Ben Affleck says why he changed his mind after turning down the role of Batman. There's a real reason why Wolverine is the time traveler in Days of Future Past, and there's a new featurette for Star Wars: Rebels. Plus Alex Kingston returns to Arrow, and Bret Michaels plays himself on Revolution. Spoilers now!
Everywhere Ben Affleck goes, he's being asked about Batman. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Affleck asked if he thought, with his recent success, he wouldn't get the Internet backlash that came with the announcement:
No. I mean, that's the sort of great and terrible thing about this business. Each project is kind of in its own silo, you know what I mean? You do something, it works, people say it works. And if the next one doesn't, you know, it doesn't. You don't get to start ahead because you did well last time. Without getting into the vagaries of the internet and who's sort of out there being vocal about it, at the end of the day, when you get into the arena of those kinds of movies, these superhero movies, particularly ones that are working with characters that everyone's known for so long, everybody's got these strongly held opinions and preconceived ideas about what it should be. I totally understand and recognize that. At the same time, I don't think projections about something that hasn't happened yet are all that meaningful. I think at the end of the day, it's like any other movie or project: You go out and make it great, people will say it's great. If you go out and miss, you'll hear about it. The stuff beforehand is kind of just the noise that happens.
Affleck also pretty much refused to answer a question about being in the suit for the first time, instead giving this roundabout response:
Well, I don't want to get too far afield and I'm sure I'll have time to talk about Batman down the road. What I'll say is that I really like Zack. From what I've seen of what's Zack is doing, it's made me very excited. One of the nice things about being an actor in that movie is they show you all the stuff before anyone else gets to see it. So all the sort of world-creation, and the take on the character and the other characters is really exciting. And at the end of the day, the truth is it's really directors that make movies work or not — especially these kinds of movies, where it's about the whole world, and a rising tide lifts all ships. And if it all has integrity, if it all has a sense of realism, then it works. And if it doesn't, than it doesn't really matter what everyone's doing [on the screen] because they just look like a bunch of Mexican wrestlers in suits.
Speaking with Playboy, Affleck also said that he initially refused the role, but took it because of Zack Snyder's take on it:
When they asked if I would be Batman, I told them I don't see myself in the role and I was going to have to beg off. They said I'd fit well into how they were going to approach the character and asked me to look at what the writer-director, Zack Snyder, was doing. The stuff was incredible.
. . . It was a unique take on Batman that was still consistent with the mythology. It made me excited. All of a sudden I had a reading of the character. When people see it, it will make more sense than it does now or even than it did to me initially.
He also answered the question about how this Batman would differ from Christian Bale's:
I don't want to give away too much, but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn't compete with the Bale and Chris Nolan Batman but still exists within the Batman canon. It will be an older and wiser version, particularly as he relates to Henry Cavill's Superman character.
Writer Simon Kinberg explained why the movie sends Wolverine back in time, rather than Kitty Pryde, as it is in the comics:
We made the decision for a lot of reasons, some of them obvious and some of them more nuanced, to make it Wolverine who goes back in time. One reason is that he's the protagonist of the franchise, and probably the most beloved character to a mass audience.
Probably the bigger reason is that when we started thinking about the logistical realities of Kitty's consciousness being sent back in time, to her younger self, as opposed to her physical body being sent back..it was impossible. Obviously in the book it's Kitty, but you're talking about an actress (Ellen Page) who, in the age of Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, would have been negative 20 years old. So we started thinking again, and the first reflex response to that was a character who doesn't age. Wolverine is the only character who would look the same in 1973 as he does in the future.
It's nice that he admitted that part of it was just that they think of Wolverine as the franchise's star. [Slashfilm]
Warner Bros. have pushed the film back to 2015, supposedly to keep from competing with the World Cup in the international market, and director George Miller is confident in the move:
Our film, luckily after a ridiculous amount of work, is testing extremely well. We're very happy. There has been a lot of doubt about it, [people saying] 'it took so long', but Warners have delayed it until 2015 to go into the top weekend of the year.
Miller also commented on the rumors of Mel Gibson cameoing:
It would have been nice somehow but, no, it's not true.
Here's a new official synopsis of the sequel:
We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.
It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.
The most interesting part of this new synopsis is that it names OsCorp as a major player in the plot, but doesn't name Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn. Maybe it just didn't fit, but with Shailene Woodley already cut as Mary Jane, it's a little worrying. [Coming Soon]
The movie will be the first to film in full IMAX 3D, using a new digital camera. Apparently, the film IMAX 3D camera was so loud, no one wanted to use it. [Transformer World]
Here's the Japanese trailer for Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic, which has a little bit more footage of the rough ride through the storm. [via slashfilm]
The most recent speculation has it that a male companion might be joining the TARDIS crew, and rumor has it that it'll be the Coal Hill teacher named Tom, who was briefly seen speaking with Clara in "The Day of the Doctor." The actor who played Tom, Tristan Beint, is fueling the speculation on Twitter, tweeting:
@pheasantjumpers love it. Are you sure Tom could ever compete with a Time Lord though..? Oho... Keep watching and #dontbuythesun
The other half of the speculation wonders whether Tom will be a love interest for Clara, with the actor responding to the ship portmanteau of "Tomwald" with:
now, now, spoilers… But #tomwald, like it. Pass that on to Mr Moffat…
This is all just persistent rumor, and even if Beint's tweets are confirmation, it could just be that he has another appearance in the series, and not that he'll be a new companion. [K Pop Starz, The Mary Sue]
And here's the official synopsis for the Christmas special:
Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe's deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars - and amongst them, the Doctor.
Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.
D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye) has been picked by NBC to direct the pilot of Tin Man. Tin Man is a near-future show, following a robot accused of murder, the female public defender assigned to his case, and the possible "key to human evolution" carried by the robot. [Deadline via Indiewire]
Alex Kingston will be returning as Dinah Lance. Given that she appeared in season one searching for Sarah, and Sarah's returned, is her reappearance part of a Lance family reunion? [TV Line]
Here's the casting call for the season seven premiere, with the best part, "Screaming Man," at the bottom:
[VINCE] 40s, Male, burly is a rabid anti-vampire vigilante. Member of the tea party with political visions…GUEST STAR/RECURRING
[LOU] Early 20s, Male, blue collar. He is a member of Vince's vigilante group who goes on patrol with him and several others; he's aggressive but not dangerous…RECURRING
[MACK] Early 30s, Male, This motley human is an angry vigilante who joins Vince's group and goes on patrol with him…RECURRING
[NIZOR] Male, Persian, late 30s to 50s. This burly vampire involved in a game of Russian roulette in a Moroccan bar derives courage and comfort from his faith in Allah…GUEST STAR
[PROPRIETOR] Male, Persian, late 40s to 50s. The proprietor of a Moroccan bar, with a thick accent, he orchestrates a game of Russian roulette for his patrons' amusement…GUEST STAR
[YOUNG TARA] Tara (Rutina Wesley) at age 10, African American, she's seen in flashback having a nice moment with her friend, Young Sookie…CO-STAR
[YOUNG SOOKIE] Sookie (Anna Paquin) at age 10, Caucasian, she's seen in flashback having a nice moment with her friend Tara…CO-STAR
[JEROME] 30s to 40s, Male. This strong, aggressive Trucker H-vamp ( a vampire infected with Hep-V, rabid-looking and marbled with blue veins) lifts a woman into the air and takes off….CO-STAR
[WOUNDED WOMAN] 20s. This young, scared, wounded woman is terrified after an H-vamp attack; we hear her thoughts…CO-STAR
[ANGUISHED WOMAN] 30s to 40s. This anguished woman grieves over her dead husband; we hear her thoughts…CO-STAR
[SARA COMPTON] FEMALE, 5 YEARS OLD. CAUCASIAN. She is Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Caroline Compton's (Shannon Lucio) young daughter seen in a flashback circa 1862. RECURRING CO-STAR. NO Lines in this episode.
[RONNIE] MALE, 20s. He is a tall dangerous vampire who devours humans. RECURRING CO-STAR. No Lines in this episode.
[SCREAMING MAN] Late 20s. Screaming for his life as he is attacked and feasted upon by Hep-V vampires. No lines just screaming for his life. CO-STAR
Put this in the "Um, okay?" file: Bret Micheals will guest star, as himself, in an upcoming episode. He'll even play an acoustic version of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." Eric Kripke commented on this, saying:
Bret is truly a great guy. I'm a huge fan of his music and I'm thrilled he's appearing on Revolution.
Here's a behind-the-scenes video for the animated series, which takes place between episodes III and IV. [via Coming Soon]
Syfy's released another trailer for its series about Elena Michaels (Laura Vandervoort), the last female werewolf in existence. Bitten will premiere January 13, 2014.
Here's the promo for episode ten, "The Golem." [SpoilerTV]
Episode 3.14 will be called "Provenance" and episode 3.15 will be called "Last Call." [SpoilerTV]
Below are the press releases for episodes 12 and 13:
Jason is reminded of his promise to Circe and her grim warning should he fail to honour their pact. With her threat hanging over him he has no choice but to act. He must kill the Queen.
Infiltrating the palace will not only be mortally dangerous but also nigh on impossible. Under the cover of night, our heroes set out, but soon Jason's intentions start to unravel. As the alarm is raised, it's going to take more than just courage and chemistry to save his life – he needs the help of someone on the inside.
Minos' health continues to fade as Pasiphae's scheming reaches its zenith. She sentences Ariadne to a gruesome execution not even the worst of enemies would deserve.
Now that the court's loyalty is with the Queen, Jason is Ariadne's last hope. He'll need all the help he can get if he and his friends are to save her life, but fortunately there are a few in Atlantis who remain loyal to the King.
As the series reaches a thrilling climax, the battle lines are drawn in Atlantis once and for all. But just as the odds seem stacked against Jason, a shocking revelation is made that exposes the past and changes the course of the future forever.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Emily Stamm