There's some new confirmation that even DC's wildest film will still share the same universe as Batman v. Superman. Plus wild speculation about who will be the next big villain on The Walking Dead. And also, sneak peeks at the next seasons of Orphan Black and Penny Dreadful. Spoilers now!
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In case there was any doubt, all of the DC movies announced this year are going to take place in the same universe. The confirmation comes from the DC Comics blog which said in an end-of-the-year piece:
Yes, there were rumors of some sort of film slate, mentions that Warner Bros. had "big plans" for DC Entertainment and occasional informal announcements (like the news that New Line had a Shazam movie in development). But for fans who were hoping to see a DC Cinematic Universe similar to what they've seen from other publishers, one that included super heroes other than Superman or Batman, there didn't seem to be a lot to talk about.
That changed on October 15, 2014, when Warner Bros. revealed a full slate of ten DC Entertainment feature films all set within the same universe. The list included the movies we were hoping to see—Wonder Woman will get her own film, while the Justice League will get TWO movies. However, it also included quite a few surprises. A standalone Cyborg movie! A Flash feature starring Ezra Miller! A Suicide Squad movie! And coming in 2016, no less!!
It's not huge shock that all these movies are sharing a universe, but certain comments about how outside of the mold Shazam is going to be from the rest of the films did lead people to wonder.
So then the question becomes how integrated the film will be with the universe, will Shazam join the Justice League? Be an acquaintance of theirs? Just casually mention events from the other films (Most likely, in my opinion.) [DC Comics via Cinema Blend, Comic Book.com]
Indie Revolver has a few pieces of concept art for the front Rylo Ken, he of the controversial lightsaber. They have a look at his mask, which they say isn't colored yellow in the film but does keep the lines. The mask part is also removable, which is apparently something that can also be done by some of the Stormtroopers. The second piece of art does look like Ken, but his lightsaber is lacking the two other laser blades/guard we saw. [Indie Revolver]
The Walking Dead
Here is a Kevin Haldon on Movie Pilot theorizing that the show could be setting up Rick as the next big villain. Take it all in, it's only a giant amount of speculation, after all:
Soooo this is my theory... What if Rick is slowly becoming the Guvnor, yes I know he has those type of quality's but what if... And bare with me here, what if Rick is to become the new big bad on the Walking Dead.
So I mentioned the switch and I would like to explain that. Darryl has that moment where he is willing to let Noah die which was out of keeping with his arc however it made perfect sense because when we get to that final scene when ***SPOILERS*** Dawn Kills Beth, his response is so quick and so decisive he is practically Rick in that scene while Rick kinda just stands there looking dumb ***SPOILERS***
I would love to think two things happened here, Darryl's actions effectively made him lay claim to the group (he shot Dawn not Rick) he has cemented his role as the man to follow. I would love to see Rick turn even more Guvnor like and start to lose a grip of his group, becoming more and more the outsider, slowly driving him to the Dark Side so to speak... Meanwhile D-Man picks up the slack. Now I am not saying do this now because I think a switch like this has got to be gradual, but what if?? and this part is pure speculation. We assume it was Negan and his saviors that turned Gareth into tainted meat eaters... But what if Negan does come into the show and somehow turns Rick against our group making Rick the new big bad.
I dunno that's what I think would be interesting but what do I know, I dont write the program but one thing I love seeing on Tv is when the do gooder role becomes a right bastard and I think this role in particular could that.
The BBC has confirmed that Jenna Coleman will be staying for all of season nine, with Steven Moffat saying:
Jenna is in all of the next series, which we're delighted to reveal. There was a certain amount of to-ing and fro-ing,
I always think I'm quite good at winding up people on this but Jenna completely outplayed me when she said in an interview 'I'm not telling you if I'm staying or going because it's just more exciting'. And it occurred to us all that we don't start shooting until January so we could actually keep it a secret.
Coleman herself said that Peter Capaldi helped convince her to stay:
It's wonderful – a whole other series of stories with the Doctor. I couldn't walk away with the story being unresolved, there's so much more to do and I think [Clara and the Doctor] have finally just reached a point where they really understand each other.
The arrival of the 12th Doctor has just dropped this bombshell and allowed the dynamic to totally, totally change so I think, just when Clara was feeling more comfortable in the relationship, it's suddenly thrown something totally new up and I think the comeuppance of that and the story that we got to tell over the season has been thrilling.
The Vampire Diaries
At the link is an interview with Candice Accola where she is quizzed about her on-screen love interests. [TV Guide]
Here's another teaser for season 3:
Here is a tease for season 2 of Penny Dreadful:
Here's the official description of episode 1.03:
"Time & Tide" - As Agent Carter closes in on Howard Stark's stolen technology, Peggy's secret mission could unravel when the SSR arrests Jarvis and a secret is revealed, on "Marvel's Agent Carter."
"Marvel's Agent Carter" stars Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, James D'Arcy as Edwin Jarvis, Chad Michael Murray as Agent Jack Thompson, Enver Gjokaj as Agent Daniel Sousa and Shea Whigham as Chief Roger Dooley.
Guest starring are Lyndsy Fonseca as Angie Martinelli, Kyle Bornheimer as Agent Ray Krzeminski, Meagan Fay as Miriam Fry, Patrick Smith as Agent Wallace, Alexander Carroll as Agent Yauch, Rob Mars as Jerome Zandow, Lesley Boone as Rose, Benita Robledo as Carol, Bridget Regan as Dottie Underwood, Laura Coover as Molly, Tim James as Jimmy, Paul Roache as building manager, Christie Lynn Herring as prostitute and Rick Steadman as automat customer.
"Time & Tide" was written by Andi Bushell and directed by Scott Winant.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller