COMIC REEL: "The Flash's" Gustin Takes A Run; New "Gotham" Details

Wed, March 12th, 2014 at 7:54am PDT | Updated: March 12th, 2014 at 7:54am

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THE FLASH

Let's start today off with a warm-up run alongside "The Flash" lead actor himself, Grant Gustin:

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For those that prefer photographs of the new Flash in action, check out some higher resolution images of Gustin wearing the duds of the scarlet speedster.

GOTHAM

Fox has launched the official "Gotham" website complete with series logo and official synopsis of the upcoming series based on the early career of Detective James Gordon. Keep an eye on Fox.com/Gotham in the coming months for -- hopefully -- more updates.

Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world's greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon's story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world's most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?

GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop's rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.

Growing up in Gotham City's surrounding suburbs, JAMES GORDON (Ben McKenzie, “Southland,” “The O.C.”) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, BARBARA KEAN (Erin Richards, “Open Grave,” “Breaking In”), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.

Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend HARVEY BULLOCK (Donal Logue, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), as the two stumble upon the city's highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes' hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, BRUCE (David Mazouz, “Touch”), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy's profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.

As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham's criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss FISH MOONEY (Jada Pinkett Smith, “The Matrix” films, “HawthoRNe,” “Collateral”), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction's most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged SELINA KYLE/the future CATWOMAN (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and OSWALD COBBLEPOT/THE PENGUIN (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead,” “Another Earth”).

Although the crime drama will follow Gordon's turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain SARAH ESSEN (Zabryna Guevara, “Burn Notice”), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, ALFRED (Sean Pertwee, “Camelot,” “Elementary”). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he's destined to be.

GOTHAM is based upon characters published by DC Comics and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”) wrote the pilot, which will be directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the “CSI” series, “Nikita”).

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

It should come as little surprise that "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" keeps in the tradition of post-credits sequences, and one of them was directed by "Avengers: Age of Ultron" helmer Joss Whedon. Collider confirmed the director directed one of the post-credits sequences, and it's safe to assume it's a lead-in to "Age of Ultron." Whedon previously directed the post-credits scene for "Thor," which served as a lead-in to "The Avengers."

For those looking forward to "Captain America 3," Joe and Anthony Russo are scheduled to return as directors for the sequel. While speaking with Collider, the Russo brothers confirmed their involvement and that discussions were already beginning on story.

"Well now that Kevin [Feige] said it that means we can talk about it, I guess," Anthony Russo told Collider. "That’s great. We’re just in the formative stages of it right now. We just started breaking story with [screenwriters Christopher] Markus and [Stephen] McFeely and we’re just getting an idea of what we wanna do with it. It’s crazy working on it before the movie even comes out because you want to see what people respond to in the movie. You want to get some inspiration from what people like about the film so you go, ‘Okay, this is what we gotta lean into in the next movie’ or ‘this is what we should move away from, this didn’t work so well.’ So we’re just in that phase of breaking story but waiting to see how people respond to the movie."

Finally, check out this new clip from the film that sees Captain America chasing down The Winter Soldier.

Opens April 4

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

Collider spoke with Scarlett Johansson about returning as the Black Widow in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," and the actress praised Joss Whedon's script.

"I was just amazed -- Joss is something else, he really is," Johansson told Collider. "He locks himself away for God knows how long; I think he has the dark circles to prove it. [He] just came out with something totally solid. I was really impressed by his ability to make this ever-expanding Marvel universe feel very close-knit and cerebral and progressive. I mean this movie feels like the continuation of The Avengers, it doesn’t feel like a tag-on or the rehashed version or just ‘let’s throw a bunch of new characters in there and keep the thing alive.’ It really feels like the next step, and all of our characters, our relationships with one another continue to progress, become more intertwined, more complicated, more meshed. And the film has a lot of great comic book moments that the fans are gonna love, but it’s also got a lot of really great dramatic moments that audience members, I think, will really relate to."

Opens May 1, 2015

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

CBR News spoke with Jaimie Alexander about her appearance on last night's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", discussing her character's motivation during the episode.

"Lady Sif is a one-woman army when it comes to hunting someone down," Alexander told CBR. "It's rare that she needs help, but I think the reason she asks S.H.I.E.L.D. for help is because she respects Earth. She knows Thor does, too. She doesn't want to wreak havoc across Earth and possibly hurt other people, so she wants to enlist their help and say, "This is your world. Let's be collaborative in how we go about this."

Also, check out this promo for "Marvel: Assembling a Universe" that aired following this week's episode of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

Check out a new clip of Spider-Man talking down Electro in "Amazing Spider-Man 2," which gives a good look at Electro's powers and Spidey's current pull with the NYPD.

Opens May 2

FANTASTIC FOUR

The Wrap reports that 20th Century Fox and Josh Trank have whittled down the list of actors to play Dr. Doom in the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot. Reportedly under consideration are "Maleficent's" Sam Riley, "Les Miserables" actor Eddie Redmayne, "World of Warcraft's" Toby Kebbell and "About Time" actor Domhnall Gleeson.

Opens June 19, 2015

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