Jude Law talks getting into character for the Fantastic Beasts sequel. The Flash could be casting a classic Green Arrow villain. Could the Star Wars Rebels crew face a big casualty when the show returns? Plus, Gillian Anderson thoroughly reconfirms her X-Files and American Gods exits, and Morgan heads to Fear the Walking Dead. Spoilers!
Set photos of a jubilant Chris Evans reveal Captain America will once again don his original costume—and lose his rugged Infinity War beard—in a scene shared with The Hulk, Iron Man, and Ant-Man, no less.
Meanwhile, Karen Gillan has announced that she’s wrapped filming on the latest Avengers.
Movieweb reports Maleficent 2 will begin filming with Angelia Jolie sometime this spring. Joachin Ronning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) is attached to direct.
Star Wars: Episode IX
Though nothing has been signed, Variety reports John Williams has verbally promised to score Episode IX for J.J. Abrams. In a quote, Williams stated, “I would very much like to complete that.”
Ben Whishaw, Q himself, expects the twenty-fifth film in the James Bond franchise to begin filming later this year.
I haven’t had an update for a while. I would imagine, I think they have a release date for next year, so I think by the end of this year we have to have started filming something. Although it has gone strangely quiet, but that’s often the way it goes.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
In conversation with ET, Jude Law revealed he took a meeting with J.K. Rowling before playing Albus Dumbledore, to better prepare himself for the role:
Do you know what I did? I sat in a room for an afternoon with J.K. Rowling, and I listened to her extraordinary words of wisdom. She was kind enough to share with me the whole backstory and her future hopes for this young character of Dumbledore and really that set me on the path. I just did what the writer said.
Speaking with MTV News, David Harbour teased Hellboy might sing in his latest outing.
I don’t know if you know this, but I’m also a singer, or at least there was a little bit of crooning that Hellboy may or may not do in the film.
Insidious vs. Sinister
Jason Blum confirmed a crossover between ghostly franchises is under consideration in an interview with Cinema Pop.
I hope so. I want to. We almost did Insidious and Sinister and I still feel like we might do that so, I think so. I think we’re going to cross our worlds at some point. I don’t know how yet but we’re gonna try.
Coming Soon has the latest poster for Aardman’s Early Man.
Gillian Anderson has once again reiterated she will be leaving the series during a Q&A at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, making it clear she’s not just done, but doesn’t expect to make a return, either.
There are lots of things that I want to do in my life and career. It’s been an extraordinary opportunity. I’m extremely grateful. [But] I don’t want to be tied down to doing one thing for months and months… I like to be challenged as an actor. That’s why I got into this business. And it’s time for me to hang up Scully’s hat. This is it for me — I’m really serious.
According to a new casting call, Barry Allen will face off against the Green Arrow villain, Veronica “Hyrax” Dale, in an upcoming episode of The Flash. Comics fans may recall the eco-terrorist known as Hyrax was once responsible for the death of Oliver Queen himself, way back in issue #101 of Green Arrow’s second volume.
[VERONICA DALE] Mid 20s-30s. Female, an Environmental Activist (back when she was still sane) turned Animal Liberator turned Domestic Terrorist, who’s the leader of the Eden Corps — a cult-like organization that proposes to turn back the clock to a pre-industrial age — and if millions of innocent people have to die in the process, well, that’s just tough…
Critters: A New Binge
Verizon’s go90 has ordered a television series based on the long-dormant Critters franchise, from the creative team behind 2014's Zombeavers. Variety has the synopsis:
The critters return to Earth in search of one of their kin, who was left behind years ago during an earlier mission. They land in Burbank, Calif., where they wreak havoc on a group of high schoolers and their families.
Blumhouse Horror Anthology Series
Blumhouse is teaming with Hulu for twelve, self-contained episodes of a currently untitled horror anthology series premiering in October. Episodes will be released on a monthly basis over the course of a year. [Variety]
During Syfy’s panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Geoff Johns gushed Krypton will enjoy its “own version of Doomsday untethered to anything else.” Johns also hyped a fresh take on The Phantom Zone and even a possible appearance by the Omega Men.
We were talking about the Omega Men earlier. Any of these characters can show up.
Constantine: The Animated Series
Blue Ribbon Content Vice President Peter Girardi stated the Constantine web series will be “darker” than the live-action TV show, during yet another panel at the TCA winter press tour.
Moving forward, Constantine was a great example as well because the Constantine that we’re doing … it’s Constantine, if you’re familiar with the character. It’s Constantine from the Vertigo comic; it’s dark. Darker than the show.
Star Wars: Rebels
Making Star Wars has synopses for the show’s return:
Jedi Night: The Ghost Crew infiltrates the Imperial headquarters on Lothal to save one of their own.
Dume: Reeling from a devastating loss, the Ghost crew rallies together to find a new purpose and resolve.
Fear the Walking Dead
Entertainment Weekly has our first look at Lennie James crossing over to Fear The Walking Dead . Predictably, he is navigating another zombie-infested parking lot.
Ash vs the Evil Dead
Bloody-Disgusting has a new set of cast portraits from season three — including our first look at Lindsay Farris in the role of Dalton, the leader of the Knights of Sumeria.
Archie spars with Hiram in the trailer for Riverdale’s return episode, “Blackboard Jungle.”
Finally, Supergirl is “trapped inside a mind prison” in an extended trailer for “Legion of Superheroes,” airing January 15th.
Banner art by Jim Cooke.