Fans have had their share of concerns and consternation over the casting of the various roles in Daredevil but one name that met with almost universal approval was that of Joe Pantoliano. Comics2Film recently spoke with "Joey Pants" about his work as Ben Urich in the comic book adaptation.
Pantoliano told us that, while he was not schooled in the comic book source material, the project had several attractions for him.
"Mark Steven Johnson is an old friend of mine and a very talented young man," Pantoliano said. "Gary Foster, the producer is somebody I've known and worked for his father David Foster. They wanted me to be in this movie.
"Ben Affleck was a big attraction for me because I like Ben and I admire his work and I didn't know anything about this film."
While the actor is not a comic reader, he told us he does appreciate the movie's roots. "I've had some good luck with comic book type movies like Matrix and I understand the power of its genre. I've been to a couple of comic book conventions, when we were coming out with that movie. I was like enormously impressed by the size and magnitude of it," Pantoliano said of comic book fandom.
"Then I got to know Avi Arad over at Marvel Comics and I really was glad that I kind of fell into this event."
The actor said he's not worried about the kind of fan scrutiny movies like Daredevil are subject to. Instead, he sees the level of passion as a benefit.
"It's like a built-in fan base. From a lot of the e-mails I saw, a lot of Daredevil fans were really happy about the casting of me as Ben Urich and so that was encouraging," the actor told C2F.
Pantoliano said he didn't have any special preparation for the part of the reporter. "Mark wanted me to look like me a lot. I wear my hat backwards a lot so Ben wear's his hat backwards. He came over to talk to me about the movie. He said, 'those glasses are great.' Actually, my cousin had made them for me so we got our glasses in the movie," Pantoliano said. "I showed up and it was just really fun and It was nice being able to play a good guy in a movie."
The actor has plenty of experience playing the heavy in films and TV. That reputation helped his character have a sense of ambiguity. "It was important to Mark to create some element of doubt for the new Daredevil fans. People that know Daredevil know the outcome the nature and they know the future of the story because they're aficionados," Pantoliano said. "For the new audience, he wanted to mislead the audience a little bit to think that maybe Ben was going to reveal the identity of who Daredevil really is."
The actor said he enjoyed working with Johnson, a first time action director. "It's very pleasant. He's really encouraging and quiet and has a very strong point of view in his storytelling. He wasn't' all over the map," Pantoliano said. He compared Johnson's vision and style to the Wachowski Brothers, his directors on The Matrix. "They had in their mind's eye exactly and they shared their thoughts with you. I find that to be usually very encouraging when you're making a movie with a director."
While he's not a comic collector, he did walk away from Daredevil with a few mementos. "They gave me the storyboard, which I still have and value very deeply. I have it with The Matrix storyboard. It was amazing," Pantoliano said. "In fact, I want to get that to those guys. I want everyone to sign it: Ben Affleck, all the producers and all the actors. They all signed my Daredevil chair back."
We asked Pantoliano if he had an difficulty acting against someone who was wearing red leather and horns. "Those were the producers. They were the ones with the red leather and the horns," the actor joked.
In truth, he said he doesn't have any scenes with Daredevil himself, but rather his alter ego. "Most of my stuff with Ben. He's a joy. He's a real stand-up guy."
In general, Pantoliano seemed thrilled to be part of Daredevil. "I just love being on it. I can't wait to see Colin Farrell in it. I think he's going to be hysterical. Ben and Jennifer were just a joy to watch and be around. Favreau's going to be really funny. Michael Clarke Duncan is going to be terrific as Kingpin. I can't wait to see it!"
However, playing the good guy reporter didn't give the actor a chance to get in on the action or wear a costume. We asked him if that was something to aspire to. "Absolutely," was his enthusiastic reply. "I would get into anything that would make my ass look better. Who could I be? I'd want to be Catwoman."
One fairly common trait among Pantoliano's characters is that they often come to bad ends, as with his popular turns in The Sopranos, The Matrix and Memento. "I knew my life was in trouble when I died in the first two minutes of Memento," the actor joked.
