Jeremiah, S.M.A.S.Heroes, Batwoman, X2, More: Comics2Film wrap for July 29, 2003

Tue, July 29th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV/Film
Rob Worley, Columnist

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JEREMIAH

"Jeremiah" writer/producer J. Michael Straczynski is so put off by

creative interference from MGM that he will not return for a third season of the

hit show. Straczynski's told his fans that much in a posting on the moderated rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated

usenet news group last Thursday.

"I have zero desire to return to a third season of 'Jeremiah,'"

Straczynski, who shaped the series into a hit for the Showtime cable channel,

said. "Showtime was great, no mistake, but MGM has overall been the most

heinous, difficult and intrusive studio I've ever worked for. I've worked for,

and had great relations with, Viacom, Universal, Warner Bros., and a bunch more.

But I will never, ever, work for the present administration at MGM.

"I didn't know why so many other writers had a problem there and never

wanted to go back," the writer added. "Now I do."

When asked if the show could continue without him Straczynski

responded, "Sure, they could definitely do so. At the end of their day,

it's their show, and if there should be a season three, they would have no

choice but to bring someone else in."

The creator added, "None of this should be taken as a diss of the coming

season. I honestly think that the second season is miles better than our first

season. It's more consistent, takes more chances, it's really a very strong

season."

The new season of "Jeremiah" is slated to begin in August. Thanks

to SCI

FI Wire for the lead.

S.M.A.S.HEROES

There's a reason they call it "development hell." Almost five years

ago C2F first reported on plans to animate Mike Vieten's independent superhero

comic "S.M.A.S.Heroes." Now Vieten's hard work and persistence is

about to pay off.

Vieten told C2F/CBR News this week that he is partnering with a major

Hollywood CGI animation house to develop a pilot trailer for promotion to major

TV network producers and distribution companies. The as yet unnamed animation

company plans to utilize its key industry contacts to secure

production/distribution partners for the animated television series.

The name of the animation house is being kept under wraps but Vieten tells us

that all will be revealed, "real soon as S.M.A.S.Heroes prepares to

SMASHollywood."

"S.M.A.S.Heroes" was first published by Zen Comics Publishing back

in 1998. The book centers on a team of soldiers from various branches of the

U.S. military who are killed in combat but are revived by a top-secret program,

using alien DNA. The new super soldiers form an elite fighting team that can

morph into alien creatures.

BATMAN:

MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN

From a press release:

"Batman: The Mystery of the Batwoman" is slated for release on the

home video market on October 21. The new animated movie features the voices

Kelly Ripa, Kyra Sedgwick and Hector Elizondo along with Batman regular Kevin

Conroy. Warner Home Video provides this description of the movie:

"When a new vigilante in the guise of a Batwoman appears in Gotham City,

she is so ruthless and destructive that Batman feels compelled to stop her. As

he tries to uncover her secret identity, he realizes that she has targeted a

criminal consortium headed by Penguin, who is trying desperately to export a

cache of high tech arms out of Gotham City. By the time Batman realizes who the

mysterious Batwoman is, she has been captured by Bane, whom Penguin has hired to

oversee the export of arms. It's up to Batman to save her, defeat Bane and stop

the shipment of arms before it leaves Gotham Harbor."

The DVD includes special features like:

  • Chase Me - A DVD exclusive, original Batman short.
  • Behind the Mystery - Behind-the-scenes of the production.
  • Nine Character Bios.
  • Great Gadgets! - A look at the gadgets used by Batman and his enemies.
  • Life of a Scene - How everything comes together to create a scene.
  • Batman: P.O.V. - The director, writer, producers and animators discuss

    favorite characters and scenes.

  • DVD-ROM sneak peeks of Batman edutainment games.

"Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman" will be available on DVD for

$24.98 SRP and on VHS for $14.94 SRP. Check out the

official website for trailers and more information.

X2

DVD

The

Digital Bits has published what is said to be the cover art of the DVD

release of "X2: X-Men United." The artwork is the same group shot used

on the cover of "The Art of X2" coffee table book. Fans will also

notice it bears the more sensible title "X-Men 2."

SMALLVILLE

The online "Smallville" resources KryptonSite

has the details on episode three of season three entitled

"Extinction." Check it out if you must be spoiled.

TEEN

TITANS

Fans of the new "Teen Titans" animated show on Cartoon Network will

be happy to hear that DC Comics is planning a comic book title based on the

series.

The

Comics Continuum reports that "Teen Titans Go!," will be the name

of the new comic book launching Nov. 26. The book is to be written by J.

Torres, with art by Todd Nauck and Lary Stucker and

a cover by Dave Bullock.

DAREDEVIL

DVD

Be sure to check out Comics2Film's

review of the "Daredevil" DVD. While "Daredevil" may be

our least favorite Marvel movie, the DVD is loaded with enough cool stuff to

entice any comic fan.

Also,

C2F has drawn the winners in our DVD giveaway. 20th

Century Fox provided five copies of the two-disc set. Without further ado, the recipients

of those free DD DVDs are:

Chris P of Cary, NC

Michael D of Methuen, MA

Craig S of Wheeling, IL

Matt B of Memphis, TN

Ted H of Madison, MS

Thanks to Fox for providing the prizes and to the 2200+ people

who entered the giveaway. The

"Daredevil" DVD is due in stores today.

 
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