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COMIC REEL: Goyer On “Constantine’s” Occult Expansion; “Arrow’s” Laurel Toughens Up

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COMIC REEL: Goyer On “Constantine’s” Occult Expansion; “Arrow’s” Laurel Toughens Up

AGENT CARTER

Head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb spoke with Comic Book Resources during New York Comic Con about the similarities between “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and the upcoming “Agent Carter.”

“There was something really fun about being able to sit down at the beginning of the season and say, ‘Okay, because of what happened last season, Coulson has been tasked with this enormous job of rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D. What is it, who is it, what are the responsibilities and — most importantly — why is it?’ Those are the things that weigh on his character and weigh on the stories that we’re telling. To then be able to go back to 1946 and see Peggy Carter deal with that same issue, which is, should there be — they don’t even have a name for it yet — should there be an organization like this? To see that echo back and forth is tremendously fun and makes ‘Carter’ so relevant now even though it’s a period piece. We don’t want anyone to feel like, ‘Well, I don’t know what the world was like back in 1946?’ You don’t have to care, just come on aboard and watch [‘Agent Carter’ lead] Hayley Atwell try to figure out the same things that Coulson is trying to figure out in present day — but the world is a different place.”

Premieres in 2015 on ABC

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

Entertainment Weekly has an interview with Ming-Na Wen following last night’s May-centric episode where the actress unpacks last night’s emotional final scene.

“She certainly did everything she could in her power to avoid that as a choice for her to make,” said Wen, referring to Coulson’s wish to have his oldest friend kill him should he get out of control. “I think those scenes with May and Coulson at the end really showcase her heart and her love for Coulson as a friend or as something else — that’s always been a bit ambiguous. I don’t think she is able to do it until Coulson gave her the final ultimatum. As a soldier, she has to follow those rules. It would devastate her more than [whatever happened in] Bahrain, more than any experience that she’s gone through. This might destroy not just Coulson, but her. Hopefully we’ll never have to come to that. We can’t kill Coulson twice. But, you know, maybe that alien blue blood will make him immortal. Who knows?”

Superhero Hype has stills from next week’s episode, “A Hen in the Wolf House,” that show Simmons undercover in Hydra and Skye’s father (Kyle MacLachlan).

The promo for next week’s episode also includes significant shots of Adrianne Palicki, who makes her debut as Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse in the episode.

Airs Tuesdays on ABC

ARROW

Entertainment Weekly has a spoiler-filled interview with Katie Cassidy, whose character Laurel Lance will undergo a major arc this season following the tragic events of the premiere.

“Sara is a huge part of Laurel’s journey and their relationship and the bond between the two of them,” said Cassidy. “The thing that’s great about our show is that it takes place over different time periods. Having witnessed what Laurel witnessed in the premiere, I hope and I think that fans will be happy. She will somehow dig deep enough and rise above it and maybe perhaps head down that path that her sister was on… The Green Arrow needs Black Canary. It’s always been the two of them. I think comic book fans will be happy. Season three is a great journey for Laurel. If it was me, personally, it would drive me towards that direction, absolutely.”

Two new clips have surfaced on ComicBookMovie for tonight’s episode, “Sara.”

Airs Wednesdays on the CW

AVENGERS 3

Badass Digest has heard that “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” directors Joe and Anthony Russo are Marvel Studios’ top choices to take over the “Avengers” franchise from Joss Whedon. The duo are apparently being sought to helm both “Avengers 3” and “4.” But first, they have to tackle “Captain America 3” — a film that just got a lot more Robert Downey Jr. in it.

CONSTANTINE

Screen Rant talked to showrunner David S. Goyer about the possibility of seeing more of DC’s mystical characters on the series. “I think you’ll see some of those,” answered Goyer. “If the show takes off… even within the first 12 episodes we’ve introduced two or three characters from the broader DC universe that are not just exclusively from ‘Hellblazer.’ Corrigan has been mentioned, but there’s a couple of other characters we haven’t talked about that will show up as well. If the show takes off and we get our back nine and come back a second season, we sort of have access to that whole corner of the occult universe. So, hopefully we’ll be introducing those characters as is appropriate.”

Premieres October 24 on NBC

DARK MATTER

TVLine has reported that Syfy has acquired “Dark Matter,” a series based on a Dark Horse Comics limited series by “Stargate” writers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie. The duo will be involved in the 13-episode series focusing on a spaceship crew that wakes up from stasis with amnesia. The series is expected to debut next year.

DOCTOR STRANGE

Badass Digest has heard from a source that Ewan McGregor is being considered for the lead role in “Doctor Strange.” There has been no official confirmation yet, so this rumor adds McGregor’s to he ever-growing list of actors apparently up for the role.

Rumored to open on July 8, 2016

THE FLASH

You can check out our recap of last night’s episode, “The Fastest Man Alive,” over at Spinoff.

There’s a trailer for next week’s episode, titled “Things You Can’t Outrun,” that introduces the Mist into the CW’s expanding DC Universe.

Jesse L. Martin spoke to ComicBook.com about what he’s been most in awe of during his time working on the new super hero show.

“It mostly has to do with the supervillains — how they’re mocked up, how their powers manifest on the show,” said Martin. “The Mist and Captain Cold and Plastique, the things that they can do and even just what they look like is kind of remarkable to me. Those are things where I look at them and I go, ‘Wow. This is a cool show. This is a lot of fun to do.’ You know, I’m still getting used to seeing Barry in the Flash suit. I’m still getting used to that. Every time I see him, I kind of go, ‘Wow, that’s right. You’re the Flash.'”

Candice Patton, who plays Iris West, told CBR that her character is no damsel in distress.

“There’s a great episode that will come up, and it will explore that and how Iris deals with saving herself,” said Patton. “I’m really glad that the writers explored that, that there’s an opportunity for viewers to see Iris take the reins herself and figure out how to save herself when no one is around to save her, or no one can actually come to her aid. I think it’s really important to not make her constantly a damsel in distress, because innately, she’s just not. Even if you read the comic books, Iris is a very strong, kind of sassy girl, so it doesn’t even make sense to portray her as a damsel in distress.”

Airs Tuesdays on the CW

GOTHAM

SpoilerTV has new promotional images for episode 1.06, “Spirit of the Goat.”

A description for episode 1.07, titled “Penguin’s Umbrella,” has been released as well.

A NEW LEADER WILL RISE IN GOTHAM CITY ON AN ALL-NEW “GOTHAM” MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, ON FOX

As violence between Maroni (guest star David Zayas) and Falcone continues to escalate, Penguin reveals a new element of his manipulative strategy, forcing Gordon to deal with the consequences of his decision to spare Penguin’s life in the all-new “Penguin’s Umbrella” episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Nov. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Cast: Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman, Zabryna Guevara as Captain Sarah Essen, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/the future Riddler, Victoria Cartagena as Renee Montoya, Andrew Stewart Jones as Crispus Allen, John Doman as Carmine Falcone

Guest Cast: Richard Kind as Mayor James, Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean, Anthony Carrigan as Victor Zsaszs, Mekia Cox as Dr. Leslie Thompkins, David Zayas as Maroni, Jeremy Davidson as Nikolai, Danny Mastrogiorgio and Mackenzie Leigh as Liza.

Airs Mondays on Fox

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

We might have to change the above text if Showbiz411‘s hunch is correct. The site says they’ve seen a casting sheet that lists the film’s title as “X-Men: Akkaba,” referring to the Akkaba Clan that worships the super villain Apocalypse. The listing also reveals that the film — whatever it’s called — is casting 18-year-old actors to play 16-year-old characters named Ava, Dylan and Sabrina. Could those actually be the teenage versions of Storm, Cyclops and Jean Grey we’ve heard rumblings about? It’s too early to tell for sure.

Opens May 27, 2016

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