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While some have been critical of the seemingly scattered approach to the commissioning of new projects taken by the DC Extended Universe so far, it’s certainly the case that this different method of universe building has generated some potentially interesting plans. One of those would seem to be Harley Quinn vs. The Joker, which now has directing duo (and frequent Margot Robbie collaborators) Glenn Ficarra and John Requa attached.
Billed as a “criminal love story” centred on the iconic comic book pair, the film will focus on their relationship with each other, rather than viewing these characters through the lens of their relationship to Batman. Speaking to Female First UK about her new movie, I, Tonya, Margot Robbie explained her hope for how the spinoff film will see the love story end.
“Their love story has to end in flames! It has to, it just wouldn’t be right. »
- Sarah Myles
Gary Collinson reviews the Garma Mecha Man (70613) set from The Lego Ninjago Movie…
It’s an exciting time for fans of Lego’s Ninjago theme, what with the release of the animated big screen adventure The Lego Ninjago Movie from Warner Bros., and with it of course comes a range of tie-in sets (and a series of Collectible Minifigures). In addition to the fantastic Ninjago City set, the Lego Ninjago Movie line features several mechs for our heroes and villains, including the evil Lord Garmadon’s Garma Mecha Man, which you may have seen in action in the film’s trailers.
Garma Mecha Man consists of 747 pieces in total, along with four minifigures, and retails for $59.99 / £59.99. The build is straight-forward enough and shouldn’t prove too challenging even to younger builders, while the mech itself contains several nice little touches and play features. It also measures an impressive 13″ in height, »
- Gary Collinson
It may have gotten bumped to number two at the box office in its third weekend of release, but people are still flocking to see Pennywise the Dancing Clown do his stuff. The movie is a certified phenomenon. And people just can't get enough of the Losers' Club. We've been seeing a lot of mashups lately. But the latest really 'eats the kid' as it were. Someone has decided to give Pennywise an anime makeover. And It is almost a little too perfect.
It is now officially the highest grossing R-rated horror movie of all time (as long as you don't count inflation into the mix). Pennywise has surpassed Pazuzu as the biggest money earner on the big screen. And though Tim Curry played the character first in the 90s, Bill Skarsgard has gained full ownership of the clown. Some were skeptical at first, but this incarnation of the child »
You know the old saying: One’s man’s trash is another man’s treasure. That applies to me and my pals so often.
Now, I realize I’m very blessed: I have a great bunch of friends. I share interests and/or a long history with each them. I guess that’s part of the definition of a friend. But we don’t all love the same stuff. And when it comes to Geek Culture, a bunch of my friends just aren’t that into it.
I pity those fools as I flip through the latest PaperGirls.
Freddie P is that type of friend. He’s a long-time pal. We grew up in the same small town, kept in touch through college and lived near another in those wild just-a-few-years-outta-college days. After that, we always stayed in touch. We’ve watched each other’s families grow up. We laughed »
- Ed Catto
Before Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was even a glint in Zack Snyder’s eye, Darren Aronofsky was plotting to make a big screen version of Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One. Over the years, though, we’ve seen many proposed superhero movies fail to make it past the development stages, and sadly, this was one of those.
Unfortunately, the studio became more enamoured with the idea of a big-budget project featuring both the Caped Crusader and Man of Steel rather than a low-budget Batman solo film. And although Batman V Superman wouldn’t see the light of day (in that form anyway) for quite a while, many of the components of Batman: Year One would find their way into Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. That film ended up being quite different to what Aronofsky had in mind, of course, and as such, many still wonder how things would »
- Matt Joseph
It's September 23. That can only mean one thing. It's Batman Day. To Celebrate, composer Danny Elfman took a break from working on his Justice League score, sharing a new video where he wishes fans around the world a very Happy Batman Day. Though some might call it Harley Quinn Day. The official DC Youtube shared the video saying this.
Danny Elfman did the score for Tim Burton's 1989 Batman movie. Now, he returns more than twenty years later, providing an all new soundtrack for the next Dceu adventure. Justice League will be in theaters this November. And the new music Danny Elfman is working on will surely please longtime fans.
Thanks in part to a very mystical social media maven, Unshaven Comics has recently enjoyed a bit of a renaissance on our Facebook page. With an increase of likes and, more important, engagement, I’ve been able to hold some really great conversations with our glut of fans. Most recently (as of my writing this), I brought up the question of our favorite artists. I did so because, to me, nothing immediately draws us all into the world of comic books before the art… pun wholly intended.
