Is HBO ready to make a massive commitment to Game of Thrones? Plus yet another description of the Dark Knight Rises prologue!

Henry Cavill won't be the only person playing Clark Kent in Man of Steel. George Miller wants to make even more Mad Max sequels... just not in Australia. Steven Moffat explains Doctor Who's scheduling change. Has The Wolverine been delayed again?

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from The Dark Knight Rises.

The Dark Knight Rises

Yet another supposed inside source has come forward with a description of the prologue that will air next month on screenings of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. It at least checks out with the one thing Christopher Nolan has confirmed about the prologue, which is that it's about Bane. As with yesterday's prologue description, this version depicts Bane as a League of Shadows assassin trained by Ra's al Ghul, and in this he "kills political figures that are deemed unfit by the [League of Shadows]", a "revolutionary and assassin" who has come to Gotham "to start a revolution by revealing the cover up dealing with Harvey Dent and killing the Mayor, among other key political figures." Here's the description:

It is one of the assassinations ordered by Ra's al Ghul. A mind blowing action sequence set aboard the Hercules plane, involving some innovative camera work ala Inception hallway fight scene. Bane and his mercenaries hijack a military plane transporting a dictator of a country which is in unrest (think Saddam Hussein type figure). He successfully kills the leader, but makes some mistakes along the way and is unable to safely land the plane. Because of the resulting injuries from the accident, he has to undergo complicated surgeries and that is how he winds up with that scar down his neck and the need for the mask to numb the pain.

Again, I'd take all this with a massive grain of salt. Although, I've got to admit - I'd actually kind of enjoy watching an anthology movie of all these supposed prologues, each one progressively more insane and more terrible than the one before it. [Rama's Screen]

Speaking of which, visual effects supervisor Paul Franklin has said that the prologue will only air on IMAX films with the right sort of projector. You can find a list of all the theaters around the world that have the projector right here.

Gary Oldman has joined Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan in saying this is the end of his time on the Batman franchise, saying he has "retired Jim Gordon" and that The Dark Knight Rises "is my last." [The Playlist]


Man of Steel

According to IMDB, 10-year-old actor Cooper Timberline has reportedly been cast as "Clark Kent - Age 9", which is in keeping with pretty much every Superman origin story ever made, be it in comics, television, and the previous movies. [Comic Book Movie]


The Wolverine

The movie is reportedly facing another round of delays due to unspecified holdups in Japan. Negotiations are reportedly set to restart in 2012, hopefully sooner rather than later. For what it's worth, the same source does say the movie's script is meant to be "stellar", so at least this might still be worth waiting around for. [Moviehole]


Mad Max Sequels

Doug Mitchell, the producing partner of Mad Max director George Miller, confirms the production for Mad Max: Fury Road and Mad Max: Furiosa will move to the desert in the African country Namibia for at least part of filming, as the recent destructive rains in Australia destroyed many of their planned sets. Here's how he explains the decision:

"Happy Feet Two was made here because we live here and we want to make our lives here: the last thing we want to do is not make Mad Max here. I seriously had to think about whether I wanted to disrupt my life and my family's . . . it still weighs heavily. We were out at Broken Hill with a huge number of massive vehicles – they were built and parked for almost a year there. Some of them are back here, in secret locations not far from here. A full Australian crew picks up and goes there to shoot the desert scenes, and comes back here to do other scenes, then all the post-production and digital work is done here."

He also discusses the movie's budget, which is rumored to be close to $200 million:

It's confidential but it's massive. Because the studio has so much money on the table, they did bravely step up their exposure. If you're talking about a big film, an action film, find a budget that's big and it's that. If it's above $100 million it's a big budget," says Mitchell. "This is a bigger budget. People have speculated around $200 million [which] I'd neither deny nor confirm. It's a massive film."

Finally, because apparently George Miller truly is a glutton for punishment, Mitchell revealed they're not just working on two long-delayed, seemingly cursed Mad Max sequels...they're working on three:

"We started with [Fury Road], but we then started to do a second story and a third. We've written the script for the second and almost finished the third. We never intended to, they were part of the exploration of the characters."

[Australian Financial Review]


Snow White and the Huntsman

Charlize Theron offers this tongue-in-cheek description of what's ahead in her filming schedule:

"I'm still shooting ['Huntsman'], I'm going back in two days. I haven't really worked with [Kristen]. I've done some small things with her, but we're about to shoot our big showdown, and fingers crossed for me. It's the big battle. I'm just really, really, really hoping I get to kill her. That is how the story ends up, right?

[MTV]


Men in Black 3

Here are higher resolution versions of the posters that popped up yesterday. [ComingSoon.net]


Doctor Who

I know this is going to shock all of you, but the BBC has announced that the Christmas special will air on December 25... I don't think we ever could have guessed that one. In more specific news, the special will air at 7:00pm. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]

Matt Smith describes how this year's special, "The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe" is different from last year's "A Christmas Carol":

There's a Narnia-esque shape and feel to the telling of this story. Whereas last year felt more like a Christmas romp, there's a slow-burning, ethereal magic to this.

He also describes one of the special effects he filmed for the special:

I had just three seconds to jump back from a giant fireball. It was only later that I realized I could have been seriously charred.

You can also check out some scans from the Radio Times preview here. [BBC America]

Writing in Doctor Who Magazine, Steven Moffat confirms the show's upcoming move from summer to autumn and provides the following rationale:

"Doctor Who in the summer? All that running down tunnels, with torches, and the sunlight streaming through your windows and bleaching out the screen? All those barbecues and children playing outside, while on the telly there are green monsters seething in their CGI-enhanced lairs? It's just not right is it? Be honest. For me, as a kid, when the afternoon got darker and there was a thrill of cold in the air, I knew that even though summer was over, the TARDIS was coming back! So yes, that's part of the plan, that's part of the reason for this little delay. But it's not the whole story."

[Digital Spy]


Game of Thrones

HBO is reportedly planning on renewing the show for not just one but two seasons. The current rumor is that these will be filmed back-to-back, and that the film crew in Northern Ireland has been told to expect nine months of filming next year. There have been prior indications that Martin's third book, A Storm of Swords, would be adapted over multiple seasons, so this filming would presumably cover the full adaptation of that book. Of course, this is all just rumor right now, and HBO likely won't make any announcements until after season two premieres. [Winter Is Coming]

For those with an hour of time on their hands, here's George R.R. Martin's appearance at the recent Authors@Google event.


The Walking Dead

Here's a promo and two sneak peeks for the midseason premiere, "Nebraska", which is set to premiere February 12, 2012.



And here's a behind-the-scenes video with the cast, in which they preview what's ahead.


Terra Nova

Here's a promo for the next episode, "Within."


Chuck

Here's a description for episode six, "Chuck vs. the Curse":

Chuck and Sarah race against time to take down a dangerous computer virus, pitting them against Robyn Cunnings (Rebecca Romijn), a ruthless spy who will stop at nothing to get what she needs. Meanwhile, Ellie and Awesome's date night takes a dangerous turn, and Morgan is sent on a special mission to recover Chuck's P.A.N.T.S.

And here's one for episode seven, "Chuck vs. the Santa Suit", which as you might expect is the Christmas episode:

Chuck and Sarah learn who is trying to destroy Carmichael Industries; Ellie's Christmas plans come undone; a computer virus threatens to ruin Christmas at the Buy More.

[BuddyTV]


Supernatural

Episode 14 is reportedly titled "Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie", which is clearly a shameless attempt to cash in on America's ongoing obsession with Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium. Anyway, the episode reportedly involves "a character called Howard [who] works at Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie which is Chuck-e-cheese style place." [SpoilerTV]


Neverland

Here's a trailer for Syfy's upcoming miniseries adaptation of Peter Pan, which airs December 4 and 5. You can check out some more videos at the link. [multipleverses.com]

And here's a description for the miniseries:

Peter (Charlie Rowe), along with his pals of young pickpockets, have been rounded up by their mentor Jimmy Hook (Rhys Ifans) to snatch a magical orb which transports them to another world – Neverland. Filled with white jungles and imposing cities formed out of trees created by Dr. Fludd (Dance) and inhabited by a colony of tree spirits led by Tinker Bell (voice of Keira Knightley), this mysterious realm welcomes unknown friends and enemies snatched from time. These include power-mad Elizabeth Bonny (Anna Friel) and her band of 18th century pirates who search for the answer to eternal youth, a secret guarded by a Holy Man (Raoul Trujillo). As the fight to save this strange and beautiful world escalates, Peter and his crew consider that growing old somewhere in time could be less important than growing up-right here in their new home called Neverland.


The Secret Circle

Lauren Stamile, who's probably best known for playing Professor Slater on the first season of Community, has reportedly been cast as Lucy, who is "a psychic with ties not only to Cassie's slain mother, Amelia, but also to her mysterious dark magic father, John Blackwell." The character will first appear in episode thirteen. [Zap2It]


Additional reporting by Natalie Baaklini.