Heroes, Justice League, Iron Man: August 19th Comic Reel Wrap


Actor Zachary Quinto was interviewed by USA Today about his role in the next "Star Trek" movie and let slip a spoiler about his character Sylar's involvement in the new season.

Meanwhile, Variety reports that "Veronica Mars" actress Kristen Bell will join the cast for multiple episodes this season. The trade reported, "She'll play Elle, a character described as a sexy, mysterious young lady who has ties to the supposed death of Peter, H.R.G.'s past and the future of Claire. Elle will kick off her arc by committing a serious crime, though it's unclear whether she's good or bad."

"This was not easy to pull off," show creator Tim Kring said. "But since we're an ensemble show, with many arcs playing out through the year, we found a way to jump into a small window in (Bell's) schedule."


Following up on what we reported on June 20, IESB claims that the first draft from husband-wife writing duo Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney was well received by the studio, has been put on the fast track and is seen as a way to launch movies for "The Flash," "Green Lantern" and "Aquaman."


Director Jon Favreau made a note on his MySpace group promising that the San Diego footage will be online ... real soon now. "I hear you all loud and clear," Favreau wrote. "You want to see the footage that we brought to SDCC. Why not post it in HD instead of having everyone download a grainy bootleg? I agree. I am trying to get a version out to you ASAP. This is a big movie, however, and it takes time to get the proper approvals from all parties involved."


How's it hangin' with Batman? This Flickr page shows the billionaire vigilante hanging from a crane on the Windy City set.


According to journalist Karyn Bryant, actor Lou Ferrigno will be doing a cameo in the Edward Norton-fueled reboot.


ICv2 has a note about the Shojo Beat article claiming Viz Media announced plans to release the live action movie based on Aya Nakahara's shojo manga also known as "Lovely Complex." The company plans to introduce the 100-minute film, which was directed by Kitani Ishikawa to American audiences in the spring of 2008.


Screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas were quoted at Superhero Hype talking about the upcoming big screen adaptation. "Universal when they bought it -- Jeff Kirschenbaum, the exec there and a huge comic fan, he's the one who found the book -- they and we from the get-go said, 'Let's make a hard-R action movie' which is what the comic book was," Haas said. "Again, you don't get to write those very often, and you certainly don't get a studio saying that very often. That freed us up to say, 'Let's throw the kitchen sink at it.' We went tonally and character-wise and plot-wise, we kind of just went, 'Good. Ultimate freedom, let's go.'"

Brandt said, "We honestly kept waiting for the other shoe to drop where the studio's going to say, 'Alright, guys. This budget is so big and we've got these big expensive stars. We have to pull this back to a PG-13.' And nobody ever considered it."


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Directors FrŽdŽric Forestier & Thomas Langmann are quoted at Paris Match discussing photos from the upcoming movie.


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