DC DELIGHTS #5: ARROW, THE FLASH Writers At The Ready, SPOILERS, Suicide Squad Stuff, And More


Surprisingly, in comparison with last week's DC Delights this week's is a little less intense. As this week's DC Delights is smaller and more bite sized. Anyway, this week we're talking Arrow & The Flash writers ready themselves for their next seasons, Gotham season 2 gets season regular, and a bunch of other TV news. On the movie side, we have more Suicide Squad stuff, mainly BTS photos, Momoa gives director a thumbs up, updates on the cancelled George Miller's Justice League, and much much more! Then some potential spoilers at the end, hint hint that is your first warning!

SO let us dive right in!

TV NEWS


The writers of both Arrow and The Flash have begun to map out the fourth and second seasons respectively. For The Flash writers they will be tackling how to introduce more speedsters and more villains, on the other hand Arrow writers will be meddling with the fourth season villain, Damian Darhk, and many other story arcs and more!




Nicholas D'Agosto made his debut fairly early on in Gotham's first season last year - popping up in episodes 9 and 10 as a key element in the mid-season finale. Sadly the actor, who plays the duplicitous 'Harvey Dent' on the show, only returned for a single episode in the second half of the season. Fans of the character will therefore no doubt be happy to learn that D'Agosto has been bumped up to regular status for next season, per the actor's Twitter account:



Punisher: War Zone and Green Street Hooligans director Lexi Alexander was talking to fans on Twitter in a quick Q&A, and she made a surprising reveal when one of them asked if Marvel have been in touch to ask her to direct one of their shows on online streaming service Netflix. "They have not. But I’m excited to direct Arrow in August. ;-)" 


Victor Garber, who plays the Dr. Martin Stein half of Firestorm, revealed that his other half, Robbie Amell, will appear in the season two premiere of The CW's "The Flash," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Robbie and I will be joined on the first episode of the (next) season of 'The Flash,' and then we'll see what happens," Garber told THR.


Garber is also slated to appear as a series regular in the "Flash"/"Arrow" spinoff, "Legends of Tomorrow," alongside Caity Lotz, Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell and Brandon Routh. Yet there have been no reports that say Amell will join him in the show, leaving Firstorm's status -- at least the Ronnie Raymond half -- in question. THR says Amell is "expected to make an appearance," but not as a series regular.

Garber also teased that The CW had larger plans for the spinoff beyond its initial 15-episode season, saying, "They [CW] aren't going to introduce a limited series. This isn't HBO. They want the Full Monty."

"The Flash" & Arrow returns to The CW and Gotham airs on Fox this fall, with "Legends of Tomorrow" slated to debut in early 2016.
Movie News


Jason Momoa is super stoked to be working with James Wan on Aquaman. Sure grossing $1.4 billion USD and counting on Fast & Furious 7 certainly helped Wan raise his profile and officially land the directing gig after being rumored for months. Wan will also work with Kurt Johnstad (300, Act of Valor) on developing the script.  Reports state that though Wan signed on to helm both Robotech and Aquaman at the same time, Wan will tackle Aquaman first after completing work on The Conjuring 2: The Endfield Experiment .  Wan should complete his work on The Conjuring 2 by Spring 2016, giving him plenty of time to tackle Aquaman for its July 27, 2018 release date.

A photo posted by Jason Momoa (@prideofgypsies) on


Following on from the announcement that a documentary about George Miller's cancelled Justice League: Mortal was in the works, we continue to get some very interesting "what if" pre-production teases. The latest comes from storyboard artist Steve Skroce, who posted the following samples of his work to his Facebook page.

In the script, Maxwell Lord (Jay Baruchel) takes control of Superman's (D.J. Cotrona) mind and forces him to engage his team-mates in combat. This battle with Wonder Woman (Megan Gale) would have happened towards the end of the film, just before Batman (Armie Hammer) snaps Lord's neck! In the comics it's actually Wonder Woman who is forced to commit the murder... but there you go.



Here's what Skroce had to say about the artwork.

"I'm seeing a lot of art from the cancelled George Miller Justice League film so here's a few boards that I did for the film. It was incredibly fun drawing the DC comics characters which I hadn't had the opportunity to do until then. It's Wonder Woman versus Superman ( they have their reasons, mind control!)"


When E! News caught up with Scott Eastwood yesterday at the Maui Film Festival, the actor had talked a bit about the highly-anticipated Suicide Squad. Although he didn't address his mystery role in the DC Comics adaptation, Eastwood did discuss doing his own stunts, director David Ayer's vision, as well as Jared Leto's portrayal of the Joker. "David Ayer is doing something the world will be really surprised about," said Eastwood of his director. "We're a lot of our own stunts... really physical, and David is a very physical filmmaker. He wants everyone doing their own stuff, and he doesn't hire guys who are not willing to do that." About sustaining some bumps and bruises from doing his stunts, Scott Eastwood said, "I think active guys are always living with injuries. You're always dealing with an injury. That's part of it. It's like sports. There's always something."

Scott Eastwood was then asked what was it like to meet Jared Leto as the Joker for the time. "I think I was sort of afraid to approach him because I didn't want to mess with his thing going on," he said of his Oscar-winning Suicide Squad co-star. "But I knew him before. I met him before he was The Joker. I just met him as Jared Leto. So I didn't know if I wanted to mess up his thing."


Even though the director for Suicide Squad, David Ayer, has stated that they are done working outside and now are going indoors for now, there are still set photos being released online. The guys over at ComicBookMovie.com got their hands on 25+ exclusive set photos from DC and David Ayer's upcoming Suicide Squad. They have several shots of Katana with Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot and more!

