Comic Book The Movie, Hellboy, Aliens vs. Predator, more: Comic Reel Wrap for October 19


[Comic Book: The Movie]Mark Hamill's directorial debut (scheduled to be released by Miramax Pictures nationwide in January 2004) will be the topic of a whole panel discussion at the fast-approaching Las Vegas Comic-Con. Scheduled to attend on the panel are Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy), Roger Rose (Johnny Bravo), Jess Harnell (Animaniacs), Lori Alan (Spongebob Squarepants) and Daran Norris (Fairly Odd Parents). Producer Scott Zakarin will moderate, and panel attendees will get a free T-shirt. For a sneak peek, there's a freshly posted clip on the Web site (warning: high bandwidth suggested).


According to Countingdown.com, poster artist Drew Struzan ("Star Wars," "Indiana Jones," "Back to the Future") will be appearing at next month's Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention on November 23rd. He's recently been announced as the artist for the "Hellboy" movie posters. For more information about the LA con, click here.


Countingdown.com also attended Sunday's LA Comic Book and Sci Fi Convention (they have an event once about every five weeks), and a five minute preproduction presentation on the fan favorite upcoming movie was shown. Director Paul Anderson ("Resident Evil") narrated the piece, and it has significant spoilers for the film's plot. Click through at your own risk.


Ain't It Cool News' Down Under reporting discusses a possible shooting location for the beleaguered Warner franchise, with a case for Brendan Fraser as the big blue boy scout and a slew of Aussie supporting actors. However, Superman-V.com has an updated quote from alleged front-runner Henry Cavill, who posted the following to a fansite: "I am going on a callback audition for Superman today (they're remaking the original movies) fear is I may be too young though.....which is so often the case =("


Can't wait for Wednesday? Kryptonsite.com has spoilers for this week's new episode, "Slumber." Meanwhile, Comics Continuum has more spoiler-esque information on the October 29th episode guest starring Michael McKean, which we first reported on October 14.


Toon Zone has a detailed review of the new direct-to-video movie "Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman." Reviewer Maxie Zeus said, "is not a deep or profound entry in the Bat-cycle, nor is it a particularly exciting one. But it's a pleasant afternoon-filler and will likely please those fans of the animated universe who fondly recall the low-impact dramatics of the series' first incarnation."


Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman has transformed himself in a Broadway musical according to CBS News. He talks briefly about how his wife was against him auditioning for the role of the Canucklehead.


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