COMIC REEL: Amell on the Future of "Arrow"; "The Flash" Cast Expands

Wed, January 22nd, 2014 at 8:47am PST | Updated: January 22nd, 2014 at 8:47am

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Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

ARROW

The Hollywood Reporter has posted an advance look at tonight's episode, featuring a frank discussion between Slade Wilson and Sebastian Blood.

Meanwhile, USA Today has posted a video interview the Associated Press conducted with star Stephen Amell, who teases rough waters ahead for Oliver Queen.

"The journey is a lot different for Oliver this year," Amell told AP. "We've seen him start to play better with others, but that's really going to be tested over our next stretch of episodes because right when he thinks that everything's starting to come together, everything falls apart."

Amell also teased a reference to the ever expanding DC Universe in "Arrow."

"There was a chance for me in an upcoming episode to say a very famous DC character name and I was so excited to say the name that I actually kept messing up the rest of the line," he said.

Ignoring the unfortunate stereotypical comic-book-sound-effect headline at Fandango, Amell gave the website a juicy tidbit -- namely, that there's been some talks at a studio level for him to merge with the DC movieverse being created with the "Man of Steel" sequel.

“I have had discussions, but I think the gestation process for this project is a lot slower than most people think," Amell told Fandango. "I mean, they haven't even shot the next one. They haven't even shot a frame of the movie before the movie everyone thinks is the 'Justice League' movie!”

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THE FLASH

Speaking of the "Arrow"-verse, "The Flash" star Grant Gustin has his first castmate: Jesse L. Martin will play Detective West in the upcoming spin-off about the Fastest Man Alive. If early leaked character descriptions are to be believed, Detective West is indeed father to Iris West, and serves as a surrogate father to Barry Allen.

FANTASTIC FOUR

Variety reports that a script has been completed for Fox's "Fantastic Four" reboot and that actors will be coming in to test for parts by the end of the month. Among the actors Variety names are Miles Teller, Kit Harrington, Kate Mara and Saoirse Ronan. The publication also reports Michael B. Jordan as already attached to play Johnny Storm, which -- though widely reported -- has not yet been officially confirmed by the studio.

Opens June 19, 2015

BATMAN/SUPERMAN

Comic Book Therapy has posted a transcript from Kevin Smith's latest "Fatman on Batman" Podcast, where he details the circumstances of getting to see the new Batman suit.

I talked about it on Hollywood Babble-On, but I have seen the suit. I did this 'Man Of Steel' Yahoo, fan event when the DVD came out. I was hosting Zack Snyder was there, Amy Adams, we had Henry Cavill from satellite over in the UK, and you know it was all about Man of Steel. And at one point Zack talked a little bit about the future and Batman Vs Superman, but when the show was all done, Zack was all like ‘Kev come here, come here’, and he takes me over to the corner and whips out his phone, and he shows me a picture of Batman. Live action version of Batman. A very familiar Batman, I might add. It didn’t look like any of the cinematic Batmans that have ever gone before. He shows me that picture and behind Batman…Superman in the suit looming in the distance. Both on a roof top kind of thing. It was on a set, a little set the put together for this photo shoot. So I was like ‘Oh my god! Is that the suit?! The suit looks amazing! Did you get people to model it?’ And he goes, ‘That’s your boy.’ And I look closely and it’s Ben Affleck wearing the suit. The suit, it is not mine to spill, in terms of what it looks like, you’ll see it. They’ll tell you when they want you to know, but any Batman fan is going to be F—ing pleased. I’m going to tell you that right now. They gave you the suit you all wanted to see.

Opens May 6, 2016

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

For those hoping for a Stan Lee cameo in "Guardians of the Galaxy," it looks like he's not appearing this time around. Dweebcast (Via Comic Book Movie) spoke with Lee, who confirmed that he wasn't cameoing in "Guardians."

"I'm afraid not. This is the one group that I didn't create. I didn't write 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' I'm not even sure who they all are! I can't wait to see the movie."

Opens August 1

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