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COMIC REEL: Amell Teases Firestorm On “Flash”; Gaiman Gives “Sandman” Update

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COMIC REEL: Amell Teases Firestorm On “Flash”; Gaiman Gives “Sandman” Update

AQUAMAN

After almost a year of keeping quiet, Jason Momoa can finally talk about his upcoming role as Aquaman.

“It’s been a bitch!” Momoa revealed during Atlanta’s Walker Stalker Con. “Just dodging, you know, because I was asked to play it and the fact is you just have to keep it quiet, out of respect for Warner Bros. and their whole position. So now I don’t have to be quiet anymore. It was really hard for me.”

The “Game of Thrones” actor continued, addressing how his heritage and education made this role appealing to him. “Yeah, I did go to school for marine biology, but the cool thing is … the greatest thing for me is that Polynesians, our gods, Kahoali, Maui, all these water gods, so it’s really cool and a honor to be playing a [water] character. And there’s not too many brown superheroes, so I’m really looking forward to representing the Polynesians, the natives.”

Opens in 2018

ARROW

Variety has reported that ex-Juggernaut Vinnie Jones has been cast as the villain Brick in upcoming episodes of the CW series. Danny Brickwell, a big time gang leader, will clash with the archer for three weeks starting with the tenth episode of this season.

IGN recently paid a visit to both the “Arrow” and “Flash” sets and learned a little bit about their upcoming crossover.

“I just spoke with [director] Glenn Winter on Wednesday,” said Stephen Amell. “We were shooting some stuff for episode 308, which is our ‘Flash’ crossover episode, and he said that he had seen a cut and it was his favorite thing that I have been involved in so far on the show.”

Amell then teased the big showdown between Arrow and Flash. “I mean, episode 108 [of ‘The Flash’] is called ‘Flash vs. Arrow,'” said the “Arrow” lead. “Our titles aren’t just titles. You can bet based on the title that we fight. So, that whole dynamic — which took place over three nights of shooting — was a very new and different experience for me just from a technical standpoint, just because ‘The Flash’ has so many effects. We do our fights [on ‘Arrow’]. On Monday, we are shooting the biggest fight we’ve ever done on ‘Arrow’ in an incredibly practical way. I’m shooting one hundred percent of it. I have no double. So that’s crazy and that’s us.”

But before the Flash comes to “Arrow,” the show will have a visit from Nyssa al Ghul — daughter of Ra’s al Ghul. CBR revealed exclusive photos from the episode, titled “The Magician.”

Airs Wednesdays on the CW

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

For those of you who missed the “Batman v Superman” footage first screened at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, Free Will Revolution has got you covered. The animators put together a cartoon version of the clip, which features Batman shining a light on the Man of Steel.

Opens March 25, 2016

CONSTANTINE

NBC’s foray into the world of comic book adaptations kicks off this Friday with the premiere of “Constantine,” and to get “Hellblazer” fans ready they’ve released an extended spot for the series packed with new footage. Check out more demons, more fire and more beer in the clip below.

NBC has also released a synopsis for the show’s third episode, titled “The Devil’s Vinyl.”

A DESPERATE WIFE MUST MAKE A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL TO SAVE HER HUSBAND’S LIFE — MICHAEL JAMES SHAW GUEST STARS AS ‘PAPA MIDNITE’ — John (Matt Ryan) and Zed (Angelica Celaya) engage in a dangerous confrontation to save a woman and her family from sinister forces. John’s efforts force him to confront the darkness in his own life – while also coming face to face with a new powerful adversary in Papa Midnite (guest star Michael James Shaw). Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford also star.

Premieres October 24 on NBC

THE FLASH

The CW has unveiled a new clip from tonight’s episode, “Things You Can’t Outrun,” wherein the S.T.A.R. Labs crew analyzes the latest mystery mist-based metahuman.

In preparation of his small screen debut tonight, The Hollywood Reporter has an interview with Robbie Amell, who plays Ronnie Raymond. Raymond isn’t merely the recently departed fiancee of Flash’s pal Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker); he’s also the alter ego of Firestorm, a powerful DC Comics superhero.

“I knew of him and I knew a little, but I hadn’t been a huge Firestorm fan,” said Amell. “But I’m actually kind of glad that it happened that way because I got to be introduced to a new superhero. I got a care package from DC with a couple comics and a couple action figures.” After Raymond’s debut tonight, Amell revealed that Firestorm will make his proper debut “in December.”

“It’ll take a minute before Firestorm turns back into Ronnie because when they find him in December, my character is really going through some stuff. He’s schizophrenic, doesn’t know what’s happening, he’s confused and dangerous to the people around him. You may not see Ronnie Raymond for a little while, but you’ll see Firestorm.”

Victor Garber will be playing the other half of Firestorm’s powered persona, Martin Stein. “I gotta start watching Alias and start working on my Victor Garber impression,” said Amell. “Sometimes Firestorm is Ronnie and sometimes he’s Martin Stein, but physically it’s going to be my body. I’m just excited to work opposite him because, I mean, he’s Victor Garber. The fact that I get to share a character with this guy is going to be really fun.”

Firestorm isn’t the only new character coming to “Flash.” Deadline has reported that Roger Howarth will play Iris West’s new mentor, award-winning journalist Mason Bridge.

Airs Tuesdays on the CW

GOTHAM

You can check out our recap and review of last night’s episode, “Viper,” over on Spinoff.

ComicBookMovie.com has posted a promo for next week’s episode, the creepily titled “Spirit of the Goat.” Fox gives a shout-out to Halloween in the clip, and while nothing in the episode’s content seems specifically Halloween-y, the promo does have an unsettling tone.

Airs Mondays on Fox

SANDMAN

When DC/WB unveiled their massive film slate through 2020, a number of people pointed out that “Sandman” was not included. “Sandman” writer Neil Gaiman offered up a very practical reason for the film’s exclusion on his blog.

“It’s not a DC Comics film,” wrote Gaiman. “It’s a Vertigo film. That’s a different slate of films, and a different announcement.”

Could “Sandman” be part of a separate big screen Vertigo-verse? Let the speculation begin!

SUICIDE SQUAD

Director David Ayer made his first remarks about “Suicide Squad” in an interview with Empire, revealing a bit about the tone of his upcoming DC anti-hero movie.

“I can say that it’s a ‘Dirty Dozen’ with supervillains,” said Ayer. “Then I can ask the question, ‘Does a movie really need good guys?'”

Ayer then continued to talk about switching up genres and diving into the realm of heroes. “I love the passion [comic book fans] have for these characters and these worlds,” he said. “I think there’s something incredible about the comic genre and technology has finally caught up with pen and ink to render these fantastic worlds in a way that feels believable and visceral to audiences. It’s a secular religion in that regards. The mythology that these characters represent — the idea of them as fallen gods on Earth — is intriguing to me. I can’t wait to start exploring those corridors.”

Opens in 2016

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