The Man of Steel sequel is headed to the Motor City. Check out Guardians of the Galaxy set photos and hear from star Chris Pratt. Bong Joon Ho might not be forced to chop up Snowpiercer for American audiences after all. Another Game of Thrones character gets recast. Plus Arrow is adding DC Comics' most famous wall. Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Thor: The Dark World.
The Michigan Film Office has announced that the Batman-featuring Man of Steel sequel is going to be filmed in Detroit, with production slated to kick off sometime in the first three months of 2014. It’s not clear whether Detroit will double for Metropolis – which was played by Chicago and Vancouver in Man of Steel – or Gotham City – which was primarily played by Chicago and then Pittsburgh in the Dark Knight Trilogy – but here’s what director Zack Snyder had to say about the decision in the press release:
“Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie. Detroit and the entire state of Michigan have been fantastic collaborators, and we are looking forward to working together on this film.”
Tom Hiddleston explains Loki’s role in the upcoming sequel:
“[It’s] a sequel to Avengers as much as it is to Thor. It’s a roller coaster, no question. It’s full of ups and downs and loop-de-loops and twists and turns. It will take you to places you haven’t seen before. [The Dark Elves] have an ancient, ancient grudge against Asgard and against the reign of Odin, and they’re back… Loki has a very complicated relationship with Thor. He is an agent of chaos without equal in the world he inhabits. He knows his true nature. He knows he doesn't belong in the family of Asgard, and he’s locked away in the beginning of the film in the deepest, darkest recesses of the dungeon as public enemy number one... Lo and behold, Asgard needs [Loki’s] help. That's going to be a very complicated allegiance.”
And here’s a TV spot.
Star Chris Pratt discusses his experience working on the Marvel space opera:
It’s been really great. It’s hard to even put into words, especially for someone like me who has the vocabulary of a sixth-grader. It’s been a real trip. There’s a lot of super talented people working on it - artists. That’s what I always loved about comic books as a kid, the drawings. I didn’t ever read them that much. I wasn’t too big into the stories, but I loved the artwork and the covers. I’d like to draw a lot as a kid myself. So to see that, as they did making these comic books, they’ve hired the best artists in the world to do the concept artwork and to design these worlds. It’s so imaginative and so unreal. We’re working really hard and I’m in a bit of a daze, but I just can’t wait for people to see what we’re doing out there. I think that footage they showed at Comic-Con is very accurate to the movie that we’re making. I thought that footage was pretty badass.
... I think we’re getting good stuff. I don’t know what to say about it other than it might be…Oh! It’s the greatest movie of the 21st century! That’s what I’ll say. It’ll be the Citizen Kane of movies other than Citizen Kane.
And here’s an exchange between Pratt and his Parks and Recreation costar Aubrey Plaza:
Plaza: Do you get to have sex with an alien?
Pratt: A couple.
And here are some set photos. [Comic Book Movie]
Here’s a behind-the-scenes featurette. [Coming Soon]
The Americans star Keri Russell offers some praise for the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel, in which she plays one of the humans fighting to survive in an increasingly ape-dominated world:
"I think it's going to be really great. I love the combination of [director] Matt [Reeves], such an imaginative and sensitive filmmaker, doing a big summer movie like this for Fox because it will really have a sense of story, which a lot of the big summer movies don't follow too much. It will really have sentiment and emotion to it and intimacy. I think that is what Matt's strength is. It's beautiful and big and epic and I hope it works. I loved all of the shooting in the Vancouver wild, these big, beautiful, mossy forests, where you do really feel like you're in another time, and just working with Andy Serkis, who is incredible [as Caesar]. He's so good at what he does."
Here’s a sizzle reel from visual effects company Digital Domain, which features a few clips from the upcoming film. [First Showing]
Here’s a new poster featuring star George Clooney. [First Showing]
Director Bong Joon Ho says he’s currently working on the American edits to his ice-age train movie, which he says aren’t nearly as extensive as originally rumored:
"I came here after editing for the American version. I've never produced a new version for overseas premieres, and this is the first time I'm making a new version. Weinstein is actually being pretty soft toward editing, probably because it's noticed how critics have praised the film and know how angry movie fans get over new edits. They even asked me which parts I want to include in the film.”
