Cathy Yan’s untitled Birds of Prey film is starting to come together and it appears Ewan McGregor is joining the cast as the villainous Black Mask. We discuss this plus Aquaman’s potential box office, Swamp Thing casting, our first look at The Monitor in “Elseworlds” and the Doom Patrol’s debut on Titans.

Ewan McGregor (Star Wars) in talks to play Black Mask in Birds of PreyThe Wrap

  • “In final talks”, has been confirmed elsewhere

Director Cathy Yan talks a little bit about Birds of Prey Deadline

  • Says the script is filled with “dark humor” and “female empowerment”
  • She loved the script and felt like it fit her voice and was something she could do

Long-range box office projections for Aquaman from Box Office Pro

  • *projections, not tracking
  • Domestic – opening weekend of $45 million (finishing first), total of $175 million
  • Social buzz is similar to Ant-Man and the Wasp, but it may open lower due to time of year
  • Box Office Pro’s previous long-range DCEU domestic opening weekend forecasts – Man of Steel ($108 million, actual $116 million) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($154 million, actual $166 million, Suicide Squad ($98 million, actual $133 million), Wonder Woman ($83 million opening, actual $103 million opening), Justice League ($150 million, $94 million)


Jeryl Prescott (The Walking Dead) cast in series regular role of Madame Xanadu in Swamp Thing – (Deadline)

  • Character description – “a blind fortune teller with a mysterious past and supernatural perceptions that reveal the future…Xanadu is a centuries-old immortal who advises and aligns with crusaders against evil but is reluctant to join the fray directly.”

Virginia Madsen cast as original character Maria Sunderland in Swamp ThingDeadline

  • Madsen was Academy Award-nominated for “Best Supporting Actress” for Sideways (2004)
  • Will be a series regular
  • “Maria Sunderland traded in her privileged upbringing for the swamps of Marais when she married local business magnate Avery Sunderland, but Avery’s life-time obsession with the swamp has driven a wedge between him and Maria. Her poised existence is shaken further when the return of Abby Arcane reawakens a deep grief over the loss of Maria’s daughter, Shawna, drawing her into the dark supernatural mysteries emerging from the swamp.”
  • Husband Avery has not yet been cast

Jason Flemyng (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) cast as a series regular for Pennyworth – (Deadline)

  • Will play the villainous Lord Harwood
  • The series is currently in production in the U.K.

New details on the 5th and final season of Gotham – (TV Line)

  • Is now 12 episodes instead of 10; series will now end at a total of 100 episodes
  • Season 5 premiere will be Thursday, January 3 at 8 p.m.
  • (Deadline) Jaime Murray (Dexter) will play Theresa Walker, a nemesis of Jim Gordon

Jesse L. Martin (Joe West) taking a medical leave of absence on The FlashTV Line

  • Unknown what episode the leave will begin


First official look at LaMonica Garrett suited up as The Monitor – Entertainment Weekly

  • Here it is
  • A planet being destroyed?
  • That’s a big book

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