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COMIC REEL: Bettany Talks “Civil War’s” Improvised Jokes; “Gotham’s” Monaghan Perfects His Maniacal Laugh

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COMIC REEL: Bettany Talks “Civil War’s” Improvised Jokes; “Gotham’s” Monaghan Perfects His Maniacal Laugh

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

During his appearance at AsiaPOP Comic Con in Manila, Paul Bettany spoke about his experiences on the set of “Captain America: Civil War” (h/t Collider and PEP).

“It was a lot of work!” said Bettany. “We all had a bit more fun. You know, there were more improvised jokes between me and [Robert] Downey Jr., and me and Chris Evans, and it was a really loose atmosphere on-set. It was one really loose set, it was great! I would totally lie to you if it wasn’t, but I don’t have to lie. And we all get on. They’re all a really nice bunch of boys and girls. They’re all happy to be there. They’re being terribly well-paid, so they should be happy to be there. And work’s really creative and fun, you know? I got to be born on camera, you know, that’s unlikely to ever happen again.”

Bettany also talked about the comic book source material he pulled from to create his version of the character and how that work continues into “Civil War.” “I was given comics. I also was looking to think about what could be edifying for me to learn. I took the opportunity — you see my character get born… something unlikely to ever happen to me again. He must be both omnipotent and yet totally naive at the same time. And experiencing the world in real time and his place in it. Is he going to be a force of good or a force of evil? It was really interesting, fun to play with, because he’s dangerous, you don’t know if he’s going to go one way or another. I’m continuing that theme in ‘Captain America 3.'”

And Bettany also touched upon his future with Marvel, although he revealed he cannot disclose how many films he’s signed on for. “As an actor, the other part of it is knowing that you have work in a year’s time. I’ve never had that. Do Jarvis, you should do Jarvis. No, find somebody else. Oh, I … It’s the first time in my life that I’ve had the security of knowing that I’ve got a couple of movies to make…” When asked if he can say how many more movies, he said, “I couldn’t reveal that.”

Opens May 6, 2016

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

Ahead of “S.H.I.E.L.D.’s” season two premiere, ABC has released a synopsis for the show’s second episode of the season, “Purpose in the Machine.”

Fitz and the team enlist the aid of an Asgardian to unlock the secrets of the ancient monolith that swallowed Simmons, and Agent May is at a crossroads in her personal and professional life.

Marvel.com has also published a fresh batch of promotional stills featuring the cast.

ARROW

The upcoming “Arrow” season three Blu-ray box set features a clip highlighting the women of the DC Comics TV show.

Returns October 7 on the CW

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

While speaking to Canoe, “BvS” director Zack Snyder discussed the oft-talked about yet not-greenlit “Man of Steel 2,” saying that the sequel to the 2014 film is actually right around the corner.

“I think in a way ‘Batman v Superman’ is ‘Man of Steel 2,'” said Snyder. “‘Justice League’ is kind of the transcendent, knights-of-the-round-table of the story. It’d be interesting to think about what a standalone Superman movie might be.”

(via Superhero Hype)

Opens March 25, 2016

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

During Sunday’s “Fear the Walking Dead” episode, viewers noticed a potentially familiar looking person was seen amongst those fleeing Los Angeles. Could it be Chandler Riggs’ “Walking Dead” character Carl?

Of course, it’s most likely not Riggs at all, but even if it was the actor making an Easter egg-style cameo, fans shouldn’t read too much into it. Not only was Carl on the other side of the country when the outbreak began, he was only 11 years old at the time.

Airs Sundays on AMC

THE FLASH

A pirated version of an iTunes featurette for “Flash” season two has popped up on Vimeo.

The Flash Season 2 iTunes Sneak Peek from Heather on Vimeo.

USA Today has an interview with Danielle Panabaker that looks ahead towards what’s new for season two of “The Flash.”

“We are all a little more relaxed, a little bit more confident, that we know what we’re doing and we know the story we’re telling,” said Panabaker. “But things are a little bit lighter this season just in terms of the comedy that they’re letting us play with as actors, which has been so nice. And there are new challenges, in an effort to stay true to the characters and also watch them grow. Humans grow and change and evolve after experience they’ve been through, and these characters in particular have been through a lot.”

She also talked about that glimpse we got of Killer Frost, her potential alter ego.

