Sunday, July 27, 2014

New Extended Trailer Confirms ARROW's Season 3 Big Bad; Wildcat Set To Appear

DC Entertainment held its big panel for its 2014 television shows last night at Comic-Con, and we got a couple of awesome Arrow tidbits. First up, Season 3 of the hit CW series will feature Ted Grant, aka Wildcat. The character will interact with Laurel. Of course, Grant is known for training Lance in the comics to become the Black Canary, and it is expected that this season will see Laurel come much closer to officially adopting the persona. Arrow marks the character's second live action appearance after a brief debut on Smallville, and Grant is yet another Justice League member to be introduced in the universe this season.

And now, we have an even bigger reveal. Last night's panel also aired an extended trailer for Season 3, with a few extra seconds confirming the big bad this year. And yes, it is none other than Ra's al Ghul, leader of the League of Assassins. This move isn't the biggest surprise to Arrow fans, since the Demon's Head has been referenced multiple times in the past. The series also marks the character's second live action incarnation, following Liam Neeson's brilliant portrayal in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises. Arrow's Ra's al Ghul has yet to be cast, but his wardrobe is heavily teased in the following trailer.

Additionally, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg talks about al Ghul in an interview with TV Guide"We wanted to present Oliver with a new challenge with a villain that would speak to what Oliver was going through emotionally. This season, Oliver is wrestling with, 'Is there a life for me beyond being the Arrow?' What the Season 3 villain comes to Oliver and says is, 'The reason you're not fully successful as the Arrow is because you're holding on to Oliver Queen. I have let go of my identity and embraced my cause and you should do the same.' It's a whole new thing where the enemy actually, in some ways, admires the Arrow and what he's doing. He just thinks that the Arrow is thinking too small." 

With Malcolm Merlyn confirmed to be a series regular this season and al Ghul seeking to kill him, perhaps the Dark Archer will team up with The Arrow? "We've already established that the Season 3 villain has a strong animosity towards Malcolm. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. It's going to be a lot of asking, 'Who hates who more?'" Then there's the question of how Sara and Nyssa's relationship will be affected once the Demon's Head makes his presence felt. Kreisberg says, "Alliances and loyalty are another big theme of the season. There's another war coming and whose side people are going to be on is going to be the thing that drives the season." 

This is certainly exciting news, and stay tuned for more as we have it. Arrow returns to The CW on October 8th.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Highlights From BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Comic-Con Appearance; No Announcements On Future DC Films

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice made a "surprise" appearance at the beginning of Warner Bros.' Comic-Con panel today. Director Zack Snyder came on stage, along with actors Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot. After showing off new concept art, a brief teaser was screened, teasing the showdown between Batman and Superman. Then, we saw new images of Wonder Woman and Batman, which you can check out here. Below is a description of the exciting footage shown courtesy of Coming Soon. (Image via Just Jared.)

"Batman is standing on a Gotham rooftop in the rain. His costume isn't what we've seen already. It's big and bulky, like his armor in The Dark Knight Returns. His eyes light up, solid white. He's moving a tarp, revealing the bat signal. He turns it on and the camera tracks up to the sky. Superman is there, hovering in the light, and he doesn't look happy. His eyes light up with heat vision as he glares at Batman."

Unfortunately, that was it for DC's presence at the panel. After showing footage for Jupiter Ascending and Mad Max: Fury Road, the rest of Warner Bros.' presence was dominated by The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Despite a rumor claiming we will see the announcement of Justice League and many other DC films here, there was not a peep on it. It's possible WB is looking to make such an announcement somewhere else in the near future, but this is surely disappointing to fans. Hopefully, we'll hear an update or two sooner than later.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled to hit theaters May 6th, 2016. A follow-up to Man of Steel, the second installment in the DC Cinematic Universe stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Holly Hunter, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne. Zack Snyder directs from a script by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer.

First Look At Gal Gadot As Wonder Woman In Latest BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Image!

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice just made its presence felt at Warner Bros.' San Diego Comic-Con panel. Highlights on what went down will be up on Watchtower following the panel's conclusion, but in the meantime, we have some amazing new imagery. After being shown at SDCC, the first image of Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman has been released. Needless to say, Diana Prince looks like she was ripped straight out of the comics, not unlike Batman and Superman. We also have a shot of all three heroes, each in their own individual image side-by-side, at the panel in low quality. Stay tuned for much more news as we have it.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled to hit theaters May 6th, 2016. A follow-up to Man of Steel, the second installment in the DC Cinematic Universe stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Holly Hunter, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, and Laurence Fishburne. Zack Snyder directs from a script by David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio.

Comic-Con Trailer For ARROW Season 3 Released; New Promo From THE FLASH

At last night's Comic-Con panel for Arrow, the first footage from the series' highly anticipated third season was shown and then released online. The trailer offers first looks at a number of new elements for this season, including Brandon Routh's Ray Palmer, Peter Stormare's Count Vertigo and the new Hong Kong setting in the flashbacks. The footage also teases concerning injuries inflicted upon one of the show's biggest characters, as well as the return of a famous catchphrase from The Arrow. As a bonus, we have a new Easter egg-filled promo for Arrow's spin-off series, The Flash. Watch the two below and stay tuned for more news as we have it. The Flash premieres on October 7th, while Arrow returns on October 8th.

DC Announces Its Animated Movie Slate For 2015

At last night's Comic-Con panel for the premiere of DC's next animated film, Batman: Assault on Arkham, the company confirmed its lineup for 2015. As previously confirmed, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis will be released early in the year. A sequel to Justice League: War, this film adapts the excellent "Throne of Atlantis" story arc by Geoff Johns.

Next, we have yet another Batman title, Batman vs. Robin. Set to be released Summer 2015, this one features the Court of Owls from Scott Snyder's terrific New 52 run. It's unknown whether or not the movie will be based on the arc, but if anything, expect a loose adaptation. Additionally, it's safe to assume that this will be the other 2015 film set in the War universe. DC previously said that the plan was to release two movies within the same universe and one standalone.

It appears that 2015's standalone feature will be Justice League: Gods and Monsters. This one is an original story written by DCAU mastermind Bruce Timm, who will also direct. The title will be released mid/late 2015, so expect a San Diego Comic-Con premiere around this time next year.

Details on voice casts, etc. for Batman vs. Robin and Justice League: Gods and Monsters are not confirmed yet. However, as always, stay tuned for more news as we have it.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Breaking: BATMAN V SUPERMAN Scribe Chris Terrio Wanted To Write JUSTICE LEAGUE Film

With Warner Bros. expected to announce its plans for future DC films tomorrow, we have a major update on the long-awaited Justice League movie. According to Deadline, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice scribe Chris Terrio is being courted by the studio to return for the next installment in the DC Cinematic Universe, which officially brings DC's biggest heroes together. The writer has been the subject of much praise since his Oscar winning work on Argo, and he is said to have "crushed" the Batman v Superman script. No word on whether or not he will take on Justice League, but don't be surprised if he does.

Justice League will be directed by Man of Steel and Batman v Superman helmer Zack Snyder. Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa will reprise their roles from both movies as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman, respectively. Additionally, Ray Fisher is playing Victor Stone in Dawn of Justice, so don't be surprised if he becomes Cyborg in the next movie. A release date for Justice League hasn't been set yet, but May 5th, 2017 is the current rumor. Expect an announcement on this and much more related to DC on film tomorrow at Warner's San Diego Comic-Con panel.

Guillermo Del Toro Updates On DARK UNIVERSE And Whether Or Not It Will Connect To Other DC Properties

It has been a while since we've heard anything regarding Guillermo del Toro's Justice League Dark adaptation, which is tentatively titled Dark Universe. Due to the slow development and the director's commitments to other projects, fans have had low expectations for the film actually coming together. Now, however, del Toro reaffirms that he is still working on the project.

In an interview with SuperHeroHype, the Pacific Rim director was asked if his movie will be linked to Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Sandman adaptation or any of DC's more mainstream films, such as Justice League. While del Toro was open to the possibility of the latter a while back, he says that that won't be decided unless Dark Universe is a success. "I’m still working on it. Sandman doesn’t figure in the Dark Universe. We have Deadman, we have [Etrigan] the Demon, we have Swamp Thing, we have Zatana, we have Constantine, but DC and Warners have been very clear that they are trying to keep those properties separate so when the time comes they can unite them, once they know they’re quantifiable. Batman, Superman, Green Lantern… everyone eventually will come together. Right now, they’re allowing us independence." So, it sounds like the possibility is there, but won't be pursued right away.

Del Toro is also asked if the film will be linked to NBC's Constantine series. Again, he expressed interest in connecting the two before, but he now says that his movie will not depend on the show for continuity. "No, I had that conversation when the Constantine show was pitched. I said, ‘Do I have to have continuity with that?’ and they said, ‘No, feel free to continue the way you’re going." For more from del Toro, in which he updates on Pacific Rim 2 and other future projects, click the link above. Do you wish to see Dark Universe connected to other DC films and/or TV shows?