Calm down — this news item is Affleck-free. According to the actor’s official website, Jason Behr of “Roswell” semi-fame is being considered to slip into the red leather for a probable direct-to-video sequel.
ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL
The intrepid staff right here at CBR was all over the New York Comic-Con, and guest writer Adi Tantimedh chimed in with a review of the Dan Clowes adaptation.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, director Bryan Singer showed some footage of the film to a group of Malaysian journalists, according to The Star Online eCentral. Avast — there be spoilers, arr!
There’s a rumor at a fansite for The Arnold Fans that implies plans beyond Herr Gropenfuhrer’s political future. Their source said, “I can’t say much but Jeff Robinov (President of Warner Bros. Films) is definitely hoping that Arnold looses [sic] the race for a 2nd term as governor so he can make his place back into feature films with ‘King Conan.’ The film might not even be called ‘King Conan’ anymore, anymore and instead go back to ‘Conan the Conqueror.’ The title ‘King Conan’ sounds like a finale and that’s not what Warner Bros. wants. If Arnold looses [sic] the next term, the WB wants the new ‘Conan’ epic shooting on a grueling gorilla schedule around the clock starting March 2007 for a December 2007 release date”
CBR’s own David Moran was also in New York this weekend, and caught the Todd McFarlane panel where the Image Comics co-founder discussed a new animated vision of his anti-hero, news about the crime comic adaptation and more.
There’s a new photo of Vinnie Jones in costume as the Juggernaut over at IMDB.
Kryptonsite has highlights from the latest “Smallville” magazine, where producer Al Gough talks about Clark’s vigilante run-in from “Vengeance” and why a Lois Lane TV show never took off.
In other news, this blog has unseen photos from the recent 100th episode, “Reckoning.”
Director Paul McGuinan told IOFilm, who said, “The reason why they got me involved — I’m not the obvious choice for something like this – is that they want to try something new. They’re thinking, why do we have to approach it in such a technical manner? Why don’t we approach it from the human heart? That’s what the story is — human. It has been written by David Self, who wrote ‘Road To Perdition,’ so it’s a classic piece of work. They want to direct it through that line rather than going down the more obvious CGI, blockbuster blue screen and green screen paths. I’m just too selfish to let other people do my movies for me. Getting computer geeks painting in your movie, I don’t really understand it, but I appreciate it.”
BATMAN BEGINS 2
The rumor mill over at Batman On Film has ground another one into the dust, with a note saying, “BOF has been informed by a very reliable and longtime source of the following: ‘Don’t look for [Philip Seymour] Hoffman in the ‘Batman’ sequel.’ Our insider tells us that Hoffman is ‘too big’ of an actor at this point to accept a role that is rumored to be nothing more than an extended cameo — although he did point out that the latter is just his own opinion.”
V FOR VENDETTA
The official website has been updated with with soundtrack news (cover and track listing), production notes, bios and full credits.
It seems like Comics Continuum was the only outlet to catch the New York Comic-Con Spike TV panel where the new Marvel live action series was discussed. Nightstalkers? Maybe. A new antagonist ripped from the pages of Marvel comics and reimagined? Yep. Marvel characters popping up? Probably. Tons of notes about where the series takes place in film continuity (directly after “Blade: Trinity”) and possible love interests for the Daywalker.
THREE THE HARD WAY
It was a rough weekend, losing Darren McGavin (“Kolchak the Night Stalker”), Don Knotts (“Andy Griffith,” “Three’s Company”) and most tragically Octavia Butler, taken far, far, far too soon. May they all rest in peace, and we are lessened by their passing.
Back to the business at hand, 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].