The Hellboy Animated blog has some really great images from the upcoming Sword of Stones DVD. Producer Tad Stones has some great insight on the project, including lots of images. Stones says he thinks there could be three or four direct-to-dvd Hellboy movies each year. I think there’s plenty of room for three or four Hellboy movies a year. The more quality work starts coming out, the better for all of us. Cartoon Network has been a great partner for us on HELLBOY ANIMATED. They are HUGE fans of Hellboy comics and hope these movies really take off for them.
The Clone Saga gets more complicated in this issue of Ultimate Spider-Man, but is this a good thing? The 90’s Clone Saga turned many readers off because, well… it was complicated. However, Bendis seems hell bent on fixing the story and making it intriguing, exciting, and fun.
Hollywood North Report is reporting the Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer movie is schedule to begin shooting in Vancouver August 28, 2006. The shoot is scheduled for five months with a wrap date of January 31, 2007. via Hollywood North Report (link)
Diamond Comics Distributors has released the Market Share for products shipped in July, 2006. Publisher Comics, Mgzns. & Graphic Novels dollar share Comics, Mgzns. & Graphic Novels unit share MARVEL COMICS 40.42% 44.30% DC COMICS 33.94% 35.94% IMAGE COMICS 3.94% 2.95% DARK HORSE COMICS 3.83% 3.74% TOKYOPOP 1.98% 0.80% VIZ LLC 1.70% 0.77% IDW PUBLISHING 1.60% 1.59% WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT 1.60% 0.96% AVATAR PRESS INC 0.97% 0.86% DYNAMIC FORCES 0.75% 1.86% FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS 0.67% 0.28% GEMSTONE PUBLISHING 0.63% 0.28% DIGITAL MANGA DISTRIBUTION 0.56% 0.16% RANDOM HOUSE 0.54% 0.15% DEVILS DUE PUBLISHING 0.48% 0.63% BONGO COMICS 0.36% 0.36% ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.36%
Yesterday, during the Marvel Studios Analyst webcast, the company revealed more details on their future projects. Direct-to-DVD Features Status Ultimate Avengers 2 – Released 8/8/06 Iron Man – In production Doctor Strange – In production Teen Avengers – Development TV Series Fantastic Four – In production Wolverine and the X-Men – Pre-production Iron Man – Development Spider-Man – Development
Set your TiVo for the Cartoon Network on October 28 to catch the Hellboy animated movie, Sword of Storms. Comics Continuum has a couple of quotes from supervising producer Tad Stones and Mike Mignola who say the movie shouldn’t be edit for television, but regardless the DVD release will be unedited. Hellboy creator Mike Mignola noted that the animated universe stands on its own from the comic books or the live-action film. “It’s not radically different,” Mignola said. “It’s recognizable, but it’s a little different, which I kind of like. It’s nice to keep them different.” via Comic Continuum (link)
There’s no doubt about it, Paul Dini was born to write Batman. Keeping true to the title, Dini knocks another one out of the park in Detective Comics 822. This time Batman has competition as the best detective in town, when the Riddler hangs out his shingle. Will Batman be second best? Spoilers ahead.
Samuel L. Jackson is the Afro Samurai in Spike TV’s aptly named Afro Samurai. This will be a five episode series which puts the samurai in futuristic feudal Japan. Isn’t that the premise of Samurai Jack? Whatever… In this original concept idea, Afro Samurai is out to revenge the death of his father. Looks like this will be a bloody and viloent series, so parents keep your kids away. Don’t believe me? You can check it out the trailer for yourself over at the offical website. via Afro Samurai (link)
I’m not a huge Grant Morrison fan, but I don’t hate him either. To me if you can tell a good story that has me eagerly turning from one page to the next in anticipation, then the writer has done a great job. But in the case of Morrison’s debut on the Batman title, I have to say I’m truly conflicted.
Ah yes, Adam Hughes, he is to good girl art as Alex Ross is to realistic images of heros. Just found out Hughes will be working on DC’s All Star Wonder Woman. Most of you will remember Hughes long run as the cover artist for Wonder Woman (heck, I bought a lot of those issues just for the cover alone), and now he gets a crack at the pages within. I’ve been a big Hughes fan since the mid ’80s and love what he does with the human form. But even better than the art, Hughes will also be writing
The other day Access Hollywood ran a piece on the new Transformers movie that included quick shots of animatics (animated storyboards) to aid Michael Bay and crew when shooting the movie. Ain’t It Cool News has a short clip of the video, and if you look closely you can see a very blurry Transformer running around the screen. The QuickTime movie isn’t as large as other sites have lead you to believe (1.65Mb), but the clip is very short. Your best bet is to foward one frame at a time. Click the link for the goodness. Via Ain’t It Cool
If you remember the Strange Tale of Aquaman I told you about previously, then you are aware that Hollywood is all a twitter over the thought of making an underwater superhero movie. Well it looks like Marvel may have beat DC to the punch when it revealed yesterday it has licensed its Namor character to Universal Pictures for a feature motion picture that is still To Be Determined. Namor or Aquaman? Does it really matter?
Here is the New Comic Release list for comics scheduled for August 09, 2006. There may be items on this list that are not shipped at the last minute, or new material may be added. Check with your local retailer for more details.Thanks to Collector’s Pair of Dice for assisting in the building of this list. This list was last updated August 08, 2006
The Spirited Life website (Will Eisner: A Spirited Life Interview Series) has a fascinating interview with Darwyn Cooke on his upcoming DC The Spirit and the upcoming Spirit/Batman one-shot. If you haven’t seen Cooke’s work before then you are missing out. He worked on Batman the Animated Series, Justice League and more on the television side. His New Frontier series for DC will be the first direct to DVD movie produced. I’m super excited to see a new Spirit monthly title and looking forward to seeing how Batman and The Spirit interact in the one-shot. Via A Spirited Life (link)
Film Focus has an exclusive interview with Christian Bale on the next Batman movie “The Dark Knight”. “I just love that title,” Bale told FilmFocus, “You know, nothing’s written in stone yet, but I like, very much, that it doesn’t have ‘Batman’ written in the title. This take on Batman of mine and Chris’ is very different from any of the others and everything else always had Batman in the title. I think this is kind-of distancing it even further and saying, ‘Hey, this is a whole different creature from what has come before.’” Bale also goes on about how