Ghost Rider, Superman, Harvey Richards, Batman Begins: April 22nd Comic Reel Wrap

Fri, April 22nd, 2005 at 12:00am PDT

TV/Film
Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

GHOST RIDER

More? Well, all right, USA Today has a photo showing Nicolas Cage in costume as Johnny Blaze.

SUPERMAN

Numerous sources, including this very website, are showing off a new photo of Brandon Routh in costume as Superman, with a press release on the film.

HARVEY RICHARDS, LAWYER FOR CHILDREN

Variety (subscription required) is reporting that "New Line has decided to hire 'Harvey Richards, Lawyer for Children,' acquiring feature film rights to Ruben Bolling's alternative comic strip."

BATMAN BEGINS

Coming Soon notes that the film has been moved up to June 15th from its previous June 7th release date. Also the German site Batman News has a couple of new set photos from the Christian Bale-fueled movie.

X-MEN 3

Superhero Hype has an interview with new director Matthew Vaughn, who discussed not only working on the mutant-themed sequel, but also on bringing Neil Gaiman's "Stardust" to the silver screen. "It was a mutual finding of each other," Vaughn said. "I heard Singer wasn't doing it, and I just told my agent that I'd be intrigued and asked "can you get me in a room?" They saw the film and really liked it. 'X-Men' has sort of taken me by surprise. One of the reasons I'm attracted to it is also the reason why I'm scared of it, is that it's such a short amount of time to get it done. I thought maybe it would be good to do it because there's a lot for me to learn if I do it. The irony is that I haven't got the luxury of casting most of these guys, which is going to be odd, especially if I don't like what they're doing, cause I'm going to have to pull them aside and tell them to ignore everything they did in the last film. "I can emphasize with what's gone on. I think Singer probably treats it in a more simplistic manner then I'm going to. It's going to expand on things. There's three or four scenes I know people will just be shocked and close to tears. I'm all for fans being wary of me; they've got the right to be. I'm just going to make the film as good as I can, and hopefully, they'll like it. I know that there's going to be elements I'm going to be bringing to it that will worry the fans in the sense that I want to make a movie that stands up in twenty, thirty years time basically. The film I'm doing is more in the tone of [the Clint Eastwood Western] 'Unforgiven.'" He wasn't too worried about the bigness of this type of project compared to his smaller-scale debut. "I just want to make films that I think are entertaining. I like the idea of doing big budget films with a heart." He also confirmed that he'd like Vinnie Jones as the Juggernaut.

Jones himself told PRWeb that he's not only absolutely going to play Cain Marko, but he'll loosen up castmates by playing poker. "The laptop means I can go online and play anywhere. I will even invite the others to get involved as an ice-breaker," Jones said, after being signed as a spokesman for an online poker site. "Once I get out of that costume I shall shower and have some downtime playing poker online."

ULTIMATE SUPER HEROES, ULTIMATE SUPER VILLAINS, ULTIMATE SUPER VIXENS

According to Superhero Hype, cable network Bravo is airing a three-part special premiering May 26th. Hosted by Adam West, the show celebrates the heroes, villains and vixens who have created powerful impressions on fans throughout the years.

THAT'S A WRAP

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