“Obviously the fact that Caitlin still becomes Killer Frost is something I’ve known since I signed onto the show and I’m extremely excited about that,” said Panabaker. “It’s probably not going to happen anytime soon, but I can’t wait. That was a nice way to start exploring and trying different looks. We probably had at least half a dozen hair-and-makeup tests to try and find exactly the right look. We sent so many emails and photos back and forth between myself and [executive producer] Andrew Kreisberg, working also with Kate Main who did the costume, to find something really cool and edgy and sexy but also would work for the world we’re playing in.”

And there’s also a new featurette with Grant Gustin talking about the upcoming season.

Returns October 6 on the CW

GOTHAM

You can check out a recap of last night’s “Gotham” episode, “Damned If You Do,” over on Spinoff.

Collider spoke with Cameron Monaghan about his role as Jeremy, a character that may become the Joker. Either way, though, Monaghan has perfected a killer laugh.

“I practiced so obsessively that I lost my voice because I was doing it so much,” said Monaghan. “I heard that I had gotten the role, and then I had a few weeks during winter break where I was thankfully able to sit at home in my apartment, lock myself in, and just stare at myself in the mirror and make weird faces and laugh, obsessively, to the point where I was concerned that my neighbors were going to call the cops on me because I was, at 3:30 or 4 in the morning, laughing maniacally at myself. Similarly, when I found out that I was going to be a part of the second season, I continued to do that. It was beneficial to get to the hotel in New York a little bit early, and be able to work within the space of the hotel and be cut off in a city that I’m not familiar with and where I don’t know a lot of people. I was able to focus on that.”

While talking to Entertainment Weekly, Ben McKenzie talked about where Jim Gordon finds himself in season two and his potential ally, played by Michael Chiklis.

“Michael Chiklis is coming in playing a character named Captain Barnes who is breathing fresh life into the near-wilting soul of Gordon, who’s becoming pretty beat up by not having anybody in his corner he can rely upon,” said McKenzie. “Barnes is ideologically driven. He believes that broken-window theory — if a kid breaks a window, you have to punish that kid; there have to be consequences for every violation of the law no matter how small. Things can change, but that requires absolute accountability from not just the citizenry but also the police force itself, so he’s a kindred spirit with Gordon.”

The Hollywood Reporter spoke with showrunner Bruno Heller about the new season of the show.

“The first season was very much old-school Gotham, run by mobsters and the mafia,” Heller told THR. “What we’re seeing this year is the transformation of the underworld from that conventional underworld to a grotesque, larger-than-life underworld that eventually takes over Gotham and requires the creation of Batman.”

Returns September 21 on Fox

MARVEL

Variety has learned that Marvel has promoted Victoria Alonso from head of visual effects to executive vice president of physical production. The announcement notes that her expanded role will allow her to oversee the physical production, post-production and production technical operations for Marvel.

SPIDER-MAN

While talking to Empire (via Yahoo!), “Spider-Man” director Jon Watts confirmed the age of Peter Parker in his upcoming solo film.

“I love the idea of making a coming-of-age high-school movie,” Watts said. “We’re really going to see Peter Parker in high school and get deeper into that side of it. He’s just 15 now.” Watts also reiterated that we won’t be seeing Spider-Man’s origin for a third time saying, “There are only so many times you can kill Uncle Ben.”

Opens July 28, 2017

SUPERGIRL

CBS has released a new trailer for “Supergirl” featuring never before seen footage.

David Harewood spoke to ComicBook.com about playing his character, Hank Henshaw, and what we’ll see from the character on “Supergirl.”

“You can expect a lot of surprises,” said Harewood. “We are a slightly different approach to Hank. He’s got a huge mythology. There’s a lot of surprises. There’s gonna be a big reveal about halfway through the show that kind of explains exactly why Hank is the way he is. He’s pretty hostile to Supergirl and I think comic book fans will be very, very happy when they find out the truth.”

Premieres October 26 on CBS

THE WALKING DEAD

AMC has released the brief synopsis of “Walking Dead’s” upcoming season six premiere.

Rick and the group are still having trouble assimilating into Alexandria. Will a new threat bring them closer together or drive them further apart?

Return October 11 on AMC

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

Screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg spoke about “X-Men: Apocalypse” in an interview with Collider, hyping up the mutant movie as the culmination of a trilogy.

“It delivers on the dramatic story and emotion of the last two movies. It feels like the culmination of the four main characters really — McAvoy, Fassbender, Nic Hoult, and Jen,” said Kinberg. “And it’s a bigger movie in both physical scale and I would say emotional stakes too because it is the culmination of this mini trilogy of stories.”

Opens May 27, 2016

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