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BLADE II

Blade 2 director Guillermo del Toro isn't your typical Hollywood director. Although the vampire action sequel is his second American-made film, the director first came to prominence with his highly regarded Mexican film Cronos. Comics2Film recently chatted with Del Toro about Blade 2 and the experience of making movies in Hollywood.

When approached about doing Blade 2, Del Toro wasn't sure if he was the right man for the job. "They sent the screenplay a couple of time and I had some qualms about being involved in a sequel," the director told C2F. "But every objection I had was viewed as an advantage by them. Every single time I said something like that they said, 'That's fine! That's why we want you!'

"They knew I was going to do visually my type movie for this one. I wanted to bring more of the horror element into it and make the action different from the first one," Del Toro said.

Del Toro was impressed that writer and producer David Goyer was open to reshaping the movie towards the director's vision. "The third time I got the screenplay I made some comments about some of the parts and some of the structure of the screenplay," Del Toro commented. "And the next time it came back it came back with those changes. So when I read it the last time I found it absolutely irresistible now. It had been sort of already shift a little bit towards what I wanted to do with it."

Such collaboration is a bit different from the director's experiences outside of Hollywood. "I think that the process of making a movie in Spain and Mexico is completely director-driven and the story is essentially something that usually you write yourself, as a director," Del Toro told us. "Movies as big as Blade are mostly star-driven, which means that [Wesley Snipes], being star and producer, is ultimately the driving force behind the movie even on top, for me, to the studio. The studio is financing it but Wesley is basically Blade himself.

"So you have to be more open to listening, to being a collaborator."

This collaboration yielded an action-horror movie that will appeal to fans of the first one while still being distinct. "The continuity and the back bone of both is essentially that you have David Goyer and Wesley Snipes bringing elements that they know of the Blade universe better than anyone," the director said. "I think that those two really hold the key to the Blade universe. They are the two true creators of this whole thing."

"I think that [Blade director Stephen Norrington] and I bring our craftsmanship and our vision and our desire to do something stylistically different than a normal action movie. I think Steve did a wonderful job of making it a really high-polished, much more expensive looking movie than the budget would have let you guess. He also made it fresh and very, very muscular."

So what's different about Blade 2? "This one is a little crazier and far more removed from reality," Del Toro told us. "I think that the main thing is that we amped-up the horror without losing any of the action quotient. But even the action, the style of the action is more comic book and much more Japanese anime then the first one."

We asked Del Toro how he gave the live-action movie an anime influence.

"The first thing we did in order to achieve that is to find a way to make some of the stunts and the camera work around them a little freer without resorting to things like wire work. I wanted to find something visually that will make it fresh and innovative and fast pace without cutting," the director explained.

"We invented something that we call L-Cam which is basically a way to weave two or three shots together and make them look like a single shot. So the camera remains really active but you are not cutting, you are moving around a lot more freely. We call it L-Cam because it is a liberated camera."

Such dynamic camera work mimics the artwork of the comics that provide the source material. "If you went into this movie and freeze framed key frames of it they should exactly look like a Mike Mignola comic," Del Toro said. "That was the whole point of liberating the camera to be able to be in places where a regular camera operator would never get you in time to witness a piece of the action.

"Aside from the L-Cam we created some visual cues, sparks, back-lighting, blurring, different shutter speeds, stuff like that that create little idiosyncratic things that make it closer to a comic book. It's very, very time consuming, but it was one of the things I wanted to do with the movie is make it truly, visually a comic book movie."

Del Toro's devotion to his comic book vision, along with the compressed production schedule of Blade 2 made for for a physically demanding shoot. "Everyone else besides me was working six days a week. I was working seven days a week. On Sundays I edited," Del Toro said. Part of the extra burden came from the director's refusal to use second unit shots in the movie. "That was very demanding because then I had to do the work of two units in a big movie by myself and my DP. I became a Shaolin monk."

In spite of this, Del Toro enjoyed the project. "I must say spiritually it was one of the best times I've ever had in my life. Even my worst shoots, some of which have really been terrible, I've always had a very happy set. I like to listen. I like to try to apply what is best for the movie I don't have any problem is a good idea doesn't come from me," Del Toro told us. "I think that the director is more or less, not a dictator, if you want to use an analogy, is an ambassador for the movie."

