When will an iconic superheroine show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Lucy Lawless has bad news about that Xena revival. Peter Capaldi teases his favorite moment from Doctor Who’s next season. Plus, brief teasers for The Bastard Executioner, and a new look at The Flash’s new costume. To me, my spoilers!
Captain America: Civil War
Martin Freeman reveals some details about his character:
He works for the American government. He works in conjunction with the superheroes, and certain agencies that help to tame the superheroes’ power, I suppose. So you’re not quite sure which side he’s on. It looks a little bit like he’s playing one game when actually he’s playing another. It’s the kind of character I like because it’s ambiguous and because you don’t know whether he’s good or bad. I like that area that isn’t black or white, I like the grays, because I think there’s just more fun to be had in not playing one obvious line.
Kevin Feige confirms that Wasp won’t appear in the movie:
It’s a good question, and [she] will certainly be in phase three. Where exactly in phase three I’m not sure, but it won’t be in Civil War…She was included in early versions of Civil War but there are so many characters in Civil War that we didn’t want to do her a disservice, like she flies in, ‘I’ve got the costume now’, and she flies out. With Ant-Man, and I’m not saying thats what Ant-Man does in the movie, but we already know him, we’ve already seen him. We haven’t seen her as Wasp and we don’t want to rob the opportunity of seeing her in the outfit for at least almost the first time, and seeing her dynamic with Scott in a way it could play out, so we’re saving it. But its going to be in Phase three for sure.
Sam Mendes has confirmed that the movie’s theme song, a Bond staple, has already been recorded:
I can say that the song’s been recorded and it’s fantastic and I’m very excited about it. You won’t have to wait long.
The Killing Joke
Mark Hamill has hinted that he will return to the role of The Joker—a role he gave up due to the strain on his vocal chords, but reprised this year in the video game Batman: Arkham Knight—for this animated film. [CBR]
Ava DuVernay elaborates on why she passed on directing the film:
For me, it was a process of trying to figure out, are these people I want to go to bed with? Because it’s really a marriage, and for this it would be three years. It’d be three years of not doing other things that are important to me. So it was a question of, is this important enough for me to do?
At one point, the answer was yes because I thought there was value in putting that kind of imagery into the culture in a worldwide, huge way, in a certain way: excitement, action, fun, all those things, and yet still be focused on a black man as a hero — that would be pretty revolutionary. These Marvel films go everywhere from Shanghai to Uganda, and nothing that I probably will make will reach that many people, so I found value in that. That’s how the conversations continued, because that’s what I was interested in. But everyone’s interested in different things.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
John Boyega has posted publicity art (taken from this previously leaked poster art) of Finn and Chewbacca on Instagram:
Here’s a new poster for the film. [Shock Till You Drop]
Lucy Lawless has thrown cold water over the reported news of a Xena Reboot:
Peter Capaldi discusses a scene from filming:
Yeah. What did I see this year? This year I saw something that was so great. I wasn’t in the scene, but I came in. Maisie Williams was in it, and Jenna (Coleman) was in it. And it was a spaceship. And Jenna had a spacesuit on, and she turned around in this spaceship was full of Vikings! With all the horns and stuff, and I just thought, ‘This is so great! This is not work.
He was also apparently approached to direct an episode of season nine, but declined.
Marc Guggenheim has stated that, despite some teasers for Ferris Air on both Arrow and The Flash, Hal Jordan will not appear on either show, mainly because he is presumably being lined up to appear in the Green Lantern Corps film:
They announced the ‘Green Lantern Corps’ movie, and I’d be surprised if it didn’t include Hal Jordan. It would be great but I doubt it very much.
John Barrowman discusses why the show pronounces Ra’s Al Ghul’s name in different ways:
Some characters pronounce “Ra’s” “Raz” while others say “Rayche.” “If you are part of the League of Assassins, you say ‘Rayche.’ It’s a sign of respect and the proper way to pronounce it. If you are outside the League and you’re rogue, as a sign of disrespect, you say ‘Raz.’” That understanding came about because the actual pronunciation was not clarified on the set until episodes with the “Raz” pronunciation had aired, so, we had to create a mythology.
Adam Rose will appear in the first episode of season two as Byron McCoy, a “sensitive hipster prone to wearing ironic t-shirts and passionate about the arts” that will have information on a murder Liv is investigating. [TV Line]
Here’s some synopses for episodes 9 to 13:
Synopsis 1: Four disappears following a space station stopover; the crew races against time to locate and rescue him before he is taken back to his home world.
The crew takes on a job stealing a device from a rival corporation, but another team of mercenaries have the same goal.
The crew plots to reclaim the ship from the mercenaries that are determined to deliver them to the Galactic Authority.
The team’s handler sends the crew on another mission to retrieve a scientist being held against his will.
Crew members are targeted, and paranoia mounts as they search for the perpetrator; the person responsible for the mind-wipe makes a move.
American Horror Story: Hotel
Helena Mattson has been cast as Agnetha. [Spoiler TV]
The cast and crew tease the finale in a new featurette:
Here’s the first official promo picture of The Flash’s updated, slightly more comics-accurate suit for season two:
The Bastard Executioner
Finally, here’s some very brief teasers from FX’s new medieval drama:
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Top image: Avengers: Age of Ultron.