Batman Begins, Aleister Arcane, Superman: July 2nd Comic Reel Wrap


The official website has been updated with a series of photos, showing actors in character. Included are Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Gary Oldman as Lt. Jim Gordon, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth and Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon, er, Henri Ducard.


Variety reports that Paramount Pictures has picked up Steve Niles' horror comic book "Aleister Arcane." "Studio has tapped the scripting team of Dan Milano and Matthew Huffman to adapt the tale of local TV horror host Aleister Arcane, who's forced off the air due to the wishes of parents in an Oklahoma community. In the wake of Arcane's unplanned retirement, unexplained terror and horror beset the town. Niles has been active in setting up projects, including 'Wake the Dead' and 'Hyde' at Dimension, '30 Days of Night' at Columbia and a project based on his film noir/horror character Cal McDonald at MGM. He also formed horror-themed Creep Entertainment last year with rocker Rob Zombie."


Moviehole talked to a representative for actor Jake Gyllenhaal who confirmed that the actor is still in the running to play The Man of Steel. "Yes, Jake is being considered for 'Superman.' The WB was so impressed by Jake's strong second place showing for the run for Batman among the fan community and the Yahoo polls that he's being considered for the Man of Steel", the source says. "Since that project is still waaaay up in the air, I don't think there's a definite short list though some of the original Batman contenders would be on there. Jake pumped up for Batman and he was smart enough not to let the new bod go to waste." The site implies that Gyllenhaal as the Green Hornet may be the stuff of legend, as the representative said, "'Green Hornet' is old news. Kevin Smith considered Jake but I think that's on hold or Smith is still looking. Don't know much about the project."


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Comics Continuum has screen captures from an MTV TRL special look at the Austin-based production. Brittany Murphy, who plays Shelley in the film, hosted. "Sin City" creator and film co-director Frank Miller, director Robert Rodriguez and guest director Quentin Tarantino all provided coments. Miller, Rodriguez, Rosario Dawson and Jaime King will be appearing at Comic-Con International in San Diego later this month, along with Hellboy's Guillermo del Toro, Ron Perlman and Mike Mignola.


The Continuum also notes that the first DVDs from the Teen Titans and Static Shock animated series will be released by Warner Home Video on Sept. 28. Both will be priced $19.97 and there's artwork available from both releases.


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