Back when it was announced Joss Whedon would return for “The Avengers 2,” Marvel and Disney also stated the writer/director would be developing a in-continuity television show, which was revealed to be “S.H.I.E.L.D.” Production will begin immediately on the series focusing on the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, but no casting news has been revealed.
Variety’s Cynthia Littleton tweeted that Whedon stated the series isn’t meant to be a spinoff — it’s “autonomous” to the film storylines, although Whedon said he reserved the right to pepper in bits here and there. Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancheroen will serve as showrunners.
The upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release of “The Avengers” is fast approaching and bonus material continues to surface — including an alternate opening scene that establishes a much darker tone featuring Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill.
Releases on DVD/Blu-ray September 25
First, it was Ben Affleck. Then, the Wachowskis. Now, Superman Super Site reports rumors that Brett Ratner may be getting tapped to direct the announced “Justice League” film.
“The studio is very pleased with the work that Brett [Ratner] has done as a producer and director on past projects,” said Superman Super Site’s sources. “They are now very interested in seeing what he can do with helping finally bring this group of iconic superheroes to the big screen!”
For now, file this one under rumor.
According to Batman on Film, Warner Bros. plans to reboot Batman once again following the debut of “Justice League.” According to sources, the rebooted Batman film will follow the character’s incarnation in the DC Comics team film. “Justice League” is too far from release to consider this anything but rumor, but it would certainly be an interesting development following the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.
THOR: THE DARK WORLD
According to Comic Book Movie, “Thor: The Dark World” is set to film at Stonehenge in southwest England. Plus, more photos of the set in Bourne Wood.
Opens November 8, 2013
THE WALKING DEAD
Hang onto your hats and try not to get bitten — one of the series regulars will become zombie lunch in “The Walking Dead” season three, according to TV Line’s Michael Ausiello. While Ausiello could confirm a series regular will bite the dust in the upcoming season, he could not say when.
Meanwhile, Comic Book Movie has posted an interview with season three director Guy Ferland about his work on the upcoming season.
“There’s a little bit of first season peeking through this season,” Ferland said. “In the first season it seemed like everything we were doing was new and there was a lot of discussion about who was going to live and who was going to die and what kind of tone the show was going to take. This year the same thing was introducing Woodbury. We were always asking the same questions: How self-sufficient do we make it? What are the citizens like? What kind of power does the town have?”
Finally, Entertainment Weekly spoke with Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker about their characters Daryl and Merle Dixon in season three.
“When Daryl and Merle finally meet up, they’re going to be happy to see each other, of course,” Reedus told EW. “But I think this one’s [Indicates Rooker] going to be a little more pissed off than this one.”
“Well, I’m always pissed off, so that’s not fair,” responded Rooker. “I think Merle doesn’t like a lot of people. You’re probably the only person he really likes.”
Premieres October 14 on AMC