Watchmen, X-Men 3, Smallville, Wonder Woman: December 19th Comic Reel Wrap

Mon, December 19th, 2005 at 12:00am PST

TV/Film
Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

WATCHMEN

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the beleaguered production has found its way "home" to Warner Brothers Pictures. Entertainment Weekly (subscription required) first reported that the film was having problems at its original perch, Paramount Pictures (which signed a huge deal with Marvel Comics, but there's no information that one deal put the kibosh on the other). But now the new Warner production will not include either David Hatyer as screenwriter or Paul Greengrass as director. Original producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin are in charge as of this writing.

Why is Greengrass out? He talked about that with CHUD, where he said, "The film's going and then all of a sudden it's cancelled. I didn't really enjoy it, I must be honest. It was slightly surreal because 'Watchmen' felt very good. Other projects in the past, where you're trying to get them into production, you're trying to get them up, and you get them very close and there's that horrible times when you think you're up and you're actually not quite up -- you slip down the greasy pole again. Whenever that's happened to me I could look back and I've gone, 'I can see why that project didn't go.' Either there was something wrong with the idea, or the screenplay wasn't quite strong enough, it could be a number of reasons. The two or three times it's happened to me, I could see why. It's been for the best in a funny kind of way. This was a bit different, because to be honest I never had any doubt about making that film. We were up. When we spoke I wasn't putting on an act. It felt real to me, and I was excited about it. But then comes the times when you suddenly realize you're on shifting corporate sands. It all happened very, very quickly. What was the root of the problem? One of the reasons was that the senior management at Paramount were changed. That happens from time to time. The new people coming in didn't want to make it. It's a simple fact."

X-MEN 3

There's a new set spoiler-esque photos over at Hollywood North Report, from filming in downtown Vancouver.

SMALLVILLE

It's all about the DCU guest stars this season, as Kryptonsite has a new rumor that another strange visitor from a distant planet may be coming to Kansas.

Meanwhile, the Sacramento Wb affiliate has posted the trailer for the show's upcoming 100th episode.

WONDER WOMAN

There's a new interview with creator Joss Whedon over at Coming Soon, where he discusses taking care of Themiscira's Finest possibly after he finishes a film called "Goner." "I'm deep into the script, but it's unsure which will be first. It's very possible that 'Wonder Woman' will be first. When I finish the script for 'Wonder Woman,' I then will have a chance to sit in front of the two different producers and then see what I do first." He also said he hasn't made any decisions on who will play the title role.

SPIDER-MAN 3

According to the actor's credits listing, Terrell Clayton ("CSI," "Barbershop") will join the cast of the Sam Raimi-helmed production in an undisclosed supporting role. Stunt Coordinator Ray Lykins will be returning for another swing on the web line.

SUPERMAN RETURNS

Actor Kal Penn seemed very excited when he talked to MTV about working on the Bryan Singer-led DC adaptation. "Oh, man, it was incredible," Penn said. "It was like nothing I've ever seen. ... You see these incredibly talented set designers, and obviously Bryan [Singer, the film's director]. ... It's that kind of film."

Finally, Yahoo! News has a photo of Routh carrying the Olympic Torch.

I HAVE TO TAKE THIS CALL

Here's where you get in on the action. Did you see a link we didn't catch? Have you snuck into a closed movie set, and have inside data? Maybe your cousin is dating somebody who knows something, and they had to tell you? Whatever it is, we wanna know it all -- fire off an email and let us know whether you want your name used or your contributions to geekdom to go down anonymously. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is novelist/reviewer/karaoke host/all-around lunatic Hannibal Tabu saying thanks for your time and indulgence, and [tagline sent back to development hell until something hipper can be dreamed up].

 
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