James Gunn confirmed yet another Avenger who won’t show up in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Yet another major Batman villain is coming to Gotham. Plus, Martian viral videos, a funnier Vision in Civil War, Wesley Snipes on Blade’s future, and Dalek-table new Doctor Who pictures. So many Spoilers!
Here’s one to take with a truckload of salt: Making Star Wars is reporting that Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in the prequel films, is being trained for an appearance in Episode VIII.
Unless he’s making a cameo as a Force Ghost—and any form of “training” seems unnecessary for such a cameo—it seems incredibly unlikely that Christensen’s version of Anakin will be showing up in the movie, so treat this firmly as an outlandish rumor for now.
Paul Bettany teases a funnier Vision in the film as he describes the atmosphere of the set:
It was a lot of work! We all had a bit more fun. You know, there were more improvised jokes between me and [Robert] Downey Jr., and me and Chris Evans, and it was a really loose atmosphere on-set. It was one really loose set, it was great! I would totally lie to you if it wasn’t, but I don’t have to lie. And we all get on. They’re all a really nice bunch of boys and girls. They’re all happy to be there. They’re being terribly well-paid, so they should be happy to be there. And work’s really creative and fun, you know? I got to be born on camera, you know, that’s unlikely to ever happen again.
The not-entirely-reliable Wesley Snipes offers an update on the ongoing conversations between himself and Marvel to reprise the Vampire hunter:
There’s always a possibility, you know. It’s in Marvel’s hands. They’re controlling the pace and the flow with that. Conversations have been good. They see the value in it. We see the value in it. I’m still in shape enough and fit enough to handle the role. We’ll see how it goes. I don’t really know what’s going to happen to it yet.
Here’s a new viral video of people reacting to Mark Watney’s unexpected survival on the Ares-3 mission’s evacuation of Mars.
Mila Kunis and Rob Zombie are teaming up for a new horror-comedy TV series for Starz. The show will revolve around a wealthy family coming under attack from a murderous cult over the course of a single night. [Coming Soon]
The CW have announced an adaptation of Clive Barker’s horror/fantasy novel. According to Deadline, the adaptation will be modernized, revolving around “an app designer [who] teams up with a young pastry chef who has just discovered that she is destined to be guardian of a mythological realm that can be accessed through a portal in an old Savannah mansion”.
Cameron Monaghan ponders whether Jerome would get along with the deranged Nygma:
I don’t think that Jerome would appreciate Edward Nygma’s structure. He’s not chaotic enough for him. It would probably be the reason he would butt heads with him. To be honest, he doesn’t play very well with other people, in general. Jerome has an infectious personality and a very specific brand of insanity that kind of either destroys the psyche or destroys the person of anyone he’s around. I don’t think that any of the effects that he’s going to have on [others] are positive.
Speaking to Comic Book, showrunner Bruno Heller teases that the Court of Owls from the comics may be making its way to the show soon:
Yeah, absolutely, [I’m interested]. I won’t say that it’s part of – I don’t even want to say that, because I don’t want to spoil part of the story. The Court of Owls is deep, deep, deep Gotham mythology. The comic book fans know about it, but I would suspect the larger audience is not so familiar. We sometimes have to make a distinction between the ‘Nolan-era Batman movie fans’ and the comic book fans. It’s not that they’re two separate audiences, just that there are two levels of engagement. Court of Owls is very much deep DC mythology.
We are absolutely going to explore that world down the line. Looking at the longevity of the show, we have to hold some cards back, we can’t just throw all of the elements, all of the story at once. The long arc of the show is Bruce Wayne’s journey of discovery down into the depths of the physical and meta-physical world of Gotham. The Court of Owls is a brilliant conceit that will absolutely be part of our storytelling. I just won’t tell you when.
Here’s a decidedly NSFW “Red Band” trailer highlighting the show’s unhinged villains.
NBC have released a synopsis for the third episode of the revival, “Under the Mask”:
MANY LEARN OF THEIR DESTINIES AS NEW FOES ARE REVEALED - DYLAN BRUCE, FRANCESCA EASTWOOD AND PRUITT TAYLOR VINCE GUEST STAR - Erica Kravid (Rya Khilstedt), the powerful woman behind the global conglomerate Renautas, reveals just how far she will go to protect the world from Evos. Tommy (Robbie Kay) finds comfort in sharing his ability with Emily (Gatlin Green) and a new-found popularity at school. In Japan, Miko’s (Kiki Sukezane) rescue mission comes up against some unexpected obstacles. Elsewhere, Noah Bennet (Jack Coleman) continues to work with Quentin (Henry Zeborwski) in his search for the truth and Malina (Danika Yarosh) is guided by an unseen force. Meanwhile, Luke (Zachary Levi) and Joanne (Judi Shekioni) continue on their deadly mission and Carlos’ (Ryan Guzman) search for answers causes him to dig deep to find the hero within.
Here’s a new poster for the second season, featuring a good chunk of Grant Gustin as Barry Allen:
The BBC have released a few more images for the second episode of season 9, “The Witch’s Familiar”—go to the link to see a few more. [Doctor Who News]
Here’s a gallery from episode five, “Cobalt”—you can find a few more pictures at the link. [Spoiler TV]
Emma’s Dark Swan leads the charge in this new poster for the show. [Spoiler TV]
Finally, a teaser image for the third season asking the question “Are You Inhuman?”, featuring the hand of Skye/Daisy Johnson using her powers. [Comic Book]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Top image: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.