Here’s a 3 and a half minute look at G4’s Anime-style WOLVERINE cartoon.
HEROES’ Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli) will voice Logan in the American dub, as revealed at Wondercon by Marvel Televisions Jeph Loeb, who also announced that Adrian Pasdar (Natan Petrelli) will play Tony Stark in the IRON MAN anime.
Both heroes exploits will take place largely in Japan, with Wolverine battle the Japanese undeworld, while Stark and Iron Man take on the Zodiac Organization.
Newsarama interviewed newly appointed Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb about the new division’s plans.
The writer/producer on shows such as HEROES explained that Marvel plans to continue to explore it Direct-To-DVD animated features, and aminmated series for television, including AVENGERS: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes coming to Disney XD (formerly Toon Disney or Jetix in some areas) this fall, and the already in-development ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN.
He wants to see Marvel Animation improve the quality of its productions to the level of their print and film divisions, particularly now that they are part of Disney.
“And then there’s a brand new division that we’ll do with live action, where we’re working in partnership with ABC and ABC Family to find the right properties, the right characters and develop them.
To start, we will be exploring the one-hour drama field similar to the shows that I mentioned that I’ve worked on, like SMALLVILLE and LOST.
…The real key for us is to find the right property for the right network with the right studio, and make sure we’ve got the right creator-showrunner in order to bring that vision to the screen.
We are planning on doing this very cautiously, very carefully and very selectively — it’s worked very well for the feature department, and that’s the model that we’ll be looking at.”
Read the entire interview at the link above.
According The Hollywood Reporter, Jeph Leob (HEROES) has been made the head of a new division of Marvel Entertainment: Marvel Television.
Loeb, with writing and producing credits for both comic books and TV shows (SMALLVILLE) will supervise the the adaptation of Marvel Comic’s properties into live-action and animated projects for televsion and the Direct-To-DVD market.
Dan Buckly, Marvel’s Publisher and the President of the print, animation and digital divisions, will work with Jeph Loeb on these productions.
Loeb’s job title will be Executive Vice President, Head of Television.
Loeb’s has written comic books for both Marvel and competitor DC in the past, winning two Eisner Awards for his work on Batman.
This move mirrors DC Entertainment’s recent appointment of Geoff Johns (also a SMALLVILLE writer) to oversee development of their characters for the screen.