Al Pacino has met with Marvel, but could he actually appear in a Marvel movie? Jason Momoa reveals how many movies he'll play Aquaman in. George Lucas isn't that interested in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars. Plus a ton of information about Doctor Who's scary "thriller" of a Christmas episode. Spoilers now!
Top image: Batman v. Superman
As this film is going to establish that Batman has been patrolling Gotham for seventeen years, not everyone from the Batman canon is going to survive. In this vein, Badass Digest says that a memorial plaque to Jim Gordon is in the script, meaning that Gordon'll be dead in any following Batman film. [Badass Digest]
Jeremy Irons said that his Alfred doesn't have a "large role" in Batman v. Superman. However, he does claim to be playing a different take on the character:
He is quite a different Alfred than we have seen so far. Zack Snyder had very clear views about what he wanted. I would just say he's more hands-on perhaps than just a butler.
At an appearance at Comic Con Experience in São Paulo, Jason Momoa revealed that his contract is for four movies. Which, looking at DC's announced movies, could be Batman v. Superman, Aquaman, and Justice League 1 and 2.
Momoa also responded to a question about who should direct Aquaman with, "I love Zack Snyder. He has an incredible vision and I am very grateful to him for the opportunity to [play] such an important character." [Omelete, translation via Comic Book Resources]
James Gunn explained is philosophy for the sequel to Comic Book Resources:
Really, it's just about walking forward in an elegant manner. When you go forward with a group of characters, that means you have to go forward. And going forward means you're understanding these characters in a new way, you're developing a new kind of story about their lives and who they are and where they're going. And if you're doing that, if you're walking forward, then you can't just repeat what you did before. That's going backwards. That's not understanding the character.
As for the state of the script, he said:
Well, I'm really inspired. The whole story is written. I'm very excited about it. And that's where it is. But the story point for me is, in a lot of ways, the most difficult thing. I feel like it's pretty strong. It's constantly shifting, but I feel like it's pretty strong. I'm excited about it.
Is there going to be the same degree of world-building as the first, or have you done a lot of the heavy lifting as far as the first one?
No, I think there's a combination of some new world-building, combined with getting to know the world we already know a little bit better, just taking a closer look at everything to get to know things a little bit more intimately as opposed to seeing in very broad terms what some of these cultures are — like, getting to know them very up close and personal.
Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Al Pacino revealed that he has met with Marvel president Kevin Feige:
He's not necessarily going to be in a Marvel movie, but Pacino has met with the studio. Asked whether or not he thinks anything will come from his meeting with Feige, Pacino said, "I would imagine either there's something he feels is right for me, or…"
…and then Pacino's phone started to ring, interrupting the revelation. "Every time we talk about Marvel, that's what happens," he laughed.
George Lucas said that he hasn't seen the teaser trailer and is "not really" curious to see what J.J. Abrams has done with Star Wars. "I plan to see it when it's released," he explained. [Page Six]
Jim Morris, President of Pixar, presented some unfinished scenes of Finding Dory at Comic Con Experience. The film is mostly set in the Marine Biology Institute of California, a huge complex of rehabilitation for marine life, and Dory learns that she was born and raised there until she was released in the ocean as a kid. [Omelete via Comic Book Movie]
Comic writer John Ostrander was asked about the casting of the film adaptation, and he said of what he's heard of the concept, including a hint that Lex Luthor could be in the film:
It sounds like they are going with my original concept, which is that these are bad guys, and in order to earn their freedom, they have to go on missions, in which they could be killed. I've even read that they are talking about that as the film, as well. Which I think is a good one.
My original pitch to DC was the Secret Society of Super-Villains meets "The Dirty Dozen." This sounds like they are fully behind the whole "Dirty Dozen" concept. These are people that will get pardoned if they survive a very risky mission.
... I think Bronze Tiger would have been interesting. I think they needed a few more characters that aren't villains, because that's what we did originally, in order to make it work. I think Night Shade could work either way as a hero or a villain. She has a very useful power. But again, it's a very interesting choice in having The Joker for the Squad. It will be interesting to see how they make that work. And if they use [Lex] Luthor, as they are evidently in negotiations to do, that would also be an interesting story element.