On of the people providing good ideas was actor Luke Goss, who plays Nomak, the villain of the movie. "I loved Luke's ideas for the character. I think he made the character, for me, far more moving and far deeper than what was on the page," Del Toro said. "We went at it to make a villain that was not just dark. That was a guy that that had contrast and nobility and was himself a victim."

And helping in the action department was Hong Kong star and director Donnie Yen. "I wanted to have input from someone that I admired in terms of the martial arts sequences. I wanted Donnie to be the martial arts coordinator in the movie. I proposed it to Wesley who is a huge Donnie Yen fan. He went bananas about it.

"What I wanted for Donnie was to take care of a couple of precise sequences in the movie that were going to be a little more martial arts than in the first one. A little more Hong Kong but, again, without wires," Del Toro said.

While bringing more horror to the movie, Del Toro also realized that well-crafted action sequences are also part of the fun of Blade. "Every action sequence in the movie is built like a little mini-movie itself. It has a different pacing and different tone than the other fights in the movie," the director told us. "We wanted to have a little bit of variation so we had a dramatic progress from one fight to the other until the last one was really the most emotionally involved, much more grueling fight. So we started with a lighter, much more acrobatic style in the movie, that was Donnie, and we end up full-on with Jeff Ward and Wesley choreographing the last fight into almost like a bare-knuckle, fist-fighting, kind of street, violent fight at the end."

The director also enthused about Snipes' ability to carry the action. "It's really great to see him fight, just as a martial arts fan," Del Toro said, also noting that he was amazed by the level of stunt work Snipes did, in addition to the fight sequences. "He knows his style and I think he takes his style to a new level in this movie than the first one. He's more fluid. He's leaner than in the first one. He lost weight and gained muscle mass and he adapted his fighting style to this new configuration and his."

The director told us that he's very happy with the way Blade 2 has gone thus far. And of course, there is already talk of the third film. "I would love to be involved in that one if the premise we're proposing is accepted. What we're proposing is to take the whole mythology of Blade one step further and make it an apocalyptic vision: What happens if the vampires win?

"That would be really attractive to me. Otherwise I don't want to do another semi-urban movie with martial arts and all that."

Blade 2 opens this Friday at theaters all across the U.S.

BULLETPROOF MONK

A source in the know on the Bulletproof Monk production dropped Comics2Filma line to update us on the film's cast.

Our source tells us that Karel Roden has been cast as the character Struker,a Nazi who has been hunting down the Monk for many years in order to defeathim and to gain ultimate power. Roden is a veteran Czech actor with over 30films to his credit. He burst onto the American scene playing the villain inlast year's 15 Minutes with Robert De Niro and Edward Burns. You can alsofind him in Blade 2 this week.

Victoria Smurfit is also on board in the role of Nina, Struker's right handwoman who is as sexy as she is dangerous. Smurfit appeared recently in TheBeach starring Leonardo DiCaprio. She'll be seen next in About A Boy withHugh Grant and Toni Collette.

Finally, our source confirms that Mako appears in the movie as a theaterowner who befriends young Kar (Seann William Scott).

Bulletproof Monk is currently filming in Toronto.

SPIDER-MAN, SPIDER-MAN 2

Fans can look for a new Spider-Man trailer within the next few weeks. This one will debut neither on TV nor in movie theaters. Instead, tune your web browser to the official website on Wednesday, March 27th. That's when netizens will get the first looks at the new trailer.

The preview reportedly contains lots of never-before-seen footage and effects from the movie.

Of course, if you prefer to see it on the big screen then check out David Fincher's new movie, The Panic Room on March 29th. The Spidey trailer is also set to run with that film.

And from there it's just over a month until we finally get to see the complete feature!

Meanwhile, Sonicnet.com continues to provide music news for the Spider-Man movie. Their latest reports focuses on veteran rockers Aerosmith and their latest recording efforts. According to Sonicnet, the group landed in Hawaii last month for R&R and also to begin work on some new songs.

While the new songs will likely end up on an upcoming best-of compilation for the band, the site also reports that the group is lobbying to lend a track to the Spidey soundtrack.

"That's certainly one that we've had some interest in and they've had some interest in us doing it," guitarist Joe Perry told Sonicnet. "With movies though, you never know until the last minute."

