Batman Begins, X-Men 3, Watchmen, Spawn: The Comic Reel Wrap for May 10th

Tue, May 10th, 2005 at 12:00am PDT

TV/Film
Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

BATMAN BEGINS

Ready for some dish on the sequels? Writer David Goyer told Premiere magazine (check out some scans here) some huge spoilers about -- wait for it -- the next two Batman movies, and which villains will play pivotal roles.

X-MEN 3

Director Matthew Vaughn talked to CHUD about the difference on his approach to the film's central ethos, and a jab at Cain Marko's origins.

WATCHMEN

Reports of the beleaguered production's demise have been exaggerated, according to Ain't It Cool News. "Watchmen is not, despite all the death knells that have been sounded in the press and online, dead. They're in a difficult position right now with Greengrass, because when he signed on, the film was described to him as a greenlight, a go picture. Now, because of circumstance, he finds himself in the position of having to pitch the studio the movie all over again. And, look... it's inevitable. Whenever there's a major leadership switch at a studio, everything's going to be scrutinized. No one wants to inherit an unworkable slate of films. 'Watchmen' is an expensive film, and Paramount has to make sure that the expensive films they make are worth that expense right now."

SPAWN

There's word on the new animated series at the official site, talking about the new series as a fresh take on the story, an "R" rating, and a script co-written by Todd McFarlane and Brian Holguin.

V FOR VENDETTA

NataliePortman.com has the first look at the actress' new shaven-headed look for the Alan Moore adaptation. The magazine said, "Level-headed young Natalie Portman is anticipating a range of responses to her spare new hairdo. 'Some people will think I'm a neo-Nazi,' the 'Garden State' star suspects, 'or that I have cancer or I'm a lesbian.' We would also like to warn her of a probable 'Hey, Sinad!' faction. You see, this isn't like Britney Spears going brunet. Portman, the exotically coiffed Padm Amidala in 'Star Wars: Episode III--Revenge of the Sith,' allowed her petite pate to be shaved on camera in Berlin last week, a process she describes as 'really exciting.' The 23-year-old's shoulder-length chestnut locks were sheared for a prison scene in this fall's futuristic drama 'V for Vendetta.' In this next film from the makers of the 'Matrix' trilogy, Portman plays a suspected terrorist in a totalitarian state. Days after the shoot, she says, 'I can't stop rubbing my head. It's so soft, I might keep it for a while.' Hmm, a hot new bald star with action-adventure experience? Somewhere Vin Diesel's agent is quietly freaking out."

THE BATMAN

Two notes on the animated side of Gotham City, from two different countries. Comics Continuum has news on the US premiere of the second season of the animated series, complete with screen captures, featuring Penguin and Catwoman against the Bat. Meanwhile, on the other side of the border, Toon Zone has news about the season two finale, showing in Canada, which will feature Joker, Riddler and the Penguin taking on the Bat.

SMALLVILLE

IESB has a video interview (Windows Media only) with producers Miles Millar and Al Gough, who talk some about plans for season 5, guests from the DCU and what they were really trying to do with Adam Knight.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION

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