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Capone interviews Bryan Singer - Talk of SUPERMAN, X3, LOGAN'S RUN & Fox's TV show HOUSE... & Hugh Laurie talks too!!!

Hey folks, Harry here -- Well, about friggin' time. We finally get a real interview with Bryan Singer and he officially nixes Jesus as playing SUPERMAN - (Millar - get ready to pay up!) and calls all the bizarre casting rumors on the net bunk. He explains leaving X3 and talks of LOGAN'S RUN and more! I'm hearing through sheetrock that Bryan is close to having found his unknown, but recent events may mean a delay in announcing that decision. We'll see. The main point is that apparently Bryan seems to be completely in love with Donner's original and is planning on making a film that honors that... and he wants me grow my hair longer for the Jimmy Olsen wig! DONE! Here ya go...

Hey, Harry. Capone in Chicago here, taking a little sidetrack during the Chicago International Film Festival. One trend I've been seeing a lot more in film festivals in general lately is the screening of new television shows. At this year's CIFF, they are showing the premiere episodes of two new shows--Showtime's "Huff" with Hank Azaria, and Fox's "House" with Hugh Laurie--as well as the season premiere of "Arrested Development." I'm not against such screenings; I just usually make a habit of skipping them. This past Saturday I had a ticket to see Christopher Walken's latest drama AROUND THE BEND. Walken was there to receive a career achievement award, so it was certainly an event worth attending. But then I got a call from Fox, asking if I'd be interested in doing some interviews in connection with "House." Now I like Hugh Laurie a lot, being a fan of his UK television work. Most U.S. audiences know him as the father in the STUART LITTLE films, but I didn't think it was worth passing up the chance to see Walken in person. But I spoke too soon. Turns out one of the executive producers of "House" is a young director named Bryan Singer, who also directed the pilot and first episode of the series and would be on hand with Laurie for a Q&A after the film. Tim to kiss Walken's dancing ass goodbye.

I kid you not when I say that Singer's appearance at the CIFF was the best kept secret at this year's event. It wasn't supposed to be, but it was. I would never have heard about it were it not for the folks at Fox calling me, and I pay pretty close attention to the guest list at the fest. For example, I know that Jeffrey Tambor will be at the "Arrested Development" showing that I can't get to. To further emphasize my point, during the Q&A, there wasn't a single question to Singer about X-MEN, SUPERMAN, USUAL SUSPECTS, or any of his film work. I was stunned. Could it be that the not-even-close-to-capacity crowd was actually all there to simply watch a new TV show? Or see Hugh Laurie? I guess so. I was also the only journalist who seemed all that interested in interviewing Singer. Others did, but they seemed far more focused on Laurie being there. I have no explanation for this, nor do I need one. It gave me more time with Singer. Oh, and for the record. I really like "House." Laurie is fantastic in the role of a total bastard of a doctor of diagnostic medicine, who leads a team that examines strange and sometimes gruesome illnesses in an effort to first identify, then treat, and hopefully cure their patients. The series begs the question: what's more important, that a doctor does his job extremely well or that he treats the patients and his staff kindly. Clearly Dr. House (Laurie) believes the former. His character is so richly drawn and unique to television that he almost threatens to make the rest of the actors look downright bland. I'd be curious to see how the show deals with this issue. And Laurie's character is not the kind of guy that is a loveable curmudgeon. He's a true asshole. He doesn't even meet the patient he's treating (played by guest star Robin Tunney) in the pilot; he doesn't see a reason to. There's plenty of blood and extremely graphic medical procedures for all the gore lovers, Singer and his team have made sure of that. Anyway, the show is above average to be certain and I'll certainly watch the 2nd episode that Singer has directed.

One more thing, this interview was conducted before the world found out about Christopher Reeves' death. I'm sure Bryan would have paid tribute to Reeves if we'd known at this point since his love for the original SUPERMAN film is so evident. Okay, let's talk about superheros...

Capone: First off, make the case for yet another medical-based drama based. There are a lot of them out there.

Bryan Singer: For this show, it's all character driven, primarily Dr. House driven. There are two things that are distinct about this drama: one is the House character, an irreverent, chronic-pain-suffering, pill-popping, brilliant doctor, who hates patients. He's the Archie Bunker of medicine. For that alone, it's fun to watch him evolve and watch his team follow him. Secondly, what's different than shows like "E.R.", which is based in emergency medicine, this sort of show exposes the more realistic and frustrating and fallible aspects of medicine. Even thought some of the illnesses that occur are rare--some are not so rare--it will be a real eye-opener to get a taste a what's really going on at a lot of hospitals. It doesn't mean to be critical of them. It's human, it's reality.

Capone: At a time when television dramas seem to be thriving, there are still certain networks--I won't name names--that have a reputation for not giving good shows enough of a run to let the audience find it. Are you concerned about that?

B.S.: The Fox network has a better history than many. I can't think of an example...

Capone: Well, they've kept "Arrested Development" on despite its initial low ratings.

B.S.: If they have faith in the show, it will survive. We're already moving into episode 8. Hugh goes back to work first thing Monday morning. They see a lot of potential in our show; they really like the show and are excited about it. So hopefully with some good words and reviews about the show, even if the ratings aren't through the roof in the first month or so, they'll still stick with it.

Capone: I'm guessing that you have a little clout with Fox thanks to some other projects you've done on their behalf.

B.S.: [Laughs] Well that helps in terms of the freedom we get in terms of casting choices, production choices, the look and tone of the show. That's the power of my film career. Having said that, the film side of Fox is completely separate from the television side of Fox. We're actually a Universal production on the Fox network.

Capone: Are you directing any more episodes this season?

B.S.: Contractually, I'm not able to do any more episodes. I go through the rough cuts, look at dailies, look at and edit the scripts. I contribute that way. By doing the first episode, which we shot in Vancouver, although the show is shot in the U.S., I was able to break in a new crew and acclimate them to the direction we want the show to go.

Capone: Is the camera going into a wound or other bodily orifice going to be a standard practice for this show?

B.S.: That will continue. What I brought to the show was the idea of making that effect less CGI and using a more practical stuff, taking from the famous "Teardrop" video by Massive Attack, building bladders and organ models and shooting them in water tanks to create a more viscerally real portrayal of the human body. I defined that element.

Capone: I was surprised at the level of graphic surgical elements here.

B.S.: There's bloodier stuff on "E.R."

Capone: I know, but you like to linger.

B.S.: [Laughs] There's one episode dealing with babies that is just startling.

Capone: Are there other profile directors or actors you plan on using in upcoming episodes?

B.S.: We hopefully will have a few more interesting people in for guest shots, but we're casting for quality. Keith Gordon directs an episode that I do a cameo in. Brian Spicer doing one. Um, the guy who directed THE RULING CLASS, whose name is escaping me, is doing one [Peter Medak].

Capone: Are you surprised that you got in front of an audience today and didn't get a single superhero question? It almost seemed like everyone here was here to watch a TV show.

B.S.: I think they were. It's certainly not like at the Comic Con.

Capone: Well, you won't be so lucky with me, my friend. Where do you stand right with casting SUPERMAN? Is it really going to be called SUPERMAN RETURNS?

B.S.: That's strictly a working title. But it is a return story. It puts the first films in a kind of vague history. So what it doesn't do is tread over the 1978 Richard Donner film, it doesn't tread over "Smallville." It elaborates on the existence of Superman in the world in a history. He's out of the culture and then he returns.

Capone: Will you be using footage from the other films?

B.S.: (Long pause) It's possible. There's an introduction sequence that may or may not involve something like that, but not in the way you might be thinking.

Capone: Is there any truth to the reports that you have a deadline to lock in the main cast or Warner Bros. will step in a do it for you?

B.S.: No, that's absurd. I read that too and think it's just bizarre about James Caviezel, who's a wonderful actor. But, no, I'm committed to casting an unknown.

