Catwoman, AvP, Smallville, Garfield, more: Comic Reel Wrap for December 29th

Mon, December 29th, 2003 at 12:00am PST

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Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

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CATWOMAN

The New York Daily News has a new photo of Halle Berry in costume from her feline-themed flick.

ALIEN VS. PREDATOR

Actress Sanaa Lathan told Sci Fi Wire that she doesn't have much in common with Sigourney Weaver's Ripley character. "She's the same as Sigourney's Ripley character in that she's very strong and independent, but I think that's probably about it," Lathan said. "For one [thing], it's actually not in the future. This movie happens before all of the Alien movies. [The character] is kind of unique in that she is somebody who loves Antarctica and is very familiar with that territory."

SMALLVILLE

Kryptonsite has a slideshow from the "Asylum" clip shown on "The View." "Asylum" is a guest-star packed episode slated to air January 14th. They have a great many more bits of information, including quotes from producer Al Gough, shooting down rumors of the series ending or Tom Welling doing a "Superman" movie: All of the actors are contracted for at least seven seasons of the series and Miles, myself, our cast and crew plan to make the show for many years to come as long as the fans keep watching! The movie division is going to do what it's going to do, but we're here to stay." Tom Welling told Zap2It.com I think we'll go at least a five-year period, but I don't have any interest to play Clark Kent in college, Clark Kent at his first job, Clark Kent becoming Superman, Clark Kent dying ..." Finally, they disparaged the report that Tom Welling was ever on Howard Stern's show, therefore shooting down last week's rumors therein.

GARFIELD

JoBlo.com has posted two photos of the orange tabby cat from the new film.

PUNISHER

Countingdown.com took some time to read the new issue of Wizard, and checked out Rebecca Romijn-Stamos' interview about her role in the new "Punisher" movie. When asked about portraying Ennis-created supporting character Joan the Mouse, Romijn-Stamos said, "Joan's this down and out recovering drug addict just trying to get her life back together. She lives in this shabby tenement building that Frank Castle [portrayed by Thomas Jane] moves into as he is just getting over the death of his family and turning into the Punisher. He's this mysterious guy doing all this stuff in his apartment and none of us who live in the building can figure out who he is or what it is that he's doing. And I think my character related to him. I identify with him as somebody who just doesn't care about life anymore because he's lost his family and he's drinking heavily. I like playing somebody who is just sort of a loser. She's a waitress just trying to get her life back together and she's struggling. Of course I've never been a drug addict, but I mean everyone knows what it's like to struggle and to try and change their lives. Spacker Dave and Bumpo become her family and they are incredibly attached to each other and they are sort of...they are all they have for each other. And they sort of become the surrogate family for Frank. And they become, I hope if we pull it off, the reason that he does make it. He sort of gets a glimpse that there is something out there to live for, that there are still good people in the world." She also rumored that she an Avi Arad are cooking up another cinematic translation for her, "something that I've wanted to play for a long time and he's into it also," but refused to say more because "I don't want to jinx it." The Comic Reel's wholly unsubstantiated and wildly spurious first guess? Dazzler.

HELLBOY

Speaking of the new issue of Wizard, Superherohype scanned new images from the Guillermo del Toro flick from the current issue, and thoughtfully posted them for your review.

SPIDER-MAN 2

Superherohype also noted the Wizard article running down the status of all the characters in the web-spinning sequel, straight from the mouth of Avi Arad. Warning: major spoilers lie within. Likewise, Cinescape reports that Sony was playing Scrooge, working set builders up until Christmas Eve, using Sony Studios' Stage 30 to re-assemble a set resembling a bridge and a dock. A month ago they took this set down at the Culver City facilities, so one has to assume reshoots are in order.

BLADE: TRINITY

More from Superherohype's review of Wizard Magazine: Jessica Biel talked about her high-octane, vampire slaying role. "I love the action stuff," she said. "That's my favorite part of doing 'Blade: Trinity.' It's a blast to come to work every day and not worry about lines and actually think about choreography instead. It's completely different for me." She describes her character as well, saying "Abigail is Whistler's daughter, so she's really mentally strong and kind of a closed-off person because she's had all this death in her family because of the vampires. I think she feels the need to [pursue] a lot of vengeance for her family. She's more of a stoic character-but incredibly smart and incredibly able, trained and deadly with her weapons. But she just does her job and moves along. She doesn't take it all in though; she just lets it all roll off of her. There are some vulnerable moments for her, but she's very stoic."

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