What Is Lex Luthor's Evil Scheme in Batman v. Superman?

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Does a deleted scene from Captain America 2 reveal plans for a Black Widow prequel film? A long-awaited love scene is coming to True Blood. Sleepy Hollow casts its succubus and Abbie's mother. Arrow reveals details of its 50th episode. Plus, new footage from Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and The Maze Runner. Spoilers now!


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Batman v. Superman

Geek Tyrant has a report from an extra who was on set for ten days filming what he says is the climax of the film. He said that Batman breaks into LexCorp to get his hands on kryptonite, and LexCorp is revealed to have Zod's body from the first film.

The extra also said that the film takes place immediately after Man of Steel:

He went on to talk about the timeframe of the movie and where it picks up, saying that it starts "as the battle between Superman and General Zod ends or is ending (which would explain all the damaged buildings and vehicles we've been seeing in photos) and Batman/Bruce Wayne is attempting to make his way to the Wayne tower in Metropolis."

[ Geek Tyrant]

Badass Digest's anonymous source confirms the information about LexCorp, adding that Luthor has salvaged bits from World Engine to synthesize Kryptonite. His possession of Zod's corpse is also apparently key to his plan to defeat Superman — he's using tissue from Zod to do it. They hint that this plot is being lifted from one of the few comics plotlines which involved Superman being defeated. [Badass Digest]


Star Wars

Bryan Fuller, in announcing that the production hiatus has ended, tweeted a photo of Mark Hamill outside Pinewood Studios in the UK. [via First Showing]


Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller sat down to talk about the second Sin City movie. Rodriguez talked about highlighting some smaller characters from the first film:

I'm a huge fan of Powers Boothe... I would quote all his lines from "Extreme Prejudice" to him all the time. He very much inspired the character of Moco in "El Mariachi" — the guy in the white suit. And getting to work with him on the first one, I said, "There's not much for you to do in the first movie, but if we do a sequel, you're all over all the "Sin City" books." I was so glad that he had come to do that one little scene in "Sin City," because that paid off for him here — he's the whole movie!

And he enjoyed what he was getting to do. You could really feel it on the set. You have to feel it, because there's nothing else to go off of. It's all green [screen]. It's only the actor, and you know when you're accomplishing it or not, because if you can make it work with just the camera and one actor or two actors that they're with, then you know by the time all the sauce is on, all the pretty pictures are on, it's going to really work. But it's got to work on that base level, and you've got to go able to feel it.


The two addressed creating stories, rather than adapting straight from the comics:

Robert Rodriguez: After working with Jessica [Alba] and really loving the relationship between Jessica and Bruce [Willis], Frank was already talking about this new story that he was inspired to do following what happens afterwards. So we said, "Okay — that has to be one of the stories. And that's kind of a cool idea, that people can't just go buy a book and know what's going to happen. Let's do another new story." And I challenged him to come up with another character, and to make it easy, whenever he'd come down to Austin to visit I would ask him about it and I would secretly tape anything he said in case that was it. And he said, "Yeah, well, I'm kind of thinking about this character named Johnny and he's got this coin and he can't lose." And I was like, "Okay, here we go!"

It was fun just to be there during the process of that: the writing of it; the crafting of it. That's why I knew the ideal actor for it. I told him about this guy who I thought would be great: Joseph Gordon-Levitt would bring an energy to the movie, and that he's a very collaborative, that he's very smart, he's very creative. That would be someone that would help us kind of finish the working on it, finish the writing of it because he can bring a lot to it. And since Frank didn't have it drawn, he didn't really see the character in his head like his other ones. So rather than make a drawing he falls in love with and then try to find the actor, just get the actor and skip that process. Skip that step and go right to crafting it with the actor. That's why Joseph was really important casting.

Frank Miller: There was many a line I would come up with which had to do with getting to know Joseph, because what he brought to the performance was a new and different kind of hero for Sin City. And so the script had to adapt, as it often does.


More at the link. [ Comic Book Resources]

Here's a clip of the film from IMDb. [IMDb via Comic Book Resources]


Black Widow

/Film has interesting speculation about an extended version of a scene from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which dwells a bit more on the Black Widow backstory. They theorize it could be set-up for a standalone Black Widow movie:

Its very likely that a Soviet/KGB super-science division whose job it was to make super-spies. In comics, Natalia Romanov was one of the spies that came out of the program. It would be interesting to see what kind of experiments and what kind of serums Romanoff was exposed to. Maybe she even has super powers that we're yet to be aware of?

Black Widow Volume 2 Issue #1 had a mission set in Osaka, Japan. I don't own the issue so I don't know the significance, but it seems small.

As for Budapest, that backstory has been mentioned in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before. In The Avengers, Black Widow says to Hawkeye "It's like Budapest all over again." And Hawkeye responds "You and I remember Budapest very differently."


See the clip below. [/Film]

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) has been cast to play Wickham, the lieutenant who acts as a false love interest for Elizabeth and who is generally the "villain" of the story. [Deadline]



The release date has changed from May 15th, 2015 to July 24th, 2015, moving it out of the way of Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2. [First Showing]


The Maze Runner

From JoBlo, here's a new featurette about the Gladers, the boys who have been stuck in the Glade for a while. [via First Showing]

Doctor Who

Life, Doctor and Combom has a spoiler-free review which says that the best thing in the premiere is the new Doctor:

And what is 'Capaldi Doctor'? Bold, adventurous, assured, gritty, Sherlock-smart, personally vulnerable, witty (rather than funny) and something beyond mesmeric. Whenever he's on screen, if you're looking anywhere else, you're missing the point.


They say that's good, because the plot is thin and brings back a villain from a previous episode. Of the climax, they add:

Capaldi's final showdown with the lead villain in Deep Breath delivers everything you could wish for in a 'Dark Doctor', a grown-up Doctor, a Doctor of whom, while we cheer for him, we're not entirely sure – there's a dark, quiet, 'gunslinger in the OK Corral' prelude, a great, and this time growled, affirmation of his dedication to humanity, a physical battle, a moment of potentially really dark deceit, and a shocking, and as yet unresolved ambiguity. It's a fantastic sequence, which is less roller-coaster, and more a series of enjoyable punches to the face.


[Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]

Director Rachel Talalay talked a bit about her episode, the two-part finale:

I am doing the two-part finale. Both parts were written by Steven Moffat, which is fantastic. There's so much action and effects and emotional material. It's a Cyberman episode. We shot in London for two days. One day we shot outside St. Paul's Cathedral. There were a billion tourists circling us while we were trying to film. Part of what we were tasked to do was replicate some classic shots – from the sixties show – of the Cybermen outside St. Paul's. It's a whole new story.


She also talked about the challenges of filming at St. Paul's:

We had a big scene with Peter Capaldi and Michelle Gomez – a dialogue scene. We had about seven hours of shooting and quite a bit of material to cover. I didn't factor in that we were basically given five-minute periods to shoot, then we had to let pedestrians cross. So for every five minutes of shooting, we had about 20 minutes of moving pedestrians. It was very hot as well, which made it also very hard. The Cybermen were scorching hot in their suits. You're all the time worried they're going to pass out.


[The Globe and Mail]

Luke Cage

Terry Crews, who was one of the names being bandied about when the project was a film, said he'd be "privileged" and "honored" to play the part in the Netflix show. [Digital Spy]


Agents of SHIELD

At least one thread from the season 1 finale won't be left hanging for long. Executive producer Jeff Bell said the premiere will address Fitz's fate "just long enough that you think, 'Oh my God, really? Aren't they going to…?!'" before revealing what happened. [TV Line]


True Blood

This Sunday's episode does show the effect Arlene's relationship with Keith is having on her, and it's good. It may be that these two will make it out of the show with a happy ending. We're also getting a "highly anticipated sex scene" soon. [TV Line]


Here's the press release for the finale:

Episode #80: "Thank You" (series finale)

Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Sookie (Anna Paquin) weighs a future with and without Bill (Stephen Moyer). Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) struggle with their uncomfortable partnership with Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee). Sam (Sam Trammell) makes a choice, while Andy (Chris Bauer) comes upon an unexpected inheritance.

Written by Brian Buckner; directed by Scott Winant.

TRUE BLOOD was created by Alan Ball; based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris; executive producers, Alan Ball, Brian Buckner, Gregg Fienberg and Angela Robinson; co-executive producer, Howard Deutch; supervising producer, Kate Barnow; producers, David Auge and Bruce Dunn; co-producers, Christina Jokanovich, Ronald Cosmo Vecchiarelli and Sunday Stevens.



American Horror Story: Freakshow

Gabourey Sidibe's role will be as "a well-off, impeccably tailored Barbizon School grad who comes back to town to deal with a family matter." We're guessing the family matter relates to her mother, just announced to be played by Patti LaBelle. [TV Line]


Sleepy Hollow

Caroline Ford will play Lilith the Succubus. EP Mark Goffman described her:

You may have heard lore about the biblical creature called a Succubus. And as with all creatures on Sleepy Hollow, she comes with our own twist. Ethereal and seductive, Lilith drains her victims' life force, leaving only desiccated husks behind. She's drawn to desire, and hidden desires burn brightest, so she will reveal many secrets in her path of exotic destruction. Things in Sleepy Hollow are about to get sexy as—you know… hell.


[TV Line]

In other casting news, Aunjanue Ellis (The Mentalist) has been tapped to play Lori Mills, the late mother of Abbie and Jenny. [Entertainment Weekly]



The 50th episode will be called 'The Magician," which Marc Guggenheim revealed means that John Barrowman's Malcolm Merlyn will be the the show's version of the Magician. [via Screen Rant]


The Originals

Colin Woodell (Devious Maids) will recur as a werewolf named Aiden. Aiden is a lieutenant in New Orleans' leading werewolf pack and is more than willing to team up with the witches to keep his family safe. Expect him to show up starting in episode four. [TV Line]


The Leftovers

HBO's renewed the show for a second season. [Buddy TV]

Once Upon a Time

Video and pictures from the set have surfaced showing what looks like a Hook/Emma liplock. [SpoilerTV, SpoilerTV]

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Go here for more promo photos from the first three episodes of the BBC America show. [SpoilerTV]

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Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen