Kevin Smith shoots down those fake Batman v. Superman script rumors. More news from the Daredevil series, including some possible dialogue. Guillermo del Toro addresses The Strain poster controversy. Powers gets a director. Plus, a Once Upon Time character returns!
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A Bad Robot tweet shows a) what looks like Tatooine and b) confirms that J.J. Abrams is using IMAX cameras on the project, which he used on Star Trek: Into Darkness. Pajiba has sources that say that Star Wars is using three of only four 65mm 2D IMAX cameras in the world for its production (the fourth is with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). [Cinema Blend]
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) July 8, 2014
Along with a film crew setting up, people have spotted "Jedi wigs, speeder bikes and wooden swords" in the Forest of Dean, leading to the conclusion that Episode VII will be filming there. And the mention of "speeder bikes" and the forest suggests that this could be a return to the forest moon of Endor, last seen in Return of the Jedi. Or it could be Yavin IV and the Jedi Academy.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Speaking of the Zack Snyder film, the "leaked script" going around which mentions all sorts of DC characters and villains, is assumed by most to be fake. Or at least an unused version, since it mentions things that don't line up with anything actually seen on set (like Lex Luthor being a kid from the streets who knows Superman's secret identity). So a meta-rumor developed that the fake script was written by Kevin Smith specifically so the studio could leak it. So Smith stepped forward to deny that, writing on his blog:
There've been a few movie websites reporting I might've been involved in a BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE misinformation campaign, at the behest of Warner Brothers, director Zack Snyder and producer Chuck Roven. The idea was that everything I've ever said about the forthcoming big screen team-up of the World's Finest is a carefully constructed web of intrigue to throw movie sites off the real track.
However, none of those has been a fake BATS v SUPES script. C'mon, kids… No major studio would let a guy like me near their franchises – even if it was for a dummy script meant solely to fool the news sites… Fun story, though.
He also points out that he's been too busy working on things he actually plans to make, to write this fake script. As for who did write it, an anonymous Twitter user has claimed responsibility. Well, I'm sure there will be no more poorly-sourced rumors about this movie from here on out. [ Screen Rant]
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
See a video interview with the cast below. [ Shock Till You Drop]
The video's been taken down, but an audition video was briefly available that may have contained actual dialogue from the show, and is described as "violent and comedic, as a white collar crook may have cut off more than he can chew. It seems like he is being pressured by Kingpin to do his own dirty work - cut off anoter [sic] man's hands."
There's also speculation that the pilot's codename is "Bluff," which would make it the production seeking children, boxers, "immigrant types," and people with cars from the 1980s-1997. Also rumored is a search for thugs, arm dealers, and college students. [Comic Book Movie]
Remember the posters that FX had to take down? Well, Carlton Cuse and Guillermo del Toro stand by them:
Cuse: I think the advertising was bold and imaginative and clearly not for everyone. I think FX does an incredible job marketing their shows and they want to convey the show was edgy bold and out there. I certainly understand it might have been too far out there for some people, but I personally liked it but I understand it was necessary to make accommodations for those out there.
Del Toro: FX knows who their audience is and what kind of advertisement it is. And they've created some chilling images for their shows in the past. It's not for everyone, even though the show has many more layers, I like to believe, as we go on in to the season. But we do go to territories that are extreme. It's a biological takeover and a body invasion series. We go into places that are extreme and they are extreme because we're dealing with a fear that is essential – a biological invasion, it's not a knife slicing someone open. When you come to think about it, it's the concept that's disturbing. The worm with the eye, the juxtaposition is powerful and is the most invasive horror we do explore in the show.
Steven Spielberg gave his initial impression of Extant, when he first read the script:
My first thought was what a tremendous concept for a series about a woman who discovers that her baby isn't her own and then goes in search of the truth and what part of that offspring belongs to her genetically. The subplot and the other characters were really compelling to me. I never thought it was any kind of homage to my other science-fiction movies. I was really, really pulled into Molly's story and her relationship with her husband and what happens when you get pregnant and have to come home and you don't know who the father is or what the father is.
He also says that Molly's pregnancy is what makes the show a compelling mystery, which he says will remain unanswered until "it, you know, has its walk‑on." [Entertainment Weekly]
Showrunner Greg Walker says that the central theme is robotics as a way to divide people:
I think the central thesis he has is that technology, to its own end – and we're talking about where we're all going in the future with robotics and A.I.-driven robotics – could divide us as people, essentially because they can't replicate the human experience. ... And given that we're not going to get away from technology – it's not going to go away from our lives tomorrow; we're not going to become this kind of Luddite clan where we're roasting pigs over open flame now. We're going to still have technology in our lives. That's inevitable. How do we imbue that technology with the best of us and what's human?
He went on to give more details to how the character of John embodies the theme:
There's a certain kind of blindness an inventor has about his own creation and where his personal needs are being met and not being met by that creation. So a lot of the story right now is, there's a hubris in an inventor, an inventor who creates something in his own likeness. And that God-like story plays out for John in many different ways – mostly in that with an A.I., the progress is unpredictable. Even though John wants to limit the A.I.'s input as human-only input – meaning he's not patched with certain kinds of accelerated languages, or he's not able to learn a Tchaikovsky concerto on violin in one second. You can teach the computer that. He didn't want Ethan to learn that way. He wanted Ethan to learn through the human experience with the idea that ultimately, if we want robots and technology to exist in our world without squashing us or tearing us apart, they need to function the way that we do. So it's this idea of maybe, potentially, creating a soul for a robot and a soul through technology.
More at the link. [ Spinoff Online]
Once Upon a Time
Giancarlo Esposito, who was the Snow White fairy tale's Magic Mirror (and the editor of the local paper The Mirror in Storybrooke), will return in the season 4 premiere. We haven't seen him since he ended up locked up in the Storybrooke hospital. [TV Guide]
David Slade (30 Days of Night) will direct the first two episodes of Sony Playstation Network's adaptation of the comics series. [ Den of Geek]
Season 6 will have Stefan, believing that his brother's dead, turning to a "surprising source" for comfort. [TV Line]
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim tweeted a photo of the front page of the script for the season 3 premiere:
One day to go before the start of production on Arrow Season 3… pic.twitter.com/JEyrSsM6MV
— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) July 8, 2014
Witches of East End
While the question of who e-mailed Dash about how he tried to kill his brother will be teased out over the next few episodes, the major problem for the Beauchamps will come in episode 10 in the form of "mysterious" Raven Moreau. Moraeu arrives to investigate some murders and is described as "smart, intense and not at all opposed to having a one-night stand" with a dedication to a "secret mission." I'm betting that mission stays about as secret as Mike's did last season. You know, the guy who ended up revealing it by plunging an ax into his own leg? [ TV Line]
Here's a video titled "Heroes," which is the compliment to its old "Villains" one:
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Ryan Plummer