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…)
It’s almost as if DC Comics and their parent studio Warner Bros. are ceding movie screens to Marvel Studios because today comes word of yet another DC-based TV project. Following quickly on the heels of the announcement of a Supergirl series being in development, and coming in advance of the premiere of four new DC Comics-based series and the third season premiere of Arrow, comes news that the Teen Titans might also be coming to TV screens everywhere. A pilot called Titans, which is based on the long-running superhero team that first appeared in the 1960s, is being developed for TNT, and if they like what they see, it could lead to an ongoing series about the team. But that’s the good news… (more…)
If you’ve been watching closely, you’ve read a few articles on DC’s ‘Constantine’ coming to the small screen. Whether you’re just a fan of the film or you’ve checked out the comics, you know that this is a cool idea. If you’ve gone to the trouble of actually reading the posts (I’m talking to you, Facebook) then you know about some vital particulars. Things like the series dumping a meaningless character for a good one from the books. Also cool surprises like the Doctor Fate cameo will lure in many casual fans. As we close in on the premiere, we’re still at no loss for series news, because we’ve got info on a potential catalyst to Constantine’s chain-smoking habit. Here’s a hint: with news of DC’s Dark League taking shape, every supernatural player in their catalog is fair game! (more…)
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Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is officially locked in as Black Adam for the upcoming Shazam movie, even more details are starting to come out. While it’s interesting that we’re finding out who will be playing the villain in a movie before we even find out who the hero will be and that this will be the first DC/Warner Bros. movie that doesn’t center on one of the main Justice Leaguers, like Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman, that’s not all that is unique about this movie, as New Line president Toby Emmerich revealed today.
When Harley Quinn first appeared in the an early episode of Batman: The Animated Series called “The Joker’s Favor,” she was an instant hit with fans. Like a couple of aspects of TAS, Harley eventually made her way to the mainstream DC Comics universe where she has flourished, appearing in numerous comic book series, including her own solo book. So it should really come as no surprise that the character is so highly in demand for those working on DC properties in other media, like, say Arrow. But if you’re waiting for Stephen Amell’s archery-friendly vigilante to face off against Mr. J’s Girl Friday, you’re going to be sadly out of luck. (more…)
Back in July when everybody still thought it was cute for Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to tease his newest movies via Twitter, we read something about a new role with the tag “say the word.” He was still being coy about it and not really giving out much information, but the clues were there if you could spot them. Pretty much everybody spotted them and sites ran with whatever information they could find, which was little. We knew he would be in a new movie and we new he’d play a superhero and we knew it was a DC Comics property. With the semi-cryptic “say the word,” hint (the word being ‘Shazam’), guessing the answer to his puzzle was much easier than whatever Katee Sackoff thought she was doing in a similar situation. Now The Rock has come clean with the news: he’s in ‘Shazam.’ But in what role?
Update: More comments from Johnson have been added below, relating that he wanted to announce Shazam at Comic Con, and saying that he expects the official announcement to come soon.
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