The future Transformers films will maintain one key element of the previous films. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 may have cast a new superhero. You might have to wait a bit longer than usual to see new Game of Thrones. Plus, high-res images from Suicide Squad and The Force Awakens. To me, my Spoilers!
Akiva Goldman says that the human element of the franchise will remain an important part of the films going forward:
Fundamentally, there seems to be something really great about the interaction between the two species, [humans and Transformers]. I think that, in the main, I would suggest that would be something you wouldn’t want to squander. That doesn’t mean that you couldn’t do all sorts of things for a little while.
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
Deadline confirms the recent news that Pom Klementieff has been cast in the movie, adding that she is being allegedly lined up to play the superhero Mantis. Mantis, who has psychic abilities and connections to the alien Kree race, has had an uneasy relationship with the Guardians in the comics.
Snoopy takes flight in a new clip from the film.
A gallery of high-res images has been released in the wake of Empire’s cover story on the movie. You can find more at the link. [Comic Book]
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
In a new episode of Collider’s Heroes podcast, host Jon Schnepp claims that Daredevil will appear in the series in some capacity:
You’re definitely gonna see Matt Murdock in Jessica Jones. That’s a fact. He’s in it. I don’t know how they interact, but he’s in the series.
Note Schnepp specifically says Matt Murdock, rather than his superhero persona Daredevil, so Jessica may just approach the lawyer for legal advice (at one point in the comics, Jessica and Luke Cage even acted as bodyguards for Murdock at his practice) rather than team up for some superheroics—but as ever, it’s best to treat this as rumor until it’s confirmed by a more official source.
Matt Ryan discusses bringing Constantine to the Arrow universe:
There are certain things he’s doing, like picking up a sword and fighting with it, that are slightly different. And there was a period of adjustment as well, when I first put on the trenchcoat again. The first take I thought, ‘What am I doing?’ But after a while it was like, ‘Ah, there he is. There’s the posture. There’s the physicality of him.’ What’s great about that episode is that John comes into this Arrow world, and everyone doesn’t believe, or doesn’t know about, these occult worlds beyond ours, and John’s just like, ‘Look, this is the way sh— is.’ And he’s an arrogant bastard as well, so everyone’s a bit thrown off by him.
Game of Thrones
You may have to wait a little longer than usual for your Thrones fix—Entertainment Weekly are reporting that the show’s usual Late March/Early April premiere could be pushed back to the end of April, after HBO announced Sunday evening slots (where Game of Thrones usually presides) for three series that won’t end until mid April.
The Walking Dead
Daryl actor Norman Reedus has been given his own AMC series about Motorbikes, prompting speculation that his days in the zombie apocalypse show are numbered. However, the show, Ride with Norman Reedus is only six one hour episodes, so it’s not exactly like Reedus could not carry on with The Walking Dead as well as his new show. [TV Guide]
Brooklyn Animal Control
Clea DuVall has been cast in the lead role of in this adaptation of the IDW comic book about an enclave of werewolves that lives in New York, and the special police department that protects them. DuVall will play Madeleine Holmlund, the “the eldest daughter of the current den mother and the heir apparent to lead her people”. [TV Line]
Here’s a few teasing quotes from the season 5 premiere, “The Grimm Identity”:
“He sounds crazy.” “He is.”
”This is not make any sense.”
”Dude, you need to answer your phone.”
”The baby. He’s coming!”
More at the link. [Spoiler TV]
NBC Superhero Series
NBC have ordered a pilot commitment for the as-yet-untitled superhero series starring Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint. Grint plays a character also named Rupert, who discovers that a comic book series created by his dead father is based on a real world of superheroes. [Spoiler TV]
CBS have released a trio of clips from the next episode, “Stronger Together”.
Here’s a selection of new pictures from “The Darkness and the Light,” featuring Comics character Doctor Light and Legends of Tomorrow’s Hawkgirl, Kendra Saunders. There’s more at the link. [Spoiler TV]
Finally, The Doctor interrogates a Zygon in a new clip from “The Zygon Invasion”.
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Image: Jessica Jones.