10 items from 2017
Directed by James Mangold
Logan arrives on home video in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD release that also offers Logan Noir, a black-and-white version of this grim ‘n’ gritty film. The bonus features dig deep, with a commentary track by director James Mangold and a 76-minute making-of documentary.
I remember when grim ‘n’ gritty became all the rage in the comic book industry in the 80s. Sure, Batman had led the way in the 70s with some very Gothic-tinged storylines, and Marvel had flirted with it back then too by giving its characters some more grown-up problems, but the 80s was a time of Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One, and other tough-as-nails comics.
That trend accelerated through that decade and into the 90s, and Marvel »
- Brad Cook
Hindsight is a funny thing. It allows us to look back on projects we once loved or hated with a fresh perspective and reevaluate. There was a period in time where I would have loathed 10 Thing I Hate About You because I was an idiot teenager who dismissed it as a ‘chick flick’, but now in my thirties I can view it as one of the better teen movies from that time period. Conversely I once praised Resident Evil: Apocalypse as the best video game movie ever made because it had Nemesis in it, but on reflection I now see it’s the worst of the franchise.
So, 20 years on and in hindsight, can we all just admit that Batman & Robin was kind of awesome?
- Luke Owen
Synopis: Taking place during Batman’s early days of crime fighting, this new edition of the classic mystery tells the story of a mysterious killer who murders his prey only on holidays. Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon, Batman races against the calendar as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month. A mystery that has the reader continually guessing the identity of the killer, this story also ties into the events that transform Harvey Dent into Batman’s deadly enemy, Two-Face.
Some may stop reading right now but I have not read a lot of Batman comics. I have read nearly all of Sndyer’s run along with everything Rebirth, but some of his most iconic stories I have yet to fully read in their entirety. »
- Dan Clark
While the larger DC film universe trundles along, fighting guys in wing suits and screaming about its various Marthas, the company’s animation branch continues to pump out new films that hearken back to its earlier, less grime-covered days. Earlier this month, we reported that head DC Animated Universe honcho Bruce Timm was writing a new Batman And Harley movie, with beloved Bats actor Kevin Conroy returning to voice Bruce Wayne, and The Big Bang Theory’s Melissa Rauch playing psychologist-turned-lovestruck supervillain Harleen Quinzel.
Now, Comicbook.com reports that Sam Liu will direct the film, the details of which have so-far been withheld. Liu’s an old hand with DC animation, and while his work on last year’s unnecessarily sexualized take on The Killing Joke—also partially written by Timm—might give us pause, his credits also include films like All-Star Superman, Batman: Year One, and an adaptation of »
- William Hughes
Burbank, CA (March 28, 2017) — Return to the realm of Amazonian warriors, Greek gods and mythological creatures – all unleashed on modern civilization – as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment honors the world’s greatest female super hero with the release of Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition. The feature-length, PG-13 rated animated film, one of the best-reviewed entries in the decade-long history of the DC Universe Original Movies (we liked it when the film was first released in 2009), will be distributed on Digital HD on May 2, 2017 and on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD on May 16, 2017.
Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition will be available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 Srp) and DVD ($19.98 Srp) starting May 16, 2017. The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes copies of the film on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital HD.
On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a princess of untold beauty, grace and strength – Diana. »
- ComicMix Staff
Written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzucchelli and colored by Richmond Lewis, the comic book Batman: Year One follows the early crime-fighting career of The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan’s film Batman Begins borrowed elements from that comic to tell the origin of Batman, and now Darth Vader will get a similar treatment in comic […]
The post Darth Vader’s Early Years and the Origins of His Red Lightsaber Will Be Explored in New Comic appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Let’s kick things off with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as some scenes from the movie were shown to Disney shareholders this week. The news first broke when Los Angeles Times reporter Daniel Miller broke down what he saw, including Luke Skywalker’s first lines of dialogue [you can read those here]. Following on from that, the folks over at Slash Film got a hand on a complete breakdown of what was shown. We won’t post them here for fear of you being spoiled, but if you want to check them out you can do so here. Expect that trailer in April…
- Luke Owen
If you have not been following all the Star Wars comics published by Marvel, then you are losing out. Some of these comics, and there have been a few series now, have sold better than the regular Marvel superhero books. As Revenge of the Sith comes to an end, a new book about Darth Vader will be arriving, and in the series we learn quite a lot of new information about Anakin, including the origin of his legendary red Lightsaber.
The book is being written by Charles Soule (the goto guy for Star Wars comics and Batman: Year One) and drawn by Giuseppe Camuncoli (best known for his Spider-Man work, and my favorite is his work on Daken related books). This will be the second Vader book, and it is being thought of as Darth Vader: Year One. IGN was able to get a phone interview with Soule and ask »
- Drew Carlton
Simon Brew Brendon Connelly Feb 14, 2017
If you stick around for the end credits of The Lego Batman Movie, you might notice the names of two people credited as executive producers on the picture. They are Michael Uslan and Benjamin Melniker. Nothing odd there, apart from the small matter of them having absolutely nothing to do with the film. To the best of our knowledge, they had no conversation with director Chris McKay and his team at any time before, during or after the production. But they did pick up a cheque and a credit for their troubles.
Having people listed as executive producers who are ‘hands off’ is nothing particularly fresh, and we looked at just what an executive producer does in this article here.
But what’s interesting »
One of the most lucrative and successful movie franchises in cinematic history, Batman prefigured the current superhero franchise craze and set the standard after Tim Burton’s 1989 picture established a succession of films which changed the long-held perception of Batman on screen as a camp throwback to his 1960’s colourful incarnation. As The Lego Batman Movie debuts, launching the Caped Crusader into a new animated dimension, it’s interesting to consider the numerous Batman projects that never made it out of development hell, because even though we’ve had the Christopher Nolan trilogy in recent years which sent the character into the stratosphere, it’s not always been plain sailing for the Dark Knight.
“But this film happened?!” a million voices all cried out in terror. Yes indeed, last year’s Dawn of Justice, part of the formative and troubled DC Extended Universe, »
- Tony Black
10 items from 2017
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