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One of the biggest stories in cinema right now is what’s going on with DC: specifically, what’s going on with their upcoming movie Gotham City Sirens. Based on the highly-praised comic book series of the same name, the movie will presumably follow Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Catwoman in a villainous team-up following the aftermath of Quinn’s jailbreak in Suicide Squad. And, if they stay true to the source material, we could get a salacious on-screen romance between Harley and Poison Ivy. That’s where the good news ends, however. Warner Bros’ recent track record with DC properties has been less
Should Gotham City Sirens Have a Female Director? »
- Brian Hadsell
Throughout the history of major motion pictures, action movies have been major grossing vehicles for big stars both male and female, often beating out all other genres. For example, Of all the highest-grossing pics of all-time, the majority were action pics, like all of the “Star Wars” movies, “Batman” movies, and “Avengers” movies. We’re talking billions in grosses here. And, 2016 was no different. Overall, the majority of the highly anticipated action movies in 2016 were big hits at the box-office, from “Suicide Squad” to “Jason Bourne”, audiences flocked to the theaters to catch a glimpse of their fave action
The Top 7 Action Movies of 2016 »
- Nat Berman
It’s undeniable that Harley Quinn is currently one of the hottest commodities in all of comics. Thanks to the success of 2016’s feature film Suicide Squad, it’s probably safe to say she was the most cosplayed character for that calendar year and we can only hope that translates into more comic books sales for the wonderful series written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner.
Once this jazz involving the Joker is well behind us, expect a welcome surprise this April when Paul Dini (yes, the very man who co-created her for Batman: The Animated Series a quarter century ago) comes aboard to assist Palmiotti in writing ongoing backups. Furthermore, artist Brett Blevins is set to join them on a regular basis.
Speaking of which, here’s a synopsis:
“Deadly Sin” part one! The twisted Harley Sinn’s been released from prison, and she’s looking to hurt Harley in a whole new way… »
- Eric Joseph
Rome — Italian motion picture association Anica on Tuesday announced figures for calendar year 2016 showing a 3.86% increase in box office grosses to a total 661 million euros ($706 million) and a 6% rise in ticket sales to more than 105 million admissions.
The result is being touted as decent despite the fact that one local movie, smash comedy hit “Quo Vado” (pictured), accounted for nearly 10% of the year’s haul.
Previously, Variety reported that box office in Italy had dropped 6% percent in 2016, based on data from comScore. The discrepancy is due to the fact that Anica looks at the calendar year for its totals, while comScore uses an international “industry year” definition which starts from the first Thursday of the year – January 7, 2016 – and includes all play weeks that start within the calendar year of 2016. Their end date is therefore January 4, 2017. Both Anica and comScore use numbers provided by Italian national box office compiler Cinetel.
- Nick Vivarelli
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DC’s first major crossover event of the Rebirth era, Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, may be very close to reaching its conclusion, but it feels like there’s so much more ground to cover. The explosive finale will not only help in launching Steve Orlando’s new Justice League of America series that ships next month, but it’ll also set the tone for many major plotlines to follow in 2017, no matter what book we’re talking about.
In this penultimate issue, Maxwell Lord takes one more step toward going full Eclipso as he’s used an ancient artifact to corrupt the Justice League – except for Batman – and has handily taken the United States in less time than it would take for a pizza to arrive at your doorstep. I would have »
- Eric Joseph
A simple listing, duplicated from the dvd + vod UK and Ireland page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).
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2016’s films, ranked by maryann (still ongoing, now open to all readers)
2017’s films, ranked by maryann (subscribers only until the end of the year)
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recent releases Bad Moms Captain Fantastic Chi-Raq Donnie Darko (4K restoration) Don’t Breathe Hell or High Water Kubo and the Two Strings Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Pete’s Dragon The Purge: Election Year Rosewater Sausage Party »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Of 20 sampled films, 11 fulfill all three requirements of Alison Bechdel’s litmus test for female representation in storytelling, according to a new Bustle survey. The sample pool is admittedly subjective, with a mix of ten of the year’s highest grossing films, and ten of what the author deemed “the most buzzed about films.”
The top-grossing films of 2016 were:
Bustle’s most buzzed about films were:
To pass the so-called Bechdel test, a movie or story must have: At least two named female characters, who have a conversation, about something other than a man. »
- Jude Dry
It was announced last spring that the Suicide Squad star would be lacing up to play the Olympian figure skater with tabloid notoriety for the biopic I, Tonya, and new photos from the film's set show Robbie settling into the titular role.
