Catwoman, Punisher, Madman, Iron Man, more: Comic Reel Wrap for January 19th


Actress Halle Berry allegedly posted a message to her fansite's message board, saying, "Catwoman is going well and I can't wait to share this film with you guys," she said. "I believe you all are going to love it ... despite the controversy over the mask." Entertainment Weekly featured "Catwoman" as one of 2004's ten big movies. Their coverage mostly covers existing ground, talking about the movie's departure from past depictions of Catwoman. Superherohype has updated images from of Halle in action.


Marvel's Ari Arad told Comics Continuum that this summer's story of Frank Castle is just about done and on target for its April 16th release. "The movie he said he was going to make, he made, so that's exciting," Arad said, referring to writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh. "We always wanted to do something intense and classic and a movie that's going to kick your ass in the way a movie hasn't in a long time -- and we're there," Arad said. "It's superbly acted and well directed." He specifically noted Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, saying, ""Her role is substantial, I couldn't tell you her screen time or shooting days, but it's wildly influential on Frank Castle's evolution into The Punisher. Rebecca pulled it off extremely well. Joan is an interesting character. She's a little different from Joan the Mouse in the comic. I don't think Rebecca's ever going to look mousey. But she's terrific in the movie."


UGO talked to Robert Rodriguez about his plans for adapting Mike Allred's work to the big screen. "We're right in there right now actually," he said, and production is slated to begin "later in the year." Rodriguez continued, "I like that project a lot, [I] liked Mike Allred's world."


Kryptonsite has a ton of new information about everybody's favorite prequel show. First they spoke to John Schneider, who said, "I can't wait for the day where Jonathan and Lionel get together and I don't know what's happening, but they're sure they're gonna breathe their last breath, and they say, in unison, 'What the hell are you doing to your son?' Because I believe they both believe they're good parents, doing the best that they can, preparing their child for the world. One sees a light world that needs help. One sees a dark world that needs conquering." They feature spoilers from an upcoming episode called "Crisis," and TV Guide's description of the episode "Delete." Also, Devoted to Smallville has over 900 screen captures from the last episode, "Asylum."


Comics Continuum also reports that "Smallville" creators Al Gough and Miles Millar have turned in a draft to transfer Tony Stark's adventures to the silver screen. "It's an awesome draft," Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige said. "There should be a director soon. There have been discussions over the last several years and there are a number of factors involved. All we know is that we're putting all the pieces in place and then we'll find the best Tony Stark that we can get."


Superherohype has the first image from the madcap sequel, scanned in from the Sunday Telegraph.


Superherohype claims that Ashton Kutcher ("That '70s Show" "Butterfly Effect") was on MTV saying that if the new Superman movie "ever gets off the ground," he wants that part. "Alias" creator J.J. Abrams, whose screenplay is being discussed as the blueprint for returning Clark Kent to the silver screen, told Sci Fi Wire that the project is still moving forward. I'm hopeful," he said, "It was a blast to [write]. I'm crossing my fingers. I hope they do it, because I'd love to see that movie. I love working with the director, McG, so we'll see what happens. I'd love to make it work. "I've been working on it for a year and a half, so it's gone through many, many iterations." The biggest bump in the road, Abrams claimed, was finding the right lead actor. Finally, Moviehole has confirmation that Fox Studios in Australia has been booked by Warner Brothers for this production.


Superherohype also pored over Entertainment Weekly's coverage of the web-spinning sequel, with some disturbing details about the production. "Alfred would have me in stitches with his eight arms and legs, doing his Tevye from 'Fiddler on the Roof,'" said Raimi. "He sings 'If I Were a Rich Man.'" They also have a new octo-powered photo from the film.


Batman-on-Film puts two and two together and eliminates Kurt Russell from contention to be Commissioner Gordon. The site reports, "A few of my 'insider' friends tell me, Kurt doesn't like to work outside the U.S. And this film is shooting in the U.K. for the most part. Do the math." They also claim that Viggo Mortensen has turned down any involvement in the new movie.


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