‘Aquaman’ Adds Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master

Warner Bros. is continuing to bulk up the DCEU with A-list talent. Deadline reports Patrick Wilson will play the villainous Ocean Master in James Wan’s upcoming swashbuckling action adventure Aquaman.

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In the comics, Orm Marius A.K.A. Ocean Master was fully human half-brother of Arthur Curry A.K.A. Aquaman. He turned nemesis after growing up in Arthur’s shadow, resenting him and turning to technology as a high-tech pirate first attacking ships at sea and later moving on to causing natural disasters in an attempt to hold the world ransom.

The choice to cast Wilson in the role is a safe move for Wan and Warner Brothers. The director and the studio has a long history working with Wilson as he has starred in both installments of the on-going Insidious and Conjuring franchises.

Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, will be the fifth outing in the DCEU. The character was first introduced in this year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and will also be featured as a main character in the upcoming Justice League. Wilson joins the cast which in addition to Momoa currently includes Amber Heard as Mera, and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko. An official synopsis for the film has yet to be released.

Warner Bros. has deemed October 5, 2018, as a day worthy for the King of Atlantis to make his big splash in theaters. The film will be debut in both IMAX and 3D.

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SOURCE: DEADLINE

‘Justice League: Part Two’ Delayed to Make Room for Solo Batman Flick

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Instead of moving right into production on Justice League: Part Two after completing Justice League, THR reports Zack Snyder will instead take a breather from the DCEU to helm The Last Photograph in order to make room for Ben Affleck to direct and star in the solo Batman film that is currently in development. Details on the plot of Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film are scarce. Joseph Manganiello will co-star as the film’s villain in the role the superhuman mercenary Slade Wilson A.K.A. Deathstroke. Whether Affleck’s Batman will take place before or after the events of the first Justice League is unclear.

This move will also give Warner Bros. an opportunity to make some adjustments to Justice League: Part Two if it needs to do so based on the reaction to Justice League when it hits theaters on November 17, 2017.

The Last Photograph follows a war correspondent in Afghanistan who finds himself the sole survivor of an attack on a group of Americans. The correspondent teams up with a special ops soldier searching for his family, hoping to score the story of his life.

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SOURCE: THR

‘Arrow’: “What We Leave Behind” Clip; Producers Preview

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Coming off the heels of the alien invasion by The Dominators, Oliver has been reinvigorated in his crusade to make Star City a better place.

The first half of Arrow season five has been a bit of a rollercoaster in terms of quality. The series has delivered good episodes that seem to be taking the series back to its roots but are then followed by episodes full of implausible plots told with sloppy storytelling reminiscent of the atrocious fourth season. What has been ultimately the most frustrating component of season five is this year’s big bag, Prometheus. The mystery of Prometheus’ true identity is rather dull and leaves Arrow without a compelling narrative. The producers expect us to be interested in the villain without actually giving us a reason to be. The reveal of Evelyn Sharpe (Madison Mclaughlin) as a traitor in Team Arrow’s midst, working in cahoots with Prometheus is the most interesting factor related to his character.

Executive producer Wendy Mericle takes us inside the episode, teasing what essentially sounds like a move to retcon Prometheus into the first season during Oliver’s first year as a vigilante when he was a ruthless, cold-blooded killer. Although the show has not offered any context, it has been teased by the producers that Prometheus is the consequence of choices made by Oliver in the past.

The clip released offers a curious shot featuring a crossed-out photo of Lance. The last we saw he was headed to rehab but could Prometheus have captured him and killed him already? Will tonight’s midseason finale finally reveal the identity of Prometheus?

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

PROMETHEUS MAKES A DEADLY MOVE AGAINST OLIVER AND THE TEAM — After Prometheus attacks Curtis (Echo Kellum), Oliver (Stephen Amell) realizes Prometheus knows all of Team Arrow’s secret identities and is planning to come for them one by one. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Detective Malone (guest star Tyler Ritter) discover a clue that links Prometheus to Oliver’s past.

SOURCE: THE CW

‘The Flash’: “The Present” Clip; Producers Preview

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The first half of season three has been jam packed with metahumans, a holographic monster, aliens, and even a God and it’s all about to come to a head on tonight’s midseason finale of The Flash.

Executive producer Todd Helbing takes inside the episode that will see Barry (Grant Gustin) seek out all the advice he can get from Jay Garrick (John Wesley Shipp) and even Dr. Alechemy himself, Julian Albert (Tom Felton) in order to stand toe to toe with the self-proclaimed God of speed, Savitar.

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

With Alchemy and Savitar still looming threats, Barry is unable to focus on the Christmas holiday, and especially his relationship with Iris. Determined to stop Savitar, Barry goes to Earth-3 to get advice from Jay Garrick (guest star John Wesley Shipp). Wally wants to help Barry fight Savitar and reveals that he’s been training with H.R., which doesn’t go over well with Barry. As Cisco faces his first Christmas without his brother Dante (guest star Nicholas Gonzalez), old wounds are reopened.

SOURCE: THE CW

‘Arrow’ EP Reveals Season 5 Finale Details

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(SPOILERS AHEAD)

Coming as no great surprise, executive producer Marc Guggenheim has revealed that the season five finale of Arrow will take the flashbacks all the way up to the moment the show began: when Oliver (Stephen Amell) is rescued from the island of Lian Yu by a group of Chinese fisherman.

When the series began, Oliver returned to Star(ling) City after what we then thought was five years of being in exile after he was shipwrecked on the island. But at the end of season two, the head of A.R.G.U.S., Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson), took Oliver to Hong Kong to train him as an assassin. Oliver eventually made his way back to the island for season four but then left again for Russia after defeating Baron Reiter (Jimmy Akingbola).

The series was originally intended to last five years and structured so that in its fifth year, the series finale would deliver its final scene with Oliver being rescued from the island. But the show became a massive hit on The CW, spawning the spinoffs The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. And even with the last few seasons being rocky, ending the show does not seem to be the plan at this point.

While speaking with TV Line, Guggenheim revealed the plan for how they are going to handle Oliver’s rescue from the island at the end of this season:

“Spoiler alert. That’s going to end up being the Season 5 finale. It was really just a hope at that point [in 2012] that the show would run five years, and we always thought that we would intercut the final moment of the series with the first moment of the series, that it would form one big Moebius strip. There’s still a part of me that wishes we could do that but I wouldn’t want to artificially extend the flashbacks, and I also wouldn’t want to artificially cut the show short. It would’ve been a beautifully elegant thing, and five years ago me would’ve loved it. But things change, and I do think it’ll make the Season 5 finale pretty awesome.”

The flashbacks of the first two seasons were great and told a powerful story of survival and a friendship that was torn apart by Slade Wilson’s (Manu Bennett) love for Shado (Celina Jade). The finale for season two culminated with Oliver dueling with Slade both in the past and present and served to close that chapter of the story. Since then the flashbacks have been rather half-baked as they have stretched out arc’s that should only last a few episodes at best across the entire season. The flashbacks have lacked compelling plots and seem to have no focus whatsoever. They come off like a chore the producers want to be done with.

With the end of the flashbacks in sight, one thing is clear: the writers have botched Oliver’s journey toward becoming a vigilante. Oliver’s time in Hong Kong taught him to be a cold-blooded assassin but his combat skills have not improved since he was trained by Slade Wilson in the first two seasons. Oliver is still just as sloppy and as clumsy as ever. Making his skills and abilities at the opening of season one completely implausible.

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SOURCE: TV LINE

‘Aquaman’ Gets A Release Date

The swashbuckling action adventure Aquaman from director James Wan has officially gotten a release date. Deadline reports the joint committee at Warner Bros. and DC Comics has deemed October 5, 2018, as a day worthy for the King of Atlantis to make his big splash in theaters. The film will be debut in both IMAX and 3D.

Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman and Amber Heard as Mera, Queen of Atlantis. Details on the plot are still unavailable as an official synopsis has yet to be released.

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SOURCE: DEADLINE

‘Arrow’: “What We Leave Behind” Extended Preview

Next week on the midseason finale of Arrow, Oliver’s past is about to catch up to him as Prometheus strikes against Team Arrow 2.0. Evelyn also emerges as a traitor set to save Star City from Oliver himself. Unfortunately, it’s all meaningless because we have no idea who Prometheus actually is or what he really wants.

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

PROMETHEUS MAKES A DEADLY MOVE AGAINST OLIVER AND THE TEAM — After Prometheus attacks Curtis (Echo Kellum), Oliver (Stephen Amell) realizes Prometheus knows all of Team Arrow’s secret identities and is planning to come for them one by one. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Detective Malone (guest star Tyler Ritter) discover a clue that links Prometheus to Oliver’s past.