Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer discuss Justice League. Jamie Foxx explains why his Spider-Man villain sports a comb-over. Chloe Moretz explains how Hit-Girl grows up in Kick-Ass 2. (Hint: more swearing.) Director Noam Murro breaks down the 300 sequel trailer. Plus Denzel Washington is a sci-fi garbageman-turned-hitman. Spoilers!
Top image from Man of Steel.
Here's an interview with Man of Steel director Zach Snyder and producer Deborah Snyder, in which the director cryptically discusses Justice League.
Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer also discusses the possibility of future crossovers between different DC Comics characters, in the process absolutely confirming that the Dark Knight continuity won't be involved:
"The 'Dark Knight' films do not exist in the same universe. Zack [Snyder] has gone on record. The fact that we have Wayne Industries on the satellite, Bruce Wayne exists in this universe. Lex Luthor exists in this universe. Other metahumans do exist in this universe, so the hope is, depending on how the film does, that we'll be able to roll into some other films. If I were offered it, I wouldn't say no. Well, what are you going to do after Batman and Superman? How do you top yourself? I can't go back to Metamorpho after this."
Lest anyone take that as confirmation that Metamorpho will never show up in a movie — which, I mean, he probably won't, with all due respect to ol' Rex Mason — that last line can safely be considered a joke. [MTV]
Thor: The Dark World
Loki actor Tom Hiddleston offers some high praise for the sequel's director, Game of Thrones veteran Alan Taylor:
"Alan is amazing. He has this extraordinary breadth of vision about 'The Dark World' - just the scale of it, what he imagined Asgard to be, what the depth and the specificity of his imagination about extending the reach of the film and taking the audience into parts of the 'Thor Universe' that they haven't seen yet, I've found that really exciting."
Check out the complete video interview with Hiddleston below. [Flicks and the City]
Here's a new TV spot.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Electro actor Jamie Foxx discusses the rather unimpressive appearance of the villain's alter ego, Max Dillon:
"I play Max Dillon, and this is me before I turn into the villain. My [real] sister is my hair stylist and she created the Django look, Ray Charles and things like that. So, I told her that, when I'm the nerd guy, I want to be the first black man with a comb over. I told her make me look like I would look if I never made it. I had a jheri curl and things didn't go right, so I Jimmy Mack it... What’s funny though is doing the voice. And the voice is like [growling], 'Yes, a world without mercy, a world without power.' But what’s funny is when I forget my line and I have to go back to my regular voice."
Here are two more TV spots. [Shock Till You Drop]
Jay Baruchel, who costars in this weekend's This Is The End, talks about his role as OmniCorp marketing head Pope, a role that apparently means plenty of scenes alongside Michael Keaton's villainous CEO and Gary Oldman's RoboCop creator:
Oh shoot. Well, the film fan in me bent over backwards to get a chance to work with Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton, especially as it was in Toronto, which is only an hour flight from where I live, so it was a pretty quick, easy “Yes” to make. I have no idea how most movies I work on turn out until I see them, so I can’t speak to what this is going to be. All I can say is that I got to work with a director who I was a fan of. I went and sought out the Elite Squad movies under my own steam, on my own time, about two years before there was a RoboCop remake. So after already being a fan of Jose’s [Padilha]… when they said it was him and mentioned Oldman and Michael Keaton it was just, clearly, go pick the brains of people who I really, really respect. The film nerd that I am was a pig in shit. I got anecdotes from Beetlejuice for God’s sakes. I mean I have Commissioner Gordon on one side of me and Batman on the other, it was a wet dream, man.
Neill Blomkamp says he does want to make a District 9 sequel eventually, but he keeps coming up with other ideas he wants to make into movies first:
“I really want to make a District 9 sequel. I genuinely do. The problem is I have a bunch of ideas and stuff that I want to make. I’m relatively new to this – I’m about to make my third film, and now the pattern that I’m starting to realize is very true is that you lock yourself into a film beyond the film you’re currently working on. But it just doesn’t work for me. I don’t know if it works for other directors, but the amount of ideas and the amount of different places I want to go through the duration of making one film, means that I have no idea what else I want to do during that process. I only know at the end. So if I say I want to make District 10, and then I have 50 ideas while I’m making [next film] Chappie, and when I get to the end I don’t want to make it, it’s not a good place to be at. But I know I want to make District 10 at some point.”
