Superman, X-Men 3, Catwoman: July 12th Comic Reel Wrap

Mon, July 12th, 2004 at 12:00am PDT

TV/Film
Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

SUPERMAN

Numerous people wrote in (thanks Scott and "Garth Ranzz") what the trades (like Hollywood Reporter and Variety) are reporting. "Charlie's Angel" director McG is no longer helming the beleaguered Warner Brothers production. The primary reason given was the inability of the two parties to agree over a budget. Casting also was an issue. Part of the conflict between the director and the studio was the shooting location. McG favored a New York shoot, while the studio favored Australia. "When I flew to New York to scout, I became enamored with our greatest American city," McG said in a statement. "It was clear to me that this was Metropolis. As a filmmaker, I felt it was inappropriate to try to capture the heart of America on another continent. I look at Superman as a character that embodies all that is beautiful about America." Warners is now on the lookout for a new director for its Man of Steel movie. McG's departure also does not tie the studio to the script, which was written by "Alias" creator J.J. Abrams.

Before this news hit the streets, actor Shia LaBeouf appeared at the "I, Robot" premiere talking up his interest in playing Jimmy Olsen. "I met with McG (the director) today and talked about Jimmy Olsen and who's going to be playing who," said LaBeouf. The production's so locked down they said I can't even take the script home. I have to go to Warner Bros. (studio) to read it and then leave it there." He also discussed casting ideas that were valid at the time: Jake Gyllenhaal is apparently no longer in the running for "Superman." "They're going to go with an unknown," said LaBeouf, adding that McG is trying to lure Scarlett Johansson for Lois Lane and Johnny Depp for Lex Luthor." What could have been ...

Finally, Moviehole reports that Warner Brothers president and chief operating officer Alan Horn met "X-Men" director Bryan Singer over dinner to talk about stepping in. "Our scooper claims that Singer has not said yes ... but is considering it. How such a move will affect Singer's other projects currently in the works -- including 'X-Men 3' and 'Logan's Run' -- remains to be seen. Superman is slated to begin filming this fall in Australia."

X-MEN 3

Speaking of Singer's schedule, according to Superhero Hype, Alan Cummings was on the talk show The Graham Norton Effect, where he said he'll be back in Vancouver during spring of 2005 to film the mutant-themed sequel. Co-star Rebecca Romijn-Stamos backed this up when she spoke to the Daily Telegraph, saying "I know because I signed on for a third, beginning in May, is what I heard."

CATWOMAN

Interested in Sharon Stone's character in the Halle Berry-fueled feline flick? The veteran actress spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the part. "Laura is a supermodel who possesses the ability to do great martial arts, great fighting and has jujitsu-like skills," Sharon says tongue-in-cheek, "because you know, naturally, she would know all those things and be a great fighter with superhuman strength."

Also, Comics Continuum has tons of photos from the movie, and a new quote from Berry about the character. "She's who every woman wants to be and every man would like to be with," Berry said. "In many ways cats embody the true psyche of women -- cats are very elusive, and you have to work to gain their trust and their respect. It's not something that's given very freely. I've heard it said that dogs have masters, but cats have servants. And it's true!"

300

CBR head honcho Jonah Weiland poked around at the Internet Movie Database page for the Frank Miller adaptation, and found Zack Snyder ("Dawn of the Dead") was attached as director. This should be taken with a grain of salt, as IMDB also originally listed ex-hobbit Sean Astin as the director for "Fantastic Four."

BATMAN BEGINS

How about Joker: Year One? Moviehole interviewed actor Lachy Hulme, who says his name is being tossed around for a young Joker in the "Batman Begins" sequel. "I got the heads up from my LA manager that WB have been kicking my pitiful name around for the Joker role in the 'Begins' sequel. It is a role that I would desperately love, but it's way too early for internet rumours to be flying," he says.

Meanwhile, Superhero Hype has a report from a Chicago casting call, with photos.

WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO?

Still itching to slide into some spandex and get on television? Well, another casting call has gone out, and they've even set up an official website.

SMALLVILLE

Kryptonsite has got your Lois Lane, right here. The site has a new rumor regarding the casting of the future star reporter.

READY FOR YOUR CLOSE UP?

This writer is off to have lunch with the mayor of Los Angeles just for kicks (seriously). 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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