BUZZ News Shorts: Preacher, Batman V Superman, Doctor Who: Class & More


••• Preacher TV series producers Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have told The Hollywood Reporter that they were encouraged to go their own way with the storyline an not feel constrained by the events in the comics, by the writer of the comics himself, Garth Ennis. “We talked to Garth and he encouraged us to make small changes,” says Goldberg noting their priority is to “make it a good show first and foremost… We want fans who love the comic to get everything they want — but we make twists and turns.” “We want viewers to still be surprised,” says Rogen. “We’re going to make a show we like and we hope that translates to people who loved the comic as well. Our goal is to make a great, entertaining, fun TV show that if you’ve never heard of the comic book you’ll love.” They do promise there’ll be Easter eggs for fans to pick up on that won’t distract people who’ve never read the comics. But the biggest change of all will be to the character Arseface: “We wanted the character to be more sympathetic and be someone you rooted for.”

••• Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice director Zack Snyder has told the LA Times that he first approached Aaron Eisenberg about playing another role in the film other than Lex Luther, but he’s keeping mum about which part that was. “Let’s call it a secret, but nevertheless it was the exact opposite of Lex Luthor,” says Snyder.

••• Although it’s been rumoured for a while – and this still isn’t an official announcement – Deadline reckons that  Sherilyn Fenn, who played Audrey Horne in the original Twin Peaks, has now signed on to reprise the role in the new series, and she’s expected to have a major presence in the show.

••• In announcing that Doctor Who spin-off Class will be airing in the States on BBC America, the BBC has issued a new quote from the series’ writer Patrick Ness that shed a teeny bit more light on the project, which will take place in Coal Hill School: “I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself. I can’t wait for people to meet the heroes of Class, to meet the all-new villains and aliens, to remember that the horrors of the darkest corners of existence are just about on par with having to pass your exams.”


••• While it looks like Agents Of SHIELD is currently setting up events for the Inhumans movie that Marvel has scheduled for 2019, the show’s star Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson) tells Digital Spy that he doubts the creators of that film will be concerned about connecting it to the show. “The Inhumans movie I suspect will be its own cinematic version. That writer and director will have free reign to do what they want to do with the Inhumans, but hopefully there’ll be some way that our Inhumans connect to that. It’d be too bad if that was wasted. What’s kind of necessary for the show to work is that it is its own thing and it’s not dependent upon those crossovers.”

You can also add Gregg to the voices clamouring for a Black Widow movie. “Black Widow has been around from day one of this and is portrayed with this kind of heavy-hearted ferocity by Scarlett Johansson, who I think is as good as any actor working today. It seems like it would be tragic, it would be a waste, if that character wasn’t given the spotlight in the way that some of the other characters have been. If I know Marvel, they won’t let that happen, because she’s too valuable an asset.”







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