Screenwriter David S. Goyer explains what exactly Man of Steel and Batman Begins have in common. Doctor Who star Jenna-Louise Coleman shares why the Doctor's best friend doesn't like Clara. Michael Bay offers a three-word summary of Transformers 4. Plus Eli Roth exposes his Netflix horror show Hemlock Grove! Spoilers ahead!
Top image from Guardians of the Galaxy.
Screenwriter David S. Goyer explains why Man of Steel is like Batman Begins, both in terms of how it fleshes out Superman's childhood and in terms of how it attempts to reinvent an iconic superhero:
'Even in the comic books, Frank Miller’s year one, [Batman] leaves Gotham and when you pick him up again he’s flying back to Gotham; there’s been seven years in which nothing is known. A big chunk of Batman Begins takes place during those seven years. Superman’s early childhood has fewer gaps, but I think we managed to find some...
"We’re in the same place we were at with Batman Begins. If you think about Batman Begins, there had been these previous iterations of Batman, the TV show, the Burton films. We were trying to do something that’s different. We were going against the tide. The public perception of Superman comes largely from the Donner films. Superman’s been preserved in amber since something like 37 years ago, and for the general public, he hasn’t really shifted since. Anytime you do something different, shake up the orthodoxy, you risk offending people. Superman has been reinterpreted many times over the decades, and if he is going to remain a vibrant myth, he needs to continue to be reinterpreted. Hopefully, that’s what we’ve done and people will embrace it."
Stephen McFeely, who has co-written both Captain America movies with Christopher Markus, explains what sets the two films apart:
It’ll feel like a different genre, we’ll can say that. We’re very proud of the first one because it was our love letter, and [director] Joe Johnston’s love letter, to Indiana Jones, so it had that Forties vibe to it. This is much more of a modern conspiracy political thriller. So it’s a fast ride. The action will fell commensurate. You’ll see Cap fight in a way that you have never seen before, or at least not for him. The DNA is the same, but the animal is different.
He and Markus also discuss in what ways this movie sets up The Avengers 2:
McFeely: Kevin [Feige] is the dungeon master, so if there’s something we really need to know, he’ll tell us, but he doesn’t steer us. With rare exceptions does he say “We can’t do that because of this next movie.” More often than not he’ll say “Let’s get this movie right and whatever falls out after that,we’ll address in the next movie. We’ll make sure that we don’t steer that movie in the wrong direction.”
Markus: And more often than not, when you’re thinking of the movies as a whole, it’s “What do you want the state of the world to be when Avengers 2 kicks off?” It’s never like, Cap has to put down a briefcase so the Hulk can pick it up. It’s never that specific. It’s sort of like, “Where do you want loyalties to lie when that movie opens?”
There's more at the link, including some general discussion about their work on the script for Thor: The Dark World. [/Film]
Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis argues that Guardians of the Galaxy isn't an oddball choice for Marvel Studios; indeed, it's the beginning of a potential whole new direction for the larger film franchise:
"Here's the cool thing about the Guardians. There are a lot of fantastical elements, like Rocket Raccoon and Groot. I mean, initially you go, 'hey, that's pretty funny.' But what surprises you is how much you end up caring about them. If the Guardians fail, it affects the Earth... The movie may not seem like an obvious choice on the surface, but once you see what the plan is, you'l say 'oh yeah, I totally see that.' I mean, people said the same thing with Iron Man. If you remember, you guys were worried, ('I don't know, Iron Man's not a household name like Spider-Man,') and then that all went away when the movie came out."
He also offers this encapsulation of Star Lord's character:
"He's like Peter Parker and Luke Skywalker. He's an everyman with a very specific destiny in front of him. A lot of people don't know his origin story or what his deal is - literally his origin is stuffed in the back of a '70s comic. Once you find it, you go 'well that's about as good an origin story as anybody,' that's up there with Superman and Spider-Man. He gets himself into outer space and tries to figure out who he really is, tales off to do what he thinks is right for the Galaxy and meets up with all these other interesting characters."
Writer-director Joss Whedon explains his thought process as he works on the sequel:
“The only pressure is the pressure that is there every time I do a new project. Is it going to be good? It is going to be different? Is there even a reason to make another one? Is there a reason for this to be my next thing? Can I pull it off? I am not going to try and match the box office of the first one because that would be bonkers. Yes, there is a certain level of safety [knowing there's a huge audience] - because now people know about The Avengers and they like the characters so it probably won't completely crash and burn. But you don't want to just get by and do something that is merely OK. If I am going to dedicate three years of my short life to this then I want to do something that I have never done before. So I think of The Avengers 2 as a glorious challenge - it is a sequel, yes, but how can it be different? Of course, the pressure that I don't feel, my body internalizes. It happens all the time. I was comfortable making the first Avengers, but I didn't sleep during it.”
