Get an insider's look at the big fight in Batman v. Superman. And a possible glimpse of Max von Sydow's Star Wars character. One star is eager to return in Amazing Spider-Man 3. Plus fresh looks at Mad Max: Fury Road, Jupiter Ascending, and Pan. Spoilers now!
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On Vyrt, a fan told Leto, "You're reminding me of Batman, unseen hero!" And Leto responded, "Batman is dead." Now, this sounds more as though Jared Leto was either joking, or talking about Batman as the yardstick to measure heroes. But, of course, speculation abounds that this is an actual plot point we will see in the Suicide Squad movie, or other upcoming DC movies. [Comic Book.com]
Take this with all the grains of salt you can find, but Latino Review has sources giving them what they claim is the current plot outline of Suicide Squad. One source says:
Deadshot and Harley Quinn meet early when Deadshot is assassinating an inmate that is being transported from Arkham. Quinn disrupts the hit when she tries to break Joker out and both are captured and taken to Amanda Waller's prison.
Waller has Joker moved to the prison as a means to keep Quinn in check. He spends most of the film in a cell, very much like Hannibal Lecter, until he breaks out in the end.
Boomerang is already in the Squad and there is a contention between he and Deadshot, Deadshot killed his father.
The team is tasked on a mission to prevent 'bio weaponry' from being sold to Lex Luthor by a human trafficking gang. The gang is handing over the Enchantress to Luthor who it is implied wants her for magical abilities. They kidnap her and take her back to the prison where she is kept in an underground area, which has all sorts of genetic freaks imprisoned including a King Shark.
Rick Flag is there as a watchdog over Waller. The twist is his character is revealed as being in league with the villain, Rick Flag Snr at the end. (This is what I believe may have been the reason Hardy left) It is out of left field. They want the weapons that Waller has amassed.
Their second source backs up the broad strokes, with the addition of Waller's plan:
Waller is tracking down and capturing every super powered hero and villain and it is implied that she is after Batman but he is not in the film, only mentioned and shown on camera footage. The film is being used as a set up for the franchises villains and not only the Suicide Squad. Belle Reve (the prison) is home to many of villains beyond the leads. The script ends with a prison riot where most of them escape, including the Joker. The Joker has a large part in the movie but doesn't get involved in any action scene until the very end during the riot where he kills several people.
More details at the link — but again, take this with many grains of salt. [Latino Review]
Batman v. Superman
Guillermo Grispo, who works on stunts and and fight choreography for Batman v. Superman, spoke to Los Andes Diario about the film. Unsurprisingly, the biggest thing he talks about is the fight between the two DC heavy weights:
Look, at Warner Bros., they are very strict, so I can't say much, but it's no surprise if I say Batman and Superman come face-to-face in the movie. It's one of the most important sequences and I was actively involved in the design of the fight: the exchange of punches and the physical movement were put together with my partner Ryan Watson.
There's a thought that Batman has no chance, that the other [Superman] will squash him like a bug. But when you see the movie, and how it all comes out, there's a very intelligent explanation as to why they would have a firsthand confrontation though it seems to be totally to Batman's disadvantage.
He then went on to discuss Batman's fighting style, specifically:
Now Batman it's going to fight the way I've always dreamed seeing him fight… he's a character so prepared in martial arts that you can do a lot of things with him, but filmmakers usually don't go all the way with it. Even in the last Nolan movies the action scenes aren't very good from a technical, martial arts point of view to things like choreography, filming, bad camera movements…
But hey, don't get me wrong, Nolan is great, my hats off to him. He makes fascinating stories, but I think that he did not pay too much attention to the fights. Those are the kind of details that Zack, being so physical himself, loves preparing. I think there's going to be a big difference when you see these Batman fights in comparison to the previous ones
A photo of a shirt, supposedly given to the crew, gives us a slightly better look at that fight. Be aware, we saw one that just had the logo on it a while back, so take it with a grain of salt. [Coming Soon]
Amazing Spider-Man 3
The existence of a third Amazing Spider-Man film is still something of a question mark. But Felicity Jones would be totally willing to come back as Black Cat in it. [via International Business Times]
Continuing in his quest to remind us that he's keeping far away from The Force Awakens, George Lucas had this to say about his story ideas and Disney:
The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn't really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it's not the ones that I originally wrote [on screen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens]
Star Wars Latino has come across some concept art that we've heard a lot about: a look at Max von Sydow's character, some ship designs, and Stormtroopers burning something (with Darth Vader present, who is rumored to be included as a placeholder for another character). Von Sydow's character may be a cyborg aligned with Daisy Ridley's character or, some rumors say, he could be a returning original trilogy character. [via Comic Book Movie]
Here are a couple of high-res images from the Peter Pan prequel:
Mad Max: Fury Road
And here are some very high-res photos from the film:
Here are three high-res photos from this movie, too:
The Walking Dead
Noah Emmerich, who played the CDC's Edwin Jenner, was asked if he would be willing to appear in the prequel series, since his character could easily make an appearance pre-apocalypse. Emmerich answered:
Sure, I think he's a fascinating character. There's definitely a lot more to find out about Dr. Jenner. I have no idea, I haven't talked with them about anything. I don't know [if he could come back]. I have no idea, but it's an interesting question.
