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IRON MAN

Comics2Film has been able to check with our sources about what involvement Joss Whedon may have with the planned Iron Man movie. A source in the know tells us that Whedon is being looked at by the producers of the movie as both a writer and a director.

At this point Whedon has not signed on to the project, but one source claims that it looks likely that he will. Should Whedon come on board he will be starting fresh on the screenplay and not making use of the current draft by Tim McCanlies.

HULK

Michael Fleming of Variety reports that Australian actor Eric Bana is considered to be the front runner to play the lead role in The Hulk.

Bana is a standup comic-turned actor who starred in the cult film Chopper, which was based on the exploits of the notorious Melbourne criminal Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read. Bana also appears in the upcoming Ridley Scott flick Black Hawk Down.

Currently the actor has not inked a deal with the studio but Fleming's sources say it might happen soon.

According Fleming's column, Bana would play a dual role as both Dr. Banner and his monstrous alter-ego. It's unclear as to whether this will be accomplished by CGI effects or using makeup effects.

Fleming also confirms that makeup wiz Rick Baker has not signed on for Hulk. Last week Internet rumors have been indicated that Baker was on board.

The Hulk is likely to go into production in the spring. Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) is set to direct.

PREACHER

Producer Rupert Harvey told Comics2Film that the casting process is underway on the big-screen version of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Preacher.

The current financing agreement doesn't require the casting of a huge name in the lead role. "We have some leeway to cast interesting names rather than commercial names," Harvey told us. "We're perfectly open to Jesse being an unknown, which at one point was not the case."

No actors have been signed yet, but the movie is tentatively set to roll cameras in mid-November, so we should hear some announcements in the coming weeks.

MADMAN

[Madman]When filmmaker Robert Rodriguez picked up the option on Mike Allred's Madman it looked like the movie could go into production as early as this year. However, fans were disappointed when the film dropped from the first project on Rodriguez's to do list to the #3 spot.

This week Allred told Comics2Film that Rodriguez is still committed to making Madman and renewed his option on the property last month.

Furthermore, the director already wrapped production on Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the third film in his El Mariachi cycle.

"Spy Kids 2 is going before the cameras very soon," Allred told us, "and, as he's told me, he will then do Madman."

Reports indicate that cameras roll on Spy Kids 2 early in October.

SPIDER-MAN

[Spider-Man]It's more bad news for Spider-Man in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks. As has been widely reported Sony Pictures has asked for a recall of all the recent promotional materials for the movie, which feature images of the World Trade Center. The studio also temporarily pulled the plug on the movie's official website while they retool it with new artwork.

Now Spider-Man Hype reports that the studio recall effects the video and DVD release of A Knight's Tale. Employees of rental outlets have reported to that site that the video, due for release next week, contains the teaser trailer. Apparently the studio wants to remove the trailer before releasing the movie.

Similarly, an Associated Press report indicates that the Spider-Man attraction at Universal Studios Orlando's Islands of Adventures is being reworked. The high-tech ride-through features a brief video depicting the destruction of New York by Spidey villains. This segment is being eliminated from the ride.

In good Spider-Man news, collectibles outlet Unobtainium, Ltd has announced that they'll be selling replicas of props from the Spider-Man movie. The vendor has had the props on display many of the recent comic book conventions. Photos of the props have appeared on many websites. Fans can expect replicas of both Spider-Man's and the Green Goblin's gadgets.

Other good news comes from Dark Horizons. That site reports that the second Spider-Man trailer may run with the December release of The Lord of the Rings. According to their report, Sony sent out the recall notices for the Spider-Man teaser to theaters, but also included the following assurances:

"We will be sending a new revised one-sheet to all theaters that had previously received a teaser one-sheet. A new trailer will be available in December and enclosed with Lord of the Rings. At this time, there will not be a new banner."

BLUEBERRY

According to Dark Horizons Hugh Jackman (X-Men) is rumored to be up for the title role in the filmed adaptation of Jean (Moebius) Giraud's western comic Blueberry. The movie is to be directed by Jan Kounen.

MEN IN BLACK 2

Sci Fi Wire spoke with Rick Baker (there's that name again) about his work on Men In Black 2, specifically about the recently announced changes to the film's ending. As was reported last week the filmmakers decided to rework ending, which involved action around the World Trade Center, in light of Tuesday's tragedy.

Baker told Sci Fi Wire, "the same stuff basically happens, [but] it's going to be a different backdrop. The creature that we're designing, which we've redesigned about four or five times because they've rewritten the ending as different things, it's currently the same, still the same action."

FROM HELL

HBO will air a special called From Hell: HBO First Look next month. The short segment will go behind the scenes on the upcoming adaptation of the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell.

Here's the schedule from HBO.com. All times are eastern:

  • Mon, Oct. 8 - 10:15pm
  • Thu, Oct. 11 - 2:45pm
  • Sat, Oct. 13 - 2:00pm
  • Sat, Oct. 13 - 10:45pm
  • Mon, Oct. 15 - 11:15pm
  • Thu, Oct. 18 - 12:00pm
  • Sun, Oct. 21 - 5:45pm
  • Tue, Oct. 23 - 10:45pm
  • Wed, Oct. 24 - 4:45pm

From Hell is directed by the Hughes Brothers (Dead Presidents) and stars Johnny Depp and Heather Graham. The movie opens in theaters October 19.

JUSTICE LEAGUE

The Comic Demigod has spoken, and he tells fans to direct their browsers to the Cartoon Network website. There, fans can download a QuickTime copy of the trailer for the upcoming Justice League animated TV show.

Thanks to Comic Demigod for the scoop!

SMALLVILLE

[Smallville]Craig Byrne's excellent KryptonSite posted the artwork for a new advertisement for the upcoming Smallville TV series. The new poster features an image from the pilot which finds series star Tom Welling with a red "S" painted on his bare chest.

KryptonSite also has the word on the creative talent behind episodes 4 and 5 of the show.

The fourth episode is called "Hothead." It's written by Greg Walker (The X-Files) and directed by Greg Beeman (Martial Law, Nash Bridges).

Episode 5 is titled "X-Ray." Comic and movie scribe Mark Verheiden (Timecop) wrote this one. TV vet James Frawley (Ally McBeal, The Fugitive) is the director.

The show is set to make it's debut on The WB Network on October 16.

HELLBOY

Smilin' Jack Ruby sat down with makeup effects maestro Rick Baker for an interview for 13thstreet.com. Baker most recently handled makeup chores for Planet of the Apes and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

According to the write-up, Baker has signed on to do designs for Hellboy, which has been garnering increasing buzz lately.

THE TICK

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Fox TV has released three new images for the upcoming Tick TV show. The show is set to debut in its regular timeslot on Thursday, November 1 at 8:30 p.m. (ET).

The pictures feature stars Patrick Warburton as The Tick, David Burke as Arthur, Liz Vassey as Captain Liberty and Nestor Carbonell as Bat Manuel.

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