Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Walking Dead: August 26th Comic Reel

Mon, August 26th, 2013 at 8:38am PDT

TV/Film
Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

ANT-MAN

Collider spoke with director Edgar Wright during his press tour for "The World's End" and the actor gave a brief update on the plan for "Ant-Man" production.

"I've started doing pre-production on 'Ant-Man' in October and then shooting next year. Once this presser is done, I'm going to take a month off. I never took a holiday after 'Scott Pilgrim,' so I've now gone two films in a row without a proper vacation, and I think I need to have a little break so my brain can function at full capacity. It's a script that's existed in some form since 2007, so it's great to come back into something which is in good shape."

Opens November 6, 2015

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

ComicBook.com has posted an excerpt from Entertainment Weekly's interview with Joss Whedon about whether he might kill off one of the major characters in the franchise.

"I’m always joking about that. Um…maybe?" Whedon told EW. "But I’d have to have a really good reason, a really great sequence for [Marvel executives] to go, ‘We’ll cut off a potential franchise, that’s fine!’ They know as any good studio does, that without some stakes, some real danger, how involved can we get? We don’t just rule it out across the board, but neither is the mission statement ‘Who can we kill?’ We try to build the story organically and go, ‘How hard can we make it on these people?’ You go to the movies to see people you love suffer-that’s why you go to the movies."

Opens May 1, 2015

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

An image from Entertainment Weekly's current issue has made the rounds online, which features the cast of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and Agent Coulson's precious car, Lola.

Debuts September 24 on ABC

THE WALKING DEAD

A new sneak peek at the upcoming fourth season of "The Walking Dead" has hit online, featuring a better look at Michonne and her new horse as she rides in to the prison and fends off a few walkers.

Airs Sundays on AMC

SPAWN

Todd McFarlane gave a brief update on the status of the "Spawn" remake at FanExpo Canada, stating it's possible the script will be done by the end of this year.

“The reality is that I’ve got a lot of pressure,” McFarlane told The Gate. "They want me to deliver the script by the end of the year, which would basically mean we’d be shooting next year. So, that’s the goal right now. The thing that keeps slowing it down is that the negotiation I’ve done is I write, produce, direct, but I’ve got to push a lot of my other endeavors off to the side so I can just get tunnel vision on it. And so everybody at my company is now going, ‘We’ve got to find Todd the time to finish all this.’"

PATTON OSWALT ON THE NEW BATMAN

Of all the social media reactions to Ben Affleck's casting as Batman in "Man of Steel 2," comedian and all-around comics fan Patton Oswalt was uncharacteristically silent. However, Oswalt posted a defense of Affleck on his Facebook page over the weekend.

No matter how many times you post your stupid "Fire Ben Affleck from Playing Batman" petition, I'm going to delete it and block you. Take a deep breath, and think for a second:

Yeah, the dude's made some bad films. Every actor has. Every actor does. Every actor will. It's a huge, arcing career and NO ONE has control over where it goes. Movie to movie, year to year, you're collaborating and trying and risking and, sometimes, yes -- failing.

Plus, everyone seems to forget that he had the world dropped in his lap when he was YOUNG. And, judging by how other suddenly-famous youngsters do in the same situation, he fared pretty well. Even when it went wrong, he seemed to keep a self-deprecating, long-view philosophy about the burning freak carousel he'd found himself on.

And then what happened? I mean, he'd fallen from a HEIGHT. You know what happens to 95% of people who weather a descent that steep? They come apart, fray at all of their sanity nodes, and give up.

But then there's the 5% who embrace crushing defeat and see it for the gift it is. And here's the gift: when you fail, and fail UTTERLY, you wake up the next morning and see that the world didn't end. And then the fear of failure is gone. And you're free. You're free to proceed on your own terms and pace -- if you have the ego that permits you to.

Ben brushed himself off, realized he'd kept his eyes open on the movies he'd done, and started directing. And he's become a damn good one.

A Batman portrayed by someone who's tasted humiliation and a reversal of all personal valences -- kind of like Grant Morrison's "Zen warrior" version of Batman, post-ARKHAM ASYLUM, who was, in the words of Superman, "...the most dangerous man on the planet"? Think for a second and admit that Ben Affleck is closer to THAT top-shelf iteration of The Dark Knight than pretty much anyone in Hollywood right now.

I'd write more, but I have to go work on my post about how an overweight 44 year-old comedian with bad feet and insomnia would be a bold choice for The Joker.

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