Hulk, Blade III, Superman, MirrorMask, Batman, Betty & Veronica: Comics2Film wrap for July 24, 2003

Thu, July 24th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist



Hulk' DVD is due out on October 28th and DVD

Answers has the first look at what fans can expect. The DVD site dug up four

images of the new disc's menu screens. Like the movie, the DVD is opting for a

comic-booky design, re-creating the best moments from the movie in the style of

comic book art.

The menus reveal that fans can expect an audio commentary with director

Ang Lee and a selection of deleted scenes. We're presenting two small screen

shots, but check out DVD

Answers for the full-sized artwork.

Thanks to Jeff, John and Tom for the scoop.



TyRuben Ellingson has joined the design team for "Blade

III" according to Counting The design artist told the website that he got the call from

writer/producer/director David Goyer about six weeks ago.

Ellingson worked

with Goyer on "Blade II." His most famous design for that movie may

have been Reinhardt's gun/sword...a hand gun with a massive blade on the front.

Ellingson has subsequently worked on "Hellboy" where he designed the

title character's massive gun, the Samaritan.



FilmForce is reporting that in spite of the less-than-heavenly performance

of "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," Warner Bros. has signed director

McG to helm the "Superman" movie. The news comes from unnamed sources.

McG was initially slated to helm the feature, but dropped out to do the

"Angels" sequel, giving way to director Brett Ratner. After the

project floundered for several months, Ratner resigned leaving the spot vacant.

More recently, rumors picked up that McG would return to the project.

However, FilmForce's anonymous source cautions that the studio will not go

public until the script is solid and they are ready to commit to going into

production. For now, the suits are divided about the director and want to keep

it quiet in case it doesn't work out.

Sources also claim that McG is eyeing

his "Angels" star Drew Barrymore for the role of Lois Lane. Let the

complaining begin!


Fans who attended the "MirrorMask" panel at Comic-Con heard

director Dave McKean say he is open to recruiting new talent to help him with

the post-production F/X chores on the movie.

Now, in his online

journal Neil Gaiman reveals the method for contacting McKean about such

work. Gaiman writes:

"I phoned Kevin Kelly at Hensons [sic] and he's made an e-mail account. If you're an animator or a computer artist or

3D modeller and you want to work with Dave McKean on 'MirrorMask' from pretty much

now until next April, and you're prepared to live in the UK, and work

enthusiastically on something amazingly cool for not very much money at all,

probably, then send an e-mail to

and give resume details

and contact info...Someone will be in




"Batman: Dead End" is the fan film that has the internet buzzing.

Sporting some great production design and a costume straight out of an Alex Ross

painting, this expensive short features the Dark Knight duking it out with, not

only the Joker, but an Alien and Predator (from the Fox movies) as well.

Now, The has posted the film online for all to see.




Today VH1

plans to name the "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons" and four of them are

superheroes. The list is presented as part of the music vid network's series

"The Greatest".


will begin re-airing a marathon of the show, ticking off the list from 200 to 41

starting at 3 PM (ET)/ 2 PM (CT). The remaining greatest pop culture icons will

be represented in future segments of the show.

Wonder Woman, Batman and Spider-Man all made the list, but failed to break

the top 100. Superman, on the other hand, soared all the way to #2 on the list,

only falling behind Oprah!

If you visit the VH1 website, you can view some fun and wacky illustrations

of the top 200 by Robert Risko, including the freaky Spider-Man one seen here.

The site also has a screen saver featuring the same illustrations.



Although the trades had it early, here's the official press release regarding

the "Betty & Veronica" movie

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Miramax Films and Archie Comics

Entertainment LLC are teaming up to co-produce a major live action theatrical

motion picture based on the popular comic book icons "Betty &

Veronica." The

announcement was made today by Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein and Archie

Comics Entertainment President Allan I. Grafman.

"The demand for youth-oriented entertainment based on well-known

character properties continues to soar in the feature marketplace," said

Harvey Weinstein. "With more than six decades of unparalleled success in

the teen marketplace, Betty, Veronica, Archie, Jughead and the rest of the

original Riverdale characters have all the elements to become a highly

successful film franchise."

"We are delighted to join forces with Miramax for the production of

'Betty & Veronica,'" said Allan Grafman, President of Archie Comics

Entertainment. "Harvey Weinstein and his Miramax executive team

demonstrated tremendous enthusiasm for the project along with an impressive

understanding of the property's full potential across film, television, live

stage and all other media."

CEO Chuck Grimes will oversee the production on behalf of Archie Comics

Entertainment and Grafman will serve as an executive producer. Michael

Silberkleit and Richard Goldwater will serve as associate producers.

Michelle Raimo, senior vice president of production and development, will

oversee the production on behalf of Miramax, with Meryl Poster, co-president of


Charles Layton, executive vice president, office of the co-chairmen, and

Timothy Schmidt, vice president of business and legal affairs, negotiated the

agreement on behalf of Miramax. Grimes and Grafman negotiated on behalf of

Archie Comics Entertainment.

The announcement of the motion picture based on the perennially popular teen

duo "Betty & Veronica" comes only four months after Archie Comics

Entertainment was co-founded as the entertainment and licensing arm of leading

comic book publisher Archie Comic Publications, Inc. by Michael Silberkleit and

Richard Goldwater along with Grimes and Grafman.




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.

Time is

running out! Entries must be in by July 25th. Click over

to the

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



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

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