Smallville, Spider-Man 4, Heroes, Sin City 2: May 7th Comic Reel Wrap


The network has posted an extended trailer for the upcoming episode "Prototype," and Kryptonsite has screen captures if you're a more "one frame at a time" sort of person, as well as an image gallery of promotional shots from the season finale, "Phantom."


Marvel had one of their lesser known characters headline a small-budget sequel this past weekend, you may have heard about it? Sarcasm aside, CBR has been watching the money stack up all weekend, coming to an estimated total of $148 million domestically, and an estimated $375 million world wide. Not bad, Parker ...

Meanwhile, Freeze Dried Movies has a rumor that the villains for the next sequel have already been chosen -- Carnage and the Lizard, maybe with the Black Cat along for the ride.

Don't worry about whether you'll run out of sequels to enjoy -- Sony head honcho Michael Lynton told the BBC "Everybody has every intention of making a fourth, a fifth and a sixth and on and on." There would be "as many as we can make good stories for," he pledged.


We've got more "Heroes" coverage here at CBR, including that interview from last week with actors Hayden Panettiere and Eric Roberts, as well as video previews of tonight's episode, "The Hard Part." The show's actors were featured on a series of collectible Entertainment Weekly covers, and you can see them all at the official website.


Will actor Antonio Banderas be in the sequel, directed by his friend Robert Rodriguez? He's quoted at Sci Fi Wire as saying ... well ... his words speak better than ours: "People keep asking me about this, but I don't know anything about it," Banderas said. "But the way this man works, he will literally call me the night before and say, 'Let's do this movie.' And I will do it. I've done six movies with him, and that is the way he works. I would like to do it, yes, but I don't know anything about it. I would follow Robert Rodriguez into hell if he asked me to do it. I like the creativity of this guy."


Director Jon Favreau's MySpace group message board is full of interesting tidbits, like posts in this topic with photos that look like Iron Man facing off ... against the much larger Iron Monger.

Favreau himself made a post about the design of the actual armor. "The suit was designed by an artist named Phil Saunders who collaborated with Adi Granov based on the comic art of Granov," Favreau typed. "It evolved over many months and then was brought to Winston Studios to refine the design in order to build it as a working practical costume. Winston modeled and then fabricated the actual suit. It is difficult to identify a single person as the designer because they each contributed to the final design. The EW article correctly stated, however, that the suit was built by Winston. I hope this helps."


Bigger? More metal? Okay -- if you poke through the image gallery at actress Megan Fox's web site, you'll see a slew of new photos from the production.

Meanwhile, the site admin at director Michael Bay's website made a post to their message boards about the film's progress. "This movie is about 3-4 weeks from being locked (locked means that no more changes can be made to a film so that it could be release for massive reel duplication). At this point, there are few mods left. Mike is tweaking the ending and maybe shaving off some minutes here and there. He's waiting for some final renders from ILM and that's it. The photo of OP in the LA Times should tell you what the final decision is on the mouth/faceplate/battle mask is."

The site's blog talks trailer, saying "A little update: I just spoke to Bay and he's just putting the finishing touches of the new 'Transformers' theatrical trailer. It will be attached to 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.'" CanMag puts it even earlier, attached to prints of "Shrek the Third."


Kung Fu Rodeo has a look at the full page newspaper ad for the Neil Gaiman cinematic vision, and Michelle Pfeiffer appeared on the "Ellen Degeneres Show" talking about the movie, which of course found its way to YouTube ...


Actor Chris Evans found himself down under, and granted an interview to Australian website Moviehole, talking about how safe he was. "Pretty much, that's all CGI," he said of Johnny Storm's flames. "There wasn't one bit of pyrotechnics on the set, every bit of it was added in post production."

Actor Julian McMahon was the subject of a USA Weekend feature with Timothy Olyphant and Sandman actor Thomas Haden Church, talking about being bad on the big screen. "You get an opportunity to say nasty things you want to say or do things you never get to do," McMahon said. "I studied all the classic bad guys, from the Hitchcock movies to Darth Vader. Then, I tried to dissect the comic book character. But I realized I was way too inside my head and I needed to chill out a little and just play it."


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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