Comics2Film

Wed, May 15th, 2002 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Rob Worley, Columnist

ASTRO ACES

Last February comics creator Shannon Denton told Comics2Film that Flatiron Films had picked up the option on his Astro Aces comic. This week C2F followed up on the project and learned that work is proceeding quickly. Screenwriter Daniel Bernstein is now on board developing the pitch for the movie.

Development executive John Kapral told us he's excited about the project and hopes to take it out to studios soon.

"I have been a huge fan of Shannon's work for past few years, as soon as we saw his designs for Astro Aces I knew it was the type of movie that I wanted to make. Daniel Bernstein is a tremendous talent who will truly bring Shannon's work to life," Kapral said.

Bernstein previously penned the script for Emperor Zehnder which has Richard Gere attached to star. He's also working on two other movies for Flatiron: a live-action canine musical called When Bogey Met Garbo and an adaptation of Edward Sorel's children's book Johnny on the Spot.

Denton is enthused about Bernstein, praising Johnny on the Spot script as being a lot of fun and having great dialog. The comic creator recently met with the writer to discuss the film. "He really seems to love the project," Denton said. "He's got a new daughter and he seems like he really wants to do something that is fun, family entertainment. He and I are on the same page where 'family entertainment' doesn't mean 'kiddie.' To us 'family' can mean Indiana Jones."

Although a CGI animated demo reel for the concept can be found on Denton's Komikwerks.com, the producers are eyeing the concept as a live-action feature.

The story focuses on a young boy from Earth who sets his sights on superhero glory when he joins the Cosmo's Junior Space Commandos at the Intergalactic Astro-Academy. There he hopes to become one of the future protectors of our galaxy!

Denton said he finds working with Flatiron to be a very collaborative process. "They tend to want to work with the creators and writers and make sure everybody's vision ends up in the movie," Denton said.

"It's exciting to be working with Shannon, and I am equally as glad to have Daniel aboard to develop it into a live-action feature film," Flatiron founder Jonathan Treisman said. "The artistic view and work of Shannon and Daniel compliment each other so well."

Astro Aces previously appeared in the anthology title Actionopolis. Denton tells us that a new comic is on the way. Ken Boyer will be handling the art chores. He's a first time comic illustrator but he's an Emmy-winning animator director with over 20 years of experience. Boyer worked at Spumco, Warner Bros. and Disney to name a few. He's directed episodes of Tiny Toons, worked as an animator on Lion King and he's currently working on Ozzy and Drix, the upcoming series spinning off of Osmosis Jones.

Plans are to preview the comic at San Diego this year.

WELCOME TO ELTINGVILLE

Evan Dorkin fans who missed out on the March premiere of Welcome to Eltingville will get another chance to see it this month.

Cartoon Network will air the animated pilot featuring Dorkin's hateful pop-culture junkies on Sunday, May 19th at 11p.m.

This is the third airing for the show following a stealth airing on February 26th at 4:00am and the official "premiere" airing on March 3rd at 11 p.m.

MY NAME IS MODESTY

[Alexandra Staden]
Alexandra Staden
Although a March mention of a Modesty Blaise movie made it seem as if work was just beginning on the new comic-based film, Comics2Film has learned that filming has already wrapped on Miramax's adaptation My Name is Modesty.

Relatively unknown British actress, Alexandra Staden stars as Peter O'Donnell's comic strip character. Staden made her feature film debut in Mike Figgis' Hotel.

Scott Spiegel directed the movie. Spiegel may be best known for the direct-to-video sequel From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money.

As previously reported the script was penned by Janet Scott Batchler and Lee Batchler (Batman Forever, Smoke and Mirrors).

A posting on the Modesty Blaise newsgroup, attributed to O'Donnell himself, suggests that the movie may have been rushed into production under the threat of an expiring option on the property.

