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We’ve seen countless iterations of Batman’s greatest rogue, The Joker. We’ve seen Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton’s Batman, Heath Ledger in the Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, and recently Jared Leto in Suicide Squad (and the upcoming Gotham City Sirens movie). Of course, there’s the OG from the Adam West series, Caesar Romero and countless voice actors for various DC animated movies (Mark Hamill remains king though!). The Joker is without a doubt one of the most fascinating characters throughout comic book history. However, we really haven’t learned much of his origin or his history. Until now…

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If you had predicted that the highest grossing film of the summer blockbuster season was going to be a DC film, you might have been laughed at. Sure, the films of the newly minted DC Extended Universe are big box office draws, but in a year where we have already had heavy hitters like the Fate of the Furious, Logan, and of course Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, it seemed unlikely that a DC film would rack up the charts. That was before Wonder Woman.

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Any given day you can find some sort of argument online between DC and Marvel fanboys. The constant “Marvel vs DC” debate has been ongoing since before most of us were born, since Marvel and DC were young comic book publishers.  Now that there are cinematic universes surrounding DC and Marvel characters, the endless debates have continued to a new medium. Now, of course, we don’t have to pick a side. As comic fans, it’s perfectly OK to like both equally. In fact, many actors/producers/directors in both universes often offer praise to each other for the success of their films and many endlessly gave DC their props for Wonder Woman. Now, the heads of the Marvel and DC cinematic Universes joined together in praise of someone else.

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The latest addition to the DC extended universe has raised the bar for the company’s cinematic output. Wonder Woman has far surpassed anyone’s expectations. Through the stellar performance by not only Gal Godot as Diana Princess of Themyscira, but from the equally brilliant supporting cast, from Chris Pine as Steve Trevor at Diana’s side to the host of Amazonian warriors to raised her. It has been long established that Diana herself will return to the DCEU, in Justice League, which is due for release later this year, if nothing else. Director Patty Jenkins has already expressed an interest in returning for a sequel, but nothing has been confirmed yet. (more…)

Since she first appeared as the most exciting part of the climactic battle in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gal Godot‘s portrayal of DC‘s epic Amazon warrior Wonder Woman, the nerd world has been obsessed with her. Expectations were hardly high for the movie, based on the quality of DC’s extended cinematic universe so far. On top of that, the film had to suffer being banned in Lebanon and boycotted by misogynists who felt left out of a small handful of women-only screenings. But despite all that, the film’s opening weekend was a roaring success, cleaning up at the box office and smashing into the mid-90s on its Rotten Tomatoes rating. (more…)

FOX has won big recently with two slam dunks, Deadpool and now Logan, both of which are rated R. The R rating marks a heavy departure from past superhero films, allowing for a more mature shift in tone, something which audiences are clearly hungry for. So with the success of these films, it is only natural to ask whether other studios will follow suit and release R rated superhero films as well. DC has hinted they might be interested.  (more…)

Looks like the Arrowverse… um… Flarrowverse… well… the lineup of DC television shows on The CW is expanding to add yet another series! Fox has decided to pass on picking up Black Lightning, so like all the other DC shows (Except maybe for Gotham and Lucifer), it’s joining the likes of Arrow, The Flash, DC Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl.

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While DC‘s vast creative output consistently draws the attention of audiences from all over the world, regardless of whether it’s making comics or movies or television shows, it isn’t exactly known for its sense of humour. Instead, a lot of its best known figures are known for being dark and brooding and gritty, despite their brightly coloured super-suits and general goodwill towards their fellow man. Take Batman, for instance, whose early comedic incarnatic has been replaced over the years with an ever more serious character, who voice gets more and more gravelly as time goes on. (more…)

The nerd community took a major hit with Ryan Reynold’s Green Lantern in 2011. Reynolds even took some pot shots at the flick in last year’s Deadpool, but all jokes aside, will the upcoming Green Lantern Corps be any good? It’s already coming into a questionable cinematic universe alongside DC’s lackluster releases of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad so hopes are high and fingers are crossed that the next venture into the world of Hal Jordan and company fares better than it did the last time. Fellow nerd and filmmaker Duncan Jones has gone to Twitter to share his opinions on what we should get when Green Lantern Corps hits theaters in 2020.

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If there is one thing that Screen Junkies has made quite clear over the years, it is that no one is safe from ridicule, that any and every movie must be criticised to prove its worth. No matter how great it might be to the untrained eye, the Honest Trailers series will expose every flaw in all the most popular releases. In their most recent video, they’ve taken on be the baddest of the bad. The most dangerous villains in the entire DC universe have come under the critical eye of one of YouTube’s most scathing pop culture critics. (more…)