It seems the last remnants of the old DC Extended Universe haven’t quite finished the series yet. According to The Hollywood Reporter, star Ezra Miller (Justice League) has been clashing with writer/directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Spider-Man: Homecoming) over their creative vision for The Flash solo film. Daley and Goldstein are opting for a lighter tone, while Miller wants a darker run at the character. To appease the star, Warner Bros. has hired Miller and superstar scribe Grant Morrison to re-write the script.
While this move is puzzling, having Morrison attached lends some credibility to the duo. DC Entertainment has had considerably more success with its lighter films, as both Wonder Woman and Aquaman, lighter in tone, went on to be box office smashes. Meanwhile, the darker Justice League’s entire box office run was topped by Avengers: Infinity War in a single weekend. Those kind of numbers don’t bode well for the future of gritty, dark superhero films.
I’m not sure what it is about him, but despite the countless live-action versions of Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, that we’ve seen, it never gets old to see him added to a DC property. Titans season 2 is no different as DC Entertainment has announced that they’ve cast Esai Morales (NYPD Blue), as the world’s deadliest assassin.
“Slade Wilson is known for being DC’s deadliest assassin,” reads the official press release detailing this take on the character. “While serving his country, Slade became an elite soldier before government testing enhanced his physiology to near superhuman levels, putting him on a path of darkness and revenge. To his family, Slade is a father and husband, but to the rest of the world, he is feared by many as the infamous Deathstroke; selling his services to the highest bidder as the ruthless assassin that never gives up and never misses.”
Warner Bros. Animation has shared the first official trailer for the upcoming crossover animated film, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The trailer gives us an idea of the story, based on the comic by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II. The film boasts an incredible roster of heroes and villains, with both heroes’ bevy of rogue’s making an appearance, with an all-star voice cast to boot.
Check out the announcement post for more information on the massive cast, with Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hitting shelves on March 31st.
With production set to begin later this year, we now have our first bit of news on James Gunn’s upcoming soft reboot, The Suicide Squad, which will feature a new roster for the most part, with Margot Robbie returning as Harley Quinn, and Idris Elba replacing Will Smith as Deadshot. Collider dropped the news, and as expected for James Gunn, he’s made some pretty off-the-wall choices.
First up is Ratcatcher, who will be gender-swapped from the comics, as the studio is looking to cast a woman of any age or nationality. She is described as “an exterminator in Gotham City that turning to a life of crime, aided by an army of small rodents she can communicate with and control. She’s also a fan of poisonous gas.” She is also set to be mentored in the film by Deadshot.
Next is King Shark, a super-villain and humanoid who is believed to be the son of the Shark God. He was last seen in live-action on The Flash.
Then there’s the most insane choice: Polka-Dot Man. Another Batman villain, he’s described as being able to “grow multi-colored polka dots on his body that he can turn into fireballs and other weapons. For the most part, he’s embarrassed about his awkward abilities.”
Lastly, there’s Peacemaker, aka Christopher Smith, an agent of peace whose motives are driven by an extremist form of pacifism that makes him so committed peace that he would kill for it. The report indicates that James Gunn is eyeing his friend Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) for this role.
It’s currently unknown if Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flagg will return, as well as Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller.
The CW and Warner Bros. Television has announced that Arrow, the series that started the revolution of comic book television, and Greg Berlanti’s empire, will be ending its run next fall with its eighth season. The final season will run for an abbreviated ten episodes.
The cast and crew of the series have been taking to Twitter and Facebook since the news with overwhelming words of praise and gratitude. With its flagship show ending, where does this leave the CW’s DC Multiverse at? Will a new series step up in its place?
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have shared the final trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Shazam! and it’s heavy on the action and the laughs with plenty of new footage. The film still remains quite the mystery with the Marvel Family, and the Seven Deadly Sins still not getting revealed, as the titular hero takes center-stage.
Shazam! stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Grace Fulton. It hits theaters on April 5th.
The upcoming big-budget Scooby-Doo animated film is making waves this morning. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Warner Bros.’ animated feature has cast Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Tracy Morgan (30 Rock), and Frank Welker (Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!).
Welker is returning to voice the titular Great Dane, with Forte bringing his best friend Shaggy Rogers to life. Rodriguez will voice Velma Dinkley, with Tracy Morgan surprisingly playing Captain Caveman. The film will see Mystery Inc. partner with other members of the Hanna Barbera universe to stop Dick Dastardly and his latest evil plot.
