Smallville, Hellboy 2, X-Men 3, Aquaman: The Comic Reel Wrap for September 8


Perhaps the WB has given up on the "Dawson's Creek" vibe altogether and given in to the mad urges of the Silver Age. According to the spoilers page at Kryptonsite, the season's seventh episode (called "Jinx") will feature yet another DCU character, this one with a mind for mischief.


The film's principals are all over the web, talking sequel. First actress Selma Blair talked to XFM about what she expects to happen. "mean, come on, Liz saves the day at the end and she's with Hellboy the hero. I figure she will be more prominent in the second one or at least have a bit of a sense of humour. (sic) Ultimately I do trust Guillermo del Toro and Mike Mignola so I'll see the tone that they are going to set. I trust Guillermo completely. Yeah I probably will work on making her a little more aggressive than I let her be in the first one."

Ron Perlman also talked to XFM, saying, "He gave me a perfect character to play the first time around. I'm of a mind that if it ain't broke, then don't fix it. Why would I ever presume to tell Guillermo Del Toro to change something that he knows incredibly well how to do. I would much rather open the Christmas present without knowing what it is on the day and be totally surprised and delighted like I was the last time, like I am every time."

Finally the site interviewed the man himself, Guillermo del Toro who said, "I think that the first movie deals with Hellboy and his immediate family and his immediate environment. The second movie will deal with Hellboy in the world. It will be more of Hellboy facing the real world and more of his real role on this earth. You know, does he belong with the humans. The first one was 'Tarzan,' the second one is 'Tarzan In The City' (laughs)."


According to the industry rag Production Weekly, Buffy veteran Joss Whedon has already signed on to direct the third mutant-themed Marvel adaptation with production slated to begin in Vancouver in June 2005.


Former CBR scribe Rob Worley emailed the Comic Reel with a tip from one of his vast network of spies. Allegedly, DC's lord of the seas is getting the cinematic treatment, courtesy of producers Alan and Peter Riche and writer Ben Grant. Rob's source said, "They want this Aquaman to be a goofy screwball comedy. Their thought was, 'since he's such a stupid character let's play that up.'" He then warned me that despite his source's reliability, this is still just a rumor for now, so caveat emptor and what not.


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