Sources at Miramax told C2F that My Name is Modesty was filmed during an April-May shoot in Bucharest. The film wrapped production last week. The studio has not yet scheduled a release date for it.

SMALLVILLE, BIRDS OF PREY, SABRINA

[Birds of Prey]The WB has announced their new fall line-up. As mentioned in the Monday trades Birds of Prey is on the schedule. The one-hour series has been given the 9 p.m. time-slot on Wednesdays, following Dawson's Creek.

The show is being touted as a Batman tie-in, with the promo art even featuring a bat-like figure. Here's the description from the WB website:

"The Batman legend is about to take a very unexpected turn. With Birds of Prey, the producers of Smallville masterfully combine the human drama of their hit WB series with a stunning cinematic visual style.

"It begins with New Gotham in chaos. In one night, Catwoman is murdered and Batgirl falls in a rain of gunfire, victims of The Joker's wrath. With his true love dead, The Caped Crusader flees the city and Batgirl, now confined to a wheelchair, redefines herself as 'Oracle' (Dina Meyer, Beverly Hills, 90210), a master of cybernetics and weapons design. She takes under her wing the secret daughter of Batman and Catwoman, 'Huntress' (Ashley Scott, Dark Angel), who is as fierce as she is beautiful. Powerful, haunting visions lead a third young woman, Dinah (Rachel Skarsten, Virginia's Run), to their secret Clock Tower lair. The trio is complete. They are now the Birds of Prey, determined to battle crime in a New Gotham laced with bold new villains. Shemar Moore (The Brothers) and Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) also star."

Fans interested in learning more about the pilot can check out Gotham Clock Tower. The site recently posted a mostly positive review of the movie.

As expected Smallville will keep it's usual timeslot of Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. The net provides this teaser for returning fans:

"Next season, Clark discovers a new power that not only increases his ability to help others, but also his chances for being discovered. Lex also gains new power, but of a different nature. In the fight to oust his father from Luthor Corp., he undergoes a sinister transformation that will warp his friendship with Clark.

"The greatest threat to Clark Kent remains the disclosure of his true identity. (Can he trust a close friend when the truth is revealed?)"

Likewise, the Archie Comics based show Sabrina returns to its usual spot at Fridays at 8:30 p.m. This show is undergoing changes as the title character matures with her Melissa Joan Hart, the actress who has played her for years.

"This year is all about change when Sabrina and her college friends forge their independence and an even stronger friendship. They're about to take the plunge into the turbulent waters of the working world.

"Sabrina takes on a job at a young, hip teen magazine, where she finds a new adult mentor in the mag's savvy editor. Learning to meet her mortal boss's expectations will be a new challenge - especially while trying to suppress her magic. Roxie carries on at the radio station with her highly-rated segment "Chick Chat," while Morgan has her first intimate encounter - with responsibility - as the manager of the coffee shop. This season on Sabrina, it's all about the girls."

WITCHBLADE SEASON 2

Witchblade executive producer Ralph Hemecker said that season two of the show will provide a good jumping on point for new viewers while serving up interesting twists for fans of the first season. This spins out of the events set up at the end of last season.

"Everyone that Sara cares about was killed, but she discovered that she had the ability to transcend time. So she chooses to go back to just before her partner Danny was killed at the beginning of the first season," Hemecker said in recently released press materials, describing season one's climax. "As a result, the second season is going to be a cleanly tracking story for new viewers to the series, while for the core audience, it will be a bit like Groundhog Day -- some things will be similar, but many elements are going to be new."

For Will Yun Lee, who plays Danny Woo, the new season is very different. "Last season, Danny was Sara's slain partner/guardian spirit. Since time was rewound in the season finale, Danny is now Sara's live partner once again," Lee said. "In a lot of ways, it's difficult because it's a change of pace -- there's so much new energy to my character. This season, you'll really get a glimpse of Danny's life -- his inner struggles."

