Thursday Link-a-Mania

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The final trailer for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes has been released. The film sees director Matt Reeves take over from Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes ’ Rupert Wyatt, and chronicles what happens after Caesar (Andy Serkis) leads his apes to start a colony. The trailer looks somewhat spoilerific, but it also does a neat job of showing off the amazing outdoors motion capture. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes hits cinemas 17 July.

Jon Spaihts ( Prometheus , Passengers ) is in negotiations with Marvel Studios to write Doctor Strange , which will kick off a whole new superhero franchise. The film will be directed by Scott Derrickson and produced by Marvel’s Kevin Feige. Doctor Strange was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in the 60s, and is a former neurosurgeon who serves as the Sorceror Surpreme, primary protector of Earth. Rumoured leading men for the movie include Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy and Jared Leto.

Paramount Pictures have confirmed that the third film in the rebooted Star Trek series is due out in 2016, to coincide with the 50 th Anniversary since the Original Series aired. The studio also announced its plans for other 2015 and 2016 releases: Michael Bay’s time-travelling high school kids picture Project Almanac is coming out in 2015, while 2016 also sees the release of Paranormal Activity 5 and Transformers 5 . It’s official: we’re living in the age of the franchise.

DC Comics’ Bat-verse prequel series, Gotham , gets a new trailer. Gotham is based in Batman’s brooding hometown, and traces the backstory of characters from the Dark Knight’s canon. A young pre-commissioner James Gordon introduces us to Fish Mooney, The Penguin and Catwoman and attempts to explain what got them started. Gotham isn’t out till the autumn on Fox, and presumably explains why the police force was ineffectual enough to let them turn into supervillains in the first place.

It looks like Batman V Superman ’s Lex Luthor is set to have hair. Jesse Eisenberg’s Luthor has filmed some LexCorp scenes recently – and they portray the power-hungry business magnate with a head of luscious, flowing locks. Though the scenes come from early in the movie, and there will be still be time for him to develop male-pattern baldness over the course of the film, he wouldn’t be the first hirstute Luthor: John Shea’s incarnation in the 1990s series Lois and Clark featured Luthor with a mop of curls.

HarperCollins have released a trailer for Joe Abercrombie’s epic YA Fantasy, Half A King . Book trailers can be a bit hit-or-miss but this is slick and really sells the story, as well as including a ringing endorsement from George RR Martin. SFX got their hands on Half A King a wee bit early, and you can read our review of it in SFX 250 (on sale 25 June).

V S Wells