Alan Tudyk cast as Joker in new Harley Quinn animated series.

I’ll allow it: “The upcoming Harley Quinn animated series coming to the DC Universe streaming service has officially cast Alan Tudyk, known for his work on Firefly, Rogue One and more, as the voice of the Joker.”  Alan’s a good voice actor. Versatile one, too.  What I’m still not sure if I want to allow is DC’s streaming service.  I go round and round on the proliferation of streaming services; I don’t want to get twenty million different channels and I don’t want to recreate the failed cable TV model that is spawning this alternative, either*.  So I don’t know what the answer is, here.

Still, good casting call there.

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*I’ll also grumble a bit and note that all of this would be much less of a problem if we weren’t routinely extending copyright out to infinity and beyond.


Warner Bros drops them some Joker camera tests.



Birds of Prey update: no Batgirl, villain to be Black Mask.

Interesting. No Catwoman, either:  Birds of Prey will feature Harley Quinn, Huntress, Black Canary, and Renee Montoya, who *I* remember as the smart Gotham City cop in The New Batman Adventures but who is apparently the second Question in regular continuity (also, gay**).  According to the the gestalt of the various synopses and revelations out there, these four will be teaming up to save a child Cassandra Cain (who later grows up to be a Batgirl) from the crime boss Black Mask.  (more…)


New DC Young Justice season scheduled.

Very angsty.

But that’s legit. I need to sit down and finish the first two seasons — along with all the other stuff that I’m supposed to sit down and finish.  There’s a lot of stuff out there to watch, these days. Lotta stuff.  Besides, this is going to be on the DC streaming service, which I’m not going to pick up, sorry.  Having to get Disney’s will be bad enough.


Ava DuVernay tapped to direct New Gods for DC/Warner Bros.

Ava DuVernay is the director of A Wrinkle In Time, but I’m not trying to hold that against her. There is some indication that she actually wishes to direct this particular superhero movie, which is good; and New Gods is of course Jack Kirby at his Kirby-ish.  If it’s walled off from the rest of the DCEU — if, indeed, it can even be said to be part of the DCEU, Steppenwolf or no — that may very well be for the best.  I have high hopes for the Aquaman movie, but we’re still trying to get a director who can really understand Superman as a concept. Or who can be allowed to show that concept, I suppose.

So I hope DuVernay can make it work. But — speaking as a DC comics kid — I really wish that DC had somebody like Kevin Feige directing traffic. It’s not so much that all of the MCU movies flow into each other; it’s that the Marvel movies are all being watched over by somebody who fundamentally cares about the source material. Then again, I have no idea who that might be, so what do I know? I guess that the best that we can hope for is the occasional good standalone. May this be one of them.


Could… could DC be planning to NOT screw up the live-action (Teen) Titans show?


EXCLUSIVE: Australian newcomer Teagan Croft has landed one of the leads, the series regular role of Raven, in the new live-action series Titans, from Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV. The series is slated to premiere in 2018 as one of the first series that will launch a DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service.

Here’s the thing: Teagan Croft is 13.  Which is compatible with a Teen Titans show, and it also suggests that we’re going to get something that’s, you know, family-friendly and whatnot. Because I don’t care if it’s direct-to-consumer, people are going to start screaming if they sexualize characters being portrayed by nigh-literal tweens.

Also, Teagan Croft’s facial features just kind of looks right for Raven. They’ll need to dye her hair, of course. But that’s easy enough.

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