At this point the band's involvement with the movie has not been confirmed.

In another report, Spider-Man producer Laura Ziskin talked to the Toronto Sun (via Jam Showbiz) about the sequel for the film.

The producer also said that work will soon begin on the script for Spider-Man 2. "We're making the deal, so I don't think I can announce it," Ziskin said.

Not surprisingly, Ziskin told the paper that star Tobey Maguire is already on board. She also confirmed that director Sam Raimi will get behind the camera once again. "We wouldn't do it without him."

The producer, who is also producing The Oscars, reports that work continues on the first one, which is due in theaters May 3. "We were going to be finished last week, but it looks like we'll probably finish a couple days after the Oscars. This is hell week."

Ziskin is confident that fans who enjoyed the trailer will flip over the film. "The movie is beyond the trailer. It looks great. I'm really proud of the film. It's wonderfully entertaining."

In other news, last Monday's Variety reports that the trailer for Spider-Man picked up a trophy at the third annual Golden Trailer Awards. According to the write-up Giaroncomo Prods. won "voiceover honors" for it's work on the movie ad.

[Spidey Car!]Finally, Spider-Man will have his own set of wheels for the first time since he teamed up with the Human Torch to create a spider-buggy that literally drove people up the wall!

In preparation for the April 6 O'Reilly 300 Busch Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, Dr Pepper and Carroll Racing announced yesterday that the #26 Chevrolet Monte Carlo will take on the arachnid-like image of Spider-Man to help the Dr Pepper team "web" the checkered flag. The Spider-Man design marks the first time Dr Pepper has applied a special paint scheme on its race car since it began sponsoring a team in 1998.

Look for the Spider-Man racer to debut in the Busch Series competition at Texas Motor Speedway. The car is part of a massive cross-promotion effort by Dr. Pepper that kicks off mid-April and runs through July.

"Spider-Man is one of the most recognized fictional characters in America, garnering an 85 percent household awareness in the minds of 18- to 24-year- olds," said Cindi Clark, Dr Pepper's senior vice president of marketing. "What better way to maximize the exposure for one of Dr Pepper's on-pack promotions, the Dr Pepper and Carroll Racing team, than by leveraging the image of one of the most popular comic-book heroes who constantly overcomes adversity by using his spider-like powers."

"Throughout the racing season, we are constantly looking for that extra added edge that will help create excitement for the fans while providing new imagery to differentiate our car from the rest of the field," said Dave Carroll. "By incorporating the Spider-Man character within the paint scheme of the #26 Dr Pepper race car, we are confident that it will help us create excitement in the series, as well as with racing fans," continued Carroll.

MY NAME IS MODESTY

After years of dormancy the Modesty Blaise movie appears to be heating up fast. Today's Hollywood Reporter reports that Miramax is laying the groundwork for a new film called My Name is Modesty. The film is based on Peter O'Donnell's comic strip, which began its run in 1963.

Janet Scott Batchler and Lee Batchler have been hired to pen the script for the film. The pair have previously worked on Batman Forever and the upcoming Smoke and Mirrors.

Michael Berrow and Marcelo Anciano are producing the film, with Paul Berrow co-executive producing.

The storyline for the film will reportedly follow the skein from the early strips, dealing with her escape from a Balkan prison as a young girl and her eventual ascendancy over the La Louche gang in Tangier, Morocco.

The article reports that casting is already under way with announcements expected in a few weeks. Although Quentin Tarantino has long been attached to the project he will not be directing.

ROAD TO PERDITION

The official Road To Perdition website is open...sort of. Tune your browsers to RoadToPerdition.com for an animated splash screen based on the movie poster. The only other bit of info gleaned from the teaser is the R rating assigned the movie by the MPAA.

DRAGONBALL

A press release issued by 20th Century Fox sheds more light on the recently announced Dragonball live-action movie.

Akira Toriyama, creator of the manga that the franchise is based on, commented on his newfound willingness to see his characters translated to live action.

"I have always drawn my manga (comics) with the desire to create something unique to comics, something that can only be expressed in the form of comics. I felt that if I didn't do so, the reason for the existence of my comics will become weak," Toriyama said. "But recent movies have surprised us by entering such territory that used to belong only to comics with wonderful technology and wisdom. As a big movie fan, I am truly looking forward to the movie version of Dragonball. I hope you will entertain millions and millions of people with the brand new Dragonball of a totally new dimension that surpasses my imagination."

