Michael B. Jordan’s Biggest Challenge When Returning To Creed II

Approaching a sequel can be daunting, no matter who you are or what the role is. But for actor Michael B. Jordan, who makes his sequel debut reprising his role of Adonis “Donnie” Creed in Creed II, it’s even more of a challenge than normal. So when given a chance to ask him what the biggest hurdle was when donning his star spangled trunks again, he had the following answer:

During the recent press day for Creed II, CinemaBlend spoke with Jordan about Creed II’s various challenges, as well as where he may want to see the franchise go in the future. As far as the here and now is concerned, Michael B. Jordan is much like everyone else onboard for director Steven Caple Jr.’s big franchise and feature film debut: keeping things fresh, and from the heart.

It’s a sentiment that’s not hard to conjure when thinking of the past history of the Rocky franchise. With the spectre of the infamous fifth sequel in Sylvester Stallone’s original run still haunting those who dare mention the prospect of another installment, the fear that the series might lose its way again is something that’s still motivates those involved to keep it on the straight and narrow. At their worst, the sequels in the series can feel like exercises in ego; but at their best, they remember that the heart of the underdog is where the best stories lie.

Creed II definitely feels like a step in the right direction. That’s mostly because it followed the example set by its predecessor, opting to follow a story that remembers to raise the emotional stakes along with the physical action ante. One word rules the sequel, “Family.” And if potential future sequels in the Creed saga follow Michael B. Jordan’s example, family will prevail in the fight.

You can see Michael B. Jordan explaining the situation himself, courtesy of the video from our interview with him as part of the Creed II press day festivities:

While the potential path to Creed III will obviously wind through the aftermath of Creed II’s narrative, knowing that Michael B. Jordan doesn’t see playing Adonis’s road to victory as merely a rote paycheck gig is quite assuring. If there’s another round in the future of the saga, it has a good chance of being just as special as the first two.

Creed II is in theaters with early showings tomorrow night, making its proper debut on Wednesday, November 21st.

Does The Arrow-verse’s Gotham City Have Its Own Joker?

As the holiday season kicks off in earnest, The CW is giving fans lots to be thankful for by releasing all sorts of first-looks at the upcoming “Elseworlds” mega-crossover event. We’ve now gotten peeks at each of the three installments, complete with new faces, old faces and familiar faces in new contexts. Batwoman’s first official Arrow-verse video provided a few sneak peeks at Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum, and possibly teased the presence of a certain Clown Prince of Crime. Check out this potential Joker for yourself.

This promo starts off brilliantly enough, with Ruby Rose’s Batwoman standing atop a tall Gotham City building at night, with the city’s lights all around. It’s an iconic image that pops up Grant Gustin’s Oliver Queen questions Other-Cisco’s Batman belief system. It’s a solid way to set up this new sector of the Arrow-verse where Batman hasn’t been present in years. But guess what has been present? Arkham Asylum and its mentally fragile inmates.

Those inmates will apparently be let loose to run amok, and at the :04 second mark of the teaser, one of those particular inmates can be seen leaping through the air. It’s timed with a high-pitched cackle coming through the sound mix, as well as Gustin saying the word “legend.”. But is this actually THE Joker?

The lightness of this guy’s hair makes it seem possible that there could be some green tint to it, which could be a hint. Plus, he’s the only inmate who makes the radical decision to go leaping off of Arkham Asylum’s exterior stairs while holding a nightstick in his mouth, rather than just walking down them without drawing excess attention to himself. Sayyy, The Joker loves drawing excess attention to himself!

Knowing the limitations that all DC TV shows have when it comes to The Joker, his arrival in the Arrow-verse crossover is not the most likely occurrence. At this point, there’s the Joaquin Phoenix standalone Joker origin movie, and there are still plans for Jared Leto to reprise his twisted take on the villain. Plus, Gotham‘s final season is going heavy on setting up the possible introduction of its own REAL Joker, as opposed to Cameron Monaghan’s psycho siblings Jerome and Jeremiah Valeska.

As well, The CW’s Arrow-verse has had to step aside in the past in order to avoid using comic book characters with a future in feature films, such as Harley Quinn and Deadshot. However, Marc Guggenheim did get permission from the higher-ups to bring Superman into the crossovers for the first time, finally letting him mix it up with other heroes beyond those on Supergirl. So perhaps there’s less of an issue with branding confusion these days, paving the way for Joker to exist on at least one Earth.

It was basically impossible to try and recognize the person doing the Joker-esque leaping, but we do have an idea about that cackle. As the crossover episodes were in production, Stephen Amell teased that he’d been asked by the director to laugh less hysterically. So perhaps the creative teams found ways like that to directly point to Joker’s existence without ever actually showing him or giving him a name.

I can’t imagine that Arrow-verse fans will be introduced to Gotham City without any of Batman’s major villains having a presence in some form or another. (Stuffed penguins, perhaps?) Sure, Jeremy Davies’ John Deegan, who will be responsible for all the identity swapping shenanigans, is technically the comic villain Doctor Destiny. But anyone a bit higher up in the rogues gallery rankings is also welcomed.

The Arrow-verse crossover will kick off on The CW on Sunday, December 9, with an episode of The Flash on a special night. That will be followed by Arrow on Monday and Supergirl on Tuesday. And it’s already time to start planning your winter hiatus viewing, so be sure to tap into our fall TV schedule and our midseason premiere schedule.

Henry Cavill’s Mission Impossible– Fallout Mustache Inspires Charity Work By The Studio

I have written more words in my life about Henry Cavill’s mustache than any other facial hair in the history of time. It was a story that just would not die. Following the release of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, I thought the story was finally over. The story will never be over. It’s November, and that means it’s time for men to grow facial hair in support of men’s health, and that means it’s time to look back on the famous facial hair the world has ever known.

To be fair, as facial hair goes, it’s pretty nice looking. Also, having the somber piano music playing the background doesn’t hurt. It gives the shots of Henry Cavill a bit of quiet strength. We’d all look good if we had our photo albums playing to a soundtrack.

On the plus side, the reason that Paramount is bringing attention to the famous mustache is because the studio made a donation to the Movember Foundation, the charity that supports research into men’s health initiatives which has made November the month in which it tries to bring an extra focus to itself in order to raise awareness.

The story of Henry Cavill’s mustache begins well over a year ago. Joss Whedon had taken over the post-production work on Justice League following Zack Snyder’s need to step away from the project. Reshoots were needed that hadn’t previously been part of the schedule. The problem with that was Henry Cavill was already deep into filming Mission: Impossible – Fallout. He had grown some extensive facial hair for the role and was contractually obligated to keep it.

This resulted in Justice League needing to shoot Cavill with the beard and mustache and then use CGI to digitally remove it. The effect was less than successful, leading to some of Superman’s most important scenes in the film being overshadowed by the difficult visuals.

The conversation about the mustache continued until this past summer when we finally got to see it in action in Mission: Impossible – Fallout. While it’s certainly impossible to say that the facial hair was what made the movie so good, Fallout reviewed incredibly well, so it certainly didn’t hurt.

Will this be our final time to say goodbye to the Cavil-stache? Probably not. It seems like this story will never die, and as long as Justice League and Mission: Impossible – Fallout are movies that people care about, we’ll all remember the story.

And possibly every Movember we’ll be able to look back and remember the most famous mustache in movie history since Groucho Marx.

The Key To Creating An Accessible Villain, According To Robin Hood’s Ben Mendelsohn

Villains are a crucial part to any narrative, be they larger than life bullies or simple foils to the hero that we’re supposed to identify with. Robin Hood‘s Ben Mendelsohn has made a good portion of his career about crafting memorable villains, and he has one particular key to making his baddies accessible. If you want to create a baddie that the audience can buy, in Mendelsohn’s eyes, the process is quite simply the following:

If you’re not able to at the very least see where your story’s villain is coming from, then you probably need to write yourself a new villain. No one understands this better than Ben Mendelsohn, as he’s had his fair share of nasty antagonists to play. As a matter of fact, his experiences from 2018 especially have shown him as fully equipped for the job.

