Amy Adams explains why her take on Lois Lane will be different in Man of Steel, while writer David S. Goyer explains why the new Superman movie won't be just like The Dark Knight. Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold take us inside The Wolverine. Plus George R.R. Martin reveals what he's most intrigued about for Game of Thrones season three. Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Wolverine.
Man of Steel
Screenwriter David S. Goyer explains the secrecy surrounding the film and whether it will share the darkness of Christopher Nolan's Batman films:
"It's something Chris [Nolan] tried hard to do with the Batman films. I'm genuinely pleased with how much secrecy we've been able to maintain. There's so much of the movie that people don't know, that hasn't been touched upon. The trailer's just the tiniest, tiniest tip of the iceberg... Relatable and realistic doesn't necessarily mean dark. I think it would be inappropriate for us to approach a Superman film as if we were doing The Dark Knight. The Batman films are a lot more nihilistic; Superman has always been a story about hope."
Amy Adams explains the role of her Lois Lane in the film:
"I wanted her to be a woman other women could relate to. And not be sort of a pest. Lois can be kind of omnipresent, turning up at very inconvenient times - which she does! - but you understand her reasons."
Director James Mangold explains the roots of this Japan-set sequel:
"The graphic novel [Chris Claremont's fan-favourite comic arc] is so adventurous. It plunges into these ideas of destiny, honour and revenge - as opposed to your standard superhero sagas, which are generally about some gigantic villain out to destroy the Earth, a city or a football stadium. Japan's such an exotic location, in the sense that language and culture play such a huge role in the movie. Usually you don't find that at all in these kinds of films. To be staking out our own ground and be saying something unique was really liberating for me."
Star Hugh Jackman explains why it was so important to him that this wasn't called Wolverine 2:
"I'm thrilled the studio called it The Wolverine instead of Wolverine 2, because we're trying to set it up as a standalone picture. Tonally, it's different from the other X-Men movies. It's got massive action sequences, as people would expect, and it'll be great fun. But it is a character-driven movie. It's about a guy completely out of his element, in this world that's foreign to him, and how he copes with that. I feel like we have the opportunity to deliver that badass, kick-ass Wolverine I know everybody wants to see."
And Silver Samurai actor Will Yun Lee discusses the movie's fight scenes:
The fighting style in the this movie is very Japanese-specific. The movie's stunt team 8711 is probably one of the best in the business. In training they beat me up all day and I could barely even walk home! Because we're dealing with weapons like swords and Wolverine's claws, even though they're fake, you're still just a fraction away from getting hurt or getting hit in the eye...I was like, 'Oh my god, I better not miss my timing.'
Guardians of the Galaxy
Cloud Atlas actor Jim Sturgess, who lost out on the role of Star Lord to Parks and Recreation's Chris Pratt, discusses the audition process and hints at how Marvel Studios is approaching the material:
I just felt like I was at a place in my life where it would be so exciting to make a film that people really, really already excited about. Then I discovered more and more about the story and it felt like more of a Star Wars than it does Spider-Man.
So this is their attempt to do the space opera thing?
You don't actually get to know that much about the project. It's all under lock and key which is crazy but obviously, it's based on a comic. What I realized is it's not rooted in reality. It's up in space and the character was a space pirate of some sort so it was much more in the vein of Han Solo rather than just dressing up in a tight fitting suit. I guess your competitive nature starts kicking in. When you go for the first audition you think, 'This is a bit of fun.' Then you get further and further down the line and then you think, 'Shit, maybe I really want to do this.'
Olivia Wilde says she would like to reprise her role as Quorra if the Tron Legacy followup does indeed go ahead:
"I loved the collaborative effort that was Tron, and I think now with the time to really focus on character development after we've established so much exposition, we can really have some fun. And so, I think everyone's game for it. There's so many directions we could go."
Matt Smith drops some actual hints about the 50th anniversary special:
"I have read the script and Steven is on fine form. It won't disappoint. It will be undoubtedly the biggest and the best. And it will be one of the most exciting years for the show. With 3D, Steven (Moffat) is so clever. He doesn't just throw things at the screen, I'd get bored then... You might see London. The thing is with Who, you will understand it more when you have seen it, but ‘paintings' – that is all I am saying. Steven is gonna whup me tomorrow."
In another interview, Smith discusses what's ahead in the upcoming second half of series seven. Apparently, the Doctor Who production team isn't afraid of using anti-Cardassian racial slurs when naming aliens:
We start with a monster called the Spoonheads. Imagine if aliens got in your wi-fi, there's sort of people with Spoonheads, literally. We've got an episode on a submarine and Liam Cunningham. We've got Diana Rigg playing a sort of witchy old woman in an episode by Mark Gatiss called The Crimson Horror. We've got the Cybermen back and monsters old and new. It's classic old Who really."
Steven Moffat confirms River Song's return in this coming block of episodes and discusses in general terms her future on the show:
"Yes. She will certainly be in this series... Is there more to come about, as it were, Trenzalore and the battle in the Doctor's future that led to the attempts on his life in the past? Is that what you're asking? Yes."
The episode titles for all the episodes except Steven Moffat's finale have now been revealed. Following on from the midseason premiere "The Bells of St. John", we have:
Episode 7.08 - The Rings of Akhaten, by Neil Cross
Episode 7.09 - Cold War, by Mark Gatiss
Episode 7.10 - Hide, by Neil Cross
Episode 7.11 - Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, by Stephen Thompson
Episode 7.12 - The Crimson Horror, by Mark Gatiss
Episode 7.13 - The Last Cyberman, by Neil Gaiman
"Cold War", incidentally, is the one that sees the return of the Ice Warriors, but you could probably have worked that out from the title. [SpoilerTV]
Here's your first clip from "The Bells of St. John", via Bleeding Cool:
Game of Thrones
Creator George R.R. Martin reveals what he's most intrigued about seeing in season three:
Well, excited and apprehensive is the Red Wedding. I don't know if you want to write about that without spoiling things. I think it will have more impact if it takes people unexpectedly, but certainly that's the scene that both myself and I think most of my hardcore fans are looking forward to with a mixture of anticipation and apprehension.
It's so graphic in the novel. You've probably seen it already. Do you feel it captures what you wrote? Were there any major changes to that?
I have not seen it. I've been very busy writing the new books and doing other projects this year, so I did not have a chance to visit the set. At one point I was looking at going over there when they were filming it and maybe even being one of the casualties, but I just couldn't find the time to get over to Belfast, so I haven't seen any of it. I've seen no footage this season.
Kit Harington discusses Jon Snow's role in the upcoming season:
"He's having to become a spy to go amongst Mance's camp and find out when they're planning to attack. He has to convince the Wildlings that he's not a spy, that he doesn't want to be part of the Night's Watch anymore. He faces a lot of suspicion. He has to continue to prove himself. Amongst that he has other tests that make him start to question whether he does want to be a part of the Night's Watch. He has a lot of turmoil. It's a very tempting way of life for him to join."
Here are short synopses for episodes two through five of the third season; the episodes are set to air each Sunday April 7 through April 28:
Episode 3.02 - Dark Wings, Dark Words
Sansa says too much; Shae asks Tyrion for a favor; Jaime finds a way to pass the time; Arya encounters the Brotherhood Without Banners.
Episode 3.03 - Walk of Punishment
Tyrion gains new responsibilities; Jon is taken to the Fist of the First Men; Daenerys meets with the slavers; Jaime strikes a deal with his captors.
Episode 3.04 - And Now His Watch Is Ended
The Night's Watch takes stock; Varys meets his better; Arya is taken to the commander of the Brotherhood; Daenerys makes an exchange.
Episode 3.05 - Kissed by Fire
The Hound is judged by the gods; Jaime is judged; Jon proves himself; Robb is betrayed; Tyrion learns the cost of weddings.
Here's the description for episode twelve, "Ghosts", which is set to air April 1:
HEROISM, HEAVY HEARTS AND HEAVY WEAPONRY DRIVE THE REBELS ONWARD - A final act of heroism by one of their own saves the lives of Charlie and the gang, but the loss devastates everyone and they must carry on with heavy hearts but increased resolve. Miles (Billy Burke) sets out on a mission with Nora (Daniella Alonso) to recruit his former Militia comrade, Jim Hudson (Malik Yoba) and enlist his savage killing skills. Meanwhile, Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) looks for a power source and a way back into the heart of her daughter Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos). Rachel also attempts to elude the grip of Randall Flynn (Colm Feore), her ruthless former boss and ally of Monroe (David Lyons). Also starring Zak Orth and Leland Orser.
Here's the description for episode 19, "Unfinished Business":
GUEST STAR SETH GABEL ("FRINGE") RETURNS AS THE COUNT - When a young woman meets a violent death after partying at Verdant, Detective Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and his new partner, Detective Hilton (guest star Roger Cross) inform Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Tommy (Colin Donnell) that she was on the drug Vertigo. Oliver immediately pays a visit to the mental institution where The Count (guest star Gabel) is locked up, but finds he is in no condition to deal drugs. However, when The Count escapes and Starling City is flooded with even more Vertigo-related violence, Oliver and Diggle (David Ramsey) make it their mission to track him down. After Detective Lance uncovers incriminating evidence against him, Tommy goes to great lengths to clear his name, and the fallout from his actions leads Tommy down a new, unexpected path. In a flashback to the island, Oliver recalls the lessons he learned from Slade (guest star Manu Bennett) and Shado (guest star Celina Jade). Katie Cassidy and Emily Bett Rickards also star.
Here's the synopsis for episode nineteen, "Taxi Driver", which airs April 3:
Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) respond to a call from Kevin (guest star Osric Chau), who is terrified after hearing Crowley's (guest star Mark Sheppard) voice in his head. After hearing Kevin's news, Sam and Dean team up with reaper named Ajay (guest star Assaf Cohen), who helps them deal with the second trial from the Tablet. Meanwhile, Dean receives a visit from Naomi (guest star Amanda Tapping) and realizes he must find Benny (guest star Ty Olsson) and ask for a huge favor.
The Vampire Diaries
Episode nineteen will reportedly be called "Pictures of You." [SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo for the Canadian time travel show's second season.
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.