Is James Gunn keeping it in the family for the voice of Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy? Doctor Who companion Jenna Coleman previews the 50th anniversary and Clara’s future. Director Alan Taylor offers a Thor: The Dark World update. Mark Wahlberg talks Transformers 4. Plus a Catching Fire trailer. Spoilers!
Top image from Guardians of the Galaxy.
This particular Batman casting rumor was probably inevitable, but a new report claims that Warner Bros. hasn’t yet given up on bringing Christian Bale back as the Dark Knight. Specifically, the studio is supposedly offering Bale a whopping 50 million dollars to reprise the role of Batman, which one would have to think is enough money to at least get him to consider the possibility. Of course, that doesn’t mean Bale would actually decide to return as the Caped Crusader, and there’s really no reason at all to think that any of this is true; indeed, Batman casting rumors seem particularly shaky and slippery at the moment, so it’s really best to not believe even the first word of any of them until we hear something a bit more substantial. [Inquisitr]
Case in point about crazy Batman casting rumors: Orlando Bloom, he of the Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings franchises, is supposedly the hot new contender to take on the role. Bloom seems a particularly unlikely choice for Batman based on… well, based on pretty much all the acting he’s done up to this point, which has often been quite good but has rarely suggested he had the brooding intensity and fierce internal torment of a Bruce Wayne. Also, the report itself is part of a larger story about how Bloom’s casting would, in concert with Henry Cavill and Andrew Garfield, mean that America’s three most iconic superheroes—Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man—would all be played by Brits for the first time. That’s an odd claim to make, given that Christian Bale is already quite British (unless you want to argue Bale stopped being the incumbent Batman the moment The Dark Knight Rises was released, meaning he never technically overlapped with Cavill’s run as Superman, but that just seems absurdly pedantic and not even particularly correct). So really, make of all this what you will, which probably shouldn’t be very much at all. [Express]
Meanwhile, a supposed inside source claims that writer-director James Gunn has found the voice of team member Rocket Raccoon; specifically, he’s found the voice of his own brother, Sean Gunn. While Sean Gunn is a successful working actor—he played Kirk Gleason for years on The Gilmore Girls—he’s definitely not the sort of high-profile, “not related to James Gunn” type star most people assumed Marvel Studios would bring in for the role. One distinct possibility (although not one suggested in the original report) is that Sean Gunn might just be on set to provide a temporary Rocket Raccoon voice that the cast can work with, and the final voice—along with the actual CGI Rocket Raccoon—would be added in during post-production. Then again, if James Gunn were to pick a relative unknown to voice the character, it seems plausible enough that he would choose his own brother. So, grains of salt at the ready, basically, but it’s not impossible. [Guard the Galaxy]
Director Alan Taylor discusses where the movie is up to in post-production:
“We're in the crazy, chicken running around with its head cut off phase, which I think is not an uncommon procedure at Marvel. They're amazing. They will work down to the wire. Kevin Feige is always trying to make the film better, seeing if he can push it up. I saw them do it on Iron Man 3, The Avengers. It's like they sort of have to pry the film out of Marvel's hands and put it up on the screen because he never wants to stop improving things. That's the phase we're in now. We are almost done cutting, partly because we have so many visual effects that you can't go on forever. At a certain point, you have to take your hands of it, and let them do their magic. But we're literally shooting some things this week. Anthony Hopkins is back in town; we're gonna be getting some stuff from him. So, we continue to, what Kevin Feige calls, plus the movie. There are new scenes being added even now. And I'm sure if there wasn't a release date, we'd just keep on making it better and better.”
He also discusses what the recent reshoots entail:
Reshooting, in my case (thank God), is not like you screwed something up and you have to do it again. It's additional photography because it's 'oh what if we had a scene like this so that would make this happen over here.' And they sort of find the movie... through that process. And it's hard to get used to because that's not [how it works] where I came from, but watching them... they are really good at what they do as we've all noticed… We were doing full scenes; scenes that were not in the movie before, we're adding scenes, creating scenes, writing scenes for the first time. The one [involving Loki] was a fun connective scene that was just... we realized how well Loki was working in the movie. So, we wanted to do more with him. So it was that kind of thing; it was like 'oh we could do this or jam this in here' because he's just a wonderful guy to watch do his stuff. And boy do [the fans love him]."
Here are interviews with Taylor and stars Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, and Tom Hiddleston.
Here’s a new international trailer. [Coming Soon]
Here’s an international TV spot. [Coming Soon]
And here’s a behind-the-scenes featurette focused on the villainous Mother Russia, played by Olga Kurkulina. [IGN]
Here’s a set video from Detroit. [Enstarz]
Mark Wahlberg describes his character’s relationship with that of costar Jack Raynor’s young racecar driver:
"I give him a lot of shit in this movie. I didn't know my daughter had a boyfriend and then all of a sudden, this punk kid is thrust into my life and I have to deal with him while dealing with this very extraordinary set of circumstances...I have to entrust the most important thing in my life to him at a certain stage in the movie, 'if something happens to me then protect my little girl'. I love the human element of the movie. "
Check out the complete interview with Wahlberg below. [Comic Book Movie]
Jenna-Louise Coleman — who has now rebranded herself Jenna Coleman, so sure, let’s roll with that — discusses the experience on the set of the 50th anniversary special alongside returning companion Billie Piper and Matt Smith, David Tennant, and John Hurt’s Doctors:
It was different in so many ways. Because it's 3D, the way of shooting is totally different. The cameras are a lot bigger. It takes a lot more time with set ups, and actually filming the show. Also, just having so many people on set. It's such an ensemble cast, with the three Doctors, with Billie Piper, myself, lots of different characters. It was a really nice feeling because every day felt like a celebration. There was just a buzz. You knew you were part of something special, and part of the history of the show. There was that kind of atmosphere around. I have to think it will be lovely to look back in a few years and be like, 'Cool, I was part of that whole thing!'
It looks like David Tennant and Matt Smith have terrific chemistry together judging by the Comic-Con trailer. Was that evident on the set too?
Yeah, from the read-through actually. You read it in the script, and you're like, 'This is brilliant. This is brilliant.' It was so snappy. And just the kind of the humor that David's doctor has, and then Matt — they're very different doctors, very different but also there's definitely a meeting of minds in humor. Then there's also the antagonistic stuff as well going on. And John Hurt is completely his own [Doctor]. It's just a great dynamic of the three of them being the one person.
She also discusses what the plan is for Clara going forward:
I think the idea was, as it always is in the show, we get to know the doctor and a companion for a couple of seasons before they move on.
I definitely don't want to see her go yet. We've only spent half a season with her, and during that time she was mostly a mystery.
That's what I'm very excited about is that we can actually get the more human side. We couldn't get to know too much about her because she was a mystery last year. It's going to be nice just to have her as a human, as a girl. There's quite a lot to explore still, I think.
There’s still more at the link. [Zap2It]
Paige Turco will reprise her character of Zoe Morgan alongside Taraji P. Henson’s Carter and Sarah Shahi’s Shaw in the third episode of season three. Here’s how executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman describe the story:
“In this episode, ‘Lady Killer,’ what better way for Reese and Finch to lure a playboy POI than to call upon their secret weapons — Carter, Shaw and their old friend Zoe?”
Here’s a sneak peek at the next episode, “Thicker Than Water.” [SpoilerTV]
Here’s a promo trailer for the Once Upon a Time spin-off. [SpoilerTV]
Here’s a pair of promos for the time-traveling, cop-show riff on the Headless Horseman story, because that’s a thing that should exist. [Shock Till You Drop]
The titles of the second through seventh episodes are reportedly called, in order, “Blood Moon,” “For The Triumph Of Evil…,” “Obscura,” “John Doe,” “Join, Or Die,” and “God, Honor, Fatherland.” [SpoilerTV]
The sixth episode of season three is reportedly called “Stories We Tell Our Young.” [SpoilerTV]
The fourth episode of season two is reportedly called “Crucible,” as opposed to the previously reported “Living Is Not For The Weak.” [SpoilerTV]
The fifth and sixth episodes of season nine are reportedly called “Bad Boys” and “Doggie Style,” respectively. [SpoilerTV]
Series star Isaiah Washington describes the premise of the upcoming CW show:
“Before the nuclear holocaust happened to destroy the world, it takes 100 years for the world to heal itself. But in that time, there are about 400 individuals in space, in satellites, astronauts from around the world. When you see the Ark, it is a compilation of various satellites — from Belgium, from Russia, from all over the world — these people realized they had to get over their insecurities, their xenophobias; whatever it is, they had to work together to survive, and they brought all these different satellites together to survive. Cut to 97 years [later]. My generation has never set foot on Earth. I have a grandfather that was born on this Ark. That is our way of life. We're coming to a problem where we need more resources. We're about to exhaust all of the resources on the ship. My character comes up with an idea that as opposed to executing those [criminals] that turned 18, let's send those criminals who used too much oxygen, too much food, whatever it is we need — we decide to send them down to Earth, to see if it is inhabitable.”
Elsewhere, Washington talks more about what the show means for the network:
“The show is… taking the network to a different place that is maybe not what people are accustomed [to] watching on The CW. The Vampire Diaries already opened up that door, but now with [exec producer] Jason Rothenberg we’re going to take it to that Mad Men and Breaking Bad level. It’s not just scifi.”
Al Sapienza, best known for playing Mikey Palmice on The Sopranos, has reportedly been cast in the guest star role of Dennis Coburn, “the father of Cara (Peyton List), one of the shows' several young adults who possess special powers.” He will appear in the third episode. [TV Guide]
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.