The early, internal reviews for Man of Steel are in — and if we can believe them, they're ridiculously promising. Zoe Saldana talks Star Trek Into Darkness and Avatar 2. Jason Clarke briefly discusses his star turn in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Plus S.H.I.E.L.D., The Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries, and more!
It's all spoilers from here on out!
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Uhura actress Zoe Saldana discusses the status of her character's romantic relationship with Spock heading into the sequel:
"I don't know. They're figuring things out. They're definitely together, you know, because they work together on the Enterprise, and there's so much that's going on this time around with their situation as a crew, as the Enterprise, that it definitely is going to add a little stress to their relationship."
There have already been some positive reports from the studio screenings at Warner Bros., but I've been hesitant to report on these because it's not necessarily wise to trust the reviews of people whose livelihoods depend on the movie's success — hell, even Green Lantern supposedly had positive buzz coming out of its screenings. Still, a supposed inside source has passed along relatively concrete, extremely positive details on the film. Take this with a grain of salt on multiple levels, but still, it's interesting reading:
- Imagine a Nolan story with Snyder effects/action.
- It's the best movie of the year.
- There's TONS of action with Superman kicking all kinds of ass in his suit.
- The cape is CG'd most of the time so it can look awesome.
- They have intentionally left out most of the the Super action in trailers to save it.
- It's not nearly as dour and serious as the trailers suggest.
- The movie is complete, minus the 3D post-conversion, which is currently taking place.
Here's the latest poster. [IGN]
The Town's Rebecca Hall, who plays scientist Maya Hansen in the film, offers some fulsome praise for franchise star Robert Downey, Jr., which if nothing else confirms that her character will indeed be sharing scenes with Tony Stark, in case there was any doubt:
"[I] can't even come close to matching wits with [RDJ] - but it was fun to try! He's a really brilliant improvisationalist. He's incredibly quick-witted. Everything he brings to Tony Stark is him. Of course there's all of the tradition from the comic books, the movie, and also the writing is brilliant, but there's also a heavy dose of that character is Robert Downey Jr. He's inspiring to work with and watch. He's a force."
During an audience question and answer session at the Glasgow Film Festival, Joss Whedon explained why it's so tricky to create a good solo Hulk movie. Considering he's not only the writer-director for The Avengers series but also creative consultant on all Marvel Studios movies, his opinion is worth considering even more than normal:
Yes. But it would be very, very hard. Hulk is a tricky son of a bitch. He's the Claudio of superheroes. Because the problem is it's a very popular character, but it's not a superhero. Half of it's a superhero, half of it's a werewolf. And you can't structure it like a superhero movie, you can't light it like a superhero movie. How do you develop that? It would be extremely difficult. The one thing you would have in your favour would be Mark Ruffalo. But right now I don't know if they have plans to do that or not, because he works so well as part of a greater whole, but by himself, it's tough. I don't envy the guys who went before.
Director Bryan Singer offers this latest general update:
It's just a good feeling. It's a good feeling because I'm anxious to work with these new cast members in the capacity of a director. And also to work with my old friends. And we've remained friends: Ian and I are great friends — and Hugh. I just can't really wait to work with everybody on what is a very good story. It's a story that that really involves all of those characters and really puts them to good use. They're not just thrown in for the sake of it. And it's also a very epic story and takes place in multiple times. And, also you'll see, there will be things that haven't been in an X-Men film yet that fans and non-fans alike will appreciate.
Asked about possible return appearances by Halle Berry as Storm and Rebecca Romijn as Mystique — who actually already cameoed in X-Men: First Class — Singer wouldn't rule it out:
"It depends on how it works out. I loved working with Halle, so all I can say is we'll see what happens... I'm excited about all the actors. It's an incredible cast. It's a great story and it involves a lot of stuff that hasn't been in X-Men films before. New kids of technology, science fiction aspects."
Zero Dark Thirty actor Jason Clarke confirmed his starring role in the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel, revealing only that "I play a guy who's trying to save humanity." [MTV Movies Blog]
Here's a pair of posters for the Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman-starring post-apocalyptic epic from Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. [First Showing]
Motion-captured star Zoe Saldana discusses where writer-director James Cameron is up to on the sequel:
"Last I heard, I spoke with his wife, Suzy [Amis], and she told me that he was definitely very reserved right now and taking his time. She barely sees him. He's just locked up writing, finishing up the script. I know that it's just a matter of time."
Joss Whedon discusses the possibility of the big-screen Avengers cameoing on his new ABC show:
I think it's going well but I may be biased. It's possible [there will be cameos], but it's not why we're doing it. We want to make sure that people fall in love with the characters we have on the show and don't spend all their time wondering if Chris Evans is going to show up.
You can check out the entire video interview with Whedon below. [Comic Book Movie]
Here are some promo photos for this Sunday's episode, "Clear." [SpoilerTV]
And here are some very short synopses for the next couple of episodes:
Episode 3.12 - Clear
Since they are outgunned against the Governor's forces, Rick undertakes a mission to get more weapons.
Episode 3.13 - Arrow on the Doorpost
Rick and the Governor contemplate a peace treaty.
AMC has confirmed that the fourth season will again be sixteen episodes long and will kick off in October. Production is due to resume in Atlanta on May 6, and Scott Gimple is indeed taking over for Glen Mazzara as showrunner. Here's comics creator Robert Kirkman's official comment on the matter:
"Scott has been an essential part of this show since he came aboard at the very beginning of season two. He's contributed to guiding this show in a substantial way that has resulted in a lot of the key scenes and storylines fans have dubbed signature moments of 'The Walking Dead.' I am thrilled to begin work on a brand new season of 'The Walking Dead' with Scott at the helm, and I truly believe we could be embarking on what will be the best season of this show yet."
Here's a sneak peek at the next episode, "The Queen Is Dead."
Grindhouse star Rose McGowan previews her role as the young version of Barbara Hershey's Cora:
"I fall madly in love, and then it ends tragically," she tells us. "Most of my stuff is with Rumple. And it was an amazing experience and I'll see them again next season. [A return appearance is] in the works."
Here are some promo photos for episode seven, "Ghosts." [SpoilerTV]
While this doesn't officially mean the show is dead, Kiefer Sutherland has reportedly been offered the lead role in an NBC pilot, which is a pretty good indication that Sutherland doesn't expect the show to be back for a third season. [EW]
Episode twenty-one will reportedly be called "The Great Escapist." [SpoilerTV]
Episode twenty will reportedly be called "Home Invasion." [SpoilerTV]
Showrunner Julie Plec checks in with another update, starting with a possible return for Tyler:
Tyler had to leave in the same way Katherine had to leave. When Klaus puts his mark on you, you're pretty f—-ed. So we do not have any plans to bring him back until there is a resolution to his Klaus problem and with Katherine it took her out for two years. Tyler does appear in one episode [this season], but it's not his "return."
What can we expect from Caroline and Klaus' relationship?
We haven't seen the end of the strange and somewhat perverse and beautiful and horrific and amazing and awful dynamic between Caroline and Klaus. Even if the spin-off does happen and we have two shows, I don't predict that that would be the end of that relationship.
The second season will make its Canadian premiere on April 21. [SpoilerTV]
Ian Nelson, best known as a District 3 tribute in The Hunger Games, will reportedly appear as a 15-year-old version of Derek Hale, playing the character "when he was a popular and charming star athlete; this is Derek before disaster struck his family, turning him into a lone werewolf always in search of a new pack." The same episode will introduce Derek's mother Talia and his sister Laura, as alluded to in a previous item. [E! Online]
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.