The Washington Square Post reports that "Superman" director Bryan Singer and screenwriters Dan Harris and Mike Dougherty talked about the upcoming film at NYU last week. "We're going to cast an unknown," Singer said. "It doesn't require a star to go see it. It's Superman -- it's its own brand."
"Known actors bring baggage, in a way," Harris said. "Sort of distracts you from who [Superman] really is." The crew plans on moving to Sydney in November and will begin shooting in March.
Meanwhile, "Smallville" star Tom Welling said told the New Zealand Herald "It would be something to consider but I don't even let myself think about it. It's too big an idea."
Finally, Moviehole has some rumors about actors who have tested for the cape and tights, including "George of the Jungle 2's" Christopher Showerman, "The Mountain's" Anson Mount, and fan film favorite Mike O'Hearn. Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Costner are rumored to be favorites for weighty supporting roles.
According to Wizard magazine, Marvel's Kevin Feige confirmed that "Wicker Park" director Paul McGuigan has signed on for the project.
Comingsoon.net has a new trailer from the Neil Gaiman big screen project, available in Windows Media and Real Media.
Superhero Hype has a first look at the new poster for the Jennifer Garner-fueled action film.
According to SPX magazine, comics legend Denny O'Neill has signed on to write the novelization of "Batman Begins."
Superhero Hype also spoke with actress Kerry Washington, who confirmed she's playing Alicia Masters in the Tim Story-helmed Marvel adaptation. "For those of you who are not fans, she is the blind girl that is in love with The Thing," Washington said, "In the comic book, historically, she's always been blonde haired and blue eyed, and the studio was really willing to go with us on this one. I'm really excited to be doing it, and I've signed on for the sequels and all that, so it's really exciting. "
Variety reports that film auteur John Woo has signed on to to direct and produce He-Man, a live-action film based on the characters in Mattel's "Masters of the Universe" line of action figures. Adam Rifkin will adapt the screenplay.
Creator Michael Avon Oeming told Newsarama, "I'm not sure on the movie, I've read several drafts of the screenplay, and I believe another is coming. The good this is Sony wants to make a great film, the only downside of that is finding a script that good will take some time. That battle would be won if they let Bendis write it."
Devoted to Smallville brought their "A" game with a deluge of new items over the weekend. First they offer screen captures from Nickelodeon's Teenick "Behind the Scenes" segments that aired during their shows on Sunday night, complete with a transcription. If that wasn't enough, they have (and this is not a typo) 360 screen captures from the ABC Family's Smallville Backstage Special that aired Saturday night. Then they have scans of a feature on the show in SFX magazine. More? How about HDTV screen captures of last Wednesday's episode, "Gone?" Whew!
By way of competing, rival website Kryptonsite, busy with John Glover's Memory Walk, could only post the network's official description of the upcoming DCU crossover episode, "Run."
Even Comics Continuum chimes in with fresh quotes from Tom Welling about getting close to castmates. "I've met members of both their families, and they both in real life have such great, warm, caring, wonderful families, and they're both responsible for them," Welling said of co-workersd Annette O'Toole and John Schneider during the Smallville Backstage Special, which aired on ABC Family Channel on Saturday (the one with the 360 screen captures). "John is a father, Annette is a mother. And going into these scenes as a son talking to his parents, I think that somehow has transcended into the working relationship. I mean, Annette is very much aware of what it is to be a mother and John is very much aware of what it is to be a father. And they bring a quality and a reality to the roles they play, I feel blessed for that."
Finally, for people who just can't get enough Lois, actress Erica Durance will be appearing at Wizard World Texas in November.
Tom Hanks as Optimus Prime? Somehow this rumor got started, and when IESB.net asked him about it, the actor sang a bit of the theme song (Windows Media only) but said he has not been contacted, is a fan of the property, and that he'd consider the film if he got to be the big red transforming tractor trailer. They assume this was a joke ... or was it?
Comics Continuum has screen captures from Saturday's episode, "The Cat and The Bat," which featured actress Gina Gershon as Selina Kyle. "She's not evil like some of the villains we've met so far -- simply an upscale cat burglar who's in it for the rush," said supervising producer Duane Capizzi. "(She) has a thing for men in Batsuits, even if they don't always reciprocate. And has a knack for being a trouble magnet, while making Batman's life miserable -- as you'll see in the episode."
Speaking of animated series, the Milestone small screen adaptation, has joined the Cartoon Network's Sunday lineup. Starting October 10th at 8 AM (with additional episodes on Fridays), you'll see "Shock to the System" on the 10th, "Aftershock" on the 17th, "The Breed" on the 24th and "Grounded" on Halloween.
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