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COMIC REEL: FX’s “X-Men” Show Finds its Leads; Josh Brolin Talks Thanos Research

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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

Josh Brolin appeared on Conan this week and discussed his preparation for the role of Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actor revealed that taking the role was “greatest decision [he’s] ever made.”

“I didn’t know a lot about Thanos,” Brolin told O’Brien. “I went into a comic book store wanting to get more information. I walked in and they went apoplectic! I was like, ‘What’s the deal?’ and they were like, ‘Thanos! Thanos! Thanos! It’s Thanos!'”

Part 1 opens May 4, 2018; Part 2 opens May 3, 2019

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Even Steve Rogers wasn’t safe from a Facebook Friend Day video. Check out the video, from the official Captain America: Civil War Facebook page, below:

#FriendsDay

Posted by Captain America on Thursday, February 4, 2016

Opens May 6, 2016

LEGION

FX has cast Aubrey Plaza, Dan Stevens and Jean Smart in its X-Men adaptation about Professor Xavier’s son, “Legion.”

Stevens is set to play lead character David Haller, described as “a haunted man, trying to find his way back to sanity, but he’s getting tired and is about to give up when he meets the girl of his dreams.” Plaza will play his optimistic best friend, while Smart will portray his therapist.

Production on the “Legion” pilot begins in March.

DEADPOOL

Odeon Cinemas unveiled an exclusive new trailer for “Deadpool,” which you can check out below.

Opens February 12, 2016

ARROW

The CW has released an official synopsis for the February 24 episode of “Arrow,” titled “Taken,” which sees the live-action debut of Megalyn E.K. as Vixen.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24
ARROW
“Taken” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

VIXEN JOINS TEAM ARROW – Oliver (Stephen Amell) realizes he needs help battling Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough) so he calls in an old friend – Vixen (guest star Megalyn E.K.).  Using her magical ability to summon animal powers, Vixen gets a lock on Darhk’s location and the team goes to war.  Meanwhile, Thea (Willa Holland) has a heart-to-heart talk with Malcolm (John Barrowman).  Gregory Smith directed the episode with story by Marc Guggenheim and teleplay by Keto Shimizu & Brian Ford Sullivan (#415). Original airdate 2/24/16.

Airs Wednesdays on the CW

THE FLASH

The CW released an official synopsis for the February 23 episode of “The Flash,” called “King Shark,” which sees the return of the title villain to the series.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23
THE FLASH
“King Shark” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

“ARROW’S” DIGGLE (DAVID RAMSEY) AND LILA (AUDREY MARIE ANDERSON) CROSS OVER TO “THE FLASH” TO TAKE ON KING SHARK – When King Shark escapes from an A.R.G.U.S. holding tank, Lila (guest star Audrey Marie Anderson) and Diggle (David Ramsey) travel to Central City to warn The Flash (Grant Gustin).  King Shark shows up at the West house and attacks Joe (Jesse L. Martin), Iris (Candice Patton), Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) and Barry.  Hanelle Culpepper directed the episode written by Benjamin Raab & Deric A. Hughes (#215).  Original airdate 2/23/16.

Airs Tuesdays on the CW

GOTHAM

FOX has released a promo for the midseason return of “Gotham,” teasing the upcoming appearance of Mr. Freeze on the series — along with a Howard Stern endorsement.

Airs Mondays on Fox

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

There’s a recap of last night’s “Legends of Tomorrow,” “Blood Ties” here on CBR. And The CW has aired a promo for next week’s installment, “White Knights.”

Additionally, The CW released the episode synopsis for “Legends of Tomorrow’s” February 25 episode — which sees a guest appearance from Stephen Amell — titled “Star City 2046.”

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25
DC’S Legends of Tomorrow
“Star City 2046” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)

THE TEAM ENCOUNTERS A VERY DIFFERENT OLIVER QUEEN – When a malfunction sends the Waverider crashing into 2046 Star City, our heroes face a startling version of their own future where they never stop Savage (guest star Casper Crump) and never return home.  The city is in ruins and overrun by criminals, which thrills Rory (Dominic Purcell).  Sara (Caity Lotz) is despondent over the destruction of her home and stunned when she learns what happened to her old friend, Oliver Queen (guest star Stephen Amell).  Steve Shill directed the episode written by Marc Guggenheim & Ray Utarnachitt (#106).  Original airdate 2/25/16.

Star Ciara Renee spoke about Hawkgirl in an interview with Collider, describing how she fits in without her lifelong companion, Hawkman: “My hope for her is that instead of needing to be the other half of something, she can be a complete human on her own. Just in general, as human beings, we very easily fall into relationships where we get comfortable and we think, ‘This is who I am, in this relationship,’ and not, ‘This is who I am, and also, I’m in this relationship.’ So, I think it’s really great and it could be a really empowering storyline for females, in general, to see that a woman can be on her own, making her own choices, and finding out who she is, in some pretty super circumstances.”

Captain Cold actor Wentworth Miller spoke with TVLine about his character’s redemption on “Legends of Tomorrow,” saying, “I think Snart was a model of a certain kind of man…He makes certain choices, this is what you can expect. Signed, sealed and delivered. Snart is Snart. And I think Snart has thought of himself in that way — ‘I’m a criminal and that’s all there is to me and for me.’ On ‘Legends,’ the door opens a crack and he realizes that maybe redemption is possible, maybe change is possible, maybe growth is possible. Washing your hands clean after you’ve committed X number of crimes, maybe that too is possible.”

Airs Thursdays on the CW

SUPERGIRL

CBS has unveiled photos of young Kal-El (Daniel DiMaggio) in the upcoming “Supergirl” episode, “For the Girl Who Has Everything” — based on Alan Moore’s “For the Man Who Has Everything” story from 1985’s “Superman Annual” #11.

THE WALKING DEAD


Actor/musician Alicia Witt has been cast in an unspecified role on “The Walking Dead.”

The “Dune” and “Justified” actress made the following announcement via Twitter:

Returns Sunday, Feb. 14 on AMC

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