This week’s show covers news on Joker, StargirlSwamp Thing, the CW crossover, and more.

Warner Bros. announces production has begun on Joker film

  • Synopsis – ““Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen.  Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale. “
  • Confirms cast – Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy,
  • – Brett Cullen (Ghost Rider, The Dark Knight Rises) cast as Thomas Wayne
  • Writer/Director Todd Phillips is also producing with Bradley Cooper through their Joint Effort Production company, along with Emma Tillinger Koskoff
  • Director Todd Phillips shares first look at Joaquin Phoenix in Joker on Instagram
  • Releases October 4, 2019

The Hollywood Reporter lists names of actresses testing for roles in Birds of Prey

  • More will be testing for the roles soon
  • Black Canary – Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jurnee Smolett-Bell
  • Huntress – Margaret Qualley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cristin Milioti
  • Renee Montoya – Justina Machado, Roberta Colindrez
  • Cassandra Cain – will be in the 12-year old range

Brec Bassinger cast in the lead role of Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl in DC Universe’s Stargirl

  • Has appeared in series School of Rock and All Night
  • Synopsis – “Outside of costume, Stargirl is known as Courtney Whitmore, a young woman who’s described as smart, athletic and above all else kind. The high school sophomore’s seemingly perfect life hits a major speedbump when her mother gets married and her new family moves from Los Angeles, California to Blue Valley, Nebraska. Struggling to adapt to a new school, make new friends and deal with a new step-family, Courtney discovers her step-father has a secret; he used to be the sidekick to a superhero. “Borrowing” the long-lost hero’s cosmic staff, Courtney becomes the inspiration for an entirely new generation of superheroes.”

Maria Sten (Channel Zero, Straight Outta Compton) cast in Swamp Thing as Liz Tremayne – Deadline

  • Character line – “a close childhood friend of Abby Arcane’s, who splits her time between reporting for the local paper and bartending at her aging father’s roadhouse bar. Her no-nonsense attitude belies a deep compassion for her friends and family as she sets out in her uncompromising quest to expose the secrets that threaten her beloved hometown.”

Writer/EP Gary Dauberman talks Swamp Thing with SlashFilm

  • Will be “hard R” – graphic violence, adult themes, and scary
  • “Because we’re doing it through the DC streaming service, they really pushed us, although they didn’t have to push hard, for us to go as extreme as we could. We really took our inspiration from the Alan Moore run in Swamp Thing, this landmark I think run. Fans of that series will know it gets pretty weird and extreme and scary. We really wanted to live up to that standard that Moore set up back in the ‘80s. “
  • Will be a physical costume designed by Fractured FX; “it’s going to look amazing and less of the “man in suit” that you’ve seen in the movie and the other TV show.”
  • Will feature origin of Swamp Thing
  • Much will be told through Abby Arcane’s point-of-view
  • They can cross over with Titans and other shows if they want, but don’t have to; it hasn’t been discussed
  • Will naturally touch on environmental topics, but don’t want to become “too preachy”

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (Nine Inch Nails) will compose score for HBO’s Watchmen – (Variety)

  • Won an Oscar for The Social Network

Casting for this year’s Arrowverse crossover

  • Elizabeth “Bitsie” Tulloch cast as Lois Lane The CW – The Hollywood Reporter
  • Cassandra Jean Amell (wife of Stephen) cast as Nora Fries, usually wife of Mr. Freeze in comics (Deadline calls her a supervillain)
  • Jeremy Davies (Lost, Ritchie Simpson in live-action Constantine series and Justice League Dark animated film) cast as “John Deegan, a doctor at Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane in Gotham City, who might just be crazier than the inmates he treats. His machinations will draw Green Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl to Gotham City.” Will be the main villain, according to The Hollywood Reporter (John Dee/Doctor Destiny?)

Warner Bros. announces new division for consumer products and more

  • Called Warner Bros. Global Brands and Experiences, to led by Pam Lifford
  • Will involve things such as toy licencing, theme park stuff, and more
  • “will oversee toy licensing, DC, theme park attractions and a “global franchise team,’”’She will be in charge of creating new initiatives to make its characters omnipresent outside movies and TV shows.”

DC Universe is now live

  • Scene from Titans released on DC Daily featuring Dick Grayson and Jason Todd
  • Movies/TV and video player
  • Comic Book selection

Twitter question from Tony @waltgator93“if Legends of Tomorrow never existed until this spring, what 8 characters would you like to see Rip recruit?”

  • Current cast – Sarah, Ray, Mick, Nate, Zari, Constantine, Ava, Not Amaya (Charlie)
  • Constantine, Guardian, Mon-El, Kid Flash, Mick, Zari, Ray, The Ray
  • Gypsy, Maxima (guests – Guardian, Elongated Man, Patty Spivot)

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