COMIC REEL: "Batman v Superman" Casting Rumor, "Crow" Remake in Question


While plenty of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" tidbits have shaken out following the new Empire magazine cover story, a new casting rumor has emerged courtesy of Heroic Hollywood. Actually, it's new insight on an old rumor: The site stated that Scoot McNairy, whose role in the film has been a source of ongoing speculation, is indeed playing Superman's most famous pal, Jimmy Olsen. This was first reported a year ago this month in a since-removed post on website The Devil's Eye, which contained the additional twist that this take on Olsen has lost both of his legs in the climactic "Man of Steel" battle. According to Heroic Hollywood's sources, that information is accurate, though there's been no official confirmation.

Heroic Hollywood also highlighted McNairy's brief appearing in the "Batman v Superman" trailer released last month at Comic-Con International in San Diego:


There have been plenty of indications that the currently planned remake of "The Crow" has been a troubled production, including star Luke Evans exiting as the lead, later replaced by Jack Huston -- before Huston also left the film. So a Friday report from ScreenDaily that production on the reboot has been suspended may not come as much of a surprise -- the UK outlet cites "multiple sources close to the film," saying that the crew has vacated the Pinewood Cardiff studio, though Relativity Media is still optimistic for the film coming to fruition.


Another rumor from Heroic Hollywood pegs Cottonmouth as one of the villains set to appear in Marvel Television and Netflix's "Luke Cage" series, reported to start production in a few weeks. Cornell Cottonmouth has a long history with Luke Cage, first appearing in 1974's "Power Man" #18. No word yet on casting for the character.


With 20th Century Fox's "Fantastic Four" less than a week away from release, the cast has been making the press rounds (with some interviews considerably more awkward than others). ComicBook.com reports that the cast is already talking about a potential sequel, and what they'd want to see. "You can't get away from Silver Surfer," Jamie Bell, who plays The Thing/Ben Grimm, said. "I know chronologically speaking that was the next villain in the previous franchise, but I think Silver Surfer is cool looking." Michael B. Jordan, the film's Human Torch/Johnny Storm, is thinking Namor: "It would be a pretty interesting battle, the Fantastic Four vs. Namor." As ComicBook.com points out, that's a less likely outcome, as the movie rights to Namor are currently mired in a complex contractual entanglement involving multiple studios.

Opens Aug. 7


It's premiere month for "Fear The Walking Dead," and AMC's "Walking Dead" companion series made its first stop at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Friday. Variety reports that, according to showrunner Dave Erickson, viewers shouldn't get hopes up for a crossover between the two shows any time soon: "There are no crossover plans right now. I would love to see those stories conflate at some point, but there are no plans to do so," adding, "There's no intention of having Easter eggs or character references."

So while the shows are separate, "Fear" will continue its parent's show's trajectory in terms of episode numbers: Following its initial six-episode season, "Fear The Walking Dead" season two has a 15-episode order.

Debuts Aug. 23 on AMC


Want to check out the new, official logo for "Marvel's Jessica Jones"? Well, here it is!


Masashi Kishimoto's ultra-popular manga "Naruto" has already been adapted as an anime series, multiple animated films, video games and a trading card game -- and the next stop looks to be a Hollywood feature film. A "Naruto" movie is reportedly in production at Lionsgate, with visual effects veteran Michael Gracey in talks to direct.


"Arrow" season four casting news has surfaced at a steady stream this summer, and the latest word is that actor Ryan Robbins has been cast as Conklin, a character with no obvious DC Comics equivalent. Conklin will be a recurring player in season four's flashback sequences, as a member of Shadowspire -- a group with long-established roots in comics history -- working with Baron Reiter (Jimmy Akingbola).

"Arrow" season four premieres Oct. 7 on The CW


The animated "Guardians of the Galaxy" series premieres this fall on Disney XD, and a new clip debuted Friday courtesy of Entertainment Tonight -- as you can tell from a few notes of the show's famous theme song making its way into this video of Star-Lord meeting Yondu.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" debuts Sept. 26 on Disney XD

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