COMIC REEL: Arsenal's "Arrow" Return Confirmed; "Preacher" Casts "Deadwood" Alum As Sheriff Root


The CW has released a clip from tonight's "Arrow" episode that sees Oliver taking desperate measures to save his sister.

In an interview with Collider, "Arrow" EP Marc Guggenheim discussed Colton Haynes' departure and teased when Roy Harper will make a return to Starling City.

"I don't have a huge hunger to keep it a secret," said Guggenheim. "Suffice it to say, the thing that we felt we owed the audience, more than anything, was some closure with Thea. Obviously, the circumstances under which Thea is in, in Episode 320, she was too busy getting 'killed' by Ra's to say goodbye to Roy. We see dangling plotlines as bills we still have to play, and we owed the audience some closure for this three season long love story between these two characters." Guggenheim then confirmed that Haynes will return in the 22nd episode of "Arrow's" third season.

Airs Wednesdays on the CW


You can check out a recap of last night's episode, "The Frenemy of My Enemy," over on Spinoff. ABC has also aired a promo for next week's episode, "The Dirty Half Dozen."

Airs Tuesdays on ABC


In a new interview with Buzzfeed, "Avengers: Age of Ultron" director Joss Whedon discussed the departure of filmmaker Edgar Wright from "Ant-Man." Whedon, who had read Wright's script, admitted he was a bit surprised when he learned of the shakeup.

"I thought the script was not only the best script that Marvel had ever had, but the most Marvel script I'd read," said Whedon. "I had no interest in Ant-Man. [Then] I read the script, and was like, Of course! This is so good! It reminded me of the books when I read them. Irreverent and funny and could make what was small large, and vice versa. I don't know where things went wrong. But I was very sad. Because I thought, This is a no-brainer. This is Marvel getting it exactly right. Whatever dissonance that came, whatever it was, I don't understand why it was bigger than a marriage that seemed so right. But I'm not going to say it was definitely all Marvel, or Edgar's gone mad! I felt like they would complement each other by the ways that they were different. And, uh, somethin' happened."

Opens July 17


In an interview with MTV, Henry Cavill revealed that he doesn't see "Batman V Superman" as a sequel to "Man of Steel."

"I wouldn't call this a Superman sequel," said Cavill. "This is Batman versus Superman. It's a separate entity altogether. It's introducing the Batman character and expanding upon the universe, which was kicked off by 'Man of Steel.'"

Cavill revealed that he's only seen the footage in the trailer so far, so the film's final tone is still up in the air. "Everything could change in the editing room, but as it stands, it's an introduction of the character," continued Cavill. "And ultimately, the introduction of Justice League."

Opens March 25, 2016


Marvel has announced that "Daredevil" will return to Netflix for a second season in 2016. Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight will not return for the second season; instead, Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez will take control of the show. Both Petrie and Ramirez worked on season one; Petrie as a co-executive producer and Ramirez as a supervising producer.

Currently streaming on Netflix


You can check out a recap of last night's episode over on Spinoff. The CW has also released a promo for next week's episode, "The Trap."

The CW has also released promotional photos for the upcoming episode "Grodd Lives."


Diamond Select has released images of the first line of "Gotham" action figures. Seven-inch versions of Jim Gordon, Oswald Cobblepot and Selina Kyle will be included in the line, which arrives in the fall. Each figure is priced at $24.99 and comes with an interconnecting base.


The CW has released a promo for next week's episode, "Maternity Liv."

Premieres March 17 on the CW


Deadline has learned that W. Earl Brown ("Deadwood") has joined the cast of AMC's "Preacher" adaptation in the regular role of Sheriff Hugo Root, the "mean-hearted father" of Arseface, a character played by Ian Colletti.


The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Valiant Entertainment is getting into the movie business with feature film adaptations of "Harbinger" and "Bloodshot." The announcement comes as part of a five-picture deal with Sony Pictures that will see two films each from the announced franchises before a fifth one -- "Harbinger Wars" -- pairs them together.

The first "Bloodshot" film will arrive in 2017 and will be directed by "John Wick" directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski. Jeff Wadlow ("Kick-Ass 2") and Eric Heisserer ("The Thing") will provide the screenplay; Matthew Vaughn "X-Men: First Class") and Jason Kothari are attached to "Bloodshot" as executive producers. Heisserer is also expected to pen the screenplay for "Harbinger."

All five films, including the crossover "Harbinger Wars" film that will be inspired by the 2013 comic book crossover of the same name, will be produced by Valiant's Dinesh Shamdasani as well as Original Film's Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe -- the team behind the "Fast and Furious" franchise and "21 Jump Street." Sony's Andrea Giannetti is said to be overseeing the fledgling cinematic universe.

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