Could the villain of Marvel's big space opera be the ruler of one of its most famous alien races? Could a Man of Steel prequel comic set the stage for one of Superman's closest allies? Could a villain of anniversary specials past return to menace the Doctor on his 50th anniversary? Maybe not, but prepare for spoilers!
Top image from World War Z.
Guardians of the Galaxy
It's been heavily rumored (but I don't believe confirmed yet) that Pushing Daisies star Lee Pace will play the main, presumably non-Thanos villain in this movie, but there's been no clear sense of which villain that would be. The latest rumor claims Ronan the Accuser will be that villain. Ronan was originally a Fantastic Four villain — which might actually create some rights issues with 20th Century Fox, although he's a minor enough character that Marvel Studios could likely get hold of him if they really wanted to — and is of mostly of note for being the rule of the Kree, which might in turn set up the Kree-Skrull war that everyone seemed to think was going to happen in The Avengers. In other words, this is probably just the prelude to a whole new round of Kree-Skrull rumors for The Avengers 2. In the meantime, I'd advise treating this rumor with the deepest skepticism, and not just because we're still pretty dubious that either the Kree or the Skrulls are going to show up in a Marvel movie anytime soon. [JoBlo]
Man of Steel
While it's always difficult to tell how much faith to put in tie-in comics, the contents of the comic Man of Steel Prequel #1 — the story of which was devised by Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer along with DC Comics chief creative office Geoff Johns — are just crazy enough to be worth highlighting. IGN has the rundown:
The comic is essentially the origin story of Supergirl in this new movie continuity. The story sees Kara and several fellow students undertaking a harsh test of survival on Krypton. She passes the test, but not before her lover Kell-Ur is killed by fellow student Dev-Em. Kara's reward is the opportunity to join a team of astronauts that will seek out and colonize a new world in the name of Krypton. However, Dev-Em escapes custody and manages to sabotage the ship. The end result of her final clash with her nemesis is that Kara is sealed in a cryogenic pod and crash-lands on Earth thousands of years before the arrival of Superman.
Unless you count those clearly bullshit Lindsay Lohan rumors from a couple years back, there have been no serious indications that Supergirl would appear in Man of Steel, so if this comic is at all setting up a movie storyline, then this will most likely be dealt with in a subsequent movie. Still, the most likely explanation is that Snyder and Goyer just wanted to do a story featuring Supergirl, and a comic was the best way to do that. [IGN]
And here's a pair of character posters. [First Showing]
It's still very far from confirmed that Ridley Scott will be able to make a Prometheus sequel after the original's less than spectacular reception at the domestic box office, and it's still very far from clear just when Scott would even be able to make the thing — 2015 is probably the earliest opening he has in his schedule — but that hasn't stopped the first casting rumor for the film.
Specifically, British actor Rik Barnett, a near unknown whose only significant role to date (of three credits total) was in the 2010 film Rebels Without a Clue, has reportedly met with Scott on multiple occasions to discuss a role in the film. It's hard to know what to make of any of this, considering there's no indication that a script has been finished or, again, that 20th Century Fox even wants to make the movie, and even then it seems strange for Scott to be taking a specific interest in an actor with such a low profile.
So then, best to take this with a huge grain of salt, but I will say that if this story is made up or even just an exaggeration of a less compelling truth, it's one of the most bizarre stories I've ever come across, because seriously... who would make up a Prometheus 2 casting rumor about some guy named Rik Barnett? Well, other than Rik Barnett, I guess. [Prometheus Movie News]
The World's End
Here's a pair of posters. [/Film]
World War Z
Iron Man 3 costar James Badge Dale says the creative and budgetary problems on his next blockbuster, Marc Forster's World War Z, have been overstated:
There’s been a lot of talk about World War Z being all over the place, but no, that wasn’t true. That gets blown up in the press. Every movie has their share of problems. The truth is, the creative experience on World War Z was fantastic, and it looks amazing. You want to work with good people. When you’re working with good people, it frees you up. There’s nothing worse, as an actor, to show up and then feel like you have to protect yourself somehow because you don’t feel like you’re in good hands. It’s not an actor’s medium. It’s a director’s medium. We’re just one cog in this giant machine. You show up and look at all the other cogs like, “Wow, everyone is the best at what they do.” You’re in really good hands. And that frees you up to play and feel safe, and you can take chances, creatively. You can take risks. I want to show up to work and take risks. I don’t ever want to play it safe.
And here's a TV spot.
Here are some reported plot details for the Poltergeist remake:
The new version follows Eric Bowen and his family who, after he loses his job, relocate to a new town to start anew. His daughter, Madison, is abducted, making him truly understand what’s important in life: family. In the new version, Eric’s wife, Amy, can communicate with the dead. Another interesting new character is Carrigan Burke, a television personality who hosts “Haunted House Cleaners.”” The supernatural doesn’t scare this guy. Dr. Brooke Powell is Carrigan’s ex-wife who is a parapsychologist at a local university. Her team investigates the supernatural events surrounding the disappearance of the Bowen girl.
Check out the link for a rundown of when and where the movie is likely to be filmed. [Bloody Disgusting]
With season seven now completed, it seems like high time we have a crazy, almost certainly false rumor about the 50th anniversary special. And this one is a real stalwart of crazy Doctor Who rumors: according to what are reportedly "a number of very reliable sources," Omega, the original rogue Time Lord, will be a villain in the special.
For whatever it's worth, Omega has long been rumored as a potential returning Doctor Who villain, because although he clearly isn't as iconic as the Daleks, Cybermen, Master et al., he has a fairly compelling backstory, he appeared in the original multi-Doctor anniversary special "The Three Doctors," and his exile in an anti-matter universe means he's the one Time Lord with a ready-made explanation for his survival.
There were even rumors that the great Jason Isaacs was meeting with Steven Moffat in preparation for taking on the role at the end of season six... which obviously never happened, and that's the most likely fate of this rumor, especially when John Hurt's presence as the secret Doctor already probably gives the special all the morally compromised Time Lords it can handle. [Doctor Who Spoilers]
Game of Thrones
Here's a behind-the-scenes video entitled "The Politics of Marriage."
Episode eight is reportedly called "Dead Meat" and will feature the supporting roles of "a guard and a bottling plant foreman." I realize these are probably just bit parts with a total of two words between them, but now I'm weirdly intrigued in the spin-off series, True Blood Nights: The Continuing Adventures of a Guard and a Bottling Plant Foreman. Just when you thought the original True Blood was sexy! [SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo for the next episode, "Children of Men."
Production is reportedly moving to Austin, Texas for season two. The first season was shot in the Wilmington, North Carolina area. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a pair of promos for what certainly looks like a prime contender for the most gloriously, delightfully awful show of the 2013-14 TV season, in which a time-traveling Ichabod Crane solves crimes or something.
666 Park Avenue
For anyone who remembers that the final four episodes of this show never aired in the United States — or, hell, for anyone who remembers that this is a show that actually existed — here's a heads-up that ABC has now scheduled those episodes to air on consecutive Saturdays between June 22 and July 13. [TV Line]
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim says there will be two main villains in the second season:
"We made no secret of the fact that we subscribe to the Whedonesque model of having a big bad, and in Season 2, we'll actually have two big bads. They'll both be very recognizable names to fans of the comic book. We're really excited about both of them." With Malcolm and the Dark Archer, we sort of had two big bads in one person. In Season 2, we're going to split them up essentially, and there will be a Malcolm-esque big bad and a Dark Archer-esque big bad."
He also says the destiny of Slade Wilson — who will now be a main character after Manu Bennett's promotion to series regular status — will be a big question in season two:
"If the question of Season 1 is, 'What happened to Oliver on that island?' The question of Season 2 is, 'What happened to Slade Wilson on that island?' We're definitely trying to take the show to the next level in Season 2. Obviously we're feeling a lot of pressure, but also a huge desire to return with a few big bold statements that the show is not quieting down. If anything, it's ramping up. It's going to be cool. I'm really excited about both villains. We've set the bar pretty high for ourselves in terms of ending with a bang, and we're looking to exceed that in Season 2."
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.