Jeremy Davies Cast in Arrowverse Crossover

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The cast for the upcoming annual Arrow crossover just keeps getting bigger, as we now know the villain of the piece. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jeremy Davies (LOST) has signed on to play John Deegan, “a doctor at Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane in Gotham City, who might just be crazier than the inmates he treats.” This is most certainly a new take on John Dee, a.k.a. Doctor Destiny, famous for villainous turns in the JLA, and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.

What’s interesting is that this also confirms a Gotham City setting for a good chunk of the crossover as our heroes attempt to stop Doctor Destiny.

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Brec Bassinger to Play Stargirl!

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, actress Brec Bassinger (Bella and the Bulldogs) has been cast as Courtney Whitmore, aka Stargirl, in the upcoming DC Universe streaming series of the same name.

“There is no other character in comic books more special to me than Stargirl,” said creator and showrunner Geoff Johns. “And after searching far and wide I can say there is no other actor on the planet that embodies her more than Brec Bassinger. Brec’s warmth, strength, humor and positive energy are core to who Courtney Whitmore is. I’m so grateful she’s signed on for the role.”

Daredevil Season 3 Premiere Date Revealed

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Netflix and Marvel Studios have revealed the official premiere date for Marvel’s Daredevil Season 3, and it’s a lot sooner than anyone expected. The highly anticipated third season will debut on October 19th, less than a month away.

The third season of Marvel’s Daredevil will see the return of Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, as well as Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, with Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, and Vincent D’Onofrio back as Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. The Kingpin. Newcomers to the series include Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie) as an FBI agent rumored to be Bullseye, and Joanne Whalley (The Borgias) as Sister Maggie, a.k.a. Daredevil’s mother.  Hit the jump to check out the official date announcement trailer.

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Pull Box: September 19

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Oh man, I was wondering where this issue was going and it got really intense, really fast. Nightwing has been getting to Batman, lightening him up and cheering him on after the heartbreak that’s consumed him. Patrolling together, just like old times, and reminiscing about the past, and it’s been fantastic. Now, Bruce has to deal with another blow, literally and figuratively. That was how you start a new arc, that’s for sure. Lastly, I would like to see Phantom Pharoah more often, please.
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Little by little, the Totality becomes less and less a mystery. It’s not an energy source, it’s a prison for the true wielder of the seven forces of the Universe, named Perpetua, and Luthor plans to harness those forces to further the Universe in his own image, using the Legion of Doom, and their natural abilities with the forces to bolster his plan. It’s complicated, and the Justice League truly seems out of their depth on this one, but they have the Totality, and now they have Starman, powered by the Totality itself, which could provide the answers they need. Damn, this is some fantastic writing.
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The ultimate trap sprung on Mister Miracle with everything leading to this. His fight with Orion lead to him creating a knife made out of the being that’s prophesied to kill Darkseid, and the trap was sprung on the Lordgod. That was incredible! Then, the true mastermind reveals himself! Metron! Oh man, this is getting so good. But with another world on the precipice, are we getting Mister Miracle in the main DC Comics continuity, now! Oh man, I hope so. I really hope so.
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Marvel’s future has become a mish mash of heroes and villains, with powers condensing into a point where they’re generally all focused on a few select players. The Punisher and Ghost Rider, Silver Surfer and Thor, Wolverine and Phoenix, and now Iron Fist and Doctor Doom. It’s always fun to see, but you can tell it’s almost become a cop-out for Marvel’s writers to create new and interesting combinations to amaze the readers. Hopefully they take a break with that for a while, as the future in Marvel is becoming more convoluted by the week.
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Book 1 was for Batman: Damned was a fine example of DC’s new Black Label imprint, and set the stage for quite the fantastic supernatural horror book as Batman and John Constantine unravel a hellacious mystery that begins wtih Bruce’s past, and ends with the death of the Joker. Or is he dead? Lots of questions in play here, with little in the way of answers, but that’s to be expected, because the journey is just beginning.

Marvel Developing Limited Series for Streaming Service

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It seems that DC Entertainment isn’t the only name in the streaming service game anymore, as Variety is reporting that Disney and Marvel Studios are developing two limited event series, focusing on Loki, and Scarlet Witch. Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen are expected to reprise their respective roles, with large budgets to ensure the series are done right.

