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ARROW's Andrew Kreisberg Discusses Competition From AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. And Other Comic Book Shows

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With a very solid first season and a near-flawless second season, many haven't hesitated to call Arrow the best live action comic book series ever. However, the series did face some competition this year with Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which airs on ABC. While the Avengers spin-off has more weekly viewers than Arrow's usual, fans commonly consider the CW series to be of higher quality. Speaking with TV Line, Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg comments on this apparent competition. "We don’t really feel like we’re in competition with anybody else. We’re only trying to outdo ourselves as we move forward." 
The next couple years are going to be big for comic book television shows, both DC and Marvel. Shows based on The Flash, Gotham, Constantine and Hourman are in development, as well as four Marvel series for Netflix leading into a Defenders miniseries. Kreisberg talked about these future shows, saying that we're currently in a "golden age&qu…

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Teases Involvement With Unspecified DC Movie Project

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Quickly becoming one of the biggest action stars of the decade, Dwayne Johnson is one actor that many fans want to see in a comic book movie. Years ago, when a Shazam film was in development, "The Rock" was in talks to play the villainous Black Adam. More recently, he was negotiating to play DC's Lobo, but he later said that it wasn't happening. However, Johnson said earlier this year that he was confident he will land a superhero movie role someday. Now, it looks like that day has come.

During a "#RockTalk" Twitter Q&A session, Johnson was asked once more about the possibility of a Marvel or DC role, and he reveals that he has met with Warner Bros. for the latter. "We just had a big meeting w/ Warner Bros CEO re: @DCComics 2014 we will partner up and create the cool bad assert." He doesn't say anything further, but there's a good chance that he's talking about Lobo. It was recently reported that DC Entertainment was pursuing a sl…

Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Cyborg And The Flash Team Up In New JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR Image [UPDATED With A Second Still]

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Another day, another Justice League: War image. Once again via @SuperPRGuy, a new still from the upcoming animated movie is online. The image features Cyborg (Shemar Moore), Wonder Woman (Michelle Monaghan), Green Lantern (Justin Kirk) and The Flash (Christopher Gorham) showing that "teamwork gets the job done." The New 52 adaptation also features the voice talents of Jason O'Mara as Batman, Alan Tudyk as Superman, Sean Astin as Shazam, George Newbern as Steve Trevor, and Steve Blum as Darkseid. Justice League: War hits DVD and Blu-Ray on February 4th. Update: Another new image has found its way online via SuperPRGuy, teasing a battle between Wonder Woman and Darkseid.




DC Entertainment: A Year in Review - Part 4 [Video Games]

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2013 was a particularly monumental year for DC Entertainment. A movie universe featuring its iconic characters is finally moving forward, while a number of new television shows were announced. As usual, animated adaptations for both film and TV were unveiled, and a slew of video games were released. The following is the fourth and final part of my review of all the DC news from this year. It will cover all the video news from DC Entertainment that hit in 2013.


Arguably the biggest DC game released this year was Injustice: Gods Among Us, a fighting game from Mortal Kombat creators NetherRealm. Set in an alternate reality, the story pits various DC characters against each other. Playable characters include heroes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Nightwing and more; villains include Lex Luthor, Joker, Deathstroke, Harley Quinn, Solomon Grundy and others. Downloadable characters include Lobo, General Zod, Batgirl, Zatanna, and Mortal Kombat's Scorpion. In…

Leaked Page From THE FLASH Script (2011) Featuring A Key Post-Credits Cameo

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Back in 2010, a year before Green Lantern hit theaters, screenwriters Marc Guggenheim, Greg Berlanti and Michael Green were working on not only a sequel to that film, but an adaptation of The Flash. Of course, Green Lantern's critical and financial failure made the future of both projects uncertain. While there are apparently no plans to bring Green Lantern back to the big screen, The Flash was more recently reported to be on track for a 2016 release, with Berlanti possibly directing. Geoff Johns and Chris Brancato are also said to be involved with writing the script. Additionally, rumor has it that The Flash will make some kind of appearance in 2015's Batman vs. Superman, most likely as a cameo. 
While we wait for more news on the Scarlet Speedster's big screen debut (as well as The CW's planned pilot, which will likely be completely separate from the movie universe), a page from the Berlanti-Green-Guggenheim script has found its way online. Via Superhero Movie News,…

