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Batman: Assault on Arkham, the latest effort from DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, casts Batman aside (for the most part) in order to focus on Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad. The anti-hero team has gotten quite a bit of press lately for its planned live-action adaptation, so now's a great time to take a look at one of the Suicide Squad's animated iterations, now available on Blu-ray. While Batman: Assault on Arkham takes the opportunity to cast Batman villains in lead roles, it doesn't come close to exploring all the potential those characters offer. The voice acting is spot on as usual and the animation style is a visual joy, but the half-baked plot and immature on-screen antics makes this a weak adaptation rather than a must-have addition to your collection. Hit the jump for our Batman: Assault on Arkham Blu-ray review. Feature: The Good Any time the villains get to take center stage, »
- Dave Trumbore
Ever since Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment finally announced their upcoming slate of superhero films for the next few years, quite a large amount of attention has been given to David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. The comic adaptation will introduce audiences to a group of imprisoned supervillains, brought together to earn their redemption by working for the government on impossible suicide missions.
It is believed that Suicide Squad will showcase some of DC Comics’ lesser known characters such as Deadshot, Black Spider, King Shark and Amanda Waller. However, recent reports have indicated that David Ayer (Fury) has re-written the existing screenplay from Justin Marks to include the likes of Lex Luthor and The Joker. It has long been rumoured that Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Tom Hardy are in negotiations to join Ayer’s team of imprisoned antagonists, with Jesse Eisenberg also expected to reprise his role as Lex Luthor »
- Ben Read
Seven of Nine is two of three.
Meaning, TVLine has learned that Jeri Ryan will fill the plum NCIS role of Leroy Jethro Gibbs’ never-before-seen second ex-wife, Rebecca, who will be introduced in a January 2015 episode of the long-running CBS drama.
NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg first revealed to TVLine the plan to meet Gibbs’ missing ex last January, saying, “I can promise you that it is probably going to get touched on in Season 12.” Introducing the character, he effused, promises to be “[storyline] gold.”
Bill Chais and Kevin Falls, who both previously worked together as writers on the short-lived Emmy-nominated James Woods legal drama Shark, teamed up in 2011 for an all-new legal drama, Franklin & Bash, which follows lawyers and lifelong friends Jared Franklin and Peter Bash, a pair of unconventional lawyers whose M.O. typically involves them doing everything a lawyer shouldn’t (drinking in court, hitting on clients) in order to win their cases. Once such case sees the duo score legal win against the large and prestigious law firm Infield Daniels, which brings them to the attention of Stanton Infield, one of the said firm’s major partners, who recruits the pair to work for the very firm they beat in court – bringing both their legal skills and their sense of »
- Phil Wheat
"Suicide Squad" may be the smartest title on the entire slate of DC Comic movies announced recently by Warner Bros. With David Ayer onboard to direct, this is the story of how some of the nastiest bad guys in the DC Universe are pressed into service to do something for the government. It can play rougher than other DC movies and it would seem appropriate. One of the key characters in any "Suicide Squad" movie should be Harley Quinn, the Joker's psychotic girlfriend, but I'm not sure if they're including her or not. Just because there is a rumor that Margot Robbie is being courted to star in the film, that doesn't mean they're using Quinn. I'd love to see Robbie play her, I think. That sounds terrifying. And sort of awesome. She could also easily be Amanda Waller, the doctor who puts the team together. But that's assuming she's »
- Drew McWeeny
Today sees the release of Zombeavers, in which a group of spring breakers are terrorized by a horde of killer beavers. It’s sounds ridiculous (because it is, of course) but these bloodthirsty little buggers continue a long tradition of awesome animals on the big screen. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a countdown of some of cinema’s greatest ever beasts.
10. Flying Monkeys – The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
What’s more terrifying than an evil pointy-nosed witch? Try an evil pointy-nosed witch with an army of flying monkeys! In the original Oz books, the winged simians were mischievous but intelligent creatures, but by the time they received their big screen debut they’d mutated into the stuff of nightmares.
As Dorothy and her gang find themselves in a darkened forest, the Wicked Witch of the West sends her sinister army to monkey-nap them, and they are returned to the Witch’s castle pronto. »
- David Agnew
Rupert Sanders is apparently targeting Scarlett Johansson for the lead role in Ghost In The Shell. It was earlier reported that Margot Robbie, of The Wolf Of Wall Street fame, was up for the part, but perhaps due to the success of Lucy and The Avengers, Johansson is the action star of choice. Although Robbie is still aiming for the DC adaptation of Suicide Squad which is looking to acquire Will Smith and Tom Hardy for the DC adaptation centred on super villains carrying out black op missions for the government.
Plans for a live action Hollywood version of manga/anime Ghost In The Shell have been in the pipeline for a very long time. First released in 1989, the film focuses on a division of police investigating cyber crimes. From the mind of Masamune Shirow, it was certainly before its time and went on to influence works such as The Matrix. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Following on from the first clip which arrived online earlier this week [watch it here], Warner Bros. has now officially released the Blu-ray cover art for its latest DC Universe Animated Original Movies direct-to-video feature Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. Take a look…
And here’s a rundown of the special features…
-Villains of the Deep – From Ocean Master, to Black Manta, to King Shark, each villain operates from his own deep sense of conviction presenting an incredible challenge for the hero in Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman. This documentary goes into the biographical detail of the villains.
-”Robin and Nightwing” Bonus Sequence – Producer James Tucker provides video commentary for this exciting bonus sequence where Robin and Nightwing join forces.
-Scoring Atlantis: The Sound of the Deep – Every great film needs a great musical score. »
- Gary Collinson
A few weeks ago, Fury and End of Watch director David Ayer was announced as the frontrunner to direct Warner Brothers’ upcoming Suicide Squad film. Now, that news has been made official. As part of the announcement of Warner Bros.’ massive DC Comics slate, studio head Kevin Tsujihara revealed Ayer’s involvement in the film during a meeting with investors this morning.
Unfortunately, we still don’t know much about the project other than the fact that it will hit theaters even sooner than expected, a mere five months after Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. While many (including myself) thought that WB would hold off on introducing the all-villain team until after bigger films like Justice League, the studio seems to be moving full-steam ahead with this lesser-known property.
Of course, the big question now regards who the team will consist of. The roster of supervillains-turned-mercenaries has shifted a lot over the years, »
- James Garcia
His current film follows the heroic, conflicted crew of a World War II tank. But for a potential next film, Fury director David Ayer may focus more on villains. He’s considering directing an adaptation of DC's Suicide Squad for Warner Bros.The studio and its comics partner has had Justin Marks at work on a script for a couple of years now, quietly developing the idea. But they went even quieter when the focus switched to the Justice League films.Now, with Supes, Bats and co. chugging away healthily towards the screen, talk has turned back to the Squad, who were first drawn together – and often called Task Force X – by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru in 1959, with John Ostrander forming a more modern version.The comics' concept finds villains such as Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn given a chance for redemption by undertaking dangerous missions for the government. »
It seems like Warner Bros. has been trying to get Suicide Squad off the ground for some time, and they may have just found the right fit in Fury director David Ayer. Now that Warner Bros. has firmed up their Superman v Batman and Justice League plans it appears that they're ready to actively get this one rolling again. Justin Marks (who is also writing Top Gun 2) was hired sometime ago to pen the script. This could be cool. Producer Dan Lin has been describing the film for years as sort of a Dirty Dozen in the world of Supervillains (Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn), and I think that makes it right up Ayer's alley. Hit the jump for more on David Ayer directing Suicide Squad. Per THR Warner Bros. actively started looking for a director earlier in the year, making it three years since Justin Marks turned in his script. »
- Evan Dickson
According to Entertainment Weekly, Arrow‘s version of the Suicide Squad, which includes characters like John Diggle, Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, and Shrapnel, will gain a few more members this season. When speaking about Diggle’s role this year, EW stated…
“Speaking of A.R.G.U.S., I hear there will be new faces joining the Suicide Squad this season.”
So, who could join the ranks of Arrow‘s criminals-turned-mercenaries? We saw a Harley Quinn Easter egg last season, but have since heard that DC has other plans for the character, so she’s not likely to show up in a larger capacity. With Deathstroke in A.R.G.U.S. custody, there’s a very good chance that he could join the ranks for a particularly dangerous mission.There are plenty of villains headed to Arrow‘s sister show, The Flash, so there’s always a chance that someone like Captain Cold, »
- James Garcia
If you don’t know what the CW’s Supernatural is by now (as it rolls into its tenth season on October 7 this fall) then I’m not sure we can be friends. Sure, the show is on The Pretty People Network (and hey, no objections to that!), and sure, there have been a few iffy episodes (the racist ghost truck? Yes, I’m looking at you, racist ghost truck), but overall, it’s a really solid show, and definitely more than just a backdrop for pretty faces.
Over the years it’s grown from a fun, monster-of-the-week quest show to an epic battle between the forces of good and evil – which keep on switching sides, because hey, why make things simple? And most of it is founded in urban legend, folklore, mythology, and religious texts. It’s a show that’s mashed up every weird or faith-based thing that »
- Emily S. Whitten
Sunday was the beginning of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, an annual celebration of the awesome might of these elegant creatures of the sea. But while Shark Week focuses largely on real sharks (well, real-ish) we wanted to commemorate the sharks that we enjoy the other 51 weeks of the year - the friendly and fearsome sharks that fill up our popular culture. Which pop-culture shark is best? And, just as crucially, which pop-culture shark is worst? We'd write more, but like a shark, this post needs to constantly move forward or else it dies. Onto the list, below! 23. Sharks »
- Nate Jones, @kn8
Coinciding with its DVD and Blu-ray release today, Warner Bros. has dropped two new clips from the DC Universe Animated Original Movie Batman: Assault on Arkham featuring The Suicide Squad; check them out after the official synopsis, and read our review of the film here…
“Gotham is in great danger when the government assembles a group of villains — code named the Suicide Squad — and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to retrieve top secret information stolen by the Riddler. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the Squad members (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, who is intent on blowing up Arkham Asylum and Gotham City. Batman must use his super hero wits and strength to thwart the wicked plans of the Joker and the Suicide Squad.”
- Gary Collinson
As the Riddler might ask: When is a Batman movie not a Batman movie? Answer: When it stars the Suicide Squad!
The popular team of DC Comics supervillains unleashes its special brand of (in)justice in Batman: Assault on Arkham, the latest DC Universe original movie from Warner Bros Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Government operative Amanda Waller (voiced by Cch Pounder) assembles a dirty half-dozen — master hit man Deadshot (Neal McDonagh), ice queen Killer Frost (Jennifer Hale), Australian rogue Captain Boomerang (Greg Ellis), bloodthirsty King Shark (John Dimaggio), vigilante assassin Black Spider (Giancarlo Esposito) and criminally insane Harley Quinn (Hynden Walch) — to break into the world's scariest asylum and retrieve a flash drive stolen by the Riddler (Matthew Gray Gubler).
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- John Hogan
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Tom Hardy stars as a construction foreman who's driving to London to attend the birth of his child. You really shouldn't have stressful conversations on your cell while driving, but Ivan (Hardy) doesn't care. He has to make sure his big job tomorrow goes as planned, confess to his wife that he cheated on her with a co-worker, and coaching the aforementioned co-worker through the premature birth of their baby. Yikes.
Why We're In: Hardy is more than capable of commanding the screen for the entirety of the movie. Although you hear other characters' voices, it's all Hardy, all the time. Who could argue with that?
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Love Streams" (Criterion)
- Jenni Miller
Warner Bros. Animation’s steady assault of direct-to-Blu-ray superhero movies continues at a frenetic pace, so much so that the subjects keep pushing further into the fringes of the DC Comics universe. So it is with “Batman: Assault on Arkham,” which assigns the Dark Knight top billing, but really focuses on a thrown-together team of lesser villains given the suicide mission of conducting a raid on Arkham Asylum. Yes, Batman shows up, as do a number of better-known members of his rogues gallery. Still, the movie will play best with those who don’t need to consult Wikipedia to identify King Shark.
Aimed squarely at hard-core comics fans (and given the carnage and implied sex, clearly not intended for bat-tykes), these Warner Bros. titles are defined by their frenetic, near-nonstop action, and the short-hand they can employ. Unlike live-action features, there’s no worrying about crossing over or pausing to explain anything, »
- Brian Lowry
Based on a video game, Batman: Arkham, which I do not play, I came into Batman: Assault on Arkham, without any particular predisposition. As the first editor of the Suicide Squad, I was intrigued to see how they would operate. As I feared, screenwriter Heath Corson totally misused the team in this violent, pointless direct-to-animated mess which is unleashed on Tuesday.
Amanda Waller (Cch Pounder) played within the gray areas of the DC Universe, picking damaged heroes and villains, as needed for missions. She made sure there was a field leader to keep them in line, and offered the heroes something they wanted and the villains a chance at clearing their records. Here, she collects a motley assortment of villains without a real rationale for each, putting them together for a mission that makes little sense. The silly MacGuffin here is that the Riddler (Matthew Gray Gubler) has stolen »
- Robert Greenberger
Simmons is set to play the role of Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie, a 30-something mechanic who aligns himself with Coulson's Shield outfit. The character of Mackenzie is lifted from the Nick Fury Vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #3 comic book and will be making his live-action debut.
The Marvel's Agents of Shield Season 2 cast list is starting to come together. Simmons joins newcomers Lucy Lawless as Agent Isabelle Hartley, Reed Diamond as Daniel Whitehall, and Nick Blood as Lance Hunter. More casting announcements are expected to »
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