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Enough about 2011; let's look ahead to 2012. This past year was good about offering a diverse set of films that catered to many tastes, especially crowds that wanted something out of the range of standard multiplex fare. But 2012 looks like a much stronger year. We can almost always look ahead to a new year and say that there is a great batch of new films from established favorite filmmakers, movies with wonderful casts, giant event movies and promising indies. But 2012 looks like it has more of those than usual. It's going to be a good year for movie watchers. After some deliberation (which no doubt has still allowed me to overlook something for which I'll facepalm later) here is a list of ten films that I'm very excited to see in 2012, followed by a full page of discussion about a whole bunch of other movies that didn't make my personal cut »
- Russ Fischer
I am a black man.
Well that’s not really true. I’m a tall and unbelievably handsome black man. I work in television, mainstream books and comics. Most of the works I’ve created in all of those mediums have featured black people in foremost roles.
I create black characters because I’m a black creator and I’d like to see more black people represented in the media and I think it’s my job to…yada, yada, yada…
Over the years I’ve said a zillion times that the reason I create black characters is because I felt we were under represented and I did believe it was my responsibility to create characters so young black kids can feel themselves represented.
But is it really my responsibility to create black characters because I’m a black man now? Have we come far enough in the country and »
- Michael Davis
Warner Home Video, MTV Geek and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the World Premiere of Justice League: Doom, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, in New York on February 13, 2012. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend the event for red carpet media interviews and a post-screening panel discussion.
A limited number of free tickets are available for the general public. Fans in the New York City area wishing to receive free tickets to the NY event on Feb. 13 must RSVP via email to JLDoomNY@yahoo.com. Email RSVPs should include the fan’s first and last name, and a valid email address.
Tickets to the event will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis. MTV Geek will also be giving away special seating for the event.
- Robert Greenberger
Blue Dragon's anime adaptation gets a second season released in the U.S., The Old Republic takes comics, and Mass Effect gets a fancy art book and third issue of its Dark Horse miniseries.
Mass Effect: Invasion #3 and The Art of Mass Effect Hardcover
We've got a one-two shot of releases here: the first is the current issue of the ongoing miniseries set on the Omega space station hitting shelves and digital distribution this past Wednesday, and the other is a big, glossy hardcover coming in February, both from publisher Dark Horse Comics. Invasion is written by Mac Walters and John Jackson Miller with art by Omar Francia. Walters was actually one of the writers on Mass Effect 3, so you can at least be sure the canon will be intact (Dark Horse is actually billing this as "An essential lead-in to Mass Effect 3"). Here's what they're saying about the story: »
- Charles Webb
This awesome piece of artwork comes to us from comic book artist Dan Mcdaid's blog. You remember the scene in which Joker taunts Batman in The Dark Knight to "Hit Me!!!!!!"? This artwork is a homage to that and redone with "old Joker" Cesar Romero, Adam West (tv Batman), and Burt Ward (Robin).
Be sure to check out his blog and the scene from the movie below if you need to jog your memory.
Email Me: MickJoest@Geektyrant.com Twitter: @MickJoest
Source: Dan Mcdaid (http://danmcdaid.blogspot.com/) »
- Robot Reagan
Do you live in New York City? Do you like comic books? Do you like fun? If so, get yourself to the Paley Center for Media’s presentation of "Justice League: Doom,” the newest Bruce Timm production in the animated DC Universe.
In partnership with our friends at MTV Geek, the Paley Center will be screening the film on February 13th, with an as-yet unannounced panel to follow.
"Doom,” if you forgot, is somewhat inspired by Mark Waid’s classic "Tower of Babel” story from those turn-of-the-century Jla comics. The Justice League, led by Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, Martian Manhunter and Cyborg, are forced to adapt when a group of bad guys come across the Dark Knight’s plans for taking down wayward superheroes. Though some diehard fans love to quibble over the merits of the original comic given Batman's slightly wonky plans »
- Splash Page Team
Thanks to BigGameHunter, Sneak Peek the graphic poster art, designed by Trailer Park Video Games, supporting the release of "Batman: Arkham City".
"eveloped by Rocksteady Studios, "Batman: Arkham City" is the sequel to the 2009 video game "Batman: Arkham Asylum", based on the DC Comics superhero 'Batman', released by Warners Interactive Entertainment, for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows, October 18, 2011, with the Microsoft Windows version following, November 22, 2011.
"Arkham City" was scripted by Paul Dini, who also scripted Arkham "Asylum", featuring a main plot and side-missions that develop their own sub-plots. Storyline revolves around Batman's imprisonment in 'Arkham City', a sprawling super-prison, encompassing a variety of industrial districts and 'Gotham City' landmarks. Batman's task is to stop mishaps occurring around this enclosure caused by Gotham's most notorious 'super criminals'.
A Wii U version of the game will be released in 2012.
Click the images to enlarge and »
- Michael Stevens
Ron Perlman makes an action packed return to film with the release of The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption on Blu-ray and DVD from February 27th 2012. In his latest role, screen-legend Perlman stars as Horus – the powerful and inspirational King of Egypt – who dispatches Mathayus (Victor Webster), a deadly assassin for hire, to protect his kingdom and allies from imminent attack. In return for his services, Matahyus is promised Princess Silda’s hand in marriage and the legendary Eye of the Gods medallion.
Well-known for his role as the superhero Hellboy in 2004, and in the sequel Hellboy II (2008), Perlman is a man of many talents although he often flies below the radar, or at least behind the microphone in some of his most iconic roles. In homage to Perlman’s career so far, and to celebrate the release of the latest action-packed adventure The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption, »
Not sure I’m a big fan of the animated style that makes Wonder Woman look like jailbait, but eh, maybe you kids will feel different. Three more images from Warner and D.C.’s latest entry in their ever-lucrative line of direct-to-dvd animated movies, “Justice League: Doom” for your viewing pleasure. “Justice League: Doom”, available on DVD and Blu-ray February 28, 2012, finds Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman on their heels when a team of super villains discover and implement the Dark Knight’s “contingency plans” for stopping any rogue Justice League member. The story is inspired by Mark Waid’s much-heralded “Jla: Tower of Babel.” The film features the voices of Nathan Fillion (Castle) as Green Lantern, Tim Daly (Private Practice) as Superman, and a grand reunion of actors who provided the voices of the Justice League for the cartoon of the same name and its follow-up, »
Justice League: Doom finds Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman on their heels when a team of super villains discover and implement the Dark Knight's "contingency plans" for stopping any rogue Justice League member. The story is inspired by Mark Waid's much-heralded "Jla: Tower of Babel."
We have three new photos from this upcoming release, which hits Blu-ray and DVD February 28th. Check them out below, along with information on how to get tickets for the Paley Center world premiere of Justice League: Doom, taking place February 13th in New York City.
Warner Home Video, MTV Geek and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the World Premiere of Justice League: Doom, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, in New York on February 13, 2012. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend the event for red »
Ah, being a child in the nineties: GameBoys, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, early Pixar films, Batman: The Animated Series and Pokemon trading cards. But when it comes to Christmas films, one of my favorites as a youngster was Jingle All the Way, which was not only one of my first Christmas films at the cinema, but also my first Arnold Schwarzenegger film.
With this being a staple among the massive amount of films I watch for the holiday season each year (including The Muppets Christmas Carol, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Elf), I thought that it would be a great excuse to write about this childhood film of mine and seeing how it stands as a festive treat after all these years.
The film opens up with a tacky-looking children’s action show featuring Turbo Man saving the president’s family from his arch nemesis, Dementor. The camera zooms out »
- Martyn Warren
Welcome back to our weekly look at the new podcasts available at our “partners in podcast crime” the GeekCast Radio Network. As usual here’s our weekly look at the podcasts from Gcrn, This Week in Geek and the latest toy review videos from Baltmatrix, with descriptions and links to each and every podcast.
M.A.S.K.E.D. M.A.Y.H.E.M. – Episode 00 – The Introduction
We are starting a brand new chapter of cartoon review podcast’s here at The GeekCast Radio Network. Join OptimusSolo and TFG1Mike as they introduce the next cartoon review podcast. Behold! M.A.S.K.E.D. M.A.Y.H.E.M.! This will be our podcast covering everything about that classic 80?s cartoon M.A.S.K. Join us as we take you through what the podcast will be!
Legends of the Dark Knight – Episode 04
Unleashing the 4th »
It’s been almost twenty years since Batman: The Animated Series hit the airwaves and kicked off the doors of what could be done with the character and with animation in general and television animation in particular, in the wake of the successful Michael Keaton movies.
Ever wonder what it might be like if they made The Animated Series today, in the wake of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight? Perhaps it would be something like this…
Click here to view the embedded video.
Just imagine if he made this using the Animated Series skins for Arkham City…
- Glenn Hauman
Presenting our weekly round-up of all the biggest news stories from the world of movie superheroes…
Anticipation for The Dark Knight Rises went into overdrive this past week with the build up to the release of the six-minute IMAX prologue and new trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Batman swansong, both of which generated huge amounts of excitement off the back of poor quality bootlegs that were quick to spring up online (and even quicker to disappear, thanks to Warner Bros.’ legal team). As I’m sure you know, the prologue is being shown before select IMAX screenings of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, while the trailer accompanies Sherlock Holmes 2 (well, in North America, at least). We’ll refrain from going into too much detail here to avoid any spoilers for those who haven’t had the chance to catch them, save to say that the trailer features all of the »
Back Talk is a semi-regular news feature that looks at the latest trends, celebrity quotes, and media propaganda and attempts to read between the lines, cut through all the PC Bs and present the facts as straight forward as possible. By: Mark Julian Not too far back, I posted an article on Bruce Timm and an interesting chat he had with Big Shiny Robot . The immediate, jump-out quote to emerge from that interview was Timm stating his reasons for why WB and his own production crew will probably never make an animated Green Arrow or Aquaman movie. Timm wasn't necessarily singling out these characters, it was more of a response to the question of why Batman dominates the WB animated movie landscape. Here's the quote: Big Shiny Robot: When you’re looking for new projects that are within the DC Universe, is it difficult to deal with that wealth »
YouTube user 'lgfb1film' has made the following video featuring a Lego version of the classic intro to the Adam West Batman series from the 1960's, which sticks very close to the original intro. Thanks to Bleeding Cool for the heads up, and as the site notes, "The intro the 1966 Batman TV series was never dazzling in its complexity, just breezy and bright. By hemming pretty close to the original, the creators of this Lego remake have made the job in hand nicely do-able." To check out the rest of lgfb1film's videos, click here. Also, be sure to sound off your thoughts below in the usual place. Follow @PaulRomCBM »
Want to watch Scarlett Johansson talking about The Avengers? How about Hans Zimmer talking about The Dark Knight Rises score? Care to listen to The Amazing Spider-Man score? How is Christian Bale acting as Batman now that he's hung up the cowl? How is Dredd looking? What happens when you blend Venom and Iron Man or put Adam West in The Dark Knight? Read about all of this and more in today's Superhero Bits. Get More: Movie Trailers , Movies Blog  Hans Zimmer talks to MTV  about scoring The Dark Knight Rises. Yes and more yes. The new issue of Empire has a ton of new superhero photos including this one above from Dredd. There are some new, but non-as-exciting, Amazing Spider-Man ones too over at Cbm  and Live For Films . There's a more spoilerish one below. io9 poses  the argument that the CBS TV show Person of Interest, executive produced by Jonathan Nolan, »
- Germain Lussier
At last! The wait is over! The prologue to The Dark Knight Rises is finally here… just to ratchet up our already maxed-out expectations for the climactic chapter in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and make the wait for the whole thing (due July 20) feel even longer. The follow-up to The Dark Knight — set eight years after the Joker made a mess of Gotham City and a killing joke out of the caped crusader’s brand of vigilante justice — stars Oscar winner Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, but the prologue (which actually represents the first several minutes of »
- Jeff Jensen
Dark Horse Comics is playing Santa this week with an early Christmas gift to fans of the B.P.R.D. (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense). Here's another sneak peek at some new artwork for the series.
From the Previous Press Release:
The epic storyline that began back in 2010 with B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: New World is coming to a head in 2012 as Dark Horse announces its most ambitious B.P.R.D. publishing schedule yet.
First up, in February comes B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Long Death, written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, with art by James Harren (Abe Sapien: The Devil Does Not Jest, Heralds). A team is sent to the deadly woods from New World to investigate a new series of disappearances, but they discover more than just the monster responsible, as loyalties are questioned and tensions mount!
- The Woman In Black
Warner Bros. Consumer Products and The Lego Group announced today a partnership that awards the world's leading construction toy brand exclusive rights to develop build-and-play construction sets based on The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the two films based on The Hobbit. The multi-year licensing agreement grants access to the library of characters, settings, and stories for The Lord of the Rings property, as well as films The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Lego The Lord of the Rings construction sets are slated for a rolling global launch beginning in June 2012 in the United States, with Lego The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey scheduled for later in the year.
"Only Lego, with their expertise in the construction category, is capable of doing justice to the incredibly imaginative environments depicted in the world of The Lord of the Rings and the two films based on The Hobbit, »
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