20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them)

James Gunn may be off the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 project after being fired by Disney for some controversial tweets surfaced from long ago, but not only has he apologized and insisted that he’s a much different person than he was at that period in his life; he’s reportedly also getting another stab at creating a comic adaptation with the next Suicide Squad film.

While Marvel fans mourn the loss of the man behind some of the best movies in the MCU, it’s quite possible that Gunn will give the DC universe the boost it desperately needs to really compete with Marvel.

While we’ll have to wait and see what the actual film brings to the party, we have plenty of time to speculate about what its plot might be, what kind of tone to expect and above all, which characters might be included and who might be cast in those roles. While many of us are hoping to see some members of the Squad from the first film return, we’re also crossing our fingers, wishing for a chance to meet more members who weren’t included in the first movie. There’s really an endless amount of speculation to enjoy here and many fans have already photoshopped their choices for the best portrayals of characters audiences have loved for decades.

Casting for these iconic personalities won’t be an easy task, but here are 20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them).

20 Christina Ricci As Harley Quinn

Let’s be honest: Margot Robbie is a sure-in for Harley Quinn at this point. The star surprised many fans while proving others right with her incredible performance as the psychiatrist turned psychopath. Ensuring that Quinn not only shone as the premiere talent in a film with its problems, but that she would endure for her own film afterward, Robbie is a fan favorite, through and through.

We could definitely see this version of Harley in a Gunn movie.

If for some reason Robbie had to back out of the project, as much as it would pain fans, some have taken to casting other ideas for actresses who could play Harleen Quinzel. Artist D3SIGNMILTIA’s piece depicts an interesting version of the character that might work well with Christina Ricci.

19 Joaquin Phoenix As The Joker

We’ve seen so many incarnations of The Joker over the years that it’s getting more and more difficult to choose the perfect person to play an updated version of Batman’s most notorious foe. Whether or not he’ll be in the next Suicide Squad film is unclear. Who can measure up to Jack Nicholson’s chilling Joker and Heath Ledger’s perfect monster?

Joaquin Phoenix, currently starring in Todd Phillips’ solo Joker, is certainly one candidate. Phoenix, who’s also utilized some unorthodox acting methods in the past, might give us a bit more grave swagger as the criminal mastermind. His ongoing presence in the DCEU will likely depend on the success of Joker, due out in October 2019.

18 Neil Patrick Harris As The Riddler

Everyone’s favorite child doctor has grown up to become a much beloved singer, showman, and nemesis of the Baudelaire children. Neil Patrick Harris shines in just about everything he’s in, so including him in the next installment of Suicide Squad makes perfect sense.

Harris as the Riddler is pure gold.

He’s got the chops to bring the perfect blend of humor and intelligence that the Riddler needs to truly succeed, which might hopefully replace the slapstick Riddler we got in Batman Forever years ago. Harris isn’t everyone’s favorite for the Riddler, though; stay tuned for more artist manipulations involving the Riddler later.

17 Manu Bennett As Deathstroke

Given the fact that the Arrowverse and TV adaptations of DC stories have proven so successful, it makes sense to borrow from that character pool to not only connect the universe but to help ensure the success of Suicide Squad 2. If Gunn and company are planning on including Deathstroke in the sequel, we think Manu Bennet would be a clear choice for the character.

While some fans speculate that Joe Manganiello will play the part, since he is Mr. Wilson in Justice League and has announced that he’s working on three more films featuring the character, his involvement in Suicide Squad 2 remains speculation at this point. Many believe that Deathstroke will indeed be a primary villain in the film, and Bennet has already proven that he would do the character justice.

16 Sophie Turner As Oracle

Lots of fans are imagining Marvel actors in DC roles, which is pretty delightful for those of us who Make Ours Marvel and DC. Sophie Turner, who gave us the Jean Grey that we were waiting for in X-Men: Apocalypse and is set to reprise the role in Dark Phoenix, would also make an excellent Oracle.

Barbara Gordon’s time as Oracle has included a gig as tech support for the Suicide Squad.

With Ruby Rose’s debut as Batwoman and a Batgirl movie announced, the inclusion of Oracle could provide some timeline intrigue. Plus, after decades of Batman saturation, this much Bat-women power would be so much fun.

