It's Time for Even More Joker Casting Rumors

Oh that Joker, what a laugh.
Oh that Joker, what a laugh.
Image: Mikel Janin and June Chung (DC Comics)

Could DC be making an animated Super-Pets film? Alex Kurtzman teases Star Trek: Discovery’s take on a younger Spock. Get a look at some of the returning rangers for Power Rangers25th anniversary episode. Plus, what’s to come on The 100's season finale, and the return of Fantasy Island. Spoilers now!

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Variety reports GLOW’s Marc Maron is the latest actor to join the Joker origin movie. According to the site, Maron will play a booking agent on the comedy show hosted by Robert De Niro’s character, which will play host to the events that turn the Joker into the maddened clown villain we all know

Super Pets

LEGO Batman writer Jared Stern will allegedly direct an animated film based on the pet characters of the DC Universe, according to Collider. Though no official team roster has been revealed, the property includes characters like Krypto the Super-Dog, Streaky the Super-Cat, Ace the Bat-Hound, Beppo the Super-Monkey and Comet the Super-Horse.

Fantasy Island

Blumhouse and Sony are teaming up for a film adaptation of the weird Ricardo Montalban/Herve Villechaize ‘70s supernatural series Fantasy Island, about people being brought to a magical island to live out their wildest desires, from director Jeff Wadlow (Truth or Dare, Cry Wolf, Kick-Ass 2). [Deadline]


National Treasure 3

Speaking with Collider, director Jon Turteltaub cited both the recession and a disinterest on Disney’s part for the cancellation of the National Treasure franchise.

When National Treasure first got made, there was a lot more money to go around. Everybody got paid nicely. The problem with getting the third one made isn’t the people who are getting paid saying, ‘I’m not doing it unless you pay me a lot!’ It’s really that Disney feels they have other films they want to make that they think will make them more money. “I think they’re wrong. I think they’re right about the movies they’re making; they’re obviously doing a really good job at making great films. I just think this would be one of them, and they don’t quite realize how much the Internet is begging for a third National Treasure.



The film’s official Twitter has neat new motion poster, transitioning between comic art and weirdly glowy publicity pictures.


LEGO Aquaman

Speaking of Aquaman, the Justice League head to Atlantis in a new clip from LEGO Aquaman.

Y: The Last Man

Timothy Hutton has been cast as the President of the United States...for presumably like, the first half an hour of the show at most? Or perhaps flashbacks? [Deadline]


The Magicians

Deadline reports Jolene Purdy (Orange is the New Black) has been cast a maenad named Shoshana.


The Flash

That Hashtag Show reports The Flash is now casting Caitlin’s father, Dr. Thomas Snow.

Described as a Caucasian male in his 50’s, Dr. Snow is an extremely intelligent geneticist who has been MIA for a few decades. As he returns to Central City, Dr. Snow will do his best to make up for lost time with his daughter Caitlin and his wife Carla. But what they don’t know about Thomas is that he is keeping a big and mysterious secret.


Star Trek: Discovery

Speaking with TV Guide, showrunner Alex Kurtzman discussed the show’s approach to a younger Spock:

This is not entirely the Spock who has been formed enough to be the Spock that we know from TOS. There’s a lot of story about who Spock was before he becomes the Spock that is the yin-yang to Kirk. What I’m so excited about is that we have an opportunity to present a version of Spock that’s both totally consistent with the Spock everyone knows but very, very different. And it’s all gonna tie to how we sync up with canon.



Kevin Smith will direct the fourth episode of season four. [Comic Book]

Legends of Tomorrow

Episode three of the next season is titled “Dancing Queen,” according to Keto Shimizu on Twitter.


Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel

IGN has an exclusive photo from the 25th anniversary episode of Power Rangers airing August 28th. The anniversary special sees the return of Catherine Sutherland as Katherine Hillard, the second Mighty Morphin’ Pink Ranger (among other teams), Jason Faunt as Wes Collins, Time Force Red, and Jason David Frank as Tommy Oliver, Mighty Morphin’s Green Ranger (and likewise a bunch of other teams in the franchise’s history).

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Castle Rock

Spoiler TV has cryptic synopses for episodes five through 11.

S1 E105 ‘Harvest’

Original Streaming Date: August 8, 2018

A stranger comes to town; Castle Rock honors Sheriff Pangborn.

S1 E106 ‘Filter’

Original Streaming Date: August 15, 2018

Henry’s son visits from Boston; a funeral stirs up unsettling memories.

S1 E107 ‘The Queen’

Original Streaming Date: August 22, 2018

Memories haunt Ruth Deaver.

S1 E108 ‘Past Perfect’

Original Streaming Date: August 29, 2018

Newcomers set up shop in Castle Rock, Henry follows a clue.

S1 E109 ‘Henry Deaver’

Original Streaming Date: September 5, 2018

A world beyond these walls.

S1 E110 ‘Romans’

Original Streaming Date: September 12, 2018

Some birds can be caged.

The Defenders

Netflix Vice President Cindy Holland once again confirmed there are “no plans at this time” for the second season of The Defenders.



The Outpost

Talon has once again been fatally stabbed in the trailer for next week’s episode, “Bones to Pick.”

The 100

Finally, the CW has also released a new trailer for next week’s season finale of The 100, “Damocles - Part II.

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Not surprisingly, after the cast letter for James Gunn was released this week like so much kraken, plenty of news outlets have a lot to say on the matter.

Mike Colter has come out in defense of Gunn in a Tweet recently.

The LA Times has an alright article, which delves into weaponized information warfare a bit.

The Guardian has a good little article on the alt-right involved in all of this.

And finally, and I’m only including this for the sake of posterity, Screenrant has a rumor (mentioned in the Colter article) of Gunn meeting with Disney execs over something. Reinstatement? Possible, but I do find that pretty unlikely. We’ll see, of course, but Disney is a huge monolithic beast that does not like to look like a fool and admit they had made a mistake.

The Colter defense is pretty interesting, because it seems like Disney was specifically trying to avoid any sort of PR shit storm specifically by firing Gunn, but now they seem to have a bit of a revolt in their ranks with the actors under their employ. Before, they probably could have let everything run its course and let the neo Nazis of the alt-right scream a bit and raise some hell, but now they have actors bringing this up in a public area where general audiences who normally wouldn’t know what was going on will be exposed to all of this.

I can’t believe I have to say this again, but if the trolls out there want to keep posting accusations of pedophilia, resorting to childish name calling or just trying to get a rise out of people, don’t expect your comment to stay up for long. Please, save your time and mine.

Edit: I forgot to include this interesting article from Medium. It goes into detail a bit on Gunn, his past, and how that has influenced him over the years.