Thor: The Dark World, The Walking Dead, The Flash: August 15th Comic Reel

Thu, August 15th, 2013 at 8:49am PDT | Updated: August 15th, 2013 at 8:49am

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THOR: THE DARK WORLD

Desde Hollywood has posted a D23 interview with "Thor: The Dark World" director Alan Taylor, who discusses his experience on the balance of science and fantasy in the "Thor" microcosm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"Exactly. How you keep the balance is exactly the challenge," Taylor told Desde Hollywood. "One of my favorite lines in the first movie was -- Thor says to Jane, 'There's magic and there's science. I come from a land where they're one and the same.' It's a great way of stating exactly that challenge. It means the movie lives a little bit in that middle ground. We have spaceships. We have laser guns, we have interplanetary travel. We also have horses and swords and castles and if you get that wrong, the whole thing falls apart and you laugh. When you get it right, it has the power of both and it becomes unique in a way."

Opens November 8

KICK-ASS 2

In anticipation of "Kick-Ass 2's" release tomorrow, a number of new clips and interviews have surfaced online, including Aaron Taylor-Johnson speaking with MTV about returning to the role of Kick-Ass for a second film.

"For the second one, it was difficult to kind of go back to that character," Taylor-Johnson told MTV. "In between [films], there was a documentary called 'Superheroes' that came out and I was watching those [people] and going like, 'They're the real kind of people that dress up and go out,' and they had some really great kind of quirky little mannerisms. I really wanted to pick up those traits for the character, but it's like it was too late. 'That's not Dave, that's someone else.'"

The official "Kick-Ass 2" YouTube channel has posted a new featurette featuring Chloe Grace Moretz's Hit Girl and her experience attending high school.

Finally, CBR's own Josh Wigler has posted the review for the upcoming sequel, calling it "a worthy ride, a rare case of an adaptation rising above its source material, and a solid blockbuster to finish out a solid summer season."

Opens August 16

THE FLASH

"Arrow" executive producer Marc Guggenheim spoke with CBR about the announced "The Flash" television drama in the CW's "Arrow" universe, and the challenge of expanding the DC Television Universe in a way that doesn't sacrifice the unique tone of "Arrow."

"I think a lot of people are justified in asking 'What does this mean for Arrow in terms of its tone?' And my answer is that the trick that we have -- and this is a challenge we've discusses a lot and have an awareness of how to face it head on -- is the fact that 'Arrow' is like 'Iron Man' where 'The Flash' will be 'The Hulk,'" said Guggenheim. "And just as 'The Hulk' coming out did not change the tone of the Iron Man movies, 'The Flash' will not change the tone of 'Arrow.' We're very cognizant of what 'Arrow' is all about, and I think the Marvel movies demonstrate that each piece of a universe can have its own feel. 'Thor' is consistent with the tone of Thor while 'Captain America' is consistent with the tone of Captain America's character. 'Arrow's' tone will remain consistent much in the same way, and we are looking forward to expanding our canvass a bit. And judging from the announcement, I think the fans are looking forward to it as well."

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

Warner Bros. has released the first international TV spot for "300: Rise of an Empire," featuring new footage galore.

Opens March 7, 2014

THE WALKING DEAD

While it's not much of an advance look at "The Walking Dead" season four, Entertainment Weekly has posted a photograph of Danai Gurira as Michonne riding a horse (named Flame) through a field of pursuing walkers.

“One of the most compelling images is Michonne finding a new and possibly a lot more reliable type of transportation,” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd told EW. “With gas at a premium, with the fact that vehicles break down, I think we would return to the days of horseback riding and you can graze them as you go in a place like Georgia. You don’t have to carry food for them. They feed themselves, so to speak. It goes along with the new approach this season of sustainability. With a horse, you can go through the woods. You can get around obstacles. You can’t do that in a vehicle. If a tree falls and blocks the road, you can’t go through the forest. You’re not going to make it through. It’s actually much more of a useful choice. Not only that, but Michonne looks so badass on it.”

Returns this Fall on AMC

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