Stephen Amell on ‘Arrow,’ His Charity to Fight Cancer and ‘The Flash’ – Speakeasy – WSJ


From the onset of reading the title of this article he sounded to me that Amell was going to fight cancer and The Flash. Maybe, it’s just me. Now, on with the show with this topic on hand, should DC continue to keep their shows on TV separate from their movie counterparts?

About a week ago, I came across this article from Cinema Blend which talk about this very point.

Geoff Johns goes on to tell Buzzfeed that DC has no desire to just recreate what Marvel has already been doing for several years. Instead, the company wants to forge its own path and do something a little different.

via http://www.cinemablend.com/television/What-DC-Calling-Its-Split-Universe-Why-Everything-Being-Kept-Separate-67994.html

I’m okay with DC calling it a multiverse provided this leads to more and greater things. I’m all for DC to go something different since Marvel is literally blowing them out of the water. With being said, Marvel is not the all around comic book company juggernaut. A perfect example would be Agents of SHIELD which I was so looking forward to last year but after a few episodes, the quality became poor. Yes, I know that the show picks up after the event from Captain America The Winter Soldier but I don’t have the will to keeping watching. Besides, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, and Constantine (which I have to finish the pilot) are DC strongest efforts to combat Marvel’s dominance. With that said, Marvel does have that deal with Netflix coming in 2015 with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist with a possible Defenders mini series. Let’s not forget, Agent Carter on ABC will becoming sometime early January. Marvel has a lot to prove on the small screen. However, if they can tie this all together with the MCU, then Marvel will have an unprecedented capacity to entertain us that is beyond any comic book fan boys wet dream. As for DC, not so much except for this – Infinity Crisis.

Before I delve into the Infinity Crisis, Amell said something in the article below which I agreed with.

I’d put making 23 hours of interesting content in a TV season up against anything on the film side.

The reason why I agreed with this statement is how rewarding it is to have a show a payoff towards the season finale for those who spent the time over the course of the season. Whereas watching Thor The Dark World movie bored me. The build up between Thor and the Dark Elf Malekith failed to be compelling nor interesting because there was no history, though there was a quick backstory, but with Loki we do. Imagine if Loki was not in the Avengers movie leading the Chitauri attack. We would have a very simple and a non compelling nemesis in the Chitauri for The Avengers to fight. Moving from Loki to Thanos, here we are getting seeds planted from the Avengers movie and Guardians of the Galaxy which leads us for seeing him in the third Avengers film. If we are just given Thanos in Avengers 3, the movie would have to spend a great time to giving him a quick backstory, then goes off to fight, he loses and the end. Who cares? With Arrow, we have two amazing years in which storylines of Oliver’s time on the island was mixed in with the current day storylines. Deathstroke build up would not have been pulled off masterfully if there was no investment of a long story arc. You can’t get that in just two hours and have to wait for a couple years for the next chapter.

Now, let’s get back to the heart of the matter. DC has made their movie lineup known for the next several years. Within those films, we will have crossovers. Right off the bat, no pun intended, we get Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice and within that movie we will also get Wonder Woman. As DC does their thing on the big screen, we could ultimately have a true DC multiverse. There’s good discussion of Supergirl being brought to the small screen which makes me want to believe The Infinity Crisis could happen. There was another show the CW was looking to do was Amazon which could have been Wonder Woman’s return to tv. If all this goes, we could and will have two actors playing the same role like the Flash, Green Arrow, Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman? Having the multiple universe would be compelling and freeing as storylines don’t have to be restricted by comic book canon.  This would incredible venture for DC to take but I know this is just wishing thinking.

Stephen Amell’s TV show, “Arrow” is in its third season, while the comic book spinoff from “Arrow,” “The Flash” is setting ratings records for The CW. Amell’s fans have also lobbied for him to play Green Arrow in DC’s upcoming Justice League film.

The actor talked with Speakeasy about life as a comic book icon.

Congrats on season three of “Arrow.”

I would say that it is everything that we expected but that wouldn’t really be true because there hasn’t been a recent history of successful comic book shows on television, with the exception of “Smallville.” Aside from the success of our show, the appearance and relative abundance of comic book properties on TV is really gratifying.

Aside from “Smallville,” comic books had a pretty spotty history on TV until “Arrow” came along. Now “Flash” is doing well and so is “Gotham.” Last season saw “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” score big ratings.

Yeah. A lot of reviews of “Arrow” at first said “This is an interesting concept but we know that comic book shows don’t work long-term on TV.” Well, that has now been proven wrong. I think the success of “Flash” and the other comic book properties is because of the quality of the material in those shows. But if we had been a bust, I don’t think any of those shows would exist. They stand on their own two feet, but I think we led the way.

via Stephen Amell on ‘Arrow,’ His Charity to Fight Cancer and ‘The Flash’ – Speakeasy – WSJ.

Wonder Woman Movie: Studio Searches For Female Director [Report]


This caught my eye yesterday and I wanted to chime in about the idea of a female director when it comes to the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. Let me begin with… WE HAD A FUCKING DIRECTOR CALLED JOSS WHEDON WHO WAS NOT ONLY GOING TO DIRECT THE MOVIE BUT ALSO WRITE IT AND WHAT HAPPENED NEXT IS WHY DC/WB IS PLAYING CATCH UP!!! I’m sorry, I lost my cool. This is a very, very sore subject with me.

Back in 2007, Joss was working on the script for a Wonder Woman movie and while the studio, I believe, liked the script had wanted to go in a different direction. It happens all the time but I hated the studio for letting Joss go cause as we all know he went on to direct Marvel’s Avengers which kicked major ass. Those who know Joss’s work with Buffy, Angel, Serenity and Dollhouse will know how much he loves having female characters that are strong and on par to their male counterparts. Imagine if Joss did a Wonder Woman movie and how that tide might have turn to DC/WB favor instead of Marvel? The outcome would have been tremendous. Yet, one could say that Joss might have been our last hope but to quote Yoda, ‘There is another.”

David E. Kelley, writer and tv producer, of such shows like L.A.Law, Picket Fences, Ally McBeal and Harry’s Law, to name a few, had many strong female characters. In 2011, David took a crack at bringing back Wonder Woman to the small screen. The pilot that he wrote failed to get picked up but upon viewing this unfinished product, I saw this Wonder Woman version to have great potential that mirror the comic at that time. So, when I read yesterday about finding a female director to the upcoming Wonder Woman movie with Gal Gadot, I have to ask if this is even the right move.

Do not take what I said about female director out of context. All I want is to have the right director for the right job regardless of the gender. Yes, it would be great for a female director to break into the all male directors group which have direct 99.999% superhero movies past, present and future. Thor 2 might have been the first with Patty Jenkins but departed the project when there were difference between her and Marvel. Even Portman wanted off the Thor 2 but had to stay due to her contractual obligations. Does that mean female director can’t helm big projects? No, but when there are restrictions or a conflicting visions of the project, the studio is going to win 9 out of 10 times; hence Edgar Wright leaving the Ant-Man project so it’s not a gender thing.

Still, I don’t want a female director for female sake. Though, the first thought about a great female director would be Kathryn Bigelow. With Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker being my two favorites movies of Kathryn, I would nominate her instantly to the top of the list. Sadly, I can’t think of another female director to this project. Now, having said this, when Star Trek needed to be rebooted, Abrams was brought in to direct it. He even admitted to not being a Star Trek fan and yet he made one the best Star Trek films. Yet, Shatner, our Captain Kirk, made of one of the worst Trek films. So despite being associated with a franchise it’s not a given that success will come. The same can be said about the female director and Wonder Woman; it would be great but not necessary.

Warner Bros. is reportedly looking for a female director to helm the recently announced Wonder Woman movie. The film would mark the first time the superhero has had her own standalone film, and also the second time a female director leads such a production.

In the aftermath of the studio’s announcement of nine superhero films to premiere between 2016 and 2020, starting with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, WB is trying hard to respond to criticism that superhero films are ruled by males, both in front and behind the camera. Additionally, critics have accused Hollywood of lack of diversity in casting main characters.

via Wonder Woman Movie: Studio Searches For Female Director [Report].

‘Supergirl’ Series Ordered by CBS from Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler | Variety


I’ve been keeping tabs on this for the past couple of weeks and this news could a new age for heroines (on the small screen at least) to become a major force – a silver age maybe upon us. For me, the 70’s had some great characters like Wonder Woman (Carter), The Bionic Woman (Wagner), The Mighty Isis (Cameron), Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (Hall and Strangis, respectively) and Charlie’s Angels could be include though not powered beings. Each of these series had a strong female lead that could hold their own.

As the years rolled on, there were other strong female characters like Colonel Derring (Gray) from Buck Rogers, Pam Davison (Selleca) from The Greatest American Hero, and lastly, the Visitor Diane and Dr. Parrish (Balder, Grant) from the mini series and later a regular series V but they were in a supportive roles. Sure, there was Xena (Lawless) and Buffy (Gellar) and Dark Angel (Alba) would rebound in the 90’s and 2000 but that’s it. The Wonder Woman pilot by David Kelly was interesting but failed to make the cut as well as the CW rumored Amazon series is nowhere in sight.  However, in this decade, we have Agent Carter (Atwell) and Jessica Jones (???) coming to Netflix and now Supergirl (???), more could be coming to the small screen if these shows take off. What will it take?

Aside from the actual physical attributes, we have to care about these new characters. Agent Carter may show her with a tough exterior but mourns the loss of Steve Rogers. Can she command the same respect from the Howling Commandos when Captain America was in charge? From the picture last week, it seems that issue was put to rest. So we can have a women lead the pack or take charge of a situation that is equal to any man in a similar position. With Supergirl, all I can say is let us not see Smallville 2.0. If she is a super, then show her as a super but make her interesting and someone we can identify regardless of the sex.

CBS has donned its cape and is ready to conquer the superhero market, giving a series commitment to scribes Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler’s “Supergirl.”

“Supergirl,” which is based on characters from DC Comics, comes from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and is exec produced by Berlanti, Adler and Sarah Schechter. It’s based on the story of Kara Zor-El, who, like her famous cousin, escaped Krypton amid its destruction. She’s been keeping her powers a secret since arriving on Earth, but now — at age 24 — she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

via ‘Supergirl’ Series Ordered by CBS from Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler | Variety.

Geeks Are Entering the Age of Instant Backlash and It’s Getting Really Tiresome | Movie News | Movies.com


Yes, instant blacklash can be tiresome but really, who is to blame? Imagine our world would have been like if today’s internet existed back in the 1970’s? One could read, “Who the Hell is Christoper Reeves and why is he playing Superman? Or “Star Wars? What the HELL is a Star Wars? That’s the STOOPIDEST title if I have ever heard for a movie.” Or, “A rubber shark?!? Really?!?” Back in then, my fanboy-ism was just growing and if I vented, it was among my close circle of friends. In today’s world, we have too much information and we fanboys are gobbling it up and then spewing it all over the internet as if to say the everyone is my friend everywhere.

Yes, I am guilty of doing a mental facepalm when my podcast co-host told me that Ben Affleck was going to be the next Batman. I have had my share rants and raves on my blog, podcast and various social networks. I love having this admit discussions because this is my passion. However, in the grand scheme of things, good or bad, fanboys are drumming up publicity for free for various companies. These same companies continue to leak out information out into the internet because it’s in their best interest to generate enough buzz for their product.

Is there a way to control the chatter? Unfortunately, no. However, you can either don’t use the internet but if you do, don’t expect the noise to dissipate as more and more companies will continue to fuel this fire years ahead of the real release. I mean, really, we are talking about Batman v. Superman, a movie that will not be seen in almost and people are going ape shit now. Movie studios aren’t stupid. We’re just playing right into their hands. Wake up, fanboys!!!!

Today Warner Bros. announced the sequel to Man of Steel would be called Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the Internet immediately lost its mind and pounced on the title like a bunch of ghouls feasting on a newborn. And as I watched the vitriol flow across social media, all I could do is sit back and wonder why everyone is so angry all of the time these days.

Maybe it’s because I’m not a comics guy. I didn’t grow up reading them, and as an adult I’ve only read a few of the more acclaimed comic runs. But can someone please explain to me what is so deeply offensive and noncomic booky about the subtitle Dawn of Justice? How is it a betrayal of characters that have had celebrated comic subtitles like Superman: Peace on Earth, Batman: Blind Justice or Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth?

I don’t understand what separates Dawn of Justice from those. You tell me Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are coming together and I can easily picture a comic book cover with Superman’s massive chest pushed outward, Batman crouched closer to the shadows, both their capes billowing in the wind, with Wonder Woman standing between them with her lasso glinting in the perfect sunrise at their backs; the words Dawn of Justice in big, blocky letters over their heads. The title effortlessly evokes stereotypical comic imagery, so what’s so awful about it?

via Geeks Are Entering the Age of Instant Backlash and It’s Getting Really Tiresome | Movie News | Movies.com.

Jesse Eisenberg Cast As Lex Luthor in ‘Superman/Batman,’ Jeremy Irons Set as Alfred | Variety


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This has been one hell of a week for reveals in the land of geekdom. We have the new Dr. Who Peter Capaldi sporting out his new dudes –  SPOILERS – no bow tie. The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie by Michael Bay has had several leaked pictures of favorite heroes. Even the new animated Star War ‘Rebel’ series introduces us to a new droid called Choppers. Still for my money, this latest bit of new about Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Superman/Batman will have people talking for days. (ok not people but just us NERDS!!!)

To begin with, Jesse Eisenberg is a fine actor and has several great films under his belt like Zombieland and The Social Network. My only concern with Jesse as I see him as this smart kid with a hoodie as seen above. Granted, we did get a young version of Luthor in the Smallville series with Michael Rosenbaum. But I for one, don’t want to see a similar take of this villain on the big screen. As I posted on my Facebook page for this site, it is getting hard to keep the faith that this is somehow all going to work. Perhaps, we are living in an age where we put too much expectation or give our knee reaction to the littlest bit of news. Still, it feels a bit clunky.

I don’t know what else to say except as a fan and a DC Comics (doesn’t DC stand for Detective Comic? and when we say DC Comics are we really saying Detective Comics Comics?) and I want my Justice League movie just like The Avengers. Sadly, we’ll get it but I maybe not the way I would like.

Warner Bros. Pictures has cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Superman/Batman film.

The castings, announced Friday, come two weeks after Warner pushed production on the untitled “Superman-Batman” movie to the second quarter of this year and set a release date of May 6, 2016 as the studio departed from a July, 2015 slot.

The film is in pre-production with Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman and Zack Snyder directing.

‘Batman-Superman” will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, and also stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

The screenplay will be written by David S. Goyer, from a story co-created by Goyer and Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as exec producers.

via Jesse Eisenberg Cast As Lex Luthor in ‘Superman/Batman,’ Jeremy Irons Set as Alfred | Variety.