Emily Blunt once again denies any involvement in Captain Marvel. Brad Bird offers an update on Incredibles 2. Jenna Coleman may be exiting Doctor Who. Plus, new looks at Agents of SHIELD and Ash vs. Evil Dead, plus when Agent Carter is returning. Spoilers Get!
Man Of Steel 2
Heroic Hollywood are reporting a bevy of details for an alleged sequel to Man of Steel. The report mentions that the movie would feature Brainiac as a main villain, who, like Zod, would be hunting for the genetic codex of the Kryptonian race.
In his search for the codex, Brainiac wouldn’t just go after Superman, but also Supergirl (this would naturally not be Melissa Benoist’s television version of the hero), and in the process, would create Bizarro to fight the two heroes.
All of these should be taken as highly speculative, of course—Man of Steel 2 is not currently even officially part of DC’s movie lineup for the next 5 years, so the idea that this level of detailed discussion is already out in the wild is unlikely. Treat this firmly as a rumor for now.
Responding to renewed rumors that she would play Carol Danvers, Emily Blunt delivers a curt denial while touching on why it’s always familiar actresses being rumored for big action roles:
I think it’s because the list is very short, because we don’t see women in these kind of roles. So I think as soon as you do a role like that, like Charlize did or I did, or Rebecca’s done — there’s like four of us or something. And Jen Lawrence. So I feel like us four, we get talked about — and Angie, Angelina. So it’s a list of like, four women who are going to be considered for those kind of roles. So I think that’s why the rumors happen, because they’re like, “who else? Surely not another girl can wield a gun,” you know what I mean? “A woman doing push-ups? There’s only one who can do that.
X-Men: Age Of Apocalypse
Producer Simon Kinberg discusses the intent behind Apocalypse’s design:
I feel like we have been, the X-Men franchise, has been growing a little bit more into science fiction. I think Days of Future Past with time travel and the Sentinels took us into a slightly broader, more science fiction world than the films had occupied in the past,. We felt like the movies were ready for something that was slightly more, let’s say, cosmic. Once we made the decision for Apocalypse to be the villain at the center of the movie, we wanted to be true to the comics, which are sort of, like you, say, not costume, but it’s not just a guy in a helmet. It is more cosmic.
The film is being projected to be the longest Bond film ever—with a runtime somewhere between 150 and 160 minutes. [/Film]
Brad Bird offers an update on the film:
I have the story arc. I’m probably three-quarters through the script, first pass through the script, but we’re already boarding parts of it. I’ve got a lot of people that worked on the first one working on it, so we’re all having a good time with it.
In terms of the release date, we were originally—[the original] Incredibles was supposed to happen after Cars, and our wheels just happened to click a little earlier so they moved us up. Release dates are a little fluid when you’re making films so far in advance. Some films are tougher to come together and tough nuts to crack, and other ones comes together a little more quickly, and so I’m just going to work as fast as I can work well with a relatively small team because I like small teams better until you’ve got everything firmly figured out.
Here’s a new featurette about the film’s use of 3D.
The Walking Dead
Melissa McBride talks Carol meeting Morgan, and Carol’s capacity to survive in the Apocalypse:
It’s going to be really interesting to see, because they haven’t really interacted yet,. I don’t know what he’s going to do with these people. He’s like, ‘Life is precious.’ [But] hold up. Well, of course it is, but a life that’s getting ready to kill you? Your life is more precious than that one.
She’s adaptable — and one of her weapons is adaptability,” she explained, adding that Carol’s ability to put on an act also helps her survive the zombie apocalypse. “Each [personality] is necessary so far, but they’re both who she is. And each one is aware of the other. It’s beautiful and complicated, but so simple. This is a tool. This is one of her weapons. It’s the mask.
British Tabloid The Mirror is reporting that Jenna Coleman has allegedly quit the show, in order to star in the lead role of Queen Victoria in a new drama series for British channel ITV. This wouldn’t be the first time Coleman has been rumored to exit the show—she has been convinced at least twice to stay on as Clara—but as ever with tabloid reports, treat it with skepticism for now.
Once Upon A Time
Jamie Chung has been confirmed to return as Mulan on the show, following her departure in the third season. Chung will appear in multiple episodes of the new season, spread across both halves. [Entertainment Weekly]
Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt from the script from the first episode, “Brave New World”, detailing the return of the Man in Horn-Rimmed Glasses:
28 EXT. HRG’S TRACT HOME - CONTINUOUS 28
HRG exits the house,(1) walks nonchalantly down the sidewalk. The SHADOWY FIGURE emerges from behind a tree to watch him.
Meet QUENTIN FRADY (30’s), unkempt, twitchy, a MESSENGER BAG over his shoulder (2). He starts to follow HRG, only to stumble over a garbage BAG. when a looks up, HRG is nowhere to be seen. Shit. As he stands there–
First rule of talling someone…
(SLAMS Quentin against a tree)
…. know how to tail someone! Who are you, What do you want?
Answers. To what really happened on June 13th.(3)
What’s that got to do with me?
You’re Noah Bennet, right? You knew all of those people.
Who do you work for?
I worked at Renautas, but not for them.(4)
(knows the name)
And I know you worked for Primatech.
I sold paper.
Sure, along with bagging and tagging and keeping “powers” under wraps.
And you know about this, how?!
Beacuse Renautas secretly owned Primatech.
If HRG is aware of this, he hides it with a stern stare.
Primatech’s dead. It’s nothing but a hole in the ground.
Unless it’s not.
You can read more at the link above.
Here’s the synopses for the first two episodes of the show:
“Pig Girls Don’t Cry”
Miss Piggy is furious that Kermit booked Elizabeth Banks as a guest on her late night talk show Up Late with Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear meets his girlfriend’s parents, and Grammy Award-winning rock band Imagine Dragons performs their new single “Roots.”
In an attempt to make Miss Piggy happy, Kermit sets her up with Josh Groban who fills her head with ideas on how to make Up Late with Miss Piggy better. Meanwhile, Fozzie is invited to a party at Jay Leno’s house and everyone is annoyed that Bobo is selling cookies for his daughter’s troop.
Chad Michael Murray (Jack Thompson) has been posting some behind-the-scenes pictures to instagram, as well as implying that the show will be back in January 2016.
Agents Of SHIELD
A batch of promo pictures from “Laws of Nature” have been released—go to the link to find more. [Coming Soon]
Barry Allen is in crisis in a new poster for the second season.
Here’s a new promo for season 2, emphasising the madness of Jim’s ex-fiance, Barbara Kean.
Ash vs. Evil Dead
Finally, here’s a new picture from the series. [Shock Till You Drop]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Top image: Supergirl.