Ben Affleck's Batman will be "tired, and kind of weary and seasoned"

Morning SpoilersIf there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here.

That's what the Warner Bros. CEO says about the new Caped Crusader, at any rate. Hugh Jackman says Days of Future Past could be the end of the line for his Wolverine. Scarlett Johannson talks Captain America 2 while Kat Dennings talks up Thor 2. Ronald D. Moore's new show Outlander casts two major roles. Spoilers on the way!

Top image from Gravity.

Man of Steel 2

During his CEO address to Wall Street analysts, Warner Bros’ Kevin Tsujihara confirms that Ben Affleck’s Batman will represent an experienced version of the Caped Crusader, one whose crime-fighting career most likely predates the emergence of Henry Cavill’s Superman:

“[His Batman will be] tired, and kind of weary and seasoned. Ben is perfect for the vision Zack has for that character. The fact that you saw such a passionate response in the blogosphere is really kind of a testament to the love that people have for this character.”


[The Hollywood Reporter]

Thor: The Dark World

Returning costar Kat Dennings discusses how her character Darcy fits into the sequel:

“Darcy’s a political science major who’s interning with Jane for credit. She’s really bad at real science in this first movie. In the second movie, she’s more interested, but she still doesn’t know anything about it. She loves Jane, she really wants Jane and Thor to be together. It’s almost like her own little soap opera that she watches. Darcy does many amazing things, the content of which I will probably get snipered if I reveal. There are a lot of awesome sequences involving Darcy that I think fans of the movie will be excited to see — and that I, as a fan, was spoiled to be doing. You’ll see Darcy as you’ve never seen her before.”

[Press Telegram]

She also praises director Alan Taylor:

“Alan has a great eye and a great sensibility,” Dennings says. “He’s great at serious sequences and action sequences, has a really deft hand. He’s comfortable in that world, and he’s also good at one-on-one, smaller scenes on Earth, and love scenes. He can do it all, and had a fresh take on the Thor world… [Darcy’s] part of the audience. She kind of reacts the way anyone watching the scenes in reality would.”


[Press Telegram]

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Scarlett Johannson explains the background of Captain America and Black Widow’s growing relationship:

Of course in "Avengers" particularly you start to see the relationships forming between these characters, and all of us have very specific relationships with one another. Of course we all know how we feel about one another. We work and all use each other in different ways. We all have very specific opinions about one another. I think that Joss laid the groundwork for a lot of interesting connections. That's why the audiences are so intrigued by that film because they love to see how these characters react to each other that come from completely different universes.

It makes sense, because his character and your character are sort of the most grounded of the superheroes.
It does make sense. The pairing is strange on paper, but you'll understand the pairing when you see "Cap 2" and of course Marvel's really good at noticing those connections too! They will continue to build on the different relationships that audiences connect to.


[Coming Soon]

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Star Hugh Jackman says this could well be his last hurrah as Wolverine, but it sounds like he’s fairly satisfied if this is indeed the end:

"It may be the last. By the way, it didn't hit me until three weeks before the end [of shooting 'X-Men: Days of Future Past], because we promoted 'The Wolverine' and I came back on set with three weeks to go, and that's when I went, 'Well, who knows? Maybe there's no more Wolverine. Maybe this is it. Who knows? Maybe. So I really made the most of those last few weeks. I enjoyed every time I put the claws on. I nicked everything off the set, so Halloween, come to me and I'll hook you up. I keep saying it's like two movies in one, but with the size of it it's really three in one. It really is going to blow people away because of the story."


[MTV via Comic Book Movie]


Here’s a TV spot.


Here’s a poster. [Coming Soon]


Doctor Who

And here’s a trio of silent set videos.

Honestly, this probably means nothing, but Fifth Doctor Peter Davison revealed he has a script for the 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor”:

"I have got a copy of the script which has got my name embossed across it. So it's top secret, but there's other stuff, lots of other things that are going on that people should keep their eye open for around the 50th anniversary special!"


Now, there are three major possible interpretations of this comment, which I’ll run through in decreasing order of likelihood. Most probably, this script is just a courtesy gift to a fairly beloved past Doctor (and it’s quite possible some or all of the others have their own copy). The next most likely possibility is that Davison doesn’t actually have a script at all, and he’s just saying this to wind up the fans, which, yeah, seems like the sort of thing Davison might do. The third and, frankly, by far the least likely possibility is that Davison has a script because he has a part in the special, and he decided to implicitly reveal this because, well, again, that does seem like the sort of thing Davison would do. (He did more or less confirm his role in “Time Crash” well before it was officially announced, for instance.) So anyway, this really is probably nothing—but it still does somehow provoke a paragraph from me every single time. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes featurette focusing on Brett Dalton’s Agent Grant Ward and Chloe Bennett’s new recruit Skye. [Spinoff Online]

Under the Dome

Here’s the official description for the first season finale:

"Curtains" - Secrets of the Dome are revealed and Big Jim is determined to put an end to Barbie once and for all. Meanwhile, Junior, Angie, Joe and Norrie discover who the Monarch is after receiving a shocking visit from a familiar face, on the first season finale cliffhanger of UNDER THE DOME, Monday, Sept. 16 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.



Once Upon a Time

Here’s a set of character promo photos for the third season. [KSiteTV]


Here’s a casting tidbit, courtesy of E! Online:

It looks like Peter Pan will have more than just Lost Boys on his payroll as the ABC hit is currently looking to fill the roles of Glasses and Keychain. Yes, those are their names. Both Brits in their late 20s, both have been hardened by their years of servitude. While Glasses is sophisticated, erudite and focused, Keychain is a wild card who lost his innocence a long time ago.


[E! Online]

Sleepy Hollow

Here are two new promos. [SpoilerTV]

Here’s the description for the third episode, “For the Triumph of Evil”:

A doctor with ties to Abbie’s institutionalized sister, Jenny - and to the seminal supernatural event from their childhood - makes contact with the Lieutenant shortly before jumping from a ledge and plunging to her death. When a closer examination of the corpse reveals some intriguing and markedly paranormal signs, Captain Irving assigns Mills and Crane to investigate. Despite Abbie’s reluctance to revisit the unexplained and still contentious event from her and Jenny’s past, Crane forges ahead, leading to a guilt-ridden Abbie’s revealing confession that could hold the key to Sleepy Hollow’s current wave of mystical activity or – at the very least – offer clues to stem the growing rash of suicides by people considered “witnesses” to the Mills sisters’ mystery. When their investigation reveals the presence of an ancient Native American dream-demon, Abbie and Crane set out to confront the malevolent spirit on his home turf, knowing full well that should they be killed in the dream world, it would have real world implications.




Laurel Lance actress Katie Cassidy previews the second season:

"I feel like it's season one times ten. I feel like every episode has been so big and I literally did not think when we shot the first season it would get bigger I would just figure it would get smaller. Literally they have taken season two and just have expanded it bigger and it's just amazing! Expect the unexpected and just know it's darker."


[E! Online]


Here’s a promo for season nine. [TV Guide]

The Vampire Diaries

Here’s a promo for the fifth season. [EW]

And here’s a cast poster. [TV Guide]


American Horror Story: Coven

Here are some promo photos for the upcoming season, courtesy of EW. [SpoilerTV]



Irish actress Catriona Balfe has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming Starz series from Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore. Balfe has previously appeared in the likes of Super 8 and Now You See Me, and here’s how her character Claire Randall fits into the show’s complicated premise:

The “Outlander” series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history and adventure in one epic tale. It follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.


And here’s what showrunner Ronald D. Moore had to say about the casting:

“The casting of Claire Randall was a long and difficult one because the role is so crucial to the success of our show. Outlander is told from Claire's point of view and we experience the entire story through her eyes, so it was vital that we find exactly the right actor to play her. Caitriona wasn't on anyone's radar, she wasn't on any list, but when we saw her audition tape, we immediately knew she was someone special. Then, after we had her read with Sam, we knew we'd found our Claire. At its heart, Outlander is the story of two people — Claire and Jamie — their loves and losses, their adventures and tragedies, and now we finally have them both."



Starz has also announced the casting of Game of Thrones and Primeval actor Duncan Lacroix as Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser. Here’s the description of the character:

Murtagh, Jamie's godfather, is a taciturn man, but very loyal to Jamie. Mysterious and dark, like a vulture lurking in the background. Murtagh doesn’t say a lot, he doesn’t have to; his reputation, and if need be, his fists, do the talking. At first skeptical of Claire, like his fellow clansmen, Murtagh eventually warms to her –whatever is best for Jamie.


Being Human

Here’s a poster for season four. [Multiple Verses]



Costar Eric Balfour explains how the beginning of the fourth season deals with the temporary absence of Audrey, which was necessitated by star Emily Rose’s pregnancy:

So it was going to be a challenge. At the same time, it was really exciting. And what it did do was create a lot of new dynamics between, you know the characters, and how things would shape. And I actually think, you know people say everything happens for a reason, and I think we were really lucky because what this did do was force us to get out of our comfort zone. It forced us to think outside the box. And what we end up with is something really exciting. The show has a whole new energy this season and a whole new sense of playfulness. And there's new characters that we introduce.

The biggest change is, you know, initially seeing how Lucas Bryant's character Nathan is going to have to change his role in how we deal with the troubles. And also how my character Duke, is going to have to relate to Nathan, and how he is going to have to help him in a way that he, as we know, has always been reluctant to do. So especially in the first handful of episodes, things are completely different. And it - I really am excited about it. I really think that the audience is going to love this season because it's obviously - we try very hard to stay true to what is great about the show, but it's just always exciting when a show has to reinvent itself to a certain degree.


There’s a ton more about the upcoming season at the link. [SpoilerTV]

Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.


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