Arnold Schwarzenegger talks up the next Conan movie. The Mother of Dragons is divided on a certain Game of Thrones character’s fate. Gotham casts another comic book villain. Plus, more The Force Awakens casting, more Fantastic Four footage, and teasers for what’s to come on Hannibal and The Flash. Spoilers now!
Fast and Furious actor Tyrese Gibson has been dropping some not-at-all-subtle hints that he is either in the running for, or has been cast as Green Lantern—presumably as John Stewart. Gibson has posted several fan-made manipulations of himself as the character to his social media accounts, including one hinting at recent rumors that the film will feature multiple human Green Lanterns, and that one of them, presumably Hal Jordan, would be played by Chris Pine:
Gibson followed up his teasing in an interview with ET Online, confirming that he had at least had discussions about playing the role with Warner Bros.:
There are certain things I can’t speak on. But I will say, however this works out, it’s definitely the fans’ fault. I was at home minding my own business and fans start creating these fan-made videos of me as Green Lantern and I looked into it.
I’ve been a fan of the Green Lantern. I took the oath, and I had a meeting at Warner Bros. and certain things were said and talked about. We’ll just see what happens.
Gibson further teased him being involved in an announcement at SDCC next week, so he either really wants to be Green Lantern, or may actually have been cast in the role. As ever, err on the side of caution with rumors like this.
Producers David Ellison and Dana Goldberg discuss the standalone nature of the film, and why they chose to start planning a trilogy before the first movie had even come out:
[Planning a trilogy] wasn’t done because we were taking it for granted that we were going to get to a second and third movie. It really was done because it helps inform who the characters are in this movie. In really being able to understand these people so well that you would have to sit and talk about what were their lives like in the portion of the film that we didn’t see. … So to that end, it was important to know at the end of this movie, with everything that has happened to them, what would be the logical next step for these people?
So again, really it’s important to us for everyone to know that Terminator Genisys is a standalone film. You’re not gonna walk out of this theater and feel cheated and think we left you dangling and now you have to wait for the next movie. Do we want you to want a next movie? Of course we do. Are there questions in this movie that don’t get answered? Yes, that’s absolutely true, but they’re not questions that keep you from enjoying this film, and that was really, really important to all of us.
In the same interview, they also discuss the ideas behind turning John Connor into a villain, adding that his Terminator designation is the T-3000:
The T-3000, the John Connor Terminator, was always the idea for this movie. Terminator movies promise groundbreaking special effects. James Cameron did that brilliantly with the mimetic poly Terminator in T2 and the thing we always loved about John Connor, and you guys have seen the movie, is that he is very much the personification of the theme in his character, both man and machine. For us, we went through…it has to be thousands of design iterations.
Much, much more at the link. [/Film]
Emilia Clarke jokingly discusses which being is easier to look after: Genisys’ Guardian Terminator, or Game of Thrones’ Dragons:
Terminators… he just kept killing everyone, and I had to tell him to calm down on that because it just gets in the way sometimes. But then the dragons will burn everything — you have to fireproof everything, it’s a nightmare… fireproofing in a Dior dress sucks.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars 7 News is reporting that Ken Leung (Lost) has been cast in a minor role in the film, as a Resistance General.
Star Trek 3
Producers David Ellison and Dana Goldberg discuss bringing Justin Lin onto the film, and how cool it will look:
So I think we absolutely understand the very high hurdle that everyone has to jump for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. Then Justin Lin stepped in and who knew Justin Lin was such a Star Trek fan? And he is. He met with J.J. and Lindsey Weber at Bad Robot and they fell in love with him, and brought him in to meet with us and to meet with everybody at Paramount and pitched a version of the film that we just thought ‘wow, that has huge potential.’ We’re not allowed to talk about the specifics of the film to say the least, but what we can tell you is there are some sequences that we have seen in pre-vis that are just incredible.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt discusses adapting the original comic series to film in a recent Reddit AMA:
Yeah, there’s tons of little brilliant moments throughout the series, and we certainly can’t incorporate all of them. We are using a whole bunch of specifics straight from the comics, but of course, we’re also having to do a certain amount of invention, and in between that, there’s tons of re-appropriating, re-contextualizing, combining, consolidating, and all manner of things that literalists might not like.
Kevin Feige on the Marvel-Sony collaboration for the hero:
We’re producing that movie for Sony and in partnership with Amy Pascal, so it’s been going through the same process of any other Marvel film would, and it’s been great. Tom Rothman at Sony has been very supportive in the decisions and obviously the two big ones we announced this week.
Right now, it’s all about producing the new stand-alone Spider-Man movie. That’s what Sony is focused on. That’s what we’re focused on, and whatever happened before that or after that, sort of remains to be seen, but it’s all about producing the best Spider-Man movie we can, certainly within the Sony Universe, next July.
Legend Of Conan
Arnold Schwarzennger offers an update on the film:
I was hoping to do another one, and I [liked] the idea of Conan having been king for a long time, then just threw it all away and went into retirement and went off into the mountains. That whole idea always appealed to me. Then of course he gets asked back because of some hideous and unbelievable things that are happening to the kingdom. So that’s when the battle begins again.
It needs some tweakage but really they’ve done an extraordinary job with it, very thoughtful so I’m looking forward to working with them on that as soon as this gets out of the way, because I’m very focused on one thing at a time. Then we do the next thing.
Marvel’s First Family and Kanye West combine forces in the latest TV spot. [Coming Soon]
Jessica Lucas has been cast as Tigress, another DC feline-themed villainess. In the show she will wield a bullwhip and goes around Gotham as an enforcer for her brother, “deriving a sensual pleasure from the mayhem she’s tasked with making”. [TV Line]
In other casting news, Dustin Ybarra has been cast as recurring character Robert Greenwood, an inmate at Arkham Asylum who is a homicidal cannibal. [Zap2it]
Speaking of homicidal cannibals, here’s a press release for “Digestivo”:
MASON VERGER RECEIVES A SPECIAL DELIVERY—JOE ANDERSON AND KATHARINE ISABELLE GUEST STAR—Captured in Italy by police on Mason Verger’s payroll, Will Graham (Hugh Dancy and Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) are delivered to Muskrat Farm to await Mason’s (guest star Joe Anderson) revenge. Alana (Caroline Dhavernas), distressed that Will has been endangered along with Hannibal, plots a rescue. And Hannibal, once again in contact with his old patient Margot (guest star Katharine Isabelle), finds it irresistible to remind her that Mason will never make good on his promises. Meanwhile, Jack (Laurence Fishburne) informs Chiyoh (Tao Okamoto) of Hannibal’s location.
Once Upon A Time
Sinqua Walls will return to the show as Lancelot in season 5. [EW]
Game Of Thrones
The directors for Season 6 have been confirmed. Jeremy Podeswa, Daniel Sackheim, Jack Bender, Mark Mylod, and Miguel Sapochnik will each direct two episodes, with Sapochnik (who directed “Hardhome”) directing the last two of the season. [EW]
Speaking to MTV, Emilia Clarke discussed the season 5 finale, adding that there is a “50/50 chance” that Jon Snow survives his seemingly fatal wounds:
The first episode of Season 2 has been titled “The Man Who Saved Central City”. [Comic Book]
Grant Gustin teases the show’s return with Collider at the Saturn Rewards.
Here’s a new international promo for the show’s pilot. [/Film]
Fear The Walking Dead
Finally, here’s a photo of the cast. [Spoiler TV]
Additional reporting by Abhimanyu Das and Charlie Jane Anders. Top image: Terminator Genisys.