MICHAEL DOUGLAS Talks ANT-MAN Sequel, JON WATTS Discusses SPIDER-MAN Plans, More

Still from "Ant-Man"
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In a chat with Yahoo! Movies, Ant-Man star Michael Douglas talked about what lead him to take the role of Hank Pym, and his hopes for a potential sequel.

"I had seen enough of both Marvel films and other comic book films with my kids to say, 'Why didn't they ever offer me one of those? This looks pretty cool,'" said Douglas. "As a producer, I love to do these kinds of special effects. When it came, along with about two years of the Ant-Man comics to learn a little bit about the Hank Pym character and I started getting into it... my son grabbed the script from me and said, 'Is this Ant-Man?... Dad, you don't have to read it. Just do it - this is a whole new audience for you.' He was like my agent! I took them to heart and looked at it and here we are. I'm having a ball." 

Regarding how the finished product differed from the original concept by Edgar Wright, Douglas said things weren’t that different. "The family relationship dynamics are the same, the caper -- having the whole sense of it being a caper -- existed, Paul [Rudd]'s coming out of a jail was in the original, and the third act break in was all pretty much there in principle. It was a little more characterization."

However, according to Douglas, there was one major change to the script. "Paul [Rudd] and Adam [McKay’s] re-write bought a lot more humor. I accused Paul of bringing a lot more humor to his character! Michael Pena can take care of himself. I, on the other hand, was left giving the exposition and the plot, which I was happy to do."

As for a sequel, Douglas hopes to expand on some of the big concepts introduced in Ant-Man, though as of right now, he's not under contract for any more Marvel films. "I’m not signed up to anything more. If it comes up... I've really enjoyed the experience. They're an amazing group, this whole Marvel family. I've learned a whole lot and would look forward to more if it comes my way, but -- if not -- I've enjoyed the experience... I think in this one I had to carry a lot of plot and exposition. In the next one, I hope things get a little more bizarre… the Quantum Realm!"

Check out the entire interview right here:

Currently, Marvel has announced no plans for a sequel to Ant-Man, however Scott Lang will appear in next summer's Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

 

JON WATTS Shares His Plans For SPIDER-MAN

Hot off a promising showing for his Sundance debut Cop Car, director Jon Watts has signed on to direct Marvel and Sony's upcoming Spider-Man reboot. And in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Watts shared some of his plans for Spidey's third go-round on the big screen.

“I’m not really sure what happened,” said Watts on how he landed Spider-Man. “I had never been to Sundance before. I was nervous because that was the first time we were showing the movie to an actual crowd… [Marvel] got to see ‘Cop Car’ and they really liked it… Now, I’ve got to make a slightly more expensive version. It’s an opportunity to just have a much bigger canvas instead of just scrapping together any story you can.”

Watts also had high praise for upcoming Spider-Man star Tom Holland, saying “He can be a real high school student. That’s why people love Spider-Man. He’s the most grounded, relatable of superheroes. And Tom can really do that. He captures that. And he can do a standing back-flip. He’s perfect.”

Finally, speaking on Holland's upcoming first appearance as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, Watts had this to say, “I mean, it’s a big universe, so everyone sort of works with each other to make sure that there’s continuity and that it all fits together. It’s really exciting actually. We’re just getting started, working on the script and all that, but it’s going to be a great process.”  

 

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Drew Powell in Gotham
Drew Powell in Gotham
Credit: Fox
DREW POWELL Promoted To Series Regular In GOTHAM Season 2

Deadline reports that Gotham actor Drew Powell has been promoted to series regular for the show's second season. 

Powell plays Butch Gilzean, a former henchman of the previous boss of Gotham's underworld, Fish Mooney, who now finds himself working for Oswald Cobblepot.

Powell joins several other actors who have been promoted to regular roles for Gotham season 2, including Morena Baccarin, Nicholas D'Agosto, and Chris Chalk.

Gotham season 2 premieres September 21 on Fox.

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