Batman Vs. Superman adds some more star-power to its cast. Jesse Plemons may be out of the running for Star Wars. And there are photos showing Summer Glau in an interesting new costume on Arrow. Plus, the Captain America 2 writers talk about the Agent Carter pilot. Spoilers now!
We've got more cast members: Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of an Empire), and Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine) will play characters "newly created for the film." Here's what Zack Snyder said in the press release:
Holly has always been one of my favorite actresses; she has immense talent and is always captivating on screen. I had an opportunity to meet her a while back and knew instantly that I had to work with her, so as we began writing the script I made sure to create a role specifically for her. I just had the good fortune to work with Callan on '300: Rise of an Empire' and was very impressed with his incredible talent. He's a fantastic actor and I'm looking forward to having the chance to work with him again. And, quite simply, Tao is a striking presence whose beauty is aptly rivaled by her amazing abilities as an actress. I'm really excited to have her joining us on this adventure.
Jesse Plemons is reportedly in negotiations for Black Mass, a biopic of gangster Whitey Bugler. Black Mass is supposed to start filming in May, just like Star Wars, so it sounds like Plemon's is out of the running for a lead in Episode VII. [The Hollywood Reporter, Slashfilm]
A Business Week article about Kevin Feige includes a little exchange between Feige and director James Gunn, which reveals a little bit about the film's apparently secret villain:
Gunn freezes a frame of an imposing-looking villain any serious comic book fan would recognize instantly. He sits on a rocket-powered throne. Feige sees something on the screen that he doesn't like. The evildoer needs to be farther away in the frame so he looks more imperious, he says.
"I don't know," says Gunn. "I think it's going to look cool, man."
"You just don't want him to feel petty in that way," Feige says. "I think it's a fine line."
"How do you think it comes off as petty here?" Gunn says.
"He's so damn close," Feige says.
"Yeah," concedes Gunn. "I think I'm going to have him floating in space."
Feige is concerned about the throne, too. He points at the base. "Those don't need to be rockets," he says. "Maybe gravity disks?" Feige says he'll check back later.
In the hallway he extracts a pledge not to name the bad guy. "That could not be a bigger spoiler," Feige says.
Titus Welliver talking about his character in the film:
I basically play the shark, like the shark of JAWS. I play this (Navy) Seal who has been tasked with eradicating the world of Transformers. Since the battle in Chicago in the previous film, they've now become outlawed so i'm in charge of a group of guys who are doing that.
Here are two new posters. [Empire]
Here's another promo that showcases even more destruction:
Here's a banner. [Yahoo!]
In an interview about Captain America: The Winter Soldier, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely talked a little about the pilot for Agent Carter:
Markus: We actually did not have anything to do with the "One-Shot" with Eric Pearson and Louis Esposito directing it. Once it was well received, Marvel came up with the idea that maybe there should be a pilot, so they got us to write the pilot, which seems to have turned out well. I just think ABC is now just deciding if and when they want to make it, but we'd love to do it.
Markus: Yeah, it would be a hell of a lot of fun to take this small slice of the Cap universe and really dig into it in a big way and also not have Cap in it. We want you to really know these people, but you can't explore them all. You can't go home with Dum Dum Dugan… but now we can! (laughs)
McFeely: You're not supposed to have this opportunity in movies where you can open the door and follow another character because the plot would stall.
Markus: With "Agent Carter," (Cap) is literally gone, everyone assumes he's dead, so it's not proverb exactly but it takes him off the table. There's no possibility of him walking back in the door and affecting the story; it's really a Sharon Carter-centric story.
McFeely: That's the other thing, that Haley Atwell is great.
Lena Headey talked more about where Cersei's head is at this season:
She's trying to reestablish her relationship with Jaime, but it's changed beyond repair. Like I always say, she envies her brother. She believes he can protect her and do what she's not allowed to as a woman. So, I think when he returns with [his sword hand having been cut off], she's like: That's the thing I didn't have and now you don't have it so what do I want you for?
. . . And she's trying to figure that out. I think it comes from needing him all along and she's also spent the last, you know, season without him and managed.
She also went into what she sees as the difference between Jaime and Cersei:
I think he's in love with her, but I think Cersei is ever movable— she's driven by what she needs. She's not driven by what helps someone else feel good, and I think Jaime is more of a chess figure for her than somebody she would do anything for — but that's my mere opinion.
Another review is out, with Time giving a summary of the major players' plots:
The unifying element in each of these stories is also cruelty in one form or another, be it Dany (Emilia Clarke) trying to turn a culture of slavery against itself (while trying to wend her way back to a continent where her family has its own vicious history); a bloodthirsty northern tribe joining the army against the Night's Watch at The Wall; hostage bride Sansa (Sophie Turner), a prisoner in the tapestry of King's Landing, now absorbing the loss of the her brother and mother; or Theon (Alfie Allen) continuing to be abused by his captor Ramsay Snow (a story that continues to get uncomfortable screen time to little effect so far).
Here is a story with dozens of major characters who have met briefly or never; yet through juggling and efficient dialogue, they all manage to feel connected. But as in past seasons, when the show breaks its globetrotting form and spends most of an episode in one location, it's striking. The second episode (scripted by Martin), largely focused on doings in King's Landing, is one of the best the series has ever done, not just because of plot developments but because the characters have time to breathe and play off one another.
Here's a trailer for the first episode:
The show is going to start releasing a new piece of art each week that is commissioned from a popular comic artist, Each poster will allow fans to get a "first look" at clues from the next episode. This week's image is below, here's commentary on it from Jeff Bell:
What's exciting for us is that this poster goes on sale tomorrow morning [ed. note: each poster in this series will be made available to order as a limited edition high quality print, limited to 100 copies.] It goes on the MarvelStore.com at 1am PST. And we want to tease out a little bit that's coming. For fans who saw "End of the Beginning," we've been looking for The Clairvoyant, and the team came to some realizations and conclusions where we think it's is a high level S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, and so the idea of S.H.I.E.L.D. being a maze and that there's a rat in the maze and no one trusting anyone… I thought Mike did a great job of capturing that. I think if you saw 16, the stakes really went up a lot, and I think when you come back nexy week for 17, that will only continue to be more true. And we feel like if you look at a 22 episode season as a movie, we're in the 3rd act of the movie. And from here on, its just full on action and urgency and momentum, and sometimes it takes awhile to set everything up, but we think we're going to bring all those dominoes together really nicely for here through 22.
Shock Till You Drop has read the script for the pilot and has summarized a few key plot points:
- When we first find John, we learn he has voluntarily checked himself into a psychiatric clinic. He's haunted by an incident in which he lost a 9-year-old girl to a demon who has dragged her soul to hell. This incident has a significant impact on his life and it's hat is driving him. He checks himself out of the hosptial after six months to find something sinister is afoot in the realm of the supernatural.
- We won't see John in his classic trenchcoat right away, but he gets there.
- An angel – Manny – has been assigned to John to help ease his soul into damnation. John hates angels.
- Liv Parsons, a young woman who works at a rental car facility, gets caught up in John's world when she discovers something is after her. Liv's deceased father, Jasper, knew John and John owes a debt to him.
- Papa Midnite – an imposing Cuban man who can dream the future – is ailing when we first find him. He's doing a lot of cocaine because he has to stay awake.
- The pilot is brimming with possessions, ghosts (Liv discovers a way to see the dead) and demons and the story does an adept job at not losing its audience in the mythology. Liv is our conduit to John's world of rituals, pendants, black magic and more and it handles the exposition well.
Tons more at the link. [Shock Till You Drop]
PUNKD has tweeted photos of Summer Glau in costume as Ravager, who was Slade Wilson's daughter Rose Wilson in the comics. Unconfirmed rumor has it that Glau's Isabel Rochev incarnation will not follow this backstory. [PUNKD's Twitter via SpoilerTV]
Go here for photos from episode 2.19, "The Man Under the Hood." Here's the synopsis:
DEATHSTROKE HITS OLIVER AT HOME — Oliver (Stephen Amell), Canary (Caity Lotz), Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) return to the lair and find Slade (Manu Bennett) waiting for them. An epic battle breaks out and one member of Team Arrow is sent to the hospital. Thea (Willa Holland) hits her breaking point, but just as Oliver is about to reach her, Slade intervenes and Oliver is faced with a choice – his battle with Slade or his family. Meanwhile, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) struggles with a new secret. Jesse Warn directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Geoff Johns and teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Keto Shimizu (#219)
Below's a promo for the same episode:
Finally, here's a description for April 23rd's episode:
"Seeing Red" — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
ROY SPINS OUT OF CONTROL — The mirakuru sends Roy (Colton Haynes) into an uncontrollable rage and he unleashes on the city. After Roy's deadly fight with a police officer, Oliver (Stephen Amell) realizes the mirakuru has taken over Roy completely and must figure out a way to stop him. Things get more complicated after Sara (Caity Lotz) declares that Roy is too far gone and the only way to stop him is to kill him. Meanwhile, Thea (Willa Holland) believes she can breakthrough to Roy so she goes on camera at Moira's (Susanna Thompson) campaign rally to lure him to Verdant. Her ploy works but after Roy attacks Thea, Team Arrow unleashes on him. Doug Aarniokoski directed the episode written by Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz (#220).
Tracy Spiridakos talked about how Charlie will handle the death of Jason going forward:
It definitely affects her arc for the rest of the season and, hopefully, going into Season 3, I'm sure it will carry forward. It's just one of those things that's so tragic. And also the amount of guilt that she has from what happened definitely carries forward with her for the rest of the season.
. . . I can't tell you about how [Neville']s going to react, but I can tell you they do come face-to-face. He's looking for Jason, and obviously, Charlie knows what happened. It's really intense. I'm looking forward to seeing it.
