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Movie Review: Justice League: Throne of Atlantis

1000427919BRDLEFO_14cd592In Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Cyborg discovers an imminent threat in the depths of the oceans so powerful that it rallies together the newly formed Justice League. Meanwhile, wandering thousands of feet above the ocean floor is drifter Arthur Curry, a man with strange powers who may be the last chance to bridge the ancient Atlantean world with our own. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League must band together as they face off against warmongering Orm, an army of sea creatures, otherworldly weapons and perilous odds. In this all-new epic adventure from the DC Universe, mankind’s only hope of escaping from the darkness lies with the guiding light of a man – Aquaman!

The celebrity laden cast features primetime television stars Matt Lanter as Aquaman, Sam Witwer as Orm, Jason O’Mara as Batman, Christopher Gorham as Flash, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, Shemar Moore as Cyborg, Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman, Jerry O’Connell as Superman, Sean Astin as Shazam, Sumalee Montano as Mera, Sirena Irwin as Queen Atlanna, and Harry Lennix as Manta.

frame-048147The latest DC Comics animated movie is an adaptation of the storyline that ran within the Justice League comic and Aquaman, with a lot of liberties taken as far as the details, and a much more condensed storyline. The result is an entertaining version, missing some of the “soul” of its source material, and just enough loose ends to make some irritated.

If you’ve watched any of the previous DC Comics animated films, this one follows much of the same style, formula, and the end results are similar. The acting at times is stiff, animation really cool, characterization a bit stilted, but for some reason it’s still very fun and entertaining. A nice fill in between big budget live action movies. It fills an itch not met by the television shows, or upcoming movie slate. It adapts popular stories, and gives us characters we might not see otherwise.

There’s issues here. Arthur accepts the fact he’s royalty and an Atlantean a bit too easy. Manta’s character is really changed So is Mera. But, it continues the nice thread of stories that began with Justice League: War and brings together the Batman series of movies into one cohesive animated universe.

Overall, the movie is a fun time, a bit violent with some swearing, earning its PG-13 rating, but good for young teens to check out and enjoy, or die-hard DC fans who are willing to overlook the various changes.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis might not be perfect, but it’s entertaining, and that’s what matters. Overall, it’s a welcome addition to the ever growing DC line-up of animated films and I’m looking forward to the next one, Batman vs. Robin.

Overall rating: 7.5

 

The Fantastic Four Teaser Trailer

The first trailer for Fox‘s Fantastic Four reboot/reimagining has hit the web. From the first glimpse, the movie doesn’t look like the disaster that is being talked about.

The movie hits theaters August 7, 2015.

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New comic book day is tomorrow! What’s everyone looking forward to? If you’re undecided, we’ll have reviews and previews of the latest releases right here!

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ICv2 – Mattel CEO Resigns – Interesting….

The Beat – 8,669,000 graphic novels were sold in bookstores in 2014 – That’s a lot of graphic novels.

Spinoff Online – Ryan Reynolds Says ‘Deadpool’ Is ‘Happening the Right Way’ – Ignoring Wolverine Origins?

CBR – Fox Network Confirms Plans for An “X-Men” TV Series – Old news revisited…

CBLDF – Humble Comics Bundles: A Resounding Success! – Give people! And get comics!

 

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Talking Comics – Lumberjanes #10

Bleeding Cool – The Sculptor

The Outhousers – Transformers #37

American Sniper Stays on Top. Guardians Drops to 2nd. Big Hero 6 Hangs on.

american-sniper-posterAmerican Sniper stayed on top of the box office this past weekend. The film earned an estimated $65.4 million in its fifth week. If the film keeps this up, there’s a good chance it’ll be the top domestic grossing film released in 2014.

With just a drop of 28% from the previous week American Sniper is the best second weekend hold ever for a movie that opened above $80 million.

Guardians of the Galaxy ended 2014 at the top of the domestic earnings for films released in 2014, but since The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 has moved to the top spot, earning $334.3 million compared to Guardians‘ $331.2 million.

Big Hero 6 earned an estimated $676,000 bringing its domestic total to $217.4 million.

It’s three weeks until the first comic book adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service opens in theaters.

X-Men: Apocalypse’s Storm, Cyclops and Jean Grey

Director Bryan Singer surprised folks tonight by Tweeting up the casting of Storm, Cyclops, and Jean Grey for the next X-Men film, X-Men: Apocalypse.

Alexandra Shipp will be suiting up as Storm, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, and Tye Sheridan as Cyclops.

Shipp is a singer/songwriter as well as actress. She is mostly known for the Nickelodeon show House of Anubis, and will be seen in the NWA biopic Straight Out of Compton.

Turner is known as Sansa Stark in the HBO television series Game of Thrones, and will play Mary Shelley in Mary Shelley’s Monster.

Sheridan most high profile role was in the movie Mud, and he’s also appeared on Last Man Standing.

X-Men: Apocalypse is set to hit theaters in May 2016.

Guardians of the Galaxy Nabs Two Critics Choice Awards

hr_Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_46Things are looking up for Marvel‘s Guardians of the Galaxy when it comes to this awards season. On Sunday, the movie nabbed two awards from the Critics Choice Awards.

The film won the Critics’ Choice awards for “Best Action Movie” and “Best Hair and Makeup.” Director James Gunn and star Chris Pratt took the stage to accept the award for Best Action Movie.

This is actually a big deal because the movie was nominated for an Oscar for “Best Hair and Makeup.” Could we see the movie walk away with Oscar gold?

The 87th Academy Awards airs on February 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

American Sniper Stuns the Box Office

american-sniper-posterAmerican Sniper set a January record bringing in $90.2 million over the holiday weekend. The film is actually in its fourth week, and saw an expansion as far as how many theaters it was showing in. The previous record was held by Ride Along which earned $41.5 million and its the second highest amount for an R-rated movie. The recorded was The Matrix Reloaded with $91.8 million. This was also done without a 3D boost to its earnings, but an estimated $11.5 million was from IMAX which is a record for an R-rated film.

American Sniper‘s audience was 57 percent male and 63 percent over the age of 25. It received a rare “A+” CinemaScore.

In more comic related movie news, Big Hero 6 earned a little over $1 million over the weekend. Domestically the film has earned a little over $216 million. Internationally the film has earned a little over $212 million for a total of $428.3 million so far.

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Hope everyone has a nice MLK day, and take a moment about the man whose life we remember today.

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The Beat – The Devastator/Beat Convention Exhibitor Survey is out: which cons are loved, which are hated – Interesting.

Kotaku – UK Man Arrested For Christmas Day Attacks on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network – Good.

ICv2 – Kinberg Confirms ‘Fantastic Four’ Reshoots – Pretty common actually.

 

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Bam Smack Pow – Deadpool #40

The Herts Advertiser – Hulk: Banner DOA

The Beat – Jupiter’s Legacy #5

ICv2 – The Mighty

CBR – Nameless #1

The Beat – Project Superpowers: Blackcross #1

Comic Vine – Project Superpowers: Blackcross #1

The Herts Advertiser – Wolverine: Three Months to Die

The Beat – X #21

Everything Wrong With Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

CinemaSins takes on everything wrong with 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s a long one.

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