Zack Snyder Steps Down From 'Justice League' to Deal With Family Tragedy | Hollywood Reporter

Snyder tells The Hollywood Reporter he is stepping away from Justice League, Warner Bros.’ all-star DC Comics superhero mega-movie that is in post-production, in order to deal with the sudden death of his daughter. Snyder's wife, Deborah Snyder, who is a producer on Justice League, also is taking a break to focus on the healing of their family.

Stepping in to shepherd the movie through post and the shooting of some additional scenes will be Joss Whedon, the Avengers filmmaker and creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With Whedon's help, the movie is still on track for its Nov. 17 release date.

Honestly we don't have the words other than to say we wish the bet for the Snyders in working through their grief. 

-Brent

‘Black Lightning’ & ‘Life Sentence’ w/ Lucy Hale Picked Up By The CW | Deadline

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The CW has picked up DC drama Black Lightning, from producer Greg Berlanti, and the Bill Lawrence-produced dramedy _Life Sentenc_e, starring Pretty Little Liars‘ Lucy Hale, to series. That brings the number of newly ordered CW series to four, including Dynasty and Valor — two each from sister studios CBS TV Studios (Dynasty, Valor) and Warner Bros. TV (Black Lightning, Life Sentence).

I'm thrilled with this. Sounds like it'll be a mid season show the way Legends was for its first season. Sounds good to me.

-Brent

DCTV Squadcast Giveaway

Recently I went to PlanetComiCon 2017 which you can hear about on Episode 029. While there I was able to get a couple signed prints that we want to give away to two listeners. I got one from Michael Rowe, who played Deadshot on Arrow, and one from David Dasmalchian who played Abra Kadabra on The Flash.

To enter you must do three things.

  1. Share an episode of DCTV Squadcast on the social media platform of your choice.
  2. Rate/Star/Review/ or whatever is appropriate for the podcast service of your choice. That means review in iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, etc. If you use an app that doesn't have reviews, such as Overcast, but has other methods, then that's find. Overcast for example you star it which is "recommending" it.
  3. E-mail us screenshots of your social media post AND your review to DCTVSquadcast@gmail.com.

Only 1 entry per listener. We will have a drawing on the episode that we record Sunday May 21st (and will probably release May 22nd).

-Brent

DC Digital Service To Launch With ‘Titans’ & ‘Young Justice: Outsiders’ | Deadline

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>the live-action Titans, from the king of the CW DC universe Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV, and the anticipated revival of cult animated series Young Justice, from Warner Bros Animation. It will be titled Young Justice: Outsiders.

Personally I think this sounds amazing and can't wait for both Titans and Young Justice. - Brent

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