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COMIC REEL: “X-Men’s” Kinberg Reveals How Munn Became Psylocke; Rumor Possibly Reveals “GOTG2” Villain

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X-MEN: APOCALYPSE


Collider has a set report from “X-Men: Apocalypse” detailing how they chose their Four Horsemen.

Producer/writer also singled out Olivia Munn’s Psylocke, revealing how the actress originally auditioned for “Deadpool” but ended up in “Apocalypse.”

“Psylocke was quite a late addition to the script and the movie,” said Kinberg. “Bryan Singer and I were up here in Montreal and we felt like we needed a different Horseman, and we just started going through the cycling of the different Apocalypse Horsemen over history. We felt like we wanted it to be a female character and we pretty quickly settled on Psylocke. And super randomly I think a week or two earlier I was in Los Angeles and we were casting ‘Deadpool.’ I had met with Olivia Munn for a character in ‘Deadpool’ that ultimately wasn’t the right character for her, but we were like ‘We’ve gotta keep in touch, she has to do something in the X-Men world.’ And Bryan and I were sitting in Montreal a few weeks later and saying we should do Psylocke and I was like, ‘Dude, I just met with Olivia Munn two weeks ago. She’d be great.’ Then we looked at pictures of her online and I emailed her and I said, ‘I think this is a great character for you’ and she immediately emailed me back and sent me all this fan art online that fans had done of her as Psylocke. So that’s how that one came to be.”

Director Bryan Singer also talked about the timeline of Fox’s quasi-rebooted X-franchise, saying that he theorizes that time is “immutable.”

“It’s not leading necessarily toward exactly where we found Patrick Stewart and the X-Men at the beginning of ‘X-Men 1,'” said Singer. “There are some things that lead in that general direction, that was part of the philosophy we had at the end of ‘Days of Future Past’ is that you can’t fully change the course or current of the river, but you can just divert it a little bit, and we diverted it a little bit. So some things will be surprises; people could die that were alive in ‘X-Men 1,’ ‘2’ and ‘3’, or people could survive that died during ‘1,’ ‘2’ and ‘3.’”

In an interview with Collider, Michael Fassbender related his character to Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse.

“[T]his was another thing that I was discovering through talking to Oscar and talking to Simon Kinberg, and this idea of Apocalypse sort of being like a god, the original mutant,” said Fassbender. “Talking to Oscar about that I was thinking, at that moment where things are being taken away from him again in Poland it’s almost like he’s looking for an answer, or he’s challenging God, it’s like, ‘What do you want from me? I’ve tried everything. I’ve tried to lead a good life. I’ve tried to do it correctly, whatever that is, and now you do this to me so what do you want?’ It’s sort of like a challenge to God, if he’s out there, and then Oscar’s character arrives. So in a way, tied in with that I thought it was a nice link. He arrives and it’s like, ‘Okay well something much more powerful than me has arrived,’ in a way kind of like a god; he’s the original mutant. And I think, like you were saying before Magneto doesn’t really follow anyone, so it was kind of a hard thing like, well how does he just become one of Apocalypse’s Horsemen, and is he cool with that? But he appreciates that this guy is going to do what he couldn’t do. He’s got just so much more power than him, he’s such an immense force. In a way, it’s like that classic thing of joining any cult or radical group, he’s caught him at a very low, vulnerable point where he doesn’t really care anymore whether he dies or not or what happens, so he’s like, ‘Yeah I’ll join this guy. I’ll go on this path of judgment.’ Apocalypse is sort of bringing judgment to the Earth.”

Opens May 27, 2016

AGENT CARTER

ABC has released new promotional stills for episode four of “Agent Carter’s” second season, an episode titled “Smoke and Mirrors.” The stills see Peggy squaring off against Kurtwood Smith’s mysterious new antagonist.

ARROW


You can check out a recap of last night’s returning “Arrow” episode right here, and there’s also a teaser for next week’s installment.

The CW has also released a synopsis for the February 10 episode, “Sins of the Father.”

ARROW
“Sins of the Father” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
NYSSA MAKES OLIVER AN OFFER – Oliver (Stephen Amell) receives an offer from Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law) that is hard to refuse. Meanwhile, Thea (Willa Holland) continues to battle the blood lust, Malcolm (John Barrowman) steps in to help his daughter, and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) has a heart to heart talk with Nyssa. Gordon Verheul directed the episode written by Ben Sokolowski & Keto Shimizu (#413). Original airdate 2/10/2016.

Star Stephen Amell teased Vixen’s upcoming debut on the show by posing with actress Megalyn Echikunwoke.


CBR also has a video interview with “Arrow” co-showrunner Wendy Mericle.

Airs Wednesdays on the CW

THE FLASH

The CW has released a synopsis for the February 9 episode, titled “Welcome to Earth-2.”

THE FLASH
“Welcome to Earth-2” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
BARRY VISITS EARTH-2 – Barry (Grant Gustin), Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) journey to Earth-2 to rescue Wells’ daughter, Jesse (guest star) from Zoom. Barry is stunned when he runs into Earth-2 Iris (Candice Patton) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin), but nothing prepares him for meeting Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) and Deathstorm (guest star Robbie Amell). Meanwhile, back on Earth-1, Jay (guest star Teddy Sears) has to take over the Flash’s responsibilities when a meta-human nicknamed Geomancer (guest star Adam Stafford) attacks Central City. Millicent Shelton directed the episode written by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg and Katherine Walczak (#213). Original airdate 2/9/2016.

Airs Tuesdays on the CW

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

Geek.com has heard a rumor from unnamed sources stating that Ego the Living Planet will appear in “Guardians 2.”

Opens May 5, 2017

IZOMBIE

The CW has released a synopsis for the upcoming “iZombie” episode titled “Physician, Heal Thy Selfie.”

(HDTV) #TeamZ – Detective Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin) and Liv (Rose McIver) are investigating a triple homicide, and Liv is shocked to learn that the victims’ bodies are missing their heads. A very hungry Liv is forced to consume the brain of an unfortunate social media hungry soul who was recently run over by a bus. Meanwhile, Peyton (guest star Aly Michalka) leans on Ravi (Rahul Kohl) for support, and things get interesting when Blaine’s (David Anders) worlds start to collide. Robert Buckley also stars.

Airs Tuesdays on the CW

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

The CW has aired a pair of promos for tonight’s “Legends of Tomorrow” debut.

The CW has released a synopsis for the show’s fourth episode, which is titled “White Knights” and introduces Doom Patrol member Valentina Vostock.

DC’S Legends of Tomorrow
“White Knights” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, DV) (HDTV)
STEPHANIE CORNELIUSSEN (“MR. ROBOT”) GUEST STARS AS VALENTINA VOSTOCK – When Vandal Savage (guest star Casper Crump) retreats behind the Iron Curtain in the early 1980s, a string of nuclear scientists begins to mysteriously disappear. The team follows Vandal’s trail straight into the heart of the Soviet Union in an attempt to find his next target. Ray (Brandon Routh) tries to bond with a beautiful Soviet scientist, Valentina Vostock (guest star Stephanie Corneliussen), in the hopes of finding out Vandal’s next move. When Valentina rejects him, it’s Snart (Wentworth Miller) to the rescue. Stein (Victor Garber) pushes Jax (Franz Drameh) to be better, which frustrates Jax and ultimately threatens the Firestorm matrix. Rip (Arthur Darvill) asks Sara (Caity Lotz) to train Kendra (Ciara Renee). Antonio Negret directed the episode written by Sarah Nicole Jones & Phil Klemmer (#104). Original airdate 2/11/2016.

Premieres January 21, 2016 on the CW

SPIDER-MAN

THR has reported that “Spider-Man’s” release date has been affected by the shuffling of “Star Wars: Episode VIII” to December. The release date for the Marvel/Sony’s “Spider-Man” movie has been moved up from July 28, 2017 to July 7, 2017.

Opens July 7, 2017

SUICIDE SQUAD

Film Music Reporter has learned that Steven Price (“Gravity,” “Fury”) will score “Suicide Squad.”

Opens on August 5, 2016

SUPERGIRL

Pictures from “Supergirl’s” 12th episode, “Bizarro,” have been released by CBS.

THOR: RAGNAROK


In an interview with Empire, Mark Ruffalo discussed his appearance as the Hulk/Bruce Banner in “Thor: Ragnarok.”

“I feel like that’s kind of where we’re heading with this relationship between Thor and Banner,” Ruffalo explained, adding, “It is a universal road movie — that’s where we’re heading… It’s not where you’d think it will be, so it’s not your classic road movie but it has that structure, I think.” He added that he hasn’t read the script yet, but that “this is what we’re talking about.”

“I love Chris [Hemsworth], and it’s not an accident that we’ve been put together because we have a good time together and we goof off,” he shared. “The fact that we’re moving towards the smart-comedic bent plays into our relationship.”

Opens on November 3, 2017

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