Superman, Sin City, Daredevil 2, more: March 8th Comic Reel Wrap

Mon, March 8th, 2004 at 12:00am PST

TV/Film
Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

SUPERMAN

Mediasharx has a note about "Smallville" actress Allison Mack, who talked some about the next big screen adventure for Clark Kent while she was at MegaCon. "She assured us that the superman film is still happening, because the film folks are talking to the tv folks about not treading on anyone's toes and vice versa. Someone said she should play Lois, and she said that'd be too weird and after all, they've already got Jessica Beal or Beyonce." In other casting news, "Super Koala" emailed us to let us know that he has "been emailed by a friend that works at an Australian casting agency that has supplied actors for films such as The Matrix and Star Wars films. The main point of the email was that she was excited that they may have clinched the role of Lex Luthor in the long awaited Superman film for an unknown Australian. I have attached a photo that was emailed to me, apparently his name is Walker (not sure if that is his first or last name) and he is a local Sydney-sider, I haven't been able to find anything else out. The agency has strong connections to Warner Brothers after the recent big movies filmed here, and my contact seems confident they can argue a case for using a cheaper, unknown, Australian actor for the already in debt film."

SIN CITY

We received an anonymous email with rumors about the Frank Miller adaptation which revealed some casting tidbits. "First thing I can tell you is that this movie is going to be bigger than any of Robert [Rodriguez]'s other movies, with talent involved ... way bigger than 'Once Upon A Time' ... I was also told that everyone's names are going to be released this week ... Everyone WANTS to be in this movie ... that's the only reason I'm giving the heads up ... Josh Hartnet IS cast in the movie, along with Elijah Wood. Michael Douglas has been asked to be in it, which is looking like its going to happen."

GREEN HORNET

Kevin Smith talked to Variety about the latest data on "Green Hornet." "He seemed to like our movie enough to give me 'The Green Hornet,' which is kind of cool," Smith said. "I can't wait to do it. I'm a huge comic book nut. I did a lot of comic book writing for Marvel and D.C. and I've been a reader forever. So the chance to make a comic book movie is a big opportunity for me and it's one I kind of relish. But it's also a little frightening because it's a bigger movie than I've ever done before. And it also has special effects and you've got to be very visually interesting. So I had a bit of trepidation going into it, but I just realized it's no different than the other movies inasmuch as you surround yourself with people who are excellent at their jobs, a great support team, and everyone has equipped themselves as well as they can and you come up with the final picture. My goal for the movie is to just make whoever plays Britt Reid, the secret identity of the Green Hornet, as compelling a character as he is when he's in costume. So often with these comic book movies, it's great when they're in the suit but when they're not in the suit you just don't even care. Or the villain is far more interesting than the hero. I just want to make one where the hero is the most interesting guy in the movie and you care about him when he's out of costume, as well. There's a reason why the movies were called 'Batman' and not 'Joker.' And there's a reason why this one will be called 'Green Hornet' because the Green Hornet better be the most compelling character. With 'Green Hornet' I've been listening to all the old radio shows and I've watched the one season of the TV show they did (in 1966 which starred Van Williams as the Hornet and introduced Bruce Lee as Kato). In terms of the comic stuff, I was very familiar with it from when I was a collector -- the more recent comic stuff, not the old 1940s or 1950s comics. But I also looked at other comic books for inspiration. You read a bunch of stuff that gets you pumped up."

THE BATMAN

This Saturday, March 13th, fans will be able to catch a "sneak peek" of the new animated Bat series on Kids' WB, according to the Kids' WB.

MORT THE DEAD TEENAGER

Blonde bombshell Jessica Simpson confirmed to MTV Online that she's "shot a screen test for 'Mort the Dead Teenager,' based on an adaptation of an obscure, out-of-print title that follows the ghost of a teen who is commanded by Death to haunt the friends he had during his life, including the girl of his dreams (the role the singer wants). 'It's an adorable script,' Simpson said. 'I would love to do it. It's the next 'Back to the Future,' it's that cool. I think it'll have a cult-type following. It's a clever, clever script, and the way it could be shot would be really cool.' One glitch -- the film is languishing in development. Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis bought the books for adaptation, commissioned a script and enlisted Elijah Wood to play Mort. Then DreamWorks sold the rights to Artisan Entertainment. Then it was sold again, this time to Quentin Tarantino's A Band Apart and Madonna's Maverick Films for them to co-produce, with distribution by Dimension/Miramax. Now, a rep for Dimension says they're not involved, and a rep for Marvel says there's no director, leaving the project in limbo. 'I think it's just about placing it with the right studio,' Simpson said. 'And if they can still get Elijah, that would be perfect.'"

TEEN TITANS

According to Comics Continuum, Cartoon Network will begin airing "Teen Titans" episodes on weekdays at 6:30 PM as part of their new Miguzi action entertainment block, which means a Teens Titans episode at least once a day, seven days a week.

PUNISHER

The team at TheMovieBox.com have uploaded the latest TV ad (3.9 MB QuickTime file) for the new Thomas Jane action flick. As well, the zany kids at UGO have two new poster images for the movie, featuring Thomas Jane and John Travolta. Finally, director Jonathan Hensleigh talked to IGN's Filmforce about sequel possibilities. "Oh, I definitely want to do that. Thomas Jane and I have a pledge to work together. I love him. I think that he is a new kind of American cinema actor that hasn't been around for 20-30 years. He's a sort of a throwback ..."

JUSTICE LEAGUE

Comics Continuum also has the cover artwork for this July's special event. The show will go on hiatus as of April 19th, and will return to the airwaves sometime before August's debut of "Justice League Unlimited."

SPIDER-MAN 3

While talking to About.com and promoting her new film, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," Kirsten Dunst discussed the status of the cast for the third Spider-film. "Though some have interpreted Variety's report that Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire are working out details to making 'Spider-Man 3' to mean that they are not signed yet, Kirsten Dunst confirmed that everyone did in fact sign contracts for three movies before Spider-Man 1 opened. Nobody is renegotiating. 'For more money?' Dunst asked. 'No, that hasn't even started yet. We have to get through the publicity tour of the second one first.'"

HELLBOY

Best Buy has posted the new ten-minute featurette online in QuickTime, Windows Media and Real formats. Faithful reader Jared Pardi wrote in to say that he saw a "very unusual Hellboy promotional display" at his local Best Buy in Buffalo, NY. " It was a stand alone unit in the middle of the store that had free promotional DVDs of Hellboy. It was really big and I would have to estimate that the display contained at least 200 copies, all Hellboy. Contained on the DVD was all the trailers including an extended one for the DVD. But coolest thing was a pretty nice 15 minute behind the scenes featurette that showed all kind of shots I haven't seen before, including the CG baby Hellboy in motion. All awesome footage." Jared was also kind enough to scan the cover for us.

WAY OF THE RAT

Comics Continuum was at Orlando's Megacon, where they caught the CrossGen update about the kung fu action comedy. "I've read the third and final rewrite, and it's awesome," said Chuck Dixon, talking about Chuck Russell's script. "Jeff Johnson and I locked ourselves in an office -- that's the only way we could read it -- and read the whole thing. I'm really thrilled. Chuck Russell, he's as enthusiastic about the project as we are, and he's a money-making director -- which is something I like."

SMALLVILLE

Kryptonsite notes that the twentieth episode for this season will be called "Talisman" and will be directed by star and "Dukes of Hazard" alum John Schneider.

DAREDEVIL 2

NewsAskew.com notes that "Director Guillermo del Toro is interested in directing Daredevil II: Born Again. Daredevil: Born Again is the critically acclaimed comic by writer Frank Miller and Artist David Mazzucchelli. This superhero/horror story focuses on the fall from grace of Matt Murdock's secret identity. Like the original story, 90 percent of the film will feature DD without his costume, but rather he will be fighting evil in his civilian clothes. Ben Affleck is reported to be interested in returning as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, as long as project takes a darker and slicker tone. Take this one with a grain of salt as last we'd read, we heard it was unlikely that Affleck would return for another DD flick without Kevin's involvment. But we'll see ..." Also, efavata notes a rumor that "a new villain will be introduced called 'Bushwacker:' a religious assassin who has it out for Mutants."

BATMAN BEGINS

Hearkening back to their glory days, Ain't It Cool News has a first look at what might be the artwork for the new Chris Nolan film.

SANDY, CAN WE ROLL THAT CLIP?

If you have the scoop on anything related to comic book movies, TV adaptations or just want to give us a truck full of cash, no questions asked, drop us a line and let's coordinate. You can choose an alias if you'd like, or be mentioned by name -- we honor requests for anonymity. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thanks for your time and indulgence, and (insert pithy sign-off here, once it gets out of development hell).

 
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