Yes, Nathan Fillion is turning up in a Marvel movie soon. Batman v. Superman is going classic with Wonder Woman, and another new superhero may join Arrow. Plus, early Transformers 4 reviews reveal some plot details, Gotham wants to add Mr. Freeze to its line-up, and Sleepy Hollow tackles the Pied Piper. Spoilers now!
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Captain America 3
Frank Grillo's Brock Rumlow managed to survive the events of Captain America 2, and we've heard since then that he had a multi-picture deal with Marvel. So Grillo's optimism about returning seems justified. He told Collider:
I mean, I'm cautiously optimist that you will see me in the not too distant future in the next installment of Captain America.
Very early on the Russos said, 'Look, this is an origin film for this character. We're gonna discover who this is and this is a big movie with a lot of moving parts, but we're gonna discover you in this film and, you know, here's the information about who Brock Rumlow turns into and blah, blah, blah.' And so we've had multiple discussions about what comes after that, that thing. So, you know, it's obvious Rumlow is covered in rubble and burned to crisp at the end, but you see he's still there. They don't do that for no reason.
As for whether the burns would be covered by a costume, Grillo added:
He needs a costume! Coincidentally it could be a mask with a crossbones on it.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
JoBlo has a round-up of all the information their anonymous sources have given them. In particular, they have sources that describe Wonder Woman's costume as not being the jacket and leggings look, but something closer to the traditional comics look. It'll be a "blue leather skirt, silver-armored cuffs that reach to her elbows, golden tiara (with a design of some sort in the center, possibly the red star) and a variation of the traditional-looking red top." She'll also have a shield, sword, spear, and lasso. Her origin is intentionally going to be left vague, but she'll have a fair amount of screentime before she teams up with Batman and Superman to take out the film's villain.
As for Batman, they have a few more details, but nothing too shocking:
Batman is said to be a veteran crime fighter that will do anything it takes to get the job done. Superman is a rule follower, so they often don't see eye to eye, which is a consistent dynamic with their initial relationship. As for Batman's usual digs; Wayne Manor is there, but Bruce Wayne chooses to live on the property in a modern-looking cottage by a lake. Underneath the cottage is a modernized Batcave, which houses a Batwing, along with his other gear.
Finally, Lex's motivations are described as jealousy:
Because Superman is basically a "god" it makes Lex feel less than perfect. Lex tries to sway people to dislike and fear Superman - and many people ARE swayed. Some see Superman as a hero, while others see him as the ultimate threat.
Ready Player One
Warner Bros.' film adaptation of Ernie Cline's novel has been handed to Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk, X-Men: Last Stand, and Elektra) for a rewrite. The first version of the script was written by Cline and Eric Eason. [The Wrap]
According to Nikki Finke, Jared Leto won't be taking over Will Smith's role in this adaptation of Marcus Sakey's novel about a psychic FBI agent after all. She says that Leto turned down the role after meeting with the director. [Nikki Finke]
Guardians of the Galaxy
While not saying anything about the rumors of who Nathan Fillion will play, James Gunn did confirm that Fillion would cameo in Guardians:
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 21, 2014
And here are the two Empire covers, one featuring heroes and the other featuring villains. [Coming Soon]
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction
Transformers Live Action Movie Blog has compiled all the story elements they could find in the released reviews (general consensus: special effects look great, story is weak). Here's what they've found:
- US government appears to want all Transformers, regardless of faction, off Earth. One scene includes Ratchet being "torn to pieces" by black ops team lead by Titus Welliver's Savoy with help from Lockdown.
- Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) is not just behind the anti-TF team but also behind Stanley Tucci's characters attempt to re-create TFs. He does this using dead Transformers, including Megatron's body, as source material. However to build an army he needs "The Seed" that will terraform a portion of Earth into "Transformanium". (Yep I groaned here too).
- Movie prologue "explains" what actually killed the dinosaurs
- Verified that Stinger and Galvatron are human made Transformers.
