This episode of the DC Drop looks at The Batman and Joker movie news, Watchmen release date, and more.

Robert Pattinson discusses The Batman in interview with Variety

  • Pattinson was “furious” when it was reported he was cast as Batman before his audition; thought it ruined his chance
  • As a kid, he was a big Batman fan and it “was the only outfit” he had
  • He said the response to his casting was “less vitriolic” than he expected
  • Wanted to meet with Matt Reeves as soon as he heard he was directing – “I’d had Batman in my mind for a while…It’s such an absurd thing to say. I sort of had an idea to do it, and I’d been prodding Matt. He didn’t accept any prods. I kept asking to meet him.”
  • Reeves agreed to meet only after he finished the script – “And then I had to kind of try to imagine what he’d written, and I hadn’t even read the script. I’d come with this pad full of notes.”
  • Said it’s “pretty humiliating” having several people put you in a costume, but the Batsuit is “transformative” once its on
  • Officially got the role the same day he started filming Christopher Nolan’s next film, so he asked a bunch of questions, including how to move in the suit
  • Wouldn’t discuss if the plan is for multiple films or anything

More additions to the cast of The Suicide SquadDeadline

  • Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who) for unknown role
  • Pete Davidson (Saturday Night Live) for cameo role

WB has released a teaser for Birds of Prey, but it will only appear in theaters

  • 40 second teaser that plays before It: Chapter Two
  • Film releases February 7, 2020

Early (3 weeks out) domestic opening weekend Box office tracking for Joker Deadline

  • Registering strong interest from males of all ages and all in the early 20s demographic
  • Mentions sources projecting $90 million and $82 million
  • Variety – $76 to $88 million
  • Good chance at October record from Venom last year ($80.2 million)

HBO announces debut date for Watchmen on October 20 – (Twitter)

  • Sunday, October 20 at 9 p.m. ET

John Wesley Shipp to return for “Crisis on Infinite Earths” – TV Insider

  • Which role or number of appearances is unknown
  • Shipp has played Henry Allen, Earth-3 Jay Garrick/Flash, and Earth-90 Barry Allen/Flash 

Johnathon Schaech will return as Jonah Hex for “Crisis on Infinite Earths” – Entertainment Weekly

  • Number of episodes is unknown
  • Shows likelihood that some time shenanigans will be involved

Batman Beyond pilot – “Rebirth” Part 1 and Part 2

  • January 10, 1999
  • Directed by Curt Geda, written by Alan Burnett, Pual Dini, Stan Berkowitz
  • Will Friedle as Terry McGinnis, Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne
  • Overall thoughts on Batman Beyond 
  • Animation style
  • Setting (future)
  • Premier (2 parter)
  • New suit (high tech, can fly)
  • Old batman (new suit, vows “never again”, has to take pills)
  • 20 Years Later
  • Terry McGinnis (high schooler, divorced parents, his dad dies, already fighting Jokerz)
  • Sherman Howard as Derek Powers (runs Wayne enterprises now, bad guy)
  • Terry finds batcave, brings back the secret info that got his dad killed and takes the suit
  • Bruce offers Terry a “job”

Return of the Joker

  • Released December 2000 (during 3rd and final season), uncut version released in 2002
  • Directed by Curt Geda, Written by Paul Dini, Glen Murakami, and Bruce Timm
  • Mark Hamill as Joker
  • Bruce is taking back control of Wayne Enterprises
  • Joker is back
  • Bruce wants Terry to stop being Batman
  • Joker breaks into Batcave, poisons Bruce
  • Flashback of Batgirl, Batman, Harley Quinn, Robin, Joker
  • Terry figures out Tim is helping the Joker
  • Joker is living in a microchip attached to Tim’s brain
  • Final fight

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