A few days ago Warner Bros. rocked Comic Con when they announced a Batman/Superman movie is in production and is due to be out in 2015. Fans of both superheroes have been cheering all over the world ever since the announcement was made and we are all impatiently waiting to see the showdown between DC’s two most popular heroes. The last time we saw the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight being bid against each other was in Frank Miller’s “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” and that wasn’t really the mainstream Batman most people know and love (it was an old Batman coming out of retirement). It was only logical for Batman to win since he is the more popular of the two. The Caped Crusader beats the Kryptonian also in terms of gross revenue generated by their latest respective movies, as well. All of this is to say that if Batman and Superman meet on the big screen, then The Detective will probably win. I don’t know how well they will execute the idea, but I think now is not the time for such a movie and I will explain why.
Superman VS Batman
The Dark Knight Trilogy
Lets face it – Christopher Nolan‘s “Dark Knight” trilogy is considered by many to be the best comic book movies ever made. Even though “The Dark Knight Rises” had many plot holes and was a huge letdown compared to the “Dark Knight”, the trilogy is revered by both comic book fans and people who have never held a Batman comics in their life. The only problem is that the trilogy was as loosely based on the comics as “I, Robot” was loosely based on Asimov’s short stories. Don’t get me wrong, they are good movies, but they are not comic book movies. It’s hard to say they are even in the DC Universe. If you think I’m wrong, then imagine Batman from Nolan’s trilogy into the same universe as Superman from “The Man of Steel”. You can’t, can you? That’s because they have nothing in common. Nolan’s version of The Caped Crusader destroyed his chances of being seamlessly featured in any sort of movie if it’s even remotely related to the DC Universe.
DC vs. Marvel
Another problem is that DC didn’t manage to their job of bringing their characters to the big screen in the same way Marvel did. Think about it – “Iron Man”, “The Incredible Hulk”, “Captain America”, “Thor”, “Iron Man 2” – all of them foreshadowed “The Avengers” and all of them were obviously in the same universe with the same rules and even looked alike. DC, however, has done nothing of the sort – “The Dark Knight” trilogy had nothing to do with the comics, let alone The Justice League, “The Man of Steel” and “Green Lantern” have pretty much nothing in common, and not to mention the fact that we are nowhere near Wonder Woman, Flash or Aquaman movies. For them to make a Batman/Superman movie right now with the current state of affairs is a rash decision, to say the least. There’s going to be so much that won’t make any sense. Before you make a crossover, you have to establish the characters (like Marvel did)– one Superman movie and technically zero Batman movies is just not enough. In my opinion, DC are chasing Marvel and are making huge mistakes in doing so. I hope I’m wrong about this because if I’m right, this movie will be one of the biggest disappointments of the decade.
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Next week on Arrow we’ll Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) take on an all-new enemy in ‘Dodger‘ episode 15th of the action-drama series. Feel free to check out the extended-promo for the upcoming action-packed episode.
The episode goes something like this:
“Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) tells Oliver he’s all work and no play, so he asks Detective McKenna (guest star JaninaGavankar) on a date. A jewel thief named Dodger (guest star JamesCallis) hits Starling City and targets someone very close to Oliver. Meanwhile, while working with Laurel (Katie Cassidy), Thea (Willa Holland) gets her purse stolen by a very fast pickpocket named Roy Harper (guest star Colton Haynes). Moira (Susanna Thompson) makes a move against Malcom (John Barrowman). Colin Donnell and Paul Blackthorne also star.”
Next week, the star from ‘Teen Wolf‘, Colton Haynes will make his debut on The CW‘s Arrow as a small time pick-pocket Roy Harper. The Hollywood Reporter has posted the first image of Haynes as the character.
Colton Haynes as Roy Harper and Willa Holland as Thea Queen
In the series, Harper is described as “a handsome, street-savvy teen from the Glades, the poverty-stricken area of Starling City who winds up being the object of affection for Thea, despite her own misgivings and those of ther family. The character is “destined” to become a significant part of her life and an important player in the drama.”
So far it has not been revealed if Harper will ever team up with Oliver Queen (StephenAmell) like in the comics, but with the introduction he will have in the episode
“Dodger” is the episode of Arrow that will premiere on February 20. The good news is that it features the first appearance of Colton Haynes as Roy Harper.
In this episode fans will see the return of Kelly Hu as China White, some Emily BettRickards as FelicitySmoak, James Callis as the episode’s villain The Dodger, Janina Gavankar as McKenna, and SusannaThompson’s Moira having a meeting I’m not sure the Arrow would approve of.
Usually, May and October are the months most waited for the Tv critics or for New Programming “Aficionados“. Is in these moments of the year where the new projects and the cancellations are announced. Having this as a traditional timeline, when project is renewed or cancelled before this dues, gives the conclusion that the TV program was amazingly great or just awful.
Luckily, the new superhero series ‘Arrow’ has become one of the extraordinary cases. The Tv Show based on DC Comics character ‘Green Arrow’/Oliver Queen, has been renewed for its second season. The CW Network has ordered the renewal for its hit series ‘Arrow’, ‘Vampire Diaries’ and ‘Supernatural’.
The Tv show whose Pilot episode was aired on October 2012, has already been nominated for a People Choice Award for Best New Tv Drama. With 18 episodes on its first season, ‘Arrow’ has earned a 8,3/10 on the IMDB ranking.
The success of this new tv show can be rely on several facts like: the show is based on a comic book, which is the current trend for hit shows and blockbusters, looking cases like ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘The Avengers’; the fact that the performances and the characters breaks the archetype of a common superhero stories; the fact of the collaboration of new but well known faces like Manu Bennet, Crixus on ‘Spartacus‘ Series, playing the villain ‘DeathStroke‘ as well as Actor Seth Gabel playing villain ‘Count Vertigo‘ and Teen Wolf Colton Haynes playing Arrow Sidekick ‘Speedy’; or is it the fact the show is very profitable and successful due to the issue that is filmed in Canada where the lower taxes support the productions.
Regardless the reason, there isn’t a doubt, ‘Arrow’ is currently the “it show” in over-the-air television networks.
In the recent 7 years, remakes and comic based movies has centered the blockbuster list. It’s no surprise that movies or tv shows based on superheros has topped the ratings as well as the box office. Productions like The Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, X-men, Batman demand a high investment but with the difference that they assure high profits.
Jeff Robinov – President of Warner Bros.
There is also the issue that the company responsible for this trend is Marvel Comics. A mother project like The Avengers which linked 4 other families of film productions and a rumor of a SHIELD Tv Show has actually build a reputation of excellency. Not all the companies can do that and DC Comics/ Warner Bros have to pay the price for previous projects.
It is known that there are the intentions for producing a Justice League Project, in which superheros like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and The Green Lantern will be summoned. This will happen if ‘Man of Steel’ soar its way off into theaters on June, 2013 according to Warner Bros President Jeff Robinov.
Failed projects like ‘The Green Lantern‘ in 2009 and starred by Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively as well as ‘Superman Returns‘ in 2006 starring Brandon Routh and Kate Bosworth, have put the producers to be extremely careful with Superman upcoming remake.
Producers, critics and audience will have an eye on June,2013 because if ‘Man of Steel‘ doesn’t work there will be no Justice League in 2015.
In just two weeks, Arrow will give it’s fans the first real introduction to Deathstroke, a character who has been teased since the opening moments of the series pilot.
In the DC Universe Deathstroke (Slade Wilson) is a dangerous mercenary and an unstoppable assassin that has fought against everyone from Batman to the Justice League (and sometimes won) in the comics. During the brief flashback island scene we’ve seen the imposing figure wearing the mask and silently toruring Oliver (Stephen Amell). But on February 6 episode, title “Betrayal,” will mark the first appearance without the mask.
For this episode someone who could hold his own against Amell in terms of physicality and acting skills was no small feat, so it’s no surprise that the CW producers turned to Manu Bennett (the undefeated gladiator Crixus in Starz’s “Spartacus“) to wear Deathstroke’s signature black and orange outfit.
As it was reported by EW, Slade and Oliver “form an uneasy alliance on the island of Lian Yu” in Episode 13, courtesy of the flashbacks.
Here are three exclusive preview shots of Bennett as Slade Wilson.
Last night TVGuide.com confirmed that Deadshot, portrayed by Michael Rowe, will indeed be back in ArrowEpisode 16, titled “Dead To Rights“. The episode is penned by DC Comics vet Geoff Johns, which will place both fighters in a head-to-head once again.
Michael Rowe returns as Deadshot
The sharp-shooting assassin, whom Oliver (Stephen Amell) shot in the eye, more like in the device he used to measure distances, will return in the second half of Arrow’s first season.
As fans came to realize Deadshot apparently assassinated Diggle (David Ramsey) brother, based on the tattoo of his name on the killers body. This means that the DC Comics villain will be appearing in a future Arrow episode as well.
“We see Diggle becoming very vulnerable and really dealing with feelings of revenge,” Ramsey told TVGuide.com. “He has a certain amount of guilt for his brother’s death. His revenge quest and avenging his brother’s death will play out. Some of those very things he’s warned Oliver about, Diggle will have to deal with.”
Arrow’s Deadshot was the second character to be introduced in the Arrowverse. Rowe’s character joins the rogue gallery of Ollie’s enemies. We have already seen the Royal Flush Gang, Firefly, soon we’ll see The Count (Vertigo), and the recurring anti-hero, The Huntress/ Helena Bertinelli portrayed by Jessica De Gouw and the Dark Archer, portrayed by John Barrowman.