A report yesterday listed a proverbial “Murderer’s Row” of big screen celebs being courted to join the big screen version of Suicide Squad, the movie based on the DC Comics team of the same name. Ryan Gosling, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Tom Hardy were the names being brandied about, although the reporting was a bit iffy, as if to say that these were names on someone’s wish list, possibly director David Ayer (Fury), and not a list of people actually being courted for parts. Well, new reporting today seems to indicate that the previous report was at least 75 per cent prophetic. Smith, Hardy and Robbie are indeed, apparently, “close to signing” on to DC and Warner Bros.’ next big comic book movie. (more…)
When the news broke earlier today that Green Lantern would be getting another stand alone movie in 2020, the first question that popped into my mind was, “Would this movie continue the Green Lantern story or would it be a reboot?” Now we know. (more…)
Gotham‘s 4th episode is a good example of something viewers like me need to keep in mind: This ain’t your daddy’s Batman.
Not that that’s a bad thing, indeed the whole purpose of the series is to show a side of the Batman universe fans haven’t seen yet–and in that sense, “Arkham” is a strong episode. Just don’t make my mistake of letting the title fool you into getting ahead of where we are in the timeline. There are no imprisoned supervillains to be enjoyed here (and I doubt if Harley Quinn is even a gleam in Mr. Quinzel’s eye yet).
Instead, what we have here is a power play between the syndicates controlled by Mob Bosses Carmine Falcone (John Doman) and Sal Maroni (David Zayas).
Btw, am I the only one who thinks their respective outfits should be referred to colloquially as the ‘Conies and the ‘Ronies? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? (more…)
In my review of last week’s installment of Gotham: “Selina Kyle”, I discussed my main objection to the series thus far: That the first two episodes seemed overwritten and unmanageably complex.
I’m not arrogant enough to even consider the notion that the Gotham writers heard my complaints and wrote “The Balloonman” specifically to address them, but if I could have asked them to, this is precisely the episode I’d want them to make. It’s streamlined, straightforward, and easy to follow–and if the rest of the season follows The Balloonman’s lead, Gotham has a real shot at being a truly great show. (more…)
Aquaman, fairly or unfairly, has long been a punchline among comic book fans, being derided for his seemingly useless aquatic-based powers, particularly when stacked up against powerhouses like Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern. DC Comics’ has taken strides over the years to make less of a butt of endless Robot Chicken jokes and more of a force to be reckoned with, from Peter David’s bearded-and-hooked Aquaman to writer Geoff Johns’ New 52 take on the character. With Jason Momoa confirmed as playing the King of the Seas in 2016’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, DC seems to be making a big push to make Aquaman the A-lister he was always meant to be. A piece of that push looks to be the newest DCU Animated feature, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, focusing on the half-Atlantean, half-human superhero, as seen in the newest trailer for the film. (more…)
With two episode of Gotham down, and the premiere of The Flash running at us next week, the Autumn of DC Comics’ content continues as we look ahead to Constantine. The new series based on the long-time Vertigo favorite premieres later this month on NBC, looking to capitalize not just on the popularity of comic book characters, but an audience eager for more supernatural and fantasy storytelling. All things considered, Constantine should probably have an easier time on TV as it lends itself to a procedural format, and various demons and beasties are easier to replicate on TV than, say, a man running really fast, but is the audience ready to believe in John Constantine? Perhaps this video will persuade you… (more…)
DC Comics movie heroes haven’t excited me in a long, long time. ‘Man Of Steel’ was just okay and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ disappointed me something ridiculous. I can’t even say that I’m completely stoked over the upcoming ‘Batman V. Superman’ film, which is basically just a ‘Justice League Lite.’ Sure, there’s potential beyond Afflecting my Batman, but I gotta question the cred of a movie where the Aquaman casting is the top thing that intrigues me. But films be damned, whether they know it or not, DC/Warner Bros. are pulling an Alec Baldwin – finding awesome success on TV when that whole cinematic thing isn’t working out. And there’s seemingly a good reason for their sweet fortune: they know what they’re doing on that small screen. That’s why TV’s Flash is outrunning movie Superman, and his show hasn’t even aired yet. (more…)
The Justice League is goin’ dark! No, this is not another non-story about how Guillermo del Toro still wants to make a movie based on Justice League Dark in the midst of his exceptionally busy schedule, and no, this is not a reference to the Zack Snyder live-action Justice League movie that’s supposed to follow-up 2016’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Nope, in this instance we’re looking to the animated realm, and a new limited series called Justice League: Gods & Monsters Chronicles which will lead up to the 2015 release of Justice League: Gods & Monsters, a new animated film from an original script by Alan Burnett. And yes, sources say that this new JL is going to have a darker spin than past incarnations. Yay? (more…)
It would be simplistic to say that comic book adaptations are limited to the books published by DC Comics and Marvel, but when it comes to movies about superheroes, the publishers more or less have that market cornered. That’s kind of surprising, especially for a Hollywood desperate to a) jump on a bandwagon with seemingly infinite rewards, and b) buy up any idea that comes pre-delivered with its own built-in audience. Throughout much of the 90s, Image Comics cranked out one new superhero book after the other, and for a time they did mighty battle with the big two publishers. So where are the movies based on WildC.A.T.s, or Savage Dragon, or Cyber Force? Perhaps this drought is about to be addressed because one of the architects of the Image boom, Rob Liefeld, says that there’s some serious studio interest in one of his characters: Supreme. (more…)