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How often does one get to go to both the West and East Coast premieres of a movie – if you’re not involved in it, that is? Probably not that often. But I just did, and that was pretty darned cool. This past week, I got to experience the world premiere of I Know That Voice at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood; and then two days later, the East Coast premiere of the voice acting documentary at The National Press Club right here in D.C.
If you read my columns at all, you’ll know I’m a big fan of the talents of the voiceover industry and of this documentary. So it was a ton of fun to go to the world premiere, because literally 80% of the extensive cast was in attendance, and everyone was really happy to be there.
It was fun to watch the red »
- Emily S. Whitten
There are times one wonders what synergies truly exist between parent company Warner Bros and DC Entertainment. Normally, the studio cherry-picks properties it wants from its subsidiary and rarely does DC get something in return. However, as the company planned its mammoth villain-centric fall publishing plans, they managed to corral the studio into helping create and market the just released Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics. The 99-minute documentary features sound and fury but its significance is obscured.
Watching it, I kept wondering who this was being marketed to since casual fans of the movies, television shows, or video games lack the context to comprehend much of what the host of talking heads had to say. Even current readers of the New 52 might be confused by the various iterations of the villains as they have appeared through the years.
With Christopher Lee trying, and not entirely succeeding, at using »
- Robert Greenberger
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Courtesy of Warner Archive comes the complete first season of "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" on Blu-ray this Tuesday, November 5. This 2-Disc, 26-Episode collection presents the series' inaugural season in all its crisp and clear 1080p High Definition, as it was meant to be enjoyed. A galaxy of Bat-tastic team-ups await as they face any peril including other heroes Outrageously stealing the show in their relentless pursuit of justice. And fun.
Under the aegis of producer James Tucker, "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" bravely challenged modern fan conceptions of The Dark Knight while boldly utilizing the richness of the entire DC Comics universe. The result is a sly and skillful blend of Dick Sprang's Batmen, TV's timeless 1966 incarnation, Bruce Timm's animated series and scores of others which creates a unique show that appeals to fans both new and old. Lead voice »
- Matt MacNabb
We have the first official clip from Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics, an all-new documentary produced by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment, on Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo Pack this Friday, October 25, 2013. Watch as Guillermo del Toro discusses the similarities between the good guy and the bad guy, and why it's important that they have a commonality amongst their goals.
Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics explores the thin line between right and wrong, the nature of evil and how super-villains can reflect society's dark side as well as our own personal fears. It also offers keen insight as to the reasons why comic book fans are so fascinated by the very characters they hope to see defeated. The film focuses on DC Comics' most terrifying villains, including The Joker, Lex Luthor, Bane, Black Adam, Black Manta, Catwoman, Darkseid, Deathstroke, Doomsday, General Zod, Sinestro, the Suicide Squad, and more. »
We should have seen this coming. Last fall, Warner Animation unleashed Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, adapting the first two issues of Frank Miller’s seminal prestige format miniseries. In January, we finally got Part 2, completing the story of 50 year old Bruce Wayne being forced to don the cape and cowl once more, to bring justice back to a crumbling Gotham City. Out now is Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Edition, seamlessly editing the two sections into a 148-minute feature.
As previously reviewed, the adaptation is largely successful, recreating the bleak look and feel of a fascist world, protected by a Man of Steel working for a government Wayne no longer recognizes. The story is clearly Miller’s musing on the role of heroes in the time of Ronald Reagan but it is also a thrilling adventure, looking at a bitter, somewhat broken hero who has turned his »
- Robert Greenberger
We told you last month about the PBS special presentation Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle that would be premiering in October, and tonight’s the night! Tuesday nights are pretty jam-packed for Our Kind of Viewing, but this one looks like it should get some priority.
We have a TV spot and the clip from the first hour to get you primed, and the press release is included again below so you’ll get the full details, including the info on the accompanying book and Blu-ray.
Here’s a quick scheduling note: After the initial broadcast the three hours are broken into three one-hour parts and have slightly different titles, though at least in my area they will still be aired one right after the other. So if you’re thinking of DVR-ing it, check the titles and time carefully so you don’t miss out on any of the three hours. »
- Erin Willard
I love visiting New York City, and New York Comic Con is one of my favorite shows. I always have a great time, and this year was no exception. One other thing that remains consistent every year I go is that it all goes by in a total whirlwind blur, and I can barely remember all the things I saw and did, or when they occurred.
But for you, my faithful readers who may not have been able to attend, I’ll try to remember some of the best parts of the weekend, and, as Inigo Montoya would say, “sum up.” So here we go! In no particular order, some of the coolest experiences I had in NYC:
- Emily S. Whitten
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Fantastic Four, Batman vs. Superman, Justice League: Mortal, Arrow, Wonder Woman, Batman Beyond, The Dark Knight Returns, Justice League: War, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Ultimate Spider-Man and more...
With the New York Comic-Con taking place this weekend, we'll kick off a slightly early Week in Spandex with 2013's final superhero offering Thor: The Dark World. The Chris Hemsworth-headlined solo sequel is due to hit cinemas here in the UK in less than three weeks and Marvel Studios has continued to deliver a stream of promotional content from its second Phase Two feature, including a featurette centred around the fan favourite villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston »
- Gary Collinson
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Black Panther, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Watchmen, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman vs. Superman, Gotham, Constantine, Arrow, Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, Teen Titans Go!, Beware the Batman, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and more...
This week saw Marvel expanding its Cinematic Universe with the studio's first live-action small screen offering as Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson returned from the dead for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which premiered in the States on Tuesday (delivering TV's best drama debut in four years, with just under 12 million viewers) before heading to these shores last night. Flickering Myth's writing team were split over the pilot, with Anghus Houvouras delivering a glowing review, and Anthony Stokes feeling »
- Gary Collinson
Warner Archive Collection and The Paley Center for Media, in conjunction with New York Comic Con, proudly present a special event celebrating Warner Archive’s upcoming Blu-ray™ release of Batman: The Brave And The Bold on Friday, October 11 at 7:00 pm. The popular animated television series will be celebrated with an episodic screening and a lively panel discussion featuring Diedrich Bader, the voice of Batman, at The Paley Center for Media in New York City (25 West 52nd Street).
Extremely popular on Cartoon Network, Batman: The Brave And The Bold teams the Dark Knight with some of DC Comics’ favorite and more eclectic heroes, including the Blue Beetle, Plastic Man, Green Lantern, Kamandi, Doctor Fate, Jonah Hex, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Mister Miracle and The Atom. The combinations create a perfect mesh of fast-paced action and humor for the first season, which spans 26 episodes.
- ComicMix Staff
Warner Archive Collection and The Paley Center for Media, in conjunction with New York Comic Con, proudly present a special event celebrating Warner Archive's upcoming Blu-ray release of Batman: The Brave and The Bold on Friday, October 11 at 7:00 Pm. The popular animated television series will be celebrated with an episodic screening and a lively panel discussion featuring Diedrich Bader, the voice of Batman, at The Paley Center for Media in New York City (25 West 52nd Street).
Extremely popular on Cartoon Network, Batman: The Brave and The Bold teams the Dark Knight with some of DC Comics' favorite and more eclectic heroes, including the Blue Beetle, Plastic Man, Green Lantern, Kamandi, Doctor Fate, Jonah Hex, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Mister Miracle and The Atom. The combinations create a perfect mesh of fast-paced action and humor for the first season, which spans 26 episodes.
As the Warner Archive Collection prepares to release season one of Batman: The Brave and the Boldon Blu-ray for early November 2013, a special panel will be held October 11, 2013 at The Paley Center for Media @ 7 pm as part of New York Comic-Con.
Participating in the discussion will be actor Diedrich Bader (Batman), producer James Tucker, eight-time Emmy Award winning dialogue director Andrea Romano, Warner Archive podcasters Matt Patterson and Dw Ferranti as well as some surprise guests.
Fans will be treated to one of the 26 episodes from the debut season along with a selection of clips; the animated program which aired on the Cartoon Network and featured appearances of Blue Beetle, Plastic Man, Green Lantern, Kamandi, Doctor Fate, Jonah Hex, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Mister Miracle and The Atom.
A limited number of free tickets are available for the general public. Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the New »
Click the Above Title to read the Full Story.... PBS Announces “Superheroes Night” On October 15th – Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle to be shown in one three-hour programming block, beginning at 8pm Et (check local listings) – Arlington, Va; September 5, 2013 – PBS announced today that Tuesday, October 15, 2013, is “Superheroes Night,” featuring a three-hour block dedicated to the groundbreaking program Superheroes: A Never-ending Battle. The newest film from Emmy Award-winning producer/director Michael Kantor (Broadway: The American Musical; Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America) will premiere at 8:00 p.m. Et and include insightful interviews from Stan Lee; actors Adam West (TV’s “Batman”) and Lynda Carter (“Wonder Woman”); Geoff Johns (chief creative officer, DC Comics), Jeph Loeb (head of television for Marvel Entertainment); Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay) and cartoonist/author Jules Feiffer (the long-running strip “Feiffer”), as well as appearances by the late comic »
- Matt MacNabb
The circus tent of geekdom encompasses an infinite number of interests, but when the brainy geeks are also the superhero fan geeks, what do you get? This bit of wonderfulness: a PBS miniseries on superheroes entitled Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle. Three episodes, all in one night, narrated by the excellent Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Salt). And just wait until you see the list of people involved.
There will also be a book and a Blu-ray/DVD released in conjunction with the all-in-one-night miniseries; here are the details, followed by links to pre-order the book and the Blu-ray:
PBS Announces “Superheroes Night” On October 15th – Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle to be shown in one three-hour programming block, beginning at 8pm Et (check local listings) –
Arlington, Va; September 5, 2013 – PBS announced today that Tuesday, October 15, 2013, is “Superheroes Night,” featuring a three-hour block dedicated to the groundbreaking program Superheroes: A Never-ending Battle. The »
- Erin Willard
As I've mentioned in the past, I am a huge Batman fan. Whether it be movies, comics, or TV shows, I love the Bat in all forms of media. The whole reason I ever got involved with Batman is because of Saturday morning cartoons, most notably, Batman: The Animated Series. I remember waking up to the orchestrated theme, watching the giant "WB" form into a blimp, and seeing Batman punch the blackened outline of two thugs who had just robbed a Gotham City bank. If that doesn't bring up the feeling of nostalgia, I'm not sure what will, folks.
Image Via The Gothamite
My personal opinion as to why Batman is the most interesting character in DC, or maybe the comics universe in general, is because of the villains. The villains are the reason for Batman's being; they are the reason he has a job to do. So for Batman: The Animated Series, »
- Bryan Hoover
The larger and more sweeping the cosmic event, the more the audience needs a character to act as the anchor. This was a lesson Marv Wolfman learned while writing the first such event, Crisis on Infinite Earths. Years later, when he was afforded the opportunity to novelize it, he focused on The Flash as his focal point. Similarly, Geoff Johns built the entire Flashpoint miniseries around Barry Allen and used it to upend the DC Universe and set the stage for the new 52.
While the miniseries was a beautifully drawn, sprawling mess that made little sense whatsoever, the animated adaptation does a better job honing the story and its spinoffs into a tighter, more focused tale. It still doesn’t make a whole heck of a lot of sense but it’s entertaining to watch. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is now out on Blu-ray from Warner Home Video and »
- Robert Greenberger
O.K. I’ll admit it upfront. I was kind of wrong. I was all prepared to hate Beware The Batman, the new DC Nation animated series.
There are a whole lot of reasons for this. First, I like my Batman to have a forehead. Second, the teevee bastards cancelled Young Justice, which I really enjoyed. So did my adult daughter and, from time to time, either or both of our cats. It was a family experience. Third, the CG is clunky and lame, lacking the grace of the Green Lantern series. Fourth, Lt. James Gordon is as big as the Incredible Hulk and almost as old as dirt. If he didn’t make captain before he got Reed Richards’ hair, he’d counting the days to his pension.
Next-to-last, do we really need a fourth Batman animated series? They did it right the first time, they did it wrong the second time, »
- Mike Gold
Hey ComicMixers! It’s time for more news from Sdcc. W00t!
While at the San Diego Comic-Con, I was happy to get to see the panel for I Know That Voice, the new documentary about voice actors that is slated to come out this fall (and don’t forget to visit that link and sign up for DVD pre-order news!). The panel was moderated by executive producer John Dimaggio, voice of Bender Bending Rodriguez on Futurama and Jake on Adventure Time (and many other voices as well!). It featured Iktv producer Tommy Reid; co-producer and director Lawrence (Larry) Shapiro; voice actors Rob Paulsen, Dee Bradley Baker, Fred Tatasciore, James Arnold Taylor, and Tom Kenny; casting director Andrea Romano; and Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward. And it was a blast!
I’ve talked about how excited I am for this documentary before, and this panel definitely highlighted the reasons I am looking forward to it. »
- Emily S. Whitten
Supermen Unite! For the first time ever four Supermen from 3 different entertainment mediums come together in a humorous five minute skit. Tim Daly (Superman: The Animated Series) proudly leads his son, Sam Daly, through the initiation process that all Supermen must go through in order to become a member of the "League of Supermen". How does one enter? Simple: A) You must have portrayed the Man of Steel in one form or another in the past. B) You do Not speak of Lois Lane. Written and Directed by Ben Shelton and featuring the talents of Brandon Routh, Dean Cain, Tim Daly, Sam Daly and a guest appearance by Andrea Romano; this skit is definitely worth a look. Check it out! »
The 2013 San Diego Comic-Con is at hand, and with it come a ton of big name movies and TV shows putting their best foot forward for the fans in attendance.
From primetime television series to cable favorites, web series to returning classics, television will dominate the San Diego Convention Center this year. Take a look at the complete movie schedule below and make sure to plan accordingly; there are plenty of tough choices. The complete list of movie panels can be found here.
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