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World Colliding: Are “Shared Universes” the Future of Blockbuster Cinema?

Marvel
Marvel

If you say you saw 'The Avengers' coming, you're a liar.

And we're not necessarily talking about the film's massive box office success or cultural impact, either. That's all after-the-fact stuff. We're talking about the fact that the film exists in the first place. We're talking about how Marvel Studios (with a little help from some deep-pocketed friends) managed to create a series of individual franchises with their own films and characters before having them all come together in a special crossover event. 'The Avengers' didn't just unite Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk, it openly acknowledged that all of these characters lived in the same world and that the events of their own films could actually have an impact on each other.

They all live in the same universe ... and audiences love it.

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FOX’s ‘Gotham’ TV Series Adds Jada Pinkett Smith … as The Penguin’s Boss?

FOX Gotham Penguin Jada Pinkett Smith Fish Mooney
Jonathan Leibson, Getty Images

We presumed that FOX's forthcoming 'Batman' prequel TV series, 'Gotham,' would next set its sights on casting a young Bruce Wayne, but its latest choice is far more surprising. Jada Pinkett Smith joined the series as a regular to portray an original 'Gotham' creation as gangster Fish Mooney, none other than future "Penguin" Oswald Cobblepot's boss!

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FOX’s ‘Gotham’ TV Series: Donal Logue Talks ‘Blade Runner’ Setting, Comic Inspirations Revealed

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DC Comics / David Livingston, Getty Images

Apart from its diverse cast, FOX's forthcoming 'Batman'-prequel TV series 'Gotham' has revealed relatively little of its core premise beyond the Gotham police department, Bruce Wayne and early incarnations of his colorful foes. Now, thanks to series star Donal Logue, we have a bit of insight into the unusual time and place we can expect 'Gotham' to evoke, as well as the Batman comics that will end up influencing it.

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FOX’s ‘Gotham’ TV Series: Bruce Wayne Casting Call Reveals New Details

FOX Gotham Batman TV Series Bruce Wayne Casting Call
Warner Bros.

Given how FOX's upcoming Batman prequel TV series 'Gotham' had been burning through casting announcements over the past week, we expected a young Bruce Wayne to emerge as the very last. And while we might meet our new Batman-in-training over the weekend, we at least have the casting call to determine what qualities 'Gotham''s Bruce Wayne will have.

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Justice League’s Dry Run: What ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Can Learn From the Animated ‘Justice League: War’

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DC Entertainment

Warner Bros. has been trying to bring the Justice League to the silver screen for some time, if only to compete against Marvel's 'The Avengers' franchise. Following Christopher Nolan's now-famous trilogy of Batman films, Zack Snyder stepped up to the plate and served up a rebooted take on the 'Man of Steel'. After that film's success, Snyder agreed to direct the follow-up, a still untitled 'Batman vs. Superman' movie, which will feature three of the most famous DC heroes of all time -- Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) -- and will mark a major step into making 'Justice League' a reality.

But before that happens, Warner Bros. Animation recently released the latest the animated direct-to-DVD 'Justice League: War,' which unites the DC superhero team for an epic battle to save Earth from destruction, and may also serve as a dry run, for a live-action 'Justice League' movie.

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FOX’s ‘Gotham’ TV Series: Donal Logue Confirmed as DC Detective Harvey Bullock

FOX Gotham Batman Donal Logue Harvey Bullock Confirmed
DC Comics / David Livingston, Getty Imags

Well, this isn't much of a surprise. Following the news that Fox's Batman-prequel TV series 'Gotham' had cast Alfred, The Penguin, and others atop Ben McKenzie in the leading role of Detective James Gordon, 'Sons of Anarchy' and 'Vikings' vet Donal Logue has officially been confirmed for the DC role of gruff detective Harvey Bullock.

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FOX’s ‘Gotham’ TV Series Casts The Penguin, Alfred, Sarah Essen and More!

FOX Gotham Batman Penguin Alfred Robin Taylor Sean Pertwee
DC Comics / Universal

This past weekend, we were blindsided to learn that FOX's forthcoming Batman prequel TV series, 'Gotham,' cast 'Southland' and 'The O.C.' star Ben McKenzie in the central role of Detective Jim Gordon, but now the new DC drama unveiled an even plumper portion of casting. Meet your new Oswald "The Penguin" Cobblepot, as well as young Bruce Wayne's loyal Alfred, Captain Essen, and Gordon's fiancée Barbara!

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‘Batman vs. Superman’ Casts Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as the New Alfred

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After a vast amount of rumors circled as to who could be the villain in the highly anticipated 'Batman vs. Superman' movie, Warner Bros. finally made the big reveal today by announcing Jesse Eisenberg of 'The Social Network' fame in the role of iconic Superman nemesis Lex Luthor. But that's not all! Jeremy Irons also joins the cast as the new Alfred, Bruce Wayne's famous butler.

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FOX’s ‘Gotham’ TV Series: Will The Penguin be Jim Gordon’s First Batman Villain?

FOX Gotham Batman Villain Penguin Oswald
Warner Bros. / DC Comics

A clear image of FOX's forthcoming 'Gotham' TV series has yet to form, even as network execs revealed that we'd be seeing a number of classic Batman villains emerge over the years, all before Bruce Wayne finally dons his famous cape and cowl. And while the Dark Knight's villains may have an early 'Gotham' presence before he hero himself, a new rumor suggest James Gordon may first come to tangle with a villainous 'Gotham' socialite, none other than The Penguin!

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FOX’s ‘Gotham’ TV Series: Donal Logue Won’t Be Commissioner Gordon, But Another DC Character?

FOX Gotham Batman Commissioner Gordon Donal Logue Harvey Bullock
DC Comics / David Livingston, Getty Images

Much as we love 'Sons of Anarchy' and 'Vikings' star Donal Logue, we had to pause at the recent rumor that suggested FOX's 'Gotham' TV series had offered Logue the role of a young Commissioner Gordon. Logue has since corrected the rumor, but now it seems the 'Terriers' breakout star may end up on the 'Gotham' police force after all, in the role of another famous DC detective!

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