Superhero roundup

How’s everyone’s morning going? It was tough waking up we stayed up late to catch 24 on the Tivo after watching Heroes live. Gotta say it seems like 24 might be hitting a wall. Oh my gosh! Jack defied orders again? No way! He broke into a consul? C’mon writers of the show think up something original. It’s starting to feel like all five seasons are rolling into one, and there isn’t any ‘Kim Bauer trapped by cougars’ plotlines to keep the comedy rolling.

As for Heroes, well it was a good episode not a great one. Lots of nice reveals at the end with the Petrelli matriarch bossing around Mr. Haitian. The set up for a Sylar versus Peter showdown next week. And Hiro finally getting ahold of his samarai sword.

But what really let us down was the supposed Spiderman 3 trailer with exclusive footage. There wasn’t anything there that was particularly new. But you can head over to NBC today to watch seven minutes of footage. But hurry the footage expires by 9 p.m. This installment of Spidey may also be the last one for star Tobey Maguire, according to Chud. They also have a nice little interview with Marvel uber-geek Avi Arad.

The L.A. Daily News (via Superero Hype) has a great interview with actor Ron Perlman. He dishes that filming will begin in May for Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. No plot details yet, but count us excited. Guillermo del Torro was a household name for geeks when he filmed the first Hellboy, but after the magnificence of Pan’s Labrynth the director is finally getting his due from all sorts of people.

And if that wasn’t enough for you the Favs has a nice update on the production of Ironman over at the Myspace Group he set up. Gotta say Ironman, at least by the cast and the Favs’s passion for the material could shape up to to join X-Men and Spider-man atop the Marvel film mountain.

First off, the sets are all being built, the locations are locked and the cast is, for the most part, set. As you all know, RDJ, Gwyneth, T Howard, and Jeff Bridges are all on board. We’ve had a week of rehearsals and I’m currently working with the writers to tailor the material accordingly. Mr. Bridges has a haircut that will no doubt be of interest to any of you fans of the books. Speaking of the the books, Joe Quesada, Adi Granov and myself have been collaborating on a very cool project that you will soon be hearing about. You want to know more, pester Marvel publishing.

Second, I am going up to visit ILM and the Ranch. I’ve never been and am as stoked as any of you can imagine. I love my job.

Thirdly, Stan Winston Studios has been unveiling suits for us. Once again, they have exceeded our expectations. Those of you who follow my career know that I am very skeptical about the overuse of CGI. I am happy to report that the film will be a healthy mix of both computer generated and practical effects. My goal is to make the two integrate in a way that they usually do not.

Lastly, this thing is huge. I’ve never been involved with a film this size. I’ve been prepping for almost a year and feel extremely confident in the enormously qualified team we’ve assembled. I would be lying, however, if I didn’t admit that the scale of this project was daunting. I’m pretty confident that I’ve done and will continue to do my homework and that I’m ready, but so much is unknown. I feel like a ship’s captain about to sail for the New World. Who can truly predict weather fortune or disaster awaits in the great unknown? Regardless, I thank God every day for his blessings.

Anyway hope that was enough Superhero news for you this morning. We’ll be back today with some stuff on Zak Snyder’s 300, as we’re totally stoked for that little bit of film goodness this week. Besides Watchmen, he’s got an interesting little project set up in the pipes.

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