Both actor Robert Downey and screenwriter Mark Fergus were are featured in video interviews at IGN, including some interesting chatter about the role Jeff Bridges may play and how Downey will approach the role of Tony Stark. IGN also has a multi-page summary of all the data they've collected about the film, including news about plans in effect to make a "War Machine" spin off starring Terence Howard and some crew notes.
Ready for a review? CBR has seen the film, and you can see what our own Andy Khouri has to say about it. We also have a press release showing that fans can catch the film a bit early if they go to Wondercon.
If you dig into the game coverage at IGN, you can discern what Megatron's earthly vehicle form will be ... and it's cool. Superhero Hype and IGN both have notes about getting to see some preview footage in New York.
Harleen Quinzel is in town, and you can see her at the Legions of Gotham message boards, where they've got some preview images from the upcoming episode "Two of a Kind."
THE DARK KNIGHT
While we're talking about Gotham City, there's a new rumor floating around over at Latino Review that actress Maggie Gyllenhaaal will replace Katie Holmes as Rachel in the Bat-sequel.
Right here at CBR we've got preview images from upcoming episode "Company Man."
Let's stick with the small screen for a moment -- apparently they showed a different version of the trailer for next week's episode "Freak" in the fictional land of Canadia, and someone was kind enough to post it on the Devoted Fans Network. Meanwhile, the network posted a "director's cut" scene on their video hub.
Taking a page from the "Norbit" school of casting, an article at VH1.com talks about actor Doug Jones playing not just Abe Sapien, but also the Angel of Death, a "befuddled wizard" and the Chamberlain. "I'm not just playing Abe Sapien in this second film Ñ I'm doing three other smaller characters that are otherworldly and heavily made-up beyond recognition," Jones said.
While we're discussing demonic themed characters, a note at Sci Fi Wire notes that actor Nicolas Cage's actual skull -- or an X-ray image of it -- is used for the transformation into the Spirit of Vengeance. "There is so much negativity on the Internet for a director or writer when you read what people say, but sometimes it's right," director Mark Steven Johnson said. "We put the skull up almost a year and a half ago, and people wrote that the skull looked fake and terrible. It was like a free test screening, in a way. The skull is the main character, so if he doesn't look right, you're sunk from the very beginning. At least you have got to get that right."
Speaking of fast moving characters, according to the Hollywood Reporter, shooting starts in May at Studio Babelsberg, which also was where the Wachowskis shot "V For Vendetta."
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY?
Whether you celebrate Saint Valentine's Day, the Feast of Lupercus, Bird Mating Day or none at all we hope that you're enjoying this 24 hours. Meanwhile, we can't do this without you. The rumors, the scoops, the set photos -- they're all fueled by passionate fans emailing in the goods. The ones who ask, "What do you mean your sister's dating somebody who works for Miles Millar?" The ones who know the code names of movie projects and scour city permit filings for them. The devoted, the involved. Fans, just like you. Whatever you know, we wanna know, and whether you want your name shouted to the web's rafters or kept closer than a classified report, we've got you covered like a comforter. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu (web site, MySpace blog) saying thank you for your time and indulgence, and "enough talk -- let's go make with the 'biff' and the 'pow' already."