Matt Smith drops the mother of all tantalizing Doctor Who hints. Dark Knight Rises producer Emma Thomas reveals what Bane and Catwoman bring to the final Batman movie. Plus Robert Kirkman addresses a persistent Walking Dead rumor!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Dark Knight Rises.
Producer Emma Thomas discussed the impacts of the movie's two big new characters, Tom Hardy's Bane and Anne Hathaway's Catwoman:
"Tom made a massive physical transformation for the role... It really is an intense performance. He finally feels like a match for Batman – both physically and mentally. Christian Bale and Tom Hardy are both such fiercely committed actors that pitching them as adversaries works incredibly well – they have such a great chemistry on camera. [Catwoman is] completely new, and it's a really interesting role. You never quite know where you are with her."
Concept artist Tully Summers described the movie as "a war film" in an interview with a French language website, and he also made it clear that you can't judge the film from set photos:
"Films like Batman are meticulously planned. Every shot is storyboarded, framed, lighted and choreographed to camera. Any photos taken that are not from the intended camera are out of context. In a sense it's like judging Sesame Street or the Muppets from a set photo: 'That's ridiculous! There's a whole guy hanging out of that character!' Christopher Nolan is a consummate filmmaker. Consider his body of work and his first two Batman movies. I don't think fans will be disappointed."
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance co-director Mark Neveldine says that he, fellow director Brian Taylor, and star Nicolas Cage all want to make another Ghost Rider movie, and it's simply a question of how well this movie does.
Cast member Idris Elba offered some additional confirmation that, yes, this movie is indeed set in the same universe as Alien. He also discussed his character and director Ridley Scott's overall vision:
"There's a ship and I fly it. That's it! It doesn't get any more interesting than that...Ridley allowed us to live in his idea, his dream of what this film is about. Aliens aside, Ridley again creates a new character, a series of characters that are in a crazy predicament. It captures all the great DNA stuff of 'Aliens,' that's all in this film as well. But it's a different film altogether."
Assuming the first John Carter does well enough to make sequels viable — and breaking down the numbers, that's not exactly a sure thing — director Andrew Stanton reveals where he hopes to take the story next:
I can't wait to see the goddess Issus herself and the plant men. I can't wait… We kind of held back on really going full bore with air ships, because I knew what we were going to do in film two and I didn't want it to feel redundant from film one, so I had to find that balance of "How much is just enough" to enjoy what you were seeing, but want a little bit more, "because we are going to give you more in the second one" and then more of… What I geek out on is just the character relationships and I feel like Carter and Dejah's marriage is just getting started at the end of this movie and I really get to delve into a married couple's first year of being together on this adventure in the second one and also delve deeper into what's really going on with the Therns. It just feels like a great second season of a TV show that's about to come up for me and I get to really delve deeper into all of the characters and the relationships. So that's really juicy stuff for me.
He also explains that the second movie would feature a darker tone, invoking the almost obligatory Empire Strikes Back reference:
Well I think it's going to get a lot darker before it gets a lot brighter. (Laughs) It really does have a chart that works like Empire to Return, but it's fitting and my whole goal was that by the end of this whole thing he would earn the title "Warlord of Mars" and that's where we are headed with it. So the color will just... We go underground and then we go back topside by the time we are in the third one.
There's more at the link. [Ain't It Cool News]
Here's a behind-the-scenes video featuring producer Tim Burton and director Timur Bekmambetov.
Director Shawn Levy says no decision has been formally made on a sequel, although they are working on a script and the movie performed well enough to make it a "maybe, with a capital M." He also gave some hints about how they are approaching the followup:
"The question you can and should be asking is how much is that story gonna be tweaked based on what we now know is the fanbase of the franchise. Because what I now know is, yeah maybe teenagers were into Real Steel, but not nearly as passionately as kids and their parents. Which is interesting because I'm like ‘the family film guy' and here I made a movie that doesn't look like anything else I've made, that's tonally different, and yet we never escape what we are.
