The American Akira might not be completely white-washed. The directors of the new Ghost Rider explain how they crammed R-rated violence into a PG-13 movie. George Miller is still hopeful the new Mad Max movies will happen.
All that plus details on an epic Game of Thrones battle, the new James Bond movie Skyfall rounds out its cast, Robert Kirkman teases big revelations ahead on The Walking Dead, and more!
It's all spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Dark Knight Rises.
The Dark Knight Rises
Here's a ton more set videos from the New York City filming, all of which show general mayhem and chaos on the streets of Gotham, much like what we saw yesterday. Batman, Bane, Catwoman, and the camouflage-colored Tumblers are in evidence. [ComingSoon.net]
Here are a ton of set photos, giving us some good looks at Batman, Bane, Matthew Modine's character Nixon in a police uniform, and various rioters and police officers. [New York Daily News, Comic Book Movie, E! Online, and Superhero Hype; check out some more here]
An inside source claims to know how Cillian Murphy's Scarecrow fits into this movie:
Cillian Murphy is playing Scarecrow and he is the new judge of Gotham and he is sentencing all the rich and social elite to either death or exile... which is basically the same thing
This fits with a lot of set reports from the Los Angeles filming, which said Scarecrow was the hanging judge in Bane's new regime, with characters like Commissioner Gordon going before him. I definitely wouldn't treat this as official yet, but all signs do seem to point to Scarecrow indeed reappearing, and this being his role, more or less. [Hypable]
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor say they avoided an R rating while still keeping all the requisite murder and mayhem through one very simple trick: when characters die by getting burned to a crisp. For whatever reason, that sort of death is deemed child-friendly by the MPAA:
Neveldine: We figured out all the tricks. You can kill a lot of people by burning them up and turning them into ash. That's what you can do...We knew going in that it was going to be PG-13, we just pushed the envelope as far as we could. We thought we'd get more pushback from the MPAA; we didn't. There's f-bombs in the movie, there's swear words. We have a giant body count.
Taylor: Fire is your friend for the MPAA...Bullets can be flying, tons and tons of rounds of bullets. It's just if you can eliminate some of the blood, you can go a lot further with it.
Brian Azzarello, who is currently writing DC's Wonder Woman book, gives one reason why it's so difficult to come up with a way to translate Wonder Woman to movies or TV:
I think when people go to comic-book movies they're going with a preconceived notion of the characters, although I guess "Iron Man" broke that mold. But you go to a Superman movie or a Batman movie and you know who they are. The first Superman movie was [sold on] the fact that he could fly and the special effects were so great - 'You'll believe a man can fly,' that was the tagline. They are kind of these clear niches where they work, Batman in Gotham City and has seriously creepy villains, Superman is in Metropolis and he fights with the smartest man on Earth. With Wonder Woman, I don't think people know what they would get out of that right now. Lyle Waggoner as Steve Trevor?
Director Jose Padilha says he won't be teaming up again with Wagner Maura, the Brazilian star of his Elite Squad films...at least not in the starring role:
"We need an American RoboCop, man. RoboCop is an American guy, his name is Alex Murphy."
In a move that has pretty much zero chance of quieting the fan outrage over this mess of a project, the filmmakers are reportedly looking to cast (at least) one Japanese-American in a semi-major role. The casting call for the character Yamagata says they're looking for "Male, 20 to 30 years old, Japanese American." So...that's almost something, I guess. [Angry Asian Man]
Mad Max: Fury Road
Director George Miller gives a typically optimistic on his eternally delayed Mad Max sequels, Fury Road and Furiosa, which feature Tom Hardy taking over for Mel Gibson alongside Charlize Theron. Miller explains:
Theoretically, it's next year. We have 150 big vehicles built and so on. [W]e were all geared up for that. We were all set to shoot in the Australian desert and then unprecedented rain came and what was the wasteland — completely flat, red earth — is now a flower garden. The big massive salt flats in the center of Australia where they do record speed trials and stuff is now full of pelicans and fish... We sort of lost the wasteland."
Miller didn't say how he plans to compensate for this latest cosmic setback, but it doesn't sound as though anything up to and including the actual nuclear war depicted in the Mad Max films can stop him at this point. [ComingSoon.net]
Rufus Sewell is reportedly reuniting with his Dark City director Alex Proyas for a supporting role in this adaptation of John Milton's 17th century poem. Sewell is reportedly playing the renegade angel Samael. [ComingSoon.net]
Meanwhile, Diego Boneta, who will be seen in the upcoming Rock of Ages, and 10,000 B.C.'s Camilla Belle are reportedly set to play Adam and Eve. [Bloody Disgusting]
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Here's a behind-the-scenes featurette.
Two more actors have reportedly joined Daniel Craig's third James Bond movie in unspecified roles: Helen McCrory, best known for playing Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, and Ola Rapace, a Swedish actor and ex-husband of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace. [ComingSoon.net]
Justice League: Doom
Here's a lengthy sneak peek at the next DC DVD movie, this time adapting Mark Waid's classic "Tower of Babel" story.
Here are some photos from episode seven, "Wallflower." [SpoilerTV]
Game of Thrones
Here's an entry from HBO's official production diary, which appears to be for the Neil Marshall directed Battle of Blackwater episode:
We are scheduled to have a night full of action – there is no dialogue, other than the occasional scream. We have nearly 200 extras on set this evening – charging all over the place and then coming to a sudden halt when the stunt coordinators blow on whistles.
I can't give you details of exactly what we are filming at the moment, but I will say that the shots look incredible and that it will be worth the wait – what's filming now will appear late in the season – Neil Marshall is directing episode 9. If it helps, we have to wait too! I always forget just how long stunts can take to reset. Fires have to be put out and then relit. Extras repositioned. Blood cleared. Weapons reloaded or cleaned.
The Walking Dead
Here are some promo photos from episode five, "Chupacabra." [multipleverses.com]
And here's a sneak peek for the episode.
Robert Kirkman discusses what Lori's pregnancy means for her, Rick, and Shane:
It's definitely a terrifying thing to consider in this world with the state of things, it's like going back to pioneer days and having to worry about how you're going to give birth and how you're going to survive the pregnancy. This is a very complicated process in modern times, it requires a lot of interaction with doctors and none of that stuff is available, so it's going to be terrifying for her.
The big question is whether the baby is Rick's or Shane's. How is that going to affect the dynamic among the three of them in particular?
This is going to be a catalyst for Shane. Once he finds out about this, assuming he does find out about this, he's going to react pretty strongly to this. His whole reason for worrying about Lori and Carl (Chandler Riggs) is that they've become a surrogate family for them. If he believes this baby is going to be his, that's just going to solidify his state with this family. It's definitely going to throw a wrench in the whole love triangle thing that's going on.
Kirkman also strongly implies that Lori's pregnancy is not the big secret that Jenner whispered in Rick's ear in the season one finale. Kirkman also explains why Michael Rooker is back as Merle:
All I can really say about Merle's return is that it occurred to us in the writing of bringing Merle back that we never even saw Daryl Dixon and Merle Dixon interact in the first season. They were never in a scene together. Getting to see Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker actually interacting and playing off each other is going to be an enormous treat for the audience and it's something we've been dying to get to.
Here's the description for episode nine, "Vs.":
TAYLOR'S THE PRIME SUSPECT IN A COLD CASE MURDER ON AN ALL-NEW "TERRA NOVA" MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 ON FOX - As Taylor searches for the "Sixer" mole within Terra Nova, Jim stumbles onto an old murder, for which Taylor is the prime suspect.
Once Upon a Time
Here are some promo photos from episode four, "The Price of Gold", featuring guest star Jessy Schram as Cinderella. [BuddyTV]
The fifth episode, which will air November 27 after the show takes a one-week hiatus, will be called "That Still Small Voice," while the sixth episode airing December 4 will be called "The Shepherd." [KSiteTV]
Here are some promo photos for the next episode, "Beeware." [BuddyTV]
In a move that is so very, very NBC, the network has released some info for an episode called "Lonelyhearts" without actually making it clear when this episode will air. It's listed as airing November 18, which suggests it's the fourth episode...but the already publicized "The Three Bad Wolves" is also scheduled for that slot. So...honestly, who knows, but here are some photos anyway. [KSiteTV]
Here's a promo for this week's episode, "Season Seven, Time for a Wedding."
Here are some set photos from the current filming of season two. [SpoilerTV]
Here are some promo photos from episode six, "Homecoming." [SpoilerTV]
And here's a promo and sneak peek.
The Vampire Diaries
Here's two promos and two sneak peeks for episode nine, which is also called "Homecoming." [BuddyTV]
And here's a preview focused on the episode's musical guest star, My Morning Jacket.
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Here's the description for the two-part premiere, which debuts this Friday:
In the first part of the two-part series premiere episode, ace test pilot Hal Jordan (voiced by JOSH KEATON), who leads a secret life as Earth's guardian Green Lantern, is called back to Oa. Searching for the culprits behind a series of Green Lantern deaths in "Frontier Space", Hal and his gruff fellow Green Lantern Kilowog (voiced by KEVIN MICHAEL RICHARDSON) "commandeer" The Interceptor, a prototype spaceship powered by pure Green Lantern energy and an advanced artificial intelligence system that Hal names Aya (voiced by GREY DeLISLE).
In the second half of the two-part series premiere episode, Hal and Kilowog discover that a group of Red Lanterns, including the conflicted Razer (voiced by JASON SPISAK) and the vile Zilius Zox (voiced by TOM KENNY) have been targeting and eliminating Green Lanterns in Frontier Space. Along with the help from a surviving Frontier Space Green Lantern Shyir Rev (voiced by KURTWOOD SMITH), Hal and Kilowog must stop the Red Lantern leader Atrocitus (voiced by JONATHAN ADAMS) from destroying Shyir's home planet of Colony 12.
Showrunner Giancarlo Volpe explains that this show is meant to loosely link with the movie:
I think probably one of the most obvious - and this isn't a huge spoiler - differences between our show and the movie is that in the movie, Carol Ferris finds out that Hal Jordan is the Green Lantern, whereas in ours she doesn't know. So that alone sort of breaks any continuity.
At the same time, it does feature Kilowog, it features the Guardians, it features Carol Ferris. Hal is a test pilot on Earth. It does feel like the same world. So if anyone did watch the movie and wanted more, the show sort of takes the baton, but just takes it in a much more sci-fi level. It's more in space than it is on Earth.
There's more at the link. [Newsarama]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.