Ghost Rider, Doom Patrol, Arkwright, Deadman: July 20th Comic Reel Wrap


The official website for the Nicolas Cage vehicle has been launched, complete with downloads, the trailer, a synopsis, an online game and a production blog, with the first video installment looking at the film's mythology.


According to Variety (subscription required), Warner Brothers will be bringing Niles Caulder's gang to the silver screen with Akiva Goldsman producing alongside Weed Road's Kerry Foster.


Speaking of major trade publications, there's an article at the Hollywood Reporter (subscription required) announcing that production house Benderspink is teaming with Australian producers Andrew Prowse and Sophie Patrick on a live-action feature based on "The Adventures of Luther Arkwright," an award-winning comic book series written and illustrated by Bryan Talbot.


One more from the Hollywood Reporter -- they note that director Guillermo del Toro ("Hellboy") and producer Don Murphy ("Transformers") will team up to bring Boston Brand to the big screen. Del Toro is in negotiations to develop the comics-to-film adaptation, which would be produced by del Toro, Murphy and Susan Montford. A search for writers is under way.


Speaking of del Toro's handiwork, there's an article at Comics Continuum about what fans can expect to see tomorrow morning at Comic-Con, including a seven minute sequence from the project. "We edited it last night so we would have something cool to show at SDCC," said supervising producer Tad Stones. "Meanwhile, Otis Van Osten and the sound effects crew at Audio Circus are already working with the animatic. They are creating lots of original sounds for our movies, so they don't have to settle for what's on the shelf. Normally, a post house wouldn't start until they receive the animated footage but his crew is really geeking out on 'Hellboy.' Why not? I still am." Tomorrow's 10:30 AM panel will be the only panel appearance for Mike Mignola, so be warned.


It was recently announced that director Louis Leterrier ("Transporter 2") was on board to helm the gamma-powered sequel. Leterrier has already spoken to EcranLarge.com about what he's got in mind. "We won't be spending times presenting the characters, which is unfortunately pretty much unavoidable as far as number ones are concerned," he said. "Someway like 'Spider-Man 2,' Marvel wants this Hulk to be the one fans would really want to see on the big screen. I'm not badmouthing Ang Lee's movie which has its supporters but I think the tone was overall a little bit too serious. As far as the casting is concerned, we don't know yet if Eric Bana will be onboard and regarding 'Hulk,' I can already tell you that I don't intend to use as much 3D as the first movie did. As for the budget, it will be over $100 million."


There's a fresh rumor over at Latino Review that may give some people a smile. The site's article reads, "We were first to tell the world that Brandon Routh was going to be the new Superman. Now here we are at it again as we just got word from A VERY TRUSTED SOURCE that the offer last night was officially made to Heath Ledger to star as The Joker in the 'Batman Begins' Sequel!"


Superhero Hype caught up to actress Rosario Dawson about getting back into the leather for the noirish sequel. "I'm so excited [to make the sequel]," she said. "I'm lucky because Frank [Miller] really loved drawing that outfit and drawing Gail and I'm definitely going to be in the next one as the dame to kill, which is really good ... There's a lot of violence in it, and it's not for everyone but I do think it's really smart. [Filming 'Sin City'] was definitely one of the best experiences I've ever hadÉ. you just had to act and sell it through the story and that's what we were doing. That was an amazing experience. It felt like a theatre experience so I mean I'd love to do it again cuz I get to work with amazing people and it's really good stuff -- groundbreaking."


Devoted to Smallville is back with a vengeance, posting extracts from an interview with producers Al Gough and Miles Millar from the newly published "Smallville Yearbook." "I think, without any hyperbole, that season five of Smallville has been our strongest season to date," said Gough. "Across the board -- writing, acting, storylines, this really has been our strongest season. Before this year I would have said season two had been our strongest season, but this one has definitely been our strongest season to date."

They also have the Aaron Ashmore interview from Now Playing Magazine, where he further updates the thinking behind his character. "He's not quite the same as we've seen him in the past," Ashmore said. "It's not that same kind of energy between [Jimmy and Clark]. So I think they're going to be friends, but I think it might take a while maybe to develop it if that does happen. I hope it does. I think that would be interesting. We're trying to make him maybe a little more hipper and stuff because he's going to be a love interest for Chloe, and thatÕs got to be believable. She's a good-looking girl and if he was too nerdy or whatever that might not work."


The official website has been updated with a video blog featuring director Sam Raimi, as well as other cosmetic changes.


Director Ivan Reitman recounted an interesting tale of filming to Sci Fi Wire involving a scene called the "sky-bonk." "I didn't want to do that scene at all," Reitman said. "One thing that was hard was that it was really cold this [past] fall. This was one of the coldest falls that we've ever had, and we had carefully sort of tried to schedule the [the sky-bonk and the finale] out on the street in the early part of the schedule so that we could get everyone in there. We had a lot of scheduling issues on this film as well. We were finally able to do it in the beginning of November, hoping that, 'Well, New York, beginning of November, it's usually quite nice. It should be all right.' It turned out to be, like, minus 10, minus 5 [Celsius]. It was horrible out, and we were dying out in the street."


Comics Continuum has an interview with "Justice League" alumni Matt Wayne, who wrote two episodes of the new animated series (episodes Two and Five, titled "Timber Wolf" and "Champions" respectively). "What's particularly exciting about the show to a Legion fan is that it's kind of a reboot," Wayne said. "Meaning everything is happening for the first time, without all the baggage of years of crises and clones and deaths. It goes back to what made the Legion great: Teen heroes in a mostly bright future."


You might have the patience to find the screenplay review on these guy's website after they sent in a message on MySpace ... but we weren't, sorry, it's a busy day.


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