Ghost Rider, Superman, Spider-Man 3, Batman Begins: June 17th Comic Reel Wrap

Fri, June 17th, 2005 at 12:00am PDT

TV/Film
Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

GHOST RIDER

Superhero Hype has an extensive interview with actor Nicolas Cage on the Australian set of the Marvel horror adaptation, talking about why the character is so important to him. "The main thing that appealed to me about the character was that it was dealing with very complicated spiritual issues," Cage said. "And for a comic book, that to me seemed different than all the others. I have a line in the movie that we worked on in the movie where I say I'm the only one that can walk in both worlds. And Ghost Rider really is that, when you think about it. Spider-Man doesn't go into the supernatural or the spiritual world. Superman doesn't. Batman doesn't. But Ghost Rider really walks this dimension between two different worlds, and to me that is interesting. I find all that fascinating. I've always had an interest in the possibility of ghosts and the possibility of things that are in the unknown that we don't really comprehend or understand. So that made it more exciting for me. The other idea, that you can take a negative and turn it into a positive. How do you take this terrible mistake of making a deal with the devil and how do you take this curse and turn it into something good? Which, to me is unusual for a comic book based movie. It's a pretty deep concept. And I was reading it when I was 10 years old. So that's pretty heavy stuff for kids to be reading."

SUPERMAN

BlueTights.net has the sixteenth video blog from the production, talking about a certain cold-climate set they built for the movie.

SPIDER-MAN 3

About.com talked to actress Elizabeth Banks, who confirmed that she will return as Betty Brant in the third film. "I got a phone call recently apprising me of the dates but other than that I don't really have any information. But I'm really thrilled -- I love Topher Grace -- I'm friendly with him. I think he's a great actor and I'm very excited for him to do it. And Thomas Hayden Church, too, I think he's gonna be fantastic," said Banks.

BATMAN BEGINS

According to Box Office Mojo, 'Batman Begins' earned $15.1 million in North America on Wednesday, its first day in theaters. The film opened in 3,718 theaters and averaged $4,073 per location.

THE BATMAN/TEEN TITANS/JLU

The website TV Shows on DVD has new information on DVD releases for "The Batman," "Teen Titans" and "Justice League Unlimited."

THAT'S A WRAP

If you have the scoop on anything related to comic book movies, TV adaptations or just want to give us a briefcase full of cash, no questions asked, drop us a line and let's coordinate. You can choose an alias if you'd like, or be mentioned by name -- we honor requests for anonymity. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thanks for your time and indulgence, I just watched most of this season of "Justice League Unlimited" (couldn't get a look at "Question Authority," but it'll come soon enough) and all I can say is "wow," and "don't blame me, I'm drunk too!"

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