Heroes, Tomb Raider, Watchmen: August 18th Comic Reel

Mon, August 18th, 2008 at 7:07am PDT | Updated: August 18th, 2008 at 7:08am

TV/Film
Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

HEROES

There's spoilers aplenty on two new episode descriptions for "Volume Three: Villains." That's in-depth descriptions of "The Second Coming" and "The Butterfly Effect" (available thanks to Herosite) which will air starting next month.

TOMB RAIDER

There's a new Lara Croft in town, and Yahoo! has the scoop and some photos of her in action.

WATCHMEN

If you haven't read the graphic novel and don't know about one crucial plot element, don't read this story which has actress Carla Gugino talking about it in detail.

Meanwhile, CBR News has four new photos from the film.

IRON MAN 2

A scooper at Superhero Hype caught actor Robert Downey Jr. on "Live with Regis and Kelly," where Downey implied that he'd be on board for movies past a third, maybe even past a fourth.

GREEN ARROW: ESCAPE FROM SUPER MAX

Speaking of billionaire bad boys, screenwriter Justin Marks told MTV that Black Canary wouldn't be visiting Green Arrow in prison, but you would see of Lex Luthor, the Joker and the Riddler. "It's a very, very awesome prison," Marks said. "I majored in architecture in college, and design is how I actually started in. For 'Super Max,' designing that prison, it had to be the kind of thing that was a character in and of itself. We're in a world where instead of just trying to contain a guy who's really big, you're trying to contain a guy who can -- in the case of Icicle -- who can freeze things. What kind of a cell would a guy like that need in order to have his powers neutralized? So to escape from Super Max they have got to go through the most elaborate heist we've ever seen, involving superpowers. Because the prison itself kind of has superpowers!"

HE-MAN

Marks is also working on bringing the Masters of the Universe back to the silver screen, and he told MTV how it was gonna be. "The script is very true to the characters -- we're not talking about putting nipples on the Trapjaw suit. But we had to come up with a reason again why Trapjaw would actually not just be something that's totally absurd, but why he would need those bionic parts added to him. Which gives a sort of sense of where [the movie] is going in some way."

PUNISHER: WAR ZONE

Remember the rumor that the Lexi Alexander-helmed flick would be watered down to PG-13? The film's cinematographer Steve Gainer posted on the Raw Studios message board, debunking that. Gainer wrote, "Lexi is not off the film. Lexi is still involved in the edit process. The film is not (nor could it ever be) PG-13. Today I saw a cut that ran 91 minutes."

VOLTRON

According to Variety, Fox-based New Regency has put the project into runaround. What? That means that Ryan Kavanaugh's financing and production venture Relativity Media is in negotiations to back the property, though on a more moderate budget, utilizing the type of cost-effective technology employed in films including "300" and "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow," working from a Justin Marks screenplay. Marks' take is described as "a post-apocalyptic tale set in New York City and Mexico, where five survivors of an alien attack band together and end up piloting the five lion-shaped robots that combine and form the massive sword-wielding Voltron that helps battle Earth's invaders."

SMALLVILLE

Mmm, smell those fresh spoilers about the new season's sixth episode, "Prey."

SPACED

CBR News has a special report on the cult classic from the UK.

LET'S DO LUNCH

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 Warner Brothers?" 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 some people in The Hundred and Four still haven't seen "The Dark Knight," "Hellboy 2," "Hancock," or "Speed Racer."

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