San Diego Comic-Con is known for bringing out the biggest stars for the annual pop culture event. The fan events, screenings, and signings are the backbone of the convention and each year, studios compete for audience loyalty and, more to the point, to generate revenue for upcoming projects, and attendees just lick it up. The annual “winner” of SDCC, Marvel Studios, has decided to sit this one out and it is rumored that once the studio got wind of what Warner Bros. would be bringing to the convention, Marvel realized that they could not compete with the elder studio. That’s right. For Marvel, it was even too hot in the shade for them to show up. Whether or not the Warner Bros. Studio panel will be that amazing is yet to be seen but on the home entertainment front, WBHE just announced that they would be bringing the legendary band KISS to destroy Hall H. That’s right. You wanted the best, you got the best. (more…)
It seems like just yesterday that tens of thousands of eager fanboys and fangirls were gathered around their computers, trying to grab a golden ticket to San Deigo Comic-Con, the pop culture event of the year. Well, San Diego Comic-Con is now just around the corner and will kick off with their annual Preview Night in just 29 days. Generally, at this point, SDCC announcements will begin rolling in fast and furious and today, we have a big announcement that will sadden some that received their SDCC registration. It appears that, as previously rumored, Marvel Studios will indeed be sitting this one out. (more…)
In an attempt to keep up with the competition, WB revealed a huge slate of upcoming superhero films a few months back, which included the highly anticipated villain centric Suicide Squad. At the time of the reveal, it seemed as if the movie was a lifetime away. With 2016 less than a year away, however, time seems to have sped up a bit, and now the Suicide Squad movie is picking up some real momentum and we now have word that we may be seeing even more fan favorites up on the big screen than we originally thought. (more…)
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…)
Surely by now those of you back home have heard about the insanely long line for San Diego Comic-Con‘s Hall H. It began forming about mid-afternoon yesterday and soon stretched three miles long (according to the convention gossips, that is). Yet–friend of the site, Rush Urbalejo has managed to grab a spot in the room and will be doing his best to recap today’s announcements. First up, Warner Bros.
While Marvel continues its uncontested dominance of the big screen, fans continue to wait and see if DC packs the gear to match their rival’s cinematic achievements. (more…)
We’ve seen quite a bit from Injustice: Gods Among Us, NetherRealm Studio‘s upcoming brawler featuring some of DC‘s most famous capes and cowls. We’ve seen Superman punch foes into space, Solomon Grundy pull a tombstone from his chest and bludgeon opponents, and Harley Quinn armed with explosive pies. And with its interactive environment and insane combos, Injustice looks like a real quality fighting game, not a game hinging on fans to be content with pitting Wondy against Bats.
Finally with the release of its story trailer we know why it’s teammate against teammate, and friend against friend.
Wow. Color me impressed. I think the graphics are great looking, most of the character designs are pretty slick – still don’t understand why Harley needs yet another costume, but I’ll move on – and if this trailer’s intensity transfers to the gameplay I think we’re looking at a top notch superhero game. Whatcha think?
Injustice: Gods Among Us releases for Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U on April 16th. You grabbing a copy?
Director Zach Snyder has confirmed that a second trailer for his Superman reboot will be attached to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and wants you to know how ecstatic he is about it.
The man behind The Man of Steel (hmm, that sounded awfully homoerotic) said the following to MTV News:
I can’t wait for ‘The Hobbit,’ so it will be fun to see our crazy ‘Man of Steel’ trailer and then enjoy ‘The Hobbit’ because that’s going to be great. It just feels like a fun Christmas thing to do, drag the whole family out for that action.
Wow, thanks Zach. You just gave us more reason to see The Hobbit. Speaking of which, The Hobbit is ending 2012 with bang. A) It’s The Hobbit, who the hell isn’t excited for it? B) It’s the first film ever in HFR 3D and C) there will be a Star Trek Into Darkness 9 minute prologue and trailer. And, of course, the forementioned 2nd look at Man of Steel. Golly (that’s such an underused word. imma bring it back), talk about being excited to go the movies.