Here are Buddy TV's video interviews with David Lyons, Tracy Spiridakos, and Billy Burke:
And here's a promo for episode 2.19:
Here's a video clip, which shows Zelena telling Regina her secret, for the second time. [Entertainment Weekly]
Here's the promo for the television show based on the film Legion. [via TV Equals]
Here's the synopsis for April 21st's episode:
"What Storm Is This That Blows So" — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, DLV) (HDTV)
A HURRICANE LOOMS, TRAPPING EVERYONE INSIDE THE SCHOOL — A hurricane suddenly hits the town and everyone is trapped inside the school. Teri (Chelsea Gilligan) drugs Roman (Matt Lanter), which leaves him very paranoid and very angry. While drugged he says some very hurtful things to Emery (Aimee Teegarden) that alter their relationship. Taylor (Natalie Hall) convinces Drake (Greg Finley) that they should go public as a couple. However, when Grayson (Grey Damon) overhears the couple talking, he blackmails Drake into breaking up with Taylor. Meanwhile, Julia (Malese Jow) turns to Emery for help after Eva (guest star Stephanie Jacobsen) threatens her. Norman Buckley directed the episode written by Robert Hewitt Wolfe & Yolanda E. Lawrence (#110).
Here's the synopsis for April 21st's episode:
"A Sort of Homecoming" — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
A POWER PLAY — With the possible return of Roger (guest star Jeffrey Pierce) on the horizon, everyone is concerned about the consequences if The Founder (guest star Simon Merrells) were to find out. Stephen (Robbie Amell) now knows the truth about the machine The Founder has been using him to train in and needs John (Luke Mitchell) and Cara's (Peyton List) help to destroy it. Meanwhile, Russell (Aaron Yoo) and other Tomorrow People have lost hope they will ever find The Refuge and choose to head out on their own. Mark Pellegrino and Madeleine Mantock also star. John Behring directed the episode written by Jeff Rake and Alex Katsnelson (#120).
Here's the synopsis for April 22nd's episode:
"An Unblinking Death" — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
THE BREAKING POINT — Desperate to help Kieran (guest star Todd Stashwick), Cami (Leah Pipes) insists on an unconventional treatment, but her good intentions lead Kieran to a violent episode. After Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) disagree over the best way to handle the Crescent Wolves, Elijah makes a trip to the bayou, where he is witness to a horrific explosion that only adds to the hatred and mistrust among the communities. While Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) and Elijah work to save the wounded, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) learns a surprising piece of her family history from Marcel (Charles Michael Davis). Kellie Cyrus directed the episode written by Ashley Lyle & Bart Nickerson (#119).
Here's the synopsis for April 22nd's episode:
"Alex Annie Alexis Ann" — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, DLV) (HDTV)
SHERIFF MILLS TRIES TO SAVE A YOUNG GIRL FROM A VAMPIRE NEST — Sheriff Mills (guest star Kim Rhodes) calls Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) after she kills a vampire who attacked a prisoner named Annie (guest star Katherine Ramdeen). They discover Annie was kidnapped by a family of vampires who use her as bait to lure in humans they can then feed on. Sheriff Mills tries to rescue Annie from her captors, but finds out the hard way that family always comes first. Stefan Pleszczynski directed the episode written by Robert Berens (#919).
Here's the synopsis for April 23rd's episode:
"His Sister's Keeper" — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, DV) (HDTV)
GONE GIRL — Bellamy (Bob Morley) leads his crew into Grounder territory as they search for Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos). Raven (guest star Lindsey Morgan) can't help but notice the deep connection between Finn (Thomas McDonell) and Clarke (Eliza Taylor). Meanwhile, flashbacks reveal Bellamy's and Octavia's childhood on the Ark. Paige Turco, Isaiah Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Devon Bostick and Chris Larkin also star. Wayne Rose directed the episode written by Tracy Bellomo & Dorothy Fortenberry (#106).
Here's the synopsis for April 24th's episode:
"Man on Fire" — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
FLASHBACKS TO THE 1960s — Stefan (Paul Wesley) tries to distract Elena (Nina Dobrev) from obsessing about the state of her relationship with Damon (Ian Somerhalder), while Bonnie (Kat Graham) does her best to be realistic about how the changes happening on the Other Side will affect her existence as the Anchor. Damon demands the Traveler knife, forcing Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) and Matt (Zach Roerig) to admit it has gone missing. Through flashbacks to election night, 1960, Enzo (guest star Michael Malarkey) reveals to Elena, Stefan and Bonnie that he has learned what happened to his long-lost love, Maggie (guest star Heather Hemmens), and then, with the unwilling help of Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) and Luke (guest star Chris Brochu), things take an ugly turn. Trying to calm Enzo down, Damon intervenes, but his words cause Enzo to make a desperate and dangerous decision that leads to a violent confrontation with Stefan. Finally, Markos (guest star Raffi Barsoumian) enlists Sloan's (guest star Caitlin McHugh) help in a ritual designed to break an ancient curse against the Travelers. Tyler (Michael Trevino) is forced to play a dangerous part in the ritual, while witnessing the incredible power the Travelers now possess. Michael Allowitz directed the episode written by Melinda Hsu Taylor & Matthew D'Ambrosio (#519).
Here's another clip from tonight's episode. [via TV Line]
HBO has set premiere dates. True Blood will come back on Sunday, June 22 at 9/8c. Damon Lindelof's show about people who lived through the Rapture will premiere on Sunday, June 15 at 10/9c. [TV Guide]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen