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COMIC REEL: “Arrow’s” League of Assassins Look, “Wolverine 3” Writer & More

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COMIC REEL: “Arrow’s” League of Assassins Look, “Wolverine 3” Writer & More

ARROW

The CW has given E! Online a look at Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen in his new guise as the League of Assassin’s Al Sah-Him on “Arrow.” He’ll make his debut in the getup on Wednesday’s season three episode 21, the synopsis of which is ahead of the images.

“Al Sah-Him” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

THE LEAGUE OF ASSASSINS SETS THEIR SIGHTS ON NYSSA – Oliver (Stephen Amell) goes through a rigorous transformation. The League of Assassins sets their sights on Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law), who is back in Starling City training Laurel (Katie Cassidy). When Nyssa realizes they are coming, she arms up to face them alone but Laurel asks Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Diggle (David Ramsey) to help protect her new friend. Thor Freudenthal directed the episode with story by Beth Schwartz and teleplay by Brian Ford Sullivan & Emilio Ortega Aldrich (#321). Original airdate 4/29/2015.

DEADPOOL

Filming on “Deadpool” has reached the half-way point, according to star Ryan Reynolds. To celebrate, the actor shared an image of himself via Twitter as Wade Wilson covered in blood. No worries, though, as he says, “I feel fine.”

THE FLASH

The CW has teased an unidentified new character set to debut in “The Flash” episode 21, “Grodd Lives.” In an image released by the network (via Comicbook.com), a figure in a golden mask stalks towards the camera. The official caption simply reads “Blank,” though the mask does appear to be similar to those warn by members of Checkmate, a clandestine group featured prominently in DC Comics as well as on “Smallville.” Could the Scarlett Speedster have a new group of foes to face?

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2

Producer Michael Bay has shared images of what appear to be new vehicles created for the forthcoming “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.” One, a green and yellow garbage truck with the words “Tartaruga Brothers” on it, is clearly the Turtles’ new ride. (“Tartaruga” is Italian for tortoise or turtle.) The other, a blue and silver Polaris, could possibly be what Stephen Amell will be riding around in as Casey Jones.

WOLVERINE

Late last month, Hugh Jackman teased that he’d be making one final turn as Wolverine before retiring from the character. Now, FOX has has hired a writer to pen his final adventure. TheWrap reports that “Green Lantern” and “Blade Runner 2” scribe Michael Green has been tapped for the script to “Wolverine.”

Green also previously worked on “Smallville” and “Heroes,” as well as turning in versions of “Prometheus 2” and “The Flash”. James Mangold will return to direct the “The Wolverine” sequel, which is scheduled for a March 3, 2017 release.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

In a new interview with Den of Geek, Kodi Smit-McPhee gave some insight into how his version of Nightcrawler in “X-Men: Apocalypse” will differ from Alan Cumming’s turn in “X2: X-Men United.” He promised a “fun, happy, swashbuckling” incarnation that’s still very much “grounded in his faith.”

He closed the quote with a tease that “all of the traditional things that we want in it – it’s still there.” Some have speculated this is a reference to the character’s parents being Mystique and Azazel. Though Jennifer Lawrence, who returns as Mystique for a third time, is only 5 years older than Smit-McPhee in real life, the timeline of the films make it possible that she could be Nightcrawler’s mother. Mystique and Azazel met in “X-Men: First Class,” which took place in 1962. With the new film taking place in 1983, that leaves plenty of time for Mystique to have birthed Nightcrawler in the interim, even with Azazel’s death revealed in the 1973-set “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” It’s a lot of assumption to make from a simple “hint hint,” but still entirely plausible.

“I think I’m really going to make it my own because it is kind of going back and its seeing the younger character. I realize the Nightcrawler that is portrayed in X2 is one that has been through quite a bit more and has really embraced the superhero part of him-a kind of violent part. Whereas I think what they’re trying to show here is the more vulnerable Nightcrawler and the one we all kind of related to in the comics. It’s really the fun, happy, swashbuckling Nightcrawler that we all love, so I really can’t wait to portray that. He’s just very vulnerable and truthful, and grounded in his faith. I think it’s something new though that we’ll see. But as I said, all of the traditional things that we want in it-it’s still there. Hint, hint.”

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

A steelbook Blu-ray cover for the “X-Men Days of Future Past” Rouge Cut has been revealed. Expected this summer, the new cut of the film restores over 17 minutes of footage to Bryan Singer’s film, most of which features Anna Paquin’s Rouge and Sir Ian McKellen’s Magneto.

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