Watchmen, Catwoman, Spidey 2, more: Comic Reel Wrap for December 12th


Variety notes that Watchmen is allegedly supposed to start production in Prague in 2004. Both Dynamic Forces and Comics2Film both note the possibility that this could be the David Hayter adaptation, finally on track. However, the Comic Reel received an email today from an Australian reader (who'd like to remain anonymous) close to the movie scene Down Under. According to this report, a script was floating around the pro community that was headed for a shoot in Prague, one that "was quite good, very faithful to the comic." The money men, however, were unhappy with screen tests for either William H. Macy or Kevin Spacey (my source has a hard time remembering, as it was some time ago), and it scuttled the whole shebang. Our assessment: don't hold your breath.


Music from the Movies reports that Graeme Revell has signed on to score the Halle Berry movie. The New Zealand-born composer most recently scored Denzel Washington's "Out of Time."


Write this date down: December 15th, 2003. At 12:01 AM you'll be able to go to the Yahoo! front page (for 13 countries anyway) and view a teaser trailer from the web-spinning sequel. Those crazy kids at Yahoo! Movies have been kind enough to provide a real-time countdown for your use. Oh, and Kirsten Dunst was on "Late Night with David Letterman" this week, talking a great deal about her role as MJ, confirming much of what we reported earlier this week.


According to Comics Continuum, things are gonna get "Terra-ble" when Terra, a "powerful young girl with the ability to move mountains" makes her debut on Saturday, January 24th. Fans of the comic are already snickering under their breath, knowing how this will turn out, but please try not to spoil it for the new fans. We've included images from the source.


E! Online gets inside the "Constantine" set, and has a great deal to say. Entertainment gossip Anderson Jones said, "Who isn't speaking of Hounsou this awards season? He joins Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton and Keanu Reeves in 'Constantine,' which may well be Reeves' last picture. Why? Because by the time the supernatural thriller hits theaters next year, Reeves could have pocketed as much as $300 million (in salary and points) from his work on the 'Matrix' trilogy. But money isn't everything. Word from the set, whispered by the special effects department, headed by Stan Winston, says the team has outdone itself. I think someone told me, 'These things kick ass!' or something to that effect. Apparently, first-time director Francis Lawrence gave the 'Constantine' team complete freedom in bringing the nasty characters of the dark comic book 'Hellblazer' to life, and they pushed the envelope at every turn. Even Winston people think this is some of their best and most frightening work in years. I hear they're particularly proud of the devil's son, one of many creatures in Reeves' hell -- but if I say any more, I'll need to be reanimated myself!"


Ian McKellen is in a hurry to get cast for the next X-sequel. After seeing "X2" for the first time ("much more recently than I should confess," McKellen said, "I wasn't looking forward to it"), the Daily News reports, "I immediately called up Bryan Singer and said, 'What can I do to make sure I'm in the third film. And are you going to direct it?" Singer responded, "Get me a ticket for the premiere of 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.'" On the day of the premiere, McKellen said, "So I'll see him tonight."


We're thankful this season for one gift we won't return: Michael Caine continues with the gum-flappin' about the new Bat-picture. He talked to About.com, saying, "I've had butlers for 30 years. He's going to be based on my butlers. Butlers always feel superior to you, the employer. They look down on you because they know more about everything than you do. They're older than you, and in my case, I'm Batman's guardian and I actually am with him." Then he told Variety that he'll be getting his butler on for eight weeks. Finally, two things came up that are somehow unrelated to the elder British thespian: Variety also notes that Cillian Murphy ("28 Days Later," "Girl with a Pearl Earring") will be playing a villain in the movie, but no one is saying whom, aaaaaaand Yahoo! Movies notes that the character Katie Holmes is "very nearly signed" to play is named Rachel, with no word on whether Talia is involved at all.


IGN's Filmforce has a first look at the new posters for the Sanaa Lathan-led action movie.


Speaking of first looks, the trailer is now online in glorious Quicktime.


Never content to slow down, even when reruns are on, our friends at Kryptonsite have posted a new gallery of images from the episode Magnetic. The captions are truly hilarious.


The Bat came back -- Toonzone read Thursday's Wall Street Journal, which noted that a new Batman animated series would hit Kids WB Fall 2004, the start of new cooperation between the Kids WB and Cartoon Network, formerly an impossible dream amongst fief-like business units.


Hollywood North Report finally has the word on that hockey game played between the casts of "Blade: Trinity" and "Catwoman." Seems the "Blades" "decimated" the "Halle Cats" in the "friendly game" played at GM Place. No word on the score, alas.


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