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Samsung Partners with Warner Bros. Pictures for Suicide Squad VR Experience

Suicide SquadSamsung Electronics America and Warner Bros. Pictures announced a collaboration that will bring Suicide Squad, one of the most anticipated films of the year, to life through exclusive virtual reality content and activations leading up to the release of the film August 5. Samsung will also have a presence at the Suicide Squad U.S. premiere and post-party.

Using Samsung Gear VR-powered by Oculus, the VR content will debut at San Diego Comic-Con on July 21.  It will transport fans into the world of Suicide Squad, experiencing what it’s like being a member of the Squad and watching their favorite characters, like Harley Quinn, Deadshot and Katana, in a scene from the film.  It will be available on August 5 on Samsung VR, the brand’s premium virtual reality content service.

Samsung will provide fans exclusive content and experiences throughout the summer, including:

Nationwide Retail Promotion

Fans who purchase a Samsung Galaxy tablet at leading retailers, will receive two tickets to see Suicide Squad when it opens in theaters August 5. The national retail promotion will run from July 15 through August 20, or while supplies last.

San Diego Comic-Con

At San Diego Comic-Con from July 21 through 24, Samsung will help bring the film to life by transforming the Samsung Experience into a real-life Suicide Squad experience. The Belle Reve penitentiary, the high security prison in which the Suicide Squad themselves are held, will be recreated in the space and fans will have the chance to take part in immersive film-themed experiences, such as getting a custom tattoo in Harley Quinn’s tattoo parlor.

Attendees will have the option to ‘Join the Squad’, an interactive feature which enables them to create their own Suicide Squad character and generate a short video of themselves to share on their social channels. Fans can then create their own personalized skulls using the icon generator to live print them on their own exclusive t-shirt. In addition to the exclusive VR content debuting at Comic-Con, cast members will make an appearance in the space.

US Premiere

Samsung will celebrate the movie as an official partner for the U.S. premiere of Suicide Squad on August 1 in New York City, including the after-party.  Samsung will create interactive experiences throughout the space to give attendees a chance to immerse themselves into the film using Samsung technology. Select Galaxy owners will also get exclusive red carpet access and a chance to see the film first.

Programming at Samsung 837

To coincide with the movie’s world premiere in New York City, Samsung 837, the brand’s experiential flagship where technology and culture collide in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, will feature special Suicide Squad VR content in the flagship’s VR Tunnel throughout the week of August 1.

Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition Gets a New Trailer

Bring home the Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition on Digital HD today and Blu-ray 7/19. Features 30 minutes of never before seen footage and 2 hours of bonus features.

Lynda Carter is Coming to Supergirl

Photo credit: Karl Simone

Photo credit: Karl Simone

Yup, Wonder Woman is the President in the world of Supergirl! DC Comics, Warner Bros., and The CW announced that Lynda Carter will be coming to Supergirl next season in a recurring role as the President of the United States.

Carter is set to appear in multiple episodes and will first appear in the third episode of the show’s second season.

Best known for her role as the iconic hero Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter is also an accomplished singer who has performed to rave reviews before sell-out crowds from the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. She’s also recently leant her voice to many popular video games, including this year’s Fallout 4.

Supergirl airs at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CST) on The CW. The second season premieres on October 10th.

Wonder Woman Gets a Year Long Celebration for 75 Years

Wonder Woman 75Wonder Woman is celebrating 75 years and Warner Bros. and DC Comics have unveiled a year long celebration to honor a character that has transcended the pages of comics to become a powerful global symbol of justice, equality and peace.

Beginning with a new commemorative logo honoring the Amazon Princess’s legacy, highlights of the year will include the relaunch of her comic book series; new graphic novels; convention panels; and consumer products, including apparel, toys and other exclusive merchandise. These and further anniversary events will culminate in the release of the very first Wonder Woman feature film on June 2, 2017.

First seen in October 1941 in All-Star Comics #8 in a back-up story meant to test her appeal at a time when female superheroes were rare, Wonder Woman quickly broke out and headlined her own title by the next year. Subsequent generations came to know the star-spangled heroine with metal bracelets on her wrists and a magic lasso by her waist via her hit 1975-79 television series and roles in animated shows and movies, as well as her historic appearance on the cover Ms. Magazine #1 in 1972. This past March, Wonder Woman was seen for the first time in a live action motion picture with her introduction in the global blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Over the decades, Wonder Woman has run for president, organized a union, flown an invisible plane, lost and regained her powers, studied martial arts, battled Ares, the God of War, worked at a fast food chain, and had a romantic relationship with Superman. Her diverse history will be integrated and celebrated in a new comic book series launching this month as part of DC Universe: Rebirth that honors what fans love most about the character.

Written by fan favorite Greg Rucka and on sale June 22nd, Wonder Woman #1 will be the first print debut of the new Wonder Woman 75th commemorative logo. Other variations of the new logo created for various products merge the character’s name and traditional “W” symbols with the number 75, set alongside a striking blue silhouette of the iconic character in a warrior stance.

