Hellboy 2, Superman Returns, Heroes, X-Men 3: May 5th Comic Reel Wrap


Chatty actor Ron Perlman spoke to Sci Fi Wire about progress on the Mike Mignola sequel. According to Perlman, May 1 was a "great day in the genesis of turning of Hellboy 2 into a reality. What that means? I know they're incredibly close. I know that there's one studio in particular that I probably shouldn't name [that] is pounding away at looking at the budget and has expressed a huge enthusiasm for [Guillermo] Del Toro's script and the desire to do the project. Now they're just pushing numbers around. And I wouldn't be surprised if it's announced very soon."


Oh, you'd like information on that movie would you? Well ... if you insist. CBR has everything you could ever want, due to a relentlessly thorough set visit that pulled out all the stops, including interviewing the director Bryan Singer, plus chatting up star Brandon Routh two parts), talking "Harold and Kumar" with Lex's henchman Kal Penn, getting the skinny from Lex's main squeeze Parker Posey and even getting a word in edgewise with executive producer Chris Lee. Whew!


Former "Alias" actor Greg Grunberg is quoted at Sci Fi Wire about the new drama pilot. "It basically really covers the humanity of becoming a superhero, what happens when [eight] ordinary people get these super powers, and I get to be one of them," Grunberg said. "I play a cop who can read people's minds, but I can't control it. So in the pilot it's really interesting how it just comes at me, and I don't know how to deal with it, and then I kind of use it. It could be really, really interesting if we get a series."


Another day, another set of photos from the soon seen sequel. First up, The XVerse has two new photos and a new angle on a third, while Comics Continuum has screen capture fever.


If you like spoilers, Kryptonsite has 'em in a snippet from TV Guide about the season finale, "Vessel." They also have screen captures for that episode, while their arch enemies at Devoted to Smallville found the trailer itself in Windows Media format.


Marvel announced their first quarter results, which (as always) included an update on their forthcoming filmed features. They have writers attached to "Ant Man" (director also for this one), "Captain America," "Hulk 2," "Iron Man," "Nick Fury" and "Thor," all as a part of their development slate with Paramount PIctures (with "The Avengers," "Black Panther," "Cloak & Dagger," "Doctor Strange," "Hawkeye," "Power Pack" and "Shang-Chi" all lined up after that). At other studios they still have "Luke Cage" (Sony), "Namor" (Universal), "Punisher 2" (Lionsgate), "Wolverine" and "Magneto" (both at Fox) with dates to be discussed. They also noted animated "Wolverine" and "Iron Man" series to follow the pending "Fantastic Four" series, which debuts on Cartoon Network this fall, and that we'll see "Ultimate Avengers 2" in the fall of this year. On the TV side, aside from "Blade" on Spike TV, they're developing "Alter Ego" and "Skrull Kill Crew."


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