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You may not know Roger Stone’s name, but I absolutely guarantee that you’re familiar with his work. A self-described “agent provocateur” who’s dedicated his entire life to becoming (and remaining) the Machiavellian puppet-master of American politics, Stone is the closest thing that Washington D.C. has ever had to a genuine supervillain. Transformed by a chance encounter with a radioactive Barry Goldwater book when he was just a kid, Stone immediately began fashioning himself into a destructive force of nature. It would take a while before the body-building dandy started dressing like the Riddler, but in first grade he was already feeding his classmates disinformation about how a certain presidential candidate was in favor of school on Saturdays, and at 19 he became the youngest person named in the Watergate scandal (and he was proud of it).
In the ’80s, he practically invented the SuperPAC, supported dictators, and »
- David Ehrlich
While changing a comic book’s contents from what was originally solicited is certainly nothing new, it can be a bit frustrating if something that you were looking forward to is seemingly being scrapped. Such is the case with an upcoming issue of Batman, a series that has already experienced such a thing within the first year of Rebirth.
You may remember that Tom King and Mitch Gerads were supposed to tell a tale that was to see the Dark Knight join forces with none other than Swamp Thing, originally slated for publication in Batman #15. But, as luck would have it, that was replaced by the two-part “Rooftops” story, which has recently been collected into Batman Vol. 2: I am Suicide.
So, that brings us to some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the Swamp Thing story will see the light of day, specifically in »
- Eric Joseph
It looks like Warner Bros. could be set to revisit Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen, with FilmBuffOnline reporting that an R-Rated animated adaptation of the superhero epic is in development, which will present “a faithful adaptation of the Watchmen graphic novel executed in an animation style that mirrors the source material.”
The site posted the following, which is apparently from an online marketing survey from Warner Bros.:
The survey also allegedly asks respondents to comment on their awareness of a number of other properties, including Swamp Thing, Batman: The Long Halloween, Gotham Academy, Superman: Red Sun, Injustice, Fables, Lucifer, iZombie, Hellblazer, Preacher, Sandman, Scooby Apocalypse and the Archie Comics series Afterlife with Archie.
If genuine, this isn’t the first time that Warner Bros. has shown an interest in returning to the world of Watchmen, with a report from 2015 revealing that Zack Snyder had been having discussions with »
- Gary Collinson
While Warner Bros. circulating surveys in order to gauge interest in which DC Comics properties they should adapt to animated films in the future is nothing new, they certainly are exciting to ponder over whenever they leak. And thanks to Film Buff Online, we have much to geek out over today, especially if you’re a fan of either Watchmen or Batman.
I guess we’ll talk about Watchmen first since nothing has been heard on that front outside of comics in quite some time. According to the report, such an adaptation could be the first in a series of animated movies, although we’re guessing such a thing would be contingent on the success of the first. Immediately, my mind shifts toward the various Before Watchmen miniseries that DC released several years ago, each of which could be mined for a string of flicks, but as the screenshot of »
- Eric Joseph
With their critically acclaimed series wrapping up with latest issue, “Finale”, Beast Wagon creators Owen Michael Johnson and John Pearson discuss their unique vision and inspirations…
Like a stampede running rampant in a public zoo, the arrival of Beast Wagon two years ago took comic fans with surprise – and it’s one they won’t soon forget. Surreal, demented, peppered with dark humour and layered with social commentary, Changeling Studios’ bonkers odyssey is not only original, but it’s reflective of the troubling times we’ve faced in recent years – as well as the possible dark period ahead. An effective piece art, Beast Wagon taps into collective fears, anxieties and frustrations felt in the current socio-political climate, while, at the same time, manages to lure us into a world unlike anything else. Bold, thought provoking and wholly original, it’s a must have for any serious comic aficionados collection. Recently, »
- Kieran Fisher
DC animation legend Bruce Timm is set to return to the world of the Dark Knight this summer with the DC Universe Animated Original Movie Batman and Harley Quinn, and thanks to Empire we’ve got a brief synopsis for the film, along with details of the voice cast.
The site reports that Batman and Harley Quinn features “the reluctant team-up of Batman, Nightwing and Harley Quinn to try and stop a global catastrophe caused by Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue, Aka the Plant-Master.”
Batman: The Animated Series’ Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester will reprise their roles as Batman and Nightwing respectively, while The Big Bang Theory’s Melissa Rauch is taking on the role of Harley Quinn. Also featuring in the cast are Paget Brewster as Poison Ivy, John Dimaggio as Swamp Thing, and Eric Bauza, Rob Paulsen, Mindy Sterling, Robin Atkin Downes and Trevor Devall.
“I love that Harley is a badass and, »
- Gary Collinson
Before there was the DC Extended Universe in live-action cinema, there was the DC Animated Universe – a notable multimedia collection of animated tales based on DC Comics properties. It was the DC Animated Universe that gave birth to the now iconic, fan favourite character, Harley Quinn – who was introduced in Batman: The Animated Series in 1992. Since 2014, DC has been releasing original animated movies that have grown in profile but, now that Harley Quinn is set for a co-lead role in the upcoming Batman And Harley Quinn, newly released casting details may be surprising to some fans.
There’s no director confirmed just yet, but Batman: The Animated Series co-creator Bruce Timm is on board as executive producer. This being the case, the most striking thing to note about Batman And Harley Quinn is the fact that the style seen in early images from the film is clearly reminiscent of that »
- Sarah Myles
How disconnected will we accept characters to be from their comic book universes?Remember when Felicity jones was in a Spider-Man movie?
Sony recently announced that Venom, Black Cat, and Silver Sable — all characters known for being part of the world of Spider-Man — are going to be broken away from the superhero for their own movies. Venom is getting an R-rated offshoot with sci-fi, horror, and action elements, while Black Cat and Silver Sable are sharing the screen for something possibly related to it. Basically the studio wants to move ahead with the shared universe they’d planned to spinoff from the Amazing Spider-Man run, only now these movies will have nothing to do with Spidey at all.
Many of us immediately thought of Catwoman, which took the DC Comics villain, whom we’d previously seen in a Batman movie (Batman Returns, played by Michelle Pfeiffer), and gave her a re-cast solo venture (starring Halle Berry) with »
- Christopher Campbell
All’s not well with the House of El in the latest trailer to be released for Injustice 2. As we know by now thanks to previous videos released by NetherRealm and Warner Bros., Superman isn’t exactly going to be a happy chappy in the beat ’em up sequel, with the Man of Steel seemingly intent on making enemies of his past friends, having already traded blows with the Dark Knight on more than one occasion.
With Batman clearly having failed to talk some sense into his former ally, it’s now Supergirl’s turn to try and bring clarity to her angry cousin’s troubled mind. Exploring the origins of the character’s arrival on Earth, Shattered Alliances Part 3 has Kara Zor-El trading blows with her blood relative, after attempts to give him a stern talking-to clearly don’t go to plan.
Besides that, viewers are also treated to »
- Joe Pring
I’ve not only had the pleasure of meeting each of these legends, I spent time with them. I worked in the music industry running the film and television arm of Motown Records for a click. Although a fantastic dancer and unbeatable in a lip-synch battle, I have no real musical talent, and at Motown I had almost zero to do with the core business.
Didn’t matter. Motown provided me access to anyone and everyone in the music industry. The music business can be very much like you see in TV and movies.
Sex drugs rock and roll complete with groupies’ wild parties and wilder people. What you see in the media does indeed happen, »
- Michael Davis
NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. have just rolled out the latest trailer for Injustice 2, this time shining the spotlight on Cheetah. First revealed back in February, the character is a major enemy of Wonder Woman, boasting superhuman speed and strength and the likeness of the animal after which she’s named. Up until now, we’ve not actually seen much of how the supervillain fights, but today’s trailer provides a full rundown of how she’ll tackle any given confrontation.
Appearing to have a strong reactive and counter game, Cheetah is able to not only juggle her opponents with lightning-fast combos but dodge their attacks with flips and grab them mid-air to interrupt jump-ins. As of now, she certainly seems like an all-rounder, but how well she’ll fare against combatants that are happy to sit in a corner and blast away with projectiles could prove to be her Achilles heel. »
- Joe Pring
His illustrations may have caused you to dread the next full moon, avoid the swamp on your shortcut home, or ignite your imagination with a peek into the post-apocalypse. Through his artwork, Bernie Wrightson has influenced and inspired generations of horror fans, so it is with great sadness that we inform readers that the prolific artist has passed away at the age of 68 after a long battle with brain cancer.
Wrightson's wife, Liz, shared the somber news of her husband's passing earlier today on the artist's official website and Facebook page.
A fan of EC Comics growing up, Bernie Wrightson, aka "Berni," began working on projects for both DC and Marvel early in his career, co-creating the complex character Swamp Thing with writer Len Wein in the early ’70s. Bernie later worked for Warren Publishing, where he helped bring H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe stories to life on the paneled page. »
- Derek Anderson
Bernie Wrightson, co-creator of DC Comics' movie-starring creature Swamp Thing, died after a battle with brain cancer. He was 68. His wife, Liz Wrightson, confirmed the news via her husband's website this morning. "It is with great sorrow that I must announce the passing of my beloved husband, Bernie. We thank you for all the years of love and support," Liz wrote. In addition to two feature films – the first directed by Wes Craven – the human/plant hybrid Swamp Thing… »
Bernie Wrightson, famed comic book artist, died Sunday after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 68. Wrightson was known as one of the most prolific horror illustrators of all time, co-creating the DC comic book monster Swamp Thing, which was adapted by Wes Craven into a cult horror classic in 1982. Wrightson began his career at the age of 18 as an illustrator for The Baltimore Sun. Two years later, he became a freelance artist with DC Comics, spelling his name as “Berni” in his professional work to distinguish himself from an Olympic diver that shared his name. Though »
- Jeremy Fuster
Bernie Wrightson, known as one of the biggest horror comic artists in history, passed away at the age of 68 after lengthy battle with brain cancer. His wife Liz, made the announcement on Facebook last night. Wrightson was best known as one of the greatest horror artist in comics history, and as the co-creator of Swamp Thing. Wrightson created many stunning Frankenstein drawings in the 1970s and 1980s which were used in Marvel Comics’ first illustrated novel, Frankenstein, in 1983. A 25th anniversary edition of the illustrated novel was published by Dark Horse in 2008. Wrightson also contributed art to
Bernie Wrightson: Master Illustrator and Comics Creator, Dies at 68 »
- Nat Berman
The roster of playable characters for Injustice 2 keeps growing as the game edges closer to its release. The latest character Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios have revealed is the hero Firestorm. Check out a trailer of gameplay footage showing off Firestorm’s power set below…
Firestorm is actually a combination of two characters within the DC universe. Introduced in 1978, high school student Ronnie Raymond and physicist Martin Stein were victims of a nuclear accident, giving them the ability to merge together into a ‘nuclear man’. With Ronnie controlling their physical body and Stein acting as a mental voice in his head, they commanded the power to manipulate and create matter into anything they wished.
After Ronnie died in the mini-series Identity Crisis, high school student Jason Rusch became the new Firestorm and looks to be the one featured in Injustice 2. Currently, Raymond appeared in the first season of »
- Ricky Church
The latest addition to Injustice 2‘s superpowered roster is Firestorm, a new video from YouTube channel UpUpDown has confirmed. Direct footage of the combatant in action begins at around the 7-minute mark, revealing the hot-headed (literally) character to be a predominantly ranged attacker that can keep opponents at bay through the use of incendiary projectiles.
On the rare occasion that boring, regular fire doesn’t work to stop enemies in their tracks, Firestorm can turn up the heat and buff his fiery repertoire, turning the usual red flames blue for increased potency. Whether he’s cornered or needs to close a gap, Firestorm also has a torpedo ability at his disposal, which sees him accelerate towards his opponent at blistering speed.
With Injustice 2‘s release date approaching fast, I imagine there aren’t a whole lot more characters left for NetherRealm to reveal, but given how large and varied its roster already is, »
- Joe Pring
Injustice 2 is just over two months away and NetherRealm Studios has today released Shattered Alliances Part 2 showing more of the plot line along with revealing some new characters coming to the game. In this new short we see Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Captain Cold, and Reverse-Flash (skin) joining the roster of characters coming to the hotly-anticipated sequel; check it out here…
The current list of confirmed characters for the game are:
Aquaman Atrocitus Bane Batman Black Canary Blue Beetle Brainiac Captain Cold Catwoman Cheetah Cyborg Darkseid Deadshot Doctor Fate Flash Gorilla Grodd Green Arrow Green Lantern Harley Quinn Poison Ivy Robin Scarecrow Supergirl Superman Swamp Thing Wonder Woman
These are also the confirmed skins coming to Injustice 2 which transform existing characters into other DC characters with unique voices and dialogue.
Build and power up the ultimate version of your favorite DC legends in »
- Dean Abdou
Building on the foundations laid by the original Shattered Alliances promo, the video above continues to spotlight the Man of Steel and his tyrannical regime. Presiding over a contingent of baddies headed up by Grodd, Superman is seen here confronting a stoic Batman, yelling, “how many more innocent people die before you accept that some lives need to be taken?!” Yes, Clark’s dramatic fall from grace continues with Injustice 2, and we’re intrigued to see how Superman and Batman’s clash pans out throughout the course of NetherRealm’s brawler sequel.
Slowly but surely, the studio has been fleshing out the game’s character roster in anticipation of launch day (spoilers: it’s May 16th), adding the likes of Swamp Thing and Black Canary to the ranks. That »
- Michael Briers
Damon Lindelof once described graphic novel The Underwater Welder as “the most spectacular episode of The Twilight Zone that was never produced,” and Ryan Gosling seems to agree, as he’s snapped up the rights to it. But cool your jets before you start visualizing Gosling in a skin-tight wetsuit wielding a blowtorch, as right now he’s only down to produce rather than star.
Gosling has been quietly producing films since 2010, with Blue Valentine, Only God Forgives and Lost River already under his belt, and The Underwater Welder looks like a sterling addition to the set. The graphic novel is written by award-winning author Jeff Lemire, known for his DC work on Justice League Dark, Swamp Thing and Green Arrow, as well as All-New Hawkeye and Extraordinary X-Men for Marvel.
It tells the tale Jack Joseph, an offshore oil rig suba diver responsible for underwater repairs. Back on shore, »
- David James
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