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‘The Flash’ Season 4 Won’t Have an Evil Speedster as the Big Bad

Three of The CW’s current DC shows, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, have varied up their season plots, presenting different kinds of villains each season. On the other hand their fourth show, The Flash, has kind of found itself in a pattern. The villain will turn out, inevitably, to be an evil speedster who has been secretly a member of team Flash all along. Well, technically the latter part might not be true this time around, but c’mon.

We know what’s going to happen.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s still a really good show, but it’s in spite of this pattern and not because of it. The good news though is that producers may be looking to break it. The Arrowverse producers did a panel at PaleyFest, and during it they reportedly confirmed that next season’s villain will definitely not be a speedster. The Flash Podcast, who was there, tweeted out the confirmation:

This is, honestly, probably the best news we could have. I mean, The Flash has such a wonderful catalogue of villains who deserve more than the brief arcs they’ve gotten on the show so far. Maybe we’ll get a nice arc with the Rogues, or maybe Mirror Master will finally get his due.

Or, y’know, maybe something else.

Really it’s just great to know that producers don’t want the show to get stale. If a show gets too predictable, that’s when it will hemorrhage viewers. Variety will keep things fresh, and I look forward to see where the show will go.

Warner Bros Delays ‘Aquaman’ Until December 2018

The solo Aquaman film was originally slated to hit theaters in July of 2018, but that was later shifted later in the year to October. Well, it seems that Warner Bros has moved the date yet again — now delaying the film until December 21, 2018.

Some of the films in the DCEU have been marred with delays and issues, most notably The Flash‘s constant parade of changing directors and The Batman‘s relative instability, but Aquaman seems to be the one post-Justice League film still on track. Most likely this delay is intended to give the film, which is expected to start filming soon, more time to work on special effects and post production.

That December release date originally had Avatar 2 pencilled in, but as that film has been delayed, it leaves the weekend open for the studio. It does mean that the Aquaman film will now share its release date with the (still untitled) animated Spider-Man film which will feature Miles Morales. It’s a gamble for the studio to say the least, but I guess we’ll see how it turns out.

Via THR

The New ‘Wonder Woman’ Origin Trailer is Amazing

A new trailer came out for Wonder Woman this weekend, and it focuses on her origin and the Amazons. Thankfully, rather than providing answers, it instead asks questions. Like why can’t Diana know where she came from?

Wonder Woman is probably one of the films we’re most anticipating this year, as many of us are hoping it will be the film that rights the DCEU ship. Frankly this is going to be the first time that Wonder Woman gets a solo film in the character’s over three quarters of a century history, so it’s important no matter what. Here’s hoping it’s as good as it looks.

Wonder Woman opens June 2, 2017.

The Cast for The CW’s ‘Black Lightning’ So Far

The latest DC show to go to pilot over at The CW is, of course, Black Lightning. Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil, and (of course) Greg Berlanti are producing, and the Akils are showrunning it should it get picked up to series.

First of all, Cress Williams will be playing the titular character Jefferson Pierce. Williams has a long resume which includes shows like Hart of Dixie, Code Black, and E.R., though he also appeared as Baron Sunday on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman way back in 1996.

Secondly, the daughters of Jefferson Pierce, Jennifer and Anissa have also been cast. China Anne McClain has been cast as Jennifer Pierce, the younger of the two. Jennifer is in high school, and while she’s a star student, Jennifer has a bit of a rebellious streak. The older daughter, Anissa, will be played by Nafessa Williams. Anissa is in her twenties and enrolled in medical school.

In the comics, eventually the daughters become superheroes themselves, using the names Lightning and Thunder, though we don’t know if we’ll see this in the show (again should it be picked up to series).

Via Deadline, Deadline

Episode 93 – The Digression Paradigm

On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss how Bill Paxton’s passing, Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s new season getting a release date, the addition of Generation 2 to Pokemon Go, Matt Reeves taking over The Batman, Syfy launching reality series Cosplay Melee, how “Jedi” is plural in The Last Jedi, and how Angry Goat Productions quietly cancelled their Sailor Moon Themed events.

Because who would have guessed that the company that cancels all of their events would cancel another.