ComicBookMovie.com Suicide Squad Set Photos
Before she and the Joker (Jared Leto) go riding through Gotham with Batman hot on their trail, Harley Quinn or Harleen Quinzel (Margot Robbie) will be in pursuit of the Clown Prince of Chaos leading up to some sort of domestic dispute as revealed in previous Suicide Squad set photos. Now it appears that filming last night had involved scenes that will seemingly take place in between that chase and the dispute, with the latest set photos and footage (via Margot Source and Instagram) showing Robbie performing a stunt on a Harley(?) motorcycle to bring the "Jokermobile" to a halt.

Check out the Suicide Squad set photos and quick footage below, as well as some great great shots of Ben Affleck's Caped Crusader (double) behind the wheel of his Batmobile.





With cameras surrounding the action packed scene Batman actor Ben Affleck’s stunt double leapt atop the moving vehicle and endeavoured to tear a hole in the roof.
Meanwhile, The Joker – a stunt double stand-in for Jared Leto – laughed maniacally while driving at speed through the empty city street.
Onlookers were also treated to another glimpse of the Batmobile, with the car cruising close by shortly after the action packed scene concluded.






While Suicide Squad director David Ayer has declared that exterior principal photography has been completed, new photos have surfaced with the cast and crew in between takes in Toronto. In addition to a first look at actress Cara Delevingne, who's playing June Moone/the Enchantress, we also have yet another look at Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Jay Hernandez (EL Diablo), and Karen Fukuhara (Katana) all sporting some bruises in full costume after shooting a subway station scene.







Lastly here are some random BTS photos I have found online.








Directed by David Ayer from his script, Suicide Squad stars Will Smith (Deadshot), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Jared Leto (the Joker), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jai Courtney (Boomerang),
Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), Jessie Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc), with Raymond Olubawale (King Shark), Jay Hernandez, Ike Barinholtz, Jim Parrack, Adam Beach, and Scott Eastwood. The film releases on August 5, 2016!


There have already been a couple of live-action Swamp Thing movies, but although they're campy fun, they are most definitely not a good representation of the the layered, interesting DC character. There's been talk of Swamp Thing appearing in Guillermo del Toro's Dark Universe movie (don't hold your breath for that one), but short of that or another current DCCU outing it seems the best chance we had for decent take on the Earth Elemental came and went with the aborted 2010 project, which would have been produced by Joel Silver and written by Vincenzo Natali.

The latter has now posted the first four pages of his screenplay, and the direction the movie was going should be obvious to fans of Alan Moore's acclaimed run.



It's pretty much unheard of (unless you count Dame Judi Dench's M returning for the Daniel Craig era Bond flicks) for an actor to reprise a role once the movie they originally appeared in has been rebooted, but that doesn't stop fans wishing it would happen from time to time. Sure it'd mean continuity/canon issues - but who wouldn't like to see J.K. Simmons back as J.J. Jameson in Marvel's new Spider-Man movie for example? The same could be said for Mark Strong's Sinestro, who was praised as one of the only positive aspects of Warner Bros.' first Green Lantern attempt.

In an interview with MTV, Strong says he was proud of what he achieved with the performance, but doesn't think there's be a place for him in the DCCU as that character.



Despite being a huge comic book fan, Kevin Smith has never helmed a superhero flick, and while speaking to KPCC host John Horn at the Produced By conference in LA he admits that he's not likely to ever get the opportunity to. But, he says if he did he'd like to make a movie based on The Question.

Smith's idea would put a "noir-ish thriller" spin on the DC comics vigilante who uses a special substance to erase his features and a binary gas to recolour his cloths and hair. "I always thought if you were in an alley and f—ing Batman showed up you'd be like, 'Oh f—, Batman.' But if a dude shows up with no features and starts punching you, you would probably kill yourself in fear," he explained to THR.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ON


After the first official trailer for Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice was released, fans were very curious about the shots that appeared to depict the Dark Knight brandishing a rifle of some sort. Obviously Batman and guns don't exactly have a very good relationship (though it's worth noting that he has actually used them in the comics when the situation called for it) so it seemed like an unusual choice of weapon for the character. Well, turns out it wasn't a sniper rifle, but some sort of Kryptonite-laced spear!

This information comes from Heroic Hollywood, who choose not to go into any more detail in regards to how Batman comes by the Kryptonite, or how he uses it against Superman (we assume he... spears him?) but that one tidbit alone makes for some interesting speculation. We know Bats will eventually suit-up in that very formidable looking Dark Knight Returns-inspired armor, so perhaps the spear is just a precursor to that and one of his first attempts to bring down the Man of Steel?


Heroic Hollywood again claims to have some more details on the Dark Knight's role in the Suicide Squad movie, and it definitely sounds like we'll be getting classic Batman based on this scene description:

In short, he goes and pays Amanda Waller a visit. Batman BREAKS into her massive security prison. In fact...he's already inside Amanda Waller's office waiting for her in the shadows when she appears. The guards are clueless. Batman has a bone to pick with Waller. You see Batman is totally against the concept behind the Suicide Squad, in fact he warns Waller that he will hold her personally responsible for any innocents The Joker & the rest of the Suicide Squad kill. A warning so stern that he has to visit Waller personally to deliver the message.
There you have it folks another DC Delights completed, and now I hope you are fully up to date on all things DC! Goodbye and enjoy your weekend!

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.

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