Joss Whedon talks The Avengers, X-Men prequel cast nears critical mass, and Jay & Seth want a wizard for the apocalypse

Joss Whedon talks about how he views the Hulk and how his big superhero family fits together. See a trailer for an awesome-looking alien invasion flick set in Mexico. Battleship may officially be the craziest movie ever. It's spoilers o'clock!


The Avengers:

In a new interview, Joss Whedon further explained why he wanted Marc Ruffalo for Bruce Banner, giving some cryptic hints about how the Hulk fits into the overall story:

This also has to do with the way the narrative works, but I feel I wanted to come at Banner and The Hulk visually from a new place. And I wanted somebody that had the quality that Mark has which is somebody who has taken hits from life but is not defined by that. He's taken a hit and he stood back up. He's not thinking about himself necessarily. Mark is a very giving guy and actor. When he looks at me onscreen I'm like, "That's me. That's the guy."

He also expanded on his idea that what makes the Avengers compelling is how unlikely their team really is by talking about how difficult it will be to balance out all the movie's characters:

"You know, in a way it's tough and in a way it's the easiest thing in the world because that's what the movie's about. These people don't belong together. There's friction, there's tension, there's drama...oh, wait, I need that for my storytelling, so it's perfect. There's no reason that this crew should be together except that we need them to be. And so I got very excited by this because of how odd it is."

[Full video available at About; partial transcript at ComicBookMovie]

The movie will reportedly be shot in 3D. [Showbiz 411]

X-Men - First Class:

Rose Byrne is reportedly in negotiations to play Dr. Moira MacTaggert, a human expert on mutants and, if this report is to be believed, the love interest of Dr. Charles Xavier. Some sites seem to imply this is a done deal, but there doesn't seem to be any new information that's come out since the initial report, so consider her just in talks for now. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Oliver Platt has also reportedly signed on to play the Man in Black, an X-Men character so obscure that he may not even exist. All we know for sure is that he's not a mutant, and I'm guessing he'll be slightly mysterious. [Deadline]

Transformers 3:

Michael Bay favorite Glenn Morshower, who played the doomed Colonel Sharp in the original film and the aptly named General Morshower in Revenge of the Fallen, will return for the third movie. It's unknown if he's returning to finish off the General's emotional arc, play a newly resurrected Colonel Sharp who's out for revenge against... something, or just some new militaristic character. [GlennMorshower]

Just when we all thought we were safe from the neverending onslaught of Chicago set pics...the movie returns to the Windy City. Thankfully, their latest shooting may not lend itself to tons of photos, because the film crew is supposedly on the roof of a parking garage, getting ready to blow some cars off the roof. (It's the movie's emotional climax.) As such, the area should be cordoned off for people's safety, so we may not get a very good look at this part of filming. [TFLAMB]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:

Here are some new high-res images from the movie. I don't know how spoiler-y they are, but I learned Helena Bonham-Carter is in these movies from these pictures, so, um... that's... something: [/Film]

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Jay & Seth vs. the Apocalypse:

Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen are supposedly moving ahead with their long-simmering horror comedy about the apocalypse, which started life as a school project. They reportedly want Daniel Radcliffe to audition for a major role, and Radcliffe is said to be interested. [Entertainment and Showbiz]

Battleship:

The not-at-all insane adaptation of the beloved board game starts shooting in just two weeks, with - and I seriously can't believe this is real - a 200 million dollar budget. But, considering how notoriously difficult water shoots are (there's a reason Waterworld almost killed Kevin Costner's career, and it's not just the fact that it was sort of terrible), even $200 million may be a bargain. Not so, says Universal exec Adam Fogelson, who stresses that they will use a lot of CGI to limit the amount of actual water scenes they need to shoot.

Also, for those wondering about the whole battleships vs. aliens angle the film is taking, Fogelson seems to suggestion the alien aspect is wrapped up with an essential part of playing Battleship - the fact that your opponent's pieces remain an unknowable mystery (or something):

"There's the fact that you can't see your opponent, the underlying emotional reasons behind who plays the game and how they play the game."

[IGN]

Fringe:

The third episode of the new season is reportedly called "The Plateau." [SpoilerTV]

Here's a much higher quality version of the season three promo we posted yesterday: [SpoilerTV]

True Blood:

Here's a promo for next Sunday's episode, the evocatively titled "I Smell a Rat": [SpoilerTV]

V:

Jane Badler talked about how she's returning to the show to play a new incarnation of her villainous Diana character. She said that the character's backstory isn't something she has to make up herself, but rather has been supplied by the writers. She hopes that she will still be able to bring some sexuality to the role just like in the original V, but that wasn't something she saw in the one script she's been given so far. [Ilana's V Site; thanks to Lizard Lady for the tip!]

No Ordinary Family:

Steven Kreuger, who allegedly had a recurring role as Ben on Pretty Little Liars (I wouldn't even begin to know), has reportedly been cast in the fourth episode, which is supposedly entitled "No Ordinary Vigilante." He will reportedly play Reynolds, a member of the high school football team who loses his starting job to the now superpowered son J.J. [KSiteTV]

Additional reporting by Mary Ratliff and Charlie Jane Anders.