Clark Gregg doesn’t think Agents of SHIELD’s Inhuman story will have a major impact on the Inhumans movie. John Boyega teases Finn’s role in Star Wars: Episode VIII. Plus, new TV spots for Batman v Superman, and the return of Agent Carter. So many Spoilers!
Captain America: Civil War
Joe Russo discusses bringing Spider-Man to the realm of Marvel movies:
He was my favorite character growing up, so the opportunity to bring Spider-Man to the screen is a dream come true. It’s something that I spent a lot of time thinking about as a kid. We had thought back to the things that excited us about him as a character when we were younger, and one of the most important components of that was that he’s a high schooler burdened with incredible powers and responsibility. That really differentiates him from every other character in the Marvel universe as opposed to other superheroes. For us, it was extremely important that we cast somebody very close to the age of a high school student. The previous films had adults playing a high schooler. We wanted more of an authenticity to the casting. We were very specific about that. We wanted an energy and charisma from the character, an energy, but also an insecurity that would make him fun to watch in contrast to the confident superheroes.
Batman v Superman
In a large feature for USA Today, Zack Snyder, Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill discussed the movie. First up, Snyder on what makes Batman tick:
You can see the idea of the innocent being victimized by whatever they are, aliens, he doesn’t know — that’s the thing that really boils his blood, as you can imagine it would. Suddenly the innocent children of the world are all of us.
Affleck, on Bruce Wayne being just as much of a mask as the Dark Knight is:
He’s a guy who had been through that experience already for many years and was kind of burnt out and asking himself what the point of it all was and going through an existential crisis...
Batman is covered up by a suit and sometimes a car and sometimes a lot of vehicles and weapons, whereas Bruce Wayne is much more naked — it’s just you and a suit of clothes. You can’t really play Batman because Batman is different things to different people. We project our own things onto the mythology of what Batman is, and he has to be able to be projected upon. With Bruce Wayne, you have to bring something distinct and new and different.
And finally, Cavill on Superman’s restraint:
He can sure as hell take Batman out if he wants to, and Batman takes advantage of that. He’s not going to go all-out against the kids because he’ll end up smashing people around. It’s the idea of still wanting to have fun but no one gets hurt, so you’re being careful about where your knees and elbows are going. That’s what Clark is for me, but Superman is far more relaxed. Superman is dad just being dad at home.
Much more at the link above.
Here’s the first two TV spots for the film, featuring the Batmobile bouncing off of Superman, and the Lex Luthor party conversation from the most recent trailer.
Avengers: Infinity War
Joe Russo talks about the film uniting the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
People will not be disappointed in the amount of characters in the movie. The concept of Infinity War is that the Marvel universe unites to battle the greatest threat to the world and universe that you’ve ever seen, and we’re going to honor that concept.
Star Wars Episode VIII
John Boyega teases a much more physical role for Finn in the sequel:
[The script is] great. Much darker, but we’re very excited... My part in the next film will be much more physical so I might be in the gym a bit more.
Deadline is reporting that Ridley Scott is in talks to direct a film adaptation of the classic Patrick McGoohan TV series about a man who mysteriously finds himself imprisoned in a bizarre seaside village.
USA Today’s report about Batman v Superman also has a new image from Suicide Squad of the dysfunctional team.
Over the weekend images from filming on the show hit the internet, featuring Emily Bett Rickards using a wheelchair during scenes, confirming that Felicity survived being shot at the climax of the fourth season’s midseason finale:
A low quality Australian promo for the show’s return also features footage of Felicity’s mother telling Oliver that Felicity will never walk again:
The fact that Felicity, Arrow’s resident tech expert/hacker, is seemingly wheelchair bound seems to confirm recent speculation that the character will become the CW’s answer to Oracle, the alter-ego of a paralysed Barbara Gordon (before she was retconned in DC’s 2011 comic reboot). Although the pictures don’t confirm or deny that this is a new status quo for the character, Producer Marc Guggenheim has taken to twitter to seemingly acknowledge the photos, saying that not everything is as they appear to be:
So make of it what you will.
Greg Berlanti reiterates that a crossover with the Arrow universe would be nice, but very unlikely at the moment:
I personally never rule anything out, I would be excited by it. But a lot of things would have to go right, people would have to say yes, for that to happen. It would have to be figured out in the next month or so.
The CW have announced that Kevin Smith will direct an upcoming episode during the show’s second season. [CBR]
Here’s a synopsis for the show’s midseason return, “The Reverse-Flash Returns”:
HE’S BACK… — When Cisco (Carlos Valdes) gets a vibe of Eobard Thawne (guest star Matthew Letscher), Barry (Grant Gustin) and the team don’t believe it. But, after an attack at Mercury Labs, Christina McGee (guest star Amanda Pays) confirms that the Reverse Flash is back. Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) and Francine (guest star Vanessa A. Williams) share a nice moment that brings Iris closer to her brother, Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale).
TV Line are reporting that Laura Dern has joined the show, playing an undisclosed role—but one rumored to in fact be Agent Cooper’s never-seen secretary Diane.
Sherilyn Fenn will reprise her role as Audrey Horne in a major role for the upcoming series, according to Deadline
Evan Goldberg briefly acknowledges that the show will diverge from the comic book source material:
It didn’t seem at first we should do [deviate from the comic] that way and then we talked to Garth [Ennis ]and he encouraged us to make small changes. We want fans who love the comic to get everything they want — but we make twists and turns.
Agents of SHIELD
Clark Gregg does not expect the show’s ongoing story arcs about the rise of Inhumans to have much effect on the upcoming Inhumans movie:
The Inhumans movie I suspect will be its own cinematic version. That writer and director will have free reign to do what they want to do with the Inhumans. But hopefully there’ll be some way that our Inhumans connect to that. It’d be too bad if that was wasted.
Luke Cage/Iron Fist
Carrie-Anne Moss discusses the potential for reprising her Jessica Jones role of Jeryn Hogarth in other Marvel Netflix series. In the comics, Hogarth became the legal representation for Luke Cage and Danny Rand’s mercenary superhero outfit, the Heroes for Hire:
Absolutely. I mean, how fun, just to explore that. It’s infinite. The possibilities are just so massive. I think it’s such an exciting time for me, right now, to be in this show and to be a part of the Marvel world. I’m just all in, you know.
Ash vs Evil Dead
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht offers an update on the show’s second season:
Saw the first script a couple days ago. Looks really good. Second seasons are so important for series. That’s the difference between making a movie and making a series. The cast really gelled through the first season. They appropriately got a lot of acknowledgment from the fans and press. We’re really excited. This is a series. I think it’s got the legs of a real series. The storylines and what I’ve seen on paper back that up. We’re on track for another season in 2016.
Fear the Walking Dead
The show will return April 10th. [TV Line]
Here’s a first look picture from the show’s second season. [Spoiler TV]
Finally, here’s a trove of images from the second season’s first two episodes, “The Lady in the Lake” and “A View in the Dark”. Find more at the link. [Spoiler TV]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Image: Arrow.