Ghost in the Shell may have cast its villain. Supergirl reveals its baby Superman. Colony already has a second season. Plus, new clips from Grimm and Sleepy Hollow, Snyder on the DC Cinematic Multiverse, what’s to come in the last episode of the new X-Files series, and behind the scenes on Valerian. Spoilers Now!
Batman v Superman
Speaking on the Hall of Justice podcast, Zack Snyder confirms that the other members of the Justice League—Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg—do have roles in the film, but they are very minor. Also, that Wonder Woman’s presence is larger, but not as large as Batman or Superman’s:
As far as the other Justice League characters go, they play a very small role. It’s really just a whisper they exist. Except for Wonder Woman, we see her really well. But really the movie is about Batman and Superman. And we really take time with them and we really drill down on the why of them and what they stand for and their beliefs and them as characters. That’s pretty much the why of the movie. But again as I said, it does begin the conversation about these guys are out there.
He also discusses the evolution of the DC cinematic Multiverse, and how it integrates DC’s television and film ventures:
As opposed to trying to shoehorn all these storylines into a single universe, we let the characters exist in a multi-universe, and it’s a lot more fun, and a lot more value for the audience.
[Fans] get to see their favorite, most beloved characters on different adventures at the same time in different universes. It makes it a lot more fun, we get to go in different directions at the same time. I’m like a kid in a candy store with this incredible opportunity. It’s really fun. It couldn’t be any better.
Ghost in the Shell
Michael Pitt has allegedly been cast as the film’s version of The Laughing Man from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. THR describes Pitt’s version as being “a bitter and vengeful man with a body that is part robot”, and as “a bad guy filtered through the lens of a street artist.” However, Deadline are reporting that while Pitt is in talks to join the film in a major role, it may not be for The Laughing Man.
In the anime and manga, The Laughing Man was the pseudonym for a terrorist hacker—who hid behind an animated logo of a laughing face wearing a cap—that becomes a target of investigation for Motoko Kusanagi and Section 9.
Magic Tree House
Lionsgate has acquired the rights to make a series of movies based on the Mary Pope Osborne childrens novels about a young brother and sister who discover books in their treehouse that can transport them through history. Osborne will co-produce the series with her husband for the studio. [Coming Soon]
Here’s a few pictures from filming, via Luc Besson’s instagram account.
The Walking Dead
Actor/musician Alicia Witt has taken to Twitter to confirm that she has joined the show in a currently unspecified role.
Milo Murphy’s Law
Weird Al Yankovic has been cast in the lead role of a new animated series for Disney XD, which sees a young descendant of the original Murphy become the living embodiment of his ancestor’s law—Murphy’s Law being the belief that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. [CBR]
In an early show of faith, the USA Network has already renewed the series for a second season. [TV Line]
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Christina Milian has been cast as Magenta, Riff Raff’s sister, in the Fox TV adaptation. [Coming Soon]
Here’s a brief synopsis for “My Struggle II”, the finale of the current run.
The investigations that Mulder and Scully previously began with conspiracy theorist and web-TV show host Tad O’Malley (guest star Joel McHale) seem to have awakened powerful enemies. A widespread panic begins as people all over the country suddenly start falling gravely ill, and Scully must look within to try and find a cure. Meanwhile, Mulder confronts the man whom he believes to be behind it all, but another figure from Mulder and Scully’s past may prove to be the key to their salvation in the all-new “My Struggle II” Season Finale episode of THE X-FILES.
Ichabod has a desperate plan to bring back Abbie in a new clip from tonight’s episode, “One Life”.
TV Line has an exclusive clip of Eve confessing a rare regret to Nick from tonight’s episode.
And finally, the show has released an image of the recently cast Young Superman, Daniel DiMaggio, from his first appearance in “For The Girl Who Has Everything”. You can see a few more pictures at the link. [Coming Soon]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Image: Batman v Superman.