A major figure from the Green Lantern comics makes a cameo in the first movie. And the actor suggests that his role could lead to much bigger things in the sequels. Could this be the start of something?
Plus some major hints about what could happen in X-Men: First Class 2. (X-Men: Second Class?)
And possible details about a big fight in The Dark Knight Rises.
And videos from Captain America, Super 8, Cowboys & Aliens, Rise of the Planet of Apes and more.
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Green Lantern.
The Dark Knight Rises
Here's the latest intriguing but most likely fake rumor. A set reporter claims to have seen "Wayne/Bane falling out of a window in a Croydon office block last night." The person also says there are photographs of this, but the pics haven't surfaced yet...which isn't exactly helping the whole "most likely fake" thing. Anyway, of some interest is the fact that the Croydon set has already been rumored to be a hospital, and that the anonymous set reporter says it was "Wayne", not Batman, who fell out of the window. But again, grains of salt all round. [Comic Book Movie]
Here's a supposed casting sheet for the film's Pittsburgh filming, which is being distributed under the false title Magnus Rex:
A Warner Bros. Film requires extras to play as Victims and Perpetrators within a city besieged by crime and corruption. Take part in the urban action adventure ripping through the streets of Pittsburgh from July 28th through August 21st.
Men and Women ages 18 and over. ALL ethnicities!!!! No experience necessary!
Some specific types we are looking for are: Prisoners/Thugs, Guards, Police Officers, Business men & women and Sports Fans- ALL types are needed!!
This is the first I'd heard about this, but apparently largely unknown actor Nick Jones will be playing future Green Lantern John Stewart in the movie. Jones don't say whether this particular incarnation of Stewart will be an architect, a marine, or something else entirely, but he seemed optimistic that Stewart would eventually get his own ring in a future movie. In the comics, of course, Stewart becomes Hal Jordan's "understudy" as GL, and eventually replaces Hal when Hal decides to quit to focus on his lucrative "traveling salesman" gig. [The Writings of Shawn S. Lealos]
Here's a new sneak peek.
And here's another TV spot.
Here are some more promo pics, including a look at Richard Armitage as the bad guy Heinz Kruger. [Comic Book Movie]
Here's a TV spot. [ReelzChannel]
X-Men: First Class 2
James McAvoy says what he would like to see explored in the potential sequels:
"Ideally you have a story arc that lasts three movies and at the end of the third it leaves you ready for the story in "X-Men 1.' It would be nice to explore things in two more films. In this one, Magneto has gone through his major metamorphosis; he kind of found himself. Charles is dealing with his new life and [issues that present themselves] in this movie. And we still are left with the big question: How does he lose his hair? In the comic books there's a very clear and easy answer, but we didn't go with that. In the comics it happened when he was very young and when his powers activated. We've obviously gone away from that. Now, obviously, we can't start the next movie with him bald. Not only is that easy and cheap, we'd be passing up an opportunity for a cool story point. I don't know what it is - we need to come up with something that justifies doing it. Maybe he got some dodgy Australian shampoo…."
He also says that he and Michael Fassbender are both protective of their characters and the relationship between them, and that McAvoy doesn't want a sequel to simply retread old ground:
One of the things about this movie is: In all the others Magneto is your bad guy and Professor X and the X-Men are the good guys; in this one, it's not like that. It's much more sophisticated or complex, at least, and we need to come up with a way to do that moving forward. The next movie, if there is one, shouldn't just start off with them being pals again, but I think it also shouldn't be like the first movies, only set in the 1960s. If we get another, let's not just make Magneto the bad guy; of course he's a bad-ass and of course he has a whole different ethos, but making a movie that is black-and-white is going to lose the thing that we have in this one…. In the comics, Magneto goes back and forth, there are times when they are friends, there are times when he's running the school. In the first Fox movie, if you want to be a fanboy about it, Patrick Stewart says … that ‘Erik Lehnsherr helped me build Cerebro,' which is like Professor X's Death Star. And it is like the Death Star in the other movies, it's forever being built or being destroyed."
Here's a new TV spot.
Director J.J. Abrams discusses the appeal of returning to 1979:
"In a lot of ways, this movie embraces an analog time, which I think is emotionally very similar and, in an important way, very much like the way things are now. Friendships, relationships with your parents, first love - all that kind of stuff is still, you know, intact. But there's a kind of pace and patience that needs to be considered that I think we've lost. When we look for something online, we're getting the extra paragraph we need, the exact information we need, so there's less unpredictability. You won't stumble upon the song that happens to be playing in the record store. You won't read the chapters that precede and follow the information that you're looking for...The more it's ‘we want what we want,' perhaps the less we're getting what we really want, which is an experience."
