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Yup, it’s that time of the week again; time to hear about yet another television reboot!  This time around it’s an old black-and-white show that many of you may have never even heard of – The Saint.

The Saint was basically a James Bond-styled series based on the books of Leslie Charteris that featured a guy by the name of Simon Templar as the resident do-gooder.  Instead of a spy, however, he was a former thief that ended up with a Robin Hood complex.  Running from 1962 to 1969, the show had a good lifespan with 6 seasons and 118 episodes.  It even spawned a not-so-good movie adaptation in the 90s with Val Kilmer (at that time a big-name star) in the lead role.

The original series saw Roger Moore (a former Bond man) playing Templar, but this time around Adam Rayner (Hunted) will be taking the reins.  Accompanying him on his journey will be Eliza Dushku (Buffy, Dollhouse) playing the part of his sometime “special lady friend” Patricia Holm.

Moore won’t be gone completely, though.  Instead, he’ll be acting as one of the producers on the show.  Along with those mentioned, Simon West (Expendables 2) has been hired to direct the pilot and Jesse Alexander (Heroes, Alias) is doing the script.

So far, no networks are ready to pick up the show, so they’ll be trying to sell this thing once the pilot is all put together.  What do you think?  A risky gamble or will The Saint translate well to modern audiences?

 

Thanks to ComingSoon for the heads-up on this one.

Wow, guys, wow. Let’s talk about a crazy, busy, incredible con. As far as I’m aware, New York Comic Con is completely sold out. And you can tell, because it felt even more crowded than last year, but for being so crowded I can’t say I missed out on anything I wanted to do. All I did was hang out in the IGN Theater, which is comparable to San Diego Comic Con’s Hall H. The IGN Theater is where all the awesome shit goes down so of course I sat there all day to report on it for, because I’m just that nice.

Unfortunately, the IGN Theater is also a black hole. A signal sucking, 3G guzzling whore stealing my opportunity to share the awesome shit with you immediately. I’m sorry. If you’d like to hear and or see cool stuff from the con the minute it happens you are welcome to purchase me an outrageously expensive Wi-Fi pass.

What I can offer you is my audio recordings of all three panels I went to, Batman: Arkham City, DC Universe Animated Original Movies and The Venture Bros. They’ll be linked throughout this post. I offer these in exchange for not getting any kind of reporting out of the black pit of the Javitts Center in a timely manner.

First up was the Batman: Arkham City panel at which they premiered the full release trailer,

Beautiful. Chilling. A masterpiece of a game trailer if I ever saw one. I had the chance to play a little of Arkham City on preview night and everything you’ve heard is true. They took the unbelievable, most critically acclaimed super hero game ever and made it better. The world is open, about five times larger than Asylum. Batman has about double the amount of take down moves allowing you to pwn somewhere between 20-30 guys without much hassle. I remember hearing about the altered detective mode, but I can’t say it seemed all that different to me. I wasn’t in detective mode all the time during the demo, so maybe that speaks to the changes, you just won’t need to use it all the time.

At the panel was Sefton Hill and Nick Arundel from Rocksteady, Claudio Sanchez who created the original song for the game and of course, the Batman, Kevin Conroy. Hearing him talk, hearing him say, “I AM BATMAN!”, it made me quiver. Is there anybody you associate more with Batman? Probably not, he’s been playing the role for 20 years!

An audience member at one point asked why do they keep coming back to Conroy to voice the role, is it something he pursued? He said, not really, but rather it’s been this incredible fan reaction to his performance that keeps landing him the job. “You understand Batman better than I do, ” Conroy said at one point. Well, if that’s all it takes, us absolutely loving what Conroy brings to Batman,  I hope he never stops. Y’know, until he’s dead or something, but that’s a horribly sad thought I don’t want to dwell on.

Here’s the link to the audio for the Batman: Arkham City panel. Be careful though not to blow out your speakers, the panelists talk low but then the fans scream really, really loud!

Who’s getting this game when releases on October 18th? I”ll be playing non-stop in order to finish quickly. The sooner I finish the sooner I can tell you all how amazing it is.