In other Man of Steel news. Snyder commented briefly (via SHH) about the film’s villain, Michael Shannon:
Shannon is great, he has such great enthusiasm and dedication constantly. You can imagine that you could get actors who go, ‘Oh right, it’s Zod, it’s not 100 percent serious,’ or [you can play it] slightly with a wink, there is none of that with him. His effort is to make it realized and to understand this character and what he has to go through, so you have that on one side and you have Henry, who basically is Superman, on the other side and that dynamic.
Hearing Snyder talk about the film and it’s cast excites me. He really sells me on the idea that we’re finally getting the version of Superman we deserve. The footage seen thus far, however, hasn’t been as impressive. I mean come on, the first trailer showed Supes hitchhiking like a bum and sailing in a storm. These moments obviously indicate Clark/Superman is doing some deep soul/identity searching. Cripes, do we really need to care Superman’s psyche? Let everyone else be human. Leave. Superman to fly around, smash shit up and be the hero none of us can be.
I can only hope this 2nd Man of Steel trailer is as crazy as Snyder says it is.
Eli Roth, perhaps best known for his Hostel series, is a multi-talented Hollywood renaissance man who fills roles as producer, director, actor and writer. Even though he’s got seven films he’s currently involved with in a production capacity, he may be taking on a new project soon. Currently, Roth is in talks to potentially direct Warner Brothers’ new Dracula adaption, Harker.
Supposedly, Harker will but a new spin on the old vampire myth. Casting has started strong, with Russell Crowe signing on as none-other-than Dracula himself. This would not be the first time the two have worked together, as they just got done filming an action flick called The Man with the Iron Fists. WB had originally planned for Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) to direct, but scheduling issues killed that plan and now they want Roth to take over.
So far there’s no leading man for the titular role of Jonathan Harker and details on the story are still sketchy. Perhaps if Roth signs on, they’ll be able to get him to put in a little work-over on the script as well? Of course, Warner Bros. is looking to franchise the film, which means it will likely end up being either very cool or very ‘safe’.
Though I’ve always been skeptical of vampire films and find 9-out-of-10 of them to be almost completely unwatchable, I’m eager to see some more details on this one. With Roth at the helm, it could turn out to be an interesting piece of work.
Thanks to deadline for the heads-up.
Warner Bros. Thinks They Are Disney — Will Pull All ‘Harry Potter’ DVDs Out Of Circulation December 29
Warner Bros. just keeps on milking the Potter teat. On November 11th Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 will be released on Blu-ray and DVD. If you’re a Potter fan you’d better snag that shit as soon as you can, because Warner Bros. just made an announcement that as of December 29, 2011 all copies of Harry Potter movies, including the November 11 releases of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, and Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection will be taken out of circulation.
It’s a dirty whore trick they picked up from Disney, who releases films on home video and then, after several months, puts them in “The Disney Vault” increasing the value of previously released product and creating interest in an eventual re-release.
Here are the details from the official press release:
Harry Potter, the #1 motion picture franchise of all time, will soon disappear from shelves, as Warner Bros. stops shipping all Harry Potter theatrical film titles (including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ – Part 2, and Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection) as of December 29, 2011 (moratorium does not include digital – Electronic Sell-Through & VOD – or games). The Harry Potter franchise has grossed more than $12.1 billion for Warner Bros. Entertainment – with $7 billion at the worldwide box office for Warner Bros. Pictures and $5.1 billion for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
So, if you don’t have the money to buy them during that short window… you’ll pretty much have to wait a decade to buy it (officially). As slasfilm points out “Limiting the availability automatically makes an otherwise normal piece of merchandise more valuable”. It’s a method that has proven successful for Disney, but they’re Disney…they can pull shit like that. If I may digress here for a moment and say – that I’m still pissed that Disney hasn’t fucking re-released Song of the South. Yes, I know the flick perpetuates a dangerously glorified picture of slavery (which is NOT COOL), but I wanna hear some “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”.
Disney was able to make magic happen (no pun intended) because of the transition in formats (VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray), which warranted a re-purchase. That wave is over. It’s the year 2011. People no longer care for physical media. They want to DOWNLOAD movies, stream them…etc. Warner Bros. has some balls to think the “Limited time” ploy, especially on a dying media will work for them. Of course, knowing how crazy HP fans are, maybe they have nothing to worry about?