Producer Paul Dini Talks ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ Animated Series

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Ultimate Spider-Man, by Brian Michael Bendis, is easily one of the greatest ongoing comic books of all time. Known for the quality, consistencyand frequency with which it was published, USM is almost entirely responsible for the era of Marvel that comic book fans have been living under for the past ten years.

This therefore likely has something to do with why they’re in the process of producing an Ultimate Spider-Man animated series for Disney XD in 2011. Recently, Newsarama spoke with series producer, Paul Dini – known for the Emmy Award-winning work he did on Batman: The Animated Series – about his work on the forthcoming USM cartoon.

When asked about the show in general, Dini said:

“Yup. [Ultimate Spider-Man is] going ahead. Having a great time on that, and I’m working with some old friends from the Batman days on that. Coming up with a look for the Spider-Man show, I think it’s really going to take people by surprise. It’s going to take people by surprise as much as the Batman show in the early 90s took comic fans by surprise. And yet at the same time it feels very right and it looks very right. And I can’t really say anything more about that or Jeph Loeb will be after me.”

It’s surprising, frankly, that the look would be so surprising. Does this mean that it won’t be reminiscent of the comic book? Ultimate Spider-Man fans know that while Mark Bagley is the artist most associated with Bendis’ never-ending opus – #1 through #111, the longest continuous run for a creative team on any mainstream Marvel comic book – Stuart Immonen and David LaFluente have also enjoyed successful runs on the book. And despite each look being unique, they were none of them what I would deem…surprising. Leastwise, not for the character.

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The worst part about this interview is just hearing the name “Jeph Loeb,” who single-handedly tore apart Ultimate Marvel with his bare hands. In fact, just about everything he’s touched since he started writing for Marvel has been beyond atrocious. I’m talking Wolverine #50-55, Hulk, Ultimates 3, Ultimatum, Ultimate X, New Ultimates, and so forth. Perhaps he’ll be better suited to the television side of things, but I’d feel better if I never had to hear his name in the same paragraph as Ultimate Spider-Man ever again.

It’ll be interesting to see how well this animated iteration of Spider-Man stacks up against the previously awesome (then canceled) Spectacular Spider-Man, which, for all intents and purposes, was an Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon without the name. But to quote Shakespeare, an Ultimate Spider-Man by any other name is just as awesome and entertaining.

The Ultimate Spider-Man animated series hits the airwaves fall 2011 on Disney XD. Keep an eye on the main page for more news as we get it.

Source: Newsarama

TAGS: spider-man, ultimate spider-man

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  1. I am one of those that is still mad they canceled Spectacular. That show was really good. I just hope they do as good of a job on Ultimate.

    • Same here. It was the best adaptation of Spidey outside of the comics to have ever been produced. Heck, the way the comics have been royally screwed up lately, it was better than those!

      I’m extremely wary of this new show.

      • Same here. I loved spectacular and it’s season long story arcs. and the way they handled the mystery of who was the Green Goblin was freaking brilliant.

        I will certainly give this new cartoon a chance, and I hope to be as pleased with it as I was with ‘Spectacular’.

  2. Finally!!!! We got some DC people working on a Marvel series! DC cartoons have always been substantially better than marvel, in not only art direction but in voice acting and plot development.

    • Yeah I’m pretty bitter about SSM. However I wasn’t the biggest fan of the artstyle, so I’m really eager to see hwo these Character Designs turn out. and plus, having someone like Dini on board can’t be anything BUT promising.

      And like you said, Stuart, we’ve actually got DC people working on a Marvel series! Maybe one day we’ll get Bruce Timm on board as character designer.

  3. I trust Dini.

  4. Still bitter about Spectacular but Dini’s solid so I’ll give it a chance.

  5. eh might give this a chance

  6. I’m still angry although not as angry as I am with the cancellation of Wolverine and the X-Men. Hopefully this show will live up to the source material.

  7. Anyone besides me liked the 90′s Spider-Man animated series?

    • It’s good. I preferred the X-Men cartoon at the time, as well as Spectacular Spider-Man. But…yeah, it was good.

    • I loved the 90′s Spiderman series. In college, my buddy laughed at me for going home after class to watch Fox Kids. If I saw it now it would probably be really cheesy (like Transformers), but it was good then. Still liked X-Men and Batman TAS much more.

