Iron Man, Smallville, 300, The Batman: September 20th Comic Reel Wrap


Proof positive that MySpace makes people crazy -- director Jon Favreau posted this photo of himself and executive producer Peter Billingsley in a room full of guns, allegedly part of the production. Or they're starting a militia. It's hard to tell.


Kneel before who? Kryptonsite has more production stills from the season premiere, while Just Jared has cast photos from the CW launch party (which, somehow, the Comic Reel wasn't invited to -- those bastards!).

But the big news from Clark's home town is over at TV Guide's Ask Ausiello which centers in on that Tori Spelling casting tidbit: "It'll be our first episode back in January, and she'll be kind of our villain of the week," he said. "She'll be exposing the very big secrets that will be driving the second half of the season, and I can't tell you any of them. Zero ... OK, I'll tell you one snippet. Episode 11, which is our second episode back in January, is going to be called "Justice," and it'll basically be our first look at the Justice League. We're gonna have Green Arrow, Cyborg, Flash and Aquaman, played by Alan Ritchson, who is coming back. That's gonna be our first Justice League episode." When asked where Wonder Woman was, Gough said, "Ask Joel Silver. He's the producer; he controls the movie rights. We'd do a whole Wonder Woman series [emphasis his] if we had Wonder Woman, but Joss Whedon is writing the movie, so we can't have her."


Comics2Film has an interview with director Zack Snyder, who calms fears that ancient Sparta will get softened up for the big screen. "I think that what's happened in the past is that Hollywood has taken a movie and gone, 'You know what, let's fix this' and turned it invisible," he said. "'That's cute, you did a comic book, that's nice. Here, watch this' Yeah, like this is better. The problem with that, and I think that's the trend for me anyway is to say, 'Why not film it?' What was wrong with it before, was it too scary, was it too hardcore, was it too beautiful" Are these problems. Because what you don't want to do and I hope we didn't do it, is inevitably what happens to a graphic novel when it gets turned into a movie is it gets sanded. All of the edges get sanded off of it so that it's a nice round shape that you can throw at the public and not hurt 'em too bad with it. What we did with Frank's was make the pointed edges pointier. We made it hard."


If you'd like a spoiler about Batgirl, you should head over to the Legions of Gotham message boards.


Speaking of Legions of Gotham, and Legions in general, their message boards also have a pictorial history of the logo that led to what we'll see on screen.


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