After Arkham City there was a short break where I attempted to upload that video above. Realizing it wouldn’t happen in the black hole of the Javitts I ended up back in line for the DC Universe Animated Original Movies panel. On this panel was Bruce Timm and Andrea Romano, and if you don’t know who they are, well, Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League and every other amazing DC animated work would never have happened if it wasn’t for these two. And they were also joined by Kevin Conroy. Seriously, I think the guy spent as much time in the IGN Theater as I did.

Here’s the full audio from from the DC Animated panel, including all the audio of the Catwoman short which they premiered at the panel. Oh! And a special lady stopped by to introduce the short. I think you’ll recognize her once you hear her sultry tones.

All right, so after watching the short, I have to say I was happier with it than I originally thought. Everything I read was, “Catwoman strips. She hides out in a strip club. STRIP!!” That’s all that was ever mentioned in marketing, but the actually stripping is minor. Catwoman spends most of her time involved in wild, high speed chases and ripping dudes up with her claws. She’s a super badass! Personally, I think she’s way hotter when she’s roughing guys up than when she’s unzipping her suit. Then again, I’m not a dude, so yeah.

Oh yes, and the special lady introducing the short was Eliza Dushku, whom I’m really glad they cast as Catwoman. She’s purr-fect. Yes, I went there. I’m crazy exhausted, to me that joke is a riot.

Once I was in the IGN Theater there really wasn’t much reason to leave. Especially because The Venture Bros. panel was next! In usual, hilarious fashion Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick showed up without much prepared but they still manage an outrageously funny panel. At one point, Doc goes through a list of words and phrases he never wants to hear again. I know random, but really funny shit. You can give a listen to the audio of their panel here, same warnings apply, panelists are quiet, fans are crazy loud.

Okay guys, so day one was a bit of a train wreck because I figured I could post as I go, tweet out cool stuff, but clearly that won’t be an option. What can I say, this con is a learning experience. For Day 2 look forward to, hopefully,  more constructed and clear reports that’ll hopefully be coming your way in a more timely manner.

Now to pass the fuck out due to sheer exhaustion and nerdy glee.

I don’t believe there was ever better casting than Bryan Cranston as Lt. James Gordon. I’m going to come right out and say this first because Cranston as Gordon makes the movie. I know it says Batman: Year One on the cover, but this is The Jim Gordon Show, and he’s a badass. Just wanted to make that clear. Onward.

In a continuing fashion of pitch-perfect adaptions, Warner Bros. Animation bangs out another fantastic flick. When I watched this film the comic book wasn’t fresh in my mind. I’ve read Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli‘s grim, noir beginning of Batman before, but most of the details are fuzzy. Which I’m thinking only heightened my enjoyment. Batman: Year One excels at creating suspenseful moments and they’re only sweeter if you’re not sure what’s coming next. If you were planning to brush up on Miller’s original book before taking in this film, I say don’t. Let the movie reveal the plot to you.

Minor spoilage begins below.

Year One opens with Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne arriving in Gotham City. Gordon’s coming to Gotham after an incident in Chicago where he turned in a fellow officer, a corrupt officer, and he was treated as a traitor by the other boys in blue. Bruce is coming back to Gotham after fleeing across the globe to find himself, as well as train under one of the best martial artists in the world, and finally he’s prepared to face his childhood tragedy. For both of them, Gotham is hell.

And I couldn’t help having Bladerunner flashbacks as these two men familiarized themselves with the cesspool of Gotham. I think this is because much of the film is told through dueling inner monologues from Gordon and Bruce, exactly like the comic. In fact, I’m pretty sure most of the film’s dialogue is lifted straight from Miller’s script. The language is very terse, brief and to the point. No fancy, flowery language here.

Year One has marvelous pacing for a film only a little over an hour in length. We follow Gordon and Bruce through their first year in Gotham, their successes and failures as both men keep struggling for purpose. Strangely, they become one another’s reason to soldier on. They provide each other with hope, Gordon gives Bruce hope the police force isn’t corrupt and worthless and Batman gives Gordon hope they’re not alone, there is someone willing to fight for good in this hell hole.

