Friday, July 31, 2015

Michael Douglas Not Yet Signed On For Ant-Man Sequel

          Marvel's recent addition to the rich cinematic universe, "Ant-Man", has seen quite a bit of success from fans and critics alike. It proved a much needed change of pace, featuring different visual styles with its macro photography and using small filming locations perfectly. There's also the solo story that isn't hindered by past films and the use of perfect comedic timing that led the film to be one of the best surprising films to come out from Marvel.

            One reason that the movie worked well with the comedy is the obvious humor brought by Paul Rudd as Scott Lang and Michael Pena, who managed to steal every scene that he is in. Of course there's also the great Michael Douglas, a veteran actor who managed to give the film some coherence with his role as Dr. Hank Pym and giving it some sense despite all the funny stuff that's going on. That being said, there is still no confirmation if we will ever see Douglas reprise his role in the inevitable Ant-Man sequel.

            Speaking in a recent interview with Yahoo UK, Douglas revealed that he only signed on for the first Ant-Man movie. "I’m not signed up to anything more," Douglas says. "I’ve learned a whole lot and would look forward to more if it comes my way but if not I’ve enjoyed the experience."

            Unlike other Marvel films, Douglas signed on way back when Edgar Wright was still attached to direct the film. This was perhaps why there was only one deal made for him when he signed on.

            Douglas also talked about the change in the direction and how the script by Adam McKay and star Paul Rudd left Pym with the exposition and explaining the things thathappen in the movie. If he does get signed on for a sequel, he does say that he is willing to come back with his role. According to him:

"Paul and Adam (McKay’s) rewrite bought a lot more humor. I accused Paul of bringing a lot more humor to his character! Michael Pena can take care of himself. I on the other hand was left giving the exposition and the plot, which I was happy to do. In the next one I hope things get a little more bizarre… the Quantum Realm!"

           With Michael Douglas on board, there's only the issue of having a release schedule for the film. As of now, Marvel's line-up is pretty crowded so the sequel might be pushed back to as far as 2019 to 2020. There's still the chance that they might move a release date to open up for this one, but it's quite a stretch to think that.

            Having Douglas in the film can help continue the story that was set-up in the first film, as in it we see (SPOILERS) Janet Van Dyne, Hank Pym's wife, might still be alive and well in the quantum realm. This means they could be coming for her rescue in the sequel.

            While Michael Douglas is still not sure if he will return, Paul Rudd is definitely making an appearance sooner than expected. He will return as Ant-Man in the upcoming film Captain America: Civil War, having already been seen in the filming location of said film. Catch Ant-Man when Civil War opens to theaters in May 6, 2016.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Leonardo DiCaprio's 'The Revenant' First Trailer Released

        There is no time for rest after his Oscar winning dark comedy/drama 'Birdman', as director Alejandro González Iñárritu is coming back this 2015 for another film that has movie fans excited. The film titled 'The Revenant' is a historical survival/thriller drama that chronicles the real-life story of Hugh Glass. His life has been portrayed on the big screen before, but this time he will be brought to life by Leonardo DiCaprio under the direction of Iñárritu.

            The director reunites with award winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. He is known for his work in bringing the fear of being stranded in outer-space to the big screen in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, for which he won an Academy Award. He also helped capture the vibrant environment of New York's theatre scene in Iñárritu's Birdman.

            With The Revenant, the duo plan to recreate the North American wilderness during the 1800s by trying out a different approach in shooting, using only natural lightfrom the filming location in a remote region of Calgary. This method only left them a few hours a day of filming, which caused the production to be extended to April. Iñárritu admitted in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly that this shooting technique could have easily backfired against him or work extremely well. "It’s a very experimental thing that we’re doing here…I’m now addicted to doing things that can fail horribly or maybe that can give us a surprise. We are all into it." the director said. Judging by the first trailer released, the technique might have been brilliantly implemented.

