A shakeup at Sony could mean a change of plans for the Spider-Man movies, while Daredevil's showrunner uncovers some of the details hidden in the new trailer. Plus, a fleeting glimpse at Mark Hamill's return to the world of the Flash, and Agents of SHIELD casts a new Inhuman. Spoilers, coming in hot!
Top image: Game of Thrones.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
JJ Abrams talked to Collider about the movie, discussing some of the practical effects as well as the internet's reaction to Kylo Ren's new lightsaber. He also confirms that the IMAX footage shot for the movie is confined to a single scene:
Meanwhile, in the world of constant, crazy rumours about the movie, Making Star Wars has allegedly delved into even more about Domnhall Gleeson's character - this time, he's apparently the Son of Luke himself, as well as someone playing both sides of the Imperial and Rebel's conflict:
The implications of Gleeson's actions are supposedly huge in the film. He began this mission before his father went missing. When he succeeds in ending the Intergalactic Cold War by stopping the weapons of galaxy wide destruction he doesn't anticipate the immediate consequences. The cost? He opens up a new front and the war turns hot as there is nothing to keep the peace with mutually assured destruction no longer on the table. The real war then begins and the fight for the control of planets and territory begins, causing a conflict the storytellers hope will lead to countless Star Warstales for years to come.
As ever with basically anything said about this movie at this point, take it with a pinch of salt. [ Making Star Wars]
The Neon Demon
Keanu Reeves and Christina Hendricks have joined the previously announced Elle Fanning this female-led horror movie from Nicholas Winding Refn. [ Deadline]
David Ayer has once again taken to Twitter to mull over the movie, this time about what makes Harley Quinn tick — or not tick, to be more precise. [ /Film]
Batman v. Superman
Here's a behind the scenes picture of Snyder on the set of the film — and they appear to be shooting in some sort of sewer. [ /Film]
Amy Pascal is stepping down as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment for a new producing role — and there's already speculation that this could change the studio's plan for upcoming Spider-Man films.
Actually, to be clear, nobody quite knows what Sony's plan is at the moment. At one point, Sony was going to try and put out a Spider-Man film (or spin-off) every year, but that went out the window after Amazing Spider-Man 2 failed to make the $1 billion worldwide box office that Pascal wanted. Now, the plans for ASM3, ASM4, Sinister Six, Venom and other films are up in the air. Currently, Sinister Six is still scheduled for Nov. 2016, but that seems ambitious at best.
Variety says that it depends on who replaces Pascal — if it's her "top lieutenant," Doug Belgrad, not much may change. But it could also be former Fox exec Tom Rothman, who spearheaded the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Daredevil films back in the mid-2000s. In any case, Variety says plans for spin-offs and sequels "may be reexamined," and Sony could take a more serious look at going back to the negotiating table with Marvel, under a new regime. [Variety]
Game Of Thrones
A few new minor casting pieces have been revealed, but they might actually tease some interesting things about the next season. They're all minor roles — some Bolton soldiers, an ill child and her father, some members of the Night's Watch — but a Baratheon General was also cast. Watchers on the Wall explains:
Nigel O'Neill will be playing a Baratheon general in a David Nutter episode this season, according to his resume. Nutter is directing episodes 9 and 10 which means the general could come into play in either episode, or both. (IMDb has O'Neill listed under both episodes, because as we've discussed a lot this week, the site is fan-updated.) We've seen a battle in the season 5 trailer. A general certainly could come in handy then, and we know Game of Thrones loves having a big battle at the end of the season.
Watchers are right — the first big trailer for the next season hinted at some more conflict at the Wall. Could we be getting another Season-ending battle royale between the Watch, Stannis' army and the remnants of the Wildlings? Or is this the big throwdown with someone else?
Congratulations, Grimm fans — the show has been renewed for a fifth season. [ Deadline]
Phillip Noyce is going to direct the pilot for this magical martial arts series, which revolves around 'a damaged heroine who works undercover with physical and spiritual guidance from a mysterious martial arts master to bring down an international crime lord.' [ Deadline]
IGN sat down with Stephen S. DeKnight to talk about the series, discussing Matt Murdock's faith and his pared-down costume:
Really, the reason we start with this version — which is hugely influenced by Man Without Fear — is for two reasons. One, this really is the beginning, the formation of Matt Murdock a Daredevil. On the flip side, it's the formation of Wilson Fisk becoming Kingpin. It's very much a parallel arc. We didn't want to start him in the [red] suit. We wanted the early days of him figuring out what he was doing and making mistakes and getting the crap beat out of him on a regular basis. His suit, which we call his vigilante outfit, in the beginning - we tried practically everything, design-wise. We experimented with a lot of different head pieces. One version was a ski mask with the eyes sewn shut. We tried everything until we found something that just felt right. And also, really going back to that Man Without Fear, I can't say where his costume ends up, where it goes, but there is definitely an evolution.
Much more at the link. [ IGN]
Behind the scenes pictures of Mark Hamill playing the original Trickster - we've seen the show's new, wonderfully gaudy version already - have got out. That hairstyle! A few more pictures here. [Daily Mail]
Agents of SHIELD
The show has cast a new Inhuman - Luke Mitchell will play Lincoln, a 'charismatic' character who will help Skye come to terms with her transformation. [ Spoiler TV]
David Ramsey instagrammed a picture of the new Suicide Squad, revealing the new addition to the roster, Cupid:
Meanwhile there's two similar, but slightly different trailers for the next episode, 'Canaries'. The first reveals how Caity Lotz will cameo as her dead character Sarah, while the second, a low quality offscreen recording of a Canadian trailer, seemingly confirms that Oliver will finally tell Thea the truth about his double life:
The Walking Dead
Forgot what happened on The Walking Dead while the show was on its Winter break? Here's the cast and crew to offer a friendly reminder ahead of the show's return: [ Spoiler TV]
There's also a bevy of promo pictures out for both this episode, and oddly enough, the one after the next, 2.15. You can see more here and here - the first picture below is from 2.13, 'The Devil Is Damned', and the next from 2.15, 'They All Asked For You'. [Buddy TV and Spoiler TV]
Finally, here's a promo trailer for the next episode, 'Rubicon', promising death, missile launches and general nasty tomfoolery: [ Spoiler TV]
Additional reporting by Diana Biller and Charlie Jane Anders.