Arrow season 2, episode 16, “Suicide Squad,” aired tonight. Read our recap and discuss the episode with fellow fans.

Oliver and the guilty conscience

The episode opens with Oliver having a nightmare about a bloodied Shado calling him a murderer. When he wakes up, he and Sara are in bed together in the Arrow cave. Unable to sit still, Oliver sets up a meeting with his Bratva connection, Leonov.

Oliver wants help finding Slade. However, Leonov wants Oliver’s help first. Oliver’s having none of it, though, and takes out Leonov’s guards before holding Leonov at gunpoint.

When Oliver returns, Sara is waiting. She tries to get him to open up, but he simply says he’s going to kill Slade and “make damn sure he stays dead.” But he has to find him first.

Diggle enlisted

When Felicity discovers Diggle keeping watch over her apartment, she tells him that if Slade wants to kill her, nothing will stop him so Diggle should go home. Once Felicity leaves, a text leads Diggle to a hotel — where Lyla is waiting for him in lingerie. Good morning, Diggle.

However, the happiness doesn’t last as they’re met by Amanda Waller on their way out. She wants to enlist both of them for a mission. A.R.G.U.S. has been tracking a nerve agent that is about to hit the open market, and its current owner is one Golam Kadir — a warlord whose life Diggle saved in Afghanistan.

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We see in flashbacks that Kadir was a terrorist Diggle’s unit took captive, but when a sniper starting firing on them, Diggle killed the sniper before he could kill Kadir. Kadir ended up sharing intel with the American government and Diggle received a commendation.

With that history in mind, Waller wants Diggle to get his team into a fundraiser hosted by Kadir in order to get the nerve agent out.

That team consists of Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, and Shrapnel. (And is that Harley Quinn in one of the cells?) If team is compromised, the government will simply write them off — hence the nickname Suicide Squad. Diggle’s not interested in working with a team of criminals, but Lyla convinces him.

Following orders

In Markovia, Diggle manufactures a run-in with Kadir. Diggle implies that he’s turned to less than honest means of operation since they last met. Before the conversation can continue, Deadshot opens fire from a nearby roof, and Diggle knocks Kadir out of the way.

As Deadshot attempts to exfil, his ride, Shrapnel, flees. He’s not interested in working for the government and ignores Waller’s warnings, so she sets off a kill chip in his head. RIP Simon Tam.

In the aftermath, Diggle is furious at both the situation and Lyla for going along with it. However, the mission is still active, as Diggle got his invite to Kadir’s fundraiser.

Pushing people away

Back in Starling, Felicity is unable to track Slade, but she does get an alert for a robbery in progress. By the time the Arrow gets there, though, it’s over. However, he discovers a familiar mask with an arrow through its eye mounted on a nearby roof.

The next day, Oliver meets Leonov, who has Slade’s bank account number. Leonov, though, tells Oliver that if he takes the intel, they’re done. Oliver takes it.

As Oliver leaves the meet, Sara confronts him. She calls him out on the way he’s lost control since Slade appeared, including his nightmares about Shado. Oliver admits that he’s afraid of Slade getting to Sara to hurt him and tells her to stay away.

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Gray areas

In Markovia, Diggle and Lyla arrive at the fundraiser and greet Kadir while Deadshot uses Diggle’s fingerprint to get in. While Diggle and Lyla hit the dance floor and start arguing, Deadshot heads for the nerve agent.

Deadshot finds it, but it’s far too big to transport. Waller calls in a drone strike and orders Deadshot to stay put while the rest of the team exfils.

Diggle, though, refuses to let innocent people die; he causes a distraction by calling Kadir a terrorist in front of the fundraiser guests. While they all leave, Kadir threatens Lyla, recognizing her from Afghanistan. However, Bronze Tiger appears and kills him. Meanwhile, Diggle goes after Deadshot.

Deadshot’s ready to die doing something honorable, but Diggle invokes his daughter and convinces him to live. But their exit is complicated by the fact that the drone was not programmed on Kadir’s estate but on Deadshot’s chip. Lyla cuts it out and the drone crashes.

Back at A.R.G.U.S., Waller is furious. She dismisses Diggle, who is just as happy to leave. Waller informs Lyla that the implants will be moved to the inmates’ spines for future missions. Meanwhile, Diggle walks Deadshot back to his cell. Is that compassion for your brother’s killer, Diggle?

Once Deadshot is locked up again, Lyla asks Diggle about them. Diggle is still struggling with what he just experienced and Lyla’s part in it, but he says he can’t stand losing her again, and they kiss.

Mending bridges

Back in Starling, Felicity finds the location of Slade’s bank account, and Oliver goes after him alone. But what he finds is a setup — Leonov with an arrow through his eye and videos of Shado projected against the wall.

Oliver returns to the Arrow cave, and tells Sara that Slade is too many steps ahead. He doesn’t know what to do. Sara says to let Slade come. “I’m not that easy to kill,” she adds, setting off alarm bells.

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The episode closes with Oliver turning down a dinner invitation with the Lance sisters to visit Amanda Waller. They apparently knew each other in the past and had an adversarial relationship. However, Oliver’s only interested in her help finding Slade. She tells him that A.R.G.U.S. has been tracking a mercenary named Deathstroke.

