Toon Zone has an interview with character designer Steve Gordon, who worked as designer and director on both this film and on “X-Men: Evolution.” “I purposely went for a different look than what I had used on ‘X-M:E.,'” Gordon said. “On ‘X-M:E’ the designs were reasonably graphic and exaggerated. There was a lot of Disney’s classic ‘straights against curves’ elements incorporated into these designs. The Ultimates felt like it should be worlds away from any graphic approach. I knew these designs needed to feel as close to Hitch’s design sense as possible. I went for a more straight ahead handling of the human figure. I referenced to a lot of photographs of models, body-builders and actors to simulate this look. I still used my own sense of ‘simplification’ that I’ve developed over the years as a working animator. I knew what was possible and wasn’t possible, but I definitely pushed for more detail on these characters than ever before. My intent was to in some way bring Hitch’s sense of realism to the designs. I obviously couldn’t do it the way he does with all the line work and shading so opting for the very straight realism seemed to be a good compromise.”
The Associated Press has an amusing story, saying that actress Halle Berry had to write “I will not make ‘Catwoman II'” on a chalkboard four times Thursday in order to earn her pudding pot as Harvard’s Hasty Pudding woman of the year. “Berry also shook her hips in a comic faux dance competition to prove her superpower skills and to jokingly test her abilities as an action star.” Clicking through for the photo makes it all worth while.
Mmm, new video journal at Yahoo! Movies. Yeah, that’s good crazy.
Curse, shmurse. Actor Brandon Routh told Zap2It that he has no fear of the alleged mystical mishaps associated with the tights and the cape. “I’m nodding my head, but I’m thinking, ‘What curse?'” said Routh. “To me it means nothing. There are a lot of things that happened to people, but I don’t think of it as a curse.”
Everyone involved with the film might not be feeling so confident. Sci Fi Wire notes that crew member Robert Meyer Burnett was mugged in Sydney last year during the movie’s production. “I was mugged coming back from a club called Club 77, where I had gone with [Superman Returns star] Kate Bosworth, her assistant Jackie and a bunch of crew members,” Burnett said. “And I was talking to my wife on the phone as I was leaving the club, which was about three blocks from where I lived, and four guys jumped me and they beat the s–t out of me. … And my phone was on still and Yelena, my wife, had to hear the whole thing from over the phone.” Burnett suffered three cracked ribs in the attack. Police eventually caught his assailants, he added. Burnett did pooh-pooh the idea of a curse … but still …
Meanwhile, comics legend Marv Wolfman has apparently finished work on the novelization of the film, according to this interview.
Finally, an intern on the film named Adam Holmes posted his experiences on the set for all of his Columbia College alumni friends, and apparently you can read them too. “I spent 4 months this past summer in Sydney, working at the Fox Studios lot on “Superman Returns” in various roles. It was basically an unpaid internship (damn Australian labor laws!) in the Visual Effects and 2nd Unit camera department. I took a hiatus from doing 3D effects supervising to take this opportunity to gain more on-set VFX experience.” He also talks about his new work on a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” project.
According to the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, actor Rogelio Ramos has been cast in the web-spinning sequel … but we don’t know what he’s doing. It doesn’t say!
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Meanwhile, Reuters news service has posted a video clip with not just interviews with McTiegue, Weaving and Natalie Portman, but snippets from the film as well. Not enough for you yet, Holmes? Okay, well how about Any Diggle interviewing artist David Lloyd, the guy who brought the original story to life? Yeah, that’ll do you for a while …
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