The Dark Knight, Incredible Hulk, The Awesomes, Watchmen: July 16th Comic Reel Wrap


Actor Aaron Eckhart is quoted at Dark Horizons talking about exactly what we can expect from him in the Bat-sequel. "I will only say that in 'Batman' I am both Harvey Dent and Harvey Two-Face," Eckhart said. "There's several hooks for me, none of which I can talk about, but I will say that I like the character. I like playing this guy. This guy has likable attributes, characteristics. And it really, as in this whole Batman going through it, it's really a mirror of our times in a lot of ways. It's a comment on what's going on in the world today. And my character fits into that really nicely. And everybody's character does from Lieutenant Gordon to the Joker. I guess Batman is just trying to make sense of what's going on and trying to fight a fight that maybe he doesn't totally understand."

Meanwhile, Latino Review has spy footage and photos from the set including a behind-the-scenes look at the Clown Prince of Crime.

Finally, Superhero Hype claims that "Warner Bros. plans on debuting a teaser in front of some screenings of 20th Century Fox's 'The Simpsons Movie' on July 27, which just so happens to be the same day as the Warner Bros. panel at Comic-Con in San Diego. Don't be too surprised if they decide to spring an unannounced premiere of the teaser for 'The Dark Knight' sometime during that 10:30 AM panel." They even imply that it might not take that long, as part of the "Superman: Doomsday" release.


According to Variety, actress Christina Cabot has joined the cast of the Louis Leterrier-led reboot. Cabot will play an aide to General Ross (William Hurt), who pursues Norton's Bruce Banner. Lensing begins this summer in Toronto.


Superhero Hype also discusses a new series coming to the Sci Fi Network. "'SuperFriends' meets 'The Office' in this animated workplace comedy about a team of past-their-prime superheroes looking to get back onto the justice enforcement A-List. The Awesomes is about America's first superhero team. Formed in the 1940's, the team has gone through a revolving roster of the world's top heroes, gradually losing popularity as other, cooler superhero teams come into favor. The Awesomes, funded by a long-standing U.S. Government contract, may be forced to disband when the current administration requests bids from other teams. Can this motley crew of has-been heroes reclaim their glory days?"


Comingsoon.net has posted the new synopsis from the studio. "'Watchmen' is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the 'Doomsday Clock' -- which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union -- is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion -- a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers -- Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity... but who is watching the Watchmen?" No release date has been set.


The cash keeps rolling in. Comingsoon.net reports that the movie "continued to exceed expectations with solid traction outside the United States, landing $35.9 million at 3,793 playdates in 33 territories. The Michael Bay film -- which has yet to open in France, Germany, Japan, Mexico and the U.K. -- has already hit $146.4 million overseas and $320.2 million worldwide."


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