Shazam Has A Release Date

The very intriguing upcoming DC film, Shazam, starring Zach Levi of Chuck fame, looks like it’s found it’s launching pad.

As previously mentioned on the site, David Sandberg will be directing, and now we have confirmed that the movie’s April 5, 2019 release date will be nestled nicely right between Marvel’s Captain Marvel which comes out in March, and Avengers 4, which drops in May.

For DC’s sake, they will hopefully ride both a successful Aquaman at the end of 2018 and a well-performing Captain Marvel to continued interest in heroes called that at some point, that gets them a lot of ticket sales. Tell us how you think it will do!

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Test Screenings of Justice League Are Garnering Positive Reviews

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As of this post we are 9 days away from DC’s Mightiest Heroes converge on the big screen. Now there are many fans both die-hard and casual who are concerned about how this film will turn out. Critics destroyed Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad was constantly asked how did all that could go wrong, actually go wrong with such an incredible ensemble cast.

Then there was the emergence of Wonder Woman which took the world by storm and is still garnering both repeat and new viewers.  So with Justice League the question came caan Warner Bros and DC maintain that momentum.

Well we may have an answer to that. With Warner Bros. being known to test screen their films, they have decided to present it to audiences with no knowledge of comic books and comic backstories, which is pretty much what they did with Wonder Woman before it premiered.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the most recent test screening to Justice League has been seen with audience scores similar to what Wonder Woman earned back in May of this year before it’s debut.

WSJ notes that Justice League is on track for a domestic opening over $100M -which if it’s is getting the same praise as Wonder Woman it’s totally possible.

What do you think? Do you agree it has the potential to hit the $100million mark opening weekends

The League unites on November 17, 2017

Are We About to Get A Solo Deathstroke Film?

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UPDATE: 10/27/17

We may have an “official” confirmation as to who is going to be our Deathstroke in the solo film. Joe Manginello who is set to play the mercenary in the solo caped crusader film “The Batman” has just posted to his personal Twitter account which has some believing it will indeed be him in the lone Slade Wilson movie.

The Trusty Sidekicks own Resident Super Villain is beyond excited hearing this potential news. One of his favorite and to be honest many people’s favorite DC Comics character may be getting his own solo film and it may be helmed by a very good up & coming director.

Here is a story from TheWrap

TheWrap reports that Gareth Evans is in talks to write and direct a standalone Deathstroke film for DC Comics and Warner Brothers.

Evans is best known for directing the Indonesian martial arts film The Raid and its sequel. He was originally eyed to direct Justice League Dark but ultimately passed on the project and instead impressed studio executives with his pitch for a standalone Deathstroke film. Joe Manganiello is on board to star as the supervillain.

After Manu Bennett’s performance as Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke, on The CW’s Arrow, it came as no great surprise when the character resurged in DC’s relaunch of its entire line of comics titled “New 52”. Subsequently, the character was then announced as the villain for the upcoming solo Batman film last year when Ben Affleck tweeted out a visual effects test featuring the fan-favorite character.

The original Batman script from Affleck and DC creative chief officer Geoff Johns featured Deathstroke as the main villain. However, after War for the Planet of the Apes helmer Matt Reeves replaced Affleck as the film’s director, Reeves confirmed the project would be starting over with a completely new story, making it unclear whether or not Manganiello would still star as the villain of the piece.

How excited are you are you or do you not want a solo Slade Wilson film?

Suicide Squad 2 Finds It’s Writer/Director!

After a search that even included the “kind of” controversial Mel Gibson, the sequel to the *ahem* Academy Award winning, Suicide Squad has found it’s writer and likely director. Variety reports that Gavin O’Connor has been tabbed to helm the film.

Originally expected to begin sooner, shooting should begin in the second half of 2018, thanks to a very busy Will Smith, who has both Aladdin and Gemini to film, before he can climb back into his role as Deadshot, one of the only bright spots from the original.

If you are unfamiliar with O’Connor, you may recognize his work as the director of the very good Ben Affleck vehicle, The Accountant, the sequel to which, O’Connor will direct before he lenses the second Squad movie. Will his getting the job entice Affleck, whom he obviously seemed to work well with, to make another appearance against the team of bad guys drawn together to fight a bigger evil? We’ll have to discuss that on the next podcast!

-Bobby

Hall Of Justice? Did Justice League Just Get Cool?

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Since Joss Whedon has taken over, reshoots, or as Warner would like you to call them, additional shoots, are taking place. Along with them, we’ve now seen this image, originally posted by the Twitter account of the UK fan site, “DC World.”

Speculation as to whether this is supposed to be early construction on a Hall Of Justice set piece, or a Watchtower set piece is running rampant, but either way, our DC heroes look like they’re getting a proper home base.

Before we get too carried away, Tim Burton is filming Dumbo in the same area, but c’mon, it has to be the Hall, right? Right? Catch the next podcast and we’ll give you our opinions on it!

Legends of Tomorrow Adds American Odyssey Actress

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The 3rd season of the Legends of Tomorrow is beefing up their new cast and this announcement is proof of that.

According to Deadline, Tala Ashe (American Odyssey, Smash, Law and Order)  has been casted as “Zari Adrianna Tomaz/Isis” and of course she will not be using that name (Isis). She will portray a very different incarnation of the character that was first introduced in DC Comics as Black Adam’s wife.  Here, Tomaz will be a Muslim-American woman from the year 2030, who becomes “grey hat hacktivist” in an attempt to combat “humanity’s fear, prejudice, and mistreatment of the planet.”

The Arrowverse has not shied away from any of the current social or political issues that have been going on and this here will more than likely be no different.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will return to The CW Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET this fall.

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Here’s a First Look at The CW’s Black Lightning

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More like here is the first look of the upgraded Black Lightning.  Many people have been wondering what Cress Williams will look like after he dons the mask of the latest DC Comics hero to join the CW and it’s not bad at all.

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If you’re unfamiliar, Black Lightning, aka Jefferson Pierce, was the first Black superhero to headline his own book at DC, after one of In the single worst ideas DC ever tossed around the bullpen was thankfully filed away. A gold medal Olympian and educator, he returned to Metropolis’ South Side (better known as Suicide Slum) with his family to run the local high school, and quickly discovers a need to beat up crooks at night. On the show, Lightning (played by Cress Williams) retired years ago, in part because he did more good during school hours than spending his nights punching gangsters, only to find his daughter is following in his footsteps. And if that weren’t enough, one of his students is being forcibly recruited by a gang, so out comes the power armor.

In theory, Pierce won’t be hanging out with Barry, Ollie, and the gang, but considering how often Kara pops in to say hi, we don’t expect that to last. Hopefully not her cousin though.  We’ll find out once the pilot is shot and the CW decides to take it to series.