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COMIC REEL: “LEGO Batman’s” Theme Revealed; “Daredevil” Showrunner Defends Affleck

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COMIC REEL: “LEGO Batman’s” Theme Revealed; “Daredevil” Showrunner Defends Affleck

LEGO BATMAN MOVIE

MTV talked to writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the brains behind last year’s “The LEGO Movie,” and got a bit of information about LEGO Batman’s upcoming animated solo adventure.

“No spoilers,” said Lord. “But I will say I think the movie is really exciting because it’s about ‘Can Batman be happy?'”

They also revealed that animation has already begun on the LEGO spinoff film, and Batman voice actor Will Arnett is already impressed. “The first bit that I’ve seen was mind-boggling,” he said.

AGENT CARTER

As we reported over on Spinoff, “Agent Carter’s” two-hour premiere will rerun on Saturday night. If you missed the well-reviewed debut earlier this week, you’ll be able to catch an encore on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Marvel has released the synopsis for “Agent Carter’s” fourth episode, titled “The Blitzkrieg Button.” The list of guest stars reveals that Stan Lee will be making an appearance in the episode.

“The Blitzkrieg Button” – Peggy may be in more trouble than usual when fugitive Howard Stark suddenly returns for mysterious reasons. And Chief Dooley chases a new clue all the way to Europe that threatens to destroy Peggy’s future at the SSR, on “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” Tuesday, January 27 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Marvel’s Agent Carter” stars Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis, Chad Michael Murray as Agent Jack Thompson, Enver Gjokaj as Agent Daniel Sousa and Shea Whigham as Chief Roger Dooley.

Guest starring are Lyndsy Fonseca as Angie Martinelli, Alexander Carroll as Agent Yauch, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Bridget Regan as Dottie Underwood, Benita Robledo as Carol, Meagan Holder as Vera, Joanna Strepp as Gloria, John Bishop as Frank, Tim Dezarn as George, Billy Malone as “large” smuggler, Jeremy Timmins as “larger” smuggler, Chad Danshaw as thug, Jack Conley as Colonel Mueller, Kevin Cotteleer as Alex Doobin, Gregory Sporleder as Otto Mink, Jim Palmer as goon, Tim Garris as hoodlum, Stan Lee as man (next to Howard Stark) and Sarah Schreiber as Lorraine.

“The Blitzkrieg Button” was written by Brant Englestein and directed by Stephen Cragg.

While speaking with the Hollywood Reporter, Hayley Atwell hinted at a number of twists up ahead for “Agent Carter.”

“It takes a completely different turn,” said Atwell. “It’s exciting the direction it takes… It’s really clever the way the writers stayed on top of everything. Just when the audience goes, ‘Alright, I know what the show is,’ it goes into a different direction.”

Airs Tuesdays on ABC

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

Marvel announced yesterday that “Battlestar Galactica” album Edward James Olmos will have a guest starring role on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” when the show returns this spring. Olmos will pay Robert Gonzalez, a character whose addition is said to instigate “massive repercussions for Director Coulson and his team.”

Returns in March on ABC

ANT-MAN

Entertainment Weekly has an extensive feature story that traces “Ant-Man’s” production process from the early Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish days through to the film’s production under new director Peyton Reed.

When Wright vacated the director’s chair, the actors had to reevaluate their involvement. Evangeline Lilly had yet to sign a contract, so she could have walked away from the role of Hope Van Dyne. “I got held off for months,” said Lilly. “Marvel knew [that first revised screenplay] wasn’t good. They just knew it was in the direction they wanted.” Lilly remained with the project, and you can see her in the new photos included in the article.

Leading man Paul Rudd opened up to Entertainment Weekly about his feelings regarding Wright’s sudden departure. “It all happened pretty quickly,” said Rudd. “Edgar called me, and then it was just out in all the trades. It was a bit of a whirlwind, to say the least… But I was devastated, you know.”

Following Wright’s departure, Rudd took over screenwriting duties with his “Anchorman” collaborator Adam McKay. “It somewhat happened organically,” said Rudd. “When Edgar left, they were talking about directors and I knew Adam [McKay] and Adam’s brilliant. So he came in to meet with them. He and I had some ideas and so we spent some time rewriting it and wound up doing a rewrite on the whole thing. All of a sudden, this took on a whole new life and was much more intensive that I had maybe anticipated. I’ve actually found myself in these kinds of situations before — maybe not quite on this level, but not far off — where all of a sudden you’re writing scenes and taking on writing responsibilities. And that’s okay. But it’s a little strange writing something that’s really, truly out of my comfort zone. I wouldn’t know how to begin to write [something like this], but sometimes you just hit the ground running, I guess. Thankfully Adam was there.”

HeyUGuys has posted a few new bits of concept art from the film, which includes shots of Ant-Man and Yellowjacket.

Opens July 17

ARROW

The CW has released a slightly extended trailer for “Arrow’s” upcoming midseason premiere, “Left Behind.”

If Oliver’s allies can survive the midseason premiere, a newly unveiled synopsis reveals that they’ll have to go up against Brick, played by Vinnie Jones.

“Midnight City” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, V) (HDTV)

SUIT UP – Arsenal (Colton Haynes) and Diggle (David Ramsey) confront Laurel (Katie Cassidy) about trying to step into her sister’s shoes and warn her to stop before she gets herself killed. However, when Brick (guest star Vinnie Jones) kidnaps the city’s Aldermen and threatens to kill them all unless the police evacuate The Glades, it’s all suits on deck. Meanwhile, Ray (Brandon Routh) steps in to help Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and the police force fight Brick, showing Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) a new side of her boss. Malcom (John Barrowman) tells Thea (Willa Holland) that Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) is after him and his family and they must leave town immediately. Nick Copus directed the episode written by Wendy Mericle & Ben Sokolowski (#311). Original airdate 1/28/2015.

Returns January 21 on the CW

CONSTANTINE

SpoilerTV has a few promotional stills from “The Saint of Last Resorts 2.” The episode will be “Constantine’s” first in 2015 and it will find the lead character in pretty dire straits.

Returns January 16 on NBC

DAREDEVIL

“Daredevil” showrunner Steven S. DeKnight has answered a few more fan questions on Twitter. His latest series of informative tweets touches on everything from Ben Affleck’s Daredevil to the Netflix series’ potential role in the larger MCU.

Premieres on Netflix in 2015

THE FLASH

The CW has released a synopsis for the January 27th episode of “The Flash,” which bears the title “The Sound and the Fury” and will introduce the Pied Piper into the speedster’s rogues’ gallery.

BROADWAY STAR ANDY MIENTUS GUEST STARS AS THE PIED PIPER – Dr. Wells’ (Tom Cavanagh) former protegee, Hartley Rathaway (guest star Andrew Mientus), returns to seek revenge on his mentor after being affected by the particle accelerator explosion. Now able to manipulate sound waves, the brilliant Rathaway is a dangerous threat to both Wells and The Flash (Grant Gustin). Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) is thrilled when she’s hired by the Central City Picture News as their newest cub reporter. Unfortunately, her editor (guest star Tom Butler) pairs her with a veteran reporter, Mason Bridge (guest star Roger Howarth), who wants nothing to do with her. Cisco (Carlos Valdes) recalls his first day on the job at S.T.A.R. Labs when he met Hartley and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker). Joe (Jesse L. Martin) asks Eddie (Rick Cosnett) for a favor but asks him to keep it a secret from Barry. John Showalter directed the episode written by Alison Schapker; Brooke Eikmier.

Returns to the CW on January 20

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