"Once I started seeing ‘Well who is sending me those letters since Real Steel came out, what are the things about that movie that people are responding to?' Yes it's the fights, but it was really that father-son heart of the movie, and the wish fulfillment of like ‘What if you could be that kid?' and the good movies, whether it's The Goonies or whatever, it's going to tap into the kid version of us. I think that's what Night at the Museum did and I think that's what Real Steel did and so we're certainly kind of tweaking the sequel script based on an awareness now that that is what happened with Real Steel."
Pirates of the Caribbean and Rango director Gore Verbinski says his long-simmering space assassin movie is now being handled by Jane Eyre director Cary Fukunaga:
"It's a movie I've been trying to direct for 15 years, off and on. It's a really great script and I think Cary is the best up-and-coming young director of actors. To have him be interested in a science fiction film, well, we're really, really lucky to have him. All the stuff in the script, all the cleverness, will be intact but you will care a lot about these guys, more than if it was done by anybody else. [He is] doing a rewrite and we're starting to do a budget breakdown."
Here are some new promo photos, which include a shot of Kristen Stewart coming face-to-face with some sort of hairy, gigantic, mythical beast. Oh, and leaving Chris Hemsworth aside, she also seems to encounter some sort of big monster thingy. [The Playlist]
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn director Steven Spielberg gives this update on the planned sequel:
"Peter [Jackson]'s doing it. I wanted to do it, but Peter has to because we made a deal. I said, ‘I'll direct the first one, you direct the second one.' And Peter, of course, is going to do it right after he finishes photography on The Hobbit. He'll go right into the 31, 21 days of performance capture. We're not telling the world what books we're basing the second movie on yet... It could be [The Calculus Affair]. I like The Calculus Affair. So it could be... We have completed a story outline now. We have a writer on it. I'm just not declaring what it is. It will be more than one book, but no more than two."
Here's a new international poster. [Coming Soon]
Matt Smith dropped this massively tantalizing tease about a cast member in the coming seventh series:
"The casting is going very well - I found out a lovely bit of news this morning actually, about somebody who's going to be in it. I couldn't possibly tell you, but it's exciting. You'll know him. Or her."
If I know Doctor Who fans, the two leading candidates for this mystery person will be Paul McGann (the "him") and Georgia Moffet as the Doctor's daughter Jenny (the "her"), because those two are always the leading candidates whenever any casting rumor pops up. Of course, there's nothing about Smith's quote that says the person has previous Doctor Who experience - simply that the person is well-known. Although I suppose this could tie into those rumors a little while back that "The Girl in the Fireplace" actress Sophia Myles could be returning to the show. But anyway, take all of my speculation with a massive, massive grain of salt. Oh, and in more mundane pronouncements, Smith also revealed that there are "four or five scripts which look in really good shape", so that's nice. [Blogtor Who]
Elsewhere, Steven Moffat revealed he's working on perhaps the most anticipated episode of the next series:
I'm writing that right now, the big Rory and Amy heartbreaking finale. It will be quite heartbreaking, I think you'll be in trouble watching it."
Saw 3D actress Gina Holden revealed that she just completed a guest spot on an episode of Fringe, though she didn't give away any details about what her role entailed. [Collider]
Here's a teaser poster. [EW]
Here are some promo photos from this Sunday's episode, "Triggerfinger." [multipleverses.com]
Comics creator Robert Kirkman addressed the rumors that Jon Bernthal would be leaving the show - and thus Shane would be killed off - so that he could join fired showrunner Frank Darabont's new show, LA Noir:
"Last year Lenny James was on 'The Walking Dead,' 'Human Target' and 'Hung' as well as doing a show in the U.K. for the BBC. It's not unusual these days for people to be on multiple shows at the same time. The way shooting schedules work for cable, it really does open doors for that. The Walking Dead stopped shooting in early November and doesn't resume until almost summer, so there's a huge gap in there for people to do other projects. I wouldn't let any casting rumors make you think that it's spoiled any show, especially this one. In the case of Jon Bernthal, who's to say he survives that first pilot? Maybe he dies in the first episode."
