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Watchmen, Wolverine, The Dark Knight: December 10th Comic Reel Wrap

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Watchmen, Wolverine, The Dark Knight: December 10th Comic Reel Wrap

WATCHMEN

Actors Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Gerard Butler talked to Superhero Hype about what’s up with the Zack Snyder-helmed tentpole. Morgan talked about playing the Comedian, saying, “It’s good. It’s crazy. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of and it’s such a departure for me from anything I’ve done recently. They guy I’m playing is a little short on the moral end so it’s rough. He doesn’t have any; he has no morals. There’s days that are rough. It’s a stretch sometimes. Oddly enough, he’s a superhero, but he does horrible things. For some reason, in reading the novel, you don’t hate this guy even though he does things that are unmentionable. They are horrendous things. My job is to kind of make that translate, so as a viewer you end up not making excuses to like him, but you don’t hate him like you should for doing the things that he does. It’s a tough one. It’s hard.”

As for Butler playing a pirate? He said, I know they were talking about that and at one point that part was cut from the film because of budget, but then they were talking about it again so I don’t know. They are right in the middle of the main body of the film and at this point I’m not sure. But even a tiny little thing I would do for Zack Snyder. He’s my boy.”

Finally, Comic Related has a report from someone who worked as an extra on the production. “We were told that the scenes for today involved the newsstand. The first scene was the newsvendor and the black kid reading the comic, and Walter Kovacs. I headed over to the newsstand and checked it out. There was the box for the black kid to sit on next to a fire hydrant (not the electrical power plug from the novel) next to the dingy green newsstand. Behind the kid was a poster advertising the issue of ‘The Black Freighter’ he’d be reading. On the newsstand, again, the set designers had done an incredible job. Set in October 1985, I was stunned to see that ALL of the magazines on the stand were from October 1985! These were not mock-ups or dummy covers, but the actual magazines culled from second hand stores in the city. The comics amongst the magazines were also from October 1985. Even the newspapers had that date though they might have been dummy copies. Funny that the DC comics were behind the Marvel ones. There was also a few dummy Newsweeks with Dr. Manhattan shaking hands with Adrian Veidt and a magazine with a close up of ‘Nixon’s’ face. The guy they made up to look like an old Nixon is the spitting image. The vendor had a little TV set and a stool. There were gum and chocolate bars and a mini-fridge with drinks. On the inside wall close to the vendor was a poster advertising a magazine with Dr. Manhattan on the cover. For the record, the newsstand looked just like the one in the novel. Dr. Manhattan looked right. So did Veidt and Nixon. Everything from the novel had been recreated with precise detail.”

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

There’s a new rumor from CHUD that the merc with a mouth Deadpool will appear in the Hugh Jackman-powered spin off.

THE DARK KNIGHT

Comics2Film has new images from the Christian Bale-fueled Bat sequel, scanned from French magazine CineLive.

IRON MAN

Comics2Film also got a new poster of the armor from the Francophone publication.

ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM

If you check out the Japanese website for the film, you can find two new TV spots called “On Earth” and “New Species.”

PUNISHER: WAR ZONE

CBR News has an early look at Ray Stevenson as Frank Castle, alongside an extended article talking with the director Lexi Alexander.

SMALLVILLE

The network has posted an early and possibly spoilery director’s cut clip of this week’s new episode, “Gemini.” They also posted the second part of a video interview with actress Laura Vandervoort.

ASTERIX

To completely flip your linguistic wig, YouTube has a trailer for the Francophone film … in Russian! Hoo hah!

GHOST RIDER 2

Actor Nicolas Cage is still talking about returning to the character of Johnny Blaze. “I would love to do another Ghost Rider,” Cage told MTV. “I’d make him really dark. Way dark. We’re done with the whole back story now; he should come back, but this time he should come back drinking. Now the demon has taken over. He’s not eating jelly beans anymore; he’s getting drunk, and we’ll see what happens there … A lot of the villains that were created for Ghost Rider ended up in the Batman sequels — Scarecrow and all that. So, I think we should build something from scratch.”

WGA STRIKE WATCH: DAY THIRTY SIX

Well, that didn’t go well — depending on your point of view, either talks have “broken down” due to the WGA making “unreasonable demands that are roadblocks to real progress” (which is what the AMPTP says on their website) or the studios and networks issued an “ultimatum” and had president Nick Counter say, “We are leaving. When you write us a letter saying you will take all these items off the table, we will reschedule negotiations with you” (which is what’s been sent out to the WGA membership). Both sides of the deadlock are explored by columnist Nikki Finke.

Either way, nobody’s talking to anybody and the strike continues unabated.

The WGA is settling in for a lengthy conflict which could be a nightmare for the television industry while below-the-line employees of the industry clamor for a solution to the ongoing struggle. At least production of commercials is still going on (which could backfire if advertisers start pulling their dollars).

The WGA found an unexpected enemy in a letter (PDF) from the president of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (who recently concluded a strike with Broadway producers). The WGA’s demand for control over animation is seen as poaching (IATSE covers some of that now) and called the actions of WGA-West executive director David Young as having “incompetence and inexperience.” Ooooh …

To bring it home for comics fans, screenwriter Robert Orci made a post on the message boards of producer Don Murphy, confirming that “Transformers 2” would be delayed due to the strike. “The hard part for me and Alex and Ehren and all fans of ‘Transformers’ is that the movie may suffer (unless of course you hate the first one so much that you feel our inattention is a bonus). It may be pushed back or a host of other thing may happen to it. For that we apologize truly.”

There’s more theme striking days happening in the Los Angeles area, with today called Star Trek day with fans and actors from the franchise picketing at Paramount, while Herosite notes that “Tim Kring, Ali Larter, Jack Coleman, Adrian Pasdar, and others” will be picketing at Universal Studios (Lankershim and Universal City Drive) Tuesday at noon.

Finally, in a sign that things are really out of control, there’s a LiveJournal page showing picketing … in Second Life. Seriously.

THE STUDIO HAS SOME NOTES …

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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