JOHN WESLEY-SHIPP's THE FLASH Character Revealed, X-MEN: DAYS Writer Talks ROGUE & APOCALYPSE
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Fans got an added jolt earlier this year when DC revealed that John Wesley Shipp would play an unspecified role in the forthcoming new The Flash series coming to the CW. And now we’ve learned that Shipp, the titular star of the 1990s CBS Flash, will be returning to the franchise and staying close to the scarlet speedster by playing his father, Henry Allen.
"Given his history with The Flash, Andrew [Kreisberg], Geoff [Johns] and I could only think of one person we wanted to play Barry's father and that was John Wesley Shipp," executive producer Greg Berlanti told The Hollywood Reporter. "He gives a fantastic and emotional performance in the pilot and we are looking forward to his presence in many more episodes."
Shipp will reportedly play a key role in the series premiere, which will also feature a guest appearance by Arrow’s Stephen Amell as seen in the trailer released earlier this month.
Simon Kinberg Talks X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, ROGUE Cut
Even if you saw X-Men: Days of Future Past this past weekend, you didn't see the whole story. In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, the movie's screenwriter Simon Kinberg went in-depth about production of the film. From talking about backstage plans and motivations to what ended up in the final cut and what's coming up in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse, Kinberg released several new details -- including a more defined description of of a major action scene cut from the final film.
"The Rogue/Anna Paquin scene was by far the biggest cut we made, and that was more my fault than anything," Kinberg told The Daily Beast. "When I was crafting the script, I wanted to create a subplot for old Charles and old Eric—Patrick and Ian—to have a mini-mission together, one final adventure. And that’s what the Rogue sequence was—that they went to retrieve Rogue. But it felt like it didn’t come from the spine of the film, it was an appendage where I just wanted to see the old guys get in the X-Jet for one last ride. It was a narrative detour, and in a film with this much momentum and narrative flow, you can’t afford any detours."
When asked about the sexual abuse allegations against Bryan Singer and its effect on the X-Men movie franchise, Kinberg balked at discussing it but did say the plan is for Singer to be back to direct X-Men: Apocalypse.
Speaking of other projects, Kinberg is also writing the forthcoming Fantastic Four film for director Josh Trank. The film, which he calls a "coming of age" story, is comparable in tone to the first X-Men, Iron Man and Christopher Nolan Batman movies according to Kingberg; while he says there will be humor, the screenwriter clearly stated it would be "more real" and "not as goofy as the first movies".
When asked about the casting of African-American actor Michael B. Jordan for the role of Johnny Storm -- aka the Human Torch -- who has been previously shown in comics and moves to be Caucasian, Kinberg said the casting choice was about finding "the best actor" and not dwelling on "a particular race". While he was firmly aware that the casting "would be news," Kinberg relays that co-creator Stan Lee has endorsed the casting and that Kinberg's own visits to the set have assured him that Jordan-as-Storm is "really spectacular."
Mark Wahlberg Promises “Whole New Thing” In New TRANSFORMERS
According to leading man Mark Wahlberg, this June’s Transformers: Age of Extinction is more than meets the eye; especially if you think the trailer is the best the film has.
“I think a lot of time, moviegoers are kind of tricked by trailers. They’ll see a cool moment and go, ‘Oh, I can’t wait to see that,’ but once they see [the trailer] they’ve seen the best bits of the movie,” Wahlberg told IGN.
But not so with Transformers: Age of Extinction, says Wahlberg.
“Recruiting the dinobots — it’s pretty elaborate in how it happens,” he offered as a hint. “[It’s] not like Optimus has a whistle and they come running, he’s really got to convince them to come onboard and fight this fight, and it’s pretty cool how it’s done. I think people are definitely going to get their money’s worth, it’s well worth the wait. And I think, for the die-hard fans, they’re going to have a whole new thing to look forward to in the future.”