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To say that the years have been far from kind to the DC Extended Universe would be a grand understatement. For while the films have been hits in the box office. The DCEU has been marred with mixed reaction from it's fans and critics alike for it's movies and plots. The expected hit Justice League which was set to be run by Zack Snyder was put in total disarray leading to the later release of Snyder's own personal cut of the film. Along with this chaos in direction the DCEU would also encounter numerous problems with it's films from a series of planned films which never got off the ground to being unable to secure it's own actors to deals leading to the early loss of Batman and of course the chaotic behavior of some of it's stars leading to movies becoming in question before their release. With all this turmoil as 2023 rolled in there was little in the way of news from the DCEU with projects all being put on ice. Movies such as Aquaman 2, Shazam 2 and Blue Beetle all heading to HBO Max as opposed to big screen releases while the Flash movie was cancelled entirely.

Rumors of an overhaul would soon begin to circulate with some wondering if Zack Snyder would return to the helm of the ship while others believed that James Gunn maybe the man to take over. Yet soon we'd find a third contender for the throne. A director and show runner very familiar with the Superhero genre by the name of Andrew Ryan. The original show runner of the hit series Gotham City Stories which aired on HBO back in 2010 and it's spin off Metropolis which aired in 2012. Ryan has also dabbled on the Marvel side of the fence as well. This of course being his multi year project with the FX network which created it's very own Marvel universe with original stories covered in both series and TV film variance. As the new year would hit reports would indicate that Ryan was the man chosen to right the ship of the DCEU!


While perhaps to some a surprising pick, Andrew Ryan would soon capitalize on this wave of publicity as well as public opinion when he held a special streamed conference to announce his vision for the DCEU. Admitting that whilst it maybe an unpopular decision, finishing the work of others or trying to assume someone else's vision would only lead to a subpar project. Which is why Ryan would elect to revamp and restart the DCEU with his own vision. This would mean a total refresh of the films and stories told with new actors and actresses to take the roles of those who'd played them beforehand. This news would garner a mixed reaction with some expressing their disappointment and concern at the refresh while others couldn't help but be intrigued. Yet positive or negative there was no denying as 2023 arrived, the world was talking all about the DCEU.
 

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The Batman in the room


Perhaps the most well known and established superhero across all comic universes. There are few heroes such as Batman which draw public interest and opinion. With numerous name actors such as Michael Keaton, Adam West, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale all previously occupying the mantle. The DC Extended Universe took what many called a controversial move when they brought in Ben Affleck to take the titular role. Despite critical opinion being negative, the run of Ben Affleck was largely seen as positive thanks to the DCEU's gritty, violent take on the role. Sadly due to all manner of creative issues and behind the scene negotiations breaking down Ben Affleck's time as the Batman would be short. This would throw the future of the DCEU in question which was only further compounded by the acclaimed Batman film starring Robert Pattinson in 2022. While some had hoped that this could set up an alternate timeline to make the Matt Reeves' project cannon in the DCEU. We can confirm now that Matt Reeves' project will very much be at the forefront of it's own Batman narrative.

As for this new DCEU, it can be confirmed that there is a new Batman and a new story very much to be told. It is believed that with the outline as it currently is there are designs to greatly expand the universe around Batman and Gotham City. This could mean several spin offs be it in film or as part of a miniseries. Believed to be the starting point of the DCEU, we know that the first movie of this Batman story will be entitled Year One which should give a great idea of just what part of a story is being told. While details for the plot currently remain scarce it is believed that casting calls have already gone out for a number of roles including Jim Gordon, Alfred Pennyworth, Lucius Fox and Harvey Dent. One name which hasn't been mentioned in these casting calls however is Bruce Wayne.. Which raises the question who is the Batman?

Since his takeover of the DCEU, this has been a question which Andrew Ryan asked himself regarding casting the Batman. The need for someone to play such a tortured soul who would eventually grow into a leader and a teacher. Someone capable of looking the part under the infamous cowl. Names such as Kit Harrington, Miles Teller, Karl Urban, Ben Barnes and even Jensen Ackles were all floated around but there was never any further indication on these names being offered or accepting the role. One name who kept cropping up for it was that of Jon Hamm and also that of Josh Duhamel both of whom are believed to have met with casting directors. Yet when the time had come to announce the role we'd learn that it was a man who had been tapped years earlier to play the role only to fall short. This of course being Wes Bentley!


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Bentley in the past has been quoted as much as saying that while a comic book fan, there has only ever been one hero he has wanted to play and that was Batman. Now he will have his chance in this DCEU reboot. The 44 year old actor has a wealth of experience on the big screen and in roles such as Senator Crane in the Hunger Games. He has shown himself adept at playing characters who walk the line and blur things between heroism and vigilantism. It is currently believed that Bentley has signed a multiple movie deal with the DCEU for the Batman story as they continue to flesh out this new chapter in the comic book film franchise.
 

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WILL THE REAL MAN OF STEEL PLEASE STAND UP

To say of many of the setbacks made in the first iteration of the DC extended universe, the casting of Henry Cavill in the titular role of Clark Kent/Superman was not one of them would be an understatement. The English actor in this role was one of the highlights of the DCEU as a whole. For while the movies he appeared in may have garnered some mixed responses due to writing or CGI related issues. There was no denying that not only did Henry Cavill look the part of superman but he was also more than capable when it came to playing the role of the Man of Steel. Which in many ways reminds us of the situation the DCEU had with Ben Affleck as Batman in that they had the right actor in the role but it was issues behind the scene causing the problems.

Sadly as we'd learn Henry Cavill would also be departing the DCEU for a time thanks to some of these issues. With names such as Michael B. Jordan tapped as a potential replacement only for Cavill to resume the role in a post credit scene for the Black Adam movie. It is believed that Cavill was on a rare short list by director Andrew Ryan who remarked that there was three people in his mind if it wasn't for the complete overhaul he'd look to keep on in the role he was currently playing.

It is said in a similar vain to the Batman DCEU rebirth that the person selected for this role has signed on for a multiple picture deal with the belief that the Superman story will carry at least a five solo film arc. Two early names touted for auditions for this role were Austin Butler and Jacob Elordi but the belief is that they were deemed slightly too young for what the character would be. Darren Criss was also believed to have made it to the final stages before in a similar case to Wes Bentley as Batman, we'd see someone who'd once previously portrayed the role pick up the mantle.


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It can officially be confirmed that joining Wes Bentley (Bruce Wayne/Batman) in this DC extended universe rebirth will be Matt Bomer. This of course won't be Bomer's first taste of comic book roles linked to DC as he previously voiced Larry Trainor/Negative Man in the Doom Patrol series. Alongside this Bomer has starred in movies such as Flightplan and Magic Mike while also appearing in television series such as Suits and Chuck. With a memorable run in American Horror story alongside Wes Bentley himself.
 

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WONDERING ABOUT WONDER WOMAN

It was mentioned previously that while the DCEU in it's original inception had some troubles. There was some highlights and one of which was it's casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. While her sequel film Wonder Woman 1984 may not have been a hit success her original film meanwhile was one of the true success stories of the DCEU as a whole. In a similar base to what was said about Henry Cavill and his portrayal of Superman, it was believed that Gal Gadot was on a small shortlist of people that Andrew Ryan was in fact contemplating keeping in her role. However with this being a rebirth and not wishing to muddy the water, we know that in a similar vain there will be a total refresh and rebrand on the Wonder Woman story.

It is said that the casting for Wonder Woman was perhaps the most competitive yet with many actresses all taking readings and meetings for the role. Some names we know who actively put themselves forward for the role included Katie Cassidy, Alexandra Daddario, Adrienne Palicki and Megan Gale. As we'd later come to find however a few leading contenders for the franchise would be Elodie Yung, Kaya Scodelario, Monica Barbaro and Christian Serratos. One other surprising contender for the role would be Ella Balinska, yet as we'd soon learn producers felt that Ella was a better fit for another role. As we'd soon learn however the choice for Wonder Woman would be someone who has a history playing a similar role albeit for a different franchise.

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Jaime Alexander who is perhaps best known for her role as Lady Sif as part of the MCU will be joining the DCEU rebirth in the role of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. Thanks to her role also in the hit series of Blindspot along with her MCU ties, it is said that Alexander was always a leading favorite for this role and is known to be more than capable for the action and fight scenes that her character will face. Along with this in particular with her role as Sif, Alexander has shown a grace and nobility which they feel will make her an excellent addition to the fold as the new Wonder Woman.
 

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There in a flash!

Arguably one of the more troublesome stories across the DC Extended Universe in real life was that of Ezra Miller and his increasingly alarming behavior. This would put Miller's future as the Flash in question and also leave questions regarding a future Flash film in doubt. With the rebirth of the DCEU we can now confirm that there will be a new flash film taking place with a new actor taking the mantle. It has also been confirmed that while this first movie will tell the story of Barry Allen alone, in the future there is potential for there to be multiple flashes across this timeline.