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Here are eight new promo images from the second Hobbit movie. [IGN]
Star Chloe Moretz discusses the evolution of her character Mindy — alias Hit-Girl — and what that means regarding profanity:
“In the first one, you saw a lot more Hit-Girl than you did Mindy. I think you saw Mindy two times in the whole story. But in this movie, you see way more of Mindy than you do of Hit-Girl. You see this young girl struggling with who she is. In the last film, I only cussed six times in the movie - I counted! – but each time was really pivotal and it really meant something. And in this film it’s the same – it’s not like she just drops it all the time because she’s older. She only uses it when she’s Hit-Girl. She doesn’t use it when she’s Mindy.”
Denzel Washington will reportedly play a "garbageman-turned-hitman" in an adaptation of an unpublished sci-fi thriller by New York Times culture editor Adam Sternbergh. Here's a description of the story, courtesy of Deadline:
In a bombed-out, near future New York City where most of the population escapes reality by tapping into a digital fantasy world, a contract killer is hired to kill the daughter of a powerful, maniacal evangelist. Ultimately, the killer becomes the girl’s protector.
300: Rise of an Empire
Director Noam Murro explains how this movie is set concurrent to Zack Snyder's original 300:
"The idea of this movie was always that it takes place at about the same time of the first one. It's as if you zoomed out and saw a bigger time frame and told a bigger story of what happened in '300.' The first movie speaks to the detail of this sequel. I think '300' was wonderfully done in an operatic way, one location almost, and explore that. This is a much larger palette, historically and geographically. It is larger in scale, and it takes place on water."
He also discusses updating the look of the original film for this followup:
"I think that was the great thing about working with Zack and working with the studio. The idea was always to create a point of reference of the old movie, but technologically and visually push it further up the hill. It really is quite a difference in the way that it feels and looks. It does happen in water, and geographically, it is open. I think we've pushed it from a visual spectacle uphill, but the roots of this tree are grounded in the '300' world. We wanted to create different styles of battles, and there are very distinct ones in this movie. There's the fire battle and the fog battle."
There's more at the link. [MTV]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer and late-period showrunner Marti Noxon has reportedly been hired to write the script for MGM's new, rebooted Lara Croft movie. [Variety]
Courtney Ford discusses her return as Portia Bellefleur in season six:
“After watching the Season 5 finale, which was pretty intense and crazy, things are getting a little heated in Bon Temps and it stands to reason that someone is going to need a lawyer... How much of Bill is in there? Is Bill still Bill? That's the big question mark. I think if she's afraid of Bill, she'd probably be double afraid of Billith. Billith is pretty scary."
Once Upon a Time
Here are some tidbits from Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis's recent panel at Austin's ATX Festival, courtesy of CarterMatt.com:
— Those people left in Storybrooke will not be forgotten. As a matter of fact, many of them could have larger roles when they are featured in the show based on who is not around.
— Some sort of reunion between the torn-apart Charming family … eventually.
— Two separate story arcs, one for the fall and one for the spring. There will be a longer hiatus than usual this coming season in an effort to keep that wonky schedule from happening again.
— Rumpelstiltskin trying yet again to redeem himself, but this time with trying to save Henry.
Executive producer says Hayley won't simply be a love interest for Klaus:
“Hayley is, by no means, the Cinderella in the Klaus love story. Hayley is a girl who’s pretty tough, fiery, independent … a survivor in her own right who got drunk, had sex and got knocked up. She’s going to have her own journey. She’s not really meant to be a threat to Klaus’ love life.”
Star Tatiana Maslany discusses why Sarah abandoned Kira:
“I think she left because she didn’t know how to be a mother. She just can’t handle that responsibility. For her, she’s always hustled and manipulated. That’s what she knows. And to have a little baby who’s reliant on her is the scariest thing that could ever happen to Sarah. I think she was in a relationship that led her down a road she wanted to get away from... [The identity of Kira's father] is a mystery still to be solved.”
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.