Justice League, TMNT 2, Iron Man, The Dark Knight: June 29th Comic Reel Wrap


Actor Brandon Routh talked to IESB about how interested he is in putting the blue tights back on to join forces in the proposed mega-team-up movie, despite knowing absolutely nothing about the production outside of what's been reported in the trades.


Steve Murphy of Mirage Studios posted a note on his blog about prospects for a sequel. "As of two weeks ago Imagi Entertainment (the TMNT movie animation studio) informed Mirage Studios that there was a 50-50 chance of a CGI film sequel," Murphy wrote. "Last week they upped the odds to 70-30 in favor of a sequel, as talks between Imagi and their distribution partners Warner Brothers and the Weinstein Group seem to be heading in a positive direction."


When push came to shove, what role did director Jon Favreau play in the Marvel movie? Robin Leach reveals the truth on his blog: "Robert Downey Jr.'s character in the 'Iron Man' film shooting at Caesars Palace called for a security guard, so to save time and money, director Jon Favreau cast himself in the part -- and then after shooting the scene yelled 'wrap' to end final Vegas shooting of the Marvel Comic hero."

Moreover, a promotional website has been launched by Paramount, although there's not much to it yet.


Sticking with costumed billionaires, MTV talked to actor Christian Bale who talked about the film's take on the Joker. "...certainly I think that we dig a little more than the other movies did," Bale said "We recognize, of course, they are cartoon characters, [but] we try to ground them in somewhat more reality than the other movies."

Meanwhile, Superhero Hype has another set report with photos from Chicago.


Screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman were interviewed by Superhero Hype about the Michael Bay-helmed action flick, saying that they initially didn't want to accept Steven Spielberg's invitation to work on the project. Kurtzman said, "We were initially hesitant, because it was not immediately clear to us what the movie was, and when we sat down with Steven, he kind of gave us that first kernel that got us really excited about the movie, and then we started writing from there."

"'Cause we wanted to make sure it wasn't just going to be a toy commercial," Orci said, "and so when we told him our concern, then we said, 'Look, we feel there's going to have to be a human element to this.' He said, 'I totally agree and I even have it for you -- it's a boy and his car.' And that was enough to get us going."

Actors Tyrese Gibson and Josh Duhamel were quoted at Sci Fi Wire talking about actual chaos happening around them as they worked. "You had all the explosions going on around you," Duhamel said. "[It] gets your adrenaline running right there, to have all the sounds."

"Every once in a while, we got to, like, do a scene without explosions, where we could actually get our dialogue out," Gibson said. "But for the most part we were talking in between bombs. And then we would always end up having dialogue at the end of the street, after running down, like, a half a mile of explosions. I mean, cars [crashing], they would be just crazy. You're running up the street like this, and you'll just see cars like [explosion sound effects], so you're just running, and you're [like,] 'Oh, s--t!' I mean, it was full-blown. And then, at the end, it was time for your close-up. And after all that stuff you just seen -- explosions, car wrecks, people shooting, tanks rolling over cars -- now you're supposed to deliver your line."


You can find five images from the direct-to-DVD animated feature at Toon Zone's message boards while Steve Younis of the Superman Homepage wrote us to note that some release dates for international releases of the film: "As we know, the direct-to-DVD animation movie will be released in the U.S. on September 18th. Canada will also have the same release date." November 20th is the date in some other territories, apparently.


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