Scott Lang learns how to take a punch in new Ant-Man footage. The Minority Report TV show casts a major lead. The Vampire Diaries is adding a new lesbian couple. Plus, set reports from X-Files filming, the cast and crew talk new characters coming to The Flash, and a new teaser for Hannibal. Behold, Spoilers!
Joseph Gordon-Levitt continues to talk about the movie, this time defending the decision to turn the long running comic into a movie rather than an episodic series:
I think a big screen adaptation is a better idea and here’s why. If you did the episodic version, I think it could very well end up as a not-as-good-version of what is already brilliant in the comics. But by reworking the material into a big movie, Gaiman’s brilliant characters and ideas get to take shape in a way they never have before. Also, I think Sandman deserves to look absolutely mind-blowingly awesome, just on a visual level, and as cinematic as some tv shows are becoming these days, they still can’t compete with big movies visually, just because they can’t afford to.
Kevin Feige discusses the why Tom Holland’s youth sets him apart as the new Spider-Man:
You look at the early comic books of Spider-Man and what was so great about what Stan Lee and Steve Ditko did was they said what if one of the most powerful heroes we have is a high school kid who also has to do homework and isn’t a billionaire, or isn’t a genius scientist, or isn’t a trained assassin, or isn’t another scientist who had an accident but is a kid?
The one thing that hasn’t been able to be explored in the other five [”Spider-Man”] movies is his relationship to the broader Marvel Universe and that’s something that was exciting to us. To go back to those Stan Lee, Steve Ditko origin tales of having him be younger and that dichotomy with dealing with the rest, and also in Brian Michael Bendis’ “Ultimate Spider-Man.”
That the younger he was, the more truer he was to the original Spider-Man comic book stories and also the more unique and different he would be in comparison to the other Marvel heroes.
Scott Lang faces a trial by water the first time he uses the Ant-Man suit, and does some training with Hope Van Dyne in two new clips from the film. [/Film]
John Connor rallies his troops in a final clip from the film ahead of its release today.
Nick Zano has been cast in the major role of Arthur, a Precog who is the fraternal twin of Dash (played by Stark Sands). Arthur, according to Deadline, “has a hard shell, borne of years of difficult experience in the outside world that Dash avoided”.
Entertainment Weekly are reporting that Enver Gjokaj (Agent Sousa) and James D’Arcy (Jarvis) have signed on for the second season of the show. Chad Michael Murray (Agent Thompson), Bridget Regan (Dottie) and Lyndsy Fonseca (Angie) are also allegedly in talks to return to the series alongside the (obviously) already confirmed Hayley Atwell.
This werewolf show will get a third season on Syfy. [Variety]
Grant Gustin discusses the show adding a new love interest for Barry Allen:
[Eddie’s death] is definitely a factor, for sure. Barry wants to be there for Iris as her best friend right now. And for Barry, too. It’s too soon for everybody. Some tragic events just took place!
While Geoff Johns also add that there’s more to come in terms of new characters for the show:
There are a lot of new characters coming in, not just the ones that have been leaked online—and they all will challenge relationships, in good and bad ways.
The Vampire Diaries
Three new vampires will be joining the series next season, including a same-sex couple, the show’s first. Nora and Mary Louise are “a dangerous duo of down-low lovers with murderous tendencies”, and they’re joined by Valerie, a young vampire who “relies on her dry sense of humor to counter a life of pain and dismissal”. [TV Line]
Frances de la Tour has been cast as Mother Hildegarde, a Mother Superior at L’Hopital des Anges, a major location from the book the show’s second season is based on. [TV Line]
Here’s a brief set report from filming:
The scene seemed to entail Dana Scully (played by Gillian Anderson) waiting on a sidewalk for her former partner Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) to meet her there. Once Mulder arrives, the pair exchange some small talk, Fox gives Dana a kiss on the cheek, and they continue standing there until they are joined by newcomer, Tad O’Malley (Joel McHale). O’Malley seems to have a lot to say to the pair, and at one moment Scully & Mulder both look up into the sky, and by their reactions, it seemed they were at the very least willing to listing to more of what Tad had to say as they follow him into his limo & left with him.
Into The Badlands
AMC have unveiled a new Comic-Con poster for the martial arts series. [Coming Soon]
Entertainment Weekly has a few more animated character posters.
Finally, Jack says goodbye to Bella in this clip from “Contorno”. [Spoiler TV]
Additional reporting by Diana Biller and Charlie Jane Anders. Top image: The X-Files.