Sin City, Superman, Ghost Rider, V for Vendetta: The Comic Reel Wrap for February 14th

Mon, February 14th, 2005 at 12:00am PST

TV/Film
Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

SIN CITY

Wanna go home with Jessica Alba? Well, the Nancy action figure's probably as close as almost anybody will ever get, and the NECA website has a first look at the collectible. Meanwhile, Superhero Hype has some scans of Entertainment Weekly's cover story on the Frank Miller adaptation.

SUPERMAN

USA Today sat down with actor Hugh Laurie, who was happy to talk about playing Perry White in the Brandon Routh-starring Super-flick. "I will certainly look at the old 'Superman' movies again. To do something new, you have to know what's been done!" Also, according to Superhero Hype, young actor Stephan Bender has been selected to play the younger Clark Kent in the film. Finally, they also add that "Kate Bosworth, tipped to play Lois Lane in the new Superman flick, has flown into Sydney. Filming is not due to start until next month."

GHOST RIDER

Director Mark Steven Johnson swung by the Superhero Hype Message Boards (last message on the page) to let fans know who Sam Elliot will be playing. "C'mon. Sam Elliott? That long white hair? That cowboy attitude? He's Caretaker! And, yes, 'Wallow' is in the movie but in name only. I always liked the name, but in the film he will be one of three demons that work for Blackheart."

Also, the Herald Sun reports that Nicolas Cage is already in Australia. "Hollywood leading light Nicolas Cage and his A-list sized entourage slipped into town from LA largely unnoticed more than a week ago. Cage spent much of the week rehearsing at the Docklands Studio City for his role as Johnny Blaze in the big budget Marvel Comics adaptation, which begins filming tomorrow." No word on whether or not he's bumped into Kate Bosworth.

The Age (registration required) has an article about the movie, and Moviehole theorizes that Edward Norton may be joining the cast soon.

V FOR VENDETTA

According to FilmForce, "The movie version of V for Vendetta, based on the Alan Moore/David Lloyd graphic novel, will lens at Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam, Germany, just outside Berlin." Filming is set to begin in Potsdam next month for a November 5, 2005 release.

PAINKILLER JANE

Comics Continuum has an update and some photos from the Sci Fi Channel adaptation of the Events Comics character, with the network's description of the show: "Based on the Event Comics series, Painkiller Jane is a super-heroine for the new millennium. When Jane Browning is exposed to a biochemical weapon that alters her genes, she becomes endowed with incredible self-healing powers and extraordinary physical and mental abilities. Now, on the run from a sinister organization determined to replicate her powers -- or destroy them -- Jane joins forces with some unlikely allies to become an ultra-covert crime-fighting agent."

KRYPTO

The same page at the Continuum notes that the Dog of Steel will debut on the Cartoon Network Friday, March 25th at 9:30 AM, then moving to its regular 9AM slot on Monday, April 4th. The network description follows: "Krypto the Superdog chronicles the comedic canine adventures of Metropolis' day-saving super dog from the planet Krypton. Krypto jettisons to Earth after orbiting countless years in space as a test-pilot puppy aboard a malfunctioning rocket ship built by Superman's father. Landing astray on unfamiliar terrain, the fully-grown Krypto swiftly seeks out companionship on Earth and flips over Kevin Whitney, a young boy who also longs for friendship. Endowed with an amazing array of super hero powers, ranging from heat vision to super strength to flying, Krypto, partners with best pal Kevin to fight evil forces that threaten the safety and well being of the people and animals of Metropolis." Photos show a dog that looks suspiciously like Ace the Bat Hound.

X-MEN 3

Female First talked to Famke Janssen, who talked about getting back to Westchester. "We're hoping to start the third one in spring. I can't wait. The movies are hard work, but the cast is great and we have a lot of fun. Unfortunately Bryan Singer isn't doing this one he's busy making the new 'Superman' film. It saddens me that he won't be on board because he did such an incredible job. He made great movies rather than silly popcorn flicks." The Vancouver Sun notes that the production will return to the Canadian metropolis.

SMALLVILLE

Screen caps from last week's episode "Recruit?" You know Devoted to Smallville has you covered.

PUNISHER 2

A scooper at Ain't It Cool News heard actor Thomas Jane speak at the Dallas Comic Convention last weekend, where he gave an update on plans for the bullet-riddled sequel. "Jane let the cat out of the bag and told the room that yesterday at a studio in north Dallas (he dropped the name, but I don't remember it), they filmed the teaser for Punisher 2. Tom O'Brien, the cover art model of Frank Castle for the Punisher comics who was also at the Con, was also at the shoot yesterday in full costume. Jane said that on his phone, he owns the only picture of himself and the 'real' Punisher, both in full costume, standing next to each other. No word on when or where we will see this trailer though. Jane said that while the script is not finished, he is working closely with the team. He said that he is doing EVERYTHING he can do to get the setting moved to the borroughs of New York and that Jigsaw is 'more than likely' going to be the villian in the movie."

VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE

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