The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Confessions of A Superhero: January 23rd Comic Reel Wrap

Wed, January 23rd, 2008 at 12:00am PST

TV/Film
Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

THE DARK KNIGHT

The news is no secret now -- actor Heath Ledger is dead, found in a New York apartment. According to the Associated Press, a massage therapist showed up for an appointment, was lead in by a housekeeper, and they found the Australian actor.

An autopsy done to determine the cause of death was inconclusive, but Ledger's family claims the death was accidental and not a suicide as some outlets have reported.

What does this mean for the upcoming Bat-sequel? Variety reports that Warner Brothers is less than certain about how to proceed with the viral marketing campaign, which "is built around the Joker and pics of his character are particularly ghoulish." An insider said, "The Joker character is dealing with chaos and life and death and a lot of dark themes. Everyone is going to interpret every line out of his mouth in a different way now." There's no word on how this would affect any proposed third sequel, although Moviehole has some theories about how it will work.

IRON MAN

How about a new image of the golden Avenger to lighten the mood? How about that?

CONFESSIONS OF A SUPERHERO

CBR News has a interview with the filmmakers of the documentary.

WATCHMEN

According to Comingsoon.net, composer Tyler Bates will reteam with his "300" director Zack Snyder for the Alan Moore adaptation.

SMALLVILLE

A series co-star is back in new production stills from upcoming episode "Fracture." You can catch a couple of spoilers in the TV Guide description of the next new episode, "Persona."

Speaking of TV Guide, their Michael Ausiello has some fresh spoilers on the CW series.

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES

The Kids WB has posted new video of the teen heroes dealing with Imperiex.

WGA STRIKE WATCH: DAY EIGHTY

Time to talk turkey -- according to the Hollywood Reporter, the WGA has officially dropped its demand that it be given jurisdiction over reality and animation writing to "make absolutely clear [its] commitment to bringing a speedy conclusion to negotiations." It did say it would continue organizing efforts intended to bring writers in those genres within its representation. This comes as media sources are optimistic about the chances of restarted negotiations. A note at United Hollywood has a letter from the WGA presidents noting a proposed media blackout for the duration of the informal talks.

Salon.com has gained a copy of the contract between the WGA and David Letterman's Worldwide Pants including the exact language and terms agreed to over the expanded union coverage of animation (Mark Evanier has analysis on blog).

Fans of the Grammy Awards can breathe easy -- there will be no picketing of the music-minded ceremony.

What else is happening? United Hollywood has a listing of events including one today in New York where the Daily Show writers will debate the Colbert Report writers with a speech by WGA-E president Michael WInship afterwards.

YOU'LL NEVER WORK IN THIS TOWN AGAIN!

We can't do this without you. The rumors, the scoops, the set photos -- they're all fueled by passionate fans emailing in the goods. The ones who ask, "What do you mean your sister's dating somebody who works for Miles Millar?" The ones who know the code names of movie projects and scour city permit filings for them. The devoted, the involved. Fans, just like you. Whatever you know, we wanna know, and whether you want your name shouted to the web's rafters or kept closer than a classified report, we've got you covered like a comforter. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thank you for your time and indulgence, and [tagline redacted until the WGA strike is resolved].

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