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Superman Returns, X-Men 3, V for Vendetta, Ultimate Avengers: January 15th Comic Reel Wrap

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Superman Returns, X-Men 3, V for Vendetta, Ultimate Avengers: January 15th Comic Reel Wrap

SUPERMAN RETURNS

This weekend, the Man of Steel got all the good media coverage, starting with a huge story in the Los Angeles Times accompanied by eighteen new photos from the production. There’s another photo of Bryan Singer doing that director thing here.

Of course we here at CBR had to chime in with some choice quotes from our interviews, while the Sydney Morning Herald offers up an interview with the eldest Martha Kent, actress Eva Marie Saint. “During the Depression people were looking for a hero,” Saint said. “Well, I don’t think things have changed that much. I think we are still looking for heroes and there aren’t many.”

X-MEN 3

The Los Angeles Times also offered up a slightly different photo of Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Hank McCoy.

Meanwhile, Superhero Hype has a scooper report about actor Vinnie Jones discussing his involvement with the franchise. e was asked about his superpowers in the movie and he said about Juggernaut that “when he gets going, he’s just invincible … he runs through walls, smashes everything in sight … he gets asked to join Ian McKellen’s (Magneto) band of warriors to take on the X-Men.” There’s more mutant madness in Jones’ future, apparently, as he said “I’ve signed for ‘X-Men 3,’ 4′ and ‘5’ … that’s my contract … yes.”

Finally, the group Teargas & Plateglass debut their new song, “Plague Burial” in the new “X3” trailer.

V FOR VENDETTA

Speaking of the Times, they also have a new photo of Natalie Portman as the shaven-headed Evey Hammond.

ULTIMATE AVENGERS

The earliest look at the new direct-to-DVD feature can be found at The Digital Bits, alongside some views of the character-tastic DVD menus. If that’s not enough, you could check out WonderCon this year where they’ll world premiere the film for fawning fans (Saturday, February 11 at 5:30 PM).

SMALLVILLE

Returning to the Last Son of Krypton, the weekend brought forth a veritable deluge of data about Kansas’ weirdest town. They have the official network description and a promotional poster for the February 2nd episode, “Vengeance.” They also have a new image gallery for the episode “Lockdown,” which airs this Thursday. The network has also posted the trailer for that episode in glorious QuickTime. Finally, Kryptonsite notes that “Former Miss Universe Denise Quinones will be appearing on the February 2 episode of ‘Smallville,’ [‘Vengeance’] playing the role of Maya, which has been described as an ‘avenging angel’ type of character.”

TRANSFORMERS

This may, Optimus Prime and the Autobots will roll out into cinematic history, according to Hollywood North Report. They have quotes from producer Don Rogers, who said, “I knew at Comic-Con three years ago that the ’80s were back. Kids were responding to ‘GI Joe’ and ‘Transformers.’ We pitched every studio, and they all passed. Finally DreamWorks execs gave it to Steven, and they worked out a Paramount co-production. Talent goes a long way, but tenacity is the only way a film gets made. Never take no for an answer.”

GHOST RIDER

According to their web site, a company called GA Enterprises is serving as a “dental consultant for digitizing” with actor Nicolas Cage on the Marvel adaptation.

300

Superhero Hype has a preview of their set visit to the Frank Miller adaptation.

PUNISHER 2

According to a poster at the ThomasJane.com message boards, he talked to the live action Frank Castle and has news. “My friend Tony and I just returned to St. Louis from Cape Girardeau and we were lucky enough to have met Tom last night,” the fan wrote. “We waited in the hotel lobby for him and when he arrived he was the nicest celebrity I’ve ever met. He signed all of our stuff and posed for pictures. He said he really appreciated us waiting to meet him and he also confirmed that ‘Punisher 2’ will begin filming this summer.”

TEEN TITANS

Comics Continuum has info on the season (and probably series) finale episode, “Things Change,” including screen captures.

While relaxing in a Santa Monica bar this weekend, the Comic Reel overheard a conversation about an executive at Warner Brothers Animation asking for all the shows to be pitched as if they were new series, not existing franchises, irrespective of revenues or ratings. If said exec didn’t like the show, it was getting the axe. According to this rumor, that’s part of what happened to “Teen Titans” and “Justice League.”

BLADE

Creator David Goyer talked to Sci Fi Wire about what will be different with the new lead actor. “I feel that Blade has to be communicative. He has to be able to communicate with other characters. You know, he’s kind of closed, but he’s half-human as well, so he’s kind of open. And from ‘Blade 1,’ ‘2’ and ‘3,’ what Wesley did is he kind of graduated it, and I guess we’re picking up where that left off.”

TRUST IS THE BIGGEST LIABILITY OF ALL

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/reviewer/karaoke host/all-around lunatic Hannibal Tabu saying thanks for your time and indulgence, hope you didn’t miss fresh comics reviews on UGO last Friday, and [tagline sent back to development hell until something hipper can be dreamed up].

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