Greg Berlanti Scores Again This Time With DOOM PATROL

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It is no secret that Greg Berlanti is the King of the DC tv universe. With 5 shows currently on the CW renewed for new seasons and Titans heading to the DC Universe streaming platform why by any means would he ever slow down. This news proves that he definitely is not losing any steam.

Berlanti has partnered once again with Warner Bros and DC entertainment have been given a 13-episode direct-to-series order to hour long live-action drama Doom Patrol. It is set to go into production this year with its release in 2019 on the DC streaming platform.

The synopsis of the series Doom Patrol is going to be a re-imagining of the beloved group of outcast Super Heroes: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Crazy Jane, led by modern-day mad scientist Dr. Niles Caulder (The Chief).  For those who do who the Partol are, The Doom Patrol’s members each suffered horrible accidents that gave them superhuman abilities — but also left them scarred and disfigured. Traumatized and downtrodden, the team found purpose through The Chief, who brought them together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence — and to protect Earth from what they find. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of super-powered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.

The series is set to pick up after the events of the Titans series and the heroes are going to be “united” by Cyborg. Now that doesn’t mean if we will or won’t see Cyborg in the Titans series.

Jeremy Carver (Supernatural) will pen the series based on the DC characters originally written and drawn by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani.

Are you excited for this or what?!?! Let us know what you think.

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Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Gets A Sixth Season!

After rumors surfaced that Disney “compelled” ABC to give Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. this, their 5th season, we were all pretty sure it would be the original MCU tie-in show’s last. All year long, people involved in the show kept saying they wrote this season as if it would be the last. Expectations were minimum. Thank goodness the fans showed up.

Announced just a minutes ago, AoS will be returning for a 6th season! Next year will bring back Coulson (we hope) and his crew for another 13 episodes. Thirteen is a far cry from the massive 24 episode run they had just a season ago, but at this point, we’ll take what we can get. Will we get more tie-ins to the half-genocided larger MCU? Will events of Avengers 4 play a role? Contact us and share your thoughts! Also, don’t forget to tune into the podcast we’ll be releasing later today to discuss it – we may bring up your question or opinion!

 

Rumors Of Who Is Playing Nightwing, Shot Down By Director

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In case you may have forgotten, there is a NIGHTWING film that has been announced and is in the pre-production stages. With that there is little to no news about who will be donning the domino mask as the former Batman sidekick.

Not sure how it exactly started but there were rumors circulating that Zac Efron had been cast to play the hero.  Cue film director Chris McKay who took to twitter to INSTANTLY shut down that rumor.

Now that we know it is NOT Zac Efron playing the role who would you like to see as Nightwing.

On Gotham, Neither Jerome, Nor Jeremiah Will Be The Joker

One thing that Gotham has had going for it from the beginning is a willingness to deviate from canon. We’ve seen new takes on the Falcone family, Lee Tompkins, Penguin, Riddler, and pretty much every other character in Batman’s world. The potential depiction of his most famous adversary, the Joker, was always a question and according to recent reports, that will continue. Cameron Monaghan, who has played both Jerome and Jeremiah Valeska (twins who have each taken on personas very similar to the Clown Prince Of Crime,) as well as producer John Stephens, have both confirmed that not only will neither Valeska brother become the Joker, Gotham isn’t even allowed to use the ‘J’ word or green hair on the show.

Monaghan posted this yesterday

John Stephens added this in response to questions about who Jerome (yeah, he’s dead, but when has that ever mattered on this show?) or Jeremiah might become:

 

“The other characters are who they are. Mad Hatter, Scarecrow, etcetera. But no, he isn’t the Joker. What we’ve always gone with is that Joker is somewhere out there, anonymous and unformed, in Gotham, and he’s watching the actions of Jeremiah and Jerome and possibly even another one, on his way somewhere down the line, and he’s adopting them as inspirations as the person he’ll one day become.”

There are a few ways to feel about this. If you’re in the camp that believes that the Joker’s hidden origin is sacred and the character is best when we don’t know what made him, this should be good news. There’s someone out there, taking notes on the actions of these Joker prototypes, but we’ll never find what creates them. The idea that he isn’t entirely original is a downer, but the origin story is saved. If you’re in the camp that wanted to see how the Joker came to be, you’re probably pissed at missing at least this show’s version of it.

Overall, it seems like a cheap move from the show. The Joker has long been one of the best villains of all time, in any medium. If the producers always knew they’d never get to use the full character, this is a premeditated ruse to string viewers along. If they didn’t, then they dove into starting down this road, and then continued down it once they found out they were limited in their options. Season four concludes next week and we haven’t gotten word of a renewal for a fifth, so hey, it may never matter and we can tell ourselves that Jeremiah becomes Joker. At this point, that may be best for everyone.

The Trusty Sidekick – Episode 80

It’s a massive 80th episode from comedians Jay Washington and Bobby Hill, packed full of reviews, news and clues to everything in the live-action worlds of Marvel and DC. This week, we review InfinityWar, and get you the latest on Venom, Deadpool, LukeCage, BlackWidow, Moon Knight, Gambit, Cloak And Dagger, Punisher, Titans, SwampThing, Metropolis, BirdsOfPrey, Batgirl, Blackhawk, Supergirl, Flash, Arrow, Krypton, Gotham, AgentsOfShield and Legion.

Find it at http://traffic.libsyn.com/trustysidekick/Ep80Finall.mp3, via your favorite podcast app, or listen to any of our episodes on the podcast tab here. Please rate and review us!

The New Luke Cage Trailer Is Straight Bananas

The freshman season of Luke Cage had way more ups than downs, and despite losing one of the better villains of the Netflix/Marvel series’ it was an overall success. Season 2 is coming on June 22 and it looks like it is absolutely no joke! Bushmaster looks like the big bad we’ve wanted to see take on Luke and the series also returns some of our favorites from season 1. Don’t miss the “sidekick” banter towards the end.

What do you think of the trailer and what are your hopes for season 2? Let us know!

 

Arrow’s Father Figure Is Leaving The Show

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It seems as if Star City will once again be looking for a new mayor. Paul Blackthorne who plays Mayor Quentin Lance is leaving the DC superhero show Arrow at the end of its sixth season.

Blackthorne has been with Arrow since the very beginning and become an essential part in Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) traversing Star City as both the former billionaire and superhero vigilante known as The Green Arrow. He also initially despised Oliver’s vigilante alter ego the Hood before slowly coming to work in tandem with the Emerald Archer, eventually discovering Oliver and the Green Arrow were one and the same.This will be the second series original leaving the show since Willa Holland who played Oliver’s sister, Thea Quinn earlier this season.

Quentin Lance has gone through an array of emotions throughout the show. In the first season he dealt with the loss of his daughter Sara (played by Caity Lotz) only to find out later that she was indeed alive and had become a trained assassin…only to be killed again by Thea Queen only to be resurrected once again and become a LEGEND on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. He also battled alcoholism after both Sara’s death and later on his other daughter Laurel (Katie Cassidy) at the hands of Damien Dahrk.

Arrow was just recently renewed for its seventh season. Things are being kept very tight lip as to how exactly Blackthorne’s Quentin Lance will exit the show at the end of this season.