Peter Parker is headed to a new school in The Amazing Spider-Man. A Thor writer reveals the Asgardian's most humiliating defeat. Is Batman finally getting a plane? Plus tons of juicy updates on Fringe, The Walking Dead, and True Blood!
Spoilers from this point forward!
Top image from Battle: Los Angeles.
Stellan Skarsgård apparently told a Swedish newspaper that he will reprise his Thor role as Dr. Selvig in The Avengers. His character, newly created for the film, is one of the scientists who works with Thor after he is found in the desert. Assuming these reports aren't somehow garbled, this might be further indication that Loki will indeed be the villain of The Avengers - which would necessitate the presence of some of the Thor supporting cast - or even that Dr. Selvig himself is somehow the villain. All of this, of course, is just speculation. [Daily Blam]
The Amazing Spider-Man
This set photo reveals Peter Parker isn't just attending old Midtown High School, like he does in the comics. Now he's going to Midtown Science High School, a change perhaps made to bring him into closer contact with a scientist like Lizard alter ego Dr. Curt Connors. Again, though, that's just guesswork. [ComicBookMovie]
Idris Elba unleashes a verbal smackdown on anyone who questions the appropriateness of casting a black man to play the Norse god Heimdall:
"It's so ridiculous. We have a man [Thor] who has a flying hammer and wears horns on his head. And yet me being an actor of African descent playing a Norse god is unbelievable? I mean, Cleopatra was played by Elizabeth Taylor, and Gandhi was played by Ben Kingsley."
Co-writer Ashley Edward Miller tweeted that Thor will, at one point in the movie, get beaten up by an old woman. Update: This is, apparently, a joke. [@ashman01]
Here's a new poster. [ComingSoon.net]
The Dark Knight Rises
The latest rumors suggest that Batman will be getting an "aerial Bat-Vehicle", so in other words a Nolan-friendly equivalent of the Batplane. That said, this rumor has a very long history behind it - I think every Batman movie ever has had rumors of a Batplane, and we still haven't gotten much closer than this. So take this with a grain of salt for now. [IGN]
This is just another variation on the strangely persistent "Will Liam Neeson return?" non-story, but this time around the Ra's al Ghul portrayer does at least say he'd be up for a return if it happened (which it won't), in the process displaying a little comic book knowledge about the Lazarus pits:
"That rumor is totally not true. In the comic books, Ra's Al Ghul goes into a life bath of some sort and immerses himself to become immortal. So that's probably where that comes from. But no-one's approached me with an offer. I'd like to if it happens."
Ryan Reynolds defends his CGI Green Lantern suit:
"It's not 'The Dark Knight.' I don't put the suit on and my voice drops several octaves. The suit is powered specifically on his will, his emotion, his creativity and his imagination. I love that. It has to be virtual rather than spandex. This is a suit from an alien planet."
Here are a couple new photos. [MTV Splash Page]
Reynolds confirmed he still wants to keep his other potential superhero franchise going:
"That's still in the works. I'm not sure how logistically it works in terms of scheduling, but yeah, I want it to happen."
He also offered this take on Deadpool and how he's different from Hal Jordan:
Those two universes are completely different. Superhero movies are so pervasive in pop culture, I don't look at them as superhero roles as much as just roles. They're such different people. Deadpool is about a guy in a highly militarised shame spiral, Green Lantern is more universally themed."
Battle: Los Angeles
Director Jonathan Liebesman explains what attracted him to the project, what he feels are its main influences, and the possibility of a sequel:
"Always as a filmmaker, you set out to do something great. Was there a hesitation in doing it? No, because it's two of my favourite genres. I love war movies. I love alien films. To have the chance to do an alien film on Earth but try to make a war film is exciting. If the movie does well and they want to do more, I can embrace that even more. There are places to go...The main inspiration was war footage on YouTube, the embedded stuff. The main challenge was trying to make a war film with aliens rather than an alien film that happened to have marines. The exciting thing was taking the staples of war films and juxtaposing them with aliens and to breathe some life into (the genre)."
Star Aaron Eckhart explains why he relished the opportunity to play against type as a no-nonsense marine sergeant:
"I've always got tons of words to say, (the characters are) always Machiavellian, they're always duplicitous. I did enjoy very much the guy who had a simple code. He didn't betray his code and didn't allow others to betray his code. Either you were on his side or not. As an actor, there's a lot of relief in that because you know where you stand...He's a guy who's frustrated, who wants more, who wants to be better, and he's very idealistic."
Mad Max: Fury Road
Director George Miller says his long-gestating fourth film (and the fifth film, Furiosa, which will reportedly be shot at the same time) will begin filming in January 2012, and stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron are still on board. Right now he explains that they are waiting for the Outback to be suitable for filming again after heavy rains and flooding have ravaged the area along with much of Australia. Here's his exact update:
"We've built the vehicles. We've designed the movie. The principal cast is locked in. The film is funded. It's all ready to go. We just wait."
G.I. Joe 2
It looks like only three characters from the first film are returning for the sequel: Channing Tatum's Duke Hauser, Ray Park's Snake Eyes, and Lee Byung-hun's Storm Shadow. This came from original movie costar Rachel Nichols, who has confirmed she won't be back as Scarlett, much as she says she wanted to. Sienna Miller has also stated she won't be back, and the presumed cut in budget for the sequel likely does indeed preclude bigger names like Joseph Gordon-Levitt making a return appearance. [/Film]
The movie has set a release date of August 10, 2012. [ComingSoon.net]
Executive producer Jeff Pinkner teases some details on the next episode:
Is that desire to continually challenge the actors behind the March 18 return of William Bell through Olivia?
The idea came from still having story to tell for the character. One of the themes of our show is balance and harmony and the idea that there are two sides to everything. That's a seed we planted in season one – William & Walter are Lennon & McCartney. They bring out the best in one another and are not complete without the other.
In the same episode we meet another version of Lincoln, right?
Yes, and introducing the alt-Lincoln is insanely fun — the characterization Seth has created just makes you smile. It's really fun but the stories are going to get heavier and graver as the season progresses. The pacing is going to accelerate and suggest what season four will look like.
He also reveals that they are still working on a six-season plan, and that they have about six to eight seasons worth of material. He didn't rule out the possibility of additional universes down the line, but right now they're just focused on these two. There's a ton more at the link, particularly for fans of sports-flavored alternate history. [The New York Post]
It's just an unconfirmed IMDB credit, so take this with a grain of salt, but Chris Bradford is listed for episode 19 as "Olivia's stepfather," which might just be a somewhat important role. If this is even remotely true, that is. [SpoilerTV]
The Walking Dead
Comics creator Robert Kirkman offers this update on the second season:
"It's going to be intense," he says. "This world will get more dangerous. In the first season, there was a lot of time spent at that camp when they were fine. Now we've taken that away from them. They don't really have that little area they can go to and protect. ... We're really going to just expand the world a little bit. We're hitting the road, they're moving, and it's going to be a lot of cool stuff...There's definitely going to be some new blood - some new victims for the zombies, if you will. It's important to me that there are these X-factor things thrown in where people that are familiar with the comic book don't really know where things are going to go. I want to keep people guessing as much as possible, and having new characters...definitely adds to that."
He also implies that either the family at Hershel's farm or Michonne - or perhaps both - will be introduced this season. There's more at the link. [TV Guide]
Showrunner Frank Darabont says the next season will be "challenging, dark shit." The love triangle between Rick, Lori, and Shane will be a focus, but basic survival will also be an ongoing issue, as the survivors contend with bad water, no medicine, and lots of explosions. Darabont also says they will be "testing the possibilities" of Michael Rooker's Merle. [EW]
Game of Thrones
Here's a behind-the-scenes look: [Daemon's TV]
Alexander Skarsgård explains that Eric will suffer from amnesia for much of the season, completely changing his personality:
"This powerful character is just gone — it's not what we've built up over the past three years; it is just gone. And it's a lot of fun for me because it's the polar opposite of who Eric really is…He is lost. He doesn't know how he is, he knows he's a vampire, but he slowly finds out stuff, like, 'Did I do that? I killed those people? Why would I do that? Oh. Really?' It's not easy to hear-and not knowing who he can trust, who's a friend or an enemy. He's very vulnerable."
Pam portrayer Kristin Bauer explains that there will be some definite comedy to be found in this turn of events:
"[Eric's] being 10 years old, basically. He's so sweet and cute, because he's got amnesia. So our whole dynamic has changed. You'll see how incredibly comedic and brilliant Skarsgård is, which everyone doesn't know."
There's more hints and details at the link. [E! Online]
Here's some info from executive producer Chris Fedak for episode 19, the typographically unfriendly "Chuck vs. the Muuurder":
"We've always wanted to do a murder mystery, so we're working on an episode right now where something terrible happens to someone down in Castle and Chuck and Co. are given the Sherlockian job of figuring out who the murderer is. So we're working on our own spy version of a chamber piece."
No Ordinary Family
Here's a short synopsis for the next episode, "No Ordinary Animal":
A super-villain with animal-like powers is charged with eliminating the Powells; Daphne skips school to go to a video shoot; J.J. questions Mr. Litchfield's intentions; Katie makes a discovery about Joshua.
Here's a promo for the midseason premiere: [SpoilerTV]
The 17th Precinct
This is starting to get a little ridiculous: Ronald D. Moore's upcoming police procedural show in a world where magic is real has added another alum from Battlestar Galactica. Joining Jamie Bamber and James Callis is Tricia Helfer, who will play the station's coroner/necromancer Morgana. All I know is that at this point, if Michael Hogan isn't cast as a crusty, hardass wizard police chief, I will be sorely disappointed. [Deadline]
Joining star Adrianne Palicki and pilot episode villain Elizabeth Hurley are a bunch of new cast members. The Princess Bride's Cary Elwes plays the CEO of Themyscira Industries, which frees up Diana Prince to go around fighting crime while her business keeps on running smoothly. He's also reportedly a potential love interest for Wonder Woman, despite the 21 year age difference between the two actors. Also coming aboard are Cold Case's Tracie Thoms as personal assistant Etta Candy and The Good Wife's Pedro Pascal as a police officer who helps out Wonder Woman. [EW and Deadline]
Being Human (UK)
Here's a promo for the third series finale, "The Wolf-Shaped Bullet": [SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo for episode 8:
Here's a ton of cast photos from TNT's upcoming alien invasion drama. [SpoilerTV]
Showrunner Joseph Mallozzi says the current plan is to wrap up the series with one or two TV-movies, and that they should know if they have the go-ahead for that by the time the series finale airs. [GateWorld]
Season two starts filming in three weeks. [SpoilerTV]
The show returns on April 15. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a bunch of sneak peeks for episode 9, "Devil in a Blue Dress": [The V-Files]
Here's a promo for the show's return on April 15: [KSiteTV]
Additional reporting by Michael Ann Dobbs and Charlie Jane Anders.