Hugh Jackman weighs in on The Wolverine. The cast and crew of Green Lantern explain why we've seen so little of the film. Plus we sort through the madness to figure out the future of DC superhero movies!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Thor.
Here's a description of Hawkeye's costume, which was unveiled at a recent event at CinemaCon in Las Vegas:
Disney/Marvel showed a featurette about the upcoming production of the film. In the featurette, there was an artist rendition of actor Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye character. The costume is not the purple costume from the comic books. But, it is a black sleeveless costume with a little bit of maroon. There is the Hawkeye symbol on the chest and he carries modern professional bow.
All of that sounds more or less like his outfit in Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch's Ultimates books, assuming it's accurate. [Latino Review]
Mark Strong, who plays Sinestro in the movie, talks a little bit about how the movie's CGI-heavy world was realized and why there have been relatively few production photos:
"[There's] all this Earth-bound stuff and there's space stuff. And obviously the space stuff was all in a big green warehouse and we all wore grey tracksuits with dots on. It's like trying to make a jigsaw puzzle with two thirds of the pieces missing, so I can't wait to see it myself...They've released something, but it's all going to be coming out in June. I think that stuff takes a while to get right, they don't want to release it before it's ready."
On that topic, Warner Bros. execs explain the early disappointing reaction to the movie's first trailer is because of the extensive post-production. Incoming Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov (a lot more on him in a moment) explains:
"We are on a learning curve in getting 3-D materials and marketing materials on the same schedule. [The advertising campaign] has been delayed strictly from production. We won't be in this position again."
Fellow exec Sue Kroll adds:
"Part of the reason the response to the first trailer was lukewarm was that the big-scale sequences weren't ready to show, and we suffered for it. We can't afford to do that again."
The Green Mile and Sin City actor Michael Clarke Duncan is reportedly in talks to voice the Green Lantern Corps's resident drill sergeant, the tough but lovable Kilowog. As usual, don't consider this confirmed until we hear something official. IMDB actually lists Dennis Haysbert as voicing the character, but that might well just be a misunderstanding based on the fact that he voiced Kilowog in the Justice League cartoon. [Latino Review]
Here's a rough version of the action figure for Parallax. [Cosmic Book News]
There's been a lot of ink spilled over incoming Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov's plans for the various DC Comics properties, so let's sort out what he actually said. First of all, yes, a Justice League movie does appear to be on track for 2013, and the implication in the original profile is that The Flash and Wonder Woman could emerge as individual movie franchises after Justice League. Robinov also says the Wonder Woman TV show wouldn't present a problem for a movie version, pointing to Smallville and Superman Returns as an instance where TV and movie versions can exist simultaneously without problems.
Now, the big thing people appear to be reacting to is the idea that Batman will be rebooted after the Christopher Nolan movies wrap up. Here's what he actually says on the topic:
"We have the third Batman, but then we'll have to reinvent Batman…Chris Nolan and [producing partner and wife] Emma Thomas will be producing it, so it will be a conversation with them about what the next phase is."
So yes...there will be another Batman movie at some point down the line, and Nolan and Thomas will be involved in some capacity (of course, Tim Burton was also a producer on Batman Forever, so make of that what you will). To which I would simply respond: well, duh, of course another Batman movie will eventually get made. After all, Christopher Nolan is currently finishing up the most successful reboot in movie history, so Warner Bros. is undoubtedly going to try it again.
And if it happens at all in the near future, Robinov's suggestion appears to be that it will spin out of the Justice League movie, so we're probably talking somewhere between 2014 and 2017. But all that assumes Warner Bros. can get its act together and get its superhero movies off the ground, which isn't something they've historically been all that successful at. Either way, it doesn't affect The Dark Knight Rises in the slightest, so this isn't really worth worrying about. [Hero Complex]
Here's a bunch of new posters with helpful exposition about the various Asgardian characters, plus a few general promo photos. [Daily Blam]
Here's a character poster for Hogun, one of the Warriors Three, as played by Tadanobu Asano. [Spinoff Online]
And here's a new international poster. [FirstShowing.net]
Star Hugh Jackman explains where the project is up to now that original director Darren Aronofsky has left the project and their intended shooting location, Japan, is recovering from a natural disaster:
"We need to find another director and once we've found that, we'll be able to know. It's too early to call on Japan, I'm not sure where they're at, so now we're finding another director, but Fox is very anxious to make the movie and we're moving ahead full steam to find another director."
