William Jackson Harper Should Be Superman

WRITTEN BY CHASE BRIDGES

This week it was released that Warner Bros were looking for a black actor to lead their new Superman film. This was a big blow to fans of Henry Cavill as the Son of Krypton, as it means that the studio has officially moved on from his portrayal.

DC has been all over the place recently when it comes to their Extended Universe. Even though The Snyder Cut was a huge success, they say that they are diving deep into the multiverse, and plan on taking the DCEU into a new direction. It appears that casting a new Superman is a step in that new direction.

Many fans are very strongly against this idea, while some are excited! Creating different fan casts of who they would like to see as the new “Man of Steel”. The top of almost everyone’s list is Michael B. Jordan.

Michael B. Jordan would make a fantastic Superman, however he made it clear in several interviews that he has no intentions of taking on the role. So who would make a great Superman?

Look no further than The Good Place’s William Jackson Harper. An actor who could easily create an amazingly awkward and nerdy Clark Kent (Or Calvin Ellis, etc. if he plays a Superman from the multiverse.) Harper is also very physically capable, having the physique that would be needed to portray everyone’s favorite Krypton.

Harper has proved himself to be a fantastic actor with roles such as Chidi in The Good Place, and Josh in the 2019 horror film Midsommar. All he needs now is a breakthrough role to really solidify himself as a blockbuster star.

He is also 41 years old, but has the appearance of someone as young as say, The Batman star Robert Pattinson. Meaning that Superman’s age could be whatever the writer wants it to be.

Speaking of the upcoming The Batman movie, it is reported that it will take place in its own universe apart from the DCEU. Perhaps this new version of Superman will do the same. Or maybe, this Superman is apart of the new universe that Matt Reeves is kicking off with his The Batman film.

There are so many talented black actors in Hollywood that could take up the mantle of Superman. Who do you hope takes up the cape? William Jackson Harper? Or do you have someone else in mind? Let us know!

Who Will Be the First One Dead in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad

WRITTEN BY CHASE BRIDGES

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is set to release in theatres and on HBO Max on August 6th, 2021. With Gunn’s version of the DC antihero team coming out soon, his twitter has been filled with jokes and Q n A’s that have been very clear that no character is safe.

Tons of film and comic book fans have been trying to predict which characters will live, and which will die. All that speculation may be pointless because by the end of the film, maybe every single character ends up dead. The question that should be on everyones mind is, “which character will die first?

When looking at the different villains that Gunn has pulled from the pages of DC Comics, there are some who just scream “kill me.” For example, T.D.K, a super-villain who can detach his own arms and use them as weapons.

One thing that definitely helps us is the trailers that have been released. The trailers show a team that consists of characters like Weasel, Javelin, and Savant who seem to go on a mission. A team that is lacking some of the “main characters” like Harley Quinn and Bloodsport.

It is very likely that this first team completely fails their mission and all die. Causing Amanda Waller to call in a new Suicide Squad to try and save the day.

In order to figure out which of these suicidal comic characters will hit the chopping block first, let’s run down the confirmed members of the squad.

harley quinn

This will be the third film that Margot Robbie plays the role of Harley Quinn, and due to the world wide popularity of the character, it is safe to say that Dr. Quinzel will be making it passed the first five minutes of the film.

It should be safe to assume that Harley will be a major character, if not the main character of the film. And with that, will be a major part of the plot leading deep into the film’s runtime.

Bloodsport

Having a huge star like Idris Elba in your film would usually guarantee survival all the way until the end. However, this isn’t just any movie. While it is entirely possible that Bloodsport meets his demise at some point during the action of the film, it will most likely not be the first death that we see.

From the different trailers and tv spots that have come out so far in promotion of the movie, Elba’s Bloodsport seems to play a key role in the plot. Making it safe to assume that he will not be the first squad member to meet their maker.

Peacemaker

John Cena’s Peacemaker has already made it’s mark on the DCEU. Getting green lit for his own original series on HBO Max before the movie has even come out. This doesn’t mean that Peacemaker won’t die in the film however, as the show has not been confirmed to take place before or after the events of The Suicide Squad.

