Superman, Madman, Batman Begins: May 26th Comic Reel Wrap

Wed, May 26th, 2004 at 12:00am PDT

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Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

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SUPERMAN

Dark Horizons has a scooper reporting a good bit of news about big screen time for the Last Son of Krypton. "I finally got a word on the casting for McG's SUPERMAN. I will tell you this, and tell it to you first: Henry Cavill is Superman. This is the director's favorite and a majority of the fan's favorite also. Warner Bros. realizes this, and they also see how the casting of Christian Bale for Batman got high-ups from the fanbase. They want to do the same. Rose Bryne and Selma Blair are *this close* to getting the role of Lois Lane, and one of them will get it. They are the two runner-ups. My bet is on Bryne, but we'll see how things pan out. While Topher Grace auditioned for the role of Jimmy Olsen, apparently it may (the key word is may) go to 'The OC' co-star Adam Brody. He's a fav because of the aformentioned show, and it seems he is the 'hottest' thing in his category. The WB wants hot, young stars for this movie while not still filling it with horrid choices (Ashton Kutcher, Beyonce Knowles). Now comes the main event. I can safely say that you can expect Johnny Depp to be the next Lex Luthor. That is, because he is the studio's favorite and McG wants to work with him. He's tied because he's not exactly sure if he wants to accept, and he also has 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' filming soon under the direction of Tim Burton. But WB and McG are really trying to nab Depp, since he turned out the most viable in his screentest (I heard it was 'f**king amazing'). If he can't do it or doesn't want to, then expect the role to go to an up and rising comedian or someone in that theory. And that's about it. The film's rolling, though, I cans surely tell you that. J.J. Abrams' script is getting tons of re-writes, and I hear for the better, and Warner Bros. wants this out by no latter than Summer 2006. Superman WILL fly again."

In other caped news, Superman-V.com caught JJ Abrams talking to Dreamwatch magazine, and he said, "The movie is closer to getting made now than it's ever been. I'm crossing my fingers the movie gets made because there are a lot of really wonderful elements attached to it. I'm hoping the movie see the light of day. I believe it will." They also note Gilbert Adler has signed on as executive producer.

MADMAN

In a Newsarama interview, creator Mike Allred talked about the Robert Rodriguez-helmed adaptation of his work. "This is always delicate since there are potentially so many naked toes that can be stepped on," Allred said. "More often than not it's best to keep quiet on these things in order to let them proceed correctly. Having said that, Robert has made a multi-picture deal with Miramax/Dimension and 'Madman' is a part of that. In fact, Robert convinced them that the best way to make a comic book movie is to have the creators co-direct the films. Frank [Miller] is way ahead of me on every level and it should surprise no one that my little comic book project would take a back seat to his. In addition, Frank wrote his screenplay years and years ago but turned back to comics when the situation didn't sit right and turned his back on Hollywood. I actually hooked Robert up with Frank and Bob Schreck who helped convince Frank that Robert is a great guy and could be trusted to make a Sin City film the way Frank would want with him co-directing. I'd do anything for Robert and his wife Elizabeth. They've done more for us than I could ever say. o, at this time George Huang, a long time friend of Robert's and writer-director of the indy hit 'Swimming With Sharks' is writing the 'Madman' treatment based on the outline Robert and I put together. So, when that's approved we kick into the screenplay and if approved shoot the movie. We already have our Frank 'Madman' Einstein; He's star of 2003's biggest money maker. I'm pretty sure it was the biggest box office flick (that should get a few tongues wagging). So, it either happens or it doesn't. It seems to me this is just gonna be one of those projects that just take a long time to hit the big screen. Keep in mind I was first approached about making a low-budget Madman movie right out of the gate in 1992. It should be obvious why I stopped holding my breath. But when I'm called on -- just try to hold me back!"

BATMAN BEGINS

Superhero Hype has new photos from the set in England, and even caught director Christopher Nolan in one of the shots. Also, Big News Network reports that the new Batmobile will make an appearance in New York on June 8th at the Licensing 2004 International convention at Javits Convention Center.

SPIDER-MAN 2

Superhero Hype also has a photo from Berlin showing an innovative form of advertising which may indicate the sequel is coming to IMAX. Likewise, two books about the sequel, Peter A. David's novelization and Mark Vaz' "making of" book "Caught in the Web: Dreaming Up the World of Spider-Man 2" both went on sale yesterday, chock fulla spoilers.

CATWOMAN

A Russian site has posted an early look at what appears to be an international poster for the upcoming feline flick.

BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY

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