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COMIC REEL: “Suicide Squad” Strengthens Its Characters; “Agents of SHIELD” Expands Its Marvel U Cast

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COMIC REEL: “Suicide Squad” Strengthens Its Characters; “Agents of SHIELD” Expands Its Marvel U Cast

THE WALKING DEAD

With the hit AMC’s return to the air with some shocking twists, TV Guide is celebrating how Robert Kirkman’s series has led the way for comics’ takeover of TV with two new covers. In a feature article, Kirkman explains why he was nervous about making the transition to TV: “Zombies are essentially people who eat people, so it’s a cannibal show. I was like, ‘I can’t foresee a cannibal show on television.'” You can read the feature online now which also includes teases on upcoming episodes of “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “iZombie,” “Gotham,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and more.

AGENT CARTER

ABC has released new images from the next episode of “Agent Carter,” titled “Snafu.” You can check out a few of the pics, which feature Peggy at odds with the men of the S.S.R., below.

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

Marvel has announced that Drea de Matteo will appear on an upcoming episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” following the series’ return from its current winter hiatus. The Emmy award-winning actress will play Karla Faye Gideon, described as a “gifted woman with a grudge to bear against S.H.I.E.L.D. who joins forces with Skye’s father, Cal.” Karla Faye Gideon appeared in the 2005 “Daredevil: Redemption” limited series by David Hine and Michael Gaydos as a victim of domestic violence and mother of a murdered child. Her decision to stand by her husband put her at odds with Daredevil over the course of the miniseries.

And if you’re still jonesing for Marvel TV talk, check out our interview with head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb where he discusses everything from “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” to the incoming “AKA Jessica Jones.”

Returns March 3 on ABC

ARROW

IGN has posted shots of DC Collectibles’ upcoming line of action figures featuring characters from “Arrow” and “The Flash.” You can check out shots of Diggle, Felicity, Captain Cold and Arsenal below.

DEADPOOL

With “Deadpool” exactly one year away from hitting theaters, leading man Ryan Reynolds took to Twitter to give fans a little something to help hold them over. The actor tweeted a sepia-tinted picture of himself with a few pieces of what could end up being his Deadpool duds. According to Reynolds’ caption, the mask seen in the foreground of the TwitPic is merely a prototype for what he will wear in the film — but it’s a pretty comic-accurate prototype. You can check out the tweet and picture below.

Opens February 12, 2016

OUTCAST

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Cinemax has ordered Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta’s “Outcast” to series. The 10-episode first season does not yet have a premiere date. Kirkman, who also created “The Walking Dead,” will write the pilot and serve as executive producer on the series. A number or roles have already been cast; Patrick Fugit will play lead character Kyle Barnes and Philip Glenister will co-star as a preacher named Reverend Anderson.

“‘Outcast’ is an ambitious series and Adam Wingard has directed a powerful pilot. I am very proud of the work that Robert, Sharon and team have put together,” said FIC president and CEO Hernan Lopez in a statement.

SUICIDE SQUAD

YouTube channel Flicks and the City has a few interviews with “Focus” and “Suicide Squad” co-stars Margot Robbie and Will Smith. ComicBookMovie has transcribed the parts relevant to “Suicide Squad,” which reveals how far along director David Ayer is in the pre-production process.

“I’m looking forward to it too, but I don’t know what it’s going to be character-wise,” said Smith, who will play Deadshot.

“We don’t know what our characters’ relationship is really gonna be [because] it’s ever-changing,” added Harley Quinn actress Robbie.

“It’s really cool, the way that David Ayer works,” continued Smith. “It’s all images, all ideas, and he holds the screenplay [pretty close] and he just keeps sending you things about your character. He just wants you to be prepared for anything… [Ayer] only sends your character’s stuff so you don’t know what’s going on with the other characters; I think he wants it to come alive on set.”

Smith then talked a bit about playing Deadshot and justifying the character’s actions. “I guess I like the concept of dubious morals,” explained Smith. “I always liked to play in that area… With Suicide Squad, we just started on that. I think I haven’t explored the psychology enough of Deadshot, somebody who could take money to kill people; how he justifies that for himself. So, I still have a little bit of work to do on that, but in my life in general and in my career, those are the type of roles that I’m pushing more towards; those kinds of questions.” You can check out the interviews below.

CBR TRAILERS

If you spend at least part of your day on YouTube, take a break from all those cat videos and check out our new CBR Trailers channel. We’ll be posting new teasers, trailers and clips daily. Start your subscription by checking out two new trailers from yesterday including a look inside the next “Hulk: Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” and new Sophia Vegara/Reece Witherspoon comedy “Hot Pursuit.”

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