News Shotgun 12/18

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  • Ra’s Al Ghul appearing on Legends of TomorrowMatt Nable will return to the CW DCverse as Ra’s Al Ghul during the Legends of Tomorrow mini-series, and current big bad Damien Darhk will appear as well.  Vandal Savage, introduced during the Arrow/Flash crossover event, will be the main villain the ragtag group of heroes will be taking on throughout time.
  • Vixen will appear in live action on ArrowAppearing in her own animated spin-off on the CW’s online Seed site, Vixen will come to the live action CW DCverse in the fifteenth episode of Arrow.  Megalyn Echikunwoke, who voiced the character for the animated series, will play the character on Arrow, as Vixen aka Mari McCabe’s look was based on her.
  • Man in the High Castle renewed for a second seasonAmazon’s sci fi/alternate history drama will return for a second season after the full season debuted to rave reviews about a month or two ago on the Instant Video service.
  • Divergent and Power Rangers pushed backFor 2017, there was a bit of shuffling as Lionsgate bumped the Power Rangers reboot from January to March of 2017 and took the spot occupied by the fourth and final Divergent movie, which moved into the summer againt World War Z 2.
  • Katherine Waterson starring in Alien: CovenantThe Steve Jobs and Inherent Vice star is starring in the next entry in the Alien series, Covenant.  She’ll co-star with Michael Fassbender, who is returning as the android David.
  • Samuel L. Jackson returning for xXx sequel:  Jackson will return as prickly NSA agent Gibbons for the upcoming xXx sequel, which brings back Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) from his apparent death in xXx: State of the Union.
  • Terminator 2 returning to theaters next year in 3DIt’s the 25th anniversary of Terminator 2 next year and the movie is returning to theaters with a new 3D re-release.
  • Fargo Season 3 featuring an all new castDespite returning to the modern setting of Season 1, showrunner Noah Hawley confirmed that Season 3 of Fargo will feature an entirely new cast.  The next season also won’t arrive until 2017.
  • Laurence Fishburne appearing in John Wick 2Keanu Reeves is reuniting with his Matrix co-star for the highly anticipated sequel to John Wick.  Laurence Fishburne was seen on set in Brooklyn during filming.  The movie is coming out possibly next year and also co-stars Common, Bridget Moynahan, John Leguizamo, Peter Stormare, Ian McShane and Ruby Rose.
  • TNT announces cancellationsThe cable network that knows drama announced that Legends, starring Sean Bean, Agent X and Public Morals have all been cancelled.
  • Kurt Russell apparently top choice for Star Lord’s father in Guardians 2Director James Gunn said recently that Kurt Russell is his top choice to play Star Lord’s father in the upcoming Guardians 2 and it’s expected Marvel may have Russell in for talks soon.
  • Hasbro Cinematic Universe announcedIn addition to the Transformers cinematic universe they are developing, Paramount announced this week that they are creating another universe that will join together GI Joe, Micronauts, MASK, ROM the Space Knight and Visionaries, all toy lines from the 80’s.
  • Kiefer Sutherland playing the president in new ABC showKiefer will star in a new show on ABC called Designated Survivor, where he’ll play a lower level cabinet member who is forced into the presidency when an attack during the State of the Union address leaves him the highest ranking official.  Simon Kinberg, who has produced the X-Men movies for Fox, is executive producing and the show got a straight to series order.
  • Mark Wahlberg confirms he’ll be back for Transformers 5Wahlberg will return to the Tranformers universe as every day, normal inventor/single dad/intergalactic hero Cade Yeager for the upcoming fifth movie in the series.  The actor confirmed during an interview for Daddy’s Home.

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