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COMIC REEL: Shatner Gives "Constantine" Condolences; "Supergirl" Stars Feel "Good" Pressure

CONSTANTINE

With "Constantine" officially over, former executive producer Daniel Cerone posted a screencap of a direct message he received from William Shatner. The "Star Trek" actor had previously said that he would film a guest spot on the series should it return in some format.

One of the good ones. #Constantine #Hellblazers @WilliamShatner pic.twitter.com/g6u4GUJTaK

- Daniel Cerone (@DanielVCerone) June 13, 2015

BATMAN BEYOND

IGN has an interview with filmmaker Boaz Yakin wherein the "Remember the Titans" director recalls his experience developing a live-action film adaptation of "Batman Beyond."

"I had just made Remember the Titans and my inclination is to always go off a trend: make an independent film after I make a studio film," Yakin told IGN. "I spoke to my agent, and he said, 'I think you need to do another studio movie before you do that.' I was just basically like, 'Well, if I'm going to do a studio movie, like, I want it to be Batman' -- which at the time I just meant, if I'm going to do a studio movie, I want it to be a big ol' thing."

Yakin's agent took that offhand comment quite literally and, the director said, "came back to me and said, 'I have a meeting set up for you at Warner Bros. about Batman.' I was like, 'What!? [Laughs] Okay.' I guess at the time I think Darren Aronofsky was developing a 'Batman: Year One' type of thing. So I said, 'Okay, let me see what I can do,' and I came up with this pitch on Batman Beyond."

According to Yakin, the film he pitched was "almost like Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man' but a little bit darker -- a teenage, kind of futuristic, cyberpunk Batman thing." A draft of the film was written by Yakin as well as "Beyond" creators Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, but that one draft ended up being all the Batman that Yakin had in him. "[I] very quickly got the feeling that I would be in the zone, the madness, and I didn't really have the heart for it at the time and I basically bailed after one draft," he said. "I just went, 'I can't do this.'"

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

In a recent ScreenRant interview, "Flash" actor Robbie Amell expressed his interest in "Batman V Superman," offering support to Ben Affleck.

"I'm very interested in Ben Affleck as Batman," said Amell. "I actually think he's a great choice. I'm a little worried about a Batman versus Superman movie just because it's... I just think it's really tough to pull off. I'm very excited about seeing it, but I think it's really tough to balance those two characters in the same movie. But I'm a huge Ben Affleck fan. I think he's a great choice for Bruce Wayne. As long as he doesn't have a Boston accent, I think he's going to be awesome.

Opens March 25, 2016

GOTHAM

Variety has posted a featurette focusing on the look of "Gotham" by interviewing production designers Doug Kraner and Richard Berg.

Returns this Fall on Fox

GRRL SCOUTS

New Form Digital has posted a behind-the-scenes look at the adaptation of Jim Mahfood's "Grrl Scouts," which features interviews with Mahfood as well as the show's cast and crew. The pilot will premiere as part of the Incubator2 series of shorts.

SANDMAN

In an interview with IGN, producer Joseph Gordon-Levitt gave an update on the status of "Sandman," offering up most of the same information we've heard so far.

"I love ['Sandman'] too, but it's not an obvious adaptation," said Gordon-Levitt. "They've been trying. There's been drafts of 'Sandman' scripts. I was talking to Neil Gaiman about this and he said, 'I've read so many 'Sandman' scripts!' For decades! For the last 20 years, there's been different tries and the reason is Sandman is a series of comics."

The producer added that the "episodic" nature of the series makes adapting it into a feature film a challenge. "If you examine it from the broad strokes, there is sort of a beginning, middle and end, but it was written in such this episodic way. It's not like adapting a graphic novel. Like 'Watchmen' is a book. This isn't that, so it really takes quite a bit of creativity and ingenuity to figure out, okay, how can we take all these kind of disparate episodes and make them congeal into a movie -- a feature film that's got a beginning, middle and end."

SPIDER-MAN

While many names have been included on the shortlist for Peter Parker, Chandler Riggs has never been one of them. Late last week, the "Walking Dead" star hinted via a tweet that he may have been in the running for the role.

good luck to whoever lands spiderman role- it would've been awesome for me! #CaptainAmericaCivilWar @TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/msg9fPvckc

- ChandlerRiggs (@ChandlerRiggs) June 11, 2015

Opens July 28, 2017

SUPERGIRL

The actors playing Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and her human sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) spoke to IGN about the pressure involved with bringing an iconic DC character to life on a major TV network.

"I think we're just as excited to work on it and create it," said Benoist. "There's a lot of pressure, but the good kind to just blow everyone out of the water and inspire some people."

"Across the board we've had some great conversations about the show and it was just awesome to see the presentation," added Leigh. "It's such a great electricity in the room, with all the shows coming up and just watching and getting a piece of all that, that was really cool. That was exciting."

Premieres October 26 on CBS

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