The comics' publisher, Shueisha, added, "Dragonball has intrigued children all over the world, once in manga and twice in animation. And now the third chance to intrigue the world has come in live action feature film with Twentieth Century Fox as the powerful partner. We can't wait to see how the film turns out. We're sure that children all over the world share our excitement."

"Acquiring Dragonball is a major coup for the studio," said Fox Chairman Jim Gianopulos. "It's an amazing and creative property, rich in great characters and unique worlds, and we are thrilled to be involved with it. We look forward to launching Dragonball as our newest live-action motion picture franchise."

Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler will oversee the Dragonball project.

BLUEBERRY

According to the Dark Horizons website, Juliette Lewis and Djimon Hounsou have joined the cast Jan Kounen's Mike S. Blueberry. The movie is based on Jean (Moebius) Giraud's Blueberry comics.

No word is given as to where the casting rumor comes from.

DAREDEVIL

[Joe Pantoliano]Has a new actor joined the cast of Daredevil? It appears so, according to Stax at IGN FilmForce, who has led the charge on casting.

According to their DD insider Joe Pantoliano is the latest actor to come on board the film without fear. The actor reportedly plays reporter Ben Urich in the film. However, due to the fact that the Daily Bugle figures prominently in Sony's Spider-Man movie Urich will not be depicted as working for that paper in Fox's Daredevil.

Pantoliano, a great character actor has been a big screen staple for many, many years. He's appeared in such movies as The Matrix, Memento, Risky Business, The Fugitive and most recently landed a regular gig on The Sopranos.

LOTS O' MARVEL

Newsarama sat down with Marvel studios big wig Avi Arad for a update on all the Marvel movie projects. Arad was able to comment on a number of projects that are in the pipeline for the studio.

Arad told Newsarama that cameras are set to roll on the X-Men sequel in late April. "The whole cast is back, plus new characters," said Arad. "Now that we have established what the X-Men are in the first movie, we can get into the thick of things quickly. We see the mutants a couple years after the first film, everything is bigger, more elaborate, more action and more sex."

According to the report, Deathlok is being reworked to diminish the similarities between that character and The Terminator. This is in spite of the fact that the Marvel cyborg predates the James Cameron movie franchise by many years.

Iron Fist is about to go into pre-production, according to the report. Arad also hopes to make a big announcement on Ghost Rider soon.

Dr. Strange and Werewolf By Night are in development at Dimension Studios.

Arad said the Sub-Mariner movie at Universal is "looking great."

Damage Control, which once looked promising, has "fallen apart," according to Arad.

Cloak & Dagger which had been in development as a feature film is now said to be in the works as a Buffy-esque TV series.

WITCHBLADE, SMALLVILLE, FROM HELL

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has announced the nominees for the 28th annual Saturn Awards. The list, published today by Variety, includes a number of comic-to-film (and TV) adaptations.

The big screen version of Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's From Hell received a nod for "Best Horror Film." The Johnny Depp and Heather Graham flick is in that category against Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone and other movies like Hannibal, Jeepers Creepers, The Others and Thir13en Ghosts.

Depp goes on to collect a "Best Actor" nod for his role as troubled Scotland Yard inspector Freddie Abberline. He squares off with Tom Cruise for Vanilla Sky, Anthony Hopkins for Hannibal, Guy Pearce for Memento, Kevin Spacey for K-Pax and Billy Bob Thornton for The Man Who Wasn't There.

From Hell picks up another Saturn nom in the "Best Costume" category. Kym Barrett gets the nod for her costume work on the movie. The competition there is Colleen Atwood for Planet of the Apes, Dominque Borg for Brotherhood of the Wolf, Ngila Dickson and Richard Taylor for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Judianna Makovsky for Harry Potter And the Sorcerer's Stone, and Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie for Moulin Rouge.

In the TV nomination category The WB's Smallville has been nominated for "Best Network Television Series. Other nominees in that category include Angel (WB Network), Buffy The Vampire Slayer (UPN), Dark Angel (Fox), Enterprise (UPN) and The X-Files (Fox).

