COMIC REEL: Smith Calls "Flash" "Favorite Thing I've Ever Directed"; Evans Teases Spider-Man "Civil War" Scene


In the latest episode of the "Fat Man on Batman" podcast, Kevin Smith revealed that he has seen the final cut of his "Flash" episode -- and he likes it. A lot.

"It is wonderful, dude," said Smith to co-host Marc Bernardin. "First cut was 55 minutes, of my episode of 'The Flash' that I directed. We got it down to the running time. It's 42 minutes. It may be my favorite thing I've ever directed. Now that doesn't mean, like, I suddenly don't like the movies that I directed. I wrote and directed those things, but this -- just as a directing exercise, removing scripts and shit like that and about how I personally feel about material, whether or not it generated from me, I think this is hands-down the best directing job I've ever done. Just directing, like, I feel good and I've gotten some nice praise from upstairs. Sounds like I will be able to go back, unless they catch me with a fuckin' dead girl or a live boy. I think I will be able to go back." Smith added that, while this may sound "gross," "I've watched it no less than 50 times. It really holds up."

Smith's episode will air on May 10. You can see all of Smith's comments starting around the 19:50 mark below.

Airs Tuesdays on the CW


The synopsis for the final month's worth of "S.H.I.E.L.D." episodes have been released online.

TUESDAY, APRIL 26 (9:00 PM ET on ABC) -- "The Singularity"

FOUR EPISODES LEFT! The S.H.I.E.L.D. team is left reeling and decimated as Hive continues to sway Inhumans to his side. But there is a sliver of hope, as Agents Fitz and Simmons follow a lead that may be able to stop the maniacal Inhuman once and for all.

TUESDAY, MAY 3 (9:00 PM ET on ABC) -- "Failed Experiments"

THREE EPISODES LEFT! Loyalties are tested and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team must seek a decisive resolution to the looming Hive threat. As Daisy's prophecy ticks closer and the stakes get higher, join S.H.I.E.L.D. as we hurtle towards the dramatic season finale.

TUESDAY, MAY 10 (9:00 PM ET on ABC) -- "Emancipation"

TWO EPISODES LEFT! In the aftermath of the events of Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War," S.H.I.E.L.D. feels pressure to reveal their involvement with Inhumans. But with the stakes higher than ever and Hive growing stronger, the team is tested in ways they could never anticipate. Watch the shocking all-new episode.

TUESDAY, MAY 17 (9:00 PM ET on ABC) -- "Absolution" & "Ascension"

THE EPIC TWO-HOUR FINALE! #FallenAgent is revealed! It's a showdown a season in the making as the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. try to thwart Hive's master plan and take him down once and for all. But not everyone will survive the epic battle in the must-see Season 3 finale. Tune-in to find out who will live and who will die.

Airs Tuesdays on ABC


A featurette focusing on Paul Bettany's Vision has been released, charting his evolution from his creation in "Age of Ultron" through "Civil War."

IGN caught up with Chris Evans and spoke about his scene with Spider-Man. "I don't want to give too much away, but it's brief -- I think I can say brief," said Evans. "But I really love the scene we have together. It's a brief, a little wink, a little nod, and I think there's a -- it's nice and I think Tom is phenomenal."

Illustrator Kevin M Wilson has revealed his ticket art that he created for "Civil War."

ICYMI, here is the ticket artwork I was asked to do for #CaptainAmericaCivilWar

Which team are you on??? pic.twitter.com/XsZMLZbAYs

- Kevin M Wilson (@ApeMeetsGirl) April 20, 2016

And a new international TV spot for the film has popped up online.

Opens May 6, 2016


Tilda Swinton's "Doctor Strange" character, the Ancient One, has been at the center of some controversy as the Ancient One is depicted as Tibetan in the comics. During a press event following a screening of her film "A Bigger Splash" in New York City's Museum of Modern Art, Swinton directly addressed the claims of whitewashing.

"Well, it's not actually an Asian character -- that's what I need to tell you about it," Swinton told The Hollywood Reporter. "I wasn't asked to play an Asian character, you can be very well assured of that." THR then notes that she smiled and added, "You just have to wait and see, because it's not an Asian character."

UPI also spoke with Swinton about her character, and the actress asserted that the version of the Ancient One that she was presented with and portrays was never Asian.

"The script that I was presented with did not feature an Asian man for me to play, so that was never a question when I was being asked to do it," said Swinton. "All will be revealed when you see the film, I think. There are very great reasons for us to feel very settled and confident with the decisions that were made."

Opens November 4, 2016


Writer/director James Gunn revealed via Facebook that a "Guardians" superfan, Alessio, got to spend the day hanging with the filmmaker and lead Chris Pratt.

Opens May 5, 2017


Marvel/Netflix's "Jessica Jones" is one of 11 honorees to receive this year's prestigious Peabody Award, which recognizes achievement in television. The Peabody judges had this to say about the series:

"This one part superhero saga, one part neo-noir program asks unpopular questions about power and consent, while constructing vivid and compelling characters. Krysten Ritter helps us to discover the strengths and vulnerability of Jessica, a hard-boiled private detective who has rejected the role of superhero but must still figure out how to overcome the evil that threatens her, her friends and her community."

Now streaming on Netflix


The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the long in-development "Krypton" pilot is very close to a full greenlight. If the show does move forward, talent involved will include pilot writer and Goyer's co-creator Ian Goldberg ("Once Upon A Time"), pilot director Colm McCarthy ("Sherlock") and showrunner and executive producer Damian Kindler ("Sleepy Hollow"). No cast has been announced. The series will be set 200 years before the destruction of Superman's home planet.


You can read a recap of last night's "Legends" episode, "Last Refuge." There's also a promo for next week's ep, "Leviathan."

Airs Thursdays on the CW


THR has reported that Robert Downey Jr. has closed a deal to appear in "Spider-Man: Homecoming" as Iron Man. It is unclear at this time if Downey's deal is just for "Homecoming" or includes multiple other Marvel Cinematic Universe installments.

Talks with Michael Keaton to join the film in a villain role, however, have stopped. Deadline reported that the "Batman" actor will not join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Opens July 7, 2017


While speaking with Den of Geek, Tye Sheridan spoke about what it's like to play a younger version of Cyclops and teased what's in store for his character in "Apocalypse."

"First off, it's such an honor to play a younger version of James Marsden and it's going to be hard to live up to what he created in the X-Men universe," said Sheridan. "What's nice about this X-Men is that it's very much an origin story for everyone; it is all their beginnings, so it doesn't exactly have to sync up with where we last saw these characters chronologically and who they are to us now. It's fun to play with that arc, and what is fun about my character in this film is it starts off with him being a mutant that hasn't discovered his super powers. And then he discovers them and is this kind of weirdo at school, and his brother Havok introduces him to Professor X at his school for mutants. It's not until then that he feels that he actually has a place that he feels normal and that there are people just like him at the school. He's got to quickly get control of his super powers and help the X-Men [fight Apocalypse] at the end of the movie."

Opens May 27, 2016

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