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Justice League, Hellboy 2, Incredible Hulk: November 19th Comic Reel Wrap

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Justice League, Hellboy 2, Incredible Hulk: November 19th Comic Reel Wrap

JUSTICE LEAGUE

Multiple sources (Superhero Hype, Batman-On-FIlm, IESB and others) have reported an allegedly leaked listing of actors cast in roles for the film. Like who, you wonder? Superman as played by DJ Cotrona, Batman portrayed by Arnie Hammer, Anton Yelchin suiting up as The Flash, Santiago Cabrera getting wet as Aquaman, Zoe Kazan playing a role called “Iris,” Megan Gale in the star spangled panties as Wonder Woman, Talia al Ghul played by Teresa Palmer, and rapper Common sliding on a ring as Green Lantern. There’s no official word from the studio, so take this as a rumor for now.

Especially since the Hollywood Reporter is saying the production is in trouble. The trade reported, “At Warner Bros., ‘Justice League of America’ finds itself without a shooting script and has options expiring on potential actors who recently were screen tested. As a result, it might have to postpone production.”

Finally, there was a piece in the Hollywood Reporter talking about digital visuals that could be used on the film. “George Miller’s Australian production shingle, Kennedy Miller Mitchell, has formed a partnership with Australian production and media services outfit the Omnilab Media Group to launch a digital production company,” their article read. “While there was no confirmation, its believed the company could kick off with production of Warner Bros.’ ‘Justice League,’ which Miller is set to produce and direct in Australia in 2008.”

HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY

Variety has some slight spoilers in an article about effects company Filmefx working on the sequel.

INCREDIBLE HULK

An astute fan found an image of the green goliath in promotional material and sent the shot over to Superhero Hype.

HEROES

There’s not many new episodes left in the can, so you should enjoy these video previews for tonight’s new episode, “Cautionary Tales.”

THE SURROGATES

According to Variety, Bruce Willis will star in the sci-fi thriller that Jonathan Mostow will direct for Disney’s Touchstone Pictures. The studio is eyeing a February production start in Boston. Michael Ferris and John Brancato wrote The Surrogates based on a graphic novel from Top Shelf Comix. “The Surrogates” is being produced by Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, along with Max Handelman and Elizabeth Banks.

THE DARK KNIGHT

Were you one of the kooky participants in the Joker’s hunt? An update at Superhero Hype notes that all those who got involved will get something from the Clown Prince of Crime around Thanksgiving.

If you scroll down on this page at Comic Book Movie, you’ll find a couple of set photos you may not have seen.

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

The official website for the company The Third Floor notes that they’re working on “previsualization” for the Hugh Jackman-led spinoff.

SMALLVILLE

Wizard posted a new video interview with actress Laura Vandervoort from her appearance at Wizard World Texas.

Y: THE LAST MAN

Director DJ Caruso told MTV that he’s interested in actor Shia Lebeouf as Yorick Brown. “This is funny, but unbeknownst to me: Shia was already chasing this part prior to anything,” Caruso said. “I haven’t talked to him yet about it because he’s off shooting ‘Indiana Jones 4,’ but Shia is the right type and the right personality because you want to have the humor, but you also want to have the seriousness. So we’ll talk about it when we get there.”

WGA STRIKE WATCH: DAY FIFTEEN

The big news of the day is that the AMPTP and the Writers Guild have agreed to resume negotiations on November 26th. This came “after back-channel dialogue facilitated by Creative Artists Agency partner Bryan Lourd helped put the parties onto a more productive track,” according to an article at Reuters. No other details were provided, and a press blackout was instituted.

The New York Times notes that intensive lobbying played a role in getting the warring parties back to the negotiating table. Their article said, “A cluster of powerful talent agents has been working in the background to help the talks start again, and politicians like Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa of Los Angeles have applied pressure, agents familiar with the effort said. They would not speak for attribution because of the media blackout.”

This is good news for many (including those listed at this blog as having already lost their jobs due to the strike), especially after NBC sent a force majeure letter to actors on some shows, effectively suspending them for the duration. Executives at CBS have to be happy, since the financial site Bloomberg notes that they could be the biggest loser if the strike goes on for some time.

Writers Guild president Patric Verrone issued a letter, posted at their website about the strike and the return to negotiations. “For 12 days I have repeated that a powerful strike means a short strike,” Verrone wrote, “We have an abridged picketing schedule next week. Next Monday, November 19, we will return to the lines but on Tuesday we have a Labor Solidarity Rally scheduled and Wednesday through Sunday we will not be picketing due to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The picketing schedule for the following Monday, November 26 (when we return to the table) will be determined in consultation with the Strike Captains and will be designed to continue to have maximum effect on our employers and include both studio and location picketing. We will keep you posted through your Strike Captains.”

A series of quotes from notable names on both sides talking about the strike, while Italy’s screenwriters are on the verge of striking as well.

Finally, while things are moving in the direction of reconciliation in Hollywood, the strike on Broadway between stage hands and producers grows more bitter and entrenched.

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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