We’ve just got a hold of the first official image of Barry Allen’s Flash costume for the CW‘s Arrow spinoff The Flash starring Grant Gustin. The suit was designed by the very talented Colleen Atwood, a three-time Academy Award winning costume designer. Let’s compare it to the 1990′s Flash suit worn by John Wesley Shipp. (more…)
When it comes to the voice of Batman, there’s only one true Dark Knight vocalizer, and that is the great Kevin Conroy. He’s given utterance to Gotham’s greatest protector throughout the 90′s animated series, the subsequent animated movies, and video games. The latter of which, Batman: Arkham Asylum, has been heralded by critics and fans alike as the greatest of all the Batman games, if not the best super hero video games of all time. Speaking of which, there’s been a lot of hullabaloo over the latest installment.
Developed by Warner Bros. Games Montreal, Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline occurring several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Fans are miffed for a few reasons.
1. Prequel smequel – too many cliche origin stories now. Everyone was hoping for a Batman Beyond Arkham Asylum or something.
2. Mark Hamill will not reprise his role of the Joke.
3. Batman writer and lead collaborator Paul Dini will have no involvement this time around.
4. The game is produced/developed by Warner Bros. Games, not it’s previous creators Rocksteady Studios.
Basically, fans fear this be a poorly produced game – nothing but a quick cash grab banking on the success of the previous installments.
Well, the nay-Sayers may have a reason to feel a little better. Kevin Conroy confirmed this weekend at Dallas Comic-Con that he will return as Batman. Why? BECAUSE HE’S BATMAN. Alright, so the voice of Batman is back; interest level has jumped a little. Regardless, there’s still a large worry that this game will not live up to it’s predecessors.
Batman: Arkham Origins will be available for the Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 25, 2013.
If you want a first look at the trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug you’re going to have to go ahead and buy The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey after it’s released on DVD and Blu Ray on March 19th, but before the March 24th (3PM ET) live streaming event. You’d probably be buying it anyway, but you’ve got to but it in order to get the special code that gets you into the Live Streaming Event.
You’ve also got the opportunity to submit questions on the movie’s Facebook and Vine pages for Peter Jackson‘s Q&A which follows the trailers premiere. One can expect Warner Brothers to be on top of any boot-leg versions that will pop up on the Internet and slapping Cease and Desist orders left and right, so unless you want to play tag with the Warner Brothers Legal Department all day trying to find a site with a working copy you might just want to buy it or borrow a friends code.
You could just wait . . . unless you’ve got that Hobbit itch that you can’t just scratch away.
The latest bombshell Justice League movie rumor to hit the internet from El Mayimbe of Latino Review concerns the possibility that Christian Bale might reprise his role as Batman for a team-up with Henry Cavill‘s Man of Steel.
The pieces of this puzzle begin and end with Christopher Nolan. El Mayimbe is reporting that Nolan has been given the reins of everything DC over at Warner Bros. and everything to do with DC comic characters now goes through him, making him the architect of the Warner Bros. DC Comics universe.
I can’t think of anyone more qualified to take over the herculean task that isn’t already tied up with a number of other franchises. Joss Whedon has Marvel, J.J. Abrams has Star Wars and Star Trek, who else has the talent and proven track record to match those two nerdy juggernauts? If you can name one put it in the comments section below because I couldn’t think of anyone that would be a serious second to Nolan. I’d love to see a World’s Finest and a decent Wonder Woman movie before a complete Justice League roster movie.
Check out the video below where El Mayimbe lays out his case to support his beliefs in this round of Justice League rumors.
El Mayimbe also included some thoughts not in the video:
Closing Thoughts that I didn’t include in video:
- If you honestly think that Warners, especially with what they’re up against, aren’t going to move Heaven and Earth to try to make what I mentioned above happen, then you’re insane. They almost have no other choice.
- David Goyer I couldn’t confirm his participation at press time, and it was holding up publishing the scoop. Hence, unconfirmed but my gut tells me most likely true. He is an important part of the equation and works quite well with this team. At the very least, he will most likely come up with a story. He has some other projects as a director he is trying to launch off the ground but like Michael Corleone once said, “Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in
- World’s Finest Again, unconfirmed. But certainly within the realm of possibility. Could we instead get just a team up between these two and then graduate to a Justice League movie? Anything is possible folks.
- Debunkers Our track record with DC is impeccable. We broke Routh/Superman, Ledger/The Joker, the opening of The Dark Knight, etc., just to name a few. Remember, when we first broke that Goyer & Nolan were involved with Man Of Steel and Thomas Tull made a call over here to debunk us? So, um, how did that end up turning out? False?
What do you think? Will we be getting some official announcements once the ink has dried on Nolan’s contract? The whole thing makes a lot of sense and I’m sure we’ll find out one way or another. I just hope they don’t rush through and screw up what could be an epic team up.
By now you may have already figured out which witch goes green come the end of Oz the Great and Powerful, but it’s a mystery they’re desperately clinging to for the film’s promotion, as you can see in the teaser below. If you’d like to remain unspoiled about whether it’s Rachel Weisz‘s Evanora or Mila Kunis‘ Theodora then wait until Oz releases on March 8th, otherwise check out these pics posted to Comic Forum. They leave no question as to which witch is the Wicked Witch.
Obligatory SPOILER WARNING goes here. Do not continue below the video if you’d like to keep her true identity a secret.
Last year NerdBastards brought you the news that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was keyed up to play Lobo in a DC comics movie. Today we bring you the sad news that all we hoped for, is not to be. In a recent interview with Dwayne Johnson about his current projects, MTV News asked the question:
Are you going to be playing Lobo?
With Johnson answering:
“It was [something that I was going to do] for a minute, but then it kind of just went away, as things happen in Hollywood. For a minute, I was interested in it, but then it went away.”
Considering the turmoil going on around Warner Brothers and DC Comics movie productions lately, it’s no surprise that this project has gotten left on the shelf to gather dust. If the powers that be can’t get any of the tent pole characters of DC Comics to the big screen in a unified manner, besides Batman that is, one would expect the secondary characters, no matter how beloved by fans, to wither and die on the vine.
Don’t worry though, we’ll be seeing plenty of Johnson in the coming weeks with his appearances in the action thriller Snitch later this month, G.I. Joe: Retaliation next month, Michael Bay’s dark comedy Pain and Gain in April, and then he’ll be in Fast & Furious 6 in May.
Johnson also confirmed we can look forward to his interpretation of the role of Hercules in director Brett Ratner’s Hercules.
Words out that Warner Brothers will be adding to the Batman:Arkham gaming franchise later this year. During a recent financial review, Time Warner‘s CFO and chief administrative officer John Martin confirmed that:
“And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013. And with a little luck, the year should be as good or maybe even a little bit better than 2012.“
You might remember that earlier this year Warner Brothers registered 15 new domain names featuring the key word Arkham.
Batman Arkham Universe
Batman Arkham Arises
Batman Arkham Begins
Batman Arkham Dark Knight
Batman Arkham Knight
Batman Arkham Legend
Batman Arkham Legends
Batman Arkham Night
Batman Arkham Origins
Batman Arkham Stories
Dark Knight Arkham
DC Arkham Universe
The Arkham Universe
Any of these could be the future title of the next Batman: Arkham (Something) game. What really concerns me is that VG27 is reporting that Rocksteady, the company developer of the first two wonderfully successful games, won’t be developing the new game. That could spell trouble. Paul Dini, the writer for the first two game’s script content is also not involved in the new project. That’s strike two in my book.
How many successful franchises or businesses can you name that dumped all the talented individuals or companies involved in the creation of said success and followed up that move with even greater successes? I can’t think of any. That Batman: Arkham baby is going to be without bath water or bath tub after that move. Add in that the game is going to be released later this year, when other games have labored years before being released to lack luster reviews and you’ve got a mixture just waiting to blow up in Warner Brothers investors faces.
The rumored story line for the new game is a Silver-Age Arkham story featuring the first time Batman meets Joker. Although that could be an interesting look at both characters, that alone won’t carry the game through if the game play and visuals don’t surpass the already high bar set by the first two games.
What do you think about all of this? I was blown away by both Batman: Arkham games and would hate to see the franchise tarnished.
Ben Affleck is currently riding a wave of success for his talented acting and directing of the Oscar Nominated Argo. It’s no surprise that Warner Brothers would approach him about taking the directors seat for the Justice League movie. What is unexpected is the rumor that Warner Brothers not only wanted Affleck to direct, but also play one of the central leads of the developing Justice League movie franchise, Batman.
Holy CinemaScope Ben Affleck, You’re Batman!?!?
Think about that for a moment. Ben Affleck as Batman. Warner Brothers wouldn’t just want him Justice League if he took the role, they’d want him for any follow-up Batman movies and cameos in other DC Comics movies for the next couple of years, if not longer.
The rumor of Batman Affleck comes to us from Elmayimbe of Latino Review. He’s also been the one to reveal the villain and team lineup of the movie so it’s a fairly safe bet he’s right on the money with this one too.
Neither Warner Brothers of Affleck have confirmed or denied either rumor to date, so we really just have rainbows, mermaid tears, and Elmayibe’s track record to back this up so far. Considering the recent lambasting the Justice League script has been taking on the internet, Affleck might have dodged a Batarang to the career here.
What do you think? Who else should play the role . . . besides Joseph Gordon Levitt? I still think that he’s the best choice to carry the legacy of Nolan’s Batman series, but Affleck in the director chair? That would be a good choice, Affleck has some directing skills, I’d rather see him continue developing those talents behind the screen.
