Watchmen, Hellboy 2, Fantastic Four, Tekkonkinkreet: July 10th Comic Reel Wrap


It's just a rumor right now, but CHUD is claiming that "Almost Famous" actor Billy Crudup will take on the role of Dr. Manhattan in the Zack Snyder-helmed adaptation.


Actor Doug Jones is busy blogging from Budapest on MySpace with updates on the filming of the Guillermo del Toro-led sequel. From the blog: "'ROLL CAMERA,' and just before Guillermo yelled action, Jeffrey Tambor made a grimacing face, saying, 'I have the worst gas ... it's ridiculous,' leaving Ron, Selma and me worthless for that take." Apparently, Jones also kicked a cat.


Writer Dan Slott helped bring the She-Hulk to the animated series, and he's interviewed about it at Toon Zone. "It was my first time working in TV, so Chris [Yost] held my hand a LOT. Basically, I wrote up the story spring, the treatment, and then a number of passes at the outline. After the outline was approved, Chris worked it up into a script. He did a great job, and I'm really pleased with the final result ... The biggest change was the length. If they'd stuck religiously to my final outline, the episode would've run... oh... about an hour extra. I'm AMAZED that Chris was able to cut it down. All the key beats, favorite bits, and favorite bits of dialogue are in there. Like I said before, I'm very happy with the final version. The only thing I was sad that didn't make the cut was Squirrel Girl having her squirrels form a human pyramid. Or would that be a 'squirrel pyramid?'"


Superhero Hype has an interview with the director of the anime adaptation, Michael Arias, talking about the long road to completion. "It was serialized starting I believe in '93 and I was introduced to it in '95 like right after it was gathered together as a book, actually three volumes," Arias said. "I guess pretty soon after first reading it, I was somehow involved in trying to get it made into a movie, first as a computer graphics feature animation with a guy named Koji Morimoto and myself supervising the animation, and then eventually in the form it is now as director, though it wasn't my initial intention to direct it."


Kryptonsite has fresh spoilers about next season's second episode.


Among tidbits about a wide variety of comic book related projects, an article in The Hollywood Reporter had a very definite pull quote from producer Laura Ziskin. "The one thing we have answered definitively is: There will be more 'Spider-Man' movies," Ziskin said. "We just haven't answered what shape they will come in and (Sony) hasn't given us a release date."


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