CBR was on the scene in San Diego to catch the first look at Topher Grace’s villainous turn, which can also be seen at the official website as well as a new Sandman poster here. CBR’s coverage also describes the new “Ghost Rider” footage shown.
CBR also caught up with creator Frank Miller and director Zack Snyder, who discussed the big screen adaptation of the Spartan adventure.
SUPERMAN RETURNS 2
Director Bryan Singer was on hand in San Diego, and CBR listened as the film maker discussed plans for both the DVD and the “scary sci-fi sh*t” you’ll see in the sequel to this summer’s blockbuster.
It debuted at Comic-Con, now we’ve got a look at it for you — Paramount has sent CBR News the “Iron Man” teaser poster by artist Adi Granov.
According to Variety (subscription required), “Oscar-nominated scribe Daniel Clowes is adapting his Eisner-winning story ‘Death Ray’ for Jack Black’s Black and White shingle. Black will produce and take a small role. Black will produce and take a small role”
Disconcerting news about the sequel from director Guillermo del Toro, according to our report here at CBR. “‘Hellboy 2’ is in a state of flux,” he told fans and reporters.
However, the animated series is moving ahead, according to a report at Superhero Hype, which had producer Tad Stones saying “We’re not building the Justice League. We’re not building the team. It is still about Hellboy. We talked about Roger, but his story is so big we elected not to have him. He’s a strange character and his story really merits its own movie, so who knows?”
Superhero Hype has an update from producer Joel Silver about the adventures of Themiscira’s Finest. “It was after I made ‘The Matrix’ when I saw the response of the first tests and I realized the Trinity character was the highest-tested character,” Silver said. “This was before they had done ‘Charlie’s Angels’ or ‘Elektra’ or any of these movies, and I thought, ‘Let’s just go out and try to make ‘Wonder Woman’ work,’ and I could never find a script that I liked, but we’re close now … It’s the origin story. It has mythology. Steve Trevor crashes on the island and they go back to Man’s World. We have a script and we know where we’re going. She’ll probably be someone you never saw before, because she’s very young, but I think we’ll have a good time with it.”
FANTASTIC FOUR 2
On Friday, director Tim Story updated his MySpace blog (and a good thing he did it then, since the site was unpredictable all weekend), saying, “I am busy working away at all the concept art and most recently the design for Doom. I saw the maquette today of what the improved Doom will look like and he’s everything I’ve wanted him to be. Many have stated their disappointment with the lack of ‘evil’ ness in the last movie and I’d be lying if I said I was able to do everything I set out to do, but this time, there will be the plotting and the fighting and technology. He’s just as smart as Reed, or as he would say, smarter and I’m going to represent that in the movie big time. Julian is on board and wants to have just as much fun in making him ‘that villain’ we all know and love, or should I say hate. I’m wrestling right now with the cape issue and trying to have it but not let it get in the way of him fighting. He’s not going to just shoot beams of power this time. He goes toe to toe with a really big surprise. My 2nd Unit director Ej Forrester was showing me storyboards on a sequence we have in the movie that involves Doom, and we’re determined to have him blowing up shit! Wait until you see the mask! The armor! We also starting filming some video blogs today so there will be a time in the near future where I can start sharing concept art and other things. We’ll be opening up a website to post them and you’ll also be able to find them here.” Story also dispelled rumors that the title had been chosen for the sequel.
Neil Gaiman was in San Diego giving the scoop on all of is big screen prospects, and of course CBR was on the ground to get you the news. “People have been trying to make ‘Stardust’ a movie since about 1998, and I let Matthew Vaughan do it because I trust him,” Gaiman said. Gaiman also briefly discussed the “Death” and “Sandman” film projects.
At numerous panels, and reported in numerous outlets (most notably in the aforementioned article) it was revealed over the weekend that original Optimus Prime voice actor Peter Cullen would reprise the role for the Michael Bay-helmed Paramount production.
CBR took time to interview screenwriter Chris Morgan, who’s working on adapting the mean-spirited Mark Millar story for the silver screen, discussing changes that’ll be made in the story’s third act, as well as working on adapting the graphic novel “Psycho.”
MARVEL MOVIE MASH-UP
CBR covered a panel where movie moguls Avi and Ari Arad were joined by Marvel’s Kevin Feige in discussing “Captain America,” “Nick Fury,” “Thor” “Hulk 2” (confirming a certain Russian character as the villain) “Iron Man” (confirming a certain Asian character as the villain) and “Ant Man.”
Tragedy struck the production as Variety (subscription required) announced that actor Mako, who was to voice the character Splinter, died at the age of 72 from complications around esophageal cancer.
Kryptonsite has a brief tidbit from erstwhile Aquaman actor Justin Hartley about the possibility of a spin-off featuring himas the emerald archer. “I’d be interested,” Hartley said. “I think those guys [Al and Miles] are great, and I think if they came to me and said ‘Hey Justin, we’re interested in having–‘ I would probably say ‘yeah, okay, fine, sure.’ And then try to figure out what they were asking me. I’m behind those guys 100 percent. I believe in what they do, and I think they’re good at what they do, and I think they’re passionate about what they do. You see the product. I like Smallville. I think it’s a good show. And that’s their baby, so the proof is in the pudding, right? But if they said ‘spin-off’ I would say, ‘Where do I sign?'”
There’s a piece about the new western-themed adaptation at Sci Fi Wire, where actor Gerard Butler reveals what little he knows about what’s going on. I believe it’s Santa Fe, I’m not quite sure. … This is actually … a vampire flick, but with a real western feel to it. So it’s kind of a really interesting idea,” Butler said. “And [it will] be a kind of cool thing to be doing that in the desert.” “Priest” is slated for a 2008 release.
FANTASTIC FOUR ANIMATED
When will you be able to see the new Cartoon Network series? September 2nd, that’s when. You’re welcome.
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