Guardians of the Galaxy finds its Drax the Destroyer, for real this time. Kevin Feige explains why Pepper Potts and a 10-year-old boy are both crucial to Iron Man 3. The Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending gets a release date. An Amazing Spider-Man 2 cast member is already done filming. Plus an Evil Dead clip, two Knights of Badassdom featurettes, and some G.I. Joe: Retaliation teasers! It's spoilers all the way down!
Top image from Guardians of the Galaxy
Man of Steel
Screenwriter David Goyer discusses the film's approach to Superman's power level, as well as Russell Crowe's role as Jor-El:
"He's a man, but he's a Man of Steel. It's very much the theme of the movie, so it's embedded in the title, which we settled on at the very beginning. He's human but he's not human... We try to flesh out Krypton and its different political factions, its fauna, its science. [Crowe's role is] not a cameo," he said of Russell Crowe's Jor-El. "I think people think he's playing the Marlon Brando role, which isn't necessarily the case."
Director Zack Snyder also suggests that part of the movie's approach is to make Superman slightly less powerful that he was in previous films, making a not-so-subtle reference to Superman Returns:
"It's amazing what [Superman] is capable of but [Henry's] a slightly more down to Earth version of the character... I don't think he can hold up a continent... Superman has been broken for a little while.My hope is that we establish him and that he's a viable, awesome character that everyone is interested in seeing continue. He's the biggest superhero in the world. Or should it be. He's Superman, for gods sake!"
And General Zod actor Michael Shannon explains how his approach is different from that of Terence Stamp in Superman II:
"He's not a villain. He's not a villain any more than any other General fighting to protect his people. He doesn't like to just hurt people and steal diamonds; he's focused on being successful at his job... I think the way Terence Stamp approached it - and this isn't any kind of criticism of his performance - there was something kind of detached about it. Pure, hatred, rage, whatever... I think this [characterisation] is more ambiguous."
Iron Man 3
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige explains why Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts is actually the crux of the film:
The love triangle in this movie is really between Tony, Pepper and the suits. Tony, Pepper and his obsession with those suits, and the obsession with technology. And, it's sort of unique for a big superhero summer blockbuster franchise to have that kind of layers. Yes, there's a bad guy. Yes, the stakes are very, very high—the President of the United States is in danger. Air Force One is attacked. There are big stakes to this movie. But the real stakes are, is Tony going to be able to set aside the obsession to spend all day, every day in that workshop, tinkering with the suits in order to focus on, as he says in the trailer, the one thing that matters most - Pepper. And that actually is what the entire movie's about...
I will tell you this. In this movie [Iron Man 3] we play with the convention of the damsel in distress. We are bored by the damsel in distress. But, sometimes we need our hero to be desperate enough in fighting for something other than just his own life. So, there is fun to be had with "Is Pepper in danger or is Pepper the savior?" over the course of this movie.
Feige also details the bond that Tony forges in the film with a 10-year-old boy named Harley, played by young actor Ty Simpkins:
He's comfortable in the Penthouses of Manhattan, in mansions in Malibu. Here he is in the middle of Tennessee with his hat pulled low, and he's trying to do this investigation. And there's this very sweet and funny relationship that he begins with this little boy... He is quite the smart-aleck with the little boy, oh yes. The boy is shocked at first, and then slowly begins to sort of give as good as he gets from Tony... And it is a fun bond. Tony does not treat him like a kid...he doesn't, you know, pat him on the head and treat him like a little boy necessarily. Which, I think little boys like when adults don't treat them like that. So, we've screened it for a few audiences just in a normal test screening, and this relationship is ranked as one of the most surprising, and unique, and new things about the movie.
There's plenty more at the link. [About.com]
Guardians of the Galaxy
After a brief false start in which it looked like Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa looked set to take on the role, the part of Drax the Destroyer has now reportedly gone to WWE wrestler turned actor Dave Bautista. This will be his biggest role to date, following on from his appearance in the RZA's directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists. [Variety]
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Shailene Woodley looks to have finished filming her "very small role" as Mary-Jane Watson in the Amazing Spider-Man sequel, as the latest photos show she's already changed her hair color from Mary Jane's distinctive red for her starring role in the dystopian YA novel adaptation Divergent. Speaking of which... [MTV Splash Page]
A Good Day to Die Hard star Jai Courtney has reportedly joined the cast of the film, which already features Woodley and Kate Winslet in the main female roles. Courtney will reportedly portray "Eric who is a leader of the Dauntless faction", one of the tightly regimented emotion-based groups in the movie's setting. [Variety]
The Wachowskis' latest crazy project — you know, the one that's "set at a time when humans are at the bottom of the evolutionary ladder [and] follows a woman targeted for assassination by the queen of the universe" — has set a release date of July 25, 2014. [Variety]
Here's a clip from the reboot.
Knights of Badassdom
While the movie itself remains in limbo, here's a pair of in-depth videos detailing the practical creation of the movie's monsters. [Shock Till You Drop]
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Here's an interview with director John Chu. [Total Film]
Snake-Eyes actor Ray Park discusses how he and Storm Shadow actor Byung-hun Lee approached their big duel:
[We] wanted to make (their fights) real. Like it's two brothers fighting, there's a lot of aggression. Instead of flashy-flashy and doing flips in the air, we wanted to tell the story throughout the fight as well. There's a lot of good moves, a lot of great choreography that we worked on... [We're] both much more comfortable [with each other] now. We know each [other] and how we move. His specialty and my specialty. In this movie, he has a lot of fights. Of course, we've trained a lot together, but we need to train separately, also. We have other fights."
Rome's Ray Stevenson discusses his role as Firefly:
"It's so much fun. I get to blow stuff up and shoot guns. I have a fight with that big man over there. It's a lot of fun. [He's] working with Cobra Commander. He's very much a right hand guy, really. But he is a mercenary type of character, basically. He was an ex-Joe and he's now going for the highest bidder. Now he dresses better... He's got no problem with murdering a few of (the Joes). He just lights them up, really. One of the lines we tried at one point was, 'I've broken out of eight prisons, but I've only broken into one.' So yeah, he's got a bit of a sketchy past. He's just fascinated with things that go boom."
And Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson hints at one of the big action scenes:
"This is the lead in to really a massive action sequence, a third act action sequence. Ripsaw, the fastest tank in the world. Beats a ‘Vette out of the blocks. It's crazy. You can actually see it on YouTube. It's unbelievably fast. So anyway, that leads into an incredible boat chase sequence and then leads into a big final fight at the end. It's a really long extensive sequence that you guys are seeing and this is the beginning of it."
There's still more at the link. [IGN]
The Walking Dead
Costar Danai Gurira discusses her character Michonne:
What's beautiful, what's happening is her instincts are turning into — I think instincts plus heart equals empathy, and I think that's what she's stepping into now. I think she's stepping into being a person — at least what we see in "Clear" — who can say what needs to be said, you know? She'll say what Rick needs to hear, touching on his grief issues in a way that no one else has. He needs to hear that he's okay, and she gives him that, because she can see what he needs. I think instincts plus heart equal that sort of empathetic thing that's revealing itself now, and I find that really exciting. I find that that makes her extremely powerful, to be so formidable physically but then to also step into that, I think that's very exciting.
Here's a promo for episode seven, "Ghosts."
Here's a sneak peek for the next episode, "Goodbye Stranger."
Episode 22 is reportedly called "Clip Show." [SpoilerTV]
Ian Somerhalder discusses what's next for Damon and Elena's relationship:
"I think the loyalty part definitely went out the window. I think the sire bond was more emotionally based, and now she doesn't care about anything. He's kinda screwed. She's not havin' it. And she doesn't want the cure. She's thinking You know what, I'm just so tired of being so vulnerable. This way, she walks out of the house, and she's not worried about getting killed every five minutes. She's now an empowered badass chick. So having said that, I think that Damon's gonna have to abdicate that throne of being Sire Man."
Beauty and the Beast
Sendhil Ramamurthy discusses his new character, Assistant District Attorney Gabe Lowan:
He's the new Assistant District Attorney and, within about two minutes of him being introduced, he more or less tells everybody, "I think you're doing a really crappy job. I don't think you're doing your job well. Why haven't you caught the vigilante? Why has there been another murder? Why, on top of it all, has it been Joe Bishop's brother who has been murdered? Your own police lieutenant's brother has been murdered, and you guys aren't doing anything about it, or what you're doing is totally ineffectual. I think you guys need me to help you out." Nobody likes to hear that.
From Gabe's point of view, he's not worried about being liked. He's not there to be liked. You think, "Okay, this guy really likes his job. Great! He's zealous about justice. Wonderful! That's what an Assistant District Attorney is supposed to be." But, he goes above and beyond. I think he confuses everybody. They're like, "Why is this guy being such a hard-ass? I guess that he likes his job, but this is a lot." He's very in-your-face and very aggressive. But as the episodes go on, you find out what Gabe's motivations are and why it is that he's going after what he's going after with such zeal and such passion.
There's more at the link. [Collider]
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.