X-Men 3, Superman, Fantastic Four, Smallville: November 22nd Comic Reel Wrap


Uber-producer Lauren Shuler Donner chatted with CHUD about both Joss Whedon's rumored involvement and spinoffs for popular character Wolverine. Here's some snippets:

"The plan is to do more of an origin story for Wolverine," Donner said. "The first one. If that's successful, my deepest desire -- I'm not reflecting Fox but you never know -- my deepest desire is after the origin story, which David [Benioff] has worked out beautifully, it's really good -- if that works, the second one could be the Mariko, ninja story."

On Joss Whedon: "I'm a huge fan of Joss' ... Nothing is certain yet." Donner says that she would still love to work with him on the film.


Director Bryan Singer was interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle about choosing Brandon Routh for the blue and red suit. "When you're casting a film of this size, you've got to look at three things. First, talent. Second, does he look like the guy and have the physical presence -- if Brandon walked into your office, you'd step back and say, 'Oh my God, it's Superman.' And third, you have to find a personality who can contend with all the rigors involved in making a show you're going to shoot for five months, with a lot of stunts and visual effects. That's a lot of work. A lot of work. Brandon had all three qualities."


It's true -- Superhero Hype got their hands on last Friday's issue of Entertainment Weekly, and have a scan of the first look at Julian McMahon as Dr. Doom. Comics Continuum offers perspective via quotes they got on a set visit: "For me, it's just about immersing myself in the role, enjoying myself and giving the fans what they want," he said. "Initially, it is a comic book, so you have to understand that is the kind of environment that we're trying to fulfill. But there's so much outside of what we do that's the comic aspect of it -- it's the graphics, it's the computerization, it's the prosthestics that he's (Michael Chiklis) been in for the last few weeks and all that kind of stuff that creates that world. So, for me, it's really not about trying to push things too much. It's about trying to base it in reality so that you as audience want to take that journey with me, hopefully, for the expanse of the movie. But, it's a little bit of both, to be honest. You try to camp up a little bit when you get those opportunities, but you don't want to look like a schmuck."


Actress Kristin Kreuk was interviewed by Smallville Magazine, and Devoted to Smallville caught scans and quotes, including insight on the loss of Pete Ross. "With Pete gone, what's happened is that we don't have that one friend of Clark that knows." (emphasis hers) "That one person who is special in his life who he doesn't have to hide things from, who grounds him, and that makes it harder for the character. He doesn't have that element of camaraderie, the fact that there's someone who will cover him, and do anything for him, even though he knows that Clark's an alien. Without that any more, that adds, to his burden."


Ain't It Cool News' Moriarity has a fairly positive early review of the David Goyer-helmed vampire sequel, which of course is jam-packed with spoilers.


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