Concept art for Rogue One hints at what's in store for the Star Wars spinoff. Which comic book story appearance is Suicide Squad's Joker based on? Other speedsters will show up in The Flash season 2. Plus, sneak peeks at what's to come on Agents of SHIELD, Supernatural, The Originals and more. Spoilers, Assemble!
Top image: Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Avengers: Age Of Ultron
A good chunk of the scene where The Hulk and Iron Man go toe-toe-toe was shown at Disney's recent shareholder meeting. Here's a description of it, via Stitchkingdom:
The scene opens with an armored police vehicle arriving on the scene. An incredibly angry and destructive Hulk is witnessed tearing up the streets, destroying cars and spreading all-out panic. Police, heavily armed with machine guns, openly fire on the Hulk to no avail. In the distance comes Iron Man, flying at super speed to the scene. "Hold your fire," he commands to the responding teams below. He is flanked by large metal objects that speed along through the air with him, keeping up every step of the way. We cut back to the menacing Hulk and all of a sudden, a large steel (?) surfboard-shaped object slams itself down in the pavement in front of him. Then another. And another. Before you know it, Hulk is trapped inside a giant, solid metallic "box." At least, that is, until Hulk smashes free and then continues his rampage. And then, it assembles — piece by piece — the Hulkbuster, almost in Mark 42 fashion. "The witch is messing with your brain," Stark tells Hulk. "You're smarter than her, you're Bruce Banner." This yields an even angrier response from Hulk and it's on. Hulkbuster vs. Hulk. The Hulkbuster usually seems to have the upper-hand, as they drag each other through the streets, tearing up the pavement. At least until Hulk ends up on the Hulkbuster's back, impaling the shoulder with a traffic light pole. "Dick move, Banner" responds Stark as they continue to fight. Then the damaged pieces of the Hulkbuster fall off and are quickly replaced with new parts. Different parts. And now Hulkbuster is atop Hulk, Stark treating Hulk's head as a punching bag, literally pounding Hulk's head into the pavement over and over and over (much to the amusement of the audience). "Sleep, go to sleep" chants Stark, but spoiler alert: it doesn't work. Then, one of the replaced parts of the Hulkbuster, the arm missing a hand, wraps itself around Hulk's arm and sucks him in and Iron Man takes flight, toting Hulk by the arm.
At the same shareholder meeting concept art for the now-titled Star Wars movie was shown, and weirdly enough, despite the title implying a link to the elite squadron of X-Wing pilots, there wasn't an X-Wing in sight according to descriptions:
Dozens of figures in fatigues appeared to be storming something with a strange helicopterish vehicle (open on the sides) in the background, releasing more troops.
There were tough-looking vehicles too.
The ships were fairly dark, and in the background.
They weren't obviously X-Wing Fighters, which our sources would have recognized.
They "seemed a bit bigger than X-Wings".
"More like a transport ship of sorts" but probably not as big as the Tantive IV (the transport ship we see Darth Vader board at the beginning of A New Hope).
The characters were all "generic" looking "wearing the same dark outfit."
Another day, another Suicide Squad tidbit from Latino Review's Umberto Gonzalez. First up, some information on the Joker, including a rumor that Hugo Strange is in the film as well:
Today's #SUICIDESQUAD FIRE is all about Jared Leto's THE JOKER! So what I'm being told, Leto's Joker is most definitely based on THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS version. He's lean & scarred but his suit does have broad shoulders. Joker works out in his cell like an inmate when he is interrogated by Amanda Waller. He's doing hand stand push ups so it makes sense that Jared Leto said he is putting on weight. He's definitely not skinny, but in fact more muscular. He has bleached skin not make up. #SPOILER – He's killed one of Batman's sidekicks, there is a lot of references to his past crimes. He kills a lot of people. HUGE #RUMOR – I'm also told The Joker has a lot of scenes with HUGO STRANGE! He's the psychiatrist at the prison & seems to be a part of the story yet I heard nothing of casting or mention of a single casting choice. Hugo Strange has quite a few interactions with the Joker & Harley Quinn. It's not the regular security. It's internal one on one thing.
And here's a little bit about Deathstroke:
Deathstroke works with/for #ONSLAUGHT & does their dirty work. He's a hired assassin and he doesn't have any powers like in the comic book. They're going for a pre-super villain Deathstroke. He's a huge part of both of the major set pieces of the film. His introduction is INSANE! He's badass & almost takes the team down on one mission single handed. Deathstroke has THE breakout & choicest role in the film. The running gun battle that sources are describing is something else. His suit is very stealth oriented. They used an actual US military tactical outfit for the basis. He's armed to the teeth, uses a sword and automatics. In concept artwork he has two eyes. The mask is there and it's the iconic one. Rumor about Jason Clarke still in play is not true because he originally got offered Deathstroke months ago but has a scheduling conflict with Marc Foster's' 'All I See Is You.' Joel Kinnaman originally tested for the role as well but got Rick Flagg instead. Joe Manganiello has a scheduling conflict with Ryan Murphy's 'Scream Queens' BUT HE JUST DROPPED OUT! What does that mean? Deathstroke is 'probably' his. ????
As ever, pinches of salt at the ready. [via /Film]
The Stars My Destination
Jorden Vogt-Roberts ( Skull Island) is in talks to adapt the Alfred Bester classic. [THR]
Rahul Kohli and Robert Buckley talk about the tone of the series with Ksite TV:
"There's been a shift, I think," Kohli says of how things are following the pilot. "The first one back [Episode 2] was, I'd say, and then the next one was quite intense, and it just flipped. But the humor in it - that runs through it the entire time. It's got a dark humor. I think my character in particular tends to have some of those moments that are funny. There's never an episode that's just hugely hilarious, and we're a complete situation comedy. It's never that at all. There's always that line through, but some episodes are far more intense and dark than others, depending on the bad guy stuff. Especially the stuff with Anders. That gets pretty nasty," Rahul says.
According to Robert Buckley, the diversity in tone can also be attributed to the ensemble cast. "It's not entirely just hinged upon the character of Liv. They have given these other characters lives. So even if what she's going through is really traumatic and heavy, there's still other things happening, so that if what she's going through is crazy, maybe there's a different character, Peyton or Major, [who] has something lighter going on. There's always kind of a balance," he promises.
Here's a brief press release for the third episode, The Exterminator:
HIT MAN HIT AND RUN — As Liv (Rose McIver) and Detective Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin) investigate a hit and run case, they discover the victim was a sociopathic hit man responsible for the murder of a tech entrepreneur, a case that Peyton (Aly Michalka) is prosecuting. Liv and Ravi (Rahul Kohli) dig deeper into a supposed zombie sighting that was posted on line which leads Liv to make a surprising discovery about someone from her past. Major [Robert Buckley] moves on with his life and Peyton is shocked by Liv's reaction. David Anders also stars.
[ Spoiler TV]
Agents Of SHIELD
Here's a description for One Door Closes, teasing the arrival of Edward James Olmos' character as well as the return of Lucy Lawless' Isabelle Hartley:
"One Door Closes" - War comes to Coulson's doorstep in a way he never anticipated as shocking revelations are brought to light, and Skye struggles to control her new abilities but will soon make a decision that irrevocably changes her life, on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," Tuesday, March 31 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." stars Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Agent Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Nick Blood as Lance Hunter and Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse.
Guest starring are Henry Simmons as Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie, Lucy Lawless as Isabelle Hartley, Edward James Olmos as Robert Gonzales, Jamie Harris as Gordon, Christine Adams as Agent Weaver, Kirk Acevedo as Agent Calderon, Cornelius Smith, Jr. as Case, Sai Rao as Susanna, Mackenzie Astin as Tim Maguire and Rick Otto as lead Hydra agent.
Cal and his team of villains make an entrance in this sneak peek from One of Us. [Spoiler TV]
Once Upon A Time
The first half of the season finale will be called Operation Mongoose, Part 1. [via Spoiler TV]
Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis sat down with Entertainment Weekly to answer a few rapid-fire questions. They confirmed that Cruella will cross paths with Pongo the dalmatian, that the audience will discover how Will and Belle came together, and that the series will begin to dive deeper into Pinnochio's backstory and why he wrote extra pages for the storybook.
At a panel for the show at Paleyfest, Stephen Amell offered a little about what's to come for the rest of the season and for Oliver in the future:
Acknowledging that it's "interesting to have a Big Bad who's very interested in Oliver staying alive" — as Ra's al Ghul obviously is, having invited his onetime opponent to assume leadership of the League of Assassins — Amell noted, "If you know Ra's and his tactics… you realize that it's an 'offer' in name only. It's a demand. And if Oliver says no, there will be incredibly dire consequences."
That dilemma — be him else be felled by him — marks "the big thrust of the last third of the season," Amell said, resulting in a "more defeated" Oliver. That said, the actor posited that after roughly "70 episodes of 'Don't talk to me'" stand-offishness by Team Arrow's leader, there have to be happier days ahead, at some point. "You can only stare broodingly out a window for so long," he stated.
The show was also at Paleyfest, and producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg teased what's coming up in the show's future:
During the show's PaleyFest panel Saturday in Los Angeles, executive producer Greg Berlanti told a packed house that the writers hope to introduce other versions of the fastest man alive, like comic book character Wally West (Kid Flash and eventually the third version of The Flash), in the future. "That's our hope. We've already been picked up for a second year. If we were going to do something like that, we'd do it next year," Berlanti said.
Fellow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg also teased that the series is also preparing to introduce a fairly major story line from the comics. Whether it's the Crisis on Infinite Earths story that many fans believe the show has been hinting at all season is unclear, but the producers did state that all of the elements that were introduced in the pilot would pay off by the end of the season.
[ TV Guide]
Here's a new promo picture of the Reverse Flash. [ TV Line]
Rumours are circulating that the former Superman and Supergirl Dean Cain and Helen Slater, who were recently cast on the show, will be playing Kara's foster parents, Fred and Sylvia Danvers. [ Kryptonsite]
Here's some more casting: D.B. Woodside will play Amenadiel, an angel sent to "persuade Lucifer to return to hell", Rachael Harris plays Linda, Lucifer's therapist, and lastly, Nicholas Gonzalez as Dan, an LAPD Homicide detective. [ Deadline]
As per Umberto Gonzalez's earlier rumor tying him to the role of Deathstroke for Suicide Squad, Joe Manganiello has left the show — he's been replaced by Oliver Hudson. [TV Line]
Here's another brief teaser for the series. [ Coming Soon]
Dean expresses a desire to return to hunting in this TV Line exclusive sneak peek for the next episode.
Find out which Witch is going to Witch War in this first look featurette for the second season. [TV Line]
Here's a new poster for the show. [The Messengers on Twitter]
Game Of Thrones
Additional reporting by Abhimanyu Das and Charlie Jane Anders.