I said in the beginning Year One should have been retitled The Jim Gordon Badass Hour. Why you might ask? Because this Jim Gordon is a kick-ass, no bullshit, determined, honorable man with one goal, to clean up Gotham, and even more importantly the Gotham City Police Department. Right away we know the GCPD is full of dirty cops, dirty cops who don’t like or trust Gordon. It’s quickly made known if Gordon decides to get any ideas, like reporting on crooked cops, his new family (Gordon’s wife, Barbara, is pregnant when we begin and little baby, James joins them by film’s end) won’t fare well.

At one point Gordon is jumped by several masked police officers and he makes an impressive effort to fight off his attackers, but quickly he’s overcome as they beat him senseless with baseball bats. But Jim Gordon is gruff and tough, and would do anything to protect his family. Including tracking down the lead dirty cop, Detective Flass, challenging him to a rematch and proceeding to pwn him. Flasse is a former Green Beret and Gordon gives him a baseball bat before their fight. A handicap, he says. Then Gordon proceeds to his kicks his ass, brutally. In fact the whole scene, including the lead in when he’s tailing Flass, Gordon comes off as one scary ass mother fucker.

Unfortunately, a character who doesn’t work for me is Selina Kyle, Catwoman. I know she’s in Miller and Mazzuchelli’s original comic, but in a film like this with such brilliant pacing and wonderfully crafted inter-twining narratives for both Gordon and Bruce we aren’t given much reason to care about Selina. He storyline eventually evolves into a running joke as Gotham news reporters keep calling her Batman’s sidekick. It’s a real shame because Eliza Dushku is pretty fantastic, she’s so tough, fiesty, very sexy, and guess what?! Catwoman’s boobs aren’t popping out in every frame! Take note, the Catwoman of the current comics is a master thief who can’t keep her tits in or her suit zipped up, while the Catwoman of Year One, whose a dominatrix by trade, appears empowered and covered up. What the fuck, DC? You don’t make any sense. Now, I am aware Catwoman stars in her own short included on the DVD, which I haven’t seen, but in it she apparently hides out in a strip club and performs a strip tease to avoid her pursuers. Being an animated short I doubt much else happens.

For Batman, they cast Ben McKenzie, and he’s not bad, he has a good grasp of both Bruce Wayne and Batman and makes their voices distinct without need to growl his lines. In fact, I think his Bruce Wayne sounds a lot like Christian Bale, and if you were to pick some part of Bale’s portrayal to mimic, that’s it. Also, and this happens a lot otherwise I wouldn’t mention it, but Batman’s only animated facial expression is to slowly squint his eyes. Waaaay to much Batman squinty face, it’s laughable.

I hardly mentioned Sarah Essen, a GCPD detective Gordon begins an affair with, and it’s because her scenes are brief, but they’re important. Katie Sackhoff does good work, but again, this isn’t her picture. Their scenes together add some shades of grey to Gordon’s character and even more excellent emotional material for Cranston to work with. I can’t tell you enough how awesome Bryan Cranston is as Gordon. He owns this movie and the character, and his Gordon isn’t only one tough hombre, but he’s funny too! Gordon has this cynical, sarcastic wit and Cranston just nails it. It’s no surprise he’s given top billing.

And lastly, before I forget since this is an animated film, how’s the animation? Beautiful. There’s a moment when Batman’s trapped in a burning building and the action is animated so seamlessly, his movements look effortless. It really is beautiful work. And while the style of animation isn’t an exact copy of Mazzuchelli’s work they lift a lot of imagery straight from pages of the comic.

No surprise here, I’m recommending you check this movie out. If you’re in the mood for a great Batman movie, and an even better origin than Batman Begins you should watch this. And believe me, this will defintely become your favorite version of Jim Gordon. Gary Oldman is fantastic in the Chistopher Nolan’s films, but Cranston was born for this role, he embodies Gotham’s police commissioner perfectly.

