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COMIC REEL: New Characters Race To “Flash”; Sony/Marvel Rumors Emerge

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COMIC REEL: New Characters Race To “Flash”; Sony/Marvel Rumors Emerge

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

Executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen spoke to IGN about their show’s sophomore season, touching upon Adrianne Palicki’s upcoming debut as Mockingbird.

“One thing that’s fun for us is we sort of get to reinvent SHIELD this season, and we’re being given that license with all our characters,” said Whedon. “With her, we’re allowed to explore her in our own way. So I think that you will be interested in our take on her, and we’re coming at her a little bit differently.”

When asked about Mockingbird’s advertised attachment to Hydra, Tancharoen added: “It’s a complicated world we’re operating in, and it gets even more complicated when things are publicized in ways that you don’t imagine.”

Marvel also released fifteen new cast promo stills from the show. You can check out a handful below, and the rest over at Marvel.com.

Airs Tuesdays on ABC

ANT-MAN

The Hollywood Reporter announced that Martin Donovan (“Weeds”) has joined the “Ant-Man” cast in a “pivotal” role. The exact nature of that pivotal role is being kept a secret.

Opens July 17, 2015

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

New Batman Ben Affleck told NPR recently that the upcoming DC team-up film will be nothing like his last superhero film, “Daredevil.”

“Indeed I have regrets about Daredevil,” said Affleck. “I have regrets about all the movies that I don’t think were executed properly. … Look, if I thought we were remaking ‘Daredevil,’ I’d be out there picketing myself … and that goes for other movies as well that I haven’t been happy with.”

Opens March 25, 2016

CONSTANTINE

ComicBookMovie.com has a trio of new TV spots for NBC’s upcoming DC Comics series, “Constantine.” The spots include a little bit of new footage, and single out Constantine’s passion, profession and redemption.

Debuts October 24 on NBC

FIVE GHOSTS

Syfy has announced that a television series based on Image Comics’ “Five Ghosts” is now in development. The series, co-created by Frank J. Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham, follows the adventures of treasure hunter Fabian Gray after he becomes possessed by five literary ghosts. “Divergent” and “Snow White and the Huntsman” screenwriter Evan Daugherty is attached to pen the pilot. The pilot will be produced by Universal Cable Productions, Black Mask Studios and BenderSpink.

THE FLASH

Following a press screening of the pilot episode, the show’s producers dropped a few hints about the inclusion of a number of big name DC Comics characters. MTV wrote up nine “secrets” from the event, including these character reveals.

Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg talked about Ronnie Raymond, a role to be played by actor Robbie Amell. The character goes by another name in the comics: Firestorm. Kreisberg said that Firestorm will appear on “Flash” “sooner” than expected. “Robbie has been so much fun to work with, and he’s so excited about it he’s like jumping up and down,” said Kreisberg. “Every once in awhile he’ll just be like, ‘The suit won’t be that yellow, right?’ Maybe! Maybe.”

Executive Producer Geoff Johns talked about Captain Cold, a human villain to be played by Wentworth Miller. “He kind of just is this guy who pulls jobs very carefully, and suddenly there’s something else in the city and he has to change his game up. He has to figure out how to deal with his new threat in Central City — [this threat] to him and his way of life. And so, it’s all about him evolving and surviving in the new world order, and with that guns aren’t going to do it, so he has to have something a little stronger.”

Johns even addressed rumors of Booster Gold’s inclusion in the new series by referencing a pilot script “Flash” EPs Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti wrote years ago. “There’s no rights issues and quite honestly Andrew and Greg have a great Booster Gold script, and Booster Gold’s a beloved character, so I would say chances are good [he will appear].”

The CW also released another clip from tonight’s pilot episode, this time showing the Flash preparing to make a heroic sacrifice.

Airs Tuesdays on the CW

GOTHAM

You can check out our recap of last night’s episode, “The Balloonman,” here, and Fox has released a TV spot for next week’s episode, titled “Arkham.”

Deadline has also announced the casting of newcomer Mackenzie Leigh as Liza, a character described as a “wild child.”

Airs Mondays on Fox

SPIDER-MAN

Hitfix has heard rumblings about some sort of crossover between Sony and Disney where the Spider-Man and Marvel Cinematic Universes are concerned.

Drew McWeeny writes: “While I can’t get the confirmations I need to verify the story, I’m hearing that there are some very cool ‘Spider-Man’ plans being discussed that would help Sony refocus their enormously important franchise while also opening up some connections in the onscreen Marvel movie universe that would blow fandom’s minds.”

No official statements regarding a crossover have been made by either company.

THE WALKING DEAD

U2 has lent two tracks from their album “Songs of Innocence” to AMC’s zombie drama, resulting in a pair of pensive, slow motion-filled TV spots.

Returns October 12 on AMC

X-MEN

The above Spider-Man theory isn’t the only juicy rumor making the rounds online. Numerous sites are reporting that Fox might be working on a live action X-Men series. Adding more juice to the rumor is IGN’s reporting that the series will possibly be based on Peter David’s “X-Factor” run from the early ’90s. All of this is speculation at this point, but if true, it could mean that next year’s TV schedule could be even more packed with comic book content.

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