Robbie is seen sporting Harding's '90s hairstyle and wardrobe in an appearance that makes it hard to differentiate the actress from the blue-collar Harding she portrays.
- Jackie Strause
Saviour or monster? Guardian or vigilante? These are just some of the questions raised in the inspired story trailer for Injustice 2, NetherRealm’s superhero brawler pegged for release in May.
Entitled “The Lines are Redrawn,” the video showcases the fallout from Gods Among Us, when a grief-crazed Superman brought society to its knees. Leave it to the Caped Crusader, then, to restore some semblance of order to the world. Standing in his way are those costumed heroes who swore allegiance to the Man of Steel and his tyrannical regime in the first place, which essentially opens up a power vacuum for the interstellar nightmare known to you, I and the DC faithful as Brainiac. You’ll be able to get a glimpse of the iconic big bad in action via the trailer above, which also confirms that Darkseid – arguably one of the biggest villains in the DC vault – will be »
- Michael Briers
After a year that felt longer than a marathon screening of the entire Star Wars prequel trilogy, 2016 is finally over. The heartbreak, headaches and downright hilarity of the year we would all like to forget, is now behind us.
Now, fear not! 2017 is here to save the day and it is absolutely packed full of all your favourite costumed crime-fighters. From Wall crawlers, to demigods, to eccentric spies, this year has it all. So, sit back, relax and let your friendly neighbourhood Thn talk you through what 2017 has in store. Check out our Comic Book Movie Preview!
First up is the highly anticipated Lego Movie spin-off, focusing on Will Arnett’s hilariously parodied version of Batman. While the idea was initially met with skepticism, trailers have so far indicated that this could be one of the caped crusaders greatest cinematic outings yet.
The film also boasts »
- Ben Read
2016 didn't wind up being the year that infused copious amounts of hope for the future of movies based on DC Comics, like many thought it would be. Both Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were divisive at best, even though they were among the highest-grossing movies of the year. Still, in order for the DC Extended Universe to survive long-term, the quality of the movies will have to improve. Unfortunately, it is starting to seem like Wonder Woman won't be that movie.
On a recent episode of the Schmoes Know show, it was revealed that Wonder Woman may be a big mess. According to host Sasha Perl-Raver, someone with insider info has seen the movie, or at least a decent chunk of the movie, and claims that it is "discombobulated" and not the great movie the trailers have led fans to believe it might be. Here is »
Keanu Reeves returns as the legendary hitman for John Wick: Chapter 2 next month, and Lionsgate has released a batch of new stills from the highly anticipated sequel. There's nothing particularly exciting about the pics, but they do provide us with fresh looks at supporting cast members such as Ian McShane (Game of Thrones), Common (Suicide Squad) and Ruby Rose (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter). You can check out the images below, and also remember to keep an eye out for Dynamite Entertainment's tie-in comic series, whuch is set to hit shelves this Spring. Keanu Reeves returns in the sequel to the 2014 hit as legendary hitman John Wick who is forced to back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers. »
For most people, Joker and Harley Quinn are synonymous with each other. Ever since the latter debuted a quarter century ago on Batman: The Animated Series, the “Mad Love” they’ve shared has become the stuff of legend and has since carried over into live action cinema thanks to Suicide Squad.
But those who haven’t been keeping up with the comics may not be aware of the fact that they parted ways very early on in the New 52, with last year’s violent encounter in Arkham Asylum that saw Harley emerging as the victor serving as icing on the cake.
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What makes the current “Joker Loves Harley” arc especially intriguing is seeing an apologetic, sympathetic Joker as opposed to the abusive, manipulative psychopath that previously saw her as nothing more than cannon fodder. Unless this »
- Eric Joseph
The movie box office in Russia grew 9.5% last year to 49 billion rubles ($727 million), according to comScore.
“Zootopia” was the best-selling film with 2.08 billion rubles ($28.2 million), followed by “The Secret Life of Pets” with 1.99 billion rubles ($311 million). “Deadpool” was third with 1.61 billion rubles (20.4 million), and then “Suicide Squad” on 1.59 billion rubles ($23.8 million).
Local films nabbed a 17.8% share of the total and occupied two of the top 20 positions. Nikolai Lebedev’s disaster movie “The Flight Crew” was the top Russian film and fifth overall, with a gross of 1.43 billion rubles ($21.6 million).
Andrey Kravchuk’s historical epic “Viking” came in in 10th place in 2016 with 1.2 billion rubles ($19.7 million), and is still in theaters. The film grossed 398 million rubles ($6.7 million) across four territories in the Jan. 5-8 weekend, which earned it a place in the top 10 movies of the international box office, which excludes the U.S.