Pixar's movie about the inside of a 11-year-old Riley's mind, with her emotions shown as individual characters, has cast Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan will voice Riley's parents, who also have emotions guiding their actions. [Coming Soon]
Speaking to BBC America, stars Jenna Coleman, Peter Capaldi, Nick Frost, and showrunner Steven Moffat described the Christmas special, "Last Christmas." Both Capaldi and Moffat use the word "thriller" to describe it:
Moffat: Well obviously as everyone knows from the end of Death in Heaven, it's the ultimate meeting of Christmas heroes; Santa Claus meets Doctor Who. The buddy movie you've always wanted. In addition to that, it's quite surprising – it won't be what some people expect because it's a thriller of an episode. The Christmas element is covered in the fairly notable form of Santa Claus and the elves and their sleigh. But the rest of it is very much Doctor Who – scary, in a polar ice cap base, scientists under threat. I keep describing it as Miracle on 34th Street meets Alien
Capaldi: It's all very festive and even though you're shooting in October it does lull you into the festive spirit, because there are lots of Christmassy things around. There's a roast dinner going on in Clara's house and a big Christmas tree. There were also lots of tangerines!
It's both really scary and really festive. It manages to be quite frightening and still have Santa Claus in it. It is extremely Christmassy but there is a plot line in it that is quite dark and I think Steven has done a brilliant job at balancing those two things. It's perfect for Christmas viewing – it supplies everything that Doctor Who should supply at Christmas. It's scary but it leaves you feeling warm and cheerful.
Coleman explained how the special leads in from "Death in Heaven" and what that means for Clara:
She's just really glad to be back with him. She's dealing with the death of Danny Pink but happy to be back in the arms of the TARDIS again, and meeting Santa. A lot of the episode is about telling that adventure, and it's about the Doctor and Clara resolving what they've just been through. They're brought together by a crisis that returns the Doctor to Earth to help Clara. The stuff that separated them, the lies they told each other – all of that will be addressed in this episode.
And Frost wanted to get every side of Santa possible into his portrayal:
There's a percentage of 'Ho Ho Ho' as every good Santa needs, but that's all people ever see of Santa. They never see him day-to-day or when he's a bit grumpy, or when he's in a playful mood or if he's a bit cross. I've tried to get all those sides to him. Hopefully he's funny. I wanted him to be funny and I wanted him to be like what he is essentially – and that's the spirit of Christmas.
In an interview with Den of Geek, Capaldi says that "something quite profound" will happen in the episode for Clara and the Doctor, but he said he couldn't give any more details about it. As for the actual plot, he reiterated the idea that this is a scary episode:
It's very clever, because it's both incredibly festive and jolly and it's quite terrifying. It's one of the scariest ones we've done, but it's also one of the happiest. Santa basically appears on Clara Oswald's roof with his elves, but this — which otherwise might be an excuse for cheer and happiness — is actually a nightmarish development. And only the Doctor knows why this is a nightmarish development, so he has to arrive and save her from what Santa's going to bring into her life.
We also learned a bit more from Nathan McMullen (Misfits) who talked about his role as an elf:
I play an elf [laughs], as you can see by the ears [fingers mighty fine looking prosthetic ears]. It's very much a trio between Santa [played by Nick Frost] and his elves. They're a team, they look out for each other. It's quite a close relationship. You can tell that they've spent quite a lot of time together. They go on a journey, to a lot of houses! [Laughs]
They're there as unlikely heroes. It's not something you'd expect Santa to be doing, going to a sci-fi polar base or land and go and save the day. But I guess that's what he's called upon. It's not "Who you gonna call, the Ghostbusters," it's "Who you gonna call on Christmas Day - it's gonna be Santa!"
He also talked about the monsters of the episode, and apparently talked too much:
I think the storyline itself, not just the monsters [make it scary], but the storyline brings a creepiness to it. The monsters are essentially Dream Crabs, or Sleepers who [redacted by request of the BBC]. We're there to make sure they don't cause too much damage.
