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No One Is Going GaGa Over Harley Quinn

Set photo leaks finally revealed Lady Gaga in her Harley Quinn outfit. She appears to be led out of a courthouse by Gotham patrol officers flanking her from all sides. She’s wearing minimal make-up and sporting a red diamond stitched jacket with short frilled wrists. Under it, is a black and white diamond blouse that fits more like an aerial acrobat artist. The overall look is reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland. Meanwhile, her lips and cheeks are contrasted by bright red lipstick against a light white base. It’s not a timid look but it is underwhelming for such an iconic character. 


Will James Gunn Keep Gal Godot at Wonder Woman?

While Wonder Woman’s end role in Shazam Fury of the Gods gave everyone a final look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, James Gunn continues to respond to fans on Twitter with what seems like hope she’ll be back. Remember, Shazam is a leftover of the DCEU, Gunn has answered enough tweets about Wonder Woman being an important part of the DCU that many people think Gal Gadot has a shot of crossing over from the Elseworlds Universe. However, since Gunn insists he’s looking for actors who have voices they can also use in animation, the choice in Gadot may seem a bit more difficult to consider. 

Joss Whedon Defends Himself on Gal Godot Complaint over Justice League Filming

It’s been years since Joss Whedon got hit with cancel culture over numerous complaints about his behavior towards film talent. His side of each issue has been absent in most cases, in others it’s been cryptic. For years fans and critics speculated on the truth. Some agonized over what Whedon really is, others decided enough accusations equaled guilty. In the end, everyone took the safe bet and either remained silent or condemned him. Is there still a point in asking if he is deserving of his ostracization? Let’s just call it a slow news day and explore one topic he’s responded to. 

When Whedon took over as director of Justice League, the project ended in failure. More than that, he made some enemies with both Ray Fisher and Gal Godot. Fisher made a formal complaint. Gadot may have but it remains unknown. She did however take her case to the media after filming, and after Fisher began campaigning against Whedon.  

Focusing on one part of Gadot’s complaints was the now often talked about scene in which the Flash falls onto Wonder Woman. It was meant as some sophomoric slapstick humor. 

Flash falls onto Wonder Woman
Flash falling on Wonder Woman for a slapstick laugh fell flat.

By now know everyone has read Godot’s side of the story. Whedon was rude, crass, and used intimidation on set. In one scene, Whedon requested an incidental slapstick moment where the Flash saves Wonder Woman, but in doing so, lands on her. Because he is so fast, she hardly notices other than to catch him standing over her with a bashful embarrassed look on his face. According to Whedon, Gadot refused to do the scene. He made comments she didn’t understand fully due to English being a second language (perhaps), but in the end, he had a stand-in shoot the scene. 

After filming, Gadot wanted the scene cut. According to Whedon, he stated something she took as crass and meant to intimidate. In short, she would need to, “tie him to a railway track and do it over his dead body.” Maybe, just maybe there’s a lot to misunderstand in translation, but only if Gal Gadot has a good bit of trouble with English. Who knows? She’s done enough films in English that this seems impossible. Even then, the statement seems like something a director would say and without malice. That statement alone doesn’t support an argument that he’s a racist or sexist or has bias beyond that of a director wanting to keep something in a film. But it does give everyone a little bit more to consider. 

We all know when someone tells their side of a story, it can cloud our judgment without hearing both sides. Whedon’s recent answer to Gadot in an interview with the NY Times gives some insight but certainly can’t answer to every allegation against him. 

James Gunn’s Twitter Response: New Batman!

If Twitter’s use has been in question recently, James Gunn has proven it is the common man’s best friend. The Co-CEO of DC Studios has been dispelling rumors and answering the public’s questions outright on Twitter throughout January and February of 2023.

The latest mystery to be put to rest opens up a new mystery. Gunn was recently asked on Twitter if any of the previous actors or iterations of Batman would be reprised. He answered with absolute clarity there will be a new Batman. No one is returning to the role. 

It all started when a rumor that had been circulated was asked of Gunn. “Will George Clooney of the 1997 Batman and Robin be coming back?” Gunn answered, “Absolutely not.” Then another fan got his attention with a follow-up if any other actor would reprise the cowl? Gunn answered, “New actor” leaving everyone buzzing with no real answer as to who it would be.

Shazam 2: Fury of the Gods Shorter Than Shazam

Fans of Shazam are being slightly short-changed for the sequel. Fury of the Gods runtime is coming in just a few minutes shorter than the original at two hours and ten minutes. To be precise, it’s only two minutes shorter. Perhaps it’s actually longer if you count the non-Henry Cavill Superman cameo.  It’s less than a month away. Shazam: Fury of the Gods is in theaters on March 17, 2023. 

The Shazam Family
The Shazam Family

DCUs First Crossover Character Revealed

As DC Studios begins its first production in their Chapter 1 plans, James Gunn responded to fans once again on social media in regards to the animation Creature Commandos that will appear on HBO Max. While outlining characters in a group image Gunn gave away another interesting factoid. Creature Commandos’ team leader Rick Flag Sr. will cross over into the Amanda Waller series, Waller

In the image (going from left to right), that's Rick Flag, Sr. He's going to show up in other stuff. Then Nina Mazursky. Doctor Phosphorus, a Batman villain. Frankenstein—Eric Frankenstein, specifically. The Bride of Frankenstein, who's the lead. Finally, G.I. Robot and Weasel.
James Gunn lists the team: In the image (going from left to right), that’s Rick Flag, Sr. He’s going to show up in other stuff. Then Nina Mazursky. Doctor Phosphorus, a Batman villain. Frankenstein—Eric Frankenstein, specifically. The Bride of Frankenstein, who’s the lead. Finally, G.I. Robot and Weasel.

The First Two to Return to the DCU from the DCEU

In recent DC announcements by James Gunn about the DCU, we learned that when possible the same actors would be used across its three media platforms of film, animation, and gaming.  A slow reboot will take place between 2023 and the following year 2024. It’s no surprise the first person to survive the DCEU and carry over to the DCU is Viola Davis as Amanda Waller in her own show, Waller. The second actor confirmed returning from the DCEU to the DCU is no other than James Gunn’s family member, Sean Gunn returning to the role of Weasel in Creature Commandos

James Gunn Lays Out the Future of the DCU in Video

In a true James Gunn style move, the man himself delivers the news directly to the fans in a video.  What we learn is that some of the DC films are labeled as DC Elseworlds (outside of DC continuity). That includes Matt Reeves The Batman. James lays out an 8 to 10-year plan divided into two chapters. Characters will be live-action and animated. To keep continuity clear, Gunn announced that actors would portray their characters not only live but when in animated and gaming projects. 



DC Announces The Batman Sequel Release Date and More

James Gunn and Peter Safran have made independent announcements on their plans for their DC universe. Gunn has tweeted a lot of details but at the top of the list is The Batman sequel will be released on October 3, 2025.  The name is a bit uninspiring, The Batman Part II. In total, Gunn has announced that a total of ten new stories will drop and that any games, animation or film will share one thing in common. They will all be voiced by the same actor. For all the talk of a single DC Universe, The Batman storyline under the helm of Matt Reeves will remain outside the DC Universe — as will Shazam. And anything else DC wants to break its own rule on. At a recent press event, Safran offered his feedback about the canceled Batgirl movie featuring Leslie Grace. He said the film was unwatchable and the decision to cancel it was “bold and courageous.”

The MCU moves to DCU

Co-DC Studio head James Gunn recently revealed in an interview with Empire that many of his former MCU actors will have roles in the DCU. Specifically the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy.  “This cast are like my family, I cannot tell you how close I am to Chris Pratt and Pom [Klementieff] and Dave [Bautista] and Zoe [Saldaña] and Karen [Gillan]. But I also know I will work again with all those people individually again. Probably at my other job.”  Said, Gunn. This follows a recent December 2022 Twitter exchange with a fan who commented they hoped Pom was part of an upcoming project. Gunn responded, “Pom’s always part of our plans.” In a twist, while Gunn is bringing MCU actors to the DCU, many DCU actors are moving to the MCU. 


The HBO Max DCU Titans Offer Uninspiring Raven Costume

Teagan Croft plays Raven in Titans on HBO Max. Raven moved from her purple to white costume in varied animated stories as a clear statement she wasn’t under her demon father’s influence. It’s gone the same way in the live-action series. The costume however fails to make a visual impact on fans. It looks like a cocktail dress with a chiffon cape. In Teagan’s studio poses, she looks as if she feels ridiculous wearing it.