So if Danny is Sara's partner once again, what happens to Jake McCartey, played by David Chokachi? "We're kind of a threesome," Chokachi said, "but Danny Woo is Sara's partner. We all work together on whatever the homicide is at that time."

While Sara Pezzini may have been tentative in her usage of the Witchblade last season, things have changed this time around. "She was reluctant at first to receive the Witchblade, and she doesn't really understand it," star Yancy Butler said, "but in the second season she definitively does consider it a gift. She accepts it and really wants to control it; she is intrigued and wants to explore all options with the Witchblade, whatever the outcome may be. She doesn't want to be a hero but really cares about justice and taking care of injustices."

Hemecker adds, "Sara has more of an intuitive understanding of the Witchblade, and she is going to wield it with more prowess this season."

Season 2 of Witchblade begins Sunday, June 16th on TNT.

HELLBOY, BLADE III

Wonder who'd win in a fight between Blade and Hellboy? Well... If Guillermo Del Toro (director of Blade II) gets to decide (and he does) it'll be Hellboy. Del Toro chatted with SCI FI Wire Tuesday, telling them that he won't return to direct Blade III because it would conflict with the shooting schedule of his Hellboy film.

"I will not do Blade III, because they're going to go at the same time," Del Toro said. "I had to choose, and I had no problem choosing." He went on to say that he would not co-produce Blade III, a common practice among directors who decline to do sequels.

"I don't believe in that kind of Hollywood attachments that just make the thing heavier. I loved doing Blade II. I would have loved to do Blade III, but I'm going to see it in the theater."

CROSSGEN, SIGIL, MYSTIC, SAURIANS

[CrossGen]The Hollywood Reporter reports that CrossGen comics and Michael Uslan's Branded Entertainment announced movie and TV projects stemming from their recent development deal this week.

Threshold Entertainment optioned the rights to Sigil and Saurians for feature film, television and video games. The company is best known for shepherding the Mortal Kombat video games to the big and small screens.

"CrossGen Comics is hands-down the most exciting comics company to come around in decades," Threshold Entertainment chairman and CEO Larry Kasanoff said. "The unusual thing about that company is not one particular franchise, but that everything they do is so remarkably good."

Wes Craven and Marianne Maddalena, of Craven/Maddalena Pictures are negotiating a deal on the option for Mystic. Plans are to turn that one into a live-action, primetime, weekly television series.

Maddalena said the magic wielding sisters of Genevieve and Giselle Villard were the key attraction to the property. "It is probably along the line of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and we believe it would attract the same young audiences that Buffy does attract," she told The Reporter.

Uslan previously teamed with Craven on Swamp Thing.

X-MEN 2, HULK, DAREDEVIL, FANTASTIC FOUR

Avi Arad is a very happy man right now. Spider-Man, his latest attempt to help shepherd a Marvel Comics character to the big screen is a record-breaking success. In an interview with E! Online's Anderson Jones Arad said of Marvel's big screen character ventures, "it's sort of an ongoing party with a chain of good movies and good successes."

In his Movie Scoop column Jones reports that Arad is, "in preproduction on X2, the sequel to X-Men; and promises to start shooting The Fantastic Four next year."

Arad explained to Jones what he considers one of the most important aspects of translating a Marvel character's adventures to the silver screen, "The most important decision when making our movies is finding the director who has that special passion and concern. It's like interviewing babysitters for your baby--you want to make sure you put this baby in good hands."

Jones then provides a quote from the Hulk's babysitter, director Ang Lee. Lee is currently rolling cameras on the movie. The director provides his take on The Hulk:

"I believe Hulk is the first Marvel creature--or in a comic-book world--that is a mixture of monster and superhero," says Lee, who wants to tackle jade jaws on three levels: scientific, technical and cultural. "I think it's possible to do a mixture in a very emotional way, as well. We all have the Hulk inside of us--our alter ego. I've experienced that now."