While it was initially reported that Will Smith’s Deadshot would be returning alongside Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, it would seem the dates just couldn’t be worked out with Smith’s schedule, and he has opted not to return for The Suicide Squad, helmed by James Gunn. Interestingly, however, sources within the studio claim that the character could be replaced in the installment to keep the door open for Smith to return in a future film.
That honestly seems like the best idea, as Will Smith was arguably the heart of that entire film, with Margot Robbie being the star.
Fans of the DC Universe streaming series Titans were treated to a pretty great post-credit stinger for the season finale, with the tease of Conner Kent, aka Superboy. Now, DC Entertainment has announced Superboy is coming to DC Universe’s Titans Season 2 and will be played by Australian actor Joshua Orpin (The Neon Spectrum).
Titans’ Superboy is described as “the angsty Teenager of Steel searching for purpose and the truth about his past. While looking for answers, he crashes into the world of the Titans and finds an unlikely home and surrogate family as well as revelations that carry more complications than he ever bargained for.”
After getting confirmation of its existence a few weeks ago, Aquaman 2 has an official release date, courtesy of Warner Bros. and Deadline. The film will release on December 22nd, 2022 with David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick lined up to write a treatment for the sequel. James Wan is still in talks to produce and possibly direct.
That’s a good wait, but with plenty of other DC projects in the pipeline it should be a fun ride as Warner Bros. opts away from a shared universe, choosing to focus instead on making good movies.
The pilot for The CW’s Batwoman series continues to expand its cast with Entertainment Weekly reporting that Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II) joining as the male lead, Jacob Kane. The Father of Ruby Rose’s titular Batwoman.
Kane is described as “a former military colonel with a chip on his shoulder for Batman, Jacob Kane now commands Gotham’s private security firm The Crows, and has made it his mission to protect his city better than the Dark Knight ever could. But it’s only a matter of time before his unwavering disdain for vigilantes puts him at odds with Gotham’s new caped crusader…who also happens to be his own daughter.”
SYFY has revealed that Warner Bros. Animation is working on a fantastic new crossover film, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which will see the Caped Crusader come to blows with the Half-shell Heroes via trans-dimensional portal.
Based on the comic series by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II, the film will star Troy Baker (Batman: Arkham Origins) pulling double-duty as Batman and The Joker, Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace) as Raphael, Kyle Mooney (Saturday Night Live) as Michelangelo, Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie) as Donatello, and Eric Bauza (The Woody Woodpecker Show) as Leonardo.
They join Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as Batgirl, Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants) as The Penguin, John DiMaggio (Adventure Time) as Mr. Freeze, Tara Strong (The Powerpuff Girls) as Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911!) as Bane, and Cas Anvar (The Expanse) as Ra’s al Ghul.
It was only a matter of time, but after the first film’s massive success, Aquaman 2 is officially in the works at Warner Bros. According to The Wrap, Warner Bros. has lined up Aquaman screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick to pen the sequel. Johnson-McGoldrick co-wrote the first film alongside Will Beall.
While a director is currently not lined up, James Wan is finalizing a deal to return as an Executive Producer alongside Peter Safran. Wan has previously stated if he likes the script he would be interesting in returning to the Director’s chair.
Following the billion-dollar success of Aquaman, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that, instead of a sequel, Warner Bros. is in the early stages of developing a spinoff to the DC blockbuster which will be based on the terrifying deadly Kingdom of the Trench. Newcomers Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald have been tasked with penning the script for The Trench, which is being described as an underwater horror feature set in the DC Universe.
Details are still being kept under wraps, but it’s said that the principal cast of Aquaman will not feature in any capacity, choosing to focus on world-building for the King of Atlantis.
DC Universe has shared the first trailer for the upcoming live-action series, Doom Patrol, giving us our first look at Alan Tudyk as Mr. Nobody, in the process. Doom Patrol stars Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg, Brendan Fraser as Robotman, Matt Bomer as Negative Man, Timothy Dalton as Niles Caulder/The Chief, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane and Alan Tudyk as Mr. Nobody.
Doom Patrol premieres on the DC Universe on February 15th, so not much longer to wait until the weirdest super-team hits our screens.