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COMIC REEL: Gordon-Levitt Talks Working With Gaiman On “Sandman”; “Supergirl” Eyes Claire Holt For Lead

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COMIC REEL: Gordon-Levitt Talks Working With Gaiman On “Sandman”; “Supergirl” Eyes Claire Holt For Lead

SANDMAN

Deadline talked to “Sandman” producer David Goyer about the status of the film based on DC’s headlining Vertigo character. Goyer revealed that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is still attached to direct and star in the picture, and he added that “Sandman” creator Neil Gaiman is involved as well.

“I hesitate to definitively say when it might go before the cameras, but the one thing different between other iterations and ours is that Neil Gaiman has been in the room with us and is a vital part of the team,” said Goyer. “We have a draft Warners is very happy with and we’re moving forward, knock on wood.”

Coincidentally, Gordon-Levitt also talked about “Sandman” yesterday during a Reddit AMA and echoed Goyer’s comments.

“Been doing a lot of work with David Goyer and [screenwriter] Jack Thorne, working on the screenplay,” Gordon-Levitt wrote. “We’ve been doing our meetings at the DC office, which is a frickin rad place to work. Also just had a great conversation last week with David and Mr. Gaiman. Neil has been extremely big hearted with me, and he’s the one I want to please most.”

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

In an interview with Newsarama, “S.H.I.E.L.D.” EP Jeffrey Bell admitted that he is aware of all the Inhuman theories running around online following the last few episodes of the series.

“I… I understand why people might think that way,” said Bell. “And our job is to… This is something that I have felt on every show that I’ve done. I did this little show called ‘Harper’s Island’ which was fun, it was a murder mystery where there were 25 people, the mystery of who’s the killer, and we’re going to reveal that in 13 episodes. The way I and my partners approached that was, it can’t be a complete surprise, because then you suck and you cheated. It can’t be that obvious that everybody understand, because then you suck.

“So you try to lay breadcrumbs that a third of the people go, ‘Oh my god, it’s that!’ and a third of the people go, ‘I can’t believe it was that!’ and the other third go, ‘I’m sorry, what was the conversation?’ You try to present it that way. So that doesn’t mean we’re always literally going where we’re laying breadcrumbs, but wherever we’re going, we trust that we’ve set it up properly, so when it happens, the right people will go, ‘That was cool’ or ‘that makes sense’ or ‘I didn’t think that was coming,’ but it’s all earned. So yes, we’ve been seeing a lot of stuff, and it’s fun to read all the theories, and fun to see them develop over the last year and a half.”

Airs Tuesdays on ABC

ARROW

Nick Tarabay, who will bring iconic villain Captain Boomerang to life during the upcoming “Flash” and “Arrow” crossover, talked to CBR about the scale of this week’s big CW event.

“This episode is pretty huge,” said Tarabay. “It almost felt like a feature film. People on the set, whether it was crew or cast, they all said it was a pretty big deal. Again, the CGI guys went above and beyond. There’s the fight sequences, the drama and the story and bringing Flash into this world. Something really cool is going to happen that gets a lot of people involved.”

Tarabay also revealed that he had auditioned for “Arrow” in the past and had to do a little research when he landed the role of Digger Harkness. “When I looked him up, and when I talked to some of my friends, I found out the character had a style to him,” said Tarabay. “If you noticed, I don’t think Boomerang has ever been brought to life on film or television. In the comics, he was a bit lighter, more of a jokester kind of guy. I had a completely different take on him… The way I approached him was way darker. From the storyline they gave me, he was betrayed by A.R.G.U.S. and is out for revenge. When I spoke to [‘Arrow’ Executive Producer] Marc Guggenheim, he was very helpful and supportive. He would agree with me on some of the stuff. So, it’s a completely different take than what’s in the comic books or cartoons.”

Airs Wednesdays on the CW

THE FLASH

If you had any doubts about this week’s two-night CW event being truly cinematic, just watch this new trailer. It features the casts of both shows coming together to fight off super-powered bad guys — who now have codenames, thanks to Barry.

Airs Tuesdays on the CW

SUICIDE SQUAD

The Hollywood Reporter has reported that DC/WB’s upcoming supervillain team-up film will shoot in Toronto at Pinewood Studios. Director David Ayer is expected to film from mid-April to September. THR also reports that Jai Courtney, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto have entered the final stages of talks to star in the film.

Opens in 2016

SUPERGIRL

After a few months in development, there’s finally a name attached to CBS’ upcoming “Supergirl” series. The Wrap has reported that “Vampire Diaries” actress Claire Holt is being considered for the lead role of Kara Zor-El. In addition to “The Vampire Diaries,” Holt can be seen in the CW’s “The Originals” and NBC’s upcoming 13-episode series “Aquarius.”

THE WALKING DEAD

With “The Walking Dead” on its winter hiatus, attention can now turn to the long in development spinoff series. Deadline has announced that the still untitled series — though referred to internally as “Cobalt” — has cast its first actors. Frank Dillane (“In the Heart of the Sea,” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”) and Alycia Debnam Carey (“Into the Storm”) will join the cast as the children of one of the lead characters, a female guidance counselor. Dillane’s unnamed character is described as struggling with a drug problem while Carey’s is described as ambitious.

Airs Sundays on AMC

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