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Superman, Black Widow, El Muerto, Fantastic Four: January 19th Comic Reel Wrap

SUPERMAN

Actor Hugh Laurie seems excited about being cast as Perry White ... despite having little idea what that will entail. He spoke to Now Playing Magazine about how secretive the suits at Warner were about the production. "I have to read it in a room with an armed security guard," he says. "They're terrified. These things get on the Internet." "'Goddamn it, Clark. Where were you?' will be my life," Laurie theorized. "That's all I know. You know as much as I do now."

BLACK WIDOW

Comics Continuum talked to screenwriter David Hayter, who said that the Black Widow movie should go into production this year. "I am handing in my script for Black Widow to Lion's Gate this month, and understand that they want to get into production right away," Hayter said. "I am directing this one." Hayter also had a hand in the latest draft of the "Iron Man" script, now featuring Nick Cassavetes as director, and Paul Greengrass is set to direct Hayter's script for "Watchmen."

EL MUERTO

TV actor Wilmer Valderrama spoke with Now Playing Magazine about taking on the title role in the independent comic-book adaptation. Valderrama describes the project as "The Crow meets Desperado meets Spawn" and said it's unlike anything he's ever done before. "It's an odd choice for me, but I love making those," he said. "It's presented in such an odd, hardcore, rad way. It's very Robert Rodriguez. It's very, very hard. It's a beautiful story told through the eyes of this young guy who's sacrificed in the name of the Aztec gods and he comes back to be a weapon for them. And he rebels against them and asks all these questions about religion. It has a lot of soul and it deals a lot with religion and it deals a lot with love. It's all of these mixtures plus a lot of heart. It's very simple, but it's more performance-based than action-packed."

FANTASTIC FOUR

The film's official website has launched with a Flash-based interface, photos and various downloads. The film's trailer has been posted at Apple Computer in glorious QuickTime.

SMALLVILLE

Kryptonsite weighs in with a bunch of updates today, including a new photo showing characters Lex Luthor and Genevieve Teague sharing a drink. They also have a scan from a recent issue of TV Guide, showing Clarkt checking out a new pet. They also have excerpts from an interview with Kyle Gallner, the actor who played Bart Allen on the series, who shared what he hoped Clark would get out of the encounter. "I think Bart helps Clark out," Gallner said. "In the sense that he accepts his powers. He goes with it, and doesn't think that they are a curse. Clark always seems to think that they are a problem, and I kind of told him to lighten up a bit!"

The site also notes that "playing brothers Zack and Josh Greenfield will be Nolan Funk and Diego Klattenhoff, respectively."

Finally, at both Kryptonsite and Devoted to Smallville, there's spoilers galore for the season's sixteenth episode, "Lucy."

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