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Some of those teases come to pass, like when Cena posted an image of Aj Styles several weeks before The Phenomenal One’s 2016 WWE debut. Others are purely to frustrate us, like his multiple posts hinting at a Kenny Omega surprise entrance for January’s Royal Rumble.
Earlier this week, Cena posted the below not-so-flattering image of Ring of Honor’s Jay Lethal.
Is the former Roh World Champion coming to WWE? Will Vince McMahon make him reprise the Black Machismo gimmick? And holy 60s spandex, does Cena’s post of Adam West and Burt Ward from the Batman TV series two days later mean they’ll be debuting in Nxt?
I can’t say for certain about Batman and Robin, »
- Oli Davis
This review is based off a volume that collects Deathstroke: Rebirth #1 and Deathstroke #1-5.
It’s without question that Deathstroke has seen his fair share of relaunches in recent history. In the New 52 alone, he had two distinct runs to call his own, the second of which was especially memorable because we had Tony Daniel writing and drawing the world’s greatest assassin. But, after his exit, the title became a bit parabolic and suffered from the utilization of some rather silly villains.
Luckily, author Christopher Priest was able to get Slade Wilson back on track in the Rebirth era. And it’s not just the fact that he knows how to write for this character – believe me, he most certainly does – it’s that he knows how to tell the right story with Slade; supporting characters, tone, setting, you name it.
Much like Daniel and several others before him, »
- Eric Joseph
No one will hold it against you if you don’t remember 1997’s “Spawn.” The comic book adaptation debuted the same summer as another (in)famous superhero film, “Batman and Robin.” Fortunately for “Spawn,” the film is only remembered as the second worst comic book film of that summer. In the two decades since, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has vowed to right the film’s wrongs and release a Spawn film worthy of his character.
- Charles Dean
Mark Harrison Mar 15, 2017
Batman & Robin has a lot to answer for. Almost 20 years after its release, Joel Schumacher's brightly-coloured art nouveau confection is widely acknowledge as the nadir of the cinematic Bat-canon, even though that canon has very recently incorporated the DC Extended Universe entries, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and the Academy Award-winning* Suicide Squad.
But two decades on, it sometimes feels like the films have wound up going too far the other way. Warner Bros rightly ran in the opposite direction with the Dark Knight trilogy, which began eight years later with Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins. However, they haven't replicated the success of those films by doubling down on »
Directed by James Mangold
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
The superhero movie has surely been sliced and diced every which way, from gleefully self-referential (Scott Pilgrim; Kick-Ass) to toweringly sober (Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy) to high camp and, erm, rubbery (surely the only time Batman and Robin deserves to mentioned in the same sentence as the aforementioned movies). Eking out a singular and distinct approach is becoming more and more tough, so nothing but plaudits ought to be aimed at the conceptually ambitious, »
- Sean Wilson
Mark Allison Mar 2, 2017
We salute the original Batman big screen movie, comfortably one of the most enjoyable comic book movies to date...
These days, film audiences are expected to take the cinematic Batman very seriously. He’s no longer an object of fantastical escapism, but a manifestation of society’s greatest fears. Tim Burton arguably first popularised this trend with 1989’s Batman, while Christopher Nolan’s masterful Dark Knight trilogy used the Caped Crusader as a heavy-handed metaphor for the war on terror. Zack Snyder took this murkiness to new heights with last year’s Batman V Superman, in which Ben Affleck’s ageing Batman wantonly beat criminals to death and blew them to pieces without remorse.
In this context, the original Batman movie from 1966 might seem like an archaic oddity – a simple adventure for a more innocent time, when the Dark Knight was no more than an out-of-shape Adam West in lyrca. »
david j. moore chats with actor Eric Jacobus…
The world has yet to learn the name Eric Jacobus. Ladies and gentlemen, hear the name and speak it because he’s here, and he’s about to break through. Working way off the grid and completely off the radar, Jacobus, a practitioner of Hapkido, has been building himself up through impressive short films and totally independent feature films, namely with two feature films Contour (2006) and Death Grip (2012), both of which he wrote, directed, and starred in, and the outstanding short films Rope-a-Dope (2013), Rope-a-Dope 2 (2015), and this year’s martial arts comedy Blindsided (2017). He’s already appeared in the second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy (2014) as Stryker and in Segment A of The ABCs of Death 2 (2014), and he’s on a clear and calculated path of action stardom.
It’s obvious you’re really into Hong Kong movies; your movies »
- Amie Cranswick
Christopher Nolan is a director who has made his mark on the industry as an ambitious director. With Batman Begins, he managed to resurrect a superhero that had suffered the seemingly game-ending treatment of Batman and Robin. With its sequel, The Dark Knight, he proved that comic book movies can be taken seriously, and with Inception, his popularity as a director took off to all new heights.
For better or worse (mostly better), Nolan is a director who has built his career on ambitious ideas. His Batman films have a moral center and message, and his work often deals with the questions of what makes us tick. Sure, they may have world-ending stakes, but when all said and done, they are about people and the human condition.
If you were hoping that following his most ambitious film yet — Interstellar — that he would rein in the scope of his next film, »
- Joseph Medina
Following the mess that was Batman and Robin, Batman Begins was obviously just what the franchise needed back in 2005. Providing a grounded take on the Dark Knight, it led to a trilogy which has since been hailed as one of the greatest of all-time, but that hasn't stopped it from getting the Honest Trailers treatment! While the video below has plenty of good things to say, it also doesn't shy away from the fact that Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale's Batman was something of a killer. The hero's decision to leave Ra's al Ghul to die in that train is one which fans have talked about nearly as much (well, maybe not) as Superman breaking General Zod's neck in Man of Steel, and yeah, I guess it technically was manslaughter! Anyway, check out this Honest trailer below and then feel free to let us know your thoughts on it in the comments section. »
Gob and George Michael are back together. According to The Wrap, there's a hidden homage to Arrested Development in the new film The Lego Batman Movie.The animated movie stars Arrested Development cast members Will Arnett and Michael Cera as Batman and Robin, respectively. The voice cast also includes Zach Galifianakis, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Mariah Carey, Jenny Slate, and Conan O'Brien.Read More… »
David Crow Feb 13, 2017
The movie, TV show, cartoon and comic references of The Lego Batman Movie...
This article contains major The Lego Batman Movie spoilers.
Holy plastic building blocks, Batman! Almost everything really was awesome about The Lego Batman Movie. After years of dark nights and grim glares at other superheroes, the newest adventure of the Caped Crusader, as voiced by Will Arnett’s perfectly overdone gravel, was a breath of fresh air. Not afraid to let Batman’s sidekicks have fun - even if our cantankerous main guy still prefers to wear only black and sing about “darkness” - The Lego Batman Movie is poised to entertain Bat-fans of all Bat-ages.
Still one of its best gags is its shameless (and relentless) use of references, cutaways, and in-jokes to overstuff its narrative with more meta-humor than the most unwieldy episode of Community. As a consequence, it’s easy to »
“The Lego Batman Movie” is here, and everyone loves it. But where does it stand in the annals of theatrically released Batman movies? We have the answer. “Batman v Superman” may not be all everyone hoped it would be, but the Bat’s record on film is hardly perfect. Let’s see where the new film ranks in the annals of theatrically released, live-action “Batman” movies. 14. “Batman and Robin” (1949) is just an abysmal experience, with a bad lead actor wearing a floppy-eared Batsuit. Though The Wizard, a villain original to this serial, is admittedly cool looking, it’s not enough to stem the. »
- Phil Owen
Green Arrow and Black Canary are among the most popular and prolifiic comic book duos in history. They are the Batman and Robin for the uber nerds who knew who Green Arrow and Black Canary were before Arrow. Yet for the entirety of season 5 on Arrow, Oliver has been without his feathered friend. Now that looks to change as "Second Chances" begins the Green Arrow's quest to find his new Black Canary. Even though some fans will always rebel at one who doesn't have the name of Dinah Laurel Lance, the newest potential addition to Team Arrow, Tina, makes a great first impression.
Toy store shelves have already been flooded with new Lego sets featuring characters and vehicles from the upcoming Lego Batman Movie, but that was only the beginning. Lego has has revealed (via THR) a host of new sets that will be arriving this June, this time featuring the likes of Harley Quinn, Bane, Scarecrow, and Two-Face going up against the Dynamic Duo in a handful of wacky vehicles. Check them out below!
First out the gate is Scarecrow Fearful Face-Off, featuring Batman (with a new buildable wing jetpack) going up against the Scarecrow and his Gyro-Copter, which itself features some fear gas bombs. Will retail for $14.99.
We’ll also be getting our first Bane figure from the new movie, in Bane Toxic Truck Attack. It comes with a 6-wheel truck, a Whirly-Bat vehicle for the Caped Crusader, »
- James Garcia
In the very near future, DC’s oldest title – the one that the publisher is named for, in fact – will hit a milestone that few in the comic book industry have done thus far when Detective Comics celebrates 950 issues. Think about it: Batman (and others) have helped keep this series in continuous publication since the Great Depression. That’s quite a feat.
Serving as a prologue to the upcoming “League of Shadows” arc, this can’t miss issue of ‘Tec is set to contain three stories that not only observe what has come before, but speak to the current direction of the series. A gallery of unlettered interiors can be viewed below, but nothing really treads into spoiler territory.
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Thankfully, current series writer James Tynion IV has shed a little light on the subject: »
- Eric Joseph
There are plenty of well-established online casinos that have emerged in the industry since the turn of the century.
Even though some have been hit with difficult times and others have had to face certain controversies and mergers there are companies out there that have still managed to find a loyal customer base and have continued to be able to provide their online patrons with the very best that the virtual casino market can offer.
Betfair was founded back in 2000 and has become one of the most recognised of all UK-based gambling brands.
They offer all sorts of gambling-based action whether it’s arcade, casino, virtual sports, slots, bingo or sportsbook features and they frequently manage to offer players the chance to pick up free bets, special bonuses and very tempting jackpot prizes.
The Betfair casino app and online site utilise Playtech, one of the largest gambling software development companies in the world, »
- James Smith
Coming out of March’s ‘Superman Reborn’ event, the Man of Steel is set to unveil an updated costume in the pages of Superman #20 this April, and thanks to Comic Book we’ve got our first look at the revamped suit thanks to Patrick Gleason’s cover for the issue. Gone are the blue boots, metallic cuffs and impractical belt, but it looks like those red underpants have been consigned to history…
“Superman Black” Part One! A “Superman Reborn Aftermath” tie-in! As the smoke clears the Kents are faced with leaving Hamilton to go back to Metropolis, but someone or something doesn’t want them to leave! Batman and Robin discover something is mysteriously wrong with the son of Superman—he’s losing his powers!
Superman #20 goes on sale on April 5th, priced $2.99. »
- Gary Collinson
Though it's not really a radical departure from his current Rebirth look, The Man of Steel is set to debut a new costume in the pages of Superman #20 and Action Comics #977 this April. As you can see from the covers below (via Comibook.com), this outfit sports a few subtle differences around the collar, cuffs, boots and belt, which give Supes a more classic appearance - though those divisive red shorts are still absent. Check out the covers below along with the solicitations for both issues. Superman #20 Written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason • Art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray • Cover by Patrick Gleason • Variant cover by Tony S. Daniel “Superman Black” part one! A “Superman Reborn Aftermath” tie-in! As the smoke clears the Kents are faced with leaving Hamilton to go back to Metropolis, but someone or something doesn’t want them to leave! Batman and Robin »
Rob Leane Jan 18, 2017
Longer, darker and closer to what came before, the extended version of Batman Forever sounds interesting at the least...
Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever was a divisive movie, to say the least, and one that we’ve debated the merits of before on this site. But even those of us who like the film (this writer included) would be quick to admit that it’s nowhere near the brilliance of the preceding brace of Bat-movies from Tim Burton.
It’s intriguing to hear, then, that the original cut of Batman Forever weighed in at 2 hours 40 minutes. That’s 38 minutes of extra footage that never made it into cinemas; enough missing minutes to significantly alter the film. Would the original version of Batman Forever have garnered more love?
The fine folk at BatmanOnFilm.com have painstakingly procured information from every available source - earlier drafts of the script, »
Tim Burton’s “Batman” was the highest-grossing movie of 1989. The sequel, “Batman Returns,” was the third-biggest film of 1992. So why did the star of the first two installments, Michael Keaton, turn down the third part of such a successful trilogy? Simple: The script “sucked.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter‘s “Awards Chatter” podcast, the 65-year-old actor explained why he decided to pass on the film once director Joel Schumacher took over the franchise.
“It sucked”, the actor said of the script. “The script never was great. I didn’t understand why [Schumacher] wanted to do what he wanted to do.”
According to Keaton, he attended “many meetings” to discuss the film, and was “polite up to a point about things.” However, he did not agree with the direction Schumacher wanted to take with the film. “I knew it »
- Yoselin Acevedo
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