Superman Returns, Hellboy 2, Wanted, Legion of Super-Heroes: March 13th Comic Reel Wrap

Mon, March 13th, 2006 at 12:00am PST

TV/Film
Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

SUPERMAN RETURNS

There's a story in Variety (subscription required) about Big Blue lending a hand to the King of the Seas. "It's expected that much of the CW's promo resources will be aimed at letting people know there's a new network in town -- with shows they already know and love. Parent companies Time Warner and CBS Corp. will help with everything from saturation spots on CBS Radio stations to a potential 'Aquaman' trailer attached to summer tentpole 'Superman Returns.'"

Meanwhile, England's Channel Four is running a documentary on the film, paying close attention to the rumored "curse" around the property.

HELLBOY 2

The often helpful actor Ron Perlman told Sci Fi Wire that the sequel has a working title: "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army." "I think that that's an invention based on a number of different things that have appeared in other comic books," Perlman said. "But basically the idea for ['Hellboy 2'] was something that was hatched by ['Hellboy' comic-book creator] Mike Mignola, with ['Hellboy' writer-director] Guillermo [del Toro] sitting alongside of him. And then Guillermo, of course, did all of the writing. But, you know, the story was Mignola."

WANTED

There's a story at If Magazine director Timur Bekmambetov talked about his involvement with the Mark Millar adaptation. "it's a Universal project and we're developing it now and I hope we will produce it. I like the comic books. It's a very interesting concept and as a story, I like a lot of the story itself, because it's risky and very provocative. It has a twist and good characters. I think it will be a big movie. The characters will be the same, but the world will be a little bit different. It's difficult for me to just follow. It's interesting for me to create. I feel a little bit different how this world has to be executed."

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES

We got an email from Scott Sharritt pointing out that actor Adam Wylie posted over at his blog that he will be voicing Brainiac 5 on the show.

SIN CITY 2

Rosario Dawson told Sci Fi Wire that director Robert Rodriguez wants Angelina Jolie to star in "Sin City 2" and is delaying production to accommodate Jolie's current pregnancy. "The film's been kind of postponed because Robert has been interested in Angelina Jolie for the lead," Dawson said. "But she's very pregnant right now. So that's putting an understandable hold on the film." Dawson also talks about how her role develops in the sequel.

JUSTICE LEAGUE

Comics Continuum has a bunch of screen captures from this Saturday's episode "Grudge Match." The network description says, "Roulette starts Metabrawl again, this time with an all-female fight card made up of Justice Leaguers."

SPIDER-MAN 3

According to a story in the Mercury News, the effects for the Sandman will be worth seeing. "It's all new technology. It's like nothing you've ever seen before," said Marvel movie mogul Avi Arad. He compared the work to the breakthroughs made in "Jurassic Park" and "The Perfect Storm."

GREEN LANTERN

Writer Simon Kinberg is quoted at the XVerse message boards saying, "I know Warner Brothers is actively developing the feature. I think theyŐre even talking about developing a trilogy. I would imagine their approach will be very grounded in reality, as that seems to be the tone theyŐve used for other recent DC films."

BLADE

Director David Goyer and writer Geoff Johns will be appearing at Wizard World Los Angeles to talk about the Spike TV series, and they were smart enough to miss the Marathon rolling by on Sunday.

SMALLVILLE

Kryptonsite has the official network description for the March 30th episode, "Hypnotic." Meanwhile, they also call it a comeback in their rumors section, saying a character will make a return. No, it's not Pete.

X-MEN 3

Director Brett Ratner's website has posted images of the new bus posters in high resolution formats.

V FOR VENDETTA

Superhero Hype has yet another interview with director James McTeigue. Also, there's six new clips from the movie over at IESB (even if Windows Media is required).

PUNISHER 2

The Ledger reports that the second Frank Castle feature will head to the Gulf Coast. "Two Lionsgate (sic) movies will move into production in Louisiana soon -- 'PDR,' which stands for Philadelphia Recreation Department, and 'Punisher 2.'" As if to back that up, there's a listing at the Louisiana Secretary of State's website as well.

WONDER WOMAN

Almost done? Almost done ... or so Sci Fi Wire heard from creative wunderkind Joss Whedon. m probably going to turn it in in a few days," Whedon said. It's coming along. ... There will be all of the expected stuff. Of course there will be the bracelets; there will be the invisible jet, the lasso, all of that. It's about girls maturing, a rite of passage, that kind of thing."

KEEPING IT REEL

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/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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