Chris Messina Cast in Birds of Prey

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Warner Bros. has released the full cast list for their upcoming live-action adaptation for Birds of Prey, and according to Deadline, Chris Messina (The Mindy Project) has been cast in the film as Victor Zsasz, the long-time murderous Batman villain. In the comics, Zsasz is a psychopath dedicated to the “art” of killing, who most notably marks himself with a cut for every life he’s taken.

Messina joins Junee Smollett-Bell, headlining the film as Black Canary, Mary Elizabeth Winstead will co-star as the Huntress, with Margot Robbie returning as Harley Quinn, and Ewan McGregor as Black mask. Birds of Prey hits theaters on February 7th, 2020.

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Pull Box: November 28

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I’m not entirely sure how I never put it together. Clever writing, I suppose, with Miss Goode being on the hunt for kryptonite and looking her own ways to “protect” herself from Superman. Not attacking Batman to out herself. She’s immensely smart in this instance, with some fantastic foresight into keeping her identity safe, even from the readers, apparently. That was a fantastic, well-done twist if I had ever read one.
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The finale for Drowned Earth somehow managed to end on a high note, with a much more concise thread than I thought it would. Seeing all the fish League members was fun, but seeing Superman in a pirate jacket and eye patch was easily the best part. Particularly the eye patch, adorned with an S. I could see that look moving into the future, as well. But, I’m sure it won’t. Now with the Legion of Doom in possession of the totality, we’ll certainly get back to the main story now, as well.
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That was a fun, light-hearted arc, that brought Batman nearly back together with a friend he had lost to ages ago. The joy that they shared in the “Game” of it all was infectious, and even made me smile. The fact that the Fireflies were given the option to leave, and took it, and Two-Face didn’t even blame them? That was the best part, showing some great self-awareness in its writing.
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I love seeing the DC heroes in the future. The Kal Kent story was particularly great. It was a bit confusing at first, but once it came together, it was wonderful. Not to mention the fact that Damian Wayne becoming an immortal Batman after killing his Father is essentially canon at this point with how many times it’s popped up in these future books.
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Surprisingly, and yet also not, it looks like Harley Quinn was the attacker on Sanctuary, after all. But why? Why would she attack all of these innocent heroes that are all just trying to heal? Booster Gold is so beyond messed up and confused. Lagoon Boy is tragic, and scarred by what’s happened in his life, and Wally West has easily the most sad story in all of DC Comics, currently. Remembering his entire past life, and the loss of his children, he has no way to cope with the loss of two people that never existed on this world. That’s truly heartbreaking.
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This story is moving so slow, with little to no answers being given each issue, though we are only 3 issues in. The biggest mystery, of course, is why Darkseid is so invested in their success. Even posing a lowly refugee medic to heal Starfire and ensure she’s able to fight alongside them. It’s interesting, and those mysteries will certainly keep me coming back.
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The beautiful retcon that happened in this issue about Gorilla City and its roles in regards to the four forces, specifically the Sage Force, was great. A smooth change that just slid perfectly into place without sacrificing any history of the Gorillas, and even furthered the story along. Now, we know we’re searching for 3 other heroes, and we quickly met our first: Fuerza, avatar of the Strength Force, clearly. This should be interesting.
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Talia’s arrogance truly knows no bounds, as she thinks after all this time of endangering Honor Guest and her family, the Silencer, she would bend to her will and be pleased that Leviathan is back. Despite her constant pleas to leave her out of it. That she didn’t want to be back in that life. I hope that Honor kicks her ass in the next issue, and does what has to be done to get back to her family, and let them know that she’s safe.
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This was easily the best issue yet of The Terrifics. Fantastic art, great battle, with fantastic story-telling. This was wonderful, and really set the bar for the series moving forward. The shot of Mr. Terrific walking away with his mask blacked out aws particularly awesome, and I hope this artist sticks with them moving forward. He really brought things forward, and made the book far more dynamic.
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This new arc for Wonder Woman is certainly a strange one. At first, Ares seemed changed… for 2 pages. Now, he does the exact same thing he used to do, except his purpose is twisted and misguided. Then there’s the mythological creatures that have all been dumped into this world, and no one is sure why. Kidnapping Steve, and taking him to their mysterious leader? Who could she be?
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And with that, the Fantastic Four are officially back. While the Baxter Building has come and gone through numerous owners since they left, I think it’s even more fitting that they’re now at #4 Yancy Street. The street has such significance for the team, ever since their inception, and it’s a wonderful callback to their long and storied history to have things play out like this. Additionally the Fantastic Four have always been more level-headed than their peers, and the way they handled The Fantastix is certainly no different.
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The final issue of Marvel 2-in-One! I was surprised when it continued past the debut of the new Fantastic Four series, but I’m glad it was allowed to go on a bit longer. Tie up loose ends with Johnny and dealing with everyone betraying him. The fate of Rachna Koul and her sister. Just small details that were left upended the last several issues. And, sure enough… there they were. All addressed, and tied neatly into a little bow. A solid ending for a solid book.
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This is quickly becoming yet another fantastic addition to the Power Rangers mythos. The freedom that the medium of comics allows, letting us see Rangers from various teams together in times of need, and even introducing new Rangers and new world. It’s pretty great. Also, that ending was fantastic, and really made me excited for the next issue, with the Solar Ranger, as she’s now being called, charging the other Rangers for a fight.

