What’s that? First looks at the Mark One armor from San Diego? Oh you know CBR News was on the scene.
IGN hemmed up the director and the cast for a set of video interviews while they were all down in San Diego as well.
THE DARK KNIGHT
The Joker was extremely busy in San Diego, recruiting members for his gang, and CBR’s own Emmett Furey went undercover for the viral campaign’s excursion through the streets of San Diego, bringing you the exclusive news.
While that kept CBR running around the streets of San Diego, the local Fox affiliate in Chicago snagged some video of some high octane madness in the streets of the Windy City.
While screening “Superbad” for Comic-Con audiences, writer/director Seth Rogen talked a little about taking on Brit Reid’s story, confirming that it’s “not a comedy, it’s an action movie.”
Superhero Hype also pinned Rogen down for an audio interview (warning: big ol’ MP3 file) discussing the project.
The Neil Gaiman/Charles Vess project was also a focus of a Comic-Con panel held by Paramount pictures, also discussing the aforementioned Iron Man and of course covered by CBR News.
The Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons adaptation was discussed at the Warner Brothers panel which CBR also covered (with Greg Rucka-fueled mentions of “Queen & Country” and “Whiteout” as well.)
Alan Moore may not be going for it, but according to Wizard co-creator Dave Gibbons is rubbing his hands together expectantly. “I am excited about it,” Gibbons said. “I always respond to enthusiasm. Having had some conversations with Zack Snyder, I’m bowled over by his enthusiasm. I suppose the basic question is: Is a ‘Watchmen’ movie a good idea? That’s an imponderable question, but I do think Zack has got the ability to make a really good movie, and I think Watchmen has the ability to be a really good movie, and hopefully the two things will come together. I’m basically supporting it, and I’ve done little bits of work to do with the movie. Realistically speaking, I think it’s a good script. Anything that’s a movie version of a comic book, there’s going to be compromise. I’m optimistic about it, and obviously I wish it well. I hope it will be good. I’ve got a feeling it will be.”
Meanwhile, CHUD has a rumor that Snyder favorite Gerard Butler might play the castaway on the Black Freighter segment of the movie.
30 DAYS OF NIGHT
An official website has been launched to promote the Steve Niles movie, which has a trailer (behind a warning), wallpapers and factoids and even a shooter game.
Producer Sam Raimi was quoted by Sci Fi Wire talking about how he got involved with the project. “It’s so obvious once a great writer comes up with something like that,” Raimi said. “But to take it and make it take place in Barrow, Alaska, maybe the northernmost American city, where night falls for such a long period of time, and have vampires come to this place, with characters I really cared about, Eben and Stella. It’s cut off and it’s iced over. Just a combination of all those things, for me, made it something that I wanted to see in a picture.”
Shock Till You Drop has a complete report on the Comic-Con panel. Director David Slade said, “We put more violence in than we had to. We thought we’d get an NC-17, but it was a serious concern at one point. Violence is horrible, but part of this film was a sense of reality. So when violence occurs, it has to be there as part of life. We did what we wanted to do and as a result very nasty things happen. It’s important for a horror film to show very nasty, ugly things. When heads are being chopped off it has to be horrible. It’s part of the process of making it a realistic horror film.”
Superhero Hype caught up with director Peter Segal about what’s to be expected from the Big Red Cheese’s celluloid turn. We’re about to get our first draft in the next couple of weeks. Love John (August), he’s a great guy, and we’re glad to have him doing this. I think the reason why they came to me on that was the same reason they came to me 8 years ago on ‘Fantastic Four’ even though I didn’t stay on that project. We couldn’t get the budget down. I asked Stan Lee, ‘Why did you choose me?’ and he said, ‘Because our heroes have flaws and in the flaws is a sense of humor.’ It’s the same reason they came to me on ‘Shazam!’ Because it’s a 14-year-old prepubescent boy who becomes a superhero, so he’s got those same insecurities, those same fantasies. That’s where I think the heart of that movie is and I think that’s what makes it different from the other comic books.”
Director John Singleton told Black Film “There is a race to see if I’m going to do ‘Luke Cage’ first or ‘Black Panther.’ I really wanted to do both of those pictures. I’ve always been a fan of Marvel Comics, so it depends. I can do ‘Cage’ or ‘Black Panther.’ I’ve just been approached about doing ‘Black Panther.'”
Getting back to Greg Rucka’s icebound thriller, IGN talked to director Dominic Sena about the coming chill. “I’ve been a fan of the novel since like ’99 or so,” he said. “I read it then, loved it, tried to get the rights to it for years. It was always spoken for. And so when I found out [producer] Joel [Silver] got it, I called him and said, ‘Listen Joel, dude, I mean I feel like I know this novel. I’ve made the movie already in my head. I’ve been a fan of it. I’m the one who should make the movie!’ It’s the same story. We’ve consolidated a few characters. But the story is intact; the spirit of it is intact. We’ve even sort of upped the ante a bit … It’s very graphic. The whiteout is insane!”
Oh, and there’s a poster too.
Kryptonsite has a first look at the promotional poster for season seven.
Across the aisle, Devoted to Smallville has photos of cast members taken during the long weekend.
Some information at Sci Fi Wire complicates the question “Petrelli brothers: alive or dead?”
In a CBR-covered panel this past weekend, writer J. Michael Straczynski revealed that he is writing a screenplay for a movie featuring Norrin Radd.
IGN spoke to filmmakers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor at Comic-Con, who confirmed they will write and direct the movie. A first draft has been completed and the direction is derived from “the [Joe R.] Lansdale series, definitely,” Neveldine said. “The movie that we’re — we’ve pretty much wrote it — but we’re writing is going to be the introduction to Jonah Hex. So we’re incorporating a lot of stuff but we’re bringing in, of course, Quentin Turnbull. It’s almost like a double revenge story. They’re both justified in their own revenge. That’s what’s so great about Jonah Hex in this movie. And again we get to play with an anti-hero.”
Not normally something the Comic Reel would cover, but you have to include a link when the blurb says “Best. Panel. Ever.”
CBR covered the world premiere of the animated adventures of the Sorcerer Supreme.
All team ups, all the time? Yeah, CBR News covered that too.
… and the new animated Spidey series …
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES
… and even sending in the clones in the 31st century …
… and yes, even the death of Superman writ large in animated form.
Animator Bruce Timm talked to CBR about both this project and the upcoming “New Frontier” adaptation.
The new Hulk design? On YouTube …
Mortality comes to London — IESB reports that Neil Gaiman will be lensing his Vertigo adaptation in the UK capitol next spring with Guillermo del Toro on board as an advisor.
Anybody wanna write a super hero movie? According to Empire Magazine nobody has stepped up to the plate. “I want to help contribute to the production,” Raimi said. “I don’t know if I’ll just be a producer on it but if I can work with the writer in such a way so that directing would be right for me, I don’t know. We’ve had our first meeting on ‘Spider-Man 4’ and we’re looking for the writer.”
For the final word on Marvel’s cinematic ambitions, CBR News’ panel summary is the only place to go.
SPIRIT/SIN CITY 2
You’ll find a little bit of news about the two Frank Miller projects here at CBR
WORDS FAIL ME …
Tired. Is this the longest Comic Reel ever? Wow …
Anyway, 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 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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