An unexpected guest star returns for Doctor Who's big cliffhanger episode! Plus casting updates for the Hunger Games and World War Z!

We may get to hear the new Batman villains in the very near future. One of Professor X's mutants explains his difficult life in X-Men: First Class, while Rupert Grint explains why Ron finally becomes a hero in Harry Potter.

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II.

The Dark Knight Rises

There's a photo circulating that is supposedly of Anne Hathaway's Catwoman, but it's now been confirmed as a fake.

We don't usually bother with trailer news, but the very first teaser trailer for the final Batman movie is rumored to debut attached to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. Since production has only just begun, it almost certainly won't contain any footage — but if it's anything like the similarly early first teaser trailer for The Dark Knight, it might feature the first dialogue we hear from Bane or Catwoman. [ScreenRant]


X-Men: First Class

Costar Edi Gathegi discusses his character:

My character's name is Armando Muñoz, otherwise known as Darwin, and he gets his nickname from Charles Darwin, the father of the theory of evolution. My character is in a constant state of evolution. It's called reactive adaptation - so whatever environment he's in, in order to survive he will mutate, basically. If he gets thrown in water, all of a sudden he might have gills. The lights go out, he'll have 20-20 vision in the pitch black. He's the coolest one! What I like about my character's powers is that a lot of the X-Men have very cool powers, but with this one you actually see it happening and you see why it's happening. In the right circumstances you see the thought behind the character and the need to create that evolution. There's a logic to it. And the possibilities are endless with good writing.

He also explains just how difficult life has been for Darwin:

Everybody has their own unique set of circumstances, but I think every mutant probably goes through the phase where they hate themselves because they're different. They're terrified of their own mutant abilities. And then they come to a place where they can see the beauty in it and they accept themselves. I think my character had it really, really tough, because he was constantly in situations where his body would start to mutate and he didn't understand why it was happening. He was suicidal because of it and he couldn't even kill himself, because his body would protect him. He jumped off a building and his bones turned to rubber. So he was stuck in this life of feeling different - sort of indestructible. And I think in this movie, he's finally found a calling. He's finally found people like him. And he finally gets to be the person he was meant to be. He comes out of his shell. He's a good guy.

There's more at the link. [IGN]


The Hunger Games

As dozens of you helpfully pointed out in the comments of yesterday's post (hat tips all around!), Lenny Kravitz has been cast as the head stylist Cinna. [/Film]

Meanwhile, Toby Jones - who no matter what else he does will always be the Dream Lord on Doctor Who as far as I'm concerned - has reportedly been cast as "the host/narrator of the games alongside Stanley Tucci", which most likely refers to Claudius Templesmith. [Deadline]


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

Rupert Grint explains Ron's progression in the final movie:

"In previous films Ron was usually quite scared all the time, that was always kind of him, but it was great to see that there was a lot more heavy emotion. Because he really falls in love, so there's all that story, and that really develops in Part Two particularly. And then there's the family stuff as well. There are some quite dark things that I never really got before with Ron."

[MTV Movies Blog]

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Here's a batch of new posters and images. [IGN]


The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

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Here's the first poster, and it's every bit as scintillating as you would've guessed. [ComingSoon.net]


World War Z

European actress Alicia Vikander is reportedly the favorite to play the role of Segen in Marc Forster's adaptation of Max Brooks' book. She would join other reportedly attached cast members Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, and Anthony Mackie. [Bloody Disgusting]


Green Lantern: Emerald Knights

Here are a pair of interviews with Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss, who discusses voicing Arisia in the upcoming DC animated DVD movie.


Moss also offers this explanation of Arisia's story:

It's sort of Arisia's first day on the job, so there's a huge learning curve for her. She's just been basically plucked out of class on her home planet and thrown into this intergalactic police force – just as the universe is under attack. So it's all very overwhelming for her. But she's smart and courageous, so she rises to the occasion.


Doctor Who

I don't think this has been reported previously - according to a tip we received earlier today, the mid-series cliffhanger episode "A Good Man Goes To War" will feature return appearances by Hugh Bonneville and Oscar Lloyd as Henry and Toby Avery, who were previously seen earlier this year in "The Curse of the Black Spot." If I had to guess, their reappearance probably ties in with a line from the official synopsis that says, "[The Doctor] and Rory race across galaxies, calling in long-held debts and solemnly given promises." Since the Doctor did save Toby's life and give the pirates a spaceship, I'd say that counts as a debt, even if four episodes ago is maybe stretching the definition of long-held. The information we received doesn't mention any other returning guest stars - perhaps because Steven Moffat doesn't want to completely copy the cameo-filled beginning of last year's "The Pandorica Opens" - but it does confirm the presence of Cybermen and Sontarans...and no other monsters, suggesting they're at least the only ones with speaking parts.

Here's another clip from "The Almost People" featuring the Doctor getting on rather well with his Flesh duplicate.

Here are some dialogue teasers:

"I tried to block the memories but now I know, I must remember."
"There's one question in those eyes: why?"
"I have a plan - and it'll destroy them all."
"They will melt you."
"You're hurting me!"
"Very important, Pond; breathe."
"It's us or them."
"Chokey gas!"
"I heard in India there's over 10 million Gangers."
"You're one of us, Doctor."

[Cultbox]

And here's a final roundup of tidbits for the episode:

- The factory starts to crumble, and fills with toxic fumes.
- A very scary monster is talked about.
- Jennifer turns on Rory.
- Questions can be raised about the motivations of the Doctor's ganger.
- The Doctor knows something about Amy and is keeping it a secret.
- It ends on a stupendously shocking cliffhanger that may shock some viewers and catapults us into 6x07.
- It's quoted as the ending to end all endings.

We know the answers to some of these - Amy gets kidnapped at the end of the episode, at least according to the description for "A Good Man Goes to War." And you'd think the Doctor's secret concerns her phantom pregnancy, unless the Doctor's suddenly got another huge secret. Actually, I guess I wouldn't put it past him. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]


Fringe

When asked if Peter's newfound non-existence means that things could have changed for those around him - including his mom's suicide - executive producer Jeff Pinkner responded:

"That's the right question to ask. And that's what [next] season will answer. Rest assured we won't betray the audience. Taking Peter out of the story is another way to look at our series from another side. What would have happened in these people's lives up to this point if [there was] no Peter?"

[TV Line]


True Blood

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Here's a promo poster. [SpoilerTV]


The Walking Dead

Robert Kirkman explains what keeping Shane alive - and thus diverging from the comics - means for the show:

"We're adapting stuff directly from the comic book, but Shane is going to screw it up. What does Shane's presence do to change what happened on the farm and how they existed on the road? It's exciting to see what his character will do to muck up things."

[TV Guide]


Terra Nova

Check out the link for a lengthy interview with executive producers Brannon Braga and Alex Graves. [Comic Book Resources]


Supernatural

Executive producer Sera Gamble revealed Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid will be an inspiration for Sam and Dean's seventh season journey. She also offers some thoughts on the future of Castiel:

"I would consider Cas, in the last few minutes of the finale, to have been transformed... We try to be realistic about the fact that people on this show do cross lines that can't be uncrossed," she says. "But we examine those things in terms of Sam and Dean. They have a tremendous capacity to move forward. We always look for the chance to have redemption."

[TV Line]

Sera Gamble also says that a return appearance by Adam is a "very strong maybe." [TV Line]


Primeval

Here's a trailer for series five. [Den of Geek]


17th Precinct

NBC passed on Ronald D. Moore's magic-oriented cop drama, and there's reportedly close to no chance that it'll get picked up elsewhere. Here's why it didn't make it, at least according to one TV insider:

"[The pilot was] confusing, overly-complex and the opposite of viewer-friendly. It would make a good book or a big movie, but not a weekly TV series."

So that's that for another Ron Moore show. But hey, at least we've still got season three of Virtuality to look forward to, right guys? Hey, why are you all looking at me like that? [TV Line]


Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.