Zack Snyder discusses the surprise villain in Batman v Superman. More Thor: Ragnarok rumors tease how the Hulk shows up. Stephen Amell hints at a major Arrow bust up. Plus, a teaser for Deadpool’s soundtrack, the streets of Warcraft, and when Blade Runner 2 starts filming. Spoilers Now!
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
Geek.com’s anonymous sources claim that the Guardians will grow in number in the sequel—by adding two familiar characters to their roster, not new characters. Apparently both space pirate Yondu (Michael Rooker) and daughter of Thanos Nebula (Karen Gillen) will put aside their differences with the Guardians and join forces, as official members of the team.
The same report also allegedly confirms that the recently cast Pom Klementieff will be playing Mantis, a telepath/empath who can also control plant life. As ever with reports like this, take it with a pinch of salt.
Blade Runner 2
The long-rumored sequel, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, will begin filming in July. [The Playlist]
Batman v Superman
That random shot of Wonder Woman (and her luggage) on a plane from yesterday’s trailer has a reason: it’s part of an announcement that Turkish Airlines has partnered with the movie, providing one of its planes for a “pivotal” scene.
Speaking to Empire magazine, Zack Snyder discusses why Doomsday was added to the movie, as well as how Diana gets involved:
To go up against heroes like Batman and Superman, we wanted to introduce one of the DC Universe’s most iconic and powerful villains. He is essentially an unstoppable force. He poses a real threat to the world within the film.
You learn pretty early on that Lex is interested in metahuman existence, and that there might be some relationship between that investigation and the appearance of Diana Prince.
Batman and Superman stand off for a “best glower” contest in a new poster.
Here’s more from Geek.com—this time, a rumor that involves how the Hulk enters the film. And it’s another reference to the comic book Planet Hulk storyline, a rumor that has pretty much dogged the Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since it was first created.
Allegedly, Thor will be banished from Asgard, sending him on a trip across the cosmos before he ultimately settles on a planet, which is home to an item that he can use to defeat his enemies in Asgard, and becomes an arena fighter. After successfully winning a few bouts, Thor is tasked with facing the planet’s champion... who is none other than the Hulk himself. Like I said, the Planet Hulk rumor has been around for many movies and many years—so its latest re-emergence is similar grounds for skepticism.
Han Solo Anthology
Rumored shortlist member Logan Lerman discusses the rumors that he’s linked to the film, and how whoever lands the role should approach it:
We’re talking about Harrison Ford. He’s no chump. You can’t do an imitation. You can’t try and just emulate what that is. It’s got to be something new. It’s also got to be something that the audience is going to respond to.
Duncan Jones has taken to twitter to show off behind-the-scenes images from the set of Stormwind City’s streets, including a quest board filled with events familiar to fans of World of Warcraft.
Captain America: Civil War
Don Cheadle teases a major role for War Machine in the film.
I never know what it’s going to be and they keep their cards very close to their breast with Marvel. I never know where the character’s going to go, but he’s become more and more and in the next one, you’ll see that what happens to Rhodey is a little bit more intense and pivotal to what happens in the rest of the stories.
Here’s two “romantic” images released from the film featuring Wade and Vanessa. [Comicbook.com]
Composer Tom Holkenborg, a.k.a. Junkie XL, has released an extract from the soundtrack.
Stephen Amell teases a major fight between Oliver and Malcom Merlyn:
We got the all-time - the all-time end of an episode [coming up] where you just go, ‘MERLYN! C’MON! Really?!’. Plus John [Barrowman] and I have a showdown. It’s - we have the Rematch of 1.23. The rematch three years in the making. It’s pretty cool.
David Harewood talks about how the revelation that he’s actually playing J’Onn J’Onzz, the Martian Manhunter, has impacted his performance.
It’s been a lot of fun. I knew I had to keep a very tight ship in the early days, so it’s nice that finally Hank is beginning to open up and feel all these different levels; it’s a lot of fun to play.
Certainly you couldn’t do this week’s episode — with White Martians — and play your performance the same way if we didn’t know the secret.
Yes, indeed. The White Martians are responsible for the complete destruction of the Green Martians, of his race.
We purposely set out to make it look pretty graphic and pretty brutal, very much along the lines of how we humans do genocide. It was very emotional for a lot of us, because you’re going to get to see just how cruel we can be to each other. Even though it’s a comic book show and it’s aliens, it’s never pleasant to see a parent ripped away from their children’s hands. It’s pretty emotional stuff.
Robin Lord Taylor discusses working with Paul Reubens on the show, calling it a highlight:
In my experience, it would be Paul freaking Reubens. He, as we all know, is playing my father. He’s an absolute delight. I think he’s sky-rocketed to the top of the list in terms of actors who aren’t in the core group on the show. He’s beloved by everyone on set, and he’s also absolutely hilarious. He’ll do everything he can do to make you laugh and break in the scene.
Here’s a new poster for the show’s return.
A new tweet from the Jessica Jones social media account seems to tease that the Luke Cage series will be landing in November (as Jessica Jones itself did last year, so it makes sense).
The Reverse-Flash returns in new pictures from the aptly-tilted “The Reverse-Flash Returns”. More at the link. [Coming Soon]
Finally, Entertainment Weekly has a new still of Haley Ramm’s new character, the witch Ariane.
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Image: Guardians of the Galaxy.