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DC Movie News Bits: Jason Momoa Talks New 52 Aquaman, SUICIDE SQUAD Production Update, Martian Manhunter Sculpt From JUSTICE LEAGUE: MORTAL

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Aquaman star Jason Momoa held a panel at Phoenix Comic-Con this weekend, and our friend Caleb from Omega Undergroundwas in attendance. When asked which Aquaman comics he has been reading in preparation for the role, Momoa reveals that he has been reading the New 52 series, and he recently met with writer Geoff Johns. "Well, I just got to meet Geoff Johns. We sat down and went over The New 52 Aquaman. I mean I already read the first 10 issues, but we got to sit down and really talk about a lot of great points from past and things that he has done, and talked about where the future of the movie can go."

Momoa went on to rehash past comments about doing a movie role his kids can watch, as well as the influence of his Hawaiian backstory on his Aquaman. In fact, before he became an actor, he wished to study Marine Biology in college. Additionally, Momoa reveals that he has been a longtime reader of comics, citing titles such as X-Men and The Crow.

For more from Momoa, click the l…

Premiere Date Set for Machinima's JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS CHRONICLES

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DC will release its next animated movie, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, on July 28th this year. To accompany the film, Machinima is producing a three-part miniseries, titled Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles.

We have heard little news on this series since the initial announcement, other than confirmation that it has already been renewed for a second season, which will introduce the likes of Green Lantern and Captain Marvel into this universe. However, we now have an exact premiere date.

Machinima has confirmed that Gods and Monsters Chronicles will debut on June 8th, eight days from today. The network also released the following teaser image, hinting at which DC character will "be the first to show up," as well as revealing the logo. Check it out below, and stay tuned for more news as we have it.



Forget everything you thought you knew about the @DCComics universe with Justice League: #GodsandMonsters, debuting June 8th. — Machinima (@Machinima) May 31, 2015 C…

Aquaman and Wonder Woman Concept Art for Aborted JUSTICE LEAGUE: MORTAL Movie Revealed

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As most know, back in 2007, director George Miller was developing Justice League: Mortal, a film that was set to unite DC's greatest superheroes. However, the project was canned for a variety of reasons. While Zack Snyder will bring the Justice League to life in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice next year - leading directly into 2017's Justice League Part One - it would have been interesting to see what Miller's vision would have looked like.

We'll get a taste of that vision soon, as filmmaker Ryan Unicomb is developing a documentary titled Miller's Justice League Mortal. The documentary will go behind-the-scenes of the failed production, with hopes to reveal never-before-seen artwork and cast/crew interviews. More details can be found here.

In the meantime, the documentary's official Twitter page has revealed a couple of concept designs. One features a look at Aquaman, who would have been played by Santiago Cabrera. The other is concept art of Wonder Woman (…

Lucius Fox Upgraded to Series Regular for GOTHAM Season Two

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Yet another recurring character from Gotham will return as a series regular next season. Morena Baccarin's Leslie Thompkins was upgraded a few weeks ago, and just yesterday, it was confirmed that Nicholas D'Agosto's Harvey Dent has been promoted. And now, a third character will receive a beefed-up role in season two.

TV Linehas confirmed that Lucius Fox, played by Chris Chalk, will be a series regular in Gotham's second season. The character, a tech guru at Wayne Enterprises, debuted near the end of season one. There, he gave Bruce Wayne a hint that led the future Batman to find his father's chamber in the season finale. That chamber will, of course, go on to become the Batcave.

Gotham executive producer Jon Stephens tells TV Line that Fox "becomes another person who’s going to help Bruce on his journey to find out what happened to his parents and what his parents were doing, and also his journey to manhood and Batman-hood. [Adult Bruce is] like a science geniu…

GOTHAM Promotes Harvey Dent to Series Regular for Season Two

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Gotham recently promoted Dr. Leslie Thompkins (played by Morena Baccarin) to a series regular for its second season, and now. it has added another. Nicholas D'Agosto, who plays Harvey Dent on the Fox series, has confirmed via Twitter that he will be a series regular next season. Dent was introduced in the middle of season one, and foreshadowing for his two-faced future wasn't exactly subtle.

Like Baccarin, D'Agosto had an option in his contract to be upgraded to a regular role for season two of Gotham. And again, it looks like the series has taken advantage of that option. Stay tuned for more news as we have it. Gotham is set to return this fall on Fox.

LEGO JUSTICE LEAGUE: ATTACK OF THE LEGION OF DOOM Animated Movie Announced

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After the success of 2013's Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite and this year's
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, a third animated direct-to-DVD movie based on the DC Superheroes LEGO line has been announced. Titled LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes - Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom, this installment will be released on August 25th, and it will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download.

As expected, the movie will see the Justice League take on the Legion of Doom, which brings together some of DC's greatest supervillains. The cast consists of Troy Baker as Batman, Nolan North as Superman, Grey Griffin as Wonder Woman and Lois Lane, Josh Keaton as Green Lantern, James Arnold Taylor as The Flash, Khary Payton as Cyborg, and Dee Bradley Baker as Martian Manhunter and Man-Bat.

The cast of villains features John DiMaggio as Lex Luthor and Joker, Mark Hamill as Trickster and Sinestro, Tom Kenny as Penguin, Cree Summer as Ch…

Brad Peyton Expresses Interest in Directing a SUPERMAN Film; Carla Gugino Up for Another DC Movie Role

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San Andreas director Brad Peyton was previously attached to helm a Lobo movie for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, but the project was shelved. However, he is still interested in tackling a DC film.

Speaking with Digital Spy, the director reveals that he would love to take on a Superman movie. While he admits that Batman is "super cool," Peyton admits that if he had his choice of DC characters, he would direct Superman, explaining his love of the iconic Clark Kent/Lois Lane dynamic.

A standalone sequel to Man of Steel is currently in the works, expected to be released sometime between 2016 and 2020. Zack Snyder is set to direct Justice League Part One and Part Two, so he might be too busy to helm Man of Steel 2 if WB wishes to release it sooner than later. Maybe Peyton could get his shot then? Or, perhaps he could direct Shazam, which will see his San Andreas and Journey 2 star Dwayne Johnson play Black Adam.

Another comic book movie player in San Andreas is Carla Gugino, …

Chris Pine in Talks to Play Steve Trevor in WONDER WOMAN

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Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman movie recently found a new director in Patty Jenkins, and the DC Comics epic is able to move into the casting phase of pre-production. Despite past rumors, Scott Eastwood is not playing Steve Trevor in Suicide Squad. For that role, actors such as Alexander Skarsgard and Liam Hemsworth were rumored to be in contention. But now, it looks like the studio has chosen its male lead.

According to Variety, Star Trek star Chris Pine is in talks to play Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman. This finally marks the actor's comic book movie debut, and the role could lead to appearances in other DC Cinematic Universe installments.

In the traditional Wonder Woman origin, Trevor was an intelligence officer from the US Army who crash lands in Themyscira, Diana's homeland. He becomes Diana's love interest and plays a key role in her becoming Wonder Woman. It is unknown how much of this will be in the movie.

As for Scott Eastwood, Variety reaffirms that the actor did …

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN Movie Reboot Enters Development

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1999 saw the beginning of the fan-favorite comic book called The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which was written by Alan Moore. The series, which teamed up various Victorian England icons in an Avengers or Justice League-esque assembly, spawned three miniseries and two graphic novels. Two of these limited series and a graphic novel were published by America's Best Comics, an imprint created by Moore that fell under the DC Comics/Wildstorm umbrella. In the comic, Mina Murray brings together a team consisting of Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll, the Invisible Man and others.

The comic book was infamously adapted into the 2003 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie, which starred Sean Connery. Originally conceived to spawn a new franchise, the film was a critical and commercial failure. Since then, a television series was put into development, but it was shelved. But now, the property is getting another shot at the big screen.

According to The Tracking Board, 20th Century Fox is d…

ARROW's Bex Taylor-Klaus Takes on the Undead in iZOMBIE

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Now we at the Watchtower know what you've been saying, "Guys, where's our favorite punk rock-styled sidekick from Arrow? She was only in one episode last season."We've got you covered.Atlanta-native Bex Taylor-Klaus, who plays Sara Lance's sidekick "Sin" on Arrow, will be appearing in an upcoming episode of iZombie, entitled "Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, Dead Rat."

The episode which is slated to air next week and CW has offered up a synopsis of the episode along with a still showcasing Ms. Taylor-Klaus:

HIGH SCHOOL REDUX – A group of drunken teenagers take a late night joyride with disasters consequences. As they cover up the accident, the man mysteriously comes back to life and attacks one of the girls. After Liv (Rose McIver) consumes the girl’s brain, she is taken back to high school as she and Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) investigate the case. A surprise death of one of the victim’s friends raises some serious questions about the case. Majo…

Cara Delevingne Shares Her Excitement for SUICIDE SQUAD

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The Suicide Squad movie has generated much hype since its announcement last year. The supervillain film has assembled a killer ensemble cast topped with A-list stars, such as Will Smith as Deadshot and Jared Leto as The Joker, making it one of the most anticipated comic book movies of next year. And now, one of the film's actresses has expressed her own excitement.

Cara Delevingne, who plays Enchantress in Suicide Squad, recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the DC Comics adaptation. She reveals that she usually is not a fan of comic book films, but she was sold on Squad. "It’s [bleep]ing insane. I’m not the biggest fan of superhero films. There are so [bleep]ing many. I love the Batmans but some of them I’m not that keen on. I’ve never been so excited to see a film and I’m actually in it." 

Interestingly, Delevingne is the second actor involved with the movie who said he/she was previously not a fan of the genre. Jai Courtney, who plays Captain Boomerang, said

Casting Underway for Two New Villains in GOTHAM Season Two

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Gotham introduced early versions of many iconic Batman villains in its first season, and season two will be no different. Hugo Strange, Mr. Freeze, Mad Hatter and Clayface are all set to appear, while The Joker's origin story will be featured. And now, casting is underway for at least two villains that will antagonize Gotham next season.

