Batman Begins, Spider-Man, AvP: March 4th Comic Reel Wrap

Thu, March 4th, 2004 at 12:00am PST

TV/Film
Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

BATMAN BEGINS

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Gary Oldman has signed on to play Lt. Jim Gordon. Batman on Film also has rumors about the Bat's costume and adversary: "A bit more on the cape -- and what The Batman can do with it. The Bat will be able to fly in this film -- sort of. The cape is made of some sort of advanced material that is super light, yet can become very stiff and tight when a electric current is run through it. The Batman, with a touch of a button, will be able to turn his flowing cape into 'wings' and fly -- or actually glide in the skys of Gotham!! Pretty cool, huh? And The Batman will be shown in some very 'iconic' poses, with the cape really moving and flowing around him! Can't wait to see it on screen ... I have it from a good source that Jonathan Crane will be shown with a 'Scarecrow mask' in the film. Just don't expect what you would expect."

SPIDER-MAN 2

CNN has Alfred Molina waxing philosophical on his career as an actor almost no one can recognize and everyone has seen. "If they are recognizing the performance, then that's a great compliment," Molina said. "The fact that they don't know who I am suits me fine. Maybe it's self-serving, but that means I'm keeping the work really varied and hopefully taking people by surprise." When asked about his career, Molina offered a story: "In England at the branches of Woolworth's, they used to have rows and rows of jars with different kinds of candy. You could take whichever kind you wanted, throw it in a bag and you paid by the weight. They called it mix and match. It's kind of what my career is like: I'll take a little bonbon here, a stripped candy thing here, a chocolate-covered Brazil nut here. I think that's good. My career will rot your teeth."

ALIEN VS. PREDATOR

The BBC has a spoiler-laden report about their set visit to that cinematic mecca that is Prague.

SLOW NEWS DAY

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