THE DARK KNIGHT
Oh sure, everybody's talking about the Clown Prince of Crime, but director Christopher Nolan told the Los Angeles Times that the movie's really about Harvey Dent. "Harvey Dent is a tragic figure, and his story is the backbone of this film," Nolan said. "The Joker, he sort of cuts through the film -- he's got no story arc, he's just a force of nature tearing through. Heath has given an amazing performance in the role, it's really extraordinary."
PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
Actress Julie Benz was coy in quotes from Superhero Hype, showcasing her newly brown locks. "Her name is Angela Donatelli," Benz said. "She's an Italian from Brooklyn, New York. Unlike Sarah [in 'Rambo'] who is very soft and vulnerable, Angela has got a little bit more of an edge. She's more of a fighter. She's a bit of a momma bear. She's got a little child she's protecting. She's not really happy with anybody. She's kind of in a bad mood."
Quotes at Sci Fi Wire reveal a bit more. "The bad guys are after her, and the Punisher tries to save her," Benz said of her character. "She's a single mother now, who lives with a young daughter. And she's definitely tougher than Sarah [Benz's missionary character in Rambo]. She's got some guts to her."
We got an interesting email from Ryan Gibson Stewart, pointing out this interview with graphic novel writer Chuck Kim, who gave up some spoilers about Adam Monroe and some about the process of fleshing out the "Heroes" universe.
According to the blog at Entertainment Weekly, we would probably either see a full cast announcement on Tuesday for "Justice League" or hear nothing at all until after the writers strike. Their report read, "The studio has a Jan. 15 deadline to either greenlight League for a spring production start -- meaning a summer '09 release -- or push it into the post-strike ether."
Here's some new photos of actor/producer Hugh Jackman getting ready to go all hairy and slashy again.
Meanwhile, CHUD is claiming that actor Liev Schreibner is actually playing Victor Creed (also known as Sabretooth) in the spinoff. They also allege that Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") is instead in talks for the role of Stryker and that they are eyeing Michelle Monaghan for Silver Fox.
What kind of technological terrors will vex the white-panted speed demon on the track? There's some photos at the Rocket Punch Blog of the car racing for "Autobacs Racing Team Aguri" (ARTA). Mmm, detailed ...
THE MAN OF STEEL
The sources are conflicting on this one. If you believe Comic Book Movie then it's all good for the sequel, as their rumor states, "WB execs Alan Horn and Jeff Robinov agreed to proceed with Singer at the helm of a $170 million 'Man of Steel' packed with more action, a super-powered villain and less romantic melodrama."
However, if you'd rather believe the doomsaying in Variety, things don't look so great. Their report contains the same facts as the previous, but adds context. "No screenwriters are on board. 'Returns' writers Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris opted out of penning 'Superman: Man of Steel,' and the strike arrived just as other scribes were to pitch ideas. Internally, Warners has moved the release date from 2009 to 2010. After 'Superman Returns' delivered a disappointing box office take of $386 million worldwide, Warner Bros. and Singer debated how to proceed with the next 'Superman' pic. The studio even considered rebooting the franchise with someone else ... According to a spokesman for the director's reps at William Morris," 'Superman' is moving forward with Bryan Singer attached." But inside the studio, 'Superman' is not on any fast track, and word is that Singer may wind up not directing it." Ooh.
WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO?
Finally, Variety announced that the Stan Lee-fueled project had been nominated for a DGA Award for Best Reality Program.
WGA STRIKE WATCH: DAY SEVENTY-ONE
In today's news, AMPTP negotiations with the Directors Guild of America are reportedly off to a fast start, as they started formal talks yesterday. The studios think of the DGA as more "reasonable," and believe that a deal there could force the writers to end their walkout. However, in a joint SAG/WGA statement (noted in detail at Deadline Hollywood Daily), that hope seems a bit optimistic. "We wish the DGA well and hope that they achieve a fair deal that incorporates principles that will benefit all creative artists," the WGA and SAG said. "The DGA has to do what is best for its membership, but it is important to remember that they do not represent actors and writers."
Meanwhile, ABC Studios fired two dozen writing and non-writing producers (including the producer of "Scrubs" and whacking actor Taye Diggs' production deal) with the force majeure clause of the contracts.
THE CASTING COUCH
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