A Sherlock star may have joined Star Wars: Rogue One. Batman v Superman adds another comics character. There’s even more crazy rumors about the fate of a Game of Thrones favorite. Plus new looks at Bruce Timm’s Justice League film, and unlikely casting for The Bastard Executioner. Spoilers now!
Star Wars: Rogue One
Sherlock actor Jonathan Aris has apparently been cast in the film. The news came from the actor’s Spotlight CV (which has since been edited to remove any mention of Rogue One), which further added that he would play a character called Senator Jebel. [BBC News]
John Francis Daley briefly discusses the new movie’s approach to Peter Parker:
He’s a sharp kid and witty and kind of deals with the fact that he’s an outcast and a geek through humor. It is sort of the safety net for geeks like us, so I think we can totally relate to where he’s coming from. As well as the superpowers, which we also have.
Stan Lee discusses the reaction to Michael B. Jordan’s Johnny Storm:
I thought it was a great idea! They [the critical fans] are outraged not because of any personal prejudice... They’re outraged because they hate to see any change made on a series and characters they had gotten familiar with. In ‘Spider-Man,’ when they got a new actor, that bothered them, even though it was a white actor. I don’t think it had to do with racial prejudice as much as they don’t like things changed.
I think they’re gonna get to love this character. So I’m not the least bit worried about it. I always tried to pepper these groups with as much racial diversity as possible because that’s the way the world is.
Captain America: Civil War
Jeremy Renner briefly teases a more active role for Hawkeye in the film:
It’s more active. A lot of fun stuff happening in that one. I can’t speak too much for it. They’re still filming that sucker right now. But yeah, there’s a lot of stuff happening in that one physically for me anyway. Then who knows in the future? I don’t know what’s going to happen.
The One-Trick Ripoff
Paul Pope’s 1995 comic about two young lovers who try to leave Los Angeles by ripping off a local street gang is being adapted by studio Modern Prometheus. [CBR]
Batman v Superman
A new episode of DC’s youtube show All Access has confirmed that Tao Okamoto’s character in the film is Mercy Graves, Lex Luthor’s bodyguard who made her debut in Superman: The Animated Series before crossing over to the comics.
Bryan Singer has posted a new shot of the film’s Egyptian set on Instagram.
Justice League: Gods And Monsters
Wonder Woman spars with Steve Trevor, while Batman presents evidence that the Justice League was framed to Superman and Wonder Woman, in two new clips from the animated film. [CBR]
Game Of Thrones
The ever-increasing debate about whether Jon Snow survived his stabbing at the end of season 5 continues—this time with the incredibly loose theory that, as Jon Snow-themed merchandise does not appear in an official “In Memoriam” HBO sale themed around products featuring deceased characters from the series, that Snow actually lived through his ordeal. As ever with speculation like this, a heavy pinch of salt is required. [Comic Book]
Agents Of SHIELD
Andrew Howard has been cast in a major recurring role, playing Banks an “authoritative and intimidating agent”. [Deadline]
Chloe Bennet has posted a new instagram picture revealing her previously-teased haircut for Skye’s transformation into the comics character Daisy Johnson:
Martin Alhgren, the cinematographer for Netflix’s House of Cards, will shoot season two of the series. [/Film]
The Bastard Executioner
Singer Ed Sheeran has joined the series in a recurring role, playing “ Sir Cormac, the highly (and dangerously) ambitious protégé of a church elder”. [TV Line]
Fear The Walking Dead
Here’s some new promo pictures of the primary cast—you can see more at the link. [Den of Geek]
A couple of new posters for the show have been released—you can see more here. [Coming Soon]
Finally, here’s a new cast poster for the series. [Comic Book]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Top image: Agents of SHIELD.