Elektra's late, but Birds of Prey are
Elektra #4 Late, Actually Has An Explanation
At the request of writer
Brian Michael Bendis, Elektra #4 will ship two weeks later than
originally scheduled. The current storyline has Elektra embroiled in intrigue
and political assassination in the Middle East. While not necessarily
a reflection of current events, Bendis felt that it might be a good idea
to put some distance between the storyline and our real intrigue and political
assassination attempts in the Middle East.
While I respect
and applaud Bendis' request, the Elektra plot can't be as bad
as Marvel releasing last week's issue of The Punisher, in which
Garth Ennis implicated Dubya as an alcoholic searching for glory by
coordinating terrorist attacks himself. Isn't it satire that closes
on Saturday night?
Kevin Smith will headline MegaCon 2002, giving a 2 hour presentation
on his film and comics work as well as leading an auction to benefit
retired comic book artists. It's good to see him throwing his weight
around for a good cause.
In addition to
Smith, a variety of celebrities from comics, movies, and television
will be there, including a roundtable of Golden Age greats that will
feature Mart Nodell, creator of the Green Lantern, and Harry Lampert,
creator of The Flash. The drawing machine known as George Perez will
be there as well, soaking his hand in ice between sketch sessions.
MegaCon 2002 will
be at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida on February
22 to 24, 2002. So we'll put out the call now, planeteers: anybody planning
on going and want to cover it for us, or would anybody like to make
massive purchases from our site so that our budget will allow us to
send our crack editorial staff? Or would the kind folks at MegaCon like
to fly us out (it never hurts to ask)?
Okay. Enough cheap
shilling. Even I'm ashamed.
In Australia Bana and Banner Are Pronounced Exactly The Same
Variety has confirmed
what we printed as rumor a few weeks ago. Director Ang Lee has officially
chosen Australian actor Eric Bana to play Bruce Banner in the big-screen
adaptation of The Hulk. Little-known to American audiences, this
former stand-up recently wowed Australian's with his performance in the
title role of Chopper.
The Jade Giant himself
will be a CGI based character, and to distance this film from such comic
book based movies as Batman and Robin, producers say there will
be no nipples on his costume, even though The Hulk doesn't wear a costume
and does indeed have nipples. Also, he will not be driving the Hulkmobile.
I've Got Your
Golden Ticket Right Here
confirms that Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little)
has landed the plum (or extremely dangerous) job of directing the remake
of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
No word yet on
casting, although the alleged plan is to do a darker take on the story
than the beloved 1971 musical. Both Nicolas Cage and Marilyn Manson
have expressed interest, but really, that's just the stuff of nightmares.
Oh, How Raimi
Doth Taunt Us
that Sam Raimi has quietly begun laying the groundwork for Spider-Man
2. Both Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst have been contracted for
two sequels, so that's one less thing to worry about.
this report and the news that Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
will begin filming in November, I find it very disturbing that Hollywood
actually seems to be on the ball and doing their best to deliver exactly
what fans want.
Not in my
America, people. What's that? They still want Sandra Bullock as Wonder
Woman? Phew. Screw-ups still rule!
Just In Time
For The Family Hour…
and Practices have relaxed yet again. Last week allowed American audiences
to add a word that rhymes with Dolores to the list of words that will
be beaten to death on sitcoms and er this season.
Will & Grace slipped it by, and yet nary a sound was heard. Of
course, some of us are used to that, but Fanboy Planet's Sidney Long
promises to fix that.
To The WB
The WB has ordered
Tollin/Robbins Productions (the team behind Smallville) to whip
up a pilot for DC's Birds Of Prey. The comic book series features
the adventures of Barbara Gordon (former Batgirl, now Oracle) and Dinah
Lance (Black Canary) as they trot the globe fighting crime. According
to a press release, the WB describes it as having "…three female crime
Since the comic
has also utilized Catwoman, The Huntress, and Power Girl, it's possible
that one of those three will be appearing on a regular basis. (But if
the collective willpower of fans can count for anything, we should concentrate
on Phantom Lady - that's the costume we'd most like to see on film.)
In truth, having
seen Smallville (debuting tonight at 9 p.m. on the WB), I'll
go out on a limb and say that Birds Of Prey couldn't be in safer
hands. (And after having watched an episode of Mutant X, not
from Tollin/Robbins, I'll say it again.)
Fox Wants Time
After a tussle
among networks, the Fox Network has landed the rights to a re-make of
the classic (?) television series Time Tunnel. The original Irwin
Allen show starred James Darren as one of two young scientists who got
lost in history due to their experimental device, the Time Tunnel.
Despite it having
no historical basis, the two eventually fended off a couple of alien
invasions. It's pure cheese, and it's coming back. See? Who said it
wouldn't be business as usual in Hollywood anymore?
Yeah, yeah, it's
a new topic. We're not necessarily going to make a habit of covering
toys, though we (and a lot of you) buy them occasionally. But a couple
of things have come up this week too good to pass up.
Hasbro Has The
It's sort of like
Tamagotchi: you train little LCD warriors and then fight against your
friends (assuming you have any if you're a grown man with the time to
train little LCD warriors). The idea isn't necessarily new, but Hasbro
has launched a pretty big media blitz with high child awareness.
My problem is,
doesn't anybody at Hasbro realize that pox are diseases? Chicken Pox,
Smallpox, and, in its popular guise as a venereal disease in historical
novels, the pox?
That hasn't stopped
Hasbro from announcing new Transformers for 2002: The Syphiloids and
Of Being Aquaman
Yes, the King of
the Seas has a movie in pre-pre-pre-production, a comic book revival
completely unavoidable on the horizon, and a PC game in development
from TDK Interactive. But does that mean he gets respect? Nope. Not
a whit, if Seth Green has anything to say about it.
Seth, no stranger
to action figures himself, having been immortalized in plastic twice,
has launched a short film series on the web at Sony's Screenblast site.
This month, he unleashes Sweet J Presents: The Real World Metropolis.
Animating old Mego figures, Seth and his cohorts unveil the sordid truth
about many of your favorite superheroes.
it out here. No, we mean it. YOU MUST.
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