COMIC REEL: Johnson Says No To Double Duty In "Shazam"; Marvel Auditioning Teens For Spider-Man


MTV caught up with Dwayne Johnson and asked him about "Shazam," the DC film wherein he will play bad guy Black Adam. When asked if he would pull double duty and play Adam and the titular hero, Johnson said "no" and that they "haven't picked" an actor to play Shazam yet.

"[W]e have been working on the script," said Johnson. "Half the scripts [have] already come in. Fantastic, very excited about it. And what I'm really excited about is -- because, again, I've lived with this character, and this opportunity for almost 10 years now, so it's like, in my DNA! I'm like a little kid, and it's the opportunity to create his journey, but that journey has to start out properly."

Opens April 5, 2019


Badass Digest has heard that the reshoots done on "Ant-Man" had one specific mission: reincorporate Scott Lang's roguish history.

"What's more, I've been hearing that the movie evolved (especially in reshoots) to come back to a place closer to where [original director Edgar] Wright had it, with Scott Lang as more of a crook when the film opens," wrote Devin Faraci in the report. "I think that pre-'Guardians' Marvel was freaking out about the roguishness of the character. Post-'Guardians' it's clear that the lead being a rogue does not hurt these movies."

Opens July 17


The CW has released a featurette for this week's "Arrow" episode, "Suicidal Tendencies," that features new footage as well as an interview with executive producer Marc Guggenheim.

The network has also released a promotional wedding invite for the episode.


The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Joe and Anthony Russo will take over from Joss Whedon and helm the two-part "Avengers: Infinity War," which is expected to begin its massive shoot in 2016. No screenwriters have been announced yet, although Badass Digest has heard that "Captain America: Winter Soldier" writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are in the running.


In an interview with USA Today, Jason Momoa talked about his involvement in the rapidly growing DC Comics movie-verse.

"I'm in for the long haul," Momoa explained. "It's an honor. Zack [Snyder] had me at hello, literally when he told me what he wanted to do with the character and what he wanted to do with the world. There's no script written yet for certain things, but I listen to his ideas; I trust him.

"I'm known for playing rough characters and they're not really allowed to see those things, so it's going to be exciting for my kids to see poppa play with Batman and Wonder Woman and Superman and so on," he continued. "It's really cool that my kids can do that."

Opens March 25, 2016


Netflix and Marvel have released a new promo image and poster for their upcoming "Daredevil" series.


In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ryan Reynolds revealed that "Deadpool's" rating has not yet been decided. When asked if the film would be rated PG-13 or R, he responded, "That debate rages on. We'll see."

Reynolds also discussed why playing Deadpool excites him. "It's just how unusual he is. You understand why there was trepidation to make the movie early on? Because it's a really difficult character to put up on the screen for the studio. He's a character that's aware he's in a film, he's aware that he breaks the fourth wall. I mean, he does certain things that are unlike anything else in the X-Men Universe yet he is a part of the X-Men Universe. So it makes it a little challenging, I think, to find a way. He's so popular-the comic book alone [is] one of the most popular selling comic books of all time so it's exiting to be here shooting it. We don't have the budget that most X-Men movies do. In the super hero world, this would be considered an independent film."

Opens February 12, 2016


The CW has released a new featurette from tonight's episode of "The Flash" that features Lisa Snart (Peyton List) in action as well as an interview with EP Andrew Kreisberg.

The CW also gave CBR an exclusive first look at Mark Hamill's upcoming appearance on "The Flash" where he will reprise the role he originated on the scarlet speedster's 1990 TV series. Hamill will again star as a version of James Jesse, this time an incarcerated former terrorist who has traded in his Trickster spandex for a prison jumpsuit. When a copycat Trickster, played by "Dexter's" Devon Graye, starts causing trouble in Central City, the Flash will seek out help from Hamill's character.


The Hollywood Reporter and The Wrap have reported that "I Kill Giants," an Image Comics series by Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura, is being adapted into a feature film. Anders Walters is attached to direct with Chris Columbus and Treehouse Pictures signed on to produce. Kelly will write the screenplay for the film and said in a statement that he was "overwhelmed by the enthusiasm, vision and sheer talent of the team we've assembled... Chris and Anders understand the book on an instinctive level and will translate it into a hell of a film. I could not be happier."


The CW has posted a pair of clips from tonight's episode of "iZombie," "Brother, Can You Spare A Brain?"

Premieres March 17 on the CW


Badass Digest has heard from a new source that Marvel auditioned 16-year-old Mateus Ward ("Weeds") for the part of Spider-Man. The rumored audition was so secret that it was apparently conducted at someone's house. If true, this means Marvel is indeed looking at age-appropriate actors for their most prominent teen hero.

Opens July 28, 2017


Since signing up to play the Joker in David Ayer's upcoming "Suicide Squad" film, actor Jared Leto has teased his gradual transformation into the Clown Prince of Crime via social media. He's cut his hair and shaved off his eyebrows, and now it sounds like Leto is getting a handle on his Joker voice. A new Vine shows the newly-platinum Leto performing with his band 30 Seconds to Mars features what sounds an awful lot like a Joker growl.

Opens on August 5, 2016


In a quick interview with MTV, Jennifer Lawrence admitted that 2016's "X-Men: Apocalypse" will be her final appearance as Mystique.

"It is my last one, actually," she said, firmly, offering no further info about her last X-film. "Apocalypse" will be Lawrence's third outing as the shape-shifting mutant.

Opens May 27, 2016

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