HULK

[The Hulk]What's twenty feet tall, has a head made of cardboard, and has faux police officers pointing guns at it in San Francisco? Why, the Hulk, of course...

C. W. Nevius, staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, shared some insight and cutting humor Tuesday, as he discussed a day of filming for the Hulk movie. He offered an interesting tidbit on the height of the CGI Hulk. According to Nevius, the size of ol' greenskin will vary according to how angry Bruce Banner is when he transforms into the Hulk.

He writes, "For the scene shot on Sansome and Vallejo streets, for example, he will be as tall as 20 feet, then shrink to the size of actor Eric Bana when he sees his girlfriend, Betty Ross (Jennifer Connelly), on the Vallejo steps."

Thanks to averyestates for the lead.

Of course Stan Lee will keep the cameos coming, with his latest walk-on being in The Hulk, according to Comics Continuum.

The Continuum recently posted an article describing an appearance of Stan Lee on TechTV. In the appearance, Lee noted that he had finished filming his cameo for Daredevil, and would soon be filming one for The Hulk. "I have a much more crucial role," Stan said jokingly, although it is not clear which film he is referring to.

Dark Horizons printed a report on the upcoming Hulk film from a scooper who identified himself as Deco-Man.

According to Deco-Man the prop department for the Hulk has a small nation size arsenal of prop weapons. Deco said, "I was recently at a busy Prop House in LA shopping for prop police guns and weapons for a low budget straight to video film not worth mentioning. What I had to choose from was bottom of the barrel stuff (practically spray painted squirt guns). The salesman explained almost all there inventory has been rented out by The Hulk (and this place has one of the most extensive/biggest prop weapon collections in town).

"Not only street cop stuff had been rented out but also SWAT and Army gear. He said no production he had ever worked with had used so much, including Pearl Harbor or T2. There must be some heavy action against the Hulk. Also consider hand props such as guns are rented with a minimum in mind to keep costs low depending on the number of people in scene and are simply passed on to other actors for different shots/scenes."

Corona Coming Attractions has reported that there will be a major difference between the film adaptation of The Hulk and the long running Marvel Comics series that it is based on.

According to an anonymous scooper, Peter Cuneo, CEO of Marvel Entertainment, spilled the following information at a lecture in New York City. Banner will remember everything that transpires while he is in his giant, green, altered state. This is of course, for those who are familiar with the comics, a departure from the original stories in which a disoriented Banner would find himself in strange places, devoid of most of his clothes, not knowing what had happened.

The Hulk, from director Ang Lee is set to be in theaters July 2003.

BIG DADDY DANGER

Last year Adam Pollina a signed a deal to write nine issue limited series for DC Comics called Big Daddy Danger. Pollina also sold the movie rights to the creator-owned series before the first comic was ever released.

Newsarama now reports that the first issue of Pollina's Big Daddy Danger comic is solicited for an August 2002 debut. The site offers the following description of the title, "A humorous series set in the world of professional wrestling, the series stars what DC calls, 'America's greatest weapon in the fight for freedom,' and 'the people's greatest champion … the impossibly strong, supremely confident, always-masked Big Daddy Danger.

"A devoted father (his mission comes second only to his son), Big Daddy Danger has inherited the family legacy of being's his country's greatest secret weapon, a legacy that goes at bar back at he Revolutionary War.

"Facing dangers like conquering alien races and the lady wrestlers known at the 'Ma' amazons', Danger's biggest troubles stem from this personal life. Already estranged from his wife Dana Danger, Big Daddy Dangers responsibilities as super spy also take their toll on his relationship with this worshipful, but often disappointed son. And manipulating Danger's troubles behind the scenes is his own brother, scheming to inherit the family legacy to become Big Diablo Danger, 'the biggest heel of them all!'"

FLASH, THE

Comics2Film checked in with producer Neal Mortiz's office about recent rumors regarding The Flash.

