And apparently Superman Vs. Batman is the official title. Also, there's tons of Guardians of the Galaxy info. Matt Reeves explains how the original Planet of the Apes follows from the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. And Maisie Willaims talks Arya Stark's past and future. Spoilers now!
Top image: Man of Steel
Everyone has suspected this for months, but now it's definite: Warner Bros. production president Greg Silverman says Justice League is coming out, probably two years after the Man of Steel sequel. (Silverman is being widely quoted as saying the League movie will come in 2018, but the original report stresses there's no release date, and 2018 is only mentioned as the soonest this film could arrive.)
Silverman tells the Wall Street Journal, "It will be a further expansion of this universe. Superman vs Batman will lead into Justice League." (The words "lead into" give credence to the speculation that there'll be a cliffhanger of some sort.) The script is "still in development" and it's not clear who will be in the big-screen League besides Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the newly cast Cyborg.
As for Wonder Woman, she could get a solo movie if Gal Gadot is well received in SvB, according to Warners marketing president Sue Kroll: "That is our hope. With the right script, that could be viable. The world is ready for her."
Other DC/Vertigo titles that are mentioned as being in development include Shazam, Metal Men, 100 Bullets and Fables. Notably, there's no mention of Guillermo del Toro's Justice League Dark on that list. [Wall Street Journal via EW]
We've heard a lot about this in the past, and it's no more valid now than it was then, but: Jason Momoa has reportedly signed on to be in Superman Vs. Batman — although what character he is to play remains unknown. Other rumors previously linked him to Doomsday, the Martian Manhunter, and Aquaman. [Batman News]
In a feature on Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, director James Gunn explained how Pratt got the part:
I'm not kidding, maybe 30 seconds he was doing his character, I knew he was the guy. I liked his performance so much that even if he stayed chubby I knew that we'd have to go with it; it would just have to be a new take on a superhero who was a little bit heftier … because his characterization was so great.
The Latino Review has a description of a new trailer, which has some new stuff, including:
Peter Quill voice overs:
"So here we are: A thief" - Star Lord stands in front of a cloud outside and tosses the ORB into the air and catches it. It looks like part of the movie where the MacGuffin chase favors the Guardians.
"Two Criminals" - Rocket Racoon hefts what looks like a four-barrell rocket launcher, cocks it and aims it through the site. Groot throws a puny humanoid.
"An Assassin" - Gamora turns, looking hot and green, then we see a quick cut of her fighting who I hope to be Nebula (Karen Gillian).
"And a maniac" - Hello DRAX! Push in on David Bautista from the shoulders up, full make-up, scowling as something explodes behind him. Quick cut of Drax doing a mid-air punch on someone, cut of Drax head-butting a dude.
"But we're not going to stand by while evil wipes out the galaxy." Shot of Ronan the Accuser's ship. Shot of a hooded Lee Pace as Ronin walking towards the camera. Close up shot of someone's fist closing around a glowing red energy source. The fist suddenly CLENCHES and we cut to an exterior explosion and a crowd of aliens and humanoids running from it (from back when they shot on the Millennium bridge for all to see, it looks like).
The voiceover meets the scene the lines are from as Quill adresses everyone inside the Milano. "I guess we're stuck together- " We see a shot of Drax holding the Orb/Macguffin - "Partners."
The new trailer also purportedly includes Glenn Close as Nova Commander Rael saying "Are you telling me, the fate of 12 billion people, is in the hands of these thugs?" and Rocket cocking a huge gun and saying, "Oh… yeah!" [Latino Review]
And James Gunn tweeted a picture of Star-Lord with the caption "Knock knock. Who's there?…" [Twitter]
When asked by Coming Soon if the original Planet of the Apes is in the same continuity as this film, director Matt Reeves said:
"Dawn" sets us on a trajectory. If and when we ever got to that movie, it would likely be transformed just by taking this trajectory. It might not literally be the same movie but, by the time we get there, I think it would certainly be our version of that. I also feel very strongly, though, that we shouldn't get there too soon. I think there's a lot to tell in that story.
