Breaking News: Katie Cassidy Returns to Arrow | DC

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Warner Bros. Television today announced that Katie Cassidy will return to Arrow as the Black Siren for episodes #522 and #523 this season, and then continue in the same role as a series regular for Season Six.

This is fantastic news! She's not the first DCCW actor to switch to a slightly different role. I'm happy to see it.

-Brent

'Justice League' trailer unites Zack Snyder's supergroup

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“It was always a super-intriguing concept to me to have this opportunity to have him make that sacrifice but also have him be this, in a weird sort of way, the why of Justice League: What do you do now with him? What does the team think? What does the world need?” Snyder says. “All that comes into play. It’s fun for us but it’ll be interesting for audiences what we do with him.”

I love the conspicuous absence of Superman from the trailer but the inclusion of Lois.

-Scott

‘Supergirl’: Katie McGrath Promoted To Series Regular For Season 3 | Deadline

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Lena Luthor will be sticking around. Katie McGrath, who has recurred on Supergirl this season, has been made a regular for the upcoming Season 3, which was recently picked up by the CW. McGrath plays vixen Lena Luthor, the baby sister of Lex Luthor, who came to National City to get out from under the shadow of her notorious brother.

This is good news. I think she's been a great addition to the cast.

-Brent

‘Aquaman’ Release Date Pushed Back to Christmas 2018 | Variety

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The comic book adaptation is swimming from an October 5 release date to December 21 of that year. It will open on the day that “Avatar 2” was originally slated to debut. The James Cameron-directed sequel has been delayed multiple times as the exacting filmmaker tinkers with his latest cinematic excursion into Pandora. Jason Momoa, best known for his work as Khal Drogo in “Game of Thrones, stars in “Aquaman” as the titular merman. James Wan (“The Conjuring”) directs.

While it is painful that there will likely only be one DCEU movie in 2018, it is better to take as much time as possible with a heavily VFX ambitious film like Aquaman instead of rushing it for time.

-Ray

'Suicide Squad 2' Lands 'Legend of Tarzan' Writer (Exclusive) | Hollywood Reporter

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Cozad also worked on Bloodshot, the adaptation of the Valiant comic book, and The Gray Man, a Charlize Theron spy thriller. His Tarzan, which starred Alexander Skarsgard and Robbie, grossed over $356 million worldwide.

I am glad that Cozad has worked on other adaptations before and has some familiarity with Margot Robbie from Tarzan. You wonder if depending on how fast they find a director will they try to fast-track this for next year? Maybe too late for that with everyone else's schedules, but it's good to hear that it is a priority for WB, given how successful the first movie was.

-Ray

Flash-Supergirl musical crossover: Inside Glee reunion

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Here’s how: As the Scarlet Speedster and Girl of Steel experience turmoil in their interpersonal relationships, they’re whammied by the Music Meister, a less mustache-twirling, more manipulative villain

While I admit I'm far more excited for the "crossover" part than the "musical' part, I'm glad that it seems the singing will be a plot point and not just random songs for no, in-story, reason.

-Brent

'Gotham' Ra's al Ghul Alexander Siddig | Hollywood Reporter

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The supervillain will first appear later this season, as Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) pulls the veil off the mysterious Court of Owls organization and discovers that the man pulling the strings is the enigmatic and powerful Ra's al Ghul. With his past shrouded in mystery, Ra's uses cunning and deception to lay waste to his foes. As the leader of an international criminal organization known as the League of Shadows, Ra's will prove himself to be Bruce's most dangerous adversary yet.

He's most well known as Doctor Bashir on Star Trek Deep Space Nine, but he was also in Game of Thrones. Solid actor and he will fill the role very well, not the least of which reasons being that he matches Ra's ethnicity more accurately.

-Ray

CW eyes true four-way superhero crossover next season

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During the Invasion crossover, the heroes of Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends teamed up to battle the Dominators. However, some fans griped that it wasn’t quite a four-way crossover because the storytelling didn’t actually take place across all four shows. Save for a brief epilogue scene during Supergirl‘s winter finale, the action was mainly featured on The Flash, _Arrow, _and Legends, making it a four-way crossover on three shows.

I was definitely critical of this when we did our review. In fact I would say it was my biggest complaint. Glad this is being corrected for next year.

-Brent

‘Black Lightning’ Finds Lead: Cress Williams Is Jefferson In CW Pilot | Deadline

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Williams co-starred on the CW/WBTV small-town drama series Hart of Dixie for its entire four-season run. He also recently recurred on the CBS medical drama Code Black. Williams is repped by APA and manager Sinclair Jones.

I like him as an actor so it will be cool to see him in a lead role.

-Ray

Warner Bros. Plotting 'Nightwing' Movie With 'Lego Batman Movie' Director (Exclusive) | Hollywood Reporter

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The Nightwing project joins Warner Bros.' growing DC Extended Universe as the studio focuses on mining some of DC's most beloved characters for new films

I'll just say "yes please." I would love to see Nightwing in the DCEU

-Brent

Arrow: Stephen Amell reflects on Oliver's legacy, teases potential tragedy

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There’s always an overarching plan, but it generally has to go season to season. Like, I don’t think we knew at the beginning of the season that at the end of season 2, Oliver would end up in Hong Kong. We don’t necessarily know that stuff, and that’s just the nature of episodic television in 23 episodes a year.

I think we can all assume that they didn't know they were going to Hong Kong. It's pretty clear they had much more of a developed plan for the first two seasons as opposed to 3 and 4. Thankfully things seem back on track currently in season 5.

-Brent

'Batman' Negotiations Break Down With Director Matt Reeves (Exclusive) | Hollywood Reporter

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A studio source confirms that negotiations have broken down. The possibility, however, exists that talks could resume when heads cool.

This is the way Hollywood and business works. It's called "negotiations" for a reason. Also, I'm glad if there is going to be a problem, they figure it out now BEFORE hiring someone.

-Scott

MEL GIBSON Confirms SUICIDE SQUAD Sequel Talks

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"It's kind of a first date," Gibson explained, when asked if he was nearing a deal in his negotiations with Warner Bros. over the film.

We saw these reports yesterday but wanted to wait on some real confirmation. When I first looked at this, the YouTube video where the interview supposedly took place was there (link in the above quote.) When I went back to it to actually watch the interview the video had been taken down.

That tells me he probably was not supposed to say anything yet.

-Brent

Coming Soon: DC COMICS Commercials In Movie Theaters

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DC Entertainment is once again partnering with a movie theater advertising company to promote its comic books and partner comic shops. The publisher resumed its agreement with National CineMedia (whom it worked with during "New 52") to come up with :15 and :30 second "Rebirth" commercials that comic shops can have their contact info added into.

I have long thought comic books should be advertised with the comic movies. Makes total sense to me. Newsarama told me on twitter they got this info directly from DC.

-Brent

Why Matt Reeves Is The Perfect Choice To Take Over Batman Franchise

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And that's the crucial component -- full control and creative freedom to realize his full artistic vision. That means letting the director make firm decisions about what they want from the story and script, letting them build it and bring it to life, and letting them make the final editing choices about what gets released into theaters.

Whomever ends up directing The Batman needs to have this authority, be that Matt Reeves or someone else.

-Brent