For those of you who didn't like Ed Skrein as the sellsword Daario Naharis, then there's a bit of good news — the role of Daario has been recast for season four, with Dutch actor Michiel Huisman (Treme) taking the role. [Winter is Coming]
Here are some images from the recent season four filming in Croatia, where actors include Sophie Turner (Sansa), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne), and Tony Way (Dontos Hollard). Plus Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martel) and maybe Indria Varma (Ellaria Sand). It's interesting that Ser Dontos is mentioned as being part of filming, since he has a fairly major role in the book but has been largely MIA on the TV show. [SpoilerTV and Winter is Coming]
Comics creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman offers this video tour of the set. [SpoilerTV]
Here’s an extended promo for the next episode, “Speak of the Devil.” [SpoilerTV]
Co-creator Eddy Kitsis says the show won’t offer an especially clear resolution to how Mulan and Belle helped Philip get his soul back:
“We’ll hint at it, but we probably aren’t going to show that [back]story for a while. One of the things about Season 3 is we’ve really tried to focus on the core characters, including the six people on that boat and Neal. We do eventually want to get to that [Philip/wraith] story, but we’re coming out of the gate with the people on that boat.”
The eighth episode is reportedly called “The Tempest.” [SpoilerTV]
Episode six is reportedly called “Keep Your Enemies Closer,” and it reportedly introduces the show’s version of Amanda Waller, who in this incarnation of “an agent of A.R.G.U.S. who sends out a team to kidnap Diggle.” [SpoilerTV]
In attempting to describe Ryan Murphy’s vision for the witch-centric new season, writer Tim Minear draws some comparisons and some contrasts with some of his old shows:
The thing about Ryan is — and this is what he has such a great barometer about — is how not to go down the kind of easy, cheesy path. If something starts to feel like the thing you would see on — look, I'll say it — "Angel" or "Buffy" or something. We did it a little bit [on those shows]…
Am I going to have to defend "Angel" to you? It's one of my favorite shows.
No, no, no! What I'm saying is … No, you don't have to defend "Angel" to me. Let me rephrase that. Ryan's not interested in the plot machinations of genre. What he's interested in is the emotional metaphor that genre allows you to explore. So "Angel" was a more procedural kind of drama, in a way. And by the way, sometimes that starts to become a problem for a genre show. I think [this may have occurred in] Season 4 "Angel," for instance, where it starts to become about the mythology and not about the characters. We want it to be "American Horror Story." We don't want it to be … see, I don't want to trash another show.
But essentially you're saying that you don't want to present tropes or clichés about witches that we might have seen elsewhere in popular culture.
There’s more at the link. [Huffington Post]
Star Noah Wyle previews the upcoming season, which he says will be less heavy on the science fiction aspects, and more character-focused:
"It's bittersweet [for me]. It's a tough show to do, because it's a little bit like gearing up for battle. We leave next week, so I'm excited to go back and see everybody. I'm very excited about our new showrunner David Eick and the first couple of scripts I've taken a look at, so I think it's going to be a good season… Thematically, the way it's been explained to me is that we went a little out there in the sci-fi wing last season, and we're going to pull it back a bit and focus more on these characters and interpersonal conflict. There's a couple big story lines that are going to run over the course of the season but I can't divulge them yet. Sorry to be vague, but it's really ignorance. I'm just going to play it off like I can't tell you."
He also reveals that the new season’s big bad will be male, and more obviously alien and menacing than Jessy Schram’s Karen. He then hints at how the new season will kick off:
“The first episode is going to start about two weeks after the last one ended, so we're picking up with these characters pretty freshly. Tom is still getting to know this new daughter of his, who he thought was six months old and looks very much like a seven year old. And her growth rate will continue to be pretty accentuated. It should make for some interesting story lines… There’s a big thing that happens in the first episode that [Tom and Anne] have to get past. Tom is on this linear track being Tom and Anne gets radically redefined as a character.”
Here’s a trio of teasers for the BBC show. [Den of Geek]
Here are descriptions for two new characters, courtesy of E! Online:
Zach is an attractive yet cocky former soldier with a deep and dangerous secret. He'll be reuniting with an old friend, and although we can't tell you who that "friend" is, we can tell you that the reunion won't be a happy one.
Beth, Cat's friend from high school, whose overly-curious personality as a journalist leads her into situations she may regret getting into.
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.