The director talks about the Batman v Superman mythos, and 300's future, too. Daisy Ridley confirms talks for Tomb Raider. David Benioff hypes the next season of Game of Thrones. Plus wild new Jungle Book cast pictures, and what to expect on tonight’s Flash, iZombie, and Agents of SHIELD. So many Spoilers!
Zack Snyder tells the New York Daily News that the television incarnation of the Flash, played by Grant Gustin, was never considered for the film, due to the show’s much lighter tone:
I just don’t think [Gustin] was a good fit. I’m very strict with this universe and I just don’t see a version where... that (tone is) not our world.
Even if Grant Gustin is my favorite guy in the world, and he’s very good, we made a commitment to the multiverse, so it’s just not a thing that’s possible.
The Russos tell Forbes about a theoretical future for a post-Downey-Jr. Tony Stark:
I think if and when he is done with the character, I think you will find that Iron Man might disappear for a while. I think the only way that you could reboot that character is to give a generational gap that would allow another actor to at least have a chance to redefine that character without the enormous spectre of Robert hanging over it. There are so many characters in the Marvel universe that can pick up the ball and run without it through the next phase or two before you need to see Iron Man again, frankly.
Daisy Ridley confirms she has indeed been in talks to star in the video game reboot:
I’m waiting for someone to say ‘I want you, let’s do it’. Absolutely, I’m trying to fill up my calendar.
Zack Snyder says he wants to take the framework of the film and use it for other historical battles for a franchise:
We’ve been talking a lot about sort of different incarnations of ‘300.’ We’ve been talking about is there a way, possibly, we move out of Ancient Greece and use it as a framing device for other conflicts that happened throughout history.
I think I mentioned that we talked about the Revolutionary War version, and we talked about the Alamo, and we’ve talked about there’s a battle in China, a ‘Lost Legion’ kind of concept, any of those kinds of things are on the table.
Batman v Superman
Zack Snyder talks about the film’s logo:
The thing that’s kinda cool about the Batman suit [and] our Batman logo is that the dimension is the same as the Man of Steel logo, the bottom of the bat. So I said, “No, it’s cool. It’s okay. It’s mythologically okay.
Meanwhile Deborah Snyder discusses Wonder Woman’s power levels in this movie and her solo film:
I think that Zack and Geoff Johns sat down and outlined these stories, many of them at least. Really, we did a chart with what their powers were, like what Superman’s powers were, and I think you see a little bit of Wonder Woman. So we get a sense of her power, but we didn’t want to do too much because obviously Patty [Jenkins] is going to build up to that and we’re going to learn how she discovers her powers in that movie.
Geoff Johns talks about Aquaman’s involvement in the film, as well as his reputation as a character:
It’s massive. Jason [Momoa] and I were talking about Aquaman and I love that people underestimate the character. I feel like hopefully we’ll be able to share the love that we have as readers of the character because the jokes about him are fun, but he’s got so much depth to him, no pun intended. It’s really great to see him finally on the big screen.
Here’s a “new” trailer, composed of footage from past trailers and TV spots.
The Jungle Book
A gallery of new promo pictures featuring the cast posing next to their CG characters has been released—go to the link to see more. [CBR]
The Huntsman: Winter’s War
Here’s a new TV spot.
Game of Thrones
This may come as a surprise to you, but producer David Benioff thinks that the show’s upcoming season is really the show’s best yet:
Dan [Weiss] and I talk about this a lot. This is not us trying to hype it. Usually there’s an episode or two we’re kind of nervous about, that didn’t turn out as well as we hoped. This season, there is not a weak episode. We had great directors who knew what they were doing, paired with excellent [directors of photography]. We thought at the script stage it might be our strongest season. Then the episodes came in better than we hoped. We’re always reluctant to say ‘it’s the best season yet’ because so much of that is in the eyes of the beholder. And Dan and I are so close to it that it’s impossible to be unbiased. But that’s my sense – watching them all together now, this is the best one we’ve done. It’s also the one I’m proudest of, because it was the hardest.
American Horror Story
Ryan Murphy says that the show’s next incarnation will play with two different ideas in a single season, unlike prior versions:
We’ve been working on two ideas at once, which we’ve never done, so I don’t want to say what it is, but ... it will have a different form than we’ve ever done.
The Walking Dead
The sixth season finale has been extended to a 90 minute run time. [EW]
Here’s a brief synopsis for episode eleven, “Remedial Battle Magic”:
Quentin and the others learn battle magic as they prepare for a showdown in Fillory. But this challenge leads to building frustrations...pushing some apart and others together. Julia and Kady take on a mission with the Free Traders that may push them too far.
Here’s a new featurette discussing tonight’s episode with Rob Thomas.
A gallery of photos from “Broken Hearts” has been released—you can find more at the link. [Coming Soon]
Executive Producers Todd and Aaron Helbing preview tonight’s episode in a new featurette.
Agents of SHIELD
And finally, Bobbi demands a Cheeseburger in a clip from tonight’s episode.
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Banner Art by Jim Cooke.