Speed takes center stage this week as two of the four new images released from Justice Society: World War II feature the Scarlet Speedsters in the film – Barry Allen (voiced by Matt Bomer) and Jay Garrick (voiced by Armen Taylor).
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated Justice Society: World War II will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting April 27, 2021, and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray on May 11, 2021.
This Saturday, April 10 is National Siblings Day and what better way to celebrate than to say hello to the newest siblings in the My Little Pony universe: the royal Pegasi sisters, Pipp Petals and Zipp Storm! This is the first time the characters’ names, images, and relationship have been officially revealed.
Pipp Petals and Zipp Storm will join previously unveiled characters Hitch Trailblazer, Sunny Starscout, and Izzy Moonbow in the new My Little Pony movie coming to Netflix this fall.
During the Hasbro Pulse Fan Fest, it was announced that the next G.I. Joe film, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins will be coming out earlier than expected. The film will be coming to theaters July 23.
The film stars Henry Golding as Snake Eyes, Samara Weaving as Scarlett, Úrsula Corberó as Baroness, and Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow.
Directed by Robert Schwentke and written Evan Spillotopoulos the film focuses on Snake Eyes and the origin of the character. It’s the highly anticipated launch of the next phase of Hasbro’s G.I. Joe franchise.
The figures have been released and they look amazing. We’ll have more coming.
Netflix has won the rights to stream Sony Pictures‘ theatrical releases starting with the studio’s 2022 releases. The deal also includes a first-look with Sony for all the direct-to-streaming films from the studio. Netflix is required to commit to a certain number of titles and doesn’t stop Sony from selling direct-to-streaming titles to other services, Netflix would have to pass first though. Netflix also gets the streaming rights for an unknown number of older films in Sony’s vault.
The deal only covers the United States and is believe to be owrth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Sony has been agnostic as far as streaming and video-on-demand forgoing their own branded platform to instead license entertainment to others.
The deal with Netflix is a change as Sony had a deal with Starz, which is now owned by Lionsgate. That deal has been in place since 2006. The Netflix deal is believed to be for five years and would lock in Sony’s films with Marvel Studios once again making Netflix part of Marvel’s film future. No doubt the guaranteed success of the next Spider-Man, Venom, and more in that universe was part of Netflix’s decision.
This deal is on top of the deal that Netflix has for Sony’s animated releases.
About 74 million out of Netflix’s 204 million live in the United States.
Atrocious serial killings on holidays in Gotham send The World’s Greatest Detective into action – confronting both organized crime and a mysterious murderer – in Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One, the next entry in the popular series of the DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the feature-length animated film – which will be accompanied by the latest DC Showcase animated short,The Losers– is set for release on Digital and Blu-ray on June 22, 2021.
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One will be available on Blu-ray (USA $29.98 SRP; Canada $39.99 SRP) as well as on Digital. The Blu-ray features a Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition and a digital version of the movie. Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack at a later date in 2022 as a combined presentation of the film with Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two.
Inspired by the iconic mid-1990s DC story from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Onebegins as a brutal murder on Halloween prompts Gotham’s young vigilante, the Batman, to form a pact with the city’s only two uncorrupt lawmen (Police Captain James Gordan and District Attorney Harvey Dent) in order to take down The Roman, head of the notorious and powerful Falcone Crime Family. But when more deaths occur on Thanksgiving and Christmas, it becomes clear that, instead of ordinary gang violence, they’re also dealing with a serial killer – the identity of whom, with each conflicting clue, grows harder to discern. Few cases have ever tested the wits of the World’s Greatest Detective like the mystery behind the Holiday Killer.
Lauded for his performance as Red Hood/Jason Todd in 2010’s Batman Under the Red Hood, Jensen Ackles (Supernatural, Smallville) returns to the DC Universe Movies as the title character of Batman/Bruce Wayne. The late Naya Rivera (Glee), who passed away in 2020, gives one of her final performances as Catwoman/Selina Kyle. The all-star cast includes Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Las Vegas) as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke (Twilight, Revolution, Zoo) as James Gordon, Titus Welliver (Bosch, Deadwood, The Town) as Carmine Falcone, David Dastmalchian (The Suicide Squad, Ant-Man, Dune, The Dark Knight) as Calendar Man, Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Batman: Arkham Knight) as Joker, Amy Landecker (Your Honor, Transparent) as Barbara Gordon, Julie Nathanson (Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay) as Gilda Dent, Jack Quaid (The Boys, The Hunger Games) as Alberto, Fred Tatasciore (American Dad!, Family Guy) as Solomon Grundy, Jim Pirri (World of Warcraft franchise) as Sal Maroni, and Alastair Duncan (The Batman, Batman Unlimited franchise) as Alfred. Additional voices provided by Frances Callier, Greg Chun and Gary Leroi Gray.
Chris Palmer (Superman: Man of Tomorrow) directs Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One from a screenplay by Tim Sheridan (Reign of the Supermen, Superman: Man of Tomorrow). Producers are Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) and Kimberly S. Moreau (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Butch Lukic (Justice Society: World War II, Superman: Man of Tomorrow) is Supervising Producer. Executive Producer is Michael Uslan.Sam Register is Executive Producer.
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One – Special Features
Blu-ray and Digital
DC Showcase – The Losers (New Animated Short) – The legendary rag-tag team of World War II outcasts – Captain Storm, Johnny Cloud, “Mile-a Minute” Jones, rookie Gunner and Sarge – find themselves marooned on an uncharted island in the South Pacific that is completely overrun with dinosaurs! Their would-be ally on this deadly mission, the mysterious and beautiful Fan Long of the Chinese Security Agency, tells them their job is to rescue the scientists that have been sent to study the time/space anomaly. Perhaps… but what is her mission?
A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie – An advance look at the next animated film in the popular DC UniverseMovies collection, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two.
From the DC Vault – Batman: The Animated Series – “Christmas With The Joker”
From the DC Vault – Batman: The Animated Series – “It’s Never Too Late”
Looking for a refresher course on animated super hero entertainment before seeing Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One? Check out the wide array of DC Universe Movies now available on HBO Max.
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.
It was a new film at the top of the box office with Godzilla vs. Kong. The movie, which also debuted on HBO Max, debuted with $48.5 million domestically between Wednesday and Sunday. The weekend saw $32.2 million domestically. Internationally, the film had a monster take with $236.9 million for a worldwide opening 5 days of $285.4 million. That makes the film the top domestic film of the year and third highest-grossing worldwide.
In second place was another debut, The Unholy. The film opened with an estimated $3.2 million over three days. No international numbers have been returned.
Nobody dropped to third place the previous weekend’s first. The film earned an estimated $3.1 million to bring its domestic total to $11.9 million. Internationally, the film earned a little over $4 million over the week to bring that total to $9.2 million Worldwide, the film has grossed $21.1 million after two weeks.
In fourth place was Raya and the Last Dragon which grossed an estimated $2.1 million to bring its domestic total to $32.2 million. No new international grosses have been returned and the film remains at $54.2 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $86.4 million.
Rounding out the top five was Tom and Jerry which grossed $1.4 million in its sixth week. Domestically, the film has grossed $39.5 million. The film also earned about $5.7 million over the week to bring its international total to $54 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $93.5 million.
In comic movie news…
Wonder Woman 1984 keeps bringing in dollars. This week was an estimated $136,000 to bring its domestic total to $46.1 million. The international total held steady at $120 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $166.1 million.
Initial numbers have 24 films earning $44,485,954 from 22,471 theaters. That’s a vast increase, over double, from last weekend’s 43 films which earned $18,556,482 from 22,608 theaters. The average earning was $1,979.71 a huge increase from the previous weekend’s $820.79.
Alex and Joe finally talk about Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Expect spoilers.
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A brand new trailer for James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad is here.
Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin, and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.
The film stars Margot Robbie (“Birds of Prey,” “Bombshell”), Idris Elba (“Avengers: Infinity War”), John Cena (upcoming HBO Max series “Peacemaker,” “Bumblebee”), Joel Kinnaman (“Suicide Squad”), Jai Courtney (the “Divergent” franchise), Peter Capaldi (“World War Z,” BBC’s “Doctor Who” ), David Dastmalchian (upcoming “Dune,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp”), Daniela Melchior (“Parque Mayer”), Michael Rooker (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films), Alice Braga (“Elysium”), Pete Davidson (“The King of Staten Island,” TV’s “Saturday Night Live”), Joaquín Cosio (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” TV’s “Narcos: Mexico”), Juan Diego Botto (“The Europeans”), Storm Reid (“The Invisible Man,” “A Wrinkle in Time”, “Euphoria”), Nathan Fillion (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” TV’s “The Rookie”), Steve Agee (“Brightburn,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”), Sean Gunn (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, the “Avengers” films), Mayling Ng (“Wonder Woman”), Flula Borg (“Ralph Breaks the Internet”), Jennifer Holland (“Brightburn,” upcoming HBO Max series “Peacemaker”) and Tinashe Kajese (TV’s “Valor,” “The Inspectors”), with Sylvester Stallone (the “Rocky,” “Rambo” and “Expendables” franchises), and Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Suicide Squad”).
It is set for release nationwide in theaters and IMAX on August 6, 2021 and will be available on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release.
The Hollywood Reporterhas the scoop that Warner Bros. has shelved two of its upcoming, and high-profile, films based on DC properties. Ava DuVernay‘s New Gods and James Wan‘s The Trench are not going forward at this time.
In a statment, Warner Bros. and DC said:
As part of our DC slate, some legacy development titles including New Gods and The Trench will not be moving forward. We thank our partners Ava DuVernay, Tom King, James Wan and Peter Safran for their time and collaboration during this process and look forward to our continued partnership with them on other DC stories. The projects will remain in their skillful hands if they were to move forward in the future.
New Gods was a take on the classic Jack Kirby characters with DuVernay directing and working with comic writer Tom King. The film has been in development since 2018. DuVernay is working on the television series Naomi based on the DC character which will air on The CW.
The Trench was a spin-off from the blockbuster Aquaman. The horror-tinged film featured Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald on the script with Wan developing as producer with Peter Safran. Wan is still working on Aquaman 2 which will begin shooting later this year.
While these two projects have been shelved for now, they may happen down the road. It is believed the issue is there was no “natural” place to release the films in the current upcoming plans.
DC is currently focused on a multi-platform approach with films like The Suicide Squad and The Batman bleeding over into television with theHBO Max series Peacemaker and a show focused on the Gotham police department.