DC Entertainment: A Year in Review - Part 3 [Animation]

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2013 was a particularly monumental year for DC Entertainment. A movie universe featuring its iconic characters is finally moving forward, while a number of new television shows were announced. As usual, animated adaptations for both film and TV were unveiled, and a slew of video games were released. The following is the third part of my review of all the DC news from this year. It will cover all the animation news from DC Entertainment that hit in 2013.


As usual, three animated DC movies were released directly to home video this year. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 is the second part of a stunning adaptation of Frank Miller's classic, featuring moments such as the Joker's final laugh and the climatic battle between Superman and Batman. Superman: Unbound adapts Geoff Johns' "Brainiac" storyline, and sees the Man of Steel battle the titular villain in his best animated solo title yet. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox takes on the 2011 story arc which …

JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR Director & Producer Talk Modern Adaptations, Aquaman's Absence And More

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Speaking with Comic Book Resources, Justice League: War director Jay Oliva and producer James Tucker talk about the first animated New 52 adaptation. After a string of stand-alone movies, Tucker suggests that upcoming titles will be much more closely connected. "We did 'Flashpoint,' and originally 'Flashpoint' was gonna be just a standalone and we were gonna go right back into doing standalone different movies that aren't in continuity with each other. I think Geoff Johns and our boss, Sam Register, got together and decided, 'You know, this may be an opportunity to relaunch the DVD franchise and start it from ground zero.' That's kind of how it happened." The producer then discusses reaching new audiences by taking advantage of the superhero genre's current popularity, as well as adapting a modern comic book. "I think we wanted to pull in more of the general audience now that superhero movies are kind of a genre of their own. There&#…

DC Entertainment: A Year in Review - Part 2 [Television]

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2013 was a particularly monumental year for DC Entertainment. A movie universe featuring its iconic characters is finally moving forward, while a number of new television shows were announced. As usual, animated adaptations for both film and TV were unveiled, and a slew of video games were released. The following is the second part of my review of all the DC news from this year. It will cover all the television news from DC Entertainment that hit in 2013.


After an impressive first season last year, Arrow returned this fall and has made all the right moves so far. In addition to furthering Oliver Queen's journey to become a hero, this season firmly grounded the show into the DC Universe even more so than the first. From Black Canary and Solomon Grundy to Barry Allen and Amanda Waller to the League of Assassins, the CW series shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, many fans have wanted Arrow to connect to Warner Bros.' DC Cinematic Universe. While it sounds like that isn't …

Former FLASH John Wesley Shipp Shares His Thoughts On The CW's Series And Grant Gustin

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John Wesley Shipp is best known for his role as Barry Allen in the 1990s Flash television series. Appearing on the Out Loud and Live!podcast (thanks to FlashTVNewsfor the transcription), the actor is asked about his reaction to Grant Gustin landing the role on Arrow and his own potential spin-off series. "The first thing I thought when I saw Grant, I thought he’s aerodynamic. That’s the modern sensibility. Back in the 90′s, everything had to be big muscle, but let’s face it: We had to cut down the suit. If you’ll watch, we pared it down as it went on, because it just didn’t make sense. But I thought he’s very aerodynamic, the way he’s built. It’s a good look." Shipp then talks about the similarities between himself and Gustin, and looks back on the complaints when he was cast as Barry Allen. "There are striking similarities between Grant and I. People were complaining. ‘Why is this guy playing a superhero? He just got through playing a villain!’ Well, both my Emmys wer…

DC Entertainment: A Year in Review - Part 1 [Movies]

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2013 was a particularly monumental year for DC Entertainment. A movie universe featuring its iconic characters is finally moving forward, while a number of new television shows were announced. As usual, animated adaptations for both film and TV were unveiled, and a slew of video games were released. The following is the first part of my review of all the DC news from this year. It will cover all the movie news from DC Entertainment that hit in 2013.


2013 saw the theatrical release of Man of Steel, the long-awaited Superman reboot from the creative team of director Zack Snyder, screenwriter David S. Goyer, and producer Christopher Nolan. Despite mixed reviews from critics, the movie became the most successful Superman film to date, grossing over $662M worldwide. 
Warner Bros. had been developing a Justice Leaguefeature for some time, with Man of Steel eventually being confirmed to be the first movie in a shared DC Universe. In the months before that film came out, rumors surrounding th…

Latest JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR Still Features Darkseid And His Parademon Army

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Another image from DC's next animated movie, Justice League: War, is now online. Again, the still comes from @SuperPRGuy, and it showcases the villainous Darkseid (Steve Blum) and his army of Parademons. Based on Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's "Origin" story arc from their Justice League New 52 run, the movie features a voice cast consisting of Jason O'Mara as Batman, Alan Tudyk as Superman, Michelle Monaghan as Wonder Woman, Christopher Gorham as The Flash, Justin Kirk as Green Lantern, Shemar Moore as Cyborg, Sean Astin as Shazam, and George Newbern as Steve Trevor. Justice League: War arrives on Blu-Ray and DVD on February 4th.


ARROW Among The Ten Most Pirated Television Shows Of 2013

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Arrow has had another very successful year, with its second season premiering last fall and a spin-off pilot starring The Flash in development. Unsurprisingly, however, the hit DC Comics series was also a victim of piracy. Torrent Freakhas compiled a list of the ten most pirated television shows of 2013, and Arrow rounds out the list at #10. With approximately 3,240,000 TV viewers in the United States, the CW show has an estimated number of 2,200,000 torrent downloads. The list features other very popular TV shows - such as Game of Thrones, The Big Bang Theory and The Walking Dead. You can check it out in its entirety by clicking the link above.
Arrow is currently on hiatus, and the season will resume airing on The CW on January 15th.

Will Professor Zoom Be A Series Regular On THE FLASH TV Series?

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Yesterday, we received word that DC character Vibe will appear in The CW's planned Flash pilot, which will spin-off from Arrow. According to the initial report, the Hispanic superhero would become a series regular if his debut appearance is a success. Now, we have some more details on the character's presence, as well as another series regular. According to Bludhaven Banter, Cisco Ramon will be a series regular who will be in 10/13 episodes of The Flash. Additionally, he has not received his superpowers yet. 
But that isn't the biggest news. The site also reveals that in the pilot, there is a character called "Detective Eddie Thawne". Flash fans will notice that the name sounds similar to Eobard Thawne, aka Professor Zoom/Reverse-Flash. Det. Thawne is described as, ""leading man handsome" (late 20s-early/mid 30s) and has recently transferred to Central City Police Department from Keystone. Thawne is set to be loved within the precinct and takes th…

Gal Gadot Talks Being Cast As Wonder Woman, Physical Preparation And Fan Backlash

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Without a doubt, one of the biggest comic book movie announcements of the year was the news that Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman. The Man of Steel follow-up will mark Diana Prince's long-awaited big screen debut. However, many fans have predictably criticized the casting, mostly saying that she wasn't physically fit for the role. Well, we now have the first comments from Gadot on landing the highly coveted role, as well as the backlash from fans.
Speaking with Israel entertainment show Good Evening with Gai Pines, the Fast & Furious 6 actress talks about playing Wonder Woman. The entire interview is in Hebrew, but thanks to Batman-News, we have a transcription of the relevant excerpts. Gadot had this to say when asked about her discovering the big news. "I was just on my way to shooting at LA. I landed at NY in a connection flight when my agent, Hadass Lichtenstein, called me. She says to me “Wonder Woman!” and I’m like “What??” – “The role is…

Vibe Will Reportedly Feature In The CW's Potential FLASH Series

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After appearing in the two-part mid-season finale of Arrow, Grant Gustin's Barry Allen will return in his own spin-off pilot as The Flash. Like Arrow, it will feature plenty of familiar faces from the DC Universe, and we now know of one such character. According to Moviehole, Hispanic superhero Cisco Ramon (aka Vibe) will appear in the pilot, and will be fighting crime alongside the Scarlet Speedster. He will reportedly then become a series regular if he is well-received. Moviehole has the following description of Vibe for the series: "In his 20s, the cheeky Ramon fought his underprivileged upbringing to become one of the smartest, most talented chaps around; when it comes to mechanical engineering, there’s nobody better. Somewhat of a metahuman, the guy’s main power is his ability to emit powerful vibratory shock waves." 

Vibe has received more recognition within the past year. He was made a member of the New 52's Justice League of America alongside the likes of Gr…

Stephen Amell Expresses Interest In ARROW Connecting To The DC Cinematic Universe

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Warner Bros. is currently building its long-awaited DC Cinematic Universe. It was officially kick-started by Man of Steel last summer, and will continue to expand with 2015's Batman vs. Superman. Movies for The Flash and Justice League are also reportedly in development. However, fans have wanted to see Arrow and its upcoming Flash spin-off to take place in this universe. While executive producer Greg Berlanti has said that there have been no discussions to connect the two, we have yet to receive a definite answer.

In the meantime, series star Stephen Amell has expressed his desire to see his take on Oliver Queen alongside the likes of Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affeck's Batman. In an interview with Quiver Podcast (thanks to ComicBook.com for the transcription), the actor is asked about his thoughts on the idea, and he goes on to discuss how he and other Arrow actors want their incarnations to be more than the TV versions of the characters. "Of course, I would l…

JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR West Coast Premiere Announced; New Images Released

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We previously reported the announcement of Justice League: War's world premiere, and now Warner Bros. has announced a west coast premiere of the animated movie. There will be a panel discussion featuring voice actors Steve Blum (Darkseid) and Bruce Thomas (Desaad), as well as James Tucker, Andrea Romano and Heath Corson. Additionally, there is an opportunity to receive free tickets. Included with the announcement is a slew of new pictures from the New 52 adaptation.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the West Coast Premiere of Justice League: War, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies, in Los Angeles on January 30, 2014. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend the event for red carpet media interviews and a post-screening panel discussion.

On Thursday, January 30, Justice League: War will screen at the Paley Center in Los Angeles (465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills) a…

Official Synopsis For ARROW S2E10 "Blast Radius"

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Arrow's mid-season premiere airs on The CW January 15th, but we now have a detailed plot summary for the tenth episode of Season 2, titled "Blast Radius". In the episode, Stephen Amell's Arrow faces off against the villainous Shrapnel, who will be played by Firefly's Sean Maher in a guest starring role. You can read the plot synopsis below for more details on the episode, and stay tuned for more news as we have it. [Via GreenArrowTV]
ARROW HUNTS DOWN SHRAPNEL — Oliver must tackle a new threat to the city when bombs start to go off in Starling City. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) discovers the person setting them off is Mark Sheffer (guest star Sean Maher), a man who goes by the nickname Shrapnel. Arrow discovers Shrapnel’s next target is Sebastian Blood’s (guest star Kevin Alejandro) “Unity Rally” and tries to talk the alderman out of hosting it, but he refuses. Arrow sets off to stop the bombing, but Shrapnel tricks him and traps him in a bomb-laced antique store…

Director Peter Segal Looks Back On Scrapped SHAZAM Movie

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In the early 2000's, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema were developing a big screen adaptation of DC's Captain Marvel, who is now officially named "Shazam". Get Smart director Peter Segal was attached to direct, while Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was in talks to play the villainous Black Adam. John August worked on the initial script, but was later replaced by Geoff Johns and Bill Birch. Of course, the movie never happened. 
Speaking with Coming Soonwhile promoting his new film, Grudge Match, Segal looks back on the Shazam movie. He said that it looked like it was going to happen after Superman Returns was released in 2006, but doesn't see it being made anytime soon. "The thing is, Shazam has always lived this tortured life going against Superman. This dates back to the 1930s. Because Captain Marvel had similar powers to Superman, the DC folks back then sued what was the most popular comic book on the stands at that time. Years later, they bought it a…