How is Tom Hardy transforming himself for The Dark Knight Rises? New General Zod Michael Shannon discusses Man of Steel. The latest wild rumor promises a surprise supervillain in The Avengers. Plus two unexpected guests for Doctor Who's penultimate episode!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from John Carter.
Tom Hardy is reportedly undergoing two major alterations - beyond the whole "gaining obscene amounts of muscle thing" - to play Bane. First, he's reportedly wearing special shoes with three-inch lifts so that the 5'9" actor can appear to be on the same level as Christian Bale and Morgan Freeman, who are both over six feet tall. (It's sort of interesting that Morgan Freeman is mentioned here, as it implies Bane and Lucius Fox will share some scenes together, but since this report comes from The Sun, I'd be careful about reading too much into it.) Hardy is also reportedly using a voice box that digitally lowers his voice to make it sound more menacing, much like Batman's (much-derided) voice modulator from The Dark Knight. [The Sun]
Nestor Carbonell, who plays Mayor Garcia in the series, discusses his recent filming in unsurprisingly broad terms:
"I finished [filming] about a month ago in Pittsburgh. It was a lot of fun, it's nice to go back to Chris Nolan's world. He has announced that this is his last go at 'Batman' but yeah, if it is the last for him, he certainly goes out big. It's massive. What I saw of the sets was just unbelievable. When we were shooting a particular scene I snuck around to see the image on the dolly of what the D.P., Wally Pfister, Academy Award Winner [was shooting]. I looked and immediately thought, 'Wow, I see why he is who he is, it's beautifully framed, beautifully shot, half is on IMAX."
He also indicates this movie is as much a psychological thriller as a superhero film or action movie, just like its predecessors. [MTV Splash Page]
Here's a trio of set videos from Los Angeles, which appear to depict the armed vehicles Bane will be busting out for his war on Batman, followed by another quartet that show the Batwing in action. [Shockya]
Michael Shannon, who is taking over the role of General Zod, discusses the film:
"We're going back to square one. I guess you could call it a reboot. I'm excited to be doing that with Zack Snyder who did such a wonderful job with Watchmen and 300... It's a big movie. I've just started working on it, so I'm not quite into the swing of it yet. I'm trying to wrap my head around it. There are a lot of different elements that I've never experienced — like the CGI. You always hear about actors when they run into that for the first time, [they] are a little thrown by it. I'm looking forward to getting a little more comfortable and getting into a rhythm and then I think I'll start having some real fun with it."
Here's a Chicago set photo that shows one of the cop cars for the Metropolis Police Department. [Ology]
Definitely take all this with a huge grain of salt, but we now have some concrete details about how Thanos fits into the movie. The death-worshiping Mad Titan has been rumored for months to have some role in the film — and new reports from unnamed sources say he appears to make a deal with Loki, in which Loki trades the Infinity Gauntlet for control of Thanos's entire army. We don't know anything beyond that — and again, there's a huge possibility that none of that is true to begin with — but we might assume that once that trade goes down and Loki gets his army, Thanos isn't seen again, but instead is set up as a possible villain for an Avengers sequel. Also, this might mean that the aliens in this aren't the Skrulls, unless the movie is just fudging things so that the Skrulls work for Thanos, which is hardly impossible. Anyway, make of all that what you will. [Comic Book Movie]
Rhys Ifans explains the process of becoming the Lizard, plus how much of human alter ego Dr. Curt Connors we'll see. It sounds like we'll be seeing a lot of the good doctor:
The majority of the time I'm me, I'm a human, not a Lizard. That's hard enough. I did have the CGi suit for certain scenes. The Lizard is 9 feet tall. There was one day that I went on set and they had a double, a big big guy, playing me, as the Lizard. I looked at it and I went "No." Following that Marc [Webb, the director] let me know all the physicality, all the physicality you'll see in the Lizard is my own.
I had a green suit on, and then this cardboard head, and these big claws. It was the most fucking insane… Each and every time you see the Lizard, the technology is so advanced now that when the Lizard's eyes move, they're my eyes. If I frown or show any emotion, they're my emotions. That's how spectacularly advanced technology is.
John Cho says that as much as he enjoyed Sulu's big fight scene in the first movie, he'd like something a little different for the sequel:
"Sulu's battle was external in the first one, and I think it'd be interesting to see him have an internal battle of some sort. That would be fun for me, for him to struggle with a decision."
Handsome Englishman and latter-day foppish dandy Hugh Grant has reportedly joined the ensemble for Tom Twyker and the Wachowskis' adaptation of David Mitchell's novel, which spans six eras and will reportedly feature all the actors in multiple roles. The cast already includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, and Ben Whishaw. [Screen Daily]
British director Julian Gilbey, whose previous works include A Lonely Place to Die, has signed on to direct this sci-fi film written by David Leslie Johnson. Producer Lloyd Levin explains the premise:
"It's a kind of an intergalactic Naked Prey, a pedal-to-the-metal safari movie set on an alien planet. There's lots of nasty creatures - some even on the good guys' side."
28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is reportedly stepping in to direct the reboot of the 1986 Queen album. (I think there might have also been a movie, but I mostly just remember the Queen songs. Well, that and the part where Sean Connery plays an Egyptian pretending to be a Spaniard, and still just talks with his normal Scottish accent.) [Deadline]
The IT Crowd's Richard Ayoade has reportedly signed on to appear alongside Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill in this comedy where a bunch of disaffected suburban dads form a neighborhood watch, then stumble across some aliens. This role was originally linked to Rush Hour's Chris Tucker. [Empire Online]
Here's a trio of sneak peeks for this week's episode, "The God Complex" by Toby Whithouse. [Blogtor Who]
The Radio Times have revealed two big guest stars for episode twelve, Gareth Roberts's "Closing Time." Alex Kingston will be back as River Song, alongside Frances Barber as Madame Kovarian, the villain from "A Good Man Goes to War." [Blogtor Who]
Michael Richards - that'd be SGU's Michael Karl Richards, not the dude who played Kramer - will reportedly appear in an episode as a character known only as "Translucent Man." [SpoilerTV]
Here are some set photos. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a synopsis for episode two, "Ghosts":
REESE AND FINCH ARE STUMPED WHEN THE MACHINE LEADS THEM TO A POI WHO IS ALREADY DECEASED...Every story has a beginning. Finch flashes back to the origins of The Machine...When they are given the Social Security number of a teenager who was killed two years ago, Reese and Finch begin to question the infallibility of The Machine. Meanwhile, Finch flashes back to The Machine's origin and how it was developed.
You can check out a full cast list at the link. [SpoilerTV]
The barely clothed leader of the cult The Church of the Eternal Wind - which is appearing in episode five, "Chuck vs. the Hack-Off" - will not be The Matrix's Carrie-Anne Moss, as I had wrongly guessed the other day. While she is appearing in the episode, the role of partially disrobed cult leader will be played by Tron: Legacy's Siren, Beau Garrett. Also, Community's Danny Pudi reportedly filmed his cameo yesterday. [E! Online]
Here's a hint about the seventh season's big bad(s):
There are going to be multiple big bads. Big old big bads. Aka leviathans. And Castiel is the one who accidentally releases them into the world. Translation: This is not good for Sam and Dean.
Here's a promo and sneak peek for next Monday's episode, "Insatiable."
And here are some promo photos. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a sneak peek for the season finale, "One Giant Leap."
Here's a promo for next week's episode, "The Unusual Suspects."
Here's a promo and sneak peek for the next episode, "Who, What, Where, Wendigo?"
Here's a promo.
Additional reporting by Mandy Curtis and Charlie Jane Anders.