Transformers, The Dark Knight, Heroes, X-Men 4: April 24th Comic Reel Wrap


If you check out the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, you might have noticed that they have an interview with Optimus Prime. Too strange to believe? Well, there's a scan of it on the TFW2005 message boards. You can also find another photo of Shia LeBeouf being chased by Barricade.

Speaking of Prime, a message on the director's official message board states that the recent YouTube spot did not actually feature the real voice of the Autobot leader, but was a test put together by European concerns.


While we're on the debunking trail, that photo of the Joker from yesterday? Bogus, according to its creator (found on the Superhero Hype message boards), who apparently had some free time on his hands (Thanks to Batman-On-FIlm's Bill Ramey for the early heads up on that one). Superhero Hype also has two new set reports, which chime in with a lot of shots on this Flickr page.

Reel Chicago is crowing about the mountains of cash the film will bring into the windy city. "'THE DARK KNIGHT,' Warner Bros.' latest "Batman" installment could be "the largest single production ever shot in Chicago," says the CFO's Rich Moskal. It could add at least $30 million to the local economy. We don't know if that's 'Batman's' budget here, however, or if it represents the Chicago budget's 2.5 multiplier or 'trickle down' effect on the economy. But who cares. [sic] That's a lot of moolah and represents a lot of work."


We've got another behind the eclipse feature on last night's episode. You can also find huge spoilers in this TV Guide article. There's similar scoopage from E! Online's Kristin Veitch from the show's stars itself.


Could fan fave Joss Whedon be on board to direct a fourth trip to Westchester? Whedon told Wizard Magazine "I haven't heard the rumor, but there is no rumor that is not swirling. I don't even know, are they even going to have an 'X4'? I had been talking with [Marvel Studios] about 'X3,' but the dates didn't line up. So I took on 'Wonder Woman,' and that worked out great! Oh, no wait, I remember now, not so much. Yeah, I haven't heard anything about 'X4.' You know, the problem with the big superhero movies is there are so many hands [involved], but I really respect [Marvel Studios President of Production] Kevin Feige if they make something like that. You know they're actually going to make it as opposed to something that's in limbo. And you know I do love the characters. I wouldn't say never. But right now, I'm interested in doing 'Goners,' which is my own thing, as opposed to somebody else's. I find that doing someone else's thing is not working out so well for me -- anywhere but in the world of actual comics."


The Chicago Tribune (registration required) mentions that Angelina Jolie will be setting up shop with the production for six weeks this summer.


What's the inside word from director Sam Raimi? You can find out here at CBR.


E! Online's Kristin Veitch has a note in her column that "Sources tell me the majority of castmembers are under contract for seven seasons, but Tom Welling is contracted for a total of eight seasons. And, you may remember, Michael Rosenbaum told me he plans to leave after next season, and my sense is that some of the others would follow suit. So, it's really up to the CW as to whether they would do an eighth season with Clark if some of the others don't re-sign."


A tidbit from the shooting schedule of an independent film notes that Dave Andrews has accepted a featured role in the film. An article at VFXPro notes that Matthew Studio Equipment has developed a new blue/green screen method which will be used in the Jon Favreau-helmed Marvel adaptation.


CBR's own rumormonger Rich Johnston has a new one claiming that director "Guillermo del Toro is in talks with producer Lloyd Levin ('Hellboy,' 'Watchmen,' 'Boogie Nights') to get the film rights for 'Runoff.'"


Empire Online has cleared up concerns that Ed Norton would be turning gray and not green. "It was a joke!" said producer Avi Arad. "Here's what it was. There were 30 people around a table, and they said 'is there going to be a grey Hulk?' And I was thinking about it and I said, 'who knows?' It was one of those moments. I had just got back from Japan and I was trying to talk about Spider-Man and this guy was pushing me on The Hulk so I thought I'll be coy. I don't know what color it is, and all of a sudden it's headline news. It's a different shade of green. But the color is not like the old Hulk. And no, there's no grey Hulk."


Speaking of green guys, World's Finest has some images from the season finale, which features a certain detective who's not from around here ...


IDW publisher Chris Ryall talked to director David Slade on Newsarama about the upcoming horror film. "We are not too heavy on CGI effects," Slade said, "though we have some fairly remarkable things happening digitally that I believe have never been quite done this way, at least not to this extent before (but I am going to keep the rest of that hush-hush). We used as many practical effects as possible, though some things we did with digital help, as the visceral nature would have led to severe injury and death otherwise. We used gallons of blood, we shot in real snow locations and in studio back lots."


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 (web site, MySpace blog) saying thank you for your time and indulgence, and "enough talk -- let's go make with the 'biff' and the 'pow' already."

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