So just this past week it was announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller, of 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie fame (though I’ll always love them for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) were to be involved with The Flash movie. Now one thing about these 2 guys is that they are very funny, taking concepts that may not seem very desirable but making them hilarious and successful. And one thing that can not be said about the DC Cinematic Universe, is that it is very funny. OK we’ve only had one movie so far, but that movie was Man of Steel, a Superman movie, Superman who is a beacon of light for so many, and made it kind of dark, even made Superman kill (FYI, I wasn’t actually that affected by the death scene, but the internet was outraged). So how will their style of film fit into this.
If there is a character in the Justice League who is more upbeat than Superman, then it is The Flash. Here is a guy, who in one of the most beautiful moments in the Justice League animated series, stops Batman and Orion from beating on The Trickster and instead make sure he takes his meds and promises to go and see him in the hospital.
So when the plans for a Justice League film were announced, my first thought is how will Flash fit in to this Man of Steelverse. But getting Phil Lord and Chris Miller might save it from being too gritty and dark. And if DC is allowing Flash to go in that direction, there’s hope for other films, Shazam in particular, which require a lighter feel. I’m just glad that not every DC movie will feel the same, part of what makes Marvel work is that individual films feel like different genres as opposed to just being superhero movies.
Also I know if these 2 are writing the script, they have to make some sort of reference to the CW show, whether it’s included or not is a different story.
So it’s been a while.
But anyways, news broke while I was sleeping that Stephen Amell, beloved star of Arrow, has announced that he will be playing Casey Jones in the sequel to this year’s Ninja Turtles, which is set for release in 2016. Now I’ll be honest, I liked the Ninja Turtles movie, it was after a long day at work and I just smiled the whole way through, but obviously many people didn’t, so this casting is sure to throw a spanner in the works on their plans of not watching the sequel as Amell is a beloved star.
In other DC related casting news, Rory will once again be time travelling, not with the Doctor though, this time by himself, as he will be playing Rip Hunter in the upcoming Arrow/Flash spin off series which marks DC’s attempt to create a TV version of the Justice League. Chalk that another Doctor Who alumni for DC, a show which along with Prison Break and Spartacus, seems to be a breeding ground for superhero action at the moment.
And the most exciting news, Hawkgirl will also be in this spinoff. Now I didn’t know much about Hawkgirl growing up, then last summer I started watching the Justice League/Justice League Unlimited and it’s like “I get why everyone else is in this group, but why Hawkgirl.” But it soon became very clear why she was there as she became one of the most important members of the team and was the catalyst behind some of their biggest storylines. She will be played Ciara Renee, who hasn’t been in Doctor Who, Spartacus or Prison Break, but, I’m sure she’s good.
As DC prepares to take on Marvel with their own cinematic universe, one avenue they have been beating Marvel in for a while in is animation. And now they have established their own animated universe. Part of me wishes they would just use Bruce Timm’s universe for that, but we’re getting a new Bruce Timm film this year, so that will have to do.
I’ll admit, when I heard rumours of Will Smith and Tom Hardy, I didn’t fully believe it. But now it’s official, Suicide Squad has its squadrons
Will Smith is Deadshot
Tom Hardy is Rick Flagg
Margot Robbie will finally be bringing Harley Quinn to the big screen
Jai Courtney continues the tradition of Spartacus stars in DC properties
Cara Delevinge is Enchantress
and Jared Leto is The Joker himself
That is real all star cast man, DC going all in for this film.
Lego continue to show their expertise at making fun things with the new trailer for, wait for it, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League Vs. Bizarro League.
If everyone’s names get a “-zarro” version, does Cyborg Cyzarro, or Cesaro.
In a move that probably isn’t tied to the hype around Civil War talk but it’s fun to speculate anyway, today we got the announcement of Warner Bros’ superhero films leading up to 2020.
Batman v Superman
Justice League 2
I like DC’s diversity, we have Jason Momoa playing Aquaman along with Ray Fisher playing Cyborg and of course The Rock playing Black Adam. And we still don’t know what Green Lantern we’re getting, it could possibly be John Stewart. And finally a female superhero film (excluding Elektra). Hopefully this gives Marvel the incentive to finally give us Black Panther and Ms. Marvel movies.
It’s also been announced that Ezra Miller will play the Flash, breaking the hearts of CW fans everywhere. I know we’ve been told there would be no crossover, but the lack of Green Arrow casting still gave me hope.
There was a rumour going around for the Suicide Squad lineup the other day that didn’t feature Harley Quinn which is shocking to me, surely she’s going to be included, she needs to be on the big screen.
There will also be standalone Superman and Batman films.
Am I the only one waiting for the Comic Con panel that will show the whole cast similar to that epic Avengers one.
New clip from DC’s Throne of Atlantis is 1 minute into the video and shows Aquaman being a badass in a bar fight. Also features some more DC Comic Con footage.