Don't hold your breath for Joss Whedon to direct Avengers 3 and 4 — or for a Star Wars spin-off starring Obi-Wan. Just how much does Lois Lane interact with Bruce Wayne in Batman v. Superman? And do we already know the team-members in Justice League Dark? Plus The Flash is attempting its biggest VFX challenge yet. Spoilers ahoy!
Top image: Terminator Genisys.
Star Wars Spin-Off
Despite persistent rumors that Obi-Wan would get his own spin-off movie, Ewan McGregor insists "I'm still waiting for the call!" [MTV]
The Flash's Firestorm, Robbie Amell, took to Twitter to proclaim that it's his "childhood dream" to play the Red Power Ranger. Whether or not he's actually in contention for the role is still TBD, however. [Movieweb]
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
It's another day on Earth, which means a Star Wars rumor must emerge from somewhere. Today, it's a new description of some concept art that someone has reportedly seen, which shows (maybe) Rey on the ground, with the ship she was chasing up in the air. Someone is looking down at her as she scouts for something below, and the ship in the air has a cable hanging from it, as if to pick up another ship that's down there somewhere. More details on this puzzle piece, although without the actual artwork, at the link. [Making Star Wars]
Star Trek 3
On the streets of Park City, Chris Pine expressed faith in Simon Pegg's screenwriting skills on the next Star Trek film: "What I enjoy about it is we have a laugh. We want to make sure it's embedded in there, so having Simon write it is the perfect fit." He anticipates the film will have more humor, and yes, there's an inevitable joke about anticipating lots of "Scotty monologues." [MTV] via [Comic Book Movie]
Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice
It sounds as though Amy Adams' Lois Lane only has one scene with Ben Affleck's Batman. Whether she has more material with Affleck out of the Batsuit remains to be seen, however. [Screenrant]
Major speculation situation here from Redditor number1lakeboy: Is the reason Thor: Ragnarok will be such a huge turning point for the Marvel cinematic universe because this film will see Thanos come to Asgard, seeking the Cosmic Cube? And will Thanos kill Thor in this movie, bringing Thor's movie journey to an end? Have at it, Vikings. [Reddit]
New details on the fight between the two T-800s have emerged. A source tells TerminatorFans, "The battle will be better than the T-800 and T-1000 from T2. The ground will break on the wrestling fight." And TerminatorFans saw some early 3-D images, which they described:
In this particular sequence the young digitally enhanced T-800 is doing a forward lunge double fist punch and/or crushing the aged T-800's face with both its knuckles pile-driving into the real Arnold Schwarzenegger's metal skull, like something out of a wrestling match.
The aged T-800 has its left arm locked under the T-800's right shoulder as if it is going to make a deadly move on the younger T-800. The sequence or choreography could change in the finished product but what we've seen looks good! The moves will be devastating and the battle will probably be one of the most spectacular scenes in the movie especially in the VFX department.
The young T-800 is unclothed as he does this attack on the aged T-800, while the 3D model of the aged T-800 is wearing the clothing in the Trailer scene when he tells 'The Terminator' that he has been waiting for him… This is the equivalent of Tanks colliding, the machines are heavy. Battle damage is an obvious issue when Terminators Fight.
Tons more details at the link, including a mockup of the artwork they saw. [TheTerminatorFans]
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Justice League Dark
Latino Review's Umberto Gonzalez tweeted that the members of this mystical team will consist of John Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, and Jason Blood. [Twitter]
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Check out Empire Magazine's detailed cover images, including a close-up of Ultron, here. The magazine also chatted with Joss Whedon, who had this to say (note: he's described as "grinning" while he speaks):
"I've been working on a lot of Ultron scenes, so I'm very anti-Avengers right now. You can't write someone if you don't love them and I've come to the conclusion that Ultron is right. The Avengers need to die."
Of his future in the Marvel universe, he said:
"I couldn't imagine doing this again. It's enormously hard, and it [will] be, by [the time I would make 'Avengers 3 & 4'], a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own. So it's very doubtful that I would take on the two-part Infinity War movie that would eat up the next four years of my life. I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel Universe – I love these guys – but it ain't easy. This year has been more like running three shows than any year of my life. It is bonkers."
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Star Ryan Reynolds says they have a lot of creative freedom on the project.
"It's been a long time, but it's happened in the right way and that's all that matters," Reynolds tells MTV. "We don't have the kind of money that most superhero movies do, but that's great, actually. Necessity is the mother of invention, and that's why we get to make the movie we want to make."
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Coming Soon has an exclusive clip, which you can watch here.
Mission: Impossible 5
The release date's been moved from Christmas to summer. July 31, if you choose to accept it. [Deadline]
And here's a set photo, from WENN.com, showing a scene where Simon Pegg and Tom Cruise appear to be sneaking onto a boat:
Game of Thrones
Redditor Legazpi_ posts some set photos that give an even more detailed look at Daznak's Pit (Mereen's most baller fighting pit, for those unfamiliar with the storyline in A Dance With Dragons) than earlier images. Like, major dead body action can be seen, which seems to indicate a massacre of some kind. Plus a compilation of other set photos of the scene. [Reddit and Imgur]
Also on the Game of Thrones tip, Jon Snow himself offered insight into the upcoming season's battle scenes at the SAG Awards:
"It's lavish this year," Kit Harington said. "We hear on set in previous years, 'Can we afford that?' and they say, 'No, no you can't afford that.' And this year there was, 'Can we afford that?' and they were like, 'Yeah, you can.' They're throwing money at it, and they have to because we're on Season 5 and coming towards the real peak of the story. There's some huge action sequences, battle scenes that will leave the audiences wanting more."
Exec producer Andrew Kreisberg took to Twitter to tease the debut of villain Gorilla Grodd, revealing that he and Geoff Johns got a glimpse at the VFX progress, and "it blew our puny human minds." [Comic Book Resources]
Here's a clip from Wednesday's episode, "Midnight City:" [The CW]
Here's the synopsis for Feb. 10's episode, "A Sin to Err":
Peggy discovers the shocking truth about Leviathan but doesn't realize that her true enemies are even closer than she imagined. Meanwhile, Souza is close to confirming the truth about Peggy and may just put her in the crosshairs of the SSR.
And here's James D'Arcy talking about taking on the role of manservant Edwin Jarvis:
I was actually just generally worried that I couldn't do justice to it. I thought it was fantastically well-written. I've never been called upon to do anything funny, and when I read it, I thought "This is very funny — I don't know if I can do that! I don't know if I'm the right guy for the job. I don't want to go and do a half-assed job of it, as much as I'd like to be in the Marvel Universe." They were very clear that they would like me to be a part of it, if not this show, then some other thing, at some other point. So there was an easy way out.
In the end, there was something about [Jarvis'] decency, actually. I thought, "You know what? This is a dignified human being who treats a woman in 1946 — when they were sort of second-class citizens, as we explore in our show — with real respect and kindness and generosity, and I can play that." And if it's funny, great. And if it isn't funny, it doesn't matter because I don't think that's the heart of who this guy is. So I went for that, and that was the hook that I was able to get into.
Sorry, Sylar fans: Zachary Quinto won't be reprising his role in the upcoming 13-episode miniseries. [TV Line]
Additional reporting by Abhimanyu Das and Charlie Jane Anders.