Dwayne Johnson talks Black Adam's place in the DC Universe. There are already rumors about who's the new Spider-Man. Neill Blomkamp delves into his Alien project. Sophie Turner talks Sansa's Game of Thrones journey. And Hugh Jackman ponders a place in the Marvel Universe for Wolverine. Spoilers await!
Top image: Game of Thrones.
Sources claim that Dave Bautista (Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy) is playing the Kurgan, the brutal barbarian, in the remake of the classic 1986 movie. The Kurgan, of course, is the last foe that the immortal swordsman Connor MacLeod must face, after dueling all the other immortals. We still don't know who's playing Connor, since Ryan Reynolds bowed out of the project. As with all unsourced rumors, take this with a grain of salt for now. [Latino Review]
Dwayne Johnson opened up a little about his approach to playing Black Adam, as well as acknowledging how Shazam will connect into DC's wider movie plans:
"I think Black Adam is going to grow into becoming an anti-hero," Johnson said. "It's all written within the spirit of respecting and paying homage to the comics. As we know, Black Adam started out as a slave. When he's given the powers, he utilised them. Then in the wake of his powers, tragedy strikes, which turns his sentiment and tone in terms of psychology."
"It was all agreed that the worlds are all interconnected… One day you will see Black Adam go at it with Superman or Batman or any of the DC characters. But that said, there's a great independence to Black Adam from the DC world, allowing us to inject, not only viciousness, but also winking humour."
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And so begins the new cycle of casting rumours for the next cinematic web-slinger. Variety seemingly confirms that Andrew Garfield is definitely out of the role, and the first two actors to be floated are Percy Jackson's Logan Lerman and Teen Wolf's Dylan O'Brien. Confusingly, said casting rumours come connected — with one rumor saying that Marvel and Sony are still unsure as to whether they'll be going for Peter Parker or Miles Morales for the character's alter ego. [Variety]
Neill Blomkamp has once again opened up about his Alien project while on a press junket for Chappie:
"Fox didn't know that I was developing it, so in that sense, it was completely unsanctioned and just basically for fun. To me, it wasn't for fun. To me, that was what I wanted to do next, and I spent a lot of time doing it, and there was a lot of effort that went into. Like when I could take breaks between Chappie's post-production winding down as VFX got under control."
"The issue was more like whether I feel like directing another film at all," he continued. "Not really whether Alien is the right or wrong film, if that makes sense. (Sigourney) knows about it and part of it was just inspired by speaking to her on set when we were filming Chappie, and getting her thoughts on Alien and what she thought of the movies that came after Aliens and what she felt about Ripley and what was incomplete for her about Ripley. There was so much fuel in what she was telling me."
He added: "Alien and Aliens are probably my favorite films so was I was like, 'Sh*t, I wouldn't mind messing around in that world for a bit' so I just sort of self-funded the artists to work on the artwork. I did way more artwork than I released, probably ten times more, and did a lot of writing. I have a pretty cool film just in case it happens."
Hugh Jackman acknowledged Patrick Stewart's hints about a Xavier/Wolverine team-up in the next Wolverine solo movie:
"I'm not going to deny it," said Jackman. "I've learned over the years to try and put my best poker face on. By the way, play poker with me if you want to win some money, because I'm terrible. But, I've always seen it as a really important relationship, and we started with that and I think it's a really important one. I think it would be really great to see it in the Wolverine movie, because we haven't really explored it in the standalone Wolverine movies. So it's not not not not not going to happen."
Meanwhile, Screencrush got to be the first people to break the news about the Marvel/Sony Spider-Man deal, prompting the actor to discuss the possibility for Wolverine to show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
Margot Robbie commented on the exit of Tom Hardy from the film:
"This happens all the time," says Robbie. "People act like, 'Oh my god, the movie must be ending!' It's just the deal with movies." Not to mention "a lot of the characters haven't been portrayed before so it's a pretty big undertaking," she adds. "And it's a big undertaking for the people who are going to play the characters who have been played, like the Joker (to be played by Jared Leto). It's big shoes to fill."
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Here's a red-band clip from the movie, featuring Christian Slater as a future game show host.
Sophie Turner talks about Sansa's relationship with Littlefinger in the upcoming season of the show:
I kind of love the storyline. I mean, for some viewers, it's very creepy, but that's kind of what it's supposed to be. It's supposed to be this very messed up, twisted relationship in which Sansa knows she can manipulate Littlefinger to get what she wants, and he can do the same with her. And together they create this amazing kind of tag team. And, you know, to outsiders, it's very messed up and strange, but to her it's the only way she can get what she wants, and finally she has that power, so she's gonna use it.
There's some massive moments, perhaps even more shocking than the Red Wedding type of thing. There's like a lot going on this season. There's also, you know, a lot of blood, a lot of death. And a lot of people kind of come far. And there are a few familiar faces around as well.
Much more at the link. [Watchers on the Wall]
Marc Guggenheim spoke to Access Hollywood about Team Arrow working with Malcom Merlyn:
There's actually a wonderful training sequence in Episode 15, where it's Malcolm taking on Thea and Oliver in a three-way sword fight and a great – it's a great deal of fun and it's fun to see how Malcolm is as a teacher....
Oliver has to struggle with his disapproval of Laurel going out and being the Black Canary and that's not something — that's a conflict that is not going to [just] end with Episode 13. This is going to be a little bit of a process. Getting Oliver to sign off and be fully supportive of what Laurel is doing is — it's a tall order and it's going to take a little while.
Meanwhile, David Ramsey teased what's up for the Suicide Squad on the show:
Diggle's wife-to-be is a big part of the reason why he gets involved in this mission. It has less to do with Amanda Waller — in fact, Diggle is more of a willing participant with Task Force X, aka the Suicide Squad, this time than ever before. He almost volunteers to go. His arm isn't twisted like the first time he joined them. That might be a sign of things to come in terms of his willingness to work with his wife more.
Is all the bad blood between Diggle and Deadshot (Michael Rowe) under the bridge now?
I think Diggle has dialed into Floyd Lawton's humanity. When they teamed up before, he learned about Floyd's daughter and the fact he sends money home to her and he's estranged from her. Diggle knows this guy was just a hired gun. There's somebody behind him pulling the strings. There's a puppet master. That was H.I.V.E. We have not forgotten about H.I.V.E. and we're really going to get to them big time, certainly next season, and maybe even this season. I don't think Diggle has forgiven Floyd altogether, but he understands who he is a lot better and sees him as a valuable part of Task Force X.
Tons more at the link. [Comic Book Resources]
Here's some behind the scenes pictures of Colton Haynes and Paul Blackthorne on set - including Haynes seemingly dressed up not as Arsenal, but as the Arrow. More pics at the link. [Yvrshoots]
Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo will star as co-leads. In the 10-episode half-hour series, Santiago (Bad Judge, Dexter) will co-star as Pablo Simon Bolivar, "an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash's loyal sidekick — a Sancho Panza to Ash's Don Quixote. Pablo believes in Ash's heroism, even if Ash himself doesn't." DeLorenzo (Californication, Sullivan & Son) will play Kelly Maxwell, who's described as "a moody wild child trying to outrun her past. Reluctantly dragged into the fight against Evil with Ash and Pablo, Kelly finds a different kind of family with her fellow Deadite slayers." [THR]
Cody Christian will be joining the show as Theo, 'a lone wolf who is drawn to the spooky California town in search of a pack'. [ MTV]
Here's an advanced preview for the next episode, 'Night Room':
As the title suggests the night room is going to play a big part in the episode. We learn that the night room even has evening stars. It also has a super-security vault that contains a pretty shocking secret. There is at least one scene that a lot of people will have to turn away from their television screens for.
Jones (Barbara Sukowa) thinks she's discovered the source of the time jumps being off, yet time travel remains highly unreliable. In 2043, the team grows closer in surprising ways. Max (Romina D'Ugo) reveals that the scavengers tell stories about the inhabitants of the compound – such as Jones. When Ramse (Kirk Acevedo) goes looking for answers, he finds more than he bargained for.
[ Spoiler TV]
A second brief teaser has been released for the next series, focusing on Alison. [ Spoiler TV]
And here's a promo for the same episode as Dean confronts Cain. [ Spoiler TV]
TV Guide has an exclusive clip, showing Gordon heading towards the Graysons' Flying Circus - check it out here.
Agnes Bruckner has been cast in secretive role for a three episode arc. [ THR]
Here's a clip from 'I Love You, Goodbye', featuring Davina, Kol and Josh. [ Spoiler TV]
Henry gets a little steamy in this promo for the next episode, 'Memories of Murder'. [ Spoiler TV]
Finally, a promo for 'Q&A'. MMA fighting! The team striking back at Samaritan! Oh my. [Spoiler TV]
Additional reporting by Abhimanyu Das and Charlie Jane Anders.