Could Arrow‘s Stephen Amell join the big-screen Justice League?

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Summer Glau is joining another genre TV show, and Sean Astin is starring in Guillermo del Toro's vampire TV show. Check out another clip from The Wolverine, plus Hercules and Transformers 4 set photos. Plus, Jonathan Nolan drops hints about Person of Interest and Legend of Korra adds a ton of characters. Spoilers now!

Hercules

Dwayne Johnson is tweeting some more from the set of the film he was born to make: Hercules: The Thracian Wars. This time, he's tweeted:

“Become the man you were born to be..” ~ Hercules #ThracianWars

Along with the below photo. [Entertainment Weekly]

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Justice League

Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen on Arrow, says he wants to appear in the Justice League movie on the big screen — and he thinks Oliver Queen could achieve the same position in the League as Tony Stark has in The Avengers. He told SciFiNow:

I think that Green Arrow has an opportunity to mature in much the same way Iron Man did in the Marvel universe. He wasn’t necessarily a top level character, but because they made an Iron Man movie and it was successful, it vaulted him up and now he anchors the Avengers... It’s always up to what’s popular at the moment. Right now archery seems to be having a mini renaissance, so hopefully he can settle into a firm rotating member of the DC Justice League of America.

Amell also said he's so eager to be in a Justice League movie, he would "sweep the floors." Of course, a grain of salt is indicated here — he may have just meant to say that he'd like to see Oliver Queen have a similar trajectory to Tony Stark, but it certainly sounds as though he's eager to be in the League movie. No doubt he'll be asked about this at Comic-Con next week. [SciFiNow]


The Wolverine

Here's a new clip, called "Funeral":


Transformers 4

Click here for some photos of the cars on set. [Transformers Live Action Movie Blog]

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Meanwhile, the China set being built in Detroit is finally taking on a more finalized shape. More set photos here. [via Transformers Live Action Movie Blog]

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Hellboy 3

On the Tom Barnard Podcast, Doug Jones was asked if there have been any talks about Hellboy 3, to which he responded:

If there is, it's not with me, 'cause I don't talk that kind of talk. I come into the picture later when they decide they're gonna do it, and that call hasn't happened yet.

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He did say that he spoke with Ron Perlman on the set of Sons of Anarchy, and asked him how to answer that question, and this is what they came up:

Let's tell them what Guillermo says, and that is: we would love to. All of us, creatively, would love to, all the actors involved, Guillermo del Toro, the director, everyone wants to do a Hellboy 3. The problem is where is that $200 million going to come from to make the movie?

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He also talked a little about why the movie was so difficult to get off the ground:

With the budget that he needs to make it the story he wants to make it, to end it with a big bang, to end it correctly, he needs a bigger budget this time, and no one's willing to cough that budget up.

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More at the link. [Tom Barnard Podcast]


Godzilla

The film's viral marketing campaign has started with a website called "Godzilla Encounter," which features clippings and articles about strange ocean activity. Here's one of the images on the site. [ComingSoon.net]

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Person of Interest

Jonathan Nolan says that the plan for season three is to look more at the Machine's international implications:

In the third season, we’re hoping to really grow and build out towards this larger, now international question of what are the ramifications of the Machine. The Machine is ultimately, in the wrong hands, about control, and kind of the future of that is something we’re really interested in. So in the third season, we’re trying to, say, get out fifteen minutes back out into the future and stay ahead of the curve.

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Nolan and Greg Plageman also talked about the set up for season 3 and confirmed that Amy Acker's Root will return:

Jonathan Nolan: Season 2 left us with some questions, but also some answers. What’s apparent for the end of season two is that Finch and Reese will continue to receive the numbers as they always have done, that the relevant organization, the so called Pennsylvania Six, or what’s left of them, control and her acolytes, will continue to receive irrelevant numbers. The question about what it is exactly the machine is interested in Root for is what we’re definitely exploring going into the third season. The exact nature of how the Machine chooses to communicate and who it communicates with now that it is, as Finch said at the end of the season, free. What does that mean? What are the ramifications of that? We’re going to explore all of those things.

So is it safe to say that we will be seeing Root come back for the new season?

Greg Plageman: Oh, yeah. Amy Acker is just a phenomenal talent, and just that wild look in her eyes is something we think is irresistible when she falls into the character of Root, and I think the really appealing thing in terms of writing her, obviously, is that she entered the show as quite the diabolical figure, but then started to make a whole lot of sense. Clearly there is the connection between her and Harold Finch that cannot be denied.

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Nolan also said that the Machine will be developing a bit more of a personality this season and that they're looking at the Machine as a "better ally, a Hippocratic Machine."

More at the link. [TV Equals]


Legend of Korra

Book 2 has added a huge number of voice actors to the show:

[Aubrey] Plaza (Parks and Recreation) will play Eska, who is one of Korra’s Waterbending cousins, and whose twin brother, Desna, will be voiced by Joan of Arcadia‘s Aaron Himelstein. [James] Remar (Dexter) will assume the role of Tonraq, the powerful Waterbender who is Korra’s father (and is pictured below), while [Lisa] Edelstein (House) will play Kya, Tenzin’s sweet-yet-impatient sister.

In addition, John Michael Higgins (Best in Show) has been cast as Varrick, an eccentric capitalist and self-proclaimed “Biz-Bender,” while Adrian LaTourelle (Sons of Anarchy) will tackle the role of Unalaq, Korra’s uncle and Chief of the Northern and Southern Water Tribes, who seeks assistance from Korra.

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[Entertainment Weekly]


Doctor Who

John Barrowman is on the "female Doctor" bandwagon, telling Daybreak:

We’ve had great guys playing the role. The character of River Song was so popular in the last part of the series and it was such an impact, why shouldn’t we have a female Doctor? Give it a whirl, if it doesn’t work she can always regenerate, she can always regenerate back to a man — I’ve been there, I’ve watched them do it.

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[Radio Times]


The Originals

Here's a promotional photo of Claire Holt. [Spoiler TV]

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Arrow

Summer Glau will play Isabel Rochev, the dangerous Vice President of Aquisitions for Stellmore International, a company looking to take over Queen Consolidated. [TV Line]

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The Strain

FX's new drama, based on the books by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan about a vampire virus that infects New York and the CDC team that investigates it, has just cast Sean Astin. Astin will play Jim Kent, "a savvy and trustworthy guy who is an open political operative of the Canary Group." Astin's character is best friends with main character Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and Nora (Mia Maestro). Kent accidentally betrays the friendship when he is blackmailed into allowing a cabinet out of quarantine which might be carrying the virus. Confronted, Jim confesses that he'd been embezzling from the CDC to pay for his and his girlfriend's IVF treatments. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Vampire Diaries

This season will see the new characters of a "mysterious" male doctor who seems to know a lot about Damon, and an attractive college professor who will interact with Elena and Caroline.

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Plus, yesterday was the first day of filming, which brought a hail of tweets from people involved in the production. Executive Producer Julie Plec tweeted:

The day has arrived: it’s TVDS5 day. First day of shooting — mad love to all my Atlanta folk. See you guys in a few days.

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Star Ian Somerhalder went with:

1st day of shooting season 5 of The Vampire Diaries- break a leg today everyone! It’s HOT, no doubt welcome home to Mystic Falls people!

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And Steven R. McQueen rounded them out with an exhortation for Teen Choice Awards votes:

Got to go film now! Keep voting! Be back on in a little!

[Hollywood Life]


Sleepy Hollow

Here's a new "Ichabod" teaser:

Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders

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DISCUSSION

I’d like to weigh in a bit about the Doctor becoming a woman.

I have to say I do not understand why there are so many people who think this would be such a great idea. I have broken down the fan reasons I have read into 4 parts, which I would like to address.

  1. “It would be awesome!”

I seriously don’t get this as a justification. Why would it be awesome? Because it is different? Because it is new? Because it would open new story ideas? More about that in a minute

  1. “Because we could get actress X to play the part”

Again, I see this as a problem. Most of the names I have heard bandied about have said no, and really, this misses the point about a lot of who the Doctor is supposed to be. They normally cast relative unknowns in the part because that helps you accept the new Doctor as a new person. If they had a well known actress play the part, just like a well known actor, you suddenly realize that you are not watching the Doctor, you are watching actor/actress X play the Doctor, which takes one out of the show, and hurts their ability to be believable in that part.

  1. “Doctor Who has a growing female fan base. This will help them connect with the show better.”

Am I the only one who finds this to be sexist? It’s funny because I hear this argument from more women than men, and it just strikes me as being the most sexist response ever. Let me put it to you like this, if they made a Batman comic where he woke up one day with female genitals, do you really think women would come flocking to the book? Would female readers suddenly go “oh, I never really connected with the main character until right now, because now we both have breasts.” It just seems like such a lame way of gaining female viewers, and really an offensive way of getting more interest in the show. It’s not adding a new female character who has spent her life struggling against oppression and sexism, it’s a man waking up as a woman. No history, no background, and really a cheap stunt to get viewers.

  1. “Think of all the cool plotlines with the Doctor as a woman!”

This seems to be the strongest argument I have heard, but let’s really take a step back and look at how this would play out. This is a male character that has been a male for 1000 years, and has always been played by men. It’s not a retcon or a reimagining; it takes place within the same continuity. As I said before, it actually seems kind of insulting. If he regenerates into a woman, that does not make him a woman, anymore than the Batman analogy given before. Imagine any other show, sci-fi or not, where the main character has an accident and wakes up a woman. Would that really draw in female viewers? Will that character really understand the opposite sex in a meaningful way? Isn’t that insulting, that a male character could never understand a female unless they woke up with a womb?

And what plotlines are we going to get out of this? The Doctor struggling to overcome male chauvinists? Zany jokes about the Doctor trying to act like how he thinks women act? Think how often the show goes for the cheap joke. How many lame jokes will we get like the Doctor attempting to wear make-up, or walk in heels? How many writers will just get lazy and make every episode about the female Doctor battling sexism?

In every case this seems like a lazy idea at best, and a terrible idea at worst. What I would like them to really consider is bringing in more female directors, writers, and characters, and maybe even some more female focused spin-offs. The Sarah Jane adventures were great, with a strong female lead, and Gwen from Torchwood was basically the lead on that show, so why not more Who-centered spinoffs around female characters? Why not more powerful female characters in the show? I really liked River Song, and I thought the Doctor’s daughter Jenny had some interesting potential. Why now more about Jenny as a timelord and a woman?

In the end, making the Doctor a woman just seems like a cheap trick to boost interest temporarily, and won’t really produce the amazing results everyone thinks will happen.