.. There's a lot more there for that character. He was a fascinating character and we only got a little taste of him. It would be really interesting to see what more was there. It's really intriguing.
Director Rupert Wyatt gave a few tiny details about his next project:
I'm working on a couple of things. I'm working on a science fiction film, and also a science fiction TV show [Echo Chamber]. Basically science fiction!
I've read that you're a fan of Philip K Dick, so can we expect anything along those lines?
It is, in the sense that it's very grounded and relatable to our world. It's not space opera or anything like that. The TV show is a ten-part series that has a science fiction trope, but is actually more in keeping with a film like The Battle Of Algiers or something, but told in a science fiction context.
Executive producers Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim both say that the first three episodes back are a "trilogy:
Kreisberg:I don't think the audience is wondering whether or not he's really dead. It's wondering how he's going to come back. The answer to that question is really revealed over these next three episodes, which were designed to be a trilogy of what happened to Oliver Queen and what happens to Starling City and its heroes when their leader and their inspiration isn't there to guide them anymore.
Guggenheim: The reason episodes 10, 11 and 12 are a trilogy is the events of episode 309 were so epic on so many different levels, it can't just be resolved in one episode. There are repercussions that go for three episodes and really for the remainder for the season, if not the remainder of the series. The series will never be exactly the same post-episode 309.
And Colton Haynes gave a bunch of details about what's next for many of the characters:
Obviously Felicity [Emily Bett Rickards] is heartbroken. Roy kind of plays it differently. He's very conflicted. He feels a little let down, and I don't want to say cheated, but in a way he really doesn't think Oliver is gone. Roy is now on a path to try to figure out if the truth is being told and he's going to get into a lot of trouble on that path.
... Roy is a big part in bringing [Laurel] into the fold because we do need as many people to make up for [Oliver's absence]
Everyone starts to find out who actually did kill Sara, but the reason behind why and how that actually happened wasn't malicious and wasn't on purpose. There's a big level of forgiveness when that happens, whenever she does find out.
When [Thea] does find out, she starts to question her relationship with Malcolm Merlyn and her relationship with everybody, because Thea is always the one being betrayed and everyone's lying to her.
Stephen Amell says that, even with all the changes, the basic structure of the show won't change:
Clearly, we've seen from the preview, we're going to revisit the spot of the duel with Ra's. And then as far as recovery goes… again, hopefully. But Oliver's story, however it plays out, will continue to be told in real time, and the flashbacks will continue. The basic construction of the show will remain the same.
TVLINE | So we're not done with the Hong Kong flashbacks. They didn't end with Maseo's wife disappearing?
No. Not at all. There are Hong Kong flashbacks in Episode 10 and 11, and then 12 is someone else's flashbacks.
The Vampire Diaries
Paul Wesley talked about the upcoming episode he's directing, "Woke Up With a Monster":
This episode in my opinion is a much more grounded episode. It's actually not as mystical. There's not a lot of mythology in my episode; it's really about the more tender moments. The best and most exciting moments are the moments when we step away from all of that and we really get down to some beautiful interaction between two characters that is really intimate. What I love about my episode is that it is fast-paced, fast-paced, fast-paced, exciting, entertaining, and then it sort of slows down and there's this moment of real tenderness, which I think is so important on our show. It's all about the people and there's some really beautiful moments and amazing performances. I'm excited about that interesting sort of juxtaposition.
Speaking of those moments, we know that Stefan and Caroline are headed to North Carolina. But Stefan is also secretly going to see Sarah Salvatore, so is he still being a good friend to Caroline?
Yeah, for sure. He really cares about her. He really loves her. That's not even a question. That's never really something that he doubts. But it's true; in the story they go there together, but then they kind of separate. They kind of go their own ways to do their own things and investigate their own personal interests.
Here's a clip from the episode:
Donal Logue says that Bullock has horrible relationships with pretty much everyone:
He's probably the most f—-ed up man in terms of just relationships and intimacy, so he's just dismissive of Barbara, he's dismissive of Thompkins… whatever. He's [also] threatened by other men who could have an actual relationship with a woman.
He should be scared of the Penguin. I always feel like, man, I've threatened this dude… I told Jim while he was in the trunk to put a bullet in his head. He can get me almost any time.
Here's a clip from "Remember Me":
Once Upon a Time
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller