Oscar Isaac claims that everyone's Star Wars theories are completely off the mark. Is there a good reason why we haven't gotten an announcement about a standalone movie starring Ben Affleck's Batman? And Krysten Ritter talks about being cast as Jessica Jones. Spoilers now!
Top image: Daredevil
Oscar Issac says that the Internet is completely wrong in all its speculations about the plot of The Force Awakens:
I can't speak for the cast and crew, I can just speak for myself, but for me I thought, Don't you want to wait so you can get the real thing? But it creates excitement for it. I don't think these little leaks necessarily ruined watching the trailer. And also, the [plot theories] that get that formulated based on these things — they couldn't be more far off-base.
He also talked about the experience of being in an X-Wing cockpit:
It was hard to believe that I was actually sitting in there and doing that. And it's physical. You have to kind of get in touch with that child again that had a little X-Wing and would fly around his room making crazy sounds, you had to tap into that spirit again and that was a lot fun. There was a lot of practical effects. A lot of the stuff they actually made. There wasn't a lot of green screen.
A Fortune magazine piece on Disney CEO Bob Iger has some new shots of the newest version of the Millennium Falcon. [First Showing]
The current timeline from Warner Bros.' DC movies doesn't contain a standalone Batman film, and Thomas Roach at Flickering Myth speculates that we're not going to get one. He theorizes that it's still too soon after the Christopher Nolan films; that an older, experienced, and "perfect" Batman may underwhelm audiences; and we're seeing iconic Bat-villains in Suicide Squad, so going back to their battles with Batman in the future may not make a ton of sense. Therefore, says Roach, he thinks Ben Affleck will only play Batman in the Justice League-based films. [Flickering Myth]
Mad Max: Fury Road
Here are the images of Tom Hardy from the Empire cover story. [Empire]
Jeph Loeb and showrunner Steven S. DeKnight talked to Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming show. The show's going to be confined to New York City, says Loeb:
Within the Marvel universe there are thousands of heroes of all shapes and sizes, but The Avengers are here to save the universe and Daredevil is here to save the neighborhood. It's a very unique look at Hell's Kitchen in New York, where Matt Murdoch grew up and continues to defend it from people who would harm the people that live there.
Even though it does take place in the Marvel universe, and in the same city as the Avengers Tower, we won't see Iron Man or Thor in the sky. DeKnight adds that the show will be "grittier" and "edgier" than any other Marvel show or movie, but they're not looking to use graphic violence or gratuitous nudity. And as for the feel of the show, DeKnight says:
We really wanted to take our cue from [films like] The French Connection, Dog Day Afternoon, Taxi Driver, and make it very, very grounded, very gritty, very real. We always say we would rather lean toward The Wire than what's considered a classic superhero television show.
DeKnight says that the rise of Kingpin is going to be as central to the show as the rise of Daredevil:
[Wilson] Fisk has very many different aspects so it's not all, 'I want to conquer the city and make a lot of money.' In our story, we tell the story of how he met his wife Vanessa and how they fell in love — our antagonist actually has a love story. That's the love story you're following, the one you're invested in, and seeing how that affects him and changes him. I think Vincent just brings such depth to it, his performance is just astounding.
This can only be a good thing, since we loved what we saw of Kingpin at New York Comic Con.
The final big bit of news came from DeKnight, who says that they haven't crossed Bullseye off the list of possible show characters. "I wouldn't say there's no plans to include the character in the series. It's not not to say he wouldn't be in the series at some point," said DeKnight. He's just not going to appear in the first season, since they wanted to avoid having too many characters and the character had been in the movie. [Entertainment Weekly]
A.K.A. Jessica Jones
At around the 3:50 mark of this interview, Krysten Ritter talks about the casting process for the show, which she says was "long." [ Collider]
Here's the press release for episodes 1.05 and 1.06:
Galavant - Episode 1.05 - 1.06 -Completely Mad...Alena/Dungeons and Dragon Lady
"Completely Mad…Alena" – As our heroic trio finally approaches Valencia, they find shelter and doo-wop among local monks who have taken a vow of singing, led by Confessional Monk (Weird Al Yankovic). Madalena, frustrated with King Richard, decides to take matters into her own hands with her own devious plot involving the besotted Chef and her winsome handmaiden, Gwynne (Sophie McShera), on "Galavant," airing SUNDAY, JANUARY 18 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"Dungeons and Dragon Lady" – While Galavant struggles with the realization about his true love, King Richard goes on a voyage of self-discovery, thanks to a potion from the magician, Xanax (guest star Ricky Gervais). As Galavant draws closer to the woman he really loves, an emboldened King Richard starts to assert himself, just as his meaner, elder brother returns—Kingsley (Rutger Hauer) on "Galavant," airing SUNDAY, JANUARY 18 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"Galavant" stars Joshua Sasse as Galavant, Timothy Omundson as King Richard, Vinnie Jones as Gareth, Mallory Jansen as Madalena, Karen David as Isabella and Luke Youngblood as Sid.
Guest starring on "Completely Mad…Alena" are Al Yankovic as Confessional Monk, Sophie McShera as Gwynne, Darren Evans as Chef, Stanley Townsend as King of Valencia and Genevieve Allenbury as Queen of Valencia. "Completely Mad…Alena" was written by Casey Johnson and David Windsor and directed by John Fortenberry.
Guest starring on "Dungeons and Dragons Lady" are Ben Presley as Jester, Darren Evans as Chef, Stanley Townsend as King of Valencia, Genevieve Allenbury as Queen of Valencia, with Rutger Hauer as Kingsley and Ricky Gervais as Xanax. "Dungeons and Dragons Lady" was written by Kirker Butler and directed by James Griffiths.
The Vampire Diaries
Here's a new poster. [ SpoilerTV]
Here are two character videos, one for Paige and one for Ruth. [via SpoilerTV]
Here's the synopsis for episode 2.12:
Resurrection - Episode 2.12 - Steal Away
"Steal Away" - After a series of inexplicable events, Bellamy fears for the safety of Rachael and her unborn child. Preacher James predicts that the baby's birth will unleash an ancient evil. Margaret rallies the Returned at the government facility and forms an uneasy alliance with Preacher James, and Bellamy's government contact (Donna Murphy) warns that something big is on the horizon, in the penultimate episode of "Resurrection," SUNDAY, JANUARY 18 (9:01-10:01 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"Resurrection" stars Omar Epps as J. Martin Bellamy, Frances Fisher as Lucille Langston, Matt Craven as Fred Langston, Devin Kelley as Maggie Langston, Mark Hildreth as Pastor Tom Hale, Samaire Armstrong as Elaine Richards, Landon Gimenez as Jacob and Kurtwood Smith as Henry Langston.
Guest cast includes Michelle Fairley as Margaret Langston, Kathleen Munroe as Rachael Braidwood, Nadej Bailey as Jenny, Michael Tourek as Cauliflower Ear, Jim Parrack as Preacher James, Cheryl White as Robin and Donna Murphy as Angela/aka The Elegant Woman.
"Steal Away" was written by Nathan Louis Jackson and directed by Felix Alcala.
And here's the description for episode 13:
Forever - Episode 1.13 - Diamonds are Forever
"Diamonds are Forever" – Henry and Jo's murder investigation of an ex-con, who is being framed for a jewelry story heist, reveals a special connection between the victim and Jo's late husband, Sean, who was an assistant district attorney. Jo's evocative memories reflect her warm and wonderful relationship with Sean, which become almost too painful for her to bear. Flashbacks trace Henry's life to 1816 London where he ends up in jail. Incredibly, a priest, who is his cell mate, gives Henry a second chance at life. Meanwhile, Abe attempts to snare a thief who he believes walked off with a "priceless" antique from his store, and Henry is there to comfort Jo in her time of distress, on "Forever," TUESDAY, JANUARY 13 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
"Forever" stars Ioan Gruffudd as Henry, Judd Hirsch as Abe, Alana De La Garza as Detective Jo Martinez, Lorraine Toussaint as Lt. Joanne Reece, Donnie Keshawarz as Detective Hanson and Joel David Moore as Lucas.
Guest starring are Roger Rees as priest, Shane McRae as Detective Hugh Dunn and Andy Karl as Sean Moore.
"Diamonds are Forever" is written by Janet Lin and directed by John T. Kretchmer
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller