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More With Less: First ‘Suicide Squad’ Posters Revealed!

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The first DC movie Universe all-supervillain movie is set to get the hype train-rolling, what with a brand new trailer about to hit the Interwebs by next week. Coupled with the Cartoon Network animated show, Suicide Squad is raring up to be a step in the grim and dark direction for the franchise and one that the studios seem to be really desperately counting on, if the cast is anything to go by so far.

In an effort to further whet your appetite, Warner Brothers has gone ahead and released its first official Suicide Squad posters, in all their teasing glory!

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We’ve got the first on set pictures of Will Smith as Deadshot in David Ayers‘ upcoming Suicide Squad. Pictured above is the Batman: Arkham Origins video game version of the character, which I suspect will be the one that translates onto the big screen. It’s a more grounded look for DC’s deadliest shooter than the traditional red and white version most fans would rather see. Trouble is, that traditional red suit isn’t brooding enough for the average Warner Bros./DC movie these days. (more…)

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The weekly adventures of Arrow have not only been a success for its network, The CW, it’s also helped spawn a whole series of TV shows including two spin-offs of its own. But credit does not go alone to the bow-wielding hero played by Stephen Amell, but also to the cast of compelling characters built around him, like Arrow’s partner in crime-fighting, John Diggle played by David Ramsey. Making his way as a professional actor since the late 90s, Ramsey has appeared on series like Huff, The West Wing, The Ghost Whisperer and Dexter. During his time on Arrow, Ramsey has also moonlighted in a recurring capacity on CBS’ police drama Blue Bloods where he plays the Mayor of New York City. But really, it’s his important place on Team Arrow that we all want to talk to him about.

Recently, Nerd Bastards got the chance to talk to Ramsey about the Arrow season that’s currently winding down. Big changes are in the offing for Oliver Queen and friends, and while Ramsey didn’t spoil anything, he did tease that there are going to be interesting developments for the cast going forward, and that the effects of this season will reverberate on into Arrow’s already approved fourth season. While taking a break from filming the final episode of season three, Ramsey also talked about wanting more action for Diggle, why is character serves as mentor to the group of young heroes, and the surprising similarities between Diggle and his arch-nemesis. (more…)

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It’s rare that the wedding of two main characters in an episode is actually the least interesting, or the least pertinent, development in an episode, but that’s the way it was with the latest episode of Arrow. Now this was vintage Arrow, people! It had solid action, character development, dense plotting, and more than a couple of decent Easter Eggs. Specifically, it featured a long-awaited superhero face-off and some insightful background into one of the series long-time antagonists. But it was also a compelling story in its own right with a good twist in the A story, and a killer twist in the B. (more…)

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It’s not like fans get upset about casting in a comic book movie when it doesn’t meet their exacting nebulous expectations, right? Still, the casting of the upcoming DC Comics-based film Suicide Squad came out strong late last year with the announcement that Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto, and Tom Hardy had all signed on. But Hardy had to bow out with a busy schedule leaving a Rick Flagg-sized hole in the cast that Jake Gyllenhaal refused to film. The production’s in trouble, right? Not so fast says that man playing Deadshot and the woman playing Harley Quinn. These casting difficulties are just par for the course in a major Hollywood production. (more…)

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Last night’s installment of Arrow brought the Emerald Archer back to Starling City, but with Oliver Queen’s return to his hometown now being literally yesterday’s news, we need to know now what’s next for the show. Well, there’s continuing development of the Black Canary for one thing, Ray Palmer suiting up in his A.T.O.M. armor for another, and then there’s the oil and water team-up of Oliver and Malcolm Merlyn to fight Ra’s al Ghul. But if none of that peaks your interest, how about a visit from some old friends. Or make that frenemies. Task Force X is making a comeback, although you may know them better as the Suicide Squad. (more…)

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With his mounting action movie credentials and dedication to staying in top shape, it makes sense that Jai Courtney is being considered for a superhero movie. “Being considered” could mean that Warner Bros. is talking to his agents. It could mean that he auditioned for the part. It could mean that he and writer/director David Ayer had lunch the other day. Either way, if DC doesn’t make this guy a deal, Marvel probably will. Not that he’s hurting for work because the dude has 4 movies in 2014 alone. But the studio is moving forward on their projects at breakneck speed, so if it turns out JC is on board, we’ll probably hear about it soon. (more…)

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A report yesterday listed a proverbial “Murderer’s Row” of big screen celebs being courted to join the big screen version of Suicide Squad, the movie based on the DC Comics team of the same name. Ryan Gosling, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Tom Hardy were the names being brandied about, although the reporting was a bit iffy, as if to say that these were names on someone’s wish list, possibly director David Ayer (Fury), and not a list of people actually being courted for parts. Well, new reporting today seems to indicate that the previous report was at least 75 per cent prophetic. Smith, Hardy and Robbie are indeed, apparently, “close to signing” on to DC and Warner Bros.’ next big comic book movie. (more…)

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Earlier this week the latest DC Universe animated feature – Batman: Assault on Arkham – released digitally and on DVD/Blu-ray. This one, however, isn’t tied to The New 52 continuity DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ Animation are building with films like Justice League: War and the upcoming Throne of Atlantis, but is instead linked with the Batman: Arkham video game universe. While at San Diego Comic-Con I participated in roundtable interviews with many of Assault on Arkham‘s creators and cast: director Jay Oliva, producer James Tucker, writer Heath Corson, voice director Andrea Romano, and voice talent Kevin Conroy, Matthew Gray Gubler, and John DiMaggio. Hit the jump for their input on making Batman: Assault on Arkham! (more…)