Kirkman confirmed that Lori's fate after the car crash would be revealed immediately, and they wouldn't be doing another long, drawn-out search. He also said that Michael Raymond-James's Dave will be confirmed as either dead or alive at the beginning of episode nine. There's some more at the link. [Live Feed]
The same supposed inside source who recent revealed some big spoilers for the rest of the season has come back with two more. First, Dale will die because of Carl's actions, and second, Michonne will show up this season. In fairness to this person, their spoilers for "Nebraska" were accurate, though I'm still skeptical about their more long-term knowledge. [SpoilerTV]
Here's the promo for next week's episode and fourth overall, "A Better Man."
Here's a casting call for episode six, "Doctor Emmet Cole", which is due to air March 6:
[MANNY] 30s to Early 40s, Adventurous, strong, witty and also deeply spiritual. Manny is a responsible, religious, down-to-earth, dependable member of Emmet's crew. He is one of only two crew members willing to follow Emmet into the jungle on a mission that everyone else thinks will lead to certain death. When faced with Il Tunchi, an evil spirit that makes one face his greatest fears before viciously killing him, Manny sees a horrifying image of his dead, cancer stricken mother - she is the reason he's on this trip but has become the reason he will not survive it. Guest Star. All ethnicities. Spanish speaker a plus.
Here are some promo photos for next week's episode, "Johnny McKee." [SpoilerTV]
Here's a sneak peek at this Friday's episode, "Repo Man."
The nineteenth episode is reportedly called "Of Grave Importance" and features a character called Annie, who is a former romance of both Sam and Dean. [SpoilerTV]
Here are some dialogue teasers for this Sunday's episode, "The Graveyard Shift":
"Christ, not another one! How many servants does this house have?"
"I like your tights. They look like bees and I like bees."
"Closing early. Sorry. We found a, err, we found a dead dog. In the oven. Health and safety."
"I promised George I would do whatever it takes to keep her safe, and I guess this is what it takes."
"It's good to be back."
There's more at the link. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a sneak peek at next week's episode, "Mama Said There'd Be Decades Like These." You can also check out a promo here.
Here's a description of a casting notice for season two:
The character in question is definitely an alpha, and has some combat skills. Her name is Kat. Without spoiling too much, there is something pretty interesting about her memory...The first scene is with her and Hicks in a helicopter. It's only a couple of pages long and they mostly discuss her ability before going off to chase the bad guys. There is no mention of who these bad guys are. The second one is with Kat and Bill. They are at a gym and she is coaching him. The coaching session includes a lesson in Norse warriors and a shoutout to Star Wars. Again, no plot points, only character stuff.
Susanna Thompson, whose credits include Once & Again, NCIS, and the short-lived but fondly remembered Kings, is reportedly the top choice to play Moira Queen, the mother of Green Arrow's alter ego Oliver Queen. If cast, she would join Stephen Amell as Green Arrow and David Ramsey as security specialist John Diggle. In related news, you can also check out a vaguely underwhelmed but still sort of complimentary review of the pilot here. [TV Line]
Here's a clip from tomorrow night's episode, "Return", featuring Cassie's reunion with her estranged, extremely powerful father.
Here's the synopsis for the second season finale, "Flesh and Blood":
Concerned that Bo's plan is too risky, Trick offers Bo one more weapon for her own, and everyone else's, safety. Bo must lead her friends into battle ahead of schedule when her hand is forced by their enemy. A revelation from Dyson provides Bo with ammunition, but another's deceit threatens the mission. Prophecies come true… but at what cost?
Here's a 12-minute sneak peek at season two.
Additional reporting by Jennifer Griffith-Delgado and Charlie Jane Anders.