Showing posts from January, 2014

John CONSTANTINE Will Indeed Be British In NBC Pilot

More details on NBC's Constantine pilot have found their way online, and fans of the DC/Vertigo character will be pleased with the latest news. According to Bleeding Cool, John Constantine will hail from London, and will have a British accent. Keanu Reeves' take on the character in 2005's Constantine film wasn't British, much to the frustration of fans. Also, the NBC version is expected to be blonde. We just have to stay tuned to find out who will be playing John Constantine.
The Constantine pilot will be directed by Neil Marshall. Daniel Cerone wrote the script, based on a story he conceived with David S. Goyer. Casting is underway for John Constantine and three other characters. If ordered to series, it will likely premiere on NBC next fall.

Breaking: Jesse Eisenberg Cast As Lex Luthor In BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN; Jeremy Irons To Play Alfred Pennyworth

Warner Bros. has finally announced who is playing Lex Luthor in 2016's Batman vs. Superman, and it's not who you would expect. Jesse Eisenberg, who was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role in The Social Network, is set to play Superman's arch nemesis in the Man of Steel sequel. Especially following rumors of Bryan Cranston and Joaquin Phoenix being in contention, this is certainly a surprising casting choice - one which is already igniting more debate within the fanbase.

Also, The Lion King's Jeremy Irons has been cast as Bruce Wayne's faithful butler, Alfred Pennyworth. This is the first we've heard of the character being in the movie, but Irons is a brilliant choice for the role. Below is Warner Bros.' press release, which includes quotes from director Zack Snyder. It also reveals that DC Entertainment's Geoff Johns is involved with the film as an executive producer, and confirms that Chris Terrio is still rewriting the script. 

Warner Bros. P…

Video Games: BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS Story DLC Canceled For Wii U

A new story DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins was confirmed earlier this month. Other than a 2014 release date, no other details are given. However, it is expected to focus on Mr. Freeze. Now, we have an update on the DLC, and it's not one that would please Wii U players. Warner Bros. has confirmed to IGNthat the Arkham Origins DLC will no longer be coming to Wii U, due to a lack of demand. "Based on demand for DLC content on the system, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has made the decision to remove its offering of the upcoming all-new story campaign for Wii U." Anybody who has a Season Pass for new Arkham Origins content on the console will receive a refund. More details should come soon. 

Neil Marshall Hired To Direct NBC's CONSTANTINE Pilot

We officially have a director for NBC's planned Constantine pilot, which marks the small screen debut of DC's John Constantine. According to Deadline, Doomsday and The Descent director Neil Marshall is set to helm the pilot, which was written by Daniel Cerone from a story by him and David S. Goyer. The potential series' incarnation of Constantine is described as, "an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond." Casting is underway for Constantine and three other characters, with plans for the pilot to appear on NBC's 2014-2015 schedule. 

Warner Bros. Pushing New Batman And DC Products At This Year's Toy Fair

Warner Bros. will be pushing products for Godzilla and The Hobbit at the 2014 Toy Fair, but also set to be present are new DC Entertainment products. Via Variety, products for Batman, Superman, and other Justice League characters will be promoted at the event. Mattel will release new Batman toys such as the Lights and Sounds 10-inch Core Figures, Hot Wheels Batmobile Assortment, Batman basic figures, and others. Fisher-Price will also be expanding its DC Super Friends toyline for pre-schoolers. LEGO will release four new Batman sets this year, as well as additions to the Juniors line and the debut of DC Duplo sets. Finally, with the Batman vs. Superman movie release date being pushed to May 6th, 2016, its product line will be shown at next year's Toy Fair, and then only in closed-door meetings.
Details on WB's other products at Toy Fair - including The Big Bang Theory, 300: Rise of an Empire and The Hobbit: There and Back Again - can be found at the link above. Will you be pi…

THE LEGO MOVIE Parodies MAN OF STEEL In New Trailer; Two New TV Spots Featuring Superman And Green Lantern

We're getting closer and closer to the theatrical debut of The LEGO Movie, so we have even more new footage from the anticipated animated movie. The third and (presumably) final trailer has been released, and it parodies the theatrical trailer for Man of Steel, incorporating Hans Zimmer's magnificent score. We also have a couple of new TV spots, both of which have new footage featuring Superman (Channing Tatum) and Green Lantern (Jonah Hill). Watch all three movies below, and be sure to check out The LEGO Movie on February 7th.

Matthew Goode Met For Unspecified BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Role; More Details On Ben Affleck's Batsuits

We have a couple of key news pieces for Batman vs. Superman today. First off, Comic Book Moviehas learned that Matthew Goode - who previously worked with director Zack Snyder on Watchmen - met with Warner Bros. executives for an unspecified role in the Man of Steel sequel. Unsurprisingly, speculation regarding his potential character is ranging from Lex Luthor and Barry Allen to Metallo and Hal Jordan. We'll just have to wait and see how this one pans out. 
This isn't the first time Goode has been linked to Batman vs. Superman. He was reportedly one of the actors shortlisted for the role of Batman, before Ben Affleck was cast. Additionally, Goode was up for the role of Superman in Man of Steel, before Henry Cavill landed the part. So, there's clearly interest in bringing him into the DC Cinematic Universe at some point. 

We also have further details on Ben Affleck's Batman costumes. Forbeshas posted an in-depth editorial about the possibility of Affleck directing the

The CW Confirms Pilot Orders For THE FLASH And iZOMBIE

The CW has added a slew of titles to its pilot order list this season, and with that, we have confirmation of two DC names. First, the network has confirmed that The Flash has been ordered to pilot. Grant Gusin reprises his role from Arrow as Barry Allen, while the supporting cast consists of Jesse L. Martin as Detective West, Rock Cosnett as Eddie Thawne, and Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow. The pilot's script will be written by Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kreisberg. The pilot is expected to be filmed in March.

The other DC title to have a pilot picked up is iZombie, an adaptation of the comic series written by co-creator Chris Robertson. Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero will write the script and executive produce. The pilot is described as "a supernatural crime procedural that centers on a medical student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the Coroner's Office in order to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat so that she can maintain her humanity.…

BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN: Michael Wilkinson On His Costume Designs For Batman, Superman And Wonder Woman

We've heard from costume designer Michael Wilkinson concerning his work on Batman vs. Superman before, but in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, he goes into further detail on his approach. While he remains mum on details, he does say that the new costumes for Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman will be relevant and ideal for the DC Cinematic Universe. "I’m not really at liberty to talk about the details of everything, but suffice to say we really respect the histories of all of these characters. We’re all very reverent about the iconic graphic nature of these characters and their costumes. We see ourselves as part of the natural lineage of how these characters are being portrayed through out the ages and our goal is to create something relevant and exciting for today’s audiences and something that works for this thrilling cinematic universe that our director Zack Snyder is creating." He then discusses researching the source material to design the best costume…

JLA ADVENTURES: TRAPPED IN TIME Will Be Available Everywhere In May

Last week saw the Target exclusive debut of JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time, a DC animated feature described as a "stealth release". While it was originally set to be available only at Target stores, the door was left open for a release everywhere else at some point. Now, Warner Bros. has confirmed that Trapped in Time will be made available at all other retail and online stores on May 20th. The movie has been well received by fans and critics, making this move less surprising. The story follows the Justice League trying to stop Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom from erasing the very existence of the JLA. Will you be picking up JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time? [Via World's Finest Online]

Henry Cavill Offers BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Update While Meeting Fans In Detroit

Henry Cavill is currently in Detroit preparing for Batman vs. Superman, which is expected to begin filming soon. Via Henry Cavill News, the Superman actor met with fans in the city, and offered a few bits of new info for the Man of Steel follow-up. He confirms that production is moving ahead as planned, despite rumors of a delay. The fan who described meeting Cavill and his trainer said that filming is actually underway in Pontiac. That's a bit difficult to believe, as production is said to not be starting until February. However, it's possible that smaller scenes are already being shot, with the major players filming their scenes in the coming weeks. Then there's Warner Bros.' announcement that the film's start date had been shifted to the second quarter of 2014. Apparently, that's no longer the plan.
The most interesting tidbit comes from MLive, who says that Cavill could be in Detroit to film Batman vs. Superman for as long as ten months. Ten months is a le…

ARROW: First Look At Katrina Law As Nyssa Al Ghul In New "Heir To The Demon" Episodes

February 5th's episode of Arrow, "Heir to the Demon", will see the debut of Nyssa al Ghul on the hit CW series. Now, via IGN, we have our first photos of the daughter of Ra's al Ghul in action. The thirteenth episode of the season will see Nyssa (played by Spartacus' Katrina Law) journey to Starling City, as she seeks to bring Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) back to the League of Assassins. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg had this to say about Arrow's version of Nyssa, as well as casting Law in the role. "Our Nyssa certainly has shades of Talia. Katrina auditioned for Shado and it actually came down to Katrina and Celina [Jade] and honestly, part of it was just that because we knew she'd have scenes with Slade [played by Manu Bennett], and it just felt like a Spartacus overkill. But she's somebody that we've been a fan of. When this part came up, we saw a lot of people for it, but she certainly is exotic and beautiful and smart and our stunt guys…

LEGO Sets To Coincide With BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Release In 2016

Unsurprisingly, LEGO has been developing a new line of DC Universe sets to be released alongside Batman vs. Superman. They were originally scheduled for 2015, to coincide with the theatrical debut of the Man of Steel sequel. We now have an update from the London Toy Fair, via Brick Fanatics. Since the movie's delay to Summer 2016, the LEGO sets have also been pushed back a year. A new line of DC products will be put out in 2015 as a replacement. 
The majority of LEGO's DC sets are Batman based, which is no surprise, considering that it's the biggest selling line for DC. A handful of Superman sets have also been released, most of which tied into Man of Steel last year. Other characters such as Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and The Flash are also included in these sets. Hopefully, 2015 and beyond will see the debut of LEGO sets not headlined by Superman or Batman. Stay tuned for more news as we have it.
Batman vs. Superman (not the final title) is scheduled to hit theaters May 6th,…

Bruce Wayne Featured In Latest TV Spot For THE LEGO MOVIE

We've known for a while that Batman is a key supporting character in The LEGO Movie - appearing alongside fellow DC superheroes such as Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern - but now, it has been confirmed that his alter ego will be featured as well. Billionaire Bruce Wayne, also voiced by Will Arnett, shows up in the latest television spot for the animated movie. Watch it below, and stay tuned for more to come soon. The LEGO Movie hits theaters February 7th.

Review: JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR (2014)

Warning: the following review contains some mild spoilers. 

In Gotham City's shadows lurks a mysterious figure, a silent guardian known only as the Batman. While battling crime and an ever-growing public distrust, he faces the injustices of the night alone. During a criminal pursuit, the Batman crosses paths with the arrogant intergalactic cop, Green Lantern and the unlikely duo uncover an impending threat bigger and more deadly then anything the Earth has faced before. To have a chance to survive, it will be a race to forge an uneasy alliance of the Earth's greatest super powers including the Kryptonian alien, Superman, the Amazonian envoy, Wonder Woman and the scarlet Speedster, The Flash. Along with newcomers, Cyborg and teen super hero Shazam, this awesome assembly of the world's finest are prepared to meet evil head on and offer mankind its only hope, if they don't self-destruct first!

For the past seven years, DC has been churning out one solid animated movie afte…

ARROW: The Huntress Returns In Episode Titled "Birds Of Prey"

Here's some exciting news. According to TV Guide, an upcoming episode of Arrow will see the return of Jessica de Gouw as The Huntress. The episode is titled, "Birds of Prey", which should please fans of the DC group of the same name. In this episode, Helena Bertinelli is still seeking to exact vengeance on her father, who has been arrested by The Arrow. However, Huntress will have to not only go through Oliver Queen, but also Caity Lotz' Black Canary. Executive producer Marc Guggenheim says, "We consider Jessica a member of the Arrow family and we're looking forward to having her back for an episode everyone will be talking about after." This is sure to be one of the most anticipated episodes of the season now. "Birds of Prey" airs March 26th on The CW at 8 PM EST. 

Batman To The Rescue In First Clip From THE LEGO MOVIE

The first clip from Warner Bros.' anticipated animated adaptation The LEGO Movie has been released. The minute-long scene features Emmet (Chris Pratt), Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) in a tight situation, before they're saved by none other than Batman (Will Arnett). The movie also features DC superheroes Superman (Channing Tatum), Wonder Woman (Cobie Smulders), Green Lantern (Jonah Hill) and The Flash. Watch the clip below, and stay tuned for more news. The LEGO Movie hits theaters February 7th. 

