If Darren Aronofsky gets the job directing Superman, he might cast one of his Black Swan stars as Lois Lane. The Flash offers his own very special brand of athletic wish fulfillment. See behind-the-scenes videos from Monsters and The Bay.
Speculation has already begun that, should Darren Aronofsky get the directing gig, his Black Swan leading lady Natalie Portman would be a natural choice to play Lois Lane. (Of course, by that same logic, Mickey Rourke would be a shoo-in to play the Man of Steel - although now that you mention it...) Warner Bros. actually wanted Portman to play Lane in Superman Returns, and one inside source claims Portman's involvement has been a part of Warners' discussions with Aronofosky about the project, but right now we'd call this little more than idle, if somewhat plausible, speculation. [Moviehole]
Co-writer Marc Guggenheim says the Flash's ability to be anywhere and everywhere at once is a great wish fulfillment, and the fact that he travels by running instead of flying and teleporting adds a cool athleticism component. He also explained what he and his fellow writers are thinking about in crafting Barry Allen's origins:
Well, it's all about who the character - in this case, Barry Allen - is before he gets his powers. We spent a lot of time talking about who Barry is and, specifically, why he's the kind of guy we want to see get these powers bestowed on him. What's missing in his life? What problems does he have? What personal foibles? And how are all those things impacted by the ability to run fast? I don't want to spoil the answers that we came up with, but this was very much our approach: You make running fast interesting by creating a character who is challenged and fulfilled by getting the ability to run fast.
This featurette takes you behind the scenes and includes interviews with the cast of the low-budget, ultra-realistic alien invasion movie: [SpoilerTV]
Here are a couple videos from the filming in South Carolina - thanks to Avery Battles for the tip:
Jesse Eisenberg says he's up for a sequel, provided the script is good and he can fit it into his schedule. Although he did admit:
"I killed clown zombies in the first one. I can't imagine what other things I could do that would kind of overshadow that."
A few more set pics are out: [SpoilerTV]
Nine-year-old actress Mackenzie Foy is reportedly very close to landing the role of Renesmee, the half-vampire/half-human daughter of Edward and Bella. [Entertainment Weekly]
We still don't know who's Olivia's mysterious second ally "over there" whom Anna Torv referred to recently — but reading between the lines of John Noble's comments, it's possible that it's alt-Broyles. Noble says alt-Broyles is "a strong character" and it's an open question how much he'll just go along with Walternate's plans. [Fancast]
If you're wondering why Walter and Peter don't immediately notice it's the wrong Olivia, part of it is she's put a lot of time and effort into crafting the perfect cover. But Joshua Jackson has another reason in mind, at least for Peter:
"I think there's something really cool about the idea that people from the same universe have some instinctual, animal level of connection to each other. The reason Peter responds to the other Olivia is because that would be his Olivia."
Matt Smith shed some light on the Christmas special, including a not terribly surprising comparison for Michael Gambon's character:
'We've got Michael Gambon playing a Scrooge-like miser with a time travelling twist – and I think it's really, really good. It's particularly Christmassy, lots of snow and lots of twinkly lights. I think it's full of the right heart and soul for the season. Steven [Moffat] has, once again, written something brilliant.'
He also teased that (at least) one of Moffat's series six scripts is completely amazing:
'God, I wish I could tell you the other thing he's just written, which is just mind-blowing. I think he's delivered his best script yet. I can't say anything about it, but it's bloody brilliant.'
And, in case anyone was worried the next series won't be proper Doctor Who, Smith mentioned he's currently filming night scenes in a quarry. [Metro]
Former Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle will reportedly guest star in episode 8 as Jim Rye, "a super smart, intensely positive, and slightly crazy CIA agent" who mentors Chuck. [The Ausiello Files]
Here's a promo for episode 3, "Chuck vs. the Cubic Z": [SpoilerTV]
Here's a short synopsis for episode 5, "Chuck vs. the Couch Look":
Chuck must decide what he is willing to sacrifice to find his mother; Morgan reveals a potentially dangerous secret to Casey.
A promo is out for episode 3, "Protect Them From The Truth": [SpoilerTV]
At least one of the last episode's big reveals is reportedly completely untrue. And we'll soon find Sophia is lethally protective of her secrets. [TV Guide]
The Sarah Jane Adventures:
Here's a synopsis for the opening two parter, "The Nightmare Man":
Part 1: In the first two-part adventure, The Nightmare Man, Sarah Jane's adopted son, Luke, faces life-changing events and Bannerman Road will never be the same again when he has his first nightmare and is haunted by a dark figure from his dreams. A strange entity is reaching out to our world, with terrible consequences for the whole human race.
Part 2: With Luke, Clyde and Rani trapped in a bizarre dreamscape, Sarah Jane must fight alone in the concluding part of the first story in the fourth series of The Sarah Jane Adventures. As the Nightmare Man grows stronger, only K9 might hold the key, but can Luke summon the courage to face his adult life before the whole world becomes trapped in an endless nightmare?
No Ordinary Family:
Kay Panabaker, who plays daughter Daphne Powell, explains how her character will use her telepathy:
"As the episodes go on, she actually begins to use it, not in a manipulative way, but to connect to her friends or her enemies and try and make peace with all of them. It's nice to see that change in her and that she actually does have a heart instead of just being a complaining teenager."
She also says dad Jim is the only one who uses his powers to fight crime. Everyone else is just trying to use their powers to make everyday living "a little bit better, a little bit sweeter." [TV Guide]
Executive producer Steve Pearlman confirms the hybrid baby will appear in episode 1, but it won't look human. Elizabeth Mitchell, who has been reasonably candid about the show's problems, says she was satisfied with the answer to the red sky mystery, and says it's "all kinds of really horrifying things." Although, once again, Anna manages to spin it as something that benefits humanity. [Fancast]
Jane Badler says her role as the new Diane has gone from just a few episodes to a more open-ended recurring job. She also mentioned she's shooting something very gross right now, although she didn't say how it measures up to her eating a rat in the original miniseries. [KSiteTV]
Some promo photos are out for episode three, "Supergirl." You can see Kara is an S-shield away from wearing her traditional comics costume: [OCSK]
Lindsay Hartley, the wife of Green Arrow portrayer Justin Hartley, is playing Mad Harriet in her episode. One of Granny Goodness's minions, she uses a claw to kill people. [Fancast]
Additional reporting by Mary Ratliff and Charlie Jane Anders.