“We kind of wanted a straight-man to play against Colossus,” said Miller. “We thought about Cannonball, but he would’ve been a stupid hick character, whereas the guys wrote Negasonic as this deadpan goth teen, which was a great angle. She turned out really well. There aren’t really many definitive Deadpool villains, apart from Cable. If we don’t put Cable in ‘Deadpool 2,’ I think we’ll be run out of town on a rail.”
He also revealed that Garrison Kane, another Marvel character to carry the moniker of Weapon X, was originally included in the screen play. “We had Garrison Kane in there for a while, but in the final round of budget cuts we had to take him out, because he was a pretty expensive dude. He’s got these bionic arms that change shape; he would have been a visual effect for a large part of the movie. And as it turned out, a visual effect too far.”
Miller addressed the slight differences between the official trailer and what was screened at SDCC as well. “The Comic-Con trailer was a little bit longer. This version had to be shorter, for whatever reason, so the things that got taken out were a couple of real in-joke things that, again, wouldn’t necessarily play to a general audience. Stan Lee was in the Comic-Con trailer, and there was another shot with Rob Liefeld, Deadpool’s creator. Those moments were for the Comic-Con fans. It went over so well at Comic-Con. Everybody there was so primed to like this film. It didn’t go to my head at all. I came out just thinking, ‘Fuck, now we really have to deliver!’ We were kind of under the radar before, at least within Fox. That’s all over now…”
Opens February 12, 2016
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
During ABC’s Television Critics’ Association presentation, “S.H.I.E.L.D.” star Ming-Na Wen made a new green friend.
– Ming-Na Wen (@MingNa) August 5, 2015
And Kermit responded, offering to give S.H.I.E.L.D. a helping hand.
.@MingNa For Hulk, it’s really NOT easy bein’ green! Yikes!! It was lovely seeing you! Call me if S.H.I.E.L.D. needs a little green agent!
– Kermit the Frog (@KermitTheFrog) August 5, 2015
“We’re going to find out what happened to Simmons pretty quickly,” Henstridge revealed at ABC’s Television Critics Association press tour party in Beverly Hills. “She’s definitely changed by the experience, and what’s happened to her is going to impact the season — kind of as a theme or something like that.”
“I didn’t think that they’d go that far with it, honestly,” she added. “I thought, ‘She’s probably just inside the rock. Stuck’… [The writers’] imaginations are much better than mine. It will be interesting to see if her views on Inhumans have changed at all, and how that alters her relationships with the other people.”
Returns September 29 on ABC
“It has a very psychedelic grounding, and it’s not your typical Marvel action movie,” said Davis. “Most of the work within it is about other dimensions. And I described it, I think, when I was talking to Marvel as Marvel’s ‘Fantasia,’ in a way, because it’s so sort of out there and different to everything else that they’ve done.”
Following Disney’s presentation in Johannesburg, South Africa yesterday, new details about “Doctor Strange” concept art have emerged — including a description of what Benedict Cumberbatch will be wearing when he takes on the role of Sorcerer Supreme. ComicBook.com spotted the tweets, which confirm that — at least according to the concept art — Cumberbatch will have Strange’s signature robes and goatee.
@ohgodbenny His costume isn’t too colourful. From what I remember, robes are blood red and green and cap is black.
– Nick Cowen (@witenoyze) July 30, 2015
– Shaheema Barodien (@Shaheemab) July 29, 2015
– Shaheema Barodien (@Shaheemab) July 29, 2015
Additionally, htxt.co.za included a passage about the “Strange” portion of the presentation. According to their report, “Doctor Strange” looks “dark. Very dark. As in scraping the edge of ‘horror-movie-dark’ and information imparted about the film from Marvel Studios head, Kevin Feige, supports this appraisal.” Feige apparently added that the film will have a “firm footing in the shadowy world of the occult and supernatural.”
Opens November 4, 2016
Former “Fantastic Four” artist Bryan Hitch has provided a poster for the film, featuring his take on the movie’s Doom.
– Fantastic Four (@FantasticFour) August 5, 2015
Fox has also revealed another, possibly the last, viral video for the soon-to-open “Fantastic Four.”
Opens August 7
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD
While talking with Variety, showrunner Dave Erickson discussed the benefits of setting “Fear the Walking Dead” in the earliest moments of the zombie outbreak.
“Because we weren’t starting with the zombie horde, one of the things that’s important is feeling a sense of anxiety — apprehension of what’s to come,” said Erickson. “There’s something wonderful about seeing the landscape of East Los Angeles, and the hills and the freeways and the houses layered one on top of another, yet having the audience know full well what’s coming down the pike. Every time you look out into that world, you know that all those people are about to die.”
He also discussed the show’s initial family-drama tone. “Even though we start from a very specific family-drama place, the difficulties and conflicts they have will be quickly exacerbated by the apocalypse,” said Erickson. “If the audience is coming to the show looking forward to seeing walkers, they’re not going to be disappointed. But it’s at a slightly different pace than the original show, and it also allows the characters to actually process what it would be like to have to put somebody down.”
Premieres on AMC in 2015
In a major move for fans of the “Flash” comics, the CW series has cast the role of Wally West — a character that took over the role from Barry Allen in the late ’80s. Keiynan Lonsdale (“Divergent”) will play Wally, who joins the show as a series regular for season two.
Warner Bros. TV describes the character as “an iconic character from The Flash Universe who became the speedster known as Kid Flash.”
“Just like when we met [series lead] Grant [Gustin] for the first time, we instantly knew Keiynan embodied all the heart and courage of a hero,” said “Flash” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg in a statement. “We are so excited to be bringing this much-beloved character onto the show.”
Returns October 6 on the CW
Entertainment Weekly has announced that Robert Knepper (“Prison Break”) has joined the cast of “iZombie” as Blaine’s father, Angus. The character is described as “a polished, articulate and successful businessman, who regards Blaine as a lifelong disappointment.” In the upcoming second season, Blaine will turn to his father for financial help after his brain-selling empire crumbled at Major’s hands.
Returns October 6 on the CW
During ABC’s TCA party, “12 Years a Slave” screenwriter John Ridley spoke about the mystery project he’s working on with Marvel and dispelled rumors that have emerged regarding which character or characters it could focus on.
“The only thing I can say about it is that I’m really in love with that project,” said Ridley, as reported by the AV Club. “I continue to give Marvel and ABC credit because within their system they’re still trying to bring in other voices. I’m in the development stage where I get down on my knees and pray that it goes forward.”
“My only connection to social media is my lovely wife, who is dialed in, and I can tell you that 99.99999 percent of everything that was put on social media was so phenomenally off-the-mark,” Ridley said, most likely talking about Ms. Marvel, Cloak and Dagger and the Hulk. “Not to be arcane, but the rumors are truly off-the-mark. But it’s in a fun way. I’m just glad to be part of the conversation.”
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