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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

 

Scooby Doo Comes to LEGO

The LEGO Group has announced its partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to develop LEGO building sets inspired by Scooby-Doo! Five new building sets will bring the zaniness of classic characters including Shaggy, Scooby and the entire gang to life in LEGO form for the first time ever, and are scheduled to hit store shelves in August.

In another first, the Scooby Gang will be animated in LEGO form. In 2015, fans can look forward to a 22-minute LEGO special, featuring Scooby-Doo, and produced in partnership with Warner Bros. Animation. In addition, Warner Bros. Animation will also be producing made-for-video movie titles, which will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in the coming years.

The sets will be available beginning in August and include:

  • #75900 – Mummy Museum Mystery
  • #75901 – Mystery Plane Adventures
  • #75902 – The Mystery Machine
  • #75903 – Haunted Lighthouse
  • #75904 – Mystery Mansion

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CBS Finds Their Supergirl

melissa-benoistMelissa Benoist will be going from Glee to capes, as she’s been cast in the lead of CBS‘s upcoming television series based on Supergirl.

The series is based on the characters from DC Comics, and is a project from Warner Bros. TV. The series centers around Kara Zor-El (played by Benoist) who also escaped Krypton before its destruction, much like her more famous cousin Superman. She’s been in hiding not using her powers, but has now decided to stop out into the world and embrace her abilities and chance to be a hero.

Benoist is best known for her role on Glee, which she joined in 2012. She played Marley Rose who was one of the numerous new faces cast to replace the departing series regulars. She can also be seen as Nicole in the Oscar Nominated Whiplash.

This gets CBS into the superhero television series which is all the rage now and includes The Walking Dead, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, iZombie, and more to come.

LEGO DC Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League Clip and New Images

In LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.

Check out new images from the movie below! And pre-order it now.

 

 

 

 

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Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Clip, Cyborg Attacked

Check out this new clip from Justice League: Throne of Atlantis featuring Cyborg (voiced by Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore) exploring submarine mysteriously attacked and sunk.

And check out some stills from the movie below!

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Box Art Revealed

1000427919BRDLEFO_14cd592Warner Bros. has revealed the box art for January’s Justice League Throne of Atlantis. The movie sees The newly formed Justice League members Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman discover another super hero on the planet – Aquaman – and the group must band together to prevent a war between the inhabitants of land and sea.

In 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!

Check out the trailer below and box art above left and you can click it to get a better look!

Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, and Cara Delevingne are DC’s Suicide Squad

suicide squad logoThe Hollywood Reporter has reported, and Warner Bros./DC Comics has confirmed the cast of 2016’s Suicide Squad after lots of rumors and speculation. The Suicide Squad is a group of captured villains brought together for missions to work off their sentences, and has featured numerous different characters and line-ups. Think of it as The Dirty Dozen with a rotating cast, an awesome idea for a movie franchise.

We now know this Suicide Squad will be:

  • Will Smith as Deadshot
  • Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg (the team’s leader)
  • Jared Leto as the Joker
  • Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
  • Jai Courtney as Boomerang
  • Cara Delevingne as Enchantress

David Ayer is both writing and directing the film.

The movie has a release date of Aug. 5, 2016 and begins filming in April.

In a release, Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production said:

The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one.

David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote Training Day and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property with a cast of longtime Warner collaborators Will Smith and Tom Hardy, and other new and returning favorites: Margot, Jared, Jai and Cara.

We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.

Below is Warner Bros.’ website announcement:

An all-star roster of actors has joined Warner Bros. Pictures’ new action adventure “Suicide Squad,” bringing DC Comics’ super villain team to the big screen under the direction of David Ayer (“Fury”). The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The film will star two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (“The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Ali,” upcoming “Focus”) as Deadshot; Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises,” upcoming “Mad Max: Fury Road”) as Rick Flagg; Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” upcoming “Focus,” the “Tarzan” movie) as Harley Quinn; Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Alexander”) as the Joker; Jai Courtney (“Divergent,” upcoming “The Water Diviner”) as Boomerang; and Cara Delevingne (“Anna Karenina,” upcoming “Pan”) as Enchantress.

In making the announcement, Silverman said, “The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one. David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote ‘Training Day’ and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property with a cast of longtime Warner collaborators Will Smith and Tom Hardy, and other new and returning favorites: Margot, Jared, Jai and Cara. We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.”

Ayer is also writing the script for “Suicide Squad,” which is being produced by Charles Roven (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”) and Richard Suckle (“American Hustle”). Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns are serving as executive producers.

The film is slated for release on August 5, 2016.

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League coming in February

Lego_JL_vs_Bizarro_League_ONLINE_CTM_07In the follow-up to LEGO Batman, The Movie: DC Super Heroes Unite, the Justice League is newly solidified yet faces a peculiar set of villains when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and The LEGO Group release LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on February 10, 2015. The Blu-ray and DVD releases will include an exclusive Batzarro LEGO Minifigure on-pack, while supplies last.

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $24.98 SRP and on DVD for $19.98 SRP. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League in Digital HD on February 10 via purchase from digital retailers.

Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League Special Features include:

  • LEGO® DC COMICS SUPER HEROES: BATMAN: BE-LEAGUERED TV SPECIAL – Approximately 22 minutes
  • BIZARRO! – FEATURETTE – One part oddity, one part comedic curiosity, Bizarro is a favorite among the characters within Superman’s universe. Take a look at the Man of Steel’s potent, backwards nemesis.
  • BE-LEAGUERED BLOOPERS

Unboxing the Batman: The Complete TV Series Limited Edition

Warner Bros. has hooked us up with a copy of the Batman: The Complete TV Series Limited Edition. We crack it open and take a look at the content you get with this Blu-Ray set.

Available now, this collection features all 120 broadcast episodes of the original Batman television series fully remastered in HD, plus over 3 hours of extras:

  • Hanging with Batman – A true slice of life in the words of Adam West
  • Holy Memorabilia Batman! – A journey into the most sought after collectables through the eyes of 3 extraordinary collectors *Batmania Born! – Building the World of Batman – Explore the art and design behind the fiction.
  • Bats of the Round Table – A candid conversation with Adam West and his celebrity friends, chatting all things Bat ’66. *Inventing Batman in the words of Adam West (episode 1 &2) – A rare treat for the fans as Adam discusses his script notes on bringing Batman to life in the first and second episodes
  • Na Na Na Batman! – Hollywood favorites stars and producers recount their favorite Batman memories

Also included are collectibles like a Hot Wheels Replica Batmobile, The Adam West Scrapbook, and 44 Vintage Trading Cards!

Warner Bros. provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Spider-Man Beats the Avengers, Batman, and Superman

When it comes to dollars, it isn’t the comics that pays the bills for DC Comics or Marvel (or their parent companies), it’s the licensing of the 1000s of characters each character controls.

In May, License Global ranked Marvel parent company Disney at the top of a list of licensors with sales of around $41 billion in 2013. In contrast, DC’s parent company Warner Bros. was in seventh earning $6 billion. That’s not bad, but that’s a huge gap between the two.

Surprisingly though (or maybe not so much) Spider-Man is the strongest property according to the Licensing Letter. Spidey’s global retail sales is about $1.3 billion with the Avengers earning $325 million in 2013. DC’s Batman earned $494 million, while Superman earned $277 million.

What’s fascinating in the chart below are those earnings in the U.S. and Canada versus globally. Spider-Man and Batman are actually close for the former, and it’s the latter where the webhead takes off.

It’ll be interesting to see future reports, especially with Guardians of the Galaxy exploding this year at the box office.

licensing earningsPhoto credit: AP Images

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