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Watchmen, Astro Boy, Smallville: August 25th Comic Reel

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Watchmen, Astro Boy, Smallville: August 25th Comic Reel

WATCHMEN

The good news? Empire Magazine is showing off a video of artist Dave Gibbons talking about how awesome the movie is, and not just because its success would mean a mountain of money for him.

The bad news? Variety is reporting that Fox might rather kill the project than let Warner Brothers release it. Fox’s statement read: “Warner Bros.’ production and anticipated release of ‘The Watchmen’ motion picture violates 20th Century Fox’s long-standing motion picture rights in ‘The Watchmen’ [sic] property. We will be asking the court to enforce Fox’s copyright interests in ‘The Watchmen’ [sic] and enjoin the release of the Warner Bros. film and any related ‘Watchmen’ media that violate our copyright interests in that property.” An unnamed source backed up the idea of Fox taking this all the way. “When you have copyright infringement, there are some damages you never recover,” said the source. Ooh.

ASTRO BOY

According to Variety, actress Kristen Bell will handle the leading female voice in the CG animated Warner Brother film. She joins a voice cast that includes Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Bill Nighy, Nathan Lane, Eugene Levy and Freddie Highmore.

SMALLVILLE

CBR News has a special feature about how new show runners Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer plan to reinvent the show.

THE MAN OF STEEL

Speaking of reinventions, CBR News also has the scoop on how Brandon Routh and Bryan Singer are out, so we’ll see a different slant on the Man of Tomorrow.

SLEEPER

More from CBR News? All right. We also spoke with creator Ed Brubaker about the adaptation of his Wildstorm work.

TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN

For photos of a battered LeBeouf, you can head over to Just Jared to see some sneaked set shots.

WAKE THE DEAD

Creator Steve Niles talked to MTV about another silver screen adventure. “Right now, we’re scouting locations,” Niles said. “[Director] Jay [Russell] wants the movie to be ready for the next San Diego. WETA is doing the designs, and it looks amazing. And whatever they need me on, I help. Jay runs the treatment by me and I put the story together, so it begins and ends with me, but I don’t have to write it.”

THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS

The latest rumor floating around at Ace Showbiz is that seventies siren Cher is in negotiations to play Catwoman. “Cher is Nolan’s first choice to play Catwoman. He wants to her to portray her like a vamp in her twilight years,” claimed a studio executive. “The new Catwoman will be the absolute opposite of Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry’s purring creations.” Ooh.

Meanwhile, if you were keeping count, this weekend saw “The Dark Knight” raise its domestic total to $489,179,000, with a worldwide gross of $870,379,000. “Titanic” shouldn’t be worried … just yet.

TRUST IS THE BIGGEST LIABILITY OF ALL

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