It’s the depiction – be it overtly bright and heroic or gothic and moody – of worlds impossible to live in that ultimately usher us into the pulp. The writing may, in turn, drive us further into our individual fandoms, but I’ll always believe that the visuals of comic bookery are inherently tied to our collective appreciation. Individual artists will hold our attention more than others. »
- Marc Alan Fishman
The already star-studded voice cast of Netflix’s multi-Emmy-winning Trollhunters is about to get another healthy dose of star power, as Deadline reports that three acting heavyweights have signed on for recurring roles in the show’s second season.
Film and TV stars Mark Hamill (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) and David Bradley (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) will lend their voices to the acclaimed animated children’s Netflix program, which comes from Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) and DreamWorks Animation TV. They will be joined by returning season 1 cast members Charlie Saxton, Jonathan Hyde, Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman, Amy Landecker, Steven Yeun and Anjelica Huston. The star of the show, Anton Yelchin, recorded nearly all of his lines through season 2 before his untimely death, so his voice will once again be heard in the forthcoming season.
Hamill will play »
- Justin Cook
When Phil Lord and Chris Miller turned animation on its head with “The Lego Movie” in 2014, they proved you could successfully make a punk rock hero’s journey that was both reverential and iconoclastic. This year Chris McKay expanded into Gotham with “The Lego Batman Movie,” and Charlie Bean takes a naturalistic turn with his martial arts brick adventure, “The Lego Ninjago Movie.” Despite embracing different genres, they are variations on family, friendship, and self-discovery.
“When I first saw ‘The Lego Movie,’ I thought this was so different and so cool,” said Bean, who makes his feature debut after helming the “Tron Uprising” animated series. “It was a garage band type of aesthetic. It doesn’t care about the rules. It can be live-action, it can use different graphic design. We can break the rules and do whatever we want. It’s funnier, more brash, and, at the same time, »
- Bill Desowitz
Coinciding with its season 4 premiere on Thursday, TV Line has unveiled a new cast image for the Batman prequel series Gotham featuring (from left to right) Erin Richards (Barbara Kean), Robin Lord Taylor (The Penguin), Jessica Lucas (Tabitha Galavan), Cory Michael Smith (The Riddler), Crystal Reed (Sofia Falcone), David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne), Ben McKenzie (Jim Gordon), Camren Bicondova (Selina Kyle), Sean Pertwee (Alfred Pennyworth), Chris Chalk (Lucius Fox), Donal Logue (Harvey Bullock), Morena Baccarin (Leslie Thompkins) and Alexander Siddig (Ra’s al Ghul); take a look below…
See Also: Gotham gets an extended ‘Dark Knight’ trailer, Fish Mooney won’t return to the series
See Also: Lucius Fox creates Bruce Wayne’s proto-Batsuit for Gotham season 4
“Gordon fears Jonathan Crane (guest star Charlie Tahan) is still alive and back in Gotham, when The Scarecrow’s signature Mo is used in a series of robberies. Meanwhile, Penguin’s “licensing” of crime »
- Amie Cranswick
Now that the season premiere of Gotham is so close we can taste it, Fox is rolling out generous teasers by the day. Just yesterday, we were treated to an oversized trailer for the show’s fourth year and, now, a couple sneak peeks have found their way online to whet our appetites.
In the first clip, the camera is focused squarely on a “License of Misconduct” card, something we’ll discuss further in a moment. But mainly, this particular video centers on Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth, the former of whom is obviously taking his first major strides toward becoming Batman.
From what we can gather, this scene takes place not long after Bruce puts on a mask for the first time, seemingly preparing for the inevitable return of Ra’s al Ghul. But to Alfred’s chagrin, the burgeoning vigilante has designs on multitasking, also willing to focus »
- Eric Joseph
Before delving into the merits of “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” it’s worth pausing to reflect on just how remarkable it is that the third film in a cinematic franchise based on plastic children’s construction toys comes with high expectations attached. Before Lego launched its own film empire, other toy companies like Hasbro had established assembly lines of often profitable, invariably awful branded theatrical entertainments, and there was no reason to expect anything different from Lego. Yet 2014’s “The Lego Movie” and last spring’s “The Lego Batman Movie” surprised just about everyone by being smart, sophisticated, cognizant of their own synergistic origins, and most importantly, actual movies. That the Lego Cinematic Universe (Lcu) became a recognizable acronym isn’t surprising; that it came to signify quality is almost miraculous.
