There is plenty of DC news to get to on this week’s podcast. We talk film composers, Joaquin Phoenix on the Joker. There’s also big DC TV news, including the CW crossover and Watchmen being ordered to series on HBO.


Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel) to compose the score for Wonder Woman 1984

  • Rupert Gregson-Williams (Aquaman) composed the score for Wonder Woman

Hildur Gudnadottir to compose score for Joker film – Film Music Reporter

  • Previous work includes Sicario: Day of the Soldado and Mary Magdalene

Joaquin Phoenix talks Joker movie- IndieWire

  • Is doing press for The Sisters Brothers, but also preparing for Joker – “It is ideal to be able to focus on one thing and not do press while you’re prepping for something else, which is not working out.”
  • On pressure of playing Joker – “I could care less. I don’t really think that much about what people think. Who cares, who cares?”
  • Said choosing a role is all about chemistry (“If there’s something that feels unique, then I don’t really care what genre it is, what budget it is. Those things aren’t important. What gets my interest is examining people. Some of it is really f***ing simple. It’s chemistry, it’s like what you look for in a lover. You know it when it happens.”)

Director James Wan talks Aquaman in interview with Total Film Magazine (via Games Radar)

  • On choosing Aquaman – “Let’s face it, [Aquaman is] the superhero that everyone makes fun of. There was a bit of reservation at the start about whether or not I should pursue this character. But the more I thought about it, I always love being the underdog. Coming from the horror genre, you’re always the underdog. So I got used to that mentality.”
  • On bringing some horror to the film – “I said, ‘I can have monsters in there. Are you guys OK if I have monsters in there?’ They said, ‘Have monsters!'”
  • Cited George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and James Cameron as inspiration; wants to be known as a filmmaker, and not only a “horror filmmaker”.


HBO officially orders Watchmen to series – (Variety)

  • Released “Nothing ever ends…” teaser graphic on Twitter
  • HBO description ‘ “‘Watchmen’ embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.”
  • No episode count given (10 is common for HBO)
  • Will debut in 2019
  • DC TV shows expected to debut in 2019 -(5) Watchmen, Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, Stargirl, and Pennyworth; also possible – (4) Batwoman, Metropolis, Project 13, and Y: The Last Man

Production has apparently started on FX’s Y: The Last Man pilot – showrunner Michael Green on Twitter

  • Shared photo of a “Y”, with caption “Day 1”

Details on Y: The Last Man – from FX CEO John Landgraf at the TCAs via Slashfilm

  • Will just be titled “Y”
  • Will be set in present day (comic debuted/was set in 2002)
  • Ampersand (the monkey) will be “mostly cgi”
  • Diane Lane will be playing politician Jennifer Brown, Yorick’s mother
  • Deadline – Timothy Hutton will play the U.S. President in the pilot

The CW’s DC TV crossover dates announced

  • December 9th, 10th, 11th at 8 p.m. EST
  • Supergirl and The Flash are switching dates (The Flash on Sunday, Supergirl on Tuesday)

Superman and Lois Lane to appear in this year’s crossover

  • Tyler Hoechlin will reprise his role as Superman in all 3 episodes of the crossover
  • Lois Lane is yet to be cast
  • How could they fit in?

Stephen Amell tells Digital Spy that the crossover will be more personal this year

  • “Because we went so big with the crossover last year, you can’t go bigger, so you have to go more about the characters and the story.”
  • Melissa Benoist thinks the Supergirl/Batwoman interactions could be interesting because of Kara’s reluctance to team with vigilantes
  • Caity Lotz said there was too much going on with the introduction of Batwoman to include the Legends

Bruce Boxleitner (Tron, Babylon 5) cast in recurring role in Season 5 of Supergirl as Vice President Baker – TV Line

  • Brent Spiner had been cast in the role, but had to depart due to “family” reasons

Brendan Fraser to star as Cliff Steele/Robotman in Doom Patrol for DC Universe – Deadline

  • Fraser is known for Encino Man, The Mummy films, Blast from the Past
  • Fraser will appear in flashbacks and voice the character
  • Riley Shanahan will appear in the physical/robotic form as Robotman
  • Jake Michaels was cast in the role for Titans; just physical form or is this a recast?
  • Cast for Doom Patrol series – April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Cyborg

Troy James cast as Peter Merkel/Rag Doll for Season 5 of The FlashTV Insider

  • Rag Doll is a triple-jointed/contortionist villain who first appeared in 1942
  • Will appear in episode 5
  • James is a contortionist who appeared on America’s Got Talent

Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will guest star on the final season of iZombie

  • According to The Hollywood Reporter, he“will play Zed, one of just two Seattle City Council members who didn’t flee the city before the wall went up.”
  • Posed for a photo with star Rose McIver

Video games

Official LEGO® DC Super-Villains Story Trailer released on YouTube

  • Justice League is gone, DC villains have to stop Darkseid’s invasion
  • DCAU voices – Michael Ironside as Darkseid, Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor, and Mark Hamill as Joker
  • Releases October 16 on Windows, PS4, XBox One, and Nintendo Switch

DC Universe announces DC Daily – a daily DC news show

  • DC Daily will offer fans entertaining news and insights, exclusive guest appearances, interviews and panel discussions with some of the most knowledgeable voices in the DC universe.”
  • The show will be available for free on, but DC Universe members can have “exclusive, expanded version of the show that provides additional content and behind-the-scenes access.”
  • Will replace DC All Access
  • DC Universe Live Stream August 29 from 4:30-6 PST –  Hosted by Kevin Smith; will give details on the show and DC Universe

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