Iron Man, Justice League, Couriers, Of Bitter Souls: February 23rd Comic Reel Wrap


There's a story in Esquire about actor Robert Downey, Jr. which he talks about escaping his tabloid history. "Something just broke, like, three months ago, where people stopped asking. It became about more interesting things. 'Iron Man' is kind of a definitive -- something so possibly two-dimensional and vapid and pointless in the bigger scope of life -- but it points to a dividing line between me being identified as one thing which I'll always be and me being identified as another thing which I'll always be -- someone who came out here to f***in' make movies and I didn't wanna be a busboy anymore."

Meanwhile, SlashFilm notes that actor Shaun Toub has been cast in an unspecified role for the Jon Favreau-helmed production.

Finally, Latino Review answers the question of why they haven't posted one of their well known script reviews: "Why haven't I reviewed the 'IRON MAN' [script] yet? Very simple. It doesn't exist! With weeks to go, Jon Favreau and Company STILL DON'T HAVE A FINALIZED IRON MAN SCRIPT [emphasis theirs]! They have pages of course, but nothing complete."


According to Variety, "Warner Bros., with its major appetite for fresh franchises, is looking to make a feature based on super team the 'Justice League of America,' hiring writing duo Kiernan and Michele Mulroney to pen the script."


Right here at CBR we've got a feature article about the AiT/PlanetLar adaptation talking to creators Brian Wood and Rob G.


We got an email from Markosia's Chuck Satterlee saying, "'OF BITTER SOULS' has been optioned by KICKSTART ('WANTED,' 'PAINKILLER JANE,' 'AMAZING SCREW-ON HEAD') for TV development. I just heard from Jason Netter at Kickstart and he says they are currently in the stages of shopping for a 'showrunner.'"


Director Mark Steven Johnson was interviewed by IF Magazine and talked a little about the Vertigo adaptation. "I'm just trying to finish the pilot for 'Preacher' at the moment. It's for HBO. It's VERY faithful to the comic, nearly exact. I think if it went, it would be one of the most amazing shows ever on television."


The official movie blog has been updated with a video featuring costume designer James Acheson discussing how he helped make Thomas Haden Church into the Sandman.


Director Greg Beeman has posted a new blog about this week's episode "Unexpected." Here at CBR there's an expanded report about HRG and what to expect.


There's a new rumor at Cinema Blend claiming that "'Casino Royale' star Eva Green may be up for the part of the Amazonian superhero." There's also a long set of rumors in the comments section about exactly how Whedon ended up leaving the project.


Creator Frank Miller has an update on the hard boiled sequel in some quotes at Sci Fi Wire. "The script is largely done, and now we're in that limbo zone where we're casting and making script adjustments as we go," Miller said. He even talked about what stories will be included: "The old ones are a couple of 'Blue Eyes' stories, and there's an 'Old Town Girls' story, and the new one features Nancy Callahan [played by Jessica Alba] in a very different, very scary role. I'm hoping we'll start in late spring. It gets pretty hot in Austin, so there might be a summer's interruption there, but both Robert and I really want to be shooting this thing as soon as possible."


Going to the New York Comic Con this weekend? If so, you can check out "Hellboy: Blood and Iron" in its entirety this Saturday, according to the official blog.


Three items of note today: first the network has released a new edition of the Oliver Queen Chronicles, showing supplemental data on the series. Second, somebody kindly posted the teaser trailer for the episode "Promise" on YouTube. Finally, Kryptonsite has screen captures of that trailer.


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."

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