A listing on the 4Filmmakers database indicated that Moritz was producing a movie version of DC Comics' scarlet speedster with Rob Cohen directing and Vin Diesel starring.

A representative at Moritz's Original Film told C2F that they know nothing about such a movie and have no idea how their names became attached. Furthermore, they've been in contact with Cohen who is similarly puzzled by the situation.

Moritz, Cohen and Diesel have teamed up in the past on movies like The Fast and the Furious and XXX. We're not sure how the listing came about on 4Filmmakers, but it's looking like a data entry error.

SPIDER-MAN

[Spider-Man]Facing less-than-formidable competition at the box office, Spider-Man maintained it's number one status for the second week in a row according to Box Office Mojo. The hit comic book movie defied the "week two curse" that blockbusters often experience by bringing home a whopping $72 million...a number Sony would have been happy to collect during the first weekend.

This marks a mere 37% drop from week one. Box Office Mojo reports that, on average, movies that open with more than $40million drop off 54% in week two.

Spidey broke a few more records as well. The big take marks the biggest ever second weekend sales, again topping Harry Potter. In fact. Spidey week two marks the fourth biggest weekend sales for any movie.

As predicted, the movie was the fastest to break the $200 million mark, with at 10 day tally of $223.6 million. This tops The Phantom Menace's 13 day feat.

So far it's the best performing movie of this year. It's also up to #29 on the all-time grosser's chart.

The web-slinger continues to perform overseas as well according to today's Variety . The movie enjoyed the biggest opening of any Sony pic in Japan and also took in the largest ever weekend box-office for any movie in South Africa. It bowed at #1 in both places.

The movie also kept its #1 position in Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia.

The movie is also in danger of breaking a less honorable record. Reuters news service reports that the Movie-Mistakes web site has a record-breaking 77 reported continuity errors for the Spider-Man film, so far. The noted continuity errors range from disappearing and reappearing spider-bites on Peter Parker's hand to the switching of which hand Peter Parker's writing with while he is designing his costume. (Note that some of the reported errors may contain spoilers, if you have not already seen the movie.) This is the most errors reported to the site during an opening weekend.

Traffic to the Movie-Mistakes site has been fairly heavy, due to this, and you may not be able to access it immediately.

Here's a bit of controversy for Spider-Man: Variety.com reports that Marvel Enterprises has filed a lawsuit against Disney's Buena Vista Home Entertainment over the recently released video Spider-Man: Ultimate Villain Showdown. The suit alleges that Buena Vista used Marvel's Spidey artwork without permission in the promotion of the new video.

Specifically Marvel alleges Buena Vista copied artwork picturing a rooftop view of Spider-Man scaling the side of a tall building. The complaint also states the the Disney company timed the release of the video to coincide with the release Spider-Man movie.

Marvel is seeking an injunction that would stop Buena Vista from using the artwork in question and also recall the video from circulation and destroy all offending copies.

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN

Variety confirms recent casting talk on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, stories first broken by IGN FilmForce.

The trade announced today that British actor Jason Flemyng has been cast as Dr. Henry Jekyll. In an odd coincidence, Flemyng was recently seen in the silver screen treatment of From Hell, which was also based on an Alan Moore comic. Both movies are produced by Don Murphy. Jekyll, of course is also known as the more civilized alter-ego of Mr. Edward Hyde.

Variety also reports that Stuart Townsend is in final talks to play Dorian Gray in the pic.

Flemyng and Townsend joins a cast that includes Shane West as Tom Sawyer and Sean Connery as Allan Quatermain.

League is to be directed by Stephen Norrington. Shooting locations this summer include the Czech Republic and Morocco. and scheduled to be released Summer 2003.

SPIDER-MAN 2

Producer Avi Arad recently dropped some hints about the sequel to Spider-Man to Cindy Pearlman of The Chicago Sun Times. Arad confirmed many previous speculations about one of the villains being considered for the sequel, "We're just starting to write the script, but Dr. Octopus might make a good villain," the executive producer told Pearlman.