Superficially, “Ninjago” is very much in line with its predecessors. Based on Lego’s ninja-themed original property – already a Cartoon Network TV show – the film is »
- Andrew Barker
Having earned over $800 million, Wonder Woman has proven itself on many levels. In a year that started, more or less, with Hidden Figures, and with a summer that had three hits featuring women (the others being Atomic Blonde and Girls Trip) the female half of the movie going audience is finally receiving their due. Director Patty Jenkins has certainly shattered some records and glass ceilings along the way while Gal Gadot has now proven she can open a movie.
With Wonder Woman out today on Blu-ray from Warner Home Video, we have a chance to look back and enjoy it all over again. While it fits neatly in the larger DC Cinematic Universe thanks to the framing sequence, the movie largely works on its own with a vastly superior tone and vision than its predecessors.
There is sumptuous color representing Themyscira, home to the Amazons. All the scenes there are »
- Robert Greenberger
Holy beloved legend, Batman!
The late Adam West would have turned 89 on Tuesday, and to celebrate his life and legendary television career, his hometown of Walla Walla, Washington, will host a day of events.
West, best known for playing the Caped Crusader in the 1960s ABC series Batman, died June 9.
Now, his family and hometown will throw a daylong party in honor of the beloved actor.
"We've been blown away by the amount of love and support the town of Walla Walla has shown," Nina Tooley, West's daughter told The Hollywood Reporter. "Many of the businesses [including Starbucks and Macy's] have »
- Ryan Parker
TV icon and seven-time Emmy champ Mary Tyler Moore, funny men Jerry Lewis and Don Rickles, and the original “Batman” Adam West were among those icons who died in the last year to be remembered during the “In Memoriam” montage on the Emmy Awards on Sept. 17. Viola Davis introduced the moving tribute by speaking […] »
- Paul Sheehan
Take another look @ DC Comics' 'Starfire' from"Injustice 2" as the super-powered female alien, motivated to action by the death of 'Dick Grayson', aka 'Nightwing', shows off her deadly energy beams, celestial projectiles and a whole lot more:
'Starfire', aka 'Koriand'r, debuted in "DC Comics Presents" #26 (October 1980), created by writer Marv Wolfman and illustrator George Pérez, as an alien 'Tamaranean', with a physiology designed to absorb ultraviolet radiation, that allows her to fly at supersonic speeds.
This energy also provides her with superhuman strength and durability. She also has the ability to release her absorbed energy into powerful blasts.
Starfire is also proficient in hand-to-hand combat, trained by the 'Warlords of Okaara'. She also doesn't need to eat, drink, sleep and doesn't require an atmosphere to breathe.
All Tamaraneans assimilate languages through physical contact.
When Starfire attempts to do so with a male...
...she typically does so by »
- Michael Stevens
Boba Fett is about to make his return to a galaxy far, far away in very handsome fashion. Mad Men and Baby Driver star Jon Hamm has been tapped to voice the legendary bounty hunter in a brand new Star Wars story. Hamm is lending his talents for the audiobook version of Star Wars: A Certain Point of View, which includes 40 short stories from the Star Wars universe.
The news was revealed by StarWars.com ahead of the release of Star Wars: A Certain Point of View, which is set to arrive on October 3. An all-star cast was assembled for the audiobook, but easily the most notable is the reveal that Jon Hamm is voicing Boba Fett in a short titled Added Muscle, which was written from Fett's perspective by Paul Dini of Batman: The Animated Series fame. One of the book's producers, Alan Blank, had this to »
Loosely based on Frank Miller’s seminal comic book, the film would have told a radically different origin story for the Dark Knight than what we’re used to. Notable elements include depicting Bruce Wayne as a street punk with hockey pads and a baton and Alfred the butler being recast as a young African-American car mechanic.
While promoting his latest effort, Jennifer Lawrence vehicle mother!, Aronofsky revealed some new interesting details on what he would have done with the Caped Crusader. It turns out he even had a specific actor in mind to play the part.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Phoenix has been linked with a superhero role. We’ve previously seen »
- Christian Bone
What’s happening in the next Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover comic? What does director Chris McKay say we can expect from his Nightwing movie? When will Aquaman be done shooting in Australia? Which superhero team appears to be getting back together in Marvel Comics? Will Tom Felton’s absence from this season of The […]
The post Superhero Bits: Fantastic Four Returning, Nightwing Hype, Gamora Concept Art & More appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Before Christopher Nolan gave Batman a gritty makeover and Zack Snyder doubled down on the grimdark take, there was Darren Aronofsky and his shelved Batman: Year One project. The project, which drew inspiration from Frank Miller‘s similarly-titled comic book, envisioned a Travis Bickle-like Bruce Wayne who grew up an orphan in the crime-ridden streets of Gotham, donning a ski mask, cape, and […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
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