Mechanized life is no longer a dream, but a certainty -- producer Don Murphy posted a note on his message board (registration required) that the studio has officially greenlit a "Transformers" feature film.
Sneak Peek has quotes from creator Neil Gaiman about "Layer Cake" director (and former "X-Men 3" helmer) Matthew Vaughn casting the big-screen adaptation. Gaiman said, "The film starts shooting on location in Iceland for a couple of days in March, then starts shooting properly on the 21st of April at Pinewood Studios and on location in Scotland. Some big star names, some people you've never heard of...I think my favorite thing about this, right now, is the sort of happy feeling that comes from knowing that it's unabashedly a fantasy film with a real budget, and it will be shot in the UK ..."
The Superman Homepage seems to be the only site which got the new photo of a young Clark Kent levitating in the barn (how come you can't do that, Tom Welling?) while also posting the one with the luggage. Meanwhile, IESB has a new shot of Sam Huntington and James Marsden in character alongside Routh on the Daily Planet set, and Superhero Hype has a few new photos scattered amidst their five page image gallery. They also have a report that actor Kevin Spacey appeared on the UK's "Parkinson" where he said he spent six weeks as Lex Luthor and was confirmed for a second film, possibly leading to a third. Spacey said he expects "the franchise to look after him."
Meanwhile, over at Amazon.com you can check out the cover to "The Art of Superman Returns" by Daniel Wallace, due out on June 30th.
An article at Sci Fi Wire has quotes from cast members who got worked up over the themes in the mutant minded movie. "There are people who think gay people can be cured," said McKellen. "My reaction to the idea that I can be cured as a mutant is as contemptuous as my view of people who say I need curing of my sexuality. The idea that black people could take a pill that would cure them of being black is abhorrent to me."
Hugh Jackman played devil's advocate. "Rogue, as amazingly powerful as she is, lives a potentially very lonely life," said Jackman. "Never being able to touch anyone, never being able to have a physical relationship, never able to have children. Now as politically abhorrent as something like the cure is, it's also humanely, socially, incredibly understandable that a character like that would take it."
"It isn't necessarily her mutancy that's the problem," McKellen said. "It's other people's reaction to it. Maybe it's society that's wrong, not her. It'll get you worked up, this script. And so it should, because I don't think people should be cured of their God-given nature."
In other news, a fan posted some photos from recent reshoots.
Many call him Lou Diamond Phillips, but Arthur Curry will call him "dad" -- according to AquamanTV, the veteran character actor will play Tom Curry, paternal figure to the future king of the seas.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Ready for something weird? Legendary film reviewer Roger Ebert and "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart somehow got off the topic of that awards show from Sunday and got on the topic of Eastman and Laird's most famous work. You'll have to see it for yourself to believe it. Yeah ... moving on ...
The official blog for the show has been updated (among other things) with an image of Kate Corrigan, who will be voiced by "Frasier" alum Peri Gilpin.
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES
Toon Zone has updated their report on the Cartoon Network's plans for next season, saying that a teenaged Last Son of Krypton will be a part of the show. Take that, "Smallville!"
TV Guide's Michael Ausiello has an analysis of the pilot for the new NBC series, comparing it to ABC's "Lost." "Just as 'Lost' isn't really a show about a haunted island, 'Heroes' isn't a show about crusaders, caped or otherwise. It's about people Ñ albeit ones with extraordinary quirks. 'I kind of want to stay away from the superhero aspect,' says Kring. 'It's about very ordinary people all over the world who literally discover that they have special powers, and it's their dealing with that.' The superheroes, er, ordinary people include a 30-year-old male nurse who believes he can fly -Ñ and, unlike R. Kelly, really can; a 28-year-old junkie who has the ability to paint images of the future; a 33-year-old Las Vegas showgirl who can do incredible things with mirrors; a 24-year-old Japanese comic-book geek who literally makes time stand still; a 31-year-old inmate who can transport himself through walls (eat your heart out, Michael Scofield); and a 17-year-old cheerleader who defies death at every turn (think of Bruce Willis in 'Unbreakable,' only with blonde hair and big pom-poms)."
WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN/ULTIMATE AVENGERS
Finally, Comics Continuum heard from writer Greg Johnson, who wrote all four of Marvel's direct-to-DVD animated films, and he said that the first three episodes of the upcoming animated series will be one story. "At this point, the series will open with a three-parter as the pilot, of which I'm currently writing," Johnson said. "It's like a little movie." Their update also noted that the voice cast for "Ultimate Avengers" will be at Wizard World Los Angeles (actually in Los Angeles this time) and will also have a preview of the sequel for fans.
KEEPING IT REEL
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