THE PEACEMAKER Spin-Off Is Headed To HBO Max

James Gunn’s THE SUICIDE SQUAD has yet to hit theaters but the buzz behind it and its stars are so big that spin-off TV series are already being ordered. This announcement is huge as it puts John Cena’s THE PEACEMAKER front and center with his own series coming to the HBO Max streaming service. 

THE PEACEMAKER has been giving an eight-episode straight-to-series order for its first season with THE SUICIDE SQUAD director writing all episodes and directing a number of them. The show is said to explore the origins of the DC Comics character played by Cena.

Peacemaker is scheduled to begin production in early 2021, prior to Gunn beginning work on the next GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY film. The show will be produced by James Gunn and Peter Safran with Cena serving as co-executive producer. 

This is not the first spin-off series from an upcoming DC film set to hit HBO Max. It was recently announced that a GOTHAM PD series would be coming as a spin off of THE BATMAN from director Matt Reeves. Also former DC Universe originals such as DOOM PATROL, HARLEY QUINN, TITANS and YOUNG JUSTICE have moved to the streaming platform. 

To give a bit of back story on the character of The Peacemaker, he was created by Joe Gill and Pat Boyette and first appeared in the Fightin’ 5 series originally owned by Charlton Comics, is a man who believes in peace at any cost — no matter how many people he has to kill to get it. The first incarnation of Peacemaker is Christopher Smith, a pacifist diplomat and son of a Nazi death camp commandant who founded the Pax Institute who fights dictators and warlords.

HARLEY QUINN Renewed For Season 3 And Moves To HBO MAX

This news has been long overdue but finally has arrived and with it brings much joy. The HARLEY QUINN animated series has officially been renewed for a third season as it migrates from the DC Universe streaming app onto its new home over at HBO MAX. This announcement was made as Warner Media is switching DC universe to a new format. 

HARLEY QUINN gripped audiences the world over with its take on the former girlfriend of Gotham’s Clown Prince of Crime who steps out on her own to establish her own criminal identity and in the process find out who she is along the way. The voice cast of the show which stars Kaley Cuoco who also serves as executive producer, Lake Bell, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, Tony Hale, Matt Oberg are a quintessential part of the shows success as well as its ultra violence and raw language.

HARLEY QUINN will be a Max Original going forward, and all three seasons of the show will be available. Other executive producers on the show include Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, Dean Lorey, and Sam Register.

Check out the interviews with Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey.

Also use this playlist to watch the reviews of both Seasons 1 & 2 with Jay Washington & Winston A. Marshall.

Marvel Studios Finds Its SHE-HULK In Tatiana Maslany

Now we officially know who be playing the titular role in the upcoming Marvel Studios SHE-HULK series on Disney Plus. ORPHAN BLACK & PERRY MASON star Tatiana Maslany will get gamma-rayed out for the superhero series thanks to an exclusive by DEADLINE. 

Earlier this week on Tuesday it was announced that Kat Coiro would direct several episodes, including the pilot, for the series as well as executive produce, along with RICK AND MORTY writer, Jessica Gao to lead the writers room. 

She-Hulk is Jennifer Walters, an attorney and cousin of Bruce Banner, aka The Hulk. An emergency blood transfusion from her cousin gave Walters her powers, but unlike Banner/Hulk, She-Hulk was able to keep her intelligence and personality when she Hulked out.

Maslany also becomes the latest female talent to lead a Marvel movie following in the footsteps of Brie Larson in CAPTAIN MARVEL and Scarlett Johansson in the upcoming BLACK WIDOW movie. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has made it his mission to diversify the MCU and this latest addition to the universe does just that.

SHE-HULK on Disney Plus Gets A Director And Executive Producer In Kat Coiro

SHE-HULK which is coming to the Disney plus streaming platform has its lead writer in RICK AND MORTY scribe, Jessica Gao and now it has a director of multiple episodes who will also serve as executive producer in Kat Coiro. 

Coiro’s next film is MARRY ME which hits theaters Valentine’s day weekend of 2021 The movie stars Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson and Sarah Silverman as well as music sensation Maluma in his first ever on screen role. 

She-Hulk’s alter-ego if you will is Jennifer Walters, an attorney and cousin of Bruce Banner, aka The Hulk. An emergency blood transfusion from her cousin gave Walters her powers but unlike Banner/Hulk, She-Hulk was able to keep her intelligence and personality when she Hulked out. Disney plus has yet to cast anyone to play the lead character. They have noted that they want an “Allison Brie like character” but have not cast Allison Brie….as of yet. 

Along with having her new film set to arrive next year, Coiro is no stranger to directing television. She has also directed numerous television shows including: Netflix’s DEAD TO ME, Showtime’s SHAMELESS and FX’s: IT’s ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA and more.

Lisseth Chavez Joins DC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW For Season 6

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The cast around the misfits known as DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is steadily growing as it has now added former CHICAGO P.D. star, Lisseth Chavez as Esperanze “Spooner” Cruz heading into the show’s sixth season.  

Cruz who is described as tough and self-sufficient,lives off the grid, devising ingenious tech for the detection of — and defense against — space aliens. And while some might call her paranoid, she calls it being prepared. A survivor of a childhood alien encounter, Spooner now believes she has the ability to communicate telepathically with aliens — making her the perfect recruit for Waverider captains Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), Ava Sharpe (Jes Macallan) and the Legends who, in season six, will be hunting down extraterrestrials who have been displaced throughout history. If you recall in the season finale Sara is abducted by aliens.