Ewan McGregor Cast in Birds of Prey

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As has been rumored for quite some time, multiple outlets are reporting that Ewan McGregor (Christopher Robin) has been cast in the role of frequent Batman rogue, Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask. Black Mask is a frequent villain of the Dark Knight, having even been behind the murder of Stephanie Brown during her tenure as Robin.

McGregor joins a cast that includes Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn, Jurnee Smollet-Bell as Black Canary, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. Birds of Prey hits theaters on February 7th, 2020.

Birds of Prey To Be Rated-R

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According to Deadline, while speaking at the US-China Entertainment Summit at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles last night, Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan confirmed that the film is aiming for an R-rating. That was said to be one of Margot Robbie’s most adamant requests when pitching the film to Warner Bros.

Yan, the first female Asian director to ever helm a superhero film, went on to talk about landing the director’s chair, and her love of the script.

“I did my homework. I wouldn’t say it was easy, but it was relatively painless and straightforward. I immediately loved the script and it felt like something I could really do, and it felt very much like my own voice. I could not put the script down, it had so much dark humor to it which a lot of my work does, and there are themes of female empowerment which are so strong and relateable.

So I went in with, not with confidence, but at least a sense that I belonged in the room, that somehow magically in terms of timing and luck that this opportunity was open to me and I was definitely going to make the best of it.”

Alan Tudyk to Voice The Joker

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During an interview with Discussing Film, Batman voice actor, Diedrich Bader, revealed that geek icon Alan Tudyk, will voice the Joker on the upcoming Harley Quinn animated series for the DC Universe streaming service, alongside Kaley Cuoco’s Harley.

Tudyk has become iconic in the genre world for his many fantastic characters from films and series like Firefly, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and essentially every Disney animated film in the last 5 years. It’s still up in the air if he’ll add his name to the list of iconic Joker portrayals, but given his track record, he should do fine.

DC Universe Release Calendar Revealed

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DC Entertainment hosted a packed house at New York Comic-Con this week for their new streaming service, DC Universe, and to celebrate its release, they’ve revealed the full release calendar for the many series in the works for the service.

Titans hits next week, on October 12th, with the first half of Young Justice: Outsiders hitting in late December. Doom Patrol in mid-February, followed immediately by Swamp Thing and the second half of Young Justice: Outsiders in late May. Then we get Stargirl in August, and Harley Quinn in October. Quite the busy release schedule for the fledgling service, which will most likely only grow as time goes on.

First Look at Harley Quinn Animated Series

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DC Entertainment has revealed the first footage for the upcoming DC Universe animated series, Harley Quinn, at New York Comic-Con. The first footage pokes some serious fun at both Marvel and DC, and seems like it could be a pretty fun series for fans of the characters.

Additionally, the full voice cast was revealed as well, with Kaley Cuoco voicing Harley Quinn herself, as well as Lake Bell (Childrens Hospital), Alan Tudyk (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Ron Funches (Powerless), JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Wanda Sykes (Black-ish), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Natalie Morales (Bojack Horseman), Jim Rash (Mike Tyson Mysteries), Diedrich Bader (Veep), Tony Hale (Veep), and Chris Meloni (Happy!).

DC Adds To the Birds of Prey Cast

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Deadline is reporting that Fargo actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Underground‘s Jurnee Smollett-Bell have officially won the roles of Huntress and Black Canary, respectively in the upcoming DC Entertainment adaptation Birds of Prey. They join Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn in the project, being directed by Cathy Yan.

Birds of Prey hits theaters on February 7th, 2020, and is now a top priority for DC Entertainment as they look to soft reboot their shared universe alongside Supergirl.

Birds of Prey Lineup Confirmed

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The Wrap has confirmed that an earlier rumor regarding the lineup of director Cathy Yan’s upcoming Birds of Prey movie was fairly spot-on. The team’s lineup will consist of Black Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain, Renee Montoya, and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. It’s currently not known whether Montoya will be The Question in the film, or a detective.

The villain of the piece is expected to be Cassandra Cain’s father, David Cain, who is commonly associated with Ra’s Al Ghul, and Cassandra’s mother, Lady Shiva. This all but confirms that Batgirl is not involved as many expected.

New Details on DC Universe Revealed

DC Entertainment has revealed a new trailer and website, giving us plenty more details on their upcoming streaming service, The DC Universe. The service will feature original programming, such as Titans, Swamp Thing, and Harley Quinn, as well as all past animated and live-action DC films and television series, and even include a comic reader giving fans first access to the latest DC Comics releases.

The beta sign-up is officially open on the website, so head over and get signed up for your chance to be the first to give it a try.

Pull Box: June 27

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That ending was spectacular, and I didn’t expect it at all. The return of Hela, in the middle of the War of Realms, does not bode well for anyone in particular. Be it Malekith or Thor, she poses a threat to all existence, so it will be fun to see how unpredictable she becomes in this scenario. Interestingly, her new look is directly inspired by Thor: Ragnarok, and it’s quite a good choice. She looks just as fantastic in art as she did on film.
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Rachna’s true purpose has been revealed, and it’s about in mind with what I was expecting. Searching for a suitable brain-dead version of her sister to replace her body with. But, stranding Ben and Johnny doesn’t seem like the greatest idea, particularly now that Doom is still with her. That doesn’t exactly bode well for her, because his entire purpose is to protect the “Fantastic Two” right now.
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The final prelude to the wedding book, and it was probably the least impactful in a sense. The revelations weren’t great, and it’s main setup was to bring the Joker to the church to setup a death trap for Batman and Catwoman. That honestly seems like the worst idea given this wedding will have damn near every hero this side of the cosmos in attendance. Or it will be small and personal with only the Bat Family present. Only time will tell.
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This story is starting to seem all too familiar, with yet another villain claiming that the Bat Family makes Batman weak. The key difference here is that this person knows who Batman is. They know the identity of Bruce Wayne, but we don’t know their identity. I have a feeling that the identity of Karma is going to be quite the shocker when it’s unveiled, but until then, all we have is speculation and the realization that they know the entire Bat Family and their identities. That puts them miles above any other villain on the ladder.
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Hector Hammond has quite the messed up way of helping Hal Jordan fight his inner demons, but his unorthodox method actually worked. Now, Hal and Hector, Kyle and Orion, and Guy and Arkillo are all on their way to assist the Green Lantern Corps, who are surrounded by Darkstars. This is quite the fantastic build-up, and I can’t wait for this conclusion, because it’s going to be a hell of a fight.
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I knew Flash War would end in betrayal. The fact that Wally West would listen to his biggest rival, Hunter Zolomon, over Barry Allen just baffles me. Of course he would betray you, giving himself powers that rival the Speed Force, now called the Sage Force in a very Naruto-titled twist. I loved that Zoom is wearing the Flash’s old costume, and I hope that he takes it back. That would be fantastic. I’m also expecting Jay Garrick to make quite the triumphant return as little by little, the status quo of the DC Universe is returned to normal.
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This was probably the best issue of Man of Steel yet, with answers finally somewhat coming, at least in the form of story progression. Next week is the last issue, so hopefully we discover Rogol Zaar’s true reason for hating Kryptonians so much, as well as who is causing all of the fires across Metropolis. The big reveal here, though is the Jon elected to go with Jor-El – who just recently tried to kill his own son and family. That makes little to no sense to me, but maybe it’ll get explained why?
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Of course Talia Al Ghul isn’t dead. That makes little sense in the context of the entire DC Universe, but it’s a mistake that Silencer will have to live with. Now, she’s got bigger problems, and a purpose she doesn’t yet realize. I’m so into this book. It’s such a throwback, and I know I say that every time, but it’s true. It brings me back to my younger years when Spawn and Youngblood were the kings of the comic book castle.
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Plastic Man has a kid?! Rex Mason is being charged with becoming the guardian of the Orb of Ra, the source of his powers, and Elemental Girl and Mr. Terrific are having some personal issues. This was an incredibly personal issue of The Terrifics, and yet another great installment as they work to become a legitimate team, and form a bond the way a proper team should. This is easily the best way to use all of these characters, and I hope it just keeps getting better like this.
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It was only a matter of time until Jason was corrupted by the Dark Gods. His Old God heritage was only delaying the inevitable. Now, it all leads to Wonder Woman being forced to fighter her own brother, who continues to be a thorn in her side with his weakness and immaturity. The Dark Gods are clearly one hell of a forced to be reckoned with, and it will be interesting to see how they’re bested, as the rest of the heroes in the world are all just absorbed into their thrall.

