15 items from 2015
Warner Home Video has made good on its promise to rectify some glitches on its otherwise magnificent recent release of the entire "Batman" TV series. Two episodes were accidentally included that were incomplete. The "Marsha's Scheme of Diamonds" episode was missing its epilogue and the "Hi Diddle Riddle" episode lacked its opening narration. Additionally, some fans complained that Warner's did not include the very brief tags at the end of episodes that promoted who the villain would be in the next telecast. Anyone who purchased the set on either Blu-ray or DVD was invited to register for replacement discs, which have now been sent out. In addition to providing complete versions of the aforementioned episodes, the two new discs also have an extended bonus section featuring the previously missing "villains" promos. Additionally, Warner's has included a couple of brief but cool bonus segments that weren't included on the original release. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
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. »
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There’s no point denying the influence and impact of Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed box office behemoth that is The Dark Knight Trilogy. It cemented the director’s stature as one of Hollywood’s most talented filmmakers, and reinvented Batman for a whole new generation, while at the same time distancing fans from their painful memories of Joel Schumacher’s Batman And Robin. As far as blockbusters go, there are few that meld style and substance so well, but as they say, nobody’s perfect.
As entertaining and thoughtful as Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises are, however, they’re not without their flaws, as evidenced by these 15 irksome subplots which simply drag each film down several pegs and detract from the fun. Batman Begins certainly feels like the most narratively water-tight of the three films in many regards, and hence doesn’t show up much on this list, »
- Jack Pooley
Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine' 1938: Jean Renoir's film noir (photo: Jean Gabin and Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine') (See previous post: "'Cat People' 1942 Actress Simone Simon Remembered.") In the late 1930s, with her Hollywood career stalled while facing competition at 20th Century-Fox from another French import, Annabella (later Tyrone Power's wife), Simone Simon returned to France. Once there, she reestablished herself as an actress to be reckoned with in Jean Renoir's La Bête Humaine. An updated version of Émile Zola's 1890 novel, La Bête Humaine is enveloped in a dark, brooding atmosphere not uncommon in pre-World War II French films. Known for their "poetic realism," examples from that era include Renoir's own The Lower Depths (1936), Julien Duvivier's La Belle Équipe (1936) and Pépé le Moko (1937), and particularly Marcel Carné's Port of Shadows (1938) and Daybreak (1939). This thematic and »
- Andre Soares
Warner Bros. Pictures
Batman was actually first given the “film” treatment as far back as the 1940s. 1943 and 1949 both saw 15-chapter film serials released starring the Dark Knight and then, in 1966, Adam West reprised his role from the joyfully camp television series for the first theatrically released Batmovie. Popular as it was, it would then be more than twenty years before another was released.
1989 brought the first of Tim Burton’s two Batman movies – and the first of those that most people are familiar with today. Batman Returns followed it in 1992, with Joel Schumacher taking over directorial duties in 1995’s Batman Forever and 1997’s Batman and Robin. Eight years later Batman Begins, the first of Christopher Nolan’s brilliant The Dark Knight Trilogy, was released, with The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises following in 2008 and 2012 respectively.
All of those films have fairly definitive conclusions, but fans like to »
- K.J. Stewart
Burbank, CA (January 20, 2015) – The world is turned upside down when one of the world’s greatest super heroes – Batman – finds himself under attack by his own son in the newest DC Universe Original Movie – Batman vs. Robin. This all-new original film arrives April 14, 2015 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray™ Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. The brand-new product offering, Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition, will include the Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, along with a Batman figurine in a gift set.
Batman vs. Robin will be available on Blu-rayTM Deluxe Edition for $29.96, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack for $24.98 Srp and on DVD for $19.98 Srp. The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet.* Fans can also own Batman vs. Robin »
- Robert Greenberger
The Lego Group, Tt Games and WB Games have announced this summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World films will each have a tie-in videogame. Lego Jurassic World will arrive in stores this June while Lego Marvel's Avengers is scheduled for a fall release.
Tt Games slyly added a teaser for Lego Jurassic World in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Completing the campaign mode initiated a credits sequence in which 1966 Batman and Robin ascended the side of a building. During the ascent, a T-Rex Lego figure from Jurassic Park appears while the famous John Williams score plays behind him.
Both of these new games will cover more than the film they're slated to release with. Lego Marvel's The Avengers will span the events of The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, while Lego Jurassic World will cover all four films. Of course, full Lego toy lines for each major »
The Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder will come to blows in the next DC Universe animated feature-length original film, Batman vs Robin. Who will win? We'll find out when the Batman vs Robin Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD release date rolls around on April 14, 2015.
Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova) and Stuart Allan (Son of Batman) reprise their roles as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and Robin/Damian, respectively, while Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order) as Talon, Sean Maher (Serenity) as Nightwing, and Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Thomas Wayne round out the voice cast.
The shadows of Gotham City are no place for a child but Damian Wayne is no ordinary child. Now bearing the mantle of Robin, he blazes a headstrong and sometimes reckless trail alongside his father, Batman. While investigating a crime scene, »
Okay, maybe "fanboys" wasn't a great title. There is a difference between a fanboy and a nutcase afterall. But, for now I am refering to them as fanboys. Being a fan of comics is great. Loving a character is great. Loving a movie is the best. But there is a line that has been more than crossed. I understand the disapointment of a movie where the hero is potrayed badly. I understand not loving a movie. But here is the thing: blame the movie, the studio, the actors, the writers, whoever. But do Not use that as justification for not liking a new movie, that could in fact be a second chance to do things right. If not for the absolute hate of Batman and Robin (which was well deserved), the Dccu might not have taken a long time to get started. Here is why: Let's say that we're back »
Not too long ago a trailer for Batman vs. Robin, a new animated film from Warner Bros and DC, was revealed, but now they've fully detailed the next animated comic adventure including the voice-cast, release date, and first look at the blu-ray cover. Come inside to check it all out!
We knew it was coming, but now we have a lot more details on the upcoming blu-ray release of the animated Batman vs. Robin, which will hit store shelves on April 14, 2015. Check out the first trailer and all the details on the blu-ray (including the cast they've brought together) below:
The world is turned upside down when one of the world’s greatest super heroes – Batman – finds himself under attack by his own son in the newest DC Universe Original Movie – Batman vs. Robin. This all-new original film arrives April 14, 2015 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray™ Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
The world is turned upside down when one of the world's greatest super heroes - Batman - finds himself under attack by his own son in the newest DC Universe Original Movie - Batman Vs. Robin. This all-new original film arrives April 14, 2015 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Deluxe Edition, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. The brand-new product offering, Blu-ray Deluxe Edition, will include the Blu-ray Combo Pack, along with a Batman figurine in a gift set. Batman Vs. Robin will be available on Blu-ray Deluxe Edition for $29.96, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack for $24.98 Srp and on DVD for $19.98 Srp. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own Batman Vs. Robin in Digital HD on April 14 via purchase from digital retailers.
The shadows of Gotham City are no place for a child but Damian Wayne is no ordinary child. »
Joel Schumacher is not a popular man among Batman fans. His Batman And Robin has gone down in history as one of the worst comic book movies ever made (or the worst, depending on who you ask) – his rubber nipple-suited Batman and glittery Mr. Freeze forever punning the film into the history books. It all turned out fine in the end, with Christopher Nolan and a very gruff Dark Knight subsequently rescuing his career with two of the greatest Batman movies of all time (plus the other one), but that does not make Batman And Robin any less terrible.
Often mentioned in the same breath as Batman And Robin is the film’s immediate predecessor, Schumacher’s Batman Forever. With director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton nowhere to be seen, Schumacher had the unenviable job of following up one of the most iconic superhero films of all time. »
- Joel Harley
It’s a wonderful time to be a TV-binging comic book fan. In fact, if you were a little tactical about your viewing habits (and not too fussy in your Marvel/DC preference), we’re approaching a state where you could probably fill an ‘all the soap operas’ shaped hole in your schedule every day with the stuff of capes, cowls and crime-fighting.
Of course, we already have Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, The Walking Dead and – for now – Constantine gracing our schedules. Of those, Arrow, The Flash and The Walking Dead have already been picked up for further seasons, as well. With the exception of Constantine, we wouldn’t be too surprised to hear the rest renewed too.
The fun doesn’t stop there. »
Wil Wheaton has had the privilege of playing a Starship crew member and a host of a sci-fi-pop-comedy-talk show on television, a board game aficionado on the web, and an imbiber of Newcastle’s new beers in a Twitter video. Now he can add “matchmaker” to his resume. The actor known for playing Wesley Crusher and his Geek & Sundry gaming web series TableTop stars in a new promotional spoof video from Nerdist Industries for the fake smartphone app Duo.
The video starts off with “relationship expert” Dr. Hank Tannen (Wheaton) explaining how easy his Duo app has made it for superheroes to find their ideal sidekicks, no matter how busy their crime-fighting days may be. The short then brings in “spokespeople” in the form of Captain America and Bucky Barnes, Green Arrow and Flash, and Batman and Robin (both versions of him, as well as the Nightwing interpretation). But as it turns out, »
- Bree Brouwer
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 »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
15 items from 2015
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