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Transformers, The Spirit, The Dark Knight, FF2: May 18th Comic Reel Wrap

TRANSFORMERS

There's a new exclusive trailer for the Michael Bay-helmed action film at Yahoo! Movies. An international trailer has even more footage. Firstshowing.net claims you'll be able to check the trailer in theatres attached to prints of "Shrek the Third."

Meanwhile, a posting at Seibertron.com's message boards notes a new password to the Sector Seven website with new supplementary video and audio materials.

THE SPIRIT

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Samuel L. Jackson is in negotiations to star as the mysterious supervillain The Octopus in the Frank Miller-led comic book adaptation. Miller said during an introduction of the project at the Festival de Cannes that Jackson is his first choice to play the evil genius who knows the secrets behind the Spirit. He added that he is beginning to mull different actors to play the comic book hero.

THE DARK KNIGHT

Harvey Dent needs your vote, or so it appears from what's on the official website (or the promo site) which showcases actor Aaron Eckhart as a campaigning DA. If you're extra crafty, you'll look in the site's source code to find this synopsis: "Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker."

FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER

Superhero Hype reports that the sequel runs 95 minutes long and will have midnight screenings on June 15th.

HEROES

Creator Tim Kring is quoted at Sci Fi Wire talking about the new characters that will be introduced next season. The idea of the show from the start was always to basically honor the origin story of the first sort of blush and discovery of these powers," Kring said. "And so, in order to do that, new characters will have to be cycled into the show. And by extension, older characters will cycle out of the show. The idea of multiple generations has started to crop up on the show. And in the second season we will deal with that more, hence the title, 'Generations. ... The idea was that we wanted to make it easy for viewers to be able to come on in the second season. And we thought if we wrapped the show too tightly around itself so that you had to watch 23 episodes before, I would be harder for new viewer to find the show. And we always want to be a show that has the barrier of entry low enough so that new viewers can join if they want."

SMALLVILLE

Keeping it coaxial for a moment, Kryptonsite has the official network write up of next season, talking about some of what we can expect to see.

THAT'S A WRAP

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."

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