Arrow, The Wolverine, Powers: July 30th Comic Reel

Mon, July 30th, 2012 at 9:27am PDT | Updated: July 30th, 2012 at 9:28am

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ARROW

According to Green Arrow TV the CW's upcoming "Arrow" drama is set to include Suicide Squad member Deadshot in episode three (entitled "Lone Gunmen") and China White from "Green Arrow: Year One" in episode two. Series star Stephen Amell spoke with Green Arrow TV about how the encounter between Deadshot and Oliver Queen might go down.

"Unfavorably, for Deadshot, I would suspect," Amell said. "I can tell you that they are going to be after some of the same people. Oliver does have a code. Obviously, it doesn't include 'no killing,' as we've established so far, but there is a code. I don't think Deadshot has it. I don't think he respects his methods, which puts him in Oliver's sights."

Amell also spoke a bit about working with Kelly Hu, who plays China White.

"It was awesome, man," Amell said. "I had seen her in 'X2,' and I had seen her in 'Vampire Diaries,' and she came up, we did some cool fight training… she's enthusiastic. I get to speak to her in Mandarin, which was fun. She's great. It's cool, because we took the Arrow costume and tried to make it as functional and as real as possible, so it was cool to see the next iteration of a villain. Her character's costume… the idea that these would be real people, so seeing her in costume looks great. She's awesome."

Premieres this fall on the CW.

THE WOLVERINE

Comic Book Movie has posted a behind-the-scenes set photo of a Japanese POW camp World War II model. According to CBM's source, the model is part of an opening scene that features an atomic explosion.

Opens July 26, 2013

POWERS

Just last week, FX said the television adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming's long-running "Powers" series wasn't dead, and IGN uncovered more information about the series in an interview with FX president John Landgraf, who noted the amount of work being done for a series that still hasn't been officially picked up by the network.

"Brian [Bendis] has the benefit of reading scripts that I haven’t read!" Landgraf told IGN. "But what we ended up doing is hiring Chic Eglee, who had done the work on the pilot we shot. Not only to rewrite the pilot that we had shot, but to do three more episodes and put together a writing staff. So I think Brian has now read those scripts. I haven’t seen them yet. So we are going to end up having four scripts for Powers. And if we elect to move forward, yeah, I think we will just go back and reshoot the pilot from scratch, with a new cast in all probability.

"I think there’s a possibility that some of the original cast members might return," Landgraf added. "Jason Patric certainly wants to look at the material and wants to render an opinion about whether he still wants to be involved in the project. But it’s just as likely, I think, that we’d just start from scratch and reshoot it."

AVENGERS TELEVISION SERIES

Although there's no official title or even a thread of a concept for it, Deadline reports that Marvel's television division is currently in talks with ABC to do a live-action drama series set in the world of Joss Whedon's "The Avengers." According to Deadline, a number of possibilities are being expored -- including a high-concept cop show.

DARK KNIGHT RISES

MTV spoke with "The Dark Knight Rises" co-plotter David S. Goyer about the connection to the Occupy Wall Street movement, which he said was not intentional.

"It was just kind of luck that the themes we were dealing with in this film happened to coincide with the Occupy Wall Street, 99 percent thing," Goyer told MTV. "We couldn't have planned that. It just sort of happened. We try to make them as meaningful. Hopefully, they're sort of like a Greek myth that reflects back on what's happening in today's politics."

Now in theaters

RUNAWAYS

GirlGamerTV spoke with screenwriter Drew Pierce at CCI 2012 both about his work on "Iron Man 3" and his first draft of "Runaways."

"What would be so exciting about [Runaways] is that I loved that comic book since the day it came out, since the first issue," said Pierce. "I think Brian K. Vaughan's pretty much a genius. He's absolutely a comics genius. Truthfully, I'll do anything it takes to get that movie on the screen -- not anything, but quite a lot. Hopefully, it makes it someday. There's a lot of good will for it and I think it could be huge."

THE AVENGERS

Joss Whedon spoke with CBR's Kiel Phegley at CCI 2012 about his work on "The Avengers" and the concept of S.H.I.E.L.D. weaponizing the Cosmic Cube to deal with superhuman threats.

"They all deal very poignantly with the reality of 'Superman's here and he's in a bad mood. What do we do? We're humans! We've got nothing. We're in trouble.' To lay that on the table was such a perfect thing for this because it made Fury seem Machiavellian, but I think he's totally right. I mean, absolutely they need to protect themselves. There's aliens now. Thor's an alien and he's stronger than us. It brought up issues that would help everybody's point of view coalesce and it would also help separate the Avengers from S.H.I.E.L.D., which is the other really important thing -- making sure that people didn't think, 'Oh, it's a group that these guys run.' It was very important for them to kill daddy in order to become their own grown-up family. That's the other thing that I like to raise. Fury even knew that. He knew he had to get them together as a team and then take himself out of the equation."

Releases on DVD/Blu-ray September 25

TOTAL RECALL

Here's a brand new TV spot for the upcoming "Total Recall" remake starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel. The film is in theaters this Friday.

Opens August 3

SKYFALL

A rare TV spot aired for "Skyfall" during the Olympics opening ceremonies. It was posted shortly after by the official 007 YouTube Channel

Opens November 9

BATTLE ROYALE

The L.A. Times reports the CW is currently in talks with "Battle Royale" reps to adapt Koushun Takami's original novel into a television show. Although a Hollywood attorney representing U.S. rights to the title said, "there is no deal in place," a CW spokesman confirmed there has been some discussion -- but declined further comment.

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