Hulk, Punisher, Batman, Hellboy, Catwoman, Spider-Man and Daredevil: Comics2Film wrap for June 23, 2003

Mon, June 23rd, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist


As expected "The Hulk" smashed the box office according to weekend

estimates published by Box

Office Mojo. In the face of mixed reviews and fan

reactions, big green grabbed opening receipts totalling about $62.6 million.

This puts "Hulk" in the #1 spot for the weekend. It also makes it

the biggest June opening, surpassing the previous record-holder "Austin

Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" which brought in $54.9 (albeit at lower

ticket prices).

"The Hulk" represents the third biggest opening for a comic-to-film

adaptation, behind "Spider-Man" and "X2: X-Men-United." Jade jaws finally pushed the mutant movie out of the top 10 this week, for the first

time since it opened. "X2" came in at #12 in its eighth week of release.

Reviews for the movie have been lukewarm, although leaning towards the

positive. By the end of the weekend, review aggregator Rotten

Tomatoes was scoring the movie 63% "fresh" (positive) out of 82

posted, professional reviews. The majority of CBR readers who responded to

our opinion poll felt the movie rated a 7 or higher on the 10 scale, with the plurality hitting the "7 to 8" range, but over 35% felt the movie was a 6 or less (as of this morning). Even the usually generous fan reviews at Comics2Film

FanViews are only scoring "The Hulk" 7.5 on the 10 scale.

In other "Hulk" news, Universal opened a nifty new section of

last week. If you were disappointed by the lackluster "Marvel Encyclopedia

Vol. 3: The Hulk," released in May, then you may enjoy Universal's

"Modern Evolution of The Hulk."

The new web site section delves into the comic book roots of the character

and gives summaries of the high points of the comics and the cast of characters

from the books. You'll find it under "The History" button at



who were waiting to see that punisher trailer can now direct their browsers to

The new teaser site is open for business, about a year ahead of the film's

targeted release date. The site is a fairly odd construct, presumably intended

to draw you into the fractured world of Frank Castle.

It opens on a computer readout, giving you Castle's basic stats. From there

it goes into a Flash animation in which you pour over the scorched ruins of

Castle's history in an attempt to piece together his back story.

In a way it's an effective set up for the movie, but it takes way too long to

get where it's going and there doesn't appear to be any way to circumvent the

animation. It does get a little boring and frustrating after a few minutes. Fans

who are just looking to get to the good stuff can click over to the

teaser trailer at, which is the only content to be found after the

web-site intro.

As promised, Comics2Film drew winners in our Punisher

giveaway. Artisan provided 10 posters and 5 T-shirts from the movie to give

to the fans. Here are the winners:

  • Grand Prize - Poster and Shirt: David S. of Grover Beach, CA
  • T-Shirt Winners:

    • Andy L. of Roanoke, VA
    • John M. of Hawthorne, CA

    • Kimble W. of Lafayette, CO

    • Chuck E. of Claremont, NH

  • Poster Winners:

    • Brian M. of Babylon, NY
    • Roland P. of New Orleans, LA
    • Kris W. of Fairview Heights, IL
    • David G. of Ferndale, MI
    • Brian P. of Sherwood, AR

    • Matthew M. of Costa Mesa, CA

    • Dan C. of O'Fallon, MO

    • George N. of Rockville Centre, NY

    • Chris T. of Mount Prospect, IL


In what is surely a sign of the impending apocalypse, E!

Online is reporting that Aston Kutcher ("Punk'd", "Dude,

Where's my Car?") is not just rumored, but favored for the role of

"Batman" in the upcoming production.

Readers know that Chris Nolan ("Memento") is on board to direct and

David Goyer ("Blade") will write the script.

The site reports that Kutcher is "close to being announced in the


No sources are named in the report and it remains to be seen if the casting

will actually happen. Meanwhile, bat-fans everywhere are bracing for impact.


Over at, Nick Nunziata continues his coverage of the movie. Check

out his interviews with F/X guru Matt

Rose and the big, red actor himself Ron



reports that "Men in Black" writer Ed Solomon has come on board

"Catwoman" to rewrite the script. Solomon follows a list of writers

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that includes Jon Brancato, Mike Ferris, John Rogers and Kate Kondell.

The information was found on casting sides for the movie, after other sources

had reported it to FilmJerk. The other sources indicate that Solomon is doing a

significant reworking of the previous scripts for the movie.

The casting sides indicate that the movie will go into production in

September. Halle Berry has committed to playing the lead role in the movie.


"Spider-Man" just can't stay out of the news. The top-grossing

comic book movie of all time collected four awards at The Hollywood Reporter's

32nd Annual Key Art Awards on Friday (according to The

Reporter itself, natch). Sony took a total of six awards at the ceremony.

The awards honor movie marketing.



kicked off the 2003 superhero season with a bang. Now DD, Elektra, Bullseye and

The Kingpin are coming home to DVD on a special edition two-disc set. The DVD is

presented in Widescreen (Aspect Ratio 2:35:1) and Fullscreen with English 5.1

DTS, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French Dolby Surround and Spanish Dolby Surround

sound. Additional DVD special features include:

  • Production commentary by Mark Steven Johnson and Gary Foster

  • Two brand new documentaries, "Beyond Hell's Kitchen:

    Making Daredevil" with an optional enhanced viewing mode and "The

    Men Without Fear: The Art of Daredevil"

  • Six multi-angle scene studies

  • Enhanced viewing mode

  • HBO First Look Special

  • "Shadow World" - an in depth look at how Daredevil

    views the world

  • Modeling sheet - bios on Daredevil villains and heroes

  • Kingpin featurette

  • Three music videos - "Bring Me To Life" by

    Evanescence, "Won't Back Down" by Fuel and "For You" by

    The Calling

  • Jennifer Garner's screen test

  • Still gallery

  • Original theatrical trailers

  • Full-length screenplay

The special edition VHS will include one hit music video and


For a sampling of DVD extras check out our

Friday update.

The movie is due in stores July 29th, but Comics2Film and 20th

Century Fox are giving you the chance to claim your own copy for free! Just sign

up for our giveaway

at between now and July 27th for your chance to win.



has teamed up with Devil's

Due Publishing to give fan artists a chance to see their artwork in


We're looking for a few good pencil and ink

gurus to work up a faux cover for the "G.I. Joe" comic. The top three

entries will be published in the pages of upcoming Devil's Due comics.


just launched the contest, so there's still plenty of time to enter. Click over

to the

website for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!

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