Cowboys & Aliens
Here's another TV spot.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Here's another trailer. [Fangoria]
Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam is reportedly close to a lock for the lead role in Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi monster movie, while The Wire star and all-around badass Idris Elba is reportedly in line for a key supporting role. [The Wrap]
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
USA Today has now officially confirmed that Shockwave is the movie's villain. Here's what producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura had to say:
"He's always been a mean, mean guy, but he's even more menacing and more dangerous. He's bigger, badder, with a greater arsenal...It's crazy spectacular. Shockwave is just a ball of destruction, pulling whole skyscrapers down. He's a messy guy to have in our world...It's a huge escalation in the amount of damage that one Decepticon can wreak. He's capable of wholesale destruction - that's really bad for humans...Decepticons have a united plan, but as usual they don't get along. The inter-distrust between the villains is even stronger than before."
The article also confirms that it's Shockwave who transforms into the giant snake-like creature we've seen in the trailers. [TFLAMB]
Here are some TV spots.
The Ferrari 458 Italia character will be called Dino ("pronounced Dee-No"), while the Mercedes E550 will be called Que, but just pronounced "Q." Nothing more is known about the characters. [TFLAMB]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
Here are some publicity photos. [multipleverses.com]
Jack the Giant Killer
Bryan Singer explains why this film is such a departure from his previous films:
I think this is the antidote to Valkyrie. With that movie, I was so obsessed with the accuracy and the history and the detail, and this film is a fantastical time in England. It's not pegged to a particular time in history, and it deals with fun and broad characters...It's the first time in one of my films that there's a romance that's not fraught with a love triangle. The simpleness of this romance is my cure for all the love triangles that permeated the X-Men.
Singer also says that this isn't actually an adaption of the Jack and the Beanstalk fable, but in fact takes its basic structure from another, more obscure fairy tale that shares certain elements (a dude named Jack fights giants) but is otherwise completely different. So...no gritty rebooting of the beanstalk, I guess. [The L.A. Times via /Film]
Here's the first, brief teaser for the second half of the series. [Anglotopia]
It's looking decently likely that episode 13 will see the departure of Amy and Rory, as both Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill have obliquely hinted that they have finished their tenure on Doctor Who. Here are the relevant quotes:
Gillan: "I am playing Jean Shrimpton in a BBC4 drama We'll Take Manhattan but I have just literally gone from Doctor Who to that so I haven't had a chance to sit and have a think. I actually would really like to go home to Scotland for a little while and reflect on what has happened and then decide what my next move is, but I don't know what that is yet."
Darvill: "Getting a part like Rory was great, but now,coming out of it, I need to go and do something completely different."
Admittedly, Karen Gillan's comment can be read a couple different ways, but the most likely interpretation when you consider both comments together (not to mention Arthur Darvill's upcoming theater commitments, which would overlap with the filming of series seven) is that the Ponds are leaving the TARDIS at the end of the series. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
Here are descriptions for episodes two through six.
Episode #38: "You Smell Like Dinner": Sookie adjusts to Bon Temps' new realities; Bill reveals pieces of his past; Eric crashes a witches' meeting; Jason gets his wounds licked; Andy struggles with his addiction; Sam learns of Luna's special talents; Jessica satisfies her blood cravings; Arlene witnesses strange behavior from her family.
Episode #39: "If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?": Sookie makes a deal with Eric, and reconnects with Alcide; Bill punishes an errant vampire and counsels a guilt-ridden Jessica; Jason is cast as a reluctant savior; Tommy eyes a scam and alienates Sam; Marnie flexes her newfound powers; Pam delivers an ultimatum to Lafayette, Tara and Jesus; Eric spoils Sookie's faerie reunion.
Episode #40: "I'm Alive and on Fire": Alcide helps Sookie hunt for Eric; Marnie searches for guidance to break a spell; Bill discovers a common bond with the Bellefleurs; Jason begs for liberation from Hotshot; Sam penetrates Luna's inner circle; Arlene sees the writing on the wall; Tommy returns to his roots.
Episode #41: "Me and the Devil": Sookie nurtures Eric; Bill gets involved personally in the necromancy crisis; Pam takes the veil; Sam becomes Tommy's accomplice; Arlene and Terry look to religion to solve their problem; Jesus and Lafayette head to Mexico to harness a shaman's power; Jason convalesces.
Episode #42: "I Wish I Was the Moon": Sookie searches for Jason under a full moon; Marnie connects with spirits of the past; Arlene and Terry cope with a suspicious inferno; Debbie urges Alcide to join a new werewolf community; Tommy trades places with Sam; Lafayette feels the spirit in Mexico; Eric surrenders to his King's will.
The Walking Dead
Michael Rooker confirms that Merle Dixon will return, but not necessarily in season two. [Fangoria]
Here are some cast photos. [SpoilerTV]
Here's the trailer for the show's July 11 return.
Here's an interview with star Noah Wyle.
There's not a ton of new information here, but there's a good general overview on the show in this profile on writer Mark Verheiden. [Fangoria]
Locke and Key
If the series is going to get picked up by another network - which was always very much a longshot - it better happen soon. The show's sets will reportedly be dismantled by the end of June. [Spinoff Online]
Additional reporting by Michael Ann Dobbs, Charlie Jane Anders, and Cyriaque Lamar.