COMIC REEL: More on Ben Affleck as Batman; Pratt, Rooker on "Guardians of the Galaxy"

Wed, November 20th, 2013 at 8:48am PST | Updated: November 20th, 2013 at 12:30pm

TV/Film
Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

ARROW

"Arrow" star Stephen Amell is prepped to don the Green Arrow mask in an upcoming episode of the CW drama. Oliver Queen will put on the mask on the December 11 episode of the series.

"Conceptually, it was something we wanted to do because Oliver himself is evolving as the Arrow -- from vigilante to hero, sort of from Arrow to Green Arrow -- and we wanted to see that progression in his costume as well," Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg told Entertainment Weekly. "As Oliver is embracing being a hero, being a hero means stepping out of the dark and being more of a symbol, so he has to take steps to conceal his identity more. ... It’s going to allow the Arrow to interact with people who don’t know his identity in a much more organic way than having him constantly keep his head down."

As Oliver continues his transition from The Vigilante to Green Arrow, more familiar faces from the DC Universe are slated to make appearances. "Spartacus" alum Katrina Law has been cast as Nyssa Al Ghul for the "Arrow" universe and will debut in the 13th episode of the season, "Heir to the Demon."

Airs Wednesdays on the CW

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

TV Guide spoke with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancheroen about last night's episode tangentally-connected to "Thor: The Dark World" and the ability of the show to connect to the films in the future.

"Nick Fury is in ['Captain America: The Winter Soldier'], and S.H.I.E.L.D. makes an appearance, so we will definitely try to tee-up some stuff and probably play a little bit of the fallout from that film," Whedon told TV Guide. "We're hoping to do some cool stuff."

In the meantime, check out the promo for the next episode, "Repairs."

Airs Tuesdays on ABC

BATMAN/SUPERMAN

Variety spoke with producer Charles Roven about one of his most anticipated projects, the "Man of Steel" sequel, discussing the choice of Ben Affleck as Batman.

"We wanted a guy who had a certain age and a certain gravitas to what he had done in terms of his recent work," Roven told Variety. "If you take a look at ‘The Town’ and ‘Argo,’ he plays a couple of serious guys in those movies. He’s a big man. He’s also a mature man. As you see him and Henry together, one definitely has much more experience just by looking at him. That’s what we wanted, particularly juxtaposed against our Superman."

While Roven referred to the movie as "Batman vs. Superman," Variety called it "Batman and Superman" in the body of its piece, making it difficult to tell what the exact title of the film is.

Opens July 17, 2015

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Total Film spoke with Michael Rooker about his role as Yondu in "Guardians of the Galaxy," although the actor wasn't able to say much.

"There’s hope in this character, but the stuff going on… I can’t talk about it but… it’s challenging," Rooker told Total Film. "You have to forget that you have all these issues like three hour make-up and stuff… once you get that stuff on you have your own down time. You forget you have it on. You just play the role and you have great time doing it."

Chris Pratt discussed the humor inherent in the upcoming film, noting "Guardians of the Galaxy's" balance between humor and drama.

“I think it should be really fun,” Pratt told The Huffintgon Post. “But, that being said, it takes the dramatic beats seriously. I men, it takes itself seriously when it needs to. Just as a whole it doesn’t take itself too seriously. But, it definitely takes it’s dramatic moments seriously. And the dramatic arcs and the bits of emotion that you’re supposed to feel something that you’re supposed to feel something that I think you really will. But, hopefully, it will be because it’s anchored to this comedy. Like, to the comedy that lives in it. If you tie comedy and drama together, than you don’t have to go as big to get laughs and you don’t have to go as big to get a real emotional response.”

Opens August 1, 2014

ANT-MAN

Entertainment Tonight spoke with Edgar Wright during press for "The World's End" DVD/Blu-ray release, and the director gave a brief update on what to expect from "Ant-Man."

"I want to make him into a badass [Laughs]. No, I always liked that comic and I always thought it would be an interesting thing to see in live-action," Wright told Entertainment Tonight. "That's why I [showed] that Comic-Con test that we did for Marvel, to show this fight scene like a proof of content, like this is what the action is going to look like. I think a lot of people who maybe don't know the character sort of see that test and go, "Oh, right, I get it. It's like an action film," so that's the idea. I think people will be surprised by what kind of movie it is, and so in that respect it's something that I know is going to stand out because it's got a very different story and is a very different movie."

Opens July 31, 2015

THE WOLVERINE

"The Wolverine" releases on Blu-ray/DVD in December, and Fox screened James Mangold's director's cut available on the special Unleashed Extended Edition Blu-ray. The full report comes courtesy of CBR contributing writer Todd Gilchrist who says, "Fans hoping for more action will certainly be satisfied by the new material, which features two significant set pieces and documents Wolverine's dismemberment of foes -- not to mention their attacks on him -- with even more excruciating detail. After six films, Wolverine's slashed cheek has lost its ability to induce a wince from viewers, but watching him get run through or hacked to pieces with swords while he answers in kind with his claws is a new and glorious kind of viscera."

Releases on Blu-ray/DVD December 3

CONSTANTINE

During an interview with Vanity Fair, Keanu Reeves said he would have liked to return to the character of John Constantine following the 2005 film.

“I would like to have played John Constantine again,” Reeves said. “I liked playing that character and there seemed to be a way to continue that. That’s the only one that comes to mind.”

ROBOCOP

StudioCanal has released a new trailer for the "RoboCop" reboot. Check it out below.

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Opens February 12, 2014

THE STRAIN

FX has given "The Strain" a 13-episode series order. The series, based on the book by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, has also been adapted into a comic series through Dark Horse Comics.

"'The Strain' books are near and dear to my heart and now, Chuck and I have the blessing of a partnership with Carlton [Cuse] and FX that holds great promise," del Toro said in a statement. "Working with FX has yielded an amazing experience with total creative freedom and support."

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