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COMIC REEL: “Guardians 2” To Launch More Cosmic Films; New “Flash,” “Arrow” Rogues Revealed

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COMIC REEL: “Guardians 2” To Launch More Cosmic Films; New “Flash,” “Arrow” Rogues Revealed

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2

Director James Gunn spoke with MTV about how the upcoming sequel fits in with the larger “Avengers” franchise. “I don’t feel beholden to that stuff at all,” said Gunn of the recently announced Phase 3 slate of films. “I think [the sequel is] really about the Guardians and what they are doing. We’re not subservient to the Avengers. ‘Guardians 2’ is not a movie that’s made to move toward ‘Infinity War.’ It’s something that’s made to move toward future cosmic movies, so I don’t feel that that is something that affects me that much.”

Gunn also continued his promotional tour for the “Guardians” home release with a chat with Entertainment Weekly where he revealed a few of the characters that he’d like to explore more in the sequel.

“Yondu and Kraglin, the Ravagers,” answered Gunn. “And I love Nebula. I think that she is underutilized in the film. I want to see more of her. The Collector… He’ll reappear. I don’t know if he’s gonna been the next one. I do think his story is really compelling, and I think he’s one of those very interesting shades of gray characters.”

Opens May 5, 2017

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

Agent Carter is returning to television in next week’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” ABC has released stills from “The Things We Bury” and they prominently feature Hayley Atwell’s character.

Airs Tuesdays on ABC

ARROW

You can check out our recap of last night’s episode, “Guilty,” over on Spinoff. The CW has released a promo for next week’s episode, “Draw Back Your Bow,” and it finds Arrow going up against Carrie “Cupid” Cutter.

ComicBook.com has an interview with “Arrow” EP Marc Guggenheim where the writer opens up about the decision to add Ted Grant’s Wildcat (J.R. Ramirez) to the show.

“One of the things we wanted to do was to do the character of Wildcat, for a number of reasons,” said Guggenheim. “He makes sense within our world, Ted Grant had trained the original Black Canary, we’ve got Ted Grant training Laurel. There’s a lot of low-hanging fruit there as it were, in terms of making Ted and Wildcat part of the show a no-brainer. At the same time, as you might have noticed, we’ve got a good chunk of costumed heroes running around Starling City. The challenge for us was how to make Ted and the Wildcat character different and the answer for us was revealing that Oliver was not in fact the first vigilante to roam the streets of Starling.”

The network has also released a featurette that goes behind the scenes of the show’s complex stunts and fights.

Fans also got a first look yesterday at the new Black Canary. This time, though, it’s Katie Cassidy’s Laurel Lance behind the mask, as seen in the pics below.

Guggenheim also talked to CBR about Laurel’s transformation into Black Canary. “We’ve always said for Laurel, it is not going to be a quick journey. I wouldn’t confuse wearing a costume with being a superhero. That’s the big stumbling block for Laurel — a mask does not a superhero make. The process of discovering that is going to be painful. I mean that literally. We’re in a world where people sometimes talk their feelings out, but a lot of times they get shot and stabbed and hit repeatedly. It’s not going to be a piece of cake for Laurel going forward, no matter what costume she may or may not put on.”

As if that isn’t enough “Arrow” news to keep you satisfied for a while, synopses for the next two episodes have also made their way online.

Here’s one for the eighth episode, “The Brave and the Bold”:

PART TWO OF THE ARROW AND FLASH CROSSOVER EVENT – Oliver (Stephen Amell),Arsenal (Colton Haynes) and Diggle (David Ramsey) track down the location of a boomerang-wielding killer named Digger Harkness (guest star) but are surprised when they come face to face with an A.R.G.U.S. team. Diggle asks Lyla (guest star) why A.R.G.U.S. is involved but she defers until Harkness attacks the building, killing several agents and targeting Lyla. The Arrow joins the fight and gets help from an old friend – The Flash (guest star Grant Gustin). Harkness manages toget away and Oliver teams up with Barry again to find him before he can get to Lyla. When Harkness plants five bombs in the city that are timed to explode at the same time, both teams must come together to save the city. Jesse Warn directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti &Andrew Kreisberg, and teleplay by Marc Guggenheim & Grainne Godfree Schwartz (#308).

And here’s one for episode nine, “The Climb”:

“The Climb” (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV) – DINAH LANCE RETURNS HOME – Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is stunned when her father (Paul Blackthorne) delivers a very special Christmas gift – her mother, Dinah (guest star Alex Kingston). Thor Freudenthal directed the episode written by Jake Coburn & Keto Shimizu (#309).

Airs Wednesdays on the CW

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

An extended version of the first “Age of Ultron” trailer debuted yesterday. The major differences between this one and the previous trailer occur in the first thirty seconds; bits of the Stark Tower party scene are included, as is a clear shot of actress Claudia Kim.

Opens May 1, 2015

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

If you thought that a Batman anything could get made without revisiting the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne, then think again. An Instagram photo from “Batman V Superman’s” set revealed that a certain theater where a certain tragedy takes place has indeed been recreated in Chicago.

Looks great lit up. #BatmanvSuperman #bvschicago

A photo posted by Dan Marcus (@danimalish) on

Opens March 25, 2016

CONSTANTINE

SpoilerTV has new photos from “Constantine’s” fifth episode, titled “Danse Vaudou.” The episode will feature appearances by Charles Halford as Chas and Michael James Shaw as Papa Midnite.

Airs Fridays on NBC

THE FLASH

The CW has released a new trailer for next week’s episode, titled “The Flash Is Born.” The clip builds up new bad guy Girder considerably and teases a sonic boom.

Synopses for two upcoming “Flash” episodes have arrived, which takes the show through to early December — and possibly the debut of one of the Flash’s biggest rogues.

Here’s the synopsis for episode eight, the first part of the show’s “Arrow” crossover.

“Flash vs. Arrow” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, V) (HDTV) – PART ONE OF THE EPIC CROSSOVER EVENT WITH THE FLASH AND ARROW – Barry (Grant Gustin) is thrilled when Oliver (guest star Stephen Amell), Felicity (guest star Emily Bett Rickards) and Diggle (guest star David Ramsey) come to Central City to investigate a case involving a deadly boomerang. Excited about teaming up with his friend, Barry asks Oliver if he’d like to help him stop Ray Bivolo, the meta-human Barry is currently tracking. Bivolo causes people to lose control of their emotions and has been using that skill to rob banks. Unfortunately, the superhero partnership doesn’t go as smoothly as Barry expected. When Oliver tells Barry he still has a lot to learn, Barry sets out to prove him wrong by attempting to stop Bivolo alone. However, when Bivolo infects Barry and sets him on a rage rampage, everyone is in danger, and the only one who can stop him is the Arrow. Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) is furious when Eddie (Rick Cosnett) tries to get a task force to stop The Flash, Joe and Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) agree the Arrow is a bad influence on Barry, and Caitlin and Cisco deal with a new team in S.T.A.R. Labs. Glen Winter directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Ben Sokolowski & Brooke Eikmeier (#107). Original airdate 12/2/2014.

And the ninth episode, “The Man in the Yellow Suit,” teases some holiday cheer.

BARRY CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS WITH THE WESTS – Barry (Grant Gustin) enjoys the annual tradition of tree trimming and gift exchange with Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Iris (Candice Patton). He gives Iris a touching gift, but the moment is interrupted by Eddie’s (Rick Cosnett) arrival. Ralph Hemecker directed the episode written by Todd Helbing & Aaron Helbing (#109).

Airs Tuesdays on the CW

GOTHAM

Fox has released another two-minute featurette for the pre-Batman drama, this time focusing on Alfred and Bruce Wayne’s relationship. The appropriately titled “Fight” kicks off with the lil’ Wayne slugging a fellow student.

Airs Mondays on Fox

SUICIDE SQUAD

The Hollywood Reporter has “Terminator: Genisys” actor Jai Courtney eyeing a potential role in “Suicide Squad.” Courtney is rumored to be up for the role of Deadshot and joins the list of other rumored actors, including Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jared Leto (Joker) and Tom Hardy.

Opens in 2016

WONDER WOMAN

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Warner Bros. frontrunner for the “Wonder Woman” director’s chair is most likely “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones” director Michelle MacLaren. The development comes after rumors started circulating that Warner Bros. was looking to hire a female director for the Amazon’s big screen debut.

Rumored to open on June 23, 2017

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

The Hollywood Reporter also has a possible scoop on “X-Men: Apocalypse.” The site reported that one of their sources has read the script and learned that Magneto and Mystique’s romance will be front and center in the sequel. The article also discusses a possible scheduling conflict Jennifer Lawrence may have with the film and the upcoming David O. Russell movie “Joy.” The next X-installment is expected to begin production in April, and “Joy” has been bumped back from it’s January start date. Fox is not expected to budge on “Apocalypse’s” start, though, as the film already has a firm release date.

Opens May 27, 2016

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