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THE FLASH's Grant Gustin Discusses Barry's Secret Identity, Being A Fanboy, DC Universe Easter Eggs And Potential ARROW Crossovers

After appearing in two episodes of Arrow as Barry Allen, Grant Gustin will get his own superhero show this fall with The Flash. In an interview with IGN, the actor talks about Barry's balancing his excitement and worry for his new-found powers. "Barry’s just excited by all of this. He’s a fanboy! And I don’t have to hide my excitement as I play the role, so it’s really fun to play with. At the same time though, it’s in a reality-based world, so there is an aspect of him that’s a little worried about what’s happening to his body. But at the same time, once he starts to get a handle on it, it’s the coolest thing that’s happened to anybody, as far as Barry is concerned." As for how Allen's secret identity will be approached, Gustin states that it will be handled differently from Arrow. "We’re not going to play the same game that they played on Arrow, where it was a secret. There will be some characters that Barry’s specifically trying to keep it from, but his circ…

John Barrowman Talks ARROW Season 3 And Teases Malcolm Merlyn's "Resurrection"

After his return at the end of Arrow Season 2, John Barrowman's Malcolm Merlyn will be a series regular in the third season. There has been much speculation over his role in the series' third year - from his taking in Thea to an expected reveal of how he survived the Season 1 finale. Now, speaking with Zap2It, Barrowman affirms that he knows much more than he's able to discuss about Merlyn's future. "Oh yeah, I know lots. But if I told you, I'd have to send somebody out there to kill you." The actor follows that with, "I know some of what's going to happen. And for 'Arrow' fans, it's going to be an amazing Season 3."

As for how Merlyn apparently died in the Arrow's first season finale, Barrowman suggests that the character was never actually dead to begin with. "What you have to understand is that Malcolm Merlyn, he might not have died. He just knows how to do things -- in the same realm as 'Sing Your Face Off' …

The Joker Featured In First Image From BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM Animated Feature

With DC's next animated movie set for a late summer release, promotion for Batman: Assault on Arkham is underway. Via @SuperPRGuy, a new image from the film set in the Arkham video game universe has been unveiled. It features the Joker, who is voiced by Troy Baker. Baker previously voiced the character in last year's Arkham Origins, and in Assault on Arkham, the Clown Prince of Crime has a pivotal role in bringing Batman to Arkham, thanks to Suicide Squad member Harley Quinn. We also have another still from the movie teasing The Riddler, voiced by Matthew Gray Gubler (Alvin and the Chipmunks). Stay tuned for more news on this installment as we have it. Batman: Assault on Arkham hits stores August 12th.

THE FLASH News Bits: Teases For First Episode, Rick Cosnett Talks Eddie Thawne, Mark Waid Praises Pilot

As we get closer to the fall premiere of The CW's next DC television series, The Flash, we have some new tidbits for the highly anticipated pilot. According to TV Guide's Natalie Abrams, those who expected Reverse-Flash to be behind Nora Allen's death in the Arrow spin-off will not be disappointed. This idea, ripped straight from the comics, was further cemented by the recently released trailer, which teases Barry's greatest nemesis. Additionally, Abrams teases the reveal of other villainous forces at the end of the pilot. "Ever since "The Scientist," where Barry talked about a blur, not his father, being the real culprit behind his mother's death, savvy comic book fans have suspected that the Reverse Flash would play a role in the spin-off. Those fans won't be disappointed, but the final moments of the series premiere will also hint at other nefarious forces at work in Central City. Oh, and the very first crossover will not disappoint." Sa…

Confirmed: John Wesley Shipp Plays Barry Allen's Father On The CW's THE FLASH

A while back, John Wesley Shipp - who starred as Barry Allen in the 1990s The Flash television series - was cast in an unspecified role in The CW's modern take on the Scarlet Speedster, which spins off from Arrow. The actor was more recently spotted in the new show's trailer, leading to speculation that he's the father of Grant Gustin's Barry. Now, The Hollywood Reporterconfirms that Shipp is indeed playing Henry Allen in CW's The Flash. The character, who was wrongfully accused of murdering wife Nora Allen and is in prison, makes his debut in the series' pilot, and will serve as a recurring role throughout the series.

Executive producer Greg Berlanti states, "Given his history with The Flash, Andrew [Kreisberg], Geoff [Johns] and I could only think of one person we wanted to play Barry's father and that was John Wesley Shipp. Also, personally, it was just wonderful to work with him again since my days at Dawson's Creek. He's a great actor and…

Video Games: WB Announces LEGO BATMAN 3: BEYOND GOTHAM; Announcement Trailer, Screenshots And Cover Art Revealed

After the success of 2008's LEGO Batman and 2012's LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes, Warner Bros. has announced the third installment in the video game franchise. Titled LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the latest chapter in the LEGO series sees Batman and the Justice League travel to space to combat the villainous Brainiac. The press release teases the players' ability to play more than 150 DC characters, and locations such as the Batcave, the Hall of Justice and the Watchtower can be explored. Additionally, the Justice League is noticeably donning their New 52 costumes this time around. More details can be found in the press release below, and we also have an announcement trailer and a few screenshots. Stay tuned for more news as we have it. LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be available this fall.

LEGO® Batman™ 3: Beyond Gotham will be available beginning Fall 2014 for the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system and the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from M…

DC Movie News Bits: David Goyer Talks Martian Manhunter, Adrien Brody Wants To Play Joker, New Details On Canceled JUSTICE LEAGUE: MORTAL

One character that fans hope to see in the DC Cinematic Universe is Martian Manhunter, who was depicted as an original member of the Justice League when the team debuted in 1960. J'onn J'onzz has also been adapted into multiple animated television shows and movies, particularly the Justice League/Justice League Unlimited series' that ran from 2001-2006. Additionally, he was one of the Justice League members who appeared on Smallville, where he was played by Phil Morris. So, how would Man of Steel scribe David S. Goyer adapt this iconic DC character for the big screen?

Goyer is currently under fire for controversial comments regarding Marvel's She-Hulk, and during his interview with Scriptnotes (via The Mary Sue), he's asked how he would take on Martian Manhunter in the DC Cinematic Universe. After implying that J'onn J'onzz's fanbase is mostly made up of virgin nerds, Goyer explains how he would portray Martian Manhunter. "Well, he hasn’t been reb…

Breaking: Official BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Title And Logo Revealed As Filming Begins

Today, Warner Bros. announced that director Zack Snyder's follow-up to Man of Steel, which many have been calling Batman vs. Superman, has begun filming Detroit. More exciting, however, is the announcement's inclusion of the film's final title, as well as the logo. The movie is officially named Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The first part is slightly different from its prior title, while the subtitle is clearly a reference to Justice League, which is confirmed to be the third installment in the DC Cinematic Universe. Check out the logo and production press release below. Plus, the movie's website is now live. You can check that out by clicking here. Stay tuned for more news on Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice as we have it.

BURBANK, CA, May 21, 2014 – Filming is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the highly anticipated action adventure from director Zack Snyder, starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and…

Kevin Smith Discusses THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS' Influence On Ben Affleck's Batman Suit

Last week, we were finally shown a look at Ben Affleck's Batsuit for Batman vs. Superman, which recently began production. The costume is by far the most comic accurate take on the Dark Knight's garb to date, with Frank Miller being a key influence. This is unsurprising, as director Zack Snyder previously cited The Dark Knight Returns as an influence on the Man of Steel sequel. Now, we have more words from Kevin Smith on this matter.

Speaking with MTV about the comic Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet, Smith, who previously saw a separate image of his friend Affleck suited up as the Caped Crusader, talks about the new Batman costume. He reaffirms that The Dark Knight Returns is a strong influence on this Batsuit, stating, "All you have to do to see Ben in the costume is turn to the pages of Frank Miller’s seminal “Dark Knight Returns,” where Batman’s beating the s**t out of the Joker in the Tunnel of Love? That’s what the suit looks like." He then confirms that t…

Next DC Animated Movie Will Be New 52 Aquaman Origin Tale; Sam Witwer To Voice Orm

Since the post-credits scene for Justice League: War, a follow-up film focusing on Aquaman and Atlantis has been expected, expanding the new animated universe. And now, we have more details on this project. According to Newsarama, DC's next animated movie after Batman: Assault on Arkham will be a New 52 origin story for Aquaman. The site states that "at the start of the film he won’t know much, if anything, about his connection to Atlantis, his place in their royal family, and his destiny to be their king." It's unknown how other Justice League members will factor in, if at all.

Additionally, the villainous Orm - who was in the JL: War after credits scene - will be voiced by Smallville and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed actor Sam Witwer. The title is unknown, but is expected to include "Atlantis". The movie is expected to be announced at San Diego Comic-Con in July, which is also where we'll likely see the world premiere of Assault on Arkham. Stay tune…

The CW Unveils Fall 2014 Schedule: THE FLASH Airs Tuesdays, ARROW Sticks With Wednesday, iZOMBIE Premieres Midseason

The CW has debuted its schedule for Fall 2014 today, and there are only a few changes. Arrow will stick to its Wednesday 8-9PM EST timeslot, while its spin-off, The Flash, will air on Tuesdays in the same timeframe. This is the former slot of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will now air 9-10 PM on ABC. Meanwhile, the network's other DC series, iZombie, is now set for a midseason premiere. While we wait for that, we have a couple of new images from the Vertigo adaptation

So, we have Gotham, The Flash and Arrow airing at 8-9 PM on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Meanwhile, NBC will air Constantine on Fridays at 10-11 PM. That means each week day except Thursday will see the debut of a new DC television episode. That's exciting. Specific premiere dates are expected to be confirmed soon.

Stephen Amell Discusses Reprising ARROW Role In THE FLASH Pilot

While there has been much talk of a crossover between Arrow and its spin-off The Flash, it looks like we're getting one sooner than later. The extended trailer for Barry Allen's series released today confirmed that The Arrow (Stephen Amell) will make an appearance in the pilot, offering advice for the new superhero. Now, Amell has spoken with TV Guideabout his Flash cameo. "In the Flash pilot, Barry comes to me. [It's a] little snippet in the Flash pilot where he and I share a scene together, it's in his pilot, but [filming] it felt like our show because he's coming to Starling City. That, to me, was one of the most rewarding things that I did as an actor because it was essentially the same crew that we used for our pilot, and it was two years later and it was the same director. It was like going back in time. [Flash and Arrow director] David Nutter asked me to be a part of the pilot and I will never say no to David Nutter." 

Especially since both shows …

Description For ARROW Season 3 Released; Malcolm Merlyn Upgraded To Series Regular

After the stunning finale of Arrow Season 2 last night, The CW is wasting no time in building hype for the next year. Today, the network released a lengthy plot description for the third season, implying that we will see Sara Lance and Thea Queen return (even though they left Starling in the season two conclusion). It also teases the latter's allying herself with Malcolm Merlyn, as well as "rivalries and allegiances" being created. This should certainly be an interesting season, then.

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. He returned home to Starling City, bent on righting the wrongs of his family and fighting injustice. To do this, he creates the persona of the Arrow and allies himself with former military man John Diggle (David Ramsey), computer-science expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), street brawler Roy Harper …

New Promo, Plot Synopsis And Extended Trailer For THE FLASH Series Unveiled

Today, we received quite a bit of news concerning The CW's next DC series, The Flash. A promo aired last night during the Arrow season finale, giving us our first glimpse of the Scarlet Speedster in action. Now, that video is online, as well as a full plot description and a five-minute extended trailer. The latter also teases the growth of superpowered beings in the universe. Needless to say, the visual effects are surprisingly great, and seeing The Flash in live action again is a real treat. Check everything out below, and stay tuned for more news.

After a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, CSI Investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only “meta-human” who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion — and …

Jesse Eisenberg Talks Playing Lex Luthor In BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

Speaking with IGN, Jesse Eisenberg finally opens up (somewhat) about playing Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman. Of course, the actor remains mum on specifics, but he had this to say when asked how his take on Superman's arch-nemesis is different from others, admitting that he isn't extremely familiar with the comic book history. "It'll definitely be played by a different person, but I don't know really how different this -- I don't know the history as well as the people making the movie, so I guess it's up to them to figure out how much they want to separate it from previous incarnations. But I will treat it like it's its own role. There's no way to play the history of the character played by other people, unless you do some kind of wink, but that doesn't seem like a responsible way to act. So I will just do it as though it's a character, in the same way you do a movie like The Double, which is a smaller movie -- but you just kind of treat…

New First-Look Featurette For GOTHAM Released

Off the heels of a series pickup, a new featurette for Gotham has debuted. The following behind-the-scenes video showcases plenty of footage from Fox's Batman prequel series, as well as interviews with cast and crew members. Showrunner Bruno Heller additionally suggests that we will see Scarecrow at some point, joining a slew of Batman villains getting the origin treatment in Gotham. Check out the video below, and stay tuned for more news as we have it. Gotham premieres on Fox next fall.

First Official Look At Ben Affleck's Batman And The New Batmobile In BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN!

It's finally here! After Batman vs. Superman director Zack Snyder teased a reveal of the new Batmobile yesterday, he has now shared a new promotional image featuring the vehicle. Far more important, though, is that it unveils our first look at the highly anticipated Batman suit, donned by Ben Affleck. As expected, it looks very close to the comic book version, more so than any other cinematic Batman costume to date. From the enlarged Bat-symbol and shorter ears to Affleck's muscles and cowl-ready chin, it's hard to fault this design.

Now that Batman has been revealed, official looks at Henry Cavill's new Superman suit, as well as Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman garb, are expected to be unveiled soon. Production is set to start within the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for more news as we have it.

Batman vs. Superman is scheduled to hit theaters May 6th, 2016. A follow-up to Man of Steel, the next installment in the DC Cinematic Universe stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, A…

More From Jason Momoa On Those Aquaman Rumors

For months, Jason Momoa has been linked to Batman vs. Superman. Despite his denials, respectable websites have insisted that the Game of Thrones actor will be involved in some capacity. One frequently named character is Aquaman, who is expected to cameo in the Man of Steel sequel before a full-fledged appearance in Justice League. And now, Momoa has further denied these rumors.

Appearing at East European Comic-Con (via CBM), the actor was once again asked about playing Aquaman. He brushes the concept of his playing the King of Atlantis aside, saying that he can't see himself in the role. However, he names one DC character that he can picture himself as. "I know, Aquaman!  I couldn't even be more random for Aquaman, you know, with the blonde hair... I don't even know where that comes from, it's like me being... uh... Robin or something. Who pulls that out? I see that on the internet and I'm like, Aquaman? A guy like... Lobo I could see." Of course, these …

GOTHAM Will Air Mondays On Fox; Riddler, Renee Montoya And Crispus Allen Actors Promoted To Series Regulars

Quite a bit of Gotham news was released today. Recently, it was confirmed that the Batman prequel was picked up for a full series at Fox, joining a slew of DC television shows for the 2014-2015 season. Now, we know of three more characters who will be series regulars. Via THR, Cory Michael Smith, Victoria Cartagena, and Andrew Stewart-Jones will serve as regulars on Gotham after guest-starring in the pilot. We previously knew that Smith was Edward Nygma, aka the future Riddler. Cartagena and Stewart-Jones will play Gotham PD detectives Renee Montoya and Crispus Allen, respectively. Gotham will mark the live action debuts for both characters.

In other news, we now know where the series will land on Fox's schedule. The network will air Gotham on Mondays at 8-9PM EST, preceding Sleepy Hollows. Meanwhile, NBC will air Constantine on Fridays at 10-11 PM, while The CW will presumably keep Arrow in its 8 PM slot on Wednesday. Now we have to wait and see which days The Flash and iZombie

First Glimpse Of The New Batmobile In BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

With production starting any day now, a full reveal for Warner Bros.' tentatively titled Batman vs. Superman is imminent. And it looks like we're getting it tomorrow. Director Zack Snyder tweeted a new behind-the-scenes image, giving us our first peak at Ben Affleck's Batmobile. The caption reads, "Could be time to pull the tarp...Tomorrow?" Based on what little is seen, the latest big screen Batmobile looks influenced by The Dark Knight Trilogy's Tumbler, but adopts a more classic design. We'll get our first full look at the vehicle tomorrow, along with (most likely) the new Batsuit.

Others involved with the Man of Steel sequel, which was recently confirmed to be a lead-in for Justice League, have been teasing big things for this week. Costume designer Michael Wilkinson affirms that the wait is "not long now" for a look at the new Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman suits, while Diana Prince actress Gal Gadot teased a "busy, WONDERful" …

CONSTANTINE Will Air Fridays On NBC; New Trailer And Promotional Banner Released

This week, it was confirmed that DC's Constantine show has been officially ordered to series at NBC. Now, NBC has unveiled its lineup for the 2014-2015 season, revealing where the David Goyer-executive produced series lands on the schedule. Constantine will air on Fridays at 10-11 PM EST, immediately following Grimm. The latest live action take on John Constantine currently does not have a specific premiere date.

NBC has also released the first trailer for Constantine, as well as a new promo banner. The first footage from the series showcases its dark supernatural tone, and it appears that this incarnation of Hellblazer will please fans of the source material. Watch it below, and stay tuned for more news as we have it.

FEATURE: Ten Characters Who Should Have A Larger Presence In DC's Animated Movies

Since 2007, DC has adapted many of its characters and storylines into full length animated features. Most of these films are headlined by Batman, Superman and the Justice League, while Wonder Woman and Green Lantern have gotten movies of their own. However, there's no doubt that some characters have featured more prominently than others. Fans asking for a Flash movie or another Wonder Woman are often let down by the inclusion of yet another Batman or Superman title. Below, I've compiled a list of characters who could star in their own animated DC movie, as well as a handful of villains who should feature in more installments.

The Flash
Despite being one of DC's most popular characters, the closest Flash has ever come to having his own movie is being the protagonist of last year's Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. The Scarlet Speedster has plenty of potential for a solo feature, no doubt. Plus, the character is about to be an even more familiar face in the media. I…

New Promotional Images For THE FLASH, GOTHAM And iZOMBIE Released

This has been a monumental week for DC, as all four of its pilots this season - The Flash, Gotham, Constantine, and iZombie - were ordered to series. To celebrate, we have new promo images from three of these shows. The CW has released new banners for The Flash and iZombie, unveiling the logos of both series'. The former gives a new look at Grant Gustin as The Fastest Man Alive, while the latter offers our first shot of Rose McIver as protagonist Liv.

Additionally, Fox has unveiled a cast image for its Batman prequel series, Gotham. It shows off the various characters from the show, from Jim Gordon and Oswald Cobblepot to Bruce Wayne and the future Poison Ivy. The picture also includes several Easter eggs. See if you can name them all.

The Flash, Gotham, and iZombie are all set to premiere next fall.