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In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Justice League, Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, The Lego Batman Movie, Batman: The Animated Series, Avengers: Infinity War, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Spawn, Youngblood, Monkey Master…
We’ll start things off with the DC Extended Universe this week, with Time-Warner chief Jeff Bewkes speaking about the DC Films slate during an investor conference call, admitting that there is “a little room for improvement” on the creative side of things, which is something they are addressing: “[Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad] were very successful in the strategic aims and the financial aims that we have for them. The reboot of Batman with Ben Affleck was a big success. We can do »
- Gary Collinson
As Saturday was Batman Day [you can read two other op-eds here and here] and following on from my look back at the evolution of Spider-Man and Daredevil‘s costumes (and the Batmobile), I thought it would be fun to look back at all the big screen and (some of ) the small screen versions of everyone’s favourite Dark Knight. Starting from the serials in the 1940s all the way through to Zack Snyder’s Batman who brands people.
But what makes the Bat Suit so iconic? Is it the emblem on his chest? Is it the cowl? Is it the colour scheme? Or is it all of the above. Let’s find out.
Wilson starred in the 15-chapter serial Batman against Douglas Croft as Robin, which saw the Dynamic Duo as U.S. secret agents taking down Dr. Dako during World War II. The costume is fairly modest, »
- Luke Owen
The recently-relaunched View-Master is essentially a Google Cardboard-style Vr headset, compatible with Android and iOS phones. The View-Master Batman: The Animated Series Virtual Reality Pack will see Gotham City coming under attack from The Joker, The Riddler and Two-Face, and will allow you to explore the Batcave, fly the Batwing, and go on missions to help Batman save the city.
The Vr adventure will feature voice work from Kevin Conroy (Batman), Mark Hamill (The Joker), Tara Strong (Batgirl) and Loren Lester (Robin), and is set to go on sale in November. It is available to pre-order now via Amazon Us.
- Gary Collinson
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Justice League, Batman, Suicide Squad, The Flash, Booster Gold, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Black Lightning, Gotham, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War, Agents of S.H.I.E.Ld., Luke Cage, Legion, X-Men: Apocalypse and more…
We’ll start things off this week in the DC Extended Universe, seeing as new DC Films co-chief Geoff Johns has spoken for the first time about “course-correcting” the Dceu: “In the past, I think the studio has said, ‘Oh, DC films are gritty and dark and that’s what makes them different,” said Johns. “That couldn’t be more wrong. It’s a hopeful and optimistic view of life. Even Batman has »
- Gary Collinson
For a lot of comic book fans, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill will forever represent the definitive Batman and Joker. The two have been delivering terrific performances with these characters time and time again, and while their latest animated venture, The Killing Joke, proved underwhelming (check out our Blu-ray review Here), the two show no signs of slowing down! ScreenGeek.net was on-hand at... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Despite the ho-hum critical response given to Batman: The Killing Joke earlier this summer, the animated film's stars were spared blame for the disappointing film. That's because they weren't any run-of-the-mill voice actors; They were Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy. The actors have carved out revered legacies for themselves as The Joker and Batman, respectively, in the last 20+ years that they've been associated with the characters. So when Batman: The Killing Joke didn't quite live up to its potential, fans knew better than to blame the iconic performers.
But now that Batman: The Killing Joke is behind them, do Hamill and Conroy see themselves tackling other sacred Batman stories? During an appearance at Canada's 2016 Fan Expo, the actors dropped two huge names.
When asked by a fan where they would love to go next, here's the playful exchange the actors had at their panel:
Conroy: "What do you think about »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Are Batman: Hush and A Death in the Family set to be included in the next slate of DC Animated films? That's certainly what Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy seemingly indicated to the audience during their Canada 2016 Fan Expo panel. During the fan Q&A portion of the event, someone asked what titles were currently in development at Warner Bros. Animation's direct-to-video DC film department, which led Conroy to turn and ask Hamill, "What do you think about Hush?" Naturally, this produced some 'oohs and ahhs' from the audience. However, the crowd went absolutely wild when Hamill then followed up and asked Conroy, "Well, what do you think about A Death in the Family?" Are Conroy and Hamill having a lark with their fans or are animated adaptations of Jeph Loeb's Hush and Jim Starlin's A Death in the Family really in the works? At this past Sdcc, »
Back in July Warner Bros. released its animated take on Batman: The Killing Joke, fulfilling a long-held ambition of its two voice stars Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, who voice Batman and The Joker respectively.
While the resulting movie may not have been the classic that fans were hoping for, it seems the two Batman: The Animated Series co-stars are keen to bring more iconic tales of the Dark Knight to the big screen.
During a Q&A session with the duo at Fan Expo in Canada (via Screen Geek), a fan asked what the future might hold in terms of future animated projects. Conroy turned to Hamill and said, “What do you think about doing Hush?”, with Hamill then responding, “What do you think about doing A Death in the Family.”
As you’d expect, these comments were met very enthusiastically by the fans in attendance.
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- Gary Collinson
Some fans are worried Tyler Hoechlin's Superman will overshadow Melissa Benoist's Supergirl when the show premieres on The CW this fall but at least we know he's got good sense of who the Man of Steel is.
Depending on what version of a character they were first introduced to, fans can have differing opinions on how they should be characterized in other media. But when it comes to characters like Superman and Batman, there's a fairly widely-held opinion that Superman is the hopeful hero who inspires others while Batman works in the shadows and has a very strict code.
Considering Zack Snyder's DC universe has altered both characters a bit from that generally held belief, it's sparked many a discussion. Famous Batman: The Animated SeriesBatman voice actor Kevin Conroy recently went on record to say Batman shouldn't kill people, for instance. Now, our newest Superman, Hoechlin, has weighed in on the Man of Steel. And by that I mean the character's nickname, not the movie, although...
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly the actor, who had his new Superman look revealed not too long ago, said:
“It’s Superman as I think he was intended to be,” Hoechlin says of his version of the Supes, “which is just an incredible symbol of hope to kids that they can do anything, that they can be good people, and that good people can triumph over evil. You don’t have to be dark and brooding and always in this state of masculine toughness. He sits in that very hopeful and optimistic place that Kara tends to be in.”
It's not hard to see where he's pulling those other characteristics from. If you follow me you know I much prefer a lighter, and more optimistic depiction of the character and hope the Warner Bros. universe course corrects when they resurrect Superman for Justice League. But regardless, a dark and brooding Superman would feel incredibly out of place on the more upbeat Supergirl.
Going back to first introductions, the actor told EW his first experience with Clark/Superman was from the '90s television series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman." That Superman, Dean Cain, plays a different role on The CW's Supergirl along with original Supergirl, Helen Slater. The second season of the show starts Monday, October 10th and EW debuted a new shot from the two-part opener featuring Hoechlin. »
- Jill Pantozzi
Kevin Smith hasn’t had the best of luck with critics these past few years, and sure enough his latest offering Yoga Hosers is no exception, with the film torn to shreds by the majority of reviewers on its way to 22% on Rotten Tomatoes (although we kind of liked it – read our reviews here and here).
Well, with the Tusk spinoff opening in theaters across North America this weekend, Smith has decided to face the critical backlash head on, teaming up with his Hollywood Babble-On co-host and Yoga Hosers co-star Ralph Garman to sift through some of the most damning reviews. Take a look here…
“Yoga Hosers centers on 15-year-old yoga nuts Colleen Collette (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith), who have an after-school job at a Manitoba convenience store called Eh-2-Zed. When an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party, »
- Gary Collinson
Just like that, it’s fall already. The first round of films fresh out of Tiff and Venice and Telluride are making their ways to theaters and living rooms nationwide. And now, we enter the last third of the year, with plenty of titles to be excited about. Below, you’ll see every planned theatrical release for the month of September, separated out into films with wide runs and limited ones. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)
Each week, we’ll give you an update with more specific information on where these films are playing. In the meantime, be sure to check our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. Happy watching!
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Director: Luke Scott
Synopsis: A corporate troubleshooter is sent to a remote, »
- Steve Greene
Among the many issues in “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” analyzed, examined and argued over by fans was the rather violent take on Batman. In Zack Snyder‘s world, Batman doesn’t just solve mysteries, but deals out justice ruthlessly, including killing those who get in his way. It perhaps works in a universe where Bruce […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Here’s an abridged version of The Week in Spandex…
It’s been a bit of a busy week behind-the-scenes here at Flickering Myth, so much so that there just hasn’t been time to put together the regular Week in Spandex round-up. I apologise, and hope that normal service will be resumed next weekend. In the meantime, if you want to keep up to date with all of the superhero news from the past week, you can find links to our coverage here…
Suicide Squad pulls in a global opening weekend of $267 million
Suicide Squad crosses $300 million worldwide
- Gary Collinson
Although Ben Affleck managed to win over a lot of his critics with his role as The Dark Knight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, one aspect of the character that didn’t quite sit right with some fans was the fact that Batman racked up a body count that would shame many of the villains in his Rogues Gallery.
During an interview with IGN, legendary Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy shared his thoughts on the latest big screen incarnation of The Dark Knight, and while he praised Affleck’s performance, he also stated that he “isn’t particularly comfortable” with Batman being a killer.
“Personally I love the fact that Batman – in the stories I’ve done, and the way he’s been rendered by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, the people I’ve worked with most closely – he never kills anybody. He doesn’t cross that line. »
- Gary Collinson
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Kevin Conroy is a name that ought to ring a bell for DC fans; after all, this is the actor who has lent his voice to the role of the Caped Crusader for years, a tenure than spans Batman: The Animated Series along with Rocksteady’s critically-acclaimed Arkham games.
Conroy will next don the cape, cowl and gravely voice as the World’s Greatest Detective for Batman: The Killing Joke, and while doing the rounds to promote the animated flick, the actor spoke to IGN about all things DC. Talk inevitably turned toward the most recent live-action movie, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and it was here that Conroy revealed his distaste for Batman’s killing spree in Zack Snyder’s titanic blockbuster.
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Conroy began by admitting that Ben Affleck, »
- Michael Briers
What other actor has thrown their hat in the ring to play Black Manta in Aquaman? What’s the status of Ant-Man and The Wasp? Which Rocky star will be playing a villain in the fifth season of Arrow? What was Kevin Conroy‘s problem with Batman in Batman v Superman? What the hell is Jason Momoa […]
- Ethan Anderton
While there have been countless interpretations of the character of Batman, one could argue that there is one man who can be most closely be described as the "definitive" Batman -- at least on a vocal level. I'm talking about the master himself, Kevin Conroy, who takes the cake as the actor who has played Batman more than anyone else, and for a longer timespan, which is going on 24 years at this point.
Given how long Conroy has had to get into the Bruce Wayne/Batman psyche, it's probably worth it to at least listen to the man when he expresses his opinions on different iterations of the character. One could argue that he knows this character better than anyone else on the planet.
"And there have been so many actors that have been wonderful. »
- Joseph Medina
“Yoga Hosers centers on 15-year-old yoga nuts Colleen Collette (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith), who have an after-school job at a Manitoba convenience store called Eh-2-Zed. When an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party, the Colleens join forces with a legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe (Johnny Depp) to fight for their lives with all seven chakras, one Warrior Pose at a time.”
Yoga Hosers sees Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp leading a cast that also includes Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the new Black), Austin Butler (Aliens in the Attic), Adam Brody (The O.C.), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf »
- Amie Cranswick
Director: Sam Liu
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DC’s Cinematic Universe is getting a rough deal with critics, but the brand can take solace in the fact its animated division is a runaway success story by comparison. From Batman: The Animated Series onwards, they’ve maintained a consistently high standard and it made sense for the company’s best-loved graphic novels to start getting the adaptation treatment.
Classic Joker tome The Killing Joke had everything going for it on paper: innovative writing, striking art and a definitive stand off between two iconic characters. Unfortunately for movie producers the book is on the slender side. In attempting to expand it to feature length director Sam Liu and writer Brian Azzarello wind up hitting some obstacles.
Overall the script captures the main and »
- Steve Palace
In 1984 (or thereabouts) Alan Moore was asked to write a Batman one-shot for artist Brian Bolland. Between the arrival of the script and the publication of the Prestige Format Batman: The Killing Joke, Moore went on to become the most popular and best-selling comics writer of the decade. One of the reasons was that unlike his peers, he dug deeply into what made the heroes and villains tick and how they related to one another.
As a result of the strong writing and the brilliant artwork, the one-shot went on to become an acclaimed title that has remained in print ever since. Its little surprise, then, that Warner Animation finally turned their attention to adapting it for their direct-to-video line of films. They sparred little expense, bringing in crime writer Brian Azzarello and reuniting the popular Batman: The Animated Series vocal duo of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill. Warner even »
- Robert Greenberger
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