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Preview: Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #2

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #2

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Disguises” by Robert Venditti, Isaac Goodhart, Chris Sotomayor, and Travis Lanham

Harley reluctantly agrees to meet with an old roommate from med school and finds herself considering the paths not taken. Turns out, she wasn’t missing much.

The Killing” by John Layman, Cully Hamner, Dave McCaig, and Justin Birch

Huntress is on the trail of a mobster on the lam, but her mission turns into a race when another bounty hunter joins the fray. And it’s no ordinary gun for hire—it’s none other than Deathstroke!

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #2

DC Reveals this Week’s DC Digital First Releases

DC’s Digital First continues this week with another installment of Shazam: Lightning Strikes, plus the return of Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice and a new story in Superman: Man of Tomorrow! These three, plus today’s Batman: Gotham Nights featuring a story by Tom Taylor and Daniel Sampere, give fans even more choice of characters while expanding DC’s digital publishing line with original stories.

And don’t forget to watch for the fifth chapter of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red on Friday, July 24!

Monday July 20

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #12

Superman’s Day Off” by Robert Venditti, Scott Hepburn, Ian Herring, and Dave Sharpe
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Metropolis is without the Man of Steel for a day and villains are coming out of the woodwork to take advantage. Can the city stand against the many threats? And where is Supeman?!

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #12

Tuesday July 21

Batman: Gotham Nights #14

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Bad News” by Tom Taylor, Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Adriano Lucas, and Tom Napolitano.

Deathstroke is hired to take out the only witness to a corrupt politician’s mob ties, but his newest mark has some friends in high places…

Monster” by Frank Tieri, Tyler Kirkham, Arif Prianto, and Tom Napolitano

A surprise during a bank robbery brings back old memories for Killer Croc. But he’s not that bullied, defeated kid from the freakshow anymore…he’s something much worse.

Batman: Gotham Nights #14

Wednesday July 22

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #2

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Disguises” by Robert Venditti, Isaac Goodhart, Chris Sotomayor, and Travis Lanham

Harley reluctantly agrees to meet with an old roommate from med school and finds herself considering the paths not taken. Turns out, she wasn’t missing much.

The Killing” by John Layman, Cully Hamner, Dave McCaig, and Justin Birch

Huntress is on the trail of a mobster on the lam, but her mission turns into a race when another bounty hunter joins the fray. And it’s no ordinary gun for hire—it’s none other than Deathstroke!

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #2

Friday July 24

Shazam: Lightning Strikes #2

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On the Job!” by Louise Simonson, Bret Blevins, Chris Sotomayor, and Marshall Dillon

Pedro takes his new crossing guard responsibilities very seriously. But when disaster strikes, can he keep his Shazam Family identity a secret and keep his classmates safe?

Destroying Eugene Choi” by Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, David Baron, and Marshall Dillon

A mysterious glowing artifact proves to be the perfect power source for Eugene’s robotics project—until it grants his robot a life of its own! Now Eugene must dismantle the rogue battlebots before they destroy Fawcett High…and to do it, he’ll need the helpof his greatest rival!

Shazam: Lightning Strikes #2

Review: Birds of Prey #1

Birds of Prey #1

With the Birds of Prey having a bit of a moment with a cult love of the recent movie release, you’d think DC Comics would be focused on capturing that wave with a comic that’s accessible, new reader-friendly, and most importantly. Instead, we get Birds of Prey #1, a one-shot comic that’s a part of the “adult” DC Black Label line of comics. It’s also a mess.

Written by Brian Azzarello, the story follows a Mexican drug cartel and their soldiers, the Esposas De La Muerta, as they make a move on Gotham’s drug trade. What follows is a story that is steeped in stereotypes, many bad, and action movie cliches. The drug mentioned is fentanyl, which is the first issue of the comic and highlighting the unfortunate choices from there. While “Mexican drug cartels” might be the “enemy” the current President points to, fentanyl is mainly flowing from China. So, for those who know these things, that detail takes me out of the story. It makes the “bad guys” presented feel even more cliche and not needed.

From there, it’s just bad plotlines like drug overdoses, calls to missed connections just before getting killed, crooked cops (this part doesn’t even make sense), and shoot outs that defy all logic. It’s a poorly paced, badly plotted comic that has so many issues… well, lets try to find something positive.

Azzarello does deliver some nice banter. The interaction between Huntress, Harley Quinn, and Black Canary is fun with some solid banter and dialogue. The lettering by Steve Wands really pays off here. There are also some fun “action film” moments that are enhanced by Emanuela Lupacchino‘s art but so much is steeped in bad cliche and stereotype.

Lupacchino’s art absolutely has its moments but there’s just comically bad moments as well. It all comes together for a rather blah visual experience. The design for the Esposas De La Muerta take from the Dia De Los Muertos. Again the gives us nothing new or interesting, just Mexican visual stereotypes. That extends to speech patterns in Azzarello’s writing.

Birds of Prey #1 doesn’t take flight and instead plays off like an 80s B-movie mixed with really outdated views of Mexicans and just incorrect real world information. It’s hard to overlook the bad here. Take out the Birds of Prey, and you have a bad crime story that’s forgettable in every way. DC had an opportunity to deliver a comic that’d entice movie audiences to discover more but this comic’s end result might be the opposite.

Story: Brian Azzarello Art: Emanuela Lupacchino
Ink: Ray McCarthy Color: Trish Mulvihill, John Kalisz Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: Birds of Prey #1

Birds of Prey #1

(W) Brian Azzarello (A/CA) Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy
In Shops: Jun 03, 2020
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Black Canary’s life has spiraled out of control: her personal life is going through the ringer and her band is in crisis when an old flame resurfaces only to flicker out and set her on an all-new mission against an all-new opponent. The only thing she has to be grateful for is the fact that she’s not alone, as Huntress finds herself on a collision course with Black Canary’s quarry at Detective Montoya’s urging. Meanwhile, Harley Quinn has resurfaced outside of Gotham City and out of the Suicide Squad, with a new lease on life that is sure to make everyone else’s life more complicated.
And that’s only the first five pages of this high-octane, graphic novel-length one-shot that pushes the Birds of Prey far beyond their limits and puts them up against the most brutal crime syndicate to ever sweep into Gotham City! Hardboiled superstar writer Brian Azzarello and the bombshell art team of Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray McCarthy take the Birds into the no-holds-barred world of Black Label, and none of them will ever be the same! PRESTIGE FORMAT One Shot

Birds of Prey #1

DC Digital First Includes New Birds of Prey and Teen Titans Go!

DC has released a look at this coming week’s new DC Digital First releases! New additions include Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice#1 on Wednesday and Teen Titans Go! Booyah #1 on Saturday.

Check out below what you can find each day of the week!

Monday May 25

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #6

What Makes a City – Part 2
by Rob Venditti, Paul Pelletier, Drew Hennessy, Adriano Lucas, and Clayton Cowles
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Lex Luthor’s gone Big Brother in Metropolis after placing new hi-tech security cameras around the city to put an end to crime, and Superman with it!

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #6

Tuesday May 26

Batman: Gotham Nights #6

Balyushka!
by Mark Russell, Viktor Bogdanović, Jonathan Glapion, Ivan Plascencia and Tom Napolitano
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The Joker has the perfect plan to cause mass chaos in Gotham City, one so simple—and legal—not even Batman can stop it!

Batman: Gotham Nights #6

Wednesday May 27

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #1

Fight or Flight
by Gail Simone, Inaki Miranda, John Kalisz and Travis Lanham
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When a new hospital collapses into a sinkhole in the middle of Gotham City, Harley Quinn tries to convince Huntress and Black Canary to investigate. But can the Birds of Prey really trust the Clown Princess of Crime? Or do Harley’s true allegiances lie elsewhere?

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #1

Thursday May 28

Aquaman: Deep Dives #6

Stinging Tide – Part 2
by Steve Orlando, V. Ken Marion, Sandu Florea, Andrew Dalhouse and Wes Abbott
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While investigating an abandoned Scorpio base, Aquaman and the Sea Devils unwittingly activate an old Scorpio weapon…The Torpedoman! Now they must turn the tides and stop this killing machine before it decimates an Atlantean Science Outpost!

Aquaman: Deep Dives #6

Friday May 29

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #6

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Perfect World
by Jeff Parker, Miguel Mendonça, Mike Spicer and Rob Leigh

Gorilla  Grodd  takes  control  of  the  Senate  and  declares  war  on  Canada! Only the Flash is fast enough to stop him—but will he be enthralled by Grodd and his desire to create the perfect world instead?

Rational Thought
by Jeff Parker, Ramon Villalobos, David Baron and Rob Leigh

Barry  Allen’s  world  is  turned  upside  down  when  he  learns  that  everything he knows is wrong—the Earth is flat, animals can talk, and the moon landings were a hoax! Can the Scarlet Speedster prove that science is still true—or have the conspiracy theorists been right all along?

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #6

Saturday May 30

Teen Titans Go! Booyah #1

The Hic You Say?!
by Sholly Fisch, Marcelo DiChiara, Franco Riesco, and Gabriela Downie
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Starfire’s Tamaranean hiccups are just like regular ones—except for the explosions! Can the Teen Titans help her stop them before all of Jump City is destroyed?

Teen Titans Go! Booyah #1

Sunday May 31

Swamp Thing: New Roots #6

The Seeds of Destruction
by Mark Russell, Marco Santucci, John Kalisz, and Dave Sharpe
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Swamp Thing foiled Sunderland’s plan to create sentient, self-harvesting crops, but now Sunderland is aiming even higher. It could mean the end of the world as we know it…and the beginning of a brand-new one.

Swamp Thing: New Roots #6

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Preview: Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #1

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #1

Fight or Flight
by Gail Simone, Inaki Miranda, John Kalisz, and Travis Lanham
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When a new hospital collapses into a sinkhole in the middle of Gotham City, Harley Quinn tries to convince Huntress and Black Canary to investigate. But can the Birds of Prey really trust the Clown Princess of Crime? Or do Harley’s true allegiances lie elsewhere?

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #1

An Unknown Box Office Leads to On Demand Boom

Bloodshot

It’s unknown when and if weekend box office results will be released. Major chains like AMC and Regal have shut down due to coronavirus leaving thousands of screens dark.

That has lead movie studios to shift their strategies either forgoing theatrical releases or crunching the time frame when movies are released for On Demand consumption early. It’s a massive shift in the industry and unknown if it’ll continue once the crisis has abated.

We’ll have an update when/if the weekend box office numbers are released but below is when you can watch some recent releases from the safety and comfort of your own home.

Emma
Original Release Date: Feb. 21
On Demand Plans: Universal has made the Jane Austen adaptation available as a 48-hour rental for $19.99 through numerous providers.

The Hunt
Original Release Date: March 13
OnDemand Plans: Universal has made the Betty Gilpin thriller available as a 48-hour rental for $19.99 through numerous providers.

The Invisible Man
Original Release Date: Feb. 28
On Demand Plans: Universal has made the Elisabeth Moss thriller available as a 48-hour rental for $19.99 through numerous providers.

Onward
Original Release Date: March 6
On Demand Plans: Disney has released Onward for digital download beginning this past Friday (March 20) via numerous providers; the Pixar film will begin streaming on Disney+ starting April 3.

The Gentlemen
Original Release Date: Jan. 24
On Demand Plans: Guy Ritchie’s return to the crime thriller will arrive via digital download on Tuesday, March 24.

Birds of Prey
Original Release Date: Feb. 7
On Demand Plans: Warner Bros. will make Margot Robbie’s R-rated superhero movie available for digital purchase beginning Tuesday, March 24; the film is expected to release for rental in early April. It’s unknown when it’ll arrive on the DCUniverse digital platform.

The Way Back
Original Release Date: March 6
On Demand Plans: The Ben Affleck film is set to arrive via digital purchase download beginning Tuesday, March 24 courtesy of Warner Bros.

Sonic the Hedgehog
Original Release Date: Feb. 14
On Demand Plans: Paramount announced on March 20 that the hit video game adaptation would arrive to digital platforms for purchase beginning March 31.

Bloodshot
Original Release Date: March 13
On Demand Plans: Sony will release the Vin Diesel superhero movie onto digital platforms beginning Tuesday, March 24.

I Still Believe
Original Release Date: March 13
On Demand Plans: The Christian rock biopic starring Riverdale’s KJ Apa is set to become available via digital download on Friday, March 27.

Trolls World Tour
Original Release Date: April 10
On Demand Plans: The film will release on the same date but will do so digitally instead of in theaters.

The Lovebirds
Original Release Date: April 3
On Demand Plans: The movie was pulled from theaters and has found a home at Netflix. A release date hasn’t been announced.

Bloodshot Debuts Beating Expectations as the Box Office Tanks

It was a rough weekend at the box office with the lowest earnings in two decades. The fears over the coronavirus kept audiences at home and theaters to close. Despite that, Sony‘s Bloodshot debuted beating expectations. Bloodshot is the latest comic based film, launching a potential new cinematic universe based on Valiant’s comics.

It opened with $9.3 million which actually beat expectations. The audience enjoyed it with a 78% on RottenTomatoes though critics gave it a 31% rating. The opening day audience gave it a “B” CinemaScore.

Internationally, the film opened in 50 markets and was #1 in over half of them. The film brought in $13 million overseas for an international total of $15.1 million. The film opened in Germany in November.

That opening is #154 on the comic film chart. With a budget of $45 million, the film will have a rough time making back its budget due to the current situation. Sony will have to get creative to salvage the situation. Expect an expedited digital release as one solution.

Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey continues to fight for every dollar at the box office but it looks like the current situation will impact it as well.

The film dropped to #11 at the weekend box office from last week’s #8. Birds of Prey brought in an estimated $555,000 over the weekend and $1.5 million over the week. It has earned $84 million in its six weeks.

The film has also earned about $1.1 million internationally. That brings the number to $114.3 million. The film nears $200 million worldwide and has earned $198.4 million.

The film opens in Japan on March 20 though it’s unknown if the virus outbreak will change that.

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising continues to bring in the dollars. The film added $600,000 to its domestic total and $12,000 to its international total. It’s earned $28.4 million worldwide so far.

Joker

Joker continues to wind down its run at the box office.

Over the past two weeks, the film earned about $100,000 internationally.

The movie’s $1.074 billion is an amazing haul for a movie whose budget was just $55 million. It caps off a record-setting year for films based on comics.

The movie is currently ranked #11 in worldwide total for a comic adaptation. It’s about $6.8 million from passing The Dark Knight Rises and will crack the top ten at that point. It’s unlikely to do so but you never know.

When it comes to DC films, it’s a most interesting one. The film is marching along and it’s possible it will pass Aquaman‘s domestic total by the time its domestic run is over:

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Wonder WomanWB$412,563,408
AquamanWB$335,061,807
JokerWB$335,451,311
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWB$330,360,194
Suicide SquadWB$325,100,054
Man of SteelWB$291,045,518
Justice LeagueWB$229,024,295
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesWB$29,790,236

Joker has been doing quite well in international earnings where Warner Bros. has had issues in the past. Aquaman indicates a shift for the company and lessons seem to be continued with Joker.

FilmStudioInternational Gross
AquamanWB$813,100,000
JokerWB$738,800,000
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWB$542,900,000
Justice LeagueWB$428,900,000
Suicide SquadWB$420,500,000
Wonder WomanWB$409,283,604
Man of SteelWB$377,000,000
Shazam!WB$225,600,000
Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesWB$22,300,000

The film is now one of the most profitable comic film adaptations of all time. With a reported budget of $55 million, the movie has a 19.53x return so far. That’s the highest factor for any movie based on a comic beating The Mask which was the previous leader with a 15.29x factor.

The film hasn’t earned the most compared to the budget, that record is held by Avengers: Endgame. Despite a $356 million budget, that movie earned a “profit” of $2.442 billion. Joker has cracked the top ten though having so far earned a “profit” of $1.019 billion.

In a head-scratcher, Warner Bros.’ The Kitchen, based of the DC Vertigo comic, saw a massive boost internationally. While the movie had just $3.8 million reported last week, the total is now $106 million. It’s possible the numbers just took a while to come in, which is not uncommon. That has shifted the film from being a complete disaster to about break even.


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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.368 billion
Total International Gross: $5.066 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.434 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.289 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.146 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $236.8 million
Average International Gross: $506.6 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $743.4 million
Average Budget: $128.9 million
Average Profit: $614.6 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$390,532,085
JokerWB$335,451,311
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$741,396,434
JokerWB$738,800,000
Captain MarvelBV$701,444,955
Alita: Battle AngelFox$319,142,333
Shazam!WB$225,600,000
Dark PhoenixFox$186,597,000
The KitchenWB$106,224,715
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$83,390,702
HellboyLions$18,882,732
FilmStudioWorldwide Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,797,800,564
Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony$1,131,928,519
Captain MarvelBV$1,128,274,794
JokerWB$1,074,151,311
Alita: Battle AngelFox$404,852,543
Shazam!WB$365,971,656
Dark PhoenixFox$252,442,974
The KitchenWB$118,404,747
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$114,102,821
HellboyLions$40,786,480
FilmStudioGross-Budget
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,441,800,564
JokerWB$1,019,151,311
Captain MarvelBV$976,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$971,9285,519
Shazam!WB$265,971,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$234,852,543
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$105,602,821
The KitchenWB$81,404,747
Dark PhoenixFox$52,442,974
HellboyLions-$9,213,520
FilmStudioGross/Budget
JokerWB19.53
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films13.42
Avengers: EndgameBV7.86
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony7.07
Captain MarvelBV4.61
Shazam!WB3.66
The KitchenWB3.20
Alita: Battle AngelFox2.38
Dark PhoenixFox1.26
HellboyLions0.82

US Box Office Drops to its Lowest in 2 Decades as Onward Repeats in First and 73% Drop

Onward

It was a brutal weekend at the box office with only Onward breaking the $10 million mark, and it did just barely.

Ticket sales are lower than the post 9/11 attacks as theaters have closed and individuals are staying home to avoid the coronavirus. It’s unknown exactly how bad the weekend is but it is expected to be below the $59.7 million total from September 21, 2001 and may be below $54 million which was the total on January 14, 1998, the previous record low.

Onward, which was the previous weekend’s top film dropped over 73% earning an estimated $10.5 million. Internationally, the film earned $6.8 million from 47 markets. It’s now earned $101.7 million worldwide.

I Still Believe debuted in second place with an estimated $9.5 million. The film fell below expectations, which is understandable. It did earn an “A” CinemaScore and a 99% audience score on RottenTomatoes. The audience was 74% female and 73% were over the age of 25.

In third place was Sony’s Bloodshot, the newest comic cinematic universe to come to the screen. It opened with $9.3 million which actually beat expectations. The audience enjoyed it with a 78% on RottenTomatoes though critics gave it a 31% rating. The opening day audience gave it a “B” CinemaScore.

Internationally, the film opened in 50 markets and was #1 in over half of them. The film brought in $13 million overseas for an international total of $15.1 million.

The Invisible Man landed in third dipping 60% from the previous weekend. It earned $5.9 million in its third week of release. Internationally, it added $6.2 million. Worldwide its tally is $122.7 million.

Rounding out the top five was The Hunt which initially was delayed to the controversy of the film. It earned $5.3 million and received a “C+” CinemaScore and 65% audience score on RottenTomatores. Internationally it opened in four markets.

In comic related film news…

Birds of Prey dropped from last week’s #8 to #11 earning an estimated $555,000 to bring its domestic total to $84.1 million. With the current situation, the film is unlikely to cross the $100 million domestic mark by the time its run is over.

Things likely won’t get better for a while. A Quiet Place II was to open next weekend and projected a $60 million opening. That film is being moved to a different date. Mulan was to open on March 27 and that too is being moved. That film should have been a guaranteed hit and another win for Disney. There are no major films opening in the next few weeks and with the public urged to stay home, it may be until Marvel’s Black Widow in May before we see a turnaround.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive looking at 2019 and 2020’s comic adaptations.

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