            According to 20th Century Fox's synopsis, The Revenant is "an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit.” The trailer depicts plenty of action, featuring DiCaprio as Glass facing off against Tom Hardy, who plays Glass' friend-turned-enemy John Fitzgerald. Glass vows revenge against Fitzgerald after he betrays him, robs him and leaves him to die in the wild. The trapper also fights a bear, and treads the vicious winter, travelling more than 200 miles in order to live and find redemption.

            The film's small but exceptional cast also include Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter. Iñárritu wrote the script together with Mark L. Smith, and drew inspiration from Michael Punke's book about Glass - "The Revenant: A Tale  of Revenge".

            With the brilliant use of the filming location plus Alejandro González Iñárritu's direction, 'The Revenant' promises to be an exceptional film that is in the running for another Oscar award. The film has a limited theatrical release in the United States on December 25, 2015, and is planned for a nationwide release on January 8, 2016.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

5 Iconic Movie Moments That Happened By Accident

Movies takes a lot of work to make, often needing multiple takes every scene. It can be a very tiring process that happens in every film. That is why everything must be in order during a shoot. But there are some moments that happen completely by accident that become as iconic as the whole movie itself. Here are 5 of these moments.

1. The Dark Knight

The hospital scene was a big turning point in the Dark Knight film. The Joker (Heath Ledger) planted bombs in the hospital and decides to blow it up as he walks away. The filming location was rigged with explosives but it was only a one time thing so everything must go exactly as planned. During the shoot however, one of the explosions didn't set off as it was supposed to. Heath Ledger noticed this but didn't break character, instead he tried to give it a shake, hit it a couple of times and boom. He takes off with a laugh and it became a  cinematic history.

2. Casino Royale

Daniel Craig swims in the beach, then as Solange got off her horse, he stands up from the water and watches her as he walks slowly to the shore. This scene in particular completely changed critics' mind about having a blonde James Bond. He pretty much sealed his role as the the new secret agent 007. However, the scene wasn't actually on the script. He was supposed to float off the water while he ogles Solange, but as outdoor filming locations can be unpredictable sometimes, he hits a sandbank while swimming. So instead of swimming, he decides to stand up.

3. Zoolander

"Why male models?" Zoolander asks former hand model JP Dewitt after he already explained the whole plot to him. This is one of the funniest scenes from the movie that cracked up the whole audience when it premiered. The truth however, is that this movie moment happened when Ben Stiller (Zoolander) forgot his next line. David Duchovny (JP) went on with it and ad-libbed the line "Are you kidding? I just told you like a minute ago!".

4. Django Unchained

Everything was going well during the shoot of Tarantino's Django Unchained. Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) asks Django about his relationship with Broomhilda, his slave. He was very menacing throughout, and at one point smashes a table to make his point. What was unexpected though was DiCaprio accidentally cuts his hand on the glass of the table. He was bleeding heavily, but decides to continue his speech. He even went so far as to smear his blood over the face of Kerry Washington, much to her disgust.

5. Midnight Cowboy

Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight's characters were supposed to cross the road. Everything was timed perfectly for the said scene to go off without a hitch. But a taxi driver ignored the light and almost hit the two actors. Dustin Hoffman ad-libbed the line "I'm walking here", which has become a part of pop-culture ever since.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Disney's Aladdin Gets A Live Action Prequel Titled 'Genies'

         When you hear of fairy-tales, you would immediately think of Disney. For years Disney has been synonymous with these tales, turning these classic stories into animated movies dating back to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

            Disney has also had great success in turning their beloved fairy-tales into a live action story. We've had Snow White and the Huntsman, Maleficent, and most recently Cinderella, which was considered a huge financial success. Now we have yet another Disney classic that is about to be adapted for the big-screen as The Hollywood Reporter disclosed. According to them, the studio is planning to develop a prequel to Aladdin. The project is currently titled Genies and is planned to serve as an origin story for the genie who was famously voiced by the late Robin Williams in the 1992 animated feature.

