Spider-Man 3, Superman, Fantastic Four, Smallville: October 21 Comic Reel Wrap


Director Sam Raimi is having a personal crisis: when he had a question-and-answer with JoBlo.com ... well, we'll let the quotes tell the tale: "Q: where are you with Spider-Man 3? A: I'm lost in a world of confusion right now. In a place of terror. Q: So you're still trying to figure out the story? A: Yes, with a release date coming. Q: Do you have villains in mind? A: Not yet. I'm still trying to figure out Peter's journey, what he's gotta learn in this next adventure, what's gonna happen with the love story with him and Mary Jane Watson and his friend Harry, and what the thematic elements are. What will the movie be about? And once I know that, once I know where he's heading, those conflicts that come up to stand in his way. Once they're clear in my mind, then I'll try and find those villains in the Marvel Universe that best represent that conflict, and I think that's how I'll arrive at the villains. Q: Do you think they'll go beyond three? A: Well, Amy Pascal, the chairwoman of Columbia Pictures, has said to me, 'Sam, I have a sense that the audience want the conclusion of the story now. So don't set up anything in your story for part four. Don't worry about that. Just make it as complete of a movie that ends our saga in as fulfilling a way as possible.' So, that's the dictate that I'm creating this story under." If you see Sam Raimi, please give him a hug and say, "It'll be okay ..."


Adding Bryan Singer to the mix is like Christmas Day for movie comics news fans. The director talked to Ain't It Cool News about the scoring for the Brandon Routh-fueled DC adaptation (first time we get to use "Brandon Routh-fueled," heck yeah). "He asked if there was anything else and I presented him with the most important aspect I could think of. 'Will you use John Williams music in the movie?' He looked at me dead on and said very boldly, 'Yes. Definitely yes.'"

Meanwhile, Cinescape has a rumor about the "short list" of actresses up for the role of Lois Lane. They are: Mischa Barton ("The OC"), Charisma Carpenter ("Angel"), Mia Kirschner ("The Crow: City of Angels"), Evangeline Lilly ("Lost"), Natalie Portman ("The Professional"), and Keri Russell ("Felicity."). However, JoBlo.com claims that the list is actually only four actresses.


There was footage from the Tim Story-directed Marvel adaptation shown on "Entertainment Tonight" Wednesday evening, with some great fanboy moments. According to Superhero Hype, "Michael Chiklis was interviewed wearing a 'It's Clobberin' Time!' shirt (he also yelled that out), and Ioan talked about kissing an invisible woman. The few quick images from some scenes showed Sue Storm (Alba looking even better as a blonde) sharing a kiss with a motorcyclist, while the Thing walked towards camera in a large trench coat while removing his hat. One other pic was that of Reed, Sue and Johnny (it just a towel), standing inside a room and looking at a demolished wall." Comics Continuum has screen captures.


They're at it again. Kryptonsite has screen captures from the trailer for next week's episode, "Transference," and of course their arch enemies at Devoted to Smallville have screen captures and a video clip (Windows Media only). DTS fires the day's final shot with new promotional images, mostly of stunning starlet Kristin Kreuk.


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