Punisher, Superman, Smallville, 300: Comic Reel Wrap for November 17th


Wondering why Thomas Jane's Punisher is wearing all that black in hot ol' Tampa? Comics Continuum has an answer from gabby producer Gail Anne Hurd. "First reason is that's where the script is based. Frank Castle was on a number of different operations in the field. This is where his last undercover op was. It's unfortunately where things went down in a such way that his family paid the consequences. So's he come back for vengeance. For punishment."


E! Online chimed in on the casting rumors for the Man of Steel. According to their columnist Anderson Jones, "I'm told that McG, the unofficial director of Superman at Warner Bros. wants 20-year-old Henry Cavill to become his Clark Kent."


The team at Kryptonsite didn't spend the weekend in bed. In their rumors section they dug up confirmation on which guest stars would be returning for the big "Asylum" event episode, and also have a fourth image from this week's episode, "Shattered."


Creepy actor Lance Henriksen talked to Fangoria and let slip some things about the new "AVP" movie. He said, "I don't play Bishop in this movie, I play the man who created him. He's a billionaire and is responsible for taking this expedition to Antarctica, where everything takes place. It's a pretty cool character. I can't tell you guys anything else -- they made me sign not to tell. The thing is, they keep sending me new versions of [the script]. It's gonna be a very, very exciting movie -- I promise you that. I hope it turns out as good as 'Aliens.'"


First of all, Amazon.com is sponsoring a sweepstakes that could net you a nifty black leather X-Men jacket and a clear storage container full of Magneto's stuff. Second, the city of Edinburgh got its share of mutant mania when a huge office building was turned into an illuminated ad for the DVD's release. Third, some zany Germans have uploaded a gag reel from "X2", which they're happy to let you download once you register and sign in.


Sideshow Collectibles has new Hellboy action figure images, with more promised later this week. The Comic Reel will keep you informed as they come in. Plus, director Guillermo del Toro was back on the official message boards with updates on the movie, including having hooves in boots, noting David Hyde Pierce is all done voicing Abe Sapien, and more.


Superherohype caught a tidbit from UK magazine Hotdog, stating that mercurial actor Val Kilmer is being considered for a role as Steve Rogers, everybody's favorite patriot.


Speaking of American heroes, IGN's Filmforce has an update on the live action "G.I. Joe" adaptation which everyone has been buzzing about. First clearing up their earlier guess, 27-year-old screenwriter Michael Gordon is not the writer of the same name who was attached to the "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" show. Second, they note that Paramount PIctures is on board, as is producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and everything will finalize between studio, Hasbro and the writer within two weeks. They also note that 80's nostalgia favorites Duke, Scarlett and Snake Eyes will return set in a more modern milieu.


Keeping busy on all fronts, Superherohype also has a new photo of actress Rachel Weisz on the set of "Constantine."


In that same story, IGN's source slipped in a rumor that there's an adaptation of Frank Miller's story of the battle of Thermopylae in the works, grafted on to the idea of remaking the 1962 film "The 300 Spartans," which covered some of the same ground.


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