Emma Stone is fully committed to Gwen Stacy leaving The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, the same she left the comics. David Morrissey explains the Governor's Walking Dead arc. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman study Dragonology. Plus a big Clone Wars preview!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Walking Dead.
While we're still waiting for the Wachowskis to deny that they're going to direct Justice League — really, I'd suggest getting used to directors denying their involvement in this thing — a new rumor has popped up about how the movie will handle Batman.
Basically, you know how Marvel established a bunch of separate franchises for each individual character before bringing them together for the big team-up movie, and it was very successful? Well, Warner Bros. is hoping that that business plan works just as well in reverse, because the new, pretty much definitely not Joseph Gordon-Levitt incarnation of Batman would debut in Justice League, then go off for his own solo franchise.
While this seems like a very soft debut for the new incarnation of Warner Bros.'s flagship superhero character, it does mean this latest version can presumably bypass the whole origin story thing, which has got to be cause for at least minor celebration. The possibility that Warner Bros. plans to directly link at least one of its solo franchises to Justice League also raises some interesting questions about whether Henry Cavill would show up to play Superman, and some significantly less interesting questions about Ryan Reynolds returning as Green Lantern. [Batman on Film]
Emma Stone confirmed to America's most trusted newsman, Almost Famous director Cameron Crowe, that Gwen Stacy needs to meet the same fate in the movies as she does in the comics:
When you were out promoting The Amazing Spider-Man, did you get a lot of serious Gwen-o-philes bending your ear?
Yeah, but not so much in terms of how I played her. It was more about whether or not the films are going to stay true to her story-which I'm hoping they are. Do you know the Gwen story? Do you know what happens?
It's like the Kennedy assassination or something.
Yeah. Essentially the argument is that Spider-Man kills her by accident. So the person she loves is the person who kills her, which is the most horrifying thing. Apparently people unsubscribed to the comic book when that happened because they were just so flipped-out over it. But, of course, I want to stay true to that. That's the question you get the most when you're part of that saga.
"Are you going to die?" is the question that you get the most?
Yeah, and, "If so, will it be in the same way that she died in the comics?"
Which is a broken neck, right?
Yeah. She snaps her neck because Spider-Man shoots a web out to save her, so in trying to save the person he loves, he kills her . . . That's life for you, man. [laughs]
Right now, I'd probably guess that Sony is planning on saving Gwen's death for the third Amazing Spider-Man movie, mostly because they keep talking about completing the story of this new "trilogy" and then potentially continuing the franchise with additional movies. Whenever it goes down, it sounds like Stone wants this to be as faithful to the comics as possible. [Interview Magazine]
Because writing and/or producing for the Star Trek, Transformers, Amazing Spider-Man, Ender's Game, Mummy, and Van Helsing franchises just wasn't omnipresent enough, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have reportedly expanded their Hollywood takeover bid to producing this project for Universal. The proposed series is an adaptation of the children's book series, which are presented as the real diaries of Victorian dragonologist Ernest Drake. Orci and Kurtzman will reportedly oversee the hiring of a new writer and supervise the latest draft of the script. [Heat Vision]
Here's a pair of new promo photos, the second of which includes "the Amazon and Denali covens", because if there's one franchise I trust to treat indigenous peoples with the respect and sensitivity they deserve, I think it goes without saying that it's the Twilight movies. [Hollywood Crush]
Here's the first sneak peek clip from the two-part, direct-to-DVD animated adaptation of Frank Miller's seminal story.
David Morrissey explains that the show's take on the Governor will be different from the comics, in that it will show more of how he spiraled from brutal but principled leader to full-on lunatic, rather than jump right in with the insanity:
We probably meet the Governor earlier in his journey. I think he has more complexity than in the comic book. The things that make him the way he is happen to him on screen. We see them happening."
That probably helps explain why Morrissey was cast in the part as opposed to some of the more straightforward tough guys linked to the role, such as horror legend Tom Savini... who was, to be fair, mostly linked to the role in the sense that he kept telling everyone he should play the role. [EW]
I feel like this is barely even a spoiler anymore, but yes, a series regular will reportedly die at some point during season three. [TV Line]
[gallery 5938710] Here are some promo photos for the second season premiere, "The Contingency", which kicks things off on Thursday, September 27. [Seriable]
Confirmed returning guest stars for season two will include Jay O. Sanders as "Pennsylvania 2", Robert John Burke as Fusco's NYPD associate Simmons, and Annie Parisse and Mike Kelly as CIA operatives Kara Stanton and Mark Snow. Executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman are also hoping to bring back Paige Turco as Zoe, while they revealed that new guest star Margo Martindale will play a character that, while not as "extreme" as her brutally awesome Emmy-winning turn as Mags Bennett on Justified, will be quite a departure from her previous CBS role as a hospital administrator on A Gifted Man. [TV Line]
Elsewhere, another report says that Turco will indeed be back as Zoe for the fifth episode, in which "she's not the POI that week, but helps out in a way that only Zoe can." [TV Line]
Because NBC never met a questionable decision they wouldn't make, Grimm is airing a new episode on Labor Day. It's called "Quill", and here's the promo.
The sixth episode is reportedly called "Over My Dead Body." [SpoilerTV]
Here's a short promo for the premiere of ABC's new drama about a paranormal apartment building owned by Lost alum Terry O'Quinn. The series begins Sunday, September 30.
Here's a spoiler-y preview of how the brothers will be on different journeys in season eight, courtesy of Zap2It:
Dean's return from Purgatory and his relationship with Benny the vampire will give him a strong connection to the season's overarching themes, without Sam serving as a middle-man. It opens the door for the boys to spend some time apart as Dean digs himself deeper into that world and Sam... well, tries to maintain a relationship. Of course, even as their priorities shift, the brothers' relationship remains central to the season. Their time apart has given them the tools to live separately; but that doesn't mean they want to.
It's previously been revealed that Benny the Vampire will be played by Battlestar Galactica and Eureka alum Ty Ollson, and Dean will be in his debt because of Benny's hand in Dean's escape from Purgatory. [Zap2It]
Here's another pair of short teaser videos.
In a fairly minor bit of casting news, relatively unknown actor James J. Collins has been cast in the role of Pierre, about whom nothing else is known beyond the name. As such, I think it's only reasonable to assume this Pierre is some sort of sex-crazed, demon-hunting traffic warden until we're specifically told otherwise. That just seems the most logical course of action all around. [Bloody Disgusting]
Here's a promo for next week's episode, "Gods and Monsters."
And here are some promo photos for the episode. [Multiple Verses]
Next up are some promo photos for the following episode, "Falling", which airs on September 10 after the show takes a week off for Labor Day. [Multiple Verses]
And finally here are some promo photos for "The Devil Will Drag You Down", which airs September 17. [Multiple Verses]
Here's the new extended trailer for season five, including Palpatine going out and kicking some ass in Darth Sidious mode.
Supervising director Dave Filoni discusses what to expect from the upcoming fifth season:
"I'd say these are the most thought-provoking episodes we've done, for sure. Is there a benefit of having seen the previous four seasons? Yes. Season 5, more than any other we've produced, is geared to the loyal viewer. We've got some critical set-up this season to explore why the Sith triumph, why the Empire replaces the Republic, the kind of things that fans have always wondered about regarding this period. What do people really think of the Jedi? How is it that Palpatine had the Jedi eliminated and the galactic populace seems fine with that? What does it mean when Mace Windu walks in to the Chancellor's office and tries to arrest him? Would the people be for that or against that? Palpatine makes it look like the Jedi launched a coup. How is it that people would accept such an explanation?"
Filoni also drops this hint about the making of the trailer you see above:
"The first season 5 trailer we released back in June was about the most limited version possible of what you could see. It didn't have any of the good stuff in it, because there's so little that we could show that wasn't going to give our secrets away. So for this new trailer I said to our editor Kevin Yost, ‘I'm giving you all of the footage, and the only thing you can't show or talk about is this one thing. But everything else, put it in, and I'll tell you if you went too far.' Except for one thing, everything was fair game."
Filoni confirmed that this one thing is as huge a revelation as last season's resurrection of Darth Maul. There's a ton of spoiler-y teasers on the coming season at the link. [EW]
Elsewhere, Filoni discussed Anakin's arc as the Clone Wars drag on:
"[We've] moved ourselves to more dramatic [material]. Anakin at this point is a lot quicker to anger. The longer the war has gone, the more it has beaten the Jedi down and the more Jedi die. [He] has a lot less patience. He has a pretty interesting season."
There's plenty more at the link. [IGN]
The sixth episode is reportedly called "Legacies" and will feature a character known as Derek, the King of Diamonds. Whether the "king of diamonds" bit hints at an appearance by a de-powered version of the Royal Flush Gang is as yet an unanswered question. [SpoilerTV]
Showrunner Jeff Davis discusses whether fans will ultimately forgive Allison in season three:
"It will be interesting to see if it comes back, if they come back to love her again, which I think they will. I mean, that was the whole plan with Isaac. He was supposed to be the bad guy in the beginning and then by the end you were supposed to be completely on his side. He needs to be redeemed, so I threw a puppy in there with him."
Additional reporting by Rob H. Dawson and Charlie Jane Anders.