Superman, Deadpool, The Batman: August 25th Comic Reel Wrap


Cinescape reports that veteran actor John Saxon (once known for trading barbs with Bruce Lee in "Enter the Dragon") has already auditioned for the role of Pa Kent in the Bryan Singer-helmed big screen adaptation.


Actor Ryan Reynolds took a break from wedding preparations with fiancee Alanis Morrisette to post to the "Blade: Trinity" message boards about his rumored involvement with the Merc-with-a-mouth. "Deadpool?" Reynolds typed. "I've had several meetings with Avi Arad about playing Wade. I know David has been approached as well, but ultimately, it just seems too complicated to get into right now."


One last note from the Swiss cheese-like Chicago shoot: Superhero Hype has scanned a call sheet which outlines things that were filmed. Most interesting about it? The sheet lists a "T. Welling as Kent." This calls to mind "Smallville" actor Tom Welling recently mentioning a movie role he couldn't discuss. The same link also has a photo of a ninja costume used in the film.


With things quieting on the movie front, news is coming in about the upcoming animated series. Comics Continuum has images from the first episode, "The Bat in the Belfry," written by supervising producer Duane Capizzi and directed by Seung Eun Kim. The episode introduces Batman (voiced by Rino Romano) on the third anniversary of his donning the cape and cowl. Viewers will also meet Alfred (Alastair Duncan), and Chief Rojas (Edward James Olmos), Ellen Yin (Ming Na) and Ethan Bennett (Steve Harris) of the Gotham City Police Dept. Also in the episode is Rupert Thorne, voiced by Victor Brandt.

As well, the WB has preview of the title sequence for the animated series.


The same page at Comics Continuum has images and schedule information for upcoming episodes of the Cartoon Network series, including Booster Gold finally getting his moment in the spotlight (sort of), Supergirl gone wild, and a free-for-all with a dozen hereoes and Lex Luthor.


A scooper for Ain't It Cool News caught director Guillermo del Toro and actors Selma Blair and Ron Perlman at a presentation of the original film in Berlin. A wide variety of information was covered, including some of the budgetary cuts that affected the content of the movie, being unable to digitally enlarge Hellboy himself, and there being no Kroenen in the signed, green-lighted sequel.


Sci Fi Wire talked to actress Erica Durance about playing Lois Lane on the hit WB series. According to Durance, young Lois has no interest in Clark or his secrets, but the apparent death of her cousin Chloe. "Lois comes in for that purpose, because her cousin has been killed," she said. "She's not happy with the investigation, and so she wants to find answers for herself. I don't know how the writers are going to do everything and carry it all out, but right now she's not really aware of necessarily putting together Clark and Superman, as to knowing that it's all connected. They haven't really touched on that yet. She's experienced some interesting things, but she's going, 'Wow, what's going on?' But as for connecting them, she hasn't yet."

In other news, the WB has posted a video interview with Tom Welling, where he's frustratingly vague about upcoming events.


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