Here's a new image showing Harry in the ruins of Hogwarts. [Examiner]
Here's our first look at Andy Serkis back on set and in his incredibly flattering motion capture suit for Gollum. [CinemaBlend]
Thomas McDonell, who has appeared in the Disney film Prom, has reportedly joined the movie as the younger version of Johnny Depp's Barnabas Collins. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Michael Sheen is still rumored to be up for a part, and now there's some more concrete speculation on which role it might be - he's reportedly up for Roger, the scheming brother of Michelle Pfeiffer's Elizabeth Collins Stoddard. [Deadline]
I doubt anyone thought this was still happening - hell, we're already getting pretty close to declaring Kick-Ass 2 dead - but star James McAvoy put the final nail in the coffin at a recent red carpet, simply saying, "I don't know, I think it's gone." [Live For Films]
I Am Number Four's Teresa Palmer is reportedly in talks to play Marion, "the daughter of one of the humans' military leaders who is tiring of a life of constantly fighting off zombie attacks." This movie is, as you might imagine, set in a world overrun by zombies, and it follows Nicholas Hoult's zombie hero "R." as he forms an unlikely friendship with the girlfriend of one of the people he killed, which sets in motion some world-changing events. [Heat Vision]
Executive producer Joel Wyman discusses the rookie agent who's about to be introduced and is played by Boardwalk Empire's Emily Meade:
"We try and expand our storytelling week to week to a way that we are able to tell, I guess, deeper stories about our main characters. So many of the guest stars that come on are there to do one main thing and that's to reflect back on our main characters and to learn more about them and sort of uncover more aspects of their personality and deepen them for the viewer. That character will definitely be there to do that."
And on whether the character will in fact be recurring next season:
"We always protect ourselves by saying that because you never know. When we used Seth Gable, for instance, he turned out to be so great. And it's just those little discoveries that you're like ‘Wow, you never know.' We always like to just know that we're covered, should it go great."
The show is currently in week ten or eleven of production, and it's now been confirmed that each episode will be 50 minutes long. There's a ton of casting updates that you can check out here, along with a fairly extensive roundup of the recent filming updates, but there's one casting note that we're particularly intrigued by. According to IMDB - always a dicey way to start, but bear with us - Olivia Hallinan is listed as playing "Emma / Kate Dysart." This is interesting because Hallinan actually appeared in the first series episode "Out of Time" - which, by first series Torchwood standards, was actually not a bad episode - as Emma-Louise Cowell, one of the passengers on a 1953 plane that travels through the rift and lands in the present day. At the end of the episode, Emma is the only character that stays behind in the present day, so it's possible she will return. It seems weird for the show to return to such a minor point in a season meant to attract lots of new American viewers, but hey... this would only be like the hundredth most bonkers thing Torchwood has ever done. Anyway, as always, keep your grains of salt at the ready. [Doctor Who News Page]
Executive producer Chris Fedak warns, "Something terrible happens to someone we love." This may tie in with the character of Clyde Decker, which the series is currently casting and is described as a "determined and remorseless CIA agent who will go to any lengths and spare no expense - or life - in order to keep the CIA's secrets buried." [TV Line]
The season/probable series finale will indeed kill off a regular, and it will also explain how the Powells got their powers in the first place. [TV Line]
Here's a synopsis for the currently untitled episode 17:
Vice President Jarvis agrees to meet with an adversary; Sen. Lewis reports the results of the staff blood tests; Sophia continues her search for the super weapon; Leila questions her place; Sean and Vicky find who they've been looking for.
The show will reportedly end on "more of a climax than a cliffhanger", and it apparently involves "something that is truly momentous and, I believe, never seen before [on TV]." [TV Line]
Despite some recent IMDB postings to the contrary, the show's producers confirm that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is definitely not returning as John Winchester in the near future. [E! Online]
Series creator Howard Overman previews what's ahead in the eight-episode third series:
They're all going to have brand new powers. Nobody will have the same powers as in the second series. It's quite daunting because they've had their powers for two series, and you've got to come up with a whole new set of powers, and we're very much constrained with the type of powers we can do because you have to think about what works in terms of the character and story, as well as what's achievable on our budget. We set up the idea that the powers are always linked to personality, so even now the characters' choices are influenced and reflect the characters' personalities, or else it just feels a bit arbitrary.
"There's one slightly bigger storyline towards the end of series three. I think there are two big stories in all because we've got eight episodes this year. One is a sort of mid-season break. It won't become like other shows where they're saving the world, although in one episode they kind of do save the world."
There's more at the link. [SFX]
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders