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…)
Rumor Central is broadcasting a doozy today, folks. Word has it that Warner Bros. is moving toward developing their own space movie now that Guardians Of The Galaxy has proven its power. Space is in now, and if you don’t copy Marvel’s every move jump on that interstellar bandwagon, no one will hear you get paid. Sure, DC Entertainment and friends can say that they’ve been planning this all along. All they had to do was drop a list of 9 unnamed projects through 2020 and fill them in with copies of whatever works for Marvel. In this case it sounds like they’re going for obscure-cosmic-ensemble-cast. Sound familiar? Well, wait until you hear what this project is! (more…)
If this actually happens, file it under “Smart Moves.” I’ve praised DC Entertainment in the past for their overwhelmingly stellar work in producing effective superhero TV. ‘Smallville’ was a success even thought it petered out near the end. They had a respectable run with ‘Superboy’ and ‘Lois and Clark’ definitely worked a niche market. The 90’s Flash was very cool but it was handled wrong because the hero never fought real supervillains until the Trickster showed up too late. But all things Superman, from way back during the George Reeves days, have stood the test of time. With the success of ‘Arrow’ and the lip-smacking anticipation of the new Flash series, a safe bet would be to capitalize on that ‘Super’ strength. That’s where ‘Supergirl’ comes in. Or, I should say, where Michael Green comes in. (more…)
Earlier this week the latest DC Universe animated feature – Batman: Assault on Arkham – released digitally and on DVD/Blu-ray. This one, however, isn’t tied to The New 52 continuity DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ Animation are building with films like Justice League: War and the upcoming Throne of Atlantis, but is instead linked with the Batman: Arkham video game universe. While at San Diego Comic-Con I participated in roundtable interviews with many of Assault on Arkham‘s creators and cast: director Jay Oliva, producer James Tucker, writer Heath Corson, voice director Andrea Romano, and voice talent Kevin Conroy, Matthew Gray Gubler, and John DiMaggio. Hit the jump for their input on making Batman: Assault on Arkham! (more…)
Times they are a changing. At this years SDCC 2014, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment will present a three-hour long special event that Saturday night of July 26th featuring a look at the DC Entertainment television lineup. What might you see? (more…)
After cracking the joke countless times, we really shouldn’t be shocked. After all Kevin Smith and Jennifer Garner have seen it, so of course Matt Damon has seen what his buddy, Ben Affleck, looks like in his new batsuit. Admit it, if YOU were cast as the Dark Knight, you’d be showing it off to everyone too. Hell, I’d be wearing that damn thing 24/7 (actually, I don’t need to be cast as Batman to dress up as Batman, right? Asking for a friend.)
MTV caught up with Damon recently while he was promoting his next movie, Monuments Men, and needled him for details. Which he gave and also revealed that Ben has given him the inside track on the storyline of Batman vs Superman. (more…)
Well, that took long enough. With Zack Synder‘s SDCC shocker that the Man of Steel sequel will actually be a Superman/Batman movie already ancient history (come on, it was days ago… that’s like years in internet time.) Rumors of who will be cast as the Dark Knight are already starting to swirl.
Cosmic Book News is reporting that an unnamed source from within DC Entertainment is saying that a certain TV actor will soon screen test opposite Henry Cavill for the role of the caped crusader.
Rumor revealing photo up after the jump. (more…)
With about two weeks to go until SDCC 2013, DC Entertainment has announced their plans showcasing DC characters and events during the Nerdy summer fan-fest. Expect a heavy push on anything Superman with Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel still doing well at the box office. There will be plenty of panels discussing future DC Entertainment comics, movies, and animation.
Check out the full press release below and let us know what you want to know more about in the comments section:
DC Entertainment, home to the World’s Greatest Super Heroes and the most talented writers and artists in the business, announced today it will storm Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013 with an impressive line-up of events, announcements and giveaways that promise to amaze fans and continue to cement its position as a leader in the comic book industry.
The largest English-language publisher and the leader in digital comics innovation, DC Entertainment will conquer Comic-Con with a selection of can’t-miss events. Fans can look forward to an unprecedented celebration of the greatest and most iconic hero in history, Superman – including a look at the best-selling new series SUPERMAN UNCHAINED and the return of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed Vertigo series with THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE, featuring the breathtaking artwork of J.H. Williams III. But the San Diego fireworks don’t end there, as DC Entertainment will be giving fans a sneak peek at the dark future within DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 and unveiling the JUSTICE LEAGUE KIA car featuring custom artwork from DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee to benefit the WE CAN BE HEROES giving campaign, and more.
DC Entertainment’s interactive 4,500 square foot booth (#1915) will take flight this year with a staggering collection of Superman costumes highlighting the Super Hero’s various eras and donned by actors including Henry Cavill, Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain and Tom Welling. The costume gallery anchors a booth that also boasts video game demos, creator signings, a special fan green-screen photo area, giveaways and exclusive video footage.
Plus, with a schedule packed with over 15 panels, DC Entertainment is set to deliver to fans a stellar collection of appearances, announcements and events.
- All hail the world’s first Super Hero as Superman celebrates 75 years! DC Entertainment will join its partners across Warner Bros. Entertainment to salute the most revered and influential comic book character of all time with a slew of must-see events in celebration of both the Man of Steel’s history – including a special Superman 75 panel featuring an all-star roster of guests, including Jack Larson (the original Jimmy Olsen from Adventures of Superman), first-time Comic-Con panelist Tim Daly (Superman: The Animated Series) and reigning animated Supergirl Molly Quinn (Castle) to comics luminaries Paul Levitz, Grant Morrison and Dan Jurgens plus talent from the current blockbuster, “Man of Steel,” and a first look at the animated short chronicling the character’s rich history, produced by “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder – plus more information on the powerhouse comic book series SUPERMAN UNCHAINED from acclaimed artist Jim Lee and writer Scott Snyder.
- Be there as the legendary Neil Gaiman offers fans a first look at his return to the comic book series that launched his career with Vertigo’s THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE. Brought to life by renowned artist J.H. Williams III, the new 6-issue miniseries set for release on October 30, will also be the subject of an all-star panel featuring Gaiman, Williams and artists Dave McKean and Sam Kieth.
- Dive into Vertigo’s upcoming slate of genre-defying titles – including the dark fantasy COFFIN HILL, the epic adventure HINTERKIND, the post-apocalyptic SUICIDERS, THE SANDMAN spin-off THE DEAD BOY DETECTIVES, and the erotic thriller THE DISCIPLINE, along with the return of the fan-favorite series from Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, AMERICAN VAMPIRE.
- Terror takes over when Villains Month hits in September. Get an inside look at the shocking events facing our heroes as the first DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 universe-wide event is unleashed. The event, spearheaded by the 7-issue FOREVER EVIL series by superstar writer Geoff Johns with art by the incredibly talented David Finch will also feature 52 jaw-dropping villain-centric titles boasting 3-D Motion covers. Fans will also be able to delve into the structure of this summer’s Justice League event Trinity War with a whiteboard animation video narrated by Johns, which will be showcased at the DC Entertainment booth. Plus, fans can get an early look at “Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics,” an all-new documentary to be teased along with a panel headed by Johns, Kevin Shinick (Robot Chicken), Andrea Romano (Batman: The Animated Series) and Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights).
- Don’t miss DC Entertainment’s display of seven Justice League-inspired KIA cars (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg) featuring custom automobile detailing and artwork by legendary artist Jim Lee at the Interactive Zone at Petco Park, Official Comic-Con Partner. Comic-Con will mark the unveiling of the centerpiece to the collection – the JUSTICE LEAGUE KIA – to be auctioned off to benefit the WE CAN BE HEROES giving campaign to help fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.
- DC Entertainment, firmly established as the industry leader in digital comics, will debut its first-ever panel dedicated to the space – slated to reveal new art, innovations and an all-star cast behind some of DC Comics Digital’s most popular releases including BATMAN ’66, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, SMALLVILLE SEASON 11, LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, BATMAN: LI’L GOTHAM, and BATMAN BEYOND!
- Fans will be able to pick up a wide offering of exclusive items only available at this year’s Comic-Con – including variant cover editions of some of DC Comics’ most popular series JUSTICE LEAGUE, BATMAN, SUPERMAN UNCHAINED, and BATMAN ’66, along with five new DC Collectibles items like the Aardman: Superman Action Figure, a three-pack of Super Best Friends Forever Action Figures, Batman Arkham City: Hugo Strange, a “Man of Steel” 1:6 scale Icon Statue black costume variant and DC Comics’ Super Heroes of Green Lantern four-pack.
- Superman gets an altogether different take in the fractured alternate universe of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, the highly anticipated DC Universe Animated Original Movie to premiere Friday at Comic-Con
- Get an inside look at INSIDE MAD, the hugely anticipated forthcoming collection from “The Usual Gang Of Idiots” at MAD Magazine and get a dose of the magazine’s wit and snark at the annual MAD panel – orchestrated by Editor John Ficarra and a side-splitting cast of characters.
Over the weekend a few new TV Spots for DC Entertainment’s Man of Steel popped up on the tube and now just days (or day, if it was a holiday for you) Warner Bros. has released 3 more. It’s like they are trying to hype Zack Snyder‘s Superman reboot or something.
All three contain the requisite few seconds of new footage combined with repeated shots of the last son of Krypton punching stuff (which I maintain is to distance this project from the 96.8% punch free previous movie.)
You can check them out after the jump, or wait the 17 days till the movie comes out if you want to be that guy. (more…)
It’s no surprise that The Avengers was a summer blockbuster, earning $1.5 billion in the box office as well as a score of DVDs and Blu-rays that are now in homes everywhere. It proved that the super hero movie is stronger then ever – and that Scarlett Johansson is still sexy in leather. What was surprising was the number of people who doubted it would even succeed – and Joss Whedon shoved the third highest grossing film of all time in their faces and proved them wrong.
One person that couldn’t be happier for all of this success is Marvel‘s President of Production Kevin Feige, who has watched the super hero trend change as a producer – in some capacity – for every single Marvel movie. So when MTV News‘ Josh Wigler spoke with Feige, he was more then happy talk about all the success The Avengers has had recently.
“We’ve had the good fortune of having a lot of dreams come true. I still remember six, seven years ago, thinking about casting Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. ‘It’s outside the box! It could be like Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow! It could take off!’ Clearly, we’re there now. That being said, you can never honestly expect this kind of success and be any kind of reasonable human being. I was just hoping it would be the biggest Marvel Studios movie of all time. It’s got to beat ‘Iron Man 2′ or we really screwed it all up. And we more than doubled that.”
And as for Whedon, Feige couldn’t sing higher praises for the director and writer of one the summer’s hottest movies.
“We believed that Joss could handle the spectacle, along with the amazing crafts people and technicians we hired, but never letting the characters get lost among the spectacle. We knew it would be a big movie with big visual effects. But I never wanted these great character who we love and have established in other films to get lost in the spectacle. ‘And now they fight aliens!’ We wanted the characters to stand out, and that’s Joss’ signature. I think he did his best job yet with ‘Avengers.'”
Now that The Avengers has proven that a multi-hero feature can be successful, the competition has taken notice and started planning their own ensemble franchise – DC Comics, to be specific. Now that they’ve seen it can be done, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are finally going after that long awaited Justice League movie. So what’s the producer got to say about the competition and the dynamic of James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy compared to other movies?
“There’s no rule that say you have to do it one way or the other, though I believe that what was unique about ‘Avengers’ was not that it was a group of superheroes, but a group of superheroes you knew and loved from other [films] all coming together. It wasn’t like ‘X-Men,’ which is inherently a team-based film, or ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ which we’re working on right now and is also a team-based film from the start. It was all of these people from other stories coming in and merging for one story. That’s what was cool to me about ‘Super Friends’ when I was a kid and that’s why I wanted to do ‘Avengers’ the way we did it.”
You gotta love the subtle jab Feige sends towards DC, but he’s not wrong.
The previous Marvel features created a selling point for The Avengers; people wanted to see how everyone would react when thrust together in a global threat, if that dynamic was built up to mesh the team together all the build up from previous movies would have been meaningless. As long as everyone involved in the next phase of Marvel’s production understands that team dynamics work in team-based movie then we can expect super heroes and less “super friends”.
Source: Comic Book Movie