Showing posts from April, 2017

John Barrowman's Malcolm Merlyn Won't Return to the Arrowverse Next Season

Malcolm Merlyn, played by John Barrowman, has been a key player in the Arrowverse from the beginning. The actor signed a deal last year to be a series regular across all three shows; Wentworth Miller and Katie Cassidy signed similar deals.

Barrowman was the big bad of Arrow's first season, popped up a couple times in the second season, and was a series regular in seasons three and four. This season, he was a member of the Legion of Doom on DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and he even appeared in the Flash/Supergirl musical crossover.

But, alas, all good things must come to an end. Barrowman confirmed to fans at Planet Comic-Con (via Heroic Hollywood) that he won't be returning to the Arrowverse next season. It's unclear why Merlyn won't be back, but fans are already speculating.

For starters, Merlyn is appearing in the Arrow season finale. Producer Wendy Mericle previously teased that the character plays a "huge" role, and there's going to be a big "se…

THE BATMAN Director Matt Reeves Comments on His Love for the "Powerful" Character

A couple months ago, Warner Bros. confirmed that Matt Reeves will be directing The Batman, taking over from star Ben Affleck. While unconfirmed, it is expected that the film's script - previously written by Affleck, Geoff Johns, and Chris Terrio - may undergo additional changes to better suit Reeves' vision. Now, the filmmaker has shed some light on exactly why he was drawn to this character in the first place.

Speaking with LA Daily News, Reeves admits that he hasn't fully finalized his approach to Batman yet, due to his post-production work on War for the Planet of the Apes. But he says that, as a child, the two franchises he was most connected to were - ironically enough - Batman and Planet of the Apes. He also calls Batman a "powerful" character, comparing him to Apes' Caesar.

Regarding the big draw of Batman, Reeves says, "I just was obsessed with Batman when I was a kid. What I find so interesting about him as a character is that, as far a superher…

Funko Unveils JUSTICE LEAGUE Movie Pop! Figures

Recently, Warner Bros. launched the "Join the League" viral site, which allows readers to access exclusive content and more from the Justice League movie. Yesterday, the site debuted our first proper look at Funko's upcoming Pop! line for the film.

The Pop! figures will hit stores on August 12th. The figures are of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg,and, yes, Superman. Of course, this is just the initial wave; store exclusives are expected to be revealed at a later date, while Mera has been seen in concept art.

Check out the Funko Pops! below, and stay tuned for more as we have it.

Justice League is scheduled to hit theaters November 17th. The fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Ciarán Hinds, Amber Heard, Joe Morton, Willem Dafoe, Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg and J.K. Simmons. Zack Snyder directs from a script by Chris Terrio.

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DC to Launch Digital Streaming Service Spearheaded by YOUNG JUSTICE Season 3 and TITANS

DC Entertainment made a very exciting announcement today. The company is teaming up with Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group to launch a new digital streaming service, dedicated exclusively to DC. Launching in 2018, the direct-to-consumer service will be home to DC-related content, including original shows.

For this venture, DC is reviving two television projects: the live action Titans and the previously announced third season of Young Justice.

Titans will be written by Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, and Arrowverse creator Greg Berlanti. The three will produce the series alongside Sarah Schechter. Titans will unite many younger superheroes from the DC Universe, including Dick Grayson, Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy.

Additionally, we have Young Justice: Outsiders, the long-awaited third season of the beloved animated series. This time, our heroes take on metahuman trafficking and a genetic arms race.

For more details, check out the press release below. Will you be subscribing to DC'…

WONDER WOMAN Director Patty Jenkins Talks Ares' Motivation, Possible Sequel, and More

We're a little over a month away from the release of DC Films' Wonder Woman, and the marketing campaign is in full swing. Recently, director Patty Jenkins spoke with Toronto Sunabout creating the superhero movie. During the interview, she shed some light on the big bad's motivation, along with what she hopes to see in a sequel.

By now, it's no secret that Ares is the main villain of Wonder Woman. Jenkins previously confirmed him, while we've seen him in toys based on the film. Now, she explains what Ares' mission is. (Some potential MILD SPOILERS ahead.) "The villain just wants the war to continue. He’s infiltrated himself into the war and he’s leading a movement to create a type of mustard gas to keep the war going forever. He’s just a war monger and a classic character from Wonder Woman lore."

Assuming the film is a success, Wonder Woman will likely spawn a new superhero franchise for Warner Bros. (even though a sequel hasn't been confirmed yet…

CONFIRMED: General Zod is Coming to SUPERGIRL

We only have a few episodes left for Supergirl this season, as the finale airs May 22nd on The CW. (Don't worry, the show has already been renewed for season three.) The season two finale will see the returns of both Tyler Hoechlin's Superman and Calista Flockhart's Cat Grant. Now, rumor has it that we'll be seeing one of Superman's greatest foes make his debut.

According to Bleeding Cool, actor Mark Gibbon is currently shooting scenes for Supergirl as none other than General Zod. Of course, Zod is a key player in the Man of Steel's rogues gallery, so it would make sense to bring him in to Earth-38 at some point.

Gibbon has done a lot of geek-friendly movies and shows in the past. His credits include Man of Steel, Arrow, Smallville, and more. He has also worked on multiple Marvel cartoons, such as Iron Man: Armored Adventures and Spider-Man Unlimited.

As for Zod, Supergirl marks the character's latest live action appearances. He was played by Terrence Stam…

Joss Whedon Talks About Exploring BATGIRL's "Damage" in Solo Movie

Last month, it was announced that Joss Whedon, who brought the Avengers to life (twice) and was a key creative force on several Marvel movies, is heading to the DC Extended Universe. He will write and direct Batgirl, bringing Barbara Gordon's story to the big screen. The film will reportedly take influence from Gail Simone's New 52 run.

