Punisher, Spider-Man, LXG, Hulk, Smallville: C2F wrap for June 25, 2003

Wed, June 25th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist



Jane, star of the soon-to-lens "Punisher" recently told About:

Romantic Movies that he finds the prospect of playing a well-known and

much-loved character more daunting than the stunts that the role will require.

"Like I did with Mickey Mantle, it's taking on a figure that's just beloved by a

lot of folks, and trying to give it everything that I've got so that they get

the best of me," Jane said in a Q & A. "I give it every shot at just doing the absolute best that I can

with it."

Jane told the site he's no fan of superheroes.

"I wasn't a fan prior to because I didn't like superhero comics, but this guy

is such an anti-hero that I've fallen in love with him," Jane said. "He's so dark and it's

Marvel's darkest property, so I've fallen in love with the whole thing.

"And he's not a typical superhero because he doesn't have special powers.

Right. He doesn't have super powers. He can't leap over tall buildings, he can't

crawl up a wall, he's just really, really angry."

Jane also told the site that he's looking forward to working with John

Travolta on the movie, although they haven't begun preparing for it yet. For

more of Jane's comments about "The Punisher" and comic fans check out the

complete interview.

Thanks to Lauren for the lead.


The Comics

Continuum tells fans to listen for Virginia Madsen ("The

Haunting") in the upcoming "Spider-Man" animated show. Madsen

plays sexy mercenary Silver Sable in an episode called "Spider-Man


"Spider-Man" debuts on MTV on July 11th.



can check out LXGMovie.com

for another sneak peek at the upcoming movie based on Alan Moore's "The

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen."

A new section has opened on the official site entitled "Technology and

the League" spotlighting the "high-tech" gadgets the Victorian

era heroes will use in the film.

Futuristic weapons include the so-called "Machine Gun" and

"Gas Grenade."

The League will also travel in fanciful vehicles like "Nemo's Car"

and "The Nautilus" while the villain of the piece cruises in the

"Fantom Warship."


The latest figures published by Box

Office Mojo showed "The Hulk" grabbing another $6 million at

theaters on Monday, bringing the total gross to over $68 million.

By way of comparison, the unqualified hit "Finding Nemo" took in

$6.9 million in its Monday after a $70 million opening weekend, and swam on the the #1 spot in its second week. This may

indicate that a severe drop-off for "Hulk," predicted by analysts on

Tuesday, may not be in the cards after all.

Fans who enjoyed "The Hulk" will also enjoy a couple of articles

filling in the background of the movie.


L.A. Times has a nice write up with composer Danny Elfman who scored the

two-hour plus movie. Elfman was hired to replace Mychael Danna, a personal

friend of Ang Lee who the director frequently collaborated with.

"It was a very extreme situation," Elfman recalls. "I wouldn't

have even flown up there if it hadn't been for how much respect I have for Ang.

I had this horrible fear that he'd look at me like this Hollywood hack who'd

come in and do a predictable action movie score. After I looked at the film, I

went home and had nightmares all night long - and that was before I realized

how little time I had to do it."

With only 37 days (as opposed to the more typical 10 to 12 weeks) to score

the movie, Elfman faced an uphill battle.

Check out the in-depth

article for more about Elfman's "Hulk" experience.

If it's special effects you're interested in, then USA

Today has an interesting write up for you. The national paper spotlights

Jamy Wheless, the man behind the muscle in "The Hulk."

Wheless, a computer animator on the film, has been doodling the Hulk since he

was a kid. Now he works for ILM and is living the dream of bringing his hero to



From a press release:

Whether they're on the big screen or the small screen, comic book heroes have

never been more popular, and to satisfy millions of television viewers hooked on

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the latest twist on the DC Comics' Superman mythology, Warner Home Video (WHV)

will release "Smallville: The Complete First Season" on DVD September

23, 2003. The highest rated show on The WB among people ages 12-34 and across

all male demographics, "Smallville" has consistently set ratings

records. The six-disc DVD collector's set contains all 21 episodes from the

first season, including the pilot episode, and is priced at $64.92 SRP.

The deluxe DVD collection of "Smallville: The Complete First

Season" contains super special features including audio commentaries on the

pilot by executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, as well as pilot

director David Nutter. Another commentary with Gough and Millar appears on the

show's second episode entitled "Metamorphosis." Additional special

features include deleted scenes from two episodes, a storyboard to screen

featurette and an interactive tour of Smallville. A DVD-ROM link to

smallville.net website also provides access to additional bonus content.



"Daredevil" DVD is due in stores July 29th, but Comics2Film and 20th

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

Fox is providing us with five copies of the 2-disc set to pass

on to you, the faithful reader.

Just sign

up for our giveaway

at Comics2Film.com 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 Comics2Film.com

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

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