Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer reveals the Earthly inspirations for the movie's take on Krypton. Check out a ton of brilliant new Pacific Rim images. Rila Fukishima explains her assassin character's relationship with Logan in The Wolverine. And an awesome S.H.I.E.L.D. casting rumor gets debunked. Spoilers!
Top image from Man of Steel.
Man of Steel
Here's a behind-the-scenes video. [Spinoff Online]
And here's the latest TV spot. [IGN]
Screenwriter David S. Goyer offers this lengthy explanation of how the movie built the society of Krypton:
I mean, one of the things that we tried to do in this film was depict Krypton as a truly alien world and not something that was influenced by "Flash Gordon" or Alex Raymond but a truly alien world. One of the things that we decided early on with Krypton, we drilled down really deep all the various art departments in terms of figuring out the history. Some of this we pulled from comic books. Some of this we had to fill in the gaps that didn't exist. But the gods, the religions, the Krypton, the different guilds and the caste systems, the language we created, a Kryptonian language. So, in all of the—when you see Krypton, there's a lot of temples and things like that where there will be etchings in stone and all of the things that are rendered in the Kryptonian glyphs can actually be translated into things. So, we wrote each god as a sort of motto in saying each guild has a motto and saying and there's some Easter eggs in there.
He continues with discussion of the planet's physics and social structure:
Even getting into the S, which isn't an S, which is one of the Kryptonian glyphs, and what it means. It's kinda cool because you'll see that in other iterations throughout the movie. But one of the things that we tried to do was depict Krypton as a legitimately alien world. So we decided that on Krypton, aside from the fact that it's got a different gravity, it's got a different atmosphere than we do, it's a mega gravity planet, so gravity there is anywhere from four to 10 times the gravity on earth. If we went to Krypton, we couldn't breathe its atmosphere. The sun radiates in a different spectrum of light. Different radiation and things like that, a lot more UV radiation on Krypton. All these things come into play and they also explain why Superman has the powers that he has. But, we also decided that Krypton has a much more formalized and socially stratified society than we do. So we liken Krypton to if you'd taken feudal Japan, but they had never encountered the West and then continued on in that system for the next 150 years, that's kind of what we imagined Krypton would be like. It's very formalized.
So you have your samurai and your—?
Kind of, yeah. Yeah, there's a lot of even caste systems and guild systems and different people are allowed to do different things. We also decided that they had been civilized for 100,000 years. So for a much longer period of time. They'd also become a decadent society, and may have become space faring. We've been space faring barely for 40 years or something like that, whereas they became space faring 25,000 years ago, something like that.
Believe it or not, there's still a ton more at the link. [IGN]
Director Zack Snyder discusses the deeper meaning of Superman's characters:
You know, I think Superman, for me, I’ve been a big fan of the character and honestly I wasn’t sure about this project before I talked to Chris Nolan about what he and David [Goyer] had come up with. So, I don’t know. I think that I like the fact that Superman’s American, you know? I think that that’s cool. I know that in the past or in recent years, his Americanism, his Americanness has been a liability for him. But I think that there is an amazing amount of naïveté and an amazing amount of, sort of… Superman could not be of any other nationality other than American because he’s so naïve. [Laughs] But at the same time, he has this weird morality that actually makes him ideal superhero material. I don’t know that he couldn’t — you can’t have a Superman that is reasoning.
You can’t have a Superman that is battling cultural morality. You need a Superman that has built in sort of values. I think that him growing up in Kansas and that whole part of him is very… I always remember everyone saying like, “You’re not going to show him growing up in Kansas, are you?” I’m like, “Why make Superman? Why jump the most…” To understand him, you have to understand the why of him. By the way, I’ll say the first scene that Chris pitched me was a scene that was about his childhood. It had nothing to do with like, smashing shit or anything like that, which is cool. But, it was very much a character childhood character moment that made me say, “Okay, that’s different.” It’s a different point of view of Superman that made me go, “Yeah, that grown-up version of that guy is interesting to me.”
