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Organizers of Asia’s largest film festival have issued a rallying cry to its supporters as the event emerges from years of starring in its own political drama. The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)…Click To Continue



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Arrowverse Elseworlds Crossover Event Casts DC Villain The Monitor

Designated Survivor actor LaMonica Garrett has been cast as DC Comics character The Monitor in the 2018 Arrowverse crossover. The crossover will be titled “Elseworlds” and will take place across three shows: Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl. This year, Legends of Tomorrow will be excluded from the three-night event.

The upcoming crossover will send the Flash, the Green Arrow, and Supergirl to Gotham City where viewers will be introduced to Batwoman, played by Ruby Rose. While the Arrowverse has referenced Bruce Wayne in the past, this will be the Arrowverse’s first foray into Gotham City, which is one of the most important corners of the DC Universe. Tyler Hoechlin, who played Superman in season 2 of Supergirl, will be along for the ride as well.

Related: Elseworlds: Arrowverse Crossover Poster Features Wayne Tower Easter Egg

TVLine reports that LaMonica Garrett will play a character named Mar Novu, aka The Monitor, in the crossover. Garrett’s character is described as an “extraterrestrial being of infinite power“. It’s not been made clear if The Monitor will be an enemy or an ally to the heroes of the Arrowverse, but his inclusion does provide at least some clues as to what the story may entail.

In DC Comics, the Monitors are powerful entities who take it upon themselves to observe all occurrences within the Multiverse, including all realities and different points in time. The Monitors actually have a lot in common with the Watchers from Marvel Comics. One particular member of the group, who is simply referred to as The Monitor, was originally seen as an ally of supervillains, but eventually began using his knowledge to help heroes save the Multiverse when necessary.

Both Garrett’s character and the name “Elseworlds” implies that the event may focus heavily on the Multiverse, or the various alternate realities that exist within the Arrowverse. This could explain the involvement of Supergirl and Superman, since Supergirl takes place in a different universe. The Monitor could serve as a villain, or he could be the force that brings them all together. It’s possible that the Monitor will alert the heroes to a threat that could endanger the Multiverse as a whole.

The Monitor joins a growing list of DC Comics characters set to receive their Arrowverse debut in the crossover. The Elseworlds crossover will also introduce Bitsie Tulloch as Lois Lane, Jeremy Davies as Dr. John Deegan, and Cassandra Jean Amell as Mr. Freeze’s wife. So it’s only natural that someone like The Monitor join the fold as well.

More: What Elseworlds Means For The Arrowverse & Batwoman

The Flash season 5 premieres October 9, followed by Supergirl season 4 on October 14, and Arrow season 7 on October 15.

Source: TVLine, LaMonica Garrett





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2018-09-26 03:09:49 – Nicholas Raymond

The Batman: Matt Reeves Posts Photos From Batman ’66 Event

Prior to directing The Batman, Matt Reeves is re-familiarizing himself with the original live-action portrayal. Warner Bros. is putting the future of Batman on the big screen in the hands of Matt Reeves. Although Ben Affleck was originally set to star in, write, and direct The Batman, his future is in doubt. Without Affleck, reports point to Reeves rebooting the Dark Knight in a way, by taking him back to his earlier days as a hero. This decision will likely result in another actor being cast as Batman.

Whoever gets the new job, they’ll be the latest person to wear the cowl. There’s been great portrayals from Michael Keaton, Christian Bale, and even Affleck, while Val Kilmer and George Clooney’s versions don’t have too many fans. None of these are the original Batman, though, as that title belongs to Adam West (not including serials).

Related: Matt Reeves Won’t Confirm The Batman Actor

Reeves is taking some time away from developing The Batman to visit a Batman ’66 exhibit. The director shared several photos from the event on his Twitter account. A look at the original Batmobile and costumes from Batman, Riddler, Penguin, and both versions of Catwoman are included below.

One of the reasons Reeves wanted to direct The Batman is because he is a massive fan of the DC hero. With that in mind, it is hardly a surprise that he is checking out this event to see some props from Batman ’66 up close. While these photos are rather innocent, some won’t be able to help but try and connect the photos to Reeves’ own plans for the character. So are there any connections?

The only possible connection between the photos and Reeves’ plans is Penguin. Reports have said that Penguin was either going to be the villain in Birds of Prey or The Batman, and he doesn’t appear to be in Birds of Prey‘s plan, with Black Mask reportedly set as the villain. That should mean Batman and Penguin will square off in some form in Reeves’ movie. There’s been no word on what other characters Reeves may include, as his draft has only recently been completed. Could he also be interested in Riddler and Catwoman for his movie? Perhaps, but only time will tell.

Whether Reeves used this visit for research or just for his own fun, it is a nice reminder of how invested he is in Batman and making the next standalone movie. If his script is in good shape, then the targeted 2019 filming start could indeed happen. This could mean plenty of The Batman updates may be coming by the end of the year, or early next year.

More: There Are So Many Batman Characters Perfect For Oscar Isaac

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2018-09-09 06:09:29 – Cooper Hood

The CW Sets Dates for Next Arrowverse Crossover Event



The latest Arrowverse crossover dates confirm The FlashArrow, and Supergirl‘s premiere dates. Connected universes are the goal of almost all Hollywood studios, but The CW has found a way to do it on the small screen too. The network has brought together DC characters from all across time and space to form the Arrowverse, and over the last two years, they’ve built in an epic crossover event. Instead of just brief cameos here and there, all of the shows tell one mega story across every series.

This year’s crossover will be a bit different for a number of reasons. The first is that Legends of Tomorrow is sitting out the event this time around. Even though that knocks out nearly a dozen characters from being included, The CW is making up for it by debuting Ruby Rose’s Batwoman. Now fans know exactly when she will debut.

Related: Shane Black Wants To Direct The Flash & Supergirl Episodes

The CW announced today that this year’s crossover will begin on Sunday, December 9 at 8 pm with The Flash. It will then continue on Monday, December 10 with Arrow, and conclude with Supergirl on Tuesday, December 11. The three night event’s release schedule does move The Flash to Supergirl‘s time slot and vise versa, as Supergirl will regularly air on Sunday nights and The Flash on Tuesday nights. They also released the following promo image:

Now that fans know when exactly these episodes will be dropping, it finally gives some concrete information on the crossover. Why The Flash and Supergirl swapped slots remains to be seen, but it does give the latter show the big finale, which is a nice change. Many felt that Supergirl got the short end of the stick in prior crossovers, so The CW may be looking to not have that criticism remain. It could also signal that Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl plays an even larger role in the crossover to begin with, which is why her show gets to tell the conclusion.

As of right now, there’s hardly any information on what the crossover will entail. Stephen Amell teased a smaller, more character focused story this year after going so big the year before. With Batwoman and Gotham City in the mix, what threat arises that brings them all together remains a mystery. Don’t expect it to be another alien takeover, but a threat tied to the world of Batman could be in play. Those details will hopefully come soon, as all three series gear up for production on the crossover in the coming months.

MORE: Arrowverse SDCC Trailer Welcomes Gotham & Batwoman

The Flash season 5 premieres Tuesday, October 9, Supergirl season 4 premieres Sunday, October 14, and Arrow season 7 premieres Monday, October 15 on The CW.

Source: The CW





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