Watch a promo for next week’s episode

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The Powers That Be have spoken, and they’re saying Guillermo del Toro will not be making a third Hellboy installment.

Fans across the globe are shedding tears as we learn that director/writer del Toro will not be helming another Hellboy movie. It’s time to punch something, smoke a cigar, and then find a kitten before you settle in for the bad news.

In mid-January, del Toro asked fans to vote in a 24-hour poll to show support for making Hellboy III. He promised that if it got 100,000 votes within the time frame, he’d take it to the studio and have a talk with them about making the film.

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The Powers That Be have spoken, and they’re saying Guillermo del Toro will not be making a third Hellboy installment.

Fans across the globe are shedding tears as we learn that director/writer del Toro will not be helming another Hellboy movie. It’s time to punch something, smoke a cigar, and then find a kitten before you settle in for the bad news.

In mid-January, del Toro asked fans to vote in a 24-hour poll to show support for making Hellboy III. He promised that if it got 100,000 votes within the time frame, he’d take it to the studio and have a talk with them about making the film.

Unfortunately, del Toro did not get the answer we were hoping for.

However, there is hope for fans of the comics, as artist and creator Mike Mignola reminded us that just because del Toro isn’t going to be involved anymore, it doesn’t mean there won’t be future Hellboy movies. There’s always hope.

This is good news for those who perhaps didn’t like del Toro’s take on the character. It hints at a possible reboot of the franchise, but if that were to happen, don’t expect Ron Perlman to reprise his role.

For those who fell in love with Perlman’s interpretation of the titular character, this is certainly a blow. However, del Toro does wish the franchise luck, and it’s not like he’s hurting for work (he’s got Netflix’s Trollhunters, Pacific Rim 2, and The Shape of Water, to just name a few).

This tweet is certainly interesting, as it hints that he wanted to take Hellboy in a new direction, but his vision did not match the vision of the studio. Does this mean they’ve got another idea in mind already, and if so, will it be Hellboy III, or a Hellboy for a new generation?

With Ron Perlman out of the picture, it’s likely the studio may try to do a reboot, rather than replace the actor for a potential sequel. If there is a reboot, there could be resistance from fans, but with updated technology and someone else’s vision, we could be looking at an interesting new set of superhero movies that will still feel different from the blockbusters currently taking over cinemas.

Are you interested in a new ‘Hellboy’ franchise?

The movie adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is progressing nicely as Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the cast.

Back in December we relayed news that Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was cast as the titular character in Simon, which would be directed by Arrow-verse helmer Greg Berlanti.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Garner is currently negotiating a deal with the film to star as Simon’s mother. She’ll be joining Robinson, Katherine Langford (Leah Burke), Alexandra Shipp (Abby Suso), and Logan Miller (Martin Addison).

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The movie adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is progressing nicely as Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the cast.

Back in December we relayed news that Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was cast as the titular character in Simon, which would be directed by Arrow-verse helmer Greg Berlanti.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Garner is currently negotiating a deal with the film to star as Simon’s mother. She’ll be joining Robinson, Katherine Langford (Leah Burke), Alexandra Shipp (Abby Suso), and Logan Miller (Martin Addison).

The synopsis for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda reads, “Simon Spier is sixteen and in love. Sure, he has never met the mysterious ‘Blue’ in person, but he’s falling hard and fast for their email love letters. There’s only one problem: Blue is a boy, Simon is gay, and he hasn’t told anyone else.”

The novel made the world (and Hypable) fall in love with the story, and the current cast and creative team have fans excited for this adaptation. With Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment (The Maze Runner series, The Twilight Saga, and the upcoming Power Rangers) behind the scenes, it’s bound to be a big production.

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Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

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Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

Iwan Rheon is best known for his terrifying turn as Ramsay Bolton in HBO’s Game of Thrones. He has starred in the British series Misfits and Vicious, and may never play a hero again in his life.

Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb, who also serves as an executive producer on Inhumans, suggests that those villainous skills will be well-deployed in the role of Maximus.

“Iwan’s ability to be charming, roguish, and still completely unexpectedly dangerous were all the different sides we needed to bring the character to life,” Loeb says. “We’re thrilled to have him on board.”

Showrunner Scott Buck agrees.

“Maximus is a complex character. Likable, charming, tragic and villainous all in the same moment,” he says, “And I’m very excited to have someone of Iwan’s considerable talent.”

Marvel’s Inhumans will be produced in partnership with IMAX. The first two episodes will screen in IMAX theaters before the show’s network debut in mid September. Spanning the course of eight episodes, the series will tell the story of the Inhuman royal family, with the associated drama that just happens when you’re a family of aliens with magical powers trying to rule a secret city.

A leaked cast list for Inhumans hinted at a complex lineup of characters, including Black Bolt’s wife Medusa and her sister Crystal. Karnak, as well as the three-legged horse Gorgon and amphibious Triton round out the eclectic cast. And with Iwan Rheon in place as Maximus, it seems like just a matter of time before the rest of the family falls into line.

What do you think of Iwan Rheon as Maximus in Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’?

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