Spider-Man 4, Transformers 2, Watchmen: May 28th Comic Reel Wrap


Last night we got an email from El Mayimbe pointing out the new rumor at Latino Review regarding two young actors being considered to replace Tobey Maguire in a proposed "requel" -- Patrick Fugit and Michael Angarano.


A new video at MTV had "The Office" actor Rainn Wilson talking about playing a small role in the sequel.

In other mechanized news, a Bethlehem, PA-based blogger got a letter informing him that Autobots would be heading to his street. Residents were put on notice that filming would be happening at the steel mill on June 2-4 from 4PM-7AM. The letter cautioned that the production will include "military helicopters, large-scale pyrotechnics, prop guns and squibs and large lights," and other surprises. Which is terribly helpful for anyone who'd wanna go down to the set, spy, take photos and maybe send them in to a wonderful blue-hued comic book-themed website such as this one.


Screenwriter David Hayter was interviewed by This Week In Geek, and Watchmen Comic Movie faithfully provided a full transcription. "It was protecting the integrity of the project from all the different studios we took it to. I had it at four different studios and it would inevitably come down to the same notes, which were 'It's a six-person movie, can we make it about one person?' and 'We don't like all these flashbacks, can we get rid of these flashbacks?' Well, we're stretching over events that reach for 40 years, so we kind of need the flashbacks, and it's not about one person, it's about six people. So, I can write you a movie with no flashbacks and only one main character, but that's not Watchmen, that's a different thing, and you're gonna have to pay me again. So eventually, we would part ways with each successive studio as they lost their nerve to make that movie and what we knew. But the entire time, what it was really going to come down to was a super-hot director coming in off of a huge success so that he couldn't be messed with and somebody that was a huge fan of the comic book itself. And like a miracle from the sky, '300' comes out, opens to $70 million in March, of all months, and suddenly, Zack Snyder is this huge director and he's a massive fan of the material. He came in and was really our white knight. He got it made the way it needed to be made."


Lots of websites may have gotten invited to the editing bay (JoBlo.com, Ain't It Cool News for example -- thanks to Casey Moore for the heads up on those two) but CBR News got a one-on-one with the director Louis Leterrier and Latino Review talked to Leterrier and producers Kevin Feige and Gail Anne Hurd.

Meanwhile, according to the British Board of Film Certifications, the final edit of the movie runs 112 minutes and five seconds.


Actor Christian Bale is the subject of an interview at Details magazine, where he talked about what it was like working alongside Heath Ledger. "He was incredibly intense in his performance but incredibly mellow and laid-back," Bale said. "Certainly there was this great anarchistic streak to it -- just getting dirtier than anybody's envisioned the Joker before. Naturally it was something I wanted to share with him -- and expected to do so. And I can't do anything else but hope that it will be an absolutely appropriate celebration of his work."

There's also a new look at Batman on the cover of this Italian magazine.


If you're ready for some spoilers, you can check out a number of production stills and set photos at Comic Book Movie.


Returning to Peter Parker for a moment, we have the inside scoop on this weekend's Sinister Six-themed episode "Group Therapy" complete with images from the show.


A financial filing from Platinum Studios revealed that the "Dylan Dog" adaptation will go before the cameras on or before September 30 of this year.


In "life imitates Matt Fraction" news, Tony Stark headed into space ... sort of. An article at Marvel's website noted that the movie was beamed up to the International Space Station at the request of astronaut Garrett Reisman. Which means he didn't have to pay to see it, and that "Iron Man" has beaten all the other movies in the box office race in space.


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 Warner Brothers?" 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, comics reviews will be posted Friday for some reason that hasn't been made clear, and what is The Hundred and Four?

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