When asked to sum up his next Transformers 4 movie in a single phrase — and apparently feeling that just saying "Shit blows up" would be diving too far into self-parody — director Michael Bay described the film as "Chase from hell." So then, make of that what you will. [Coming Soon]
Here are some dialogue teasers from this coming Saturday's episode, "Hide":
"Doctor, come home. We're here."
"We're all ghosts to you."
"You're a talented water colourist."
"She's an objective phenomenon."
"The music room is the heart of the house."
You can check out more at the link. [Cultbox]
And here are some general teasers. Again, check out more at the link:
Something we see in 'The Five Doctors' is seen here.
The Doctor's been rummaging through David Tennant's wardrobe.
That's an interesting pronunciation of a Pertwee era planet.
A noise not heard in some time is heard again.
Clara and the TARDIS are not getting on.
On that last point, Jenna-Louise Coleman suggests Clara was indeed right when she said the TARDIS doesn't like her:
There's a certain part of the TARDIS you go to, that liftoff thing. But you know, the TARDIS and Clara have a relationship. Actually I don't think we've talked about this in interviews before. It's something that's running through the series. Instead of it being like, "Does so-and-so like Clara?" The TARDIS and Clara have a bit of a face-off. So, the Doctor is obviously bringing back somebody new. I think we've done a whole additional content scene of me talking to the TARDIS, and the TARDIS is making fun of Clara. They kind of have an argument. They've got a relationship individual to the Doctor where they have a dialogue.
Eighth Doctor Paul McGann says he's not ruling out an appearance in the 50th anniversary special. From his remarks, it's not totally clear whether he realizes it's already filming, but he does basically say that even that doesn't mean he won't eventually shoot some scenes for it:
It's not quite the anniversary yet. The anniversary doesn't start until November. Whatever it is that they're planning and they are making, they've got time to do it. It's my feeling [and] this is just a personal thing, once they resolve Chris Eccleston's participation or non-participation either way, then they're free to [figure it out]...Being actors anyway, they'll call us on the Friday and say, 'You're starting on a Monday. We're not going to know until the 11th hour. Half past 11...I can't count the times as an actor, when [you're] offered something and you start next week!"
Since any Doctors who aren't Matt Smith or David Tennant are likely to appear only in cameo roles, McGann is probably more or less correct about all this. Whether that means he or any other classic Doctors will in fact appear is another matter entirely. [Comic Book Movie]
Meanwhile, let's not completely forget that acting legend John Hurt — seriously people, the John Hurt — is actually in the 50th anniversary special and currently filming. Here's an update straight from the man himself:
“I’m in the middle of filming, I start again at 9am tomorrow. It’s brilliant and I am getting to work with David Tennant, who I have a lot of time for. I’m sworn to secrecy about my character and my scenes.”
Of course, for all that attempted secrecy, Hurt did just reveal he shares scenes with the 10th Doctor, although whether that means he doesn't also share scenes with Matt Smith is an open question. [Telegraph]
Here's some information about episode seven, courtesy of SpoilerTV:
Episode 6.07 of True Blood will be called "The Funeral,” with a flashback to 1665 and the plague. The role of King Charles II is being cast. In the present day, there will be a scene set in a Tru Blood factory and Nicole's mother, Mary, will appear and recur in 2 episodes.
Here's a description for the second season finale, which airs May 9:
When The Machine goes offline, Finch’s elusive original motivations for helping its irrelevant numbers begin to come to light as he and Reese join forces with surprising allies in the race to save it.
Here's an animated promo.
Here's a sneak peek at the next episode, "Pictures of You."
Hostel filmmaker Eli Roth discusses his upcoming Netflix horror series:
We have the story ideas for season two, but everybody right now is focusing on making season one a success before Netflix gives us the go head for season two. But we definitely have the ideas.
So you know where the story is going?
Yes, and that was part of the pitch when we gave them season one. As much as I think Twin Peaks is my favorite show of all time, you can tell they never intended to solve Laura Palmer’s murder. I’ve talked about this to David Lynch and the network made him do it. And after that happened, they had to figure out a new mythology. We wanted to make sure that we had a long-term mythology that the murder at the beginning kicks off, and the murder is an excuse to dive into the world of this town of Hemlock Grove. Once that murder is solved, which it is, it opens up a much larger mythology that gets played out over several seasons. We wanted to write something that would be deep and that would give the fans something that’s worthwhile to dig into.
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.