The Dark Knight's prologue simply introduced the Joker, but could next month's IMAX prologue for The Dark Knight Rises be doing much, much more? An insane new description suggests the prologue will completely change everything before the actual movie even begins.
George Miller gives another Mad Max: Fury Road status update, and he explains why Tom Hardy is the perfect replacement for Mel Gibson.
The long delayed, often cancelled Justice League might actually be happening...four or five years from now.
Henry Cavill reveals why Man of Steel is like the recent DC Comics relaunch.
Russell Tovey drops a bombshell about his future on the British Being Human.
Plus Joshua Jackson drops tons of hints about Peter's future on Fringe!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Dark Knight Rises.
The Dark Knight Rises
Here's a set video from New York's Queensboro Bridge. A news article mentions that the bridge was closed for filming from 1:00 to 10:00 PM Sunday, and suggests the filming involved "a Batman costume suspended on the bridge." [NBC New York]
Employ your usual grains of salt, multiplied by a factor of 10 million, for this next item, as an IMDB user named Llortamaisey - which is "Yes, I am a troll" spelled backwards, which just consumes me with confidence - claims to have seen the prologue to The Dark Knight Rises that will play before certain IMAX screenings of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. The whole thing is too long to recap, but basically the prologue is supposed to start immediately after the end of The Dark Knight, as Batman is fleeing a bunch of police cars on the Batpod. He's suddenly ambushed by a pair of giant trucks, which he violently crashes into. Bane then gets out and reveals he knows everything about Batman, including his secret identity and his decision to cover up for Harvey Dent (which, if this does take place as soon as The Dark Knight ends, means that Bane has one fast-moving intelligence network). Throughout, Bane beats the crap out of an already injured Batman, and the prologue ends with Bane breaking Batman's back. So, yeah...I'd remain just a little skeptical about this one for the time being. Of course, we'll find out one way or the other in about a month and a half, when the actual prologue is revealed. You can also check out the link for the complete description of the prologue. [Comic Book Movie]
Man of Steel
Henry Cavill says this Superman movie will look to modernize the character on film in much the same way DC's recent company-wide reboot did for the comics version of the character:
"When that came out, everyone went, 'Arrhhh! Everything's changed.' It's part of the evolution of the character. There is a modernization to it, and certainly our style is making him easier to associate with because it's pretty tough to associate with an invulnerable alien."
The same article quotes Lois Lane actress Amy Adams explaining what makes Cavill right for the part of Superman:
"He's got this humility. I think that's why he's so great for the role. There's this ease about him. He has this amazing effect on people. It's fun to watch."
Time to dust off this hoary old rumor - a supposed inside source says plans are afoot to get a movie out by 2015 or 2016, with DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns reportedly working on a treatment, which The Dark Knight and Man of Steel co-writer David Goyer is supposed to be the current favorite to turn into a full screenplay. Under this new plan, Christopher Nolan and his wife and producing partner Emma Thomas would be involved in a producer capacity, and both Henry Cavill and Ryan Reynolds could appear as Superman and Green Lantern - though there's apparently no chance that Christian Bale would appear as Batman, likely because Nolan and Bale want to keep their Batman universe separate from this shared universe that would encompass Superman, Green Lantern, and now Justice League. The extra long lead time is meant to give all involved a chance to get the project right - in the mean time, it's entirely possible that sequels to both Man of Steel and Green Lantern could be released, though only Green Lantern 2 would apparently be involved in setting up the shared universe that would be featured in Justice League... because if there's one surefire way to fix the problems of Green Lantern, it's to give the sequel the exact same problems that crippled Iron Man 2.
Anyway, while I'll at least say this seems more in keeping with Warner Bros. and DC Comics' current approach than whatever that George Miller Justice League movie from a couple years back was supposed to be, I'd still take this story with a mountain of salt until we hear something — anything — more official. Besides, even if the story is completely true, that hardly means the movie itself will actually happen - it took the better part of a decade for Warner Bros. to finally figure out how to make a Green Lantern movie, and look how that turned out. [Cosmic Book News]
Mad Max: Fury Road
Director George Miller says his long-delayed fourth Mad Max movie (along with its sequel, Mad Max: Furiosa) says the film is ready to go, and stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult are all still on board. He also discussed how the project has changed since his first serious attempt to do it back in 2003, with the late Heath Ledger taking over as Mad Max:
"Obviously I've worked on [the script] since , and we've got the whole movie designed –- we've got 150 big vehicles built –- and the world has evolved. I hope I've evolved, and I hope the movie's evolved. But it's pretty similar; at its core, it's not that different... It's a rigorously vetted film; I mean, the whole film has been prepared, storyboarded and so on. I'm surprised how little has changed [in the script] in that time. But these films aren't really speculating about a future, they're westerns in the same way that westerns would kind of morality plays, figures in the landscape, and you're able to somehow reduce this human behavior to its most elemental. So now, it's very clear to see the story in there where perhaps the modern world is a little bit too cluttered – it's a bit hard to see the signals amongst the noise."