So Daredevil offers a change of pace. "It's nice to be on a movie where I can come back and make another one. If this is as successful as everyone is anticipating it, I'll be able to come back as Ben Urich," Pantoliano told us.
If Daredevil II happens, it'll be the actor's third sequel, following U.S. Marshals (a follow up to The Fugitive) and Bad Boys II, which opens this summer. One sequel he didn't get to do was The Matrix. The actor remains philosophical about it.
"The bad news is that I didn't but the good news is that if I had, I wouldn't have been in either The Sopranos or Daredevil. One door closes another one opens."
Look for more from the cast and crew of Daredevil right here soon.
Hollywood management concern Energy Entertainment continues to build a stable of clients from the comic industry. Most recently they've entered into a management agreement with the up-and-coming creators at Roaring Studios.
Comics2Film spoke with Roaring's Vice President of New Business Les Dabel about the studio's beginnings and what the future looks like with Energy.
Dabel, along with three brothers, Ernst, Pascal and David, started Roaring Studios seven months ago by self-publishing two independent comic book titles. Subsequently they purchased the comic book rights to George R. R. Martin's novella The Hedge Knight, based on his A Song of Ice and Fire books.
The book attracted interest from many publishers. At the same time Roaring made a huge splash on the convention circuit. "We've been around for seven months, but within the span of [recent] months, from San Diego Comic-Con to current, that's when we blew up," Dabel told C2F.
Now the studio has two books due out from Image, and five others in development. Their work has also attracted interest from Hollywood studios, like Disney.
"We were advised that the best way to handle things was go through a management agency," Dabel said. After contacting several agencies, "Energy was the one that we saw fit to represent us."
Daniel Alter, at Energy Entertainment told C2F that he's excited about the new relationship. "Having spoken with Les Dabel at great lengths about Roaring Studios, I'm enthused to be working with them. In addition to shopping their upcoming slate of creator-owned projects, I look forward to offering them the opportunity to tap into our knowledge of the buyers marketplace in Hollywood, and thus being involved in developing ideas from the ground up with the guys that we all know will generate interest from around town."
"Everything about Energy is exactly what we're looking for. Daniel will e-mail me five times a day just to give me updates," Dabel said. "He's given me so many ideas already that have already helped us. Definitely full of ideas and definitely wants to push our products, wants to make sure that everything that we're doing is perfect, just as we would."
Energy plans to represent three of the studio's upcoming projects: Legacy, Marshal and North and South.
We asked Dabel what the premise is for Legacy. "You can sum it up in one word: redemption," the studio chief told us.
The comic tells the story of a child who is adopted and trained by the evil emperor who killed his family. He's raised to be the perfect soldier and assassin, and carries out murderous deeds on behalf of the emperor until a monk helps him recall his past and realize the errors of his ways. He then begins to right the wrongs he's committed and seek revenge on the imposter king.
"It's a great hero quest in the tradition of Joseph Campbell's writings. The story is almost a biblical epic," Alter commented, likening the concept to the story of Moses. "[It's] set against the back-drop of a historically influenced, futuristic world with fantasy overtones."
"At first glance, Marshal might appear to be a techno-enhanced western, which I like, though admittedly can sometimes be a hard sell," Alter said. "But when you see how they ground it in reality by having the story revolve around human colonists on a different planet in the future who've lost contact and support from Earth...well, it has a lot to say about human nature, the evil that men do and, conversely, the ever-lasting theme of hope."
Alter hopes that Energy's relationship is synergistic, generating interest in Hollywood but aiding the development of the comics as well.
"While we target screenwriters to attach to Roaring's titles before going out with them to set-up, I'm hopeful that those scribes will be taken enough with the material, that we may be able to woo them to write a comic book, or two, of their own for Les and co."
Fans can look for Legacy in comic book stores this July. It'll be published as a four-issue series by Image. Also due out from Image is The Hedge Knight, which hits the shelves in August.
MORE: DAREDEVIL + X-MEN 2
In a breaking story, Comics2Film has just learned from a source at Twentieth Century Fox that fans will be able to see Daredevil a little bit earlier than anticipated.
The Man Without Fear will actually bow in participating theaters in the United States late-night on Thursday, February 13th, ahead of the scheduled release on the 14th.
As an added bonus to hard-core Marvel enthusiasts the studio is attaching the all-new, never-before-seen X-Men 2 trailer to the print of the film. According to our source, this trailer will not be screened anywhere else, prior to the theatrical showings. Not on the internet. Not on popular entertainment TV shows.
So your first shot at the new X2 footage is with Daredevil next week.
RED SKY DIARY
Tough guys, tattoos, an arsenal of weapons and a dynasty of demon hunters. These are some of the elements of Red Sky Diary, an epic concept from the mind of artist and designer Timothy Bradstreet. While many of these elements may seem familiar to pop-culture junkies, Bradstreet's concept is over a decade old, and still waiting to break out from the sketches and notebooks that confine it.
At the center of Red Sky Diary is Gallows, a character bearing many of the stylistic hallmarks found in today's big-screen action heroes.
"It's too bad in a way, because a lot of the things that made this character unique are kind of pass now," Bradstreet told Comics2Film in a recent interview. The tattoos, weaponry and other visual elements of Gallows can be seen in recent films.
Bradstreet's work clearly influenced the design on the first Blade movie (Bradstreet was actually hired to work on the second one) and also seems to show up on the action heroes played by Vin Diesel.
"It was funny because in Pitch Black [Diesel's] wearing these flash goggles, which is kind of Gallows' signature thing. He comes out four years later in xXx and here's another element of this character," Bradstreet said, referring to his character's heavy tattoo art.
Bradstreet first created the character Gallows in the early 1990s. Work on a gaming character resulted in a drawing (using frequent collaborator Joel Stinton as a model) which would become the kernel for Red Sky Diary.
"I drew up another shot of him and I was like...there's something else here," Bradstreet said, recalling the genesis of the project. "I sat down with a big 11"x17" Xerox . It took up about half of this page. And I sat there with a felt-tip marker and just started making notes. Pretty soon I filled up the entire empty 17x5.5 in column with notes, filled the entire back up and then started on another piece of paper. It just started coming out."
The concept traces a legacy line of warriors, dating back to the feudal Japan of the late 1200s and leading up to the present day. These warriors are working to eradicate vampire-like species known as the Mudir.
Bradstreet hopes to develop Red Sky Diary in many formats, including illustrated books and, of course, film. While it remains a passion project for the artist, it's something that currently has only been seen as art designs in his Maximum Black art book. In spite of now seeming similar to various recent concepts, Bradstreet envisions his signature story as having an immense scope and scale.
"If you could do a genre film and tell it on a canvas like Lawrence of Arabia, I think that would be the best genre film of all time," the artist said. "This story is more of an epic story, rather than an MTV, pop-culture version."
The next place Bradstreet's fans are most likely to see Gallows and company will be in a series of art books for Larry Elmore productions. He's currently working on a series called Archetype which will have three books in the first volume. Those titles include "Vampires", "Anti-Heroes" and "Pugilists, Vigilantes and Bounty Hunters".
The second volume will focus on Red Sky Diary. "The first book will be all the principal characters. The second book will concentrate on the villains. The third book will be the line of Mudir hunters, tracing their genealogy and picking out key hunters from the past centuries since 1281 feudal Japan," Bradstreet told us.
The artist is also getting his feet wet as a writer, working with author David Schow on a screenplay. The script would tell Gallows' story, which climaxes the centuries old struggle to eradicate the non-indigenous Mudir from our world. Schow co-wrote the screenplay for The Crow and is recognized as a pioneer in the splatterpunk genre.