In regards to who would play the titular role one name who frequently was mentioned to no surprise was Grant Gustin. Gustin of course memorably played Barry Allen in the CW show. Sadly as we'd learn this wouldn't be the case as despite Gustin's performance, the new DC showrunners wished for a complete reset on the character of Barry Allen. A few names mentioned in the early going to undergo screen tests for the movie included Jack Quaid, Alex Wolff and Joseph Quinn. A few others names said to be leading contenders would be George McKay and Darren Barnet.

Yet as we'd learn none of these would be the person selected to take the role of Barry Allen. Instead the actor chosen would be a man who had previously been tabbed by many fans as a strong replacement option for Miller. This would be the Maze Runner star Dylan O'Brien. Thanks to roles in the aforementioned franchise as well as his time on Teen Wolf, Dylan has quite the fan following and is believed to bring the intensity, loyalty and courage right for Barry Allen while also being quite adept at playing the awkward, geeky role which suits Allen's personality to a tee.

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Lighting the Lanterns' path

In some exciting news which will differentiate this new DCEU rebirth from it's past will be confirmation of a Green Lantern movie in it's first arc. While the Green Lantern was teased and did appear briefly as part of the Snyder cut, we never truly got to see a Green lantern appearance or movie in the DC universe until now. In a similar vain to what has been said about the previously announced Flash movie, we can confirm that while the first movie at least will focus specifically on the story of Hal Jordan and his becoming a Green Lantern. There is a lot of room in the future for more Green Lanterns to become apart of the DCEU.

For this castings it is said that a strenuous audition process took part with many actors taking part in auditions and screen tests. One surprising name for example to read for the role and actually earn consideration was comedian Jason Sudeikis. The same could be said for Glenn Howerton who at one stage was looked upon as one of the favorites to take the role. Two names touted for the role but with little confirmation of them actually auditioning was Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ryan Gosling. What is known though is one person who made it to the shortlist was Matt Lanter while we know that despite auditioning Dan Stevens has been reportedly offered a different part with this DCEU rebirth.

The individual selected for this role is a man who at one stage was rumored to have been cast as Hal Jordan previously and is also someone who fans have in reality been clamoring to join the MCU as Mister Fantastic. But we can now confirm that John Krasinski will be joining this new iteration of the DCEU in the titular role of Hal Jordan. While widely recognized as a comic capable of bringing the laughs. Krasinski has also proven himself to be a capable lead in a serious dramatic role which was said to be a big tipping point in his selection to play the role of Hal Jordan.

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Under the Sea

In what has been a continuing trend with these new DCEU castings. It has openly been admitted that Jason Momoa was on the shortlist of actors to be kept in the role they previously held with DC. This is far from surprising to many thanks to the success of the original Aquaman movie and the critical reaction to Jason's stellar performance. Sadly as has been the case with roles such as Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman. Despite doing excellent work with the role, a new dawn for the DCEU means a new day and this means a new Aquaman will be tasked with sitting on the Throne of Atlantis.

In a similar fashion to what was said about the role of Barry Allen in an earlier report. One name who was in fact tabbed for this role early on was Alan Ritchson who had previously portrayed the role during his time on hit show Smallville. Yet again due to the reasoning of not wishing to retread or tell another person's story, this rumor was quickly refuted. One name who was confirmed to audition for the role but has in fact as we know has been offered a different role all together is Sam Worthington. It is also believed that two other names who read for the role were Josh Holloway and Liam Hemsworth.

Yet as we'd learn directors have gone for someone who many fans have been clamoring to take the role and who very much looks the part of Aquaman from his traditional look in the DC comic strips. The actor selected for the role is none other than Alexander Skarsgard who fans may best know from his time in the hit series True Blood. Yet Skarsgard isn't a stranger to the action hero role having memorably played Tarzan in the Legend of Tarzan film. While details remain scarce it is said that Aquaman will be the last solo film to complete this first arc of the DC story.

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BATMAN YEAR ONE ANNOUNCED

It has been announced today that in what may not be the most surprising reveal. That this new era of the DC extended universe will begin with a Batman film entitled Year One. With this new era of the DCEU promising to tell it's own story while also understanding potential frustration at another Batman origin story. A statement has been made that while the story will heavily focus on canon regarding the Year One storyline. There will be some original takes and interpretations on the characters and storyline itself. Believed to be focusing on the early years of Bruce Wayne's run as Batman. This story will focus heavily on the corruption of Gotham City as well as a power struggle between the Falcone and Maroni families. It is confirmed that this movie will also feature the debuts of Oswald Cobblepott aka The Penguin and Selina Kyle aka Catwoman. While we know going into the movie that Wes Bentley will be assuming the titular role, today via a press release a bunch of new characters and castings have been unveiled for this movie. Some names mentioned but notably missing from the report are Selina Kyle, Oswald Cobblepott, Carmine Falcone, Jim Gordon and Salvatore Maroni. It is believed that the rest of the cast for this movie will be announced shortly.

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(Charles Dance as Alfred Pennyworth)
"The ever loyal butler and servant to Bruce Wayne. Yet the reality is Alfred is a lot more than just this Bruce. Having raised Bruce from a young age following the death of his parents. Alfred is Bruce's closest ally and thanks to his military experience has been a great source of help when it comes to work in the field. While he is loyal and faithful to Bruce and the Waynes. Alfred is not afraid to speak his mind when the time comes and has little trouble in scolding Bruce should the situation call for it."

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(Ernie Hudson as Lucius Fox)
"Described as a brilliant businessman and manager, Lucius Fox is the current CEO at Wayne Enterprises. Along with aiding Bruce Wayne both professionally and financially. It is said that Lucius is a close confidant of Mr. Wayne and has proven a great help in developing technology for Bruce to use in the field."

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(Aaron Stanton as Jack Ryder)
"An outspoken news reporter and journalist. Jack Ryder has very much shown himself willing to put himself at risk in order to attract viewership and notoriety. While it is believed deep down that Ryder wants to do what is right, he has been known to compromise his morals in order to get ahead."

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(Sophia Bush as Vicky Vale)
"An investigative journalist for the Gotham Gazette. Vicky Vale has shown herself to be a capable and fearless journalist unafraid to ask the hard questions. Lately Vicky has become enamored with the story of the Bat of Gotham and will do whatever she has to in order to find out more."

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(Carla Gugino as Marion Grange)
"The Current district attorney of Gotham City. Marion Grange is seen as a shining light by many in Gotham thanks to her integrity and has designs on running for office soon enough in an effort to clean up the city."

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(Christopher Meloni as Arnold Flass)
"A detective assigned personally by Gillian Loeb to partner with Jim Gordon. Arnold Flass is described as dirty as they come and is noted for working as a heavy for the highest bidder. It is said that Flass has openly set on corrupting Jim Gordon in the hopes to bring him down to their level."

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(Josh Helman as Howard Branden)
"The head of GCPD's swat team. Howard Branden very much lives up to the thug with a badge moniker. Said to be a protégé of Gillian Loeb, Branden has greatly used and abused his power and authority to act as a personal hit squad for the highest bidder. Lately it appears that Branden's loyalties have fallen with Sal Maroni but in a case like this, who knows exactly where his loyalty lies."

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(Conleith Hill as Julian Day aka Calendar Man)
"A twisted serial killer who had recently been arrested by Jim Gordon. Julian Day is a themed serial killer who strikes on holidays with his crime often inspired by the occasion. Yet with his arrest Gotham is far from safe when a series of murders which seem inspired by him follow."

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(Cameron Britton as Johnny Viti)
"One of Carmine Falcone's chief henchmen and assassins. It is believed that when Falcone is looking to send a particularly violent message. He sends Johnny Viti to do his dirty work. A noted sadist who truly enjoys what he does, Viti is believed to listen to Falcone and Falcone alone."

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(Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson as Jefferson Skeevers)
"A fairly low level gangster and drug dealer who operates in Gotham City. Jefferson Skeevers is believed to be quite ambitious despite his low level status. This is why in the midst of a lot of turmoil throughout the Gotham underworld, Skeevers begins to sell on both sides."

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(Kirk Acevedo as Stan the Pimp)
"A pimp who works in the East End of Gotham. While a fairly low level criminal on the totem pole of Gotham. Stan is able to abuse his power over the girls in his care perhaps going overboard in frustration at his lack of power or respect he commands from the rest of the underworld."

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(Toby Jones as Gillian Loeb)
"The police commissioner of the GCPD. Gillian Loeb is believed to be as dirty as they come taking money from many of the criminal rackets across Gotham. Sadly with his influence and connections, Loeb is looked upon as untouchable and is not a fan of Jim Gordon's straight arrow approach to police work."

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(Dermot Mulroney as Wilson Klass)
"The mayor of Gotham City. It is believed that Wilson Klass very much has been willing to turn a blind eye to the crime in Gotham. With some murmurs of corruption or at the very least taking a bribe it is believed to be a tough road to saving Gotham as long as Klass is in charge."

 

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THE MAN OF STEEL ANNOUNCED

With Year One announced as the first film to kick of this DCEU revamp. We know that the second film in this rebirth will be entitled the Man of Steel and it will be a Superman story. While Superman's origin has previously been told on screen, this again will not only be a retelling of the tale but will also focus heavily on life around the Daily Planet as well as Metropolis. The story is said to be focusing not just on Superman and the effect his presence has on Metropolis but also how his presence begins to attract a group of rogue kryptonians led by General Zod. While we know that Matt Bomer will be assuming the titular role of Clark Kent/Superman. It is confirmed that this movie will also feature the likes of Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, General Zod, Faora and Maggie Sawyer all of whom will be announced soon as part of the cast for the movie.

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(Jimmy Smits as Perry White)
"The editor-in-chief at the Daily Planet and a highly respected journalist in his own right. Perry White is more than just a boss to his employees at the Planet. He is a friend and a mentor to many of them. This includes both Clark Kent and Lois Lane."

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(Anna Kendrick as Mercy Graves)
"Very much described as Lex Luthor's right hand and most trusted ally. It is said that Mercy Graves very much is the one person completely aware of all of Lex's machinations and plots. While she is said to carry herself as a businesswoman, there is believed to be a lot more to Mercy Graves than meets the eye."

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(Olivier Martinez as George Taylor)
"Regarded as one of the top journalists at the Daily Planet. George Taylor very much lives up to every stereotype of an unscrupulous investigative journalist. Said to be shady, deceitful and downright shameless. George Taylor is believed to be one of many working under Lex Luthor."

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(Echo Kellum as Ron Troupe)
"The politics writer for the Daily planet. Ron Troupe is described as a highly intellectual and professional human being which frequently brings him into conflict with Steve Lombard. It is believed that Troupe acts as a sounding board for Cat Grant and often tries to tone down her bold more risque antics."

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(Halle Berry as Cat Grant)
"Writer of the gossip column for the Daily Planet. Divorced single mother Cat Grant is looking to truly establish herself as a true writer. Her want for being a writer positions her as a rival for Lois Lane."

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(Chase Crawford as Steve Lombard)
"At one point a former professional and college football star. Steve Lombard after being forced to retire from the game would take his knowledge into becoming a sports writer for the Daily Planet. Believed to be a bit of a bully Lombard frequently comes into conflict with the likes of Clark Kent and Ron Troup on a daily basis."

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(Julian Glover as David Corporon)
"The police captain of Metropolis. David Corporon is believed to be one of many who doesn't believe that Metropolis needs the help of an Alien to stay safe. Yet as we'd come to find he like many has a rather shall we say questionable alignment to one Lex Luthor."

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(Danny Glover as William Henderson)
"While there is currently a lot of debate going on in the world about whether having a Man of Steel is a good thing or a bad thing. Some see him as an alien and a threat to humanity. While others like William Henderson see him as someone looking to do what is right. The experience detective very much is said to be one of Superman's first friends on the force."

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(Ola Rapace as Frank Berkowitz)
"The current mayor of Metropolis. It is believed that Frank when he took the job as mayor had noble intentions but overtime he'd steadily find himself struggling to stay on the right path. Especially with his frequent association with Lex Luthor."

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(Tobey Maguire as Pete Ross)
"One of the few friends from School who Clark Kent has stayed in touch with to this day. Pete is currently working on an aspiring political career but despite his busy job he will always find time to meet up and catch up with his friend Clark."

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(Nathan Jones as Non)
"The strongest soldier in Zod's army who was also at one stage said to be a Kryptonian scientist along with his wife Ursa. This would be until an incident rendered him as a silent brute who follows Zod's command without question."

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(Emily Mortimer as Ursa)
"A scientist who works for General Zod and who is also believed to be the wife of Non. Ursa is believed to be one hundred percent committed to Zod's cause and this has in the past brought her into conflict with her own husband."

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(Will Yun Lee as Quex-Ul)
"While many of the soldiers under General Zod serve his orders without question. One soldier of his who he has a little of a less than harmonious relationship with is Quex-Ul. Described as a free thinking individual who comes to see the beauty in earth. It isn't long until Quex's loyalty comes into question."
 
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INTRODUCING WONDER WOMAN CONFIRMED

With Year One and the Man of Steel already confirmed to be kicking off this DCEU rebirth. We know that the third movie in the first act of this multiple story arc will be entitled Introducing Wonder Woman. This story will serve as part of a new origin and introduction for the titular character played by Jaimie Alexander. While we know that the story will begin on Themyscira, we'll find how the arrival of an outsider makes Princess Diana look to head to the man's world. Yet on her arrival in the world of conflict among the second world war Diana will struggle to recognize friend from foe in this world overrun by war. Which causes her to suspect the god of war himself Ares maybe causing such brutal conflict. Yet as she begins to intervene she finds it's not just Ares she has to contend with. Announced for this series but not yet announced will be Steve Trevor, Ares, Queen Hippolyta, General Phil Darnell, Paula Von Gunther and the Silver Swan. While these characters have yet to be formally announced. We have been made aware of numerous characters set to appear below.

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(Laurie Holden as General Antiope)
"Diana's aunt and the general of Themyscira's army. It is said that Antiope and her sister have at points quite a confrontational manner with Antiope wanting to be more involved with the Man World herself in an effort to bring an end to the wars once and for all."

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(Channing Tatum as Maxwell Lord)
"Described as a shrewd and powerful businessman who is immediately taken with Diana. Maxwell Lord is described as someone who is always playing his own angle. So while he may seem like an ally to Diana, it is safe to say he also has his own agenda."

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(Rose Leslie as Orana)
"Since childhood there has been a heated rivalry between Diana and Orana. It is said that Orana thinks very little of Diana and sees her as someone who has only got this far due to the status of her mother."

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(Elodie Yung as Artemis)
"A rival of Diana who is seen by many as a more fitting ruler of Themyscira once Hippolyta forfeits the throne. Artemis is one of Diana's many contenders in the games to decide who will take Steve Trevor back to the man world."

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(Orla Brady as Etta Candy)
"A former fighter pilot and intelligence officer who since then is a close ally of Steve Trevor. It is said that Etta Candy is a woman far beyond her time. Her bravery, courage and integrity quickly impress Diana leading her to form a close bond with one another."

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(Tracy Spiridakos as Mala)
"Said to be the closest friend that Diana had on Themyscira. Mala was believed to have been by Wonder Woman's side when they first came across Steve Trevor. Mala is believed to be at the head of the Amazon Reform program where she is working to rehabilitate law breakers and those deemed insane."

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(Nicole Beharie as Nubia)
"A rare amazon who has never seen themyscira. Nubia has grown up under the teachings of Ares, Nubia has personally been tasked by Ares to hunt down and kill Wonder Woman immediately."

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(Jennifer Garner as Jane Kapatelis)

"The older sister of Vanessa. Jane is said to have acted as her sister's guardian and caretaker for years and cannot help but be over protective. Her and Vanessa are described as some of the first friends Diana makes on her arrival."

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(Jacob Lofland as Deimos)
"The brother of Phobos. While he may not have the hulking physique of his brother. Deimos more than makes up for it with his cold and calculated nature which has earned him the appraisal of Ares himself."

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(Oliver Stark as Phobos)
"The Brother of Deimos, Phobos is described as the more rash of the two as he will do anything to win his father's approval. On top of this Phobos is described as petty and deceitful even when it comes to his own family.

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(Teresa Palmer as Eris)
"Of the children of Ares, perhaps none have quite the complicated relationship with him that Eris does. Seen as the monstrous black sheep of the family. Eris has long coveted the approval of her father before she excels him."

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(Jesper Christensen as Duke of Deception)
"Described as Ares' right hand. The Duke of Deception as per his name is a treacherous operative for Ares who uses his gifts to manipulate while also creating illusions and delusions in others. Thanks to this it is unknown just what the Duke's true form is as he is able to constantly disguise his appearance."

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(Lily-Rose Depp as Gundra)
"A rogue Valkyrie who has personally brought many killed in Ares' wars to the other side. It is believed that Gundra has quite the long and storied past with Ares and isn't happy with Diana trying to bring a halt to the war."

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(Rachel Weisz as Doctor Poison)
"A war criminal who goes to great lengths to conceal her identity. It has only been recently that reports have touted Doctor Poison as a woman as before thanks to bulky disguises reports had labelled the doctor as male. A chemical weapons expect who is described as cruel toxicologist. Doctor Poison is believed to be working on a special toxin which puts her firmly on the most wanted list."

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(Alexandra Daddario as Medusa)
A gorgon believed to have been manipulated by the Duke of Deception. It is said that Medusa based on this manipulation acts as a personal soldier and weapon of Ares and he has sent her to handle the Wonder Woman before things get too out of control."
 
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BORN TO RUN CONFIRMED

The fourth movie in the DCEU rebirth has now been confirmed with the name officially being Born To Run. With the original DCEU's flash movie marred by behind the scenes issues most notably with original actor Ezra Miller's personal issues. This will be the first ever Flash solo movie under the DC umbrella. Set to be an origin story for Barry Allen and how he become the Scarlet Speedster. We know that the movie's titular character will be played by Dylan O'Brien. The plot for this story is said to cover the murder of Barry's mother when he was a boy and the imprisonment of his father who always maintained his innocence. Believing his father's story, Barry Allen works hard to become a forensics scientist in the hopes of proving his father's innocence. While mentioned the characters of Henry Allen, Nora Allen, Iris West, Hunter Zolomon and others have not been listed in this casting report and will be announced at a later date.


New Characters Announced

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(Michael Rapaport as Frank Curtis)
"An older experience detective who has long been a friend of Barry Allen. It is said that when the Flash comes along, while some in Central City doubt his intentions and if he can be trusted. That Frank Curtis quickly recognizes someone looking to do the right thing,"

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(Tom Mison as Jerry McGee)
"The husband if Tina McGee and one of her colleagues at Star Labs. Jerry McGee is described as someone who very much sees the potential for just what a Speedster is capable of and would love nothing more than to be in Barry's position."

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(Betty Gabriel as Ashley Zolomon)
"The wife of Hunter Zolomon. It is said that Hunter and Ashley very much have a fairytale like romance with the pair devoted to one another. Supportive of Hunter's career and always happy to be a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen. Ashley very much is the love of his life as he is of hers."

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(Rufus Sewell as Daryl Frye)
"A family friend of the Allen's who has seen Barry grow up from a baby. Captain Frye proved his character when following the death of Nora and imprisonment of Henry he assumed the post of guardian for Barry. Yet while he may technically be Barry's boss at the Central City Police Department, don't expect Frye to give Barry a pass whatsoever."

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(Kacey Rohl as Kristen Kramer)
"A new face to the crime lab at the CCPD. Kristen Kramer has what some call a bit of a tempestuous relationship with Barry Allen. As while Kramer recognizes his talent for what they do, she is frustrated with his poor timekeeping and constant lack of constistency."

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(Morgan Freeman as James Forrest)
"The head forensic lead at the CCPD. James Forrest is a kind heated individual who has personally mentored Barry Allen in the forensics field. It is said that Forrest knows his retirement is drawing near and is looking to name a successor."

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(Jay Ali as David Singh)
"A hot headed detective apart of the CCPD. David Singh is described as a skilled lawman whose temper at times fails him. It is said that Singh cannot stand Barry Allen for his in his words sloppy work leading to a confrontational relationship between the pair."

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(Adelaide Kane as Fiona Webb)
"A mysterious woman who is believed to have met Barry Allen at a crime scene. Fiona Webb is someone that Barry quickly becomes enchanted with despite her mystery which causes other's to grow suspicious of her."

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(Mathieu Amalric as Matthew Paulson)
"A career cop who lately has been partnered with David Singh. It is believed that Paulson has recently fallen of tough times thanks to a costly divorce and his ever heavy drinking. Which meants that this gig, is his last shot before frye dismisses him."

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(Sean Bean as William West)
"The father of Iris West, it is said that William West and his relationship with his daughter is far from harmonious. At one stage a kind hearted man, it was the death of his wife which turned William into the cold individual he is now. This led to William sending his own son away while Iris has moved back home to act as a carer for her father due to his ailing health."

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(Madeline Mantock as Tina McGee)
"Described as an excellent scientist from Star Labs. Tina McGee is one of the few people who knows Barry Allen's secret and is said to have been a great help in his recovery following the accident which gave him his speed."
 

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GREEN LANTERN'S LIGHT DETAILS REVEALED

Set to be the fifth film in this new rebirthing stage of the DC extended universe. We know that we will be headed to Coast City and also into outer space for a Hal Jordan focused Green Lantern movie. This won't be the first Lantern movie featuring Hal Jordan on screen with the infamous Ryan Reynolds led movie. The story is set to focus on Hal Jordan's early days as a Test Pilot working for Ferris air before a chance encounter with dying Abin Sur would give Hal Jordan a new purpose as a protector of the universe with the Green Lantern Corps. With news that John Krasinski will be taking the titular role. We know that set to appear in this movie along with the characters announced already will be Carol Ferris, Sinestro, Jack Jordan and several others who will be revealed at a later date.

NEW CHARACTERS ANNOUNCED

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Nonzo Alonzie as Kilowog
"From Bolovax Vik, Kilowog is described as one of the strongest willed Lanterns to ever possess the Ring. A close friend of Sinestro and Abin Sur, Kilowog is very much a drill sergeant who pushes those who he is tasked with training to the absolute limit."

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Forrest Wheeler as Thomas Kalmaku
"Originally from Alaska, Thomas Kalmaku is described as one of Hal Jordan's closest friends. A mechanic at Ferris Air, Thomas is one of the few people that Hal Jordan is willing to trust with his secret."

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Hank Azaria as Tomar Re
"An Xudian native of Xudar who was said to be a scientist in another life before he was personally invited to join the Lantern Corps by the Guardians. Tomar is an important member of the corps who acts as a trainer and mentor to new recruits."

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Donald Sutherland as Appa Ali Aspa
"An elder Guardian who very much believes that the old ways are the only way to continue. Appa Ali Aspa is a highly respected Guardian of the Universe who to his credit is willing to listen to reason but has admitted that he'd require seeing the evidence for himself to intervene."

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Patrick Stewart as Ganthet
"An elder Guardian of the Universe. Ganthet has long grown sick of the cold, disconnected approach that the Guardians of the Universe has taken. Looking to get more hands on with the worlds and show more understanding. Ganthet has already displayed Empathy, kindness and concern unlike many of his colleagues."

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Whoopi Goldberg as Sayd
"The Wife of Ganthet. It is said that Sayd very much shares her husband's beliefs when it comes to showing understanding and consideration to other species than most of the Guardians of the Universe. Sayd is said to have become quite tired with the way the Guardians are peforming as of late."

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Nick Kroll as Salaak
"Described as a heavy pessimist and longer. Salaak is a Lantern who dutifully follows orders without question or second thought. This has seen him take a quick dislike to Hal Jordan for his disobedience."

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Robert Davi as Basilus
"One of the Guardians of the Universe who takes a colder more hands off approach to what goes on. Said to be a blunt and cold individual Basilus has a mindset that what will be will very much be and that going against that is going against the natural order."

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Beau Garrett as Jillian Pearlman

"While many at Ferris' air may not give her the respect she is due. There is no denying that Jillian Pearlman is one of the stronger pilots they have in their roster. It's said that Jillian and Hal have formed a close friendship out of the respect and decency he has shown her."

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Linda Hamilton as Regina Davis
"A veteran pilot who actually served alongside Hal Jordan's father in the war. Regina Davis is said to be a straight arrow who to this day works as an instructor at Ferris Air. Despite her blunt nature, Regina is said to be a close friend of Hal Jordan."​
 
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THRONE OF ATLANTIS


While details may remain scarce we know that the sixth and final film in the first arc of this DCEU rebirth will focus on the story with Aquaman. With a believed crossover film then following, it is said that this movie will focus on the story of Arthur Curry and his lineage. Believed to be a human/atlantean hybrid who is the son of Atlantean royalty, Arthur has a strong legacy that even he isn't truly aware of. Yet questions of his worth and worthiness for the throne soon lead to other contenders staking their claim. With Alexander Skarsgard taking the titular role and several characters confirmed below. It is confirmed that this movie will feature appearances from Mera, Corum Rath, Prince Orm, Vulko and several others.

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Milana Vanytub as Erika Watson
"A female police officer who serves as part of the Amnesty Bay Police Department. Erika is described as a childhood friend of Arthur Curry who has known him practically since they was both out of the womb."


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Hiroyuki Sanada as Stephen Shin
"A marine biologist and close friend of Tom Curry. Stephen Shin has been said to be long fascinated with the fabled city of Atlantis and is very curious about the capabilities of it's natives such as Arthur Curry."


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Julian Richings as Leot
"An elder of Atlantis, Leot has seen many kings come and go. Highly skeptical and doubtful of Arthur Curry's claim to the throne, Leot begins to look for another to lead. Which in turn puts him in contact with Corum Rath."


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Jonathan Rhys Myers as Murk
"The leader of the Men at War and commander of Atlantean security. Murk is a devoted soldier to the throne of Atlantis. Yet even with his loyalty never in question, Murk is dubious of Arthur and Mera as the potential leaders."


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Steven Berkoff as Admiral Strom
"A rogue commander of the US Navy. Admiral Strom for reasons yet to be known has been targeting Atlantis in the pursuit of the fabled Aquaman. Yet as we'd soon find his reasons maybe a little more personal."


