Zack Snyder explains how the new Superman will handle Kal-El's continuity. A dozen cast videos for Game of Thrones take you inside HBO's adaptation of George R.R. Martin's series. The Ghost Rider sequel casts a comic book villain, and more!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Diane Lane discusses her casting as Martha Kent:
"It's going to be a wild ride. [I rewatched Watchmen] to remind myself of what an audacious, brilliant man Zack Snyder is. I love 300 and I'm very flattered to play Martha Kent and live up to his vision. It's pretty cool...I've always wanted to raise a good man. I thought that was the biggest challenge a woman could have, and so I get the embarrassment of riches."
Meanwhile, Zack Snyder says that, not surprisingly, this film is a reboot:
Literally, the one thing that everyone can start to think about is that we're making a movie that finally goes with the approach that there's been no other Superman movies. If you look at ‘Batman Begins,' there's that structure, there's the canon that we know about and respect but on other hand there's this approach that pre-supposes that there haven't been any other movies. In every aspect of design and of story, the whole thing is very much from that perspective of respect the canon but don't be a slave to the movies.
He also says his Superman will be a "physical cat," and that people have a lot of preconceptions about Superman that are wrong. [L.A. Times]
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Here's the official description for Peter David's novelization:
ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN...
All humankind was watching that fateful day in 1969. But only a handful knew the real mission behind America's triumph in space. Now the treacherous Decepticons have set their sights on unearthing government secrets. The only hope of averting a crisis rests on the Autobots - yet who knows what remains in the shadows, hidden from man and machine?
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Nicolas Cage isn't just fighting Satan in the upcoming Ghost Rider sequel from Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Johnny Whitworth, whose previous credits include the 3:10 to Yuma remake and the Neveldine/Taylor movie Gamer, reveals he's playing the comics villain Blackout:
"I play the villian who, at the beginning, up until like page 70, is human. I'm not a very nice guy. I'm bad. I get turned into, for those who read 'Ghost Rider', the character Blackout. I get turned into him by the Devil to complete my job. That gives me the fortitude to fight Ghost Rider and the supernatural abilities to compete on some level with that guy."
Casino Royale's Eva Green explained her character Angelique will be rather different from Lara Parker's depiction of the character in the original TV series:
"I haven't seen the TV series, but from what I've seen on the Internet, it's very different. My character is very different. She's American, blonde, cool, in the '70s. She is this sexy witch, very powerful in town, she's very cool. She has many faces."
Now, the initial reaction elsewhere to this comments seems to be that the whole "American, blonde, cool, in the '70s" bit is describing how she'll play the character in the movie, but I think that's a misinterpretation, considering that's pretty much just a description of Lara Parker's portrayal. So no, I don't think she's implying here that the movie will be set in the 1970s or that she'll be ditching her natural French accent for an American one. She did at least clarify one thing: most likely, she will be dyeing her hair blonde for the role.
Anyway, what she says here is much easier to interpret, as she gets into her relationship with Johnny Depp's vampire Barnabas Collins:
"It's something that he's never done, I think," she said. "It's much more focused on the actors. It could almost be a play. The script is very powerful and funny. [Angelique's] relationship with Barnabas, that 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' relationship, very love-hate - it's very funny."
Underworld 4: New Dawn
Here are some set photos of star Kate Beckinsale. [Celebutopia]
Cockneys vs. Zombies
The latest crazy zombie movie, in which we can only assume working class Londoners take on the undead, has found its cast, which reportedly includes Goldfinger and The Avengers star Honor Blackman, Snatch villain Alan Ford, and Michelle Ryan, the star of the failed Bionic Woman reboot and de facto companion in the Doctor Who special "Planet of the Dead." Other cast members include Harry Treadaway, Jack Doolan, Rasmus Hardiker, and Ashley Thomas. Finally, in what has to be considered at least a mildly hopeful sign, the script is reportedly being worked on by James Moran, the writer of the British comedy horror Severance and the rather excellent Doctor Who episode "The Fires of Pompeii." [The Hollywood Reporter]
In a stunning move that allows the upcoming remake to be both asinine and completely toothless, MGM has reportedly decided to digitally remove any sign that it's actually the Chinese army that launches the American invasion, lest they offend one of the world's largest movie markets. Instead, apparently it's now going to depict isolationist North Korea as the villains. [The Los Angeles Time]
Executive producer Jeff Pinkner says there won't be a two-hour finale this year, but that the last three episodes will form a single continuous story arc. He also offers this hint about Olivia's upcoming possession by William Bell:
Olivia will be inhabited by Bell for a couple episodes - but cohabitation is not as benign as William assumes it is...
Game of Thrones
HBO has released a ton of videos where the cast breaks down their respective main character, as well as three sneak peeks. Since Game of Thrones has a principal cast the size of a small country, we're putting all the videos in a gallery where you can watch them all. But here's our personal favorite, as the impossibly awesome Peter Dinklage explains his character, badass antihero Tyrion Lannister. [SpoilerTV]
Here are some more detailed descriptions for the first two episodes:
Episode #1: "Winter Is Coming"
A Night's Watch deserter is tracked down outside of Winterfell, prompting swift justice by Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark and raising concerns about the dangers in the lawless lands north of the Wall. Returning home, Ned learns from his wife Catelyn that his mentor, Jon Arryn, has died in the Westeros capital of King's Landing, and that King Robert is on his way north to offer Ned Arryn's position as the King's Hand. Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea in Pentos, Viserys Targaryen hatches a plan to win back the throne, which entails forging an allegiance with the nomadic Dothraki warriors by giving its leader, Khal Drogo, his lovely sister Daenerys' hand in marriage. Robert arrives at Winterfell with his wife, Queen Cersei, and other members of the Lannister family: her twin brother Jaime, dwarf brother Tyrion and Cersei's son and heir to the throne, 12-year-old Joffrey. Unable to refuse his old friend and king, Ned prepares to leave for King's Landing, as Jon Snow decides to travel north to Castle Black to join the Night's Watch, accompanied by a curious Tyrion. But a startling act of treachery directed at young Bran may postpone their departures.
Episode #2: "The Kingsroad"
Bran's fate remains in doubt. Having agreed to become the King's Hand, Ned leaves Westeros with daughters Sansa and Arya, while Catelyn stays behind to tend to Bran. Jon Snow heads north to join the brotherhood of the Night's Watch. Tyrion decides to forego the trip south with his family, instead joining Jon in the entourage heading to the Wall. Viserys bides his time in hopes of winning back the throne, while Daenerys focuses her attention on learning how to please her new husband, Drogo.
You can also check out the link for a very detailed explanation of the show's premise. [SpoilerTV]
In discussing the abilities of fairies, it's confirmed that they can't be turned into vampires, although Alan Ball points to one rather intriguing power:
"They can abduct humans and take them somewhere else that is not here. Just like aliens."
Here's some more hints about the finale from executive producer Eric Kripke and actor Misha Collins:
Kripke: "The battle with Raphael and the war in heaven gets hotter and hotter. Castiel's really backed against a corner as he's just battling to stop the evil forces in heaven."
Collins: "He's assembling as powerful an arsenal as he possibly can. He's going to use all of those weapons to the best of his ability."
Here are some photos, a promo, and a synopsis for episode 13, "Alliances." [Daemon's TV]
Greer and Camille are on Earth via the communication stones, and find themselves trapped when Homeworld Command is attacked.
Being Human (US)
Here's a promo for episode 10, "Dog Eat Dog."
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Here's a image from Chewbacca's upcoming guest appearance. [multipleverses.net]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.