Joss Whedon reveals his Age of Ultron inspiration. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was originally a very different movie. Tons of new Guardians of the Galaxy footage, described. Taylor Swift opens up about her Giver character. Plus hints for Game of Thrones season five. Spoilers now!
Top image: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Batman v. Superman seems to be determined to catch up to Star Wars in terms of rumors. The latest is from a "leaked script" — which most are discounting as fake due to, among other things, its spelling and grammar — which includes Kord Industries, Jason Todd, a Shuster Street in Metropolis, Kyle Rayner, Carrie Kelley, and Thanagar. It's also the source of the story that Zsasz, Morgan Edge, and David Cain will be in the film as secondary villains. [Badass Digest]
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Speaking to Total Film, Joss Whedon explained his (very lofty) template for the Avengers sequel:
The model I'm always trying to build from is 'The Godfather: Part II,' where a ton has happened in between and it's a very different movie, but you don't need any information... You're in the vernacular of the first movie and you're ready to just pick up in this new place.
It's got a sci-fi element to it that's stronger than the other film. And it's a little bit darker. Getting the team together was so rousing, but keeping the team together is a completely different problem.
At the link is an interview with Taylor Swift, who talks about her character Rosemary (whom she describes as an "analogy for the modern day artist" because she is "so fragile and so vulnerable and so open, and that's the reason they are successful at making art.") and how Rosemary was exposed to too much. [ Taylorswiftdotcom tumblr]
Executive producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said that they don't know where they're going to go with the Dinobots mythology:
We need to figure that out, to some degree. I bet you'll get a different answer from every one of us involved. Honestly, we haven't thought through some of those questions you're asking. Look, what I found really cool about it was the whole notion that that was the provocation of the extinction of the dinosaurs. To me, that was sort of the big idea, and that's pretty much what drove our decision initially. That discovery leads to some big problems in our present day. It offers an opportunity in the future to do something, for sure. It also offers an opportunity I guess to do something in space if you wanted to, because the notion of terraforming is you can do it in space.
He also has said they "might explore" setting a film in space, and he hints that Lockdown may return from the dead, which, to be fair, is something they've done a lot of in this franchise:
You don't really know until you see it. We learn how cool he's going to look later on. So at the point where we learned just how cool and crazy his introduction was, if nothing else — that's just one of the great introductions. One of my favorite shots in the whole movie is when he comes walking out of that dark cloud of smoke, and the spaceship's behind him. You're just like, 'What the hell is going on!?' Then you go, 'Holy cow, what a great villain.' We haven't talked about whether he would come back or not. Megatron has come back in different iterations and has now gone forward, if you would, and evolved. We'll see.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Director Matt Reeves was not a fan of the original plot for the film:
When I first arrived, [Fox] pitched me the story they were gonna do and I thought I wasn't gonna do the film. I wasn't gonna do the film because it was a story that I didn't quite connect to.
It took place in San Francisco, post apocalyptic San Francisco. And basically the first or second scene had the apes joining the humans and it all took place in the city and they were pushing up power lines and there was all this stuff that I just didn't quite get. But the thing that really I didn't get because I wanted to see what led up to it was that they were already much more articulate than they are in the final film now. They were basically fully conversant. They could speak. And I was like wait a minute, what I thought was so cool in Rise was that the apes are coming into being. And that is what I found riveting. Like watching Andy, and behind his eyes in his performance, you see this kind of roiling sort of sense of emotion and a desire to express himself. And when he finally speaks, when he finally says no, it's kind of breathtaking. But it's all because it's been this simmering build up to finding a way to say something. And when he does, it's powerful.
Tons more at the link. [SlashFilm]
And here are three videos bridging the gap between Rise and the new film. [via Variety]
Guardians of the Galaxy
An extended preview of the movie was shown in theaters yesterday, showcasing the character introduction and prison sequence. CinemaBlend has a good description of what was seen:
[At] the Kyln, an absolutely gigantic space prison, where the main characters begin to learn that they all have interesting connections to each other. Peter "Star-Lord" Quill (Chris Pratt) has stolen the orb that Gamora and Nebula were sent to recover, but Gamora claims that she was never going to give it over to Ronan. Rocket and Groot, meanwhile, are bounty hunters who have been searching all over the galaxy for Quill. Drax, meanwhile, is an inmate who makes a deal with the other future Guardians to break out of prison and go after Thanos.
In the midst of this get-together in a common area, a big blue alien inmate approaches Quill and gives him the typical prison shpiel about being new meat and belonging to him. Groot steps up, sticks two fingers into the blue guy's nostrils, and proceeds to grow the branches on his arm, lifting the guy off the ground. Rocket then announces both to the guy and everyone else in the room that Quill is their booty (finally explaining that weird first line of dialogue we heard months back).
Cut to plan-making time – which takes place almost immediately after their incarceration. Rocket is the brains of the operation, and explaining to everybody how the plan is going to work. While the Raccoon explains all of the various things they will need to break into the security room, we see Groot in the background picking up said supplies. Finally Rocket talks about needing to grab a battery, which Groot does – but then Rocket further explains that it "will set off alarms so we have to get that last."
From that point there is a big action sequence that plays out, allowing all of the main characters a moment to shine. Rocket eventually shuts down all of the gravity, opening up the chance for escape, but at the last second the Guardians find themselves trapped behind a door that has just slammed shut.
More at the link. [Cinema Blend]
James Gunn's announced that he's officially done with the film, writing on Facebook:
Well, other than finalizing the 3D, I'm officially wrapped on Guardians of the Galaxy and on my way to the airport to fly to Singapore to begin the press wing of this journey. I saw some amazing VFX shots today to wraps things up. I couldn't be feeling more gratitude and love for all the people who have helped create this film. However the audiences take it, there's not a single dishonest or impure bone in Guardians' cinematic body – and that's a hell of a thing for a spectacle film of this size with so many people involved. Best experience of my life. Thank you all.
Here's a motion poster for the film. It's got a lion.
Game of Thrones
Director Michael Slovis (Breaking Bad) will take over for two episodes of season five. [Winter Is Coming]
Here's a look at what is reportedly a Quentyn Martell audition video. [via SpoilerTV]
Once Upon a Time
The season premiere will be called "A Tale of Two Sisters":
— Adam Horowitz (@AdamHorowitzLA) July 7, 2014
Televisa USA has acquired the rights to Coma, written by Francesco Papini and Noé Santillán López. The show is about "10,000 comatose patients around the globe who in the course of three days suddenly wake up fighting for their lives. Inexplicably, they all have the same message: Stop Ian Wallace, the man they say will be responsible for starting World War III." Televisa USA will develop it and is hoping to distribute it digitally. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Here's the promo for episode 7.04, "Death Is Not the End." [SpoilerTV]
Witches of East End
Here's a promo video for the rest of season 2. [via SpoilerTV]
Under the Dome
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen