Archive for July, 2005
Friday, July 29th, 2005
Fire up your TiVo. Beginning August 5 at 2:00 AM Eastern Standard Time with the complete three-part “Secret Origins,” Cartoon Network will be running Justice League, the original series. I’m told that after the 90 minute premiere episode, the two-parters will be shown in an hour block every Friday night.
Wednesday, July 27th, 2005
I promised I’d bump this when the time came and it’s finally at your local comics shop, a major interview in Danny Fingeroth’s “Write Now” magazine. This is pretty cool, I’ve done a lot of interviews, but Danny somehow managed to ask me lots of good questions I’ve never been asked before. Here’s the solicit:
In WRITE NOW! #10, we once again bring you behind-the-scenes “how-to” information on writing for comics, animation, and sci-fi! For fans of the red-hot Justice League Unlimited animated series, we’ve got a knock-your-socks-off JLU cover, spotlighting our in-depth interview with DWAYNE McDUFFIE, producer and story editor on the show, co-creator of the Milestone Comics Universe (including Static Shock), and prolific comics writer for Marvel and DC! Then, we’ve got the long-awaited interview with PETER BAGGE, iconoclastic writer/artist of Hate, conducted by DC editor supreme JOEY CAVALIERI! There’s also an interview with the legendary GERRY CONWAY – writer of Spider-Man and a zillion other comics – about comics writing and about his current career in TV, writing and producing shows such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys! Plus, there’s an interview with writer/editor PAUL BENJAMIN, who’s done extensive development and editing work for companies like Platinum Studios (where he helped develop Jeremiah) and Humanoids Publishing (editor of Metal Hurlant) and who has his own exciting writing career, as well! Of course, there’ll be more exciting Nuts & Bolts tips on writing from top comics pros, and much, much more! Edited by Danny Fingeroth.
Thursday, July 21st, 2005
I was quoted in an article about Tim Story helming FANTASTIC FOUR
(it’s just opening over there). Is it me, or does my deadpan not quite come off in print? Click here for the story…
Wednesday, July 20th, 2005
L to R: Story Editor Matt Wayne, Producers Shaun McLaughlin, James Tucker, Me, and Bruce Timm.
Courtesy Comics Continuum:
SAN DIEGO — A preview clip for the next season of Justice League Unlimited show at Comic-Con International on Friday revealed a big development: the Legion of Doom. In the clip, which starts the new season, Lex Luthor breaks out of jail. When apparently trapped by the police, he miraculously is pulled through a wall. He is then taken to meet Gorilla Grodd, who shows him a familiar-looking building — and then it’s revealed that at least two dozen villains are in it.
“We kind of took a page with what we did with Justice League Unlimited,” producer Bruce Timm said, “where we opened the ranks of the Justice League to include basically everybody. So now the villains are going to say, ‘Hey, we’re going to do that, too.’ There’s going to be a lot of Legion of Doom goodness throughout next
“Standalone episodes as well that don’t completely focus on the Legion of Doom and some that just touch on the Legion of Doom. “We have lots of major guest-stars next season. We had the whole Green Lantern/Vixen/Hawkgirl triangle, which is really complicated. We figured we needed to resolve that and we resolved that by making it more complicated. It gets really complicated when Shayera meets this young archeologist named Carter Hall.
“So we’ve got lots of interesting twists and turns and lots of Legion.”
Speaking of another Legion, Timm also noted that the Legion of Super-Heroes will appear next season.
In other highlights from the Justice League portion of the JLU/The Batman panel:
* The episode “Divided We Fall,” which debuts on Cartoon Network on
Saturday, was shown in a widescreen format.
* Asked about a Justice League Unlimited movie, Timm said, “We talked
a lot about doing a straight-to-video JLU movie. Maybe someday, but
right now I don’t think there’s anything definitive happening with
* Asked if events in the comics DC Universe have any impact on the
show, Timm said, “I don’t know. We weren’t really planning on using
Sue Digby anyways. She’s a little extra crispy now.”
* Story editor Matt Wayne said an upcoming episode will feature the
* Stargirl will appear next season.
* Producer Dwayne McDuffie said Hawkgirl was his favorite character
* About the much-ballyhooed ban on use of Batman supporting
characters or villains, Timm said, “I’m not finding it’s a big
problem. There’s lot of villains — a Legion of them.”
Tuesday, July 12th, 2005
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Friday, July 8th, 2005
“With the current season finale of Justice League Unlimited in high gear, writer and story editor Dwayne McDuffie has his hands full. Besides the heavy planning already going into the next thirteen episodes, he’s making sure the current finale story-arc flows smoothly. McDuffie says that a lot of work has gone making sure this finale is just right…”
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Friday, July 8th, 2005
I’ll be there Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16. I don’t have a booth this year but feel free to stop me if you see me on the floor. I’m only doing one panel, on Friday afternoon, but you should catch it if you can:
4:00-5:30 WB Animation: The Batman and Justice League Unlimited Superhero Action PanelíńÓWarner Bros. Animation takes fans behind-the-scenes of power-packed productions in a revealing panel and Q&A session, including never-before-seen footage and other special surprises. Justice League Unlimited producers Bruce Timm, Dwayne McDuffie, James Tucker, and Shaun McLaughlin take your questions and unmask the secrets of bringing superheroes to life. The Batman voice talent Rino Romano (The Batman/Bruce Wayne), Tom Kenny (Penguin), and Kevin Michael Richardson (Joker) join producers Jeff Matsuda, Duane Capizzi, and Michael Goguen in a Dark Knight discussion. Don’t miss an all-new episode of JLU and world-premiere footage from Warner Home Video’s upcoming feature-length thriller The Batman vs. Dracula! Room 6CDEF
Free “The Road To Hell” preview comics for anyone who mentions my website (offer good until I run out).
I almost forgot, I’ll be joning the rest of the panel for a signing at the Mattel booth right after the panel
Friday, July 8th, 2005
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced the production of the “Justice League of America” videogame, based on the DC Comics super heroes, for the Sony PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and Microsoft Xbox(R) video game system. Set for release in fall 2006, the “Justice League of America” game will be a super hero action role-playing game.¨›
“We are excited to announce a videogame that will bring the legendary super heroes of the ‘Justice League of America’ to the next level for gamers,” said Jason Hall, Senior Vice President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The innovative and highly engaging combat system in the ‘Justice League of America’ game will capture the strength and appeal of the characters, offering players a tremendously fun and rewarding experience.”¨›
“The joy of the ‘Justice League’ as a game is the chance to be your favorite characters and to interact with the rest of the team in the rich fantasy world of the DC universe,” said Paul Levitz, President & Publisher of DC Comics.¨›
Featured super heroes will include Superman, Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, and Zatanna. Each super hero will possess unique super powers that are character-specific, creating a variety of fighting styles for players to utilize while battling the forces of evil. Gamers will have the power to bring classic super heroes of the “Justice League of America” to life, customize their skills and engage in one-to-two player cooperative combat throughout interactive and destructible environments.