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Justice League Dark Gets a First Look at New York Comic Con

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is unveiling the next DC Universe Original Movie exclusively at New York Comic Con. Justice League Dark actors and filmmakers take the Main Stage of the Javits Center on Saturday, October 8 at 4:45pm.

The spotlight panel will include the first official film footage from the all-new animated Justice League Dark, and an enthralling discussion led actors Matt Ryan and Jason O’Mara alongside the filmmaking trio of producer James Tucker, director Jay Oliva and character designer Phil Bourassa.

Justice League Dark introduces Constantine (voiced by Matt Ryan) to the DCU animated realm, as well as his pals Zatanna, Deadman and Swamp Thing fighting alongside Batman (Jason O’Mara).

Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Justice League Dark arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD in early 2017.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will open its weekend festivities with the World Premiere of Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. The full-length animated Batman feature film will screen on Thursday, October 6 at 5:30pm on the Main Stage at New York Comic Con, followed by an entertaining panel discussion amongst Adam West (Batman), director Rick Morales and screenwriters Michael Jelenic and James Tucker. Tucker and Jelenic also serve as Supervising Producer and Producer, respectively, on the film. Warner Bros. Animation President and the film’s Executive Producer Sam Register will moderate the panel.

Fans unable to attend New York Comic Con have several opportunities to see Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders – first in Fathom Events screenings on Monday, October 10. The film will be available to own on Digital HD on October 11, and the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD street on November 1.

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Fox Searchlight Announces Voter Registration Drive Around The Birth of a Nation

the_birth_of_a_nationTo support National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, Fox Searchlight Pictures will be launching a Nationwide Voter Registration initiative to encourage Americans to register to vote. Fox Searchlight has aligned with theater chains and voting partners, who will hold voter enrollment in theatre lobbies on National Voter Registration Day prior to special promotional screenings of The Birth of a Nation. The initiative will continue opening weekend of The Birth of a Nation — October 7th-9th, 2016.

The acting talent from The Birth of a NationNate Parker, Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Aja Naomi King, and Gabrielle Union—have recorded the following PSA to raise awareness about exercising the right to vote which will be shown prior to the promotional screenings on September 27th:

Fox Searchlight has teamed up with voting organizations who have worked to staff the local theatres in each city: The League of Women Voters; Delta Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.; National Coalition of Black Civic Participation and its Ohio Unity Coalition and North Carolina Black Youth Vote Network; NYC Votes; and National Voter Registration Day.  The program includes the following participating theatre chains and independent theatres nationwide: Bow Tie Cinemas; Emagine Entertainment; Malco Theatres; Marcus Theatres; Wehrenberg Theatres; Amstar Cinemas; Movie Taverns; The Grand Theatres; Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA; Glenwood Arts Theatre, Overland Park, KS; Little Theatre, Rochester, NY; Midtown Cinema, Harrisburg, PA; Tower City Cinemas, Cleveland, OH; Cedar Lee Theatre, Cleveland Heights, OH; Cinema Arts Theatre, Fairfax, VA; Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI; The Neon, Dayton, OH.

The objective for the initiative is to encourage everyone to be a part of U.S. history by highlighting everyone’s right to vote, encouraging registration and underscoring that their voices and opinions matter. Currently, 20% of all people who can legally vote in this country are stopped by technical roadblocks when they try to register. This presidential election will be especially challenging, as many current laws lack the protection of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The act was passed to overcome many legal barriers that individuals faced when exercising their right to vote but section 4 was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013.

Set against the antebellum South and based on a true story, ‘The Birth of a Nation’ follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher whose financially strained owner Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer) accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself, his wife Cherry (Aja Naomi King), and fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

The Birth of a Nation also stars Mark Boone Jr., Dwight Henry, Esther Scott, Roger Guenveur Smith with Penelope Ann Miller and Jackie Earle Haley, and is produced by Nate Parker, Kevin Turen, Jason Michael Berman, Aaron L. Gilbert, and Preston L. Holmes.

Where the Data Ranks 2016’s Comic Book Films

The summer movie season is wrapping up 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 be weekly until the end of the year, as some films are still in the box-office and there’s till more to come.

Of note:

  • Suicide Squad now stands at $731 million. The film is now fifteenth in worldwide earnings for comic films and needs $16 million to move up a slot. It will likely pass the first Iron Man this week when it comes to domestic earnings. It also may pass Deadpool in international earnings this week too.
  • DC’s films continue to expand the gap when it comes to average domestic earning compared to Marvel. DC’s three films average $313.2 million a film domestically compared to Marvel’s $307.9 million. Internationally, Marvel earns $479.6 million and DC earns $444.5 million. With Suicide Squad still earning money, it’ll be interesting to see where these numbers wind up when it ends its domestic run.

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

Total Domestic Gross: $1.661 billion ($1.657 billion without Killing Joke)
Total International Gross: $2.672 billion
Worldwide Gross: $4.333 billion ($4.329 billion without Killing Joke)
Total Reported Budgets: $1.050 billion ($1.046 billion without Killing Joke)
Total “Profit”: $3.284 billion ($3.283 billion without Killing Joke)

Average Domestic Gross: $237.2 million ($276.2 million without Killing Joke)
Average International Gross: $445.4 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $619 million ($721.6 million without Killing Joke)
Average Budget: $149.9 million ($174.3 million without Killing Joke)
Average Profit: $469.1 million ($547.2 million without Killing Joke)

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) or below average (red):

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Magnificent Seven Tops a Slow Weekend

large_magnificent_seven_ver3The Magnificent Seven topped the weekend, earning an estimated $35 million. The film received an “A-” Cinemascore and has a 63% rating on RottenTomatoes, so should finish domestically a little higher than its reported $90 million budget. It also earned an estimated $24.8 million from foreign box offices as well.

In second place was the film Storks which brought in an estimated $21.8 million. That film has a reported budget of $70 million and an “A-” Cinemascore as well. It’ll probably do well in the long run making its budget back and then some domestically. It also earned $18.3 million at the foreign box office.

Those two films knocked down the previous champion Sully to third. That film brought in $13.8 million. Blair Witch dropped from second to sixth bringing in $3.95 million.

The box office is down a second weekend in a row. The top twelve films failed to combine for over $100 million and the weekend was 25% lower than the same weekend last year.

When it comes to comic films Suicide Squad slipped just one spot adding $3.11 million to its domestic total. The film has earned $731.7 million worldwide this year. It currently sits behind Deadpool in worldwide earnings. That film earned $782.6 million, so it’s doubtful it’ll catch up. But domestically is a different story. The film is $5 million behind Deadpool, so there’s a good chance it’ll surpass it, though won’t catch up to Batman v Superman‘s $330.3 million.

Valiant’s new Ninjak Web Series with Bat in the Sun Revealed

In the run up to New York Comic Con, Valiant Entertainment teased a “top-secret announcement” with Bat in the Sun. The image made it clear that it was Ninjak related and last night’s Geeking Out! on AMC revealed exactly what’s going on.

Valiant is working with the folks behind Super Power Beatdown for a feature-length live-action Ninjak web series that stars Michael Rowe (CW’s Arrow/Flash) who is playing Colin King/Ninjak , Jason David Frank (Power Rangers), and Derek Theler (Baby Daddy). The series is being directed by Aaron and Sean Schoenke.

You can find out more about the series at New York Comic Con on October 8th at 2:45 pm in Panel Room 1A21.

You can check out a clip from the episode below.

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Ghost in the Shell Gets Five Teasers

Paramount has released five video teasers for next year’s Ghost in the Shell, the live adaptation of the classic manga and anime property. The film stars Scarlett Johanson, which has led to criticism of the film.

From the visuals, this is one of the more intriguing films of the year, but could also be one of the most controversial too.

Ghost in the Shell comes to theatres March 31, 2017.

Where the Data Ranks 2016’s Comic Book Films

The summer movie season is wrapping up 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 be weekly until the end of the year, as some films are still in the box-office and there’s till more to come.

Of note:

  • Suicide Squad has officially crossed $700 million worldwide and is now at $718.9 million. The film is now fifteenth in worldwide earnings for comic films and needs $30 million to move up a slot. Its current amount moves it past Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The movie also passed Iron Man 2 at the domestic level. It will likely pass the first Iron Man this week.
  • DC’s films continue to expand the gap when it comes to average domestic earning compared to Marvel. DC’s three films average $311.7 million a film domestically compared to Marvel’s $307.9 million. Internationally, Marvel earns $479.6 million and DC earns $441.7 million. With Suicide Squad still earning money, it’ll be interesting to see where these numbers wind up when it ends its domestic run.

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

Total Domestic Gross: $1.657 billion ($1.653 billion without Killing Joke)
Total International Gross: $2.663 billion
Worldwide Gross: $4.320 billion ($4.316 billion without Killing Joke)
Total Reported Budgets: $1.050 billion ($1.046 billion without Killing Joke)
Total “Profit”: $3.270 billion ($3.270 billion without Killing Joke)

Average Domestic Gross: $236,651,835 ($275,464,641 without Killing Joke)
Average International Gross: $443,898,399
Average: Worldwide Gross: $617,136,178 ($719,363,041 without Killing Joke)
Average Budget: $149,928,571 ($174,333,333 without Killing Joke)
Average Profit: $467,207,606 ($545,029,707 without Killing Joke)

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) or below average (red):

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Sully Repeats, while Blair Witch and Bridget Jones Fall Short of Expectations

sully-poster-1If you asked me a week ago, I’d have said there was a good chance either Blair Witch or Bridget Jones’s Baby would come in first this box office weekend. Both fell short in a rather slow weekend that saw Sully repeat for first place. The weekend’s top twelve was down 11.6% compared to last week and down 24.3% compared to last year.

Sully came in first again in its second weekend bringing in an estimated $22 million. Domestically the film has earned $1.8 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $93.9 million with an estimated budget of $60 million.

In second place was newcomer Blair Witch which brought in an estimated $9.65 million. With a budget of $5 million, the film will do fine when it comes to making money, but that amount was short of the expected $20 million the film would open. Still, with such a low-budget cost, the film will be fine in the end, but not the money machine I’m sure some were expected. The film has also gotten bad reviews from critics and audiences, which may be the worst news of the opening.

In third was Bridget Jones’s Baby with an estimated $8.2 million and a reported budget of $35 million. That’s the worst opening for any film in the franchise, but decent reviews from the audience might hold out hope the film has legs. Previous iterations had the movie making over $200 million internationally and it has made an estimated $29.9 million in international markets so far. This could be one that just doesn’t do well domestically, but great internationally, a theme that’s played for a few films this year.

Finally, Snowden debuted in fourth with a little over $8 million and a reported budget of $40 million. The film wasn’t expected to pass $10 million for its opening and did get an “A” CinemaScore from audiences. It’ll probably be the “adult” film of choice for the next month, making back its budget.

When it comes to comic film adaptations….

Suicide Squad was in seventh this past weekend, down from fourth. The three new films dropped it down. The film added $4.71 million to its domestic total to bring it to $313.78 million. Worldwide the film has made $717.88 million. Domestically it has passed Iron Man 2 in earnings and will pass Iron Man ($318.4 million) this coming week. It may pass both Batman v Superman ($330.3 million), Guardians of the Galaxy ($333.18 million), and Spider-Man 3 ($336.5 million) before its domestic run is over. The movie has also moved past Captain America: The Winter Soldier which earned $714.4 million worldwide.

Captain America: Civil War added $13,000 to its domestic total. The film has earned $408.08 million domestically and $1.153 billion worldwide.

We’ll have a greater focus on comic adaptation earnings in an hour.

Captain America: Civil War Gets an Honest Trailer

Want to see what the Avengers really think of Captain America? Don’t miss out on The Roast of Captain America!

The Screen Junkies give Captain America: Civil War the Honest Trailer treatment.

Batman Unlimited: Mech vs. Mutants – Taking Flight Clip

1000594206dvdlef_1774d8dBatman will need the help from several of his Super Hero pals — Green Arrow, Nightwing, The Flash and Robin – to take down a crew of Super-Villains on a scale he’s never seen before in Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants. Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, this thrilling new addition to the Batman Unlimited animated film trilogy comes to DVD ($19.98 SRP) via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on September 13, 2016 and on Digital HD on August 30, 2016 via purchase from digital retailers. Order due date is August 6, 2016.

The Dark Knight is back doing what he does best – protecting the citizens of Gotham City – in the third installment of the Batman Unlimited series, Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants.  When evil scientist Mr. Freeze activates his latest invention on two of Gotham City’s most formidable criminals – Killer Croc and Bane – things go from bad to worse.  Turning them into super-sized mutant monsters, the Super-Villains start bashing through the streets of Gotham City with no end in sight.  It’s up to the Caped Crusader and his Super Hero team to save the day by putting the giant robot mechs in their place – but it will be an uphill battle as they face off against enormous foes.

The heroic voice cast features Roger Craig Smith (Batman: Arkham Origins, Assassin’s Creed games) as Batman, Chris Diamantopoulos (Episodes, Silicon Valley) as Green Arrow, Will Friedle (Batman Beyond, Boy Meets World) as Nightwing, Charlie Schlatter (Diagnosis Murder, Kick Buttkowski) as The Flash, and Lucien Dodge (Pokemon, Bleach) as Robin.

The villainous voices are led by Oded Fehr (The Mummy, Resident Evil: Apocalypse) as Mr. Freeze, Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force) as The Penguin, Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911, Handy Manny, The Fairly Oddparents) as Bane, John DiMaggio (Futurama, Batman: Under the Red Hood) as Killer Croc, Dave B. Mitchell (World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor) as Clayface and Troy Baker (Batman: Assault on Arkham) as Joker. Phil LaMarr (MAD TV, Futurama) joins the Batman Unlimited series as Dr. Langstrom.

Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants is produced and directed by Curt Ceda from a script written by Kevin Burke & Chris “Doc” Wyatt. Executive Producer is Sam Register. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers.

Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants follows Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts and Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem as the third release in a series of films rooted in Mattel’s popular Batman Unlimited merchandise line. The films feature characters, vehicles, designs and color schemes brought to life within this enthralling toy collection.

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