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Justice League, Gatchaman, Punisher: War Zone: December 11th Comic Reel Wrap

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Justice League, Gatchaman, Punisher: War Zone: December 11th Comic Reel Wrap


Actress Teresa Palmer played coy with The Herald-Sun about whether she is or is not gonna work with George Miller for the DC project. “The actresses who tested for the film did not test for any specific role,” Palmer said. “There are three female roles, I believe, in that movie and all the girls tested for any one of those female roles.” What did that “Great Space Coaster” show show say about a lack of gnus?

However, Moviehole has a rumor about what the movie could be called — “American Heroes.”


Comics2Film has a press release showing that Imagi International Holdings secured financing for their animated feature films “Astro Boy” and “Gatchaman,” known more popularly in the US as “G-Force” or “Battle of the Planets.”


Director Lexi Alexander joined the message boards at Superhero Hype to answer fan questions, including noting you won’t see the Central Park massacre and that the lead character will be a former Marine who served in the first Gulf War.

Actor Ray Stevenson talked to Wizard Magazine about stepping into the role of Frank Castle. He said, “This is in no way to be seen as ‘Punisher 2,’ or even ‘Punisher 3.’ “It’s going full-on for the Garth Ennis and Tim Bradstreet take on Frank Castle. We’re staying very, very true to the authenticity of the comic books. The whole look of the film, the mise en scene, has that light and dark, harsh sodium colors. Frank Castle is definitely the predator. Not to take away from anything Tom Jane has done, and I think that movie stands up on its own, but my take will be different. It’s a newer, darker version.”


CBR News has new photos from the Greg Rucka adaptation.


At another one of those preview screenings, IGN caught some quotes from producer Chuck Roven, who discussed things like “why Heath Ledger as the Joker?” “Ledger was cast as the character because of his acting range,” Roven said, “and also because he and Christopher Nolan had a meeting about the part, and they had the same thoughts about what the character should be like.” He also said actor Christian Bale really jumped off of a skyscraper to do a stunt and that there had been zero discussion of villains or anything else for a third movie.


You might get some ideas about what to expect from the Jon Favreau-helmed Marvel movie from these preview images of action figures from the film (note: “Iron Monger w/Super Fist Smash”), or from this video from …


Yahoo! Movies has posted a first look at the Predator’s home world alongside a few other new photos from the production.


Screenwriter Carl Ellsworth also talked to Wizard Magazine about differences between the comic and the movie versions. “We haven’t gone out of the way to reinvent a lot of the comic because it works so well,” Ellsworth said. “What we’re actually trying to do is give more of a foundation to the characters and what makes them tick. I wouldn’t so much call this an origin-type movie, but the villains in the comic spring up quickly. For example, the Daughters of the Amazon — we’re interested in exploring how that group doesn’t just spring up overnight.”


Clearly, somebody has a lot of time on their hands — as reported by strikewatcher Nikki Finke, some bored writers have completely spoofed the AMPTP’s official website with a lookalike mockery that has a URL so close it’ll fool many, despite its hilarious take on events: “We are heartbroken to report that despite our best efforts, including sending them a muffin basket, making them a mix CD, and standing outside their window with a boombox blasting Peter Gabriel songs, our talks with the WGA have broken down. Quite frankly, we’re puzzled as to why this happened. We talked about it all the way home — after we walked into their hotel room, slapped our list of demands on the table and abruptly left the negotiating session — and none of us could figure out what went wrong.”

Many WGA representatives are very upset with the breakdown of negotiations, including WGA-East president Michael Winship who said, “They lie … and then they lie again. And then they lie some more.”

As we reported earlier, fans can join the cast and crew of “Heroes” on the picket line today around noon. Oh, and Tenacious D rocked for a rally on Friday in support of the WGA …


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, shout out to Ratpack Slim and Comics Ink shopper DJ Jedi for rocking the last night of LA poetry venue Green, and [tagline redacted until the WGA strike is resolved].

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