– DC has begun to increase promotion for their crossover event of the year, FLASHPOINT, via their official blog and press releases. Via their official blog, “The Source”, DC has released a series of mysterious logo’s regarding the series (dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2011/02/04/flashpoint-friday-five-to-watch/), as well as the finished cover for FLASHPOINT #1 as drawn by Andy Kubert (http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2011/02/04/flashpoint-friday-first-look-at-the-cover-to-flashpoint-1/). This is DC’s latest “our universe will never be the same again” line wide crossover that seems to revolve around something, or some one, effecting DC’s time line. The Flash(es) will be the key to it all, although Cyborg (of Teen Titans fame) is set to play a major role as well. In WONDER WOMAN’s own series, her present continuity has been altered by the gods on a whim (or departed writer J. Michael Straczynski, whichever one prefers). The event will naturally be written by to DC writer and creative officer, Geoff Johns.
– In rather large “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES” news, Joseph Gordan-Levitt has been cast in the film, although the character he is playing is still unknown (http://www.deadline.com/2011/02/joseph-gordon-levitt-in-talks-to-join-the-dark-knight-rises/). He reunites with director Chris Nolan and actor Tom Hardy (cast last week as Bane) from “INCEPTION”. Levitt has been mentioned in casting rumors for Nolan’s third Batman film every since last summer, although it was likely because he had appeared in a previous film with Nolan, and directors tend to recast actors they are comfortable with (such as Michael Caine and Christian Bale). Levitt was rumored to be up for the Riddler last year, but that rumor has been mostly debunked. Insiders claim that Nolan is also unlikely to recast the Joker (last played by the late Heath Ledger). Levitt seems too young to play Dr. Hugo Strange, another villain who was rumored to appear in this film, but who truly knows. The last two Nolan Batman films have managed to find a way to have at least three villains appear, so it remains probable that this final one will follow suit. Is it possible that he could be up for Dick Grayson?
– With Henry Cavill cast as Zack Synder’s next Superman for his Super-reboot film, the rumor mill has begun for who may be up for the female lead (as well as an “unknown villain”). Variety (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118031515?refCatId=13) reports that three actresses – Alice Eve, Diane Kruger and Rosamund Pike – are in the running for the part. The biggest surprise is that all three are blonds, and the role may not be that of Lois Lane! Both Eve and Pike were rumored for some of Marvel’s film adaptations, but neither landed any roles there. Latino Review (http://www.latinoreview.com/news/exclusive-superman-s-undisclosed-character-revealed-12492) clams that while Lois will still appear in the film, that the three actresses in question may be auditioning for the part of Ursa, one of General Zod’s two allies of the “Phantom Zone trio”. She was played in “SUPERMAN II” by Sarah Douglass. Synder has claimed that General Zod would not appear in this film, and the Ursa rumor perhaps has sprung from the fact that there are only so many female roles in Superman’s world besides Lois. How about Lana Lang? Synder could be taking from Sony’s Spider-Man film rule book to only cast blonds in red-head parts. Diana Kruger later announced that this rumor was “not true”, which may whittle the field to two (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/125657-diane-kruger-denies-superman-rumors). The NY Daily News notes that apparently, Synder wanted to cast Kristen Stewart (“TWILIGHT”) as Lois Lane, but she rejected the role outright (http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2011/02/02/2011-02-02_kristen_stewart_isnt_lois_lane_material_fails_to_impress_superman_director_zack_.html).
– Several websites have apparently gotten access to David E. Kelley’s script for his “WONDER WOMAN” TV pilot that was ordered by NBC at the 11th hour, and most of the reviews are not pretty. Bleeding Cool was one of the first to land it, and offered a mostly spoiler-free critique of it (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/02/01/scoop-david-e-kelleys-wonder-woman-tv-pilot-script-dissected-without-major-spoilers/). Elsewhere, The Futon Critic answers ten questions about the script on their website, which Warner Brothers initially nixed and then allowed, probably figuring the genie was already out of the bottle (http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2011/02/01/nbcs-wonder-woman-pilot-10-questions-answered-712002/9118/). The Daily Beast review offers the most spoilers (http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-02-02/wonder-woman-a-sneak-peak-at-david-e-kelleys-script/), as well as the most criticism, while the DC Women Kicking Ass blog also had strong words against it (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/02/02/dc-women-kicking-ass-on-wonder-woman-tv-pilot-script/). Summary? The script, if it remains unedited (which in honesty is rare for TV shows, for the pilot script to never be modestly re-written or tinkered with), features a show much as many were predicting it might be from David E. Kelley – Ally McBeal with super powers. His Wonder Woman has three identities; which include one mousey “real woman” and one assertive “business mogul”, akin to Hannah Montana’s two identities. She is hopelessly in love with Steve Trevor (who is a lawyer now and literally the first man she ever met), is merchandised up the wazoo, fights street crime with the L.A.P.D., holds sleepovers, dances (and fights) to a music soundtrack of last decade’s hits and uses terms like “bidness” (and has a cat named after an “I LOVE LUCY” character). The show leans politically left (gasp) and her arch nemesis is Veronica Cale (best known from the Greg Rucka run on her book), who is the head of a token evil medical company. While other comic characters are listed and her past on Themyscira is mentioned in flashback, the show very much takes place in the city. She has the lasso, the bracelets and some degree of superhuman strength and fortitude (enough to lift a vehicle), but she replaces an ability to fly with a passion for collecting planes. Critics suggest that Kelley has basically written a show that caters to his own predictable tics and merely slapped on some Wonder-paint atop it; the more open minded claim that Wonder Woman’s origin is too complicated for TV and to give it a chance. The show does sound like quite a turkey, but it remains to be seen if a pilot will be filmed and how long it lasts. NBC’s “BIONIC WOMAN” relaunch died a quick death, and WB has been unable to duplicate the small screen success of “SMALLVILLE” with any other network or subject.
– Writer Marc Guggenheim, who wrote the script for the upcoming “GREEN LANTERN” as well as the (potentially) upcoming sequel and a film adaptation for The Flash, speaks with Sci Fi Now about the characters (http://www.scifinow.co.uk/blog/an-interview-with-the-green-lantern-writer/). While the talk of “GREEN LANTERN” mixing superheroes with “STAR WARS” has been made before, he does offer some more hints about his approach to the Flash. He states that the Flash is able to go anywhere he wants, but that his abilities have more of an athleticism to them since he doesn’t fly or teleport; he runs. He also compares the Flash to Iron Man as it is a franchise the common person has heard of, but isn’t terribly familiar with – although unlike Iron Man, the Flash did have a TV series on CBS in the early 90’s that became a cult hit (not unlike the Hulk, whose show lasted longer). He notes that a great chunk of the film will be exploring who Barry Allen is as a flawed or incomplete man before he gets super-powers; expect another two hour and chance film where the first half lacks any super powered action. The TV pilot got through Barry’s origin in roughly half an hour (of a 45 minute pilot without commercials). The film will likely be similar to that show as it will capitalize on Barry’s role as a police scientist (a CSI, basically). All of this depends on “GREEN LANTERN” performing to WB’s expectations, if not being an outright blockbuster.
– Finally, TV Guide has the first screen shot of the next DC Animated direct to video, “GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS”, which stars fan favorite Nathan Fillion as the voice of Hal Jordan (http://www.tvguide.com/News/Exclusive-Look-Nathan-1028960.aspx). While the character design for Hal looks similar to the designs from the last Green Lantern animated film, “GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT” (that starred Chris Meloni), this may not be a direct sequel to that piece. “Emerald Knights” is a series of vignettes about the Green Lantern Corps; similar to how “BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS” (released around when “THE DARK KNIGHT” hit theaters) were a series of vignettes about Batman. In the film, Fillion’s Jordan seeks to train a new recruit, Arisia, played by Elizabeth Moss (“MAD MEN”). Other voice talents include Kelly Hu, Jason Isaacs, Henry Rollins, and, believe it or not, ex-wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Fillion was involved in rumors to have starred in the live action Green Lantern film, and a vocal minority of fans would have preferred him in the role. A fan made trailer on YouTube of him as Green Lantern has gotten more positive reviews than the official WB trailer with Reynolds.
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