Stan Lee, LXG, Spider-Man 1 & 2, Striperella: Comics2Film wrap for July 10, 2003

Thu, July 10th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV/Film
Rob Worley, Columnist

STAN LEE UNIVERSE

It's Stan Lee's universe, the rest of us just live in it, and an article in The

Hollywood Reporter says the architect of Marvel's world is set to develop a

whole new realm of superheroes for DIC Entertainment.

Lee has engaged in a joint-venture agreement with the producers of kids' entertainment that will result in a TV programming stream called "The Stan Lee Universe."

A team of humanitarian heroes will take the spotlight in the first animated series to grow out of the venture: "Stan Lee's The Secret of the Super Six." Lee will a appear in the show, as a reclusive cartoonist who befriends a team of teenage alien superheroes on the run.

"I've been featured as a character on 'The Simpsons' but have never been a continuing character in a series before," Lee said in an interview. "It appeals to me because it's something that I have not done in the past, and I love doing things that I have not done before."

Lee also said that, like the Marvel characters he created in the past decades, the "Stan Lee Universe" characters should appeal to kids but be intelligent enough for adults.

"I often find in the comics when I introduce philosophical elements that I get fan mail from young readers about it," Lee told The Reporter. "I never have to write down to younger readers or to dumb stories down, and nothing will be dumbed down."

The show will be up for sale in the fall at MIPCOM (the international TV market).

LXG

Reviews are popping up everywhere for "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." Here's a roundup of what some people are saying about the movie version of Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's comic:

Over at IGN FilmForce Stax, who has be diligently tracking the progress of the movie writes, "for all its flaws, the comics fan in me couldn't help but be thrilled to finally see 'The League' brought to life. The film boasts handsome production values and impressive special effects, and I was relieved that it was

treated seriously."

Leonard Klady of Movie City News seemed to like the film writing, "In a season where fantasy rules, 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' is more mature, wittier and dramatically and visually substantive than anything else on view."

Cranky Chris Brown at Comics2film.com liked the movie and writes, "Keep your expectations low, but your sense of adventure high and enjoy. I just wish this sort of thing had come out when I was 8."

Less enthused was The Hollywood Reporter review which states, "the movie completely surrenders itself to the FX wizards at the expense of character, story and mood."

Anthony Breznican of the Associated Press writes, "Who WOULD enjoy 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen?' Basically, anyone who cared enough to familiarize themselves with such books as H.G. Wells' 'The Invisible Man,' Bram Stoker's 'Dracula,' or Oscar Wilde's 'The

Picture of Dorian Gray' - but doesn't care enough to see them plundered for the sake of a boisterous, cartoony action story."

Look for my review of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" later

today, right here on CBR.

SPIDER-MAN 2

According to Coming Attractions at Cinescape fans heading for Comic-Con

International: San Diego next week will get the first look at Doc Ock's flailing tentacles of doom from the upcoming "Spider-Man 2" movie.

A source, deemed reliable by CA scooped them the info. Director Sam Raimi is scheduled to be on hand to make a presentation about the movie. Presumably it'll be during his Saturday panel that we'll see next year's big-screen villain.

SPIDER-MAN

Spider-Man is snagged in the courtroom again according to a Reuters

wire story.

The dispute between Sony Pictures and Marvel Entertainment is on hold while Marvel appeals a May 20th ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Alexander Williams who bounced the case to an appellate referee.

Marvel filed an appeal on the decision on June 4th. Both parties are awaiting the outcome of that appeal. If Marvel's appeal fails, both sides will be expected to agree on a referee by August 11th. Both Marvel lawyer Carole Handler and Sony attorney Patricia Glaser said they expected to be able to agree on at least one referee from a list of candidates each side has submitted to the judge.

Marvel and Sony have filed complaints against one another over licensing issues stemming from the "Spider-Man" movies.

STRIPPERELLA

It wouldn't be a Stan Lee character without a lawsuit.

Janet Clover a 37-year-old former stripper from Tampa, FL is suing Lee, along with Pamela Anderson and Viacom TV Networks over the new animated TNN/Spike TV series "Stripperella."

Clover, filing the suit without the help of an attorney, claims she created the character and allegedly discussed with Lee during a "private dance session." Clover wants the show off the air and challenges Lee to provide proof of his role as creator.

Clover claims she intended the character to be a nurse, which is what she's studying for.

Clover did not indicate whether she was also claiming ownership of the breast-mounted lie-detector or Stripperella's tongue scanner.

DD DVD GIVEAWAY

The "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.

CALLING ALL FAN ARTISTS: G.I. JOE WANTS YOU

Comics2Film

has teamed up with Devil's

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

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.

We've

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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