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COMIC REEL: Isaac Compares “X-Men: Apocalypse” And “Star Wars” Roles; “Wonder Woman” Location Info Revealed

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COMIC REEL: Isaac Compares “X-Men: Apocalypse” And “Star Wars” Roles; “Wonder Woman” Location Info Revealed

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

While talking with IndieWire’s blog The Playlist, Oscar Isaac spoke about bringing the villain Apocalypse to life and how the role differed from his “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” character.

“You use different tools, different approaches,” said Isaac. “With ‘X-Men’ it was great because there’s an embodiment of such big ideas, you’re not working in the realm of naturalism. And just because something’s natural doesn’t mean that it’s interesting — and I think Kubrick knew that very well. Sometimes it’s fun to push performance into other places that is not just about the same kind of verite thing. You can go to heightened places in a Greek tragedy or kabuki kind of way. You have these forms that express more than just an individual’s personality. And that’s been really fun to play with in ‘X-Men.’ With ‘Star Wars’ it’s similar things, you’re playing in such a heightened reality that in that regard sometimes simplicity is your strength. Instead of getting out all the colors, you focus on the primary colors, and keep it simple and direct.”

He also spoke about the role in a chat with Paste.

“For me, more than anything, it was about being guilty of nostalgia,” said Isaac. “I was a big fan of Star Wars. I was also a big fan of X-Men, particularly the villain Apocalypse, so when those parts came around and there was interest for me to do them, I was excited about it. I was excited to explore those worlds. There is something more mythical … basically, you’re playing God. It’s a challenge.

Opens May 27, 2016

AGENT CARTER

Filming on “Agent Carter’s” second season is well underway, as evidenced by a couple of tweets from star Hayley Atwell’s Twitter feed.

Returns to ABC in 2016

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

Luke Mitchell spoke with Collider about his role as the Inhuman Lincoln on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s” third season.

“I’m really excited about season three,” said Mitchell. “I’d love to tell you so many things right now, but I can’t. I’m very, very excited about what I’ve been reading and what I’ve been doing on set. The whole vibe and dynamic for season three feels very new and fresh and exciting. Obviously, you’re going to get to see a lot more of Lincoln. You’re going to get to see different sides of Lincoln. He was introduced in season two with a very specific purpose, and that purpose was to help Skye transition. He was also within the Inhuman hierarchy at Afterlife. In season three, Afterlife is no more and that Inhuman hierarchy is no more. Lincoln is a man without a country, so to speak. He feels betrayed, but he also feels guilty. That’s really going to force him to try to work out the best course of action for him and what that means for his humanity, no pun intended. He needs to find out who he is, as a man, and where he stands, and all of that stuff. That might not be the easiest path.”

TV Line also has a bit of information about the future of Grant Ward and Skye’s relationship — or lack thereof.

“Ward fell for Agent 33 last year, and after Daisy had put a couple bullets in him, it sure felt to me like he he’d moved on,” said executive producer Jeff Bell notes. “Anything is possible,” he added regarding a storyline focusing on Ward and Skye/Daisy, but he noted that the new head of Hydra is “less interested in snuggling with Skye than in getting payback for what happened to Kara.”

Returns September 29 on ABC

ARROW

The CW has released the second part of an “Arrow” cast Q&A from this summer’s Comic-Con International.

TV Line shed a little light on incoming bad guy Damien Darhk’s plans, noting that renaming Starling City to Star City is not his doing.

“He’s very different from our previous Big Bads in that he’s not hiding in the shadows,” said showrunner Marc Guggenheim. “But at the same time, he doesn’t have a public persona.” TV Line notes that in the season premiere, Darhk will make his presence known. “He shows up at a very public meeting that Lance is present at. If Darhk wants to show up somewhere, he’s certainly going to!”

Guggenheim also shared what he called a piece of production art for the show’s upcoming season. The retro-style postcard calls out the oft-referenced Coast City and pays homage to the Green Lantern’s oath.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

It turns out that Michael Shannon’s previous story of filming on the “BvS” set as Zod with flippers for hands was actually… a lie!

“Somebody was asking me about this in New York and I made up some ridiculous bullshit answer about how my character Zod has flippers, and this went viral on the Internet or something and people have been asking me about that,” said Shannon to the Daily Beast. “That is so obviously a complete bullshit story, right? But people took it seriously.”

Shannon also clarified his role in “Batman v Superman,” saying that he was surprised to learn that his character’s corpse can be seen in the new movie’s trailer. “I wasn’t there,” said Shannon. “It’s a really awkward situation-I’m in the trailer for a movie that I didn’t work on.

“The thing about the whole Krypton universe, apparently, is that even when you destroy them, there are ghosts,” Shannon continued. “The first [film], Jor-El is there even though he’s been dead for lord knows how long… I went over and did some voice-over stuff because it’s like that ghost thing. But I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that. I get very nervous.”

There have been rumors that Shannon’s Zod would evolve into the Superman villain Doomsday in “Batman v Superman.” For the conspiracy theorists out there that think Shannon could be lying about lying and Doomsday will show up in “BvS,” here’s this quote, where Shannon actually calls out the rumored villain by name: “Maybe they should add it, I don’t know! Maybe in Part 3, Doomsday will have flipper hands. I mean, look — nothing would make me happier than to work with [director] Zack [Snyder] again, he’s hysterical and he’s a lot of fun to work with.”

Opens March 25, 2016

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Latino Review has a new rumor from an unnamed source, one that could be considered a spoiler, so look out. The rumor? While we won’t see an Iron Spider suit like in the comic book “Civil War” series, it’s rumored that Tony Stark will give Peter Parker a helping hand with his super suit and create the character’s web shooters.

Opens May 6, 2016

THE FLASH

The CW has teased Jay Garrick’s involvement in the upcoming “Flash” season by way of an Instagram post depicting the Golden Age Flash’s helmet.

Hold onto your hats, season 2 of #TheFlash premieres in just 36 days!

A photo posted by The Flash (@cwtheflash) on

Variety has announced that Tony Todd has been cast as the voice of Zoom, though it appears he’s not physically portraying the villain.

“Part of the mystery of the season is who or what is underneath the Zoom outfit, and so we wanted to do something like James Earl Jones as Darth Vader — this iconic voice coming out of this mask,” “Flash” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told Variety. “Last year, we thought of the Reverse-Flash as a speed warrior; this year, Zoom is like a speed demon, and no one does demon-voice better than Tony Todd.”

Returns October 6 on the CW

GOTHAM

Fox has released a two-minute clip from the season two premiere of “Gotham.”

And if that isn’t enough, there’s also a new teaser for the season.

Returns September 21 on Fox

IZOMBIE

ComicBook.com has a look at CW’s key art for “iZombie” season two.

MARVEL STUDIOS

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Marvel Studios will now report directly to Disney Studio Chief Alan Horn as opposed to Marvel Entertaiment CEO Ike Perlmutter

“Marvel Studios is taking the next logical step in its integration with The Walt Disney Studios, joining Pixar and Lucasfilm in centralizing many of its film-related functions in Burbank, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and co-president Louis D’Esposito continuing to lead the Marvel Studios team reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn,” a Disney spokesperson told the Hollywood Reporter.

SUPERGIRL

Entertainment Weekly has a first look at “Supergirl’s” Lucy Lane, as played by Jenna Dewan-Tatum.

“We hope to explore the history that Lucy has with James Olsen — or, as Lucy knows him, Jimmy Olsen,” explained executive producer Ali Adler. “I think we’re going to bring in her father. She does not play a romantic foil with whatever Kara and James are brewing, but people will also be surprised that she’s really a woman’s woman. She and Kara develop their own friendship, too. We’re not just bringing her in to purposefully create tension. She serves a larger story drive.”

TITANS

Even though TNT’s “Titans” — or “Blackbirds”? — series is currently on the backburner, that hasn’t stopped “Vampire Diaries” actor Steven R. McQueen for hinting that he really wants to play Nightwing. The actor posted a picture of some gifts he’s received to his Instagram page, as spotted by ComicBook.com.

Been getting cool gifts on set recently

A photo posted by @steven_r_mcqueen on

VIXEN

A pair of behind-the-scenes videos for the CW’s animated “Arrow”-verse spinoff “Vixen” have been posted to the CW Seed’s YouTube page.

WONDER WOMAN

ComicBookMovie has a round-up of “Wonder Woman” updates from various sites. DC Comics Movie has reported that Hoyte Van Hoytema (“Insterstellar,” “The Fighter,” “Spectre”) will possibly serve as the film’s director of photography. Yahoo! Italy has posted that “WW” will shoot scenes in Basilicata, Italy. Lastly, Production Weekly has revealed that the movie will go into production under the name “Nightingale.”

Opens June 23, 2017

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