The long-standing supporting cast for Shazam!, arguably just as important as the title character himself is starting to finally take its full shape. Jack Dylan Grazer (It) has been cast as Freddy Freeman according to Deadline.
Grazer’s Freddy Freeman is said to be “Batson’s best friend and the only person who knows the truth about Shazam.” DC fans will know that Freeman eventually suits up as a hero himself, taking on the mantle of Captain Marvel Jr. in the comics. Shazam! is set to hit theaters in 2019, and also stars Zachary Levi as the titular superhero, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Mark Strong as Doctor Sivana, and Grace Fulton.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that an epic adaptation of the Dark Knight from creators Junpei Mizusaki, Takashi Okazashi, and Kazuki Nakashima, titled Batman Ninja. Now, its first trailer has hit and it looks like we won’t be disappointed.
The incredibly original animation includes Feudal Japan inspired Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Catwoman, The Joker, Poison Ivy, Gorilla Grodd, and more. Warner Bros. is set to release the film next year and will include both the subtitled original Japanese version and an English dubbed version when it lands on Blu-ray.
Despite the generally negative reception to Justice League, Warner Bros. is committed to revamping the DC Extended Universe to please fans, and build a solid cinematic universe. The first part of this plan truly began in the end credits of Justice League when Deathstroke (Joe Maganiello) met with Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and was proposed the group should begin to “form [their] own league.”
It was an exciting moment in an otherwise “OK” film. Now, rumor has it that the Legion of Doom is set to begin forming across the slate of DC Films for the future, beginning with Aquaman, and culminating with the group being the villains of Justice League 2. That’s an exciting prospect, and hopefully Warner Bros. gives this story time to truly fill out, and allow the villains to stay one step ahead of the heroes, and do right by them.
If you stayed after the credits for Justice League, you were treated to one of the best comic book movie teases in recent memory, with Joe Manganiello debuting his interpretation of mercenary Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke. It was the culmination of a fan campaign to keep the actor on board for the role, which eventually resulted in the announcement of his own solo movie.
The costume looks incredible, and while I would have personally just kept all of Joe Manganiello’s own personal facial hair, he’s one of the who can make that white goatee work. Hit the jump for a full look at the epic photo.
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WB Games and NetherRealm Studios have revealed the long-awaited Fighter Pack 3 DLC for Injustice 2, and it does not disappoint. The already revealed Atom, Ryan Choi, is spotlighted here, as well as the addition of The Enchantress. The big surprise? The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are joining the roster, as well.
A release date for Fighter Pack 3 was not announced, though Atom will be available in early access on December 12th. The addition of the Ninja Turtles, Atom and Enchantress will bring Injustice 2’s roster to a massive 41 playable characters.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, Wonder Woman has managed quite the feat. Not only is it by far the best superhero film of the DC Extended Universe to date, but it is now the best reviewed superhero film of all time. Wonder Woman is currently not the “freshest” film on the site, but using Bayesian Inference (the statistical analysis of probability as more information becomes available), Rotten Tomatoes has found the Top 5 films:
The Dark Knight (106.313%)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (105.957%)
Thor: Ragnarok (105.511%)
Given how new many of these films are, it’s quite the feat that The Dark Knight still remains in the Top 3 after all these years.
Warner Bros. has announced that Asher Angel (Andi Mack) will take on the role of Billy Batson, the young boy imbued with power by the wizard, Shazam, that when he speaks the wizards name, transforms into the powerful hero being played by Zachary Levi.
Production on the film is set to begin next year as casting has been rounding out with Mark Strong playing Sivana, and Grace Fulton cast in a mystery role for the film.
Two Brainiac’s in less than a week! It’s been revealed that Supergirl has cast Jesse Rath (Defiance) in season three as Brainiac-5, a reformed Brainiac from the year 3000, who is a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. It’s set to be a recurring role in the DC Comics adaptation, and ensures the arrival of the future team of heroes in the future.
Brainiac-5 will appear in episode 10 of this season of Supergirl, titled “Legion of Super Heroes” (was there ever any doubt?).
After accidentally releasing an incredible trailer for SyFy’s Krypton series, fans have been hotly anticipating what could be a surprise-hit. Now, Blake Ritson (Da Vinci’s Demons) has been cast as Brainiac in the upcoming series, ensuring fan excitement will hit a fever pitch when it debuts next year.
Brainiac is described as a parasitic, hyper-advanced alien android of immense intelligence. One of Superman’s oldest and most dangerous rogues, he hasn’t been seen in live-action since James Marsters (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) portrayed a version of him in Smallville.
It’s been quite a day for the upcoming Shazam! adaptation, first with talks of Mark Strong joining as the villainous Doctor Sivana, now with Grace Fulton (Annabelle: Creation) joining the film in a mystery role, according to Variety. While her role remains a mystery, it is said to be “one of Batson’s friends” which could put her in contention for Mary Marvel, Billy Batson’s sister.
Speculation can run wild all it wants, but we’ll find out soon enough who she’s really playing, when Shazam! hits theaters on April 5th, 2019.
The Wrap is reporting that Mark Strong (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Sherlock Holmes) is in talks to play the villainous Doctor Sivana inthe upcoming Shazam! movie. The evil scientist first appeared in Whiz Comics #2 in 1940 as the main antagonist against the then-Captain Marvel, and has gone on to become a recurring adversary throughout several incarnations.
Strong is no stranger to comic book roles, having appeared in both the Kingsman films and as Sinestro in 2011’s much maligned Green Lantern adaptation. He joins Zachary Levi (Chuck, Tangled) who will play the titular hero, Shazam, in the film.
Dwayne Johnson’s long-awaited Black Adam film is finally starting to show some forward progress, as The Tracking Board reports that the film now has a writer. Undateable creator Adam Sztykiel is said to be in final talks to pen the film, that will introduce The Rock’s long-gestating portrayal of the anti-hero, that was originally said to be the villain in Shazam!
There’s currently no director attached, but Black Adam is set to be produced by Johnson and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions, along with Beau Flynn of the Flynn Picture Company.
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Variety has learned that Chantal Thuy (Pretty Little Liars, Madam Secretary) has been cast as DC Comics hero, Grace Choi, in the upcoming Black Lightning series. In the series, Grace Choi is the first person Anissa Pierce, daughter of Black Lightning confides in about her abilities. She’s the daughter of a Bana Amazon and has great strength and resilience.
In the comics, she became a mainstay of the group, The Outsiders, after being recruited by Nightwing.
After several rumored front-runners, Warner Bros. has once again surprised us with an amazing bit of casting, this time for the upcoming Shazam! adaptation. Zachary Levi (Thor: Ragnarok, Chuck) is officially playing the former-original Captain Marvel, reveals The Hollywood Reporter. Actors Jake McDorman (Limitless), and John Cena were both reportedly in the mix.
“Honored and greatly humbled to be a part of the #dcuniverse by bringing the original Captain Marvel to life. I am beside myself with gratitude, not only for this opportunity, but also the incredible outpouring of love and support from so many of you out there in the world. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in the gym for the rest of forever,” said Levi.