MTV has an interview with executive producer Marc Guggenheim regarding a familiar logo that recently popped up in a skyline shot on Fox’s “Gotham.”
“You know, itâ€™s a great question!” said Guggenheim. “The internet did point out to me the Queen Consolidated [logo] — or what looked like a Queen Consolidated Easter egg. Iâ€™m still actually trying to find out how intentional that was. Let me just say the investigation is ongoing.”
MTV pretty much solves the case by presenting a quote from “Gotham” EP Danny Cannon, taken from his recent appearance at New York Comic Con. “I gotta tell you, it was completely unintentional,” said Cannon. â€œSomebody spotted it in the cutting room, but we move so fast, we were like, ‘That’s cool, leave it in! donâ€™t talk about it!’ We were stealing — the visual effects guys were stealing neon letters from other places, and that was one that worked. But it was unintentional.”
Both Cannon and Guggenheim then stressed that each show is in its own separate universe, and that that neon “Q” might be the closest the shows ever get to a crossover.
Airs Wednesdays on the CW
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
IGN attended the opening of Industrial Light Magic’s new London studio in Soho where ILM President Lynwen Brennan talked a bit about the Hulk’s VFX transformation.
“As usual ILM does some of the harder work that isn’t out there in the trailers, so I can’t talk about much,” said Brennan. “But obviously the Hulk is in there, and he’s a really big creative challenge for us… Getting that personality is very important to [director] Joss [Whedon], and it’s very important that it’s driven by Mark [Ruffalo]’s performance. We’ve developed a new capture system, which we call Muse, which really captures the actor’s performance — it allows us to combine different takes as well. We’re using it on Warcraft, and we furthered the development on Avengers.”
Opens May 1, 2015
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
As WILX reports, Michigan State University has been turned into Metropolis in preparation for a scene between Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). A local reporter spoke with one of the film’s extras, who wished to remain anonymous to avoid the hefty lawsuit that with from leaking information. The source said that Robin, as currently included in the script, will be female — and then singles out “Hunger Games” actress Jena Malone as the Girl Wonder. You can check out the entire report below.
Opens March 25, 2016
ComicBook.com spoke with “X-Men: Apocalypse” screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg about the overall scope of Fox’s X-Plans, touching a bit upon the recently announced “Deadpool” film.
“Thereâ€™s definitely a sort of overall plan that weâ€™ve all been talking about for the X-Men universe now, and ‘Deadpool’ obviously fits into that,” said Kinberg. “So yeah, I guess I would say it’s part of certainly an overall timeline and thought process that goes into these films, some of which is inspired by the comics and some which is inspired by seeing what Marvel’s done with telling a larger tapestry and linking all those movies together, even as they stand independently as well. The same kind of thought is going to go into these X-Men movies at Fox.”
Opens February 12, 2016
MTV spoke with Brandon Routh, who plays Ray Palmer on “Arrow,” about the possibility of him popping up on the archer’s sister show.
“[‘Arrow’ Executive producer] Marc [Guggenheim] said that if the shrinking was going to happen, it’s more likely to be on ‘The Flash,'” said Routh. “But I have no knowledge of a crossover or any of that. ‘Arrow’ is very grounded in reality, so nobody really has any powers. That is a challenging thing, to have you bring a character like the Atom in, with his trademark thing being that he shrinks.”
Airs Tuesdays on the CW
Fox has loaded up “Gotham’s” YouTube account with quartet of clips from next week’s “Viper” episode. Included in the clips are glimpses of Jim Gordon’s ruined lunch break, a pep talk for Penguin, some of Alfred’s tough love and a family meeting.
And, to round things out, here’s a trailer for next week’s episode.
Airs Mondays on Fox
THE WALKING DEAD
The Hollywood Reporter has an interview with “Walking Dead” head honchos Robert Kirkman and Scott M. Gimple where they discuss the fascinating evolution of Carol from the page to the screen.
“Carol is her own unique character; it would be a disservice to Melissa McBride to say she’s evolved into the Carol from comics,” said executive producer and creator Robert Kirkman. “The Carol in the TV show is a wholly original creation that we’ll continue to explore on the show to great effect. Everyone in writers’ room loves that character, and we’re thrilled with what Melissa has brought to the table. She has definitely become a character that is one to watch, and there’s some really exciting stuff ahead for her.”
The article posits that since comic book Andrea outlasted her TV counterpart, TV’s Carol might take on some of comic Andrea’s traits and plot significance as the AMC series moves forward.
“In the remix approach, there are aspects of a few characters that I think are going to be divvied up,” said showrunner Scott M. Gimple. “We have characters who aren’t there anymore and other characters in general. I can already see some of that. There’s something about the Andrea of the comic; it isn’t simply strength. Andrea in the comic has such an interesting evolution. There was a certain brashness and cockiness that she had. We’ve seen her mature. I think Carol’s journey is different because there’s never been that cockiness… Carol started out with an absence of strength in the face of [her abusive husband] Ed, and now she’s easily one of the strongest characters. Finding out the responsibility for that strength — I don’t mean to go all Stan Lee — but I see her very different than the comic book Andrea other than the fact that she’s a good shot.”
Airs Sundays on AMC
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