Iron Man, Transformers, The Dark Knight, Heroes: June 25th Comic Reel Wrap


Superhero Hype has a new cast photo of the four lead actors from the Jon Favreau-helmed Marvel movie.


Sticking with heavy machinery for a moment, the media onslaught for the Hasbro adaptation continues with a deluge of new stuff for you. First up, Superhero Hype also has a new TV spot (as an 11.4 MB QuickTime movie or as part of the Flash player on their site), and their sister site Comingsoon.net has posted eight new clips. An official website for the soundtrack album has been launched with a complete track listing of what you'll hear.

Screenwriter Robert Orci was interviewed by Dark Horizons about putting the script together. "The first great step is to make sure that he's not involved until you've written two drafts. So we wrote two drafts before we actually showed him anything. That was in order so that we would be confident that again, the structure would be solid enough that he could come in and play and we wouldn't be developing something based on an idea that was half formed. Also it helps when you have Spielberg as the producer. This is our second movie with Bay so we got to know him pretty well. We are able to predict essentially and very much we wrote this movie in a way for him and for Spielberg and for ourselves." But what about that early John Rogers draft? "We kept the idea of going after the Allspark. The basic idea that they're fighting for this artifact was in his draft but we kept that idea."

Actress Megan Fox is quoted at Sci Fi Wire talking about her hardships on set. "I lost my two big toenails at one point," Fox said. "Not to, like, a specific accident. It was just the constant running in the wardrobe boots, which rubbed my toenails off."

Finally, the Hollywood Reporter talks about the new animated series, set in a wholly new continuity from the movie or any of the previous properties.


One of our favorites here, reader Tom Stillwell, wrote in to note this slideshow of set photos he took, noting the codename "RFK" for the production. He promises to try and hunt for more shots today.

Superhero Hype stayed busy, with a scooper sending in a from the Windy City.


Right here at CBR we've got a big report on the "Heroes" World Tour press conference from last week, plus Variety is reporting that actor Shalim Ortiz has joined the cast as an immigrant on the run who's also the brother of another new character played by "X-Men 3" veteran Dania Ramirez.


CBR also has a plethora of production stills from the Neil Gaiman/Charles Vess adaptation.


Actor Brandon Molale talked to E! Online about being considered to play The Big Red Cheese. "The script hasn't even been written yet," Molale said. "But I'm just flattered that they're even considering me. I was shocked. They're making every comic-book movie as it is, and it's like, you know, I know my abilities as an actor. I'm a good actor. I just need someone to give me something I can sink my teeth into."


It's official -- Comic Book Movie has a first look at the teaser poster shown at last week's Licensing Show in New York. They erroneously state that the new film follows the events of the Ang Lee production.


According to Comingsoon.net, things aren't going so well for Reed and the gang. "20th Century Fox's 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer' wasn't one of [last week's films that held up well]. It dropped over 65% from its impressive opening while battling with '1408' for which will take second place, and after ten days, it hasn't reached the $100 million, which the original movie did manage to make in that period despite bad reviews."


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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