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ICv2 – ‘Vs. System’ Revival Revamps Format – Looks like it sold well at the show.

Comic Vine – The Strain Renewed for Second Season – Nice!

Marvel – Production Begins on Marvel’s Ant-Man – Some new names on that cast list.

Kotaku – A Face Only A Hardcore Avengers Movie Fan Could Love
– Looks like a solid statue.

The Beat – Marvel Returns To Walmart With Clearance Prices – A bad idea because now people will be expecting the low Walmart price.


Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Sex Criminals #7

CBR – The Wicked + The Divine #3

Movie Review: Batman: Assault on Arkham

Batman-Assault-on-ArkhamBatman, one of the world’s most valiant super heroes, faces a villainous squad of criminals in an epic battle of good vs. evil in the DC Universe Original Movie, Batman: Assault on Arkham. Set in the world of the best-selling Batman: Arkham video game series, this action-packed film takes place between the Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Asylum video games.

Gotham is in great danger when the government assembles a group of villains — code named the Suicide Squad — and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to retrieve top secret information stolen by the Riddler. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the Squad members (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, who is intent on blowing up Arkham Asylum and Gotham City. Batman must use his super hero wits and strength to thwart the wicked plans of the Joker and the Suicide Squad.

Batman: Assault on Arkham is interesting in that a good chunk of the movie doesn’t have Batman! The focus is really the Suicide Squad, and when they’re on screen the film sores in awesome. After the first five or ten minutes you’re sucked in, especially as each member is introduced. This is what I’d hope to see in DC’s live action films.

The characters are spot on, exactly as I’d expect them to be, with voice casting and acting that fits it all very well. The only negative thing is things sort of spiral in the film with more and more being piled on as far as characters and the chaos they deal with. It’s still a hell of a lot of fun.

Kevin Conroy voices Batman, and joins forces with several Hollywood greats to bring the legendary characters to life. Adding to the celebrity-laden cast is Neal McDonough as Deadshot, Troy Baker as Joker, Matthew Gray Gubler as Riddler, CCH Pounder as Amanda Waller, Greg Ellis as Captain Boomerang, and Giancarlo Esposito as Black Spider.

Batman: Assault on Arkham has tons of exciting enhanced content taking us in the strange world of Arkham Asylum, the story of Harley Quinn and what’s coming next in DC animated films.

Of all of DC’s animated films so far, this one has been my favorite, full of action, humor, and a solid grasp of the characters. I want more of this.

Direction: 8 Acting: 8.75 Plot: 8.75 Overall: 8.75


Turtles Slice Guardians at the Box Office

turtlesDespite horrible reviews and lots of “controversy” leading up to its release, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles debuted with $65 million. That’s the fourth biggest August debut in history. That amount put it in first place for the weekend, beating out last week’s champ Guardians of the Galaxy. Guardians dropped 56% and brought in somewhere between $41.5 million. That brings the film to a two-week domestic total of $175.9 million.

TMNT has earned a 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the horrible reviews clearly didn’t deter people from coming out for it. The audience gave the film a “B” CinemaScore. Paramount also announced a sequel is set for June 3, 2016. The film’s audience was 61% male, and 55% over the age of 25. Hispanics made up 36% of the audience.

In other “comic movie news,” Brett Ratner’s Hercules, based on the Radical Comics series, slipped to seventh place in its third weekend. The film has earned $63.4 million in the U.S.

Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes fell to the ninth spot and earned $4.4 million. Its total is now up to $197.8 million.

In other comic book movie related news the yearly grosses stand at:

Domestic Gross

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $259.5 million
3. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $257.7 million
5. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $23 million
6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $202.6 million
7. Godzilla – $200.3 million
8. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $197.8 million
10. Guardians of the Galaxy – $175.9 million
17. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $111.4 million
18. 300: Rise of An Empire – $106.6 million
20. Edge of Tomorrow – $98.9 million
29. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $65 million
31. Hercules – $63.5 million
35. Robocop – $58.6 million
86. Snowpiercer – $4.3 million

Worldwide Gross

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $1.032.2 billion
2. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $741.7 million
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $713.9 million
5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $708.1 million
6. Godzilla – $507.6 million
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $503.9 million
11. Edge of Tomorrow – $363.1 million
13. 300: Rise of An Empire – $331.1 million
14. Guardians of the Galaxy – $313.2 million
17. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $268.7 million
20. Robocop – $242.7 million
27. Hercules – $136 million
36. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $93.7 million
40. Snowpiercer – $86.1 million
159. We Are the Best! – $174,000

Batman v Superman Moves Release Date, Plus 9 More DC Movies

Warner_Bros._Pictures_introWarner Bros. has decided to take a play from Marvel’s book, and has planted the flag for 9 unnamed DC Comics based movies. But while doing so, they’ve also decided to dodge first in their showdown with Marvel.

Up until just a bit ago Batman V. Superman was to open the same day as Marvel’s Captain America 3, May 6, 2016. We all expected one of the studios to change the date, and it looks like Warner Bros. is it. Here’s the new list of film dates they’ve announced via BoxOffice Mojo. We have no idea what is going where.

  • Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – 3/25/165/6/16
  • Untitled DC Film (June 2020) – 6/19/20
  • Untitled DC Film (April 2020) – 4/3/20
  • Untitled DC Film (June 2019) – 6/14/19
  • Untitled DC Film (April 2019) – 4/5/19
  • Untitled DC Film (July 2018) – 7/27/18
  • Untitled DC Film (March 2018) – 3/23/18
  • Untitled DC Film (Nov. 2017) – 11/17/17
  • Untitled DC Film (June 2017) – 6/23/17
  • Untitled DC Film (2016) – 8/5/16

That’s almost two Presidential elections! For comic fans, get ready, there’s a hell of a lot coming down the pipeline.

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