There are more comic book adaptations on the way: one movie, and two TV shows. Simon Kinberg talks the alternate 1980s in X-Men: Apocalypse. Dwayne Johnson teases Shazam yet again. Check out amazing Avengers 2 concept art. And American Horror Story adds a soap opera alum to its cast. Spoilers now!
Top image: X-Men: Days of Future Past
Simon Kinberg explained the film's absence from Comic-Con by saying that they're in the middle of filming:
There are so many things we are doing different from the previous film and so many things different from other comic book films.When we really step forward we want it to be with our best foot forward. Instead of rushing something together for the Con we'd rather really wait until we have that perfect first image, perfect first sequence and first scene to show people.
He also explained the "not based on any comic" line that's made its way around the world:
I actually think that this FANTASTIC FOUR movie is sort of a celebration of all the FANTASTIC FOUR comics that have preceded it. We have elements from the original FANTASTIC FOUR that there's a sort of optimism and inspirational quality to the film. In some ways a comedy that was really distinct in the original FANTASTIC FOUR. Also, the notion of this dysfunctional surrogate family that comes together and has to work together is very present in the movie that owes a great debt to the originals. And this idea that they are scientist and that it's almost like this science adventure, more than being superheroes, they are almost like scientific adventurers, that's a big part of the movie too. We also owe a lot to the Ultimate's and the current crop of FANTASTIC FOUR comics and you'll see that. I don't want to give anything away but you will see it in the details and a lot of the story telling. It's really sort of inspired by all the different history of the FANTASTIC FOUR comics. I think what Kate meant, and I read that comment, I think what she meant which was right is that it's not based on any one run. DAYS OF FUTURE PAST was obviously based on DAYS OF FUTURE PAST comic run and that was something that I could easily give the actors to read and they'd know the whole story. In this case because we are really snatching details, story lines, moments, action sequences from across the whole gambit of the decades of FANTASTIC FOUR, there isn't one comic that defines the movie.
Kinberg went on to talk about whether or not the next X-Men film will tie itself to a historical event the way the last two did:
I don't want to get to specific. We love the alternate history thing. It started in FIRST CLASS with the Cuban Missile Crisis. It's something that we picked up on with the JFK back-story for DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. It's something as a writer that I've always loved and I know it's something Lauren Shuler Donner, the other producer and Bryan Singer loves. So, we will take advantage of the historical context of the 80's.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson continues to tease that he'll be playing DC's Captain Marvel:
The Soska Sisters (directors of American Mary) have signed on to helm the movie adaptation of Painkiller Jane, which was created in comic form by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada and was previously a Syfy TV series. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Here's a poster for the "reboot of the Heavy Metal movie." [Variety]
Here's an IMASX featurette:
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Here's some concept art from Comic-Con. [ Film School Rejects]
Here's a new poster featuring Daniel Radcliffe. [ Shock Till You Drop]
Guardians of the Galaxy
Here's a video about Gamora and Nebula's relationship. [ Coming Soon]
American Horror Story
Freakshow has added an All My Children alum to its cast:
[via TV Line]
Roxanne McKee talked a bit about what's up next for Claire:
Standing up to David was a real turnaround for her because she's never had to do that before. She's always had her father to protect her and she's had things done for her. She believes that the right thing should be done [so] it was inevitable that she was going to voice her opinions. Now we're going to see just how manipulative she can be for the greater good — or what she believes the greater good is.
We've seen her father make a lot of decisions for her. But now that she knows about his illness and she's found this new confidence, will we see her make decisions for him?
A hundred percent. [And] not just because of his illness, but because of what she finds out about her father. Their relationship is going to be very strained. What's coming up over the next two weeks is going to change Claire's world forever. Her innocence is lost.
More at the link. [ TV Line]
At Comic-Con, the show announced it had been renewed for a two-part, 20-episode fifth season.
Under the Dome
Here's a list of things revealed in the Comic-Con panel:
- Other family secrets will be revealed.
- There are reasons behind Sam's actions and motivations. Baer adds, "he's not just a crazy psychopath..."
- We'll get to meet Barbie's dad and find out that he could have been a trust fund baby.
- Neal Baer teases that they know the ending but "won't tell" since they just finished production.
- He also said that one of the characters might get out of the dome! Vogel added, "literally" so it sounds like this will happen.
Here's a promo for episode 2.05. "Reconciliation." [via SpoilerTV]
Five Ghosts/Night Mary/ Warren Ellis Project
Universal Cable Productions has announced three TV projects based on Five Ghosts, Night Mary, and an untitled series from Warren Ellis. [Den of Geek]
Thunderbirds Are Go!
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Ryan Plummer