15 Oprah Winfrey As Amanda Waller

Viola Davis was a pretty stellar Amanda Waller, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever seen Viola Davis in anything. Davis could read a grocery list and deserve an Oscar. That said, Kode Logic has imagined what Oprah might bring to the role and we have to say that it looks impressive. Firm, ruthless and beautiful, Oprah’s Waller seems to give the character a bit more experience points, which are conveyed in that hard gaze.

Davis has said that she loved playing Amanda Waller, who is aligned so well with her character Annalise Keating in the hit TV drama How to Get Away with Murder in many ways, but how much fun would it be to see Oprah bend the rules?

14 Will Smith As Deadshot

You don’t mess with what works, and Will Smith certainly worked as Deadshot in the original Suicide Squad. He did so well, in fact, that plenty of people thought that he deserved his own film and said that they’d have watched Suicide Squad again if it only starred Smith. This really isn’t a surprise, given Smith’s star power, and it’s been announced that he’s returning to the franchise in the role again.

It’s a good thing that we have some time before the movie’s released, too, since Smith is set to star in Bad Boys for Life and Bright 2 around the same time. Smith’s got three films releasing in 2019 alone, and while one is only a vocal role, he’s definitely going to be busy for the next couple of years.

13 Jeffrey Dean Morgan As Batman

Utter the words “Jeffrey Dean Morgan” in the same sentence as “The Batman” and you’re bound to get a room full of excited fans. He’s absolutely perfect for Wayne in an adaptation of something like Batman Beyond, but we could definitely see him as the Batman in just about any adaptation of the series, and DeviantArt user evelius has given us some visual art to really picture the idea.

Morgan has the darkness and the voice necessary for Batman to match this ragtag team of violent convicts.

While Bale and Affleck had their time in the cowl, it’s time for a new man behind the mask. Why not Negan?

12 Rila Fukushima As Katana

While Katana was featured in the first Suicide Squad film, most people believe her role was too small to really critique or appreciate. Japanese-American actress Karen Fukuhara wasn’t bad in the role; she just didn’t get much to do.

Adding Rila Fukushima in the second movie might lend Katana some traction given that she already portrays the character in the Arrowverse.

While Fukuhara, who is set to play Glimmer in the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power TV series, is rumored to be reprising the role, Fukushima, star of last year’s Ghost in the Shell, was also fantastic as Yukio in The Wolverine, which would give us another fun link between the DC and Marvel universes.

11 Emma Stone As Poison Ivy

Who doesn’t love quirky, smart, and funny Emma Stone? The actress would be perfect for an updated role as Poison Ivy following Uma Thurman’s beautiful but wonky portrayal of Pamela Isley. One of BossLogic’s many creative manipulations, this artwork features Stone as the iconic plant-loving villain and it’s pretty impressive.

We already know that Ivy will be a big part of the upcoming Gotham City Sirens film, which will also feature Harley Quinn and Catwoman at its heart, so why not include her in the Suicide Squad movie as well? There are several other cool artist manipulations of actresses who might be great in the role, such as Jessica Chastain, so it’s going to be a tough one to cast.

10 Kristen Wiig As Cheetah

Many of us can’t stop celebrating Kristen Wiig being cast as Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984. The strongest thing the DC movies have going for it right now is all the incredible female characters, most notably Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman, and we can’t wait to see where Aquaman takes us. If all goes well it would make perfect sense to include Wiig in Suicide Squad 2, especially since weaving in characters from multiple films would help provide better continuity for the DCEU.

Wiig is funny, smart, and beautiful, and we think she’s going to make an excellent foe for Wonder Woman.

In that case, her inclusion in another movie would also be fantastic to see.

9 Nathalie Emmanuelle As Vixen

DeviantArt artist farrou has created some truly amazing fanart of DC characters, and one of them, which features Nathalie Emmanuelle as Vixen, makes us believers. While we’re not sure if Emmanuelle has a Tantu Totem, we’re pretty sure she could make it work if Gunn and co. gave her one. The actress, best known for her role as Missandei on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is definitely ready for a a super suit and action in a big movie like this.

Then again, Jada Pinkett Smith has expressed interest in the role of Vixen, which would not only be interesting due to her husband’s presence in the movie but also due to her previous DC role as Fish Mooney in the TV series Gotham. Both actresses would be well-cast for the movie.

8 Jake Gyllenhaal As The Riddler

Do we really need the Riddler to come out and play in Suicide Squad 2? After the weirdness of Batman Forever and the sinister developments of Gotham, perhaps it’s time to reinvent the villain. Jake Gyllenhaal makes sense to play the villain not only because he was David Goyer’s original choice to play Batman in the Christopher Nolan movies, but because this fanart made by Vaskoho is something to behold.

While there are several people who could pull off the role, we think Donnie Darko has a fighting chance.

Fans point out that there were some Riddler Easter eggs in the Batman v Superman movie, so it’s possible that we’ll see The Riddler on film someday.

7 Dave Bautista As Bane

Can we all agree that, no matter the context, Dave Bautista must appear in Suicide Squad 2? Not only has the Drax actor delighted us all with his hilarious yet poignant portrayal in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, but he’s also publicly stated that he supports Gunn and wants to be involved in his next project.

We’re pretty sure any role could be molded to make room for such a beloved actor, but as as BossLogic has pointed out, he’d make an excellent Bane. After having two Banes that didn’t work so well in the Batman universe, we could definitely use a fresh face for the role. If he’s not Bane, Bautista would make a fantastic Solomon Grundy, too. We’re not too picky on this one.

6 Michael K. Williams As Black Manta

Could Black Manta make an appearance in Suicide Squad 2? It’s too early to rule anything out and many fans think he’d make a good inclusion, particularly following the Aquaman movie. While the majority of his screen time might simply have his head shrouded in a big bubble, his casting would be nonetheless important. Artist diamondking13 suggests actor Michael K. Williams for the job and we love the idea.

It would be cool to see how Gunn and co, would update the suit for a more modern, movie-friendly look.

Famous for his critically acclaimed roles in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, Williams was just cast in Jordan Peele and Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country, but Suicide Squad 2 is far enough in the future to give him time for both gigs.

5 Bill Skarsgård As The Joker

This one is a no-brainer. Many of us just don’t care to see Jared Leto return as The Joker and it’s quite possible that The Joker won’t even see a second of footage in the second film. While we’d all probably be okay with that, if a new Joker is cast, Bill Skarsgård is a fantastic choice.

Skarsgård is hot right now following his success as Pennywise in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It. He also played a less troubling character in Castle Rock over the summer, proving his mettle yet again in King’s world. Considered one of the good things to come out of Netfix’s Hemlock Grove, Skarsgård could probably do the Joker justice, as artist aikoaiham has shown.

4 Teresa Palmer As Killer Frost

After witnessing Killer Frost in the Arrowverse, many fans are calling for her inclusion in Suicide Squad 2. DeviantArt creator farrou has imagined what it might look like if Teresa Palmer played the villain and it’s a pretty spot-on representation.

The Australian actress is no stranger to action movies and could do well in the role.

Kristin Bauer van Straten has already voiced Killer Frost in the animated Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, while Danica McKellar voices her in Lego DC Superhero Girls. She’s also been in 2009’s Public Enemies animated feature between Batman and Superman, but she’s never been in a live action movie before. Danielle Panabaker portrays the character in The Flash, but she hasn’t made a film in a few years.

3 Jon Bernthal as Rick Flag

Jon Bernthal is another actor already present in the MCU, portraying the most accurate and adept version of the Punisher we could ever hope for, so tossing the talented actor into the DC mix would just be plain fun. It’s not that Joel Kinneman was terrible as Rick Flag, and he’s done a great job standing up for the original film and its purpose, but Jon Bernthal would just be better.

The skill Bernthal has in striking that tricky sweet spot between ruthlessness and gravitas while still being a compelling, empathetic human being isn’t something anyone can do. Artist Riku7kun shows us what Bernthal as Flag might look like. It’s a little bare in comparison to Kinneman’s look, but that might actually work with Bernthal.