The midseason finale was last night, and executive producer Michael Narducci gave a bit of a post-mortem of Rebekah's decision to accept Esther's offer, saying:
This isn't necessarily a permanent change. It's not like something is going to happen to Rebekah's original body, or that once she makes this change, she can't go back — unlike Kol and Finn, whose original bodies were destroyed. Rebekah's body will continue to exist, so there are many different story opportunities for us to explore.
He also said that there's a "built-in" opportunity for Claire Holt to return, as there are 1,000 years of possible flashbacks for Rebekah. [TV Line]
Executive producer Julie Plec talked a bit about another plot that will be picked up when the show returns — Dalia:
That's something we're going to continue to speculate about. Our heroes don't necessarily know what to believe or what not to believe, and as we get into next year and we start unraveling the threads of that mythology, we're going to start to learn what of it is truthful, what it means for the family, what it means for the baby. And we're going to learn whether Dalia is in fact a foe that they should be worried about or if she's just legend.
Christian Kane described his character to Den of Geek:
I play Jacob Stone, and he's a very different character for me, to be honest. Let me give you the bones of him: he's an art history major, into Native American art and architecture, he loves that stuff. He's from Oklahoma where it's not that cool to be that smart, so he's not used to letting his brain be out there, he keeps it a secret.
And now all of a sudden he's around these other people who are as smart as him, and he's like, wait a minute, it's okay to talk about who I am, it's okay to be the person I am, so he finds himself a little family. For him of all people, trust and morals mean so much to him, so when those things break down as they do with everyone, it really kills him, because he looks at this like his family.
Also he shoots from the hip. I think his mouth gets the better of him, and we'll see that. [laughs]
He also talked about having to unlearn all his fighting skills:
I had to relearn everything I know! The first conversation I had with Dean Devlin he said "you want to do this role?" I said yes, and he said "here's the thing, you have to unlearn everything you know about fighting. Because this guy doesn't know how to fight. He's good in a bar brawl, but he doesn't know how to fight." So it's been very strange to act like I don't know how to fight. There are fights, and he's right there, but he's not Eliot Spencer.
I trained my whole life to fight, so it was like I have to act like I don't know how to fight. It's been a fun journey.
In tonight's midseason finale will reveal who "Adam," Henry's mysterious caller, is. Ioan Gruffudd hinted that he's been in Henry's life for a while:
"If you think about it, now we can go back in time and see the character in my past several times over, and have the fun and enjoyment of the audiences knowing he's the mystery caller but Henry not knowing," Gruffudd says. "There is a lot of scope there."
Plus, "as much as it's been a thorn in Henry's side from the beginning of this show, now he's got a chance to put a face to it, to see how formidable a foe [Adam] really is," he adds.
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at tonight's midseason finale:
Here's the producer's preview for "Long Into an Abyss":
Below is the press release for episode 4.11:
Chapter 11 / Production #411 – "Magical Thinking"
(Airs January 7, 10:00pm e/p)
Elsa prepares for her move to Hollywood. The Twins grow enamored with a traveling salesman. Dell plots Jimmy's escape from police custody.
Written by Jennifer Salt; directed by Michael Goi.
Here's the synopsis for Sunday's episode, "Heroes and Villains":
"Heroes and Villains" – In the aftermath of the Snow Queen's spell, our heroes try to pick up the pieces and Regina has to make a difficult choice. Hook's fate hangs in the balance as Gold's quest for power threatens everything he holds dear. And, in the Enchanted Forest flashback, an intrusion during Belle's stay at Rumplestiltskin's dark castle will wreak havoc in both the past and the future, on the winter finale of "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"Once Upon a Time" stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David Nolan, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O'Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry, Michael Socha as Will Scarlet and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.
Guest stars include Beverley Elliott as Granny, Merrin Dungey as Ursula, Victoria Smurfit as Cruella De Vil, Sean Maguire as Robin Hood, Georgina Haig as Elsa, Elizabeth Lail as Anna, Scott Michael Foster as Kristoff, Raphael Alejandro as Roland, Christie Laing as Marian and Kristin Bauer as Maleficent.
"Heroes and Villains" was written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and directed by Ralph Hemecker.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller