15 items from 2015
Aquaman finally gets his due in Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, out now from Warner Home Entertainment. In the latest installment in the new linked video continuity, all inspired by the uninspiring New 52 reality. As is fitting in a spotlight film like this, Aquaman’s origins are explored so we also get the tried and true enmity between Arthur Curry and Orm, the Ocean Master. There’s lots of shouting, fighting, fish, and Sturm und Drang but honestly, not a lot of warmth and emotion—much like the current source material.
Queen Atlanna (Sirena Irwin) rules over forgotten Atlantis which is about to be proven a real legend as it braces for war. The undersea kingdom is discovered when Cyborg (Sean Patrick Thomas) investigates a sub having gone missing. Upon discovering the existence of Atlantis, he summons the rest of the Justice League — Superman (Jerry O’Connell), Batman (Jason O »
- Robert Greenberger
Grant Morrison is a constant subject of my frustration when reading comic books. Although he’s hit with me more than he hasn’t, I never know what to expect from the writer as I venture into one of his tales. Sometimes they’re so overwrought with scientific mumbo-jumbo and challenging social commentary that it distracts me from the storyline too much. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case as I made my way through The Multiversity: Mastermen #1.
Imagine a world where the Nazis not only won World War II but went on to direct world culture for the next sixty years with the help of an orphaned, alien super-weapon known as Overman! But hope is not lost! Rising from the ashes of oppression are a diverse band of heroes raging against the fascist regime that includes Leatherwing, Blitzen, and the other “heroes” of Earth-x – a band of champions known as »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
By Adrian Smith
Roy Thomas, Josh Baker
Hardcover with fold-out, ribbon bookmark, and four-foot accordion-fold timeline
11.4 x 15.6 in.
75 Years of DC Comics. The Art of Modern Mythmaking
Hardcover with fold-out, ribbon bookmark
11.4 x 15.6 in.
If you take a look at the top 100 all-time highest worldwide grossing movies, fifteen of them are either Marvel or DC comic adaptations. According to Box Office Mojo the third highest grossing film of all time is The Avengers (2012) at over a billion and a half dollars. Comics, it would seem, are major players in the world of entertainment.
Seventy-five years ago it was all very different. Comics were for children and were disregarded as both an entertainment medium and as an art form. Comics were disposable. Because of their ephemeral nature surviving early copies now trade hands for vast sums. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis didn’t just introduce the world to the New 52 version of Aquaman. It also gave us the first appearance of Superman’s Hammer of Justice, Steel. If you got up to use the restroom or checked your cell phone at the wrong time, you might have missed what could become a defining moment in the new DC Animated Universe.
In what amounted to under a minute of screen time, John Henry Irons wields a large hammer on what appears to be a construction site. Wearing a yellow hardhat, he defends his co-workers from an army of Atlantian attackers. Just as he is about to be overcome by his assailants, Superman swoops down and saves him. We are witnesses to the defining moment when the seeds of a new super hero are planted – Steel.
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
DC Entertainment has announced today that The New 52 is set to come to an end in June following the Convergence event, although the publisher is not rebooting its universe and titles will continue to take place in the same continuity. 25 books will retain their number, while a further 24 titles will relaunch (or launch) with new #1s.
“This heralds in a new era for the DC Universe which will allow us to publish something for everyone, be more expansive and modern in our approach and tell stories that better reflect the society around us,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan Didio. “Whether you’ve been a DC fan your whole life, or whether you are new to comics – there will be a book for you beginning in June.”
The 25 continuing titles are…
– Action Comics by Greg Pak/Aaron Kuder
– Aquaman by Cullen Bunn/Trevor McCarthy
– Batgirl by Cameron Stewart/Brenden Fletcher/Babs »
- Gary Collinson
"In the interest of everyone's safety in light of the impending blizzard approaching New York, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment must regretfully cancel this evening's (1/26) premiere of "Justice League: Throne of Atlantis" at the Paley Center for Media. However, the originally-scheduled post-screening panel will gather this afternoon to pre-tape a discussion about the movie for streaming on Yahoo Screen -- paley.me/aqua -- this evening at 8:00pm Et/5:00pm Pt. We hope you will tune in and join us on #PaleyLive! Panelists are Matt Lanter, the voice of Aquaman, along with producer James Tucker, character designer Phil Bourassa and dialogue director Andrea Romano. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis stars Matt Lanter as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Sumalee Montano as Mera, Sam Witwer as Ocean Master, Sirena Irwin as Queen Atlanna, Jerry O'Connell as Clark Kent/Superman, Jason O'Mara as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Rosario Dawson as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, »
The upcoming Suicide Squad adaptation from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated blockbusters of the next few years. Not only will David Ayer (Fury) helm the large scale project, but the film also boasts an all-star cast consisting of Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Jared Leto.
However, this past week has seen the production hit a minor speed bump with the unexpected departure of Tom Hardy. It was initially assumed that Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) would replace the Dark Knight Rises star in the role of Rick Flag, however it has since been revealed that he declined the invitation. Now, two more potential candidates for the part of Flag have arisen, and they are certainly interesting choices!
- Ben Read
Ever heard of second-tier DC superhero Fatman? Because he might be starring in the new Zack Snyder film.
Oooh, it’s just Ben Affleck with a ‘six pack’ (or ‘beer gut’) as Batman in the latest photos from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Speaking of that epic team-up film, we also have the thoughts of its fight choreographer (he reckons it’s the best movie ever) And George Lucas, the Star Wars daddio, finally gives his thoughts on Jj Abrams’ The Force Awakens.
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- Oli Davis
When the Kingdom of Altantis prepares to retaliate for an attack on their people by the Us Military, it is up to the Justice League to stop this rising threat while Arthur Curry finds out about his real origins.
Okay, I have been a long-time fan of DC’s animated universe (having started out as a kid watching Batman:Tas through to Justice League Unlimited and then to the movies like Superman:Doomsday, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Justice League: Flashpoint) and it wasn’t until the New 52 began that I started to read the comics, which unfortunately gave me background knowledge of what happens in this particular story and so diluted my overall view of this film.
So Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is a »
In a recent interview for HeyUGuys Matthew Vaughn put forward the argument that superhero films are largely underappreciated in the world of cinematic award ceremonies, in particular Guardians of the Galaxy.
He suggests that the Marvel Studios film was a bigger challenge to create than a number of other films “where you just plonk a camera here and there and have a good actor”.
Vaughn also went on to comment on remarks he made about Christopher Nolan’s dark style of superhero film, which he says were taken out of context by the internet.
“What I said is Nolan is very good at doing what he did with Batman, and the subject matter of Batman deserved to be dark, but there are other superheroes, like I don’t think Superman should be dark. The clue’s in the costume, what it should be like…You have to always respect source material, »
- Alfie Nobes
Mercy Graves originally appeared in "Superman: The Animated Series" (1996) as the bodyguard/personal assistant of Superman's archenemy, 'Lex Luthor'.
Originally the leader of a gang of female thieves, Luthor was impressed by her mixture of ruthlessness and street savvy.
He offered her a job, taking her in, cleaning her up and entrusting her with personal security and dirty work.
A proficient martial artist, Mercy uses a rough, street-form of kickboxing as her preferred form of attack.
She is also an expert with most forms of handheld weapons.
Her preferred dress is a chauffeur's uniform with short skirt, chauffeur's cap, nylons and high heeled boots.
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"Batman" 18" Figure
- Michael Stevens
Happy 2015, everyone. It feels like we haven’t seen you all year. (We’re trying to get as much mileage from that joke as possible).
What a way to kick off the New Year, with one huge (but, actually, pretty small) Ant-Man trailer and two massive rumours – an old character potentially appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and will we be getting the first Batman V Superman: Dawn of Juctice and Fantastic Four trailers as early as next month!?
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- Oli Davis
The upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will set up the planned Justice League movie in 2017. For comic fans who just can’t wait another two and a half years for the iconic super hero group to appear, you may be getting an earlier version on TV, in the shared universe being created by Arrow, the Flash and the in-development Supergirl show.
If you’re a fan of DC and the Justice League, you know that there have been live-action versions of the team before. There was the 1997 made-for-tv Justice League film which was a pilot for a proposed TV series. It was based heavily upon the Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and Kevin Maguirerunon the book. And then there was the Smallville version of the Justice League, featuring pre-Superman Clark Kent, along with Green Arrow, Black Canary, Aquaman, Impulse, Martian Manhunter and Cyborg. Let’s not overlook the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Let’s just get this out of the way now: Amongst we ComicMixers, the esteemed (and far prettier) Emily S. Whitten is a bigger and better fan of voice actors than I shall ever be. With that being said… aren’t voice actors amazing?
You see, in between bouts of crippling sinusitis and binge-watching Breaking Bad like I was addicted to meth, I opted to catch John Dimaggio’s documentary I Know That Voice. A fantastic little flick dedicated in celebration of a continually (mostly) unsung hero of the animated world: the voice performer. With interviews from some – if not most – of the current tribe of working actors and actresses who lend their larynx to the cartoons of the day, I simply must recommend watching it yourself soon if you haven’t already.
But that recommendation is not my singular premise of the week, kiddos. For you see, it was »
- Marc Alan Fishman
When the news broke that Batman would be returning to the big screen in the shape of Ben Affleck (in next year's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice), there was an undercurrent of opinion that not enough time had passed since Christopher Nolan’s masterful Dark Knight trilogy to warrant another cinematic interpretation of the Caped Crusader.
Those people are likely to have similar misgivings regarding the recent announcement that Jared Leto would portray infamous lunatic serial killer The Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad movie. The Oscar winner/rockstar joins an elite club of actors to have portrayed Batman’s arch nemesis with distinction, rubbing shoulders with Jack Nicholson, Mark Hamill and Heath Ledger and undoubtedly, it is the last name on that list that Leto’s Joker »
15 items from 2015
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