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A number of years ago, Warner Bros. had a Batman Beyond movie in development. However, like early ideas for Batman/Superman and Batman: Year One, it never escaped development hell, and Batman Begins soon led to the studio moving away from the idea.
For those of you unfamiliar with the premise, Batman Beyond (which started life off as a successful animated series and has since become a cult favourite, spawning lots of comic books and merchandise) is set a few decades in the future, with an elderly retired Batman and serving as a mentor to Gotham City’s new Caped Crusader, Terry McGinnis.
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During an appearance at the Salt Lake Comic-Con this weekend, The Flash star Robbie Amell was asked if he has any interest in the role, and as it turns out, Terry is a character he would love to play.
I am a huge fan of that idea. »
- Josh Wilding
We’ve got another busy week of horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases on the horizon as August 11th has a great variety of titles both new and old to get excited about. Scream Factory is releasing their Collector’s Edition Blu-ray for Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs and Kino Lorber has dug up another great cult classic, War-Gods of the Deep, and given it an HD overhaul as well. Unfriended is also coming home on Blu and DVD and Universal is finally releasing James Wan’s Dead Silence on Blu-ray, featuring an unrated version of the underrated film. And for all you DC Comics fans out there, get ready for a ton of titles making their debut this week on Blu courtesy of Warner Home Video.
The People Under the Stairs: Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
- Heather Wixson
Batman: The Long Halloween #1-13 (1996-97)
Written by Jeph Loeb
Penciled by Tim Sale
Inked by Tim Sale
Colored by Gregory Wright
Published by DC Comics
Not only does Batman boast one of the greatest rogues’ galleries in all of comics, his villains have become so iconic that his rogues’ gallery rivals that of Andrew Jackson’s, Axl Rose’s, and that of the 1978 New York Yankees. The villains that torment the Dark Knight are so impressive that any one of them can carry a compelling story by themselves. However, something as monumental as the heavy hitters like Joker, Catwoman, Penguin, and eventually Two-Face all coming together during the events of The Long Halloween is only a small part of that story’s overall success. There are so many things that make The Long Halloween the seminal Batman story that it becomes impossible to try and isolate one specific facet »
- Andrew Doscas
Actor Alex Rocco, best known for playing mobster Moe Green in the 1972 classic The Godfather, passed away on Saturday in his Studio City, California home at the age of 79. The actor's stepson, Sean Doyle, confirmed to The Los Angeles Times that the actor passed away after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. The actor's long career spanned 50 years, with over 150 TV and film credits.
Alex Rocco was born Alessandro Federico Petricone Jr. in Boston, who caught the acting bug at the age of 30, when he took an acting class to meet women. After moving to Los Angeles, he took a class taught by Leonard Nimoy, who promptly kicked him out because he couldn't understand his thick Boston accent. He then enrolled in a speech class which transformed his Boston accent with a New York accent, which Leonard Nimoy said he could work with. He made his acting debut with the 1965 Russ Meyer film Motorpsycho! »
With nine big screen movies featuring Batman released and a tenth debuting in next year's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, it is always interesting to see what could have been and what never was. Once such story is that of Batman Beyond. Back in 2000, when Darren Aronofsky was developing Batman: Year One, director Boaz Yakin was riding high on the success of Remember The Titans. It was then that he... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
After the Batman film franchise fizzled out with "Batman and Robin" in 1997, Warner Bros. Pictures tried to revive the property with several different attempts, each of which would've taken the Caped Crusader back in a darker direction.
One was Joel Schumacher's "Batman Triumphant" which was reported about extensively on this site back in its earliest days. Another was Darren Aronofsky's "Batman: Year One" project, and a third was a live action take on the animated series "Batman Beyond" which "Remember The Titans" helmer Boaz Yakin was attached to.
The one least talked about was the latter as the project didn't move very far along. In a new interview with IGN, Yakin has briefly spoken about his early ambitions for it and how he ultimately opted out of the project:
"I had just made Remember the Titans and my inclination is to always go off a trend: make an »
- Garth Franklin
After the Batman franchise fizzled out in the late '90s thanks to Joel Schumacher's painful "Batman & Robin," Warner Bros. tossed around a handful of ideas to revive the character's cinematic fortunes. There was a planned "Batman & Robin" followup called "Batman Triumphant" that was scrapped after the failure of the former, Darren Aronofsky developed the ambitious "Batman: Year One," while Boaz Yakin was tinkering with "Batman Beyond," a live action take on the animated series. It never got very far, but in a new interview with IGN, Yakin describes what his movie might've been like. "It was almost like Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man' but a little bit darker —a teenage, kind of futuristic, cyberpunk Batman thing," he explained. But at the time, Yakin was riding high off "Remember The Titans," and while a bigger studio movie seemed like the right play on paper, the filmmaker came to realize he didn't have the. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Following Joel Schumacher’s 1997 franchise killer Batman & Robin, Warner Bros. launched several attempts to reboot the Dark Knight prior to Christopher Nolan’s successful resurrection of the series with Batman Begins.
In August 2000, while Darren Aronofsky and Frank Miller were devloping an adaptation of Miller’s Batman: Year One, the studio enlisted director Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans) to work alongside Paul Dini and Alan Burnett on a live-action adaptation of the animated series Batman Beyond, and now Yakin has shared some details on the ultimately aborted project during an interview with IGN.
“I had just made Remember the Titans and my inclination is to always go off a trend: make an independent film after I make a studio film. I spoke to my agent, and he said, ‘I think you need to do another studio movie before you do that.’ I was just basically like, ‘Well, if I’m »
- Gary Collinson
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
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After Batman And Robin, the Batman franchise was as good as dead. Several attempts were made to resurrect the franchise (including a Batman: Year One movie from Darren Aronofsky and a early attempt at Batman vs. Superman), but it was Christopher Nolan who ended up being the Caped Crusader’s saviour with his critically acclaimed Batman Begins reboot in 2005.
The trilogy concluded with The Dark Knight Rises seven years later, and while the way it ended was certainly divisive with fans, it capped things off nicely. Of course, that didn’t stop rumours swirling about Christian Bale possibly reprising the role of Batman, but now that Ben Affleck has been cast in Batman V Superman, The Dark Knight series is officially over. Although it’s far from forgotten.
Just like when the comic books turned their back on the camp stories of the ’50s and ’60s and »
- Josh Wilding
A cast that ranges from the inspired to the ludicrous. Character designs that have broken the internet in half. Mutant Argus soldiers covered in a thousand eyes toting shotguns. One of the most popular movie stars in the world playing a murderous anti-hero. All this, and now Batman has invited himself to the party.
Suicide Squad looks insane. A weird, day-glo neon clad piece of insanity featuring an unproven big budget Director who, in the absence of an overreaching artistic strategy, may very well be defining the future of the DC Cinematic Universe. This could be the best thing to happen to Warner Bros. who seems completely unprepared to launch their own unified world of super-heroes in a little less than a year.
We all know about the first film in this new shared universe. The joyless, »
- Anghus Houvouras
Happy Batman Day, everyone! Around the world, May 1st may mark a spring holiday, but here, it marks the first appearance of the Dark Knight, in Detective Comics No. 27, in 1939.
For the past 76 years, the Caped Crusader has been fighting Gotham City evildoers in comic books, movies, TV shows, and pretty much anywhere else you can shine a Bat-signal. Throughout the years, Bruce Wayne's alter ego has gone through many incarnations, not just in actors (from Adam West to Michael Keaton to Christian Bale to Ben Affleck, among the many), but also in character, from haunted avenger to squeaky-clean do-gooder to campy clown to kinky prowler to world-weary fighter. He's due for yet another change this week, with the releases of DC's Batman No. 40 -- in which Bruce Wayne and the Joker finally kill each other (or do they?) and a special issue of DC's Divergence, where an undisclosed character »
- Gary Susman
Sketchy discusses the 2011 “Batman: Year One” and the DC comic by Frank Miller on which it was based. This story examines a young Bruce Wayne (Benjamin McKenzie) testing the waters of vigilante justice and a new lieutenant named James Gordon (Bryan Cranston) who just joined the Gotham police department. Enjoy!
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- Ryan Clagg
The next DC animated adventure is Bruce Timm's Justice League: Gods and Monsters, and Warner Bros. have given fans their first look at the blu-ray release with a trailer and details on the bonus features coming with it. Come inside to learn more!
Having just gotten back from Star Wars Celebration, there's understandably a lot of things I need to catch up on. Last week, the first trailer and details on the Justice League: Gods and Monsters blu-ray were revealed...but I couldn't get to it at the time. Even so, with as impressive as Batman vs. Robin was, I simply Have to show this to you guys.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros Animation and DC Entertainment present an all-new animated feature film from the innovative vision of renowned producer and animator Bruce Timm, Justice League: Gods & Monsters, on July 28, 2015. The DC Universe Original Movie, which will include never-before-seen bonus content, »
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While maybe not quite exciting as the Star Wars trailer, Warner Bros. Home Video has unveiled the trailer for its next direct-to-video DC Comics title Justice League: Gods & Monsters. The animated film comes from producer/animator Bruce Timm and blends the DC Universe with Greek myth, offering up an alternate reality in which the Justice League enjoys totalitarian rule, Batman is the vampiric Man-Bat, Zod is Superman’s father, and Wonder Woman is the spawn of Ares, God of War. Directed by Sam Liu (Batman: Year One), the movie is based on an original story by Timm and co-producer Alan Burnett (The Batman) and features the voices of Michael C. Hall as Batman, Benjamin Bratt as Superman, Tamara Taylor (Bones) as Wonder Woman, Jason Isaacs as Lex Luthor, Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) as Lois Lane, and C. Thomas Howell as Dr. Will Magnus. I’m not incredibly familiar with »
- Adam Chitwood
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Burbank, CA (April 16, 2015)– Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros Animation and DC Entertainment present an all-new animated feature film from the innovative vision of renowned producer and animator Bruce Timm, Justice League: Gods & Monsters,on July 28, 2015. The DC UniverseOriginal Movie, which will include never-before-seen bonus content, will be available on Blu-Ray™ Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD.
Witness a divergent reality where the Justice League protects the planet – but answers to no one but themselves. Employing methods of intimidation and fear, this Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman deal brute force in the name of justice. From the creative genius of »
- Matt MacNabb
I just had the opportunity to check out Rise of the Legend, the latest in the pantheon of Wong Fei Hung movies that fans (like me) have enjoyed over the years. From Kwan Tak Hing, to Liu Chia Hui, to Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Zhao Wen Zho, Chin Kar Lok; Fei Hung was even played by a girl in one of my favorite films, Iron Monkey (‘93.) Angie Tsang played a young Wong Fei Hung in one of my favorite (actually) depictions of the character in that film. My personal favorite Wong Fei Hung was Jet Li, but this new kid might just have the goods, so to speak, Eddie Peng brings a youth and grittiness to the character that I honestly haven’t seen before. You may know Eddie Peng as perhaps the most interesting part of the Kung Fu Hero/Zero series, playing the villain Fang Zi Jing. I have to say, »
- Robert Jefferson
“I am Catwoman: hear me… make you question things, a bit”
Some confusing events can only be fully dealt with and understood with time. And so, three years later, it finally feels safe to look back at Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, and some of the questions you may have found yourself pondering in the cinema at the time.
Before going in and finding your seat, the questions were along the lines of: can Anne Hathaway pull this off? Will her performance stop the recurring nightmares about Halle Berry’s attempt? How will this film even work without the Joker? You got your answers on those – the nightmares will never stop – but here are some Qs we’re still struggling with…
With so much time to kill waiting for the Batman-Superman movie, Warner Bros. continues to feed the DC Comics base red meat with its direct-to-Blu-Ray animated movies, creating a satisfying superhero experience on the relative cheap. Enter “Justice League: Throne of Atlantis,” an adaptation of the graphic novel that brings together the team to defend the surface from an Atlantean invasion, while simultaneously providing an Aquaman origin story. Frankly, that’s a lot of ground to cover in a mere 72 minutes, but there’s time for plenty of action and pointed banter to, ahem, tide fans over.
Aquaman can easily be reduced to silliness — an underwater Dr. Dolittle — but he’s introduced as drifter Arthur Curry (voiced by Matt Lanter), who can wipe out an assortment of bar ruffians but doesn’t know about his true lineage as the half-human, half-Atlantean heir to an undersea kingdom.
Meanwhile, his half-brother Orm »
- Brian Lowry
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