Created by William Moulton Marston, a psychologist who invented the lie-detecting polygraph machine, Wonder Woman was conceived as a new type of superhero who used wisdom and compassion, not just her fists, to triumph over evil. Daughter of the queen of the all-female Amazon tribe from Greek mythology, Wonder Woman was imbued by the gods with powers, including super-strength and a lasso that compels anyone it surrounds to tell the truth. Wearing a costume inspired by the flag of a downed American pilot, she travelled to “patriarch’s world” to fight for such values as peace and equality. She is the only female comic book character to have her own stories continuously published for the past three quarters of a century.

Among the events and products Wonder Woman fans can look forward to over the next year from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are:

  • At long last, June 2, 2017, will see the long-held hopes of millions of fans fulfilled as the first Wonder Woman movie is released in cinemas worldwide, starring Gal Gadot in the title role, Chris Pine as Captain Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as the Amazonian General Antiope and Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, directed by Patty Jenkins.
  • A “Wonder Woman 75” panel at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2016 will celebrate the history and future of the Super Hero, along with displays at DC’s booth of Lynda Carter’s original costume from the 1970s television series and numerous additional costumes, including the one worn by star Gal Gadot in the upcoming film.
  • A commemorative box set of Wonder Woman’s greatest stories to be released by DC in July, as well as a hardcover special edition celebrating her 75th anniversary to be released in October and available through the holidays.
  • A life-size Wonder Woman invisible jet will be on display at San Diego Comic-Con and the rare plane will illuminate at night for fan photos, along with one-of-a-kind Wonder Woman-inspired graffiti-art pieces. WBCP and Mattel will offer an exclusive anniversary DC Multiverse™ Wonder Woman Action Figure and Invisible Jet combo set (available exclusively on Mattycollector.com beginning June 17) designed especially for the 75th celebration.
  • A wide range of new Warner Bros. Consumer Products licensed merchandise, including The Barbie™ Collection Amazon Princess Wonder Woman Barbie Doll (available exclusively on Mattycollector.com beginning June 17), fashion and accessories from partners such as Valentino, Under Armour and Converse, luggage and backpacks from Pottery Barn, and a line of Wonder Woman-inspired beauty products available exclusively at Walgreens.
  • New toys and webisodes from the recently launched DC Super Hero Girls line prominently featuring Wonder Woman, as well as an original animated movie, “DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year,” coming to Digital HD on August 9and DVD on August 23.
  • Included on the home entertainment release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, coming to Digital HD on June 28thand Blu-ray Combo Pack on July 19th, is a 22-minute featurette called “The Warrior, The Myth, The Wonder” which explores Wonder Woman’s history, origin, evolution and powerful impact on popular culture.
  • Curated Spotify playlists from top female talent in music, film, TV, sports, and more. WaterTower Music and DC’s weekly playlists showcase the music that inspires these ladies to be Wonder Women in their daily lives. Listen to the first curated list from musician Brandy Clark here and follow the WW75 playlist to receive weekly updates.
  • Wonder Woman returns as a major player in the upcoming video game Injustice 2, the highly anticipated sequel in development by NetherRealm Studios to be published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in 2017.

The Flash Finds Its Director in Dope’s Rick Famuyiwa

The_FlashDeadline is reporting that Warner Bros. have found their director for The Flash. Rick Famuyiwa will direct the film which stars Ezra Miller and is set to be released March 16, 2018.

Famuyiwa broke out with 2015’s Dope, which he both wrote and directed. He also has tons of buzz with talks of awards for the HBO TV movie Confirmation which followed the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination and Anita Hill.

The Flash script is by Seth Grahame-Smith who was originally supposed to direct, but left the project over “creative differences.” Grahame-Smith’s script is based on a treatment by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the duo behind The Lego Movie.

Ezra Miller debuted as The Flash in this year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Famuyiwa’s hiring also continues Warner Bros. hiring of a diverse group of directors to helm their comic adaptations. Famuyiwa is African-American, while Wonder Woman features a female director in Patty Jenkins, and Aquaman is being helmed by James Wan, an Australian of Malaysian Chinese descent.

DC’s Movie Universe Makes More on Average Than Marvel’s

Batman v Superman Dawn of JusticeMany are enjoying the “failure” that is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film which is currently still in theaters has currently earned $851.6 million worldwide and currently sits in seventh when it comes to top grossing comic movie adaptations.

I’m a fan of the numbers though, and decided to see how DC‘s interconnected universe compares to Marvel‘s when it comes to the numbers. Now, the DC film universe is all of two films while Marvel’s is currently twelve.

Using data from Box Office Mojo, I looked at the film’s earnings domestically, internationally, worldwide, as well as their reported budget.

