Thursday Link-A-Mania

Guest newshound Jen Neal sifts through the day’s hottest SF and fantasy news, including Tom Hardy on Bane, Glee creators getting nasty and yet another Snow White movie…

Tom Hardy Talks Bane
Tom Hardy has spoken to about his role as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. He calls the changes the movie makes to the character “water-tight” and says his Bane won’t be a disappointment to fans. Given Hardy’s current post-Inception hot streak, his presence in the Dark Knight sequel was already exciting, but this whets our ample Bat-appetites even more.

There’s more Caped Crusader news from, who’ve have posted set pictures from The Dark Knight Rises that suggest that Marion Cotillard will be playing Talia Al Ghul, daughter of Begins’ Ra’s.

Pandemonium For Aronofsky
It doesn’t sound like one for the faint-hearted but Darren Aronofsky – who now seems to have a bit of free time on his hands after quitting The Wolverine – has optioned the rights to Daryl Gregory’s debut novel Pandemonium. The book itself follows an alternate timeline wherein professionals have documented demonic possession since the 1950s. reckons it’s set to become a television series, and seeing as Aronofsky has just directed a pilot for HBO, the network with the Midas touch looks like its most likely home.

Gravity Gets A Release Date
Warner Bros has announced the release date for Alfonso Cuaron’s upcoming Gravity. It’ll be released in cinemas on 21 November and will go up against Keanu Reeves-starring samurai film 47 Ronin, and animation Rise Of The Guardians. The 3D film is set in a remote space station whose crew is wiped out by debris from an exploded satellite – while George Clooney’s team leader and colleague Sandra Bullock are travelling outside. We’ll watch anything that Potter 3 and Children Of Men director Cuaron does, but fingers are well and truly crossed that Clooney’s latest trip into space doesn’t turn into another Solaris. Unless we happen to be suffering from insomnia.

Glee Creators Feel The Horror
From all-singing, all-dancing teenagers, Glee’s showrunners Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are going to the other end of the TV spectrum to American Horror Story. It’s a show about a family looking to start again, who move to a haunted house… what could possibly go wrong? According to TV Guide, it’s grabbed itself a “TV-MA” rating (US TV speak for “not suitable for kids”), so many Glee fans might have to give it a miss – but can it really be scarier than a Journey cover version?

More Snow Forecast
The Hollywood Reporter reports that commercial director Michael Gracey is set to make his feature debut with Order of the Seven. It’s a take on the classic Snow White fairytale, set in 19th Century China with a group of international warriors protecting an Englishwoman who has been threatened by her evil stepmother. Gracey takes over from formerly-attached Francis Lawrence (Constantine, I Am Legend), working with a script by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3). This is the third Snow White movie to go into production over the last year, with Julia Roberts’ evil queen tormenting Lily “daughter of Phil” Collins in the untitled one (due next March), and Kristen Stewart’s Snow getting all hot and bothered about Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman in Snow White And The Huntsman (due in June). Can you get too much Snow? Looks like we’re about to find out.

Archangel Found
Deadline have reported that actor Benjamin Walker (Kinsey, Flags of Our Fathers) has been in talks with Legendary Pictures to take the role of archangel Michael in the upcoming adaptations of Milton’s 17th century epic poem/scourge of English literature students Paradise Lost. Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, Limitless) is set to play Lucifer. The film is due for release in 2013 and is scripted to include three battles, one in Heaven, one in Hell and one in Eden. Hopefully it’ll take the tedium away from the poem that takes far too much time and effort to read – and be an easy route to A-level revision.