Man of Steel might feature more Kryptonians than just Superman and General Zod. The Captain America writers talk sequel plans. Plus tons of details for Thor, Avengers, Super 8, Transformers 3, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and more!
Major spoilers ahead...
Top image from Doctor Who.
Man of Steel
An inside source has made the following claims about the movie to Latino Review:
* You will see JOR-EL and his wife, Lara.
* Daniel Day-Lewis was looked at for JOR-EL and not the villain.
* Krypton will not be a crystal planet like the Donner film; this Krypton will PROBABLY look like the Coruscant skyline from Star Wars.
* The Kryptonian villainess is not URSA...Well sort of. The villainess is FAORA.
Faora was the original comic book basis for Ursa, who was created especially for Superman: The Movie. She was basically a Kryptonian serial killer with a deep pathological hatred of all men who was then imprisoned in the Phantom Zone with the second longest sentence ever given to a prisoner, male or female. In the comics, she was so proficient in Kryptonian martial arts that Superman had to flee their first fight.
Anyway, as always, treat any info from inside sources with a grain of salt until we hear something more official. [Latino Review]
One scene in the movie involves Thor, Loki, Volstagg, Sif, Hogun, and Fandral charging across a supernatural bridge between Asgard and the enemy realm of Jotunheim in order to punish the Frost Giants for treason. This then leads into a a "spectacular battle sequence" with tons of "stunning special effects." There are more thoughts from director Kenneth Branagh at the link, including the fact that the original concept for the movie was set during Viking times. [NZ Herald News]
Thor's no more of a god than Superman is, according to EW's summer movie preview issue. As we've seen, Thor and his hammer are sent to Earth separately — and Thor can't get his hammer back until he proves himself worthy to pull it out of the ground, like Excalibur. Until then, Thor can still throw a mean punch, but he's not as powerful. This makes him vulnerable to Loki, who is willing to wipe out Earth so he can be the sole heir in Asgard. Thor, who's had power his whole life, needs to learn how and when to use it, so he can be worthy of possessing it. [EW Magazine Summer Preview]
Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely discuss whether the sequel will take place in World War II or in the present day, and they suggested audience reaction may help shape their decision:
MARKUS: We're very early, still. This is the fun part - when we can say, "Hey, we can do this!" and everyone says, "Yeah!" No one says anything negative at this point in the process. We have a million great ideas and haven't thrown any of them out yet. That being said, it's sort of a weirdly huge opportunity for storytelling in that you know modern Cap through the Avengers at that point, and just by the nature of what we were talking about before, there's going to be a lot of his World War II history we haven't shown. We're going to have two entire timelines to play with.
McFEELY: I wonder if the reaction to ["The First Avenger"] will steer us in some way. First, if it does well... Then, if it does well and people embrace the World War II aspect of it, maybe there's pressure to return there in a large way. But if they don't embrace that aspect and just love Chris Evans as Steve, maybe there's less pressure to do that - you can just keep him in the Avengers universe.
Red Skull is a Nazi weapons genius who goes rogue to pursue his own plans for world domination. [EW Magazine Summer Preview]
Mark Ruffalo said he will not be following in Chris Evans's Captain America footsteps by shaving his chest to play the Hulk:
No one's asked me to shave my chest yet, thank God. They want this Hulk to be as close to me as possible. I'll be playing him in motion-capture, so this Hulk will just be a bigger avatar version of me. As they're modeling him, they're using many of my own features, down to my scars and wrinkles. He will have body hair, but I don't know to what extent.
Kyle Chandler plays the town's deputy, a widower who's trying to connect with his 14-year-old son Joe. Joe's best friend, Charles, is the budding film-maker who's making a zombie movie when the train crash happens and nearly kills them both. Joe has a crush on the rebellious Alice (Elle Fanning). [EW Magazine Summer Preview]
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
As the third movie begins, Sam Witwicky can't find a job — but he does have a new girlfriend, Carly. Although he feels guilty that he's placing her in danger, due to Sam's friendship with the giant robots. The Decepticons, led by Shockwave, set their sights on Chicago, where Carly gets trapped. It's up to Sam and Major William Lennox (Josh Duhamel) to guide her through the chaos. And the Decepticons have a plan, which calls for targeting Chicago in particular. Meanwhile, Sentinel Prime (Leonard Nimoy) turns up on the Moon. [EW Magazine Summer Preview]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
The movie "is just a relentless action movie. It. Just. Does. Not. Stop," says Daniel Radcliffe, with that punctuation. Emma Watson says "I get to get my Lara Croft on." EW witnessed the filming of a scene where the kids return to Hogwarts seeking a horcrux, and meet Snape — only to have a barbed confrontation with the man they believe is a traitor, followed by a wand-fight that's more akin to a sword-fight. The final confrontation between Harry and Voldemort has been expanded, to include a chase through Hogwarts and more of a physical brawl. The two enemies will keep "apparating" towards each other and away from each other, and at one point, Harry and Voldemort seem to fuse into one entity for a moment. [EW Magazine Summer Preview]
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
It plays out like an escape movie, says director Rupert Wyatt, as Caesar the chimp leads his fellow imprisoned apes to escape the research facility where they're imprisoned. Caesar enlists the aid of Maurice, an orangutan who knows sign language, and a big bruiser of a chimp named Rocket. It's an "A-Team of apes," says Wyatt. [EW Magazine Summer Preview]
Star Colin Farrell explains his vampire character:
"He's kinda trying to bolster his ranks a bit. He's lonely enough that he's trying to make a tribe. He's a snacker. He's a strain of vampire who feeds, and buries the undead that he feeds from in the ground and uses them for three or four days. But he's turning them as well. Making a little family."
Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World
Jessica Alba is a mom and ex-spy who's brought back to fight the Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) who's determined to stop time. [EW Magazine Summer Preview]
Here are three lengthy interviews with stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill. Matt Smith promises this series will feature "a dark journey of discovery for a lot of the characters", and we will learn a lot about all the characters. He also promised a "great big minotaur creature", which I believe refers to one of the monsters in Toby Whithouse's "The God Complex", but could be something else we haven't seen yet. In her interview, Karen Gillan says Amy has a big secret, but everyone has one, while Arthur Darvill says Rory and the Doctor are good friends now, but their friendship is increasingly tested by the Doctor putting his wife Amy in danger. He also says there are a few situations coming up where Rory will really prove himself. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
Steven Moffat offered a small hint about the future of the Master at a Q&A after the New York screening of the opening two-parter. When asked if his Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch might be the new Master, he revealed that John Simm hasn't necessarily vacated the role just yet:
Well, as if my life weren't complicated enough already! Uh listen, if John Simm could hear you, you would not live another hour. [audience laughter] I shouldn't tell you this… but I'm going to. After ["The End of Time"] he'd been saying, "I think now that David's left as the Doctor, I would have to leave the Master," and he pulled me aside and said, "I didn't mean that! Look at me, I'm fit, I'm okay!" So Benedict has to wait in line probably.
Of course, he's not saying the Master will appear anytime soon in either Simm or Cumberbatch form (or as someone else, for that matter), but it's apparently not impossible. [Tor]
Executive producers Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman dropped a pretty spoiler-y hint for the finale, so you may want to skip the rest of the sections. Before we get to the major spoiler, here are some set photos from the finale. [SpoilerTV]
In their interview, they also said there are no plans anytime soon to bring in a third universe. Pinkner also dropped some hints about Leonard Nimoy's upcoming return as William Bell:
"William is present, and in a way that gives new meaning to ‘alternate reality.' But its very much Leonard Nimoy."
OK, now the big spoiler, courtesy of Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman:
Pinkner: Somebody who we all love deeply will die.
Wyman: Fringe always does things the way you don't expect, so it's going to be effective, and it will be self-explanatory. Thats sort of all we can say without spoiling anything.
Pinkner: Hopefully it will be wholly unexpected and it will recontextualize the story of Season 3 in a really cool way, and be fun and entertaining and mind-blowing."
Here's a cast photo from the season finale, which confirms a couple of the key guest stars. [SpoilerTV]
Here's an extended preview for the next episode, "My Heart Will Go On."
Here's a description for episode 20, "The Man Who Would Be King", written and directed by executive producer Ben Edlund:
Castiel (Misha Collins) tells Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Bobby (Jim Beaver) about the war in Heaven and how he and Raphael became enemies. Bobby believes Castiel is hiding something, but Dean refuses to believe it.
Here are some photos from episode 13, "One Night." [SpoilerTV]
Brian Peterson previews the upcoming episode "Kent." [KSiteTV]
Tess (Cassidy Freeman) learns that General Slade was found unconscious on a street corner, proof that someone has gained access to the Phantom Zone's escape portal and sent him back. Clark (Tom Welling) decides to return to the exiled land to make sure other phantoms are not fleeing and is furious when Oliver (Justin Hartley) tricks Clark into taking him along. With Clark's powers gone, the two are immediately captured by the Zoners who take them to their new leader, Zod (Callum Blue), who is thirsting for revenge on Clark for banishing him to this Kryptonian jail. Meanwhile, Lois (Erica Durance) learns Clark trusted Tess with a secret, but didn't tell Lois.
And here's a description for episode 20, "Prophecy":
JOR-EL GIVES LOIS SUPER POWERS; KARA RETURNS - Clark (Tom Welling) takes Lois (Erica Durance) to the Fortress to get Jor-El's (voiced by Terrance Stamp) blessing for their marriage.'' Jor-El bestows a unique wedding gift on the couple – he gives Lois Clark's super powers so she can see what it's like to be him for a day. Unfortunately, the Toyman (guest star Chris Gautheir) has returned to Metropolis, so Lois must go up against the notorious villain instead of Clark. Meanwhile, Oliver (Justin Hartley) searches for the Bow of Orion, which he believes will remove the Omega symbol from his skull, and runs into Kara (guest star Laura Vandervoort), who is also on a mission to stop Darkseid.
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta.