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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Officially Released

After a pirated copy was released online, Warner Bros. has decided to up the release date of the first teaser trailer for next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Originally it was to debut in theaters on Monday where individuals had to sign up to attend. Director Zack Snyder promises that those that do go will still see something special.

Justice League: Gods & Monsters Coming July 28

1000563530BRDBEAUTY_c81d1a96Witness a divergent reality where the Justice League protects the planet – but answers to no one but themselves. Employing methods of intimidation and fear, this Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman deal brute force in the name of justice. From the creative genius of executive producer Bruce Timm and co-producer Alan Burnett comes an original story where the world’s greatest triumvirate of super heroes has distinctly different origins. Superman was not raised by the Kents in Smallville, the Caped Crusader is not Bruce Wayne, and Wonder Woman is not an Amazon warrior of Themyscira. They are as likely the world’s saviors as Earth’s despotic rulers. When a group of famed scientists experience untimely “accidents,” a government task force follows the trail of clues to the Justice League – but is there a more powerful player operating from the shadows? It’s a high stakes game of intrigue, mystery and action that asks the question: How do you serve justice to those above the law?

With a twist on your favorite Justice League characters, this film is full of thrilling new adventures and jam-packed with a celebrity voice cast which includes Michael C. Hall (Dexter) as Batman, Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, 24) as Superman, Tamara Taylor (Bones) as Wonder Woman, Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) as Lois Lane, Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter films, Dig) as Lex Luthor and C. Thomas Howell (E.T., Southland) as Dr. Will Magnus.

Sam Liu (Batman: Year One) directed Justice League: Gods & Monsters from an original story by Bruce Timm (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) and Co-Producer Alan Burnett (The Batman), who also wrote the screenplay. Executive Producers are Sam Register and Bruce Timm. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Co-Executive Producers.

Justice League: Gods & Monsters is out July 28 on video and digitally.

Movie Review: Batman vs. Robin

batman_robin-860x280Synopsis – While Damian Wayne struggles to cope with Batman’s no-killing rule, he soon starts to believe that his destiny lies within a secret society known as, The Court of Owls.

My Take – Like I had mentioned in my earlier reviews, while Marvel has taken a huge leap in the live action center, DC continues to spread its wings on television & animated originals. In this follow up to the Ethan Spaulding directed Son of Batman (2014), son is pitted against father in Jay Oliva’s Batman vs. Robin. Drawing elements from one of my favorite story lines of the New 52 – Batman “Court of Owls”, the film opens with Robin (Stuart Allan) tracking down The Dollmaker to his lair. After Batman (Jason O’Mara) radios Robin warning him not to proceed without backup, Robin ignores his father, and begins to look around. He finds children caged up like animals, and then comes under attack from an army of killer children controlled by The Dollmaker. Robin eventually defeats the brainwashed killers, then as he threatens to kill the defeated and cowering Dollmaker, however, Batman steps in and disarms the situation. Robin feels like Batman is overbearing, but fearing for his son’s safety, Batman tries preventing Robin from going out at night to patrol Gotham.

batrobin-750x400Being young and rebellious, Robin is easily misled by Talon (Jeremy Sisto), The Court of Owls’ assassin. And now batman and Robin are at odds with one another, thanks to the interference of Talon. It’s now up to Batman to prove to his son that Talon & the secret society known as The Court of Owls is only using him. As the society has no rules that prevent them killing criminals, Robin thinks he’s better off with them. There is a line that Batman/Bruce will not cross, but Damien as the new Robin is struggling to fight the choice between Justice and Vengeance.Frankly, I wasn’t a big fan of last year’s Son of Batman, which according to me was one of the weakest DC Animated originals. But luckily Jay Olivia is a man we can trust! The animation is rendered with the same care and attention to detail that we’ve come to expect from WB/DC, and the voice acting was well directed. The story was strong in the first and final thirds, but it felt a little slow during the middle act, although, that small matter is my only issue, with an otherwise perfect animated feature. The film has one of the best fight animated choreographs that I have seen in a long time. Hard-hitting action that doesn’t shy away from the blood and gives you an impression that each punch actually hurts instead of just shrugging it off is a feel the real pain. Every fight sequence is interesting to watch in different ways. There’s also a proper balance along with the drama so there isn’t too much action to make the film devoid of plot, but also not so little so as to make us wish the superhero genre wasn’t just a melodrama.You can get a deep feel in the combat and the impact each blow lands, plus the anguish and intensity from both combatants.

court1-e1421454118592The voice acting of Jason O’ Mara as Bruce/Batman definitely honors the great Kevin Conroy who this time takes the role of his father Thomas Wayne. David McCallum is as good of an Alfred as you can get and I would love to hear him return in future adaptations. While I prefer Neil Patrick Harris as Nightwing, Sean Maher is no slouch, either.The art visuals are very well done and I love the mixture of the gloom showing off Gotham at its darkest. I had to take a step back and go into the comics for a bit because something was throwing me off For one Talon turns good, but the ending left you at why? I wish I could say what exactly happened, but pretty much how they did it will never make Talon a good guy in the animated world. On the whole, ‘Batman Vs Robin’ has entered as one of my favorites in DC animated movie franchise. If you’re a Batman fan, you would definitely be fond of this and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to you, particularly if you happen to be interested in more than just the mainstream live action movies. While fans of the comics may nitpick that this takes liberties with Scott Snyder’s storyline and tweaks aspects of the Court of Owls, well they wont be wrong to do that. Nevertheless, this animated film is very enjoyable and a great thing to pop on when you’re in the mood for some superhero action or just watch it because it has Batman!

Overall Rating: 9.5

Director – Jay Oliva
Starring (voices of) – Stuart Allan, Troy Baker, Kevin Conroy
Rated – PG13
Run Time – 82 minutes

A First Look of Melissa Benoist as Supergirl

DC Comics and Warner Bros. have released the first images of Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl. The classic character will star in a pilot, Supergirl, that’ll be on CBS.

The show will star Benoist as well as Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Chyler Leigh as Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, Faran Tahir as The Commander, as well as Dean Cain and Helen Slater in unspecified roles.

The costume was designed by Colleen Atwood a three-time Oscar winner who also is responsible for The Flash and Arrow.

What do you all think?

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1 Melissa Benoist Supergirl 2

 

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday. What have you enjoyed so far?

Around the Tubes

Tech Times – The Best Comic Books With Female Leads – Not sure why this is tech, but a good list.

CBR – Warner Bros. CEO Says Diversity Refutes Superhero Fatigue – Interesting.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – All-New Hawkeye #1

Comic Vine – All-New Hawkeye #1

Comic Vine – Avengers #42

Comic Vine – Batman Eternal #48

Comic Vine – Big Man Plans #1

Outhousers – Big Man Plans #1

Comic Vine – Descender #1

Vox – Descender #1

Comic Vine – Detective Comics #40

Comic Vine – Green Lantern #40

Comic Vine – Hulk #12

Comic Vine – Imperium #2

CBR – Jem and the Holograms #1

Outhousers – Lady Killer #3

Comic Vine – Nailbiter/Hack/Slash #1

Outhousers – Neverboy #1

Comic Vine – Princess Leia #1

Comic Vine – Return of the Living Deadpool #2

Comic Vine – Spider-Woman #5

BlogCritics – Syllabus

Comic Vine – X-O Manowar #34

Tom Ellis as Lucifer in New DC Comics Television Series

Tom EllisFor the upcoming television pilot for Lucifer, Fox and Warner Bros. have found their leading devil. Tom Ellis has been cast in the main role based on the DC Comics character.

Ellis has a long history on television series dating back to 2000.

Disillusioned as the ruler of Hell, Lucifer ditches his kingdom and heads for greener pastures—Los Angeles, California. To occupy his time, the fallen angel helps the LAPD take down criminals.

The character goes back to 1962 where he debuted in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #65. He came to the forefront though when the character was added to Neil Gaiman’s run on The Sandman and then his own series.

The television series is one of many in the works based off of DC Comics series or characters. Supergirl is currently being worked on at CBS, and currently on television is Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, and Constantine.

Batman: Arkham Knight – Gotham is Mine Trailer

As Scarecrow unites the Rogues Gallery, including Two-Face, The Penguin, the Riddler, the Arkham Knight, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, they bring all-out war as they try to take down The Dark Knight, and claim Gotham City as their own. The game hits shelves June 2, 2015.

 

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.

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