As for the reviews, HitFix wonders if the next film will pick up certain threads from Age of Extinction:
What I'm really curious about is whether or not they're going to pick up the surprising story threads introduced in the film's final moments when they make the next movie, because it suggests a film that would be utterly unlike anything else in the series so far.
Most unimpressed is The Hollywood Reporter:
Being the only character whose personality arc actually changes within the film, Tucci is given a wealth of opportunities to ham it up, just like John Turturro, John Malkovich and Frances McDormand have done before; his clownish antics while racing for survival in a Hong Kong tenement block are probably the highlight of the film. The clatter of metallic mano a mano remains Bay's calling card, while the robot dialogue (from the good guys, at that) includes lines like "Die, bitch!" or "This one's for you, A-hole!" as they cannonade their targets into, well, extinction.
Though basically superfluous, the last 40 minutes of the film should please the Chinese co-financiers, including the state-owned China Movie Channel, as well as the authorities. For a change, there are no Chinese villains and the one significant local character, Joyce's English-speaking deputy Su Yueming (Li Bingbing, Resident Evil: Retribution), is presented as a swish executive and a dexterous fighter who saves her American boss.
And Variety gives us a little insight into the characters in the film:
The affectionate bickering among the nerdy but overprotective dad, his bossy bombshell daughter and her hot-headed b.f. feels like a warm-up act before the rock stars come onstage. That happens when, in classic Western fashion, Optimus Prime summons the surviving Autobots — Bumblebee, Ratchet (Robert Foxworth), Hound (John Goodman), Drift (Ken Watanabe), Crosshairs (John DiMaggio), and later, Brains (Reno Wilson) — to form his own Magnificent Seven.
Optimus Prime's charismatic leadership of his team, as well as his unwavering compassion for the humans, again makes him the movie's moral anchor. Drift, with his samurai getup and Watanabe's dignified line readings, strikes a neat balance with Goodman's cigar-chewing, wisecracking Hound. Still, the character most likely to be beloved by audiences, especially tykes, remains Bumblebee, whose mischievous personality brings much-needed comic relief.
Tons more at the link, plus the sites linked above. [Transformers Live Action Movie Blog]
For a brief period of time, BBC regular director Farren Blackburn (Luther, Doctor Who) had a tweet up stating that he'd be working on Netflix's Daredevil. The tweet's now deleted. [Sci Fi Now]
Pilot director Danny Cannon spoke about filing the death of the Waynes (which opens the show) for Gotham:
I remember looking at that on the schedule and realizing that we could only be there once and being very afraid and going, "Oh my God. I have one night to do an iconic scene." It was bitterly cold in New York, the worst New York winter in 60 years, and I calmed myself by saying that it was an emotional moment, not a logistical problem moment. In other words, if I just get the true sense of what that is, then it doesn't matter if I ever see them get killed. As long as that boy's face — and luckily we have an actor in David who really is way older than his years — as long as I get the visceral sense of the emotion of that moment, then I could take a million shots away and just have one. Alan J. Pakula once said, "A scene is only really about one shot" and if you get that shot, the rest is gravy. I remember getting that shot at the beginning and going, "I am now OK."
He also answered the classic "what is this show without Batman" question:
I would never tell those wonderful fans, the best fans, that this was a Batman show. It's not. It's a Gotham show and that's why it's called "Gotham." The lead character is not Batman. The lead character is Gotham and in Gotham, many things happen, many villains are created. It's a corrupt, messed up, spiraling downwards, beautiful hodge-podge of every great city in the world. What we are creating is the environment where Batman is necessary. So this is not a Batman show. This is the show, hopefully, that will end launching Batman.
He also hinted that, if he can get permission, he has a very interesting take on Mr. Freeze:
I have a big pitch with Bruno about the Mr. Freeze character, whose origins are uncertain. If I can win Geoff Johns over and if I can win Bruno [Heller, the show's creator] over, then I look forward to the moment where that character can be realized.