There's more at the link. [Collider]
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Here's a truly awesome pair of set photos showing Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and mustachioed Peter Dinklage on set, all garbed in period-appropriate 1970s gear. I assume that's just McAvoy walking onto set, rather than some indication that his Charles Xavier will have regained the ability to walk. [Lainey Gossip]
Rila Fukushima discusses her role as Wolverine's ally, the assassin Yukio:
I think I have the same thing from the comic and also what I'm filming and doing right now. I think Yukio and Logan have a lot in common. Yukio has trouble in trying to find Logan and bringing him to Japan, that's the first mission for Yukio and I think Logan… They understand, because they are both soldiers, lonely soldiers. She's an assassin, so they care about each other. It's a funny pairing, but she has a lot of confidence, so sometimes they can annoy each other or they'll hate each other. It's really fun. It's a little funny.... She travels outside of Japan trying to find Logan and bring Logan to Japan. So she was traveling for a long time trying to find Logan.
In the comics Yukio has a different look and black hair, but your character has a new style and unique hair color. How is that a reflection of her personality?
I think her personality…. She's very strong and independent and a fighter, but I think… The comic book was written in the seventies, right? Like eighties… So I guess they are trying to bring the character into the modern times. So I was actually surprised about it. Trust me, I had long black hair and I was ready, because I read the comics, you know? So I was like ‘Really?' I think it works. It's great.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
J.K. Simmons discusses the possibility of reprising his role as J. Jonah Jameson in this new Spider-Man series, as really there's no point on trying to improve on perfection by recasting the role:
"There's always talk. I'm doing it in animation land [on 'Ultimate Spider-Man'], but Sam Raimi's take on the world of Spider-Man has run its course. We were all excited and ramping up for 'Spider-Man 4' a few years ago, but for a variety of ridiculous showbiz reasons it ended up not happening. The reboot is a very different universe. Both versions are legitimate, and this one doesn't have a J. Jonah Jameson so far. As far as I know, I won't be putting on the flat-top again."
Here's a whole bunch of new promo images, behind-the-scenes photos, and bits of concept art. [Coming Soon]
World War Z
Here's another new clip.
This Is The End
Here's the latest trailer for the celebrity-studded apocalypse comedy. [Coming Soon]
And here's a sneak peek clip, in which The Office's Craig Robinson is haunted by Parks & Recreation's Aziz Ansari. [Coming Soon]
Here's the final trailer for Pixar's Monsters, Inc. prequel.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
A rumor was making the rounds yesterday on a bunch of news sites that Walking Dead actor Travis Love would be appearing in the first episode as the Taskmaster. He's an Avengers villain-turned-sometime-antihero, who has the ability to copy any physical skill he sees. And more recently, he's been recruited by Nick Fury to run a team of Secret Avengers.
In any case, before you get jazzed about seeing Travis Love play this major comics villain, the rumor (which started on IMDB) has already been debunked. Sorry about that. [SHIELD TV and @MattMitovich]
The series is reportedly looking to cast a potential new regular cast member for the second season two. The new character is Gene, described as a "no-nonsense doctor in his 60's." There are also four new recurring roles:
Cynthia : Beautiful 30's something mother to a young teenage boy.
Annabeth : Late 30's Femme Fatale. Hard core capitalist who runs a settlement.
Titus : Intelligent, Devious and a little weird. Ex-Professor.
Sheriff Gray : Good looking and likable, team player in his 30's.
Here's a promo for this Saturday's episode, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful."
In The Flesh
Here's a sneak peek at BBC America's airing of the British zombie miniseries. [TV Equals]
Here are some sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes look at the third season, particularly the premiere, "Tattoo."
Costar Holland Roden discusses what's ahead for Lydia in the upcoming third season:
It's been four months since Lydia was last seen, and that was with Jackson (Colton Haynes), in quite an emotional scene. It picks up with the inclination that Lydia is being typical Lydia, in the sense that she acts like everything is fine, on the surface, but underneath, I would assume that she's falling apart. I would be falling apart. At this point, you see something bubbling underneath the surface, but she appears fine. It's yet to be seen if there will be a Lydia meltdown over Jackson. I, personally, think that's what she spent the time lapse doing. He randomly moved, due to his parents. Other than that, she's been as normal as you can be, finding out that there werewolves in your town. Lydia is finally getting a clue about what her surroundings are actually consisting of.
With Jackson being out of the picture, who is Lydia spending her time with?
Lydia does have a new love interest. It's not the same kind of love interest. Jackson was definitely the love of her life. So, her new love interest, honestly, is her friends. That's who she's spending her time with. She's very good friends with Stiles, this season. Her and Stiles form a genuine friendship, and they're definitely partners-in-crime together, throughout the season. She spends a lot of time with Allison and Stiles. It's the three of them now. It's this little trio, trying to save the werewolf world.
There's more at the link. [Collider]
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.