Something universe-changing will happen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. A new villain could be joining The Amazing Spider-Man. A major character won’t be in Avengers: The Age of Ultron. The X-Force script is being written right now. Plus, watch a preview for J.J. Abrams' new series Believe. Spoilers below!
During the Superman 75th anniversary panel at Comic-Con, Man of Steel writer David Goyer said what the two possible titles for the film are:
“So over in Hall H at the Warner Bros.–I guess most people know now–at the end of the Warner Bros. panel, Zack came out and he brought Harry Lennix, who plays General Swanwick in Man of Steel and we – actually, Harry read a bit from [The Dark Knight Returns] and so the next film we’re making, we’re already in pre-production, comes out in summer of 2015 and it’s – we’re actually not sure whether the title is Superman vs. Batman or Batman vs. Superman but yes, it’s – that rematch, that combination, the two guys onscreen and that’s happening.”
Warner Bros. has already registered the domain names SupermanVsBatman.com, BatmanVsSuperman.com, and BatmanVsSupermanMovie.com. But notably, Warners didn't register SupermanVsBatmanMovie.com, so it sounds as though Batman's name goes first on the marquee. Also, Warner Bros. didn’t register BatmanAndSuperman.com or SupermanAndBatman.com. [ComicBook.com]
Also Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles would like the world to know he is totally up for playing Batman. He sported a Batman t-shirt at Comic-Con and when asked said, "Any guy in his right mind would die to play Batman. It would be a dream come true. I won't hold my breath." Ackles voiced the Red Hood in the animated feature Batman: Under the Red Hood. [E!]
Captain America: The Winter Solider
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo hint that some Marvel Universe-changing event will occur in the next Captain America movie:
Joe Russo: The interesting thing about that is that the script was structured so well that it’s not really something that… The things that happen in the movie are really germane to the movie, and germane to Cap. The big shift in the universe happens because of him. It’s not something where we had to feel like we had to patchwork in all of these other narrative elements, it’s really Markus and McFeely wrote an amazing script that really streamlined this concept that Kevin wanted to get out there.
Anthony Russo: And it’s very personal to Cap, too. I think that’s the other thing, even though it’s a big event that connects it to the rest of the universe, it’s very much Cap’s relationship to that, and we enter the whole thing through him. So it’s all riding on his shoulders and in terms of his experience at this moment with this movie.
The Russos also discuss how visually the next movie will be a departure from the other Marvel films:
AR: The movie was shot largely in a very verite style, which is unique for Marvel’s movies. They really embraced the approach to it, and it’s a very experimental approach. It’s a very grounding approach. There’s a strong edge to the film. It’s very visceral. It’s got a lot of action in it, but I think it’s definitely a movement, tonally, in a different direction. It’s just great to be able to add another color to the [palette] of these movies.
JR: We felt it was important to try and do something like that with the movie stylistically, because number one it was germane to the material in terms of the genre and all, but also as we get more and more of these movies it’s like you have to work harder to keep them fresh and exciting while surprising the audience. The idea that we could push the movie into that, a more unusual style and tone, was really exciting for us.
There is a lot more in the full interview. [/Film]
Topher Grace is the latest to join the cast of Christopher Nolan’s wormhole-focused project. His role is unspecified at this time. [FirstShowing.com]
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Director Matt Reeves says the film will be from Caesar’s perspective, and hints at the conflict. He explains. "We just felt that in going forward... you would continue to see the world through [Caesar's] eyes, and then suddenly discover that the humans are still out there, because as the story starts you're in the world of the apes. You think the humans aren't even there. Then suddenly we realize, 'Wait a minute. There's a population of humans here as well. Can they co-exist?'" [MTV]
Writer and possible director Jeff Wadlow gives an update on the X-Force script. He says, “I’m pretty deep into it. I have the whole story completely worked out. I’m about 20 pages into my draft. If I wasn’t promoting Kick-Ass , I would probably have a draft [already], but Kick-Ass is going to slow me down just a little.”
When asked about the team lineup and the importance of Cable, Wadlow didn’t get specific. He said, "Here’s the thing, I love the current run of Uncanny X-Force. I love the classic run. Part of my take was addressing this idea that X-Force can be many different things, and that’s what got the studio excited. I think the fans will be excited, too.” [CinemaBlend.com]
Avengers: Age of Ultron
According to Joss Whedon, Agent Coulson probably won’t be in the movie.
He could. Right now it’s not something I’m pursuing because I have so much going on in ‘Avengers 2.’ Finding out that Coulson is alive would be an entire B story. And I already have too much movie. That’s better than the other thing.
Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel’s Wedding) will be playing the female lead in the upcoming remake and/or sequel. [Shock Til You Drop]
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Director Marc Webb drops some hints about The Gentleman being a villain in the Spider-Man movies. Webb said “Think about the Gentleman. I’m just saying. Put that in your… There’s your little tidbit. Think about The Gentleman.” The Gentleman is best known for being the shadowy figure behind the Sinister Six — so this is yet another hint that the Sinister Six could eventually assemble in one of the sequels. [Crave Online]
And if you look at what producer Matt Tolmach is saying, we might actually be seeing The Gentleman in the second film:
Yes! And it’s not like there’s one of these villains in the world and everybody else is a normal criminal, there are several of them and they may not actually really come into their own, or really become an obstacle for him in this movie. But they’re there! And you may see them for a minute. We fell in love with that idea. It expands the universe. These things that seem to emanate from OsCorp are out there in the world. It doesn’t mean each of them is the focus of the movie. I think that’s where you get yourself into trouble, is there’s only a finite amount of story time in a movie…
He goes on in the interview to explain they are introducing such a large number of villains to lay the groundwork for future sequels. He also says there is no Venom movie in the works, but he’d like to do one someday. [Crave Online]
Director James Mangold discusses how and why the movie is different from the comic:
Well, it seemed to me that one of the beautiful staples—actually of the X-Men films as well as the comics—was Logan's interaction with history, and that when you have a character who's been immortal, there's a quality that's not unlike Zelig, frankly. He's been everywhere. But I really loved that idea. I really felt that the idea of "Why Japan? What is bringing him to Japan?" And in Claremont-Miller it's because he has an ongoing relationship with Mariko before the comic book even starts. That seemed weird to me, to land on a guy living in the Yukon who's having as a pen pal with a married woman who he's had an ongoing relationship with. I couldn't quite piece together how exactly I'd do that from the opening frame. Actually, Chris (McQuarrie) had already moved away from that, but it still meant that I wanted to understand where he was coming from at the start.
What opening in Nagasaki did is it did several things for me—one is it created a connection with someone in Japan that would be then reunited by his return. It also obviously set up the journey in the end of the film—we can't really say it in many ways. I also thought that when Darren [Aronofsky] separated from the film and the tragedy occurred in Japan, the tsunami and the resulting disasters after it, it felt to me that you couldn't respectfully make a film in even the decade of what had happened in Japan without in some way acknowledging what the Japanese people have muscled and suffered and held together through.
I didn't think it was appropriate to actually reference the actual, recent incident in Japan, but I felt that it's so amazing when you think about this not enormous country has buffeted most of the nuclear incidents — two bombs and this horrible reactor accident — that so much of the nuclear action globally has occurred on this one island and the culture's ability to somehow regroup, rebuild and go on. So visiting Nagasaki was out of tremendous respect, also a way I felt to both raise and acknowledge what that country has persevered through.
Here is a still from the film with Aaron Eckhart as "Adam" and Yvonne Strahovski as "Terra." [ComingSoon.net]
Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters
A motion poster for the film adaptation of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy novel has been released.
Once Upon a Time
A new actor has been cast to play Robin Hood in season three of Once Upon a Time. The original actor, Tom Ellis, was too busy to return to the show. British actor Sean Maguire (Bedlam) will be taking over the role next season. [TV Equals]
Game of Thrones
Filming for season four began in Iceland yesterday. Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) were also spotted in Iceland this week. A behind-the-scenes photo shows the filming crew precariously perched in Nesjavellir. [Spoiler TV]
Under the Dome
Executive producer Neal Baer points out an Easter egg in the last episode in the interaction between Junior and Angie:
Because they were about to die! He was a little boy in that scene. It's not like they were hugging or holding each other. His head was in her lap; he's a little boy. That's an Easter egg... When he was a little boy, Junior said, "I only wanted to help you because you were sick." That's going to be very important. There's going to be so much that's going to happen between Angie, Big Jim and Junior. I can tell you she's not going back into the fallout shelter. She's going back to work at the diner.
Here is the official description of the seventh episode:
“Imperfect Circles” – Big Jim takes matters into his own hands when he feels his authority slipping away, and the dome displays its power when a life is taken just as a newborn arrives, on UNDER THE DOME, Monday, August 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Person of Interest
The third episode of the third season will be called “Lady Killer.”
Beauty and the Beast
A new character named Tori is being cast in the second season with the possibility of becoming recurring. She is in her late twenties and hot. She is described thusly: "If Cat’s the angel on Vincent’s shoulder, she’s the seductive devil." [Spoiler TV]
The Tomorrow People
Phil Klemmer, one of the producers of the upcoming series and writer of the pilot, talks about the connection the show will have to the original television series. He says, "There are no obligations. It’s really a question of inspiration. It’s not like it’s so well known here in America that we’re doing something that’s somehow so precious that we’re going to be lambasted for changing a small thing. I think the sky is wide open. Our obligation is to honor the dreams of when people saw it, and what it meant to them, and for me, who saw it as an adult, it’s a good balance, because it’s fresh eyes, and figuring out how to update it, and hopefully create something that’s designed for an older audience, but to touch people the way the original did.”
Despite the updating, there will be nods to the original show for fans. Klemmer says, “It’s awesome to imagine the 1% of the television audience [who will get it]. You always want to keep the 99% totally engaged, but that 1%, you’re totally going to blow their minds. It’s such a thrill. I’ve always loved doing that.” [Ksite TV]
Actor Jensen Ackles says he doesn’t know exactly what the now-human Castiel is capable of doing. Ackles says, "We don't quite understand the skillset that Cas has as a human yet. Are we going to have to teach him how to handle a gun? Are we going to have to teach him how to drive a car? We don't know...I'm kind of looking forward to see it! [Laughs.]" [E!]
The third episode of the season will be called “I’m No Angel” and “will feature a character called Bartholomew who is a bureaucrat angel sent to organize the angels.” [Spoiler TV]
Here is the Comic-con preview of Alfonso Cuaron and J.J. Abrams' new series
The Vampire Diaries
Ian Somerhalder, Damon, talks about what is coming up next season. [Ksite TV]
Additional Reporting by Charlie Jane Anders.