2 Josh Gad As The Penguin

It’s no secret that Josh Gad wants the role of The Penguin, having pushed for it himself in social media, and fans are clamoring for the opportunity to see the voice of the snowman, Olaf, and Gaston’s buddy LaFou in a much more sinister role.

Whether or not Gad will show up in The Batman remains to be seen but he definitely has the flippers to play the beloved villain.

BossLogic has given us some art imagining what he might look like in the role and it can only get better from here. In March, Gad started hilariously trolling Matt Reeves on Twitter, sending him animated penguin GIFs and hinting at what he could bring to the Batman franchise.

1 Margot Robbie As Harley Quinn

It’s an obvious inclusion, but it’s necessary. While the original Suicide Squad, hyped up to be the most incredible DC movie of all time, had plenty of problems, most fans and critics agree that the shining star of the whole production was Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Robbie’s portrayal was everything we hoped for– brutal, nuanced, and a delicate balance between her joker obsession and Harley coming into her own person without being too over-the-top.

Who isn’t excited to see Robbie return as Harley in theBirds Of Prey adaptation featuring the awesome women of DC, which is so ardently anticipated that it pushed Suicide 2 to the back burner? After this much love, Robbie has to be in this universe.

Who do you most want to see in a new Suicide Squad movie? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-11 02:10:45 – Sara Schmidt

Making A Murderer Part 2 Trailer: The Conviction Was Just The Beginning

Part 2 of Netflix’s true-crime docuseries Making a Murderer is set to stream on October 19, according to the first trailer. The new season is an anticipated follow-up to one of the most talked-about true-crime series in recent memory. The original series, which premiered in 2015, joined the likes of Serial and HBO’s The Jinx, as not only captivating television (or podcasts), but also highly influential series with real-world implications. The two subjects of Making a Murderer, Steven Avery and his newphew Brendan Dassey, had their convictions investigated — and in Dassey’s case, overturned before being upheld again — by a lengthy and fraught legal battle that is now the subject of the series’ second season. 

That Netflix would want to capitalize on the fervor of the first season is no surprise, but given that the follow-up was announced soon after the first season became a sensation, it is rather surprising the streaming service was willing to wait as long as it did for more. That certainly works in favor of the new episodes, as not only does it feel less opportunistic, but it also presents a greater likelihood that there will be more new information viewers were perhaps unaware of. 

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The trailer for Making a Murderer Part 2 plays out less as a follow-up to season 1 than a response to the furor it caused. The new season focuses its attentions on the efforts by attorney Kathleen Zellner to overturn the conviction of Avery and Dassey, and there’s plenty of seemingly compelling evidence presented to make is seem as though Zellner, her team, and Avery have a fighting chance. Check out the trailer below:

“Netflix presents the highly-anticipated second chapter of the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning original documentary series Making a Murderer, which followed the unprecedented journey of Steven Avery from DNA exoneree and reformer to convicted murderer. Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos return to the Midwest where they have exclusive access to Steven Avery and his co-defendant and nephew Brendan Dassey, their families and the legal teams fighting for justice on their behalf.  Over the course of 10 new episodes, Making a Murderer Part 2 provides an in-depth look at the high-stakes post-conviction process, exploring the emotional toll the process takes on all involved.”

Of course, with all true crime documentaries, the news and the internet will beat them to the punch, so what they offer will be a more in-depth look at the process of overturning a conviction and, presumably, the evidence that will once again get viewers creating petitions to overturn a murder conviction. Whether Making a Murderer Part 2 will be the phenomenon season 1 was remains to be seen, but true-crime obsessives won’t have to wait long to get their fix. 

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Making a Murderer part 2 will stream on Netflix on Friday, October 19.

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2018-10-09 01:10:40 – Kevin Yeoman

Chris Evans Joins Rian Johnson’s Murder Mystery Knives Out

Chris Evans has been cast in Rian Johnson’s upcoming film, Knives Out. Before the director returns to the galaxy far, far away and oversees a new Star Wars trilogy, he’s returning to his film noir roots with the aforementioned mystery/thriller. The project came together quite quickly during the Toronto International Film Festival, with Johnson recruiting Daniel Craig to portray the lead detective. It’s expected Knives Out will shoot in November, before Craig dons the tuxedo one final time for Bond 25.

