Strap in, true believers -- according to an announcement on director Jon Favreau's MySpace group, next week will be a big one for fans of the Golden Avenger. "For those of you who have been Jonesing to see the Comic Con footage, we now have an official teaser trailer that incorporates much of the same imagery," Favreau wrote. "Paramount is debuting the piece in its entirety across the Viacom Network's highest rated programs. The first appearance will be immediately before the Hills on MTV on 9/10 ... A hi-res version will appear on Apple.com/trailers on 9/11 for those of you who, for whatever reason, choose not to TiVo 'The Hills.'"
Meanwhile, Wizard has an interview with actor Robert Downey, Jr. "I think when someone has had a fundamental changeÑand they're not just trying to backpedal and make it seem like, 'I'm going to rehab again. Everything is fine' -- by the time you've seen the light and start doing the right thing, you really don't relate to the person that historically people still say you are," admits the actor. "But I get it. In a way, that's why ['Iron Man' is] ideally suited for me. And I'm ideally suited for it."
THE DARK KNIGHT
CBR'S own Rich Johnston has an ironic take on who exactly is taking a dirt nap in the new film and why confusion could have arisen. Scroll down to "They all look the same, don't they" and you'll see it.
There's also a big body of spoiler-y rumor over at Cinema Blend claiming knowledge of the antagonists for the film to follow this one (which doesn't even have a script yet).
Comics2Film is reporting that director Robert Rodriguez is being discussed as replacing Howard Deutch to direct the pilot.
According to Variety, "Producer Pierre Spengler has confirmed that 'Luchadores 5,' to be directed Michael Olmos, will be the first movie to emerge from his 12-pic deal with European comicbook publisher Humanoids." The film is set to shoot in early 2008 off of a script by Adrian A. Cruz.
Writer Stan Berkowitz was the subject of an interview with World's Finest where he described some of his problems working on the new series. "I wrote my first script for 'The Batman' in early 2006 (the Riddler origin story), and writing it was exactly like writing any 'Batman' episode. No difference whatsoever. After that season, though, the network focus-grouped 'The Batman' (and 'Legion of Super Heroes') and found out that what our very young male audience wanted was more fights, jokes and costumes and fewer female characters. No surprises there, but for some reason, I had an incredibly difficult time adjusting to these new imperatives when I was working on the Green Arrow story for the show's 07-08 season. The script generated endless notes from just about everyone, and it wasn't finished until 15 minutes before it was due to be recorded. Not the way I like to work. Before starting on the next script, I asked Alan Burnett if I could see Len Uhley's Hal Jordan/Green Lantern script for the show, and once I read it, I had a much better sense of the tone the network wanted. I guess the point is, it comes more naturally for me to write for a slightly older audience. But you can't deny the value of focus groups; the kids will always tell you what they want and don't want, and if you pay attention, they'll watch your show."
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