Fantastic Four, Catwoman, Smallville: July 14th Comic Reel Wrap

Wed, July 14th, 2004 at 12:00am PDT

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Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

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FANTASTIC FOUR

It's finally official. Hollywood Reporter confirmed today rumors that Jessica Alba will play the part of Sue Storm, AKA the Invisible Girl in the upcoming film. She joins already cast Michael Chiklis (Ben Grimm/The Thing), Ioan Gruffudd (Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic) and Chris Evans (Johnny Storm/the Human Torch). According to the Hollywood Reporter, Alba beat out competition that included Rachel McAdams and Elizabeth Banks.

CATWOMAN

Comics Continuum has the first of a series of interviews with the people behind the feline flick, with Benjamin Bratt up first. The actor talked about how he feels the interpretation will be received. "I heard that there was a little bit of grumbling at the beginning of our filming process that the die-hard fans of the comic were going to be concerned about the direction the film's going to take and possibly not be true to the origin or legacy of the comic book. I've got news for them. They're going to be pleased with what they see. The mythological descension of where the character comes from is still accurate, it holds true, but it's taking it in a much different direction. There's kind of a subcurrent of a hip-hop element there's more edge to it, it's a more urbanized version of Catwoman. And with Halle playing it, of course, it's done to a T. And you don't even have to be a fan, really, of the comic or this character to come to this movie and enjoy it because it is quintessential summer fare. It's kind of like an amusement park ride. It's nonstop action. It's visually stunning, to a much greater degree than I ever imagined."

SMALLVILLE

After breaking the news that "Andromeda" star Erica Durance would be Lois Lane, Kryptonsite is back with fresh spoilers about next season's second episode "Gone."

JUSTICE LEAGUE

Comics Continuum also has a tidbit about the Cartoon Network series, including some really great screen captures, with looks at Captain Atom, Green Arrow and Hawk & Dove. "To me, every episode of Justice League Unlimited is really exciting because we get to play with new characters that we never got to play with before," producer Bruce Timm said.

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