Via TV Line, both a male and a female villain are being cast. The former, described as a "male DC villain," is said to be "intelligent, cultured and highly articulate; extremely attractive, both seductive and threatening." Meanwhile, the female DC villain is in her mid-to-late-20s, and she is described as "a sexy knock-out."

It is unknown who these two villains are. Could the male villain be one of the characters previously confirmed to appear this season, or is it someone else? Expect some official casting announcements to come soon.

Gotham returns this fall on Fox.

ARROW's "Big Plans" for Harley Quinn Scrapped; Will Maseo Return for Season 4?

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In Arrow's second season, Harley Quinn made a memorable cameo as an ARGUS prisoner. The brief appearance generated much hype since, leading to speculation on when Quinn would have a bigger role (if at all). However, with Harley set to play a key role in the Suicide Squad movie, seeing more of her on Arrow is unlikely. She had another cameo in a deleted scene from the season two finale, but otherwise, that's it. And sure enough, there are no longer plans to bring her back to the series.

Speaking with MCM London (via CBM), Thea/Speedy actress Willa Holland revealed that the Arrow producers did have "big plans" for Harley, but they were scrapped. "We had big plans for Harley. But, I guess something came down from DC execs that told us to shut it down. I mean we had that tease with the pigtails and the ARGUS outfit but, we’ll never see it. We would love to Harley in Arrow but it will never happen." 

While this is surely a bit disappointing, this move may be fo…

SHAZAM Will Be Released Before 2019, Says Dwayne Johnson

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Earlier this year, Dwayne Johnson suggested that Warner Bros./DC Entertainment's Shazam will be released sooner than its current April 5th, 2019 release date. Johnson will play antihero Black Adam in the film, a casting choice that fans - including the actor himself - have wanted to see happen for years. So, the thought of an earlier release for the movie is nothing but a good sign. And now, "The Rock" has confirmed that Shazam will indeed be in theaters sooner than expected.

Speaking with La Cosa(via ComicBook.com), Johnson offered an update on the DC Comics adaptation. He reaffirmed that the script is consistently improving, and he discusses his first time playing a comic book hero. Unsurprisingly, he also hopes that Shazam will launch a new franchise. Most significantly, however, Johnson comments on the chances of the movie coming out before 2019. "No, I don't think it is going to be that far away. It's going to be earlier than that. I don't think 20…

FEATURE: Five Ideas For More THE FLASH/ARROW Spin-Offs

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When Arrow first premiered on The CW in 2012, few could predict its success. Originally conceived as a darker and realistic take on Green Arrow, the series went on to spin off The Flash into his own show, allowing metahumans and time travel to come into this universe. Early next year, a third series, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, will team up supporting characters from both shows, such as Atom, Firestorm and Captain Cold. Many characters have been introduced and will continue to be, expanding the network's acclaimed take on the DC Universe.

Of course, the potential doesn't stop there. There are many characters, heroes and villains, introduced in the Arrow-verse who could each hold their own spin-off series. Below, I've listed five possible shows that could further expand this universe.
[Warning: The Following Contains SPOILERS From Recent Episodes Of Arrow And The Flash.]

The League of Assassins
After being teased heavily in the first two seasons, Ra's al Ghul and the Le…

"Be the Batman" in Live Action Trailer for BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT

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Next month will finally see the release of Batman: Arkham Knight, the epic conclusion to Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham trilogy. To celebrate, a new trailer for the video game has been released, and this one utilizes a unique formula.

The trailer combines live action footage with game footage. It features people in real-life situations who must become courageous and selfless, characteristics shared by the Dark Knight. In other words, "Be the Batman." Check out the trailer below, and stay tuned for more as we have it.


Batman: Arkham Knight will be released on June 23rd for Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC.

FLASH SPOILER Review: Episode 1x23- "Fast Enough"

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Tom Brooke Joins PREACHER Cast in Series Regular Role

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Production on Preacher is in full swing and today Deadline reported that London Born actor, Tom Brooke has joined the cast.


Son of actor Paul Brooke (probably best known to most as the Rancor Keeper in Return of the Jedi (imdb1)) Tom Brooke broke into acting in 2004 in the sequel to Bridget Jones' Diary, Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason. (Strangely enough, his father was in the first film.)He had a recurring role on the BBC comedy Thieves Like Us in 2007.More recently, he had a role in BBC's Sherlock and as one of the contemptible Freys, Lothar in the third season of Game of Thrones.(imdb2)

He will be playing "Fiore." In the comic, Fiore and fellow angel deBlanc were sent to Earth to retrieve the Genesis entity.  The meet Jesse early in the series where they inform Jesse that God has abdicated his throne.  When they reappear towards the end, the pair has fallen from grace in spectacular fashion.

The Deadline article did not offer any information on what Brooke's role o…