COMIC REEL: Sony Spreadsheet Disses Spider-Ham; "Flash" Casts Two DC Characters


Forget about seeing Spider-Ham in a Sony feature film! Business Insider has come across a spreadsheet that highlights which characters Sony has claimed the rights to and which ones they've... politely declined.

Among the rejects are the Spider-Man costume that consists of a Fantastic Four uniform and a paper bag, Xandu the Unspeakable, Thermo the Thermatronic Man aka The Street Stalker, Tordenkakerlakk aka the Thunder Cockroach and Hypno-Hustler. Sony flat-out said "we don't care about this character" in reference to the Black Abbot; the studio was kind of offended by 007 parody character Agent 003. When it came to Mother Inferior, an obese woman with an army of rats and cockroaches, Sony "recommended letting this one go."

The most notable character included in the "do not want" list is Spider-Ham, a character that fans have speculated could hold down an animated feature film. Spider-Ham is listed as "frozen" in the spreadsheet, indicating that Sony -- and possibly Marvel as well -- has no interest in using the character.


IGN caught up with Evangeline Lilly, the actress playing Hope Van Dyne in the 2015 Marvel movie. Lilly, who previously admitted that she considering leaving the film after Edgar Wright's departure, had nothing but praise for new director Peyton Reed.

"He was a delight," said Lilly. "He actually in some ways reminded me a bit of ['Hobbit' director] Peter [Jackson]. He had a fantastic sense of humor, was extremely immersed in the comic world all his life, is a big fan-boy but also extremely strong in his vision... He knew what he needed, and he knew if we had it or if we didn't have it, and it's such a huge luxury as an actor to know that your director really knows what he wants. He knows when he's got it and he knows when to move on. I feel like we're in really good hands."

Opens July 17, 2015


"The Flash" may be on a winter hiatus, but its casting department isn't. First, Access Hollywood reported that Peyton List has joined the show as Lisa Snart, the younger sister of Captain Cold. List previously starred on the CW's "Tomorrow People" and AMC's "Mad Men." List has the potential to turn into a villain herself, as Lisa Snart is also known as Golden Glider in the source material. The character will debut in the show's 16th episode, titled "Rogue Time."

TV Line reported that "Sleepy Hollow" actor Nicholas Gonzalez will appear on the show as Cisco's "handsome and charming" older brother Dante. The character is a new one to the DC Universe; he first appeared in last year's "Justice League of America's Vibe" #1 and was co-created by "Flash" executive producer Andrew Kreisberg.

Returns to the CW on January 20


Things have been quiet for "Gotham" while the show's been on its winter hiatus, but now the series is gearing up for it's January return. Fox has released the episode title -- "Rogues' Gallery" -- and synopsis for the first episode of 2015.


Det. Gordon's assignment at Arkham Asylum gets off to a rocky start when the murder of a guard ignites an investigation, leading him to meet Dr. Leslie Thompkins (guest star Morena Baccarin, "Homeland"). Meanwhile, Cobblepot continues to build his army in the all-new "Rogues' Gallery" episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Jan. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GTH-111) (TV-14 L, S, V)

Cast: Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman, Zabryna Guevara as Captain Sarah Essen, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/the future Riddler, Victoria Cartagena as Renee Montoya, Andrew Stewart Jones as Crispus Allen, John Doman as Carmine Falcone

Guest Cast: Morena Baccarin as Dr. Leslie Thompkins, Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean, David Zayas as Maroni, Allyce Beasley as Dorothy Duncan, Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Gerry Lang, Kyle Massey as Mackey, Christopher Heyerdahl as Jack Gruber, Kevin McCormick as Aaron Helzinger, Anthony Grasso as Ganza.

Returns January 5 on Fox


Latino Review has learned from an unnamed source that Viola Davis has landed the role of Amanda Waller in "Suicide Squad." The "How To Get Away With Murder" star will portray a former congressional aide and the Squad's tough-talking, no-nonsense government liaison and handler. Oprah Winfrey and Octavia Spencer were both rumored to be up for the role as well, with Winfrey reported as being Warner Bros.' first choice.

Opens on August 5, 2016


TV Line has learned from an undisclosed source that the upcoming "Walking Dead" spinoff will be taking place in Los Angeles, which is across the country from the original series' Atlanta setting. Not much else is known about the spinoff, including whether or not it will film in California.

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