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What a time it is to be a comic book/superhero fan! After some months of speculation, it has finally been confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch will add to his already-stuffed CV of fantasy roles by playing Doctor Strange in the upcoming Marvel movie of the same name.
Additionally, after his own time spent sitting on the fence as the internet waved its arms in a sea of noise, Ryan Reynolds has also been confirmed to reprise the manic on/off X-Men alumni Deadpool in the similarly self-titled film for 2016.
The largest announcement by far however must surely be the revelation of the cast for DC’s Suicide Squad, to be released in 2016. No-one may have wanted to see The Fresh Prince of Bel Air don another cape after Hancock, yet Will Smith shall be portraying Deadshot. Joining him are Jared Leto as the Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. Tom Hardy is also set to return to DC comic books by playing Rick Flag.
But surely the most surprising superhero announcement was that Krysten Ritter will be playing the lead in Marvel’s upcoming Netflix-exclusive series A.K.A Jessica Jones. While it’s understandably difficult in seeing the ‘B’ from apartment 23 saving lives, the series is set for a 2015 broadcast, which will lead up to a Defenders crossover mini-series.
And one last bit of superhero news before you toddle off for virtual victory drinks across the internet to express your joy, this just came in. Mark Hamill is set to reprise a legendary role in his diverse career – that of the Trickster in an upcoming episode of The Flash early next year!
“In this new iteration, The Trickster is an anarchist terrorist con man serving a life sentence in Iron Heights who helps Barry (Grant Gustin) and Det. West (Jesse L. Martin) to foil the city-wide attacks of a wannabe Trickster eagerly following in the original’s deadly footsteps. The episode will reunite him with John Wesley Shipp who went up against him as the original ‘Flash’ on the CBS version.”
He previously portrayed the same character in CBS’ 1990’s version of The Flash, and is set to don the mask once more as the notorious villain. Hamill is also doing some kind of space opera thing, which sounds kinda ‘meh’ to me.
All these announcements can only result in two things – sheer joy from seeing more potential high-quality superhero flicks and shows, or sheer damnation as we become overloaded with capes, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments section below or send us your thoughts on Twitter!