By: Adam Basciano
On Saturday morning DC Entertainment lit up the news cycle with their presentations for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. On Saturday night, it was DC on TV that made headlines. First up is Arrow. While the show will keep the name, the emerald archer will get a very New 52 inspired costume upgrade, and refer to himself as the Green Arrow. The hero will get a new villain in Season 4, in the form of Damien Darkh. The character will be played by a former Marvel Cinematic Universe dum dum! No the actor isn’t stupid, but actor Neal McDonough play Dum-Dum Dugan in Captain America: The First Avenger. For those unfamiliar with Damien Darkh he is “described as a mysterious and sophisticated villain, and an adversary of the late Ra’s Al Ghul, Damien Darkh is now the leader of his own clandestine group, suggesting that this cunning foe will prove to be one of the Arrow’s greatest challenges.”
Moving on to Arrow’s sister show The Flash. Season one hinted at the presence of original Flash character Jay Garrick’s existence. Season 2 will actually bring the character on the show. ” Masters of Sex’s Teddy Sears will be joining the cast of The Flash as Jay Garrick. In the comics, Garrick was the very first Flash, and is known for his winged silver helmet, which was glimpsed briefly in the Season 1 finale. On the Flash TV show, Jay is a mysterious figure who arrives in Central City to warn Barry Allen and his team at S.T.A.R. Labs of an impending danger that he alone cannot hope to stop.” The cast list continues to grow as CW alumni Shantel VanSanten from One Tree Hill fame will play Patty Spivot. “A newer character and perhaps slightly lesser known, Patty Spivot is a police officer and science enthusiast who catches the eye of Barry Allen. On the show, Patty is obsessed with metahumans and partners with Det. Joe West this season but has no idea that her new crush is the Flash.” With Eddie Thawne gone, the addition of Ms. Spivot, can keep the tradition of the love triangle that the CW loves so much.
Over at CBS, Supergirl has added a potential villain to the fold. “Peter Facinelli (The Twilight Saga) is joining the cast of Supergirl in the recurring role of Maxwell Lord. Sometimes a villain, sometimes a hero and sometimes a little of both Lord has been written both with and without super powers. He’s also been involved with the Justice League and played a role in the formation of the Justice League International. On CBS’s new series, Lord is a green tech billionaire who enjoys a friendly rivalry with Cat Grant and a fascination with National City’s newest arrival — Supergirl.” Despite that God awful series of Twilight movies, Peter Facinelli is a strong versatile actor, and should do well with such a complex and duplicitous character like Maxwell Lord.
Moving on to animation. Several great Batman graphic novels have gotten the animated film treatment. Chief among them are Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One. Well, we can add another classic to the list. “Warner Bros. revealed the three DC Universe Original Movies that will be released in 2016, including an adaptation of the classic Joker story, Batman: The Killing Joke. Batman: The Killing Joke is the seminal graphic novel written by Alan Moore and drawn by Brian Bolland that offers up a potential (but not exactly trustworthy) origin for the Joker, and that led to a paralyzed Barbara Gordon to retire as Batgirl…temporarily. For years, it’s been one of the most regularly requested animated films by fans.” Personally, this is one of my favourite Batman stories. I’m surprised they are making it, given how dark, serious and adult it is, but I’m so stoked that they are!
(Source: DC Entertainment)