You Want Fries
Marvel Comics announced
last week that they will be launching a line of "super-size" hardcover
reprints, suitable for leaving around your coffee table. Slated for
early 2002, the line will begin with the "instant classic" Origin
series, followed by the complete Frank Miller's Spider-Man in
a handsome edition, then Ultimate Spider-Man #1-13 bound in one
"I haven't decided yet?" Just Another Ruse…
This will teach
us to carefully ask the right questions. After announcing last
week that his deal with CrossGen was changing, Mark Waid has publicly
confirmed this week that he will be using some of his newfound spare
time to take over Marvel's Fantastic Four with artist Mike Wieringo.
He has released
no details about his plans for the foursome, and stresses that his first
priority remains Ruse.
More On The
Kurt Busiek has
announced that he will be leaving his long run on Avengers with
issue #55. He stresses that the exit is amicable and by his own choice.
will be Geoff Johns, writing his first regular series for Marvel. Before
tackling Avengers, Johns will be writing an unnamed X-mini-series.
Initially announced as Morlocks, artist Ethan Van Scriver let
slip this week that that plan has changed.
As for Johns' high
profile and entertaining runs on Flash, JSA and the upcoming
Hawkman for DC, fear not. The writer has no intention of lessening
"Hell, no," he
replied when we asked. "Four books is PERFECT."
The Dark Knight
Strikes Back On The Web…
Can't wait for
the December release of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Strikes Back?
Whet your appetite by cruising over to DC's
website, where they are offering several character sketches for
downloading and drooling over.
Aside from the
requisite Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman sketches, Miller has also
done several other Justice Leaguers, including Plastic Man.
Wesley's Back! Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Wil Wheaton has
announced, and luckily for him Paramount seems to have confirmed, that
he will be making a cameo appearance in Star Trek X: Nemesis.
Since this will
be the last film to feature the Next Generation cast, producers
felt that it would only be right to give fans one more glimpse of Wesley
Arnold's Back! Curb Your Enthusiasm.
At long last, Warner
Brothers has set a date for Collateral Damage, a film originally
set for release last September in which Arnold Schwarzenegger seeks
revenge against terrorists who killed his family.
Deemed too sensitive
for release in the wake of September 11, the film seemed doomed to sit
on the shelf forever. Once the studio noticed that people kept renting
videos in which action stars like Arnold kicked terrorist butt, they
scrambled to find a new slot.
Damage will open on February 8, 2002.
Back! Bruce Lee's Back! Curb Your…Wait A Minute…Isn't He Dead?
Korean film company
ShinCine has acquired the rights to Bruce Lee's likeness from his estate
with the intent of digitally recreating him for a new film.
has been budgeted at $50 million, but the company has not yet selected
a studio to actually do the CG work necessary to make Lee come alive.
An outraged Jar
Jar Binks commented, "Meesa know kung fu! Why no usa me as Dragon Warrior?
Meesa digital already! Meesa even look like dragon!" before being pelted
with large stones by Star Wars fans who noticed him in the background
of the latest Attack of the Clones trailer.
One More Crime
To Pin On Bin Laden
made noises last week that he's ready to start working on Rambo IV,
in which the over-muscled unstoppable killing machine would return to
Afghanistan (he helped Bin Laden's rebel force in Rambo III;
did someone order a plate of irony?).
When will the terror
this week that director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour 2) will helm
a live-action version of Cartoon Network's Samurai Jack.
To offer true hope
to fans of the
cartoon, creator Genndy Tarkovsky will be writing at least the first
draft of the screenplay. Our thoughts and prayers are with him in this
difficult time as he leaves the comforting supportive bosom of Cartoon
Network management and faces the only thing on this Earth more frightening
than Aku: studio notes.
And Now He's
The SCI FI Channel
has cancelled its weekly action series The Invisible Man. Citing
production costs and little ad revenue in return, the network lowered
the axe after two seasons.
Episodes had begun
costing over $1 million a piece, and even with both a regular slot on
SCI FI and a syndicated run, the network was only watching money disappear.
League Can Go To Hell
Yes, though it
has not been formally announced, sources tell Fanboy Planet that before
this season is out, the Justice League will encounter Etrigan The Demon.
But which side
will Etrigan be on? Though Timm has used the rhyming demon as a force
for good before, long-time fans know that The Demon plays on both sides
as it suits him.
Though the episodes
have not yet been completed, we can't wait.
No Tick This
Week In Favor Of Jar Jar
In what may be
the silliest scheduling decision of the year, Fox will broadcast The
Phantom Menace on Thursday night, scarcely a month after its incredibly
huge DVD release.
the film in a turkey coma may be the best way to handle it.
Meesa want more
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