From our "wildly unbelievable rumors" file, we have this story from IESB where actor Jason Statham claimed he was being considered for the role of the Atlantean prince. "I don't know if I'd look right running around in a tight speedo with wings on my ankles," Statham said. "I'm trying to think of what would be a good comic book character for me to play. You know, there's talk of them redoing The Crow. That was a good movie with Brandon Lee, although that was years ago. So if that one comes my way, bang!"
SIN CITY 2
How about Namor's favorite blonde? Actress Jessica Alba talked about both her comic book properties ... but had little to say. "Sin City 2?" "I haven't read a script," she told Superhero Hype. "I don't know anything about it. Robert (Rodriguez) and Frank (Miller) haven't talked to me about it at all." How about "FF3?" "I have no idea. I know the writers strike and the impending actors strike has kind of put a wrench in everything production wise. That film takes a lot of prep, a good six months of prep and about six months to shoot. With the strike, I think, maybe it's put on hold." Helpful.
We got an email from Ryan Gibson Stewart (a while ago, actually, just kept forgetting to open the email, heh) about this slightly spoilery interview with Joe Tolerico, a senior producer at NBC who is the project manager over the online "Heroes: Evolutions" content, as well as a page from the new graphic novel. Thanks Ryan!
While commenting on the passing of Heath Ledger, producer Chuck Roven was quoted by Superhero Hype talking about what's not happening for the Fastest Man Alive, who's "stuck right now with the writers strike. We've got a writer. We've got a director. We've got to wait until the strike is over."
Don't try and link Edward Norton with the Ang Lee film, according to quotes in The Sun. "First off it's utterly unrelated to that film," Norton said. "This is in no way a response to it or picking up from it. I think like Chris Nolan and those guys did with Batman, we just said: 'We're going to start completely with our own version of this myth or saga.' To me the whole thing was to envision it in multiple parts. We left a lot out on purpose. It's definitely intended as chapter one." Somebody smells sequel ...
Yesterday, Kryptonsite posted a schedule of the remaining season seven episodes and their airdates.
CBR News has part two of a conversation with creator Bryan Fuller.
WGA STRIKE WATCH: DAY EIGHTY-ONE
There's not much official to say as the media blackout begins, but that didn't stop "Simpsons" writer Mike Scully from posting some thoughts on the DGA deal while striking writers took the debate to Capitol Hill. Still strikers remain resolved but optimistic as they tromped around in the rain this week.
Unlike other networks, NBC is not doing force majeure firings, and their executive VP Teri Weinberg said, "Our goal has been to be a very writer-friendly network. We have faith in the writers with whom we made deals, and we want to give them the opportunity to deliver their scripts."
LET'S DO LUNCH
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, fresh comics reviews are online and [tagline redacted until the WGA strike is resolved].