Harley Quinn Movie Reportedly in Development

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on May 19, 2016.

Even though Suicide Squad won’t be out for a few more months, DC has enough faith in Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn that they are already considering making a spin-off movie about her.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robbie will be both staring and producing the untitled Harley Quinn movie, but it will not just be a solo film for the character. THR mentioned that the project will also help introduce several other female heroes and villains into the DC movie universe. So far only Batgirl and the Birds of Prey have been thrown around as possibilities but nothing official has been confirmed yet.

Robbie was also reportedly the one who pitched the movie to Warner Bros after she landed her role in Suicide Squad. It’s said that she researched Harley Quinn’s history, “fell for DC’s female characters,” and brought on a female writer to help develop the ensemble film. She presented it to Warner Bros, who “snapped it up.” The writer attached to the project has not been named yet, although it sounds like she is already working on a draft for the movie.

It’s currently unknown if Jared Leto’s Joker will be appearing in the movie in some degree or if Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress or Karen Fukuhara’s Katana will be among the female DC characters that are planned to be featured in the movie.

So far the film does not have a set release date, and has not been officially added to Warner Bros slate of DC films yet.

Suicide Squad directed by David Ayeris scheduled for release on August 5, 2016 and will star Will Smith as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Delevingne as Enchantress, Fukuhara as Katana, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Jay Hernandez as El DIablo, Adam Beach as Slipknot, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Leto as The Joker.

Source- The Hollywood Reporter

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The Flash Movie Loses Its Director

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on May 2, 2016.

Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) will no longer be making his directorial debut with Warner Bros feature film adaptation of The Flash, starring Ezra Miller, due to “creative differences.”

Warner Bros will retain the script that Grahame-Smith has penned for the movie, which is based on a treatment written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street).

Ezra Miller debuted as the Flash in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and he’ll be reprising his role as the character in Justice League: Part One which opens on November 17, 2017 and The Flash movie on March 16, 2018.

Source- The Hollywood Reporter

Krypton Series Set For Pilot Order

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 27, 2016.

With the success of comic book based shows on networks like Fox, AMC, The CW, and a few others, it appears that the SyFy channel is now looking to get into the superhero business as well.

According to THR, SyFy is looking into possibly ordering a pilot for a show called Krypton which would be based on David S. Goyer’s (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel, Constantine) take on Superman’s origin story.

The narrative for Krypton would be constructed around the House of El when they were ostracized from Kryptonian society. Seyg-El, the grandfather of both Superman and Supergirl, would most likely serve as the primary protagonist, and would follow his attempts to bring equality to Krypton while dealing with an unknown enemy.

DC and Warner Bros previously tackled Superman’s early days in their hit series Smallville, but this show sounds as though it will be focusing on Clark’s biological family instead before he was probably even conceived.

The show will be executive produced by Damian Kindler (Stargate SG-1) and directed by Colm McCarthy (Sherlock). No actors have been attached yet, but if the series gets officially picked up than that shouldn’t be too far behind.

Source- The Hollywood Reporter

Green Lantern Corps Rumored to Feature Three Human Lanterns

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 25, 2016.

Even though the Green Lanterns did not make an appearance in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros is still currently working on introducing the ring wielding heroes into their DC Cinematic Universe with the upcoming Green Lantern Corps film. Since there are quite a good number of Green Lantern members just from Earth, we weren’t sure which GL’s the movie would be focusing on but now thanks to some rumors we may have now an idea of who will be appearing in the movie.

According to Latino Review, the upcoming Green Lantern Corps movie will feature Hal Jordan, John Stewart, and Kyle Rayner. It’s unknown if Alan Scott, Guy Gardner, or Simon Baz, the other Green Lantern’s from Earth, will also be featured or at least make an appearance in this film or any other DC movies in the near future.

At the moment, Warner Bros has yet to comment on this rumor nor has any news about who could possibly play these three characters surfaced yet. There has been some speculation for the past year that Tyrese Gibson may be a contender for Stewart but nothing has been confirmed yet. The studio is apparently looking for an actor in the age range of about 45 to play Jordan while Stewart and Rayner will be younger. This could be a way to set up the franchise for a possible “passing of the torch” scenario down the road if the film is good enough to warrant a sequel or two.

Green Lantern Corps is currently scheduled for sometime in 2020 and are expected to make their first appearance in Justice League Part Two in 2019.

Source- Latino-Review

Batman: The Killing Joke Will be Rated R

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 18, 2016.

The upcoming animated film Batman: The Killing Joke has officially received an R-rating, making it the first DC Universe Original Movie to receive a mature rating. It is also the second DC film to receive this rating overall since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be getting an R-rated version on home video release.

“From the start of production, we encouraged producer Bruce Timm and our team at Warner Bros. Animation to remain faithful to the original story — regardless of the eventual MPAA rating,” Warners exec Sam Register said in a statement. “The Killing Joke is revered by the fans, particularly for its blunt, often-shocking adult themes and situations. We felt it was our responsibility to present our core audience — the comics-loving community — with an animated film that authentically represented the tale they know all too well.”

Based on the famous comic of the same name by Alan Moore and Brian BollandBatman: The Killing Joke will feature the voices of Kevin Conroy as Batman, Mark Hamill as The Joker, Tara Strong as Batgirl, and Ray Wise as Commissioner James Gordon.

Batman: The Killing Joke will premiere at Comic-Con International in San Diego this July, with a Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD release scheduled for later in the year.

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Source- Entertainment Weekly

Suicide Squad Reportedly Undergoing Reshoots to Add in More Humor

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 5, 2016.

One of the most common complaints from critics of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is that the film is incredibly dark and lacks humor. Whether or not if you agree with those opinions from the critics, it sounds like Warner Bros may be trying to remedy that complaint by making their next DC film Suicide Squad, a little bit more light-hearted.

According to birthmoviesdeath.com, Warner Bros is supposedly spending “tens of millions of dollars” to reshoot the movie in order to add in some more comedic elements to film. The site quotes their source as stating that although the trailer for the film contained quite a bit of humor, “every joke in the movie is in that trailer.” The reshoots are reportedly being shot now to increase the comedic tone and to lighten up the interactions between the characters to make them more appealing to audiences.

Despite the reshoots, Suicide Squad directed by David Ayeris still scheduled for release on August 5, 2016 and will star Will Smith as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Jay Hernandez as El DIablo, Adam Beach as Slipknot, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Jared Leto as The Joker.Ben Affleck’s Batman will also be making a brief cameo appearance in the movie.

Source- birthmoviesdeath.com

Ben Affleck Has Written His Own Batman Script

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 2, 2016.

Even though the general reception for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been incredibly mixed, most people seem to agree that they at least like Ben Affleck’s portrayal of the Caped Crusader. Now that his version of the character has been established on the big screen, fans should be happy to hear that Affleck has finished working on the first draft for his very own standalone Batman movie.

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Patrick Whitesell the co-CEO of WME-IMG and Affleck’s longtime agent, said that Affleck is “contracted to do at least ‘Justice League One’ and ‘Two,’ so at least three times wearing the cape.” He also added that “there’s a script that he’s written that is a really cool [Batman] idea, so that’s out there as an option.”

Affleck was first linked to a standalone Batman movie as the star, director, and a co-writer along with Geoff Johns last summer, and these remarks from Whitesell indicate that the project has at least progressed since then. In another recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Affleck said that the movie is “in development” but he’s currently focused on finishing his adaptation of the Dennis Lehane thriller Live By Night.

“I tend to be a one-movie-at-a-time guy,” said Affleck. “So, when I’m finished with this movie, I’ll then focus on my next movie and figure out what that will be.”

In addition to the two Justice League movies, Affleck’s Batman will also be making a brief cameo appearance in Suicide Squad which is scheduled for release on August 5, 2016.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently playing in theaters.

Source- The Hollywood Reporter

Deathstroke’s New DC Universe: Rebirth Look Revealed

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 1, 2016.

Over the weekend, DC Comics announced which titles, characters, authors, and artists would be a part of their new Rebirth launch. One of those newly announced titles was an ongoing Deathstroke series.

Earlier this week, DC Comics artist Aco, one of the members on the Deathstroke art team, shared some of his designs on Facebook for Deathstroke’s new look, the new design for his daughter Ravager, and the rejected and final cover art for Deathstroke #1.

Deathstroke #1 is written by Christopher Priest, with art by Carlo Pagualayan, Igor Vitorino, and Felipe Watanabe. Deathstroke #1 will hits shelves this fall and will ship twice monthly.

The complete Deathstroke album can been seen below and on Aco’s Facebook.

Lobo Movie Back in The Works

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on March 19, 2016.

It appears that Warner Bros is adding another project to their constantly growing list of DC movies.

TheWrap reports Jason Fuchs, the screenwriter of the upcoming Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot, has been tasked with writing a new script from scratch about DC’s Main Man Lobo.

Warner Bros began developing a Lobo movie back in 2009, with Guy Ritchie originally attached to direct but updates on the film have gone dark over the years until today. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was in talks to play the intergalactic bounty hunter at one point, although he eventually moved from the project to play Black Adam in a planned Shazam movie. Danny Trejo recently tweeted his interest in playing Lobo, although there were no confirmed reports that Warner Bros ever approached him to play the character.

In the DC Universe, Lobo started off as a villain but soon became a fan-favorite antihero/bounty hunter whose hulking, massive biker look, ultraviolent tendencies, and colorful catchphrases became his signature calling cards. In the New 52’s version of Lobo, the hulking biker had been replaced by a toned down version of the character who has not been as well received as his pervious iteration by the fans.

It’s possible that the decision to move forward with this project again could have been influenced by the success of Deadpool if the studio plans to make the Lobo movie R as well. At the moment it is unknown when the set release date for the movie would be, who would play Lobo, which version of Lobo would be used, or if this movie will actually get made or fall back into development hell once again.

Source- The Wrap

Suicide Squad Sequel Reportedly Already in The Works

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on March 7, 2016.

According to a report that was buried at the bottom of a story on TheWrap, Warner Bros is already working on a plan for a possible Suicide Squad sequel.

The site reports that the upcoming police thriller Bright, staring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, will be directed by David Ayer who along with Smith, are going to slip this movie into their schedules before a planned 2017 shoot for a sequel to DC’s supervillain film Suicide Squad.

Not much else is known about Bright aside that the script is from Max Landis, who is currently writing DC’s Superman: American Alien miniseries.

Warner Bros has yet to issue an official announcement about Suicide Squad 2, and likely won’t until we’re either much closer to the first film’s release date or after the earnings for its opening weekend are revealed.

Suicide Squad is scheduled for release on August 5, 2016 and stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Jay Hernandez as El DIablo, Adam Beach as Slipknot, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Jared Leto as The Joker. Since some of these characters will be dying in the movie, don’t expect to see all of them appear in the next movie if there is one.

Source- TheWrap