News Tidbits: Ticking Clock On Y: THE LAST MAN, Update On THE FLASH Production, Colin Farrell Talks Batfleck, ARROW S2E12 Promo

In this post, we have a handful of minor news updates regarding DC/Vertigo film and television properties. First up, Y: The Last Man co-creator Brian K. Vaughan has offered an update on the long in-development film adaptation. A director was hired last year, but there has been little movement since. Now, Vaughan tells Comic Book Resourcesthat the movie has to begin production this year, or else the rights will return to him and Pia Guerra. "It's my understanding that the rights to "Y: The Last Man" will revert back to co-creator Pia Guerra and me for the first time in a decade if the planned New Line adaptation doesn't start shooting in the next few months, so I expect there will be some "Y" news in 2014 either way." 

Next, we have news on filming for The Flash pilot in Vancouver. While most pilots only film for two to three weeks, the Arrow spin-off will undergo its "huge" production for the entire month of March. It is expected to sta…

Four Characters Being Cast For NBC's CONSTANTINE Television Pilot

It was recently confirmed that NBC has ordered a television pilot based on DC Comics' John Constantine, with David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone executive producing. Described as fun, witty and dark, Constantine is intending to be one of the pilots on NBC's 2014-2015 schedule. Now, via KSite TV, we have details on four characters who are currently being cast for the potential series.
Obviously, there's John Constantine himself, but his age and nationality are unknown. He was previously portrayed by Keanu Reeves in 2005's Constantine movie. Next up is "Chas", who is assumed to be Frank William "Chas" Chandler. The character, a longtime friend of Constantine, made his debut in Hellblazer #1. A younger version renamed Chas Kramer was played by Shia LaBeouf in the Constantine film. The other two characters are named "Liv" and "Manny". It's unknown if either one is connected to a character from the Constantine comics. 
With filming …

First Batman Villain To Appear On GOTHAM Series Is The Penguin

Recently, it was confirmed that Fox's upcoming Gotham television series will not only feature Jim Gordon and a young Bruce Wayne, but also some of the city's most iconic villains. The Joker, Catwoman, The Riddler, and The Penguin have all been confirmed to appear in the show. Now, we know which of these foes will be the first to feature. According to Latino-Review's El Mayimbe, Oswald Cobblepot himself will be the first Batman villain of the series, and that casting for the character is underway. "Wanna know 1st batvillain that will appear on GOTHAM? A guy named OSWALD (20s) aka THE PENGUIN which is currently casting." No other details on Penguin's role in Gotham are known.
The Penguin was previously portrayed by Burgess Meredith in the 1960s Batman television series and movie, and by Danny DeVito in 1992's Batman Returns. Commonly considered one of the most recognizable villains in the Dark Knight's rogues gallery, Cobblepot has also appeared in var…

New ARROW Promotional Image Gives A Full Look At Slade Wilson's New Deathstroke Costume

Arguably the most exciting scene in this week's Arrow was the debut of Slade Wilson's brand new Deathstroke costume. It looks quite different from the version we saw last season, and it has some clear Batman: Arkham Origins influence. Now, Deathstroke co-creator Marv Wolfman posted the following image on his Facebook page, giving us a full look at the new suit. In coming episodes of Arrow, we should expect to see more of Deathstroke in action, especially with Slade's plan of vengeance against Oliver Queen. Arrow airs on The CW Wednesdays at 8 PM EST.

THE FLASH Pilot Adds Rick Cosnett As 'Eddie Thawne' And Danielle Panabaker As 'Caitlin Snow'

We have a couple of new casting additions to The CW's Flash pilot. According to Deadline, the Arrow spin-off has added Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries) and Danielle Panabaker (Justified) in series regular roles. Cosnett will play Eddie Thawne, who is described as "a recent transfer to the Central City Police Department, whose past is a mystery and who harbors a dark secret." The character, who is most likely a renamed Eobard Thawne (aka Professor Zoom/Reverse-Flash), was reported to be featured in the potential series last month. Panabaker is Caitlin Snow, "a highly intelligent bioengineering expert who lost her fiancé during an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs." Caitlin Snow is the name of the New 52's Killer Frost. Whether or not she will become the icy villainess on The Flash is unknown. 
Gosnett and Panabaker join Grant Gustin, who is reprising his role as Barry Allen, and Jesse L. Martin, who was recently cast as Detective West. Still to be cast is love i…

Production On BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Will Reportedly Proceed As Originally Planned

When it was announced that Batman vs. Superman was pushed back to 2016, Warner Bros. said that production on the movie will begin in the second quarter of 2014, rather than the previously slated February start date. There were also rumors of Ben Affleck being injured, which would have an affect on the production. However, those rumors appear to be false. 
Now, we have word that the production will move forward as planned. In Deadline's article about Affleck dropping out of directing Fox's The Middle Man pilot, the site reveals that this is because of the actor filming Batman vs. Superman soon. While the release date was pushed back, Deadline says that filming has not been delayed, and that the film's major players are being called in to begin production "right away". 
This is certainly a bit surprising. Assuming that Batman vs. Superman will be finished filming by August, there will be nearly two year's worth of post-production. That will be plenty of time t…

Aaron Eckhart Talks GOTHAM Series And Offers Advice For The Next Two-Face

Aaron Eckhart is perhaps best known for his incredible turn as Harvey Dent/Two-Face in The Dark Knight. Offering a real, gritty version of the character, Eckhart masterfully chronicled Dent's story arc from his war against crime in Gotham to his fall into madness. So, the fact that he will most likely never reprise the role is certainly bittersweet. 
The subject did come up, however, when MTVspoke with Eckhart at the I, Frankenstein press junket. The site asks specifically if he'd be interested in playing Harvey Dent again in Fox's upcoming Gotham series, but the actor doesn't see it happening. "How old is Harvey? I mean, they might want to give it to a younger guy. I feel like I was blessed enough to be in a special version of that, to work with Chris [Nolan], Heath [Ledger] and everybody." Eckhart then reaffirms that his take on Two-Face would only be for one movie. "I'm done there. I think it was a one-off thing. But it's always interesting t…

Runtime And Tentative Bonus Features For SON OF BATMAN Revealed

Last week saw the announcement of DC's next animated feature, Son of Batman. So far, we've seen the trailer, voice cast list, release date, and cover art. Now, via World's Finest Online, we have a list of initial bonus features from the DVD and Blu-Ray releases, as well as the movie's runtime. The film, which adapts Grant Morrison's "Batman and Son" story arc, runs at 74 minutes, which is similar to nearly all of DC's animated movies. 
Additionally, Warner Bros. has released a more detailed plot summary, revealing that Commissioner Gordon and Nightwing will also be featured in the movie. Actor Sean Maher recently confirmed that he was voicing Dick Grayson in an unspecified project, and it looks like it's for Son of Batman. You can check out the synopsis below, along with the list of bonus features. Son of Batman hits shelves on May 6th.
Hidden atop a secret mountain stronghold lies the League of Shadows and its fearless leader, Ra’s al Ghul. Toget…

FEATURE: Ten Ideas For Future DC Animated Movies

DC has been churning out consistently strong animated features for several years now. This line of movies has adapted iconic storylines such as The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One, The Death of Superman, JLA: Tower of Babel and more. Its latest release, Justice League: War, is the start of a new shared continuity between upcoming titles. The mid-credits scene of that movie hinted at a follow-up focusing on Aquaman. Son of Batman and Batman: Assault on Arkham are also slated for release this year. Below, I've compiled a list of ten ideas that can be used for DC animated movies in the future. Some of these can work within the new continuity started by War, while others would work better as standalone features.

Green Lantern/Flash Team-Up
Hal Jordan and Barry Allen have always been depicted as best friends. Their chemistry is interesting enough to hold their own buddy cop-type movie. The two apparently knew each other before the events of Justice League: War, so a film starring …

Concept Art For McG And J.J. Abrams' Defunct Superman Project, SUPERMAN: FLYBY

Before 2006's Superman Returns, there were a number of attempts to bring the Man of Steel back to the big screen after the Christopher Reeve movies. One of these projects was Superman: Flyby, which was in development in the early 2000's. Scripted by J.J. Abrams, the movie was set to be directed by Terminator: Salvation's McG, replacing Brett Ratner.

While it served as an origin story for Superman, Flyby had some drastic changes from the source material. In this iteration, Krypton was not completely destroyed, Jor-El committed suicide in prison, and in the original draft, a UFO-obsessed Lex Luthor was revealed to be Kryptonian.

Henry Cavill, who went on to play Superman in last year's Man of Steel, was among the number of actors in contention for the role in Flyby. Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. was set to play Lex Luthor.

Now, we have some concept art for the defunct production. Via Film Sketchr, conceptual artist Jim Martin describes the images below.

The next two p…