7 items from 2014
The Green Lantern Corps will be appearing on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection. Green Lantern: The Complete Animated Series contains all 26 episodes dealing with the adventures of Hal Jordan and his ring-bearing intergalactic colleagues.
Making use of CG animation, the program was executive produced by Sam Register (Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Ben 10), and Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) while the voice cast included Josh Keaton as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, Kevin Michael Richardson (as Kilowog), Grey DeLisle (as Aya) and Jason Spisak (as Razer) plus guest performers Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), Wayne Knight (Seinfeld), Juliet Landau (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Kurtwood Smith (That 70s Show, Resurrection), Phil Morris (Smallville), and Brian George (Seinfeld).
Green Lantern: The Complete Animated Series arrives on March 18th and is currently available to be pre-ordered via Amazon. »
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Well, it's March, which means we're only a few weeks away from the start of the 2014 superhero season as Marvel Studios gets things underway with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (out March 26th here in the UK), and this week has brought us a new featurette for the Phase Two solo sequel entitled 'Conspiracy', which features comments from Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Robert Redford (Alexander Pierce) and Marvel chief Kevin Feige [watch it here]. Meanwhile we've also got a »
- Gary Collinson
A strong antagonist makes for the most compelling stories. Especially in the world of superpowered heroes, a villain needs to work on many different levels or the movie falls flat. Here are 10 actors who were up for the role of a hero in a movie or television series, but were ultimately cast as the villain. With the exception of two entries on this list, all of the actors auditioned and or screen-tested for their respective parts. Though they didn’t get the part they initially wanted, they got the part they deserved, and gave audiences performances to remember.
With three films as the Asgardian trickster Loki under his belt, it’s hard to imagine Tom Hiddleston as any other character in the Marvel universe. However, before donning the golden horns, the actor originally auditioned for…
- Eli Reyes
Back in 1991, Kevin Conroy landed the role of The Dark Knight for the classic Batman: The Animated Series, and while Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale have all hung up the cape and cowl since, he's still lending his voice to the role of the Caped Crusader in Warner's DC Universe Animated Original Movies line, not to mention the hugely popular Arkham video games. During a recent interview (via Cbm), Conroy has spoken about his time as Batman, during which he's established himself as the voice of Gotham's Dark Knight Detective:
"I had absolutely no expectation that this job would turn into what it became. I started recording it in 1991, and it went on the air on Fox in 1992 as a prime time series. Then over 23 years, it just evolved from Batman: The Animated Series to The Adventures of Batman and Robin to Justice League and then Batman Beyond. »
- Gary Collinson
DC Comics recently posted an interview with the legendary Kevin Conroy about a number of topics including his work on Batman: The Animated Series, working with Bruce Timm and Andrea Romano and originally wanting to audition for a different part on Batman: Tas. Here's a few quick hitters before we dive into some direct quotes: Conroy originally wanted to audition for the Joker before Andrea Romano convinced him that he should be trying to land the role of Batman. After numerous fake Twitter accounts, Conroy confirmed that @RealKevinConroy is indeed his actual account. It was Conroy's idea that Batman and Bruce Wayne should have separate voices to further emphasize the separation between the false image Bruce Wayne projects while out in public and the grim, no-nonsense vigilante scrambling across Gotham City rooftops. When asked to sum up his thoughts about landing the role and voicing Batman for all this time, »
DC Collectibles is releasing a new 6" action figure line based on Batman: The Animated Series and series creators Bruce Timm and Paul Dini spoke with USA Today about the classic cartoon and the stories they created that are now considered part of the Batman lore. Timm and Dini's take on Mr. Freeze in particular, is an aspect of the 90's show that's now being adapted in modern shows and video games. Said Timm: "In the comics, they never did anything with him other than he was the gimmicky freeze guy. He was kind of a joke. Anytime they trotted him out, people would just go, 'Oh no, that was the old Adam West show. We don't want people to be thinking about that. We're trying to be serious about these comics.' [In the carton, Victor Freeze's wife is in suspended animation following a cryogenic accident, which leaves »
Over the holidays I purchased for myself the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game. While I freely admit I have little to no real prowess with fighting games, I am invariably drawn to them. Compared to other types of video games, fighters allow users to enjoy a gaming session that’s like a great one-night stand; get in, get your business done, reap the rewards, and leave before it gets complicated.
The game is built on the Elseworlds principle wherein we explore the mighty Dcu through the lens of yet-another alternative dimension where a slight change in the continuity results in a completely new world to explore. In Injustice, Superman is duped into killing Lois by the Joker, who adds a delightfully evil icing to his cake of cacophony by nuking Metropolis. Dead girlfriend (carrying his super scion to boot) plus nuked hometown equals Superman deciding he’s done being a reactionary hero. »
- Marc Alan Fishman
7 items from 2014
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