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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Dark Knight, Heroes, TV DVD News, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, Sherlock Holmes, Comic Previews

The Dark Knight

Christopher Nolan, director of the Batman sequel film, says: "There's a huge advantage being able to jump in having told the origin story, so you can jump in with a fully formed character and then see where that goes. So I think it definitely gives you the opportunity to go new places and to get into the story much faster. I had very much enjoyed the rhythm and dynamic of the origin story that we got to tell in Batman Begins, so it was a little bit daunting how we were going to replace that, the feeling of scale and size that gave us, just the timespan of that story. And so what we chose to do is to tell a very immediate, very linear story, but based on a slight genre shift, going a little more into the crime story, a little more into the kind of epic city stories of films like Michael Mann's Heat, things like that, which I think achieve great scale even though they're confined within one city." Christian Bale said: "We see an even more realistic-appearing Gotham, the characters, and I think he's really nailed it with his ability to take a certain genre of movie but not have it be constricted by that genre, you know? And [he] truly has made a superb story, and finely crafted movie, that I think stands up against any movie regardless of genre. Clearly that's very relevant to America: the question of what kind of deals do you do with the devil in order to solve a problem quickest. But are you then setting yourself up for future problems and more dire circumstances and consequences?" "The Dark Knight" debuts July 18.


Comic Book Resources has presented its "Behind The Eclipse Special, Part 1" with just about everything you can know in advance about the NBC show.

TV DVD News has posted info about "The Beverly Hillbillies" (Season 2) here, "Schoolhouse Rock" (Election Collection) here, "Perry Mason" (Season 3, Vol. 1) here, "C.S.I.: Miami" (Season 6) here, "M Squad" (Very Best of) here, "Wings" (Season 7) here, and "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (Christmas with the Nelsons) here.

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

Ron Perlman spoke here to Sci Fi Wire about his character: "[He's] very much the same guy, except this time we're seeing him circumstantially in a highly emotionally compromised state. The relationship with [firestarter] Liz [Sherman, played by Selma Blair,] is on the rocks, and perhaps in danger of, you know, burning up, pardon the pun, right in front of him. And he's faced with the idea of life without Liz. So he's emotionally really compromised. And, of course, he does what Hellboy will do when he's not sure ... whether he has a reason to live or not. He starts drinking heavily. And, meanwhile, parenthetically, he's got to go save the Earth from complete extinction. While he's buzzed."

Sherlock Holmes

Variety reports that Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell will star in an upcoming Sherlock Holmes film. Cohen is to play Holmes and Ferrell to portray Watson in the not yet titled film. Matt Tolmach, co-president of production for Columbia Pictures, said: "Just the idea of Sacha and Will as Sherlock Holmes and Watson makes us laugh. Sacha and Will are two of the funniest and most talented guys on the planet, and having them take on these two iconic characters is frankly hilarious."

Comic Previews
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
Astonishing X-Men #25,

Secret Invasion: Front Line #1,

Avengers/Invaders #3,

American Dream #5,

Cable #5,

Lords of Avalon: Sword of Darkness #6,

& Marvel Illustrated: The Three Musketeers #2

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