We've seen these new character descriptions before, but the description of "Daniel" as "tech-powered superhero" has led to speculation about which superhero that could be. We Got This Covered's speculating that "Daniel" is really a cover for Ted Kord, aka the Blue Beetle. They came to this guess based on the show already referencing the character and the fact that the description of Daniel as a "highly intelligent entrepreneur developing groundbreaking technology." Plus, they point out that the name could be a nod to the first Blue Beetle, Dan Garrett. [We Got This Covered]
We're going to be spending a fair amount of this season exploring how someone becomes a villain, says Roberto Orci:
Sometimes you get a villain and they're just a villain. In this case, it happens to be Ichabod Crane's son and Katrina's son. What role did they really play in making him a villain? Can this villain be redeemed in some way? Do we want to redeem him?
And we're getting a bevy of new characters, some original, some historical, and some new villains:
One of the characters that we have coming in [is] this character Nick Holly He is an antiquities dealer, but he's been all over the place, so through him we're going to start to see how different religions and different myths start to overlap a little bit — how a lot of the stories we tell ourselves maybe have common origins.
We have a new historical figure who we're going to feature prominently in the premiere, and then I think he will be a big part of the season: Benjamin Franklin. And he's a blast. We've cast Tim Busfield and we're having a lot of fun with him.
We're introducing a creature called the Kindred, which is a doppelgänger to our Headless Horseman, and our heroes realize possibly one way to battle a monster is to create a monster of their own that they may or may not be able to wield or trust. We've got a very wicked twist on the Pied Piper this year as well.
The Last Ship
According to Adam Baldwin, his attraction to the show was the opportunity to explore the break down of the Navy:
The biggest selling points for The Last Ship start with the United States Navy and its structure of goodness and power and discipline and civil order. These are the things that break down when you have an apocalyptic event such as we portray, and I think the honor that we show and the respect that we show to the United States Navy and to the other armed services is a huge selling point. I think there's a huge appetite for that around the world. These are men and women that put their lives on the line and sacrifice years from their families and loved ones to basically allow you and me and the rest of us to make TV shows about it. So we try to portray that as best we can.
He also described the relationship between his character and the Captain:
The thing I like most about Slattery is his ability to balance Chandler's decision-making process and to be a leader. I love the leadership role that an executive officer must bring to the command in this world. Also, we get an insight into his background, his family. He loves God and country. He loves his family. He wants to restore order in civil society in this catastrophic scenario. Plus you get to wear a really cool uniform.
... The Captain, obviously, has the final say and Slattery, being second in command, must respect that in order to maintain discipline and order. It's really a common sense benevolent dictatorship, if you will, on board the ship. We have to keep these ideals in mind as we're going along — common sense, integrity, enthusiasm, composure. It's all managerial ability too. You have to manage this crew of several hundred in this apocalyptic situation and Slattery and Chandler are able to strike that balance while Slattery is still able to challenge him; but not in an insubordinate way, but in a man-to-man way within the command structure, obviously, of the Navy.
And here's a promo for Sunday's episode:
Shelley Hennig spoke to TV Line about her character Malia and the relationships she has to the others:
Malia is definitely learning what vulnerability feels like, because on the coyote side, I'm sure that did not exist. So being a human, especially a pubescent teenager, she's experiencing a lot of things other humans are experiencing, but it's more challenging for her because she hasn't been in school for 10 years. She's a little behind in her classes, and that's where Lydia comes in; she's really smart and agrees to help her. As Shelley, I face new things in my life every day, but nothing as new as Malia is facing, so I'm really enjoying playing that.
... She has a very physical relationship with Kira. … Wait, that sounded wrong. [Laughs] I mean they fight together — the monsters, if you will. The Berserkers. What's also great about that pair is that Kira is so afraid to stir the pot, whereas Malia doesn't have a filter. So she can feel what Kira's thinking and just say it outright. Sometimes it comes off a little abrasive, but Malia was a wild animal for 10 years, and the pack knows that. Her friends are also getting used to her personality, and Stiles is really there for her to remind the pack she's trying. She's loyal, but the way she says things isn't exactly how she means them.
And as for the big relationship, Malia and Stiles, Hennig had this to say:
I love how unique their relationship is. First of all, coyotes are very loyal and faithful animals. When they find their [mate], they mate for life. Malia has found this in Stiles, and she's not going anywhere; she is 100 percent there for him. Whatever he asks her to do, she will do. She trusts him. What I also love about their relationship is that it's something I haven't seen on TV. Malia's very aggressive. She'll physically grab him, and that means she loves him, as opposed to brushing his face with her hands. She's more likely to punch him; that's her way of showing love. It's like Malia's the big spoon, and Stiles is the little spoon. Dylan [O'Brien] has been so gracious as an actor to accept that and not be like, 'No, I'm a man.' He's so fun to work with because he's willing to shrink around her.
Sarah Carter talked a bit about how she's seen Maggie change:
I think, more and more, Maggie's arc has become more about love actually and the pain that comes with letting yourself fall in love and true heartbreak and the real complexity of the human heart. She's got a pretty wild one, you know, and a strong one. She has a lot of integrity, and she is constantly the voice of truth—and they really use that in this season coming up. Tom has a lot more respect for Maggie as a leader and as a voice for both sides. I think she has been somebody who is never been quick to jump at one side or another. She is always willing to see that there is some truth in the darkness, and she is not afraid to go there. So the writers are using Maggie more as a leader in every way and not just as Hal's girlfriend because we been separated for so long now. Hal is taking a leadership role in his group, which is awesome; his storyline is fantastic this year, and Maggie's is too.
And Doug Jones also spoke to Den of Geek about season four:
Season four opens up, and they are free and walking around the countryside, you know, out in the grass, kicking their shoes off and feeling the grass between their toes and just enjoying it until…[imitating a drama sting] DUN-DUN-DUH! it goes crazy. It just goes crazy. I read the script for episode one of season four, and I thought, "Oh my gosh!" I just didn't even recognize the show. But it was so intriguing and page turning because what happens is that you will see everyone get separated from each other very quickly. And the question remains: "Where are the Volm? I thought they were here to fight the good fight and protect us. And now, all of a sudden, the Espheni have us in chokeholds in different corners of the world." So the question that remains: "Where are the Volm and why have they abandoned us?" I make an appearance in the first episode to explain was going on, and just let them know, "Tom, Tom, we are still friends and everything is fine." But the bottom line of the conversation is that the Volm have the battle with the Espheni going on all over the universe, not just on the Earth. Earth is not the only battlefield so there are other pressing matters. The mothership has gone away and left a small core of us on Earth. So that means that this idea of separation also does affect me as a Volm because my mothership has left—my back-up has left—and I am left with only a few Volm soldiers, and that's it. So we are in communications, sort of, with that really-far-away battle that's going on, but I am on my own for a while
They also spoke about the what the season holds for Alexis:
Gabriel: Absolutely. I am very protective for her because of that. As we said, we are, the Second Mass, are all separated and [Anne] is separated from Lexi, so I take on it this motherly role. As she grows, we become equals, and it becomes really interesting in that way: are we friends? who is protecting whom? There is definitely a strong bond.
Bloodgood: Everybody is trying to figure out where Lexi's allegiance is, except for Mom because Mom is always going to protect her innocence. So that actually puts me at odds with a lot of people, including Tom, because he made a good point: "I don't really know this daughter of mine and you've had more experience with her than me." He never really got to know her or bond with her. She is really a big character in this year and she entangles all of us, and puts everyone at odds. She is really our focal point this year. She is our big star.
More at the link. [Den of Geek]
Here's the preview for episode 4.02, "The Sky":
Here's a promo for the rest of the final season. [via Coming Soon]
Here's the description of episode 1.02, "The Box."
The four survivors begin manifesting strange symptoms, but Eph and Nora's attempt to quarantine them is thwarted as the disinformation campaign begins. Meanwhile, in jail, Setrakian receives a surprise visit from an old — a very old — acquaintance. Written by David Weddle & Bradley Thompson; directed by David Semel.
Under the Dome
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen