Jesse Eisenberg doesn’t think Batman v Superman is a “cartoonish” superhero film. Get a better look at The Force Awakens’ new Star Destroyer. Harrison Wells is returning to The Flash, but not as we know him. Plus, a new clip from The Martian, and a bunch of hints for Doctor Who. Spoilers Now!
While we recently learned that The Hulk has been cut from the script for Captain America: Civil War, now we know that it’s going to be even further until we see Bruce Banner next: James Gunn has shot down rumors that the Hulk could be heading to space in the Guardians sequel:
Jesse Eisenberg says that the film isn’t a “cartoonish” superhero film, while discussing the writing for Lex Luthor:
Yes, it is like the most incredible character,. It was written by this guy, Chris Terrio. This is like his first movie after Argo. He’s just this brilliant writer of characters. So this movie is not this kind of cartoonish superhero movie. It is very serious and well acted, well written, well directed movie. It’s really phenomenal!
Despite the fact that the movie has nothing to do with Christopher Nolan’s Bat-Trilogy, Tom Hardy wants to return as Bane in the movie (or in sequel to Man of Steel):
Of course [I’d return]. I’m Bane.Somebody asked me who would I want to win out in a fight between Superman and Batman and I would like to hold the pair of them under the water until the bubbles stop.
More merchandise gives us a better look at the film: this time, it’s Star Wars wall decals from Fathead giving us a new look at the Finalizer, the First Order’s Star Destroyer shown in the trailers. [Star Wars 7 News]
Things go bad for the crew of Ares 3 in a new clip from the film.
Here’s a new picture of Lea Seydoux as Madeleine Swann and Christoph Waltz as the mysterious villain Oberhauser. [Comic Book]
A batch of first-look photos from the Christmas horror-comedy has been released—go to the link to see more. [Coming Soon]
Harrison Wells is returning... but not how we know him. Although the Reverse Flash/Eobard Thawne was wiped from the timeline in the show’s first season finale, when Wells returns in season 2, it will be a version of the original character (presumably before Thawne took his form) from another timeline, according to Executive producer Gabrielle Stanton:
Harrison Wells will be back, but he’s going to be a very different Harrison Wells than we’ve seen before. We’ve got other worlds. We’ve got other timelines. All I’m going to say is he’s from one of those places.
Danielle Panabaker has dialled back expectations on when Caitlin’s villainous alter ego Killer Frost will appear on the show, hinting that a previously planned inclusion may have been delayed:
No one is more excited for Caitlin to become Killer Frost than I am. Unfortunately I don’t know when that will happen on the show. The writers will say, ‘Well this is what’s going to happen. We’re looking forward to this. This is what we’re thinking.’ And then scripts evolve, sometimes they don’t make it into the script as soon as you hope, sometimes we shoot things that don’t even make it into the show.
Hayley Atwell says that both Dottie and the Black Widow program will play a major part of season 2:
Oh, [Dottie]’s a slippery bitch. We haven’t seen the last of her. Peggy has male baddies that she fights, but to have someone who is physically her equal — she’s a Black Widow, incredibly capable and very smart — I think that shows some balance for Peggy, like a flip side of the same coin. You’ll see more of her in Season 2.
Here’s the synopsis for the second episode of season 9, “The Witch’s Familiar”:
Trapped and alone in a terrifying Dalek city, the Doctor is at the heart of an evil Empire; no sonic, no TARDIS, nobody to help.
With his greatest temptation before him, can the Doctor resist? And will there be mercy?
Fan site Blogtor Who has a quartet of new interviews about the upcoming season. Here’s Peter Capaldi on changes to the TARDIS:
There’s been a few changes in the TARDIS. As we came to know my Doctor a little bit more, we needed to reflect that more in the environment that he lived in. I don’t think my Doctor fits in with the whole idea of Edwardian time traveller, there’s a kind of resurge of that in the look of the TARDIS as it was, so I wanted to make it a little sharper. There are a few more elegant, sixties, classic design things knocking around as opposed to Edwardian or Victorian.
Steven Moffat on the format of the new season:
We’re doing bigger stories and two-parters allow you all those massive cliff hangers. 45 minutes has served us incredibly well, but it’s time to change it up a bit, change the rhythm. It’s not just about being longer, sometimes it’s about going deeper. And you won’t always be quite sure whether you’re watching a two-parter or not - how much longer the jeopardy will last. We’re aiming to be unpredictable.
Jenna Coleman on some highlights from the new season:
Episode 11 will be really unique and the Viking episode was so much fun to film. The scripts for episodes 7 and 8 are really strong, Peter Harness has done such a good job with those. They feel like quite different Doctor Who episodes - tense, they feel very relevant, provoking, and clever.
And finally, Michelle Gomez on the evolving relationship between The Doctor and Missy:
Our relationship shifts greatly from where we left off in the last series. Dare I say there might be a hint of respect there? Perhaps not quite respect. More a healthy dose of circumspect, from both I guess.
Stephen Amell teases that the season 4 premiere does something the show has never done before:
The fundamental part of the season, that nobody is really going to understand until they see the premiere, is that we do something in the premiere that we’ve never done in the history of the show. It does something for the remainder of the season that there’s going to be a constant jeopardy in the show, even if times are good. It’s a really interesting technique. I think it promotes a good story. I think it will pique people’s interest.
Mehcad Brooks discusses the show’s changes to the Jimmy Olsen character:
A key element in the pilot? They told me. They were like, “Okay, he’s not really in the pilot a lot but when it gets to the series, this is who he is, so on and so forth. Stuff I can’t tell you guys right now. But it was exciting to know that I was going out for something that was so integral to it.
As far as changing the iconography, that it might be different? I realized that when they called me back: “Oh, y’all are...oh, for real? I just thought that was affirmative action, but y’all were paying attention when I talked? Cool cool cool.”
The cast and crew let you know what to expect from Kara Zor-El.
Lincoln and Mack are about to square off in a new picture from TV Line.
Finally, here’s a new series of interviews of the cast and crew from DC’s All Access Youtube show:
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Top image: Avengers: Age of Ultron.