Already in this year alone, Ben Mendelsohn has tackled two big ticket literary villains, between Robin Hood’s classic Sheriff of Nottingham, and the more contemporary Nolan Sorrento from Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. While both are pretty slimy in their own right, you can at the very least understand their motives, and why they’re doing what they’re setting out to do. Mendelsohn understands this to a tee, and it’s what helps make him so memorable in these evil roles.

This approach helps even more when an acclaimed actor like Ben Mendelsohn is asked to portray a villain that looms as largely as Robin Hood’s Sheriff. While his performance definitely has its own rich moments of delicious bad guy dialogue, it never becomes a parody of itself. You’re always able to see where the Sheriff is coming from, even though you’re square in the court of Robin and his forming band of merry people.

Even more importantly, the approach of accessibility helps keep Ben Mendelsohn’s performance separated from most other silver screen portrayals of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Most other versions of the role have wanted to focus merely on the larger than life part of the character, but not the more grounded and human side.

With Robin Hood allowing Ben Mendelsohn to do just that, it distances itself from its historical competition, and gives itself more room to breathe. His Sheriff is born of trauma, and a life of hardened discipline that’s formed him into an opportunistic politician. So not only is Mendelsohn’s version of the character in line with the traditional portrayals, but there’s some timeliness to his evil that’s undeniably applicable.

Feel free to watch Ben Mendelsohn himself discuss this aspect of his performance, courtesy of the video from our interview below:

In any other hands, Robin Hood’s Sheriff of Nottingham could have became a classically laughable villain you’d boo and jeer in an instant. But with Ben Mendelsohn steering the role, we got a lot more depth than we expected to be mixed in with the traditionally outlandish role.

Robin Hood will be in theaters in early showings on Tuesday night, with Wednesday rolling the film out into proper rotation. Read our review before you go!

Robin Hood Review

Updating a classic story like Robin Hood is difficult at its best, and impossible at its worst. Thankfully, in the case of director Otto Bathurst’s most recent adaptation, it’s more on the former side of the spectrum, as Robin of Locksley’s story can be interpreted so many ways. While this modern Robin Hood does feel very much a product of its time, with fun performances and kinetic action thrown into the mix, it feels as if it had to crib from another landmark franchise to do so.

Robin Hood takes after the classic tale of the same name, almost to a tee. After being sent to fight in the Crusades, only to be dishonorably discharged through a deliberate arrow injury, Robin of Locksley (Taron Egerton) returns home to find he’s lost everything. The Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn) is taxing his people into poverty, and the church is getting fatter by the day. Using his position as a Lord, Robin leads a duel life, as he attempts to make his way into the Sheriff’s inner circle, while becoming a thieving man of the people at the same time.

Before we get too far, it has to be said that Robin Hood feels like it has taken elements from all three of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. If it was just the story beats, one could probably turn a blind eye, as Batman feels very much like a hero inspired by Robin Hood. After all, there are several stories that start with a rich person, presumed dead, who returns home to find that they not only have nothing, but must reclaim their life in the name of their city. But when your climactic showdown kind of feels like the bank robbery prologue to The Dark Knight, right down to musical cues sounding like they were lifted from said film, a closer eye is going to start breaking the whole comparison down that much quicker.

With that comparison out of the way, Robin Hood is still a pretty entertaining movie to watch. Though it takes some time to rev the engines up to full steam, by the time the film lets itself have fun in its last act and a half, it gets into a rhythm that might have served the film better if it had been hit earlier in the picture. The story and pacing of Robin Hood may fall a bit behind, but the film does boast some rather exciting performances by its cast.

In particular, the pairing of Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx is inspiring, as the two have an easy chemistry that sells the lion’s share of the film’s heroic side. Both bring their individual skill sets as leading men to the table, and form a Robin / Little John team that commands the screen, with their charm turned to the highest setting.

