Joe Russo discusses Civil War‘s darker tone. Jared Leto extols the virtues of playing the Joker in Suicide Squad. Gwendoline Christie promises more Brienne action on Game of Thrones this year. Plus Ewan McGregor is game for an Obi-Wan movie, new pictures from Arrow and a new SHIELD clip. To me, my spoilers!
Jesse Eisenberg plays coy as to whether or not Lex plays a part in the film:
I don’t know if they are so settled on where my character goes, I only hope I have another opportunity to work with these wonderful people and play this interesting character.
Dungeons and Dragons
The Tracking Board reports that Goosebumps‘ Rob Letterman has been attached to direct.
Saban will handle US distribution of this horror movie, set after a viral mobile phone signal drives the majority of the population into a homicidal rage. No word yet on Australian distribution. [Coming Soon]
Obi-Wan Kenobi Anthology Film
Ewan McGregor would be open to being involved in the heavily rumoured Obi-Wan movie series:
I’d very much like to do one too. I think the story between Episode III and Episode IV, I think there’s a story there. I think that’s the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, if there is one. The one that bridges my Obi-Wan Kenobi and Alec’s Obi-Wan Kenobi because there’s a — I don’t know how long he’s in the desert there, but it’s got to be twenty or thirty years.
Captain America: Civil War
Joe Russo discusses balancing the film’s tonally darker moments:
Tonally, this is unlike any Marvel movie we’ve seen before. It’s certainly got more edge and, on an emotional level, darker things happen in this movie than people have experienced in other Marvel films.
[It’s a movie where you] get to laugh and cry and be scared and be happy. That’s better than just crying. So while there is an intensity to this and a psychological realism, in places it’s also a much funnier movie than Winter Soldier. Hopefully we balance the movie properly so when you watch, it moves seamlessly between those tones.
[SFX via Comicbook.com]
Jared Leto tells Entertainment Weekly about the challenge of adding his own portrayal of the Joker character to the wider canon:
The work that’s been done on this character by so many people before me has been so impactful, so incredible, so much fun, so profound, so risky, that it’s a very special thing to be asked to take on that responsibility.
Whether you’re a composer working on a piece of music that was written a century ago, or you’re an actor on stage, reinterpreting a play, it’s very common these days. Directors take on great works of cinema, actors reinterpret roles, that’s been going on for a great deal of time. From Scarface to Hamlet. In some ways it’s really interesting to reinterpret, redefine. It a weighty thing to do. But it’s exciting. The Joker is one of those roles, he was written brilliantly when he was first shared with the world 75 years ago.
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
Chris Pratt has shared a new behind the scenes video from filming, featuring Star-Lord piloting the Milano.
Star Wars Rebels
Cinelinx is reporting a significant rumour that says that the show’s upcoming third season will in fact be its last.
Expounding on rumours reported on Slashfilm (by reporter Germain Lussier) in 2014, the site claims that Rebels will end after its third season, replaced by a new animated series that could be potentially set in the “sequel era” between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The third season would focus on linking the series closer and closer to the events of the films — specifically Rogue One — while wrapping up the character arcs of many of the characters on the show. Although the series would come to an end, the site claims, it would live on with direct-to-DVD releases to explore the characters’ futures.
As ever with rumours like this, it’s best to take it with a pinch of salt — but considering that executive producer Dave Filoni recently stated that he’s already planned how the series ends, perhaps it’s not too unlikely?
Game of Thrones
Gwendoline Christie promises more action for Brienne this year:
After season 5, people would come up on the street moaning about why wasn’t Brienne wasn’t doing more. I’d say, ‘I’m terribly sorry, I’m not really in charge of that.’ I got the scripts for season 6 and I thought the story was so fantastic. It’s really exciting to see Brienne burst forth again.
The Walking Dead
It’s Norman Reedus’ turn to hype up this weekend’s season finale:
I saw a little rough cut of it. And it’s the most hardcore episode we’ve ever shot. I couldn’t speak after I watched it. And, of course, I knew what was happening, and what was going to happen, and who was involved, but I got to tell you, I couldn’t speak for like an hour. And then I just was bombarded with phone calls on my drive home. But that was a rough, rough, rough cut. I will say that it might be the best episode we’ve ever shot of the show.
Legends of Tomorrow
Patrick J. Adams has been cast in the show’s season finale in an undisclosed role — one that could potentially recur in the show’s future, and is described as a “fun” DC character that “the fans will love”. [EW]
A synopsis for “Pinewood” has been released:
HUGO STRANGE PUTS A WRENCH IN BRUCE AND ALFRED’S NEXT MOVES ON AN ALL-NEW “GOTHAM” MONDAY, APRIL 18, ON FOX
After leaving Arkham Asylum, Barbara attempts to make amends with Gordon. Then, Bruce and Alfred track down one of Thomas Wayne’s former friends from Project Chimera, but Hugo Strange disrupts their plans in the all-new “Wrath of the Villains: Pinewood” episode of GOTHAM.
A gallery of images from “Eleven-Fifty-Nine” has been released — click through to see more. [Coming Soon]
The Last Man on Earth
Carol buys Tandy a fertility test in a new clip from “Fish in the Dish”.
Here’s a few images from “Seven Curses” — head to the link to see more. [Spoiler TV]
Agents of SHIELD
Finally, Hive makes Malick and offer he can’t refuse in a new clip from “Spacetime”.
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Banner Art by Jim Cooke.
Image: Star Wars Rebels.