THE DARK KNIGHT
Who knew the Clown Prince of Crime had political leanings? At the new promotional website, the Joker wants Harvey Dent to win ... by why?? The site also shows the first photo of actor Heath Ledger made up as the character ... and that's not funny.
One practical joke that got people's attention was from a fan report at Superhero Hype that talked about Joker playing cards left around a Los Angeles area comic book store that had "I Believe In Harvey Dent Too!" stamped on them.
Actor Anthony Michael Hall told the LA Daily News that he had a small role in the sequel, but his lips were sealed about what character that was. "I signed a confidentiality agreement, and I can't say which part I'm playing because it affects the story," says Hall. "I can't give away the suspense -- it's a $200 million surprise, and I don't want to be the guy to ruin it ... It's really a great role. I'm in throughout the whole movie, and I'm really looking forward to working with Christian and Morgan and all these real Hollywood heavy hitters."
The production is all over the place, as was reported by a scooper at Superhero Hype, who wrote, "I was just in London today and was walking down a place called Cleveland Row, near Pall Mall. I noticed loads of film trucks so went to take a look. A sign was up saying they were filming for 'RFK' which i knew was the name the new batman film is using. All round that area are private clubs. I asked the guard if they were filming 'Batman' but he just grinned, wouldn't say if any principal actors were there. Did see the costume van which was full of normal looking suits."
FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER
Director Tim Story was interviewed at Create Magazine (pdf) talking about challenges of bringing Galactus to the silver screen. "We are still grappling with how he will look and how we will bring it to the screen," Story said. "It is a very big challenge. There are a lot of expectations on what Galactus should look like and be in the movie."
Finally, Sony released an inside look at the Fantasticar, and it's floating around YouTube ... so of course we have it for you as well.
According to Variety, Darclight, the L.A.-based genre division of Arclight Films, will be adapting the thriller, based on the Daley Osiyemi and David Bircham graphic novel. The project will be directed and produced by Renny Harlin from a script by Kirsten Elms. Producers are Steve Squillante, Ford Oleman and Mark Costas and is in pre-production.
Director Michael Bay has been blogging about what fans are saying. "I want to thank everyone for the kind words on the trailer. I'm so used to seeing robots I kind of got bored with the trailer. I forget you have not seen them. When they put the piece together I kept wanting to show our truly awesome shots -- but we didn't. I can without a doubt, say we have just teased you on this trailer. We have so many huge shots that will never be in our ads. I bet this will be one of the rare trailers that does not show you the true money shots of the movie. I would also like fans opinion on opening on July 3rd instead of the 4th. The studio kind of sort of is thinking about which might mean 'no.' If you spread the word on the Net -- everywhere -- they might listen. The 3rd everyone is off from work, I say "what the f**k" play the movie -- 'give'em giant f**king robots early!!!'"
Actress Megan Fox told MTV that she's already looking ahead to the next film, confirming that she's already signed on. "I hear they're writing it now," Fox said. "So we'll see."
A note at Ain't It Cool News claims that screenwriter Justin Marks is writing up the adventures of Eternia's finest ... as soon as he gets done with some other projects, including David Goyer's Ollie Queen-fueled "Super Max," "Voltron" and "Street Fighter."
Speaking of screenwriters, Zak Penn also talked to MTV (perhaps it stands for "Movie Television") about Dr. Banner and Earth's Mightiest Heroes. "Of course he's going to be green," Penn said of ol' Jade Jaws. "I always felt about Ferrigno and the makeup was a much more naturalistic version of the Hulk. And that's what we're trying to go back to. His skin will appear more real. In the first movie he was so green. He's not going to be bright green. It's not going to have the split screen and all that stuff because it's more like a real thriller, man on the run, fugitive style movie."
What of "Avengers?" "'Avengers' is definitely going to happen; the idea was always to do a crossover with multiple superheroes. I'm waiting to let 'Iron Man' and 'Hulk' come out because those are two characters that could appear in it. I used to think that movie would be impossible to make but now I feel like it's not."
Speaking of Ferrigno, a fan wrote in to Superhero Hype after running into the actor, who had some interesting news. "I asked him about if he knew anything about the new HULK film," the fan wrote. "He did confirm he will be in the movie, but he will play a "big important" part in the film. I looked at him, then he said something about playing a villain, I couldn't really hear over the loud noise. I asked him again, and he said he didn't want to get into trouble, whatever that means."
Couldn't get enough of last Thursday's season finale? Devoted to Smallville has a huge gallery of screen captures to whet your appetite for September.
What's up with the production blowing its way through the Windy City? Another scooper report from Superhero Hype talks about car chases and tons of expensive destruction.
A note on the actress America Olivo's online resume notes that she'll be playing "Dubai Beauty" in the Jon Favreau-helmed Marvel movie.
In an update to the film's box-office success, Variety reports that the film has made $747 million worldwide, adding $49.6 million from 15,850 theatres in 105 markets. That places the film at number 22 on the list of all-time world wide box office grosses, and #28 on the list of domestic films. Whew!
THE CASTING COUCH
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, and "enough talk -- let's go make with the 'biff' and the 'pow' already."