Big Bang, LXG, Garfield, Punisher, Hulk and Wonder Woman: Comics2Film wrap for June 27, 2003

Fri, June 27th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV/Film
Rob Worley, Columnist

KNIGHTS OF JUSTICE, WHIZ KIDS

Heroes

with a clear sense of morality and justice, villains who were easily identified

as evil: these are the hallmarks of comics from the golden age. Readers who miss

such stores often turn to Image's "Big Bang" comics, for comics paying

homage to simpler times.

In 2000 producer Philip R. Cable wrote, produced, directed and even appeared

in a low-budget, direct-to-video adaptation of the books called "Knights of

Justice." Just as the comics paid homage to funny books past, Cable's video

paid homage to cheesy, live-action, Saturday-morning spandex shows of the

1970s.

Then, in 2002, Cable vowed to return with a feature length film adapted from

the "Big Bang" comics. Little has been heard since.

Cable recent dropped a line to Comics2Film/CBR News updating us on the

project, which is now back in development.

Although

the project was moving forward last year, a near-tragic car crash brought it to

a halt. Cable and his wife were involved in the accident and nearly died as a

result. During the slow recovery process, the financing that had been secured

for the "Knights of Justice" feature dried up.

"Now that my health is relatively

normal, I am in the process of getting the 'Knights' movie off the ground again.

Currently, a DVD company is negotiating with me for the video rights to the

movie. If we can come to terms then we may be in production early next

year," Cable told C2F/CBR News.

In

the mean time, Cable will be warming up his directorial muscles on another Big

Bang project called "Whiz Kids," which is basically the "Teen

Titans" of the Big Bang universe.

"The movie is about four young superheroes who are part of the Whiz Kids

project. This project has been set by the Knights of Justice to train young

superheroes in the proper use of their super powers. Any trainee who shows

enough promise might possibly become a member of the Knights," Cable

explains.

"Four would-be

Knights include the acrobatic Galahad, the ultra strong Thunder Girl, the

super-fast Cyclone, and Kid Ghost, who can become invisible or intangible.

"When

the Whiz Kids are given the simple assignment of finding a witness, they

unexpectedly find themselves opposing an incredibly dangerous extraterrestrial

criminal who is stealing advanced technologies. These thefts lead the Whiz Kids

into an action packed adventure filled with fights, car chases, and death traps."

Noel Neill, a veteran of the 1950s show "The Adventures of

Superman," has been cast in the movie. She'll play Miss Pepper, who trains

the young heroes.

Returning from the "Knights" DTV movie is Lorin Taylor, who plays

the superhero Masker, an original character created for the live-action

projects.

Casting is underway for the superhero teens.

"Whiz Kids" is written and directed by Cable. Belinda P. Cable is

producing. Deidre Neal is the costume designer. Filming is expected to begin in

October.

LXG

Fox is targeting the

"X-Men" crowd with the latest "League of Extraordinary

Gentlemen" hype. Fans who are subscribed to the official "X-Men"

movie e-mailer got a promo sent to them last night.

The new promo links the

Victorian-era superheroes to the modern day mutants with the tag line, "Before

there were X-Men there were Gentlemen." From there fans can watch a special

trailer linking the two movies.

Click

here to have a look.

GARFIELD

"Drumline" breakout Nick Cannon has joined the cast of

"Garfield" according to The

Hollywood Reporter. Cannon will play Louis, a city mouse who befriends the

portly leading-cat.

Although the title character is a CGI creation, the remaining cast members,

other animals included, are reported to be live-action. Presumably a trained

mouse will stand in for Cannon, who will provide the voice.

Bill Murray is voicing the title role. Breckin Meyer and Jennifer Love Hewitt

star as Garfield's human companions. Peter Hewitt is directing.

PUNISHER

IGN

FilmForce shed some additional light on the potential casting of Rebecca

Romijn-Stamos in "The Punisher." According to FilmForce's typically

reliable sources, Romijn-Stamos is circling the role of Joan, a character

introduced in Garth Ennis' initial run of the comics.

Romijn-Stamos is currently said to be in negotiations for the part.

HULK

Fans who are wearing out their thumbs playing "The Hulk" video game

will want to head back to theaters and watch the movie one more time. Hidden in

the film is a "supercode" which unlocks completely new gameplay in the

video game.

Hulk fans who correctly identify this code in the movie will be rewarded with

the ability to re-play the interactive game as the gray Hulk. The video game

character is said to be more an homage to the character's first appearance in

The Incredible Hulk #1, rather than the Fixit character that appeared in Peter

David's highly acclaimed run on the book.

"The 'Hulk' video game was designed with the goal of rewarding fans who

experience both the movie and the game," said Nicholas Longano, Vivendi

Universal Games' SVP of Marketing. "We created the Gray Hulk bonus gameplay

as the ultimate payoff in which the key to the treasure is literally buried in

the body of the film."

The code that unlocks Gray Hulk appears in a scene right before Bruce Banner

transforms into the Hulk for the first time. Gamers can unlock the Gray Hulk by

entering the code word into any computer terminal in the game.

Additional special game content can be unlocked with a series of passwords

related to the film's plot and characters. Clues can be found online at TheHulk.com.

WONDER WOMAN

There's no telling how long it will take before we see a "Wonder

Woman" movie but one eagle-eyed C2F reader uncovered this bit of

information about the development effort: Warren Manser, who did concept designs

for "X-Men," "Spider-Man" and "Daredevil," is, or

was, on board as a designer for the Amazon Princess.

At his official

website Manser writes, "I worked on 'Wonder Woman' for about nine months in development before Warner

Bros. decided to put the project on hold while they revise the script. I did a

variety of character designs as well as vehicles and some environments.

Unfortunately, since the film is unreleased, I cannot show any of my

concept art. The project was great fun and I hope they continue towards a

finished film."

Philip Levens of "Smallville" fame was recently hired to take the

latest pass at the script.

Thanks to Robert N for mailing this one in.


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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