He also said that new Mad Max actor Tom Hardy won't simply be trying to impersonate Mel Gibson:
"He's a rebooted Mad Max, but it's a new interpretation. We made it very clear from the outset that it would be crazy to try to impersonate what Mel had done, but Tom [is like] Mel and Heath Ledger; these guys all have very similar kind of maleness, I find. I don't know, they somehow remind me of big cats – they're mesmerizing to look and be with, but you don't know what they're going to do at any moment. There's kind of a lot of stuff boiling underneath, and that makes them extremely interesting to watch. And also, Tom is an astonishingly good actor."
The Hunger Games
Josh Hutcherson says he was thrilled to play Peeta because when he read the books he identified with that character more than any other he'd ever read. He also praises his director and star:
"For me, it's just an honor to be a part of such a great story. Gary Ross is such an amazing director, and Jennifer Lawrence is perfect, and everyone else we cast was really great. Probably my favorite scenes are all the scenes with myself and Katniss in the cave, because they're really emotional and you get to see a lot of their relationship develop there, so for me as an actor, I liked that a lot. And then of course all the physical running through the forest - that was really fun as well."
Michael Fassbender says he's open to playing the title character in director Jose Padilha's reboot. Fassbender first got attached to the role a while back when Padilha was asked to throw out some people he might potentially want to cast in the role - and, considering Fassbender's rising star in Hollywood, there was every chance he's going to be seriously approached about the part anyway. For his part, Fassbender says:
You know, I'm always open. I'll take a look at the script and sit down with the director and have a conversation. It's not definitely like, "Oh, I've got to play RoboCop before I retire." I don't have that about anything. I don't go, "I have to play the Dane one day, or Hamlet." I don't really think like that. I just wait and see what comes up, and I'm always open to it. If I react to the script, then I'm up for anything...[The Robocop suit] could be kind of fun. It could be kind of good to have a helmet that I could hide behind, for most of the film, too. That sounds kind of appealing.
One Thousand A.E.
I know better than to set even mediocre expectations for an M. Night Shyamalan movie, but at least this movie just added some credibility on the writing front in the form of Stephen Gaghan, who wrote two seriously great movies with Traffic and Syriana. Gaghan has reportedly been brought in to polish the script originally written by Book of Eli's Gary Whitta and then reworked by Shyamalan. Considering all previous Shyamalan movies were written by the director himself, I'd consider this all moderately exciting news... although it admittedly is a bit hard to see how Gaghan's flair for sprawling geopolitical exposés really translates to the story of Jaden Smith wandering around a post-apocalyptic Earth trying to find help for his injured dad, played by a cameoing Will Smith. Speaking of which, here's the latest synopsis:
"Will and Jaden Smith are set to star as a father and son who crash-land on Earth one thousand years after mankind has abandoned the planet. The crash leaves the elder Smith badly injured, and it's up to the boy to find help in what is now a strange and dangerous place."
Here's a poster. [ComingSoon.net]
Eve Myles says she doesn't expect Gwen Cooper to appear in 2013's fiftieth anniversary celebrations:
I wouldn't have thought so. We have lots of adult themes running in ‘Torchwood' and I think it would be inappropriate for us to have anything to do with ‘Doctor Who' because it's predominantly a family programme. I think that where ‘Torchwood' is, it deals with darker subjects and I think inter-mixing them, if they want to do that, then fine but I can tell you that I'm not involved in it – they won't give me guns or a bazooka.
Personally, I'm kinda hoping for a Torchwood cameo, if only because it gets us one step closer to Rory punching Rex in the face. That would retroactively make Miracle Day way more palatable. [The Independent]
When asked about the show's future, Rhys actor Kai Owen suggested the show might return as a one-off special, but that idea reads like just speculation on his part. Eve Myles added:
I think the next step would be a movie. We change every year. We have to change every year to keep it fresh and different and keep people interested because by the third, fourth, fifth series of ‘Lost', ‘Sopranos' however good they are, they're extraordinary, but you know what you're going to get. With ‘Torchwood' we can live up to the name that you never know what you're going to get.
The ever insightful Joshua Jackson explains why Peter probably won't stand in the way of the budding romance between Olivia and Lincoln Lee:
"I don't think it's a love triangle, honestly, because you're totally right. Not only does she think she wants to have something with Lincoln Lee, there's a dynamic and a chemistry there. So I think for Peter this Olivia in season 4, that's not his woman. We've already introduced this idea of the doppelgangers, so because Peter already made that horrible mistake with [the other] Olivia [that took] a year to get out of the dog house with Olivia, I have a funny feeling he's not going to make the exact same mistake again. I don't think it's a love triangle. In fact, I think its sort of the opposite.
"Peter sees how she looks at Lincoln, and Peter knows what that look is because the other version of Olivia used to look at him like that, and I have a funny feeling that Peter's reaction to that won't be jealousy — it'll actually be happiness. Lincoln is kind of the perfect guy for Olivia. He's a sweet, decent, kind, nurturing, loving man. So I think Peter would be supportive about that."
Elsewhere, Jackson pretty much confirms that Peter doesn't want to stay in this reality:
I already saved two universes for these guys. I don't know what else I can do for them! [Laughs] I don't want to tell you what it takes with Walter, because it's a very specific thing, but in general… Peter doesn't actually want to be a part of this Fringe team. His motivation here is not to get back to work; he's got to get out of Dodge! He's in the wrong place, and he knows it. It's not like, "Hey guys, I'm back, I just need to remind you who I am, then let's go save the world again." As the story goes on, Peter is more and more going to want to get back to where he belongs.
That explains the synopsis for Episode 8, about how Olivia and Lincoln try to help Peter "find his way home."
And there's some debate about that –- is home here and these people just need to be reminded? Or is home some place else? Peter has not been replaced, but his space in the Fringe Division is now Lincoln's space, so he doesn't exist in that world anymore. He doesn't really add anything.
He also confirms that the time slips first seen in last week's episode will become a major plot point, and the return of Jared Harris as David Robert Jones will have a very satisfying reveal for long-time fans. [TV Line]
The Walking Dead
Robert Kirkman discusses how keeping Shane alive long past the point where he died in the comics has affected the show:
"From the comic book standpoint, he's living on borrowed time, but the beauty of the show is that we can change things up. The storyline with Otis and all of the different things that are happening on the farm because of Shane's presence are a pretty clear indication that this guy is a pretty good catalyst for story. Watching him change how the stories were told in the comic book is a lot of fun for me. I certainly don't feel like he's worn out his welcome just yet. The thought of seeing Shane interact with a possible future prison storyline and interacting with other things that happened in the comic book is absolutely super appealing for me."
He also discusses a bit more the impact of Shane's decision to sacrifice Otis:
"It's definitely something that's weighing on Shane. To a certain extent, having that kind of secret, hiding what he did to the guy, it's going to draw him away from the group and make him even more of an outsider. It's going to add a lot more conflict. It could directly alter his standing within the group."
Looking further ahead, he promises that the show will eventually introduce fan favorite characters from the comics like Michonne, but he feels the show is in a secure enough place that they don't have to rush the introduction of these characters just to shore up viewer interest. [TV Guide]
Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd offers this small hint for the season two finale:
[Season two is] ending in a bit of a spectacle, go big or go home. I'm going back [to the production] this weekend. We're shooting episode 2.13 which Ernest Dickerson is directing."
She also said they're currently think of the basic story direction for season three. [ShockTillYouDrop]
Michael Rooker discusses the perverse appeal of Merle, as well as when the character will return in non-hallucinatory form:
"Nobody expected this level of Merle worship. He's such an out-there, crazy, anything goes kind of guy. There's an uncertainty about Merle – like he'll come back when you least expect it. He's the boogeyman, and viewers love that suspense. The number one question I'm asked is, `When is your character coming back?' I can't say when, but I promise it'll be a wild ride."
Alcide actor Joe Manganiello says he's excited for a werewolf-centric season five:
"The fact that they're basically busy casting an entire new pack of werewolves is unbelievable. There's going to be like a werewolf show within the show this this year, so I'm like a kid about it!"
