Two wonderfully villainous actors are rumored for roles in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is already happening. Neil Gaiman talks Doctor Who, and Futurama is sticking around for a long time!
Top image from Thor.
Still no word on who they might play, but a pair of awesome actors are reportedly in contention for villainous roles. The actors reportedly being considered are Edgar Ramirez, who played infamous assassin Carlos the Jackal in the recent miniseries, and Michael Shannon, who was Oscar nominated for his work in Revolutionary Road and is currently appearing in Boardwalk Empire. As always, take these casting rumors with a grain of salt until we hear something more substantial. [Latino Review and Deadline]
Marvel Comics head honcho Joe Quesada offered some thoughts on the three upcoming Marvel movies, starting with Thor:
"From a visual standpoint, it's really exciting but in the hands of Kenneth Branagh and the entire cast, it's a pretty phenomenal take on the character. I think comic fans kind of have an idea of what this movie is going to be like but they really don't. They're going to be in for an experience that's unique. I think for the people that don't know who Thor is, even if you know the mythology, you're not going to get, I think, what you're going to expect. It's going to be radical and amazing."
...of which he has recently seen Joe Johnston's first cut. He describes how Captain America is different from Thor:
"There's a very visual and visceral difference in the way that the movies are shot. There is a richness to both but they're very, very different tonally. And of course Cap starts out as a period piece whereas Thor is more of a fantastical piece although both are grounded very much in the real world. I think fans will see it and feel it when they see it on screen. Both of these are really going to be outstanding with amazing performances, great special effects. The Marvel characters come to life and for all of us who have been reading these since we were yay high, it's pretty astounding and an absolute thrill to sit there in theater and see these characters in 3D and flesh and blood."
And finally, Quesada confirmed the movie has begun filming, and he raves about everything he's seen so far:
"Yes, I mean again, look at the cast. Just starting with the cast, it's like a rock concert. It's unbelievable, even in San Diego when they brought them all up on stage. You got to see all these amazing actors on stage. If you didn't get chills up your spine, you have no pulse. Basically, get yourself a casket and go home. And then you have Joss Whedon at the wheel. I've seen the screenplay, it's amazing. I've seen what we're going to do. I've seen designs; they're out of this world. It's going to be the quintessential superhero movie. I hesitate to say more but we're really, really, excited about it."
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
James Vanderbilt, who wrote the original Amazing Spider-Man screenplay, has reportedly already been hired to start work on the sequel script. [Hollywood Reporter]
Star Trek 2
Just for the record, the recent Facebook posts about the sequel script by a person claiming to be star Chris Pine were all a hoax. [TrekMovie]
Richard Senior who did editing work on series five and directed the recent Comic Relief special, is reportedly directing the final block of episodes, which is comprised of Tom MacRae's episode 8 and Steven Moffat's finale episode. Actor Paul Bentley, who appears in Meryl Streep's upcoming Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady, will reportedly play a character called "The Professor" in one of these episodes. [Life, Doctor Who & Combom]
Neil Gaiman offers some early praise on his episode:
And I just saw the finished version of my Doctor Who episode. I was happy — there were moments and even scenes I missed, but that's always the way. Mostly I was just impressed by the performances, direction and music. And effects. They spent money on this one and it shows.
The season finale guest star who might become a recurring character in season four has reportedly been cast. Emily Meade, who plays Pearl on Boardwalk Empire, has reportedly been cast as a young and eager FBI agent who joins the Fringe team. [TV Line]
Episode 20 will reportedly be called "6.02am EST." [SpoilerTV]
Justin Bruening, who you probably don't remember as the star of the Knight Rider reboot, has reportedly been cast as Wonder Woman's longstanding comics love interest Steve Trevor. In this version, he's an army veteran who works in the Justice department. [TV Line]
Comedy Central has reportedly renewed the show for another 26 episodes split into two thirteen-episode cycles. Since we're only halfway through the current episode order, that means there will new Futurama at least through 2013. [EW]
Here's a description for April 15's next new episode, "My Heart Will Go On":
SAM AND DEAN TEMPT FATE - After Balthazar (guest star Sebastian Roche) changes history and keeps the Titanic from sinking, Fate (guest star Katie Walder) intervenes and begins killing those that would have died on the ship. Castiel (Misha Collins) tells Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) that Fate is very upset with the two of them and the only way they can stay alive is to kill her.
The first episode in April is "Seizure", which will feature guest appearances by Stargate Atlantis actors David Hewlett (Rodney McKay) and Robert Picardo (Richard Woolsey) along with Alias's Victor Garber. Here's a complete set of brief synopses for the four April episodes:
Homeworld Command tries to convince an ally they suspect might be infiltrated by the Lucian Alliance to let them use their planet to dial Destiny. Meanwhile, Rush (Robert Carlyle) is trapped in a simulation created by Amanda Perry (Kathleen Munroe). (April 4 & 5)
The team is attacked and members taken captive by an alien creature while exploring a planet. (April 11 & 12)
Destiny discovers the survivors of an interplanetary expedition who claim their civilization, Novus, was founded two thousand years earlier by Destiny‘s crew. (April 18 & 19)
Returning the settlers to their home planet Novus, the Destiny crew discover the planet has been abandoned and on the verge of seismic destruction. (April 25 & 26)
Here's a synopsis for the next episode, "Kent", which airs April 15:
CLARK RETURNS TO THE ALTERNATE UNIVERSE AND RUNS INTO JONATHAN - Clark (Tom Welling) is shocked to find a mirror box in the barn. Clark Luthor surprises him and sends Clark Kent back to the alternate reality where Clark runs into a very angry Jonathan Kent (John Schneider). Meanwhile, back in our reality, Clark Luthor visits Tess (Cassidy Freeman) and tells if she doesn't side with him he'll kill her. Lois (Erica Durance) asks Emil (guest star Allesandro Juliani) to help her bring Clark back.
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.