Christopher Nolan definitely won't be making any more Batman movies. We've got the latest insane Doctor Who rumor — plus Matt Smith drops an intriguing hint about the Ponds' departure. Star Joel Kinnaman explains what got him excited about the Robocop reboot.
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Man of Steel.
The Dark Knight Rises
Just in case you thought there was even the tiniest, teeniest chance of Christopher Nolan being talked into making a fourth movie, his wife and producing partner Emma Thomas is here to set you straight:
No, that's truly a never. I cannot imagine a world in which he would ever want to come back. At a certain point it's fun to go off and do something different, you know. We've spent almost 10 years of our lives making Batman films. He was very excited about this film, and the story that he'd come up with, but I just cannot imagine that he would get that excited about another version of the same thing. The great thing about a trilogy is that it feels like you've got a beginning, a middle and an end. It's like an extended version of a regular film. Once you get into a fourth film then it's just episodic, and I just can't see him getting excited about making another film where basically you're just wheeling in different villains.
Here's the latest bit of clever viral marketing. [IGN]
Man of Steel
Rumor has it Zack Snyder's Superman movie will feature some extensive sequences on a war-torn Krypton. It's not clear exactly how this will work — whether we will see lots of flashbacks, or Henry Cavill simply won't show up until relatively late in the movie — but it does mean we can expect to see quite a bit of Russell Crowe as Jor-El. Assuming it's true, of course... and here, I should probably say something about grains of salt and all that. [Comic Book Movie]
The Killing star Joel Kinnaman explains why he ultimately decided taking on the title role in a reboot of Robocop was a good idea:
It really became a coveted role when it was [announced that] José Padilha [would be] directing it. A remake of RoboCop could really go both ways; that doesn't have to be something interesting just because it's a high-profile thing. And when I first heard of it, I thought I'd watch the movie, but I didn't know if I wanted to be in it. When I found out who was directing it, all of that changed. After meeting José, I knew that it was super-interesting and really something that I wanted to sink my teeth into. We had a really good meeting. He was talking about not wanting a "star" [for the project]; he wanted a real actor to play it. He was also explaining what the character was going through, and it's really challenging stuff.
He continued with some discussion about the screenplay:
The script is still in process, but I've read a couple of the versions along the way, and that's really what it is: very challenging actors' work, and very interesting to portray. I'm a restless person, and I was tired of meeting with directors who were telling me that they'd love to have me play the lead in their movie, but there's no way they could cast me because they needed a big name. After that, I started to chase a bigger movie, so I could get in a position to do those things. And I'm so happy that the one I chose and that I got was one that also carries a core of substance.
There are reportedly two main candidates for the part of Johanna Mason, who becomes an important ally but not necessarily friend of Katniss in the sequel. The two main contenders are reportedly Mia Wasikowska, who has already had starring roles in the recent Alice in Wonderland and Jane Eyre adaptations, and largely unknown actress/model Zoe Aggeliki, who has roles in the upcoming R.I.P.D. and the Percy Jackson sequel. [The Playlist]
Matt Smith offers this big hint for Amy and Rory's big departure in episode five of the upcoming seventh series:
There's something coming up in the final days of the Ponds that was in "The Eleventh Hour." There's a shot in that. [Moffat's] been thinking about it that long. He always knew how she was going to… I'm saying too much already.
I wouldn't even know where to begin speculating on what that might mean, not without rewatching "The Eleventh Hour" first... not that I need an excuse to go do that. Anyway, there are some thoughts on what Smith might be referring to at the link. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
It's been far too long since the British tabloids have come up with some crazy and almost certainly false rumor about what's going to happen next season, and so The Daily Star has dutifully stepped up. Specifically, they claim that Madame Vastra, the Doctor's Silurian ally from "A Good Man Goes to War", will reappear this series and become infatuated with Jenna-Louise Coleman's new companion, which presumably would be much to the discomfort of her current servant/sidekick/lover Jenny. Anyway, Madame Vastra actress Neve McIntosh has already taken to Twitter to deny it in no uncertain terms, telling fans, "I wish…Still thinking up plot lines to pitch to Mr Moffat." I'd say that's as unequivocal a denial as it gets. [Den of Geek]
Astrid actress Jasika Nicole was asked at Denver Comic Con whether the alternate universe or the observer September might return, and she said the latter was more likely than the former. Considering the fifth season is jumping to the Observer-dominated world of 2036, that sounds about right. [Fringe Television]
The Walking Dead
Lennie James, who played Rick's first post-apocalyptic friend Morgan in the pilot, says there's every possibility he will eventually return, and indeed it sounds like it could have already happened:
"There's a possibility I might go back. It just depends on timing-wise if I'm free. At least one of the times they contacted me about it, I was busy doing something else."
We can't necessarily vouch for this information, but here are some reported titles and monsters of the week for three of the second season's first four episodes:
Episode #201, "Bad Teeth"
Involves a Mauvais Dentes, a saber-toothed killing machine.
Episode #203, "Into The Woods"
Involves several Coyotls (coyote creatures).
Episode #204, "Quill"
Involves a Stangebar, a porcupine-like creature.
While we know Supernatural and Lost guest star Mark Pellegrino is playing one of the Coyotl, an old friend of Hank's who needs his help, it reportedly isn't him who actually seeks out his friend. Instead, it's his wife who is forced to see out Hank and the friendly neighborhood Grimm when Pellegrino's character is so traumatized by something he sees that he basically becomes an alcoholic, to the point that he ignores his daughter's subsequent disappearance. [Zap2It]
666 Park Avenue
Here's a TV spot for ABC's supernatural drama about a bizarre apartment complex owned by Lost alum Terry O'Quinn.
And here are some promo posters. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a short synopsis for episode five, "Love and Other Acts of Courage", which airs July 8:
A familiar face returns to the 2nd Mass, but his intentions remain unknown. Meanwhile, a skitter is captured and brought back to the camp as a prisoner. And Hal bonds with Maggie as she begins to open up about her past.
American Horror Story
Show writer and roving creative genius Tim Minear dropped some hints about Jessica Lange's new character in the show's rebooted second season, which is set in a mental institution:
"She's not playing this kind of ersatz Tennessee Williams character this time. She's playing something that's a little more East Coast, a little more patrician. She's playing a nun. She's playing an administrator of a facility. It's different. In this instance, she's a bride of Christ."
Minear also said the decision to set season two in the 1960s was made because that decade fits the story they want to tell. He also wouldn't totally rule out a cameo appearance by last season's infamous house, which means Rubber Man just might ride again. (Well, that sounded all kinds of wrong.) Finally, Minear dropped this hint about Adam Levine's character, one half of a pair known as the Lovers:
"Let's say that Adam's character is kind of a nod to contemporary sensibilities, as opposed to something from the mid-century."
Here's a promo for season four.
Being Human (US)
Here's a spoiler for season three, courtesy of Zap2It:
Aiden's getting a new love interest when Kat, a close friend of Nora's, shows up during a distressing time for Nora. Kat is a history scholar who is particularly impressed by Aiden's knowledge of the War of 1812 and the Hartford Convention... if not by his plumbing skills. They connect again at the hospital, and when she finds out that he's not only a history nerd but also a medical professional, she begins to wonder what flaws he's hiding. Hmmm.
Here's a short synopsis for episode six, "Frenemy":
Scott and Stiles work to protect their friends when new information is revealed; Allison is tasked to investigate.
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.