COMIC REEL: Marvel Heads Towards Civil War; "Walking Dead" Premiere Wins Big


Marvel has released a number of promo images from tonight's episode, "Face My Enemy." The pictures show cast members new (Mack), old (May) and guest (Agent 33 and Bakshi).

Airs Tuesdays on ABC


Grief comes to Starling City in a new promo posted by DC Entertainment for this week's episode, titled "Sara."

Airs Wednesdays on the CW


The Hollywood Reporter has an interview with producer Cuck Roven, where he opens up about the decision behind Ben Affleck's casting as Batman.

"[Affleck] was the first guy we went to," said Roven. "We knew that we wanted a very mature Batman, because we wanted to juxtapose him with this very young Superman. So we wanted a guy who was tougher, rugged, who had signs of life, who had lived a hard life, and we wanted the guy to have chops, for sure. So when we went down that list, there just weren't a tremendous number of guys who could carry that.

"We also wanted a guy with big stature," Roven continued. "Ben is 6'4". Henry [Cavill] is 6'1". We wanted Batman to tower over Superman. Not hugely, not like a basketball player. Superman needed to 'look up' to Batman. We wanted that dynamic, and Ben could do that, easily."

Roven also briefly spoke about Wonder Woman, inferring that the character will ditch the "molded from clay" origin in favor of her New 52 one.

"Wonder Woman [has] powers," said Roven. "She's a goddess, right? She's a demigod. Her father was Zeus."

Opens March 25, 2016


Variety has reported that "Iron Man" star Robert Downey Jr. is on the verge of signing on to appear in "Captain America 3." Downey was apparently offered a smaller role in the film, but he wanted to do more -- a move that makes sense considering that this film may just kick off an adaptation of Marvel Comics' "Civil War." In the comic, Iron Man and Captain America lead opposing forces of heroes respectively for and against superhero registration. It would be hard to do that storyline justice without significant involvement from RDJ's Tony Stark -- and it looks like Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has ensured that "Captain America 3" will have plenty of Iron Man in it.

Opens May 6, 2016


With Joaquin Phoenix out of the running, some -- if not all -- attention has shifted to Keanu Reeves. Collider interviewed the "John Wick" star about the possibility of him becoming Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme.

"From a practical standpoint the idea of a longtime contract is sort of 'errr' because you want to make sure the material is up to a certain level," Reeves said. "Like the good or great level. I like the idea. I go to those kinds of movies. I like super hero movies. I grew up on them and comics and graphic novels. [But] I don't know Doctor Strange as a character, I didn't read that as a kid."


Deadline reported that, taking the live+3 numbers into account, "The Flash" has raced past "The Vampire Diaries" to become the most watched premiere in the history of the CW. The live+3 numbers increased the episode's audience by 33% to 6.42 million.

A new preview for the show's second episode teases Supersonic Fire-Man vs. Captain Clone.

Airs Tuesdays on the CW


The freshman drama has received a full season order from Fox, bringing its total number of episodes to 22. That silver lining is not without its gray cloud, however. Collider pointed out that the executive producer Danny Cannon has spoken about the show's initial -- and apparently ideal -- order of 16 episodes.

"We're aiming at 16 [episodes] right now and we have two other seasons figured out if they care to give us the go ahead," Cannon said at New York Comic Con. "Once the ball started rolling on all these characters, and Commissioner Gordon's journey and Bruce Wayne's journey, once we figured that out we spread it out to fit those 16. If they were to change the order, we would have an emergency meeting."

"Gotham's" full season order comes hot on the heels of the news of the premiere's record-breaking live+7 ratings. The show's debut was watched by 14 million viewers within the week of it's initial airdate.

Here's a promo for the next episode of "Gotham," titled "Viper."

You can check out Comic Book Resources' recap of last night's episode, "Arkham," as well as our coverage of the show's panel at NYCC.

Airs Mondays on Fox


Nothing can stop Rick and his band of survivors, not even "Sunday Night Football." The zombie drama smashed records and exceeded expectations by snaring an audience of 17.3 million viewers -- 11 million of them from the 18-49 demographic.

"'The Walking Dead' is one of those increasingly rare shows today that can command a live audience not significantly cannibalized by time-shifted viewing," said AMC president Charlie Collier via a press release. "Who would have thought that cannibalized television could be curtailed by cannibal-ized television?"

Airs Sundays on AMC

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