I am not really a huge fan of DC to be honest. I used to be many years ago, even sporting a very faded Bat symbol tattoo on my shoulder that is nearly 30 years old now. But in fairness seeing as I do cover other thing comic related I would be amiss to not include DC.
So in this first update I will look at the movies and tv news from DC.
Idris Elba Replaces Will Smith in Suicide Squad 2
It was announced very recently that Will Smith would not be returning to Suicide Squad 2 to reprise his role as deadly assassin Deadshot in the upcoming James Gunn sequel. Smith reportedly is not happy with the role and is to be replaced by British actor Idris Elba.
Elba is no stranger to superhero movies, having played the character of Heimdel in four Marvel movies, and has in the past been very vocal about his time with Marvel, so jumping ship to rivals DC seems like a pretty natural thing to do. Elba is also highly rumored to be the front runner to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond, after Craig’s final turn as the character, though this is yet to be confirmed.
Filming on Suicide Squad 2 starts this summer.
CW Cuts the Strings on Arrows Bow!
While Marvel may dominate when it comes to the big screen (their three movies in 2018 made nearly two billion at the box office), they have yet to replicate that success on the small screen. Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist have all been more or less well received, and other shows based on Marvel properties such as Legion, Runaways and Gifted have all been very close to the comics styling and characters, but none have been able to capture the success that DC has with its live action television shows.
The news was broken yesterday by Arrow lead Stephen Amell that the CW’s show Arrow would end after its eighth season! Amell let his millions of followers on Twitter know the news stating ‘You can’t play a vigilante forever!’ The show will return this year for a final ten episodes, and as of yet all of the other ‘Arrowverse’ shows such as The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and the latest show Batgirl are not affected!
Amell has played lead Oliver Queen since 2012 and the show has gained legions of fans around the world, and lead to the creation of the Arrowverse spawning shows featuring other superheroes in the DC Universe, but more importantly these characters would cross over with each other and some of the best story arcs from DC Comics have appeared on screen.
American Gods to Green Lantern.
While the movie with Ryan Reynolds may have been one of the biggest flops in superhero history, the character of Green Lantern is a vital member of the Justice League and one of DC’s most loved characters. There is a very brief glimpse of Green Lantern in action in the Justice League movie, but other than that little else.
British actor Ricky Whittle who is perhaps best known for his role as former conman Shadow Moon on the hit series American Gods has recently announced that he has been in talks with executives about playing the part of John Stewart one of Earths best Green Lanterns in the rumored Green Lantern Corps movie.
The actor is hoping that a drive on social media will help sway executives towards choosing him.
Whittle has the potential to pull off the look, but has he got the skill to convince audiences that he is the Emerald hero? Let us know in the comments below.
Doom Patrols Robot Man Brendan Fraser talks about not being Superman
He was one of the biggest stars of a generation and his movies made millions. From California Man to The Mummy, Brendan Fraser was a huge star for many years, till sadly personal health made him an unsafe bet for studios and he all but disappeared from sight. Recently he came back to voice Robot Man in the live action version of Doom Patrol and has been winning back fans all over the world with his excellent performance and is easily one of the best characters in the show. This wasn’t his first run in with a DC property however as he recently revealed in an interview with SyfyWire that he auditioned in 2000 for role of Superman but shoots down the rumors that he had been at one point offered the role of Reed Richards in the Fantastic Four movie
You can read the full article HERE
Batman the Octogenarian
March 30th this year sees a landmark in comic book history the worlds greatest detective turns eighty years old! To celebrate DC have a whole host of events, comics and more from March, including some crazy stunts such as releasing 1.5 million bats over Austin, Texas! The events will also feature tie ins with companies such as Lego, Funko and more and the release of new animation, comic books (including the release of the thousandth issue of Detective Comics), graphic novels and much more.
Finally the Bat-Shenanigans will finish on September 21st which is of course Batman Day!