Executive producer Grainne Godfrey goes on to describe Chavez’ Cruz by saying that “She is a young Latinx woman from Texas, who was kidnapped by aliens and has a third for vengeance. She’s not going to be the loveable losers that we normally have, she’s going to be pretty tough and gives it to the other Legends and they’re going to have to react to her and I think it’s going to throw them off their feet a little bit.”

The LEGENDS will return for a sixth season in 2021.

DOOM PATROL Renewed For Season 3 At HBO Max

DC’s group of doomed souls have not gone on their final wild adventure as of yet. DOOM PATROL has been renewed for a third season at HBO MAX.

“On behalf of the wonderful cast, writers and crew, we are thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to return to Doom Manor. And we are especially thankful for our partners at Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television, DC Universe and, of course, HBO Max,” said executive producer Jeremy Carver.

The superhero series debuted on the DC Universe streaming platform for its inaugural season. Its sophomore season streamed on both the DC Universe and HBO MAX. Now it seems as if the superhero show is going to fully be an HBO MAX series going forward. 

DOOM PATROL came to HBO Max with an already deep and passionate fan base and has risen to the top as one of the most watched Max Originals on the platform,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. “The series sits well in our portfolio and we are glad to greenlight a third season to continue this distinctive style of storytelling that resonates so well with critics and fans alike.”

DOOM PATROL stars Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele, Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor aka Negative Man, Diane Guerrero as Jane aka Crazy Jane, April Bowlby as Rita Farr aka Elasti-Woman and Joivan Wade as Victor Stone aka Cyborg.

HAWKEYE On Disney Plus Enlists TROOP ZERO And COMRADE DETECTIVE Directors

The Jeremy Renner series is filling its quiver with helmers.

The upcoming Disney Plus series HAWKEYE starring Jeremy Renner has got itself its first group of directors. Bert and Bertie, the collective name for Amber Finlayson (Bert) and Katie Ellwood (Bertie) known Amazon’s TROOP ZERO have been tapped to captain a block of episodes of the Marvel Studios series . Along with the pair another director will get a string for a block,  Rhys Thomas, who has also directed  Amazon’s COMRADE DETECTIVE, STATEN ISLAND SUMMER and SNL. Jonathan Igla (MAD MEN, PITCH) is writing the series.

HAWKEYE is part of the first wave of Marvel shows that was due to hit Disney+ starting in fall 2020. The first show was to have been THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIERbut the series has been delayed to the coronavirus pandemic affecting production. Other shows include WANDAVISION(spring 2021, if things go as planned), LOKI (also spring 2021), then HAWKEYE . Each series will see the stars of their MCU films reprising their respective roles.

Jeremy Renner, who played the role in the big-screen films, will be reprising Clint Barton, who first made his comic debut back in 1964’s Tales of Suspense #57. One of the arcs of the series is Barton’s mentoring of a new generation of archer, Kate Bishop. Hailee Steinfeld was previously in negotiations for the part but it is unclear if her deal has closed. Marvel had no comment.

The Mad Titan Podcast – Episode 68

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In the midst what seems to be a slow news week but loaded with a lot more, the resident super villain, Jay Washington is back with the 68th episode of THE MAD TITAN PODCAST.

This go round Jay brings back one of his good stand up comedian homies and giant nerd friends as well. Comedian B.T. Kingsley.

Jay & B.T  talk showrunners not being able to have their full vision revealed for characters, Changing comic book origins for tv and film adaptations , what we want out of the DC film universe and BT drops a theory so wild that Jay way STILL BE THINKING ABOUT IT.

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THE MAD TITAN PODCAST – Episode 67

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The resident super villain, Jay Washington is back with the 67th episode of The Mad Titan Podcast. He is getting you caught up on all the happenings in the Marvel and DC live action universe. This week he is joined by comedian, actor Martin Morrow.

Jay & Martin breaks down all of the happenings in the Marvel and DC live action and cinematic universes including, Janelle Monae wants to be in the MCU,Ant man 3 is about to start back filming, We have a NEW BATWOMAN and so much more.

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GOTHAM PD Is Coming To HBO MAX From Matt Reeves

It seems that THE BATMAN and potentially a sequel will not be the only looks into the work of the dark knight that we are getting from director Matt Reeves. News was just released today that Reeves along with Boardwalk Empire creator, Terence Winter, THE BATMAN producer Dylan Clark and Warner Bros television are bringing a GOTHAM PD series to HBO MAX.

The series will be written by Winter is set in the world Reeves is creating for The Batman feature film and will build upon the motion picture’s examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City, ultimately launching a new Batman universe across multiple platforms. According to Warner Bros. television the series will provide an unprecedented opportunity to extend the world established in the movie and further explore the myriad of compelling and complex characters of Gotham. This marks the first television project for Reeves under his recently announced overall deal with the Warner Bros. Television Group.

Matt Reeves spoke on the new project saying “This is an amazing opportunity, not only to expand the vision of the world I am creating in the film, but to explore it in the kind of depth and detail that only a longform format can afford — and getting to work with the incredibly talented Terence Winter, who has written so insightfully and powerfully about worlds of crime and corruption, is an absolute dream.”

“Our collaboration with Warner Bros. and DC allows us to elaborate and grow fan connections across these powerful brands for years to come.  This is Batman as most audiences have never seen before and we know fans will want to spend more time in this new world inspired by the film,” added Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max, president TNT, TBS, and TruTV.

Many people were hoping that the now cancelled GOTHAM (starring Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon) was going to be focused solely on the Gotham City Police Department. However that focused shifted dramatically as the show went in the direction of showing us a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and him being his journey into crime fighting following the murder of his parents Thomas and Martha “WHY DID YOU SAY THAT NAME ! ! !” Wayne