#1: Edited by Joe Quesada, this book teams writer Ron Zimmerman
and artist Duncan Fegredo to bring us the all-new, all-exciting adventures
of …Hawk-Owl and Zippy? Quesada promises "…a touching look at the world
of the super-hero sidekick. This will have a cover by Kaare Andrews.
All three books
will be reasonably priced at $2.25. My suspicion? Get ready to taste
pie, Joe Q., but I respect you for not taking this one too seriously.
However, it's not up to me, because …U-DECIDE!
Indeed Trump DC
A few weeks ago
at E3, the makers of the upcoming Aquaman videogame, TDK, told anyone
who would listen that DC would be re-launching an Aquaman title to
coincide with the game's release.
This week, DC
confirmed the news (to no one's surprise), though they would probably
like to reverse the way it's phrased. For the dignity of AOL-Time
Warner, let us say that the videogame will be released to coincide
with the fantastic re-launch of Aquaman the comic book.
events of The Obsidian Age: The Hunt For Aquaman which will
run through JLA and related books this summer, December will
see Aquaman #1. Rick Veitch will write this new ongoing series,
with art chores handled by Yvel Guichet and Mark Propst. Before you
turn away from the sea king, remember that Veitch did a controversial
and excellent run on Swamp Thing, as well as creating Brat
Pack and The Maxi-Mortal for his own King Hell imprint.
Most recently, he has been working for America's Best Comics, writing
too much away, let me say that Aquaman's missing hand will play a
big part in the new series in a way that will resonate with classic
Arthurian legends," says Veitch. "We're also going to explore water
in a way that's never been done in Aquaman before."
In an interview
Veitch further explained that in some way he's not willing to reveal
just yet, water will be treated as a character in the book. And Aquaman
may not be able to get back to Atlantis.
We'll have more
information on the videogame as it gets closer to the release date.
A Word From My Christmas List…
No, no, no, I'm
not going to stand here screaming "me want pwesents!" I'm merely letting
you know that DC Direct has gone back to do new production runs of
some of their most popular figures.
25, the collector-friendly toy company will re-release figures of
the Golden Age Green Lantern (now known as Sentinel), Green Arrow
(from the Hard Traveling Heroes subset), Kyle Rayner as Green Lantern,
and Captain Marvel (complete with Mr. Mind on his shoulder). All four
figures will be released in DC Direct's new clamshell re-sealable
But that's not
He's not dead.
He's NOT! But nobody has explained how he came back to life yet. I'm
not talking about Aquaman; it's Rex Mason, better known as Metamorpho
The Element Man.
for release on January 22, 2003 (all the better to save my Christmas
money), Metamorpho will stand 6 ½" tall, and come with interchangeable
hands (a hand, a fist, a hammer and a blow torch), and an ice/water/vapor
"element" base that the figure's removable upper torso can be placed
upon. This merits hours of play, causing co-workers to look at you
Deluxe Action Figure, Metamorpho will ship in a four-color window
box for those who prefer to merely "display" their toys, telling co-workers
it's an investment.
And now, back
to our usually dignified news column…
Man Makes A Short Subject
For years, Warner
has labored to get a Lobo project out of development hell. At one
point, Lobo's creator Keith Giffen even turned in a screenplay tying
The Main Man to the Superman franchise, but to no avail. For whatever
reason, it was proving too difficult to develop. Fans may have even
felt that his time had passed.
Not for budding
director Scott Leberecht. As his first year project for the American
Film Institute, Leberecht shot a 13 and a half minute adaptation of
The Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special, one of the character's
first (and most sickly hilarious) solo appearances.
DC's most dangerous
character come to life...
While the film
is not going into distribution (after all, Leberecht doesn't have
the rights), it does star Andrew Bryniarski, an established actor
who has lobbied Warner for years to let him play Lobo.
Rob Worley at
Comics2Film received a DVD of the short, and interviewed Leberecht
in depth. You can read it here.
a bunch of screenshots from the production, and Bryniarski is right:
he does look like Lobo. The rest of the production looks pretty good,
No doubt it will
start circulating at conventions, but should Mr. Leberecht be interested
in more exposure, we at the Fanboy Planet offices would be happy to
view the film. Don't make us beg, because we will. And it won't be
Taking A Shot At Chairshots
Okay, Hawk wasn't
insane after all (well, maybe). Last week both Michael Goodson and
Sarah Stanek reported that the wannabe wrestler had mentioned he flew
out to L.A. to audition for the part of Colossus. All well and good,
except that up until that Tough Enough Reunion Special, nobody
had ever mentioned that Colossus was in the running to be a character
in X2, the sequel to Fox's X-Men.
Over at Ain't
It Cool News, Moriarty confessed that, after having read the script,
he kept the Colossus bit to himself, as a surprise for fans later.
In the meantime,
Kelly Hu (The Sorceress in The Scorpion King has been cast,
but in what role, nobody seems exactly sure. Initial press reports
described her character as Ann, an assistant to the movie's main villain
Stryker. Since there's a villain named Stryker in the classic graphic
novel God Loves, Man Kills, and he has an assistant named Ann,
most people were taking it for granted that X2 would have some
resemblance to Chris Claremont and Brent Jones' masterpiece.
Except that Hu
has said in several places that she has been cast as Lady Deathstrike.
Moriarty says no, and, as he's the only non-production person to have
admitted to reading the screenplay, he's probably right. But a lot
could change in a month…
It just wouldn't
be a superhero movie if it didn't have rumors driving us crazy.
The Dog Indiana…
confirmed at a Minority Report press conference that he was
pretty excited about the upcoming Indiana Jones IV project,
currently being scripted by Frank Darabont. Though he teased that
he had a lot of spoilers he could share, he did confirm that
Sean Connery will be returning as Dr. Henry Jones, Indiana's father.
As for star Harrison
Ford, at age 61, he's actually a year older than Connery was when
he first played Ford's father.
be surprised by this, but due to the success of Scooby Doo,
Warner Brothers has officially green-lighted a sequel. All the cast
will return, as well as Director Raja Gosnell.
Though not included
in Variety's report, screenwriter James Gunn has told various sources,
including Fanboy Planet, that he, too, will return, though on Monday
he was pretty much just stunned by the first movie's success. It's
a far cry from writing films for Troma Pictures then going to the
number one movie in America (at least for one weekend).
For those in
the Los Angeles area, Gunn will be doing a reading from his novel
Toy Collector, a semi-autobiographical work about a man named
James Gunn who starts dealing in illicit pharmaceuticals in order
to finance an obsession with toy robots. Many of us can relate, sort
The reading will
be at Skylight Books in Silverlake, California on Sunday, June 23.
Gunn wil be joined by authors Jonathan Ames (The
Extra Man: A Novel) and Jerry Stahl (Permanent
Midnight: A Memoir). For more details, check out Gunn's website
or call Skylight Books at 323-660-1175.
of Extraordinary Gentlemen just got an extraordinary woman.
as Mina Harker in the film adaptation of Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's
Italian actress Monica Bellucci has had to drop out. Bellucci has
been filming Man Of War with Bruce Willis, and its production
will be running into LOEG's start date.
place, director Stephen Norrington (Blade) has cast Peta Wilson,
probably better known as TV's La Femme Nikita. All we know
is that she's gorgeous and can really kick butt. Most importantly
for Norrington, Wilson can make the start date of July 2.
of Extraordinary Gentlemen will be shooting in The Czech Republic,
Malta, and England.
This week marks
the official beginning of pre-production for Guillermo Del Toro's
film adaptation of Hellboy. While so far no one beyond Ron
Perlman as Hellboy has been officially cast, Del Toro does have a
start date. On January 3, the director of Blade II will be
unleashing hell on Earth. And we can hardly wait.
Fox held a press conference yesterday for Daredevil, and officially
released pictures of the film's villains, Michael Clarke Duncan as
The Kingpin and Colin Farrell as Bullseye. While not exactly like
their comic book counterparts, both look like they're fitting their
That has to hurt...
Who da man?
While no further
photos of Jennifer Garner in an Elektra costume were released, Garner
herself mentioned that she wears two costumes in the movie, both the
black leather one we published last week, and a skimpier "…red costume
with nothing underneath."
On February 14,
2003, we will no longer need the services of Mr. Greg Horn.
Just a couple
of weeks ago, I was musing to a friend that kids today, they don't
have no great horror film TV hosts to completely make fun of the movies
they show. It's all SNL, or straight-up HBO. Or orgiastic debaucheries
that for some reason I completely missed out on when I was in high
school, but then, if I hadn't, I wouldn't be writing for a site called
But let's leave
that point for my therapist…
said much of the above out loud, it only stands to reason that SCI
FI would prove me a liar. They've just signed William Shatner to host
Saturday night horror films, including 13 movies from the Full Moon
Pictures library. (Among those listed: the Peter David-penned Oblivion.)
In addition to
hosting the films and making sarcastic comments, Shatner will also
entertain guests such as Roger Corman and Stan Lee. More ominously,
the press release mentions that he will "…personally reinterpret a
gory moment from that week's picture" in every episode.
The fun begins
July 20 at 11 p.m. on SCI FI. I just may be there.