Pull Box: May 30

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That was quite the incredible plan. Not only did it make sense, but it was ridiculous and created a moment I feel like I’ve never seen before. A Galactus-sized Emma Frost, releasing all the Power Cosmic and bringing life to a dead universe. That’s insane. The revelation that their artificial Sun was Johnny Storm, with his abilties enlarged by the Power Cosmic was almost tragic in a way, but it was totally made up for by his survival, and his passing of the Power back to Norrin Radd, aka Silver Surfer, so that he could catch up to the love of his life, Emma Frost. That was just great story-telling full of unexpected twists.
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I am honestly not sure what to make of this. Brian Michael Bendis has first crack at a DC title and he leaves it on a cliffhanger, doing nothing than introducing a couple of new characters to the Superman mythos. That seems a bit counter-intuitive for a writer with so much pomp and circumstance arriving on the scene of a new company. I suppose I’ll just have to wait until the next issue to find out a little more of what’s going on. With that said, it’s nice to see Superman on a bit of a change of pace since Rebirth started.
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That was so awesome. Admittedly, I didn’t feel the sense of crazy unexpectedness that I was supposed to with their plan of charging the seed, and forcing the other Titans to eat their brethren, but the pay-off was still worth it. And by pay-off I mean the New Justice League, as well as the prospect of Justice League Dark featuring Wonder Woman and Swamp Thing, and Justice Leagye Odyssey with Cyborg finally taking his rightful place as leader of a team. The changes happening in the main DC books have been great, and Snyder is single-handedly making comics fun again.
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While not giving us much in the way of answers, or plot points, this issue of Doomsday Clock did wonders to set the political tone for this version of the DC Universe. The Superman theory has created an artificial arms race across the planet and set the wheels of war in motion, and truthfully, the metahumans of the world, at least the truly powerful ones, like the Justice League, seem almost less than concerned. It’s strange, but once again, the pace of this book is crawling like a snail with almost no answers in sight. Things have to pull themselves together quick if we’re all going to make sense of this.
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The little moments between Damian and Selina were great in this book. They worked well to bring together two characters that should honestly seem a little closer as their methodologies are more in line with one another, but they just hadn’t been given the chance. Now, things have pushed the two together, and I think it will work well for both of their characters. The star of this, though – was an unseen Joker, who single-handedly wiped out an entire sect of the League of Assassins searching for an invite to the wedding of the decade. The build-up for his invasion of Bruce and Selina’s marriage has been slow and incredible.