Katya Mtsitouridze, CEO of Russian movie promotional agency Roskino, »
- Leo Barraclough
DC returned to the top of the comic book bestseller list in December 2016, with Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1 the biggest selling title of the month ahead of Marvel’s own team battle crossover Inhumans vs. X-Men #1. Meanwhile, on the graphic novel front, Idw claimed top spot with its Love is Love anthology, paying tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.
Top 10 Bestselling Comic Books of December 2016
2. Inhumans vs. X-Men #1
3. Dark Knight III: The Master Race #7
4. Batman #12
5. Batman #13
6. Civil War II #8
7. Star Wars #26
8. Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1
9. Hulk #1
10. All-Star Batman #5
Top 10 Bestselling Graphic Novels of December 2016
1. Love Is Love
2. Batman Vol. 9: Bloom
3. Descender Vol. 3: Singularities
4. Wolverine: Old Man Logan
5. I Hate Fairyland Vol. 2: Fluff My Life
6. Invincible Iron Man Vol. 1: Reboot
8. Doctor Strange Vol. 1: Way of Weird
9. Batman Volume 10. Epilogue
10. Black Science Vol. »
- Gary Collinson
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Warner Bros vs Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck made his name with a combination of geeky-level indy movies, starring in Chasing Amy and Mallrats for his friend Kevin Smith, and Academy-beloved dramas, the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting and Shakespeare in Love.
Matt Damon had hair back then.
Then he starred in a badly-received superhero movie dogged by an interfering studio (Daredevil – 44% on Rotten Tomatoes) and a critically-panned crime film (Gigli – 6%), released around the same time he publicly split with his celebrity fiancée (Jennifer Lopez).
Who saw that coming?
That was 2003, and Affleck’s »
- Oli Davis
After the disappointing critical and commercial performance of the last film in the X-Men franchise, Apocalypse, 20th Century Fox went silent in regards to how they were going to proceed. The various spinoffs in development – Deadpool 2, New Mutants and Gambit (?) – are still chugging along, but we’ve heard nothing yet on what’s happening next for the main series. At least, that was the case up until a few days ago.
Earlier this week, a production listing was spotted for two X-Men films that will shoot in Montreal this spring. The first is the aforementioned New Mutants and the second is for a mysterious project titled X-Men: Supernova. Immediately, fans jumped to the conclusion that this must be the sequel to Apocalypse and now, it looks like they may be right.
Fox hasn’t commented on the situation just yet, but we’ve heard in the past that they’re »
- Josh Wilding
If you cast your mind back a year or two ago, you’ll probably remember that the name Doctor Strange didn’t mean much to you. Unless you were a longtime Marvel Comics fan, you may not have even heard of the Sorcerer Supreme. It was really only once the promotional campaign for his cinematic solo outing began that the general public became familiar with him. Though he was never an A-list character like Iron Man or Captain America, Marvel did a great job of marketing Strange in the lead-up to his film and turned him into a near-household name.
By all accounts, Doctor Strange was a tremendous hit for the studio, putting the hero on the map and right into the hearts of fans. As such, it’s no surprise that Benedict Cumberbatch will be returning to reprise the role at several points in the future. First up, we »
- Michael Briers
The past week has been all over the place with regards to Ben Affleck’s forthcoming Batman solo film. Is he going to direct it? Is he not going to direct it? Is the script horrible? Is it fine? Is production on schedule or is it being pushed back? Back and forth, back and forth, on and on we go. As touched on here, every day brings a new wrinkle and frankly a new reason to shout, “Just Stop! Write The Damn Movie”.
Affleck’s need to comment on every question regarding the project and then contradict himself is becoming frustrating. Of course it’s the media’s job to ask questions fans want to hear, but what fans need to ask themselves is do they really need to hear this stuff and is this »
- Samuel Brace
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice faced the wrath of critics for being too bleak and nowhere near “fun” enough, while Suicide Squad‘s attempt to rectify that led to the movie being a chaotic mess which somehow fared even worse when it came to its Rotten Tomatoes score.
Now, all eyes are on Justice League to make things right, and all we keep hearing is that it will help set the Dceu on a whole new path (one which doesn’t sound too different from the McU). With Shazam now on the horizon, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – who will play Black Adam in the film – has begun talking more about this cinematic universe undergoing some big changes.
Taking to Twitter earlier this afternoon, the Baywatch star had this to say about Shazam playing a key role in helping to change the face of the Dceu:
“DC fans will start »
- Josh Wilding
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