Mark Millar isn’t one to keep his mouth shut about Mark Millar‘s thoughts and opinions about Mark Millar‘s own work and Mark Millar‘s thoughts and opinions about the work of others. (Sorry for all the Mark Millar‘s there, but for some reason, when ever I read something Mark Millar has said, I always imagine him talking in the third person, like the Queen of England’s royal manner of speaking.
While he’s been busy getting all of Fox Studios Comic book franchise characters, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to name a couple, in a row, Millar still had time to dissect what he thinks are Warner Brothers and DC Comics biggest problems in bringing the Justice League to the big screen.
Talking with SciFi Now, Millar started with a look at the groups powers and why the Justice League will have issues translating those powers and character traits to theater screens:
”Now the stuff I grew up with… I adored the DC stuff growing up but really, how do you do a movie about Green Lantern? His power is that he manifests green plasma from his imagination and uses them as weapons against someone? Even that in itself if you just imagine then watching a fight scene with a guy who’s like a hundred feet away making plasma manifestations fight someone – it’s not exactly raucous, getting up close and personal.
The Flash has door handles on the side of his mask and if he doesn’t wear that mask, I’ll be pissed off, you know what I mean? They’re in a weird, weird situation – if you’ve got a guy who moves at the speed of light up against the Weather Wizard and Captain Cold or whatever, then your movie’s over in two seconds. You can get away with stuff in comics that in live action’s just a bit sucky – the best one is definitely Aquaman. Aquaman can’t even talk under water. If you think about it in comics it’s fine, you just have a speech balloon, but how do you have Atlantis and people talking under water? Are they gonna talking telepathically? Is it going to be body forms?”
The core issues that Millar contends will bury the big budget DC Comics team up is:
“I actually think the big problem for them is the characters are just too out of date. The characters were created 75 years ago, even the newest major character was created 68 years ago, so they’re in a really weird time…
The actual logistics of each member of the Justice League is disastrous, and you put them all together and I think you get an excellent way of losing $200 million.”
Are you buying what The Millar is cooking, or is this just a smoke screen, an effort to muddy the waters just enough to make Warner Brothers Executives hesitant to swing for the fences with a Justice League Movie?
Are Millar’s points valid? I don’t agree that the powers of the Justice League won’t translate well on screen, but I do agree that the cost of getting those powers onto the big screen are expensive and time consuming. What is all boils down to for this NerdBastard is, will the story and characterizations work, or will we get 5 different characters with 5 different movie styles crammed into one two hour monstrosity?
Remember these gems from the past?
Via SciFi Now
Movie franchises these days are just like a large chain of dominoes, as long as each one falls just right and knocks down the next domino, everything is great. One little hiccup though and your left standing in the middle of a big mess, trying to carefully restart that domino chain without knocking down others.
Jeff Robinov, the President of Warner Brothers Pictures knows all about keeping those domino’s in line and when to just scrap the whole thing when things go bad. Why should that matter, because at Warner Brothers, Robinov is responsible for over $2 billion in production and marketing budgeting and has held sole green-light authority over feature films since April 2011. In other words, Robinov is the Gandalf of Movie Balrogs.
A recent article in Variety discussed Robinov’s decision to remain at Warner Brothers and some of the projects he’s shepherding.
”Talent relationships have always been Jeff’s strongest suit,” one agent said. “He’s been able to get Ben Affleck to make movies for Warners, which is something every studio would like to have. There aren’t many better jobs.”
The article goes on to discuss Robinov’s tight relationship with Christopher Nolan, and the future plans for the D.C. Comics franchises.
“Further out, the studio’s planning a “Justice League” tentpole — encompassing DC Comics mainstays Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash and the Green Lantern — on the order of Marvel’s “The Avengers.” Will Beall is scripting but no director has been attached yet.
Stakes are high for “Man of Steel.” Other than Nolan’s Batpics, Warners has not been able to effectively exploit the DC library. Its 2011 “Green Lantern” underperformed, and a “Justice League” film wouldn’t likely be in theaters before 2015, as Warner’s top brass has indicated that they are awaiting the results of “Man of Steel,” which opens June 14, before moving further ahead.
It’s no shocking surprise that a Man of Steel failure to perform at the box office could seriously jeopardize the movie dominoes that make up the Justice League and it’s other future franchise comic book character movies. Hollywood executives aren’t known for taking second chances on big budget projects with poor or under performing box office results, but with the strong Man of Steel cast, the trailers, and clips we’ve seen so far lead me to believe the movie should perform well both at the box office and with fan boys and girls. The real question that Robinov will have to ask himself, does it perform well enough to launch a billion dollar ensemble movie franchise?
In this NerdBastards’ opinion all they need to do is put one scene at the end of Man of Steel with Batman and Superman in the same room to make things happen, Fan boys and girls are gonna go nuts when that happens.
Have you got any thoughts on this? How badly do you want to see a Justice League movie, bad enough to drag everyone you know to see man of Steel a couple of times?