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Georgia Hirst as Tula
"The young sister of Prince Orm, Tula despite her young age and growing up in the royal family. Has decided to join the Atlantean military. A skilled combatant and soldier, Tula would quickly progress into the leader of the Drift."


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Christopher Walken as Hagen
"An atlantean sorcerer and high priest who has long been a fugitive. Hagen has recently resurfaced after years of hiding in the shadows to serve as Corum Rath's personal advocate in his campaign to rule the sea."


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Josh Charles as Lord Wexel
"said to be the leader of a clan of Jellyfish like species who have long been at war with Atlantis. The ambitious Wexel sees the conflict for the throne as his time to strike."


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Clive Standen as Ragnar
"The Loyal chief of Orm's security. Ragnar is said to be far from impressed with either Mera or Arthur and their claim for the throne. Believing Arthur to be an abomination, Ragnar is dying to be the man to put him down."


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Halston Sage as Hila
"The sister of Mera who shares a far from harmonious relationship with her older sister. It is said that Hila is highly ambitious but her methods have seen her exiled from her people."
 
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With the first chapter of the DCEU confirmed at least for now. A press release was unveiled today revealing the rest of the cast for the Batman film entitled 'Year One'. Boasting an ensemble cast as it tells the story of Batman's first year in Gotham City. With key characters like Lucius Fox (Ernie Hudson), Alfred Pennyworth (Charles Dance) and Vicky Vale (Sophia Bush) revealed. This time around the release focuses on the core of the story and those already established in Gotham. The rest of the cast of Year One is as followed...

FAMILIAL TIES, ALLIES, LOVE INTERESTS AND VILLAINS

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Bryan Cranston as James 'Jim' Gordon
"While many in the police may not be a fan of the Batman. One ally he does find early on is detective James Gordon. Having not long joined the GCPD himself, Jim is believed to have quickly recognized that corruption has run rampant through the GCPD. His only ally to combat this is the vigilante known as the Batman."

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Eiza Gonzalez as Selina Kyle aka Catwoman
"A dominatrix who works for Stan the Pimp. It is believed that Selina Kyle often steals from her clients as she looks to escape from this life. A skilled cat burglar as well in her own right. The reasons for this thievery will soon be shown to be surprisingly more wholesome than one would expect."

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Nick Frost as Oswald Cobblepott aka The Penguin
"Believed to come from a wealthy upbringing, Oswald Cobblepott has often been mocked for physical appearance since his youth. Rather than let this bullying break him, Oswald allowed it to mold him as he adopted the moniker of the Penguin in his foray into the criminal underground. As a front for his illegal activities is Oswald's night club known as the Iceberg Lounge."

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Jon Hamm as Harvey Dent
"Having been born and raised in Gotham City in what he's personally described as an abusive home. Harvey Dent has worked hard to escape his past and become a skilled prosecutor. Mentored by Marion Grange, Dent is described as highly ambitious and is said to be a avid supporter of the Batman."

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Adrian Pasdar as Thomas Wayne
"The father of Bruce Wayne, Thomas Wayne is described as a wealthy and generous philanthropist who wanted what was best for Gotham. A highly touted surgeon on top of this, it is said that the loss of Thomas Wayne is still one which the city feels."

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Elizabeth Mitchell as Martha Wayne
"The mother of Bruce Wayne and wife of Thomas Wayne. Believed to have come from a wealthy family herself, Martha was all about giving back and set up several fundraisers and programs to help those in need through Gotham."

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Charles Baker as Joe Chill
"A low level thug and small time criminal. Joe Chill is a career criminal with a rap sheet longer than your arm. While many of his crimes are petty and low priority. He is a key part in Bruce's origin as the Batman as he comes across the Wayne's in an alley way one night."

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Jaime Bell as Mario Falcone
"The Middle of the Falcone siblings. Mario is described in some ways as the black sheep of the family. Not due to any concerning reasons but more due to his want to legitimize the family business. Currently Mario is studying to get his law degree which sees him also work at times along with Harvey Dent and Marion Grange."

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Alexander Koch as Alberto Falcone
"The youngest child of the Falcone siblings. Alberto Falcone reminds many people of a younger Johnny Viti more than his father. Said to be a sadist who enjoys getting his hands dirty. Falcone is very much perceived as a wild card and loose cannon by his father."

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Gina Carano as Sofia Falcone
"The eldest child of Carmine Falcone. Sofia Falcone is said to be a chip off the old block and seen as the heir apparent by many who work under her father. Yet it is believed despite his daughter's capabilities, The Roman is still hoping for one of his sons to take over."

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Cailey Fleming as Holly Robinson
"An impressionable young girl who has been raised by the streets. Holly is said to be living with Selina Kyle who cares for her like a younger sister or daughter. However recently it appears that Stan has began threatening Holly as a way to keep Selina in line."

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Jennifer Carpenter as Sarah Essen
"A young cop and budding detective. Sarah Essen is described as a good egg in comparison to many of her GCPD colleagues. Seeing her potential and want for becoming a detective. James Gordon personally begins to mentor her progress."

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Robert Deniro as Carmine Falcone aka The Roman
"A powerful member of the Mafia and the current head of the Falcone Crime Family. The reason Carmine Falcone has earned the moniker the Roman is because of his reign over Gotham which some have referred to as the Roman Empire. Yet lately things haven't been running smoothly for Carmine as his reign has been contested by Salvatore Maroni."

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Al Pacino as Salvatore Maroni aka The Boss
"Carmine Falcone's rival, it's said that while Falcone operates based on respect. That Salvatore Maroni operates on fear and that while a truce between the two families had been present in Gotham for years. Recently that truce has started to crumble as Maroni looks to take over the city."

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Noah Baumbach as Luca Mareli aka Toots
"One of Salvatore Maroni's trusted lieutenants. It's said that Toots lately has been running a lot of the protection rackets operated by Boss Maroni. It is believed that part of his job as of late has involved putting more pressure on Stan to make more money to prove his worth."

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Johnathon Schaech as Frankie Carbone aka Angel
"Sal Maroni's right hand man. Frankie Carbone is said to be as loyal to his boss as they come and he's one of the rare people able to make his hot headed employer see reason. Carbone thanks to his experience is said to be Maroni's man when it comes to negotiating with the GCPD."

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Max Casella as Joe Bandano aka Curly
"Regarded as the fixer or cleaner for Salvatore Maroni. Joe Bandano has quietly racked up quite a body count in his years working for Salvatore Maroni. Described as a remorseless killer few have survived run ins with Bandano."

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Rick Pasqualone as Angelo Mirti aka Killer
"The bodyguard and sworn protector for Sofia Falcone. Angelo Mirti is believed to be by some a disturbed psychopath with unwavering loyalty to the Falcone family. Yet lately some have questioned if push came to shove would it be Carmine or his daughter Sofia that Mirti would follow."

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Thomas Arana as Milos Grapa aka The Bodyguard
"Carmine Falcone's longest serving ally and personal chief of security. However don't let the job specification fool you there is a lot more to Milos Grapa's relationship with the Roman. Said to be a trusted confidant and at times adviser. Grapa is most definitely Carmine's most loyal soldier."
 

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BATMAN: YEAR ONE
The story begins in the opening days of April in the year 1996. Despite only being Ten years of age Bruce Wayne had already proved himself to be quite the handful. While he wasn’t a mean or malicious child, Bruce had a rebellious streak and a willingness to fight for what he felt was right. While this may have been noble it also meant many trips to the principal's office with his parents or oftentimes butler called into the school for meetings. Yet after a spate of truancy it appeared that perhaps Bruce had turned things around. Now this isn’t a story of an immediate correction. Instead it is a tale of a child understanding that with good behavior there would be reward. This reward was a trip to the Monarch Theatre located in the park row district of Gotham.

The reason for this trip would be because in just over two months time was the screening of one of Bruce’s childhood favorite films The Mark of Zorro. Despite their busy schedules with Thomas Wayne (Adrian Pasdar) being a reputable surgeon and his wife Martha (Elizabeth Mitchell) having her hands full with her philanthropy work and fundraising. The pair were insistent on taking Bruce to a screening together as a family. The date of this movie was June 26th and true to their word they took Bruce to a late night screening. At roughly 10:20 pm that evening they would leave the screening and begin the short walk back to their car on what was a particularly warm evening. Yet as they traversed through the side alley events would start in motion that would alter Bruce Wayne’s life forever.

This would be down to the actions of one man; a desperate man by the name of Joe Chill (Charles Baker). A vagrant and petty criminal, Chill didn’t know who he cornered that night; he just knew that he had a gun and he wanted what they had. With a gun pointed at them Thomas Wayne looked to remain calm as he cautiously handed over his valuables to Chill. Where he drew the line however was when Chill advanced towards Martha looking to snatch her necklace. During the ensuing scuffle Chill fired off several shots killing both Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne. As a traumatized Bruce Wayne crouched down beside his parents bodies, it seemed that Joe Chill decided not to leave any witnesses but before he could pull the trigger the calls of an officer and the sounds of sirens spooked him and caused him to flee in the shadows.

While it may not have taken long for the police to capture Joe Chill sadly the damage was done to Bruce Wayne. Despite the best efforts of Alfred Pennyworth (Charles Dance), who had become Bruce’s guardian following this. Sadly the damage was done as we’d see from the years that followed Bruce was disturbed by the death of his parents. Consumed by rage and a want for revenge there was no amount of love or care which Alfred could provide him to stop him falling down this dark path. With failed relationship after failed relationship, numerous fights and behavioral issues. Bruce would be expelled from school which furthered his downfall. Showing this new version of the DCEU wouldn’t be afraid to truly cover some topical and controversial issues. Scars by self harming would also be shown on Bruce’s arms and legs from cutting which only furthered Alfred’s concern.

By 2005 things had only grown further out of control with Wayne spiraling. Now 18 and with a rap sheet of his own thanks to fights, drinking, drugs and driving offenses. It seemed that Bruce was truly crashing to the bottom. This would be until a last ditch effort by Alfred seemed to reach Bruce. As he’d make Bruce listen to his father’s written will. The will stated “Bruce, I ask that you honor the Wayne Family legacy, and commit yourself to the improvement of Gotham City, its institutions, and its citizens. Please, be strong. You are young, but destined for great things. Make the most of your opportunities. Use them to give back to a city that has given us so much; to change the lives of millions of people. Do not be frivolous with this wealth. Please, do not waste it all on fast cars, and outrageous clothes, and the pursuit of a destructive lifestyle.”

“Invest in Gotham, treat its people like family. Watch over them and use this money to safeguard them from forces beyond their control. My deepest regret, as I will not see you grow into the good man I know you will become. And finally my son, I ask that you never abandon this city to fate. We have lived through dark days, and no doubt there are more to come. But it is the good and great men who stand up for Gotham when others turn and run.” These words seemed to strike a cord in Bruce as they perhaps granted him a bit of clarity and provided him with a purpose. Seeking to honor what his father had asked and no longer blemish the Wayne name, Bruce would leave Gotham but swear one day he’d return when he was ready to be the man his father knew him to be.

It would begin in Paris where Bruce studied fencing under the best swordsman in Paris. Yet after a short period of time Bruce was able to best his master. He would also in this time befriend a French cat burglar called the Grey Shadow (Melanie Laurent - cameo) who taught Bruce the art of stealth, escape artistry and slight of hand. At the same time Bruce soon found another teacher from an unexpected source. In an attempt to keep tabs on Bruce, Alfred had asked old friend Henri Ducard (Ciaran Hinds - Cameo) to keep watch of Bruce. Ducard, a former detective turned manhunter would soon recognize potential in Bruce and he would help Bruce learn a variety of skills. This included detective work and crime scene investigation. Ducard also would provide Bruce with a series of books and information in regards to forensics and science which had always piqued an interest in Bruce from a young age.

Along the way thanks to advice from Ducard, Bruce would seek out and learn from a variety of combat instructors. Names mentioned in a later conversation with Alfred would notably include Ted “wildcat” Grant. Yet soon Bruce vanished from Ducard’s life as well, continuing his travels and journey. Bruce eventually became a student of Master Kirigi (Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa - Cameo). A monk who taught Bruce not just the physical lessons of Ninjutsu but also strengthened him mentally building his patience, bringing him peace and how to clear his mind. All the while honing Bruce to physical perfection by harsh training.

Following 14 long years Bruce would finally feel ready to return to Gotham having completed his training. No longer a troubled 18 year old but instead a 32 year old man (Wes Bentley) with a purpose. While he never revealed the full details at first, Bruce would very much tell Alfred what he’d done and the training he’d had. With his plans to help save Gotham City, Bruce knew that he needed someone he could trust to help him and that Alfred was that person based on his own personal experiences. Revealed to be a former actor and intelligence agent Alfred’s past knowledge would be invaluable for Bruce. It was also through Alfred that Bruce would become formally acquainted with Lucius Fox (Ernie Hudson). The business manager of Wayne Enterprises which very much was Bruce’s birthright having been a company which his father funded previously. Fox who had previously worked with and been a friend of Thomas Wayne was more than happy to assist Bruce in this project of his as he would not only finance Bruce’s mission but also provide his technical knowledge to assist Bruce.

A childhood memory would help Bruce find a base of operations to further help his cause. An old memory which would be triggered with inspiration for what he’d become. It’d be seeing a bat flying the grounds of Wayne Manor which reminded Bruce of an incident when he was young. Remembering how he fell down an old well on the grounds of Wayne Manor and was swarmed by bats until he’d be rescued by his father. In a later conversation which Bruce remembered with his mother. This would reveal an old cave under Wayne Manor which overtime with the assistance of Alfred and Lucius would help morph this former cave system into Bruce’s base of operations. This would include a secret door that was put together from inside Wayne Manor’s library which could be accessed by turning the time on a grandfather clock to the time of Bruce’s parents death.

Believing the bat to be a symbol which inspired him further, Bruce developed a costume very similar to his 1995 Troika Bat Suit. The all dark gray one piece suit was built in with gloves and boots while the blue was restricted to the cape and mask. As Bruce prepped his costume Alfred would inform Bruce that if it was revenge he sought then that would be a mission he could not achieve. A year after Bruce had vanished, Joe Chill was found dead in the prison showers. Yet Bruce’s purpose and priorities had changed from his time as an angry young man. This wasn’t a mission of revenge, this was a mission to save Gotham City and protect those who couldn’t protect themselves. On seeing Bruce’s intentions Alfred would begin to inform Bruce of some of the goings on in Gotham already proving his use as a source.

Now while the city may have been in a state of disarray one thing would be without question. That of course being the news of Bruce Wayne’s return would be a big story. Which is why two news reporters albeit from different outlets were tasked with chasing this story. The first of which would be news reporter and journalist Jack Ryder (Aaron Stanton). The shameless TV personality was highly abrasive and he wouldn’t be afraid to stoop to low levels in order to get this story. The other option working for the Gotham Gazette was Vicky Vale (Sophia Bush). Unlike many in her position Vicky didn’t particularly want this story as she believed Bruce needed time and space. Yet at the urging of Alfred, Bruce would meet with Vicky, seeing a potential ally albeit one without knowledge of what he had planned.

Yet at the same time in order to further extend his knowledge Bruce would agree to meet with Ryder. Despite being off put and disgusted by the shameless behavior that Ryder often employed. Bruce found that Ryder over a few drinks was inclined to share stories of Gotham and it’s state. Vale meanwhile would be a bit more of a challenge for Bruce as it became apparent that a connection had formed between the pair. This would lead to some dates between the two but sadly due to Bruce’s devotion to his cause it wouldn’t lead to anything serious forming between the pair. However in these interactions Bruce would learn the truth about Gotham.
The city had slowly become at war as a line was drawn between the Maroni and Falcone families. While the two families had opposed one another in the past, there had been a time of peace thanks to negotiations between Carmine Falcone (Robert De Niro) and Salvatore Maroni (Al Pacino). Yet these peace talks and agreements would become fractured thanks to a series of murders throughout Gotham. While at first police thought it was just one assailant we’d come to find that there were two killers who while similar had different M.Os earning them the nicknames Holliday and the Hangman.

Both killers would make a point of striking in holiday periods with Father’s day recently being a key date of note when the Holiday killer who’d been targeting those familiar with the Maroni family took things to a new level by killing Sal Maroni’s father in his old people’s home. A hot head by nature, this magnified the rage of Maroni who felt this had to be an under the table assassin of Falcone. Yet it wasn’t just Maroni who lost people as a killer by the moniker of the Hangman was targeting those loyal to Falcone. This would include the death of Falcone’s own personal chief of security Milos Grapa (Thomas Arana). Adding to the brewing tensions was the machinations of one Oswald Cobblepott (Nick Frost). The Iceberg Lounge owner who very much had his own ties to the criminal underground, Oswald was very much playing both sides of the fence in this war.

He wouldn’t be the only one however as the corrupt police force with Howard Branden (Josh Helman) and Gillian Loeb (Toby Jones). The captain of the swat team, Branden would very much lead his team as an executioner squad for the highest bidder. Having studied and observed the GCPD from a far as he set the wheels of his plan in motion. Bruce recognized that not everyone in the force was bad or on the take. One person in particular who he saw swimming against the tide was cop turned detective James Gordon (Bryan Cranston). One of the rare bright lights of the GCPD whose straight arrow approach hadn’t gone unnoticed by his superiors. Gordon had recently found himself partnered with corrupt detective Arnold Flass (Christopher Meloni). Glass very much appeared to be Loeb’s latest attempt to corrupt Gordon.

Flass very much was a thug as well as a detective who at times worked part time as a bouncer for Penguin’s Iceberg Lounge. He was also sharp enough to realize there was no corrupting James Gordon. Which is why Flass under the approval of Loeb would get together a group of cronies in order to take Jim off of the board all together. Set to play out like a street bust gone wrong, Flass himself would don a mask as he prepared to handle this personally. What he didn’t count on was Gordon had recently begun mentoring Sarah Essen (Jennifer Carpenter). An ambitious cop looking to rise the ranks, Essen would prove to be a rare bright light in the GCPD. Unfortunately with her present for this beating, she’d be what Loeb classed as collateral damage. While Sarah was knocked unconscious and James Gordon was knocked down, we’d finally see Bruce Wayne in full Batman costume in action.

Easily disarming Flass and his cronies thanks to the element of surprise. Batman would use several different fighting techniques to defeat and neutralize Flass’ men. This distraction allowed Gordon to remove Flass’ mask and knock him out before he’d be confronted by Batman. Despite Gordon’s doubts and hesitations Batman would sway him with his purpose to clean up Gotham City. Having handcuffed Flass with his own gear and moved Sarah Essen to safety, Gordon would agree to meet Batman later where they could talk properly. This meeting would prove valuable to Batman as he had a source from the inside who was able to tell him how bad the rot had truly set in. Mentioning the District Attorney Marion Grange (Elizabeth Mitchell) as one of the bright lights of Gotham. Gordon admitted that having one or two political allies might be useful. Yet he knew that Grange wouldn’t go for working with a vigilante. But one of her colleagues just might and he’d be able to give Batman some more detailed information.

This would set up Bruce’s first ever meeting as Batman with Harvey Dent (Jon Hamm). While dubious of meeting with a gimmick in a costume. Dent was a realist who knew that the city in his words was fucked. So if he had to take a punt on someone who wears a mask then so be it. However the issue in his words was that corruption went to the very top in Mayor Wilson Klass (Dermot Mulroney). Dent would also provide Batman with rumors that a lot of business was conducted at the Iceberg lounge. Dent also maintained that he and Grange would be willing to put all these people on trial once Klass was removed from power. On this advice Bruce would take a day or two to draw up a plan before he under the urging of Alfred would elect to go to the Iceberg Lounge as Bruce Wayne and not as the Batman.

Arriving at the Iceberg Lounge as Bruce Wayne of course would be the path of least resistance. On his arrival to the Iceberg Lounge, Bruce would already see Arnold Flass back working as security while Howard Branden and several of his cronies enjoyed a drink. Very quickly Bruce would share his first ever encounter with Selina Kyle (Eiza Gonzales). Working at the club as a hostess, Selina and Bruce would have a brief conversation in which you could see the chemistry a mile away. Yet quickly Selina would leave as she said she had to get back to work. Later on Bruce would reveal in a talk with Alfred in this conversation Selina had robbed him of his wallet. Selina wouldn’t be the only encounter Bruce had this night. The other would be Carmine Falcone.

Much to Bruce’s surprise Carmine greeted Bruce like a friend of the family. Warning him to be wary of Selina Kyle, Bruce was caught off guard by Carmine’s friendly nature as he even offers Bruce a chance to join his table with his family. It would be then that Carmine revealed that he knew Bruce’s father and even considered him a close personal friend who once saved his life by operating on him. That’s why when the moment was right, Carmine personally ensured that Joe Chill never saw the light of Day again. This revelation would shake Bruce to the core as he returned home to Wayne Manor. While he may not have got the information he needed from the Iceberg Lounge, Bruce said he had found a potential true source of information and he sought out Selina Kule.

As he studied and watched Selina Kyle, Bruce would recognize that she was more than just a petty thief doubling as a hostess. But that she was also a dominatrix and skilled cat burglar who would rob many of her patrons. The reason for this was to protect Holly Robinson (Cailey Fleming). A young girl who’d been raised by the streets, Holly had sadly come under the watch of Stan the Pimp (Kirk Acevedo). Shown to be a man low on the totem pole of the crime world, Stan very much enjoyed the control he had over his girls. This was down to his general low level status in Gotham as many perceived him as a creep and low life. However in the eyes of one of Falcone’s chief enforcers Johnny Viti (Cameron Britton). Stan was just the man who could cater to his proclivities. Which again showed that this DC wasn’t afraid to touch on darker subject matter.

Selina for her part was doing all she could to set up Holly for a life away from Gotham. This is why she’d begin her acts of thievery. Batman offers to help Selina in exchange for information. While Selina would agree to this she wouldn’t promise not to be involved in any further criminal acts. What Kyle did do was provide Batman with a couple of names who worked under Penguin. One of course was Stan the Pimp while the other was a petty crook and drug dealer called Jefferson Skeevers (50 Cent). Again a low rent criminal who at times would work with Stan providing him drugs to keep his girls in line.

Yet when Batman went out in search of Skeevers he’d come to find he wasn’t the only one with Skeevers becoming the latest victim of the Hangman. Using Skeevers’ phone, Batman would find Stan’s location and go to hunt him while James Gordon returned to the GCPD. Knowing he’d humiliated Flass so that retaliation at least now wasn’t on the cards. Jim went right to Loeb as he looked to get ahead of the serial killers. In order to do so he needed to consult an expert and that’s why he’s not asking for permission but telling Loeb he’ll be paying a visit to Arkham Asylum. Making Sarah Essen his new partner, Jim Gordon would then head to Arkham Asylum in order to meet with a former prolific serial killer who had a penchant for striking on the Holidays known as the Calendar Man. Real name Julian Day (Conleith Hill), Calendar Man in this show wasn’t treated as a gimmick or a comedic villain.

Instead his scene and interaction with Gordon was reminiscent of Hannibal Lector in the Silence of the Lambs. These two as we’d soon learn had history with Calendar Man being the case that got James Gordon promoted to a detective. Treating Gordon with a begrudging amount of respect before remarking on Gordon’s pupil. Calendar Man on occasion would tease Gordon with nuggets about having fans. Telling Gordon outright that while the killings may involve the mob, these aren’t mobsters in a war but killers satiating their urges just like he did. Calendar Man tells Gordon that they are just starting small but soon enough will be building up especially when Christmas comes around!

This warning would sadly be proven to be true in the next scene as Batman learned that Stan had become a victim of the Hangman. One thing that stood out in this movie was the changing of the season from Halloween to Christmas time as our killers continued to prepare. With these low level criminals being struck off his register Oswald Cobblepott would begin to lock down the Iceberg Lounge as his base of operations opting to keep Branden and his men around full time as security. The war meanwhile would further grow out of control as Salvatore Maroni in retaliation for the death of his ally Joe Bandano (Max Casella) would order a shoot out on Falcone’s daughter Sofia (Gina Carano). In the process of this carnage we’d see Sofia’s own bodyguard Angelo Mirti (Rick Pasqualone) gunned down.

Soon the crime world and GCPD would both be rocked by the targets of the next killings. As Mayor Klass and Gillian Loeb would both become victims of the Holiday Killer in what was a double murder. With Gotham rocked by these deaths we’d see Marion Grange personally sworn in to act as mayor of Gotham with Harvey Dent being named as the District Attorney. In retaliation to this Howard Branden and his men would go on the rampage as trace evidence at the scene revealed that the Holiday killer was none other than Alberto Falcone (Alexander Koch). The youngest of the Falcone siblings, Alberto was often kept hidden from his father who was aware of Alberto’s tendencies.
What followed would be all out chaos as the GCPD would launch a siege on the Falcone home at the same time as a shoot out between the Maroni and Falcone families was taking place. While this was going on Batman was contacted by Selina Kyle to tell him that Holly had been taken by Falcone’s enforcer Johnny Viti. Viti of course had lost his supplier and was now having to procure his own children. Rushing to aide Selina in rescuing Holly, Batman found himself in one on one combat with Viti while he ordered Selina to get Holly to safety. While a trained combatant Batman had a little trouble with Viti just based on his size and force. Yet soon he’d manage to take control of the fight after breaking Viti’s arm and dislocating his knee. Before Batman could ask Viti questions however Viti would be shot dead by Selina Kyle.

Having found Viti’s stash of trophies from his previous victims, Selina reasoned that a man like Viti didn’t get to walk away or live. This went into direct contrast with what Batman believed or stood for as he couldn't abide murder. This would fracture any possible team up between Selina and Batman as he said that what she did was inexcusable. However Batman then elected to tell Selina not to step foot in Gotham and live up to her word to keep Holly safe. With that Selina Kyle would flee on a motorbike with Holly as the pair would escape Gotham. Back to the shootout between the factions we’d see Salvatore Maroni take more losses following the deaths of Luca Marelli (Noah Baumbach) as well as his loyal right hand Frankie Carbone (Jonathan Schaech).

In his rage Maroni would engage with the GCPD only to be clipped with a shoulder wound by James Gordon. Before Arnold Flass or anyone else could do any follow up shots Gordon announced that Maroni was under arrest and he would have Sarah Essen and himself personally take the mobster to the GCPD. On the Falcone front as we’d see Alberto Falcone had been badly wounded in a shoot out by the GCPD and he was comforted by his sister. In this moment however Sofia would reveal that she always knew what he was. Yet he never knew what she was and personally killed her own brother as she revealed herself to be the Hangman. Unwilling to go quietly Sofia would begin firing at the GCPD team led by Branden which was clearly out for blood with Branden personally gunning her down.

His empire crumbling before his eyes, Carmine Falcone would look to flee with his last surviving son Mario (Jaime Bell). Knowing that things had changed with Maroni’s arrest and his children being outed as killers. Falcone saw Mario as his last bright light and the one good son. This is why Falcone would send his son away out of Gotham. Admitting that he wasn’t a particularly good father and Mario always told him to try and go straight. Carmine says that while a captain always must go down with his ship he will not lose another son. Being aided by the Penguin in this, Falcone would send his son away before returning to the Iceberg Lounge.

While there Carmine Falcone slowly began to drink with the Penguin as he admitted he was well aware of Oswald’s play. Knowing this day would come for a long time with Oswald having the GCPD as his own personal attack dogs, Carmine personally thanked Oswald for allowing Mario to leave first. With that Penguin wasted no time in personally shooting Carmine Falcone dead as he assumed the role of king of Gotham’s underworld. With Falcone dead and Maroni in prison, we’d see a montage of news in the days which followed as Vicky Vale and Jack Ryder managed to expose a lot of corruption throughout the GCPD and also city hall. This would lead to Marion Grange being officially named as the mayor of Gotham and in her first act she’d name James Gordon as police commissioner.

In his first acts as commissioner Gordon would personally slap a pair of handcuffs on Arnold Flass for his corrupt ways and toss him in a cell. He would then order a special light to be put at the top of the GCPD building should he ever need to meet with the Batman. While Flass may have been trapped, Branden would remain as part of the GCPD with evidence proving hard to find at least for now. Yet Gordon made it clear in a meeting with the Batman that he would handle Branden once they’d cleaned up Gotham city and it would all begin with Maroni’s trial. This would all build to the final scene of the film which was the trial of Salvatore Maroni with Maroni being prosecuted by Harvey Dent.

As we’d learn Arnold Flass in what was true to his cowardly, bully nature had cut a deal with Dent in exchange for testifying against many of Maroni’s criminal acts. Maroni would remain eerily calm throughout the trial which was concerning considering his hothead nature. In what was a crucial part of the story Maroni on being called to the stand was just about to be questioned by Dent when in a shocking conclusion to the film, He’d produce a small vial of acid which he tossed in the DA’s face before everyone’s very eyes. This whole story as we'd see would be an archive being read by an older Bruce Wayne (Wes Bentley) to a yet to be seen figure off screen having told the tale of his first year as the Caped Crusader.
CAST

Wes Bentley as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Adrian Pasdar as Thomas Wayne
Elizabeth Mitchell as Martha Wayne
Charles Dance as Alfred Pennyworth
Ernie Hudson as Lucius Fox
Sophia Bush as Vicky Vale
Aaron Stanton as Jack Ryder
Carla Gugino as Marion Grange
Christopher Meloni as Arnold Flass
Josh Helman as Howard Branden
Curtis Jackson as Jefferson Skeevers
Charles Baker as Joe Chill
Kirk Acevedo as Stan the Pimp
Cameron Britton as Johnny Viti
Toby Jones as Gillian Loeb
Conleith Hill as Julian Day/Calendar Man
Dermot Multoney as Wilson Klass
Eiza Gonzales as Selina Kyle
Nick Frost as Oswald Cobblepott/Penguin
Jon Hamm as Harvey Dent
Bryan Cranston as James Gordon
Jaime Bell as Mario Falcone
Alexander Koch as Alberto Falcone/Holiday Killer
Gina Caroni as Sofia Falcone/Hangman
Cailey Fleming as Holly Robinson
Jennifer Carpenter as Sarah Essen
Robert De Niro as Carmine Falcone/The Roman
Al Pacino as Salvatore Maroni/The Boss
Noah Baumbach as Luca Mareli
Johnathon Schaech as Frankie Carbone
Max Casella as Joe Bandano
Rick Pasqualone as Angelo Mirti
Thomas Arana as Milos Grapa
 

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BATMAN YEAR TWO CONFIRMED - PLOT DETAILS TO COME - SPIN OFFS ANNOUCED

Following the release of Batman: Year One and it's overall positive critical reaction. Many favorable reviews commented on the dark tone and willingness to cover more dark, adult material along with the performances. Most noted among the performances were that of Wes Bentley as the titular hero and also of Robert De Niro who gave a memorable turn as Carmine Falcone. Unsurprisingly with this movie's success with the critics and in box office, a sequel has been announced and already named Year Two. While details remain scarce it is believed that this movie will focus heavily on what has transpired in Gotham since the collapse of the Maroni and Falcone crime families. Some characters rumored to be appearing in this film will be Leslie Thompkins, The Reaper, Black Mask, Anarky and Anthony Zucco. We can also confirm that Dacre Montgomery and Jane Levy have been confirmed to be appearing in the film in yet to be announced roles. More details will be released nearer the time in regards to Year Two, however what we also know is that following Year One there have been several spin offs which will be featured as either movies, miniseries or television specials. The spin offs confirmed are as followed..

Nine Lives of a Feline Fatale (Catwoman miniseries)

A miniseries set to focus on Selina Kyle (Eiza Gonzales) following the events of Year One. Having left Gotham under the command of Batman and taken Holly Robinson (Cailey Fleming) with her in an event to keep her safe. This would lead Selina back to Port Oswego where she had previously lived many years previous. However as she'd find on her return that the sins of her past would comeback to haunt her and Holly. It is believed that the characters of Magpie, White Rabbit and Slam Bradley shall be appearing during the miniseries. It is believed that Stephen Dorff, Cara Delevigne and Michael Imperioli are said to have been cast in undisclosed roles.

James Gordon film announced

Having been positively received as this version of the DC's James Gordon. We know that Bryan Cranston will return to the titular role at the head of his very own solo film. This is believed to be the first ever James Gordon solo movie and it will focus on the events following Year One. It's believed that this movie will focus heavily on Arkham Asylum and it's goings on. One thing confirmed for this film will be the return of Julian Day/Calendar Man (Conleith Hill). While other details remain scarce regarding the plot it can be confimed that F Murray Abraham will be appearing in the role of Amadeus Arkham. It's said that this film will embrace some of the more eccentric villains in Batman's history with Amygdala, Crazy Quilt, Film-Freak and Firefly set to appear. Chris Tucker, Freddie Prinze Jr, Arne Powell, Frank Whaley and Michael Madsen have joined the cast in undisclosed roles

Blackhawk (Alfred Pennyworth Television Special)

A HBO max television special has also been confirmed set to focus on the story of Alfred Pennyworth (Charles Dance). Having already proven himself to be a great confidant, source of knowledge and guardian for Bruce Wayne. It's said similar to the diary like manor which Year One was told that this television special will be told in story form from Alfred to Bruce himself. It's believed that the story will take us back into the early 80s and will focus on a younger Alfred's time as part of a covert unit known as the Blackhawks. times Will focus on Alfred's past and his time with the military unit known as the Blackhawks. While details remain scarce from here it can be confirmed that Burn Gorman will appear as the main villain for the series Baron Blitzkrieg.

Off the Record (Vicki Vale/Jack Ryder miniseries)

Two prominent characters set for their first ever solo series will be that of reporters Vicki Vale (Sophia Bush) and Jack Ryder (Aaron Stanton). Both skilled journalists albeit with highly contrasting methods. We'll see Vicki and Jack forced to work alongside one another when a criminal by the name of Cluemaster begins sending letters to the Gotham Gazette taunting them amidst his crime spree. Along with this we'll see an investigation into a cult which has began forming following the events of Year One. We can already confirm that Kevin Kline will appear in the role of Warren Spacey, the editor of the Gazette. It's believed that Sam Claflin, Marc Addy, Sam Neill and Wallis Day have signed on to star in undisclosed roles.

Eye of the Beholder (Harvey Dent movie)

Believed to begin right from where Year One left off. Eye of the Beholder will focus heavily on what becomes of Harvey Dent (Jon Hamm) following the acid attack at the hands of Salvatore Maroni (Al Pacino). It is also believed that along with a burning desire for revenge against those who he holds accountable for what happened to him. This film will focus heavily on Dent's mental state. We can officially confirm today that both Eric Roberts and Shannyn Sossaman will be joining the cast for this series with Roberts set to play the role of Christopher Dent; Harvey's abusive father and Sossaman expected to play Gilda Dent, the ex-wife of Harvey. We know on top of this that Al Pacino will be returning to the role of Salvatore Maroni for this movie.