      • @ Panda

        I know that feeling,lol. Some of my friends felt the sameway whether it was Spider-Man or X-Men. Loved when the X-Men guest starred on Spider-man & the little fight between Wolverine & Spider-Man. It was too bad it didn’t get a 5th season instead of that pitiful Spider-Man Unlimited. Fox Kids used to have alot of good shows i watched including Power Rangers, Memories lol.

  8. I’m glad someone else isn’t a fan of Loeb, when they announced that he was heading TV development at SDCC my stomach sank. Especially after seeing the anime trailers. I have no faith in the guy and wish he went back to DC where he writes one hell of a Batman story.

    • JEFF LOEB SUCKS!!!

  9. THANK YOU BEN! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    “The worst part about this interview is just hearing the name “Jeph Loeb,” who single-handedly tore apart Ultimate Marvel with his bare hands.”

    FINALLY! Someone shares my opinion!

    I liked the Spectacular Spider-Man series, and it was indeed a mash up of the 616 universe and the ultimate universe. I´m beginning to ask myself: how will that new series be so different from Spectacular?

    • You’re welcome!

  10. You couldn’t be more right about Jeff Loeb. He is a terrible writer. I avoid anything he touches like the plague.

    I’m quite a fan of Paul Dini. He wrote the break through episode of BATS, “Heart of Ice” that earned him an Emmy, not that awards mean anything in Tinsel Town where everything is bought.

    I look forward to what the animated series will do with Spider-Man. As for the live action film… it will be crap. None of the key people have a love for the source material.

  11. You couldn’t be more right about Jeff Loeb. He is a terrible writer. I avoid anything he touches like the plague.

    I’m quite a fan of Paul Dini. He wrote the break through episode of BATS, “Heart of Ice” that earned him an Emmy, not that awards mean anything in Tinsel Town where everything is bought.

    I look forward to what the animated series will do with Spider-Man. As for the live action film… it will be crap. None of the key people have a love for the source material.

  12. i like the series

  13. theres a problem with the series two charchters only i dont like they are the look of green goblin and hobgoblin come on there spouse to be on a glider look at the 90 series they where how are they gona get away from spider man with out a glider there both spouse to have glider whith them and have a costume.

  14. Well like so many others have said, I was really disappointed that they cancelled Spec SM , I thought the series was very well handled and that the storylines where amazing the SinisterSix Two parter was awesome , I have the First season on dvd and Im waiting for the second to come out as well, i unlike most of you wish ill will on Loeb, i remember when he wrote some of the best stuff out there and when he was with DC, he was also one of the main writers on Lost, as well has written tons of movies and Tv Aong with writing several episodes of the First season of Heroes, which was the best season, IMO. Also just for the sake of argument , he did write soem of the best Comic in recent history , Batman: Dark Victory, Batman : Long Halloween, and oh yeah and Year 1 which , a little director stated as his inspiration for Batman Begins. So yes he hasnt exactly handled certain titles well which wasn’t all his fault if you followed comics most of his crappy stuff came out when his son DIED, so back of the guy he is a legend and does deserve a little respect.

    • Firstly, the comics you reference — Long Halloween, etc. — aren’t recent comic books, and they were written while he was at DC. I think few would argue that he hasn’t ever done good work. In fact, his DC work is markedly better than his more recent Marvel work. That said, Hush, while entertaining and drawn really well, is just a terrible “mystery.” Also, he didn’t write Year One. That was Frank Miller.

      Certainly, it was terrible when his son died, no father should have to go through that, but that’s neither here nor there. His terrible comic books, of which there are MANY, came out years after his son died. In fact, he was still doing Batman/Superman when his son died, which I actually quite enjoyed.

      I give him all the respect in the world for a great many things he’s done — especially his work with Tim Sale. But that doesn’t suddenly make all his bad writing good. He has really, really dropped the ball creatively over the past few years.

  15. Ack, ANOTHER Spiderman Animated series? How many does that make now over the last 30 years? 6, 8? I’ve lost track personally but admit I am getting a bit tired of seeing the same story arcs. And on the heels of SSM being canceled it is really too soon. They should give the franchise a rest for a couple years at LEAST before starting up again.

  16. I was very disappointed when I heard that Spectacular Spider-Man was cancelled (and Wolverine and the X-Men too). More disappointing is that Jeph Loeb will be destroying a host of Marvel properties in order to bring them to the small screen. (Rumors of an Incredible Hulk series grew less exciting with mention of Loeb.) You forgot however to mention NBC’s Heroes in your list of things that have been Loebed. The series was great until he became a creative consultant.

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