Watchmen, Middleman, Smallville: January 31st Comic Reel Wrap


MTV talked to actress Carla Gugino about playing in the Zack Snyder-helmed superhero film. "It was really one of the craziest, most fun roles I've ever gotten to play," said Gugino. "I start at 25 years old in the 1940s, and I age to 67 years old with full prosthetics in the 1980s. [Sally] is a larger-than-life character. She's a costumed crime fighter, but her idea of a costume is very Bettie Page-meets-[Alberto] Vargas.

MTV also has the word from director Zack Snyder himself, who noted that he's almost done filming. "At the moment, I'm in the final weeks of shooting 'Watchmen,' in Vancouver, British Columbia," Snyder said. "Since 'Watchmen' is a dissection of the superhero genre and forces it to take a long, hard look into the pop-culture mirror, it only makes sense that it's where my head is at these days."


According to the Hollywood Reporter, ABC Family has picked up the Viper Comics property by Javier Grillo-Marxuach.


TV Guide has an interview with actor James Marsters, where he discusses (with some mild spoilers) returning to Vancouver, er, Kansas. "I really like working with the cast, and I loved it in Season 5 when the audience didn't know what I was there for. That was pretty delicious," Marsters said. I was pretending to care about Clark's feelings, and that was cool because I really didn't care at all; I just wanted him to be my tool. He sort of kicked my ass, of course. My schedule had filled up and I couldn't come back, so that was a way to close the door. Then [executive producer] Al Gough called at the beginning of this season and asked if I was available. Luckily, I had some time."

Also, if you check the news page at Kryptonsite, you can see a video clip from tonight's episode.


Latino Review has a script review of the screenplay for the Dennis Quaid-led toy adaptation.


Superhero Hype has news about the spoof comedy, noting that a trailer will be online by next weekend and they've also got a plot summary: "Finally, the guys behind the outrageously silly 'Scary Movie' franchise have used their own 'special powers' to spoof superhero movies. After being bitten by a genetically altered dragonfly, high school loser Rick Riker develop superhuman abilities like incredible strength and armored skin. Rick decides to use his new powers for good and becomes a costumed crime fighter known as 'The Dragonfly.' However, standing in the way of his destiny is the villainous Lou Landers. After an experiment gone wrong, Lou develops the power to steal a person's life force and in a dastardly quest for immortality becomes the supervillain, 'The Hourglass.' With unimaginable strength, unbelievable speed and deeply uncomfortable tights, will the Dragonfly be able to stop the sands of The Hourglass and save the world? More importantly, will we stop laughing long enough to notice?"


There's no actual news today as the strike heads towards the three month mark, but Los Angeles area aspiring writers can attend "Teaching Thursdays" at the Warner Brothers picket line, where "writers of various genres are invited to join us at Gate 2 at Warner Bros, making themselves available to discuss story, structure and everything in between." Be sure to bring your business cards!


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