            Aladdin is an old Arabic folk tale that was turned into an animated film by Disney back in 1992. It tells the story of a lowly street urchin who finds a magical lamp that releases a Genie to grant him three wishes. Several adventures ensue, with the two meeting a princess and confronting a sorcerer.

            This comedy adventure is said to tell the origin of how the genie ended up inside the lamp in the first place. It will explore the 'realm of the genies' and is set to pave the way for a live-action retelling of Aladdin itself.

            Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, who made their mark working in horror films such as  Freddy vs Jason and Friday the 13th remake, are attached to write the script for Genies. Tripp Vinson, executive producer of the summer hit Los Angeles, will produce the film through his Vinson Films. He is also producing another recently announced Prince Charming film, that is currently in development through Disney.

            Noword of the filming location as of now. The movie is still in development and probably start production next year. Choosing an exotic filming location for the film would be a great choice considering the story is set in Arabia, but it will perhaps be filmed in a studio in order to apply the environment in their liking.

            In addition to the movies mentioned above, Disney is also developing several live-action films based on The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan and Dumbo among others. There are also sequels to Alice in Wonderland titled 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' which arrives to theaters on May 27, 2016, one for Maleficent, and a Peter Pan spinoff 'Tink' starring Reese Witherspoon as Tinkerbell.

Backstreet Boys Teams Up With 'Nsync To Make Futuristic Zombie Horror Film

Back in the 90s, these two were considered by some as the fiercest boy band rivals. But now the Backstreet Boys and 'Nsync have finally put the past behind them to team up in making a horror film with the studio who brought us the hit SyFy franchise, 'Sharknado'.

"It's a zombie Western futuristic horror movie," said Backstreet Boy Nick Carter to Rolling Stone. “My character is still being worked out right now, but I’m a good guy that’s going to help save the day."

Carter is set to write and star in the futuristic zombie flick, working under the title of Dead 7. The film is being produced by 'The Asylum', and tells the story of a 'ragtag band of gunslingers' fighting a zombie apocalypse. Joining Carter in the film are several more pop  icons from the 90s including fellow Backstreet members Howie Dorough and A.J. McLean as well as 'Nsync's Joey Fatone.  "I get to be the drunk," said Fatone. Carter is also planning to reach out to a number of musicians to star in the movie, perhaps hoping to have them visit the filming location for a cameo or a role. "There's a wish list of people that I want," said Carter. "I want it to be musically based. I might reach out to Jordan [Knight] from the New Kids on the Block."

That being said, Justin Timberlake fans who are hoping to see him in the film shouldn't hold their breath for this one as it seems like he won't be making an appearance. "I'm the only *NSYNC-er as of now, but you never know," Fatone shared. "Nick's vision is to bring some other people in that genre that have never really done a lot of film but that were in music in the Nineties and 2000s. People always think [we're] some sort of rivals. But it's so funny, there's never been animosity or anything like that. Now we're setting the record straight by doing a film together"

According to Dead 7 producer David Latt, who is the owner of The Asylum, Carter came to them with this idea that stars pop icons in a genre setting. "A lot of the platforms, distributors and companies we work with responded to that immediately and we knew we had something we should move forward with" he said.

Although Carter has no experience in making movies, The Asylum co-founder David Rimawi believes in the Backstreet member's talent, citing Carter's love for horror movies as the basis for choosing him. For all it's worth, this movie could become a popular popcorn flick for fans of the boy bands and  the zombie genre. The filming location hasn't been announced yet, but expect to see more news about the film's premiere in the following months to come.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Why Sam Mendes Thought Casting Daniel Craig As Bond Was A Bad Idea

You might have read our recent article about Skyfall director Sam Mendes stating that the upcoming 007 film 'Spectre' will be his final Bond movie, now the Oscar winning director has shared his initial reaction when he first heard about the news that Daniel Craig had been cast as the famed James Bond for the 2006 reboot of the franchise 'Casino Royale'.

For almost 10 years we have seen Craig play the famous secret agent, already cementing his legacy in his portrayal as one of the best Bonds ever in cinema. This wasn't always the case however, since his casting back in the day was met with criticism from fans of the franchise. As it turns out, Spectre director Sam Mendes was apparently one of those who thought Craig was not the right fit for the said role.

He recently told in an interview with BBC while on the filming location of Spectre about his first opinion during the time when Daniel Craig's name was floating around as being the new James Bond. Just as the fans who thought that a 'blonde' James Bond was not appropriate for the role, Mendes also had his thoughts about the proposal, considering that he has worked with Daniel Craig before in a previous film.

He explained that: " I had cast Daniel Craig in this film I made in Chicago called Road To Perdition about 15 years ago, and it was his first big American film. The role of Bond came up four or five years later and I was called by Entertainment Weekly, a showbiz publication, and they said 'your old friend and collaborator Daniel Craig has been suggested as Bond, what do you think?' and I said 'terrible idea – he shouldn't do it'. For me at the time I thought Bond had become the opposite of what Daniel is – a slightly disengaged, urbane jokey eyebrow-raising, you know, a pastiche in a way, and I felt Daniel's reality and his passion and honesty as an actor would not work. But of course the franchise adapted to work with Daniel and when I saw Casino Royale, I thought it was a fantastic piece of casting. And it was that that got me re-interested in Bond as a movie.”

It turns out that he thought it was a terrible idea because of his respect for Daniel Craig as an actor, and that the character of James Bond has been turned into a pastiche, a caricature of what the secret agent once was. The over the top plots and the ridiculous technology introduced during Brosnan's era was not something that the director wanted Craig to star in. Simply put, he thought Daniel Craig's talents would be wasted in the film.

Fortunately, Daniel Craig's outing as 007 in the adaptation of Ian Fleming's 'Quantum of Solace' was a big success. The movie brought the franchise back to its roots and made Bond into a gritty, action packed movie. And for the following years, the Bond franchise has gotten bigger and better, with Spectre boasting an international filming location that is promised to be the biggest Bond movie yet.

Game of Thrones Filming Location Could Possibly Confirm A Popular Fan Theory

Suffice it to say that this article will be laden with spoilers from Game of Thrones' 5th season so if you haven't seen it yet and want to avoid spoilers, turn back now.

So the season 5 finale of Game of Thrones left us with what is perhaps the biggest cliffhanger of the series yet. Jon Snow, who was made Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, was left in the snow to die after he gets stabbed by his fellow crows. This death didn't sit well with the fans, who have spent the month after theorizing about how Jon Snow can escape his death. But other fans however also have another theory concerning the Lord Commander that have been making its rounds in the internet ever since George R.R. Martin published his 'A Song of Fire and Ice' novel. This theory involves Jon Snow's actual parents.

As we are all told in the series and books, his parents are obviously Ned Stark, the previous Warden of the North, and a woman he met while he was away from Winterfell.  But fans are quick to ignore that explanation, as Ned is thought to be the most honorable man in Westeros, and having a bastard child would be out of character for someone like him.

For the hardcore fans, there is a known theory that says Ned Stark is not the real parent of Jon Snow. They call this theory 'R + L = J', and now that the filming locations for Season 6 have been announced, this theory is apparently going to be explored next season.

'R + L = J' says that the 'J' represents Jon Snow, while 'R' and 'L' represents Jon Snow's real parents. Who are these people? Two candidates have been pointed out by avid book readers who have read all the chapters: Rhaegar Targaryen, the son of the Mad King, and Lyanna Stark, Ned Stark's sister.