It’s speculated that the shows will be 6 episodes each, with Kevin Feige in charge of production, ensuring that they fall in line completely with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, unlike current television counterparts. Additionally, no creative teams have been attached as of yet, but expect to hear more, soon.

First Captain Marvel Trailer Debuts

Disney and Marvel Studios have unveiled the first full trailer for Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson (Room), and it’s a fast-paced ride that reveals more than we ever thought. As well as our first look at the film in action, we get glimpses of Carol Danver’s powers, her mysterious past, her fantastic helmet and mohawk, and even a young Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg!

Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel is directed by the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson). A large, all-star tem of writers penned the screenplay, including Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider), Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch (Glow), and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.

Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8th, 2019. You can hit the jump to check out the first theatrical poster for the film, as well, with a small nod to Carol’s iconic pet Flerken (similar to Earth cats) named Chewie.

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Cassandra Jean Amell Cast in Arrow Crossover

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It’s been reported that the annual Arrow crossover has gotten even more interesting with the addition of a supporting character to one of Batman’s villainous rogues. Cassandra Jean Amell (Mad Men), wife of Arrow star, Stephen Amell, has been cast as Nora Fries in the upcoming crossover. Nora Fries is, of course, the wife of villain Mr. Freeze.

While it’s been confirmed the villain won’t be making an appearance, this could set the stage for the villain in the upcoming Batwoman solo series, starring Ruby Rose. We should find out more when the Arrow crossover airs later this year.

Pull Box: September 12

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Franklin Richards is probably one of the coolest characters that Marvel has in their back pocket, but it’s most certainly he started to grow up, and become what we all really want him to. With that said, seeing where Reed, Sue, and the Future Foundation have been all the time was charming, and the sudden threat was built up wonderfully. Then the sudden twist with the arrival of everyone who has been a member of the Fantastic Four as their “extended family…” that was genius.
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Batman has quite the nose for trouble. He decides to latch on to a simple murder case to take his mind off things, and it turns out to be an elaborate plot for the return of Kobra in Gotham City. He either suspected something was amiss, or just has some sort of crazy luck. Either way, it’s interesting that this “ordinary man” that was murdered has an instense connection to Kobra, as if they were afraid of him, and what he knew. A good start to this new arc, that’s for sure.
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The adventures and memories in this Hawkman book have been so fantastic. The exchange Carter and Katar Hol was great, and the reveal of the next clue was fun. Each clue takes him further down a path, and now the path has lead him to the Microverse, with the Atom. This feels just like old times, with Ray Palmer and Carter Hall tackling a case together, exploring new worlds, and just being great friends. I’m actually excited for the next issue.
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That issue made far more sense than previous issues, and it even explained the story up to this point. There were some incredibly awkward transitions to be found, though, as well as some excellent reveals. The kidnapping was faked, but the Cabal is real, manipulating the Agent so that no one believes her about their existence. A pretty crafty story, and one that’s considerably better now that things are a bit less nonsensical.
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It is legitimately frustrating how horribly stubborn Barry Allen is. He goes up and down so often about what he wants for his life, that he just has no idea. If he wants to be with Iris, he needs to step up and stop being such a selfish child about everything that goes wrong. He’s a hero, with complications, and Iris understands that, particularly now that she has her pre-52 memories again. But, that ending was nuts! The original Trickster is back! After years of being dead, James Jesse is back! That should make things a little more interesting here.SM
The revelation that the Earth’s sudden appearance in the Phantom Zone was little more than an accident by S.T.A.R. Labs was somehow one of the best storytelling tools I’ve seen a comic book writer use in some time. It was subdued, and showed human error. It wasn’t a malicious villain set out to ruin Superman, or destroy the Earth. Just human error. But, now our heroes have quite the problem to address, and only Superman knows the extent of just how bad things are about to get, now that Rogol Zaar has aligned himself with the armies of the Phantom Zone.
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Political intrigue mixed with flashes and manipulation of a rarely used Wonder Woman villain? This is the kind of stories that I like to see happening. This is a fresh take, with Diana walking a tight rope of side-switching and shaky decisions. Artemis made the wrong choice, for the right reasons, but we’ll see where that gets her when she’s brought face to face with the Princess of Themyscira.

BREAKING: Henry Cavill Out as Superman

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, negotiations to have Henry Cavill cameo in Shazam! have broken down, and the actor will now no longer be returning to the role of the Man of Steel. The studio has decided to shift focus to its Supergirl film, supporting their attempts at a soft reboot for the DCEU. Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, and Ezra Miller will return, but it seems that Cavill and Ben Affleck will not be making their returns.

This was heavily rumored after Cavill accepted the role of Geralt in Netflix’s The Witcher adaptation, but apparently they’re more linked than we know, as Cavill supposedly took the role after learning of Warner Bros.’ plan moving forward.

UPDATE: Additionally, it’s said that the previously talked about Shazam! cameo will be used as a springboard for Superman’s replacement actor in the DCEU, but take that with a grain of salt.

Derek Mears Cast in Swamp Thing Series

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Splash Report and Bloody Disgusting are reporting that Derek Mears (Friday the 13th, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has been cast as Swamp Thing for the upcoming DC Universe streaming service. DC Entertainment has yet to confirm the report, but Mears has extensive experience performing in heavy makeup and practical effects, and the sources are quite solid.

While Mears would play Swamp Thing, he would not be playing the role of Alec Holland, who has yet to be cast for the series.

Captain Britain and the Black Knight Film Rumored

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Ain’t It Cool News is reporting a rumor that Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige are hoping to jump into the void left by the now-delayed James Bond 25 with a Captain Britain and the Black Knight film directed by Guy Ritchie. Space has apparently been reserved to hold auditions at Pinewood Studios for November and December, but take this all with a grain of salt.

Guy Ritchie is currently working with Disney on the upcoming Aladdin film, so he’s most certainly in the fold, and with a number of untitled films in the works, it’s potential that there could be a little fire alongside this smoke. Only time will tell.

Crystal Reed Cast in Swamp Thing Streaming Series

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Crystal Reed (Teen Wolf, Gotham) has been cast in the lead role of Abby Arcane for the upcoming DC Universe streaming series, Swamp Thing. In this rendition, Arcane is a CDC researcher returning to her hometown to investigate a mysterious illness, but a chance meeting with Alec Holland will set her on a collision course with the supernatural and the elemental, Swamp Thing.

The DC Universe adaptation of the classic hero originally created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson is executive produced by Len Wiseman (Sleepy Hollow) who will also direct the pilot. Mark Verheiden (Daredevil) and Gary Dauberman (It) are attached to co-write the series and act as showrunners.

Pull Box: September 5

NEWCOMICS

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After the many stories that have pushed Bruce forward into happiness and his future, it’s nice to see him reflecting on his past. After all that’s happened, it makes sense that Dick, his closest friend, would be the one to loosen him up slightly and lower his defenses. Be the one he shows the slightest bit of weakness to. And that was a beautifully charming way to see the Dark Knight let down his guard.
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Holy crap, that issue was full of so much awesome! The return of Starman! I’m freaking out! The Batman Who Laughs is still alive! What?! We finally were given answers to the mystery of the totality, but there are still so many questions moving forward, and Starman promises to give them. A strange coincidence, but a foreshadowing that doesn’t bode well for the team.

Entertainment Weekly Drops Bombshell of Captain Marvel Shots

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Entertainment Weekly has just revealed a bevy of first screenshots from the upcoming Marvel Studios film, Captain Marvel, including our first official look at star Brie Larson as Carol Danvers! The shots also revealed the Starforce, and their commander played by Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn’s villainous Talos, and our first look at the Skrulls in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Hit the jump for a full look at the many screenshots, and the full cover (shown above) revealing Captain Marvel in her classic costume.

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Timothy Dalton Cast as Chief in Doom Patrol

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While early rumors pointed to Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) taking on the role, it would seem that the leader of the Doom Patrol, the role of Dr. Niles Caulder, aka The Chief, will be taken by former 007 actor Timothy Dalton (Hot Fuzz, Penny Dreadful), according to Deadline.

Dalton joins an impressive cast for the DC Universe streaming series, alongside Brendan Fraser, April Bowlby, Jack Michaels, Joivan Wade, and Dwain Murphy.