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February 2004

'Justice League' goes 'Unlimited'
Posted Saturday, February 28, 2004, 7:13PM CST by Franklin Harris
Cartoon Network's "Justice League" gets a makeover this fall when it returns with a new name, "Justice League Unlimited." New episodes begin in August, and viewers can expect guest stars to include Supergirl, Green Arrow, The Atom, Booster Gold, Hawk and Dove, Elongated Man, The Question, Mister Miracle, Big Barda, Captain Atom and Zatanna.

Source: Animation Insider

Rodriguez to direct Miller's 'Sin City'
Posted Saturday, February 28, 2004, 6:59PM CST by Franklin Harris
Robert Rodriguez ("Once Upon a Time in Mexico") will direct a feature film based on Frank Miller's "Sin City" graphic novels.

Source: Superhero Hype

Lions Gate gets 'Iron Fist', 'Black Widow'
Posted Saturday, February 28, 2004, 6:51PM CST by Franklin Harris
Marvel Enterprises and Lions Gate Entertainment have inked a deal for Lions Gate to produce live-action films based on Marvel's Iron Fist and Black Widow characters. The deal expands the pre-existing relationship between Marvel and Artisan Entertainment, which Lions Gate acquired in December.

Source: Superhero Hype

Watanabe cast as Ra's Al Ghul in 'Batman'
Posted Tuesday, February 24, 2004, 9:59AM CST by Franklin Harris
Ken Watanabe, Oscar-nominated for "The Last Samurai," will co-star as Ra's Al Ghul opposite Christian Bale in the next "Batman" movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Source: Superhero Hype

Image Comics management gets makeover
Posted Friday, February 20, 2004, 3:59PM CST by Franklin Harris
There has been a shake-up in the offices of Image Comics. Erik Larsen, creator of "Savage Dragon," is the company's new publisher, replacing Jim Valentino.

Valentino oversaw the Image's transition from a publisher of superhero comics to one of the industry's major publishers of independent comics. Recently, however, Image lost several member studios, including Devil's Due, publisher of the popular "G.I. Joe" series. Those losses hurt the Image's sales and exposure.

Larsen, according to reports, plans to refocus on superheroes while promising to not abandon the comics Valentino championed. Valentino remains a partner in Image, which formed in the early 1990s as a coalition of several high profile comic-book artists including Valentino, Larsen, Jim Lee, Todd MacFarlane and Rob Liefeld. Since then, Liefeld was forced out of Image while Lee left voluntarily, selling his studio, Wildstorm Productions, to DC Comics.

Source: Comic Book Resources

Neeson, Freeman join 'Batman' cast (Updated)
Posted Thursday, February 19, 2004, 7:40AM CST by Franklin Harris
Variety reports that Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman are confirmed as having joined the cast of director Christopher Nolan's "Batman" film. Neeson and Freeman reportedly will portray Batman villain R'as al Ghul and supporting character Lucius Fox, CEO of Wayne Enterprises, respectively.

Source: Cinescape Online

UPDATE: Superhero Hype! reports that Neeson is, in fact, not portraying R'as al Ghul. Instead, he is playing a character named Henri Ducard, who is Bruce Wayne's mentor.

Buffy's creator meets the X-Men
Posted Wednesday, February 18, 2004, 6:44AM CST by Franklin Harris
Joss Whedon, creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," will write a new X-Men title for Marvel Comics. Whedon and artist John Cassaday's 12-issue run on "Astonishing X-Men" begins in May as part of a companywide revamp of X-Men titles. Meanwhile, Chris Claremont returns to write "Uncanny X-Men" with art by Alan Davis.

Source: Cinescape Online

Silent Bob nets 'The Green Hornet'
Posted Wednesday, February 18, 2004, 6:35AM CST by Franklin Harris
Kevin Smith ("Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back") will write and direct "The Green Hornet" for Miramax.

Source: Cinescape Online

'Angel' plays harp; WB cancels series
Posted Monday, February 16, 2004, 10:54AM CST by Franklin Harris
The WB has informed the producers of "Angel" that this season, the show's fifth, will be its last. Series creator Joss Whedon says the show will proceed as planned. "We always planned this season finale to be a great capper to the season and the show in general," he said.