Long story short, Rhaegar and Lyanna were said to have disappeared together. Robert Baratheon, who was betrothed to Lyanna, got mad at Rhaegar thinking he kidnapped her and decided to start a rebellion, which becomes successful as he is crowned king by the time the series started. Ned Stark searched for his sister everywhere, eventually finding her at the Tower of Joy located in Dorne. He fought the guards there only to discover Lyanna in a 'bed of blood'. We don't get the full story however, and much has been left in Ned Stark's recollection of what happened. What the readers are left with is Lyanna's final words to her brother, which are "Promise me, Ned." This is the phrase that became the basis of the 'R + J = L' theory, which suggests that Lyanna asked Ned to raise her and Rhaegar's child as his own.

"What does this have to do with the filming location?", you might ask. Well now that season 6 has started shooting, several filming locations were announced via the Spanish Site Movistar, that includes the Castillo de Zafra in Guadalajara, Spain. This castle with a solitary tower would be a safe bet to become the Tower of Joy in the series. It is also located in Spain, which HBO treats as a stand-in for the fictional country of Dorne.

There's also a new character being cast for next season, described as 'a great swordsman and a paragon of knighthood' and carrying a famous sword on his back. The description leads fans to believe that this knight is Ser Arthur Dayne carrying his ancestral blade, 'Dawn'. Ser Dayne is one of the people present at the tower of Joy when Ned Stark found Lyanna.

All in all, it seems like the events that happened in Tower of Joy will be showed in a flashback next season. Perhaps serving as the start of the season, just as Cersei's flashback started season 5. Although there is still a possibility that the events will not be shown it its entirety, leaving the fans questioning if Jon Snow was actually found there or not.

What do you think of this theory? Do you think they will finally reveal the history between Jon Snow's parents? Tell us in the comments below.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Stan Lee Teases Different Kind of Cameo In X-Men Apocalypse

It's not a stretch to say that everyone knows Stan Lee. He was a co-creator of perhaps the most famous Marvel superhero of all time: Spider-Man. But over the years he's also helped in creating some of the most iconic characters in the Marvel comics, having served as a publisher for Marvel back in 1972 up to 1996. Since then he has become a producer in most of the Marvel films of 20th Century Fox, Sony, Universal or Marvel Studios.

Of course one of the most iconic things about Stan Lee is the fact that he appears for a cameo role in most of the Marvel movie adaptations that he has helped create, having appeared in more than 20 movies like Spiderman, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man and more. It must be fun having him around with his creations in the filming location. He also makes frequent appearances in animated and live-action tv series. We recently saw him in Avengers: Age of Ultron and the latest Marvel film Ant-Man.

As a matter of fact, we will get another cameo from him soon since Lee has confirmed a cameo in Bryan Singer's X-Men Apocalypse. A fan asked Stan Lee about his favorite cameo during a Q&A in Comic-Con, and here's what he has to say.

"I really love them all," he states, before tells the fan that his next cameo might be his favorite. "I did a cameo for the next 'X-Men' movie," Lee said before someone whispers in his ear and stops him from saying more. Possibly since this cameo is off-limits to the audience. "When you say I'm not allowed, will I be arrested?" Lee said in jest.

"When you go see the next 'X-Men' movie when it comes out, and see my fantastic cameo, you will say, 'I remember he told me about it here," said Stan Lee. "It's a different cameo in that it has one additional thing in it. And if that doesn’t make you go see X-Men, I’m wasting my time."

It could be anyone's guess at this point on. No footage or clips has been leaked of Stan while he was on the filming location so it seems like the studio has put a tight seal on his cameo. With that in mind, this could mean that his appearance will play a more significant role in the film compared to his light-hearted short appearances that he has made in the previous Marvel films.  He could possibly be a mutant in this film.

Although this might not be that big of a deal, it should be noted that Stan Lee hasn't made a cameo in an X-Men movie ever since X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006 so it's just about time that he makes another appearance in the franchise. Considering that Singer calls this film the "true birth of X-Men", it would be fitting to have one of it's creators have an important role in the movie.

