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Tue, October 15th, 2002 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Rob Worley, Columnist

SOME TROUBLE OF A SERRIOUS NATURE, SHI, BURNING BLUE, THE

[Shi]Comic creator Billy Tucci told Comics2Film that he plans to continue developing himself as a filmmaker, something he started with his short movie Some Trouble of a SeRRious Nature.

That was filmed late last year and screened this summer at the Comic-Con International in San Diego. Tucci is working now to prep the movie for the film-festival circuit.

In addition, Tucci said he plans on filming another short later this year. The new movie will be different from the comedic Some Trouble in that it will be much shorter and will be an intense, dramatic, dialog-centered character piece.

From there he hopes to direct his first feature film, based on his original concept The Burning Blue. The concept was presented in comic book form last summer, as a flip book published by Crusade Fine Arts. The Burning Blue tells the story of a young woman and an aging World War II fighter pilot who embark on journeys of self-discovery through their mutual love of flying.

Of course, Tucci's highest-profile film project is a movie version of his flagship comic book Shi. Tucci and partner Kevin Bernhardt plan on having the first draft of the screenplay for that one finished this year.

STARMAN

Starman will be the latest DC Comic adapted for the small screen according to The Hollywood Reporter. A TV series, based on James Robinson's excellent comic book, will be produced by the Smallville and Birds of Prey gurus at Tollin/Robbins Productions.

ABC has ordered up a script for the show, which will be penned by John Gatins (baseball flicks Hardball and Summer Catch) who will also executive produce. Joe Davola, Mike Tollins and Brian Robbins are producing.

The brief synopsis presented by The Reporter reads as if the show will follow the comic premise closely.

CIVILIAN JUSTICE

The world of comic books these days can be quite complicated. A successful comic can lead to many development deals. Toy and movie companies might become interested in your property. Graig Welch is not afraid of a little complexity.

Welch is an ambitious man he already has movies and merchandise in development for two of his characters even though his company Beyond Comics has only released one comic. Comics2Film was able to interview Welch via e-mail and talk to him about his comic characters and the movie versions he is developing of them.

[Editor's Note: This interview was conducted last August.]

Comics2Film: Will Beyond Comics be putting out your the comic books you have planned? When can we look for the first issues of Ravedactyl and Civilian Justice?

Graig Welch: We are beginning to get known for being one of the only comic book companies to create new super heroes for the new millennium! Please tell me the last new super hero you recall in the last 10 years. Can't? That's where Beyond Comics Comes in and why I started the company. My new comic book, Civilian Justice is coming out world wide September 4th, 2002. Ravedactyl, the spin off book, will launch late 2003. Though Beyond Comics is slated to be releasing my upcoming books after Civilian Justice, I've been getting some nice offers from some of the other comic book companies for possibly releasing the comics through them, we'll see how it goes once the time comes.

C2F: What are your plans for the film versions of your comics? Will they be released theatrically or direct to video? Do they have studio backing or will they be financed and produced independently? How far along are your film projects?

GW: We are currently in negotiations with the studios, we've shot enough footage to release it our selves if need be or have a studio jump in with a larger budget & go all out, etc., either way, I'm pleased to say it's coming out & you can currently see both Live action Movie trailer that we at Beyond Comics shot with our full digital F/X at our web site: www.BeyondComics.TV.

C2F: How did Civilian Justice come about and what is the premise?

GW: I'm a fifth generation New Yorker and felt helpless after 9-11. I didn't know what I could do. Everything I was doing in the world of comics had lost it's meaning to me. Nothing seemed to make sense any more. I wanted to do something that would make sense out of a senseless tragedy. A place to give people a forum to release their anger and hate without actually hurting anyone; hence the comic book. The first superhero to actually help raise money for the overlooked victims in real life, kind of like a Robin Hood I guess you could say.

Civilian Justice is the story of one person who survives the 9-11 attacks, but loses the love of his life in the towers. He's driven over the edge and cannot let the memories of his love and the rest of the victims die in vain. After finding an American flag left in the debris, he wraps it around his face like a mask and begins his journey...to seek out and stop the hidden terrorist cells who remain in the United States. Civilian Justice represents us, the Civilians. He could be any one of us under the mask of justice.

C2F: Who will be writing and drawing the comic?

GW: That would be me (smile). Adam Myeroff helped with the scripting from my plot (Co-Writer). I started in comics as the featured poster artist for Image Comic's Spawn issue #30 and then left the world of comics to open my company and get it set up so I could begin to release my new heroes. Ravedactyl; Project: Evolution was actually going to be my first release but I pushed it back a year for Civilian Justice.

C2F: Will Civilian Justice be a limited or ongoing series?

GW: The first book will stand alone as a Tribute Book. We have the next 4 stories outlined and will continue it as an ongoing series if the readers want.

C2F: Some would say the promotional images and statue of Civilian Justice that depict the character impaling a terrorist with exaggerated Arabic features are controversial and extreme. What is your response to this? What was your intent with these images?

GW: That is a great question. I gave this much thought before releasing it. Though my specialty is drawing very realistically, I chose to draw the comic in a more "Comic Book-ish" art form and depict the terrorists as the monsters they are with exaggerated features, and inside of the comic book show the peaceful and innocent Muslims who have nothing to do with this event, looking like the neighbor we see everywhere (not exaggerated). This way the younger viewers of the comic will see the good Muslims in the comic book to resemble the real ones they see in real life (schoolmates, neighbors, workers etc.) and will not confuse the evil terrorists who appear looking like monsters.

The importance of showing the difference is very urgent to me! I've been teaching art classes since I was a teenager in 1990 and after 9-11 most of the kids thought that anyone who looked like the terrorists (turban and beard) was one, I knew I must show them the difference so they don't become misinformed and begin racial profiling etc. That is just not acceptable, so I hope that depicting this will help. I was unsure about the graphic nature of the statue at first, but after seeing how many funerals there were here in NY, all the pregnant woman who's babies will never see their fathers, all the lives taken by these terrorists, that statue represents their frustration and loss. When we got the write up in Kit Builder's Magazine (issue#41) we began receiving e-mails from the US Marines who saw the statue. One Marine lost his troop in the 2nd tower of the WTC and thanked me for creating the character. He said that it gave him and the remaining members of his troop a feeling of relief. A way for them to feel some sense of acknowledgment for their loss. This is why I made this character. To give people a safe outlet to release their hate & anger without hurting anyone in real life.

C2F: What types of terrorist threats will Civilian Justice be confronting? Will we see him battling domestic terrorists such as hate groups?

GW: All! His mission is to stop as many terrorist hate groups who kill unarmed, civilian children and woman and innocent people in general! In fact, in his mask, he sewed a message that reads: "if you find this mask, it means I didn't survive, please continue my work in the name of JUSTICE!"

And that says it all. Any of us can be Justice!

C2F: Will Civilian Justice be examining the causes of terrorism?

GW: I think it's implied that all terrorists want to impose their views on people and kill whoever they can to do so. So no, there wont be much examining to the cause as I don't feel there could ever be a justifiable one.

C2F: Marvel's Captain America comic is currently examining the issue of Terrorism. How will Civilian Justice be different?

GW: I'm very pleased to announce that Marvel granted us permission to have Captain America appear with my character Civilian Justice in my comic book coming this September 4th, 2002! It's a great picture. Showing the world's first American Superhero passing the mantle to the worlds first new one in 60 years (1942 to 2002)!

The major Difference between Captain America and Civilian Justice is that Civilian Justice is going after the Hidden Terrorists right here in the US, they call themselves the Terrorist Cells. Captain America is not. Civilian Justice has no super powers like Captain America, with his strength serum. Justice is 100% human, he represents the emotion of our nation's frustrations, as I said before, he is us, the civilians. Also, Captain America has always been about the red, white and blue, clean cut super hero, as where Civilian Justice was more of a thug/rebel who changed his ways, born out of the 9-11 tragedy. There is a scene where he finds the American Flag, picks it up, looking at it & says: "This never meant anything to me until now".

C2F: You mention that a percentage of the profits from Civilian Justice will go directly to the relief fund. Which groups will you be donating to?

GW: Actually, the goal is to donate to the non-union overlooked victims of the relief funds. I will update you on which one we go with soon, once we decide.

C2F: What are your plans for the Civilian Justice film? What will the film be about? What rating are you be aiming for? Who will star?

GW: Rating would be PG-13. The film will be close to the comic, but a bit less graphic for live action. Most of the information is under non-disclosure as we are still in negotiations, But you can see the live action movie trailer we shot for Civilian Justice at www.CivilianJustice.com.

Though I created Ravedactyl first, since I held it back to release Civilian Justice, Ravedactyl will be a spin off so Civilian Justice will star some of the Celebrities listed below as well.

C2F: What is the premise of Ravedactyl?

GW: One Human will unlock the missing link to a power he has no control over, then a new hero will emerge for a new millennium! In a War, that will forever be known as...Ravedactyl: Project: Evolution! You can actually see a cameo of Ravedactyl in my upcoming Civilian Justice comic book and will be a spin off book from Civilian Justice.

C2F: Will it be an ongoing series?

GW: Heck yeah! I have enough stories to last me until I'm 100 years old with that one! In fact, I'm not kidding. I've written a whole back story that reveals there to have been a Ravedactyl superhero in ancient times before the current . Then there is the whole current story of Ravedactyl all the way to the very last issue! I think the last issue is going to blow people's minds! I guess I'll have to try and release that before I'm 100. The hardest thing is to brake up the script into 24 page comic books.

C2F: Who will be writing and providing the art for the comic?

GW: I'm planning to be doing this one as well, it's my baby, I did my first designs for it when I was only 14 years old.

C2F: Who are Ravedactyl's enemies?

GW: Are you ready?! Tricity, Sunder, Gunner, Trench, Maduzor and Raw! You can see Ravedactyl Fight many of them in the live action movie trailer at: www.Ravedactyl.com. As of now, I'm keeping the story pretty hush-hush, but will update you as we get closer to release.

C2F:Is Ravedactyl a super hero comic? How does it differ from other comic out there today?

GW: YES, YES, YES! There truly has never been a book like this! All I can say it that Ravedactyl is the missing link. It will answer all the unanswered questions we have in life like: Where we come from, why we exists. I have written the Ravedactyl Bible which I've translated to the comic book. Get ready in 2003!

C2F: What are your plans for the Ravedactyl film? What will it be about? Who will it star? What rating are you aiming for?

GW: I really want it to be as close to the comic as possible with a PG-13 rating. Ravedactyl is truly all your favorite super heroes rolled into one! It's a real head trip! So far the stars are From Clueless and NBC's Scrubs: Donald Faison, from the new Daredevil movie, Grammy award winning rapper: Coolio, From Star Wars, the man behind the mask of Darth Vader: David Prowse. For a sneak peek you can see them now in the live action movie trailer at: www.Ravedactyl.com

C2F: How did you get David Prowse, Donald Faison, and Coolio involved in the film project? Which roles will they play?

GW: I met Dave Prowse (who plays my character Sunder) at a Star Wars convention when I was 6 years old. I'm sure he doesn't remember this, but I told him that one day, when I grow up & become a comic book artist, I will make him into one of my character. About 20 years later, it took some convincing, but I made good on my promise.

The word started getting around and I think that the celebrities really believe in my projects and want to be a part of it. With Donald Faison, a couple of years ago, I met up with him when he was doing some press for his movie Remember the Titans with Denzel Washington. I drew a picture of him as my Character, Gunner and he dug it and wanted in. He's an amazing actor and friend. You can see him as Gunner in the Trailer on my web site.

With Coolio, he is just cool! He and I were on the same wave length and wanted me to make him into a super villain. I thought him to be perfect for my character Maduzor who I had created many years ago, so it was a perfect fit!


As you can see Welch is very passionate about his creations. His work has lead to him developing a super power of his own, a super human work ethic. Welch said, "I work at least 20 hours a day, being up for 2 to of 3 days at a time without sleep & if I get even 4 hours of sleep a night, I feel lucky."

PREACHER

[Preacher]Comics2Film has learned that the start of production on the Preacher movie has been pushed back until next spring. Plans were to go ahead with filming some time in late 2002.

James Marsden is still attached to star. However, the Cyclops actor has not yet signed on the dotted line. Sources tell us that, while the Preacher production waited for Marsden to wrap work on X-Men 2, the weather window closed on a 2002 shoot.

The current target is to have the movie fully cast and cameras rolling in April of 2003. Rachel Talalay (Tank Girl) is directing.

ASH

[Ash]A source at Mad Chance Productions told Comics2Film that work continues on the development of a feature film based on Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti's Ash.

The comic, originally published by the creators' Event Comics, tells the story of a Chicago fire-fighter who, after being trapped in a mysterious blaze, finds he can transform into fire-wielding warrior. With the popularity of fire fighters and super heroes at all time highs, it's no wonder Hollywood's interest in this project is piqued.

Our source tells us that Mad Chance is currently seeking writers for the project and hopes to get this project moving again.

Ash has long been in development with DreamWorks Animation.

AKIRA

The director and writer team from now-filming The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen will re-team for the live-action, English-language remake of Akira according to today's Variety.

Stephen Norrington is set to helm the remake of Katsushiro Otomo' classic anime and manga, based on a script by James Robinson. Jon Peters (Batman, Superman) will produce.

The project had been in development with Norrington and Warner executives Lionel Wigram and Dan Lin, although they hadn't found the right take they heard Robinson's pitch.

"I've been a fan of the anime for many years and understood which elements would have to be brought to a live-action translation of it," Robinson told Variety. "I've tried to retain as many iconic elements of the anime as possible."

Robinson's wrote and directed Comic Book Villains, which is in video stores now.

CONSTANTINE

The Hollywood Reporter confirms recent rumors that music video director Francis Lawrence is in talks to direct the troubled comic project Constantine. The movie would be Lawrence's feature film debut.

Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) is mentioned as being attached to star as John Constantine: Hellblazer.

The trade write-up also reports that, along with Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men) and Akiva Goldsman (Lost in Space), former Warner prexy Lorenzo di Bonaventura is among the producers of the project.

When di Bonaventura left his post at Warner to produce films there was some confusion as to whether or not his first project was this film, or a similarly-titled competing movie. Our own source on the Hellblazer project was equally confused, telling C2F that as far as he knew, di Bonaventura was not a producer on this one. However, this is the third report from the trades that contradicts that source.

BIRDS OF PREY

Last week, the WB network announced that the new superhero show Birds of Prey is a ratings hit. The 70-minute premiere was the highest bow for a new show on the network this season.

Birds attracted 7.6 million viewers and served as the network's second-best-ever rating in the adults 18-34 demographic, scoring a 5.0. Similarly it scored the second-highest-ever rating in the men 18-34 bracket with at 5.4.

The show, along with its lead-in, Dawson's Creek, combined to set a new record for a Wednesday night on The WB in adults 18-24 (4.6/14), men 18-34 (4.3/13) and men 18-49 (3.1/8) and equal the best-ever Wednesday in adults 18-49 (3.4/9).

Birds also set a new record for a Wednesday series on The WB in adults 18-49 (3.9/10) and men 18-49 (4.1/11). The debut ranked #1 for the night in men 18-34 (5.4/15), men 12-34 (4.9/14) and male teens (3.7/12) and was #2 in its time period in adults 18-34 (5.0/14), persons 12-34 (4.5/13), women 18-34 (4.5/12) and women 12-34 (4.0/12).

The new show more than doubled last season's time period premiere of Felicity in adults 18-34 and adults 18-49 demos and quadrupled the former series in all male demos.

For the night, The WB ranked #1 among all networks in men 18-34 (4.3/13) and was #2 in adults 18-34 (4.6/14), persons 12-34 (4.1/13), women 18-34 (5.0/14) and women 12-34 (4.3/13).

This week, Variety reports that The WB is making its list and checking it twice...to decide which new shows stay on the network schedule and which get the axe.

The family-oriented Everwood has already been picked up for a full season as have sitcoms Do Over and Greetings from Tucson. Meanwhile, the comedy Off Center has been cut.

Of interest to comic fans though, is the fate of Birds of Prey. The Variety write up indicates that a decision about that show (along with newbies What I Like About You and Family Affair) will be made later this week. The net did announce that Birds debuted to impressive (and even record-setting) numbers, so one might think that the only thing that would prevent a pick up would be a steep drop off in this week's ratings.

Thanks to Dex for the scoop.

COMIC POWER IN HOLLYWOOD

Entertainment Weekly published their annual "Power 101" list in the latest issue of the magazine. This year they split the list up, with a top 50.5 for entertainers and a top 50.5 for Hollywood executives.

With this issue EW jumped on the bandwagon that started rolling right here on C2F, giving the list a comic book movie theme. The artwork that accompanies the feature is all done in the style of comic book art, with images casting many of the power-list members as our favorite superheroes.

If you scan through the magazine you'll find pics of Vin Diesel as The Thing, Jennifer Lopez as Catwoman, Russell Crowe as Thor and many, many more.

Appropriately this year's list marks the debut of Marvel Studios big-wig Avi Arad. Arad ranks 48 on the executive list. The magazine credits him with a string of hit movies this year (Blade II and Spider-Man) and a powerhouse slate for next year (Daredevil, X-Men 2 and The Hulk).

Up near the top of the list were Sony chiefs John Calley and Amy Pascal. Their power-ratings were given a shot this summer by both Spidey and Men In Black II.

On the talent side, Road To Perdition star Tom Hanks topped the list. The actor was also featured in a full-page pin up which rendered him as Captain America in the style of golden age comic art by Mark Stutzman.

MiB II star Will Smith ranked #20, and was featured in artwork by Charles Burns as Mr. Fantastic.

Daredevil star Ben Affleck shared the #33 spot with his producing partner and some time co-star Matt Damon.

Tobey Maguire made the talent list hitting the #45 spot for his star turn in our favorite franchise.

Rounding out the list was future Batwoman Kelly Ripa, who came in at 50.5.

Spider-Man (parts I and II) helmer Sam Raimi, Elektra-to-be Jennifer Garner, X-Woman Halle Berry and Smallville and Birds of Prey execs Michael Tollin and Brian Robbins were all named as well. These players could be found on an ancillary list as "Rising" power-brokers.

Can there be any doubt that comic book movies rule Hollywood?

DAREDEVIL

AnimatedBLISS reports that a new Spider-Man animated DVD offering is on the way from Buena Vista home video. The new disc will be Spider-Man vs. Daredevil and is due out to coincide with the release of the Daredevil movie.

Buena vista released the compilation DVD Spider-Man: The Ultimate Villain Showdown last summer to piggy back on the excitement generated by the Spider-Man movie.

The new disc is set to be in stores on February 18th on both DVD and VHS. Buena Vista provides this description: "Spider-Man meets his match as he faces Daredevil in an ALL-OUT FIGHT FOR JUSTICE. You'll discover the origin of Daredevil, 'THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR,' and learn his connection with New York City's greatest villain, Kingpin."

Thanks to Toon Zone News for the lead.

DILBERT

The world's most put-upon comic-strip office drone is set to return to TV. Variety reports that Comedy Central has purchased reruns of the short-lived animated show Dilbert, based on Scott Adams' immensely popular strip of the same name.

Dilbert originally ran on the UPN network. There are 30 half-hour episodes to run on Comedy Central. The show features the exploits of a pudgy engineer working in the soul-sucking cubicle hell of a big American corporation.

The purchase was part of a scoop up of five defunct shows that the comedy channel purchased. Other shows include Kevin Smith's animated Clerks (six half-hours), the lamented The Ben Stiller Show (13 half-hours), Gary & Mike (13 half-hours) and Undergrads (13 half-hours).

Plans are to start running the shows on Sundays at midnight starting with Gary & Mike and Undergrads on November 3. Dilbert and Clerks will then take that timeslot starting Feb. 3. Clerks will also air as a six-episode marathon on Sunday, December 22 at 9am. The Ben Stiller Show will run twice a day for five straight days starting Dec. 21 as part of the network's "Holiday Relief" programming.

SPIDER-MAN

Spider-Man faced his most daunting task this past week, surviving while trapped at sea with no food or water! This harrowing tales does not however come from the forthcoming The Amazing Spider-Man, rather it is the true tale of more than 3,000 life-sized replicas of the arachnid-infused hero that were suppose to be delivered to ports near Los Angeles, California.

[Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Spi...]Created exclusively for Blockbuster's promotion of Spider-Man's release on DVD and VHS, the replicas have been stuck at sea due to the strike which shut down West Coast ports for ten days.

Staying positive about the situation, Jim Notarnicola, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Blockbuster Inc. joked, "We'd like to think that the Green Goblin is the prime suspect responsible for causing the delay in shipping our Spider-Man replicas to our stores, but I suppose that's just not the case."

The life-size replicas, handcrafted in China using 70 pounds of rubber, fabric, steel and plaster, are now expected to appear in Blockbuster stores by mid-November.

SHRINK

John Requa and Glenn Ficarra will write scripts for a trio of films including the big screen version of Rob Liefeld's net strip Shrink according to The Hollywood Reporter. The pair may be best known for writing last summer's Cats & Dogs.

Jennifer Lopez is attached to star in Shrink, a comedy concept in which she plays Dr. Jessica Powers, a former superhero turned psychologist who gets into the heads of costumed characters. Lopez is also producing along with Liefeld. The project is set up at Columbia pictures.

ROAD TO PERDITION

Variety's round up of the international box office shows the comic based Road To Perdition doing well in Australia. According to the trade Road was the #1 movie pulling in $803,000 on 244 screens.

MORE SPIDEY TO SWING ON ABC FAMILY

ABC Family is giving young viewers more Spider-Man this fall. The new line-up also brings more Power Rangers and Tokyo Pig starting Monday, October 14th.

Look for a solid hour of Spider-Man every Saturday starting October 19th. At 10:00am ET fans can tune in for Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, the 1980's show that featured Spidey teamed up with Iceman and Firestar. Then at 10:30am ET it's time for an episode of the fan-favorite 1995 Spider-Man series.

THIS WEEK ON SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH

Sabrina exposes a Hollywood starlet in "Free Sabrina", this week's episode of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch.

Sabrina (Melissa Joan Hart) begins a new job at Scorch, an alternative music magazine, but is having a difficult time winning over the magazine's demanding editor Annie (Diana-Maria Riva) and co-workers Cole (Andrew Walker), a musician-turned-writer and James (Bumper Robinson) a smooth-talking photographer. Wanting to move up from writing obituaries to feature stories, Sabrina sets out to expose a famous actress (guest star Clare Kramer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as a kleptomaniac. Soleil Moon Frye, Elisa Donovan, Nick Bakay, and John Ducey also star. Brian Roberts directed the episode written by Tod Himmel.

"Free Sabrina" airs Friday, October 18 at 8:30pm on The WB.

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

THIS WEEK ON JUSTICE LEAGUE

The JLA returns to paradise in yet another repeat airing of "Paradise Lost - Part 1", this week's episode of Justice League.

The episode airs Friday October 18th at 7pm. Encores follow on Saturday, October 19th at 9:30pm (widescreen) and Sunday, October 20th at 7pm.

Also, look for a repeat airing of "Knight of Shadows" Parts 1 and 2 on Saturday, October 19th starting at 12:00pm. This episode guest stars Etrigan The Demon.

THIS WEEK ON JEREMIAH

Anticipating a confrontation with Valhalla Sector, Marcus looks for allies. It's a crucial turning point in "Tripwire," this week's episode of Jeremiah written by J. Michael Straczynski.

Marcus (Peter Stebbings) begins forging alliances with those strong enough to oppose Valhalla Sector forces, including the residents of the nearby town of Camden, which still contains a nuclear arsenal. The episode is written by Straczynski and directed by Neill Fearnley.

"Tripwire" airs Friday, October 18th at 10:45 P.M. on Showtime. There will also be an encore on Sunday, October 20th on Showtime Beyond East at 10:45 PM (ET & PT).

Preview clips of the show are available online at Showtime's Jeremiah site.

Check out Showtime's Behind the Scenes feature -- a virtual tour of Thunder Mountain -- go to sho.com/jeremiah and click "Behind the Scenes" (you'll need to have a Java and Flash-enabled browser to play the virtual tour).

NEXT WEEK ON SMALLVILLE

In case you missed it last night, The WB is going to rebroadcast the Smallville episode "Red", in which Clark first discovers red kryptonite.

The school unknowingly uses red kryptonite in the class rings and its effect on Clark (Tom Welling) stuns his friends and family as he turns into a rebellious and dangerous teenager who decides to use his powers for evil instead of good. Jonathan (John Schneider) and Martha (Annette O'Toole) scramble to find the truth behind Clark's behavior before he exposes his true identity, while Lana (Kristin Kreuk) finds herself drawn to the "new" Clark who declares his love for her. Michael Rosenbaum, Sam Jones III, Allison Mack and John Glover also star. Jeff Woolnough directed the episode written by Jeph Loeb.

"Red" re-airs Sunday, October 20 at 5:00pm ET on The WB.

Then, in the show's regular timeslot, a brooding stranger comes between Clark and Lana in an episode titled "Nocturne".

Clark (Tom Welling) is concerned when he discovers someone has been leaving love notes for Lana (Kristin Kreuk) at her parents' grave and warns her to stay away from the mysterious poet. Fed up with Clark's over-protectiveness, Lana (Kristin Kreuk) follows the dark and handsome stranger to his home and discovers his parents keep him locked in chains. Unable to leave him like that, Clark and Lana break into the house to save the boy, but soon realize why he was locked up in the first place. Michael Rosenbaum, Sam Jones III, Allison Mack, John Glover, Annette O'Toole and John Schneider also star. Rick Wallace directed the episode written by Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders.

"Nocturne" airs Tuesday, October 22 at 9:00pm on The WB.

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

NEXT WEEK ON BIRDS OF PREY

The Birds of Prey end up in the line of fire on "Prey for the Hunter," this week's episode of Birds of Prey.

Helena (Ashley Scott) and Detective Reese (Shemar Moore) clash again when they both try to track down a serial killer who destroys metahumans by taking on their powers. Meanwhile, Dinah (Rachel Skarsten) ditches school when she learns from Helena there is a metahuman-only bar, and Barbara meets Wade's (guest star Shawn Christian) parents who think she is not normal enough for their son. Chris Long directed the episode with story by Adam Armus and Kay Foster and teleplay by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.

"Prey for the Hunter" airs Wednesday, October 23rd at 9:00pm on the WB.

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

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