How will future Terminator films handle John Connor? Netflix may be having trouble deciding how to take on Iron Fist. Plus there’s a ton more Batman v Superman details, speculation on the return of a certain Game of Thrones star, and new looks at Mockingjay Part 2 and Once Upon A Time. Spoilers Get!
Batman v Superman
Entertainment Weekly’s blowout on the film has many intriguing tidbits. First up, Ben Affleck discusses the DCU’s approach to superheroic consequences, and reveals why Batman’s beef with Clark Kent is personal:
One of the things I liked was Zack’s idea of showing accountability and the consequences of violence and seeing that there are real people in those buildings—And in fact, one of those buildings was Bruce Wayne’s building so he knew people who died in that Black Zero event.
Separately, Affleck says that this movie plays up Bruce Wayne’s age, and develops the Bruce Wayne side of the character:
He really keeps up the image of the playboy, actively. So you have more of a dichotomy which I thought was really fun, and a little sad, like the aging playboy.
And Affleck says one reason why he was interested in being in this film was to see first-hand how a film of this scale is put together, because he’s interested in directing one of these “at some point.”
And Affleck once again, this time on Batman’s darkness in the movie:
He’s on the verge of being swallowed up by the anger and the rage that we see haunt this character in the other manifestations of it. But this guy is further down the line and has become more embittered and cynical.
Batman is worried that Superman’s unchecked power could make him into a possible fascist overlord, rather than a hero, so he decides to take Superman down for good.
Switching over to Gal Gadot now, Zack Snyder teases Wonder Woman’s role in the movie as the driving force behind the film’s Justice League connections:
She plays a super-important part. In a lot of ways, she’s the gateway drug to the rest of the Justice League.
In the print edition of the magazine, Snyder also discusses where the film was going as a sequel to Man of Steel before it became a Batman/Superman movie, in terms of villains:
I remember talking about ‘What’s the next villain?’. We can’t do another alien invasion. Brainiac was definitely down the road. Metallo, I think, was going to be the main bad guy of this movie.
And it sounds as though Brainiac is still possibly in the queue as an upcoming villain in another movie. [EW via Comic Book Movie]
And finally, also in the print edition, there are descriptions of actual scenes from the movie. In one, Batman talks to Alfred (Jeremy Irons) in front of a burned-out fireplace, and Batman is weary but determined as he prepares to go out and fight the Man of Steel. In another scene, Batman and Superman go at it on a rainy rooftop, “throwing each other through walls and skylights.” In a third scene, Batman and Alfred have a philosophical argument in the Batcave, in which Batman outlines a “realpolitik” argument that taking out Superman now is better than even the slightest risk of humanity being destroyed later on. [EW via ComicBook]
Justice League Part One
Speaking of Justice League, Entertainment Weekly’s BvS coverage also confirms that Chris Terrio has completed the script for the first League movie. [EW via Coming Soon]
Speaking to Cinemablend, John Connor actor Jason Clarke has confirmed that he’s signed up for multiple future Terminator films, despite Genisys’ changes to the character. They further speculate that the character’s future will be derived not from the heroic figure of earlier Terminator films, but the robotic villain created in Genisys, thanks to the film’s creation of a new time line.
Star Trek Beyond
The film will apparently shoot in Dubai later this year, the city standing in a for a “vertical alien city” the crew of the Enterprise visits during their mission. [The National via Trek Core]
Director Josh Trank briefly teases the scope of the film:
The audience should expect an epic, massive, huge, multipower slugfest. This movie is big. A lot of stakes.
While Producer Simon Kinberg discusses the challenges of rebooting the franchise:
I get the skepticism going into it because the previous movies weren’t very good. It’s a very hard title to crack.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Here’s a new picture from the film. [CBR]
Game Of Thrones
Natalie Emmanuel discusses her chosen form of death for whenever Missandei leaves the show:
If I do die I’d want it to be something really cool – something that will make everyone cry. It would have to be something really heroic, like she sacrifices herself to save someone else, or she suddenly learns how to be an amazing swordsman and dies in an epic battle. That could be fun.
Young British actor Sam Coleman has been cast in an undisclosed role. [Watchers on the Wall]
There’s speculation abound on the return of Jon Snow to the series. As we previously reported, Actor Kit Harington has once again been spotted in Belfast ahead of filming, but most of the hubbub has been around the fact that Harington was spotted attending Wimbledon over the weekend: Importantly, with his long Jon-Snow-hair still uncut.
Harington’s untamed locks are, understandably, important to the character—enough to the point that the inability to get a haircut while filming was part of his contract. So the appearance of the considerably hairy actor have once again sparked rumors that he is preparing to return as Snow for Season 6. [TV Line]
Stephen Amell discusses the change of tone going into season 4, as well as where Oliver and Felicity’s relationship is going into the season:
It still feels like our show but there are different elements that I think people are going to enjoy. We get to see some characters interact that weren’t always the closest of friends or interacting on a regular basis which is neat when you’re doing new stuff in the fourth season of a show.
They are away and I believe they are still away when we get going again. Well you never know, but I think if anyone has a decent chance it’s Oliver and Felicity. Time will tell.
Birth Movies Death is reporting that Marvel and Netflix are allegedly struggling to come down to how they’ll adapt the adventures of Danny Rand to the small screen. Apparently the companies have heard multiple pitches for the show but have yet to settle on one, with the mystical elements of the character (and how large a role they’d play in the series) being the biggest sticking point.
Melissa Benoist discusses playing Kara:
How do they make Kara relatable even though she’s an alien?
What I love about Kara is that unlike Kal-El, Superman, he came from Krypton when he was a baby, so he has not much recollection of where he comes from and his planet, but Kara was 12 or 13, she was an adolescent and grew up on Krypton, so she knows what she’s missing. When she gets to Earth, she’s not used any of her powers for years. There’s a lot of room for mistakes. She’s got a lot to learn when we meet her in the show. That’s what makes her so relatable. She has so much power that’s locked up inside of her. She is really figuring out how to break free and get to know who she is.
What has been the hardest part of playing Kara? And what has been the easiest?
The easiest part of all is the dorky stuff. All of Kara Danvers and the silly, dweeby parts of her, that comes easily to me because that’s how I feel. That’s who I am as a human being, I’m awkward and I’m weird. The hardest parts are tapping into that strength and that confidence.
Here’s another new image from season 9’s opening episode “The Magician’s Apprentice”:
Once Upon A Time
Entertainment Weekly has a first look at Emma Swan’s transformation into the Dark One.
Finally, here’s a trio of preview clips from, err, “Finally”. [Spoiler TV]
Additional reporting by Abhimanyu Das and Charlie Jane Anders. Top image: Batman v Superman.