DC Dispatches: Gotham, Batman vs Superman, The Flash & Justice League: War

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

This week: The new Gotham TV show will feature Classic Villains & Bruce Wayne, Arrow still hopeful for a part in Man of Steel 2, and The Flash get a father-figure.

Gotham: When Gotham was announced at the tail end of last year, the word was that the show was going to focus on a young Commissioner Gordon, and that Batman was not going to be a part of it. Now it sounds like it’ll have more of a Smallville feel. “Batman is in it, as young Bruce Wayne,” said Kevin Reilly, president of the Fox network, . “This is an origin story. This is what I love about it. This is all of the classic Batman characters, with a young Bruce Wayne, with Detective Gordon before he’s Commissioner Gordon, with the Penguin, with the Riddler, and with the Joker.  All of those characters are going to arc and become who they are. I’ve read the script.  It’s really good. It’s going to be this operatic soap that has a slightly larger-than-life quality. And we will arc a young Bruce Wayne from a child into the final episode of the series, when he will put on the cape.” He also said that they’re looking at casting a young Bruce Wayne now, “my guess would be that he’d be somewhere around 12.” It also appears that Fox has the rights to the entire Batman catalogue, having paid a “very healthy licence fee”. “This is not one of the things where you bought a franchise and then none of the characters people know – we will follow Bruce Wayne right up until the point where he gets interesting. It’s Gotham teetering on the edge. This is all of the classic Batman characters.”

Reilly also took the opportunity to announce that Fox is breaking with tradition and bypassing “pilot season”, that time of year when networks rush to make one-off episodes of potential new shows – many of which will never ever actually see light-of-day. “The broadcast development system was built in a different era and is highly inefficient,” he said. “It is nothing short of a miracle that talent can still produce anything of quality in that environment. When they are competing, frankly, with a huge swath of cable that has a lot of flexibility and order pattern and flexibility in when the shows can go on, cable networks are able to course correct creatively and re-shoot and recast. We’re spreading out the pilots, and where ever we can, we’re writing multiple scripts and hiring staff so that your staff is in place during the pilot and can roll right into the episodes.”

Quality, not quantity, would appear to be the new mantra at Fox, then…

Batman vs. Superman:  Arrow star Stephen Amell continues to be hopeful of getting his TV iteration of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow into either Man of Steel 2, or the planned big-screen Justice League film. “All we have to do for something like that to happen, or even be a possibility, is continue to take care of business with our show and then we put ourselves in a position – but the important thing is our show,” he says. Other sources say that Stephen Amell has had “discussions” at a studio-level with a view to his Oliver Queen showing up alongside Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot’s in the long-mooted Justice League movie. “I think the gestation process for this project is a lot slower than most people think,” adds Amell. “I mean, they haven’t even shot the next one. They haven’t even shot a frame of the movie before the movie everyone thinks is the Justice League movie!” Well, if he gets in, then Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen should follow in a flash… However, Warner Bros’ sequel, which seems to be pitting Superman against Batman while Wonder Woman looks on, has been put back 10 months to 6 May 2014 from its original release date of 17 July 2015. Warner Bros said in a statement, “We are happy to take advantage of these coveted summer dates, which are perfect for two of our biggest tentpole releases. We share the fans’ excitement to see DC Comics’ most popular figures, Superman and Batman, together on the big screen for the first time, which will now be arriving in theatres in May 2016.” One rumour is that Batman star Ben Affleck has injured his ribs, pushing production back by at least six weeks.

The Flash: And speaking of The Flash, Law & Order stalwart Jesse L. Martin, will be joining The Flash, playing Detective West, a surrogate father to Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen in the “Arrow” spinoff pilot from Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns. Det. West is described as an honest, blue-collar cop who is a surrogate father to Barry – a soulful, funny and caring father to Iris – Barry’s potential love interest – West came up through the foster care system and took Barry in after his mother’s slaying and father’s imprisonment. He believes in Barry and supports his efforts to prove his father’s innocence.

Justice League: War: and finally there’s a new Wonder Woman clip from the upcoming DC animated movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWpitYuArKY&feature=player_embedded

Sources: Collider, The Hollywood Reporter, Fandango, Sci-Fi Now, Bleeding Cool, Batman-News.com

GS Reporter: SilverFox

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