Matthew Vaughn, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender talk X-Men. Plus is Gary Oldman hinting at a new Batman 3 villain?

Neil. Blomkamp's Elysium gets a villain and a release date. The director and stars of X-Men: First Class explain the world of 1960s mutants. We parse Gary Oldman's cryptic description of the main villain in The Dark Knight Rises.

Spoilers from here on out!

The Dark Knight Rises

Here's some more intriguing snippets from the ever-quotable Gary Oldman. First up, some more general thoughts on how the movie works:

"The scope of it and also the way [Christopher Nolan] brings it back to 'Batman Begins,' and really what Bruce Wayne discovers about himself, what he learns about himself at the end of this one [will top off the trilogy]."

The bringing it back to Batman Begins part is sure to fuel more speculation that the third movie will feature Talia al Ghul - which we're still highly skeptical of - but that wasn't the only thing Oldman said about a potential villain. Read on... [MTV Splash Page]

So now, here's the potentially really interesting part. On the film's main villain, Oldman said:

I think it's a villain from one of the old, old, from way back from the old comics… It is a Batman villian… It's not going to be the Joker.

Now, assuming Oldman knows enough about Batman comics for that statement to be accurate, who can he be talking about? It clearly can't be Tom Hardy's Bane, as that character was introduced in 1993. Anne Hathaway's Catwoman, on the other hand, goes all the way back to spring 1940's Batman #1, but that doesn't really make sense in the context of the interview, considering Oldman both says "If I told you who the villain was, they'd kill me" and, with regards to Hathaway, "I think she'll probably wear the cat suit pretty well, don't you?" So, assuming this interview isn't just completely garbled - which is always a distinct possibility - then it seems unlikely that Oldman is referring to Catwoman, and is instead talking of some third, unannounced villain.

For what it's worth, if you eliminate Catwoman, Joker, Scarecrow, and Two-Face from consideration, the only "old, old" villains left of any note at all are Dr. Hugo Strange (February 1940), Clayface (June 1940), The Penguin (December 1941), and, if you stretch the point, the Mad Hatter (Oct/Nov 1948). Of these, Hugo Strange has been fairly heavily rumored, and he's certainly obscure enough for Oldman to identify him only in terms of his great age. But still...there's a ton of supposition and guesswork going into all this, so I wouldn't even bother taking this with a grain of salt until we hear something more substantial. Oh, and no, there's no chance he's referring to Talia, as she debuted in May 1971. [E! Online]


Elysium

Sony has announced a release date of March 8, 2013 for District 9 director Neill Blomkamp's second feature. The movie is still believed to star Jodie Foster, Matt Damon, and District 9's Sharlto Copley, although I don't believe any of those have been absolutely confirmed just yet. (That said, indications from the actors themselves make it all sound reasonably likely.) Anyway, the film has also gained its villain, as Wagner Moura, the star of Brazil's Elite Squad movies, has reportedly been cast as a powerful adversary with "a crazy sense of humor." The movie is believed to take place 150 years in the future on another planet in which social class is extremely important, and Matt Damon plays an ex-con. Blade Runner's Syd Mead is doing design work on the film. [Latino Review, Heat Vision, and /Film]


X-Men: First Class

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We can say this for the film's marketing process - every time a crappy poster comes out, director Matthew Vaughn swears a lot and something cool gets released to make up for it. In this case, it's this new image of Lucas Till as Havok, one of Cyclops's relatives (he's his brother in the comics, but probably not in this prequel) with the equally hard-to-control power of emitting charged plasma bursts. [Very Aware]

Elsewhere, Matthew Vaughn explains how this movie's approach is unique for superhero movies:

"This is going to be very different. What I'm doing no one has done in superhero films. It's James Bond, it's a political thriller and it's an X-Men movie. It's not like the other X-Men movies, which I think is important. I think they need to sort of take on a new... you know, what Batman Begins did for all those Batman movies? We bloody well need it. I'm not saying it's going to be as good as Batman Begins, but it's the same sort of attitude."

And Michael Fassbender explains why Erik isn't actually a villain as far as he's concerned:

"I don't really think in terms of good and evil. I think about what he wants to get and how motivated he is and what sort of morals he has got in place. It's like I see him very much as a Machiavellian character. The end justifies the means. And you know, he is in a situation where he is really right!"

There's more at the link. [IGN]


The Avengers

The movie is currently casting extras in New Mexico, and they're apparently looking for people to "come well groomed & dressed in your business executive best!" [One Headlight Link]


Pacific Rim

Legendary Pictures has officially announced that Guillermo del Toro is directing the monster movie Pacific Rim, so I think we can go ahead and definitively put the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation At The Mountains of Madness on the shelf for the foreseeable future. [ShockTillYouDrop]


Bond 23

Yet another huge name has been floated as a potential villain in Daniel Craig's third outing as James Bond. This time, Anthony Hopkins is reportedly up for a role, and it may well be a recurring villain in much the same way Ernst Blofeld was back in the Sean Connery and George Lazenby era. That said, this doesn't come from the most reputable of sources, so take this with a bigger grain of salt than usual. [The Sun]


Doctor Who

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Here's a new poster for the upcoming series. [Doctor Who Online]

There's a bunch of updates on various episode titles and writers. First of all, Gareth Roberts's episode - which features the return of James Corden as "The Lodger" character Craig Owens - is now pretty much confirmed to be the twelfth episode, while "Rise of the Cybermen"/"Age of Steel" writer Tom MacRae is confirmed to be writing episode 10. Toby Whithouse, who wrote "Vampires of Venice" and Being Human, is writing episode 11, which will be called "The God Complex." In the new Doctor Who Magazine, Whithouse explains the origins of the episode:

Steven Moffat said ‘The Doctor and Amy are trapped in a hotel and the geography keeps shifting.' I said, ‘Oh yeah?' He said, ‘No, that's literally as far as we've got.'" Toby explains. "So that was the starting point. That one line. A lot of the ideas just fell into place...

It apparently takes place entirely in "a hotel where the rooms and corridors keep changing and are filled with ventriloquists' dummies and balloons."

Meanwhile, Steven Moffat revealed his opening two-parter had the working titles "The Year of the Moon" and "Look Behind You!", but these will apparently change before final transmission. Meanwhile, episode 7 has the working title "Demons Run", but Moffat says its likely title will either be "A Good Man Goes to War" or "His Darkest Hour." [Doctor Who News Page and Doctor Who Spoilers]


Fringe

Seth Gabel explains who the over here Lincoln Lee is:

So who is this Lincoln?
He's in the FBI, but has no idea about Fringe Division. He's more of a desk jockey [who] eventually comes to believe there is much more than reality suggests.

Is he anything like alt-Lincoln?
In his nature, he's kind of the same person, but raised under different circumstances. What's so fun about the doppelgangers is that you get to address the question of nature-vs-nurture. Because our doppelgangers are born typically into the same situations, but what happens to them after that is just slightly different. There's a butterfly effect and you get to see who that person becomes a completely different person. In Lincoln's case, Peter was in the world over here and became what Lincoln would have become... So Lincoln has been off doing something else and accidentally bumps into these people, which raises the question about fate and destiny. Are there certain people you're karmically intertwined with?

There's more at the link. [TV Guide]

Here's a casting call for episode 22:

[18 YEAR OLD ELLA] Seeking the 18-20 year old version of Ella. MUST resembule LILY PILBLAD and must be at least 18 years old. Guest Star-Possibly recurring next season.

[TWoP Forums]


17th Precinct

In a shocking turn of events, Ronald D. Moore has cast somebody who isn't a BSG alum on his cop show where magic is real. Smallville's Kristin Kreuk will reportedly play the wife of Jamie Bamber's crime scene expert in the pilot, and the role may become recurring if the show goes to series. [TV Line]


Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.