X-Men 3, Superman Returns, Fantastic Four, Smallville: March 16th Comic Reel Wrap

Thu, March 16th, 2006 at 12:00am PST

TV/Film
Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

X-MEN 3

The French website Actuacine has posted new photos (scroll all the way down, and start with the one of Halle Berry re-enacting a Michael Jackson video) from the mutant minded movie.

Speaking of Ms. Berry, there's a whole article at IGN's FilmForce about her aerobatic adventures. "She has a bigger role, she's flying, and fighting, and Halle looks really cool doing it," said producer David Gorder.

SUPERMAN RETURNS

Segueing smoothly via Hugh Jackman, Variety (subscription required) is reporting that the Wolverine actor has a cameo in Bryan Singer's upcoming "Superman Returns," playing the Man of Steel's young dad in flashback mode. We theorize they mean Jonathan Kent, not Jor-El.

Comingsoon.net notes that the film has received a rating of PG-13 from the MPAA.

FANTASTIC FOUR

Speaking of Variety (and it's so wonderful when news items just flow smoothly from one another), the trade also reports that Cartoon Network has landed exclusive domestic TV rights to a new half-hour animated series based on Marvel Entertainment's "Fantastic Four," filling a hole left by the departing "Teen Titans" and "Justice League" series. Good to see them not taking those "AOL Comics" jokes to heart when business is involved. "Fantastic Four" will premiere as a weekly series on Cartoon in the fall. The cable net has commissioned 26 episodes of the series, which is aimed at 6- to 11-year-olds.

SMALLVILLE

Kryptonsite has tons of news items today, including a title and spoilers for the season finale, and official network descriptions for March 30's episode "Hypnotic" and the following week's "Void."

V FOR VENDETTA

With the film's release a mere day away, we have to have more tidbits about the graphic novel adaptation. The story's still all about Natalie Portman's haircut at JoBlo.com, where the starlet said, "I started letting it grow back, but it takes a really long time. It actually made me more recognizable. With hair I can camouflage. But as a female with a shaved head, people tend to stare just naturally. The only place I'm recognized every day is Los Angeles. Otherwise it's like once a day. I feel pretty anonymous anyway."

Finally, the film has even found its way to popular social networking site MySpace (a Warner Brothers film on a Fox-owned site? Corporate synergy at its best ...) with pages for both the film's lead character and his opposite number, Chancellor Sutler. They probably won't join your blog group, though ...

BATMAN BEGINS 2

The rumor over at Batman-On-Film is that Jude Law is back in the mix as Harvey Dent. But it's definitely a rumor. Meanwhile, actor Morgan Freeman told About.com that he has no idea about Lucius Fox's possibilities of returning, and actor Tom Wilkenson basically said the same to Empire magazine of his character Carmine Falcone.

LOIS AND CLARK, WONDER WOMAN, NEW ADVENTURES OF BATMAN

Would you like to watch old superhero related shows for free? Wouldn't that be just dandy? Well, AOL is letting you do just that with it's new In2TV service, which has vintage television (and soon new shows too) for your digital perusal. Oh, but if you're not running Windows XP, well, tough luck pal. Thanks to Ryan McKennar for the heads up.

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, don't forget to check out my fresh comics reviews right here at CBR, and [tagline sent back to development hell until something hipper can be dreamed up].

 
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