt.

The article also states that Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and his wife

Tracey negotiating to produce the music for the movie.

THE TICK TV

TickDaily Variety reports that fan fave Patrick Warburton has

signed 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 Puddy

on Seinfeld. He's also frequently seen terrorizing M & M's and has a

role in current box-office champ Scream 3. Fans at this website have

long maintained that Warburton would be the perfect actor to bring Ben

Edlund's goofy superhero to life.

Barry Sonnefeld, the producer of the show, has also signed on to direct

the pilot episode. Sonnefeld has directed such big-budget box office

fare as Men In Black and Wild, Wild West. "I've been a huge fan of The

Tick for years," Sonnenfeld told Variety. "I like it even more than my

6-year-old daughter. It's really up my alley. It doesn't feel like

anything on television today."

Sonnenfeld, Edlund and Barry Josephson are producers on the show, which

has been scripted by Edlund. Bo Welsh (Men in Black) has been named

the production designer on the project. The show is slated to air on

Fox TV. The Tick is set to go before the cameras in the first two

weeks of April.

STATIC

According to Rob Allstetter of the Comics Continuum, Kids WB! is

considering the outstanding and much-lamented comic book Static for an

upcoming animated show. Static was the teenage subject of a comic

published by the also-lamented Milestone Media. Recent reports

indicated that Milestone may be making a comeback in the near future.

No official comment from Kids WB! or Milestone was made regarding the

rumored show.

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