THE DARK KNIGHT
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal was the subject of an interview in The Guardian talking about surprises she experienced taking on the role of Rachel Dawes. "Doing 'Batman' has shocked me at every turn," Gyllenhaal said. "When I started, I thought, 'Well, it's a huge movie, I'll just do my best to put what I can into it.' But, in fact, they've been really hungry for my ideas, for my views. It's great! They've been asking for more!"
Meanwhile CBR News breaks the story about a lot of bad guys chasing the Bat, including which one may be played by actor Anthony Michael Hall.
CBR News has an exclusive set report with photos showing Lt. Jim Gordon hard at work.
Finally, Batman-On-Film also has a scooper report on filming from Friday with actor Christian Bale in costume and an appearance of the GCPD SWAT team.
As we like to do, news of one costumed billionaire follows another. Director Jon Favreau dropped an update on the message boards of his MySpace group. "We've secured a prime slot Saturday afternoon in the big room at SDCC. We will split an hour with Marvel and Hulk and plan to cut something together to reward the fans for their interest, support and patience. In addition to our Saturday afternoon presentation, we will be doing a signing and poster giveaway at the Marvel booth on Saturday. Paramount is also doing a rundown of its slate on Thursday which I will do my best to attend as well." He also revealed some possible spoilers about villains the Golden Avenger will face and debunks rumors of celebrity involvement ... sort of.
The media blog Just Jared has first looks at Will Smith in ... "character" as the titular character in this superhero story of a tortured superhero (Smith) who crash-lands in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and tries to transform himself by romancing an alluring housewife, causing chaos in the city.
An ad in the Belleville Intelligencer announcing a casting call for the remix film revealed some details about what will happen in the movie. "Local filming for the movie is scheduled to take place July 26 and 27 at CFB Trenton. Zameret Kleiman, of Kleiman Casting Ltd., said she is looking for between 35 and 50 people from the casting call. 'They will be strictly soldiers in the movie,' she said."
Also, "long time reader first time caller" Kurt Martin wrote in to talk about a surprise he experienced. "At the club I work at we had a party ... for all the folks working on 'The Incredible Hulk.' Ed Norton showed up and William Hurt too. Hurt seemed more friendly and took time to say hi to some the staff."
THE MAN OF STEEL
IESB is debunking earlier reports from Rotten Tomatoes that director Bryan Singer's project "The Mayor of Castro Street" would delay blue tights flying over Metropolis. "That's total horse sh*t," said a source within Singer's camp, IESB reported. "I would say the same thing if I was producing that film but don't you realize that most of the 'Superman' producers are working with Bryan on 'Valkyrie'? Gil Adler and Chris Lee both are in Germany with Bryan and I can guarantee you that there is some work being done with 'Superman' right now." The current plan would have actor Brandon Routh back in front of the cameras by next summer.
Let's keep it Kryptonian for a moment. TV Guide is reporting that Carrie Fisher can stay on the lot because the Daily Planet will have a new editor this fall, in the form of actor Michael Cassidy. "His character is being groomed as a love interest for Lois Lane," the trade reported. That's one way to get into the business ... "Curiously," they continued, "the role originally called for a thirtysomething actor. Cassidy, however, is a ripe 24."
Also, the full schedule for SDCC is out and you can check out what's up for the Saturday panel: "6:30-7:30 Smallville Screening and Q&A -- Comic-Con favorite Smallville returns with an all-new screening and Q&A, featuring executive producers Al Gough and Miles Millar (both from 'Spider-Man 2') and cast members. Special appearance by the actress chosen to play Supergirl in the upcoming season of 'Smallville!' Room 6CDEF."
More from Kal-El? All right -- how about a huge update to the official site with a trailer, images, cast and crew info and more. Plus, MySpace also has the trailer by itself and they're hosting a sizzle reel with the creators talking about the direct-to-DVD animated feature.
The official site for SDCC also notes what will happen regarding the hit NBC series. "12:45-2:00 Heroes: Exclusive Volume II Clip and Q&A. Participate in a Q&A session moderated by co-executive producer/comic book writer Jeph Loeb, with creator Tim Kring, comic book artist Tim Sale ('Batman: The Long Halloween'), and the entire castÑJack Coleman (H.R.G.), Noah Gray-Cabey (Micah Sanders), Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman), Ali Larter (Niki Sanders), James Kyson Lee (Ando), Masi Oka (Hiro Nakamura), Hayden Panettiere (Claire Bennet), Adrian Pasdar (Nathan Petrelli), Zachary Quinto (Sylar), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Mohinder Suresh), Dania Ramirez (Maya), Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli), and more. Ballroom 20."
Toon Zone has a full breakdown of the casting choices for the new animated series, which features information confirmed by the new animated Prime, David Kaye.
TRANSFORMERS BOX OFFICE
Oh, since we were talking about giant robots, Superhero Hype chimes in with a mention of the fact that the film has grossed $246.1 million worldwide in a little over a week, including $152 million domestically.
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."