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DC Universe Unveils First Look At “Swamp Thing” In New Teaser

I’m a huge Swamp Thing fan, so when I heard a new TV show was in the works I was instantly on board. When I found out it was going to only be available through DC’s online streaming service, DC Universe, I was less than thrilled. However, with today’s reveal of how the titular character looks, I may have to add another service to my list.

DC Universe released a teaser today that gives us our first look at Swampie as he emerges from the murky Southern depths, and not much else. Still, it’s a relief to finally see Swamp Thing look the way he has always been intended to be seen. This looks very comics accurate in a way that could have not been possible decades ago when they tried with the campy movies of yesteryear.

Watch the teaser trailer below:

Here is their official synopsis of the show: SWAMP THING follows Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.

“Swamp Thing” premieres on May 31 exclusively on DC Universe. He Joins the Doom Patrol and Teen Titans, who are already streaming on the service.

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Robert De Niro’s Role In “Joker” Connected To Earlier Scorcese Film Character

Fans who paid attention in the latest trailer for Joaquin Phoenix’s “Joker” movie may have noticed one of the supporting characters in the film. Robert De Niro appears as a television show host, but it turns out this character may be a callback to an earlier film he did with Martin Scorcese.

You can De Niro in the trailer at around 1:54 for a few quick moments as this character.

The name of the character is Murray Franklin, and many are noting that since the film takes place in 1981 that there could be a link between “Joker” and Scorcese’s 1982 film “The King of Comedy”, where he played a mentally deranged comedian named Rupert Pupkin.

De Niro confirmed this connection with Indiewire, saying, “There’s a connection, obviously, with the whole thing, but it’s not as a direct connection as the character I’m playing being Rupert many years later as a host.”

While the ending of “The King of Comedy” has Pupkin landing his dream job before being carted off to jail, this is what separates that role from Franklin in “Joker”. The character is not a direct continuation, but very much in the spirit of Pupkin – what could have happened if he really made it.

De Niro added that it could have actually been Pupkin as the role instead of Franklin, “If they would’ve proposed that to me, I would’ve said, ‘That’s interesting, maybe we’ll try to do that,’” De Niro said. He also said that by making a film like this, “it is connected in a way, as you’ll see.”

Some parallels have already been made with “Joker” in relation to another Scorcese film, “Taxi Driver”. It’s clear that this new iteration of the Clown Prince of Crime has been influenced by the look of movies from that era, and that Phoenix’s Joker has elements derived from a character like Travis Bickle, so I look forward to seeing how these pieces meld in a very ambitious DC movie.

“Joker” hits theaters on October 4.

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You Should Be Reading “Archie 1941”!

Mark Waid takes your favorite residents of Riverdale back to the 1940’s for this alternate reality take of what could happen if the Archie characters were involved in the real life events of World War 2. It may sound peculiar, but don’t dismiss this riveting title – even if you never cared about Archie comics before! Today, we explain why you should be reading “Archie 1941” from DC Comics!

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No DeadShot in “Suicide Squad ” Sequel, Idris Elba To Play New Character

According to a report from Variety, Elba will not reprise the role that Will Smith previously portrayed as Deadshot as previously reported. Instead, Elba will be a new character for the franchise, although who that will be remains to be determined.

” … But after taking the last few weeks to discuss, everyone involved felt this was the right move. The team also did not want to feel as if it was disrespecting Smith, who helped bring this character to life for the first time, by replacing him with Elba. While many believe chances are still slim for a future return, the decision keeps the door open for Smith to possibly come back in future films, since his original reason for leaving had to do with scheduling and not creative differences.”

Warner Bros. representatives had no further comments about this news at the time of posting.

With this piece of news, only three characters expected to return in the sequel – Harley Quinn as Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, and Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller. Gunn is in the process of casting the remaining team members with production expected to start in the fall.

No other casting news has been announced yet, but with plans to start filming this summer, I am sure we will hear some info sooner than later.

The film is planned for a summer release in 2021.

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Put On A Happy Face! First Teaser Trailer Arrives For “Joker”

Smile, the first teaser trailer for Warner Bros. new DC Comics movie “Joker” is finally here!

Directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker, the movie is about Arthur Fleck, whose rapid descent into insanity is juxtaposed to his clownish demeanor. What happens when a perfectly nice guy is pushed over the edge?

“Joker” seems to be exploring that, making the character sympathetic in some ways, but also very reminiscent of Robert DeNiro’s performance in Martin Scorcese’s classic “Taxi Driver”. This is a Travis Bickle Joker, with a lot of complexities that don’t make him 100% a villain at the start of the movie, but it sure seems like he is going to be over 9000 by the end.

Check out the teaser trailer for “Joker” below:

Phoenix’s performance as The Joker may rival Heath Ledger’s from “The Dark Knight”. It’s very chilling and nuanced, and very unique from how Ledger played the part, but I get the feeling it will be just as compelling.

He may not be the “Clown Prince of Crime” just yet, but it looks like he will be getting there pretty quickly in this very creepy and disturbing trailer.

“Joker” hits theaters on October 4, 2019.

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You Should Be Reading “Scooby Apocalypse”!

This week on “You Should Be Reading“, we take a look at a title from DC Comics that will run shivers down your spine and make you have the munchies… for Scooby Snacks! Watch the video below and find out why you should be reading “Scooby Apocalypse”!

I just learned after I made this video that “Scooby Apocalypse” is actually ending at Issue 36, so that should make things even easier for anyone who wants to play catch up.

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By the time this comic concludes, there will likely be six volumes of this book as trade paperbacks, but here is the first three to get you started.

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Matt Reeves’ “Batman” Movie Set To Start Filming At End Of 2019

It’s going to be a strange new frontier for DC Comics movies in 2020, with their goal to make films stand-alone and less intertwined like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Shazam” has started that trend and the next “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman” films will continue it. We also know that the upcoming “Batman” movie will live on its own merits, and we now know when it will begin production.

According to a tweet by director Matt Reeves, “The Batman” begins filming “sometime around year’s end.” While that is vague at best, it does mean we can most likely expect this as an early Summer film in 2020.

Another Tweeter asked him if the movie might be inspired by Roman Polanski’s 1974 movie “Chinatown”, which Reeves responded to and said he watched the film before writing the script. This also gives us a little bit more of an idea of how the tone of the movie may be.

This will be the first DC movie without Ben Affleck as Batman, who had a short-lived career under the cape and cowl. No news on who might be playing the Caped Crusader in the upcoming film.

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Four New Teammates Added To “Suicide Squad 2” Movie

The Suicide Squad sequel is picking up some steam, and word just got out of who may be part of the mercenary group in the upcoming James Gunn movie.

According to a report from Collider, four new members will join the gang in “Suicide Squad 2”. They are all familiar foes, though some may be more obscure than others. Ratcatcher, King Shark, Polka-Dot Man, and Peacemaker will all be added to the roster.

Peacemaker, who seems to be a cross between The New Gods and The Punisher, is rumored to be played by Dave Bautista, or at least that is who James Gunn wants to take the role. It would be a huge get for the movie, and I am sure Bautista would be open to working with Gunn again.

King Shark, meanwhile, is currently part of the DC TV universe and has appeared on CW’s “The Flash”, but the cinematic world is completely separate from the television universe so that is not a big deal.

Ratcatcher was a villain from Batman who was originally a male, and is now rumored to be genderswapped into a female role.

And as for Polka-Dot Man, he is a man who uses polka dots as weapons. Could be worse….

The remaining team members from the first movie to reappear (so far) are Deadshot who will now be played by Idris Elba, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. Joel Kinnaman is also rumored to reprise his role as Rick Flagg, but no official word on that just yet.

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Brent Spiner on being “The Joker” in upcoming DC Comics Audio Drama

In some unexpected news, Brent Spiner will be playing “The Joker” in an upcoming Warner Bros. podcast audio drama. Hear who else will be joining him and some details about the role.

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This panel was moderated by Larry Nemecek.

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Is this the Bat-Suit from “Gotham”?

Fans have been waiting for the entire duration of Fox’s “Gotham” show to see Bruce Wayne become the Dark Knight. As the series draws nearer to the finale, it seems we have our first leak of what the costume may look like.

A user on Reddit somehow got his hands on this image, and theorized whether or not it was the costume from “Gotham” that Bruce would soon don to become the Batman.

According to the original poster, a “filter was applied to the screenshot to brighten it, so that we can see the details more.”

The series’ executive producer John Stephens already confirmed that Bruce Wayne actor David Mazouz will not wear the full suit.  However, that does not mean someone else can, at least for now. IN fact, Mazouz will voice a growling Batman, but the suit was made for someone over six feet tall.

Who will wear the costume remains to be seen, so stay tuned to “Gotham” to see what happens next. Same bat channel, same bat time!

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