DIVERGENT Many scoffed at predictions that Neil Burger's Divergent adaptation starring Shailene Woodley would open in excess of $65 million, citing recent YA flops like The Host, Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments, but Fandango reports that the YA sci-fi/actioner has already outpaced the first Twilight in advance first-day ticket sales. The movie also made the top five of must-see movies for 2014 in Fandango's fan-submitted survey, besting fanboy favorites like 300: Rise of an Empire and Need for Speed. Veronica Roth, who wrote the book on which the movie is based, praised the movie, saying that she "loved it" and "was completely absorbed by it." Divergent opens March 21st.#AlwaysTrending
BABY AVENGER Now that Scarlett Johansson is expecting her first child with fiancé Romain Dauriac, it's unclear what will happen with her Avengers character. Johansson's Black Widow character, next appearing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, was expected to play a major role in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but with production commencing within the next month, it's unclear whether that will remain true or not.
UNAVENGER In other Avengers news, Chris Evans recently revealed to British Glamour (via TV3) that he is ready to hang up his Captain America shield and "take a little break from acting" once his Marvel contract is up. The 32-year-old actor is an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Steve Rogers/Captain America, but he said that the character's lack of "demons" and "inner turmoil" can lead to "a world of boredom." Evans, who directed the movie 1:30 Train, went on to say that he finds directing to be more satisfying because "you're involved in every single decision," whereas with acting "you're one piece in a very big puzzle." Evans will next portray Cap in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opens April 4th.
FLASH Superman and Batman won't be on screen again until 2016, but The Flash is about to join Green Arrow on the tube and Warner Bros. TV revealed the first look at Glee alum Grant Gustin as the Scarlett Speedster earlier this week. Fans were initially concerned that Gustin's costume would be more "grounded" like Oliver Queen's (Stephen Amell) hooded get-up on Arrow, the CW series that spawned the speedster's spin-off, but the cowl looks like it was ripped right from the pages of the comic book. Producer Andrew Kreisberg announced the start of production on The Flash pilot on Sunday by tweeting a pic of the slate with the fitting caption: "On your marks... Get set... GO!"
GOTHAM Two of the key pieces of the casting puzzle for Fox's pre-Batman series Gotham are now in place, reports TheWrap. David Mazouz (Sanitarium) will play young Bruce Wayne, heir to the Wayne fortune and only witness to his parents' murder, while newcomer Camren Bicondova will play Selina Kyle, "a teenage orphan, street thief and skilled pickpocket who is suspicious and wholly unpredictable," and will one day be known as Catwoman. The series will primarily focus on young rookie detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as he battles corruption within the Gotham City Police Department and the psychos that make Gotham home, but it will also feature the origins of numerous familiar characters. In addition to Batman and Catwoman, expect to see younger versions of the Riddler, the Penguin, and possibly even the Joker. Danny Cannon (Judge Dredd) will direct from a script by Bruno Heller (The Expendables).
GRAVITY Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture, but Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity was the big winner, taking home seven Oscars, including Best Visual Effects, Best Score and Best Director. As if those awards weren't enough, Astronauts Michael S. Hopkins, Richard A. Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata sent kudos to the production team...from space!