Source: Dark Horizons

WB to air new 'Batman' cartoon series
Posted Wednesday, February 11, 2004, 2:27PM CST by Franklin Harris
Warner Bros. will produce a new "Batman" cartoon series to air on both Kids' WB and Cartoon Network. The new animated series will have no relation to "Batman: The Animated Series," which aired on Fox and The WB in the 1990s. Instead, this series will feature a Batman who is still in his early 20s and only in the third year of his costumed career. One note of interest: 1960s Batman Adam West will provide the voice of Gotham City's mayor.

Source: Toon Zone

Sci-Fi orders 13 episodes of 'Galactica'
Posted Tuesday, February 10, 2004, 9:04PM CST by Franklin Harris
It is now official: The Sci-Fi Channel has ordered 13 episodes of the new "Battlestar Galactica" series produced by Ronald D. Moore. Production begins next month in Vancouver and includes the principle cast from the 2003 mini-series.

Source: Cinescape Online

Bryan Singer to write 'Ultimate X-Men'
Posted Tuesday, February 10, 2004, 8:56PM CST by Franklin Harris
"X-Men" and "X2" director Bryan Singer, along with screenwriters Dan Harris and Mike Dougherty, will write a year of Marvel's "Ultimate X-Men" comic before turning to the third "X-Men" film. There is no word yet on when the trio will begin work on the series.

Source: Newsarama

Original 'Star Wars' trilogy on DVD in Sept.
Posted Tuesday, February 10, 2004, 8:33AM CST by Franklin Harris
The original "Star Wars" trilogy will be making its way to DVD on Sept. 21. The films will be released as a four-disc boxed set, which will include "Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," as well as a disc of making-of extras. All three films will be the "special edition" versions released in 1997, as per George Lucas' insistence that these are the "definitive" versions.

Source: The Washington Post

Original 'Spider-Man' to DVD in June
Posted Sunday, February 8, 2004, 9:13PM CST by Franklin Harris
The 1967 "Spider-Man" cartoon series will hit DVD on June 29. The series will be released as a 6-disc set encompassing all 52 half-hour episodes, which aired originally on ABC.

Source: Toon Zone

Dimension to remake 'The Hills Have Eyes'
Posted Friday, February 6, 2004, 1:28PM CST by Franklin Harris
Continuing the recent string of remakes and homages to 1970s hillbilly horror flicks, Dimension Films has announced that it will remake Wes Craven's 1977 film, "The Hills Have Eyes." The studio has hired writer Gregory Levasseur and director Alexandre Aja, the team behind the French horror film "Haute Tension," to bring the new "Hills" to the screen.

Source: Cinescape Online

Rockwell is latest to 'Hitchhike'
Posted Friday, February 6, 2004, 5:36AM CST by Franklin Harris
Sam Rockwell ("Confessions of a Dangerous Mind") has joined the cast of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." He will play Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed president of the galaxy. He joins Martin Freeman, Mos Des and Zooey Deschanel in playing the principle roles in this adaptation of the Douglas Adams novel. Garth Jennings is directing. Shooting starts in April.

Source: Cinescape Online

'Indy 4' goes back to drawing board
Posted Friday, February 6, 2004, 5:29AM CST by Franklin Harris
It may be 2006 before we see "Indiana Jones 4" in theaters. Producer George Lucas has rejected Frank Darabont's script. The project now goes back to the drawing board. The earliest shooting is likely to begin, if it ever does, is 2005, when Harrison Ford will be 65 years old.

Source: Cinescape Online

'Shazam!' gets new screenwriters
Posted Tuesday, February 3, 2004, 9:54AM CST by Franklin Harris
The producers of the in-development "Shazam!" live-action movie have hired screenwriters Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow ("Cheaper By the Dozen" remake, "Garfield") to pen a new script. Reportedly, the two will do a complete rewrite of an earlier draft by William Goldman.

Source: Cinescape Online

John Woo is 'Lost in Space'
Posted Tuesday, February 3, 2004, 9:50AM CST by Franklin Harris
John Woo ("Mission: Impossible 2") will direct the pilot episode of the new "Lost in Space" TV series to air on The WB. Woo is also one of the series' producers. Shooting will begin March 2 in Vancouver.

Source: Dark Horisons


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