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While a lot of DC animation fans were upset over the cancellation of Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animation Series earlier this year, Cartoon Network will be hoping The Dark Knight can get ease the blow with the arrival of the latest DC Nation offering, the CG-animated series Beware the Batman. We've already seen a brief teaser for the new series [see here], and now Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. has released a full-length trailer and selection of stills as part of the official show announcement...
The Caped Crusader will return to television screens this summer when Beware The Batman premieres on Cartoon Network Saturday, July 13 at 10 a.m. (Et/Pt) as part of DC Nation. Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an entirely new generation of fans.
A cool, new »
- Flickering Myth
Pretty much every major blockbuster now arrives from a pre-existing franchise, meaning each new release comes with a large base of die hard fans the filmmakers can offend. Bad word of mouth can kill a film and if enough fans intensely complain there could be a severe box office toll.
Production companies tend to put a lot of stock in events like the San Diego Comic Con, using what the truly dedicated fans make of their upcoming releases as a barometer for general audience. To follow this is a rather foolhardy exercise; Green Lantern was met with cheers while Avatar left people empty. Sure, what the fans think is important, but they make up only a small fraction of the audience; Avatar, The Avengers and The Dark Knight all succeeded because the general public wanted to see them and there’s nothing a disgruntled fan could have done to change that. »
- Alex Leadbeater
We first reported on this project back in September, when Sony acquired the spec screenplay from Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland, G.I. Joe Retaliation). The story is set in the aftermath of a failed robot uprising, which has left most of the Earth without electricity. A group of robots take refuge on a space station, where they raise their own humans to do their bidding. The plot centers on a man who realizes he is more human that he previously believed.
Greg Berlanti, a veteran TV writer and producer for Dawson’S Creek, Everwood, Brothers & Sisters, Eli Stone, No Ordinary Family, Political Animals and Arrow, is moving into film. While he’s written for the big screen before (see, or don’t see Wrath Of The Titans and Green Lantern), he’s getting a chance to direct this time around with Epsilon.
“Epsilon is set after a failed robot rebellion on an Earth almost entirely devoid of electronic devices. The remaining robots seek refuge on a space station and begin to raise their own human lab rats, which they train to act as their agents. The main character is a man who discovers he is more human than he thought. »
- Andy Greene
The robots won’t stop trying to destroy us! Dreamworks and Steven Spielberg’s robot uprising flick “Robopocalypse” has been indeterminately stalled, so Sony is trying to pick up the slack. The studio has assigned Greg Berlanti to direct their own robot uprising movie “Epsilon”. Written by “Zombieland” guys Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, plot for “Epsilon” goes thusly: Story is set after a failed robot rebellion sends Earth back to the analog age. Seeking refuge on a space station, a few robots escape to raise their own human lab rats as obedient warriors to pave the way for retaliation. Epsilon stands amongst them until he begins to question all he was led to believe. Berlanti is mostly a TV guy, but previously wrote “Green Lantern” and “The Flash” movies, and also had a hand in the script for “Wrath of the Titans”. Okay, so nothing extraordinary about his work so far, »
Los Angeles — Seems Warner Bros. has taken movie marketing to a whole new level – even higher than a bird or a plane.
The studio enlisted Christian-focused firm Grace Hill Media to promote "Man of Steel" to faith-based groups by inviting them to early screenings and creating trailers that highlight the film's religious themes. They also enlisted Craig Detweiler, a Pepperdine University professor and author of "Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the 21st Century," to create a Superman-centric sermon outline for pastors titled "Jesus: The Original Superhero."
"Let's consider how Superman's humble origins, his high calling and his transforming sacrifice point us towards Jesus, the original superhero," the notes read.
The tale of Superman has long been associated with religious allegories. "Man of Steel," which stars British actor Henry Cavill in the titular role, doesn't shy away from that theme, including portraying the character as 33 years old, »
Though the work of Greg Berlanti has mostly been isolated to executive producing and writing TV series like "No Ordinary Family," "Everwood," "Brothers & Sisters" and the comic book adaptation "Arrow," he also had a hand in the script for Green Lantern. While that might not necessarily inspire a lot of confidence, Berlanti is sticking in the realm of science fiction for his sophomore directing effort. The project is called Epsilon, and the Sony Pictures production is quite the departure from Berlanti's feature film directorial debut, the subpar romantic comedy Life as We Know It with Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. Read on! The film from Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick is set after a failed robot rebellion on an Earth almost entirely devoid of electronic devices. But rather than focusing on the humans, the story follows the remaining robots as they seek refuge on a space station and »
- Ethan Anderton
Sony Pictures is developing a sci-fi robot film called Epsilon, and they've hired Green Lantern and Arrow writer Greg Berlanti to direct it. The movie is currently being scripted by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote Zombieland, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and the unproduced Deadpool movie.