Time permitting, Bradstreet would also like to film a short trailer showcasing and introducing Gallows. "We're just talking about getting [Stinton] down here, dressing him up, lighting him, maybe getting some cool background elements an just shooting different shots of the character. Maybe close up on his hands while he changes the cylinder in his gun. All attitude stuff."
Whether or not Red Sky Diary becomes the Lawrence of Arabia of vampire-hunter movies remains to be seen. Fans have been waiting a long time for it. In that time its been garnering interest in the film world from the likes of directors Frank Darabont and Guillermo del Toro to name a few. But no one has been waiting longer than Bradstreet himself, who is determined to see his pet project done right.
QUEEN & COUNTRY
Comics2Film recently heard from screenwriter John Rogers who gave us an update on his work adapting Greg Rucka's Queen & Country for the big-screen.
"The script very closely follows the arc of the first two stories in the book," Rogers said. "Greg's great work in counterpointing Tara's emotional collapse vs. her dangerous job set a high bar for the script adaptation."
Rogers likened the process to a previous adaptation he worked on. "Much like I constantly found the solutions to my writing problems while adapting Mage by going back to Matt's Wagner's original work (and occasionally calling him in a panic), the Queen & Country books make my life as an adapter much easier."
As with any adaptation, fans can anticipate some changes. "There are a few sequences that are 'opened up' visually, making them more filmic. Tara does slightly less laying around hung-over in her t-shirt and slightly more running around doing spy things," Rogers said. "And fans of BBC's The Sandbaggers will probably spot a few references in there as well."
Rogers still aims to keep the realistic flavor of the comic book. "The script also tries to stay in the 'real world', like the source material, as much as possible. No jet cars. Not that I don't like jet cars. Although I'd prefer a laser watch."
Queen & Country is currently in development with Tall Trees Productions and set up at 20th Century Fox.
HULK + DAREDEVIL DVD
But this summer fans in the U.S. can pick up a DVD featuring the live-action movie that united both these Marvel superstars. Anchor Bay Entertainment is releasing The Incredible Hulk Collection, a two-disc set containing two feature-length, made-for-TV movies that followed the popular TV series of the early 1980s.
Included on the disc is "The Trial of the Incredible Hulk" featuring the first live-action appearance of man without fear, Daredevil! Also on the set is "The Incredible Hulk Returns" is which guest-stars the mighty Thor.
Anchor Bay has given Comics2Film a first look at artwork from the new DVD set. Click the thumbnails for a closer look! The DVD set is due out on May 6th, timed to coincide with the new Hulk feature film. In addition, the movies are fully remastered and the discs contain new interviews with Hulk co-creator Stan Lee and star Lou Ferrigno.
SUPERMAN, BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN
Rumors about Superman have been zipping around the Internet like speeding bullets. You've heard them: the movie is in trouble. The budget is skyrocketing. Ratner's out and Armageddon director Michael Bay is in. Sounds pretty scary, right?
Variety writer Michael Fleming, in his Dish column today, practiced the time-honored tradition of checking facts with the principals involved with a story to get down to the truth behind these rumors.
Here's the scoop: Ratner is still the director. Bay has never been approached to about replacing him. The studio hasn't begun to talk budget yet.
Ratner expressed his dismay over the the bogus story.
"This is the most ridiculous rumor I've ever heard, and it starts with Web sites that have gone from supportive cinefiles to (being) gossip mongers," the Red Dragon director told Fleming. "The studio is spending multiple millions of dollars making test deals with the actors I want. They're paying me, my DP, my AD, my editor, my props guy."
Bay also firmly denounced the rumors.
"This is 100% false," Bay said to Variety. "I haven't spoken to anybody at Warner Bros. about Superman. I have no idea how this rumor got started. Isn't Brett doing Superman?"
Ratner also told Fleming that there won't be a budget for three weeks, so reports of the soaring price tag are "a lie."
He did admit that the hold-up for the movie was finding a leading man. "No star wants to sign that, but as much as I've told [Jude Law] and [Josh Hartnett] my vision for the movie, I've warned them of the consequences of being Superman. They'll live this character for 10 years because I'm telling one story over three movies and plan to direct all three if the first is as successful as everyone suspects."
So there you have it. Not rumor or conjecture, but statements from the folks who know.
In other Superman news, did Christopher Reeve inspire a kinder, gentler Superman movie? Could be, according to comments the actor recently made to TV Guide.
The former Superman told the magazine that producer Joh Peters backed away from the Batman vs. Superman movie after viewing Matthew Reeve's documentary "Christopher Reeve: Courageous Steps."
"The positive message of that made him [think], 'Why should we have two superheroes against each other?'" Reeve told TV Guide. "So the movie that Warner Bros. is making now - which I will be doing some consulting on - will be a much more uplifting and spiritual story. I was really blown away that they completely decided to change the process."
With Reeve consulting on the new Superman movie, TV Guide asked him who he'd like to see filling the cape and tights.
"In my opinion," Reeve said, "the character is more important than the actor who plays him, because it is an enduring mythology. I'm sure that they'll cast appropriately, and take their time and find the right person. But it definitely should be an unknown."
However, the actor also said that Smallville star Tom Welling would be an ideal candidate. "I don't know if [he] can switch from one job to the other, but I'm sure they'd figure it out!"
BATMAN: YEAR ONE, BATMAN 5
Batman, Batman. Who's got the Batman?
Last week's news that Chris Nolan (Memento) had signed on as director of a new Batman movie left fans scratching their heads. Is it Batman: The Frightening? What about Year One? Are Frank Miller and Darren Aronofsky still developing that one?
Well, last Wednesday's Variety contains a report on Aronofsky's workload. The filmmaker just signed a three-year, first-look deal between his Protozoa Pictures production shingle and Arnon Milchan's 20th Century Fox-based Regency Enterprises.
While the article states that the conspiracy thriller Flicker will be the top priority in terms of that deal, it also states that Aronofsky is still attached as the director of Batman: Year One.
Likewise, C2F was able to report last week that Frank Miller is still working on a script for the movie, which would focus on the early days of the caped crusader.
So, it appears that Year One is still in development and Nolan's project is something else, possibly the Scarecrow plot that's been rumored for the past few months.
Richie Rich, the poor little rich kid is due to return to television according to The Hollywood Reporter. Fox Broadcasting inked a deal with Susanne Daniels' First Move Entertainment, Warner Bros. Televison and Classic Media (rights-holders of the classic Harvey Comics characters) to bring the character to TV.
Chris Kelly (Grounded for Life) is writing the script for the pilot.
The new show will feature Richie as a teenager living in present-day New York
"We see him as kind a JFK Jr. type living it up in New York," Daniels told The Reporter. "There's a sense of empowerment about him for kids -- he always got away with a lot because of his money, but he was really always generous and good to his friends."
Daniels previously sought to produce a TV show around the character for the WB Network. Rich also was the subject of a live-action theatrical feature starring Macaulay Culkin, as well as a direct-to-video follow up.
HERE COMES MORE DAREDEVIL
The Daredevil song soundtrack should be on CD store shelves already. Fans who want to try before they by can head over to DaredevilMusic.com. The official website for the CD features a number of downloadable music samples from the disc.
Two new tracks were just added over the weekend, including Evanescence's "My Immortal" and BOYSETSFIRE's "High Wire Escape Artist".
MY NAME IS MODESTY
Recently, The New Yorker had an interesting article on Miramax President Harvey Weinstein. In one part of the piece, writer Ken Auletta mentions watching Weinstein view My Name is Modesty, a film based on Modesty Blaise.
"One day when I stopped by Miramax's office, I found Weinstein doing one of the things he loves most: editing a film. In this case, it was a film directed by Scott Spiegel. The film, My Name is Modesty, was based on the exploits of the comic-book character Modesty Blaise. As Weinstein watched a tape, a production executive took notes. After a few minutes, he said, 'There's another way to begin the movie, which is here in the casino.'
"Cut, cut, cut, he told her, 'Less is more. This whole scene can be played faster. You're dying here. Cut the guards out here.' After speeding through the nearly two-hour tape in forty minutes, Weinstein told the executive, 'You get the idea.' Weinstein had a satisfied look; his editing ideas made sense.
"Still, the director was not present. When I asked about that, he said, 'Of course, these changes are subject to the director's approval."
Special thanks to Michael Rhode for the tip!
No mutant is safe now that Stryker's Mutant Database has gone online.
What the inside skinny on the homo superior who walk among us? Then click on over to the official X-Men 2 website.
The new database is one of the new features on the constantly-updated site. Security is tight on the database, with a password login required. Fortunately Stryker very carelessly left his password typed in to the security screen, so all you have to do is click the login button.
Once inside the database you will be able to pull up files on many known mutants.
If you're not into snooping on the x-factor carriers you can also download the latest wallpaper. This time Professor X is the pin-up du jour.
AQUAMAN ANIMATED, METAL MEN
The all-new Animation Insider is reporting that the previously discussed Aquaman animated TV series is "dead in the water." This comes from anonymous sources who are deemed reliable.
This same source informs AI that Warner Bros. is developing another animated super-hero team series based on DC characters. This new show in question is said to be Metal Men. A veteran of WB animated shows like Batman: The Animated Series is said to be writing this one.
SPIDER-MAN, MEN IN BLACK II
Spider-Man. Men In Black II. Comic-based movies are gifts that keep on giving. So Sony has learned according to today's Hollywood Reporter.
After a record-breaking year at the box office, the entertainment giant is now seeing new high-water marks in the home video arena, thanks to top movies like Spider-Man, Men In Black II and xXx. Sony Pictures Entertainment reported its highest-ever quarterly revenue for the final period of 2003.
"DVD and VHS contribution is really a powerhouse," SPE chairman John Calley said. "People are finding more and more ways to enjoy filmed entertainment at home."
Sony shipped 85 million home video unites to U.S. consumers in the fourth quarter, and another 120 million to the rest of the world..
X-MEN 2, DAREDEVIL, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
TiVo is revolutionizing the way people record and watch TV. For many viewers this means the ability to skip advertisements. But for some, it'll mean the ability to watch ads whenever they want, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
20th Century Fox and TiVo are teaming up to promote five upcoming movies, including the comic flicks Daredevil, X-Men 2 and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
In the upcoming campaign, users of the digital recording system will be able to watch the Daredevil's theatrical trailer along with exclusive behind-the-scenes content.
While TiVo's audience numbers pale compared to the penetration provided by a Super Bowl ad, suits at Fox and TiVo emphasize the targeted delivery the new-fangled TV-watching device provides.
In addition to the comic-based films mentioned above, April's Down With Love and summer's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World are expected to get the TiVo treatment.
BROKEN SAINTS TAKES AUDIENCE AWARD AT SUNDANCE ONLINE FEST
American Splendor wasn't the only comic based fare getting attention at Sundance. Brooke Burgess' online animated comic Broken Saints claimed "Audience Award for Animation" as part of the 2003 Sundance Online Film Festival.
Broken Saints, directed by Brooke Burgess, follows the adventures of four very different people bound by an unknown force as they battle to overcome an apocalyptic evil. Two chapters of this 10-hour epic online novel were screened at the Sundance Online Film Festival.
This year's Online Festival featured 31 projects in 4 categories: Animation, Short Subject, Gallery, and New Forms. The Animation and Short Subject categories were both in competition for the Online Audience Award. All Sundance Online Film Festival films will remain on the Festival site, www.sundance.org, until February 5th.
Variety reports that Tribune Entertainment had re-upped a pair of its successful syndicated programs, including Marvel's Mutant X as well as Gen Roddenberry's Andromeda.
The Marvel/Fireworks show, which is not related to X-Men got a third season pick-up in 103 markets, making up 76% of the U.S.
DAREDEVIL ON HBO
HBO subscribers are reminded to tune in to Daredevil: HBO First Look this week. The 24 minute segment next airs Thursday morning and goes behind the scenes on the upcoming movie.
If you can't catch it on Thursday, you'll have plenty of other opportunities. Here's the cable net's schedule for the show:
WONDER TWINS GOT GAME?
Look for those rascally cartoon sidekicks The Wonder Twins to put in an appearance this weekend on Cartoon Network's NBA All-Star Slam.
For Cartoon Network's NBA All-Star Slam, a six-hour marathon on Sunday, Feb. 9, from 12-6 p.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network asked the professional basketball players to pick out their favorite animated all-stars.
In this special event Top NBA stars like Shaquille O'Neal, Stephon Marbury, Latrell Sprewell and Jason Kidd give shout-outs to their favorite cartoon superstars. An all-day marathon salutes old-school favorites like Droopy Dog, Hong Kong Phooey and the Wonder Twins as well as perennial favorites Scooby-Doo and Bugs Bunny.
The All-Star Slam airs Sunday, Feb. 9, 12-6 p.m. (ET, PT).
Answers (in white text, swipe with mouse cursor to reveal)
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THIS WEEK ON JUSTICE LEAGUE
It's more Justice League reruns this month on Cartoon Network.
This week that legion of ne'er-do-wells returns in a repeat airing of "Injustice For All".
"Injustice For All - Part 1" airs Saturday February 8th at 12pm. "Part 2" immediately follows at 12:30pm. Both episodes air again at 9:00pm the same night.
NEXT WEEK ON SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH
It's Sabrina the perfect witch in "Present Perfect," this week's episode of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch.
When her personal and professional life seem to be filled with mishaps, Sabrina (Melissa Joan Hart) uses magic to eliminate the flaws from her personality, but her new perfection turns away a new potential boyfriend (guest star Dylan Neal, "Dawson's Creek") and gets her fired. Meanwhile, when money gets tight, Roxie (Soleil Moon Frye) and Morgan (Elisa Donovan) find themselves going credit card crazy. Nick Bakay, Andrew Walker, Diana-Maria Riva, Bumper Robinson and John Ducey also star. Ken Koch directed the episode written by Tirsh Baker/
"Present Perfect" airs Friday, February 7th at 8:30pm on The WB.
NEXT WEEK ON SMALLVILLE
In case you missed it Tuesday night, The WB is going to rebroadcast the Smallville episodes "Rush", which features the return of Red Kryptonite!
After Pete (Sam Jones III) and Chloe (Allison Mack) are infected by a parasitic worm, it turns them into thrill-seeking daredevils and Pete uses red kryptonite to get Clark (Tom Welling) to join them on a dangerous adventure. Not only does Clark show off his powers, but he kisses Chloe in front of a stunned Lana (Kristin Kreuk). Michael Rosenbaum, Annette O'Toole and John Schneider also star. Rick Rosenthal directed the episode written by Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer.
"Suspect" re-airs Sunday, February 9th at 5:00pm ET on The WB.
Then, in the show's regular timeslot, Lex finds his long-lost brother Lucas in an all-new episode called "Prodigal".
Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) finds Lucas (guest star Paul Wasilewski), the son Lionel (John Glover) gave up for adoption, and brings him home in the hope that the two of them can unite against Lionel. When Lionel's machinations end up putting all three of them in a dangerous situation, Lex is left to wonder whom he can really trust. Meanwhile, Clark (Tom Welling) decides to take a job at the Talon. Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, Sam Jones III, Annette O'Toole and John Schneider also star. Greg Beeman directed the episode written by Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders.
"Prodigal" airs Tuesday, February 11th at 9:00pm on The WB.
Recently posted summaries for the "Suspect" episode of Smallville incorrectly identified the director and writers of that segment. "Suspect" was actually directed by Kenneth Biller from a script by Mark Verheiden and Philip Levens.