Wolverine and X-Men cartoon will debut at Comic-Con
Although the new Wolverine and the X-Men animated series won’t air on Nicktoons until early 2009, the three-part pilot will get an early premiere on July 26 at Comic-Con International.
In the cartoon, an attack on the mansion leads to the disappearance of Prof. Xavier and Jean Grey, and the disbanding of the X-Men. But after Emma Frost locates a comatose Xavier in the care of Magneto in Genosha, the professor telepathically orders Wolverine to reassemble the X-Men to save the world from The Sentinels and the Brotherhood of Mutants.
A new trailer is available at Marvel.com.
Does ‘some legal trouble’ endanger future Superman movies?
Get Smart director Peter Segal talks with AMC’s SciFi Scanner a little about Billy Batson and the Legend of Shazam, and may reveal something about the future of the Superman movie franchise. I stress may.
Addressing potential comparisons between Captain Marvel and the Man of Steel, Segal says: “I’ll name two incredibly successful comics right now that are about a millionaire who wants to fight crime and uses technology to build suits and gadgets to help him do so. But quite frankly, I was concerned: Superman literally squashed Captain Marvel in the ’40s. There are a lot of Captain Marvel fans who are saying he got a raw deal. And since there seems to be some legal trouble in ever bringing another Superman to the screen, now feels like the right time.”
That last part, about “some legal trouble,” raises an eyebrow. I presume Segal is referring to the copyright ruling in the Siegels’ lawsuit against Warner Bros., but that would be the first I’ve seen of the decision serving as an obstacle to further Superman movies. If Segal a.) is referring to the ruling and b.) has his facts straight, this is a pretty big deal.
• I tossed a link to this USA Today article in yesterday’s “Ticker,” because I thought Stan Lee and Joe Simon talking about the origins of Marvel’s movie superheroes was interesting but not really “news.” But others seem to see it as a big deal because Iron Man director Jon Favreau may or may not reveal the lineup for the planned Avengers movie: Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man and Iron Man. I figure those are a given — with the exception, perhaps, of Ant-Man — considering Marvel’s movie slate for the next couple of years. However, just in case it’s not obvious to everyone else … there you go. [FirstShowing.net]
• More images have been released from Batman: The Dark Knight, including a shot of Batman laying the smackdown on The Joker in a police interrogation room. [IESB]
• Spoiler-filled photos from the set of Heroes Season 3 have hit the Internet. [TheBadandUgly.com]