Executive producer Simon Kinberg spoke with Empire Magazine about “X-Men: Apocalypse’s” villain, saying he’s on the same level as Magneto.
“This one does some things that the franchise hasn’t really done on film,” said Kinberg, as transcribed by ComicBook.com. “You have a character called Apocalypse, who wants to do a different kind of damage than [any previous] X-Men movie [villain] ever has. It’s the first time we’ve had a villain in an X-Men movie who could compete in terms of physical power and presence with Magneto. It’s an interesting dynamic to create.”
Opens May 27, 2016
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
While talking to Film Ink, director Zack Snyder discussed why he cast Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
“We tested a bunch of actresses, as you can imagine,” said Snyder. “But the thing with Gal is that she’s strong, she’s beautiful, and she’s a kind person, which is interesting, but fierce at the same time. It’s that combination of being fierce but kind at the same time that we were looking for. She can get serious, but she’s amazingly fun to be around. And by the way, she really held her own with Ben [Affleck] in the screen test. Ben was like, ‘Whoa, that girl is something else!’ That was a good sign, because Ben is very tough in the scene, and he’s big and commanding. Anytime that you’re doing a test like that and you’re looking at the other person, you’re thinking, ‘Okay, that’s good stuff.’ That was part of the process, and over time as we got to know Gal, we found out how amazing she is.”
With its release date approaching fast, billboards for “Batman v Superman” have started popping up — including this massive one revealed on Instagram.
“Of course I hate it when any spoilers come out!” he said. “You design the movie as a story that evolves as you watch it, so moment-to-moment [you’re thinking], ‘Oh my god, what’s going to happen next? Are they gonna live? Are they gonna die?’ So you want that experience for the audience, as much as you can. If you’re, as an audience member, exploring these articles, looking for answers to questions that you have, maybe you’re okay with knowing before you go. It’s like an individual taste. But like I said, I want people to see the movie without knowing.”
Opens March 25, 2016
“Daredevil” lead Charlie Cox has opened up about his character’s relationships with the show’s two big additions — Jon Bernthal’s Punisher and Elodie Yung’s Elektra.
“It’s really complicated,” Cox told “Empire Magazine” of the pair’s on-screen interactions. “It feels like they’re sworn enemies, but at times it feels like they could be best friends and brothers. In order to find common ground, compromise has to be made.”
On Elektra: “I think every man has an Elektra in their past,” Cox tells “Empire.” “If you imagine that relationship, a very fiery, very lustful, very loving and hating relationship, and then you add to that two people who know martial arts, you’re going to have a very interesting dynamic…”
“Deadpool” director Tim Miller spoke with Empire magazine about the character’s iconic fourth-wall-breaking, saying that it will be explored in the movie.
“Deadpool breaks the fourth wall,” said Miller, as transcribed by CBM. “Wade Wilson never does. Does he know he’s a comic book character in a comic book movie? Does he know that Ryan Reynolds is playing him, and that Ryan Reynolds also played Green Lantern? It’s a big rabbit hole, and we explore it pretty deep.”
Ryan Reynolds also talked to Empire about how he first encountered Deadpool, which was back in 2004 when he was playing a similar character (Hannibal King) in another Marvel movie (“Blade: Trinity”). He said that a studio exec handed him a stack of Deadpool comics, saying that since the actor was “essentially playing this guy anyway,” that “maybe [he] should play him for real.”
“I pored through the comics and realized that this character occupies a space in the comic-book universe that nobody else does,” said Reynolds. “I still feel that way… There are moments where we really just venture into the heart of darkness and stay there for a few beats, but then it also has this very humorous undertone. We can go places and do things with this that you couldn’t do with any other superhero property.”
Opens February 12, 2016
In a talk with Empire Magazine, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed that the Dark Dimension will play a role in “Doctor Strange.”
“We see glimpses of something called the Dark Dimension,” Feige explained. “If you were to open a ‘Doctor Strange’ comic drawn by Steve Ditko, you would see the Dark Dimension is, in fact, very colorful in an extremely psychedelic way. Those are the things we’re not shying away from.”
He also shared that the film “couldn’t be any more different than any of the films that have come before it… There are more things that lurk in shadows in this movie, perhaps, than our other movies.”
Opens November 4, 2016
FANTASTIC FOUR 2
While the film is still technically on the release schedule, many aren’t certain that “Fantastic Four 2” will be made following the disappointing box office of the first one. Tim Blake Nelson, who appeared in the 2015 “FF” movie, also isn’t sure the sequel will get made, as he revealed in a talk with Cinema Blend.
“I think it’s off the schedule now,” said Nelson. “I don’t think they’re making one, but I’m not sure.”
In fifteenth episode of “The Flash” season two, “Arrow’s” John Diggle (David Ramsey) and wife Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson) will join Team Flash in pursuit of King Shark, who has escaped A.R.G.U.S.
“The Diggles arrive in Central City to help Barry take on King Shark, who has escaped from ARGUS and is hellbent on completing his mission of destroying The Flash,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told ComicBook.com.
Airs Tuesdays on the CW
“Gambit” producer Simon Kinberg discussed the tone of the film during an interview with Empire magazine.
“Channing is a big fan of the comic,” Kinberg said, as transcribed by CB.com, “so the accent, the attitude, the costume in many way, will be in the film. And he’s a character with a complex backstory — we’re playing him as a thief in the film, and that’s a big part of the story.”
Opens October 7, 2016
Airs Mondays on Fox
During a talk with “Empire Magazine” about taking on the lead role in “Deadpool,” Reynolds talked about his previous brush with superhero fare — “Green Lantern.” The film, which starred Reynolds as the GL Hal Jordan, only grossed $220 million worldwide against a $200-million budget.
“That’s the only time I’ve traversed into that mega-budget territory,” said Reynolds, “and it was a slightly terrifying place to be. You really need a visionary behind a movie like that, but it was the classic studio story: ‘We have a poster, but we don’t have a script or know what we want; let’s start shooting!'”
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
ScreenRant has reported that the digital camera company RED has announced that “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will be the first movie to use their new WEAPON 8K camera during production.
“We are all hugely excited to be shooting the next ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ on the new WEAPON 8K,” said executive producer Nik Korda in RED’s press release. “This is my third collaboration with RED, having previously shot with the RED EPICÂ® on Prometheus and the EPIC DRAGON on Tarzan. The large sensor size and super high resolution offered by the new WEAPON 8K, combined with its lightweight and compact size open up a whole range of new creative possibilities.”
Opens May 5, 2017
“Veronica Mars” star Enrico Colantoni has joined “iZombie” in the role of Lou Benedetto, who The Hollywood Reporter describes as “a vice detective whose cases overlap with Liv’s personal and professional life.” Scheduled to start filming this week, Colantoni will appear in episodes 14 and 17 of “iZombie’s” sophomore season.
Airs Tuesdays on the CW
LEGENDS OF TOMORROW
The CW has released another promo for “Legends of Tomorrow,” this time focusing on Hawkgirl.
Premieres January 21, 2016 on the CW
In Empire Magazine’s coverage of the X-Men film universe, producer Simon Kinberg gave a little bit of insight into the tone of “New Mutants.” “That’s more of a Young Adult movie,” said Kinberg of the teen mutant-driven film, as transcribed by CB.com.