Bendis Takes Time
Out From Writing Everything To Speak…
…and he threatens
that something big will happen in Daredevil #32. Already the
storyline being told by Bendis and artist Alex Maleev has involved the
apparent death of the Kingpin. So what could be bigger?
All he will say
is that there will be no clues in solicitation for the issue, but "…you
will see something you have never seen in a Marvel comic." He went on
to claim that whatever it is, it will be irreversible. HAH!
Even if this weren't
a slow news week, this would be worth mentioning, because Bendis always
manages to live up to his own hype.
It To The Bank
yesterday that they have secured new credit in a press release for stockholders
that I will admit all blurred into meaninglessness for me. However,
for Marvel stockholder and co-editor Michael Goodson, this must be good
In truth, it is.
This may mean that Marvel has successfully pulled itself from the brink
of bankruptcy, and has become a healthy viable company once more. Sales
are climbing, and as a result of Joe Quesada's tireless publicizing
of Marvel's Heroes project at a variety of media outlets, people
have actually started showing up at comic shops.
Love or hate Marvel,
this is a good thing for the industry overall.
To Rule December
Weekly got into the act, publishing the first two pages of The
Dark Knight Strikes Back in this week's issue. Not only is this
pretty high-profile, but it's about time that Time-Warner started using
the rest of its empire to call attention to DC.
For those who have
had their heads buried in issues of Wendy The Good Little Witch,
the first issue of Frank Miller's sequel to The Dark Knight Returns
will debut in comic shops tomorrow, December 5, retailing at $7.95 per
issue. It will have two different covers, both featuring the stark DK2
artwork, but one framed with title and credits for mass market consumption.
Comics fans, of
course, don't need no stinkin' credits. We know.
Stop This Crazy
has begun moving forward on a live-action version of The Jetsons.
Though still in the script stage, we so badly want to judge.
What we really
want to see is The Flintstones Meet The Jetsons. In either case,
we pray that Mandy Moore does not show up as Judy.
We Still Get
Tim Allen fans,
rejoice! Touchstone Pictures has finally put Big Trouble back
on the schedule, announcing this morning that it will open on April
The film, adapted
from humorist Dave Barry's lone (so far) novel, involves placing a nuclear
device aboard an airliner. In light of the September 11 attacks, Touchstone
removed it from its September release slate.
Directed by Barry
Sonnenfeld, who has more than made up for Wild Wild West with
The Tick, also features Patrick Warburton and Jason Lee.
Avi Arad Opens
Marvel this week, Chief Creative Officer Avi Arad offered an interview
with the Boston Globe, pointing out how many Marvel movies have actually
moved out of Development Hell. Put it all in a row like this and it
all looks pretty impressive.
In March 2002,
we'll see Blade 2. Fall of 2002 is Daredevil. In 2003
there'll be Ang Lee's Incredible Hulk and Bryan Singer's X-Men
2. New Line is developing an Iron Man film, and Dimension
is doing Dr. Strange." For some reason, he forgot Spider-Man,
but why quibble? Over at Warner Brothers they have, um...
He Is The Kwizaatz
Haderach, After All…
As was to be expected,
SCI FI announced that they will begin production on Children of Dune,
to be shown sometime in 2002. No word on casting yet.
TWICE AS MUCH
To make up for
having completely destroyed The Tick's chances of developing
a following by pre-empting it twice after only airing two episodes,
the Fox Network will show two new episodes this week.
First, Fox will
air the episode Couples on Wednesday, December 5 at 8 p.m. (So
buy your copy of DK2, then hurry home to watch The Tick.
Then our big blue buddy returns to his regular slot Thursday at 8:30
For those who have
caught one of TNT's many Witchblade marathons and wondered what
was happening on Season 2, relax. Production for a full second season
will begin on January 22, 2002, in Canada.
Ahem. Told You
Finally going on
record, Static Shock story editor confirmed to Comics
Continuum that Batman and Robin would be appearing at the end of
the show's second season.
Of course, sharp
readers of Fanboy Planet knew that back in August.
this and more in the Fanboy forums.