COMIC REEL: "Flash's" Gustin Weighs In On Zoom's Identity; "Captain America" Director Talks "Civil War" Romance

Mon, January 18th, 2016 at 8:13am PST

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While speaking with IGN last week, "Flash" star Grant Gustin weighed in on who he thinks Zoom is -- specifically, if he thinks the villain is Earth-2 Barry Allen.

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"I don’t think it’s going to be Evil Barry," said Gustin. "But I was pitching that idea really early on, like, 'How fun would that be, it’d be so cool!' I just selfishly wanted to play the villain. I didn’t even know who it was until last night, actually. I hadn’t asked. I asked way more questions last year. Jesse [L. Martin] likes to know as little as possible and I’m kind of taking that route this year, so I’m surprised when I see the scripts and surprised when I do it. I hadn’t asked who Zoom was. I didn’t want to know, but [Greg] Berlanti called me last night to catch up and talk about the episodes and that came up and he broke down that whole story for me and how it’s going to evolve and what’s going to happen. So I do know now. Obviously, I’m not going to tell you! [Laughs] There are so many twists and turns involved with it and so many characters’ arcs that are connected to it. I said it about Thawne last year. Even if you think you know, there’s going to be some part of it that no one is going to guess exactly what the reveal is."

In a new conversation with EW's Spoiler Room column, "Flash" showrunner Andrew Kreisberg explained just how Reverse-Flash will re-enter the scene.

Many fans expected this Reverse-Flash to come from Earth-2, but Kreisberg said that won't be the case. “Time on our show does not unfold linearly,” the executive producer explained. “Sometimes you’ve seen events from one direction and then you start to see them from the other. This Reverse-Flash is not exactly the Reverse-Flash that we saw disintegrate at the end of the year. It’s a Reverse-Flash from an earlier timeline. It’s not the Earth-Two Reverse-Flash, it’s the Reverse-Flash. That is, hands down, one of our best episodes.”

Airs Tuesdays on the CW

IGN has an interview with "Agent Carter" star Hayley Atwell, who opened up about the changes her character has seen.

"I think she's in a very different place emotionally because she's let go of the grief she had of Captain America," said Atwell. "So her heart is a bit more open to possible romance, and so she finds herself in the middle of a love triangle out here. And there's the visual aspect of it being shot in LA with the light. Everything's a lot lighter. Her clothes are slightly different. Her hair's longer because she's embraced the glamour of Hollywood a little bit, and I think that also reflects how she is emotionally. She went through a period of kind of struggling to find her feet in the SSR or fighting in a very subtle way the sexism she found in the male dominated environment. She, at the end, doesn't necessarily win everyone's respect. Jack Thompson, for example, takes the credit that she probably deserves, but she actually says she knows her value, so she doesn't need that praise. So I think the first season is not so much that she actually is able to establish herself to everyone as an equal, but yet, for herself, she uses it as a source of strength for her own worth. So in that respect, she's a lot more confident. So I think she's coming out into this new world of Hollywood, met at the airport by Jarvis, her dear friend. And she can embark on something a little lighter. But of course, given the nature of this genre, it's going to go dark very quickly, but she's a little bit more quick this season to deal with it with an open heart."

Returns to ABC on January 19

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR has a quote from "Civil War" director Joe Russo about the possibility of seeing romance in the "Captain America" sequel.

"That falls under the surprise in the story as well, but we can only keep Cap romantically uninvolved for so long," said Russo. "At some point, something has to happen with that character, so we are very aware of his lack of romantic life. We want to keep dimensionalizing his character so maybe something interesting will happen."

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Opens May 6, 2016

Entertainment Weekly caught up with Jon Bernthal, who plays the Punisher in season two of "Daredevil."

"He’s a guy who brought the war home with him [in] the worst possible way," said Bernthal when asked to describe his character. "There are a lot of iterations of this character and in all of them it’s a man who’s gone through this unbelievable trauma and what’s interesting about our take on him is how this trauma reshapes his own philosophy. I can’t give too much away, but what’s interesting is the way [showrunners Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez] have made his story a slow burn. It’s interesting to find this guy at the point we find him. You want an evolution and a process. He starts in one place and will end up in another."

Bernthal also spoke about the character during the show's presentation at the winter 2016 TCAs.

"I think, for me, since so much of Season 1 was about Matt sort of dealing with this decision to be a hero," said Bernthal of the show's lead, Daredevil. "I think here comes this guy who, you know, he's really not concerned with that, about being a hero. And I think, if I got one thing from the comics, I think, as far as superpowers, his superpower is his rage. His superpower is that he is not going to quit, and he is going to go forward no matter what. And that's as human and grounded a quality as I think -- as this sort of genre could sort of have, and I think that is the perfect show to introduce a character like that -- to reintroduce it."

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Elodie Yung also spoke about her character, Elektra, an ex-girlfriend of Matt Murdock's that returns to his life in the form of a steely assassin. "I think, you know, what I tried to capture by reading the comics is I wanted to keep the coldness," said Yung at the TCAs on Sunday. "And we had conversations at length with [showrunners] Doug [Petrie] and Marco [Ramirez]. We think Elektra is kind of a sociopath, you know. She's -- this world is a game for her. It's like a chess game, and what motivates her is what she wants. She'll use anything she needs to use to get to her goal, and if she needs to kill people, she would, you know. She has this coldness and this sociopath in her, and I tried to keep that, really. But, on the other hand, we wanted to create a character with different layers. And I think -- I think Elektra isn't a bad person. She's not a good person. She's a person with different traits, with layers, and she's seeking for who she is. So, really, in this season, there's an arc to her story, and hopefully, she'll find -- we'll find out who she is really by the end of it."

Considering that it took Daredevil almost all of season one to acquire his superhero suit, many people wanted to know if Elektra would receive a similar comic-inspired outfit at some point during season two.

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"There's definitely a costume," replied Yung. Showrunner Marco Ramirez chimed in, adding, "Yes, she wears clothes."

All kidding aside, showrunner Doug Petrie weighed in on the costume issue, saying that "the short answer is you are going to have to watch, but we were very, very aware of it."

He then went into the thought process behind Elektra's costume -- even if he remained coy about how close to the comics it would hew. "And I think what we were thinking first and foremost were two questions. One was what looks cool? How much do we love the comics? And can we do that?" asked Petrie. "And then, also, in terms of bringing Elodie in and kind of her martial arts training, which is so evident in what she does and who she is as a character, what would you really fight in? What would protect you? And, also, Elektra isn't just about protection. She's a little bit of a stylist. So we threw all of that into the mix."

Returns to Netflix on March 18

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Two new TV spots have aired for "Deadpool."

Citing local media reports, The Hollywood Reporter states "Deadpool" has been denied distribution in China, with its more than 20,000 movie screens, because of depictions of violence, nudity and graphic language. That country's censors often work with Hollywood studios to re-edit R-rated movies so they can meet with approval. However, THR's sources contend it wasn't possible for Fox to cut the objectionable material from "Deadpool" without creating plot problems. Fox declined comment on the story.

Opens February 12, 2016

While speaking to IGN during the Television Critics Association press tour, FOX Chairman and CEO Gary Newman said Fox would "certainly be open to considering" spinoffs from "Gotham."

"We're really happy with the creative on Gotham this year," said Newman. "We thought the Rise of the Villains has been great, and it feels like a world that has many, many stories to tell. We haven't had any conversations with Warners about whether or not they'd want to do a spinoff series. I think that would be an issue for DC. It isn't quite clear to me that they'd be ready to do that, but it's a good idea."

Airs Mondays on Fox

Variety reports that Marvel Television and Netflix have given the Krysten Ritter-starring series another 13-episode order for season two. The series' official twitter account has tweeted out a teaser image announcing the renewal. Check it out below.

IGN spoke with Rachael Taylor about the prospect of her character, Trish Walker, becoming the superhero called Hellcat.

"I try not to get ahead of myself and think about it too much because it’s easy to get carried away and think about things," said Taylor. "You don’t want to count your eggs before they hatch. We just found out about the second season today and this is my first show that’s gone to a second season so I’m super stoked. I already feel like I have more than my share, in a way, being on Netflix, being in the Marvel Universe, being on this show that has resonated so deeply with people. But, of course, it would be amazing! [Laughs] It’s already a privilege to play a history that has so much lineage within the Marvel universe and to take it that one step further, is something that, yeah… I’d love to get my teeth stuck into whatever happens to the character.

Now streaming on Netflix

At Saturday's TCA panel, X Networks CEO John Landgraf revealed (via Deadline) that the network already has "Legion" marked down for a 2016 debut. We already knew that a cast was coming together, but Landgraf said that there are also sets being built and a writers room working on scripts. Though he was cautious about giving any promises, Landgraf said, “I’m pretty optimistic about 'Legion.' The scripts are extraordinary.”

Landgraf revealed that the show will be set in an different reality than the "X-Men" films to date. What's more, characters that have appeared on the big screen before may not be making the transition to TV. "It takes place in a parallel universe,” he explained. “The US government is in the early days of being aware of mutants, but not the public. I don’t foresee any characters moving back and forth (between the movies and the series).”

Pilot in development at FX

Director David Ayer has revealed a set of stylish character posters for "Suicide Squad."

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Opens on August 5, 2016

Jeremy Jordan, who plays Winn Schott, spoke with TV Line about his relationship with his father, the villainous Toyman.

“It parallels Kara’s relationship [with her birth parents] a bit, because she feels abandoned even though they had to do what they had to do,” said Jordan. “For Winn, it was abandonment without a reason and without understanding. We’ll learn a little more about why and what that was. He’s definitely holding on to some deep, dark emotions when it comes to confronting his dad that are brought to the surface very quickly.”

CBS has also released a sneak preview of tonight's episode, "Childish Things," that features Supergirl soaring through the skies alongside Martian Manhunter.

Airs Mondays on CBS

ComicBookMovie has spotted a few new shots of Gal Gadot on "Wonder Woman's" set, this time she's carrying a sword and shield.

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In a chat with E!, Chris Pine declined to comment on whether or not Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the '70s TV show, would make an appearance in the film.

"If I could tell you that I wouldn't," said Pine, "but I can't."

Opens June 23, 2017

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