Jared Leto enlisted the help of Grant Morrison for his Joker role in Suicide Squad. Black Panther gets both a rumored writer and a rumored director. Locke and Key is no longer going to be a movie, but could head to TV instead. Plus, pictures from Doctor Who and a new Jessica Jones teaser. To me, my spoilers!
Speaking to Yahoo, director Jon Watts teased the chance that Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man, could make an appearance in the movies answering not with a denial, but with a more neutral response:
I can’t talk about that, because, you know, that will reveal too much, We’re still writing the story…we haven’t finished all the way through the story yet, so who knows.
It’s not a direct yes or no, and about as loose as Watts can be about Morales’ place in the MCU but an interesting response.
Joe Robert Cole is currently in negotiations to write the screenplay for the film. [The Wrap]
Meanwhile, while discussing the list of potential directors for the eighth Fast and Furious movie, Variety are alleging that F. Gary Gray is a leading contender to direct Black Panther.
Grant Morrision says that Jared Leto consulted with him on playing the Joker:
He [Leto] called me to talk about his approach to the character and I steered him in a few directions. I’m keen to see if anything other than slicked back hair and the Marilyn Manson vibe made it into his performance.
The Shining Prequel
Writer James Vanderbilt offers an update on the film, as well as praise for its director, Mark Romanek:
One of the things that’s amazing about [Mark] is that he’s a strong filmmaker with his own convictions, and Mark is gonna make the movie Mark is gonna make… I think there’s something wonderful about a director who says, ‘No, this is the film.’ Fincher was the same way. It’s like, ‘This is the movie I wanna make. If you don’t wanna make that movie, that’s totally cool, then we won’t make the movie.’ And now as someone who’s directed a film, that’s kinda what you want. You want the captain of the ship to be like, ‘I know what the film is, I know how to make it, let’s go do it’.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald, Bill Nighy, and Tilda Swinton are all allegedly in various stages of signing on to Bong Joon-ho’s new monster movie, which revolves around “a teenage girl who travels between the rural Korean province of Gangwon-do and the U.S.”.
Presumably, the English-speaking actors will play roles in the U.S.-set parts of the film. [The Wrap]
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Jon Voight, Gemma Chan, and Carmen Ejogo have all joined the film in undisclosed roles. [THR]
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Milla Jovovich has shared a few more pictures of the cast on set to her Instagram page. [Shock Till You Drop]
Peter Sarsgaard has been cast in a recurring role in the series—presumably a new role, considering no details about the casting were disclosed. [TV Line]
Locke and Key
Co-Creator Joe Hill is still hopeful for a TV adaptation of the comic, after revealing the news that the planned trilogy of films adapting the Eisner-winning series has been scrapped. [CBR]
Eddie Jamison will play Mr. Boss, a Seattle crime lord and the major antagonist of the show’s second season. Here’s Rob Thomas with a brief description:
We’re really playing him as the man who runs Seattle. It’s a very different flavor from Blaine and Vaughn Du Clark. With David Anders and Steven Weber, we’ve got such big scenery-chewing, delightfully big bad guys. With Mr. Boss, we wanted to play the mild-mannered, broodily efficient kind of guy.
Fear The Walking Dead
Showrunner David Erickson briefly teases the setting of the second season:
There will be quite a bit of action on the seas — and we’ll split it between land and water. But it’s going to be an interesting dynamic.
My understanding is that walkers can’t swim. The Governor (David Morrissey on ‘The Walking Dead’) killed somebody and tossed him into the lake. You see the walker underwater, he’s submerged and is trying to get up. I think there was something weighing him down so he couldn’t float. I have to confirm this with [’Fear’ co-creator] Robert [Kirkman] but walkers can’t swim — I’m sure they’d eventually bloat.
Producer Aaron Helbing says that Caitlin Snow turning into Killer Frost is still on the cards:
When we see her, she’s in the speed force and the speed force has no exact time frame. It’s definitely something we’ve talked about. Everyone’s meta-human powers manifest at certain times. Right now, we’re exploring Cisco’s.
The BBC have released a new gallery of images from “Before the Flood”—go to the link to see more. [Doctor Who News]
Thea Queen takes the spotlight as Speedy in a new promo poster.
And finally, Jessica Jones takes a small leap in a new teaser video.
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Image: The Amazing Spider-Man.