Comics2Film Wrap for April 21st, 2003

Mon, April 21st, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist


Today's Variety

reports new details on the continuing lawsuits between Marvel and Sony over the

licensing of "Spider-Man" with regards to the "Spider-Man"


While the documents in the complaints were filed under seal, Variety and Los

Angeles Daily Journal filed a motion seeking to unseal the cases. L.A. Superior

Court Judge Alexander Williams will make a ruling today on the motion, and is

expected to unseal the documents.

Those documents leaked early on "The Drudge Report" last Wednesday.

Sony is now accusing Marvel of leaking those documents to the online newshound.

Marvel attorney Carole Handler denies the claim stating nobody with Marvel

had any contact with Drudge and that all the information contained in those

reports had already been reported by Variety anyway.

Sony attorney Patricia Glaser, however, said that the leak was an attempt to

"tarnish Sony as much as possible before the truth comes out. When their

case is unsealed, it's going to be ugly for them."

Marvel started the litigation rolling back in February with a sealed claim

against Sony. Variety reports that Marvel claims the studio never disclosed its

intent to associate Spider-Man exclusively with Sony in the minds of retailers

and that Sony never intended to use its sister corporations, such as Sony

Electronics, to merchandise Spider-Man, as it promised Marvel it would.

Sony's position is that both parties carefully negotiated all licensing

agreements and Marvel is merely looking for an excuse to get a better deal.



Smash Puny Helicopters! That's the battle cry for the latest image from the

"Hulk" movie, published by this weekend.

The image shows jade jaws ready to hurl a chunk of concrete at a swarm of

helicopters that, no doubt, just won't leave Hulk alone.

It's a cool image that will appear as a two-page spread in the upcoming

summer preview issue of Entertainment

Weekly. We'll show you a tiny image here, but click over to CHUD

for a close up look at some cool CGI!



"Daredevil" DVD is due in stores July 29 according to the latest info

from Twentieth Century Fox. Online vendors are already taking orders for what is

sure to be a big seller.

"Daredevil" will be released in a two-disc package packed with

features. Here are some of the included goodies:

Disc 1:

  • Production commentary by Mark Steven Johnson and Gary Foster
  • Text commentary
  • Enhanced viewing mode
  • 6 multi-angle scene studies
  • Visually

    impaired track


Disc 2:

  • Documentary - "Beyond Hell's Kitchen: Making Daredevil" with

    enhanced or unenhanced viewing modes

  • Documentary - "The Men Without Fear:

    The Art of Daredevil"

  • Daredevil: HBO First Look special
  • Daredevil #1-

    virtual comic book

  • "Shadow World" - an in depth look at

    "Daredevil's sight"

  • Modeling sheet: bios of your favorite villains

    and heroes

  • Kingpin featurette - The Kingpin transformed from comic book to the

    big screen

  • 3 music videos - "Won't Back Down" by Fuel, "For

    You" by The Calling and "Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence

  • Jennifer Garner screen test bio
  • Still gallery
  • Trailers
  • Full length screenplay



scored a pair of nice images from the set of "The Amazing Spider-Man."

The pictures show Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker hanging out with Kirsten Dunst

as Mary Jane Watson.

Here's a preview of one of the images, but click over to

AICN for both full-size pics.


"Hulk" fans will have plenty of

new DVDs to purchase in June, when the big movie comes out.

Twentieth Century

Fox has jumped into the fray with what will be the fourth new Hulk DVD to be

announced for release that month.

Fox's disc will present the last

made-for-TV Hulk movie, the infamous "Death of the Incredible Hulk."

The $14.98 disc will present the 100 minute long made-for-TV finale to the popular

TV show and TV movie series. The movie features Bill Bixby as Banner and Lou

Ferrigno as "The Incredible Hulk," of course, and reveals why Hulk is

so angry at helicopters in the above photo.

As C2F/CBR News reported

a few weeks back, there are already three other Hulk DVDs due out in June.


the studio behind the movie, is released the two-hour series premier movie,

which tells the TV origin of "The Incredible Hulk." That disc also

contains the "Married" episode, for which actress Mariette Hartley won

an Emmy Award.

Anchor Bay Entertainment is releasing a two-disc set, featuring

the TV movies, "The Return of the Incredible Hulk" and "The Trial

Story continues below

of the Incredible Hulk." These movies feature The (not so) Mighty Thor and

Daredevil as guest stars.

Finally, Buena Vista Home Entertainment is

collecting episodes of "The Incredible Hulk" animated show for release

on DVD that same month.

"The Hulk" feature film will be in theaters June 20th.

Thanks to Jeff for the lead.


This year's second comics adaptation, "Bulletproof Monk" made a

disappointing debut at the box office, according to early estimates provided by Box

Office Mojo. The movie ranked fourth for the weekend in spite of having an

early Wednesday release. The esitmated five-day take for the movie came in at

$11.7 million.

The movie trailed behind Adam Sandler's "Anger Management," which

held the top spot for two weeks in a row. Debuting at #2 was Disney's

family-friendly "Holes." Behind that was the Jamie Kennedy top-liner

"Malibu's Most Wanted." which also got an early start.

Unless "Bulletproof Monk" makes an unlikely upward charge on the

charts, it'll break the streak of comic book movies hitting #1 that started with

"From Hell" in October of 2001.

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