Joss Whedon discusses the role of Black Widow and Hawkeye in Avengers 2. Kevin Feige lets us know when the next Marvel films will be announced. Another Mark Millar comic is becoming a film. One superhero director wants to tackle the Sandman movie. Plus another nerve-shattering Gravity trailer. Spoilers ahead...
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Director Joss Whedon discusses the role Hawkeye and the Black Widow will play in the new film. About Hawkeye, Whedon says:
"It's very much a global Avengers film. A lot of the movie has to do with their place not just in America, but the world. Part of the fun for me, definitely this time around, is writing Hawkeye. He did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around all scowly for most of the movie, so now it's nice to actually have the character there and see him interact with the other guys."
He also talks about Black Widow’s unique skill set and place in the world:
Natasha is a huge part of the sequel, because you do want to concentrate on the people who don't have their own franchises. Although she's in 'Cap 2,' [and] she's great. She was the most fun for me because she's not a hero, you know, and it's something that I read—and I feel bad that I can't remember who wrote the book—but it's in one of the books explaining, 'These guys are heroes, you are a spy. It's a different thing—it's a different skill set—and you don't have their moral high ground or any of that good stuff.' And that just makes her so interesting to me. So yeah, the stuff I've got going on with her in the second one is killer.
Fans had better be content with what they got at Comic-Con. There won't be any "phase three" announcements, until possibly Comic-Con 2014. When Studio head Kevin Feige was asked about the timetable of revealing more about the post-Avengers 2 films, he said “Well, it’s only 2013 now. But I think it would probably be, at the earliest, a year from now.” Until then we’ll have to keep wildly speculating about Doctor Strange and Black Panther. [/Film]
Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi film has added its final cast member. Wes Bentley (Hunger Games) has joined the film production. [ComingSoon.net]
Original comic writer Mark Millar gave an update at Comic-Con about the film adaptation of his comic by director Matthew Vaughn. He confirmed that Michael Caine has joined the cast, and added:
So [Jane Goldman] and Mathew have done it. It’s all written now and they start shooting in five weeks or something. All the cast is done. Michael Caine is the head of this spy organization. Colin Firth is the senior guy and a new young guy coming in who’s [unintelligible]. So it’s My Fair Lady meets James Bond. It’s… I don’t know what Americans would call it, but a chav, the street kids, somebody who’s a kind of hoodie or something. It’s a scummy kid who’s being trained to be a British gentleman spy.
Negotiations are expected to begin soon with brand new and unknown actor Taron Egerton to play the kid in the film. Rumor has it that Vaughn is eyeing either Emma Watson or Bella Heathcote to play the female lead, and is searching for a high profile actor to play the villain. He has already approached Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio with the villain role, but both have passed. [Variety]
Scarlett Johansson explains the movie's timing, and the relationship between Captain America and Black Widow:
This film is in real time, so it's been two years and we're both agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. We're fighting on the ground. It's not like we have these superpowers that we use, and [we can] fly around. We have a short-hand between us. We fight in a similar style. It's very much a working relationship. Through a series of unfortunate events, they find themselves in a situation where their working relationship becomes a more intimate friendship. They have some unexpected similarities between them. They have their guard up and they have their trust issues. They also have both been working for "the man" for their entire professional careers. Through this unexpected friendship that forms, they're starting to question what they want, and they start to question their own identity. It's a complex relationship that forms between them. Chris and I have known each other for 10 years. It's our fourth movie together.
Director Alfonso Cuarón explains how realism and experience define his movie, and set it apart from 2001: A Space Odyssey:
The two things they have in common: The approach is to do something that is realistic. Very realistic. I mean, we thought it should feel as if you're watching a Discovery Channel documentary on what went wrong. And Kubrick was — even if he was dealing with the future where technology doesn't exist right now, he was so meticulous about it. But I think that's where the similarities end, because Kubrick's film is an almost philosophical piece.
The last act is not trying to go for realism.
Not only not trying to be realistic, in many ways it is about humanity and technology and evolution — it's about amazing questions. "Gravity" is more like an experience. And [cowriter] Jonás [Cuarón] was so stubborn about it. If I tried to add some rhetoric, he would say, "No, no. Let's convey that through action."
Originally, Robert Downey Jr. was cast in the role George Clooney is now playing. It was reported at the time that he left the production due to scheduling conflicts, but Cuaron explains Downey wasn’t really working out in the role:
Downey was attached. But we just kept on extending the process. And also it was very clear that the technology we were going to use — it was not the most compatible thing for what Robert is the best at. That is, he takes one scene, and he just starts riffing. And because of the technology that we use, it's pretty much limited. We have to preprogram the film before shooting.
Knights of Badassdom looks like it is going to see the light of day after all. eOne Entertainment has secured the U.S. distribution rights. The film has been stuck in legal hell for almost two years. It is unclear which version of the film will be released — director Joe Lynch’s original version, or the version reportedly recut by a producer on behalf of the investment company.
The film star Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Danny Pudi (Community) and Summer Glau (Firefly) and tells the story of a group of LARPers that encounter a real magical threat. [/Film]
Director James Mangold explains his approach to the Wolverine character:
I think we tooled him darker and we lightened up on the jokes. What I told Hugh to think about as a model was Clint Eastwood in the classic westerns, particularly ‘Outlaw Josey Wales’. Man of few words, still a sense of humour, but just dangerous. I wanted him to feel dangerous, more than anything else. And vulnerable too, but not looking for help. Just kind of going on, but that the audience shares and understands his pain.
In an interview from Comic-Con, Mangold discusses the making of the movie and handling the themes from the comic. [FirstShowing.net]
DC has put Sandman at the top of its movie to-do list, and James Mangold would like the world to know he’d be interested in directing it. When asked which DC character he’d like to make a movie about he said:
The Sandman. Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is a great property. Actually I’ve talked to Neil about it before. I think it’s one of the great really interesting modernist tales. Also, on the complete other side of the universe, I’ve always been a fan of The Flash. Although the outfit would have to definitely change, with those little wings on his ears.
Producer Avi Arad discusses some lingering questions and misconceptions about the upcoming film. [I Am Rogue]
Director Marc Webb has hinted that the fourth movie in his series might be about about more than just Spider-Man. And now he explains:
Well, I think this was conceived of as a trilogy so there was a defined architecture to the story we were telling and we had sort of a rough outline of what was going to happen. I think [for] the fourth movie, what we’ve discovered is there are so many ancillary characters, that have enormous, cinematic potential that there may be other ways to exploit those characters, in a way that is exciting and fun and worthwhile. It might not just be a Spider-Man movie.
According to director James Gunn, the entire movie's success hinges around Rocket Raccoon:
"Rocket [Raccoon] is the heart of this movie. If Rocket doesn't work the movie's not gonna work. If Rocket does work the movie's gonna work. And so for me, the whole time it's been about making something that some people could think of as a cartoon or a ridiculous character, into a real creature. If a raccoon really was able to walk and talk and make machines and shoot a gun, how would that really happen? How could that occur? And so for me it's about grounding everything in reality."
Steven Moffat talks about the upcoming 50th anniversary special. [TV Equals]
Co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson reflect on the first season and hint about what is coming up in the second. [TV Equals]
Indira Varma (Rome) has joined the cast as Ellaria Sand, “a sexually adventurous love interest for new character Prince Oberyn Martell.” [TV Guide]
When asked at an HBO press tour if the show would run seven seasons or longer, programming president Michael Lombardo answered “As far as I’m concerned, they can go on as long as there are stories to tell. We certainly haven’t gotten anywhere near that conversation with [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss].” Lombardo did acknowledge, “there are issues with the books and catching up,” and he urges George R.R. Martin to “get busy writing.” [Entertainment Weekly]
Ksenia Solo (Kenzi), Kris Holden-Redi (Dyson) and Zoie Palmer (Lauren) discuss the upcoming fourth season. [TV Equals]
Creator Jonathan Nolan explains at Comic-Con why he thinks science fiction fans haven't embraced the show and how things will change in the third season:
I’m unabashed that this is a science-fiction show. I’m a huge genre fan. I don’t think I could ever work on a show that couldn’t come here to Comic-Con and be celebrated here. I think part of the reason the science-fiction community may not have embraced it is because they sensed that it was actually true. We do like the science-fiction aspect of the show, the cyber-punk aspect of it. Now that reality has caught up with us, our aim for the third season is to push it out a little bit further into that space.
Nolan goes on to explain what the show is really about.
I remember early on in the development of the show, I was told at some point that in order to get a show on television you had to hide what the show was actually about. You had to pretend it was about something else. So I was sort of going down that path. So then I got a couple meetings in … and someone asked, ‘What is this show really about?’ I took a chance and I said, ‘It’s about artificial intelligence and how we are going to interact with it, and the way it will slip into the world unnoticed. It won’t land with a giant thud, it will creep in in ways we didn’t anticipate. By the time you realize it’s here, it will already have meshed into the fabric of our society and we’ll barely recognize it — we’ll barely recognize what’s happening.’ I was fascinated by that question, and luckily, it seems that the audience was, too. We very much want to continue in that direction and asking those questions as a philosophical component of the show.
The cast talks about what is coming up in the next season. [TV Line]
Executive producer Jeff Davies says the character Scott “is well on his way to becoming an Alpha,” but what kind of Alpha he is remains to be seen. Davies explains, “Whether he remains a True Alpha — one who doesn’t have to kill or steal the power — and who survives to make up his pack, might be the important questions.” [TV Line]
The fourth episode will be called "Kill Or Be Killed" and will have flashback of John (Luke Mitchell) when he was 12. [Spoiler TV]
And here is a behind-the-scenes photo of star Robbie Amell. [Spoiler TV]
Here is the official description of the eighth episode “Thicker Than Water":
Junior stands up to his father and is shattered when he discovers the truth about his mother’s past. Meanwhile, Julia learns firsthand the powers of the “mini dome."
Some leaked casting sides for the ninth episode reveal some information about Junior’s mother:
According to the casting sides for episode 1.09 of Under the Dome, Junior's mother was an artist. After Junior witnesses Angie having a seizure and saying, "The pink stars are falling in lines," he remembers a painting his mother painted after she awoke from a dream of Junior standing on a hill looking up. He shows Angie the painting, of pink stars falling through the sky. Also, Big Jim helps Angie to become the new owner of the Sweetbriar Rose.
Actress Rose McIver (The Lovely Bones) has been cast as Tinkerbell in the upcoming third season. [TV Guide]
Here are three clips from the next episode, “In the Evening”:
Actress Candice Accola talks about what is ahead for Caroline next season. [Buddy TV]
The cast and producers talk about the upcoming show in a bunch of Comic-Con interviews.