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COMIC REEL: DeKnight Talks "Daredevil's" Faithful Punisher; Rosenberg Calls Jessica Jones "Damaged"

DAREDEVIL

Former "Daredevil" showrunner Steven S. DeKnight may not be coming back for season two, but he still gave SlashFilm some information on how Jon Bernthal's Punisher will factor into season two of the Netflix show.

"The thing about The Punisher, and I think there are great things about each of those [previous movie] versions, but none of them was completely the Marvel version," said DeKnight, an admitted Punisher superfan. "And none of those movies were under the Marvel Studios banner until they recently got The Punisher back. So this is really the first time that we're seeing the Marvel Studios from the 'Iron Man' days, when they can control their own product, actually do this character."

DeKnight did mention that this version of the Punisher won't be as R-rated as the one seen in "Punisher: War Zone."

"The first season of 'Daredevil' was violent but I always say it was more implied," said DeKnight. "It wasn't nearly as violent as 'The Walking Dead,' a show that I love. On that, if somebody were to crush somebody's head in a car door, you would've seen the head crush on screen but we didn't want to go quite that far. We wanted to keep it right around PG-16 and not go all the way to the R. I have no idea if they're planning to push it that far next season but I would be surprised."

DeKnight was also sad that he had to depart the series before Punisher's introduction, mentioning that he'd even talked about working with the character a decade ago. "[I]t was a heartbreak to me to have to leave, but I knew it was in good hands and I loved everything we had started talking about about Frank Castle being in that story."

Returns to Netflix in 2016

ARROW

DC All Access caught up with the "Arrow" cast and executive producer Marc Guggenheim at Comic-Con International and asked them a few Qs about the show's upcoming fourth season.

Guggenheim did talk about the potential of seeing the Weapon Clans on the series. "Yeah, we've talked about it," said Guggenheim. "We've absolutely talked about it. It comes up in the writers' room all the time... and Katana was just introduced. We're just waiting for the right story to tell. You know, we never approach it from the standpoint of we gotta get that in, we gotta get that character, we gotta namecheck that person -- it's always organic for us. We love the Arrow clans and eventually I'm sure they will end up on the show."

Returns October 7 on the CW

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

ComicBookMovie has scans of new behind-the-scenes photos, as seen in the pages of the latest "Batman v Superman"-filled issue of "Empire," and the images reveal new looks at everyone from Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) to Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Daily Planet staff (Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne) and Alfred (Jeremy Irons). There's even a shot of acclaimed director Ben Affleck -- in his Batsuit -- standing behind the camera next to "BvS" director Zack Snyder.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Thanks to a pic snapped and posted over on Just Jared, we may know where Hawkeye's allegiance lies in "Civil War." Jeremy Renner was spotted entering his hotel while in New York City promoting his new film, "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation." On top of Renner's head? A baseball cap with some potentially interesting writing on it.

DEFENDERS

IGN has a report from Netflix's presentation during the Television Critics' Association press tour, which touches upon the streaming service's schedule for releasing their Marvel series.

"I think ideally there will be a rhythm of about every six months you'll get a new season or a new series from the Defenders group," said Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos. "And then they'll crossover into a combined ['Defenders'] season once we've launched the first season of each of the four characters." He noted that "some [characters] will selectively have multiple seasons as they come out of the gate. So they'll probably be two launches a year."

DOCTOR STRANGE

After a bit of speculation, "True Detective" and "Mean Girls" star Rachel McAdams admitted that she is currently in negotiations with Marvel Studios for the female lead role in their upcoming film, "Doctor Strange." McAdams initially revealed the information in a quick interview with the LA Times, saying that the talks are "still [in the] super-early days, and I don't know where that's gonna go, if it's gonna go anywhere at all." After that quote was picked up by news sites, LA Times writer Amy Kaufman tweeted McAdams' full response to the "Doctor Strange" question (h/t to Newsarama for spotting it), which reveals that she definitely knows a thing or three about the world of comics and graphic novels.

In case you were wondering, here was McAdams' full response to the "Doctor Strange" thang: pic.twitter.com/mCmbhX1zh0

- Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) July 29, 2015

During a TCA panel, former "Daredevil" showrunner Steven S. DeKnight also mentioned that the Man Without Fear's Netflix series was not able to use Night Nurse because "the feature side had plans for her down the road so that was the only time we ran into a conflict." DeKnight said they changed the character to Claire Temple, played by Rosario Dawson. Since Night Nurse is a supporting character of Doctor Strange, it's been speculated that the female lead role could be that of Night Nurse.

Opens November 4, 2016

FANTASTIC FOUR

A new viral video for "Fantastic Four" depicting the various ways to neutralize the quartet's powers has emerged online.

Opens August 7

THE FLASH

A new featurette, exclusive to CBR, shows how "Flash" star Grant Gustin grew alongside his alter ego, Barry Allen.

Returns October 6 on the CW

GAMBIT

An unconfirmed report from the Wrap states that "Gambit" star and producer Channing Tatum is considering backing out of the project, just as the production has firmed up a budget and shooting schedule. Another source in the article claims that Tatum is still in "active discussions" with Fox, though "something is up." Director Rupert Wyatt appears to still be on board, according to The Wrap's report.

Opens October 7, 2016

JESSICA JONES

During Netflix's TCA presentation, it was confirmed that "Jessica Jones" will debut later this year on the streaming service.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg spoke about the nature of the show's hero, describing her as "an incredibly flawed, damaged and interesting character regardless of gender." She noted that the series will go "ever further in all our storytelling... That's the beauty of working with Netflix. It's 13 [episodes]. There's no pilot and then getting feedback, reaction and ratings. You're in this bubble. So, what's the story you want to tell? Where do you want to go with [the characters]? It's a little scary at times, but I also think it's the most freeing experience I've ever had."

Debuts on Netflix in 2015

SPIDER-MAN

"Spider-Man" director Jon Watts spoke briefly about "Spider-Man" in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, saying that his version of the wall-crawler "can be a real high school student. That's why people love Spider-Man. He's the most grounded, relatable of superheroes. And Tom can really do that. He captures that. And he can do a standing back-flip. He's perfect."

USA Today also caught up with "Spider-Man" screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein and asked them about the film's tone.

"The tone will be really grounded, about a real kid who gets these powers and what that means with a geeky, outcast kid... as we were in high school," said Goldstein.

"We have time to sort of develop the powers with him, and experience the wish fulfillment and also just the fact that [being Spider-Man is] really alienating," said Daley.

Opens July 28, 2017

WONDER WOMAN

The Wrap has learned that Chris Pine has reportedly closed a multi-picture deal to play the part of Steve Trevor in "Wonder Woman."

Opens June 23, 2017

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