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Michael Douglas has joined the cast of "Ant-Man" as none other than Henry Pym -- meaning that the news also came to light that Paul Rudd will portray Scott Lang.

"With Hank Pym's rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves," Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said in a statement. "We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn't be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life."

Douglas explained his choice to sign on to the film, saying he had been "dying to do a Marvel picture for so long."

"The script is really fun, the director is really good. Dylan [the actor's 13-year-old son] will love it. He'll have a picture he can see," Douglas told Reuters.

Director Edgar Wright also recently pointed to a 2006 interview he did about the film that indicated Scott Lang would be the protagonist of the film.

I spill the beans on Pym & Lang... in 2006. RT Exclusive: Edgar Wright Talks Ant-Man http://t.co/l362kGSeHJ (@EDouglasWW had the scoop)

- edgarwright (@edgarwright) January 13, 2014

"The idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both," Wright told SuperHeroHype in 2006. "Is to have a film that basically is about Henry Pym and Scott Lang, so you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the '60s, in sort of 'Tales to Astonish' mode basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang's story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him. So it's like an interesting thing, like the Marvel Premiere one that I read which is Scott Lang's origin, it's very brief like a lot of those origin comics are, and in a way, the details that are skipped through in the panels and the kind of thing we'd spend half an hour on."

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Meanwhile, in the rumor mill department, unconfirmed reports are starting to surface that Johnny Depp has met with Marvel about the "Doctor Strange" movie. That said, it's just a rumor and fans are unlikely to hear any concrete details about the movie or its cast before Comic-Con International this summer.


According to Deadline, Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly revealed new details on the upcoming "Gotham" series.

"The show will track Bruce from a child (around 12 years old) until he puts on a cape (in the finale)," Reilly said, going on to mention the Riddler, Catwoman and the Penguin as villains who will show up in the series. "We will see how they get to become what they are as Gotham is teetering on the edge."


Deadline reports that the "Constantine" television series has gone to pilot at NBC. However, the project had a script commitment with penalty, so it's not very surprising that its gone to pilot -- the true test will be whether the show goes to full series.


Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb spoke with CBR about animating his "Wolverine" storyline for animation in the "Marvel Knights" line of direct-to-DVD animated features.

"One of the challenges of doing Marvel Knights Animation is taking something that was originally created in one form and making it work in another," Loeb told CBR. "Some of those experiences are better than others, and it's one of the reasons we've chosen the stories we have. Our first questions when looking at material always is, 'Do they have a cinematic feel?' and 'Will they have an episodic quality?' And for whatever reason, this particular storyline -- which as you know as a comic reader was separated by five years -- does tell one giant, cinematic story of the relationship between Wolverine and Sabretooth. Ultimately, it's all about the death and resurrection of that character. So it's very challenging as a reader to pick up something that comes out 30 days later let alone five years later and experience it as a whole piece. When it's all put together, you get some of it when you read it as a trade. But even then, you're not as compelled to go forward as you are when it's running in front of you on a TV screen in ten-to-twelve minute intervals. I think that really gives you the impact of Simone's art and the story, and it creates more of a through line that will keep you watching. So in the end, it does feel like it's all one piece."

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