Warner Bros Reveals Its Upcoming DC Comics Movie Slate

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Yes boys and girls the DCEU is still going to continue and Warner Bros has officially laid out the slate to let us know what is coming out and when. Yup, even after the underwhelming box office performance of Justice League.

At the Comic Con Experience 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Warner Bros basically told the world it is still planning on going full steam ahead with their shared universe.  The WB began by referencing of course its biggest success, Wonder Woman and showed a title card that had the logo flanked by the Roman Columns suggesting the number 2 even though there was no direct number 2 in the title.

This was followed by the title card for the solo Aquaman film which is set to hit theaters late 2018. The next one which pretty much wasn’t a shock was that of Flashpoint, the solo film for the scarlet speedster, The Flash. This is pretty much there way to “reset” the universe and hopefully clean up the mess that has been made. This was followed by the title card for Justice League Dark, yes the mystical side of DC is still set to hit the big screen.

Suicide Squad 2, Batgirl, Shazam, Green Lantern Corps and The Batman all had their title cards shown. Now if you notice there weren’t certain films slated. Those being the solo Cyborg film, none of the Suicide Squad spinoffs- Gotham City Sirens, the Harley Quinn solo movie, the Harley Quinn and Joker caper and even the rumored solo Deadshot film. Also missing were the Dwayne Johnson led Black Adam movie and the Deathstroke movie. Even the solo Young Joker film, which isnt set to be part of the DCEU was not mentioned.

With this news of these films being laid out does this help to renew your faith in the potential of the DCEU?

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Warner Bros Is Possibly Going To Recast DCEU’s Iris West

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In today’s “Of course Warner Bros Is making a questionable decision” news. Before she even has a chance to debut in the DCEU it seems as if Kiersey Clemons may be looking for a new role.

So reports are beginning to surface suggesting that Warner Bros. is looking to recast the role of Iris West ahead of its seemingly problematic The Flash: Flashpoint film.

Just in case you may have forgotten because of course you haven’t seen her, Actress Kiersey Clemons WAS set to make her debut as Iris West in this year’s Justice League ahead of her appearance in Flashpoint.  Her cameo in the film was ultimately cut, but the sequence did manage to leak online shortly after Justice League hit theaters.

Oh yeah in case you needed another reminder of how much catastrophe is involved with this project there STILL is no director attached to Flashpoint. Also the initial future of this film rested on the overall success of Justice League so who knows what is really going to happen with this film.

Here is where you insert a Kanye shrug.

Berlanti-verse Not Immune: Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg Suspended Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

In a span of a few short months that has delivered a seemingly endless stream of people coming forward to name names of Hollywood harassers, abusers and rapists, the scope has not escaped the world of live-action superheroes without issue. Andrew Kreisberg, the executive producer of CW shows, “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” “The Flash” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” has been suspended by Warner Bros. TV Group, pending an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. At the moment there are 19 allegations being made against him (15 women and 4 men,) with claims including a range of sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact over a number of years.

In a statement to Variety, who broke the original story, Warner Bros. TV Group said, “We have suspended Mr. Kreisberg and are conducting an internal investigation. We take all allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and are committed to creating a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions.”

The stories, as told to Variety, are plentiful and very in-depth. They come from individuals who have and currently work with Kreisberg, they match up, corroborate each other and detail similar incidents. They range from tails of him hiring staffers based on looks, requesting massages, kissing women without consent, sexualized comments about women’s appearances and dress, weird in-office requests and contact with both men and women, all the way to an obsessive crush over a staff member that led to her quitting – a story confirmed by 12 different sources.

Which brings up the even larger issue: one of the inappropriate questions often asked of victims in these situations is, “why didn’t you tell anyone?” However, in this case, people did tell someone. A lot of someones, all the way up the ladder. At least one female colleague said she went to a senior executive at Berlanti Productions, the company that makes the CW shows for the DC and the network, with no response. A male colleague claims to have tried multiple times to correct his behavior, but with him being a show runner, it didn’t go anywhere. The show runner on a TV show is essentially THE power position. It’s similar to a producer on a movie. No one has offered to identify themselves for fear of putting their careers at risk.

Andrew Kreisberg currently denies every allegation. According to him, he’s mentored men and women over the years, but never inappropriate, and he made attempts to explain away or deny that any of the allegations actually happened. Sources close to Berlanti Productions say that owner, Greg Berlanti, the man behind 6 shows currently on television and another 3 in production, was never made personally aware of the accusations, and definitely would have acted, if so. Overall, the colleagues that contributed, spoke largely about the level of uncomfortability that Kreisberg has brought to the office, with multiple women saying they avoided sitting next to him, and felt under constant pressure to not speak or dress in any way that would subject them to harassment, not that it necessarily did any good.

Look, TV shows are fun and being able to see live-action versions of our comic book heroes is entertaining, but no one should have to deal with being sexually harassed, touched inappropriately, or otherwise made to feel sexualized or uncomfortable in the workplace. It’s truly a shame that a production company that is usually know for such progressive storylines, has such an internal failure going on. Kreisberg certainly comes off as a supervillain, here. Making sure that is handled is far more important than this week’s Flash bad guy or wondering whether Mon-El is going to come back to ruin more Supergirl episodes. Let’s hope Warner Bros. TV Group and Berlanti Productions move swiftly and do the right thing.

 

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

Ben Affleck All But Confirms He Won’t Stay On As Batman

We here at the Trusty Sidekick have been claiming for a while now that Ben Affleck would never make it to Matt Reeves solo Batman movies as the lead and this little nugget all but confirms it. In a press junket for Justice League, dropping next Friday, Affleck is asked how many times he’s played Batman and how many times we should expect to see him in the cape and cowl. We have the video set to start with the question – and…

Not even 5 times? With Justice League being number 4? That means, other than a likely pop up in another character’s movie (I’m guessing Flashpoint – if it happens,) Affleck and Reeves will never end up on set together. This obviously becomes more disappointing if Justice League does well and sets the DCEU on the right track as far as films go, and of course further grows my desire to fight Ben in the streets. I will be ranting about this next week on the podcast, but make sure you find our current episode, here!

Gotham Tabs Peyton List As Third Poison Ivy

Gotham, which is now in it’s 4th season, has landed it’s 3rd Poison Ivy, bringing Peyton List on board. No, not this Peyton List, THIS Peyton List. Yes, not only are there two professional actors with the, not-everyday-name of Peyton List, but Gotham is adding the one who played the Golden Glider on CW’s The Flash, as the new Poison Ivy.

If you don’t remember, Gotham already had a poison Ivy named Maggie Geha, who joined the cast for season 3. Geha was the second, replacing Clare Foley, the original Poison Ivy. So far, Ivy has been touched by an Indian Hill escapee that made her older, and now has drank some potions from an Asian apothecary which will apparently turn her into an entirely different looking person. If nothing else, you can’t say they don’t have a story-based plan for these things.

“Marvel should PANIC” Justice League first fan reactions are in.

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Well according to fans in China, it is the best movie ever basically and it’s said to be even better than ‘Wonder Woman.

Many are honestly torn about whether or not this will be a good film. This has been an argument amongst many fans. Now we might have a “decision” of sorts. This is from http://www.express.co.uk

Chinese fans were treated to live appearances from the whole cast, including Gal Gadot and Henry Cavill, across a huge two-day event.

The centrepiece was an exclusive 30-minute teaser which went down so well fans demanded that it was played again immediately.

One Chinese social media commentator shared her reactions to the footage and it is looking very, very good for the franchise’s future.

Fiona Is All In has also been giving thrilling praise to the footage screened so far.

In a series of breathless tweets she said: “A film worth waiting a person’s whole life for. So much better even than Wonder Woman.

“Marvel should be panicking. Cheering and applause everywhere.

“Visualy stunning, (the) theatre had to play the footage twice. (People are) crying.”

Fiona Is All In added: “People are going to worship Snyder. (This movie) defines what a real superhero movie should look like.”

She also started a frenzy when she made a cryptic comment about a “light of green” which immediately started speculation the screening had just . When she was asked if that’s what she meant, the Chinese fan gave a categorical answer.

Does this change you expectation? Do you think it will be better than Wonder Woman? Is the Green Lantern officially in it? Let us know what you think.