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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Soundtrack Revealed

One of the things that stood out about Guardians of the Galaxy was its excellent soundtrack of which I know I’ve listened to dozens of times. So, with the second film around the corner, I’ve been looking forward to finding out what’s on tap for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Now, the soundtrack list has been released and as expected its got a solid mix of music that should fuel what will likely be a blockbuster film.

Or listen below.

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Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck tapped to Direct Captain Marvel

As reported by Variety, the directors of Mississippi Grind, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have been tapped to helm the Brie Larson starring Captain Marvel.

This ends a long search to find who would take the gig and as reported the length of time was due to getting the script in the “right shape.”

Inside Out scribes Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman are currently writing the script.

Captain Marvel in the comics follows Carol Danvers who is infused with Kree DNA and gains powers such as flight and energy blasts.

Movie Review: Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

It’s been a long time since I read the modern classic comic story, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, and being rather young when I did, I don’t remember a hell of a lot, so it was nice going into Warner Bros. latest animated movie Teen Titans: The Judas Contract fairly fresh without the need or ability to really compare it to its source material.

Based on the classic comic story by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez Teen Titans: The Judas Contract brings together a rather interesting Teen Titans team consisting of Nightwing, Starfire, Damian Wayne aka Robin, Blue Beetle, Beast Boy, Raven, and Terra.

Led by Starfire, the Teen Titans – Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin and the just-returned Nightwing – have built a cohesive team in their never-ending battle against evil; but their newest teammate, the mysterious and powerful Terra, may be altering that dynamic. Meanwhile, an ancient evil, Brother Blood, has awakened, and familiar foe Deathstroke is lurking in the shadows – both waiting to pounce. Ultimately, the Teen Titans will need to battle their enemies and their own doubts to unite and overcome the malicious forces around them in this twisting tale of intrigue, adventure and deception.

The story really relies on two things, the twist of the story and the Teen Titans dynamic. The dynamic for the team is fantastic. Even within, there’s a lot going on and it feels like the early years for this team. Nightwing and Starfire are well into their relationship, but it’s clear the Blue Beetle is still struggling with his powers, Terra is having issues fitting in, and Robin, well it’s Damian Wayne, so he’s an ass as expected. This is a team that’s struggling and since no one is perfect, it all feels easy to relate to.

But, the story is really all about Terra and it’s hard to review the movie truly without spoiling things. Without doing so, my biggest issue with the film is a scene with Terra where she tries to seduce someone and it’s a bit creepy, since she’s supposed to be a teen. Garth is clearly a teen and trying to date her, so for her to try to throw herself at an adult and the adult to reciprocate in a way is really disturbing.

The bad guys of Deathstroke and Brother Blood are decent. Deathstroke stands out for sure and the action scenes involving him are fantastic, especially fights with Nightwing and Damian. Brother Blood on the other hand… it all feels like a plot we’ve seen so many times before, stealing heroes powers, and then there’s his taking of everyone’s, including Blue Beetle, which seems like an odd thing to take since how his powers work.

The animation as always is top notch with great action and character designs. There’s a style that’s worked across every movie so far, and done so in a way that it all feels like a cohesive universe. The voice acting too is always great. The actors match their characters well, and while none of it really stands out, it’s entertaining.

Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is a fantastic movie that feels like it does a good job of translating the classic comic story for this DC Animated Universe and does so in a way that it all flows well and feels like a natural evolution of the characters. Judging by the end, there’s a lot more coming, and I can’t wait.

Overall Rating: 8.15

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

Where the Data Ranks 2016’s Comic Book Films

The summer movie season is over and we’ve seen an interesting year when it comes to comic book films. For months debates have raged as to who is more successful, Marvel or DC, which movies were successes, and which were flops. The answers aren’t so simple and black and white, which is why I like to turn to data to give actual rankings as to who were winners and losers.

So far this year, seven films have been released based on comic books (counting Batman: The Killing Joke). This feature will focus on the 2016 releases until all the dollars are in, then I’ve got something special planned as we shift focus to 2017.

Of note:

  • Doctor Strange is slowing down but still bringing in international dollars, a few thousand this past week. The film has earned $677.6 million worldwide so far and will probably stop somewhere shy of $678. That puts the film at 18th of all time for comic films and right in the middle of the pack for 2016’s releases. It’s a bit mixed when it comes to Marvel films as it was below the average domestic, international, and worldwide totals, but that’s largely due to 4 films skewing things and making it a high hurdle. Compared to other “debut” films for characters, this one did about as expected.
  • Captain America: Civil War looks to be the top grossing film worldwide for 2016 though Rogue One is challenging that. The film earned $1.153 billion worldwide, about $98 million more than the next film. There’s still a chance that Rogue One catches up, but it’s unlikely to happen with $98 million to go and that film’s run winding down. Rogue One did pass the film when it comes to domestic earnings and is the top domestic film of the year. Civil War is third for the year, the best performing comic film.
  • Officer Downe continues to look like it hasn’t earned any more money. When it comes to the below stats, the film is being treated like Batman: The Killing Joke. The film is mostly a video on demand release, so it likely won’t see a wide release.
  • The Chair is currently not included in these stats. While the film is based on a comic, its release was done so through a service where receipts aren’t tracked in traditional ways.
  • DC’s films average $315.5 million a film domestically compared to Marvel’s $302.5 million. Internationally, Marvel earns $477.2 million and DC earns $446.8 million.

Here’s where this year’s movie crop stands as far as the actual numbers. Numbers are presented with and without The Killing Joke and Officer Downe which did not have an international run or wide release, so was not included in that average to start:

Total Domestic Gross: $1.901 billion ($1.897 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Total International Gross: $3.126 billion
Worldwide Gross: $5.026 billion ($5.022 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Total Reported Budgets: $1.215 billion ($1.211 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Total “Profit”: $3.812 billion ($3.811 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)

Average Domestic Gross: $271.0 million ($211.2 million with Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Average International Gross: $446.5 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $717.5 million ($558.5 million with Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Average Budget: $173 million ($151.8 million with Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Average Profit: $544.5 million ($476.5 million with Killing Joke and Officer Downe)

Now that we have those numbers down we can get a better idea as to how films have actually done this year. Below are various rankings of where films stand so far and if the films are above average (green), below average (red), or above the overall average but below the adjusted average (yellow):

Fate of the Furious Debuts with Record International and Worldwide Opening

Every inch counts and Fate of the Furious learned that this weekend with an opening of just over $100 million. The film earned an estimated $100.2 million in its debut weekend to take first place by quite a few miles. The previous installment opened with $147.2 million domestically and went on to earn $1.52 billion.

But, the bigger news is the film opened in 60 international markets where it earned a record $432.3 million which resulted in a record $532.5 million worldwide debut. The film set a three-day opening weekend record in China where it earned $190 million and was the #1 film in every territory it opened.

Domestically, the film earned an “A” Cinemascore and the audience was 58% male vs. 42% female with 50% under the age of 25 and 41% Caucasian moviegoers, 26% Hispanic, 19% African-American and 11% Asian.

With numbers like that, it should be no surprise a ninth film will be out in 2019 and tenth film in 2021. The film is already in fourth place for 2017’s worldwide grosses and ninth domestically. It should quickly vault into second internationally after this week. After that, it’s a race to see if it can top Beauty and the Beast which is in first place both domestically and internationally and has earned $1.04 billion so far.

In second place was The Boss Baby which earned an estimated $15.5 million. The film has earned $116.3 million domestically and $122.6 million in foreign box offices for a total of $238.9 million.

Third place was held by Beauty and the Beast which brought in an estimated $13.6 million domestically. The film is the top movie of 2017 so far.

Smurfs: The Lost Village came in fourth place with an estimated $6.5 million. In two weeks the film has earned $24.7 million domestically and $95 million worldwide.

Rounding out the top five was Going in Style which earned an estimated $6.4 million and the film has earned $35.1 million worldwide so far.

In more comic related earnings….

Ghost in the Shell dropped from fifth to 11th adding $2.4 million domestically to bring its total to $37 million. Worldwide the film has earned $115.1 million to bring its total to $152.1 million. With a budget of $110 million, the film will probably end up with about double its budget in the end.

Logan dropped from #9 to #13 adding $1.9 million to its domestic total. The film is in second place worldwide and domestically so far having earned $221.6 domestically, $377.5 in foreign box offices for a worldwide total of $599.2 million.

Wilson limps along having earned about $20,000 from last week. The film will be lucky to break $1 million by the time it’s done.

We’ll be back in an hour to take a look at 2016s comic adaptation films and wind down last year before we dive deep into this year.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Gets a Teaser Trailer and New Poster

As revealed at Star Wars celebration….

Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Arriving in your galaxy December 15.

Watchmen Getting the R-rated Animated Film Treatment

Warner Bros. A-List Community is a way for Warner Bros. to get feedback on packaging, viewing habits, interests, and more from a wide-ranging amount of topics including movies, television, comics, and more. Once in a while, they hint at new projects being worked on and this past week’s survey is a prime example.

In a survey where you can “Tell us what you think of a new animated movie” the company asked a range of questions about Marvel and DC Comics films both live and animated with an eventual emphasis on Watchmen, the classic comic series by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, and John Higgins published by DC Comics in 1986 and 1987.

But, the “possible” turned to “definite” with this text:

That pretty much spells it out that Warner Bros. and DC Comics is working on a new animated Watchmen animated film along the lines of their successful other animated films which have riffed on DC properties.

What’s really interesting is questions were focused on how “faithful” the animated film would be to the source material, a criticism levied towards the 2009 film. That 2009 film also had an animated companion piece that adapted the “Tales of the Black Freighter” comic within Watchmen into an animated film. A motion comic of Watchmen was also released in 2009.

It should be no surprise that a new adaptation is being worked on as the Watchmen characters are currently being tied into the DC Comics “Rebirth” storyline and it is unknown how closely they’ll be involved in the future, just that they’re involved in some aspect.

Watchmen is controversial, not just due to the content, but how creators Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons have been treated regarding the property. A “reversion” clause was added to the work for hire contract so that if the characters aren’t used for a period of time, the rights will revert to the two creators. By keeping the comic in print in graphic novel form the rights have not reverted. Moore has used the word “swindle” to describe the situation.

It is unknown when the film might be released.

Josh Brolin is Cable in Deadpool 2

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that Josh Brolin will be time sliding into the coveted role of Cable in Deadpool 2. That concludes whirlwind rumors, and tons of “xyz actor has been offered” the role that these types of things lead to (yay clickbait!). The deal with Brolin is for four movies.

This is the second comic role Brolin will be embodying as he’s also Thanos in the Marvel Universe films. Cable, while also a Marvel character, is in Fox’s universe of X-Men related films.

Brolin has been numerous comic films beyond Thanos in the Marvel Unvierse. He was Jonah Hex in Jonah Hex, Young Agent K in Men in Black 3, and Dwight in Sin City: A Dam to Kill For.

Zazie Beetz was announced not too long ago as Domino in Deadpool 2.

Cable was created by Rob Liefeld and Luise Simonson and is the son of Scott Summers, aka Cyclops, who is sent into the future and returns older and through time travel.

Liefeld said about the casting:

Josh Brolin brings both the gravitas as well as the physicality required to bring Cable to life on the big screen! He’s an amazing actor and I’m as excited as anyone to see him paired with Ryan Reynolds, Zazie Beets in Deadpool 2!! Cable, Domino and Deadpool people!! It’s happening!!!

Brolin will be seen as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War in 2018.

Where the Data Ranks 2016’s Comic Book Films

The summer movie season is over and we’ve seen an interesting year when it comes to comic book films. For months debates have raged as to who is more successful, Marvel or DC, which movies were successes, and which were flops. The answers aren’t so simple and black and white, which is why I like to turn to data to give actual rankings as to who were winners and losers.

So far this year, seven films have been released based on comic books (counting Batman: The Killing Joke). This feature will focus on the 2016 releases until all the dollars are in, then I’ve got something special planned as we shift focus to 2017.

Of note:

  • Doctor Strange is slowing down but still bringing in international dollars, a few hundred this past week. The film has earned $677.6 million worldwide so far and will probably stop somewhere shy of $678. That puts the film at 18th of all time for comic films and right in the middle of the pack for 2016’s releases. It’s a bit mixed when it comes to Marvel films as it was below the average domestic, international, and worldwide totals, but that’s largely due to 4 films skewing things and making it a high hurdle. Compared to other “debut” films for characters, this one did about as expected.
  • Captain America: Civil War looks to be the top grossing film worldwide for 2016 though Rogue One is challenging that. The film earned $1.153 billion worldwide, about $98 million more than the next film. There’s still a chance that Rogue One catches up, but it’s unlikely to happen with $98 million to go and that film’s run winding down. Rogue One did pass the film when it comes to domestic earnings and is the top domestic film of the year. Civil War is third for the year, the best performing comic film.
  • Officer Downe continues to look like it hasn’t earned any more money. When it comes to the below stats, the film is being treated like Batman: The Killing Joke. The film is mostly a video on demand release, so it likely won’t see a wide release.
  • The Chair is currently not included in these stats. While the film is based on a comic, its release was done so through a service where receipts aren’t tracked in traditional ways.
  • DC’s films average $315.5 million a film domestically compared to Marvel’s $302.5 million. Internationally, Marvel earns $477.2 million and DC earns $446.8 million.

Here’s where this year’s movie crop stands as far as the actual numbers. Numbers are presented with and without The Killing Joke and Officer Downe which did not have an international run or wide release, so was not included in that average to start:

Total Domestic Gross: $1.901 billion ($1.897 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Total International Gross: $3.126 billion
Worldwide Gross: $5.026 billion ($5.022 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Total Reported Budgets: $1.215 billion ($1.211 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Total “Profit”: $3.812 billion ($3.811 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)

Average Domestic Gross: $271.0 million ($211.2 million with Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Average International Gross: $446.5 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $717.5 million ($558.5 million with Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Average Budget: $173 million ($151.8 million with Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Average Profit: $544.5 million ($476.5 million with Killing Joke and Officer Downe)

Now that we have those numbers down we can get a better idea as to how films have actually done this year. Below are various rankings of where films stand so far and if the films are above average (green), below average (red), or above the overall average but below the adjusted average (yellow):

Boss Baby Repeats in First While Beauty and the Beast Repeats in Second

It was a weekend as expected where Boss Baby came in first place repeating in its second weekend. The film earned an estimated $26.3 million bringing its domestic total to $89.4 million. The film narrowly beat Beauty and the Beast again which repeated in second place. That film earned $25 million to bring its domestic total to $432.3 million domestically and $977.4 million worldwide. The film will likely cross the billion dollar mark this coming week.

In third and fourth place were two new films that performed as expected. Smurfs: The Lost Village opened up with $14 million to come in third while Going in Style earned $12.5 million to come in fourth.

Ghost in the Shell dropped almost 61% from its debut weekend to add $7.4 million to its domestic total and round out the top five. The film’s domestic total is $31.6 million but it has also earned $92.8 million for $124.4 million worldwide. The film was always likely to make most of its totals in international theaters and the film looks to be performing in a similar way to Warcraft which went on to earn $433.7 million worldwide.

In comic book films….

Logan came in at #8 with an estimated domestic earning of $4.1 million to bring that total to $218.1 million. The film worldwide has earned $596.6 million.

Both Wilson and The LEGO Batman Movie have dropped out of the listing. Wilson looks to have made about $41,000 over the week. The LEGO Batman Movie added about $3 million over the past week as it keeps earning money internationally.

Come back in an hour where we’ll explore more info on comic film adaptations.

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