Batman Begins, Blade: Trinity, Sin City, Iron Man: December 6th Comic Reel Wrap

Mon, December 6th, 2004 at 12:00am PST

TV/Film
Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

BATMAN BEGINS

Take a look. There's really nothing else to say. Thanks to A.J. Behfar for alerting us to it.

Also, according to the British Board of Film Classification, the new trailer for "Batman Begins" coming this week is 1 minute and 15 seconds long.

BLADE: TRINITY

Comics Continuum has new photos from the upcoming Wesley Snipes-fueled vampire sequel.

Meanwhile, Superhero Hype has another interview with director David Goyer and actors Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel, who discussed how intense it was working with Snipes. "There was no kidding around with Wesley Snipes." Reynolds said. "I mean, he's Blade when he's on that set, and I don't think I ever met Wesley Snipes. He's a method actor, so to do those scenes with him you only get one shot, you know? very moment that has that deliciously awkward dynamic is born of a real situation. There's one joke in the movie where I'm saying to Jesse, "He hates me, doesn't he?" That was not supposed to be in the movie. I just said that after David said "Cut!" It wasn't my favorite joke, but it ended up in the movie because it was just so real. There's also a scene that's kind of a glory shot of the three Nightstalkers walking away after he's thrown some guy off the ledge. It was written just like a slo-mo bad-ass shot, but I asked David if I could just give him like a dime-store psychoanalysis and ask him if he wants to sit down with someone. You don't get a lot of takes with Wes in terms of goofing around, because he's very serious about this role and the movie."

"It was weird," Biel said. "He's very intimidating anyway because he doesn't talk to you. When someone doesn't talk it can get very awkward but I got used to it. I don't know if I said more than ten words to the guy."

Reynolds talks more about the hammering he took at the hands of wrestler Triple H over at Sci Fi Wire. "The shooting was a workout, you know? You're getting tossed around like a midget with Triple H, you know, it looked like midget-tossing. ... I thought I was big. That guy ... I mean this with some humility, but we'd gotten in such shape that they couldn't find stunt men who looked like us, Jessie [co-star Jessica Biel] or I, so we just did them. And that little space is so small that ... you're going to know it's a stunt man if you get somebody else. These guys [pro wrestlers] don't know subtlety in the physical sense, so when he picks you up and throws you, he picks you up and throws you. And the floor was cement, because I had to slide every time he threw me, and we'd established that early on in another sequence we'd shot in there. So there was no way to put a rubber floor down, as much as we tried. We begged them to. We put one down, it just didn't look right. I'd bounce off the ground. So we'd go back to the cement floor. So it was hell. We shot it, I think, in four or five days, just that one sequence, and kept going at it. Two grown men wrestling around."

SIN CITY

The NECA website has a new photo of the Marv action figure, based on Mickey Rourke's depiction of the character. You can also get a look at silhouettes of the other characters. Also, Superhero Hype has a spy's decription of the trailer for the Frank Miller adaptation (which, of course, has some possible spoilers).

IRON MAN

Teen Hollywood is bandying about a rumor that the man who will step into the Golden Avenger's armor will be none other than ... former N'SYNC member Justin Timberlake. Newly announced director Nick Cassavetes is also directing Timberlake in "Alpha Dog," by way of reference.

SON OF THE MASK

The official website has been updated with new pictures, downloads, bios, and says the film is rated PG. Actor Jamie Kennedy spoke to Sci Fi Wire about the differences between this movie and the Jim Carrey-fueled original. "It's very different, actually," Kennedy said. "The first one was about a down-on-his-luck guy who really wants to meet a girl and ends up putting on the Mask and having the time of his life. This one is about a guy whose wife is pressuring him to have a baby, and he doesn't want to have one, and then he finds the Mask. By putting it on, he seduces her and ends up getting her pregnant. When they have a baby, it's born with the powers of the Mask. He has to not only be a dad, but be a dad to a superbaby. The baby is doing all of these things that no one believes a baby can do. So it's about a guy slowly going crazy. The baby's got a thing with the dog, who discovers the Mask and puts it on. The baby and the dog have a thing, because the dog is jealous that the baby is getting more attention than it. more of a family movie. Anybody that has a kid will think of the thing you have when you have a new kid. This is like 'Three Men and a Crazy Baby.'"

ALIEN 5

According to IGN's FilmForce, Sigourney Weaver and Ridley Scott have talked about putting a cap on their time together. "Ridley Scott and I have talked about doing one more where we go back to the original planet and see what these creatures came out of. But, I think that it would be probably unlikely that a major studio would go for it, only because one of the lead characters would be a fifty-five-year-old woman. I don't think the audience would care at all, because I don't think we're as ageist as the business is. So I think that we'd be game, but I don't think that either of us, we're both so busy, I'm not going to sit down and write the whole script. And I didn't rush to see Alien Vs. Predator, which looked kind of awful to me, like a video game. But I just hope that the Alien won. The Predator's such a stupid looking creature. (Laughs)"

FANTASTIC FOUR

Superhero Hype also reports about a new location for the Tim Story-helmed Marvel adaptation. "Production trailers rolled into Whistler amidst the snow yesterday. They are set up in a few parking lots above an area called Base II. I'm pretty sure the shooting will be on the top of Whistler Mountain with access by helicopter, and gondola lifts."

SUPERMAN

IESB is debunking casting rumors, as they spoke to actor Topher Grace, who confirmed that neither he nor "OC" actress Mischa Barton would be a part of the Bryan Singer Super-film.

In other news, screenwriter Dan Harris talked to Zap2It who's pleased with his progress. "We're on our third draft right now and we've done the requisite first draft. We chopped off 10 to 15 pages because it was too expensive." Harris couldn't say what the scene was that was too expensive, but he did say Warner Bros. is building a three-block four-story Metropolis on their backlot in Australia which looks "incredible." "The script is being molded and is coming along really well, we're tweaking things, it's not like 'X-Men' where we had 28 drafts and did major shifts in the plot all the time," said Harris.

SMALLVILLE

Speaking of the Man of Steel, Kryptonsite has a rumor about a possible Fox star visiting Kansas' strangest town in the season's thirteenth episode, "Recruit." Meanwhile, those zany kids at Devoted to Smallville have a gallery of screen captures which is both alarming and comprehensive in its size.

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