The story for the film "is set after a failed robot rebellion sends Earth back to the analog age. Seeking refuge on a space station, a few robots escape to raise their own human lab rats as obedient warriors to pave the way for retaliation. Epsilon stands amongst them until he begins to question all he was led to believe."
It sounds like an interesting concept, hopefully they can pull it off and turn it into a great movie. Robot movies are about to blow up after Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim hits theaters. We've already got a few other robot movies in »
- Joey Paur
By Nico Chapin
In Bryan Singer's 2006 film Superman Returns, Lois Lane won a Pulitzer for an article entitled "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman." With Zack Snyder's reboot, Man of Steel, which opened last Friday, it becomes an interesting question. Since 2006, audiences have seen the Avengers assemble and the Dark Knight fall, then rise. They've watched the Spider-Man trilogy completed and then rebooted, and movies like Green Lantern fail to take flight. One then has to wonder: Is there any place left for the original superhero?
Certainly there's no denying his historical importance. Gesturing at walls lined with stacks of comics, Eric Burke, co-owner of South Austin's Tribe Comics and Games put it simply: "Without Superman, there wouldn't be any of this."
Welcome to the debut of my new weekly column ‘The Marvelous Da7e!’
Real quick mission statement: this column is for discussion of superhero movie news and superhero movies. Titular allegiance aside, this sphere includes non-Marvel properties.
This week: new superhero movies are announced (and expected) for the coming half-decade and they show evidence of growing story-worlds. Who’s getting full universes and who is joining the one active cinematic universe we already have?
Two New Phase III Release Dates
Disney and Marvel put their chips on the release date roulette wheel for two mystery projects last week. The new dates are after 2015′s Avengers 2, which puts them and Ant-Man squarely in Phase III: May 6th 2016 and May 5th 2017. The first week of May has been a Marvel sweet spot ever since Iron Man made that weekend Marvel’s week to launch huge movies or to culminate huge projects (both »
DC Comics Super Heroes Tap Into Hello Kitty Super Power
For A Fan-favorite Brand Collaboration
Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Sanrio GmbH
Announce Partnership to License Branded Collection Launching in Emea
Los Angeles, CA – June 18, 2013 – Warner Bros. Consumer Products, in partnership with DC
Entertainment, and Sanrio, creator of the global icon Hello Kitty, announced today they will be partnering to license a new brand collaboration that will feature Hello Kitty dressed up as her favorite DC Comics Super Heroes, including Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman.
Consumer Products. “This unique partnership joins two powerhouse brands that have a universal
popularity across a variety of demographics and we know the collaboration will thrill fans of both
“Character cross-overs have »
- Matt MacNabb
One essential story that should spin out of Man of Steel is the formal introduction of Lex Luthor to this world. Imagine Luthor using Kal-El’s lack of experience against him to show the world that Superman does more harm than good (a classic Luthorism) – especially after the destruction and mayhem Superman “caused” in his battle with General Zod (Michael Shannon). Luthor doesn’t have to be the main villain; he can pull the strings, use technology or simply instigate Superman’s next big conflict in tandem with another villain. In no particular order, here is our list of actors who we think could pull off the Lex Luthor role, along with their pros and cons.
Pros: In this case, familiarity breeds comfort instead of contempt since we know his interpretation of Luthor on Smallville well, and he could further develop that on the big screen. He’s »
- Ernie Estrella
The Arrow producer will return to directing for the sci-fi project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film is set in the aftermath of a failed robot uprising.
While the human survivors make their way on an Earth where little technology survived, the robots have sought refuge on a space station where they breed humans to infiltrate their enemies ranks.
Epsilon centres around a man who begins to realise he is more human that he had been led to believe.
His last major directing project was 2010's Life As We Know It. »
The current showrunner and executive producer of hit CW superhero series Arrow, Greg Berlanti, has been confirmed as the director Columbia Pictures’ epic sci-fi actioner, Epsilon. Berlanti’s previously worked on screenplays for Green Lantern and Wrath Of The Titans (oh dear!) and directed family comedy Life As We Know It with Katherine Heigel and Josh Duhamel. He’s also been linked to the helm of Warner Bros. long in-development comic-book adventure The Flash, who’ll also form part of Justice League.
Epsilon is set after a failed robot rebellion on an Earth almost entirely devoid of electronic devices. The remaining robots seek refuge on a space station and begin to raise their own human lab rats, which they train to act as their agents. The main character s a man who discovers »
- Craig Hunter
"Arrow" showrunner and executive producer Greg Berlanti will direct the sci-fi action film Epsilon for Columbia Pictures, says The Hollywood Reporter . Michael DeLuca is producing the project, which was written by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. According to the trade, "Epsilon is set after a failed robot rebellion on an Earth almost entirely devoid of electronic devices. The remaining robots seek refuge on a space station and begin to raise their own human lab rats, which they train to act as their agents. The main character is a man who discovers he is more human than he thought." Jonathan Kadin is overseeing production for Columbia Pictures. Berlanti worked as a writer on films such as Green Lantern and Wrath of the Titans »
“Toy Story” meets “The Avengers” in the teaser for “The Lego Movie,” a high-concept Warner Bros. idea that, until this very second, most of us didn’t have any idea how they would possibly go about bringing to the bigscreen. Turns out the strategy is to embrace the building-block nature of the world and its characters (as opposed to the “Legends of Chima” animated series and various videogames), while using CG to do what most kids already do with their imaginations, which is bring the plastic playthings to life.
Opening with a clever bait-and-switch sequence that looks like it might be the setup for “The Avengers 2″ and sounds like the digital grinding of a possible “Transformers 4,” the teaser might fool fans of both those series in theaters. The film’s plot doesn’t much matter, though the clip scores a few laughs by putting its premise in the mouth of Morgan Freeman, »
- Peter Debruge
Toys Available this Holiday Season Sunrise, Fl, and Burbank, CA – June 17, 2013 – Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Jazwares™ team up to announce their master toy and electronics partnership for Teen Titans Go!, Warner Bros. Animation’s new action-packed comedy adventure series based on the DC Comics Super Heroes, which airs Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. (Et/Pt) and Saturdays 10:30 a.m. (Et/Pt) on Cartoon Network as part of the network’s DC Nation programming block.
Jazwares’ Teen Titans Go! master toy line will deepen the company’s presence in the rapidly growing action-comedy retail space. Teen Titans Go! action figures, plush and role-play toys will be available for holiday 2013 sales at Toys R’ Us.
Executive Vice President of Global Sales for Jazwares, Laura Zebersky, expressed the company’s enthusiasm for the brand, saying, “We are very excited to launch our Teen Titans Go! toys this holiday season. Our collaboration with Warner Bros. »
- Matt MacNabb
Sony has tapped Greg Berlanti to helm a fascinating robot uprising film called Epsilon. The sci-fi actioner has a script by Zombieland and G.I. Joe: Retaliation scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and takes place in the aftermath of a failed robot uprising, in which Earth operates on almost no electronics. In the world of the film, the remaining robots have taken refuge on a space station where they begin to raise their own human lab rats, which they train to act as their agents. The film’s protagonist is a man who discovers he is more human than he thought. Heat Vision reports that Berlanti has close a deal to direct the pic, with Michael De Luca onboard to produce alongside Reese and Wernick. Berlanti is best known as the executive producer and showrunner of such TV series as Brothers & Sisters, Everwood, and No Ordinary Family. On the feature front, »
- Adam Chitwood
You won't have to wait long to see Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in the same movie. No, the Justice League movie isn't getting fast-tracked to production (yet). Instead, the trio is joining other famous characters in Warner Bros.' The Lego Movie. The plot is rather straightforward – an ordinary Lego figure is recruited to join in a quest to stop an evil Lego tyrant from gluing the universe together. Along with the aforementioned superheroes, the teaser trailer includes the Mermaid, Green Ninja, Green Lantern, Robin Hood, 1980s-something space guy, both Michaelangelos (the Renaissance sculptor and the Ninja Turtle), Abraham Lincoln, Lego Mummy, Lego Clown, Lego Crash Test Dummy and the 2002 NBA All-Stars. Oh, and Morgan Freeman voicing an old mystic named...
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I’ll admit. A year ago when the first trailer for Man of Steel came out, I was doubtful. Warner Bros. seemed to have no idea how to adapt any of their DC Comic universe outside of Batman (which was thanks to Chris Nolan), and director Zack Snyder was a known abuser of slo-mo that had just come off the craptastic bomb Sucker Punch. On top of that, the less that is said about their Green Lantern attempt, the better.
Then, as more trailers came out and plot details were revealed, I became more and more optimistic. After the three minute trailer that came out around April, I noticed general anticipation had shifted dramatically in the right direction and continued to build to a crescendo ever since. I got a chance to watch Man of Steel on Friday. Did it soar…or suck? Minor spoilers ahead.
My thoughts? »
- C.C. Ekeke
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