COMIC REEL: Gunn On "Guardians of the Galaxy 2"; Capaldi's "Doctor Who" Mystery Teased

Tue, August 12th, 2014 at 11:35am PDT | Updated: August 12th, 2014 at 11:35am

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Empire spoke with "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn about plans for the sequel -- and for Peter Quill's father -- and comics fans might be a little surprised.

"There have been a lot of documents passed around about who Peter Quill's father is between a select two or three of us," Gunn told Empire. "That's been part of the plan since the beginning, that's something I had to work out before we shot the screenplay. We wanted to make sure Yondu's place in everything made sense and it does, so it's all very specific stuff. … It's definitely not the character who it is in the comics, I'll say that much."

STAR WARS EPISODE VII

J.J. Abrams posted two possibly spoiler-filled "Star Wars: Episode VII" photos to help promote "Force for Change," one of which includes a robot arm, and another taken from a very familiar set piece.

Opens December 18, 2015

DOCTOR WHO

Peter Capaldi is set as the new Doctor in "Doctor Who," but the actor has actually already appeared a few times in different "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood" episodes. Apparently, former showrunner Russell T. Davies actually had a reason as to why -- and current showrunner Steven Moffat has been clued in.

"We are aware that Peter Capaldi's played a part in Doctor Who before and we're not going to ignore the fact," Moffat told Nerd Cubed (via Radio Times). "I'll let you in on this. I remember Russell told me he had a big old plan as to why there were two Peter Capaldis in the Who universe, one in Pompeii and one in Torchwood. When I cast Peter, [Russell] got in touch to say how pleased he was, I said 'Okay, what was your theory and does it still work?' and he said 'Yes it does, here it is.' So I don't know if we'll get to it… we'll play that one out over time. It's actually quite neat."

The BBC has also released a new trailer for the upcoming season premiere.

Debuts August 23 on BBC

BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM

Warner Bros. has released a new clip from "Batman: Assault on Arkham" that features Captain Boomerang and Deadshot as they embark on a friendly game of darts.

Now on DVD/Blu-ray

ROBIN WILLIAMS: 1951 - 2014

Robin Williams died yesterday at the age of 63. One of the actors that could truly be called an American icon, Williams was known for his many roles -- both comedic and dramatic -- in film and television. It's difficult to say which role fans knew him best from, whether it was his Oscar-winning performance as Sean Maguire in "Good Will Hunting"; the Genie in "Aladdin"; Armand Goldman in "The Birdcage"; Mrs. Doubtfire in "Mrs. Doubtfire"; John Keating in "Dead Poets Society" and countless more. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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