X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Crave Online spoke with “X-Men: Days of Future Past” screenwriter Simon Kinberg at WonderCon 2014, who gave a few more details on Anna Paquin’s appearance — or lack therof — in the upcoming movie.
“We shot with Anna [Paquin] a big subplot in the movie and we watched it in the movie and then we cut it out of the movie because, she’s great in it and it was well shot, it just didn’t fit the film,” Kinberg told CraveOnline. “It was a subplot that I created sort of as an appendage to the movie because I wanted to do something else that didn’t serve the main plot of the film.
“I just wanted to see Ian [McKellan] and Patrick [Stewart] on a mission together,” he continued. “So I took them away from the main plot of the movie so that they could go off and do something, and she was the MacGuffin of that mission. It was a perfectly fine 10 minutes of the film that didn’t fit the film. So we pulled her out of the movie and pulled that plot out of the film. I can’t speak to any other rumors about any other way she could appear in the film, but I can tell you that the main plot that we shot with her, we pulled out of the movie.”
Kinberg also spoke with IGN about the possibility of a crossover between Fox’s X-Men franchise and its Fantastic Four franchise.
Opens May 23
Speaking of Fox’s X-Men franchise, Sir Patrick Stewart spoke with MTV about possibly returning as Professor Xavier in “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
“I don’t see why not,” said Stewart. “That’s one of the blessings of fantasy and science fiction — you’re never really dead. I would love to come back. And there might be something else. A little birdie has whispered in my ear there might be something X-Men related.”
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While speaking with IGN, Simon Kinberg also touched on the “Star Wars” spinoffs, which could possibly include the expanded universe — but the expanded universe content isn’t canon.
“It’s not off-limits,” said Kinberg. “It’s certainly inspiring and I’m working on an animated show for them as well, ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ that will take inspiration from everywhere. I know for the movies, the canon is the canon and the canon is the six films that exist.”
STAR WARS REBELS
Spinoff Online has posted a report from the “Star Wars Rebels” panel at WonderCon 2014, which includes a new clip from the upcoming animated series.
THE SECRET SERVICE
Footage from Matthew Vaughn’s “The Secret Service” was also shown at WonderCon, featuring Colin Firth as Uncle Jack and Taron Egerton as Gary in a fight scene.
The clip opened with team leader Uncle Jack (Colin Firth) nursing a pint in a UK pub opposite new recruit Gary, played by newcomer Taron Egerton. After exchanging expository dialogue, the drinks are interrupted by a group of hooligans wanting to pick a fight with Gary.
Cue Uncle Jack locking up the bar moments before beating the hell out of these guys, with an umbrella. The most inventive use of the umbrella comes at the end of the fight, as Jack deploys it as a shield to deflect bullets from an assailant — while keeping his sights on his attacker using a night-vision like screen making up the interior of the parasol.
The clip ended where it began — with Uncle Jack returning to his beer and finishing with a satisfied gulp.
Opens October 24
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
The official “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Facebook page has posted the cold open from this week’s new episode, “Blackout.”
Airs Tuesdays on ABC
As it turns out, at least one of the original cast from “Heroes” isn’t set for a return for “Heroes: Reborn.” While speaking with Cosmopolitan, Hayden Penettiere said she hasn’t been approached to return as Claire Bennett.
“Well, [the ‘Heroes: Reborn’ announcement] was a shock to me, and, in fact, I believe I became privy to that through my cousin,” Panettiere told Cosmopolitan. “She sent me a text message and told me about it, and, I mean, we had nothing, nothing to do with it; it will definitely be interesting to see how they reinvent that.
“I think it’s a whole new set of characters,” she continued. “Who knows? It’s a little bit of an interesting feeling because you go, ‘That was our show, our home, our family,’ something that we had a major part in creating as well, and, I mean, I hope that they don’t have somebody else playing our characters, that would be a little dagger in the heart. But, you never know. I wish them success in it, for sure.”
SON OF BATMAN
CBR spoke with James Tucker, supervising producer for “Son of Batman” about the upcoming animated film, which debuted at WonderCon.
“We knew we couldn’t literally adapt by the letter of the books everything, but we wanted to get the gist of the character and put him in our own continuity,” Tucker told CBR. “So that’s why we took elements. Deathstroke was in the Damian stories at some point. So we’re like, oh, let’s use him to tie them into the League of Assassins a little more, gave him a reason to have a vendetta against Damian. And it kind of gives Damian’s character a focal point because he actually has a bad guy that hates him right off the bat — no pun intended. So that was the reason for Deathstroke’s inclusion, changing some things around, making Damian pop as a character in a short-form 70-minute movie. If this was a TV series, I’d have started from ‘Batman and Son’ issue one or whatever, and all the way up till he got the knife.”
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In case you missed it, be sure to check out Darwyn Cooke’s awesome “Batman Beyond” short, which debuted at WonderCon.