COMIC REEL: "Ant-Man", "Man of Steel 2" Casting Rumors; Kirkman on "The Walking Dead"

Thu, December 19th, 2013 at 9:08am PST

TV/Film
Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

ANT-MAN

After an extended period of denying the rumors that he was in talks for the lead role of "Ant-Man," reports have surfaced that Paul Rudd is in talks for the lead role of "Ant-Man." Some outlets report that the actor is simply in talks, while others state that he has the role full-stop, but given that Marvel has yet to comment and that the actor completely denied knowing anything about the rumors during recent press for "Anchorman 2," it's probably safe to assume the truth lies somewhere between the two extremes.

Opens July 13, 2015

BATMAN/SUPERMAN

The latest casting rumor for Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" sequel is that Joaquin Phoenix is at the top of Warner Bros. list for the "Batman/Superman" villain. That said, there's no confirmation that Phoenix has even been approached about the role -- just that he may be at the top of Warner Bros. list.

In more substantial -- though somewhat less flashy -- news, The Hollywood Reporter states that Oscar-winning "Argo" screenwriter Chris Terrio has been hired to write a draft for the sequel.

Opens July 17, 2015

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

Bryan Singer has brought on Simon Kinberg and "X2: X-Men United" scribes Dan Harris and Mike Dougherty to "X-Men: Apocalypse," which marks the first time Harris and Dougherty have worked on an "X-Men" film since "X2."

Opens May 27, 2016

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

Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb spoke with The Huffington Post about the direct-to-home video film "Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United," but also spoke very, very briefly about the possibility of bringing in more Marvel heroes to "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

"Stay tuned, there's a plan," Loeb said. Not much there, but enough to give fans some hope that their favorite Marvel character could show up in the series.

Airs Tuesdays on ABC

THE WALKING DEAD

While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman about the prospect of bringing current comic book villain Negan into the mix for the live-action series.

“Well, there was a lot of breathing room in the comics between them,” Kirkman told EW. “Whether or not we have the same amount of breathing room, or if we do cut that down a little bit and bring him into the show a little early remains to be seen. But I definitely do think there needs to be some kind of space from a Governor into a Negan. You have to have something of a break in there. So I wouldn’t expect him to be showing up — definitely not in season 4. I don’t know. I wouldn’t expect it too soon. But we are all very excited about the prospect of bringing that guy into the show. The plan is that we will see him eventually.”

Airs Sundays on AMC

DOCTOR WHO

As December 25 draws closer, BBC continues to ramp up its promotion for the "Doctor Who" Christmas special with a new trailer for Matt Smith's final episode.

Christmas special airs December 25.

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