According to an insider who confided EXCLUSIVELY to the Comic Reel, actress Blythe Metz was asked by “interested parties” at the studio to create a short clip showcasing her martial arts abilities … with interest in casting her as Themiscira’s finest. The results can be seen in a video clip at a specially created MySpace page, which also shows production stills from the project.
TONIGHT HE COMES
According to Production Weekly, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman will star opposite Will Smith in director Peter Berg’s superhero drama. Shooting will start early May in Los Angeles. The studio is targeting a July 2, 2008 release.
Tons of news about the heroes on a half-shell today. The Patrick Stewart Network reports that the erstwhile Captain Picard will lend his vocal talents to the movie as “tech-industrialist Max Winters.” USA Today chimes in with the news that “Sarah Michelle Gellar (‘The Grudge,’ and TV’s ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’) has signed on as the voice of April, the human researcher who serves as the Turtles’ tech-services worker and mother figure. ‘Fantastic Four’s Chris Evans is the hockey-stick-swinging Casey Jones, and ‘Clerks’ filmmaker Kevin Smith also voices a cameo as a greasy-spoon chef. The Turtles themselves will not have celebrity voices, however.”
Finally, Comic Book Movie has a look at all the photos that were in the original USA Today story.
Allocine has the new international poster for the Nicolas Cage vehicle.
Don’t look now but the official site has been crazy updated.
Superhero Report has an interview with writer Steven DeKnight about working on the team-up episode “Justice.” “Let me see what I can tell you without getting in trouble with my various overlords,” DeKnight said. “Bart Allen, Victor Stone, and Arthur Curry cross paths with Clark once again, and high adventure quickly ensues with the dubious aid of Oliver Queen. Damn. Was that vague enough?”
FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER
If you don’t mind some spoilers, F4Movies.com has a description of what we’ll see in the new trailer. Meanwhile, Sci Fi Wire notes that actor Doug Jones has hung up his board and has completed his work as the Silver Surfer.
Hollywood North Report has some new photos from the live action adaptation.
THE DARK KNIGHT
According to Moviehole, actor Hugh Jackman was quoted as saying he was not getting a penchant for flipping coins. ÒSame thing [as ‘Superman’],” Jackman said. “I think because IÕd worked with Chris Nolan. I think it was just fanboy stuff.”
Mechanical technician Bob Mano (no relation to the Fatal Five member) talks about the weapons of one of the film’s villains over at the official movie blog. They also note that Premiere magazine featured the film.
30 DAYS OF NIGHT
The bloodiest day of shooting in the entire production? You know they had to do a video blog about that.
There’s an article at Soundtrack.net discussing composer Tyler Bates’ work scoring the Frank Miller adaptation. “The greatest challenge to writing and producing the music for ‘300,’” Bates said, “was to bead a musical thread throughout the film’s ever-changing landscape of visual art and its ominous, horrific and mystical beings, while sustaining the epic and emotional qualities from which this film was made. I had to approach it in a style as inventive as the film itself.”
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
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