Iron Man, Smallville, Fantastic Four 2, Transformers: August 18th Comic Reel Wrap


Actor Terrence Howard responded to rumors of him playing Jim Rhodes in an interview with MTV. "Mayyy-bee," Howard said about taking the role. "It's something I'm trying to fully consider. Action is a whole 'nother animal. The CGI and special effects, that's a whole 'nother thing. Playing to green screen or blue screen, I've never done that. I want to accomplish it and do it well. I don't want to do anything and not do it well."


Kryptonsite has a first look at actor Justin Hartley as the Emerald Archer, plus some screen captures for the season six premiere, set to air September 28th on the newly merged CW network.


Director Tim Story has updated his MySpace blog with more info about the upcoming shooting. "The latest test of Chiklis' new thing makeup is looking good," the director wrote. I think I told you guys about how we were improving the suit. For one it's lighter and will allow Chikie to be more athletic. I know many of you wish the Thing could've been more agile, well you got it. Michael's excited. We've made improvements to areas like the brow. Yes yes, it's a little bigger. You guys have to remember the brow can't be too big because it just doesn't look as good as you might think, but we have improved it. This all came from the fans saying they wish it were bigger. He'll be wearing more clothes as well. Now that he's comfortable with himself, we can have more fun with his appearance. Wait until you see him in his tux.

"The new mask for Doom is awesome. There's a more evil tone to it. I've been working on a maquette of the entire Doom look, complete with armor with my friends at Spectral Motion (the guys who brought you Thing, Beast, Juggernaut, Hellboy, etc...) The look is madd cool. I think you guys will like it. And don't worry Julian will be seen. I talked to him yesterday and he can't wait to get busy.

"The Silver Surfer's look just continues to get better. We're trying test on the wake that his board will leave and we're starting to really get into the look of his eyes. Classic Surfer looks from the comic. I think you will all enjoy it. Yes, now the question that I keep getting asked too many times...Doug Jones or no Doug Jones. Here's the low down. Doug has been working on a number of things regarding the Surfer. In order for the presence of the CGI SS to appear and move real, we need someone to perfect movement and provide a base, to which WETA can do their thing. That the jest of it. I don't know what that confirms for you guys but there you go."


Faithful reader Tom Williams was the first to ping us about the fact that Yahoo! Movies is apparently hosting a live web chat at 11AM PST today with writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, where they will be announcing the names of all the robots that will appear in the film. This very page here at CBR will be updated this evening with all the relevant information.


Not according to actress Jessica Biel. She's quoted in an interview at JoBlo.com shooting down the idea of a spinoff. "I think that's over with. Nothing ever came really with the 'Night Stalkers,' I actually thought that, maybe we would do an adaptation of that but ... I don't know, I just don't think that 'Blade: Trinity' did so well. It just didn't do as well as everyone would have hoped so no one was interested in rethinking those characters. But I'm open to it; I'm open to other comic book adaptations or big action ... I mean, I like action movies, I like doing action movies, I think they're fun. It's not something that I want to do all the time but every now and again. I would even dabble in horror again if it was the right thing, maybe more psychological horror and less gruesome, but I would never say never to anything. Cause I know how this business works; you think, oh I'm gonna do this for sure and then you're like, well, okay I'll do that. I mean literally, that's how it's gone every time I've done anything I said I'm not gonna do that. And then of course, I do it."


According to the Hollywood Reporter, James McAvoy has landed the starring role in the Mark Millar adaptation, with the English-language debut of Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov as director. The script was written by Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, who wrote Universal's "2 Fast 2 Furious." The trade says the movie is a priority for the studio and is anticipated to go into production in first-quarter 2007 with a budget of less than $100 million.


Crave Online talked to Craig Kyle, VP of Creative Development at Marvel's animation arm, where he discussed writing the new direct-to-DVD Panther-centric feature. "When were writing story one we were already building in the bones for Wakanda and Panther's role in movie two," Kyle said. "It was an unavoidable destination we were going to reach in our second movie. I hope you agree that really going from movie one to movie two, it does make sense and it does answer why they were doing what they were gonna"


Comics Continuum keeps milking San Diego coverage, today bringing an interview with voice actor Shawn Harrison, who brings Timber Wolf to life. "Whenever I do a character, I look at the graphics first and try to visualize what I think that person sounds like," Harrison said. "And then I'll start to play with certain timbers and tones in my voice to try to effect the voice. With him, I knew I wanted to go with something very understated and very dark ­ and sort of mysterious."


The Hollywood Reporter has an in-depth analysis of the fates of both films and how they affect the future developments for their respective studios.


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