TNT's Witchblade is up for "Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series". It faces Andromeda (Alliance Atlantis), The Chronicle (Sci Fi Network), Farscape (The Henson Company/Sci Fi Network), The Invisible Man (Sci Fi Network) and Stargate SG-l (MGM/Showtime).

Tom Welling, who plays young Clark Kent on Smallville, gets the nod in the "Best Actor in a Television Series" category. He's up against Richard Dean Anderson (Stargate SG-1), Scott Bakula (Enterprise), David Boreanaz (Angel), Ben Browder (Farscape) and Robert Patrick (The X-Files).

Witchblade star Yancy Butler and Smallville star Kristin Kruek vie for the "Best Actress in a Television Series" honor. They are up against Jessica Alba (Dark Angel), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Claudia Black (Farscape) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy The Vampire Slayer).

Michael Rosenbaum, Smallville's Lex Luthor gets a nod for "Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series." Also in that category are Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Anthony Simcoe (Farscape), Connor Trinneer (Enterprise) and Michael Weatherly (Dark Angel).

Superman: The Movie also gets an nomination for "Best DVD Classic Film Release." Also up for this honor is Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Director's Edition), Suspiria and the bizzarre inclusion of the decidedly non-classic Star Wars: Episode I ­ The Phantom Menace.

Finally, Stan Lee will be awarded the "Life Career Award" for reasons that are obvious to most comic fans. Lee reinvigorated comics and broke new ground with his work at Marvel in the 1960's. His iconic characters are now the subject of many movie that are in development.

'Nuff" said!

SPIDER-MAN ANIMATED SHOW

Brian Michael Bendis posted a Spider-Man animated show update on his Message Boards revealing the lead actors who have been cast in the show.

Bendis confirmed Neil Patrick Harris is the voice of Peter Parker (a.k.a. Spider-Man) while Lisa Loeb is voicing Mary Jane Watson.

Harris will always be remembered as the star of Doogie Howser, M.D. although he's been in in countless other movies and TV shows like Starship Troopers and Stark Raving Mad.

Lisa Loeb appeared in The House on Haunted Hill and did voice acting in The Rugrats Movie.

"We picked our cast from tons of auditions and I am happy to say that my personal first choices made it for the leads," Bendis commented. "They nailed the roles and it really was stiff competition."

Bendis followed up with a second report informing his readers that the recording of the initial episode wrapped up. "This was one of the most surreal days of my life," the comic creator turned animation mogul pondered. "Real actors acting my dialogue- exactly the way I would have hoped. fast, snappy, punching the words I wanted.

"I won't lie- I am freaked out. this was the first time anything like this has ever gone on. My head be swimming."

Later Bendis scooped The Comics Continuum about additional casting on the Spider-Man animated TV series. The writer and executive producer revealed that Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills 90210) has the role of Harry Osborn in the show.

Fans can also look for Ethan Embry (Can't Hardly Wait) to step up as what Bendis calls, "the very first special Spidey villain."

CATWOMAN

Who is Warner Bros. eyeing for directing chores on the Catwoman feature film? According to Stax at IGN Filmforce, a French director named Pitof is the studio favorite at this point. The word comes from unnamed "sources in the know."

Pitof's sole directing credit to date is Vidocg, a 2001 French film starring Gérard Depardieu. However, the director has also served as visual effects director or supervisor on a number of other movies, including The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, Asterix and Obelix Vs. Caesar and Alien: Resurrection.

The report emphasizes that the director is not officially attached or on board, he is simply the studio favorite of the day.

Ashley Judd is set to star in Catwoman. John Rogers (American Outlaws) wrote the script. Denise DiNovi (Batman Returns) and Ed McDonnell (Three Kings) are producing.

WITCHBLADE SEASON 2

Fans of the Witchblade TV series in the Cincinnati, Ohio area can look forward to The CONvergence in July. The CONvergence is a fan-organized Witchblade convention sponsored by Blue Lady Productions, Inc.

So far Anthony Cistaro, who plays the mysterious and devious Kenneth Irons on the show, has committed to being a guest at the convention.

The show runs from July 26th - July 28th. Check the con's official website for more details.

MR. MONSTER

C2F is still waiting and hoping for a TV show or movie based on our favorite character, Mr. Monster. Sadly, creator Michael T. Gilbert tells us there is no Mr. Monster news on the comic-to-film front.

