Micro-News: DIVERGENT Stills, New AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Co-Producer, Jack Ryder And More

Shailiene Woodly may be out of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but she's starring in her own budding franchise, Divergent. A Castle alum joins Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Jack Ryder's almost cameo in Man of Steel and Arrow Season 2 talk.

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By Mark Julian - 6/19/2013
Earlier today, it was revealed that Mary Jane Watson will not be introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and there's even a few unconfirmed rumors that Sony is looking to recast the role moving forward. This all depends on whether Divergent is a hit and if it spawns a sequel. Looking at the stills below [via EW], do you think Divergent will be the next Hunger Games as some sites claim?






Shalisha Francis (Castle) has joined the creative team on ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.




Actor Colton Haynes discusses his hopes of joining Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) on his crusade to save Starling City. [via Digital Spy]

Haynes - "I think there's going to be a point where Roy's going to have to figure out what's going to be next. Is he hopefully becoming Oliver's sidekick? I have a feeling that Oliver's going to need a little bit of help [with what's coming next] and isn't going to want to take that on by himself."






Glen Woodburn (Chad Krowchuk), the blogger Lois Lane (Amy Adams) turns to when Perry (Laurence Fishburne) won't publish her initial story on Superman (Henry Cavill) was originally meant to be Jack Ryder a.k.a. The Creeper. When that hit a wall, Goyer briefly entertained and then dismissed using Batman girlfriend Vicki Vale. This was reported earlier in the larger Empire podcast post but it may have been missed as there was no transcript.

David S. Goyer - "It's an All The President's Men reference for sure. I wanted that character to be Jack Ryder but DC comics wouldn't let us do it. I don't remember the issue that stopped it from happening, I think it was a rights thing, but we only found out three weeks before production started so we had to think quick. I wasn't going to go for Vicki Vale, but I was desperate to come up with a new character that would work. In the end, this is how it happened, and we got to have fun with the Wikileaks thing too."




According to Dave 'The Animal' Bautista, filming on James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy starts Monday. The director has previously revealed that pre-shoots have already begun in England.




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superherofan21 - 6/19/2013, 5:46 PM
Why would using Jack Ryder be a rights issue? Aren't all the DC properties owned by Warner Bros?
MarkJulian - 6/19/2013, 5:50 PM
I'll be honest, I have no idea what Divergent is about.
tweeeeenkies3 - 6/19/2013, 5:52 PM
Divergent is not a Hunger Games rip-off. It's really a fantastic book, and has a great meaning behind it. I highly recommend it to fans of sci-fi, action, and a hint of romance. It's my personal favorite.
TheApproach253 - 6/19/2013, 5:57 PM
^^Boring!
thewonderer - 6/19/2013, 5:58 PM
Shame movie industries feel the need to listen to those indulgent, rude, and shitty people on these kind of websites.

None of em understand the meaning of comic books. At all.

You would've been great Woodley. Sad to see such a talented actress shunned from a CBM role.
jamesbrando3 - 6/19/2013, 5:59 PM
Ugh. Warner's and DC. The worst partnership ever. They have all their characters and they still manage to never coordinate a single thing right. I highly doubt if Marvel had everything back they would handle it as messily as the WB does. They should just share the characters freely, have multiple version on tv AND the movies. Comic book movies need to stop mixing storylines and start adapting them outright and use the source material as storyboards and scripts ala Sin City. Imagine a two part Kingdom Come, then later a one off Red Son, or a trilogy of films focused on Hush, perhaps even the long fabled Super Max tale. Arrow from the show joining the big screen League. That's exactly how DC could separate from the perception of just riding Marvels coat tails... Take more risks WB! You only live once, money can be earned again if there's a failure, it's not the end of the world you have other income revenues dammit....

/rant over lol
thorhulk77 - 6/19/2013, 6:00 PM
The creeper man
SnapperCarr - 6/19/2013, 6:02 PM
Jack Rider or Vicki Vale would've been better then Woodburn.
SnapperCarr - 6/19/2013, 6:03 PM
It would've been great adding more DC characters to the movie.
SnapperCarr - 6/19/2013, 6:13 PM
Yeah why is Ryder a rights issue? Its not like he is a wildly popular character.
NovaCorpsFan - 6/19/2013, 6:13 PM
The dude in Divergent was in the Inbetweeners movie. He can't act for shit.
SnapperCarr - 6/19/2013, 6:40 PM
@SteveRogersSon Thanks.
RexDartEskimoSpy - 6/19/2013, 6:54 PM
Woodburn. Woodward & Bernstein. I never would've put that together myself. Because it's lame. Why on Earth couldn't they have used Jack Ryder? Oh well. Y'know who would've been better? Vic Sage. Right? What a missed opportunity.

James Gandolfoni died? Damn. He would've been a great Wilson Fisk.
BatmanFTW - 6/19/2013, 6:57 PM
I bet it was more of an issue with him being the Creeper than Ryder
AlanWarlock - 6/19/2013, 7:21 PM
If someone's tied up the rights to the Creeper, then why haven't we gotten a "Creeper" project yet? And they better not change his costume.
Emjeed - 6/19/2013, 7:21 PM
That Photoshopped picture of Woodley and that guy running is awkward as shit.. WTF.. and she needs a little more junk in the trunk.. the racks department is good though
Praetorian - 6/19/2013, 7:32 PM
WHO THE [frick] IS ROCKET RACCOON!?!?!?
Jhuntdaprodigy - 6/19/2013, 8:52 PM
Yeah a Jack Ryder reference being a rights issue really doesn't make much sense to me, Warner Brothers owns all the DC film properties. That would've been a nice cameo to give the DC Universe some more interconnection, but I won't be losing sleep over it or nothing. I just hope they make the next Batman film more closer to the TAS or Arkham Games. Less Nolanish, more Frank Miller, Grant Morrison, and Scott Snyderish.
MightyZeus - 6/19/2013, 9:32 PM
Hunger games rip off.
sameoldthing - 6/19/2013, 10:14 PM
I like her..I wanna wear her like a glove.
Geotheleo - 6/19/2013, 11:23 PM
She doesn't look like an mj.. Maybe a Jennifer or a phoebe
jimoakley666 - 6/20/2013, 2:21 AM
DC needs to get their arse into gear. How can they not fit in little easter eggs like that? Marvel are [frick]ing embarrassing them and it's a shame. I think there's so much potential for DC to make an interesting shared universe just like Marvel but Warner's seem to be [frick]ing everything up.
DRMidNite - 6/20/2013, 7:11 AM
Divergent = Hunger Games = Battle Royale

One ripped off from the other and on down the line. 'Tween indoctrination crap of a Dystopian future. The ONLY film listed above with ANY merit was Battle Royale. Battle Royale II? Not so much...
PsyGuy - 6/20/2013, 7:37 AM
Divergent is REALLY different than Hunger Games.

Yes, they're both novels. MUST BE THE SAME

Growler - 6/20/2013, 9:34 AM
If WB said no to using Jack Ryder it may indicate that they have other plans for the character. He is, after all, briefly in the Batman: Arkham videogames, so maybe Warner's want to tie him in with the Batman reboot, whenever it appears.

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