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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Holdin' Out for a Hero

Thanks to a certain web-slinger, superhero movies are now all the rage, as witnessed by the next batch of comic book-inspired flicks:

- If you like Hugh Jackman the way I like Hugh Jackman (sportin' claws and 'burns), then you'll be glad to hear the X-Men spin-off Wolverine just nabbed an Oscar-winning director.

- A big screen Green Hornet has been rumored for years, with everyone from George Clooney to the late Brandon Lee attached. So how did they end up with Seth Rogan?

- Kevin Spacey will return as Lex Luthor in Superman: Man of Steel, directed by Bryan Singer after he helms the long-delayed The Mayor of Castro Street.

- Stan Lee says Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr., will be "something totally different than anything we have seen before." Except that, like every other comic book-based film, it will have him in a silly cameo.

- Frank Miller's legendary Watchmen series inches closer to the silver screen, with the rumored casting of Billy Crudup as the Superman-like Dr. Manhattan. This is very good news for Crudup fans as the character does not wear a costume. Oh yeah, and he's blue.

- For the time being, it appears that all we'll get of Heath Ledger as the Joker in the next Batman film, The Dark Knight, is fuzzy pictures and even fuzzier plot information. Could a possible teaser trailer offer us any more?

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