Batman: Year One releases on DVD/Blu-ray October 18th, but is available for purchase on Xbox Live, PSN, Zune, VUDU and iTunes today.

I’m still hoping for a screening of Batman: Year One at New York Comic Con this year, but I might just need to content myself with waiting for DVD/Blu-ray release on October 18th. You might note the 18th is the same day Batman: Arkham City releases, which leads me to pose the question can one day contain too much Batman? Of course, the answer is no, there can never be enough Batman, but how I will I manage to watch Year One and play enough Arkham City in one day! It’ll be tough, but I’ll manage. Even if I’m suffering from con crud and exhaustion post-NYCC.

With the release of Year One in less than two weeks, Warner Bros. Animation has released another tantalizing clip. In this one Batman takes on the GCPD, and he handles them easily enough. As can be expected.

No matter how many bullets they fire they can’t hit him, who are they, Stormtroopers?! Love him saving the cat, it’s a nice little touch, particularly when the rescued feline runs out to Selina. And what a badass taking out the bullet-ridden pillar with one kick. This film has the potential to be one of DC and Warner Bros.’ best.

If you can’t wait until Batman Day, the 18th, Year One will be available for download exclusively on iTunes, Xbox Live, Zune, VUDU HD Movies and Video Unlimited on the PlayStation Network & Sony Entertainment Network. Which I think I’ll be trying out and I reccomend it if you’ll be tied up with Arkham City for most of the 18th.

Batman: Year One is based on the landmark 1987 DC Comics titles from 12-time Eisner Award winner Frank Miller and illustrator David Mazzucchelli. The film depicts young Bruce Wayne’s return to Gotham City in his first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed vigilante. The playboy billionaire chooses the guise of a giant bat to combat crime, creates an early bond with a young Lieutenant James Gordon (who is already battling corruption from inside the police department), inadvertently plays a role in the birth of Catwoman, and helps to bring down a crooked political system that infests Gotham.

The movie starred the voices of Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Ben McKenzie (Southland, The O.C.), Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) and Alex Rocco (The Godfather) is the voice of crime lord Carmine Falcone.

Bruce Timm is executive producer of the film. Lauren Montgomery (Superman/Batman: Apocalypse) and Sam Liu (All-Star Superman) directed from a script penned by Academy Award nominee Tab Murphy (Gorillas in the Mist, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse).

Source: Geek Tyrant

After having attended the Toronto Fan Expo for many years, I’m used to the fact that celebrity guests charge for their autographs and for taking photographs with them. I don’t claim to know how other conventions work, but it’s something that we’ve come to expect at Fan Expo. While the prices may seem steep, they’re not completely unreasonable. I mean, last year, Stan Lee was charging $40 for an autograph and it was significantly less than I expected it to be. Summer Glau‘s autograph was the same price.

So Hayden Panettiere charging $30 for signage this year is, in comparison, not outrageous.

Not according to some dumbass “Daily Mail Reporter” assface. Some guy/girl/thing wrote an article for the Daily Mail basically saying that times must be tough for Panettiere to have to charge $30 per autograph. Click here if you’re interested in reading this fuckin’ garbage; the writer clearly didn’t do any research ’cause there’s no mention of the fact that pretty much all guests charge for autographs. Anyway, rather than going on about this idiot myself, let’s see what Eliza Dushku had to say about it!

Dear Sir,

I write to you because the piece of your paper that concerns me was anonymous. The piece was 27th August titled “Are times that tough Hayden?” ridiculing and attacking the actor Hayden Panettiere for participating in a Toronto Expo fan gathering where fans are charged money (Oh shock! Oh shame!) in exchange for autographs, signed pictures, and the chance for a bit of face time with their favorite celebrity.

My dear editor, how does Hayden’s action differ from what you do for much of the content of your “news” paper? There we have celebrities exchanging their name (sometimes willy-nilly, no permission asked), their time, and their pictures in exchange for a bit of publicity for their work. At least the fan shows (such as the current Toronto Expo one) are honest and up front about the exchange. In addition, at these shows both fans and celebrities get some precious small contact with each other as real people. Your paper does not provide that value.