All we're left to for now is speculations as to what Stan Lee might portray. We'll have to wait until X-Men: Apocalypse opens to theaters on May 27, 2016.

Tilda Swinton Cast As The Ancient One for Marvel's Doctor Strange

Marvel took us to the past with Captain America, explored the nine realms in Thor, and took us to an adventure in space. Now we're about to see a part of the Marvel universe that has never been explored before: the supernatural. The 2016 movie Doctor Strange opens up a lot of new possibilities for the world that Marvel has built, giving us a look at the mystical part that has been missing in the franchise.

Benedict Cumberbatch, known for his role as Sherlock in the tv series, has been cast to play the titular character. 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor joins him as the doctor's nemesis Baron Mordo, which is described as an "amalgamation of characters culled from Doctor Strange's mythology." Along with this news came the rumor that Tilda Swinton was being pursued by Marvel to play the Ancient One in the film. Looks like the rumors were true.

During an interview with ScreenCrush, Swinton confirmed that she has finally accepted the deal with Marvel. She will play The Ancient One in the big screen and will perhaps appear in the following films as well. She was very enthusiastic when asked about what brought her to accept the role. "Well, there’s no particular interest in getting into something bigger, or even smaller, I just really liked the premise of this and the idea of playing this character," said Swinton. "I’m a Marvel fan and I think this particular world that Doctor Strange goes into is really, really, really exciting. I’m really interested as both an actor and a fan to see what’s done in this particular world. It’s all about creativity. It’s not about everything exploding at the end. It’s about something very different. The idea of playing The Ancient One is really just too tickling. I can’t say no to that!"

She doesn't say how she will tackle her portrayal of the role, but she said she's excited to figure it out. Swinton also wasn’t worried about the multi-picture deals that are attached to starring in a Marvel film, saying that at this point it's like "holding on to the tail of a galloping horse".

In the comics, the Ancient One is a Tibetan mystic who will teach Dr. Strange in the ways of the mystic arts so he could become the next Sorcerer Supreme. The character is usually portrayed as an old tibetan man, but Kevin Feige confirmed that they are changing the origin of the character to avoid the controversial points that the story was known for back in the day. The Ancient One will instead be a mantle, having been passed on for generations.

Tilda Swinton doesn't shy in playing mysterious and otherworldly characters, and she has done a great job in her projects. This casting might just be the perfect decision, even though the fans might not agree with the change.

Production hasn't started yet, but it will begin shooting next year at the Pinewood's  Shepperton Studios filming location. Marvel has had a close relationship with Shepperton, having used their studios as filming locations in their previous films. We're guessing that this will be where Swinton will be spending most of her shoot, knowing that the film will rely mostly on special effects and CGI backdrops for its magical aspects.

Doctor Strange opens to theaters on November 4, 2016.

Fantastic Four's Doctor Doom Wants To Destroy The Avengers In Marvel Universe

The Fantastic Four reboot is about to premiere in a few weeks, and comic book fans will finally get a chance to see Director Josh Trank's take on the much younger versions of the four heroes. There are however a few concerns regarding the film, not just in the heroes but in their main villain, the team's arch-enemy from the start - Doctor Doom. We first got a look at him when a photo from the filming location was released online wearing the iconic Doom garb, now we're close to seeing him in the big screen.

He was previously played by Julian Mcmahon in the 2005 franchise, and although the film was a critical failure it did gave us a Doom that was just as crazy as in the comics. Now that Trank aims to reboot the franchise with younger characters, he has cast Toby Kebbell, from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes fame, to bring the character to the big screen.

As fans have set their eyes in the impending battle of Doom against the Fantastic Four (which is going to be epic according to Trank), Toby Kebbell apparently has his goal of fighting even greater battles. CinemaBlend sat down with him at Comic-Con to talk about the future potential of the franchise, and the fact that Doctor Doom was the main villain of Marvel's first family. Here's what he has to say: "He's pretty much THE Marvel villain".

