Iron Man, Shazam, The Ark, Queen & Country: May 3rd Comic Reel Wrap


Of course we had the Entertainment Weekly photo of the new armor, just a little after press time for the wrap yesterday, but today we find a set report with video at IESB detailing the climactic battle scene with video.


CBR also had a feature talking to screen writer John August about developing the film, while a piece at MTV has director Peter Segal squashing some rumors. As soon as we signed John August to write it, the next day we saw on the Internet that Jake Gyllenhaal would be a great Captain Marvel and we were already in negotiations with him," Segal said. "I said, 'Well, he'd be great, but we've literally just signed the writer!'" Describing the film's approach, Segal said, "It's like a combination of 'Big' and 'Superman.' It's a 13-year-old boy who, when he says the word 'Shazam!,' he gets the powers of Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Mercury and Achilles. So basically, he can fly, he has superpowers, but when he morphs into a 28-year-old superhero, on the inside he's still 13. So, you get that quality of what Tom Hanks brought to 'Big,' but you also have a kick-ass superhero. No, we're not going for the cheesy."


According to Variety, Columbia Pictures has paired with Original Films' Neal Moritz to bring the Dark Horse comic to the silver screen. Mark Verheiden, creator of the Dark Horse story upon which it will be based, has been tapped to adapt it for the big screen. Dark Horse's Mike Richardson will produce with Moritz, whose company is based at Columbia.


Writer Greg Rucka talked to IGN about the espionage property in development hell, and despite current filming on his "Whiteout," he was bemused at the progress. "'Q&C' is at Fox," he said. "It's gone through several draft revisions. We are waiting to see what they're going to do next. There has not been movement on that for about a year. There was a time when I was being told that there was a lot of interest and a lot of activity, and I get the feeling that they knew the source material É and then they got a draft and they kind of looked at it and went, 'These don't match.' And they didn't know what went south. I remember it was like a year and a half ago, I had a conversation with one of the executives and I said, 'This is the thing you need to understand about a Q&C story. There are always two antagonists. There is the bad guys who want to blow up the bridge É and then there is your own government that doesn't want you to go and stop them for a variety of reasons, because they have a trade agreement in place [or something].' And you could hear the light bulb starting, click, click, click. 'Oh, that's what makes this different.' You could hear them go, 'Oh, that's why it isn't James Bond.' It's because there are things at odds. But no, we haven't heard anything since then. God knows. They could have a stack of screenplays and people are sleeping on them!"


CBR is all over the drama behind the soon-to-be-smash-hit, with an in-depth analysis of the early numbers and the studio scuttlebutt. Getting more personal, we also have an interview with actress Kirsten Dunst.


Producer Greg Beeman has posted a new blog about this week's episode, "Five Years Gone," while Herosite has a possibly spoiler-y interview with actors Hayden Panettiere and Eric Roberts.


Speaking of Roberts, he's the subject of a piece at IF Magazine talking about his role in the Christopher Nolan-helmed sequel. "I'm a Mafioso in 'THE DARK KNIGHT 'and I haven't seen the script," Roberts said, "all I've seen is the pages they sent me to audition. It's all very hush hush. We're going to be shooting in Chicago and London. I love Christian Bale what an actor. I have interactions with both Heath Ledger and Christian Bale and I am a bad guy. It was thanks to 'HEROES' that I started to get this new found appreciation for the comic book genre."


Is a teaser for the sequel already done? A blog post by one of director Robert Rodriguez' colleagues seems to indicate that it has.


Warner Brothers has launched the official web site for the direct-to-DVD animated feature.


Keeping it Kryptonian, somewhat, actor Aaron Ashmore is the subject of a podcast interview at Pluggd.


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