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G.I. Joe, Watchmen, Iron Man: February 18th Comic Reel Wrap

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G.I. Joe, Watchmen, Iron Man: February 18th Comic Reel Wrap

G.I. JOE

According to Entertainment News International, former “Third Rock From The Sun” actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been confirmed as Cobra Commander.

We also got an email from El Mayimbe, who noted this new rumor from Latino Review, claiming that actor Jonathan Pryce would play the President of the US in the movie.

WATCHMEN

It’s a wrap, according to producer Herb Gains, who blogged the following: “As we approach the last days of shooting Watchmen — yes, the end is nigh — it’s time to reflect on the whole Watchmen experience. I think back to January 2007 when I first met Zack and he walked me through his drawings for the title sequence. I remember my initial reaction was, How can we shoot all of it? Why do we have to shoot all that? And if we do, how do we shoot all of it? We spent the next two months scouting, researching and budgeting locations all over the world, including Australia, London, Prague, Spain — at one point we even considered New York — and, of course, Los Angeles. I now sit in my Vancouver hotel room one year later, and guess what? We did shoot all of it — every frame of it, and not just the title sequence drawings but all of Zack’s drawings are now committed to film.”

IRON MAN

CHUD has a spoilery description of the new Stark-centric trailer.

THE DARK KNIGHT

MTV’s got a new video from Toy Fair 2008 showcasing the Batpod and other new “toys” the Bat will use to fight crime. If you just want to see photos, those can be found at Superhero Hype.

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

Superhero Hype also has set photos from New Zealand, including the new Sabretooth Liev Schrieber looking pretty furry during a break in filming.

JoBlo.com is reporting that Danny Huston will play William Stryker in the prequel.

Finally, there are spoilers from Film School Rejects about another villain Logan will encounter, while IESB claims that actress Lynn Collins will play Silver Fox.

ASTRO BOY

The news from Superhero Hype is that screenwriter Timothy Harris is delivering the screenplay for the CG manga adaptation.

INCREDIBLE HULK

If you check out this fan’s PhotoBucket page you can see a great photo of the gamma-powered standee seen at Toy Fair 2008.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: NEW FRONTIER

Comics2FIlm has a feature on actor Jeremy Sisto taking on the role of the dark knight detective. “I tend to (get cast) as dark characters, and I’m more drawn to those characters anyway – they’re usually more interesting,” Sisto said. “Plus, I got this deep voice from my father, and the combination of the timbre of my voice and my inflections tends to make people feel that there’s some darkness there. I think Batman is a great character in that he has a lot of internalization, and his heroics come from a dark place. You can have fun with that side of him, sort of showing his dislike for people and yet, at the same time, he’s all about helping people and doing good for society.”

PUNISHER: WAR ZONE

After actor Thomas Jane pulled out of the film, some pundits were worried. Now screenwriter Kurt Sutter has posted a note on his blog (along with a couple of updates) noting that he’s removed his name from credit arbitration for the film. “That’s the process where the producers of the movie submit all the drafts and the names of the writers they feel should get credit,” Sutter wrote. “Then the WGA decides what writers contributed most and who deserves credit (and the cash bonuses that come with the credit).” He of course discusses why: “In my opinion, this script is dry and formulaic. It’s a traditional comic book movie. Which I added, is not a bad thing, it’s just not the kind of movie I would write.”

ANT-MAN

Filmmaker Edgar Wright told Empire Online that he could be awash in Pym particles for his next project. “It could be that. I finished the script and I’m having a meeting about it next week,” Wright said. “But it depends which comes first in the queue basically. I’ve been working on two at once, and I’m also about to start developing two more scripts, one of which is with Simon [Pegg]. It could be ‘Scott Pilgrim’ (another comic book adaptation who must slay a girl’s evil exes in order to date her) is next or it could be ‘Ant-Man,’ we shall see.”

BROADCASTING LIVE …

Due to stupidity, the main Comic Reel Wrap laptop went down this weekend, so any emails sent will have to be retrieved from the server on Monday. Ish. Some emails from last week were also probably lost. Sorry about that.

Anyhoo, 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 due to return with new WGA drafts shortly].

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