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COMIC REEL: Archie CEO Teases “Afterlife” Adaptation; “Gotham” To Cast Robin’s Parents

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COMIC REEL: Archie CEO Teases “Afterlife” Adaptation; “Gotham” To Cast Robin’s Parents

GOTHAM

In a recent news roundup over at TV Line, the site reports that a casting call has been placed for John Grayson and Mary Lloyd — two teenage circus performers. The duo, who will become Robin’s parents at some point if the show lasts a few seasons, will debut in episode 16. The following episode will introduce another Dollmaker, a crazy European scientist named Dr. Dulmacher, and Reggie Payne, a returning face from Alfred’s army days.

Returns January 5 on Fox

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE

During a Reddit AMA, Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater made clear his intentions to adapt the popular zombie comic “Afterlife With Archie” in some way.

“As for film and TV — the answer is YES! Absolutely!” answered Goldwater. “This is something that will be happening at some point in the near future — nothing to announce just yet, but rest assured it will happen.”

If the “Afterlife” adaptation picks up any momentum, it will be the second Archie Comics property to make the jump off of the printed page. “Riverdale,” a David Lynch-ian television series, is currently in development at Fox.

AGENT CARTER

People.com has released the latest poster for “Agent Carter.” Unlike the previous poster, which was cloaked in stylistic shadow, the new one clearly features Hayley Atwell front and center.

Premieres January 6, 2015 on ABC

ANT-MAN

During a recent interview, CNN got a little more information out of Evangeline Lilly about the part she plays in “Ant-Man.”

“She is the daughter of the founders of The Avengers, Ant-Man and the Wasp,” said Lilly about Hope Van Dyne. Considering Ant-Man and the Wasp’s absence from 2012’s “Marvel’s the Avengers,” it’s likely Lilly is dropping comic book knowledge rather than hinting at a Marvel Cinematic Universe retcon. “She is a very talented, intelligent, capable woman and a force to be reckoned with.”

The actress also revealed a little bit about “Ant-Man’s” tone: “This one is very much a heist film. It has all the fun, tension and drama of a good heist film. The heist is being masterminded by myself, my father and Scott Lang.”

Opens July 17, 2015

ARROW

In a quick interview with TV Line, executive producer Marc Guggenheim confirmed what fans have been speculating since learning that there will be an upcoming trilogy of episodes focusing on the Canary legacy. Original Canary Caity Lotz will return for what Guggenheim says is “a really cool episode.”

“It’s an episode where a lot of things that we’ve been doing and setting up during the season really sort of come together,” Guggenheim said about the episode, which also features Peter Stormare’s return as Vertigo. “It’s not a ‘climactic’ kind of episode, but there’s a feeling of a big payoff by the end of it.”

Returns January 21 on the CW

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

/Film has a lengthy set interview with director Joss Whedon that covers everything from the Vision’s involvement in the sequel to his own hesitation about taking on the project.

“Before I took the first job, I said, well, I don’t know if I’m right for this or if I want it or you want me, but in the second one, the villain has to be Ultron, and he has to create the Vision, and then, that has to be Bettany,” said Whedon. “It took me three years before I could tell Paul that I’d had that conversation, but after that, I stopped. I was like, that would be cool if you have Ultron, and you have Vision and Paul played him.”

Whedon also had a lot of thoughts about Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner, a beloved character from his first “Avengers” film that has not been seen since.

“Well, I wasn’t the one who said don’t make a Hulk film or anything like that,” Whedon said. “It was, Kevin [Feige] said to me, we think right now it’s good to have somebody who could only be in the Avengers. Everybody loves Mark. He’s phenomenal. But the fact that there hasn’t been a Hulk [movie] since that Hulk, it doesn’t suck. My job is hard enough, you know. Cap’s had a movie, Thor’s had a movie. Everyone’s gone through big changes, Iron Man had a movie, and so I have to juggle everybody’s perception of that while still making a movie that you can see having not seen any except the first Avengers, or not even that.

“There’s something terrible coming that you’ll love,” he continued. “And what just what makes the Hulk so hard to write is that you’re pretending he’s a werewolf when he’s a superhero. You want to — you want it vice versa. You want to see him, Banner doesn’t want to see him, but you don’t want Banner to be that guy who gets in the way of you seeing him. So the question is, how has he progressed? How can we bring changes on what the Hulk does? And that’s not just in the screenplay. That’s moment to moment, because even when they are putting in post mix and temp mix you know, they have a library of two roars. ‘Aaarrgh! Uuurrgh!’ What if he wasn’t roaring? I’m angry, and I’m not roaring. I’m being very polite to a lot of reporters, but I’m filled with rage.”

Opens May 1, 2015

BATMAN

MTV has released a clip from a recent interview with Jim Carrey in which the comedian reveals that he’d love to return to the DC Universe. Even though Carrey previously played the Riddler in 1995’s “Batman Forever,” he doesn’t expect to return in that specific role.

“I’d love to work in the new graphic novel versions of the movie,” Carey told MTV. “I don’t know about reprising the role — I don’t think Chris Nolan would go for that, but I’d love to work with him.”

Hopefully MTV can get word to Nolan who can get word to director Zack Snyder, the real man with the plan for DC’s expanding film universe. You can check out the full except below.

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

In anticipation of the release of their adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ Icon limited series, Fox has debuted six new character-focused featurettes starring the leads of “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” Thanks to these clips, you’ll learn a whole lot more about the good guys (Harry, Arthur), the bad guys (Valentine, Gazelle) and the new recruits (Eggsy, Roxy).

Opens on February 13, 2015

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