Punisher, The Hulk, Smallville, Captain America, Planet Terry, LXG: Comics2Film wrap for July 8, 2003

Tue, July 8th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist



official. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos has joined the cast of Artisan and Marvel's

"The Punisher." The studio issued a press release yesterday announcing

the casting.

C2F fans are, of course, well acquainted with the actress' work in the

"X-Men" movies where she played Mystique.

In "The Punisher," Romijn-Stamos will play the role of Joan, the

alluring neighbor of Frank Castle with a troubled past who comes into his life

after his family is killed.

"Rebecca is a dynamic addition to the cast of The Punisher," said

Marvel chief Avi Arad. "She is no stranger to the Marvel Universe on screen

and will have a chance to showcase her talents in a much different role. We have

a great story to tell and a great cast is coming together to match it."

Commented Artisan Pictures President of Production, Richard Saperstein,

"Rebecca embodies all of the qualities of this character and we are very

excited to have her as part of 'The Punisher' cast."

Romijn-Stamos joins a cast that include Thomas Jane ("Dreamcatcher")

in the title role and John Travolta ("Basic") as the villain. Laura

Harring ("Mulholland Drive") is also set to play Travolta's wife while

Ben Foster ("Six Feet Under") recently signed to play Frank Castle's

neighbor Dave.

Jonathan Hensleigh is directing the movie. Cameras start rolling this month.


"Xank Smash Puny Fartsovchik!"


may be the primal battle cry from Hollywood in the face of a Russian DVD market

populated with bootleg movies according to today's Hollywood


According to their report, the nascent market is dominated by pirated discs,

which feature movies months before they're slated to hit the legitimate video

market, or even movie theaters. The market for pirated materials generated $311

million in sales, eclipsing the legit market's $257 million.

Hi-quality bootlegs recently making their way to the street include "The

Matrix: Reloaded" and "The Hulk."


Want a sneak peek into next season

of "Smallville." As usual, KryptonSite.com

has the goods.

KryptonSite has published spoiler details for the first two episodes of

season three, entitled "Exile" and "Phoenix." Check out the

site if you must know everything.

KryptonSite also reports that "Smallville" will be settling into

its new timeslot at the end of this month. Fans will start watching the show on

Wednesdays at 8PM starting on the 30th. This is where the show will stay when

the new season stars. It makes way for "Fearless," based on the series

of novels, which will take the old Tuesdays at 9 timeslot.


C2F readers are ahead of the curve on the recent spate of "Captain

America" rumors. We told you over

a week ago that rumors involving Brad Pitt in a Cap movie were bogus.

Still, the story gained some momentum when Sky

News floated some quote, allegedly from Pitt himself, which seemed to

support the story.

However, Aint-it-cool-news

published a report yesterday with quotes from Avi Arad corroborating our

previous report and shooting down the rumor once again.

"Harry, I don't even know where they are getting this stuff from? As you

know we are doing nothing with 'Captain America' right now till we clear up the

'Rights Issues,'" Arad told AICN webmaster Harry Knowles, referring to the

courtroom battle between Marvel and Captain America creator Joe Simon. "We

want to do some amazing things with 'Captain America,' but till everything is

clear we are concentrating on other projects as you know."

So, don't get your hopes up over (or get discouraged by, as the case may be)

rumors about Pitt as Cap.

Thanks to Chris and Rhonda for the leads.


Yesterday's news about Rob Liefeld's new movie deal for a property called

"Planet Terry" raised a few eyebrows among fans who questioned whether

or not the name of the project itself was going to be a problem.

Some fans said they were momentarily confused, thinking that the news might

actually be regarding Warren Ellis and John Cassaday's outstanding (and soon to

return) WildStorm book "Planetary."

Even more problematic is the fact that Marvel may hold a trademark on the

name "Planet Terry."

A studious C2F reader named Matt was apparently a big fan of Marvel's

now-defunct "Planet Terry" comic.

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Matt writes, "'Planet Terry,' of course, was one of Marvel Comics' line

of Archie-lite, kids comics in the late '80's. Star Comics' 'Planet Terry'

starred a youth who, [not unlike Kal-El], had been dispatched in a spaceship as

a baby, to escape some terrible disaster. The ship fed, watered, and wiped

Terry's bum until, finally, it heaved the preteen spaceman out on a big space

rock. Terry then went on a quest to find his missing family. (Sad, I know, but I

typed that from memory)."

Thanks to Matt, The Xenos and D.K. Hood for the info.


Spiffy new trailers for "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" are

airing on TV this week. If you want a look, check out Apple's

QuickTime site.



"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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