DC/Warner Bros. two films on average have earned $305.3 million domestically, $454.6 million internationally, and $759.8 million. Those numbers will only increase as Batman v Superman continues to play in theaters.

Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has earned on average $299.5 million domestically, $457.5 million internationally, and $757 worldwide for its current 12 films.

So, that means on average DC has made more domestically and more worldwide on average. It will likely make more internationally when its Batman v Superman run is over.

Now, earnings like that aren’t the only numbers. We don’t know the amount spent on advertising or what’s made when it comes to licensing but the average DC budget is $237.5 million while Marvel’s is $174.2 million. That means DC’s two films on average have so far earned 3.19 times their budget while Marvel has earned 4.15 times. So, while DC has “earned more,” Marvel’s has been a better return. However, crushing both when it comes to return is Fox’s X-Men films which on average have brought back 4.35 times their budget.

So, calling Batman v Superman or DC’s movie universe a failure is a bit premature when looking at these numbers, and DC’s will only improve over the next few weeks. How Marvel holds up will be interesting with Captain America: Civil War opening in a few weeks.

Suicide Squad Gets a New Trailer and more Batman

Worst. Heroes. Ever. See Suicide Squad in theaters August 5th.

The LEGO Batman Movie – Wayne Manor Teaser Trailer

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

The LEGO Batman Movie comes to theaters in 2017.

Movie Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman Dawn of JusticeFearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis.

Directed by Zack Snyder, the over 2 hours 30 minute Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice feels like a patchwork of ideas mashed together into a film that works on some levels and fails on others. Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer share writing credits and the film feels like moments geared towards comic fans in a sequel of a movie for a film trilogy that hasn’t happened yet. The film feels like we missed something, an interesting twist to comic films that both works and fails here.

The plot is in some ways good and bad. Integrating the events of Man of Steel perfectly, the film sets up why Batman would distrust Superman and why the world would be mixed in their trust of a god like being without a check in place. In comes Lex Luthor, a tech giant channeling a mix of the Joker and X-Men villain Arcade in a new take on the character. Luthor wants to create a deterrence, and if the film left it at these three it’d be a much stronger narrative, but it also mixes in Senate hearings, plots to setup Superman by Luthor, some kidnappings and eventually Wonder Woman and Doomsday. The film could have easily been two films, a criticism of The Dark Knight, another film Goyer had a hand in the story. You can feel Terrio’s hand in the political and moral aspects of the film. He worked with Affleck in the solid film Argo.

The film attempts to do too much, but with Snyder’s name attached, subtlety isn’t something we should expect. The film is not just a battle between Batman and Superman, but also an assault on the sense, both visual and audio. While many crap on Snyder’s style, I enjoy the look of his films, he can set up over the top action and deliver in empty battle. Where Snyder fails here is creating a greater visual contrast between Batman and Superman, the light and the dark. While that theme is discussed over and over in dialogue, we don’t see it visually, a missed opportunity and the director’s biggest fail in the film.

When it comes to the actors, Ben Affleck, Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot steal the show. Due to the screen time and focus of the film, the movie feels more like a sequel to an Affleck Batman film instead of the follow up to Man of Steel. Affleck’s Batman is excellent as a mix of scary boogeyman and an actual detective who is weary, tired, and grizzled after 20 years of fighting crime. Irons Alfred is a voice of reason and mechanic who sees the weight on Bruce’s shoulders. As I stated Eisenberg is a different take on Lex Luthor, a crazy genius. And finally Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman is mysterious until the end of the film where Wonder Woman really makes her presence known and in many ways saves the day. I’ll admit seeing Wonder Woman on the big screen kicking ass put a massive smile on my face and gave me warm fuzzies inside. She’s the most surprising part of the film. But is not all great. Her introduction to Bruce is rather flimsy, it’s not until she dons her costume does Gadot work, and it’s hard to not cheer as she throws out her lasso.

Where the film fails is many of the holdovers from Man of Steel. Henry Cavill as Clark Kent only looks pensive, never once smiling. That lack of emotion, he’s almost a walking Blue Steel, creates a lack of chemistry with Amy Adams‘ Lois Lane. Adams, along with Diane Lane as Martha Kent, are woefully underused and play the damsels in distress too much.

But the film is really about what’s to come, an ambitious slate of films that’ll introduce us to the massive DC Universe on the big screen. It’s no spoiler to say we are introduced to many including the Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman, and much is teased as to what’s to come. Comic fans will be explaining all of this to their non-comic reading friends for weeks. And while some of those introductions are cool, the flashes to the future to come is a massive fail in many ways.

Then there’s also…. well that’s a spoiler… but my 90s comic reading teen self had flashbacks.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a missed opportunity in many ways, but it also has a lot on its shoulders and sets up what looks to be a possibly exciting future when it comes to DC Comics’ movie universe.

Overall Rating: 6.65

The LEGO Batman Movie – Batcave Teaser Trailer

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

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