Capone: So asking you what that unknown might be would be pointless, because we probably would not have heard of this person, right?

B.S.: Right.

Capone: Working on such high-profile projects that put you under the geek electron-microscope, is it a relief to be involved in the television project, where maybe the scrutiny is far less?

B.S.: Absolutely. Not that I mind that scrutiny because I am a geek. I am now, have always been, and forever shall be a geek, as James Cameron said once. This show allows me to shoot so much character dialogue and really takes me back to USUAL SUSPECTS days. That love doesn't always get satisfied on a feature, but this show satisfies that organ. When your life has become big-event superhero movies, and it will now be for several years, a respite like directing and defining a couple episodes of "House" is incredibly necessary. I don't like to take vacations, but this is a kind of vacation, a really pleasurable one. I'm really proud of the show.

Capone: Was it a tough decision to leave X-MEN at a point in the series where the plot for the next film, or at least part of the plot, was so clearly set up in X-2?

B.S.: I had a very strong vision for the next X-MEN picture. But SUPERMAN has always been a dream of mine. Things weren't moving as quickly was difficult, and I love those actors and I have a strong relationship with the X-Men universe. I'm still taking over the writing of Ultimate X-Men for a year, so I'm by no means out of that universe. But I've had an idea for a SUPERMAN movie for many years, so for me the fact that it was available and Warner Bros. was willing to take everything it had spent 11 years developing with three other directors and throw it completely out and let me start from scratch at an accelerated level of time...once they showed the willingness, the desire and excitement to do that after my pitch, it became an obvious choice for me, but a difficult one.

Capone: Are you still committed, after SUPERMAN, to LOGAN'S RUN?

B.S.: My desire to do that film is so much so that I'm already pre-vizing [pre-visualizing] LOGAN'S RUN simultaneously while we're making SUPERMAN, so that by the time I'm done making SUPERMAN, I'll have LOGAN'S RUN completely pre-vized. I've already got five major sequences pre-vized, including Carousel. It's extraordinary, things you've never seen before. I'm usually that excited about something this far out, but if I showed you the pre-viz, I think you'd get a big kick out of it.

Capone: The real question is do you have your costume designer lined up for LOGAN'S RUN?

B.S.: As hard as it is to make sure you have a good and solid Superman suit, I think her greatest challenge will be the LOGAN'S RUN costumes. I told her that the other day actually. We had some artists do some preliminary designs to see if certain things are possible, but when she comes on board it's going to be interesting, especially in the world my LOGAN'S RUN takes place in, it's very strange.

Capone: Okay, enough with these lightweight questions. On to the real SUPERMAN dirt: will Jimmy Olsen be a young red head?

B.S.: [Laughing] I don't know how red his hair will be, but he will be a character in the film.

Capone: Certain people who shall remain nameless think red heads are the most discriminated group in movies.

B.S.: Yes, yes. I know. I'm going to ask Harry to let his hair grow a little longer so he can donate the clippings to the Jimmy Olsen wig.

Capone: Good idea. Okay, will the Fortress of Solitude be opened by a giant yellow key?

B.S.: No. Where did that come from?

Capone: It's an old comic book image, this giant oversized key that only Superman could lift.

B.S.: Don't tell Harry I didn't know what that meant. I think everyone will get a kick out of it. The Fortress will be in the film. Everything is. Some people say it's dated, but I'm very much a fan of the 1978 Donner film. That film, particularly it's first act, was a complete, day-to-day inspiration to the first X-MEN film for all of us. It's very exciting to do it. As for Dick, I'm a huge fan of his, to be able to try to protect some semblance of this character and not mess around with it. One reason I thought the Caviezel rumors were interesting is because I do believe that Superman is the Jesus of superheros.

Capone: Amen.

Just as a footnote, I also interviewed Hugh Laurie, whom I found charming, funny, and easy to talk to. After talking a bit about "House," the "higher" standards of American television, and the differing pressures of American vs. British television, we moved on to discuss his role in the upcoming FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX remake, which I wasn't particularly excited about being made at all until saw the trailer. Here are a couple tidbits from our talk:

Capone: I don't know if you noticed when you came in the theatre, but there's a poster for FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX out there and your name is above the title. I think you're the fifth of five names, but it's above the title.

Hugh Laurie: Is it? That's a terrible typing mistake right there.

Capone: Does your character have a corresponding one in the original?

H.L.: No, there isn't one. There are little echoes of various bits of the original, but the only characters that are 100 percent faithful to the original are the ones played by Dennis Quaid and Giovanni Ribisi. All the rest are relatively new.

Capone: I have to confess I wasn't excited about the remake aspect of this film until I saw the trailer for the first time a couple weeks ago.

H.L.: It has that effect. It's going to be a hell of a crash, I saw that pretty confidently. [Director] John Moore, it's only his second film, his first was BEHIND ENEMY LINES, during the read through looked us in the eye and promised us that the first 24 minutes were going to be extraordinary. I think he knows his stuff. I believe they just tested it for the first time a week or so ago, and it did very well. It's being scored now. I saw that trailer too, and the great thing is, it doesn't look like anything else out right now. With a lot of films, you see the trailer and audiences are so jaded and you think, "That's a typical Denzel Washington as a cop film. I know what that it." With this, you see that sand...

Capone: That's what I think of when I remember the original, is that big silver plane in the middle of all that sand.

H.L.: And it does contain one of the great plot reversals that I remember from being a kid and seeing it for the first time, and going "Oh my god, what's that about?" So if we get that right, the great plane crash and the great twist...And having Dennis Quaid, who makes much more interesting film that many other big-named actors...

Capone: And the only other film project you've gone on the book is the animation film VALIANT, correct?

H.L.: It's a British production but an American studio [Vanguard Animation is the animation house, probably filling the void left at Disney when Pixar leaves. Vocal talents include Ewan McGregor, Ben Kingsley, John Hurt, Olivia Williams, Ricky Gervais, John Cleese, Tim Curry, Jim Broadbent, and Rupert Everett.]

That's it, everyone.


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  • Oct. 12, 2004, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Hugh Laurie

    by Dolph

    Has done well for himself with regard to the filmic spouse.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Dean Cain got FAT.

    by phatboi560

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 7:44 a.m. CST

    What cant bryan singer do?

    by The Data

    Usual suspects was my favorite movie for a long time, X-men blew me away, it was such a clever way to address this huge world. He does good stuff, it kinda sucks that he wont do X3 but I have faith in his superman.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 7:48 a.m. CST

    X-Men 3 Fantasy Casting!!!

    by Amy's Flat Rat

    Gambit=Oliver Martinez, Angel=Josh Lucas, Emma Frost=Mena Suvari, Sebastian Shaw=Liam Neeson, I should be a casting director!

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 8:08 a.m. CST

    I love a good fantasy cast talkback.

    by Trevor Goodchild

    GAMBIT-Vincent Cassel. BEAST-Oliver Platt. Joaquin Phoenix. Vincent D'onofrio. Angus McFadden. ANGEL-Ryan Phillipe.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 8:10 a.m. CST

    And what's going on with C.H.U.D?

    by Trevor Goodchild

    It's not been updated for over a week.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Hats Off To Aint It Cool

    by Ra Ra Rasputin

    Truly indeed never was a title more true that is the coolest thing i have ever read on the site. the right place at the right time serendipity is also in place as with the untimely passing of Reeves (rest his soul).Quint is right to say that Brian would have paid tribute to him for his Superman as he is going to protect the legacy left by the great man as it is.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Knackers i meant Capone.

    by Ra Ra Rasputin

    Ooops to excited to think straight.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Trevor, CHUD's been updating...

    by yneway

    You probably were like me and had their news page bookmarked. Since they upgraded the site you have to drop the ".php3" off the end of the address to get to the news. Just go to instead. Took me a couple of days to realize.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 8:55 a.m. CST

    He didn't know about Superman's giant key?!?

    by Drath

    Hahahahaha! I want to read Harry's rant about that one. I wonder if there are any other tidbits that Singer missed. Oh jeez, do you think he doesn't know about Streaky and Beppo? No one tell him!

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 9:25 a.m. CST

    This might be a good place to ask my X2 question:

    by FluffyUnbound

    The end of X2 always bothered me. I saw it again on HBO the other day, and I finally figured out what the problem is: When the dam is breaking and they're trying to take off in that jet, why doesn't the Ice guy freeze all the water into an ice dam? It seems kind of silly to have this tragic character death when another group member's powers would have easily ended the danger.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Superman returns after realizing that his Quest for Peace was a

    by George Newman

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Superman returns after realizing that Quest for Peace was a suck

    by George Newman

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 9:32 a.m. CST

    the giant yellow key would be so stupid to see in a 2006 depicti

    by Judge Briggs

    One thing I am kinda skeptical about is the whole notion of Superman being apart of a history but he went away... hmm.... weird. But it's Singer handling it, so I am sure it will be great. Here's hoping to see Darkseid in one of the sequels... OH!!! WHY HASN'T AINT IT COOL picked up the story about Sony wanting to make Spidey 3 the last one? You see what that stupid bitch of a producer said about what fans want? She said that audiences want to see closure in the third Spidey and should be the last movie in the Spidey series because the fans are done with the series. When did some stupid fuck uber rich producer get a feeling on how fans feel?

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Suck Satan's Cock

    by Trevor Goodchild

    I am sick of Hugh Laurie's voice on every other advert on British telly. My X2 query would be why is Jason Stryker not affected by Professor X's Brain Drain concentration when he's "finding all the Mutants"?

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Jason Stryker was in Cerebro, Trevor

    by Drath

    Supposedly he wasn't affected because Cerbro protected him and Prof X, just like Magneto's helmet protected him. Net X-fans have already covered that one. I'd be more curious about how come Stryker wore wire frame glasses to interrogate Magneto but nothing happened!

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 10:44 a.m. CST

    "As for Dick, I'm a huge fan..."

    by Joey Jojo

    Come on, that's just too funny. I love unintentional humor.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Should've asked Hugh...

    by Alfred_Packer

    ...if he had any thoughts about the casting for the Hitchhiker's movie, since he certainly was the #1 pick for Arthur by many, including I believe, Adams himself. Not normally a big primetime TV watcher, I am certainly going to give House a shot, admittedly only to watch Hugh's performance, but perhaps the show will be good too. Here hoping it's successfull.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Capone and Ra Ra Rasputin

    by mag7man

    The man's name was Christopher Reeve not Reeves. Easy mistake but time to get it right.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Don't forget Apt Pupil

    by Rupee88

    It was a good one too by Mr. Singer. He is certainly a talented guy and has lots of common sense and passion when it comes to super heroes...god bless him!

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 12:07 p.m. CST

    If X3 ever happens, maybe we'll finally get to see Angela Basset

    by Lance Rock

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 1:28 p.m. CST

    You are right, he is an incomplete director.

    by Homer Sexual

    I loved Usual Suspects the first time I saw it, but not on repeat viewings. Apt Pupil was very disappointing, not good at all despite excellent casting (Singer clearly a Velvet Mafia member). X-Men wasn't very good, X2 much better. Superman could be right on but I bet it will be a'ight. BTW, Liam Neeson as Sebastian Shaw and especially Ryan Phillipe as Angel are great casting ideas, but Mena Suvar as Emma Frost? Puh-Leeze! Sharon Stone would have been good before she became a caricature of herself, can't think of a good choice, really. Maybe someone like Kristanna Loken if they went young. I know...Jenna Jameson.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Vague historical sense?

    by Wormie

    What does that mean? That phrase has been used before, but how can the Chris Reeve films and Smallville co-exist as a background to the new movie? We comic fans need to know about continuity! And the suggestion of Mena Suvari as Emma Frost - man, that is one exciting image to think about...!

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 3:06 p.m. CST

    X-Men Casting

    by SamBlackChvrch21

    X-Men: Beast: Sam Neil or Oliver Platt Gambit: Christian Kane, Ian Gufford or David Boreanaz. Sentinel voicework: Vin Diesel White Queen/Emma Frost: Mena Suvari or Jaimie Presley Storm: NEEDS to be re-cast. Angela Bassett IS Storm as far as I am concerned. Apocolypse(voice over): James Earl Jones Sebastion Shaw: As clear as Patrick Stewart for Prof. X, Liam Neeson is Sebastion Shaw.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Everybody in the world knows Superman's origin--I'm glad to hear

    by FrankDrebin

    Same goes for Batman. These series only last 2 or 3 installments before going dormant again for a decade. To waste one on a retelling of the origin is lazy.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 4:12 p.m. CST

    It's Chris REEVE, not REEVES, not "s"!

    by PrezMike

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Come back to X3

    by Avon

    I want him do do X3 damn it.... grr

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 4:31 p.m. CST

    White Queen/Emma Frost: Portia DiRossi

    by mortsleam

    I've been saying this since she first shook her hair out of the bun on Ally MacBeal. Take a look at the cover of "New X-Men 116." That's Portia DiRossi.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 5:03 p.m. CST

    White Queen

    by Homer Sexual

    Portia DiRossi is indeed an excellent suggestion. However, just when I thought Mena Suvari was the most ridiculous suggestion ever (people, she still portrays teen agers/college students), here comes Jaime Pressly. No Sarah Michelle Gellar? Jessica Simpson. Not that all this means anything, but White Queen, even ret-conned, isn't 22 years old.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Logan's Run.

    by RavenJack23

    Has there been any buzz that this will be an adaptation of the original novel(s)? I was hoping but then he went and mentioned Carousel which I don't think was ever actually in the books. The movie completely wimped out on Sanctuary, Francis/Ballard, and some of the coolest aspects of the book. I mean I liked the movie ok, but the books rocked so much more. Don't they always?

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Judge Briggs

    by BAMF

    There are all kinds of people in the world who are fine with just 2 Spiderman movies. Hell, 1 would have been enough. Get over your whiny selfish fandom.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 8:16 p.m. CST

    God Damn bastard

    by AlwaysThere

    F the new Superman movies. Give me X3 right now.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 8:59 p.m. CST

    hugh laurie is a funny bastard

    by speed

    screw stuart little. that's all about the cash. if anyone wants to check him out then try these: 1. 3rd series of black adder. in my opinion better than the 2nd series with Laurie as the dim witted prince. 2. a bit of fry and laurie. old brit sketch comedy show that was absurd to epic proportions. 3. jeeves and wooster. again fry and laurie. set in an elseworlds england in the earlier part of last century. it's some of the best brit telly in a long time.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 9:10 p.m. CST

    the donner movies missed it

    by liljuniorbrown

    Am i the only one who remembers that those movies made Lex Luthor a comic relief bumbling idiot? Can we change that atleast in the new film? The man put Richard Pryor in the superman films as a i'm guessing if he wants to stay true to that series he'll have Will Ferell play Doomsday and Jack Black play Brainiac

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 9:30 p.m. CST

    FluffyUnbound...Ice Man's power's aren't infinite

    by MrCere

    Can Ice Man freeze all the Oceans? Can he freeze all the water in the air and kill all life on earth? He obviously have limited abilities to freeze water especially as the young punk he is. If he froze an ice wall in X2 the copious amounts of water would have washed it away and then they would have a flood with a big ice all in it, perhaps worse than just a damn break.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Ok Mr. Cere

    by FluffyUnbound

    I can accept that explanation, with the amendment "Ice Man is a dumbass". If it's true that an attempt to freeze the flood / wave would have failed, he probably could have frozen the water behind the dam before the dam broke in the first place [putting a dam behind the dam, as it were]. But we can always say he just didn't think of it. In the rest of the movie he seemed to be a big pussy about using his powers anyway. I would walk around freezing shit 24/7 and never get bored if I could do that.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Singer's on fire!

    by DoctorWho?

    Boy, do we have the right guy in the chair for Superman! I Warner had all but fucked this up about falling down the stairs and landing on your feet!! We've got a guy whos been visualizing a Supes movie for years in his head,who respects Donner's vision and will hat tip i, who has 2 bigtime superhero genre films under his belt...and who is a self confirmed eternal geek wad! Honest question: If not singer behind the wheel on this baby, then who??? Talk amongst yourselves.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 11:12 p.m. CST


    by Fugazi32

    Was filmed here in Milton Keynes!

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Liljunior, Donner only directed Supes 1 and part of 2...

    by DoctorWho?

    He's not responsible for those other 2 abortions...well there is a cool scene here and there...but I agree Lex was 80% comic relief. The masterstroke of Bryan Singer is that he's only going to reference those films as a "vague history". Cool. I think we'd all agree we don't need another origin story. For me, Krypton was perfectly realized in that first film.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 11:42 p.m. CST

    X3 casting

    by Master_S*H*A*K*E

    Superman aside, personally I'd like to see elements of Smith's script in there and possibly the reason for Supes leaving could be Doomsday... anyway, my fantasy casting would be: Storm--Angela Bassett Beast--David Boreanaz Angel--Paul Walker Cannonball--James Van Der Beek Karma--Zhang Ziyi (crouching tiger) Sebastian Shaw--Liam Neeson Gambit--Orlando Bloom White Queen--Kelly Carlson (kimber from Nip/Tuck) CGI Sentinels (wild sentinels like in Morrison's New X-men) or all black not the gay purple sentinels!!! Apocalypse must be CGI and James Earl Jones as the voice of Apocalypse! Pyro, Blob and Sabretooth this time around too. Blob should be kid from Varsity Blues.

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Judge Briggs

    by Monkey Butler

    Why the hell wouldn't you be happy with the news that Spidey 3 may be the last one? For one thing it means the studio's commited to finishing Sam Raimi's story, not prolonging the franchise just for money (like the Batman films), it means, as the exec said, we get closure of the story, and it means that there's very little chance that we're going to have to leave the franchise with a bad taste in our mouths (again, like the Batman films). The two lead actors have pretty much said that 3 will be their last films, and I can't see Raimi wanting to make a 4th, so that means that any future installments would most likely be made on the studio's terms, which means 3/4 bad guys, a new love interest every film, and spidey-nipples. Be thankful.

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Sam Raimi & Spidey.

    by NJM

    Sam Raimi actually said he would want to do MORE Spider-Man films if Sony let him, but that producer bitch said that there will only be one more. Raimi wants to keep doing them, but she obviously isn't gonna let him. There's plenty of Spidey villians left that are worthy of the big screen. Unfortunately, we'll probably be stuck with Harry Osborn throwing on a Goblin costume, and we'll won't get a worthwhile villian for Spidey 3. -NJM

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Monkey Butler

    by Judge Briggs

    First off, awesome name haha... love it. Anyway, Spiderman's universe of villains is rich and promising... the past two films have been very strong ... because of those movies, I would hate to see the end of the franchise. Finally, I don't like the fact that some uber-rich producer thinks fans want the series to be over." (How does she know?) I just don't believe that to be true... I believe, as a fan, and wish as one... that the series go on because again, at the risk of sounding repetitive... Spidey's universe is very rich in characters.

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 9:26 p.m. CST

    There's onlyone reason why they are keeping this superman in the

    by TheGinger Twit

  • Oct. 15, 2004, 5:37 a.m. CST

    First thought when I saw the previews: Doctor Strange, baby!

    by chien_sale

    Seriously, the way the shows look to the actor playing the doctor, it would be great as a Doc. Strange film. Hugh Laurie as Steven Strange with David Koepp directing. Come one Marvel, do it!