‘The Flash’: Enter Tom Felton

Tonight on The Flash, Tom Felton makes his debut as Julian Albert, Central City’s newest forensic scientist in the episode titled “Paradox” which features Barry readjusting to life back on Earth One after returning from Flashpoint.

Today The CW has released both an interview as well as a clip which gives us a peak at Julian’s arrogant, smart ass personality. No doubt an actor of such caliber as Felton will fill this role perfectly and elevate the performances of those around him.

In the clip, Felton’s character Albert can be seen taking offense to the notion he would need help, especially from Barry Allen. Clearly he does not work well with others. Which would be a hilarious dynamic to inject into Team Flash. Could Albert be poised to be the next member of the team? He is already noticing something with Barry isn’t quite right. If anyone is smart enough to figure out who Flash is, it certainly seems like it is Albert.

The Flash airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

‘Supergirl’: Not to Merge With Arrowverse

Fans of The CW superhero line up have been wondering just how Supergirl is going to appear in the Arrowverse after it was announced Supergirl would be making the jump from CBS to The CW.

Fans of The CW superhero line up have been wondering just how Supergirl is going to appear in the Arrowverse after it was announced Supergirl would be making the jump from CBS to The CW.

When Supergirl was first developed by Executive Producers Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg it was originally pitched as the next superhero to introduce into the Arrowverse on The CW, however. The Network’s President Mark Pedowitz passed on the series thinking that another superhero series would oversaturate the network with DC’s heroes. The show was picked up by the CW’s parent network CBS and ordered to series with a little hope that it still had the potential to crossover with The CW’s series. CBS had planned to keep the series to themselves for the first season and then begin to crossover later on if at all.

After not performing to the satisfaction of CBS, Supergirl tested the waters by having The Flash  accidentally travel to Kara’s universe resulting in Barry seeking out Kara’s help to return to the Arrowverse. The crossover boosted the series to the its highest ratings yet and certainly raised some eyebrows over at CBS.

It came as no great surprise when it was announced Supergirl would be making the jump from CBS to The CW but the question on everyones mind was how? Would the series merge with the Arrowverse? If so how would that explain Superman’s existence in the Arrowverse that he is clearly absent from?

Well we finally have our answer. Supergirl will not be merging her universe with our heroes in the Arrowverse. It’s unfortunate but it makes sense. The only way it could be possible would be if Flashpoint were to reset the timeline, however. That would completely undo previous seasons of The CW’s shows set in the Arrowverse ultimately rendering them a pointless waste of time. Instead Kara will be traveling to The CW’s existing dimension to team up with the rest of the heroes for the three-part crossover event which will see the heroes take on The Dominators.

You can get a sneak peak at the crossover in the extended trailer for Legends Of Tomorrow which also includes a look at the Justice Society of America. Brace yourselves though, The JSA costumes are bad. I mean really bad.

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Supergirl premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

NYCC 2016: ‘Justice League’ BTS Video

Warner Brothers has released an exciting behind the scenes look at the upcoming ‘Justice League’ to celebrate the film wrapping production. The studio has their work cut out for them as they attempt to win audiences back after the negative reception to Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. We’ve already gotten to see a trailer plus reports from the press from their set visit a few months ago. The trailer plus this new behind the scenes look indicates a lighter tone and a general sense of the film being more fun than the dark and dire tone of the previous entries to the D.C. extended universe.

Check out the video below. There looks to be some great action and the cast looks like they had a blast making the film. It’s also nice to see the entire crew recognized for their hard work at the end. I don’t know about you, but this actually gets me excited to see the film now.

Justice League hits theaters November 17, 2017.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Solo Batman Film Not Yet Titled

It turns out the solo Batman film in development over at Warner Brothers is not yet officially titled ‘The Batman’. Ben Affleck clarified the statements he made the other day in a Facebook Live interview for his new film The Accountant  with E! News:

I mentioned the other day… it’s been around for a long time, but the movie… there is no Batman movie happening yet, we’re still trying to figure it out, you know, get the script and budget and all that stuff. And someone said, ‘what are you calling it?’ and I had said, like, back when we were promoting another movie, I was like ‘we don’t have a name for it, we’re just going with The Batman or Batman movie’, and I said that, and everyone was like ‘Affleck announces the name of his Batman movie.

This is a bummer as the title ‘The Batman’ would be a perfect antidote to the overloaded title Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

At this point the only thing that seems certain is that the film’s villain is set to be Slade Wilson A.K.A. Deathstroke. Recently Affleck tweeted out a visual effects test video on his twitter account featuring the supervillain. It is rumored he will be played by Joseph Manganiello.

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Deathstroke belonged to a special operations unit before he turned mercenary. He possesses super human strength, speed, and intelligence. The character was most recently popularized by Manu Bennett on The CW’s Arrow which saw him also gain the ability of rapid cellular regeneration via a miracle drug called ‘Mirakuru.’ Bennett’s portrayal of Deathstroke took Arrow to new heights and was also the series’ most popular season. The surge in the characters popularity also spawned a Deathstroke run in DC’s rebooted comic book universe, The New 52.

SOURCE: Screenrant

‘Arrow’: Season 5 Premiere “Legacy” Spoiler Review

Five months after the death of Laurel Lance—A.K.A. Black Canary—Oliver, Felicity, and the former members of Team Arrow are still mourning the loss of their friend. The theme of the episode is moving forward as it deals mostly with the team coming to terms with how things have changed and the fact that they will never go back to the way they were.

The premiere kicks off with Oliver disarming four bombs rigged together by Anarchy. It’s a great scene that has the flavor of season one and two flowing through it. The action, tone, and music is all there. Complete with Blake Neely’s rhythmically building strings and that awesome synth as the music ramps up to the series’ main title card.

Cuddy is back on the streets. Chadwick Boseman (The Walking Dead, The Wire) makes his debut as the villainous Tobias Church. Boseman is an incredibly talented actor and he should make an excellent addition to the series, however. His performance in the episode is unremarkable. He wasn’t bad, he just wasn’t that good…

As far as we know, his goal is a bit generic. He wants to kill the Green Arrow and he’s putting together all of Star City’s major criminal organizations to do so.

Little does he know the Green Arrow is about to give them a run for their money as he puts together not only an anti-crime unit, but Team Arrow 2.0 as well. It’s kind of weird that the anti-crime unit is only comprised of four officers though. I mean what is this, Baltimore?

The promise Laurel asked Oliver to make just before she died was revealed in this episode and it didn’t disappoint. It actually got me on board with Evelyn Sharp when she was sprinting the streets of Star City last season, calling herself Black Canary. The Black Canary is a symbol of hope that drives fear into the criminals of Star City and it needs to live on. I would imagine Oliver will say something similar later on to the son of John Diggle, Connor Hawke, who will become the next Green Arrow.

It’s nice to see Oliver actually being the Mayor. The show has tended to breeze over the politics in past seasons with Oliver and his mother, Moira, in their political campaigns. At least they are dealing with it now even if the the plots main source of conflict is being the Mayor itself.

But then comes Oliver using Laurel’s death to rationalize killing. Thea was right. Putting killing back on the table is a huge step backwards and it dishonors Laurels memory. Team Arrow stood for something better than that. Hopefully Oliver will stop guilt tripping himself and move on. Not everything is his fault. Laurel knew what the consequences of being a vigilante were when she joined the team back in season three.

The flashbacks were… the flashbacks. We finally get to see Anatoli again and even Oliver’s book which contains the infamous list from season one but other than that, there really wasn’t much to it. All we know is that Oliver is beginning his initiation into the Bratva and he wants to kill Kovler. Okay, cool…

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The season five premiere is the third episode directed by series stunt choreographer James Bamford. Arrow has always had fantastic fight choreography so you expect an episode directed by Bamford to push the envelope and it did. This show is produced very fast so they try to move the camera a lot to limit the amount of setups they have to edit together. The episode featured some impressive camera operation but what was most impressive was—you guessed it—the action. The stunt choreography was great and we even got some zip line arrow action, however. It was visual effects supervisor Armen Kevorkian who took things to the next level when Oliver jumped out of a window and fired a cable arrow, attaching himself to Church’s helicopter and going along for the ride. The parachute arrow was a nice trick as well.

