Batman Begins, Wake the Dead, Smallville, X-Men 3: July 28 Comic Reel Wrap


According to Freeze Dried Movies, "Joel Schumacher has signed on to Dimension's Wake the Dead , a story about four college kids who attempt to reanimate the dead. It is based off of a comic book series written by 30 Days of Nights scribe Steve Niles and published through IDW."


Artist Richard K Buoen did some conceptual art for the franchise-melding action film, and now you can get a look at it here.


Superhero Hype has more words from the set of the Christopher Nolan-helmed Bat flick. "The 'Batman Begins' crew were fitting extras for the police and S.W.A.T. team the past 2 days in Chicago with uniforms for a shoot in early August. We were given a form saying to bring an umbrella since it will be a rain shoot all night. There was a warehouse with a large room of tailors and fitters putting costumes on extras for S.W.A.T. team and police force. It was such a blast playing dress up and knowing it was for a Batman movie! The Gotham Police force patches say that Gotham was founded in 1820. You learn something new everyday!"

Meanwhile, Sci Fi Wire has some quotes from the filmmakers about the choice of villains. "I felt very strongly that we should use characters that hadn't been depicted in the films before," Goyer said. "I was familiar with the rogue's gallery of Batman's foes, but fortunately, I felt, in the case of Scarecrow and Ra's Al Ghul, that they were two really great villains that hadn't been used."

Finally, Movie City News has a clear photo of Bale in the Bat-suit.

UPDATE 5:44 AM: "Nathan" emailed The Comic Reel in the wee hours of the morning with a leaked memo that appears to be from Warner Brothers, updating shooting dates in the Windy City. The memo says, "On Sunday August 1, 2004 Warner Bros. will be filming scenes for the upcoming feature film currently entitled 'The Intimidation Game' in your area. Filming will take place on Clark Street, Van Buren St., Wells St., and Adams St. beginning at 1:00pm and continuing until 4:00am. The Chicago Police Department will be closing the following streets between the hours of 1:00pm and continuing until 4:00am: LaSalle Street from Monroe Street to Jackson Blvd.; Clark Street from Monroe Street to Congress Blvd.; Wells Street from Monroe Street to Congress; Adams Street from Franklin St. to Dearborn St.; Jackson from Franklin St. to Clark St.; Van Buren St. from Dearborn to Franklin. The following streets will be posted No Parking between the hours of 3:00am on August 1, 2004 until 6:00am on Monday August 2, 2004: Both Sides of Franklin Street from Monroe to Van Buren St.; Both side of Wells St from Monroe to Congress; Both sides of Clark Street from Adams to Van Buren St.; Both sides of Van Buren St. from Clark to Franklin St.; Both sides of LaSalle St. from Adams to Jackson;Both sides of Jackson from Franklin to Clark St. We are working with the Chicago Film Office ... and the Chicago Police Department to ensure that this shoot will be a safe experience for all, with as few inconveniences as possible. Please feel free to contact our office with any questions."

Any Chi-town readers who can get a look at this, we'd love to hear your thoughts on what's going on out there.


On life after Singer, X Ultimate chimes in with this: "Our top source has updated us with new info regarding X3's status, and the deals with Industrial Light & Magic to do the film effects: 'An update I am sending about ILM possibly doing the visual effects for X-MEN 3. The offer has been made, but ILM has not recieved any official news from Fox that there is going to be an 'X-MEN 3.' Despite promises here and there. My sources tell me that the actors have not been approached about doing a third movie. There is no script for the movie, and Bryan's [Singer] story idea for the third movie seems to have gone missing. I don't know what to make of it. However, over at Marvel's official website, Avi Arad is supposed to be giving a Marvel Movie update, with a special webcast on July 29. This appears to be the only real, solid news I can give you.' We contacted John Ottman ('X2' composer, editor) regarding the recent news that Bryan Singer was attached to do 'SUPERMAN.' Seeing as how Ottman has worked with Singer on most of his films as composer/editor, we also asked about his involvement with the film: 'wish I knew the answers to your questions [re: X3], believe me! I don't think anyone knows the state of X3 right now given the SUPERMAN situation. Obviously I very much want to continue with my score to X-MEN and expand upon established, etc. As for anything else, I really can't discuss any specifics for a few weeks as things conjeal.'" (sic)


UGO.com has a video clip (Windows Media only) with director Guillermo del Toro, discussing who will and who won't be back for the sequel.


Actress Kristin Kreuk told Sci Fi Wire that Lana Lang is growing up. "Lana this season is actually really great," Kreuk said. "I'm really excited to play her this year. Not that I wasn't before, but ... my character gets a drastic change this year. She goes to Paris. She has a wonderful, ... fantastic time. So she's being an artist. She has this awesome apartment that I want. ... She meets this guy, this wonderful guy, who's funny and easy, unlike Clark, who was this big, huge heaviness. The two of them together, ... their issues would just like combine and cause tension. But [Lana's] happy and confident in herself and interested in art and in style. ... Before, she was kind of directionless. She didn't know what she wanted. And I think ... she's getting perspective on her life."

Kreuk talked about a new wardrobe to go with her new attitude. "No more, like, really tight jeans with pink T-shirts," she said. "She's a more mature woman, and ... it's so much fun."


Ain't It Cool News has a rumor about Venom showing up to vex Tobey Maguire in the next web-spinning sequel. "Was watching a rather backwater, Uk-produced media entertainment show called 'Infotainment' when to my surprise an interview with Raimi turned up a very VERY interesting set of possibilities. The interviewer (sorry i forget the name...he's very B-list over here) declared his undying love for Spidey and all things related and asked if Raimi would possibly give him some hints on who the adversaries are to be next time around. Raimi responded with a comment that, although far from finalised, he had just finished the first treatment and would be able to tell him roughly what happens and who would be likely to lock webs with Peter; just so long as he didn't tell anyone else. Then (in an obviously unscripted move...due to the incredulous look on the interviewer's face) proceeded to spend several seconds whispering into his ear...genuine whispering (not the old "rhubarb, rhubarb" theatrical routine). After which the interviewer looked directly at camera and said, and I quote; 'Well, how happy am i. There it is; in Black and White.' The delivery of this line was unmistakable, he might as well have winked at the audience. Raimi kinda twitched when he said it too, looking skywards slightly...in a kinda exasperated fashion. Make of it what you will."


In honor of a good title for Episode III, get ready for all Star Wars quotes to close out the wraps this week. Anyhoo, if you have the scoop on anything related to comic book movies, TV adaptations or just want to give us a truck full of cash, no questions asked, drop us a line and let's coordinate. You can choose an alias if you'd like, or be mentioned by name -- we honor requests for anonymity. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, and hoping for an expanded comics review section over on UGO.com this week, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thanks for your time and indulgence, and (insert pithy sign-off here, once it gets out of development hell).

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