Coincidentally, Evans is also reaching the end of his tenure in a high-profile franchise. Just today, the actor confirmed he wrapped reshoots on Avengers 4, seemingly saying goodbye to his iconic Captain America character. Of course, if he’s no longer involved with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that would free up a lot of time on his schedule to take other projects. It looks like he’s found his first post-MCU role and will team up with Craig and Johnson.

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Deadline reports Evans has signed on in a mystery role and that Knives Out will be the next movie he makes. Earlier this year, the actor was cast in Neill Blomkamp’s Greenland, but it sounds like that film will have to wait.

Since so much of Knives Out is under lock and key, it makes it difficult to predict how Evans will fit in. There are a number of roles he would be suitable for, such as a partner for Craig’s detective or even a villain. Evans’ time as Captain America demonstrated he can convincingly play a no-nonsense man of action, but he’s also been known to let loose and have some fun when the material calls for it. As such, it’ll be interesting to see what Johnson came up with, and it should be nice to see Evans stretch his acting wings a bit. Including uncredited cameos and the upcoming Avengers 4, he’s played Steve Rogers 10 times since 2011 and hasn’t had much time for other projects. He has appeared in smaller offerings like Playing it Cool and Before We Go (which he also directed), but most mainstream viewers know him as Captain America.

With Johnson continuing to develop his Star Wars trilogy, it was surprising to see that he had the opportunity to squeeze in Knives Out. That being said, Disney is planning a bit of a slowdown for the franchise following next December’s Episode IX, meaning the first episode of the Johnson Trilogy likely won’t be ready to debut until 2022 or later. Knives Out should also be a bit of a palate cleanser for the director, giving him a chance to recharge his creative batteries before diving back into the wild, crazy world of the Star Wars universe.

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Source: Deadline

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2018-10-04 01:10:56 – Chris Agar

Murder on the Orient Express Followup Death On The Nile Casts Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer joins the cast of Death on the Nile. Agatha Christie’s famous detective Hercule Poirot was reborn last year at the hands of acclaimed actor and director Kenneth Branagh. He rebooted the character through Murder on the Orient Express, which he both starred in as Poirot and directed. On the backs of an A-list cast that included Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and many more, the mystery film found great success at the box office despite mixed reviews. Still, with a $350 million worldwide gross (on a reported budget of $55M), Fox quickly moved forward with the sequel that the final few minutes of the movie set up.

Branagh is of course returning to direct and star, with Orient Express‘ writer Michael Green also returning to pen the script. The movie has been progressing nicely and just recently announced Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot had landed the female lead role. She is just one of many new faces who will eventually join the ensemble film, and now the new male lead has been found, too.

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Deadline reports Armie Hammer is set to play the male lead in Death on the Nile. There is no confirmation as to which character from Christie’s novel Hammer will be playing. This marks his latest career move after a stellar performance in Call Me By Your Name and a small role in Sorry to Bother You. Hammer will be seen during awards season this year opposite Felicity Jones in On the Basis of Sex, but he’ll now get the opportunity to star in a potential financial hit.

Although Hammer’s role is not yet confirmed, the plot of Death on the Nile and information on Gadot’s role are clues to solving the mystery. Gadot is reportedly playing Linnet Doyle, a recently married woman. In Christie’s novel, Linnet marries Simon Doyle, the fiancé of her best friend Jacqueline de Bellefort. Since Gadot and Hammer are the first two to join and are described as leading roles, it appears Death on the Nile has found its Simon Boyle – but that will still need to be confirmed.

Now that Hammer is onboard Death on the Nile, the project will continue to move forward with a spring 2019 start date in mind. Christie’s book featured an additional 14 characters that mysteriously start to die one by one as the killer’s identity attempts to be uncovered. It is unclear if Green and Branagh plan to utilize this large of a cast for their adaptation, but they did have nine main cast members last time, and sequels do tend to go bigger. However many more characters they include, Hammer and Gadot are just the first of many that will join Death on the Nile, and it’s already in good position securing these two major stars.

MORE: Kenneth Branagh Wants an Agatha Christie Movie Universe

Source: Deadline

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2018-10-03 01:10:58 – Cooper Hood

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Murder on the Orient Express Sequel To Start Filming Next Spring

Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express sequel Death on the Nile will begin filming in the UK next spring. Branagh’s take on the classic Agatha Christie murder-mystery wasn’t as warmly received as Sidney Lumet’s Oscar-winning 1974 adaptation, but critics did praise the movie for its lavishing production values and visual style. Audiences went on to power Orient Express to a $353 million gross at the global box office against a $55 million production budget, making it a no-brainer when Fox gave the go-ahead to a followup just a couple weeks after the film had opened in theaters.

Branagh, as he did on Orient Express, will direct Death on the Nile from an adapted script by Michael Green, in addition to starring as the world-famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The original novel by Christie was published in 1937 and has been adapted for the big and small screen a few times over now, including the star-studded 1974 film version and, most recently, as an episode for the ITV series Agatha Christie’s Poirot. 2017’s Orient Express actually concluded with a scene that saw Branagh’s Poirot set off to investigate a crime in Egypt that may or may not be related to the eponymous “Death” in the sequel.

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GWW reports that Branagh’s Death on the Nile is expected to film in the UK in Longcross Studios, England, like Orient Express before it. Branagh is currently in post-production on Disney’s Artemis Fowl, but is expected to begin shooting Death on the Nile by early to spring 2019, in order to make its scheduled December 2019 theatrical release date. It’s not clear yet if Branagh intends to film Death on the Nile with 65 mm cameras as he did Orient Express, but the sequel will reunite him with most of the same behind the scenes crew from that movie (including, his recurring cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos).

As far as casting goes, however, Branagh should be the only Orient Express actor who returns for Death on the Nile. Christie’s original novel takes place after Orient Express and even references certain events from that story (namely, a red kimono that serves as a key plot point), but otherwise functions as a standalone narrative about Poirot. Branagh’s film adaptation is expected to follow suit and reveal what happens when Poirot tries to continue his vacation by taking a holiday trip on a steamer traveling down the Nile… only for one of the guests to turn up dead, thus forcing Poirot to put his sleuthing skills to work once again.

Still, it will be interesting to see if Branagh’s Death on the Nile deviates from Christie’s source material and includes more direct connections to the characters and story from Orient Express. Branagh’s film adaptation of the latter ended with Poirot realizing that not all crimes are as morally black and white as he would like them to be, so it’s possible the sequel will build on his character arc in that respect. Death on the Nile could even wind up including or referencing other famous events and characters from Christie’s books, thus setting the stage for the Christie movie universe that Branagh has suggested is a real possibility. It’s just too bad Josh Gad won’t be baiting Daisy Ridley for Star Wars spoilers, this time around.

MORE: Murder on the Orient Express Ending Explained

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2018-09-14 06:09:06 – Sandy Schaefer

American Horror Story: Murder House Stars Reunite in Apocalypse Set Image

Dylan McDermott shared a photo on Instagram of him and Evan Peters on the set of American Horror Story: Apocalypse. The new season of Ryan Murphy’s enduring horror anthology series premieres September 12 and marks the first time AHS will crossover different previous storylines.

Both seasons 1 and 3 will merge in season 8 and the recent deluge of casting news has revealed most of the heavy-hitters returning to contend or ally themselves with Antichrist Michael Langdon. Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Evan Peters, and Jessica Lange will all reprise their Murder House roles as members of the Harmon and Langdon family, respectively, and Frances Conroy, Gabourey Sidibe, Lily Rabe and Emma Roberts’ New Orleans witches will fly in from Coven. Sarah Paulson and Taissa Farmiga are promised to pull double duty, each portraying their seasons 1 and 3 characters – medium Billie Dean Howard and Supreme Witch Cordelia Goode alongside Farmiga’s deceased Violet Harmon and Zoe Benson. Paulson will also appear as a third mysterious character named Venable, the details of whom remain very sketchy.

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Dylan McDermott shared a photo on Instagram of him and Evan Peters on what looks to be the lawn of the Murder House on set of Apocalypse today. The two look like they’re on much better terms than their AHS counterparts will be considering Tate Langdon not only fathered the Antichrist, but did so with Ben Harmon’s unsuspecting wife. Tate’s also a former mass murderer who’s madly in love with Ben’s daughter Violet, so it’s safe to say the relationship between the two men is strained – especially if they’re stuck in the same house together for eternity. The two actors posing behind a wrought-iron fence appears to call back to the fact that anyone killed on Murder House property is doomed to be trapped there forever.

Interestingly, the spirits in the Murder House aren’t the only undead characters that promise to crop up in Apocalypse. Several characters crossing over from Coven will have to be ghosts or at least resurrected. Roberts’ Madison Montgomery, Conroy’s Myrtle Snow, and Rabe’s Misty Day all perished at the end of Coven. Given the rather loose rules that govern life and death in Ryan Murphy’s AHS universe, it makes sense they would return, but how and in what capacity is still up in the air.

That, plus the status of the Harmon family, and just what Constance Langdon has molded her grandson into remain the most pressing questions Apocalypse has to answer ahead of its debut in a few weeks. Considering fans have been salivating for confirmation of a shared universe between seasons since Asylum, not to mention the nostalgia factor at work in returning to the genesis of the entire show, Apocalypse stands to be one of AHS‘ most exciting stories, yet.

More: American Horror Story Season 8 First Trailer Teases the Apocalypse

American Horror Story: Apocalypse premieres on September 12 on FX.

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Superman is Getting Framed For Murder (Seriously)

Warning: SPOILERS For Action Comics #1002

A new criminal syndicate is trying to muscle their way into Metropolis in the dumbest way possible: framing Superman for murder. The thus-far unnamed group has raised the stakes, having previously tried to finger Superman for a series of mysterious fires around Metropolis that were set for seemingly no reason, yet were too well engineered to be the work of a mere pyromaniac.

Despite their arson scheme being a part of the story of the Man of Steel mini-series, the new criminal syndicate was not revealed until Action Comics #1001. Led by a man known only as “Mr. Strong,” the syndicate only meets when they know for certain that Superman is not in Metropolis and then, only inside of a lead shipping container in a remote location. The fires had been set as a means of distracting Superman by endangering civilians, and turning his attention away from the gang’s other activities.

The plan served that purpose admirably until one of the gang’s members – a professional arsonist with the unlikely street name of Yogurt – decided to get clever and pay a young boy to tell the authorities that he saw Superman starting one of the fires.

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Yogurt was quickly killed for his stupidity, but this still left Mr. Strong with the problem of distracting Superman away from investigating the fires. This led to him somehow arranging for Yogurt’s body to be dropped into the middle of downtown Metropolis in broad daylight in full view of dozens of people and doing so in a manner that would lead them to believe Superman was responsible. After that, it would be a simple matter for Robinson Goode – a reporter secretly in Mr. Strong’s employ, who was recently hired by The Daily Planet to replace Lois Lane – to pen a story accusing Superman of arranging Yogurt’s messy demise.

There are just two things wrong with this plan. First, they don’t account for publisher Perry White’s steadfast belief in the goodness of Superman and refusal to believe for a moment that it was possible he became a cold-blooded killer. The other problem? Superman had been spotted fighting a giant starfish with the Justice League in Seattle at the exact same time, with pictures to prove it. Even ignoring his personal beliefs, it’s a no-brainer to a newsman like Perry White to run with the story that has a visual component. To make matters worse for the crooks, after reading Robinson Goode the riot act, White officially tasks Clark Kent with investigating the rumors behind Superman becoming a killer.

This new criminal syndicate (and Robinson Goode) are going to have to step up their game if they want any hope of ruining the good name of Superman in Metropolis. Ignoring how well-regarded the Man of Steel is, any attempt to frame him for crimes through hearsay alone seems downright idiotic in a world where evil clones, robot duplicates, mind-control, holographic illusions and mass hypnosis are all valid possibilities worth considering when someone reports seeing Superman drop a man to his death. Then again, it could be argued that a group of smart criminals would never try to move into Superman‘s hometown in the first place.

Action Comics #1002 is now available from DC Comics.

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