In the trailers released for the film, we see Peacemaker quite often. Having several very memorable and hilarious lines throughout. Another thing to notice, is that in the trailers we see Peacemaker participating in moments that seem to be pretty far into the movie. Meaning that the fan favorite “douchey Captain America” will not be the first death.

Rick flag

Rick Flag is not a super villain, he’s a soldier. He is also the leader of The Suicide Squad, in charge of keeping everyone in line. Or else he will blow their heads off…literally. After surviving the events of the first Suicide Squad movie, maybe Rick Flag can overcome the odds and do it again.

Gunn has made it clear that Flag is of course at risk to die, just like everyone else. Flag is also a part of that first “squad” who will most likely not make it out alive. However, considering he is the man who is leading the group on the mission, we can rest easy knowing that he (probably) won’t be the first to go.

king shark

King Shark has quickly become a huge fan favorite, just from the trailers alone. People are in love with his character design, and his voice actor being Sylvester Stallone doesn’t hurt either.

The trailers that have everyone falling in love with him are showing him in some scenes that appear to be later on in the film. Giving us the impression that he is going to survive for at least an hour or so.

Captain boomerang

Captain Boomerang is returning from the first suicide squad movie, and it’s safe to assume it will be his last. This character may be used to show the audience that just because someone was in the first film, it doesn’t protect them in this one.

He shows up in the trailers, but not much. The parts of the trailer that he appears in, seem to be in the beginning half on the film with that “first squad” we keep talking about. Meaning that his death pretty inevitable, but most likely not the first.

Thinker

Thinker seems to have some sort of villain role in this film. Looking at the trailers it appears that he joins the squad after everyone else, and doesn’t seem to be very trusted by the rest of the squad members.

Seeing as he joins the team later on, surely someone has already kicked the bucket by the time he shows up on screen. Definitely not the first to die.

Polka-dot man

Polka-Dot Man has a pretty intense moment in the trailer that makes it pretty clear that he is actually suicidal. It is very likely that due to him wanting to die, he is ironically going to survive a while (if not the entire time.)

Not much to go off of here, except for the fact that he is apart of the main Suicide Squad and not the first team. But it would definitely make for a good moment if our polka dotted friend works through his depression and helps to save the day. So therefore, not the first one to die.

rat catcher 2

Rat Catcher 2 has a moment in the trailer that shows her in what appears to be a bit later in the film. Going off of that alone, it seems that she will make it at least through the beginning of the movie.

Rat Catcher is a Batman villain, but that version of the character is a man named Otis Flannegan. The version we see in The Suicide Squad is a young woman who goes by Rat Catcher 2. With this seemingly being an original character created by James Gunn, perhaps that means she will last quite a long time (maybe even all the way.)

Savant

Savant is being played by Michael Rooker who is an often collaborator of Gunn. Savant is known for his hacking abilities and could probably serve the Squad in a technological way. He could be the “guy in the chair” who helps lead the team from a computer somewhere else.

However, in the trailer we see one of Amanda Waller’s guys playing that role later in the movie. Savant also seems to be in the first team that goes on a mission in the film. So it is quite possible that Savant does not last very long at all. But will Savant be the first to die? Not likely.

Sol soria

Another original character from Gunn, Sol Soria could be based on the comic villain, Juan Soria. Juan had the ability to unlock any lock, and met his maker by getting eaten by Killer Croc. Since Killer Croc isn’t returning for this film, maybe King Shark could do the honors.

It’s doubtful that Soria will be the first to die, seeing that she has a moment in the trailer that appears to be later on in the movie.

T.d.k

There is no way that The Detachable Kid will survive this movie. It is very likely that it becomes a running joke throughout the film where everyone asks him “What is even your power?” Then at a big climatic moment he shows everyone that is able to detach his arms, and then promptly gets blown to smithereens.

The trailer shows him being involved in a pretty big explosion, which will most likely take place a good bit into the run time. Making it likely that he is not the very first squad member to die. (Sadly.)

Weasel

This one is going to be a bit harder to tell. The only time we see Weasel in the trailers is in what appears to be near the beginning with that first team, and while on the plane heading to the mission. Meaning that it is quite possible he dies the second they land.

In the comics, Weasel goes on a killing frenzy during a mission where he kills Thinker. Rick Flag put’s on Thinker’s helmet in an effort to stop the chaos, and ends up killing Weasel. If the movie follows that in any way, we could see Weasel dying pretty quick, but maybe he won’t be the first.

javelin

Javelin just looks like he is going to be one of the first to die. Add on the fact that he is apart of that first squad, and it’s fair to say that he won’t be making it very far into the movie. Will he be the first? Maybe.

mongal

Mongal looks like a very interesting character and will probably be a very strong and aggressive character. In the comics she is a very powerful alien warrior but considering that she is apart of that first squad… it doesn’t look great for her survival.

Will she be the first to die? Probably not, she will probably put up a valiant fight in the first mission before her inevitable death.

black guard aka dick hurtz

Pete Davidson is playing a character named Dick Hurtz aka Black Guard. Davidson is a very popular comedian, and current cast member on SNL who will no doubt be a really fun part of the movie. He said in an interview that a big reason he agreed to do the movie, was because of his characters name.

The character is apart of the first squad, and his name is a penis joke. Davidson probably signed on for a very small role and Black Guard will very likely be the first one to die in the entire film. At this point it could be a toss up between Black Guard, Weasel, and Javelin for first death. But our money is on Mr. Dick Hurtz himself.

New Static Shock Movie Produced By Michael B. Jordan

WRITTEN BY CHASE BRIDGES

Static Shock was an animated series that aired from 2000-2004 based on the superhero comic book of the same name. It originally aired on The WB but in 2009 it started airing reruns on the new channel Disney XD.

That is where I fell in love with the show. I remember being about ten years old and seeing all of the commercials for the brand new Disney XD, and the first show that I saw on the channel was Static Shock. After I watched that first episode I was absolutely obsessed with this new superhero that I had never heard of.

The show is about Virgil Hawkins, a young African American teenager who is being raised by his father (a police officer) and his older sister. Virgil is a smart kid who stays out of trouble, until one day he gets beat up by Francis Stone, a gang leader with fire like hair and way too many muscles.

In order to be protected against anymore beat downs by Francis and his gang, Virgil is forced to join a rival gang. After joining the gang, Virgil finds himself at the wrong place at the wrong time and is involved in a giant gang fight at a chemical plant.

The police arrive to the gang war and accidentally cause an explosion with the chemicals. The chemicals spread across the area, infecting all of the people in the vicinity with super powers.

This event is later known as “The Big Bang” and it gave Virgil the ability to create, control, and manipulate electricity. After telling his best friend Richie about his new powers, they work together to help turn Virgil into Static Shock, a super hero who fights off other mutants effected the night of The Big Bang.

This character and show is so important, being one of the first mainstream animated series that starred an African American superhero. Giving tons of kids someone to look up to and love watching.

Michael B Jordan announcing that he is producing a Static Shock film is super exciting for fans of the comic books, animated series, and DC. Producing a mainstream super hero film starring an African American hero hasn’t been done since Marvel’s Black Panther. (2018)

After the death of Chadwick Boseman this year, the Static Shock film is something that is needed in the genre. Everyone deserves to have a hero to look up to, and Static Shock is the perfect hero to step up and do that.

A ton of people online are calling for Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas from Stranger Things) to play the role of Virgil/Static Shock in the film. Which I think would be an awesome choice. Jaden Smith has also been tied to the role in the past, and could possibly show interest in the role again.

No matter who plays the role, the idea of seeing this super fun story come to life on the big screen is something I can’t wait to see. In the comics, Static has become something of a fan favorite, even seeing him cross over with huge heroes like Batman, and the Teen Titans.

He is written as a DC version of Spider-Man, with his quick witted jokes and fun teenage shenanigans. The character has one of my favorite origin stories of any hero, and I can’t wait to see what they can do with a big budget.

Are you excited for a Static Shock movie? Do you think he will be introduced into the DCEU or have his own separate universe? Who do you want to see in the role of Static? Tell us about it!

Easter Eggs Found In The Batman Set Photos – Mr. Freeze, The Joker and More

WRITTEN BY CHASE BRIDGES

With the highly anticipated ‘The Batman’ movie resuming filming we have been spoiled with tons of set pictures that fans are taking. Everything from pictures of Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, to videos of Batman perched on top of a building. If you want to keep up with these set photos you can follow us on instagram here, where we try to post all of the set photos that we can.

The latest batch of set photos included tons of posters which gave us some major easter eggs regarding other DC heroes and villains. Not to mention the pictures of two extras dressed as Superman and Wonder Woman, for a halloween party scene in the movie. (pictured above)

The picture has broken the internet, because it confirms that Superman and Wonder Woman both exist in Matt Reeves’ DC Universe. Something that was continuted to be proven after this set picture of a newspaper clipping made its way around twitter.

“One such voter who was elated with the result commented to us – We need to get harder on crime. The bus was like a hive of innocent little faces looking up to the skies, fingers pointed everywhere looking for you know who. Then the bus would stop and we’d all bounce out and then would come the eyes. We weren’t from Metropolis, we were from Gotham.”

The clipping goes on, but it becomes more and more difficult to read. From what we can easily read however, is someone talking about Superman saving a bus full of people. This is a super fun easter egg, and it really shows how much detail Matt Reeves is putting into this movie.

Another popular DC hero has an easter egg of his own after this set picture showed a poster with a lightning bolt on it. Very similar to the one that The Flash wears on his chest.

That is not the only easter egg to be found in this picture, if you notice the poster talking about “GothCorp” which is where famous Batman villain Dr. Victor Fries worked before he became Mr. Freeze.

Could Mr. Freeze make an appearance in this version of Batman? The last time we saw Freeze on the big screen was when he was played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Batman and Robin.(1997)

The posters don’t end there, giving us hints at other giant villains that could potentially show up. A poster for Ace Chemicals was photographed on the set, the famous chemical plant that created The Joker himself.

There has been a lot of debate in the Batman community, on if Joker should even show up or not. Some fans make the argument that we have seen four different versions of the clown prince since 2008, and the character has become over saturated.

Others argue that you can’t have Batman without The Joker. This easter egg could very well hint at the Reeves’ version of Joker and how he could be involved.

Tons of the set photos are talking about toxin, or “drops” all of it pointing at some sort of drug that is sweeping Gotham. This poster in partiular talks about “fear.” Any Batman fan knows that if fear and toxin is involved, The Scarecrow is not far away.

A villain that was seen in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy starring Christian Bale as Batman. This isn’t the only easter egg we have pointing towards a villain that showed up in that trilogy.

A poster that says “The Demon’s Quest” was seen on set, which is the title of a famous Batman The Animated Series episode that introduced R’as Al Ghoul. R’as Al Ghoul was intended by the comic book writers to be the Moriarty to Batman’s Sherlock Holmes.

In current pop culture, everyone see’s The Joker to be Batman’s greatest rival, but that was not always the case. Getting to see a version of R’as in Reeves’ The Batman Universe is something that I would love to see.

Having all of these easter eggs in the movie, is wonderful world building. It is helping to flesh out the entire universe that we are about to walk into. Thanks to these posters and pictures, we are learning that this young Batman has a ton on his plate.

We can start to understand how overwhelming it must be for Bruce Wayne to be taking on the Batman mantle and start chipping away at all of these different super villains. Instead of dealing with one villain at a time and pretending the others don’t exist, he is having to deal with all of this realistically.

I think this is all super awesome, and even if we never get to see any of these villains or heroes actually in the films, just the idea that all of them are out there really helps sell the world. Plus the idea that any one of them could show up at any moment has got be extremely excited.