Watchmen, Iron Man, Lost Squad, The Foundation: June 27th Comic Reel Wrap


The biggest rumor of the day? That would be courtesy of Film Ick which claims to have a list of actors "who may or may not have signed, or be in talks, but that certain whispering voices insist is 100% genuine." As backup, they note the same list has appeared on a Russian website as well. The highlights? Kate Winslet as Silk Spectre do anything for ya? How about Gretchen Mol as Jenny Slater? Jeremy Irons as Moloch? You get the idea.


Chicago is bearing witness to the Battle of Films About Costumed Billionaires! Justin Newberry of Aberrant Press wrote in to say, "'Iron Man' did complete it's 75 day shoot on Monday. One of our guys (Gustavo Moya, look him up on IMDb!) worked on the production while it was here. They likely arranged for the use of the casino floor through Wednesday to give them breathing room in case they had to do any re-shoots/pick-ups/what-have-you's."


According to the Hollywood Reporter, "Stephen St. Leger and James Mather have found their way to 'The Lost Squad,' coming on board to write and direct the project for Rogue Pictures. Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter are producing. 'Squad' is based on a Devil's Due comic written by Chris Kirby and drawn by Alan Robinson. The miniseries revolved around the supernatural action-adventures of a squad of U.S. soldiers who take on weird missions during World War II, fighting Adolf Hitler's occult agents and other threats. Devil's Due Josh Blaylock is co-producing. Andrew Rona, Andrew Deutschman and Alex Heineman will oversee."


Before it ever hits stands, Paramount Pictures has pre-emptively picked up the rights to this Boom! Studios property, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "Written by John Rozum and drawn by Kody Chamberlain, the five-issue miniseries uses the prophesies of Nostradamus as its backdrop. In the tale, Nostradamus' books of foreshadowing made him a rich man, and he took his riches and created a foundation to prevent the prophesies from happening. The comic focuses on the secret team in the present day who uses the prophet's published and unpublished works to predict threats to the world." There is no writer attached.


Where would we be this summer without a bunch of links about the Hasbro-based adaptation? Today, Reuters notes that director Michael Bay became so devoted to the project that he filmed commercials for three promotional partners, so they'd be consistent with his vision.

Speaking of Bay, actor John Turturro is quoted at Sci Fi Wire as having based his performance on the quirky lensman. "I kept looking at him, and I was thinking, 'Well, maybe I should do it more like Michael Bay, you know?'" Turturro said. "At least a little bit. And I would say, ... 'Well, I was doing you.' He'd say. 'Well, that was really funny.' ... He's such a narcissist. [laughs] 'You're in love with yourself,' I said, 'so you're just seeing me through you, ... but you're better looking, so it's OK.'"

There's an extended clip of Blackout landing at a military base on YouTube ...

... and IGN has a video interview with actress Rachel Taylor talking about how she auditioned for and got her role in the movie.

Comingsoon.net has posted new video footage including a second international commercial and more film clips.

Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura was interviewed by Superero Hype about "Transformers," "G.I. Joe" and several non-genre projects.

Finally, Dark Horizon's Garth Franklin has posted his less-than-glowing review of the movie.


Creator Mark Millar made an interesting message board post after visiting the set. "As we all know, the super-villains are quite different kinds of villains now," Millar wrote, "but this first act is almost scene for scene the first two issues of the comic, right down to the dialogue and the captions. I couldn't be more happy with it."


Actor Christian Bale is quoted by Superhero Hype talking about how comfortable he is with his co-workers. "We got so familiar with each other," Bale said. "It's now the third movie that I made with Chris (Nolan) and Michael Caine. I've gotten to know everybody. We all know how we all work. It's like my 5th movie with the D.P. It just flies along because there's no question in trying to sort of work each other out at all. We all know how we like to do it, and there's a nice shorthand between us all in terms of communication."

A scooper also gave Superhero Hype a set report, talking about returning to the Chicago Post Office. "Monday afternoon, there were a whole bunch of flatbed trucks out on the loading dock. A crew was hauling in a 'Gotham Police Department' sign off one of the trucks. The style of the sign exactly matched the signs the Chicago Police use on their stations ... kinda similar to how the 'Gotham' license plates are an exact knockoff of Illinois plates. Today (Tuesday) crews were putting the 'Gotham National Bank' signs back up on the north entrance of the post office building. I wonder if these are for reshoots or additional scenes. There were several large lighting trucks parked out back as well."


Director Sam Raimi really wants to break the bank if he comes back again. He told MTV, "I would love to see Electro, Vulture, maybe the Sinister Six as a team."


Goodbye! Kryptonsite has a new spoiler in the form of the season premiere's episode title, and some of what you can expect.


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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