The Dark Knight, Transformers, Fantastic Four 2, Heroes: August 24th Comic Reel Wrap


There's an interview with director Christopher Nolan at Better Than Fudge where the director talks about taking the Joker back to basics. "I would certainly point to 'The Killing Joke' but I also would point very much to the first two appearances of the Joker in the comic," Nolan said. "If you look at where the Joker comes from thereÕs a very clear direction that fits what weÕre doing very well."

Actor Christian Bale gets the treatment over at Empire Online where he said, "We have the confidence now of knowing that how we saw the world of Gotham was one that other people embraced and liked, so we can be even bolder in knowing that. Beyond that I don't have a clue because I totally trust Chris [Nolan], he lets me know what I need to know about, and beyond that I know nothing!"


Access Hollywood has behind the scenes video from the Michael Bay-helmed adaptation.


According to Variety (subscription required), actor Andre Braugher gave up a stint on the TV show "ER" to take a role in the ensemble sequel. "Braugher, an NBC veteran from his days on 'Homicide: Life on the Street,' was supposed to play a patient who enters the hospital with a seemingly innocent cough but suffers a stroke while waiting to be treated. He'll be heading to the bigscreen instead, co-starring in the Fox sequel 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,' which is in pre-production."

While we're in the Baxter Building, we may as well check out the animated goings on as well. Comics Continuum has the 411 on the voice cast for the show, noting that Brian Dobson is the voice of The Thing and brother Paul is providing the voices of both Doctor Doom and Mole Man in the series, which launches Saturday, Sept. 2. Other main voices in Fantastic Four include Hiro Kanagawa as Mr. Fantastic, Lara Gilchrist as the Invisible Woman, Christopher Jacot as the Human Torch. H.E.R.B.I.E. will be in the new series, voiced by Sam Vincent. Other voices in the show include Laura Drummond as Courtney Bonner-Davis, Sunita Prasad as Alicia Masters and Alvin Sanders as Phillip Masters (a.k.a. Puppetmaster).


According to the Hollywood Reporter, "Brick" star Nora Zehetner is joining the cast of the new NBC series, playing a hip, Bohemian struggling actress in New York.


Chloe herself, actress Allison Mack, was interviewed by TVGuide.com in the first of two installments centering on her character. "I've been playing Chloe for six years now," Mack said, "so she's sort of second nature to me, for sure. ['Smallville' creators] Al [Gough] and Miles [Millar] and the writing staff are incredibly open to my ideas about the development of the character and how she can grow, things like that, so it's a team effort in building her. We all collaborate at the beginning of each season, and then work on her growth as the show goes on."


The Detroit News Comics Blog features a story about the Daywalker's Motor City connection. "We just thought it would be cool to have Blade be from Detroit," said writer/consulting producer Geoff Johns. "And because Blade is such a kick-ass character."


Now Playing Magazine is looking ahead to the future of the BPRD in 2D. "Having worked in this process, I want to fight it going to series every way I can, because as a series of movies, it's so much better," said producer Tad Stones. "Because the difference is, in a TV series the schedule is king. And if something comes in and somebody did a good job, but it's not quite the way you wanted it doesn't say the things it should about the character it's got to go through. In a TV series, I can't monopolize Mike's time. So at most, we'd probably go over premises together. Whereas in the movie, we co-wrote the story, we looked at outlines, we looked at the script, we went to the recording sessions."


Italian site Bad Taste talked to boxer Baxter Humby about his role in the web-spinning sequel. "The scene I did was a fight with the Sandman and I helped set up the punch sequences," Humby said. "The reason they needed me was, Spider-man punches through the Sandman and they needed a shot with his arm going through him. Everybody was very professional and I was introduced as the World Champ and got instant respect because Dan Bradley has been to see me fight and told the cast and crew about me. Thomas was a perfectionist and needed the shots to be perfect, which will show in the film. He was very nice."

Meanwhile, Marvel's Kevin Feige told MTV that after Spidey swings out, the next areas of interest are Steve Rogers and a Doctor Bruce Banner.


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