Iron Man, Superman, Ghost Rider, Global Frequency: February 11th Comic Reel Wrap

Fri, February 11th, 2005 at 12:00am PST

TV/Film
Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

IRON MAN

According to Sci Fi Wire, movie star Tom Cruise has pulled out of a proposed movie about the armored Avenger. "It's not happening. Not with me," Cruise said. "They ... came to me at a certain point, and you know, when I do something, I want to do it right. And, you know, if I commit to something, it has to be done in a way that I know it's going to be something special. And that ... as it was lining up, it just didn't feel to me like it was going to work. I need to be able to make decisions and make the film as great as it can be, and it just didn't go down that road that way. I've never just made a movie to make a movie. I've always made them because I really was interested in the story. I wanted to make that kind of picture and see what it would take, and it was an adventure for me. For that, it just wasn't panning out. So far. You know, as of yet."

SUPERMAN

Superman-V.com is reporting that Noel Neill has been cast in a "small but important part" in the Bryan Singer-helmed DC adaptation. Astute fans would remember that she was the original Lois Lane and appeared in "The Adventures of Superman" series with George Reeves. She also had a cameo in "Superman The Movie" playing Lois Lane's mother. The site also has some updates about visual effects for the movie.

GHOST RIDER

Superhero Hype is staying on top of the Nicolas Cage vehicle, talking more about the set work being done in Australia. " In addition to the gas station, they are building a saloon bar and a tattoo studio. Supposedly the windows of these sets will be blown out as Ghost Rider rides by. Night shooting is scheduled to start on 4 March, continuing through 8 March, with a day shoot on 13 March."

GLOBAL FREQUENCY

It could have been so beautiful ... there's a cast photo from the currently moribund pilot for the Warren Ellis adaptation, showing all four of the proposed regular cast members. Ah well ...

MAN-THING

Comics Continuum has an update on how they created the verdant monster for the upcoming Sci Fi Channel movie. From the outset, Man-Thing was intended to be a prosthetic, CG-enhanced creature," said Avi Arad, Marvel's movie guru. "So there was a great deal of R&D. here's positional stuff happening on location, on the set, but at the same time the stuff you don't currently see in camera was always engineered to be enhanced by digital effects. So when you see the movie, hopefully the line is pretty blurry. It's not an all-CG creature." They also have images from the film.

THAT'S A WRAP

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