Watchmen, Heroes, Transformers, Speed Racer: July 3rd Comic Reel Wrap


According to the LA Daily News, "A challenging casting task involving look-alikes is under way for Warner Bros.' 'Watchmen' adaptation of Alan Moore's 1980s graphic novel set in an alternative universe's United States. Names include Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, H.R. Haldeman, Ted Koppel, John McLaughlin, Annie Liebowitz, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Fidel Castro, Albert Einstein, Norman Rockwell, JFK and Jackie Kennedy, Andy Warhol, Mao Tze Tung and Larry King."

Also, Comics2Film has a new piece of decoding of the Rorshach's Journal promo website: what does it mean when it says, "GET ZACK SNYDER TO CONTACT ME?"


Variety is reporting that "Star Trek: Enterprise" veteran Dominic Keating has joined the cast as an Irish mobster.


Today's the day -- so time for a last push of publicity, no? The Washington Post has an article about how GM is working hard to connect its vehicles with the film as an effort to boost sales with youth market buyers.

Actor Tyrese Gibson is quoted briefly at USA Today talking about the battle to even film the movie. "I think one day it was 124 degrees Ñ spiking hot," Gibson said. "The dust and sand got a little crazy, and a few people had to get their eyes flushed out." Thanks to Frederick Weaver for pointing those two items out.

Director Michael Bay told Sci Fi Wire exactly how he saves money on a project like this. "My secret is I shoot very, very fast," Bay said. "I do. ... An average director will shoot 20 setups a day. I do about 75. And they're real setups. ... We work 12-hour days. I don't go overtime, but we work very hard. I gave 30 percent of my fee, because they were going to ship me to Canada or Australia. I said, 'No, I want to shoot with my guys.' It's a team that I've worked with for close to 16 years. And ... I like keeping movies in Los Angeles, if I could."


Once again, Chim Chim is causing trouble -- an article at MSNBC notes that the animal actor in the role drew the attention of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). "We are in receipt of information that may upset you," PETA wrote to the producer Joel Silver. "We've received several troubling complaints from people who have been on the 'Speed Racer' set and report that the main chimpanzee 'actor' has been beaten and has bitten one of the human actors." PETA urged Silver to stop using the live critters and switch to animatronics. A spokesperson confirmed that a chimp did chomp on a young actor, but said that the actor was treated and the animal was given a rest. She sent along assurances from the American Humane Society that no animals were being abused. Guess they'll stay out of the trunk with that one ...


Comics 2 Film reports that creator Shannon Eric Denton has optioned the Komikwerks webcomic title into a TV deal with CBS and Paramount TV. "We posted it as a preview on Komikwerks," Denton said. "I had a pilot script I wrote that I really liked but it had started with me making some comic pages. I had wanted to do modern romance comic. So the comic was started before I knew we'd be selling it. I just couldn't stop playing with this project. CBS/Paramount apparently liked it as well and here we are."


Neil Gaiman's daughter Maddy is continuing to guest blog from Budapest, talking about filming a scene with 75 cats and Ron Perlman.


Another set report at Superhero Hype notes that the production has taken over a large courtroom in the Windy City's facilities, while Hollywood Chicago has some set photos of a Navy pier set up to stand in for docks of Gotham City.


Marvel's Kevin Feige is quoted at Rotten Tomatoes saying, "Mark Protosevich has delivered a 'Thor' script. David Self is writing 'Captain America.'" IMDB also claims that Self is writing "Deathlok" as well. 'Nuff said.


Hold on there, Kal-El -- Rotten Tomatoes also claims that director Bryan Singer's commitments could hold up the Last Son of Krypton's sequel plans. "Bryan Singer had previously told us that the 'Superman Returns' sequel 'Superman: The Man of Steel' would be his next film after 'Valkyrie.' His producers tell another story. Neil Meron and Craig Zadan have Singer lined up to direct 'The Mayor of Castro Street,' a story of gay rights activist Harvey Milk, within a year."


As we have in years past, the Comic Reel will be taking the day off tomorrow in observance of some obscure US holiday. Not that we'll be celebrating it -- plenty of other projects to work on -- but who doesn't love a day off?

We can't do this without you. The rumors, the scoops, the set photos -- they're all fueled by passionate fans emailing in the goods. The ones who ask, "What do you mean your sister's dating somebody who works for Miles Millar?" The ones who know the code names of movie projects and scour city permit filings for them. The devoted, the involved. Fans, just like you. Whatever you know, we wanna know, and whether you want your name shouted to the web's rafters or kept closer than a classified report, we've got you covered like a comforter. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thank you for your time and indulgence, and "enough talk -- let's go make with the 'biff' and the 'pow' already."

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