V For Vendetta, X-Men 3, The Boondocks, Superman Returns: July 19th Comic Reel Wrap


Sci Fi Wire caught producer Joel Silver last weekend at Comicon, and he talked a little about Alan Moore's stance on the film. "He doesn't really want to be involved in this process, so he won't be involved. I know it's a faithful transition between the graphic novel that Alan and David [Lloyd] created and the script that the [Wachowski] boys wrote. And I had met Alan years ago, when we had lunch one day with Alan and [Moore's Watchmen co-creator] Dave Gibbons years ago when we acquired these projects. But, you know, since that time, a lot has happened with other Alan Moore projects, and he just doesn't want to be involved in these projects. But David liked the script. He liked how it was kind of faithful to the material, and I'm happy to have him with us to talk to you about the material." We covered Lloyd's opinion of the film in our coverage.


News is still dripping in from last weekend, including Comics Continuum catching a screenwriting panel with Zak Penn. "The Chris Claremont and John Byrne run, that run of comic books, totally blew me away. Especially when I read the Dark Phoenix, which I'm working on now. Anyone whose read the comic books knows that in the Dark Phoenix Saga -- which is not all of the movie, by the way; there's a lot of other stuff going on in the movie -- you have the Shi'ar Empire and Empress Lilandra and starcrafts and galaxies being destroyed. There's no way, if you've seen X-Men 1 and X-Men 2 and are not a fan of the comic book, that that would make any sense to you if we tried to do that in X-Men 3. I hope I'm not ruining it for anyone, but there will not be intergalactic battles and star destroyers. I keep reading people saying it should take place on the moon. If you saw X-Men 2, does that movie seem like it was heading towards taking place on the moon? Bryan (Singer, director) and the people who worked on those movies -- and that includes all the actors -- created a tone that's probably one of the most well-realized tone of any comic-book movie. The X-Men movies are incredibly consistent in their tone. That's one of the best things about them. And it's our job and we argue about it every single day, about how to keep that tone going. And it's not easy. It's really not easy. The bar is incredibly high." He also quashed a rumor. "People keep writing that Warren Worthington Sr. is the evil corporate leader that is trying to destroy mutantkind, and it's totally false."

The site also heard Maggie Grace saying, "I have met with everybody over there and it was a possibility, but I'm not doing X3. It's funny how the press runs with things."


Toon Zone is reporting that Aaron Magruder's "The Boondocks" will have its Adult Swim premiere on Cartoon Network at 11PM Eastern and Pacific time on October 12th. McGruder serves as creator and executive producer on the show. Fifteen episodes are currently in production. Regina King ("Jerry Maguidre") will voice both Huey and Riley Freeman, and John Witherspoon ("Friday After Next") will play Granddad. Other principal cast members include Cedric Yarbrough, Gary Anthony Williams, Gabby Soleil, and Jill Talley. Mos Def, Ed Asner, and Charlie Murphy will make guest appearances.


Bryan Singer talked about Brandon Routh making the role his own, according to Sci Fi Wire. "We looked at some of the original Superman [films and TV shows] just to take a look at it together. But by no means did I ever say, 'Act like Christopher Reeve.' It's weird with Brandon. One moment he's a dead ringer for Christopher Reeve. The next minute you see that he's ... he's completely different. So it kind of captures moments that you'll recall. He'll have moments where you'll recall the first film [Richard Donner's 1978 Superman] and then moments where he's his own Clark, [when] he's his own Superman."


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