Asked a similar question with regards to Caesar's intelligence, Andy Serkis answered:
I watched them, I suppose, right at the beginning when I was working on "Rise." There were lots of homages there. But no, Caesar is a very particular journey because we're starting off as real apes. It just wouldn't have been useful. They're at a completely different point of the evolutionary scale. We're just at the very, very beginning. I based Caesar on a real chimpanzee named Oliver who, in the 1970s, had a lot of experiments carried out on him because they believed he was the progeny of man and ape. He was known as "humanzee." He traveled the world and visited Japan. Very, very early DNA experiments were done on him. He walked bipedally all the time. He'd walk into this room, sit down and pick up a glass. They dressed him in clothes and put him in private jets and flew him around. Very strange. There was something, though, about his physiognomy and his facial expressions that was just so close to human. That's because he was always brought up around human beings. I've done a lot of working looking at that relationship, going back to "King Kong." How do apes move and behave when they're surrounded by human beings? How do they behave in the wild? I spent time in Rwanda observing them and the London zoo and a number of zoos watching them. Everything about apes in captivity has a much speedier rhythym. When they put a hand out, it's much more like a human hand. In the Rwandan mountains, everything moves at such a slow pace. It's like some rock festival where everyone is stoned out of their brains. It's extraordinary. Caesar in this had to be moved from that younger revolutionary character who thought he was human, realized he wasn't, and then engaged with his own kind to galvanize them and lead them to freedom. Now here's an ape who is beginning to feel, after these years and years, the weight and the responsiblity of it all. With that came a lot of challenges as far as how to characterize him and put that up on the screen in terms of emotional intelligence and linguistic ability. All of those things were things that we discovered. It was a pretty great journey, wasn't it?
Tons more at the link. [Coming Soon]
Dane DeHaan says that we're going to see Harry Osborn's transformation in the sequel:
There's not many movies where you start off as a seemingly normal guy and by the end you're a full-blown monster. You get to fall in love with Harry before he becomes the villain and then you get to watch his demise.
Gareth Edwards says that if Godzilla were a human film character, he'd be the Last Samurai:
He's an ancient warrior who's the last of his kind, and his kind has long since died out. He lives a very solitary lonely existence and he's very happy to keep away from everyone, but we keep doing things to force him to return and put things right.
. . . when he was doing his thing, we dialed some more personality and made him a lot more human than we thought we would.
Here's a new featurette. [Comic Book Movie]
And a new still is below. [Coming Soon]
Peter Cullen says that Optimus Prime will be exactly who he has always been in the upcoming film:
He is exactly who he was from the very original concept. I've always felt a hero should have the qualities that are inspiring and helpful and fatherly and at the same time (be) courageous. I don't see those character traits changing at all.
And here's the tie-in Chevy commercial:
We already know that Disney's saying goodbye to the old Expanded Universe, but here's the entire press release:
For over 35 years, the Expanded Universe has enriched the Star Wars experience for fans seeking to continue the adventure beyond what is seen on the screen. When he created Star Wars, George Lucas built a universe that sparked the imagination, and inspired others to create. He opened up that universe to be a creative space for other people to tell their own tales. This became the Expanded Universe, or EU, of comics, novels, videogames, and more.
While Lucasfilm always strived to keep the stories created for the EU consistent with our film and television content as well as internally consistent, Lucas always made it clear that he was not beholden to the EU. He set the films he created as the canon. This includes the six Star Wars episodes, and the many hours of content he developed and produced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. These stories are the immovable objects of Star Wars history, the characters and events to which all other tales must align.
Now, with an exciting future filled with new cinematic installments of Star Wars, all aspects of Star Wars storytelling moving forward will be connected. Under Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy's direction, the company for the first time ever has formed a story group to oversee and coordinate all Star Wars creative development.
"We have an unprecedented slate of new Star Wars entertainment on the horizon," said Kennedy. "We're set to bring Star Wars back to the big screen, and continue the adventure through games, books, comics, and new formats that are just emerging. This future of interconnected storytelling will allow fans to explore this galaxy in deeper ways than ever before."
In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe. While the universe that readers knew is changing, it is not being discarded. Creators of new Star Wars entertainment have full access to the rich content of the Expanded Universe. For example, elements of the EU are included in Star Wars Rebels. The Inquisitor, the Imperial Security Bureau, and Sienar Fleet Systems are story elements in the new animated series, and all these ideas find their origins in roleplaying game material published in the 1980s.
Demand for past tales of the Expanded Universe will keep them in print, presented under the new Legends banner.
On the screen, the first new canon to appear will be Star Wars Rebels. In print, the first new books to come from this creative collaboration include novels from Del Rey Books. First to be announced, John Jackson Miller is writing a novel that precedes the events of Star Wars Rebels and offers insight into a key character's backstory, with input directly from executive producers Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman.
And this is just the beginning of a creatively aligned program of Star Wars storytelling created by the collaboration of incredibly talented people united by their love of that galaxy far, far away....
Here are two new trailers. [Slashfilm]
Here's a new photo. [Alex Velasco C's Twitter]
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Tatiana Maslany talked about bringing Sarah outside the city in the last episode:
Yeah, it was really nice. It's so fun to take them out of their comfort zone, all the clones, and all the characters, really, and get to know Mrs. S a little more or just basically have more questions about her. But it was really nice to pull Sarah out of the city because I don't think she's comfortable out of the city. I think it just opens up the characters and they're just changed by the new environment and new journey and the universe is expanding this season for all of them.
She also talked about Alison's realization that Donnie was her monitor, not Aynsley:
We want to see her as tense as possible, we want to see her swallowing down as many different fears and anxieties as possible so that she's kind of vibrating with that always. It's fun to see her repress the worst thing that could possibly happen in her life and try to smile above it. That's the fun of Alison for sure.
More at the link. [Entertainment Weekly]
Here's the trailer for episode 2.03:
Here's what Maisie Williams feels she can say about what's next for Arya:
The hint would be there are more people that are gonna get crossed off the list. … That's kind of the biggest hint I can give and more of that — this new Arya. We've now introduced this new Arya. It's not like she's lost at all, she's just completely grown and is now much better — doing much better off.
. . . [Gendry and Jaqen] all softened her. That's the thing. I think she realizes that actually, they were great and… she learned a lot, but they weren't effective, if you understand what I mean. … Saying the names is great, but I haven't actually killed anyone yet. And with The Hound, brutality kills, do you know what I mean.
Natalie Dormer has talked a bit more about what's up for the new king:
The power has shifted. Tommen has been lined up as the heir, so it's now all about who can control that boy. All the women are trying to get their claws in.
Video at the link. [E! Online]
Added to the staff is John Stephens as writer and executive producer. Stephens previously worked on Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls and The OC. Make of that what you will. [Entertainment Weekly]
Here are video interviews with executive producers Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (who say that more flashbacks to the missing year are coming up, and that Star Wars probably won't show up as anything more than references) and one with Rebecca Mader (who says that we'll see Oz in episode 3.20). [Buddy TV]
Here's the official synopsis for the season finale:
OLIVER MUST DECIDE ONCE AND FOR ALL IF HE'S A KILLER OR A HERO — Slade (Manu Bennett) moves forward with his plan to kill one more person in Oliver's (Stephen Amell) life. While Oliver has fought all year to be more than the killer he once was, when Slade kidnaps someone close to Oliver's heart, Oliver is pushed to the edge and realizes sometimes it takes doing the unthinkable to stop the monster. Meanwhile, Diggle (David Ramsey) takes on Amanda Waller (guest star Cynthia Addai-Robinson) with a little help from some friends, and Thea (Willa Holland) turns to Roy (Colton Haynes) in her time of need.
Executive producer Simon Kinberg elaborated on the finale, saying:
All hell is going to break loose in the city.
His mother is dead, his sister hates him, he blames himself, Sara's gone, his knee hurts, Roy's in a coma. We literally were like, 'How bad can we make this?' He really is coming from the lowest point he could come from.
... The arc of this season is: Is Oliver Queen a killer or is he a hero? That was the first episode, 'I need to be more than a killer. He's been trying to be the Arrow, but now he's been taken away from everything that he loves, he's been hobbled, his team's in shambles, he's lost his company, his mother is dead. And what is Oliver Queen going to do? Is he going to be that guy on the island or is he going to be something else?
Here's a photo tweeted out by the Arrow account for this week's episode. [Twitter]
Here's another set photo from "Streets of Fire." More at the link. [Canadagraphs]
Here's an interview with newcomer Jacqueline Toboni, who plays the new Grimm, "Trubel."
Here are video interviews with Shane West, and executive producers Adam Simon and Brannon Braga. [Buddy TV]
Here are short descriptions of episodes four and five:
Episode 1.04 - Survivors
An old nemesis of Alden's arrives in Salem with secrets that could destroy him.
Episode 1.05 - Lies
Mary finds herself at odds with her coven; Alden and Cotton uncover a dangerous witches' relic.
Here's the casting call that went out in Atlanta for werewolves:
For "The Originals" – TOUGH WEREWOLVES
Filming 5/2, 5/6 & 5/8 – possible 2 or 3 day booking!!
Filming in CONYERS, GEORGIA
>>>PLEASE SUBMIT OVER THE WEEKEND FOR PHOTO BOARD PRESENTATIONS
**PLEASE READ CAREFULLY- there is aLOT of info before you submit***
Casting for a MEN ages 18 to 45 all ethnicities, to be featured werewolf security and bodyguard types.
**These men are a mix of rustic guys…think physically fit and blue collar tough guys (longer hair and facial hair is a plus, but not mandatory)
also slick, tough guys (the kind you see in suits…think mafia or bouncer types).
Here's the official description of the season finale "The Beginning of the End":
"Beginning of the End" - Dark secrets are revealed as Coulson and his team put everything on the line to stop Garrett and the forces of Hydra, on the explosive season finale of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Tuesday, May 13 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons.
Guest starring are Bill Paxton as Agent Garrett, J. August Richards as Deathlok/Mike Peterson, David Conrad as Ian Quinn, Ruth Negga as Raina, B.J. Britt as Agent Triplett, Patton Oswalt as Koenig, Josh Daugherty as Kyle Zeller, Nicole J. Butler as Aunt Mindy, Ajani Wrighster as Ace, Mark Berry as Navy admiral, Jeffrey Muller as Agent Kaminsky, Asif Ali as Jesse, Kyla Garcia as Mrs. Zeller, Glenn Morshower as General Jacobs, Jean Louisa Kelly as Dr. Keen and Cynthia Rose Hall as employee.
Here's an extended promo for episode 3.21, "Beta." [via SpoilerTV]
Go here for more photos from "Beta." [SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo. [via SpoilerTV]
And a poster. [Shock Till You Drop]
Here's a featurette on this show's version of Frankenstein. [via SpoilerTV]
Go here for photos from May 7th's "Tomorrowland." Here's the description:
ILES AND MONROE PLAN TO FIGHT DIRTY WHEN THE PATRIOTS CHANGE TACTICSTruman (Steven Culp), empowered with new authority from the President, launches a mustard gas attack designed to kill Miles (Billy Burke) and Monroe (David Lyons). To Rachel's (Elizabeth Mitchell) disappointment, Miles agrees to join Monroe in a ruthless plot to beat the Patriots at their own game. As Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) faces his own challenge from the Patriots, Aaron (Zak Orth) grows increasingly alarmed by the power of the nanotech.Also starring Tracy Spiridakos, Stephen Collins, Mat Vairo, Reiko Aylesworth, Waleed Zuaiter, Cotter Smith, Maureen Sebastian, and Billy Lush.
Here's a producer's preview of episode 11, "Give Me a Torch." [Spoilers Guide]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Ryan Plummer.