Director Guillermo Del Toro took a few minutes during Wondercon's "Pacific Rim" panel to give an update on the progress of "Dark Universe." The project, which stars the dark heroes of the DC Universe, was mentioned a little over a month ago, with Del Toro prepping his pitch for the higher ups at Warner Bros. While Del Toro didn't divulge any info on that meeting with Warner Bros., the information he did reveal seems to hint that things are progressing quite nicely.
Del Toro revealed that he has written the story bible for the film and currently has a screenwriter drafting it into a screen play. While the screenwriter's identity is shrouded in mystery, the cast of "Dark Universe" is pretty clear. Swamp Thing will make his return to the big screen after almost a quarter century absence; he'll be joined by Deadman, the Spectre, Zatanna, Etrigan the Demon and John Constantine.
While executive producer Marc Guggenheim may have kept pretty quiet about the twists and turns awaiting Oliver Queen in the rest of "Arrow's" first season, he did show off a sizzle reel containing exciting new footage from the rest of the season. The sizzle reel, which debuted at Wondercon in Anaheim this past weekend, can be viewed in full below, followed by the one tasty tidbit Guggenheim felt fine dropping.
At this point, "Arrow" is pretty much doing a victory lap. Fans were skeptical of the series at first, mostly because they dropped "Green" from the title. But the lastfewepisodes have introduced crucial characters from the comics into the show and brought old favorites back into the fold. They've even pleased fans by promising a lot more Roy Harper and Deathstroke in season two.
Now the CW has released this extended promo for next Wednesday's episode of "Arrow," with sees Seth Gabel return as the Count.
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If you are a theater owner or operator, get ready to see some new "Man of Steel" footage during this year's CinemaCon (and if you aren't an owner or operator, start working towards that promotion now!). The event lasts from April 15th-18th. Comic Book.com broke the news after some snooping around. Apparently April 16th is the rumored date for a new "Man of Steel" trailer, which coincidentally is the same date as Warner Bros. presentation at CinemaCon. Word is that some Superman footage will be shown in the presentation, along with footage from all of Warner Bros. other big summer movies.
As if there weren't enough psychotic justice-seekers roaming the streets of Starling City, last night's episode of "Arrow" introduced us to another crazed vigilante inspired by Oliver Queen's hooded heroics. "Salvation" begins with a news report about John Nickel, one of the wealthiest real estate developers in the city and also one of the dirtiest. Hooding up, Oliver heads over to Nickel's penthouse only to find that he's been kidnapped by a madman who calls himself the Savior.
Two new promo photos of Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, the titular vigilante archer of the CW drama "Arrow," have been released by Entertainment Weekly. They show two distinct and conflicting sides of Amell; one depicts the actor wearing a shirt, and the other depicts the actor not wearing a shirt. Such is the duality of man! Check out the pictures below.
Look out, S.H.I.E.L.D.! There's a new shady organization in town with an acronym that's shorter and easier to remember. Earlier this week, Marc Guggenheim (producer of the CW's "Arrow") teased the debut of A.R.G.U.S. (Advanced Research Group Uniting Super-Humans) in an upcoming episode.
However, sticking to the "Arrow" theme of no superpowers, A.R.G.U.S. will now stand for Advanced Research Group United Support. Created by DC Comics' Geoff Johns and Gene Ha, A.R.G.U.S. first made its appearance in "Justice League" #7. How the organization will fit into the world of "Arrow" remains to be seen, but there is one thing that is for certain: A.R.G.U.S. will be coming into direct contact with Oliver Queen.
In an interview with I Am Rogue, "Man of Steel" screenwriter David Goyer kinda-sorta confirmed/didn't really deny Lex Luthor's involvement in the upcoming Superman reboot. Up until now I've operated under the assumption that General Zod (Michael Shannon) will be the only bad guy Superman scraps with in this summer's film. But when asked about the decision to exclude Superman's most iconic villain from the film, Goyer replied:
"I don’t think anyone has ever confirmed that we haven’t included him."
An excerpt from May's issue of Empire Magazine is making the rounds today, most likely because it contains the most comprehensive take on J.J. Abrams' lost Superman film from the man himself. Comic Book Movie states that the treatment was delivered to Warner Bros. in 2002, when the most impressive items on J.J. Abrams' resume were "Felicity" and "Alias." The project, called "Superman Flyby," contained a more psychological take on the hero.
"The thing that I tried to emphasize in the story was that if the Kents found this boy, Kal-El, who had the power that he did, he would have most likely killed them both in short order. And the idea that these parents would see – if they were lucky to survive long enough – that they had to immediately begin teaching this kid to limit himself and to not be so fast, not be so strong, not be so powerful."
Check out the rest of Abrams' pitch, as well as some concept art, below.
People can't stop talking to Ryan Reynolds about his languishing superhero franchises. He may be doing press to push "The Croods," but people want to know about Deadpool and Green Lantern! This week's Empire Online podcast features a lengthy conversation with Reynolds, where he divulges all sorts of info about DP and GL, going into even further detail than he did earlier this week (at another "Croods" event!).
Splash Page welcomes Ed Tadem to our cover artist family (our custom-designed theme up top). Currently working on the forthcoming "Avengers" animated series, Tadem's work can also be seen in the "Jackie Karma" issues of Image's "'76," and in "Pop Gun, Volume 1." Ed Tadem can be found online at EdTadem.com.