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COMIC REEL: “Gambit” Reportedly Set To Start Filming In March; CW President Praises “Riverdale” Producer

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GAMBIT

Newsarama has spotted New Orlenas ABC affiliate WGNO’s report that “Gambit” will start filming in New Orleans in March. Fox has not officially announced the film’s start date.

With “Gambit” most likely filming soon, USA Today has a roundup of… less than favorable reactions to what is most likely the early stages of Channing Tatum’s Gambit haircut, which he sported at last night’s Golden Globes.



Opens October 7, 2016

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

While talking to Digital Spy, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” lead Clark Gregg spoke about his hopes for a reunion with the Avengers.

“I think it was important [early on] to establish that that’s not what the show is,” said Gregg​. “It’s really up to the people at Marvel. Literally all of [the Avengers actors], at different times in different interviews — have been really generous about wanting to be part of it. I hope that seems like the right thing to do at some point. So far I’ve liked the way that people like Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander​) got to be let out to play a little more than they’d get to normally — and whether it’s at the cinema or on the television, I hope at some point Phil Coulson gets to explain what he’s been doing.”

Returns to ABC on March 8

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

While speaking with ComicBook.com at Wizard World New Orleans, “Avengers: Infinity War” director Joe Russo spoke about the number of characters in the upcoming massive Marvel two-parter — specifically whether or not the Guardians of the Galaxy will appear.

“That is another one that we would have to reserve as a surprise, but we will say this: People will not be disappointed in the amount of characters in the movie,” said Joe Russo. “The concept of ‘Infinity War’ is that the Marvel universe unites to battle the greatest threat to the world and universe that you’ve ever seen, and we’re going to honor that concept.”

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

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

Over the weekend, director Zack Snyder tweeted a quick clip from “Batman v Superman” that shows the two heroes interacting.


USA Today also has an interview with the film’s stars and director. Zack Snyder said he wanted an older Batman, with Ben Affleck adding that his take on Bruce Wayne is “a guy who had been through that experience already for many years and was kind of burnt out and asking himself what the point of it all was and going through an existential crisis… Batman is covered up by a suit and sometimes a car and sometimes a lot of vehicles and weapons, whereas Bruce Wayne is much more naked — it’s just you and a suit of clothes. You can’t really play Batman because Batman is different things to different people. We project our own things onto the mythology of what Batman is, and he has to be able to be projected upon. With Bruce Wayne, you have to bring something distinct and new and different.”

“He can sure as hell take Batman out if he wants to, and Batman takes advantage of that,” said Henry Cavill, who plays Superman. “He’s not going to go all-out against the kids because he’ll end up smashing people around. It’s the idea of still wanting to have fun but no one gets hurt, so you’re being careful about where your knees and elbows are going. That’s what Clark is for me, but Superman is far more relaxed. Superman is dad just being dad at home.”

Opens March 25, 2016

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Joe and Anthony Russo’s appearance at Wizard World New Orleans over the weekend yielded a few updates about the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War,” as revealed via ComicBook.com. During a panel, the assembled film actors were asked which scene they would like to film that they hadn’t had a chance to film yet. Frank Grillo, who plays Crossbones, joked that he’d “like to kill Captain America.” Director Joe Russo chimed in and teased, “We may or may not have filmed that scene, though. She asked about a scene you haven’t done.”

The directors also discussed Black Panther, saying that he has a “very important part in the story” and an “amazing arc.” Anthony Russo added, “Whether or not Wakanda is involved in it remains on the table.”

Joe then chimed in, dissecting his brother’s cryptic answer. “If you’re going to see Wakanda, we go, ‘Listen, we can’t tell you whether or not you’re going to see Wakanda,'” said Joe. “You’re probably going to see Wakanda.”

A new piece of alleged “Civil War” tie-in apparel might tease what Spider-Man will look like in the film.


Opens May 6, 2016

DEADPOOL

Fox has released a TV spot for “Deadpool” that fits previously seen footage in a new configuration.

Opens February 12, 2016

THE FLASH

Film and comic creator Kevin Smith has been tapped to direct an upcoming episode of “The Flash.” The announcement came during this weekend’s Television Critics Association press tour. Smith, whose love of comics permeates his filmography and is also showcased on his AMC program “Comic Book Men,” has produced television for the CW before, directing the 2007 pilot for the series “Reaper.”

Collider’s coverage of the TCAs shed some light on this decision, with “Flash” EP Andrew Kreisberg revealing that getting Smith on board was easy.

“I literally got a phone call from his agent saying that Kevin Smith’s favorite show is ‘The Flash,’ and if was there an episode for him, and the answer was yes,” said Kreisberg. “It was really that simple. I didn’t know him personally, I’ve just been such a huge fan of his work.”

Kreisberg also spoke about the chances of seeing Gorilla Grodd again. He said that the character most likely won’t reappear in season two, because they want to use Grodd in a multi-episode arc.

“I would liken the Gorilla City thing to Ra’s al Ghul,” said Kreisberg. “You know, you hear about ‘the man from Nanda Parbat’ in [‘Arrow’] Season 1, and ‘the man who showed Malcolm the way,’ and then you met Nyssa, then in Season 3 you met Ra’s. So, it’s a long-term thing.”

Airs Tuesdays on the CW

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

The CW has released a clip from “Legends of Tomorrow” focusing on White Canary in the ’70s.

Premieres January 21, 2016 on the CW

RIVERDALE

TV Line has a quick report on the TCA’s “Riverdale” content. The CW series will be darker and edgier than the “Archie” comics. CW president Mark Pedowitz said that when a hit-making producer like Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”) wants to make a “darker take” on Archie, “you give them that leeway. They deserve it, they’ve earned it.”

SUICIDE SQUAD

USA Today has released a new team pic of the Suicide Squad.

THOR: RAGNAROK


Following an early report that Marvel has approached Cate Blanchett to play a role in “Thor: Ragnarok,” Mark Ruffalo has expressed his enthusiasm for his potential cast mate.

“I heard that maybe she was circling [‘Thor: Ragnarok’], they were talking to her about the part, so I ran up to her and I was like, ‘Please, please, please make this work!'” Ruffalo told Entertainment Tonight at the BAFTA Awards. “She’s just one of the best, and to have her play a baddie is going to be really exciting.” Marvel has yet to officially confirm that talks are indeed underway with Blanchett.

Opens on November 3, 2017

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