Iron Man, The Dark Knight, G.I. Joe: April 2 Comic Reel Wrap

Wed, April 2nd, 2008 at 11:34am PDT | Updated: July 18th, 2008 at 11:13am

TV/Film
Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

IRON MAN

Superhero Hype has a set of new production stills from the Robert Downey Jr.-fueled Marvel movie.

CBR News has an in-depth interview with Downey, discussing the role of Tony Stark.

Downey addressed his troubled past in quotes at Sci Fi Wire. "I think when someone has had a fundamental change, and they're not just trying to backpedal and make it seem like, 'I'm going to rehab again, everything's fine,' whateve, ... my thing is, what else is attractive [to me about the role] is, yeah, Tony Stark, he's been known to go bonkers and be so irresponsible that he's, like, too hammered to put on his shoes," Downey said. "And [when they approached me,] I was like, 'Really?' And they were like, 'Yeah, really.'"

THE DARK KNIGHT

Like we always do at this time, things go from one billionaire vigilante to the next. We missed some viral sites yesterday, including St. Swithuns Catholic Church in Gotham City, while Superhero Hype has an update on a viral site that leads to a call from Jim Gordon.

Meanwhile, why would the Joker send a bowling bag all the way to Sao Paolo, when there's perfectly good websites here in the US? Find out what happens when you find the Clown Prince of Crime's cell phone (complete with photos).

G.I. JOE

We got an email from Jesse Spero noting a new article about actor Dennis Quaid talking about General Hawk. "He's bad@$$!" Quaid said. "He's sort of a cross between General Patton and Hugh Hefner. It's like doing one of the early James Bond [movies,] like 'Dr. No,' where the evil guy has his own fortress up in a mountain some place, and it gets blown up at the end. It's a lot of action, total action." There's video too.

KING DOUG

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ben Stiller is attached to produce and possibly star in an adaptation of an upcoming Oni Press graphic novel whose film rights were picked up by DreamWorks. Written by Greg Erb and Jason Oremland, "King" centers on a man who must return to the fantasy world which he abandoned 30 years earlier. Erb and Oremland will also write the screenplay. Stiller, Stuart Cornfeld and Jeremy Kramer will produce through their DreamWorks-based Red Hour Productions. Eric Gitter, one of the partners at Oni, will also produce through his Closed on Mondays Entertainment, the company which acts as Oni's production arm. Peter Schwerin is executive producing.

TEEN TITANS

So say we all -- "Battlestar Galactica" executive producer Mark Verheiden told ComicMix a little bit about the once-troubled adaptation. "I'm back full into writing the 'Teen Titans' movie," Verheiden said. "I turned in a pass to Warner Bros. right before the strike and we've talked about that and I'm going to get back into it. I'll address some of their thoughts and work on the next draft."

SPEED RACER

You can see a new behind-the-scenes clip from the fast-paced flick at a new promotional website from Esurance.

LAST BLOOD

According to Variety, Benderspink is adapting the Bobby Crosby's comic book centered on a band of vampires protecting the Earth's last human survivors of a zombie apocalypse.

SURROGATES

Moviehole has a new rumor that "Spawn" actor Michael Jai White is joining Bruce Willis in the graphic novel adaptation.

JUSTICE LEAGUE

Director George Miller told Variety about how upset he was about the struggle to get tax assistance from the Australian government. Miller said, "We don't know officially that we've been knocked back, but it's not looking good. It's taken too long to make a decision, and the film's going overseas now, which is incredibly wasteful for the Australian film industry. That shows how rigid the thinking is here in Australia; that's working to a paradigm that's 30 years old and brought down the Australian film industry."

SCOTT PILGRIM

Former "Arrested Development" star Michael Cera spoke with Empire Online that he's excited to be on board with the project. "I love the graphic novels, they're amazing," Cera said. "The first time I met Edgar, we hung out in Toronto [Cera's home town and the setting for Pilgrim] with Bryan Lee O'Malley [the series' creator, also from Toronto], and he showed me pages from the fourth book that hadn't come out yet. It was awesome!"

NIM'S ISLAND

CBR News has a special report on the new family film.

STAN LEE MOVIE DEALS

Variety is reporting that Disney is teaming up with the Marvel visionary for three new projects -- "Nick Ratchet" (written and directed by Richard LaGravenese), "Blaze" (written by Gary Goldman) and "Tigress" (written by Zoe Green and produced by State Street Pictures' Robert Teitel and George Tillman).

NYCC GOES TO THE MOVIES

ICv2 has an article on all the cinematic circumstances going on at the Big Apple's celebration of comics and pop culture.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION

We can't do this without you. The rumors, the scoops, the set photos -- they're all fueled by passionate fans emailing in the goods. The ones who ask, "What do you mean your sister's dating somebody who works for Miles Millar?" The ones who know the code names of movie projects and scour city permit filings for them. The devoted, the involved. Fans, just like you. Whatever you know, we wanna know, and whether you want your name shouted to the web's rafters or kept closer than a classified report, we've got you covered like a comforter. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thank you for your time and indulgence, and [tagline due to return with new WGA drafts shortly].

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