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Entitled “Gotham is Mine”, this new trailer gives you a hot look at all the criminally insane weirdos that Batman is going to punch into submission. It features such stalwarts as:

  • Clown Girl
  • The Inquirer
  • The Half Man
  • Mr. Burlap
  • Pantsless Plant
  • Robo-Bat
  • The Kingpin

This also carries the coveted Peggy Eighteen rating, meaning the recent news about it being rated M by the ESRB will also be the case overseas — strange, as plenty of games rated M here simply get a Peggy Sixteen across the pond. This leads me to believe there’s more gnarly shit in Arkham Knight than we’re being led to believe.

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DC is planning on pulling the plug on  several of their comics this coming March. While some of them are not surprising at all (Batman Eternal was always set to wrap up with issue 52, and Charles Soule moving over to Marvel means the end of Swamp Thing), others are a bit more sudden. For example, Arkham Manor will only run up to six issues total, though this is likely due to Gerry Duggan signing an exclusivity contract with Marvel.

Currently, these comics will be ending in March: Aquaman and the Others, Arkham Manor, Batman Eternal, Batwoman, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Infinity Man and the Forever People, Injustice: Gods Among Us – Year Three, Klarion, Red Lanterns, Secret Origins, Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie, Swamp Thing, Trinity of Sin, and World’s Finest.

 

Alternate news title: Wait, Did They Seriously Cast Tom Hardy as Another DC Villain?

Alternate news title: Wait, Did They Seriously Cast Tom Hardy as Another DC Villain?

Rumors and speculation always swirl around comic book movie casting, especially anything dealing with Batman. There’s not a single film that goes by, it seems, without some incredibly  absurd casting rumors on who will play the lead villains. Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor? Haha, c’mon, what?

Well, this time it looks like those rumors were mostly right. Your lead cast for Suicide Squad is as follows: Margot Robbie will be playing Harley Quinn, with Will Smith as Deadshot, Tom Hardy as Rick Flag, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, and Jared Leto as The Joker.

The confirmed cast comes courtesy of Variety, so if all of this doesn’t check out, you have those morons to blame. According to the same report, an actress for Amanda Waller is still being sought out, with a shortlist including Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and – the studio’s first choice – Oprah Winfrey.

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I keep forgetting CW’s The Flash is a thing. Partly because my regard for television adaptions of DC  properties is pretty much nonexistent, and partly because I care even less about The Flash as a character. Thankfully for CW, their target audience not only cares, but are high in number.

The network pulled in 6.42 million viewers during The Flash‘s premier, even despite the pilot episode leaking online several months ago. Pretty impressive, but time will tell if CW is able to maintain those numbers.  At the very least, it looks more competent than Arrow, and apparently enough people regularly tune into that dreck to keep the series afloat.

 

This image contains all the character depth Victor Zsasz has. A rich exciting conclusion to the world of Gotham, Mondays at 8 on FOX!

This image contains all the character depth Victor Zsasz has. A rich exciting inclusion to the world of Gotham, Mondays at 8 on FOX!

In an interview with IGN, Executive Producer of Gotham, Danny Cannon (director of Judge Dredd (1995)), revealed three characters that will soon be appearing in the series: Victor Zsasz, Leslie Thompkins, and Thomas Elliot. Long time Batman fans will easily recognize these characters, but for those who are casually watching the series, they might be a bit obscure.

For those not in the know, Dr.Leslie Thompkins is essentially a surrogate mother to Bruce Wayne in the same way Alfred is a stand-in father figure. Thomas Elliot is a childhood friend of Bruce’s who murders his own parents and one day becomes Hush, a terrible villain who has been the focal point of more bad stories than good.

Meanwhile, there’s Zsasz, who has always been a total b-lister, and will join Renee Montoya, The Riddler, and Harvey Dent as a character who is cast as being much older than they should be for the time period in which Gotham takes place. It’s almost as if Danny Cannon is just throwing characters at the screen and hoping, desperately, something will stick.

 

therockDespite previously insinuating that he would be playing the titular role in Shazam, Rocky Maivia tweeted this today:

So… I guess that settles it. Strap yourself in for a mediocre superhero movie with the villain being the high point, yet again.

therockOkay, it’s not officially announced, but The Great One himself sure seems to want people to know about it. The Rock has been known to be in some DC movie in the nebulous future, but his exact role has been a subject of speculation. For the most part, Green Lantern seemed to be the prevailing theory, as David Goyer has expressed interest in a rebooted Green Lantern after the Ryan Reynolds fiasco. However, judging by hints dropped by The Rock in a recent interview with Total Film, the Brahma Bull will be portraying Captain Marvel, now renamed Shazam because DC is stupid.

“I will say this, uh, there’s a character out there that we’re going to announce pretty soon, that I, [laughs], am going to play. And, um… I’ll just say this… He has the power of Superman. And it’s not Green Lantern, by the way, it’s not, and believe me, John Stewart, he’s a character I wanted to play, but there was already a version of Green Lantern, and so now we’ve gone in a different direction. But this character has the power of Superman, he can throw down… Just say the word. That’s all I’m gonna say.”

batman66That’s right, you can now pre-buy this stupidly expensive garbage! Amazon lists the MSRP at $269.97, and it’s currently 30% off, for $188.98.

Of note, oftentimes when big sets like these first appear the discount is larger than it will be later, so if you have any desire to get this, you can put in the preorder now and worry about paying for it later.  The Twin Peaks Blu-Ray discount was also 30% when it was first available, but since has gone down to a measly 10% discount.

batgirlThe stink of Gail Simone will soon be lifting from Batgirl, making it an enjoyable series for the first time in over 3 years. Taking the reigns as co-writer, cover artist, and providing layouts, is Cameron Stewart (artist for Catwoman, Seven Soldiers of Victory, and writer/artist of Sin Titulo), with co-writer Brenden Fletcher (Some Assassin’s Creed comics that are apparently pretty good). They’re joined by newcomer artist Babs Tarr, who, along with Stewart, provided a new, far superior design for Batgirl, seen above.

The series will now have a lighter tone as well, a welcome change from the grimdark attempts at edginess Simone infused her run with. This new direction begins with issue #35, out in October.