Now that the first Royal Family cast photo has been released for Marvel's Inhumans, word is finally coming out about the upcoming show. While a number of photos have been leaked from the series' set in Hawaii, the official Inhumans photo finally provides us with a proper look at most of the key players in Marvel's upcoming network series. We've also got an official Inhumans poster and logo now, meaning promotion is finally in full swing for the show.
The Inhumans TV show synopsis has been out for some time, giving us a general idea of what the show will be about. Still, many questions have remained regarding the upcoming TV series, including how it will function in the MCU and how ABC and Marvel are handling the arduous task of bringing some of comics' most intriguing and complicated character concepts to the small screen.
Along with the reveal of the cast photo, EW sat down with Inhumans showrunner Scott Buck to discuss the upcoming series. While the whole of the Royal Family will be important, the most interesting member is their king. A powerful and silent individual, Black Bolt offers a unique challenge for both the writers and actor Anson Mount. As Buck put it:
"Black Bolt is a very difficult character I would think for Anson, but for any actor to play. But Anson is tackling it in a hugely fantastic way. It’s a little bit difficult to write him, because Black Bolt does not speak, but yet he is our hero and he is the center of the show, so it does certainly present challenges in how you tell his story, but fortunately we came up with a really good story. Anson is terrific. I think everyone’s going to be very pleased and excited by his Black Bolt. We’re not doing voice over. If you read the comics, you see Black Bolt does find a way to communicate to people, but he’s also a very enigmatic character as well, and he keeps a lot inside. That’s part of what’s so fascinating about him is that a lot of times, we don’t know what he’s thinking."
Fans will likely be pleased to learn that things like voice-over aren't be used to "cheat" with Black Bolt, and instead he will have to use non-verbal means of communication like he does in the comics. Wisely, however, the Inhumans show has increased the role of Black Bolt's brother Maximus for the series. He'll likely serve as another charismatic lead for us to get attached to, especially given Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) is portraying him. On that subject, Buck offers:
"We were so thrilled to get [Iwan Rheon] because he’s such a super talented actor. Obviously we knew him well through Game of Thrones, but he can do a lot more than that. We didn’t want to create just a simple villain who’s evil for the sake of being evil. He’s a very real, three-dimensional character. Iwan is more than capable. Every time we watch dailies of him, we’re just more and more excited about what he’s bringing to the screen.
I think our Maximus is a different, more complicated, more real, more compelling version of Maximus that has been seen in most of the comics, and it’s just because we have the opportunity to do so much more on the screen than you would in a comic book."
Another big question regarding the show is the use of CGI, especially for Gorgon and Medusa. The Inhuman queen herself will also need a lot of special effects to bring her signature prehensile hair to life. For Buck, it created a unique challenge:
"It is very difficult. Even now, it’s still a process. It takes quite a long time in post to make that effect work. We have some of the best visual effects people available working on our show. We still haven’t seen the final version of it; it’s very much a work in process."
As for whether Triton will use motion-capture or prosthetics, Buck indicated that it's the latter, telling EW that "Oh no, they’re all actors."
Triton and Auran were both noticeably absent from the Inhumans cast photo, likely due to the former's fish-like appearance and the latter's rabbit-like ears. While motion-capture still requires an actor, Buck's comment seems to indicate Mike Moh will be spending a lot of time in a make-up chair to get his Triton look. One character who won't be portrayed by an actor, however, is Lockjaw:
"Lockjaw is probably going to end up being the audience’s favorite character. We certainly enjoy working with him. He’s fun to write, he’s fun to shoot. There’s not too much more detail than that that I can give, but he is going to be a standout on the show."
In the comics, Lockjaw is a giant teleporting dog. On the show, Lockjaw should be completely CGI, though set photos have revealed that he will at least have a stand-in. Likely, we'll have to wait for the first Inhumans TV show trailer to see how he looks. Finally, Buck briefly spoke about the mysterious character Ellen Woglom (Californication) will play:
"She’s not a character in the comic books. She’s someone new who we have brought in."
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has long focused more on new characters than ones from the world of Marvel Comics, so it's not surprising to learn that Inhumans will be inventing a few characters. There's no shortage of Inhumans in the world of Marvel Comics, so it's not hard to imagine Woglom playing one we've never met before. Then again, it's also possible she'll be playing a human character, possibly some sort of liaison between our world and the one of the Inhumans.
Inhumans comes to IMAX theaters for two weeks starting Friday, September 1, prior to its television debut on Tuesday, September 26 on ABC.