DC Dispatches: Batman vs Superman, SHAZAM! & Arrow / Flash

Whether it’s Warner Bros, The CW or the DC stable themselves, here are the world-wide mutterings!

This week: Batman vs Superman looking more like JLA with casting rumours for Green Lantern and Aquaman, no SHAZAM! film on the horizon, The Flash gets a partner and Wonder Woman fights back!

Man of Steel 2: Batman vs Superman: in all the time I’ve been writing for GS, no single film so far off seems to be generating gossip like Batman vs Superman. Hard on the heels of my own personal belief that Warner Bros is trying to pull the wool over our eyes, and that this sequel is really a Justice League prequel by any other name, we have word that Fast & Furious star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson revealed on Twitter that he’s entered talks with Warner Bros for a role in a DC Comics-related movie. At this point, the interweb went ape, as obvious conclusions would be that he could be cast as the Kryptonian-crippling villain Doomsday. However, an alternative take is he could be lined up to play Aquaman, who has undergone a more recent comic transformation into a brutal warrior king; this does sort of clash with the traditional image of the blonde-haired, blue-eyed King of Atlantis look, but if they can cast an African-American as the Human Torch, then all bets are off…


… and more in this vein, comes the speculation that (despite earlier rumours suggesting that he could be playing Lex Luthor) Denzil Washington will in fact be playing John Stewart, one of the many Earthlings to hold the title of Green Lantern. Introduced in Green Lantern #87 (December 1971/January 1972) by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams, Stewart was one of the DC Universe’s earliest African-American superheroes, and for an entire generation became the most recognisable Green Lantern thanks to a key role in the fan-favourite Justice League Unlimited animated series. It would certainly be a major coup for any superhero film to garner an actor of Washington’s calibre, who has a portfolio of A-grade performances including Cry Freedom, Man of Fire, Malcolm X, Crimson Tide and Philadelphia (phew!) that probably outstrips any actor connected with a comic franchise, barring perhaps Anthony Hopkins as Odin.

Arrow / The Flash: It appears The CW are determined that The Flash will neither rest on it Green Arrow lineage nor go it alone, when their Flash TV show kicks off after Arrow Season 2 – the Flash series will also co-star Vibe. Reports are that Cisco Ramon, an engineer with the power to induce vibrational shockwaves, will be joining Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) in Flash Season 1. One of DC’s most high-profile Latin-American superheroes, Vibe first appeared in Justice League Of America Annual #2 (October 1984), created by writer Gerry Conway and artist Chuck Patton. Vibe is a key part of DC’s New 52 and has made appearances in the Justice League Unlimited animated series, as well as the wonderful DC Nation animated shorts.

SHAZAM: it does seem that with all the activity around DC & Warner (and The CW for that matter), there will be a few casualties. One has been the axing of a Wonder Woman stand-alone movie, and now it seems that DC Comics’ ‘other Superman’, SHAZAM! – better known as the original Captain Marvel – will not get his solo film either. “I’ve always loved Shazam,” said director Peter Segal, to date the only person connected with helming the on-off Billy Batson and the Legend of Shazam project , “but I don’t know if it’s going to see the light of day any time soon. The thing is, Shazam has always live this tortured life going against Superman. This dates back to the 1930s. Because Captain Marvel had similar powers to Superman, the DC folks back then sued what was the most popular comic book on the stands at that time. Years later, they bought it and it became a DC property but, as long as Superman stays hot in the market place, there seems like a little bit of a crossover between the two characters. After Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, it seemed like there was a moment in time where Shazam was going to see the light of day. That’s when you heard those stories,” continued Segal. “Now that Superman is being invigorated and going up against Batman, I think it’s difficult for DC to figure out how to launch this character in the wake of Superman’s resurgence.” As some of you may know, whenever Billy Batson said the magic word ‘SHAZAM!”, he would turn into hero Captain Marvel – the similarities with Superman are all in the word, which is broken down into S – The wisdom of Solomon, H – The strength of Hercules, A – The stamina of Atlas, Z – The power of Zeus,  A – The courage of Achilles and M – The speed of Mercury.

And finally, because I am unashamedly a huge fan of Gal Gadot, who has had put up with the very unfair body-shaming criticism of her up-coming turn as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel sequel, I’ll leave the final words to her, as she responded to the issue of whether it’s a problem that DC Comics’ Amazonian princess is typically depicted as having considerably larger boobs. “I represent the Wonder Women of the new world,” said Gadot. “Breasts… anyone can buy for 9,000 shekels and everything is fine. By the way, Wonder Woman is Amazonian and historically accurate Amazonian women actually had only one breast. So, if I’d really go ‘by the book’…it’d be problematic.” She also shed a little light on her grueling training regime schedule: “It’s the physical preparations that I’m starting now,” said Gadot. “A very serious training regime – kung fu, kickboxing, swords, jujutsu, Brazilian…1,000 and 1 things. I’ll gain body mass.” Enough already – let’s just see the girl in action when the film opens…

Sources: Twitter, Nuke the FridgeMovie Hole , Coming Soon,

GS Reporter: SilverFox

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