Not everyone on the Spidey crew is returning for Spider-Man 2. "The one disappointment is that David Koepp our writer doesn't want to come back," Arad said. Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Shanghai Noon, Smallville) have signed to write the script for the sequel.

Thanks to Cinescape for the lead.

In other sequel news, Alfred Gough recently allowed Entertainment Weekly to interview him about the developing Spider-Man 2.

Gough and his writing partner Miles Millar are attached to write the script for the Spidey sequel. Gough was very reluctant to give any information out, "I can't really talk about it -- [Marvel Studios chief] Avi Arad will send the X-Men out to kill me."

The screenwriters will have a wealth of material that they can use, based on the way the first Spider-Man film ended. Gough said, "It's sort of a thrilling and daunting task to do the sequel. You sort of go, hey, we can only do so much in the second movie."

Gough is aware of the pressure on him and his partner to create a deep meaningful script for the sequel. He said, "Sam Raimi told us you almost have to look at each movie as a season of television. In the first season you have the origin story, which, is in a way, the easiest story and the most difficult as well, because you always want to put a fresh spin on it. The challenge is always, what's the next story after that."

Thanks to Empire Online for the lead

DAREDEVIL

Daredevil star Ben Affleck recently sat down for an interview with Cinescape's Michael Tunison. Affleck is having a great time with the role. The actor may have received five weeks gymnastic training but he has no delusions that he is a ninja trained super hero with super senses.

Affleck tells Cinescape, "They kind of indulge me by letting me do a couple of things and then they say, 'Let's bring in the world-class gymnast. We know you worked really hard for five weeks, but …' And so that's how that goes. What are you gonna do? You let the [stuntman] do it, and it looks good, and you kind of stand there on the side and watch him and go, 'Wow, I can really do triple flips.'"

Affleck is also enjoying the physical side of portraying a superhero, "The great thing about movies like this one of the other reasons to do them is that they're really the single thing that can motivate me to get into shape, because otherwise I won't do it. When people are hounding me, going, 'The studio really wants you to be doing the flips,' I kind of go, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah. Right.' So I go down and work out and try to do the flips."

When Affleck was asked if he felt pressure by Spider-Man's record breaking performance he said, "There's no money left! Spider-Man has all the money."

X-MEN 2

With Marvel riding high with an unprecedented four projects in release, filming, or about to film. Set to shoot in the summer, rumors are swirling around X-Men. Entertainment Weekly recently ran a story stating "[the] cast returns, along with some 'junior X-Men.'"

The original X-Men film featured several recognizable characters from the comic books that were bit roles as students at Xavier's school. EW said that Nightcrawler will be among the young mutants in X2.

INFERNO

SC I FI Wire got an update on Top Cow's Inferno movie from Mike Verboys, vice president of development for Numenorean Films. The company's principals Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon created the concept which is currently running as a Top Cow book as well as being developed for film.

"Inferno's huge," Verboys told SCI FI. "Inferno is Armageddon faced downwards. The gates of hell are opened, and the only people that can shut it are people that are going there. They died. It's The Dirty Dozen, so they have to recruit 12 bad-asses to go down, close the gates and save the world."

Verboys reports that Konzleman and Solomon will begin writing the script in a couple of months.

Silver Pictures and Top Cow are on board as producers.

X-MEN

Dark Horizons ran a report on the long rumored X-Men Special Edition DVD.

The report said: Davis DVD reports that a brand new special edition X-Men DVD is on the way which'll include lots more making of material, an audio commentary by Bryan Singer, and one other cool sounding extra: With X2 (the sequel's "catchy" title) slated to begin production this month, 20th Century Fox has allotted the budget and a few days in the shooting schedule to film new scenes for the X-Men Special Edition DVD.

These scenes will possibly be the abandoned Storm/Cyclops origin scenes which were conceived of but never filmed.

SAINT SINNER

SCI FI Wire reports that filming is underway on Clive Barker's Saint Sinner. The project is a two-hour movie loosely based on Barker's Marvel/Epic comic of the same name. Gina Ravera (Kiss The Girls), Greg Serano (Legally Blonde), Mary Mara (K-Pax) and Rebecca Harrell (Prancer) star in the made-for-TV film.

SCI FI provides this description of the show: "Saint Sinner tells the story of Brother Tomas (Serano), a 19th-century monk whose order has been safeguarding evil objects collected by the church. Tomas unwittingly unleashes demons (Mara, Harrell) imprisoned in one of the objects, who flee into the 21st century, where they inflict unimaginable horrors. Tomas pursues them to present-day Seattle to try to stop them with the help of Rachel Dressler (Ravera)."

The script was written by Doris Egan (Smallville) and directed by Joshua Butler (The Invisible Man). It's due to air on October on The SCI FI Channel.

THIS WEEK ON JEREMIAH

[Jeremiah]
[Jeremiah]
[Jeremiah]
Jeremiah and Kurdy visit a town whose leaders are so afraid of the Big Death coming back that they forbid people to touch each other -- even parents and children. "The Touch" is this week's dramatic episode of Jeremiah written by Executive Producer Sam Egan.

Kurdy (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) and Jeremiah (Luke Perry) enter a town where paranoia about the Big Death has led to a law against touching and sex, a restriction that is fomenting a violent rebellion. Meanwhile, Marcus's (Peter Stebbings) flu sparks a battle for power. The episode is directed by Michael Robison from a script by Sam Egan.

"The Touch" airs Friday, May 17th at 10:45 P.M. on Showtime. There will also be an encore on Sunday, May 19th on Showtime Beyond East at 10:45 PM (ET & PT).

Preview clips of the show are available online at Showtime's Jeremiah site. Click "Episode Preview" from the site's nav.

NEXT WEEK ON JUSTICE LEAGUE

Next Sunday night brings another encore for Justice League. Cartoon Network presents a re-airing of part I of "The Brave and the Bold."

This episode features the fast-talking Flash teamed with the no-nonsense Green Lantern on a mission to save Central City from the mind control of an evil super-genius: Gorilla Grodd!

"The Brave and the Bold Part I" airs Sunday, May 19th at 7:00 p.m. on Cartoon Network. Another Encore showing is at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25th. The widescreen presentation airs the same day at 10:00 p.m.

NEXT WEEK ON SMALLVILLE

The spaceship comes alive and Remy Zero performs in a tornado twister in "Tempest", the May 21st season finale cliffhanger episode of Smallville.

As a massive tornado rumbles towards an unsuspecting Smallville, Clark (Tom Welling) is on the verge of discovering the first connection to where he came from when the missing piece of the spaceship is found and breathes life into the fallen craft. Meanwhile, Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) is hit with a one-two punch after his father (guest star John Glover, Batman & Robin) closes the plant and orders him back to Metropolis and the shifty reporter he hired to spy on the Kents discovers Clark's superhuman abilities and the spaceship hidden in the storm cellar. Rock band Remy Zero performs the "Smallville" theme song, their hit single "Save Me," in the episode at the high school formal. Greg Beeman directed the episode with story written by Philip Levens and teleplay by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar.

"Tempest" airs Tuesday, May 21st at 9:00 p.m. ET on The WB network.

Thanks to author and comic book movie journalist Andy Mangels for the info.

CORRECTION:

In last week's article discussing the Powers, Bastard Samurai, Chiller, The Psycho and Age of Heroes movies, we misspelled producer David Engel's name. The article was corrected early in the day, but if you read the original draft, please note the correct spelling.

Also we neglected to name Dan Brereton as the co-creator of The Psycho. Brereton is, of course, the artist on the comic book series, and he shares creator status with writer James Hudnall.

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