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Wonder Woman: Bloodlines Clip – Wonder Woman Battles Silver Swan

Check out an action-packed clip from Wonder Woman: Bloodlines that features Wonder Woman (voiced by Rosario Dawson) battling Silver Swan (voiced by Marie Avgeropoulos of The 100 fame) on a rooftop and in mid-air.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies, is available everywhere TODAY (Tuesday, October 22) on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is accompanied by the DC Showcase animated short “Death,” inspired by Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines Clip – Silver Swan’s Creation

Check out an all-new clip from Wonder Woman: Bloodlines featuring Marie Avgeropoulos as the voice of Silver Swan, and the creation of the character.

Avgeropoulos currently portrays Octavia Blake in The CW’s popular series The 100, and is slated to star opposite Nicholas Cage in the upcoming Jiu Jitsu, and alongside Cary Elwes, Susan Sarandon, Diane Kruger, Brad Dourif & Nick Offerman in “Butterfly in the Typewriter.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies, is now available on Digital, and arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is accompanied by the DC Showcase animated short “Death,” inspired by Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.

Can Joker Hit a Billion While Endgame and Shazam See Life

Joker

Joker dipped to second place in its third week. It dropped just 48% which is a strong performance of an estimated $29.2 million domestically. It has now earned $247.2 million at the domestic box office. Internationally, the film added $77.8 million for a foreign total of $490.3 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $737.5 million. With such success over three weeks, the question is if the film will cross the coveted $1 billion mark.

The film rocketed up the rankings of worldwide earnings for comic adaptations. Joker now ranks #28 up from #44 last week. The movie is $8.1 million away from passing Suicide Squad and $10.3 million from X-Men: Days of Future Past. After this week, the film will likely rank about #21 on the chart. When it comes to the modern DCU, the film has passed Man of Steel, Justice League, and Shazam. When it comes to the return on budget, it ranks as the top film for DC by over a factor of 2 from the next highest.

Over the past week, Spider-Man: Far From Home earned an estimated $85,000 internationally. The movie’s domestic total now stands at $390.4 million domestically and $741.0 million internationally. Worldwide, the film has earned $1.132 billion.

The Kitchen is almost done with its run at the box office. The film earned an estimated $100,000 internationally. The film has fallen short of making back its budget showing when it came to this kitchen, folks chose to ate out.

Two films saw life which might be just an adjustment. Avengers: Endgame added $1.5 million to its international total. Shazam! added $100,000 to its international total as well.


Here’s where 2019’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.280 billion
Total International Gross: $4.708 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.988 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.289 billion
Total “Profit”: $5.699 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $228 million
Average International Gross: $470.8 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $698.8 million
Average Budget: $128.9 million
Average Profit: $569.9 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. The bold numbers are above average while those below average are not.

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$858,373,000
Captain MarvelBV$426,829,839
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$390,495,270
Joker WB $247,229,004
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$85,710,210
Dark PhoenixFox$65,845,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$30,712,119
HellboyLions$21,903,748
The KitchenWB$12,180,032
FilmStudioInternational Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$1,939,427,564
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$741,039,769
Captain MarvelBV$701,444,955
Joker WB $490,300,000
Alita: Battle AngelFox$319,142,333
Shazam!WB$224,200,000
Dark PhoenixFox$186,597,000
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$83,390,702
HellboyLions$18,882,732
The KitchenWB$3,700,000
FilmStudioWorldwide Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,797,800,564
Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony $1,131,535,039
Captain MarvelBV$1,128,274,794
Joker WB$737,529,004
Alita: Battle AngelFox$404,852,543
Shazam!WB$364,571,656
Dark PhoenixFox$252,442,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$114,102,821
HellboyLions$40,786,480
The KitchenWB$15,880,032
FilmStudioGross-Budget
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,441,800,564
Captain MarvelBV$976,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$971,535,039
JokerWB$682,529,004
Shazam!WB$264,571,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$234,852,543
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$105,602,821
Dark PhoenixFox$52,442,974
HellboyLions-$9,213,520
The KitchenWB-$21,119,968
FilmStudioGross/Budget
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films13.42
JokerWB13.41
Avengers: EndgameBV7.86
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony7.07
Captain MarvelBV4.61
Shazam!WB3.65
Alita: Battle AngelFox2.38
Dark PhoenixFox1.26
HellboyLions0.82
The KitchenWB0.43

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Wins the Weekend Box Office But Doesn’t Meet Expectations

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil won the weekend box office with an estimated $36 million knocking Joker from the top spot. The earning was almost half of the $69.4 million of the original film. It was predicted to open in the mid-$40 million range. The film did get an “A” CinemaScre and is well-reviewed by audiences so it wasn’t the quality of the film itself that was the issue. The movie crowd was 56% female and 54% aged 25 or older. The original film was 60% female and a little younger.

Internationally, the film opened in all major markets earning $117 million bringing the worldwide total to $153 million.

Joker dipped to second place in its third week. It dropped just 48% which is a strong performance of an estimated $29.2 million domestically. It has now earned $247.2 million at the domestic box office. Internationally, the film added $77.8 million for a foreign total of $490.3 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $737.5 million. With such success over three weeks, the question is if the film will cross the coveted $1 billion mark.

Zombieland 2: Double Tap opened in third with a stronger than expected $26.7 million. It beat the original film which earned $24.7 million ten years ago. The film earned a “B+” CinemaScore and saw a crowd that was 57% male and 56% was aged 25 and older. That male demographic is an issue as it’s almost the opposite o the original film and horror films tend to do well with women.

Internationally, the film is playing in 17 markets and earned $5 million to bring that total to $5.3 million. It opens in Russia, Brazil, and Mexico this coming weekend with France on October 30, Germany on November 7, South Korea on November 13, Italy on November 14, and Japan on November 22.

The Addams Family earned an estimated $16.1 million in its second weekend to bring its domestic total to $56.8 million after ten days.

Rounding out the top five was Gemini Man which dropped 59% in its second weekend. The film earned $8.5 million to bring its domestic total to $36.5 million. Internationally, the film earned an estimated $33.4 million, the majority from China. The film’s international total is $82.2 million for a worldwide earning of $118.7 million.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into 2019’s comic adaptations.

The Bloodshot Trailer is Here

Valiant and Sony‘s Bloodshot is revealed in its first trailers which dropped at midnight on the west coast. The movie stars Vin Diesel as a soldier who’s killed and brought back through the use of nanites which also imbue him with extraordinary abilities.

Based on the bestselling comic book, Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero Bloodshot by the RST corporation. With an army of nanotechnology in his veins, he’s an unstoppable force –stronger than ever and able to heal instantly. But in controlling his body, the company has sway over his mind and memories, too. Now, Ray doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not – but he’s on a mission to find out.

The movie is directed by David S. F. Wilson and written by Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer. It stars Diesel, Eiza Gonzalez, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell, and Guy Pearce. Bloodshot was originally created in 1992 by Bob Layton, Kevin VanHook, and Don Perlin.

Bloodshot comes to theaters on February 21, 2020.

International trailer:

Movie Review: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil poster

Maleficent in 2014 made a killing at the box office. It was a critical success, and (along with Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland) set off Disney’s current craze of remaking all of their IP as live action blockbusters. So the sequel Maleficent: Mistress of Evil was a sure bet, right? Yes and no.

Angelina Jolie returns as the eponymous and misunderstood queen of the fey. Elle Fanning is back as her adopted daughter, the Princess Aurora. Prince Phillip has proposed to her, so now it’s time to meet the parents! Michelle Pfieffer sinks her teeth into the juicy role of Queen Ingrith, who bears a giant grudge against the magical moor lands and all magic users. This great feud breaks out between her and Maleficent. It’s like if Joan Crawford and Bette Davis’s squabbles were also all a pretense for war. There are certain elements in this film that seem to condemn the military-industrial complex. . . or at least its equivalent in a pre-industrial medieval setting.

Maleficent also discovers her heritage as she discovers a near-extinct species of dark fey that once lived all throughout the land but who have hunted by humans and driven into hiding. Their tribes are divided between wanting to pursue war or peace with the humans, with the peace faction being led by Conall (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and the war faction led by Borra (Ed Skrein).

The giant action sequences and production design of this film are phenomenal. The only problem is that it’s the personal interactions between Pfieffer and Jolie that are the best parts here. The giant action scenes where they are literally fighting one another are altogether less interesting.

While visually stunning, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is missing some of its edge. I loved the first Maleficent. It’s an amazing film that dared to turn the essence of a classic Disney tale on its head. It features a strong feminist message about not pitting women against each other. This sequel feels like nothing but pitting powerful women against each other.

Still, the aesthetics of the film are amazing. Maleficent’s costumes and makeup/CG-enhancements make her absolutely stunning to look at. Maybe it’s the wings, maybe it’s those cheekbones, maybe it’s the CG-coloring that makes the green magic swirl in her eyes, but it’s gorgeous.

While maybe not as good as the first, like most modern sequels this film does it bigger and brashier. That’s not necessarily a good thing. If you’re a fan it’s a good enough reason to go ahead and make sure you see this on the big screen.

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Steven Universe The Movie: With Musical Theater Geeks

Steven Universe the Movie is Steven Universe The Musical so one of my guests writes musicals: AriDy Nox is a black femme storyteller and social activist with a variety of forward-thinking creative works under her/their belt including the documentary Flawless Feminism, the sci-fi operetta Project Tiresias, and the dark comedy Joy is Dead, as well as others. AriDy creates out of the vehement belief that creating a future in which marginalized peoples are free requires a radical imagination. Ari is a graduate of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch School of the Performing Arts at NYU and a beneficiary of the Musical Theater Factory fellowship afrofuturist musical named Metropolis.

Klaudia Amenabar is a social media producer, pop culture critic, and occasional audio fiction voice actor. You may know her from her embarrassing Tumblr URL from high school Elphibia for President of Galifery or because she tweets too much about either Star Wars or Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure As https://twitter.com/kaludiasays

This is also the episode where https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn compares Steven Universe’s predicament here to Obama ending Organize for America…

  • “You cant fix all your problems with a song!”
  • What happens when you actually decolonize?
  • Antiracism is something you have to do for the rest of your life

Kevin Feige Named Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer

Marvel logo

From the “House of Ideas” to the “House of Feige.”

Kevin Feige‘s influence within the Marvel world, and Disney, grows as he’s been named the company’s Chief Creative Officer. All of the company’s key creative executives across film and TV will now report to him.

In this role, Feige will be in charge of the creative direction for Marvel’s storytelling. That includes publishing, film, TV, and animation.

Dan Buckley, President of Marvel Entertainment (the comics and more) will report to Feige when it comes to creative/editorial decisions. When it comes to operations, sales, creative services, games, licensing, and events, Buckley will report to Ike Perlmutter who is Marvel’s Chairman. Joe Quesada is expected to remain as the creative lead for Marvel Entertainment and report to Buckley.

In another change, Marvel Television and Marvel Family Entertainment will move under the Marvel Studios banner which Feige runs. That change isn’t unexpected. During recent announcements at San Diego Comic-Con and D23 the television shows, which one would have expected to be under Marvel TV, showed the Marvel Studios banner. This lead to speculation that live-action storytelling as a whole was falling more under Feige’s control.

Fiege will continue to report to Walt Disney Studios co-chairman and chief creative officer Alan Horn and co-chairman Alan Berman.

(via The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline)

Zoë Kravitz Will Play Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, in The Batman

Catwoman

Rumors have swirled as to who will be seen in The Batman, the next iteration of the popular comic character. It has been revealed that Zoë Kravitz will slide into the role of Selina Kyle, Catwoman in the film. She’ll star opposite Robert Pattinson who will don the cape as Bruce Wayne, Batman.

Kyle/Catwoman has morphed into an antiheroine and sometime love interest for Wayne/Batman. A recent storyline had the two about to be married which didn’t go ahead.

Numerous other actors were rumored for the role including Zazie Beetz, Eiza Gonzalez, and Alicia Vikander.

Production on the film is slated to begin filming in late 2019 or early 2020. The Batman is scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021.

Kravitz is the latest in a long line of defining women to take on the role of Catowman. Actresses to take on the character include Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, Michelle Pfeiffer, Lee Meriweather, Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, Camren Bicondova and many more. The character has appeared in comics, television, movies, video games, animation, and radio.

Catwoman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger and debuted in Batman #1 published in 1940.

Director Matt Reeves tweeted out the below in response to the news:

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