Sin City, Smallville, Punisher, Justice League: February 26th Comic Reel Wrap

Thu, February 26th, 2004 at 12:00am PST

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Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

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SIN CITY

Variety (subscription required) reports that director Robert Rodriguez has committed to bring Frank Miller's "Sin City" to the silver screen. The trade magazine said, "Dimension Films co-chairman Bob Weinstein has given Rodriguez the go-ahead to begin shooting next month in Austin, Texas. Rodriguez will produce with Elizabeth Avellan through his Troublemaker Studios label. Set in Sin City, the film interconnects storylines that involve the unsavory inhabitants of the town. Rodriguez has already shot the film's opening with Josh Hartnett and Marley Shelton, and he's now casting the remaining roles as the rest of the film gets under way in March. "I'd been a fan of 'Sin City' since it was published in 1991, and I always felt that when you walk into a comic book store, it jumps off the shelf at you," Rodriguez said. 'After doing the 'Spy Kids' movies, I was looking to do something that would offer lighting and special effects challenges. I decided I didn't want to adapt Frank's book but rather translate it to the screen with the same visual flourishes that Frank used so well.'"

SMALLVILLE

Kryptonsite has screen captures from this week's episode, "Crisis."

PUNISHER

Amazon.com has a full track listing for the new "Punisher" soundtrack, which has nineteen tracks of alternative rock. It will be released on March 23rd. Also, IGN has a new collectible image by fan favorite Tim Bradstreet.

STATIC SHOCK

Basketball all-star Karl Malone seems to have enjoyed his sting on the hit Kids WB series. "It's been a long time coming, to have a show designed for older kids as well as younger kids," Malone said. "To be a part of it, I don't know how it all happened and how it came together, but I'm glad to be a part of it. And I love my character. He's bad. And I like that." Malone appears with Steve Nash from the Dallas Mavericks, Yao Ming from the Houston Rockets and Tracy McGrady from the Orlando Magic on the February 28th episode, called "Hoop Squad." Comics Continuum has images of Malone in the voice studio and in the cartoon.

LUKE CAGE

According to Sneak Peek, Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige says that "Poetic Justice" and "Rosewood" director John Singleton will helm Marvel's "Luke Cage," slated for a 2004 release. In 2001, Singleton reported aspirations for the project with Ving Rhames as the title character. Neal Moritz for Original Films and Marvel Studios Avi Arad are attached as producers.

JUSTICE LEAGUE

According to Toon Zone, the animated series will be called "Justice League Unlimited" in its third season. "Promising a 'bold new look and a much larger scope,' Cartoon Network says that the new series will continue to feature Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern as they lead the universe's most powerful superheroes against alien invasions, powerful sorcerers, vast shadowy conspiracies and ancient gods. They will be joined by the likes of Supergirl, Green Arrow, and the Atom, as well as such less familiar names as Booster Gold, Hawk & Dove, Elongated Man, The Question, Mister Miracle, Big Barda and Zatanna." As well, Peter Fries pointed us to a set of spoiler-laden screen captures from the July season finale, "Starcrossed."

DEADPOOL

IGN's FilmForce refutes the refusals of Mark Millar and the online criterati, saying that their sources have confirmed that "New Line Cinema is actively considering and talking to Marvel Studios about a Deadpool feature with Ryan Reynolds to star, Marvel to produce, David Goyer to direct and -- probably best of all for comics fans -- Goyer and Mark Millar writing together."

BATMAN: INTIMIDATION

Batman On Film notes that Harvey "Dent is Pearce's role if he wants it. I guess he doesn't. Looks like Larry Holden -- who has worked with Nolan previously -- will be Dist. Atty. Harvey Dent in this film. BOF is not ready to stand by this 100% -- as I was with the Wantanabe scoop -- but it looks like that is what is going to happen."

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