The stars of both franchises are working at it. Jared Leto could step into Will Smith's shoes. Everyone's favorite character will return for Heroes Reborn. Gotham promises go deep into the comics with its references. Plus a ton of Transformers: Age of Extinction information. Spoilers now!
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While another Hulk movie hasn't seemed likely for a long time, Mark Ruffalo told Digital Spy that Marvel's growing more receptive to the idea:
I think they are, for the first time, entertaining the idea of it. When we did The Avengers it was basically 'No!', and now there is some consideration for it.
But there's still nothing definitive, not even a skeletal version of what it would be. I look forward to going down that road, if we could crack that nut.
As for the upcoming Avengers sequel, Mark Ruffalo did promise that we'd see more of the Bruce Banner and Tony Stark interaction that was so popular following the first film. "There's some very cool Science Bros stuff," he told Digital Spy. [Digital Spy via Comic Book Resources]
Ron Perlman is never going to stop fighting for a third installment of the film series, saying:
I'd like to finish it. I'd like for there to be a third film because the first two films were set up for this huge resolve and [Guillermo Del Toro] already understands what that resolve will look like. He never gave me the nuts and bolts of it, but he gave me a rather broad strokes sketch of what the third film would look like and it's so epic and so deserved by the fans that hung in there for the first two that I really feel as though it's essential that we make it. So I fight for it every day. Sometimes I'm the only voice and sometimes there are others, but I'm never going to stop trying to get Hellboy 3 made.
Jared Leto is in early talks to take over the starring role in Brilliance, which has been without a headliner since Will Smith left the project. If the deal closes, he'll join co-lead Noomi Rapace in the adaptation of the Marcus Sakey novel. The story takes place in a world with super-powered "brilliants" and follows an FBI agent with hunting powers tracking a powered terrorist. [Deadline]
The Despicable Me spinoff has had its release date pushed back from December 19, 2014 to July 10, 2015. This means that Universal won't have an animated film this year, but instead will be releasing Minions around the same time of year that was so successful for Despicable Me 2. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Fox has acquired the rights to James Wan's graphic novel, with the idea being that he'll develop and direct the project. [Deadline]
Collider has a whole bunch of interviews for the upcoming film. First up is Michael Bay, who explains how we'll know where this film connects to the others:
We learn from the robots what's going on, and we set you up in the movie with what's gone on the past four years. This literally takes … however long ago the Chicago battle happened, that's when this movie starts. I think we're saying it's actually been three years. We might reference the Sam character in some tiny way, but right now he's not in the script.
He also talked about the inspiration for Stanley Tucci's character:
I've always been fascinated by the CIA. [laughs] Stanley's character literally came from like, we had the raid with the helicopter, and we tried to get the tail, and whatever … that's exactly what would happen in Chicago. What would he do if there was a spaceship over there and a kid took a robot hand? Imagine the war's over. There's shit everywhere. They're gonna take that shit, and people are going to figure out how the hell is this stuff made, how is it engineered, and try to reverse engineer it.
Speaking of Tucci, here's how he talked about his role:
I play Joshua Gross, who's the head of this corporation that sort of makes all the Transformers. I don't know what I can and can't say. Here's the thing, it's a great role and that's why I'm here, you know what I mean?
... [I]t's a great role. I was more than happy to do it. To be typecast in great roles does kind of misuse the word I think but no I was very happy to, if it had been a role I'd done before then I maybe wouldn't have been interested but it was something kind of new and really fun, you know what I mean? Sometimes making movies isn't fun and to play a character like this in a movie like this is fun.
Sophia Myles said that her character, Darcy Tyril, works in the mining division of Tucci's character's company, and that her role wasn't "straight forward." [Collider]
And while Age of Extinction will take place in the same universe as the previous three movies, Mark Wahlberg says it will stand on its own:
Absolutely, absolutely from what I've seen. And I've been in the editing room with Mike looking at a lot of the stuff. Nobody does what he does better in bringing the rest of it to life. The Autobots come alive and the robots are really nailed on screen. All the stuff that I've seen has been great. The idea is to make it better, there's no doubt about that. It's not about just milking this thing for all it's worth, it's about trying to make it better, and I feel a lot of responsibility with what I'm required to bring to the table, but I'm excited! I love challenging myself. Like having the opportunity to work with Denzel Washington, which is great; I get to go at him mano-a-mano. Who better to go at it with and get a chance to showcase what I can do? I don't usually get too nervous about films. After being in prison, this is not something to be nervous about, it's something to be excited about.
Finally, we have Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor talking about the human element of the giant robot franchise:
Peltz: Like I said before it's just these regular people and before anything happens in the film you see how they live their lives. I deal with normal teenager things like trying to hide my boyfriend from my dad and things like that and then you see these characters are thrown in this crazy situation and how they deal with it as normal people coming face to face with an Autobot or a Decepticon and that's just really interesting.
Reynor: There's a really nice human dynamic in the movie that anchors it I think and well, for any of us to be in Transformers is a huge thing and privilege and honor to be here, but I really love the triangle that goes on in the movie, it gives it an anchor and it's something that's very different from the previous films, so that's what's going to be the main thing that drives it in a different direction and I think it will be a lot of fun to see.
Peltz: And a lot of people can relate to it, the teenager with a dad, I'm so close with my dad I have a great relationship with him and it's, they're dealing with normal life things.
Slashfilm's set report describes a scene from the third act that they saw filmed:
One shot involved a ton a Chinese extras running out and through cars in the street followed by large spark-filled explosions all over the Hong Kong block as the cabled spydercam zipped by capturing invisible autobots or deceptions causing the destruction. Humans jumped out of the way/out of the balcony reacting to the triggered firework blasts.
... Bay is very focused on the red colors of China, and those have been utilized in the production design of the Hong Kong set. This "Hong Kong" features prop dressing that can only be described as a hilariously obnoxious recreation of Hong Kong, with almost too much Chinese script and red decoration. They wanted the set to be stylized, but it also needs to feel authentic because they're going to film some scenes in Hong Kong — it will need to cut together.
They were also told that the film was written to take place in Hong Kong and mainland China, and that the decision wasn't made as an afterthought because of the Chinese co-production deal. [Slashfilm]
Here's a new TV spot. [Transformers Live Action Movie Blog]
There will be at least one character returning for the reboot series: Noah Bennett, aka Horn-Rimmed Glasses. Deadline reports that Jack Coleman will be in Heroes Reborn, which will follow the same basic "people discover they have powers" arc as the original show's first season. [Deadline]
Executive producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon discussed how they choose what parts of the comic book canon will be incorporated into the show:
Heller: Yeah, the fact that Batman lives in kind of two different worlds culturally, i.e., people who are immense fanboys and a much larger public are aware of it, then we do have a dual responsibility. But from my perspective, it's a blessing because it means that you can — and I hope we can, anyway — lay in deep stuff for the fans that get it that doesn't bump for people who are simply just watching the show. For me, you have to be able to watch the show, even if you don't know who Batman is. This is a story about the people. And so as long as we can do that, as long as we're honoring the story we're telling you at the moment, then to a degree, everything else takes care of itself. Everything else is a huge bonus. It's like working with movie stars — as any director or writer will tell you, as soon as you're working with people that other people feel they know and understand, you're already bigger than life. Your story immediately, if you're telling it right, has that same kind of mythic, iconic feel to it, and that's the beauty of this world. That's what Danny did so brilliantly, I think, because they're both entirely real worlds, but it pays complete respect to the fact that that's an iconic, mythically dream world at the same time.
Cannon: I liken the Batman franchise to a great band, like the Beatles or the Stones. They have great songs, and it's all about how you play them.
There's been a lot of death on this CW show, but Ricky Whittle confirmed on Twitter that Lincoln would be in season 2. [Twitter]
Here's a featurette with Candice Patton discussing Barry and Iris:
The premiere takes place nine months after the last season finale, and introduces a major plot arc:
One of the biggest reveals in the first episode has to do with Irisa and looks to be one of the central mysteries of this season. This first episode doesn't disappoint, and it was terrific to get back into this world! The imagining of the other cities is particularly impressive.
Here's a video about the new Black Hornet villains:
Here's a behind-the-scenes video:
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen