Aquaman's James Wan is the latest director to promise a lighter tone for their DC Comics movie. Robert Kirkman hints that Negan will subvert fan expectations on The Walking Dead. Plus, the first teasers for the new Star Trek TV show. To me, my spoilers!
Saban has acquired Rob Zombie's horror movie about a group of carnival workers kidnapped and tortured by a group of sadistic clowns. [THR]
In the wake of criticism about Batman v Superman's tone, director James Wan says that Aquaman's solo movie, like Justice League, will be lighter in tone:
I think Aquaman is a character that a lot of people have made fun of over the years, and I just think it's fun to actually show a really different, cool, badass side to this character. But the same time, let's not forget to have fun with it.
The new issue of Empire has revealed the film's title: Kingsman: The Golden Circle. [Comic Book Movie]
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
Speaking at Wonder Con, Brad Fuller confirmed that Fred Armisen will provide the voice of Krang in the film. [CBR]
And here's a new trailer, which essentially stitches together the first trailer and the Super Bowl spot.
Captain America: Civil War
Here's two new TV spots, with a few bits of new footage split between them.
USA Today's Summer movie preview has two new stills from the film.
The Jungle Book
Baloo and Mowgli prepare for hibernation in a new clip.
Marvel's Most Wanted
Following up on recent reports about their casting, TV Line claims to know a bit more about the characters Oded Fehr and Fernanda Andrade are playing. Andrade will play Christina Santos, the niece of Dominic Fortune (played in the series by Delroy Lindo), while Oded Fehr plays an as yet unconfirmed, but apparently major, "well-known" character from Marvel's comics, who is "a force to be reckoned with". Speculate away!
The Walking Dead
Robert Kirkman discusses subverting fan expectations with Negan's introduction, and his most famous moment in the comic series:
I think everybody on the show recognises it for the iconic, monumental moment that it is in the comic book series. No one is discussing not doing something like that in the show. It's a very big part of his introduction and we want to do it justice.
But something as well known as that moment — maybe it would seem like it wouldn't be a great thing if we did an exact sort of thing just because people might be expecting it. All I want to say is, read the comic, but you're not going to know what to expect. Part of the reason that that moment was such a big deal in the comic is the fact that you did not expect that it was going to happen, and so we're very confident that we found a way to keep it as unexpected in the show as it was in the comic. So it should be just as intense, just as heartbreaking, and just as shocking.
The writer of the original comic, Garth Ennis, discusses how the adaptation differs from the series:
It was listening to Seth talk about how he saw it coming to the screen, what should be emphasised, what should be held back, what he wanted to play up a bit more than he had seen in the comic. It was really the sense I was getting that he was talking about letting the story breathe. Not going in at 200 miles an hour, like the comic starts. In other words: not trying to put the comic on the screen. Taking the story, leaving the comic behind and doing a TV show.
JR Bourne and Toby Hemingway have been cast in Syfy's new thriller about a group of scientists who discover an invention that alters everything known about quantum physics, putting themselves in grave danger in the process. [Deadline]
The Last Ship
The show returns June 12 — here's a new trailer from Wondercon, teasing what's to come.
Agents of SHIELD
Here's a brief synopsis for "Paradise Lost". [Spoiler TV]
The team hunts for information on a new enemy; Malick's secret from his past threatens to destroy his Hydra legacy.
Meanwhile, Simmons tells May why she's training herself to shoot a gun in a clip from the next episode, "Watchdogs".
Two new teasers revealing literally nothing of the new series have hit the web. Empire spotted a teaser poster featuring the Starfleet insignia:
Meanwhile, Spoiler TV has a promo featuring the three incarnations of the USS Enterprise from TNG, the original series, and Enterprise.
A gallery of images from "The Believer" has been released — more at the link. [Spoiler TV]
Finally, here are a few pictures from "Beacon of Hope" — head on over to the link to see a few more. [CBR]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Banner Art by Jim Cooke.
Image: Agents of SHIELD.