Comics2Film Wrap for March 25th, 2003

Tue, March 25th, 2003 at 12:00am PST

TV/Film
Rob Worley, Columnist

ANIMATION: AQUAMAN, SHAZAM, TEEN TITANS

Comics2Film's secret source in the animation world updated us on a

grab bag

of comic related projects.

In spite of recent reports to the contrary, our source tells us an animated

show based on Aquaman is moving forward. Animation vet Mario Piluso is producing

the show. Puliso produced and directed "Jonny Quest vs. the Cyber

Insects" for TV and "The Halloween Tree." He's also the director

of the animated sequel to "Charlotte's Web."

Our source also tells us an animated take on "Shazam" is in development as "a

doofy comedy." "Eek the Cat" creator Bill Kopp is said to be

behind this one. This is somewhat puzzling, as Shazam is also in development as

a feature film with New Line Cinema.

Of course, "Teen Titans" is also in development as a live-action

movie, but will be an animated show on Cartoon Network this year. Our source tells

us to watch for a toy line from Mattel for the "Teen Titans"

show.

SMALLVILLE

The WB Network has given an early green light to a third season of

"Smallville" according to today's Variety.

The show has been a ratings winner for the WB since its debut.

"Smallville" was one of six shows that the network has already

decided to bring back next fall. The others are "7th Heaven,"

"Charmed," "Gilmore Girls," "Everwood" and

"Reba."

HOLLYWOOD HEROES ONLINE

Last summer, Entertainment Weekly

published its "Power 100" list. Appropriate to the summer of

"Spider-Man", the list carried a comic book theme and featured artwork

of Hollywood's biggest power players in the guise of comics' greatest

characters.

Fans who missed the issue will now get a chance to take a look at the art as

part of the New York City Comic

Book Museum's virtual exhibit "Alter Egos: Power Stars of

Entertainment." The exhibit premieres online starting Friday, March 28th.

"This online exhibit produced by the New York City Comic Book Museum is

a terrific way to share the work of these talented artists with a natural fan

base," said Sandy Drayton, Entertainment Weekly's Director of

Communications. "During its 13 year history, Entertainment Weekly has

worked with a stellar group of illustrators to bring visual life to the

editorial tone of the magazine. These superhero illustrations are a perfect

example of that."

The artwork portrays Tom Hanks as Captain America, Russell Crowe as Thor,

Jennifer Lopez as Catwoman, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne as Batman and Robin, Julia

Roberts as Wonder Woman, Reese Witherspoon as Supergirl, and many more.

THE (NORMAN) OSBORNS

Those crazy, foul-mouthed Osborns are at it again. We're not talking about

Ozzy and Sharon. We're talking about Norman and Harry. Last summer, the comedy

website The Sodajerks unveiled the first episode of The

(Norman) Osborns which blended MTV's hit reality show with the Sony's hit

movie for a Spider-Man spoof.

New a new

episode is online featuring a walk-on by Daredevil. Check it out for some

comic book movie hilarity.

ASTROBOY CORRECTION

Variety

ran a correction to its recent report on the "Astro Boy" anniversary

and the U.S. feature film that's being developed. C2F/CBR News picked up on the

misinformation last Friday, so we're passing along the correction as well. Here

it is, verbatim:

"Sony is developing 'Astro Boy,' but the film project has not been

slated for a production start and there is no release date. Information was

incorrect in Friday's paper."

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