16 items from 2017
To gear up for the upcoming seventh season of Game of Thrones, Dark Horse and HBO Global Licensing debuted new looks for previously released statues of Daenerys Targaryen and Melisandre at Toy Fair 2017, and fans can look forward to these items hitting shelves in June!
Press Release: Milwaukie, Ore., (Feb. 18, 2017)—Dark Horse and HBO Global Licensing are introducing new looks for some familiar characters in their bestselling line of Game of Thrones figures. The new figures will be released in June 2017, coinciding with the Season 7 premiere of the award-winning show this summer. To date, Dark Horse and HBO have released twenty-seven Game of Thrones figures.
The new Game of Thrones figures feature fan-favorite characters in detailed interpretations with new sculpts and updated deluxe packaging. Dark Horse revealed the opening figures, Daenerys Targaryen and Melisandre, at the American International Toy Fair earlier today. A previous Daenerys figure, featuring “The Mother of »
- Tamika Jones
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With Kingpin and Bullseye also enjoying their own series at the moment, it makes a lot of sense to mine Daredevil‘s supporting cast some more and give Elektra her own solo book once again. The Man Without Fear’s ninja lover has had her ups – the original Frank Miller run with the character – and downs – the awful Jennifer Garner movie – over the years, but if handled well the character still has a lot of potential. This opening issue isn’t particularly strong on its own, but it does hold promise for the future.
Elektra #1 throws the Greek former-assassin out of New York and into Las Vegas, where Ms. Natchios has come to escape her past. Though she’s only looking for some time out, trouble still finds Elektra and she soon has to stand »
- Christian Bone
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Wow. I never thought I’d miss that little ditty. Granted, whenever that tune consumes my brainpan it’s the version recorded by The Who and not the one from the ancient teevee series. I find myself humming Neal Hefti’s remarkably enduring theme song every time a new Batman movie screws up. Yup, this means I’ve been humming it a lot lately.
The latest batastrophe – as of this writing – came down last week when the director of the upcoming release The Batman quit the picture. That’s a big problem, as he is also the co-writer of the movie… and, oh yeah, also its star.
Arguably worse, the top choice for replacing director Ben Affleck, Matthew George Reeves (no relation to anybody who starred as Superman), quickly dropped out of the negotiations. One is reminded their March 16, 2018 release, »
- Mike Gold
If Shane Black's new Predator movie is just too far away, Dark Horse Comics and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products have you covered with their upcoming releases of the new Predator: Hunters comic book series and Predator: The Original Comics Series hardcover collection.
The first issue of Predator: Hunters will be released on May 3rd, and Predator: The Original Comics Series—Concrete Jungle and Other Stories hardcover collection will hit shelves on June 14th. Below, we have the official press release with full details, as well as a look at artwork for the respective releases.
Press Release: Milwaukie, Ore., (Feb. 10, 2017)—Dark Horse Comics and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products celebrate an amazing thirty years of Predator with a new comic series, Predator: Hunters, and a hardcover collection, Predator: The Original Comics Series—Concrete Jungle and Other Stories! Dark Horse’s own senior editor »
- Tamika Jones
David Crow Feb 13, 2017
The movie, TV show, cartoon and comic references of The Lego Batman Movie...
This article contains major The Lego Batman Movie spoilers.
Holy plastic building blocks, Batman! Almost everything really was awesome about The Lego Batman Movie. After years of dark nights and grim glares at other superheroes, the newest adventure of the Caped Crusader, as voiced by Will Arnett’s perfectly overdone gravel, was a breath of fresh air. Not afraid to let Batman’s sidekicks have fun - even if our cantankerous main guy still prefers to wear only black and sing about “darkness” - The Lego Batman Movie is poised to entertain Bat-fans of all Bat-ages.
Still one of its best gags is its shameless (and relentless) use of references, cutaways, and in-jokes to overstuff its narrative with more meta-humor than the most unwieldy episode of Community. As a consequence, it’s easy to »
One of the most lucrative and successful movie franchises in cinematic history, Batman prefigured the current superhero franchise craze and set the standard after Tim Burton’s 1989 picture established a succession of films which changed the long-held perception of Batman on screen as a camp throwback to his 1960’s colourful incarnation. As The Lego Batman Movie debuts, launching the Caped Crusader into a new animated dimension, it’s interesting to consider the numerous Batman projects that never made it out of development hell, because even though we’ve had the Christopher Nolan trilogy in recent years which sent the character into the stratosphere, it’s not always been plain sailing for the Dark Knight.
“But this film happened?!” a million voices all cried out in terror. Yes indeed, last year’s Dawn of Justice, part of the formative and troubled DC Extended Universe, »
- Tony Black
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Last week, we left off with the arrival of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. The film that began its first real rounds in the cinematic pop culture lexicon way back in 2002, and which gave birth to Batman Begins and Superman Returns– despite the fact neither of those films ended up factoring into the final evolution of the project- finally arrived on March 25, 2016.
Entertainment Weekly #664, back on July 26, 2002 when the project was first being buzzed about.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Scream Factory is spotlighting the further adventures of Alex Murphy with their Collector’s Edition Blu-rays of RoboCop 2 and RoboCop 3, and ahead of their respective releases this March, we have a look at their lists of special features that are filled with new audio commentaries, including one with RoboCop 3 director Fred Dekker.
Press Release: Back online. Back on duty. Scream Factory™ proudly presents the ultimate presentations of the action-packed second and third entries in the RoboCop series on March 21, 2017. Part of the worldwide known franchise, RoboCop 2 and RoboCop 3 now come to Blu-ray in Scream Factory Collector’s Editions, complete with a new 2K scan of Robocop 2, hours of new bonus content featuring commentaries and interviews with cast and crew, and limited-edition collectible slipcover packaging with newly commissioned artwork.
Robocop returns to fight his toughest opponent yet: his replacement!
RoboCop 2 pits two unstoppable cyborgs against each other in a battle to the death! »
- Derek Anderson
My World Of Flops is Nathan Rabin’s survey of books, television shows, musical releases, or other forms of entertainment that were financial flops, critical failures, or lack a substantial cult following.
Frank Miller’s revisionist 1986 masterpiece Batman: The Dark Knight Returns changed comic books forever. But its influence went far beyond comics. Miller’s take on Bruce Wayne and Batman made pop culture safe for heroes who weren’t just brooding and dark but borderline unhinged. Thanks largely to Miller’s enduring influence, when a Batman/Superman movie was recently announced, audiences had been conditioned to expect a grim, dispiriting, joyless exploration of the unrelenting nastiness of existence instead of a fun movie children might be able to enjoy, or even watch without being traumatized or disappointed.
- Nathan Rabin
I’ve been driving a lot more since my move to the Finger Lakes and I’ve been trying to use my time wisely. For music, I catch up on Pete Fornatale’s Mixed Bag from Wfuv and ComicMix’s own Mike Gold’s Weird Sounds Inside the Gold Mind from The Point Radio. Both offer great tunes and insightful, thoughtful commentary.
And for thoughtful discussion, I’ve been really enjoying John Siuntres’s Word Balloon Podcast. John’s an incredibly passionate interviewer with a deep knowledge of and respect for pop culture and comics. Each week, he sits down to have an extended conversation with a creator. John has the uncanny talents of getting people to open up (often a creator will say “I haven’t told anyone this before”) and for making the listener feel like he or she is part of it all too. When I listen to Word Balloon, »
- Ed Catto
Go on a visual journey this June with Dark Horse and Bethesda Softworks’ The Art of Prey, a collection of exquisite artwork from the upcoming horror video game Prey, in which players awaken on a spaceship called the Talos I to discover that it has been taken over by aliens.
Press Release: Milwaukie, Ore., (Jan. 26, 2017)—Dark Horse and Bethesda Softworks® are proud to present The Art of Prey®, the newest video game art book in the collaborators’ line of award-winning titles. The Art of Prey is an exquisite and comprehensive collection featuring hundreds of pieces of gorgeous art showcasing the signature world building, attention to detail and unique take on futuristic design from the development of Prey.
Set to release worldwide on Friday, May 5, 2017 for the Xbox One, PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and PC, Prey is the highly-anticipated first-person sci-fi action game from Arkane® Studios – creators of the award-winning Dishonored »
- Tamika Jones
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A new batch of images from Logan have found their way online today courtesy of Empire Magazine, and they offer up another interesting look at what’s to come in the highly anticipated movie from director James Mangold. For starters, we get a shot of Wolverine chomping on a cigar, a scene which instantly brings the work of artists like Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. to mind.
Stephen Merchant’s Caliban also gets some attention here, which makes sense given that he’s by far one of Logan‘s most intriguing characters. Despite appearing in X-Men: Apocalypse, it appears as if this is a totally new version of the mutant, and with a comedic actor in the role, we still don’t really know how he’ll factor into the story (especially with so much confusion surrounding the timeline).
Elsewhere in the gallery above, some »
- Josh Wilding
Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer turns 20 this year, and to celebrate, Dark Horse Comics will release Parental Parasite, the third installment in the Buffy: The High School Years series. The new graphic novel, available on June 28th, features Buffy’s struggles to strike a balance between her personal life and her vampire-slaying world.
Press Release: Milwaukie, Ore., (Jan, 19, 2017)—Dark Horse and 20th Century Fox are excited to wish Buffy a very happy birthday! It’s been twenty years since the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer first premiered on Fox, and Dark Horse Comics is celebrating with the release of the third installment of Buffy: The High School Years, featuring executive producer Joss Whedon, author Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon), and artist Yishan Li (Buffy: The High School Years—Freaks and Geeks) in Buffy: The High School Years—Parental Parasite.
In Parental Parasite, Buffy »
- Tamika Jones
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Mickey Rourke is getting in the ring with Apa. The Wrestler star has signed with the agency for representation.
Rourke started his career in Lawrence Kasdan's hit feature film Body Heat, with other early career roles in Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish, Barfly, Angel Heart and the erotic thriller 9 1/2 Weeks, where he starred opposite Kim Basinger.
In the early '90s, Rourke left acting to try his hand at a career in professional boxing, retiring a few years later and returning to Hollywood.
- Mia Galuppo
York once declared the 1973 cult film “The Doll Squad” her most popular film, but she played everything from an alien to a exotic belly dancer. On “Batman,” she played Lydia Limpet, the Bookworm’s henchwoman. Her credits include guest roles on “Bewitched,” “General Hospital,” “I Dream of Jeannie” and “My Favorite Martian.” She also appeared in “Tickle Me” with Elvis Presley. Her more recent roles include “Family Man” with Nicolas Cage, “Hot in Cleveland” and “Star Trek: Progeny.”
Born Francine Yerich, she was raised in Aurora, Minn. and Cleveland, where she performed in school plays. She danced as a showgirl in San Francisco before moving to Los Angeles, where she played the Moulin Rouge nightclub. Her screen career was launched when »
- Dani Levy
Sylvain White has been attached to some notable projects over the past couple years. The director behind Stomp the Year worked on an adaptation of Frank Miller‘s Ronin and a movie based on the video game Castlevania, but he hasn’t helmed a feature since directing The Losers, a fluffy and enjoyable enough B-movie. Almost seven years after directing that comic book movie, […]
- Jack Giroux
16 items from 2017
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