Is The DC Cinematic Universe Following a “No Joke” Policy?

- 08-27-14Comics, Film Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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There is no doubt that there are plenty of differences between the movies that Marvel continues to pump out and the movies that WB/DC continues to give audiences.  One of the biggest differneces, of course, is the tone of these movies.  While Marvel loves to give fans some laughs with their superhero action, DC prefers to keep things a bit darker, and for the most part any laughs that come from the audience are almost ironic in response to what’s going on in the film itself (“Want to see a magic trick?”).  If you follow the comic books released from each of the publishers, you may even believe you understand why. A new rumor, however, may give us a better answer to why the DC Cinematic Universe seems so depressing. (more…)

‘Harry Potter’ Director Signs Up for Potter Spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts’

- 08-21-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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He may have spent over six years toiling on the final four Harry Potter movies, but British director David Yates is far from done with the magical world of J.K. Rowling. You may recall that in the works is a new spin-off trilogy based in the Harry Potter universe, but not based on any published Harry Potter materialCalled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the movie promises all the magic and wonder of the eight previous Harry Potter films but telling all new stories that don’t crossover with any characters we’ve already been introduced to. I suppose Warner Bros. plans to not just capitalize on the Harry Potter brand, but the knowledge and experience of the Harry Potter series’ most experienced director. (more…)

Don’t Worry, Warner Bros Has Plans for Harley Quinn

- 08-19-14Comics, Film, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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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…)

The Rock Said The Word: He’s In ‘Shazam!’ But Who Is He Playing? [UPDATED]

- 08-19-14Comics, Film Posted by Aspry Jones

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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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Jason Momoa is Tired of Hearing About Aquaman

- 08-14-14Comics, Film Posted by Leo Johnson

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As someone who’s a part of Hollywood, Jason Momoa obviously has some thoughts on the industry. It also seems he’s not terribly afraid of voicing his discontent, especially when it comes to his as yet unconfirmed role as Aquaman vastly overshadowing his recent film Road to Paloma. Momoa not only starred in Road to Paloma, but directed it as well, obviously making it more of a personal investment than his rumored role as Aquaman. But fans just don’t seem to care all that much, which is what prompted him to take to Instagram and post the below picture:  (more…)

Does This Superman Villain [REDACTED] Have a Significant Part in ‘Batman v Superman’?

- 08-13-14Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

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When it comes to upcoming comic book movies, there is often an eternal struggle that fans have to face. That being the urge to know every little thing there is to know about an upcoming or current production vs the desire to keep oneself distant of spoilers. More often than not, curiosity wins out. Resisting the urge to know what Hollywood talent and creatives are doing with long standing beloved characters is quite frankly futile. Insatiable fans (and of course us bloggers) pick up quotes, rumors, unofficial set photos, leaked footage and everything in between. Stringing it all together and letting speculation take hold. All for the purpose of prejudging an unfinished product of course. Some fans will cheer while others will rage. But hey, that’s all in the fun in reading (an in my case writing) about comic book movies. 

So, today’s hot rumor comes from an extra on the Detroit set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice who claims to know how Jesse Eisenberg‘s Lex Luthor plays into the story. If true, these are some pretty big spoilers. Read on if you dare.   (more…)

Warner Bros. Has An Aquaman Movie In The Works. Seriously.

- 08-12-14Comics, Film Posted by Leo Johnson

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It looks like we may see Aquaman a bit more than just his planned appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the planned Justice League film. According to THR, WB has ordered two separate script treatments for an Aquaman movie. Will Beall  (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire) will both be taking a crack at the potential movie.  (more…)

JMS Looking (Again) to Make Big Screen ‘Babylon 5′

- 08-11-14Film, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski has come along way since his days penning the Saturday morning adventures of Captain Power and The Real GhostbustersIn the last couple of years he’s written the screenplays for Clint Eastwood‘s The Changling, as well as Underworld: Awakening, and Ninja Assassin as well as the stories for Thor and World War Z. His next project is Sense8, the new Netflix series from the Wachowski siblings, but it seems that JMS isn’t just thinking about the future, he’s thinking about the past. One of the under-reported bits of news from San Diego Comic Con, is that Straczynski hopes to once again bring his seminal sci-fi hit Babylon 5 to the big screen, and he’s hoping that the fifth time’s the charm. (more…)

Del Toro Is Not Counting NBC’s ‘Constantine’ Out From ‘Justice League Dark’

- 08-11-14Comics, Film, TV Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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As excited as everyone is for the new NBC series, Constantine, the one question that has been on many minds is how this new show will affect Guillermo del Toro’s long awaited Justice League Dark movie.  This is a valid concern, considering John Constantine is a key, founding member of the team.  Well, the ever-busy filmmaker has finally addressed this question. (more…)

Warner Bros. Moves ‘Batman V Superman’ Release Date, Ups Ante By Adding 12 Untitled Films

- 08-06-14Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

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One of the more interesting topics of gossip going into 2015 had revolved around a cinematic showdown between Disney/Marvel’s Captain America 3 and Warner Bros./DC’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Both films were to face head-to-head and compete for box office supremacy in sharing an initial release date May 6th, 2016. Believing in their brands, and tuning into a massive stock in interest amongst eager fans, as well as taking into consideration an already loaded summer movie schedule, both studios stayed firm to their planned release. The titans of industry were, up until recently, locked in an eternal game of “chicken”, with neither Studio wanting to budge. Some people have called it a pissing match, a duel of egos. While insiders will tell you that’s hardly the case at all. Truth be told, there is a science and business to release dates. But, for the sake of fun, watching these two studios stare each other down had left curious fans wondering how it would all play out.

Well my friends, the war is over. One studio has caved while the other stands tall pounding its chest and letting out a roar of victory. (more…)