Get a much closer look at Godzilla! Plus find out about filming for Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. Bryan Singer talks time travel in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Plus another new Game of Thrones teaser. And the team that brought us Sleepy Hollow now presents Matador! Spoilers now!
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Kevin Feige commented on the list of possible directors that's been going around:
Well, that article was true, that we're meeting a lot of people now. That article was not true about who we're meeting or what level anybody is. But we're actively looking….We always look at a wide range of people with a wide range of backgrounds. There's only one criteria: do something that we think is really cool. [Laughs] That's about it.
That sounds like the four reported names have met with Marvel, but that the studio hasn't begun to narrow its list yet. In terms of who would play the eponymous Doctor Strange, Feige also seemed to shoot down the various rumors of the role being already filled by a big name:
You know, I would say that we're pretty transparent, right? Doctor Strange would be our — well, depending on when we make it, it could be our 13th, 14th, 15th movie, right? I think if you're looking to track our decision-making and how we've done things, we have a pretty wide track record now where you can sort of see. So, no, a movie star is not required, but that doesn't mean a movie star wouldn't be great. It just depends.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
During an on-set interview, Bryan Singer talks about the use of time travel in this film:
To me, that's the thing that made it more appealing than just doing a sequel. It is somewhat a science fiction movie and a time travel movie, which I've never done before - it's a new thing, as opposed to anotherX-Menpicture. That part is challenging and kind of fun. The key is making something where the past and the future can intertwine, and there's a logic to it. You get into a lot of stuff with that.
I thought I'd cracked it. I was talking to James Cameron in New Zealand, and I pitched it to him - I was at Peter Jackson's party. It was a real trip, one of the most fun conversations I've had in years. And he was really into it - he'd done time travel inThe Terminator, so I said, "Okay, here's what I want to do with time travel", and I pitched the thing, and he seemed to approve. He gave me all the physics behind it. So yeah, it's trying to create a time travel film with integrity.
And he says that Scarlet Witch is not in this film, although "there may be a reference." More at the link. [Den of Geek]
Transcendence/Untitled New Line Horror Film (Annabelle)/The Conjuring 2
There's been another shuffling of release dates, which has settled on:
- Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp as an AI researcher entwined with his work following an attack by an anti-technology group, has moved back one day to April 18th.
- Untitled New Line Horror Film, once called Annabelle, has moved to October 3rd.
- The Conjuring 2 will open October 23, 2o15.
Stephen Amell hinted that Roy's journey has a bit longer to go:
I didn't bring Roy in by choice; I brought him in out of necessity. So his introduction to the team is going to be a bit slower than most people think. He's not coming out of the next episode in a red version of my suit. He's very much on the periphery. Canary, on the other hand, immediately becomes like a full-fledged member of the team. Like, when I go out, she goes out — and vice versa.
And here's Amell previewing next week's episode:
Our 15th episode, titled "The Promise," is this season's version of "The Odyssey," in that present day in Starling City takes place over the course of 40, 45 minutes, but a lot of time passes on the island. It's the episode that I am most proud of. A lot of people have written or said that there are a couple of episodes in the second half of our first season — "The Odyssey," "Dead to Rights" — that took the show and elevated it to the level that we've gotten to this year. I believe that our 15th episode — and possibly our 13th episode that just aired — are the episodes that take the show to another level.
Amell doesn't know too much about the finale, but what he's heard sounds huge:
I'm hearing that we want to rent out a block [of the city]. I'm hearing that the scale and the amount of people involved is something that we haven't yet seen on the show. This season has been incredibly expansive, you know? ... We have Malcolm Merlyn. We have the League of Assassins. We have so many things – including, of course, Slade and Brother Blood. There are so many things up in the air, and I think they're all going to land at once — and on opposite sides.
Colton Haynes' says that sidelining of Roy mentioned above could send Roy down the villain path:
Roy is now starting to get really really angry with Oliver, because Oliver promised him that he was going to be part of his team right away, and he met Felicity and Diggle, but he's still just kind of being thrown scraps. He gets really frustrated with Oliver and has this big blow-up moment and is just like, 'This isn't what you promised me,' and, in the upcoming episodes, gets into a fight with a few people close to Arrow and causes him to reevaluate his thinking about adding Roy to the team.
In particular, Haynes says this is all coming to a head in episode 18:
Roy is very very powerful because knowledge is power, so now I think Roy is going to possibly use that against him. I just read episode 18 and Roy has a possibility of going to the dark side, but you also have to take into effect that all this stuff's been going on with Thea at the same time, so Thea could possibly join her father in a little bit of the danger. But if Arrow doesn't let Roy in, Roy's going to use his power against him and he's going to go to the dark side.
... He could become The Arsenal, which is the drugee kind of dark character, or he could become Red Arrow or Speedy which is his sidekick, which we're going to talk a lot about in episode 18.
Speaking of the finale, that'll air May 14th.
Robert Knepper, who played Samuel Sullivan in the show's first incarnation, is excited about Heroes' return and would love to reprise his character:
It's funny. I just did hear about that and I haven't been approached yet, but I'm hoping that's just because it's just happened so quickly. I would love to be a part of it.
I think the fans deserve a true [summary] of the whole thing, which in typical network fashion, sometimes you can't always give that because they don't know if they're going to pick the show up. People have been asking for this for a long time — 'Can you wrap this up?' — and I hope that either it's a really fitting wrap-up or it's the beginning of a wrap-up and the fans come back and say, 'We want some more!' So we'll see.
Once Upon a Time
Before the season ends, we'll learn that two major characters have a shocking family connection that "no one will see coming." [E! Online]
The CW show has cast Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings) as "co-lead" Clive, the police detective boss of protagonist Liv. Also cast is Alexandra Krosney as Peyton, Liv's best friend and roommate. [Comic Book Resources]
Joseph Morgan revealed that Klaus will be spending some time delving into his family's werewolf history this season:
Klaus is going to gradually show more interest in the other side of his family. He's been primarily a vampire, but you know his last name is Mikaelson which means son of Mikael, which he's not. So that will be really interesting. As Hayley decides how she wants to have his baby and who she wants to have around to protect her, it'll be interesting to see where he stands [between the two worlds]. He is part werewolf even though that part has been neglected [for] the last thousand years.
While sources say Klaus will have a little flirting soon, Morgan also believes that Klaus is fundamentally a loner:
I feel like he is and sort of always has been a loner. That doesn't mean there won't be liaisons with other characters, you know, he's not a hermit, but he finds it very difficult to relate to people.
Their season finale will air May 13.
Sean Faris has joined the cast of the Chicago-set Supernatural spinoff as Julian Durant, "the savagely handsome werewolf son of a wealthy family of lycanthropes who has no love for the shapeshifting Hayden family." Given that the show will revolve around the Mob-style supernatural families that run Chicago, and that one of the main characters is David Hayden, it sounds like Julian'll be an antagonist. [Deadline]
This once-defunct CBS pilot about a small town whose dead return to life is being revived by NBC. Skeet Ulrich and Meagan Good will star in the new pilot. [Den of Geek]
Marvel on Netflix
The vast majority of the filming for these projects will be done in New York State. That means Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and The Defenders team-up special will be filmed there. Here's what Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer said:
The Defenders are classic New York characters; smart, resourceful and tough enough to always stand up for what's right. We're delighted they're coming to life on their home turf thanks to Governor Cuomo and his team.
The latest series from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman will premiere on Robert Rodriguez's network El Rey in July. Here's the official description:
Irreverent and action-packed, "Matador" chronicles the unlikely rise of Antonio "Matador" Bravo, a popular soccer star, who comes to be known as much for his playboy antics off the field as his dynamic moves on it. But what his fans and family don't realize is that it's all a cover—in truth, he is a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little known branch of the CIA. "Matador" has the kind of fame and notoriety that affords him access to powerful circles of corruption and villainy. But, in balancing the dueling roles in which he's been cast, he will be forced to confront the question of his true identity...and it is this mission which will prove to be his most dangerous.
I'd be skeptical, except this is a premise less weird than Sleepy Hollow, so I almost trust them. Almost.
The CW is airing the British miniseries on Thursday May 22nd and Friday May 23rd, from 8-10pm each night. The miniseries follows two women, one in Medieval France and one in modern, who search for the Holy Grail.
Game of Thrones
Here's another teaser, which appears to be from the perspective of a direwolf. [SpoilerTV]
Person of Interest
Here's the description for next week's episode, "RAM":
HOW DID FINCH OPERATE BEFORE THE MAN IN THE SUIT? "PERSON OF INTEREST," TUESDAY, MARCH 4
"RAM" - The secrets of Finch's operation before he enlisted Reese are revealed, including shocking ties to present-day events, on PERSON OF INTEREST, Tuesday, March 4 (10:01 - 11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
SERIES REGULARS: Jim Caviezel (Reese), Michael Emerson (Finch), Kevin Chapman (Detective Fusco), Sarah Shahi (Shaw), Amy Acker (Root)
RECURRING CAST: Annie Parisse (Kara Stanton), Camryn Manheim (Control), Jay O. Sanders (Special Counsel), John Nolan (Greer)
GUEST CAST: Neil Jackson (Rick Dillinger), Joseph Mazzello (Daniel Casey), Casey Siemaszko (Lester Strickland), Julian Ovenden (Lambert), Dillan Arrick (Haley McNabb)
WRITTEN BY: Nic Van Zeebroeck and Michael Sopczynski - DIRECTED BY: Stephen Surjik
Here's a sneak peek at episode 9:
The CW has released a bunch of promotional videos for their new show. First, there's a trailer for "Our Toil Shall Strive to Mend." Then there's an interview with Greg Finley about his character, Drake, and one with Titus Makin Jr. and Natalie Hall on their characters, Lukas and Taylor.
Their season finale will be May 12th.
Here's a promo for episode, 9.15 called "#THINMAN." (Side note: Oh god, hashtag in the title, WHY?) [via SpoilerTV]
Say goodbye to season 9 of Supernatural on May 20th.
Here's a video with Eliza Taylor, Thomas McDonell, Isaiah Washington, Marie Avgeropoulos, and Henry Ian Cusick answering questions about the new show. This hasn't even premiered yet, but the CW announced its season finale as June 11th.
The Vampire Diaries/The Tomorrow People
The Vampire Diaries will have its season finale on May 15th. And The Tomorrow People will end its season on May 5th.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Jason Krell