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‘Suicide Squad’ Won an Oscar, and I’m Oddly Okay With That

Last night the Academy Awards aired, and during it one film won an Oscar that no one ever expected would — Suicide Squad. To say we’re not fond of the film here at Nerd & Tie is an understatement, and I believe our official line on the matter is that “it only looks like an okay movie because Batman v. Superman is so much worse.”

That said, I’m totally okay with this.

The reason why comes down to the category. Suicide Squad won in the category of “Makeup and Hairstyling,” and while others have made snide remarks about how the film won for dying Jared Leto’s hair green, there’s actually a hell of a lot that went into the hair and makeup for this movie. For instance, look at the image up above this article.

In that, you’ll see the Killer Croc, whose look wasn’t achieved through CGI, but instead prosthesis. In fact, there was a lot of complicated makeup and design that went into this film that shouldn’t be ignored. Other characters, like Enchantress and Diablo had complicated looks which were achieved with makeup.

Frankly, Suicide Squad was always a film that had amazing character design and pretty much nothing else going for it. And while you can argue that other films this last year (like Star Trek Beyond) had equal effort put into their makeup and hair, it’s hard to argue that this film didn’t deserve it too.

Of course, that won’t stop people from making snide remarks, but accepting that there might be some nuance in the world is beyond a lot of people.

Chris McKay in Negotiations to Helm ‘Nightwing’ Movie For Warner Bros

The conventional wisdom at Warner Bros seems to be that the easiest way to print money is to make a superhero movie that in some way involves Batman. With that in mind, it is no surprised that they are currently putting together a film based on original-Robin Dick Grayson, better known for the last few decades as Nightwing.

The film is being written by Bill Dubuque, and Warner Bros is currently pursuing director Chris McKay to take the film’s helm. McKay is, of course, no stranger to Dick Grayson or the world surrounding the Dark Knight as he recently directed The Lego Batman Movie (which is in theaters now). Tapping the director of one of the most critically acclaimed Batman movies seems like a no brainer, even if was a comedic take on the character.

Honestly, I have high hopes for this, though it’s so early in development all of this may disappear into the ether at any moment.

Via THR

Matt Reeves Officially Taking Over as Director of ‘The Batman’

So we’re a little behind on posting news this week (mostly because I was without electricity for most of Thursday), but the biggest piece of news to come out was that Warner Bros has announced a new director for their forthcoming Batman solo film The Batman. Starring Ben Affleck, who stepped down from the director’s chair himself almost a month ago, the film will be now be directed by Matt Reeves.

Reeves is best known to audiences for directing Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. Ever since Affleck stepped down there were rumors that Reeves would take the reigns, and while negotiations were allegedly pretty strained, they seem to have worked everything out.

No word on whether or not they’ll be still using the script penned by Affleck and Geoff Johns, but Reeves is a solid director and we’re pretty optimistic about the film still.

Lynda Carter Will Return to ‘Supergirl’ in a Kevin Smith Directed Episode

Lynda Carter, best known for starring the classic Wonder Woman television series, appeared earlier this season of Supergirl as the mysterious President Olivia Marsdin. The character’s brief appearance teased a larger backstory that could lead to some serious repercussions, and we’ve all been waiting to know when she’d return.

Well, the good news is that we shouldn’t have to wait too long, because (as Screen Crush reports) Lynda Carter will be back later this season for sure. We know this thanks to an Instagram post by Kevin Smith.

This post is also why we know that her appearance will be in an episode directed by Smith as well, for obvious reasons. We’re not sure when the episode will air, but there’s obviously only so many episodes left in Season 2 at this point.

Supergirl airs Monday nights on The CW.

Via Screen Crush

Alex Meraz Will Play the Lead in WGN’s ‘Scalped’

WGN’s adaptation of the DC/Vertigo comic Scalped finally started moving forward after a year of silence last week when it was announced that Lily Gladstone would be joining the cast. Well, news about the project continues to trickle in, and we now know who will be playing the lead role of Dashiell Bad Horse.

According to Deadline actor Alex Meraz will be taking on the part. Meraz is probably best known to audiences for his small part in Suicide Squad last summer, and is of mixed Lakota and Purepecha descent.

Considering for how long this project was silent, it’s nice to see that producers are finally actually doing something for once. It’s also, frankly, nice to see that the promise to have an all-native cast is being kept.

Via Deadline