An "inside source" describes a mega-weird Iron Man 2 scene. And Jessica Biel could be playing a Thor siren. Claire's roommate situation on Heroes gets more exciting/confusing. Kristen Bell talks Astro Boy! Plus Torchwood, Lost, Fringe, Smallville and Superman/Batman spoilers!
Iron Man 2:
An anonymous tipster tells ComicBookMovie more details about the current filming of this armored sequel. Apparently there's a huge party scene where DJ AM has a cameo as a DJ. It's at a nightclub, where Tony Stark is celebrating his birthday. And then Tony shows up in his Iron Man costume, and "all hell breaks loose." The music stops as everyone stares. And then Iron Man "busts a move to some acidic trance mega-mix." (It actually sounds weirdly plausible.)
Also, in the second battle between Tony and Mickey Rourke's Whiplash, bystanders have seen Rourke wearing his same harness as before, with the whips and stuff. But this time, Rourke also had the same kind of "tracking markers" as you saw on Tony's Iron Man costume in the "donut shop" set pics. In other words, the second time Tony and Whiplash fight, he'll be wearing full Whiplash/Crimson Dynamo armor. (As many people already suspected.) And the tipster says Rourke was filming a scene where he "did a mean walk" in his armor.
And finally, there are more details on the thing we reported yesterday, about how Robert Downey Jr. saved an extra from stunt-people dressed as killer robots. According to this tipster, the "killer robots" are actually drones made from Tony's Iron Man armor. They look like the armor, except that they have almost no head, and they're beige and silver. At a technology expo, the "bad guy" makes these drones run wild and attack the crowd. And Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) is at the expo as well.
As for whether any of this stuff is true, just think whether anonymous sources on the internet have ever steered you wrong in the past. And adjust your credulity filters accordingly. [Comic Book Movie]
Jessica Biel is rumored to be joining the cast of this thunder-god movie, and rumor has it she'll play either the Asgardian warrior Sif (a possible love interest) or the evil sorceress Amora. My money's on Sif, I guess. [Nuke The Fridge via Slashfilm]
Kristen Bell plays an anime-style urchin named Cora. She describes the character:
I play Cora, who is a girl who befriends Astro when he comes down from Metro City onto the surface of Earth. She runs a little kind of like Peter Pan group of kids. She's pretty tough, pretty sassy.
And here's a picture of her character that may be new. [Sci Fi Wire]
Our excitement for Jerry Bruckheimer's animated guinea-pig epic is already at a fever pitch, but here are a few new pictures that convey even more of the spy-rodent awesomeness. [IGN]
So remember when we reposted that item about Claire and her roommate Annie "sharing something more" than just being roommates? And you were all positive that this only meant the roommates would share mutant abilities? Nope. The roomies may or may not have a "full-blown relationship," says EW's Ausiello, but they will engage in "a little sapphic experimentation. At least that's the plan." (The plan? Is this some kind of Cylon lesbianism thing? I wonder if the "sapphic experimentation" is in the script, but someone is getting cold feet?) Also, I wonder if this is the same roommate that's reportedly going to become Claire's new arch-enemy — are they going to sleep together, and then become enemies? Or is the arch-enemy Claire's other roommate?
Meanwhile, there's an explanation for why the show is seeking an actor to play the 11-year-old Nathan. According to Adrian Pasdar, there's a scene where Nathan/Sylar touches an article of Nathan's clothing, and it sends him back to a memory of Nathan as a young boy. "Something happened to young Nathan but old Nathan doesn't remember it. How can that be? It has to do with a character we have met before." So... the Haitian wiped Nathan's childhood memory? Or rather, Sylar's memory of Nathan's childhood memory? I am so confused now. [EW]
More of Michael Emerson musing about the season five finale:
I killed Jacob... maybe... probably. It isn't like we haven't seen plenty of other people be killed and somehow come back. And what does it mean if I did kill him? Who the hell was he anyway? Obviously, Ben wanted a father. So much of our show is about bad fathers. It is one of our biggest themes. And Jacob disappointed in those final moments. And maybe Jacob made it easy for him. Maybe that was all meant to happen. Is it all ordained? Maybe. And for that matter, can Jacob even be killed? Stay tuned is my response."
And he predicts the show will have an unhappy ending, or at least a bittersweet one. Lots of regular characters will die towards the end. [EW]
Because there is no god, Astrid won't be getting any bigger storylines this season, and it sounds like the addition of a new female FBI agent (Meghan Markle) might even reduce Astrid's screen time a tad. But she'll continue to play an important role in the team. Bah. [TV Guide]
So we mentioned the other day that Oliver Queen will start drinking again. And it sounds as though there'll be a kind of Hancock riff, where Ollie does more harm than good. "There are a couple of saves gone awry," says Justin Hartley. He also says that he'll look younger than he did in season eight, because he's been going to the gym and moisturizing. (And that means that almost no time may have passed at the start of the new season. I guess.) And Hartley repeats what others have said before: that season nine may not necessarily be this show's last. [Sci Fi Wire]
In other Ollie news, the new season will be about Green Arrow confronting his demons, says Hartley. (You could even say, his "demon in a bottle.") He explains:
I think he is going to struggle with the things he has been afforded [as a result of] his powers. He has sacrificed things and done things that haunt him… It's bad stuff. We need to get to the bottom of it.
Separately, Hartley says Ollie will have the good sense to let Clark handle General Zod. [EW]
So far, Brian Austin Green is only signed up to appear in the first two episodes of the season. And his origin will be slightly different than in the comics: Daily Planet reporter John Corben joins the paper, but soon afterwards, "his fate takes a horrific twist" that transforms him forever into Metallo. [TV Guide]
Peter Capaldli's character, Mr. Frobisher, appears to be a grey bureaucrat at first but then his role becomes alamingly ambiguous over the course of the series. And the miniseries "Children Of Earth" is a cracking thriller that you don't have to have seen the show before to appreciate. [Chicago Tribune]
John Barrowman quotes Russell T. Davies saying the new miniseries shows how things in our lives can be disposable. And by "things," RTD means "people." Also, the revelations about Captain Jack will make you crap your pants. [Sci Fi Wire]
Possibly our last batch of stills from the animated Green Lantern: First Flight movie include Kanjar Ro, plus a scared Guardian who senses great danger. This movie will have its premiere at Comic-Con. And meanwhile, we have the first two stills from the following DC animated direct-to-DVD movie, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, based on the graphic novel where President Lex Luthor turns Superman and Batman into, you guessed it, public enemies. [Warner Bros.]
Secret Service agent Myka is annoyed at being reassigned to the warehouse in the middle of nowhere, but fellow agent Pete advises her: "Don't get your panties in a bunch." Warehouse-keeper Artie describes it as "America's attic." The first assignment for Pete and Myka is: Find out why a college student beat his girlfriend. And then bring back the inevitable supernatural object that's responsible. [ScrippsNews]
Additional reporting by Alexis Brown.