LEGO DC Super-Villains Announced

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and DC Entertainment have officially announced LEGO DC Super-Villains, the first LEGO game to put players in a villain-centric adventure packed with favorite locations and characters from across the DC universe. The game will allow players to create their own villain, and go on their villainous escapades.

In the game, the Justice League has disappeared, replaced by mysterious impostors calling themselves the Justice Syndicate. All may not be as it seems, and it’s up the villains to foil the schemes of the so-called heroes from an alternate universe. Hit the jump to check out the first trailer.

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Pull Box: May 9

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I’m honestly sad to see this story end. White Knight has been one of the best original stories I’ve read out of any comic book publisher in years. Such original ideas, with such iconic characters. It’s been one hell of a rollercoaster ride, and there’s no other way I could have seen it end. The reveal that Joker was never the real White Knight of the story was expected given the focus that Harley Quinn as a character has had this entire time, and how instrumental she was at moving the story forward. Absolutely amazing story, that will always be one of my most recommended books.
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It’s nice to see that both of those amazing Batgirl’s haven’t been completely forgotten. With any luck, the reveal by Brother Eye of their alternate selves could spur Bruce on to fully bringing them into the family and making them their own versions of Batgirl, though they’ve both proven they don’t need it. It would still be nice to see those awesome costumes back in action, particularly Cassandra’s spooky black Catwoman-esque costume.
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The Green Lanterns partnering with everyone they’ve been involved with since Rebirth began is a great way to call-back to all of the crazy things that have happened. Additionally, John Stewart had one hell of a moment to be so badass against Zod that he cemented himself as truly the best Green Lantern. At least in the case of planning. Lastly, Hector Hammond, who I assume is now being referred to as the God Brain, being used as a weapon against the Darkstars is somehow tragic, and redeeming, though he’s almost guaranteed to return to his villainous ways.
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The entire premise of this crossover is so ridiculously absurd that only Scott Snyder could possibly dream it up. Seeing all of these heroes and villains team up to fight an insane cosmic threat is absolutely the coolest way to start his run on Justice League, and out of all of this, I hope that we get a solo Starro book after all is said and done. Starro is easily the most ridiculous choice, and almost immediately made an impact on being both an incredible threat, and comic relief. That’s range.
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Sideways has been such an interesting book, with gorgeous artwork, and incredibly detailed characters. Sadly, it’s also one of the only New Age of Heroes books that hasn’t totally immersed itself in the wider DC Universe. Hopefully the next issue, with Derek beginning his dimensional training will kick-start the story in a few new ways, as the story has been starting to drag a bit, and could use something to get moving.
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This was both a great re-introduction to Hunter Zolomon, and a fantastic prelude to the Flash War, which I’m absolutely looking forward to, as Flash rarely gets his own events on this level. The mystery behind Wally’s memories, and how they’re going to factor into the changing landscape of the DC Universe remains to be seen, but month by month, DC continues to shift the focus back to the original universe and characters, and it’s been fascinating to read.
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I’ve been waiting for this arc to start, and Wonder Woman isn’t messing around. The Dark Gods are finally coming, which will hopefully give us some answers surrounding Jason and his mysterious armor. But, to immediately jump into Supergirl being affected by these coming Gods is a crazy choice. On top of that, we get an inevitably brutal fight between two of the most powerful women in the DC Universe. That sounds like a win-win.

DC Universe Streaming Service Announced

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Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have finally officially announced their newest streaming service. Titled DC Universe, the service will play host to a number of exclusive series including the live-action Titans, the animated Harley Quinn, and the highly anticipated third season of Young Justice: Outsiders.

Not much is currently known about the service aside from its exclusives, but you can sign up to learn more when it’s available over on the official announcement page, or you can hit the jump to take a look at the official title-cards for those 3 exclusive series.

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