300, Transformers, Underdog, Heroes: May 15th Comic Reel Wrap


The fifth video journal for the Frank Miller adaptation is now online at Apple Computer in three Quicktime formats (regular, high definition and iPod respectively).


According to Zap2It, Tyrese Gibson, Rachael Taylor and Amaury Nolasco have joined the cast of the Michael Bay-directed feature. Taylor will play code breaker Maggie Marconi, while Nolasco and Gibson will play Army officers.


Variety is reporting that Oscar-nommed "Junebug" star Amy Adams has landed the lead femme role in the live action/CGI hybrid version of the TV toon stars Jason Lee and Peter Dinklage with Frederik Du Chau directing.


Comingsoon.net has a summary of the next season on NBC, including the metahuman-themed drama. "The epic drama 'Heroes' chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. As a total eclipse casts it shadow across the globe, viewers follow a genetics professor (Sendhil Ramamurthy, 'Blind Guy Driving') in India whose father's disappearance leads him to uncover a secret theory -- there are people with super powers living among us. A young dreamer (Milo Ventimiglia, 'The Bedford Diaries') tries to convince his politician brother (Adrian Pasdar, 'Judging Amy') that he can fly. A high school cheerleader (Hayden Panettiere, 'Ice Princess') learns that she is totally indestructible. A Las Vegas stripper (Ali Larter, 'Final Destination', struggling to make ends meet to support her young son (Noah Gray-Cabey, 'My Wife & Kids'), uncovers that her mirror image has a secret. A prison inmate (Leonard Roberts, 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer') mysteriously finds himself waking up outside of his cell. A gifted artist (Santiago Cabrera, 'Empire'), whose drug addiction is destroying his life and the relationship with his girlfriend (Tawny Cypress, 'Third Watch'), can paint the future. A down-on-his-luck beat cop (Greg Grunberg, 'Alias') can hear people's thoughts, including the secrets of a captured terrorist. In Japan, a young man (Masi Oka, 'Scrubs') develops a way to stop time through sheer will power. Their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world. 'Heroes' is executive produced by creator/writer Tim Kring ('Crossing Jordan'), Dennis Hammer ('Crossing Jordan') and David Semel ('House'), who also directed the pilot. The drama is from NBC Universal Television Studio."


IGN has posted five behind-the-scenes featurettes about the Spike TV series.


A note over at Batman-on-FIlm claims to have inside information stating that the sequel's plot has been outlined, director Christopher Nolan is poring over comic books for story details, and that they want the sequel to be "darker" than the original.


If you poke around in this image gallery over at IGN's FilmForce, you should find some new shots from the Bryan Singer-helmed DC adaptation. Speaking of Singer, Comic Book Movie has some quotes from the director about this film and the former Marvel superhero franchise he was involved with.


Actress Halle Berry was interviewed by Black Film, where she discussed both her aerial activities and the possibility of a Storm-based spin-off. "There are so many things I want to do with my career that I don't think I want to dedicate that much time to doing a spin-off character on Storm."

Meanwhile, Patrick Stewart was interviewed by IESB, and figuring that his role would be recast for any Magneto-based prequel. Speaking of prequels, Superhero Hype has some notes about Hugh Jackman working on a "Wolverine" prequel spinoff, which is still being written by David Benioff. "We have two drafts and David is going to do another draft, and then we'll find our director," Jackman said. "I'm not going to make a decision until I have the script right, but I'll definitely look at Brett [Ratner]. I don't want Wolverine to appear to be ÔX-Men 4' in disguise; I don't want to make it stylistically the same. I want to do something different. That's my idea. Until we have the script, I don't really know who's right, but there's been a lot of interest from a lot of really amazing directors, so I'm really excited." Yes, he said, "X-Men 4."

Who else is suggesting sequels? Sir Ian McKellen appeared on Johnathan Ross' TV show (again noted by Superhero Hype suggesting that the door was open for him to return as Magneto in a sequel. Final words are from Comics Continuum, which has feature articles on actors James Marsden and Callisto actress Daina Ramirez.

Finally, there's tons of clips and spots from the film, at IESB, at Yahoo! Movies, MSN and at a Famke Janssen fan site (plus a Japanese version of the trailer at the studio's site). New still images are over at Superhero Hype.


Devoted to Smallville has screen captures (registration required) from the series finale last week.


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