Yes, you will have to tell me where you think you get off attempting to diminish a young actor who is attempting to reach out to fans in one of the only practical ways provided by the entertainment industry, an industry your paper is a part of and largely dependent on.

It is particularly shoddy that the author scoffs at Hayden’s lack of “Harry Potter” or “Spiderman” fame while leaving himself unnamed as “Daily Mail Reporter.” Talk about being a parasite! Does Daily Mail Reporter want to shoot down Hayden’s career, just at it’s beginning, and then take a salary for doing so. Seriously, Sir, for shame.

Now, it’s not clear how we can be sure that this is actually Eliza Dushku talking but in any case, I give my applause.

Source: Bleeding Cool

Today we’ve got the trailer for the highly anticipated animated adaptation of Batman: Year One, and seriously, it’s giving me chills. It might be that the A/C is cranked up too high but I’m betting it’s the shocking and bleak murder of the Waynes shown in this trailer. Chilling stuff.

 

Dude, how awesome does this look? DC and Warner Bros. Animation have already proven they make incredible adaptions of beloved comic books and I think Year One is going to blow all their earlier works away. What a great story to adapt, Frank Miller‘s origin for Dark Knight became an instant classic and the gritty world of Gotham never looked, well, as gritty as it does through the eyes of Jim Gordon, working his way up the GCPD.

This animated feature also has the pleasure of introducing Miss Selina Kyle, Catwoman. She’ll even appear in her own animated short on the Bluray/DVD.

In the short, she faces off against crime boss Rough Cut, a new character created just for the story that is voiced by “Futurama’s” John DiMaggio. The 15-minute-long segment follows the two of them in a “breathless and brutal” chase across Gotham City while searching for a mysterious cargo shipment.

Catwoman and the return of John DiMaggio, can it get any better? DiMaggio voiced the Joker in Under the Red Hood and was spectacular! Which is really saying something because the Joker has had some phenomenal voice talent before.

“Batman: Year One,” starring Benjamin McKenzie as Bruce Wayne, Bryan Cranston as Jim Gordon, Eliza Dushku as Catwoman and Katee Sackhoff as Sarah Essen, will be available October 18, 2011 from Warner Home Video on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for download. It’ll also have its world premiere at this year’s Comic-Con on Friday (July 22) at 8:00 PM in Ballroom 20, followed by a panel discussion with cast and crew.

There you go, you lucky bastards at Comic-Con. Sad by how few movies will be there hocking their goods? Well this sounds like a panel not to miss!

source: MTV’s Splash Page

Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment are really hitting it out of the park with their animated features. Earlier this year they released the impressive adaptation of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All-Star Superman. Today is the release date for the new Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, an anthology involving different members of the famous corps. But their upcoming feature might be the most anticipated yet, Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli‘s Batman: Year One.

A young Bruce Wayne has spent his adolescence and early adulthood, traveling the world so he could hone his body and mind into the perfect fighting and investigative machine. But now as he returns to Gotham City, he must find a way to focus his passion and bring justice to his city. Retracing Batman’s first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed vigilante, we watch as he chooses a guise of a giant bat, creates an early bond with a young Lieutenant James Gordon, inadvertently plays a role in the birth of Catwoman, and helps to bring down a corrupt political system that infests Gotham.

Year One redefined the beginning of Batman an gave comic book fans a clear origin for the Dark Knight. It’s influence is even felt in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, heavily in fact. In Year One we also learn a lot about Gotham’s other famous faces, Jim Gordon for one is given plenty of screen time as this story is as much his origin as Batman’s.

The voice cast for this feature is outstanding. Batman: Year One stars Ben McKenzie as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Bryan Cranston as James Gordon (how freakin’ perfect is this!?), Eliza Dushku as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Katee Sackhoff as Sarah Essen and Alex Rocco as Carmine Falcone. Seriously, Bryan Cranston is the best Gordon casting since Gary Oldman.

The worst part is waiting until later this summer for this to release. In the meantime watch this sneak peak, behind the scenes featurette with interview with the cast, Dan Didio and Bruce Timm (all bow before the DC Animation god).

Hopefully soon we’ll see some fully animated footage from the movie, until then, what do you think?

source: GeekTyrant

Today, The Hollywood Reporter had the exclusive scoop on the voice casting for Warner Bros. and DC‘s 12th animated feature, Batman: Year One. The super successful string of animated films have stretched from movies set in their animated series’ universes to features of a more adult nature, like  Batman: Gotham Knight and Under the Red Hood. This adaptation of Batman: Year One will suffer the most critiquing since Year One was, and is, such a ground breaking comic. Frank Miller‘s re-telling of the Dark Knight’s origins set the tone for Batman’s stories for years to come. So how’s the cast shaping up? Pretty damn good.

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcom in the Middle), whose star is seriously lighting up  right now, has been cast as Commissioner Gordon; Ben McKenzie (Southland) is Bruce Wayne/Batman; Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Tru Calling) will be Catwoman and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galatica) is Sarah Essen, Gordon’s love interest.

Batman: Year One will be directed by Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu; Tab Murphy penned the script. Bruce Timm is returning as executive producer and mentiones the faithfulness of the adaptation,

The source material is surprisingly cinematic; it’s a pretty straight forward literal retelling. Mazzucchelli’s artwork is beautifully composed and we were able to refer to the comic for about 80 percent of the camera setups.

Geeky Tyrant posted the film’s synopsis,

A young Bruce Wayne has spent his adolescence and early adulthood, traveling the world so he could hone his body and mind into the perfect fighting and investigative machine. But now as he returns to Gotham City, he must find a way to focus his passion and bring justice to his city. Retracing Batman’s first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed vigilante, we watch as he chooses a guise of a giant bat, creates an early bond with a young Lieutenant James Gordon, inadvertently plays a role in the birth of Catwoman, and helps to bring down a corrupt political system that infests Gotham.

I remember absolutely loving the building of Gordon’s and Batman’s relationship, it’s a pinnacle theme of the book. I’m positive Cranston will be incredible as Gordon, and Sackhoff and Dushku as these two tough women, this could be real good. McKenzie is the only one I’m unsure of, I just not familiar enough with his work. Do you guys have confidence in what he can bring to the Dark Knight?

Also, make to sure to click the jump for a larger version of the exclusive image above as well as another hi-res screen shot from the animated feature. Batman: Year One is rated PG-13 and is set to release this fall. In July at Comic-Con expect to see the world premiere.

source: THR, Geeky Tyrant

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For those of who loved the sassy girl with the thick as hell Boston accent you must have been devastated when Eliza Dushku’s character Faith never got a show of her own.  There’s so much to the character that could have evolved and been explored and with a built in fan base it ultimately should have been successful, right? So why didn’t the spinoff ever happen?  Well, Dushku recently tells us why she decided not to do it.  Now folk don’t go trying to drive a stake through the poor chicks heart just yet.  She has some good reasoning….I think.  Here’s what she had to say,

After I finished the show, I’d withdrawn from school and followed up with a couple of films like Bring It On, but I’d had such an awesome experience working with Joss I was ready to go down that road again. So I met with Joss and Tim Minear and spoke about the potential for a Faith spin-off. But Buffy had just gone on seven years and Joss was really straightforward: he couldn’t play the kind of day-to-day role he had on Buffy—he had his family.

I love Tim Minear, I trust him wholeheartedly and it wasn’t that I felt without Joss it wasn’t right, but it was a contributing factor. On top of it, I had just played this character for almost five years, it felt like time to explore a different role. So I ended up making a decision that, though looking back I don’t regret, in hindsight maybe the talks could have continued a bit longer.

It’s a question I’ve been asked a gazillion times: ‘Why’d you do Tru Calling and not the Faith spin-off?’ Thing is, even Joss was part of helping me make that decision. He said: ‘I think you have to follow your gut, which is trying something different, and we’ll stay friends so this isn’t goodbye, this is until next time.'”

So guys, is it too late to resurrect this badass Slayer or is there still a chance for her to kick some ass??

Source:Blastr

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