What do toy commercials reveal about Zack Snyder's Man of Steel? Plus New Hobbit Photos!

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Morning SpoilersIf there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here.

Check out our first look at the return of Frodo Baggins in The Hobbit. James Badge Dale discusses his villainous role in Iron Man 3. Could the Captain America sequel introduce another cosmic superhero? Check out the rumored main roles for Transformers 4... don't worry, they're completely ludicrous. Plus some American Horror Story teasers!

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from Man of Steel.

Iron Man 3

Erstwhile Rubicon star James Badge Dale says his Iron Man 3 supporting villain Eric Savin is loosely based on Coldblood, and his costume is so low profile that nobody has seen it yet, despite whatever you might think you saw in set photos. He also praises writer-director Shane Black's approach, saying "the tone of the film is very particular, very offbeat, very out-there." [Vulture]


Captain America: The Winter Soldier

There's a ridiculously long article devoted to arguing this latest bit of speculation, but here's the gist — it's possible, although completely unsupported by any facts or even rumors at this time, that the "physical American" role in the Captain America sequel is that of a new S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to fill the void left by good old Phil Coulson. While that isn't so ridiculous, here comes the big leap of logic — the speculation is that this new agent will be Wendell Vaughn, who ultimately becomes the cosmic superhero Quasar with the help of his quantum bands. This shift from regular Vaughn to Quasar could happen as soon as Guardians of the Galaxy, or be left for Phase III. Oh, and this is the part Lost's Josh Holloway will probably play. While none of that is really impossible — I mean, Marvel is already making a movie featuring Rocket Raccoon, so all bets are long since off — there's also absolutely nothing to back it up beyond the general feeling that Quasar (not to mention Nova) really ought to show up now that Marvel is going all cosmic with its cinematic universe. For a two-page (two-page!) explanation of the detailed thinking behind all this, check out the link. [Screen Rant]

Man of Steel

A pair of toy commercials have surfaced that tie into Zack Snyder's Superman movie, and they might reveal some key information about the film itself, including the notion that Zod has a robot army. Of particular interest is the point in the second video where "Black Zero" is clearly referred to in the context of General Zod's ship, which would seem to dash the rumors that Black Zero was some secret second villain. You can check out the videos below. [Bleeding Cool]


Here are some set photos of the new Robocop riding a futuristic motorcycle in handy video form. [IGN]

The Hobbit

Here are some new promo photos, including our first look at Elijah Wood's return appearance as Frodo Baggins in the trilogy's framing story. [MTV Movies Blog]


Kick-Ass 2

Here's the official synopsis for the Kick-Ass sequel:

Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010′s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass' (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) — reborn as The Mother F%&*^r — only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation.

When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world's first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she's forced to retire-leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes.

Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world's first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there's only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.



Transformers 4

While we know the fourth Transformers movie will feature a largely new human cast, and that Jason Statham has been heavily rumored to be one of the new actors involved, we haven't heard anything about just who these new characters will be. The first such rumor — and I'd advise taking this with a grain of salt right off the bat — suggests "the new female lead that they are looking for is a high school senior and her boyfriend a Texas racing driver." Now, an obvious question is where Jason Statham could possibly fit into all this, but to that I say this is a golden opportunity for Jason Statham to play both the female high school senior and the Texas racing driver. That just has multiple Oscars written all over it. [SpoilerTV]


Doctor Who

Star Matt Smith discusses his new costar and companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman:

"Jenna is doing wonderfully well. I look back to my first day and I was like a rabbit in the headlights. She is much more assured...'Rory used to take care of Amy quite a lot so the Doctor became a weird old grandfather. He was ostracised in some way. So it is nice having a different dynamic... They were great friends and companions. But now we move on and the character moves on. It is about Jenna-Louise Coleman."




Here's a couple of promos for this week's episode, "The Bullet That Saved The World." [BuddyTV]

Here are some set photos of star Joshua Jackson and Captain Windmark actor Michael Kopsa in downtown Vancouver, although the two reportedly weren't actually filming scenes together at the same time. [YVR Shoots]


According to showrunner Joel Wyman, the seventh episode will feature the cryptic title "52010." [Give Me My Remote]

The Walking Dead

Here's a promo for this week's episode, "Sick."

This episode will reportedly focus exclusively on the prison, meaning no Michonne or Andrea this week. Speaking of which, here are Andrea actress Laurie Holden's thoughts on her eventual reunion with the rest of the cast:

"I think it will be really heated. Andrea doesn't know if she was abandoned, left behind; she doesn't know if they are alive. I can only imagine that it would be completely surreal."


[TV Line]

Person of Interest

Here are some promo photos for the fourth episode of the season, "Triggerman", which airs next week. [SpoilerTV]


Here's a short, rather repetitive synopsis for episode five, "Bury the Lede", which airs November 1:

REESE MUST PROTECT A JOURNALIST WITHOUT HER KNOWING IT OR RISK BECOMING PART OF THE STORY – Reese must protect an investigative journalist through surreptitious means to avoid becoming part of her story.



Here are some promo photos for the next episode, "Sex and Drugs." [SpoilerTV]

And here's a promo.

Here's a short description for the seventh episode, "The Children's Crusade":

Charlie relates to a boy with a similar past and tries to convince Miles to help him and his friends; Rachel meets someone from her past.



Once Upon a Time

Here are some promo photos for episode five, "The Doctor", which airs October 28. [SpoilerTV]


American Horror Story: Asylum

Here are some spoiler-y tidbits for the new season. There's a bunch more at the link:

"Mental illness is the fashionable term for sin." At least as far as Sister Jude is concerned.

Little green men. Even though there is nothing supernatural going on in the premiere, someone does experience what we can only describe as an alien invasion.

Funny face. One peculiar-looking patient seems cute as a button - until Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe, also returning from Season 1) informs Kit that the woman killed her sister's baby and sliced its ears off.

French pop never sounded so scary. One of the villains has a thing for sadism and French pop music. Combined.

Feed the animals! There are some ominous "scientific" experiments being conducted by Dr. Arden, and they're directly tied to those teaser clips showing a nun bringing bloody entrails into the woods.


There's five more at the link. [Wetpaint]

Here are some teasers for the second episode, courtesy of E! Online:

Exorcism is the name of the game in episode two, and let's just say that once the demon (if you choose to believe in that sort of thing) enters the Asylum, he (or she?) might not be in a hurry to get out. Also, someone's nasty nightly habit is in danger of being exposed, and we all know what happens when someone's privacy is threatened.


[E! Online]

Warehouse 13

Syfy has announced the show will return with the final ten episodes of season four in April 2013, and a featured guest star will be Caprica and John Carter actress Polly Walker as "Charlotte Dupres, a nemesis of the Warehouse Team who compounds mystery with intrigue and whose innumerable layers and secrets will unfold over the course of Season 4.5." She will appear in five of the ten episodes of the season's second half. [SpoilerTV]


Additional reporting by Rob H. Dawson and Charlie Jane Anders.


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I would like for the new Iron Man to be good. I mean... I actually enjoyed the second movie (though not as much as the first), and I was sort of surprised when I happily turned to my husband at the end of it in the theater and he looked so disappointed. Admittedly, my ONLY Iron Man knowledge comes from the movies... we went to see the original as part of a double feature at a drive in, and I was only barely interested in seeing it, and wound up LOVING it. Hopefully the third movie recaptures more of the easy flair and charisma the first one had.