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Spinoff Online has united the cast poster images revealed over the course of Comic-Con into one handy page. They also offer a stitched together mural of the posters. Of course, this being the Reel, we're going to focus on Mark Ruffalo and the Hulk:

He looks angry.

Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012


Star Jason Momoa talks with Superhero Hype about the film:

Release date: August 19th, 2011


Heat Vision reports that 20th Century Fox Animation has picked up the rights to the strip and hired creator Patrick McDonnell and his brother Robert McDonnell to take a stab at the script.

Release date: TBA


The "Spider-Man" panel at Comic-Con featured highs and lows Friday night. Let's start with the high point. As Spinoff Online reported, star Andrew Garfield appeared in a cheap Spidey costume and gave a speech about his love for the character:

Did you notice the way he shifted accents? So now the low point ... according to Deadline, Sony clarified whether or not actor Rhys Ifans was arrested following the panel. In a statement, the studio said, "Rhys Ifans was detained by Comic-Con security after a brief incident backstage prior to and immediately following 'The Amazing Spider-Man' panel. Police were notified and a citation was issued to Mr. Ifans who deeply regrets this incident." Conflicting reports suggest that the actor became irate when either he was told not to smoke in the backstage area or when he could not get a friend into Hall H for the panel. See? Even stars have a hard time with Comic-Con's infamous 6000 seat location. Luckily, no stabbings were reported this year.

Release date: May 28th, 2012


As we reported here at CBR, during the preview panel for the film at Comic-Con, director Steven Spielberg discussed the use of motion capture technology. "[Just like] the way you cast a normal movie, you cast the best person for the part," he said. "You won't see Daniel [Craig]'s face, but you will see every nuance of his performance through the thin digital skin made by Weta Digital."

Directed by Steven Spielberg, release date: December 23, 2011


Star Nicolas Cage tells Heat Vision that this film goes down a dark path. "I wanted to go in scarier direction. The first one was like a Grimms' fairy tale," he says. "This one I wanted to embrace the nightmare aspect of the character. I wanted a shot at that and I'm glad I got to do it with these guys [directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor]."

Release date: February 17th, 2012


While I'm trying to keep the Reel strickly comic book film news today, the following story is just too good to pass up. Heat Vision reports that Harrison Ford has signed on to play an aged Wyatt Earp in an adapation of Max Alan Collins's novel "Black Hats." You may remember Collins as the writer of "Road to Perdition" -- Hey, there is a comic book connection! -- but get a load of the project's premise: it tells the story of "an older Earp, the one who spent his last years as a private detective and movie consultant in Los Angeles. The spin involves Earp learning that his friend and compatriot Doc Holliday had a son, now living in Prohibition-era New York City. While Holliday is long dead, the son has gotten himself in trouble with a rising mobster, Al Capone." Wait, there's more. "Earp teams up with Bat Masterson, one of his former deputies and now noted sportswriter for the New York Morning Telegraph, to take on  the gang in what becomes a tale of six-shooters versus tommy guns." I want to see this movie right now.

Release date: TBA


Collider has a review of the film which screened at Comic-Con Friday night. "[It] is about as faithful an adaptation of the Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli source material as could be done - potentially to its own detriment. The problem being that the episodic nature of the comic doesn't necessarily lend itself to the dramatic momentum needed for film," they write. They do go on to praise the voice cast, singling out Bryan Cranston's turn as Jim Gordon. "The gruff cold detached vocal inflections Cranston brings to the character suggest years of seen-it-all hard knock experience. This is a colder, meaner Gordon and Cranston’s presence lends a gravitas to the character previously unseen."

Release date: October 18th, 2011


As we reported here at CBR, a TV adaptation of the Marvel character "Mockingbird" has been added to the company's ambitious development slate. According to our own Shaun Manning, the show is "also in development for ABC Family, depicting Bobby Morse as 'a Peter Parker Nerd' who is recruited to a secret organization." During the panel, Marvel TV head honcho Jeff Loeb also mentioned Luke Cage would appear in the TV version of "Alias," which will be called "AKA Jessica Jones" thanks to that other TV show called "Alias."

Airdate: TBA


Spinoff Online reports that the Oni series is headed to Syfy. "The six-episode series will cover the first arc of the comic, which tells the story of powerful guns. The sixth and most powerful gun ends up in the hands of an innocent woman.," they write.

Airdate: TBA


The official AMC blog has the trailer that screened at Comic-Con on its website:

Premieres: October 16th, 2011


With the convention now behind us, the slow slog of a normal Monday gets crossed with the attempt to get some proper sleep and recover from the crazy four days that is Comic-Con. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya, bracing for the future threat of a strange Monday.

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