What new characters can we expect in Captain America 2? Plus intriguing set reports for Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Avengers!

Robert Downey Jr. says they have the perfect director for Iron Man 3. The Wolverine is ready to begin filming. Anne Hathaway details her feline research for The Dark Knight Rises. The new Fantastic Voyage may be getting a big-name star.

It's spoilers all the way down!

Top image from Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance.

The Dark Knight Rises

Anne Hathaway explains one of the more unusual ways in which she prepared to play Catwoman:

You know what? I actually had this moment when I convinced one of the assistant directors on the London portion of the film to get a cat with me, the idea being that we were going to get a kitten from a rescue shelter, and he was going to live with me, and I was going to observe it, and when I left London I was going to give it to her. Then, thankfully, her husband pointed out that that was a terrible idea on so many levels, not least of which being that it would probably be really confusing to the cat. So I turned to YouTube instead and got a National Geographic video on cats.

[Interview Magazine]

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Here are a couple set photos from Pittsburgh, featuring one of the camouflage-colored Tumblrs in a hole. [ComingSoon.net]

A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article explains what might be going on there:

The "Bathole" that had been dug on Cherry Way came into play today as it erupted into fire and one of the Tumblers literally tumbled inside the crater and was covered with debris — and, at one point, flipped upside down.

[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Here's a set video. [Screenrant]

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And here are some photos from the set construction currently underway outside Los Angeles. [Batman-on-Film]


Man of Steel

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A pair of set photos indicate the new movie will be sticking with at least one aspect of the previous films - it appears that Superman's adoptive father Jonathan Kent will die during the course of this film, if his gravestone is anything to judge by. The person next to him is Harry Kent, Jr., who one would assume is probably Clark's uncle, judging by his 1955 date of birth (and 1977 date of death). [Superman Homepage]

And here's a report from an inside source - so automatically take it with a grain of salt, but still - which may reveal how the movie either kills off Jonathan Kent, reveals Clark's ability to fly, or both:

"I talked to a friend of mine who was a 'featured extra' (which is apparently different than a regular extra) in the 'Man of Steel' filming down in bufu Illinois. He told me the scene he filmed, over a two day period, involves citizens running away from a tornado. Jonathan Kent is apparently swept up in the tornado and Superman has to fly up and save him."

[Comic Book Resources]


The Amazing Spider-Man

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Here are a couple more promo photos, giving us a better look at the new suit. [CinemaBlend]

Kelsey Chow, who appears on the Disney XD show Pair of Kings, reveals she has a small role in the movie:

"I have a very small, little thing in the next ‘Spider-Man' movie...I found out last minute and I took off work for a day and went on set and it was surreal. It was crazy...I'm a character [in] school. I play the role of Sally Avril."

In the comics, Sally Avril becomes the masked crimefighter Bluebird, but that character name is probably just in there as an homage to her comics alter ego, and not an indication of a future plotline. [Daemon's TV]


The Avengers

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Here are some set photos of what appears to be a crashed alien spacecraft. [Comic Book Movie]


Iron Man 3

Robert Downey Jr. discusses new cowriter-director Shane Black, and whether the movie will feature the sort of meta humor that defined their previous collaboration, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang:

The thing about Shane is that it will be anything but one of those moments, unless we come up with something that is so cheeky and character-driven and perfect that it has to be in the movie...

He's more than the sum of his parts and he's also kind of been a sleeper for a long time. We're not talking much about [the script] right now because Shane is off writing and we talked before that and when we are talking again the talking is going to be over pretty quick [because we're on the same page]. It's kind of like we're fighting on the same side and at the same time we're circling each other, so it's all great. It should be great...Bringing in Shane Black to write and direct ‘Iron Man 3′ to me is basically the only transition from Favreau to a ‘next thing' that Favreau and the audience and Marvel and I could ever actually sign off on. The fun thing is going to be getting [Jon Favreau's character] Happy in the movie.

[Hero Complex]


Captain America 2

Cowriter Christopher Markus says the sequel will likely feature some scenes set during World War II in gaps between missions seen in the first movie, but he stressed that they don't want to make that the focus:

It might be doing a disservice not to address the present day Cap, particularly because so much of the comic book run right now is present day Cap – that ‘man out of time' is the icon. The Captain America that most people know is really from kind of the reboot, when Stan Lee brought him back in '63 and '64, frozen from a block of ice. So his biggest personality trait is that he's this man out of time, and for us, we didn't have the opportunity [to explore that]. This was a guy in the RIGHT time.

He also discussed the possibility of bringing in Peggy Carter's niece Sharon Carter, as well as Cap's one-time sidekick Falcon, who was one of the first African American superheroes:

"I want both of them! Sharon is meaty, almost to a point where you get a little uncomfortable because her relation to Peggy has shifted over the years, as time has passed. She's the sister, she's the cousin, she's the niece. You have to walk a fine line there because it does seem like you're dating your girlfriend's daughter. Falcon is awesome. We can't play with time so much to have Cap go back to Harlem in the '70's and clean up the streets, but it would be awesome to go straight up, like, 'Shaft' with Cap and the Falcon."

[Popcorn Biz]


The Wolverine

Hugh Jackman and new director James Mangold are reportedly getting ready to film in British Columbia between November 11, 2011 and March 1, 2012, specifically in Burnaby's Canadian Motion Picture Park, which is where Twilight, Supernatural, and Fantastic Four have all been filmed. [Vancouver Sun]


Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance

What new characters can we expect in Captain America 2? Plus intriguing set reports for Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Avengers!

Here's a poster. [Superhero Hype]


Fantastic Voyage

Will Smith is reportedly in talks to play the lead in the remake of the 1966 original. Director Shawn Levy was previously working on the project with his Real Steel star Hugh Jackman - it's unclear whether Jackman has now departed this project due to The Wolverine's resurgence and so now needs a replacement, or whether Smith will actually be joining Jackman in the film. [The Hollywood Reporter]


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

The constantly delayed film has been - you guessed it! - delayed yet again, with production now not starting until 2012 at the earliest. Director Craig Gillespie is reportedly having difficulty finding the female lead. [Variety]


Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

What new characters can we expect in Captain America 2? Plus intriguing set reports for Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Avengers!

Paramount Pictures has released a new promo image. [ComingSoon.net]


Breaking Dawn

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Here are some new promo photos. [IGN]


Sin City 2

Robert Rodriguez offers another update:

"We're still working on the script for Sin City 2. I'm excited about that, I know a lot of people are always on the look out for it, the time is finally coming. We've been telling everybody that we're going to shoot this year, so we actually have to shoot this year."


G.I. Joe 2

Party Down and Veronica Mars actor Ryan Hansen says he has been cast in the movie:

I play a Joe named Grunt. Small part but awesome.

[@HiRyanHansen]


Doctor Who

The Radio Times has released these details for the ninth episode (and second of season 6.5), "Night Terrors":

A little boy called George is terrified of something lurking in his bedroom cupboard...

The Doctor receives a strange letter, begging "Help me"...

The creepy Peg Dolls – until now, heralded only by a brief appearance in the series six trailer (below) - are dead-eyed, implacable and relentless. But what do they want with young George?

Daniel Mays (last seen in Outcasts and Ashes to Ashes) plays worried dad Alex, who teams up with the Doctor to help battle his son George's demons. But not before Rory and Amy find themselves miniaturised and sucked into the strange doll's house in George's cupboard. What else can the Doctor and Alex do but follow them inside...?

[Radio Times]

BBC America has confirmed the titles of episodes eight through twelve: "Let's Kill Hitler" by Steven Moffat, "Night Terrors" by Mark Gatiss, "The Girl Who Waited" by Tom MacRae, "The God Complex" by Toby Whithouse, and the newly confirmed "Closing Time" by Gareth Roberts. The title of Steven Moffat's finale has not yet been revealed. [KSiteTV]

The Daily Star, which has been coming up with a lot of crazy but not necessarily false Doctor Who spoilers lately, is reporting the final episode is called "The Wedding" and features the Doctor getting married to a person unknown (but the smart money is on River Song, of course). This isn't the first time we've heard this rumor, and The Daily Star seems to have gotten the rumor about Amy and Rory semi-leaving the show sort of right, but still...grains of salt until we hear a lot more, I'd say. [The Daily Star]


Game of Thrones

Hellboy II actor Roy Dotrice has reportedly been cast as Pyromancer Hallyne, "the chief of the Guild Of Alchemists." You can check out the link for a full roundup of all the season two cast additions. [Den of Geek]


True Blood

Here are some sneak peeks at this Sunday's episode.




Person of Interest

CBS has released a synopsis for the show in general and the first episode in particular. First the description of the show:

PERSON OF INTEREST stars Jim Caviezel, Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson and Academy Award nominated and current Emmy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson in a crime thriller about a presumed dead former-CIA agent who teams up with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice. Reese's special training in covert operations appeals to Finch, a software genius who invented a program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crimes. Using state-of-the-art surveillance technology, the two work outside of the law using Reese's adept skills and Finch's unlimited wealth to unravel the mystery of the person of interest and stop the crime before it happens. Reese's actions draw the attention of the NYPD, including homicide detective Carter, and Fusco, a cop whom Reese uses to his advantage. With infinite crimes to investigate, Reese and Finch find that the right person, with the right information, at the right time, can change everything.

And now, a brief synopsis of the pilot:

"Pilot" – When the social security number of a young prosecutor comes up, Reese and Finch work together to figure out if their person of interest is the victim or perpetrator, on the series premiere of PERSON OF INTEREST, Thursday, Sept. 22 (9:00 – 10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

There's also a full cast list for the pilot at the link. [SpoilerTV]

What new characters can we expect in Captain America 2? Plus intriguing set reports for Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Avengers!

And here's a promo poster. [EW]


Once Upon a Time

Here's a promo.

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Here are some set photos. [SpoilerTV]


Alphas

Here are descriptions and promo photos for the next three episodes.

"Catch and Release" Episode 7 – A young Alpha with the ability to create powerful inventions from common items goes missing, and Rosen and his team are called upon to find her...and protect her. Summer Glau guest stars.

"A Short Time in Paradise" Episode 8 – A dangerous Alpha cult leader bewitches Hicks and Nina. Garret Dillahunt guest stars.

"Blind Spot" Episode 9 - No official synopsis. Lost's Rebecca Mader guest stars.

[Daemon's TV]

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The Secret Circle

Here's an interview with Phoebe Tonkin, who plays the bad girl Faye on the show.

And here's another trailer.


Additional reporting by Mandy Curtis and Charlie Jane Anders.