He continued on to explain "You know he destroys Thor. He punches up all those people. I don’t know what the political… I can’t get into this. You’re going to write this, and I’m going to get destroyed. They’re going to sue me, but look: can someone at Marvel and someone at Fox talk, and with Doom, just lend him out, like football? You can have him for the World Cup, that’s it! Then just let me go - let me go and destroy Thor, for goodness sake. I’d love to work with those boys."

Kebbell isn't the first actor in the Fox franchise to express this idea that they make a deal with Marvel. Hugh Jackman also talked about his role as Wolverine and how he would love to see a crossover between these two worlds. There were even rumors that he was at one point on the filming location of Avengers, but that wasn't confirmed. And now that Marvel is working with Sony to bring Spider-Man to the fold, it's only a matter of time before Fox start to consider this idea.

In a perfect world where different studios didn't own the rights for different characters, there probably would be no Thanos for the third film. We would have Doctor Doom. He is one of the most complicated, intelligent and egomaniacal supervillain, not to mention the most dangerous in the Marvel universe. He's been a trouble for many superheroes from the comics that it would be a brilliant show to see if they ever adapt him for the Marvel movies. But since this isn't a perfect world, that likely wouldn't happen.

If Fox ever do consider the thought, it would probably be for a long time since they've just started their Fantastic Four reboot. It's more likely that Fox has other plans for their franchises, probably making a crossover event with the X-Men and Fantastic Four in the future.

Catch Toby Kebbell as Doctor Doom in the Fantastic Four, which opens to theaters on August 7, 2015.

CW's The Flash Casts Michael Ironside as Captain Cold's Father

As The Flash prepares for its second season, we start to know more about the overall direction that the show is going towards. It's not a secret that fans loved the first season of the tv series, and everyone is hoping that this new season is going to be just as good as the first, or perhaps bigger and better.

We now have learned that they will be adding a lot of new characters to join the cast, including Patty Spivot, Detective Joe West's new partner, and the very first Flash - Jay Garrick - presumably taking the role of Barry Allen's new mentor after Wells. There's also news that Allen will be getting new powers that involves lightning. 

Of course we're not only getting new allies for our hero. There's also a roster of super-villains that is expected to be introduced in the 23 episodes of the series. One villain in particular is an addition to the villain family that we have seen in season 1. 

The Hollywood Report tells us that veteran Michael Ironside will lend his talents to the Flash by playing the role of Lewis Snart, the estranged father of the Snart family who has a history of abusing his children as frequently mentioned in the show by his son Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and  daughter Lisa Snart/Golden Glider (Peyton List). 

Lewis Snart is described as a ruthless, and cold-blooded career criminal who was recently released from prison. He returns to Central City with plans that will endanger both of his kids. Not much is known about him in the comics, except for the fact that he has been abusive to the young Leonard Snart, which forced the boy to spend more time with his grandfather who is an ice trucker.
Michael Ironside is set to appear as a guest star in episode 203 titled "Family of Rogues", together with Miller and List in their alter egos.

Ironside is known for numerous action-adventure films, including Top Gun, Starship Troopers and Total Recall, so expect him to fit in the Flash's world perfectly. He has also done some voice-work for animated shows of the DC properties like Batman, Superman and Justice League. He also played Lois Lane's father in another CW superhero show Smallville.

The Flash's second season will introduce us to the concept of alternate universes, particularly the Earth-Two - an alternate world that features new characters that we might not have seen before. 
Filming has begun for the second season, and they have shot some scenes in various filming locations in Vancouver, which is also the filming location of the Arrow. The first few episodes of the Flash and Arrow will open up the characters to make them available for their new superhero spinoff 'Legends of Tomorrow’.

The Flash will return for its second season this October  6th, on the CW network at 8pm.

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