Now, Whedon talks about exploring Barbara Gordon on film. Speaking with THR's Heat Vision, the filmmaker explained what drew him to Batgirl. "She came up, and I started getting obsessed with how a young woman could get hardcore enough to need to put on the cowl. Like, what's her damage?" 

With Batman, his journey to putting on the cowl was fueled by watching his parents die violently. But Batgirl isn't motivated by such a tragedy, so what does motivate her? Whedon plans on exploring that. "She didn't have her parents killed in an alley. Who is this person, who decides - rather than being forced to by their childho…

Looks Like Warner Bros. is Developing an Animated WATCHMEN Movie

Alan Moore's acclaimed graphic novel, Watchmen, was adapted for the big screen by Zack Snyder a few years back. Since then, there were talks about HBO doing a television series based on the comic, while the characters are being integrated into the mainstream DC Universe with Rebirth. Now, it looks like an animated film is on the way.

Film Buff Onlineand Comic Book Resourceshave shared a recent survey by Warner Bros. through the A-List Community program, which gauges opinions on upcoming film and television projects via surveys. This survey describes an "upcoming made-for-video movie" based on Watchmen.

The survey includes a plot synopsis, confirming that this Watchmen adaptation will be animated, it will be faithful to the graphic novel, and it will probably be rated R. This would be the latest adult-oriented effort from WB Animation and DC, following Batman: The Killing Joke and Justice League Dark.

Additional details on Watchmen, including a voice cast and release date…

ARROW Promotes Dinah Drake and Wild Dog to Series Regulars for Season 6

A big part of Arrow's fifth season was Oliver building a new team of vigilantes in Star City. Two of these new recruits were Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzales), aka Wild Dog, and Dinah Drake (Julia Harkavy), who is training to become the new Black Canary. Now, it looks like we'll be seeing a lot more of these characters next season.

It has been announced (via GreenArrowTV) that Gonzales and Harkavy will both be series regulars for Arrow's sixth season. The two join the rest of the show's main cast, as well as Katie Cassidy, who returns as a series regular next year in the form of Black Siren. With Dinah taking over the Black Canary mantle, it should be interesting to see her and Earth-2 Laurel interact.

Arrow season six will premiere next fall on The CW. Stay tuned for more news as we have it.

Dolph Lundgren Joins the Cast of AQUAMAN

We're only a month or so away from the beginning of production for DC Films' Aquaman. Recently, the movie filled the roles of Queen Atlanna, Black Manta, and Thomas Curry. Now, the film has added a veteran action star in a villainous role.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Aquaman has cast none other than Dolph Lundgren. The action movie legend will play King Nereus, who rules the kingdom of Xebel. He claims Mera as his own, and he seeks to kill Aquaman.

Lundgren's filmography includes Rocky IV, Universal Soldier, and the Expendables franchise. Aquaman will mark his second DC Comics role; he currently plays Konstantin Kovar on Arrow. Lundgren has also played characters such as The Punisher and He-Man on the silver screen.

As we draw closer to the beginning of filming, expect more Aquaman news to come soon.

Aquaman is scheduled to hit theaters December 21st, 2018. This installment in the DC Extended Universe stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, …

Tyler Hoechlin's Superman Returns for SUPERGIRL Season 2 Finale

Supergirl finally introduced Superman in the first couple episodes of season two last year. Tyler Hoechlin plays more of an old school take on the Man of Steel, and a lot of fans fell in love with him. Since his two-episode role, there has been speculation as to when, or even if, Superman would return. Now, it's happening.

E! Onlinehas confirmed that Hoechlin's Superman is coming back for the season two finale of Supergirl. Plot details for this episode are currently under wraps. The finale airs on Monday, May 22nd on The CW.

This news comes after Supergirl's creative team expressed interest in bringing Superman back, so long as Warner Bros./DC gave the OK. And with the Man of Steel playing a crucial role in the DC Extended Universe, allowing him to also appear a few times on television is a pleasant surprise.

Stay tuned for more Supergirl news as we have it.

Nyssa al Ghul Returning to ARROW This Season

Nyssa al Ghul, played by actress Katrina Law, debuted as a recurring character in Arrow's second season. She played a much bigger role in season three, where we also met her father, Ra's. Nyssa then had an arc in season four, but has been absent from this current season (likely due to Law now starring on another show, CBS' Training Day). But, that's about to change.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Nyssa will return to Arrow for a multi-episode arc. This will culminate in a showdown between Nyssa and her half-sister, Talia, in the season five finale. 
Talia has been a new recurring character this season. We first meet her in the flashbacks, training Oliver and convincing him to give his dark side an identity (aka The Hood). She has since resurfaced in the present day, teaming up with Prometheus and seeking revenge on Oliver for killing her father.
This is the latest big development for the Arrow finale. Yesterday, it was announced that Manu Bennett's Slade Wilso…

Dwayne Johnson Teases BLACK ADAM Movie and DC Films' World Building

Dwayne Johnson has been attached to play DC's Black Adam for a few years now. Originally, he was going to serve as the main villain in the Shazam film. However, this year, it was announced that Black Adam will instead star in his own movie, with the potential to meet Shazam in a sequel. Now, Johnson has shed some light on this decision.

Speaking with MTV, The Rock offered an update on Shazam and Black Adam, while teasing DC Films' ongoing efforts to expand the cinematic universe. "We've had great discussions with Geoff Johns over at DC. This is a really fun, cool time for DC right now because they're world-building. We're seeing that with Wonder Woman and Aquaman. We have a few surprises down the line." 

And as part of this world building, Shazam and Black Adam will be separate movies. "So what we decided to do was to create a scenario where Black Adam has his stand-alone movie, and Captain Marvel, Shazam, has his stand-alone movie. We're buildi…