Samuel L. Jackson takes us deep inside the psyche of Nick Fury and reveals more about the Captain America sequel. David Tennant talks about working with Matt Smith on Doctor Who's 50th birthday. And let's start the week with another helping of Batman casting rumors... now with more Nathan Fillion! Spoilers ahoy!
Top image from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
In case anyone felt like starting a fan campaign for Nathan Fillion to play Batman — which, yeah, does seem like the sort of thing we fans might do, even if it is just a tad predictable — the man himself cautions against it, if only because he doesn’t think he’s up for replicating that voice:
“I wonder if my throat could take it. I think I’d make an excellent Bruce Wayne; I think I’d make a terrible Batman… If you wanted to see a particular person as Batman, I think one of the worst things you could do is shove it down someone’s throat as far as the new director of Batman or the new producers of Batman. Probably the worst thing you could do if there’s someone you want to be Batman is sort of rally.”
Incidentally, in case you missed our brief update late last week, that story about Christian Bale being offered $50 million to return as Batman is pure, unmitigated bullshit. I mean, it’s not bullshit in the sense that most rumors are bullshit, which is that they’re unsourced speculations that have barely any connection to reality. No, I mean it’s bullshit in the sense that it’s a garbled quote from a random, self-published e-book, and the original statement is just one of Christian Bale’s representatives, back in 2012, supposedly saying that Warner Bros. would be crazy not to offer him that much to return to the role for just 20 minutes. So, yeah, there really is absolutely nothing to see here. [EW]
Samuel L. Jackson discusses how the Captain America sequel handles Nick Fury:
You see Nick Fury the office guy, him going about the day-to-day work of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the politics as opposed to that other stuff. It's great to have him dealing with Captain America in terms of being able to speak to him soldier to soldier and try to explain to him how the world has changed in another way while he was frozen in time. Some of the people who used to be our enemies are now our allies — him trying to figure out, "Well, how do we trust those guys?" or "How do we trust the guys that you didn't trust who don't trust you? And explaining to him that the black and white of good guys/bad guys has now turned into this gray area. Nick lies to him all the time, too. (Laughs) But he's trying to help him navigate the waters of the new sharks that he doesn't know anything about.
He also confirms that Robert Redford’s character is Nick Fury’s boss and is a previously unseen member of the World Security Council that appeared in The Avengers. He also talks at length about how he approaches a character who has such a complicated relationship with the truth, and what that means for Nick Fury’s relationships with other characters:
There's always stuff to deal with when I'm being Nick. Everything has another meaning with Nick. Finding the truth of what he's saying in that particular moment is the important thing. Ultimately there's a lie in there somewhere. Sometimes it's a lie he's been told that he hasn't discovered, so I have to deal with that all the time. There's also the nature of his relationship with different people. Like when he talks to Cap, he can talk to Cap in several different ways. He can talk to him as an equal in terms of they were both soldiers from a specific era, and you understand his kind of morality. He can also talk to him as a guy who's part of a world he doesn't know anything about, and he's a mentor now to help him do something. And then I speak to him sometimes as a boss. There's all those things I have to blend in to make sure he doesn't get rankled or ruffled in a certain kind of way and make sure he understands.
And when I talk to Natasha, it's as a father figure because he loves her in a way that he doesn't love anybody else as part of that whole group of people. The fact that they're both members of this shadow world and he knows her past in a way that no one else knows it, there's an affection and a respect there and a knowledge of that kind of person she is in there. Even if she loves him, if she had to kill him, she would, and he understands that. There's a way of dealing with her that he can't deal with anybody else. There are all kinds of things that happen. When I'm dealing with the world council, I've got a whole other attitude. And when I look in the mirror, I have to deal with what kind of patriot am I? There's Nick dealing with Nick, and how many lies have I told? Have I told so many lies that I don't really know what's the truth anymore?
There’s still plenty more at the link. [USA Today]
Marvel Studios has released the official synopsis:
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier finds Steve Rogers – aka Captain America – living quietly in Washington, DC, and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy – the Winter Soldier.
There’s a bunch of high-quality production photos out, most of which we've seen before, but the one big exception is the photo of a wall with a giant honking “Sinister 6” written on it. There have been quite a few rumors that the famed criminal sextet would take on Spider-Man in one of Marc Webb’s movies, with the most common speculation suggesting that this film would put the pieces in place for a full-fledged Sinister 6 team-up in the next film. That would rather explain the glut of apparent villains in this one, considering this movie already features Electro, Rhino, and both Norman and Harry Osborn, not to mention Colm Feore in an unspecified part that has frequently been connected to the Vulture. Now, this photo shouldn’t be taken as definitive proof of anything, as it’s quite possible this is just the production team messing with the fans, but it’s at least some kind of acknowledgment that the Sinister Six is on the minds of those actually making the new Spider-Man movies. [Comic Book Movie]
Andrew Garfield says the sequel improves on its predecessor:
"We get to build on a foundation we set with the first one... We get to really expand and explore. Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci wrote something layered and rich, and full of twists, and turns, and dimensions. And I think it's going to be a much more fun picture."
You can hear more from Garfield in the podcast at the link. [Hollywood Outbreak]
Director Harold Zwart discusses the upcoming fantasy movie, starting with how it relates to the book series that inspired it:
No, part of the fun of it is knowing there is more to this world than just what is in our two hours. Part of what we struggled with in developing it was what to share and how to keep some things secret while revealing some things of what is to come? That is really a dream for a filmmaker, to have a fully developed world to walk into. The hard part is choosing what to leave in or take out.
You're already developing the next film in the franchise now, so I guess some of what didn't go into "City of Bones" can go into the next one. Are you worried about starting directly in on it before an audience has really seen the first one?
Not really, I mean the story is there, the book is already written. We start filming in September and I really have to give credit to the studio for being willing to green light it so early. But that just comes down to how much great material there is.
Having already made one "Mortal Instruments" film and having the benefit of hindsight, is there anything in the sequel you'll approach differently or something you couldn't get into the first film that you really want to put into the next one?
Not really. There is a definite learning curve with the first one, and there are things we don't have to do again for the sequel. We don't have to design the demons again; we can just refine their look. But I'm happy with the way the first film has come out. The big thing is now that I've seen how great the actors are — Lily Collins is just great — now we know just how far we can push them, how far we can go with some of the scenes.
David Tennant has some high praise for fellow Doctor and 50th anniversary special costar Matt Smith:
“I suppose you’d expect me to say we’re new best friends and I love him like a brother. But that is sort of how it was. I had a fantastic time and that wouldn’t necessarily have been the case. I’m coming back onto a show that’s effectively somebody else’s show and used to be mine and that’s potentially quite a weird situation to be in. Going back to something I knew so well and had such fun memories of might have backfired. It’s a quite rare set of circumstances: Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig don’t get to play James Bond next to each other. But actually it felt familiar enough that it was like coming home and working with Matt proved to be a real joy. I hope I’m speaking for him when I say we really enjoyed bouncing off each other and playing sort of two aspects of the same character. It was everything that I hoped it might be and nothing that I feared it could be.”
Here’s a promo for the third season. [SpoilerTV]
The fourth episode will reportedly be called “Nasty Habits.” [SpoilerTV]
Series costar Peter Gadiot discusses his character, the genie Cyrus:
Cyrus is a genie with a dark past and a mysterious background. He's also an action hero. He's a great fighter. You'll see that he teaches Alice all of her famous ass-kicking skills. This isn't official, but I like to see him very much in the vein of a buccaneer pirate, and also, a little bit of Indiana Jones, and that kind of thing.
Do you think he's a good guy? You just mentioned a dark past...
You know... I do not know, but it's open to conjecture. You know how these writers write. They like to flip things on their head; so I think that idea, that possibility, is very interesting.
Do you think he is as wonderful as Alice might think he is?
In terms of Alice, I don't think there's anything for her to worry about. She, in essence, brings out the good in him; makes him realize he can be free. But the darkness I was referring to, is possibly more to how he became enslaved as a genie, and the pain he's gone through, of being a servant with no freedom.
There’s more at the link. [KSiteTV]
Lost actor Naveen Andrews, who is set to play Jafar, has been promoted to a series regular. [SpoilerTV]
Here’s a promo for the second season. [SpoilerTV]
The show is looking to introduce a new recurring character in the sixth episode of season two. The character is called Bonnie, described as “a smart and funny journalist in her 30s.” [SpoilerTV]
Here’s a behind-the-scenes video focusing on co-creator and pilot director Len Wiseman, best known for his work on the Total Recall reboot and the Underworld franchise. [SpoilerTV]
The fifth episode of season three is reportedly called “El Cucuy.” [SpoilerTV]
Here’s an interview with Diggle actor David Ramsey.
And here’s an interview with Colton Haynes, who plays Roy Harper.
The fifth episode will reportedly be called “The Demon’s Head” and features Awwal, a Dark Archer trained by Malcolm Merlyn, who is after another character called Lisa. Though it might well just be a coincidence, it’s worth pointing out that “The Demon’s Head” appears rather more frequently in the DC universe in its Arabic translation: Ra’s al Ghul. [SpoilerTV]
The fifth episode of season nine is reportedly called “Bad Boys.” It will reportedly feature the new character Robin, described as a woman “now in her 30's and is now a waitress at a small diner [who] remembers Dean from their adolescent romance from nearly 20 years ago. [SpoilerTV]
Here’s a behind-the-scenes photo featuring stars Joseph Morgan and Daniel Gillies. [SpoilerTV]
Here’s a promo for the upcoming BBC series, which sadly includes no actual footage. [KSiteTV]
The fourth episode of season two will reportedly feature a character called Eddie, described as a “brilliant scientist who is quick to take revenge.” [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.