DC Comics may be looking to make a bunch of lower budget movies, based on lesser-known characters. An Alias favorite is headed to Sleepy Hollow, and more teasers of Arrow's take on Barry Allen. Plus, a Sin City TV show and a Wolfman series are in development. Spoilers ahead!
Rumor has it that David S. Goyer's not just working on the Man of Steel sequel script, he's also developing a bunch of lower-cost, lesser-known movies based on DC characters that would come out in the spring and fall of each year. Supposedly, DC is working on announcing a slate of films possibly including Suicide Squad, Booster Gold, Team 7, and Deathstroke. In theory, DC's aiming for a bottom line of $20 million, with Suicide Squad being the most expensive at $40 million. If this actually happens, the announcement would be coming next year. As always with unsourced rumors, you should take this with a few grains of salt. [Bleeding Cool via First Showing]
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Three little short clips have been posted internationally to drum up excitement over this week's release of the full trailer. They contain, as they are international clips, the "Rise of Electro" subtitle that we've seen before. This may be more evidence that we'll see a domestic name change, too. The clips are below. [Comic Book Resources]
Here's a TV spot for the movie starring Aaron Eckhardt as Frankenstein's monster. Ridiculous, or ridiculously awesome? You decide. [via Coming Soon]
Not that you'd expect her to say that it's a disaster, but BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore has said that the first scenes of Peter Capaldi's run as the Doctor have been filmed, and she's seen them:
He's an extraordinary actor with amazing ability and just watching the first scenes come through… I'm very excited.
More importantly, it sounds like we've got confirmation that his first full season will be coming in late 2014, probably the fall run that we've seen for previous seasons. [Digital Spy]
The Walking Dead
Robert Kirkman explained why Herschel needed to die and how it will impact the rest of season four:
He was the moral compass of the group and it's always good to lose the moral compass. It will all become clear when we finally show you the back half of season 4. It wasn't enough for these characters to lose the prison. They also had to feel some kind of loss over something important and Hershel was that thing that was important to each and every character, so it made the most sense to take him off the table and see how it affects the characters, which we'll see when we come back in a bit. So there's a lot of cool stuff ahead because of that.
He also said something really disturbing about the possible whereabouts of Baby Judith:
Well, she's not in that car seat. I mean, there might be some of her in that car seat, but you know, the majority of her is not there. That's another big unknown that we'll have to find out about when we come back. She could be dead. She could be maimed. She could be fine. We'll just have to find out.
He also said that Abraham, Eugene, and Rosita will mirror, at least in their introduction, their comic counterparts:
I can say that their introduction will be somewhat similar to how they were introduced in the comic, which I think is a very cool thing. I'm always pushing for big changes between the comic and the show, but when there is a good, natural process to adapt things directly, we do that from time to time to keep people guessing, so we will see a bit of that in their introduction. I think the main thing to look at is that these are some very interesting and dynamic and explosive characters that will be breathing some new life into the show, which is something that all of our new characters do. They're going to be pushing things in new directions. So they will definitely be an X factor that changes the dynamic of the show quite a bit. There's cool things ahead with them.
More at the link. [Entertainment Weekly]
Victor Garber (Alias) will be playing Ichabod Crane's father in at least one upcoming episode. [TV Line]
The second movie, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, will be released in August of 2014. But it seems like that release date, which is pushed back from this year, will allow the Weinstein Company to work on a TV series based in this universe, which would premiere after the movie's release. The TV project's still being developed, with both Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez involved. [New York Times via Den of Geek]
NBC is developing a werewolf TV drama based on the 2010 remake of The Wolfman. They've put Dracula executive producer Daniel Knauf in charge, so hopefully he'll bring the same gleeful abandon to this project as that one has. [Entertainment Weekly]
Here's a video with executive producer Andrew Kreisberg talking about the search the show did to find the right actor to play Barry Allen. It also has some clips of upcoming episodes:
And here are two short interviews with Emily Bett Rickards, the first has her teasing the chemistry between Felicity and Barry Allen, and the second has her teasing episode 12. [via SpoilerTV]
Misha Collins explained the difference between Castiel's journey in this season, compared to his similar experience with humanity in season five:
In Season 5, when Cas lost more of his angel powers and started grappling with a lot of human-ish stuff, it was darker. He was dealing with a darker side of things. Now it's more mundane, but I wouldn't actually say that it's light. I think that the stuff that he has been dealing with is how to brush your teeth and how to feed yourself and how to make sense of what your purpose on the planet is. But that's kind of a heavy question. Like 'is this satisfying in and of itself?'
More at the link. [TV Line]
This week has two episodes airing back-to-back. The first is "Cold Blooded," which tackles the classic "alligators in the sewer" urban legend. Russell Hornsby, who plays Hank Griffin, described it this way:
Usually we put a twist on a centuries-old fairy tale, but this time we're taking on a modern urban legend and mixing it with Dungeons & Dragons. Nick [David Giuntoli] and Hank go down below the city like warriors ready for battle. Nick has this special arm shield that Grimms used against these creatures in olden times. Hank's doing it 21st-century style. For someone who grew up loving The Goonies and Star Wars, playing scenes like that really brings out the kid in me!
The second episode is "Twelve Days of Krampus," which will have a horned demon in a Santa outfit attacking and kidnapping Portland's "naughty" juvenile delinquents. You'll also see Nick and Hank punching out an innocent Santa, which Hornsby describes thusly:
There are all sorts of witnesses to the incident, and they capture it on their cell phones. Most of the horrible stuff that happens in this town — zombies, witches, werewolves — never seems to hit the media, and all the great work the police do stays under the radar. But Nick and Hank beating up Santa Claus? It makes the evening news!
See a picture of the evil Santa below. [TV Guide]
DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk
The series based on the How to Train Your Dragon airs a two-part episode this Thursday. The Dragon Riders face down an angry rogue lightning dragon called the Skrill and Hiccup's nemesis Dagur. A clip from the episode called, "A View to a Skrill," is below. [TV Guide]
Once Upon a Time
Here's the description about episode 3.10, "The New Neverland":
"The New Neverland" – The residents of Storybrooke are overjoyed upon the return of Henry and our heroes from Neverland. But unbeknownst to them, a plan is secretly being put into place by a well-hidden Pan that will shake up the very lives of the townspeople. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was, Snow White and Prince Charming's honeymoon turns out to be anything but romantic when they go in search of a mythical being that could stop Regina cold in her tracks, on "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
And here's the promo for the same episode. [via SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo for the second half of season three. [via SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Emily Stamm