However, fans of the quirky character can look forward to a mini-bust of the monster-battling scientist from non other than Randy Bowen. The bust is still in the early stages, but hopefully will be out later this year.

KING CONAN: CROWN OF IRON

Today's Variety reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger is "solidifying plans" to star in the new Conan The Barbarian sequel currently in development. The word comes as part of a deal between Warner Bros. and the action star.

Few details about the actors involvement are given as the thrust of the article focuses on another WB franchise-in-the-making that Schwarzenegger will topline: a remake of Michael Crichton's Westworld. Warner will also be distributing the return of the actor's most renowned franchise, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

THIS WEEK ON JEREMIAH

Jason Priestly goes psycho on Luke Perry in "And the Ground...Sown with Salt," this Friday's episode of Jeremiah.

Jeremiah (Perry) and Kurdy (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) come up against Michael (Priestly), a man who has proclaimed himself a god and plans to take over the entire nation, beginning with the End of the World. The episode is written by J. Michael Straczynski and directed by Peter Deluise (Stargate SG-1).

"And the Ground...Sown With Salt" airs Friday, March 22nd at 10:45 P.M. on Showtime. There will also an encore on Sunday, March 24th on Showtime Beyond East at 10:45 PM (ET & PT).

Preview clips of the show are available online at Showtime's Jeremiah site. Click "Episode Preview" from the site's nav.

It's not too late to "Win an Ass-Kicking!" The contest where the grand prize puts you in an action sequence of the show is continuing through March 31. Visit WinAnAssKicking.com for rules and details.

Fans can also visit MGM's Jeremiah site and win an autographed script of the premiere movie.

THIS WEEK ON SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH

A kiss is just a kiss on "Sabrina and the Kiss," this week's episode of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch.

When Sabrina (Melissa Joan Hart) gets an unexpected visit and a planted kiss from her old boyfriend Derek (guest star Bryan Kirkwood, One World), she comes clean with Josh (David Lascher) about what happened. Josh's nonchalant reaction sends Sabrina into a tailspin and to visit the Other Realm's top romance novelist (guest star Kathleen Noone, All My Children) for advice on how to rewrite Josh into more of a passionate boyfriend. Jeff Melman directed the episode written by Suzanne Gangursky (#137).

"Sabrina and the Kiss" airs Friday, March 22 at 8:00 p.m. on The WB Network.

Thanks to author and comic book movie journalist Andy Mangels for the info.

NEXT WEEK ON JUSTICE LEAGUE

Next Sunday night Cartoon Network airs an encore showing of part one of the "Paradise Lost" storyline of Justice League. "Paradise Lost" lost puts the focus on Wonder Woman as she battles to save Paradise Island from Felix Faust and his mysterious master.

"Paradise Lost Part 1" airs Sunday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. on Cartoon Network. Encore showings are 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 39. The widescreen presentation airs the same day at 10:00 p.m.

NEXT WEEK ON WITCHBLADE

Next week on Witchblade, TNT's re-airing of season 1 continues with episode #9: "Apprehension".

Sara (Yancy Butler) is immersed in an investigation surrounding the murder of a pimp when a mysterious package is delivered to her. Her world begins to unravel when clues suggest the enemy may not be who she thought. The only thing she can trust now is the knowing eye of the Witchblade.

"Apprehension" airs Monday, March 25th at 9pm ET on TNT. An encore airing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26th at 11pm ET. The encore showing is presented in widescreen format.

NEXT WEEK ON SMALLVILLE

A Smallville student lives a bug's life in the repeat airing "Metamorphosis", the March 26th episode of Smallville.

Clark (Tom Welling) discovers that a fellow high school student (guest star Chad E. Donella) has taken on the "eat, molt, mate, die" life cycle of an insect with Lana (Kristin Kreuk) as his prey, and Clark must rush to save her without revealing his superpowers. Meanwhile, Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) holds Lana's kryptonite necklace in his possession and ponders what to make of the strange stone. David Nutter directed the episode written by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar.

"Metamorphosis" airs Tuesday, March 26 at 9:00 p.m. ET on The WB network.

Thanks to author and comic book movie journalist Andy Mangels for the info.

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