Take a terrifying look at Captain America's arch-nemesis. Doctor Who is making another special mini-episode, featuring more time-twisting shenanigans! Plus The Hobbit movies get their titles, another BSG alum joins The 17th Precinct, and Wonder Woman finds its first supervillain!
Spoilers from this point forward!
Top image from Captain America.
Here's an awesome new photo of Hugo Weaving as the villainous Red Skull. It's been revealed that, in the movie, Johann Schmidt is given the Nazi equivalent of the Super-Serum, which turns him into this monstrous figure, supposedly because the serums bring out the inner nature of their recipients - in Steve Rogers's case, his natural heroism, while in Schmidt's case, his capacity for great evil. In an accompanying interview, director Joe Johnston explains how Steve Rogers's history of being bullied affects who he becomes as Captain America.
For Steve Rogers it's a very personal thing. At one point he says, "I don't like bullies, I don't care where they're from." He makes a complete physical transformation to a perfect human specimen. But inside he doesn't change at all. It must be tempting to go back and say "I'm going to get that guy who beat me up in high school." He does get revenge in the film, but on the Nazis — not on people who maybe picked on him. Before he gets the injection, the doctor tells him: "Whatever happens, stay who you are."
There's much more at the link. [EW]
New Line Cinemas has registered two film titles: The Hobbit: There And Back Again and The Hobbit: An/The Unexpected Journey. The first of the two titles is almost certainly for the movie that directly adapts the original book, as There And Back Again is the title of the in-universe book that Bilbo Baggins writes recounting his adventures. An/The Unexpected Journey — the article is apparently undecided, although I personally prefer "An" — would then be the companion movie focusing on Gandalf's adventures while not with Bilbo. Anyway, none of this is confirmed and it's subject to change, so don't take this as a definite thing just yet. [MTV Movies Blog]
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor — sorry, Oscar-winning Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor — is reportedly providing the score for this movie. He may also play the vampire who kills Lincoln's mother, because really anything else would just be silly. [Badass Digest]
Mars Needs Moms
Here's a new clip.
Steven Moffat has confirmed that there will be a short special for the UK's upcoming Comic Relief event Red Nose Day, featuring - among other things - two Amy Ponds:
"Two episodes. Two mini-episodes. Very, very small episodes – maybe eight minutes in total, so that's around four minutes each. It's not a spoof. It's in the style of the ones that we've done for Children In Need, so it's taken seriously as a proper bit of Doctor Who – funny, but not a sketch. A little miniature story. One's called ‘Space' and one's called ‘Time', so they're Space & Time. And there's a moment with two Amy Ponds in it. If you're a red-blooded male surely that's enough! You've got Amy Pond flirting with herself."
He confirmed the only characters in it are the Doctor, Amy, and Rory, and that it's just a slice-of-life in the TARDIS. But that, as he explains, is more than enough to rip apart the cosmos:
"It's Matt, Karen and Arthur, and there isn't a guest character. It's just the three of them. A moment of life aboard the TARDIS. But obviously life about the TARDIS instantly gets you into terrible jeopardy, and all of causality is threatened. As I'm sure it is every day when they get up and have their coffee…"
As you can see up top, there's a pair of photos that have been released from the special episode, which seems to show not only two Amys but also the TARDIS landing inside itself. [SFX]
Here's a new promo, which features a ton of super-quick glimpses and potential easter eggs, including a brief look at next week's cameo by Lost's Jorge Garcia.
Here's a bunch of promos and trailers for TNT's upcoming alien invasion drama: [Daemon's TV]
Being Human (US)
Here's a sneak peek and synopsis for episode 8, "Children Shouldn't Play with Undead Things." [multipleverses.com]
Aidan and Sally try to prep Josh for a hot date. They try to make sure all the standard steps are covered; he looks good, half a deodorant stick used, breath checked. Aidan suspects he's still feeling like his alter self and "wolfy" but Sally encourages Josh to embrace the wolf, and that it might help his chances at some action. However, once Josh reaches the climax of his date, his charm isn't exactly winning Nora over.
Gaius frakking Baltar himself, James Callis, has reportedly joined Ron Moore's new show about how police officers work in a world where magic is real. He joins fellow Battlestar Galactica alumnus Jamie Bamber and the previously announced Stockard Channing, as well as Matt Long, who recently played Joey Baird on Mad Men. [EW]
Elizabeth Hurley tweeted that she is playing the villain in the show's pilot, which is believed to be ruthless businesswoman Veronica Cale. [@ElizabethHurley]
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.