Other than our main heroes, the two most enchanting performances are Ben Mendelsohn’s Sheriff of Nottingham and Tim Minchin’s Friar Tuck. In the case of the former, Mendelsohn’s well-honed skills of villainy shine through in this Robin Hood’s sheriff. He’s rotten to the core, and isn’t afraid to lean into that one bit; though his character does get some justification for doing so in his backstory. As always, the man steals his piece of the film, and a thread of scenes between him and Jamie Foxx’s Little John make for some antagonistic merriment halfway through the film.

Tim Minchin, on the other hand, makes you smile every time he’s on the damned screen, as the easygoing Friar Tuck. The musical humorist is the epitome of a supporting player in Robin Hood’s proceedings, as he takes what’s usually a side character and turns him into someone you easily want to spend more time with. His comedic timing is priceless, and if there’s ever to be a sequel to Robin Hood, he’d better be getting a boost in profile.

Robin Hood is simultaneously unlike any version of Robin you’ve seen before, and very much like the superhero films you’ve seen a glut of in the recent past. While it’s not perfect, and does engage in derivative practices to reach a more modern crowd, the messages that have been present in the story have been preserved note for note. The film seeks to inspire the modern generation to, like Robin, actively engage the world they live in and change it for the better. The fact that it gets that part of the story right, as well as presents some breathtaking action and entertaining performances, already puts it above some of its predecessors.

Rating:
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3.5/5

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Batman’s Arkham Knight Is Making The Jump To Comics

There’s no doubting that Rocksteady Studios managed to make super hero comic-book games a lucrative business outside of what we usually expect from superhero tie-in games. The Batman: Arkham series is regarded as producing some of the best games ever made, and now DC is looking to rub some of that quality sheen from Rocksteady’s games onto its comic books.

Polygon is reporting that DC Comics will be introducing a comic book line based around the character of the Arkham Knight, which is the namesake of Rocksteady’s last Batman outing. The title refers to the character of the Arkham Knight, which is a retelling of the story of Jason Todd, a former Robin who studied under Batman, but met a very unfortunate end at the hands of the Joker.

In Rocksteady’s universe, Todd was tortured and mentally broken, becoming a vengeful mercenary working with the Scarecrow to put Gotham under martial law. The game centered around Batman attempting to take down the Arkham Knight’s mercenaries and eventually stop the Arkham Knight. The trouble Batman had with him is that Todd still retained his training and skills, but became even more dangerous thanks to the addition of adding some deadly firearms to his arsenal.

The story for Arkham Knight wasn’t bad within the game, but most gamers figured it out a year before the game came out when hardcore comic book fans began peppering Rocksteady with questions that they couldn’t answer. The studio tried to play it off that Arkham Knight was a completely new character (and in some ways that is true) but it was still based on the Jason Todd mythos.

According to Polygon, DC will be giving the Arkham Knight his own story as part of the celebration of Detective Comics #1000. What we don’t know is if the Arkham Knight will still follow the Jason Todd story or if it will be re-envisioned as something else.

There’s speculation on whether or not he will follow the Red Hood story, which saw Todd being revived through the Lazarus Pit in hopes of getting revenge against both Batman and The Joker.

The article notes that the new comic book line featuring the Arkham Knight will be written by Peter J. Tomasi. If you’ve been reading DC Comics for a while, you’ll probably recognize Tomasi from popular brands such as Batman, Aquaman, and Green Lantern labels to name but a few. He’s also written a number of Justice League comic books, too. So he definitely knows his way around DC’s established marquee names, and will likely do the Arkham Knight justice in his portrayal.

DC has so far been beating Marvel quite a bit in the comic book and animated film categories, but Marvel has of course been cleaning up when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and producing a number of high-profile, well-received, critically-acclaimed movies. But DC also gets to boast that the Batman: Arkham games really helped elevate superhero games to the next level… and I guess Marvel gets to boast that Marvel’s Spider-Man raised the bar to the next level. Even still, the effects of the Arkham Knight game will spill over into the world of comics where DC will likely hope to retain its lead over Marvel Comics in sales.

The upcoming Detective Comics #1000 celebration isn’t expected to become available until March, 2019.

League Of Legends Is Getting Its Own Marvel Comics

Cross-branded marketing material is a surefire way of making it known that your brand has reached a new level in its popularity and is ready to bring in an all new audience. This is where Riot Games is with League of Legends, with the series now moving into the realm of comic books.

In a press release, Marvel announced that there will be a comic book line from Marvel Comics based on League of Legends. The series will make its initial debut in May of 2019 as a full-length series based on the popular MOBA game. The monthly outing will then continue to roll out throughout 2019, leading up to the availability of a digital collection that will be available in December.

The first issue will start with the character Ashe, who is a DPS archer within the MOBA. She’s known as a Frost Archer, and will be spotlighted with a backstory on how she has to deal with being the leader of the people of Runeterra while also attempting to live up to the lofty expectations set upon her. It’s the typical coming of age story, just with magic, frosty arrows, and a lot of otherworldly action.

It wasn’t said exactly what will follow up on Ashe’s story, but it sounds like it might be an anthology series that follows the different characters from Riot Games’ MOBA as they each deal with their own personal grievances, plights, and vices spanning the very large scale world.

Riot recently made waves in the pop-media space when the company’s virtual band had a viral hit single based on the game, as reported by The Verge.

The addition of the comic book would further help cement the pollination of the brand outside of the realm of gaming, where it’s become rather saturated since releasing back in 2009.

The eSports scene has also blossomed for League of Legends over the years, with the game garnering massive numbers on streaming services like Twitch.tv or YouTube, and the payouts being rather massive.

However, the brand hasn’t made its way to the top without some form of being sullied under controversy. During the past year Riot Games has found itself in the hot seat of media discussion after allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment began to surface regarding the corporate culture at Riot Games.

The company vowed to change its ways after apologizing to the community, and the studio has now been on the path to redemption. At this year’s PAX West Riot attempted to host some workshops to help bring in more game developers and gamers who were interested in game development. The studio also started a new division to help with cultivating a corporate ecosystem built around diversity and inclusion, but that didn’t stop some employees from suing the company. Whether or not we’ll see any of the culture-change taking effect in the actual League of Legends comics remains to be seen, but Riot is trying.

It’s also interesting because DC is also tapping video games for comic books, recently announcing that Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Knight would be getting the comic book treatment. So DC and Marvel are still butting heads even when it comes to adapting video game properties into the realm of comic books and graphic novels.

Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season Is Officially Back From The Dead

After Telltale encountered a tumultuous start to the fall season with the studio going through the unceremonious process of shutting down and having many of its games removed from digital distribution storefronts, there’s some good news finally: The Walking Dead games are back from the dead.

IGN is reporting that following the closure of the studio where we saw various Telltale games being removed from the storefronts, some of the games are now returning, specifically Telltale’s Walking Dead series. This is thanks to Skybound Entertainment stepping in to pick up some of the slack that was left after Telltale was left to hang dry following a deal that fell through with Smilegate, the makers of multiplayer online games like TalesRunner and Crossfire, and AMC.

Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment recruited some of the staff from Telltale in order to finish off the development for The Walking Dead: The Final Season, which was cut short abruptly due to the closure of the studio, which saw only a small skeletal crew left on board to handle basic operational duties.

Skybound issued a statement about the status of Episode 3 and Episode 4, which will pick up where Episode 2 for the Final Season left off, making it known that gamers who already purchased the season pass will not need to buy the season pass for a second time…

So this is definitely good news for people who purchased the season pass and probably felt like they had been given the short end of the stick when Telltale closed up shop just as the second episode was released.

Surprisingly, gamers weren’t quite as vociferous about the season pass conundrum as one might have expected. Many people understood the plight of the developers and were moreso frustrated that the story wasn’t going to be completed. That is, until Skybound stepped in and saved the day.

During the transition of Telltale’s work being rescued by Skybound, some of the company’s games were removed from digital distribution storefronts, which is typically what happens as rights and properties are transferred over from one company to the next. We saw it happen when Disney purchased Marvel, and various games, such as Marvel Ultimate Alliance and Deadpool, were pulled from the storefronts during the transitions of rights between publishers.

There’s still no release date on when the third and fourth episodes will release for The Walking Dead: The Final Season, but the team is working on and wrapping up the third episode now, so Skybound will make an announcement once the team gets everything wrapped up nice and neat.

New Arrow-verse Crossover Pics Show Off Elseworlds’ Lois Lane, New Villain And More

Information about the Arrow-verse’s upcoming “Elseworlds” crossover has been flying out the gate as of late, and even more teases on what’s to come have arrived in the form of official photos. These new images treat fans to stills from the crossover and include good looks at Lois Lane, The Monitor, and so many other amazing things that will make the remaining wait for the event that much more agonizing for die-hard fans.

Here we see a bunch of faces an Arrow-verse audience should be familiar with, as well as one that will make its debut in “Elseworlds”. As some may already know from the first look we shared, that’s Superman’s better half, a.k.a. Elizabeth Tulloch‘s Lois Lane. It appears as though Lois is part of the gang in this picture, although we’re not sure how in the know she is about everyone’s superpowers beyond possibly Clark and maybe Kara.

One would imagine if Lois and Clark are together, she’s probably in the know on these secrets. After all, Felicity knows who Barry is, and Iris knows who Oliver is, so it would be unfair to keep Lois in the dark on the other hero’s identities. It also wouldn’t be that hard, presumably, considering all it takes to fool most people in Clark’s world is a pair of glasses.

Heres another look at Supes and his cousin Kara, who are seen focused on something other than the beautiful scenery of Kent Farms behind them. That red barn looks to be straight out of Smallville, and the classic red truck is a nice touch that sells Superman’s old-school style and attitude. The two are both wearing different clothing than they were in the previous picture, which may mean “Elseworlds” will visit the farm a few times throughout the special.

We’re not sure why anyone is there to begin with, but the answer may be rooted in Kara being one of the few people aware that Oliver and Barry traded places. Apparently, Dr. John Deegan’s re-writing of reality didn’t impact Earth-38? This may mean one scene happens when Barry and Oliver first seek out Kara, who could be giving her super-cousin a hand on the family farm when they find her.

Now we have a face we’ve seen before, but we still can’t get used to his “Elseworlds” look. Someone needs to tell Oliver that just because The Flash can grow a beard, it doesn’t mean he should. Beyond that Oliver’s “Barry” looks a bit concerned and almost sad in this picture, and whoever he’s talking to appears to be at the root of it. What could the hero be hearing that would have him in such an emotional state?

It could be that Oliver’s frustrated in his speedster form, as getting used to superpowers can be a struggle. That said, Barry managed to pick up Oliver’s fighting instincts with relative ease, so perhaps Oliver will get that same gift? It may be a pretty boring affair for Oliver otherwise, although watching him fumble through super speed would be entertaining to watch.

Jeremy Davies‘ Dr. John Deegan is next, and another new character viewers will get to know better during “Elseworlds”. He’s leaning over what appears to be some sinister-looking medical equipment, which he probably uses quite often in his job at Arkham Asylum. Deegan is to blame for Barry and Oliver’s switched bodies, although this photo does little to tell us how unless it’s somehow tied to his affinity for decorating with dragons and skulls.

In all seriousness, Dr. John Deegan is one of the most interesting mysteries surrounding “Elseworlds” at the moment. How he managed to flip Barry and Oliver’s lives on their heads is amazing, especially considering everyone else is in their world is in on the switch. It has us wondering, are our heroes actually in reality, or locked away in some lab sharing a collective dream?

Here’s yet another look at Ruby Rose’s Batwoman, and that suit’s looking just as awesome as it has the past couple times we’ve seen it. Batwoman’s in the typical Batman perch pose here, which may mean she’s observing or about to spring into action and kick some ass. A “superhero landing” is also an option, although it’s a bit rude of her to dent up the hood of some Gotham City citizen’s car like that.

Jokes aside, Batwoman is a little too low to the ground to be doing surveillance or keep a low profile. More likely than not, she’s about to engage in a fight or ask some character what the hell they’re doing in Gotham City. We don’t know who she’s talking to, but we can confirm it isn’t going to be Batman.

If it wasn’t apparent that LaMonica Garrett was the most spot-on comic-book casting the Arrow-verse has done in a long time, it certainly is now thanks to this photo. Garrett is just a pair of red eyes short of looking just like the more modernized version of his comic book counterparts. Also that costume is on point, and certainly right up there with Batwoman on the best costumes the Arrow-verse crew has created to date.

For all the things we’re learning about other parts of “Elseworlds”, Monitor’s role in it all has been left in the dark. Is he actually a villain even, or is this all a test for some greater foe down the stretch? We can only wait and see.

John Diggle is left standing strong while a bunch of convicts are down on the ground. Is Diggle hanging out in Arkham Asylum? It would make sense if Oliver and Barry need Dr. John Deegan to reverse their lives back to normal, or if the team ends up getting locked up and needs to be rescue. Diggle looks like he has things handled, although he might want to focus on that guy over his shoulder to avoid a knockout blow.

While he was out of the loop in Barry’s “Elseworlds” promo, we’re guessing John will be brought into the know that things shouldn’t be as he believes him to be. Personally, we’re hoping someone forgets him in Star City, and Stephen Amell’s Barry has to use his super speed to rescue him. It’s a cruel thing to wish considering Diggle always throws up after, but we’d love to see Oliver’s reaction to doing it as opposed to Barry.

The CW‘s “Elseworlds” crossover officially kicks off Sunday, December 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET with a special episode of The Flash. For a look at what else is coming to television around that time and beyond, visit our fall and midseason premiere guides.

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NCIS’ Mark Harmon Is Bringing John Sanford’s Prey Books To CBS

Mark Harmon has been the heart and soul of CBS’ NCIS for sixteen seasons, and while that doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon, the actor is getting involved in another project that may appear on the network. Harmon is involved in the development of a crime drama project that is based on novels from acclaimed author John Sandford. If the development goes as planned, the world will eventually see a television adaptation of the popular Prey novels.

The Prey project, if given a series order, would bring yet another crime drama to the CBS network. THR reported the plot would follow Minneapolis homicide detective Lucas Davenport, and his nun best friend and psychologist profiler, Elle Kruger. The friends are bonded by a “shared tragedy” and now track down Minnesota’s dangerous criminals. John Sandford’s book series has experienced great success over the years, with the past ten books all topping the New York Times Bestseller List.

NCIS fans needn’t worry about Mark Harmon disappearing from his beloved series for now, as the actor is currently only involved in Prey as an executive producer. The potential program will be created by former Shadowhunters showrunner Ed Decter and hails from CBS TV Studios. Howard Braunstein and Michael Jaffe are also listed as executive producers in the development and had previously worked with Decter on his 2012 Lifetime show The Client List.

The Prey project will have a lot of potential material to pull from, as John Sandford’s book series has 29 novels to date. As mentioned, the last 10 have topped out as bestsellers, so there’s potential for this venture to turn into a big television success. Of course, success in print does not always translate to success on the screen, but one could argue the chances of a project’s success may be better when the source material is commercially successful.

This is not Mark Harmon’s first foray into executive producing, as the actor is currently holding that role on NCIS. Harmon is also an executive producer on NCIS: New Orleans, so his involvement in the Prey project doesn’t come as a complete surprise. Hell, with the success he’s had with NCIS on CBS, it’s a wonder he isn’t trying to get his name on any and all crime dramas that have a chance of appearing there!

CinemaBlend will keep an eye on the progress of this Prey adaptation, and report on its development should it show signs of a future at CBS. For a look at some shows that are guaranteed to be coming to television in the near future and months ahead, be sure to visit and bookmark our fall and midseason premiere guides.