He also refused to confirm or deny that the new character J.D. is actually Alcide's father, as would be suggested by what happens in Charlaine Harris's books. [TV Line]
Here's five previews from tonight's episode, "Proof."
And here's a sneak peek.
Here's the official description for episode ten, "Now You See Me":
TAYLOR AND MIRA FACE-OFF IN THE WILD AS JIM CLOSES IN ON THE "SIXER" MOLE ON AN ALL-NEW "TERRA NOVA" MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28 ON FOX
Taylor and Mira square-off in the jungle where he learns more about her plans and about his son. But then they both face a pre-historic enemy they must conquer together. Meanwhile, the "Sixer" mole scrambles to cover its tracks as Terra Nova goes on lockdown and Jim closes in. Also, Zoe faces a difficult decision as the Ankylosaur she has been caring for grows rapidly.
Here's a promo for the next episode, "Chuck vs. the Business Trip." [ChuckTV]
Once Upon a Time
Prince Charming actor Josh Dallas reassures an anxious nation that no, the eventual meeting between John Doe and Emma Swan won't have any creepy sexual attraction:
"They come across each other at a party. I don't think John Doe would have that kind of attraction towards her."
He also promises an upcoming episode that focuses on his origins, again teasing that the prince isn't quite who he appears to be:
"He has a kingdom to run, he has someone who's threatening his family that he needs to take care of. I look at him as an every man. He gets his hands dirty, he's a man of the people...There might be a Prince and the Pauper kind of thing with Prince Charming. It's all connected to his back-story. You find out where he came from, who his parents may or may not be. Maybe he has a brother."
Meanwhile, Ginnifer Goodwin says Snow White is unaware of any secrets Prince Charming might be keeping. Executive producer Steve Pearlman also said an upcoming episode will reveal how the Evil Queen got Snow White to eat the poisoned apple, and he said their version of this story isn't based on any previous mythology. He also offers up some more hints about upcoming stories:
"We have Cinderella coming in. We have Hansel and Gretel coming in. In some cases we're trying to plant a seed or introduce a character in an episode who you might not know who they are or what significance they have until a couple episodes later. And then you realize, Oh, my God, that character is... whoever that character may be."
Finally, he addresses whether Emma will eventually come to believe in the fairy tale reality:
"[Emma is] a real-world character, she's coming to grips with the fact that she has this kid and what it means to be a parent and what it means to give your kid up for adoption. She's struggling with all of those emotions for the first part of the season. I think she's also struggling with the coincidence that Henry keeps telling her things from the book and she knows fairytales can't be true, yet they keep happening."
Here's a promo and synopsis for episode four, "Lonelyhearts." [KSiteTV]
DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE LEAD TO A LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER'S DISTURBING SECRET - After investigating a strange cluster of female deaths and disappearances, Nick (David Giuntoli) sends Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) undercover to get a whiff of a hypnotic suspect. In the meantime, a stranger shows up looking to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of a Grimm, but he'll have to get past Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz).
Meghan Ory, who plays Little Red Riding Hood on Once Upon a Time, has reportedly been cast as Sally, a "working girl" who goes to Sam for help after a brush with the paranormal. She will reportedly appear in the first episode of 2012. [Zap2It]
American Horror Story
Here's a promo for the partially animated Christmas special, "Do You See What I See."
Here's a couple promos for next month's holiday special, "The Greatest Gift."
And here are some promo photos. [SpoilerTV]
Being Human (UK)
Star Russell Tovey just dropped the bombshell that he's leaving the show, but he still expects it to continue in some form:
"Well, I've actually left Being Human but no one [outside of the show] knows yet. Aidan [Turner]'s left to film The Hobbit in New Zealand [with Peter Jackson] and going on without him on this fourth series felt strange... No, with Being Human the story can definitely go on and on. Toby [Whithouse, the writer] still runs it and they can do all sorts ... add giants and robots!"
Being Human (US)
Here's the promo for season two.
Here's a sneak peek for episode seven, "Icebreaker."
The Vampire Diaries
Here's a pair of promos for episode ten, "The New Deal," which will kick off the second half of the season on January 5, 2012. [Vampire Diaries Online]
The Secret Circle
Here's an extended promo for episode ten, "The Darkness." [KSiteTV]
Bag of Bones
Here's a TV spot for A&E's miniseries based on the Stephen King book.
Additional reporting by Marykate Jasper and Charlie Jane Anders.