Overall, the episode did an okay job laying the ground work for the season. It featured a powerful exchange between Oliver and Lance at Laurel’s statue—even if the Russian proverb was just another excuse to rationalize killing— it was well written and well performed and would have gotten me to buy in to Oliver being a killer again if it wasn’t for the fact he was still being a baby, making it about himself. While Thea stepped up to the plate as she donned the Speedy suit again, it was only temporary. She won’t be returning to Team Arrow… yet. Diggle—who is off on assignment in eastern Europe—had a small but impactful scene as he skyped with Oliver helping convince him to form a new team. Unfortunately Wild Dog only made a brief appearance and Evelyn Sharp was completely absent. If Team Arrow 2.0 is going to be such an important component for the season, the beginning of its formation should have closed out this episode.  Instead we got to learn that Felicity already has a new man in her life (Seriously, who cares?) as we went into the ominous closing tease for Prometheus, the main antagonist for the season but like Team Arrow 2.0, we’ll have to wait until the next episode to learn more about him.

7.5 – GOOD

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‘Suicide Squad’ Gets Extended Cut

Coming as no great surprise, Warner Brothers is going to release one of the many alternate cuts of Suicide Squad.

Coming as no great surprise, Warner Brothers is going to release one of the many alternate cuts of Suicide Squad. After being tested by audiences, the non-sensical film underwent numerous edits resulting in a disjunctive narrative that left many confused and disoriented including myself. The film itself felt more like a few music videos stitched together with action sequences in between.

The cartoonish acid trip will include an additional thirteen extra minutes of footage. Will this footage add the exposition this film was lacking? Will the Joker actually have something to do with the main plot?

Check out the promo for the Blu-Ray below. Its possible it was put together by the folks over at Trailer Park as it has the same spastic editing that the film had.

Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition was a big improvement from the theatrical release and provided the necessary connective tissue the film desperately needed. Hopefully the extended cut for Suicide Squad will do something similar.

Suicide Squad Extended Cut is set for digital release on November 5th and a Blu-Ray release on December 13th. Spread the word.

‘Arrow’ is Back in New Season 5 Clip

Ahead of tonights premiere of season five of Arrow, The CW has released a clip from the episode which has the Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) kicking the shit out of Anarchy (Alexander Calvert) and stopping him from detonating four bombs in Star City.

We also get to see his first encounter with Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez), who is seen attempting to disarm the bombs that Anarchy has rigged together.

What stands out about this clip is that the flavor of season one and two seems to be back. Arrow has been widely criticized for the lighter tone it took on in season four when it introduced mystical elements into the shows plot with the underwhelming villain Damien Darhk (Neal Mcdonough). The show lost focus as it began to shift Oliver from a main to a supporting character, bringing Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) to the forefront. Felicity would have been a more appropriate title for the back half of season four. But with the violence and brutality seen in this clip, complemented by the fantastic swelling synth by Blake Neely—maybe, just maybe—Arrow is back. I wouldn’t get your hopes up though as the show is set to introduce Wild Dog and Artemis (Madison McLaughlin) to Team Arrow. As if the Arrow cave wasn’t already crowded enough.

Arrow season five premieres tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

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NEW BEGINNINGS — After Laurel’s (Katie Cassidy) death and the departures of both Diggle (David Ramsey) and Thea (Willa Holland) from Team Arrow, Oliver (Stephen Amell) takes to the streets solo to protect Star City’s citizens as the Green Arrow. With Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) guiding him from the bunker, Oliver is forced to deal with a city that has become overrun with both criminals and a slew of new (and painfully inexperienced) vigilantes. Watching Oliver try to balance his jobs as both the mayor and also the protector of Star City, Felicity suggests he form a new team, but Oliver resists. However, when a deadly new criminal, Tobias Church (guest star Chad L. Coleman), enters the picture, Oliver realizes the best thing for the city might be a new team of superheroes. Meanwhile, the flashbacks take us to Russia where Oliver faces off against the Bratva.

James Bamford directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti and teleplay by Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle.