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The First Trailer for Dune is Here

After a lot of anticipation, the first trailer for Dune is here.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, this film is an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.

The star studded cast includes Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Timothée Chalamet, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgård, Javier Bardem, and more.

It’s currently set for release December 18, 2020.

Around the Tubes

New Mutants #12

We’ll have a relatively abbreviated Monday due to Labor Day here at GP but that doesn’t mean we don’t have lots of articles coming at you. Stay tuned throughout the day! And while you hopefully have a relaxing day, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Deadline – Amazon In Talks For Sony’s Suite Of TV Series Featuring Marvel Characters, Led By ‘Silk’ – Intriguing.

The Mary Sue – Warner Bros. and Ray Fisher Clash Over Justice League Investigation – A good rundown of where things are at.

Reviews

Batman News – Batman: Three Jokers #1
Talking Comics – Empyre #6
Monkeys Fighting Robots – New Mutants #12

Tenet Opens with a Nolan Best While New Mutants Brings in $10 million

New Mutants movie poster

It feels weird reporting weekend box office numbers but Hollywood and theaters are attempting to get back to normal despite reality. Tenet and New Mutants were the two big openers for the weekend with interesting results that are a bit hard to interpret.

Tenet opened with over $53 million in 41 international markets. That’s the biggest opening for director Christopher Nolan. Not surprisingly, Warner Bros. has been a bit cagey about data they’re releasing as far as the performance goes. For instance, the film opened in Canada where numbers were not released and it’s unknown if they will be or folded over into next weekend’s numbers.

The film begins to open in the U.S. this week for an official opening on Thursday for Labor Day weekend.

The final Fox “X” film, New Mutants opened to $7 million from 2,412 to take the top spot of the domestic box office. The film also earned $2.9 million from 10 international markets. The movie was a holdover from Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox.

The film has a reported budget between $67 and $100 million, a more modest amount compared to recent “X” releases. It’s hard to see how the film turns a profit in today’s environment and one wonders if the film would have faired better being sold for $25 on demand.

New Mutants has been savaged in reviews earning 32% on RottenTomatoes from critics and 53% from audiences as of this article. That’s on top of issues concerning white-washing and the inability of the film to get small details right like the spelling of the last name of one of the creators of the characters and comic series.

Theaters are at about half open compared to the same time last year. 2,500 theaters were open in the US and about 3,000 in Canada.

Bill & Ted Face the Music opened both on-demand and in theaters warned an estimated $1.1 million 1,007 locations. Because it opened on-demand in homes, major theater chains overlooked the film.

DC FanDome Generates 22 million global views from 220 countries and territories

DC FanDome

2020 has forced businesses to innovate and think outside the box. With conventions on hold, publishers and studios have had to switch up their marketing plans leading to some to make their own destiny with virtual events. DC and Warner Bros. did just that with DC FanDome, a worldwide event that saw its first part take place on August 22. The event featured comics, video games, film, television, and more, celebrating how DC’s iconic characters have spread beyond the printed page.

DC and Warner Bros. have released some interesting stats regarding their first virtual celebration indicating they see it as a success and something to cheer about. You don’t release these types of stats unless you do:

  • The epic DC FanDome: Hall of Heroes event generated a massive 22 million global views across 220 countries and territories in a mere 24 hours, dominating YouTube and Twitter trends.
  • 150 million views of trailer content launched from the event.
  • The eagerly awaited event — and its fan-favorite films, TV series, games, and comics — were top trending topics in 82 markets on YouTube and 53 markets on Twitter.

The event created massive buzz and showed you can do big reveals with a splash virtually. Wonder Woman 1984 released a new trailer, we got our first looks at The Suicide Squad and The Batman, two new video games were announced, Milestone was given a return date, and so much more generated chatter that has lasted for days.

With this success, the question is out there, do studios need big conventions going forward?

With DC FanDome’s success, one has to wonder exactly that. While they haven’t released metrics, that I’ve seen, Comic-Con@Home’s, San Diego Comic-Con’s virtual event, videos generated a few million views at most for far more videos. However, that event lacked major announcements such as those that were held for DC’s own event.

DC FanDome represents a shift in marketing for comic publishers, movie and television studios, and game publishers. It’s an even that many will go back and point to as a shift in the industry.

All eyes are now upon the second part of DC FanDome which features to different experiences, one for adults and one for kids.

DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse, a 24-hour, on-demand experience accessed via DCFanDome.com, will be unleashed on Saturday, September 12, at 10:00 am PDT, with nearly 100 hours of content available for fans to watch on-demand, on their own schedule,
for 24 hours.

DC Kids FanDome also launches on Saturday, September 12, at 10:00 am PDT, with its own kid-friendly companion site at DCKidsFanDome.com, accessible on-demand for 24 hours.

Ben Affleck Returns as Batman in The Flash

Ezra Miller and Ben Affleck in Justice League

What’s better than one Batman? Two Batman! Ben Affleck will return as Batman in The Flash. The Ezra Miller starring film is set to be released in summer 2022 and it’ll involve him traveling to parallel dimensions, firmly establishing the DC multiverse in film and not just on television. It’s loosely based on the Flashpoint comic event. Affleck and Miller appeared together in those roles in Justice League.

Revealed earlier this year, Michael Keaton will be appearing as Batman as well. Keaton starred in the role in the 1989 Batman and the follow-up Batman Returns. Keaton will have a “substantial” part. Affleck was needed in the film as he helps re-establish that the Flash knows the hero and he acts as a starting point for the adventure.

The film is part of DC’s ongoing strategy to play into their “multiverse.” The concept allows the same character to star in different franchises, even with different actors, as they take place on different Earths.

The first step of the multiverse appeared in DC’s television lineup where originally some of the shows took place on different Earths. In the recent “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” the multiverse was further established into DC’s films and other shows as Batman ’66, Batman 1989, and Ezra Miller’s The Flash all appeared. The DC television universe has its own Flash played by Grant Gustin. It allows DC to say “everything is valid and its all happened.” They can also explore films like Joker and still have them be part of the DC film universe. There’s another Batman franchise in production from director Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattison.

The move by DC and Warner Bros. is the right one as it makes it stand apart from Marvel’s cinematic universe. Where that’s a cohesive world that might have a multiverse, it forces a tighter narrative where films rely on each other. DC and Warner Bros. create a decentralized take where they can release standalone films and take risks.

(via Vanity Fair)

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