Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct Bond 25

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After a series of ups and downs since the departure of Danny Boyle, it seems that MGM has found its director for the Daniel Craig-starring Bond 25. Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective, Beasts of No Nation) will step behind the camera for the 25th film in the James Bond franchise. Production is set to begin on March 4th, 2019 for a February 14th, 2020 release.

We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure,” said Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

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Pull Box: August 22

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The mystery of the fires have been solved, with a low level thug lighting them and blaming Superman to keep the boy scout occupied while they bring in shipments and commit other crimes. Pretty genius, really. With Red Cloud making her presence felt around the city, things should get a little hairy, and then throwing in the surprise ending with Lois being back on Earth and not telling Superman? That’s fantastic!
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That was a fast-paced conclusion to the battle with Karma, making it more about Batman’s possible insecurities and having to get over them than anything. The introduction of a new team of Outsiders made it more than worth it, though. Plus, a new villain in town, when we just had Karma, who I felt was a pretty great villain already? This is moving at breakneck speed post-No Justice, and it’s fun.
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This is one hell of a spooky book, and it’s fantastic. But the best part about all of this? Finally making Doctor Fate a villain! He’s been such a presence of balance in the DC Universe for years, refusing to truly get involved in the machinations of the world until it becomes absolutely necessary. Now, he’s truly broken with the Source Wall weakened, and gone full villain. It’s about time we finally get to see him unload his true power.
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Commander Cold is probably the best mystery in the Flash book, right now. His identity, and his motives are both still up in the air, but he still seems to genuinely want to help. It’s interesting, and seems to almost move in parallel to the Strength Force in some strange way. Seeing Hulk-Flash was also quite the sight, on top of the reveal of Iris getting her Pre-New 52 memories back. Things are getting pretty good in The Flash.
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Just like that, things in The Silencer have gotten much more complicated, and really brought themselves forward into the comic book world more. All it took was the, surprisingly natural, addition of magic to Leviathan, and suddenly this organization’s secrecy makes more sense to me. Seems more believable. Throw in the tension of Honor’s family getting closer and closer to her secret and you have a great issue.
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While I’m completely happy with the retro feel that this series has, and I love the characters involved, I really wish things would start to make a little more sense. This book hasn’t been the most kind in terms of answers for what exactly is going on, instead introducing new villains at inopportune times. But, maybe that’s the point? Maybe we’ve been introduced to the villains the whole time? It’s hard to say.
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That was a mighty intense battle between Gods, that got just a bit convoluted there at the end, with all of the hypertime nonsense. I’m glad that a new story is being set up, with Diana fighting her fellow Amazons, the Bana Mighdall. While it’s cool to see Diana in these different stories, it seems like her last several arcs were all fighting against Gods and beings that are “superior” to her. It should be a nice change of pace.

Pull Box: July 25

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It made sense to focus more on a de-powered Ben and Johnny, rather than the escaped Doom and the doctor that’s lead them all the way here. Now that the cat’s out of the bag about the rest of Marvel’s First Family, they can focus on the eventual surprise reveal, that the family has returned and tracked their friends, restoring their powers after they’re in the same universe.
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It’s nice to have Action Comics back, and the focus put on what’s happening with these fires. It’s also nice to see Superman fighting a new villain, The Red Cloud, after all of the throwback villains we’ve been seeing the last couple of years in Superman stories. It should be fun to see how this all plays out with so many new characters to focus on, so many side-stories to worry about in the life of Clark Kent.
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That reveal for the true identity of Karma seemed incredibly anti-climactic. It would make sense that Batman, of all people, could piece together a fragment of his own memory from a single detail. He’s Batman. Of course he can. But it still seemed a bit boring. That Karma is focusing on the Bat Family is a bit more interesting, as the team that Batman has formed has become such an important factor in his motions the last couple of years. How will they factor moving forward?
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We finally got a backstory about Marionette and Mime. Two of the mysterious characters in this one-off story. Though, we still don’t quite know how Mime’s abilities work exactly. We at least now know their relationship. Now, they’ve also captured the Comedian, after he laid waste to villains below the streets of Gotham, and the Joker has decided to tag along with our two mystery characters. That is a partnership sure to cause some serious violence and trouble.
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John Stewart’s plans are always the best to witness unfold. They’re so elaborate and subtle, they nearly always catch his opponent off-guard, and it’s great. This was no different, with the Darkstars falling right into his trap, and removing a key piece from their arsenal: their teleportation. Without it, the untrained Darkstars are ripe for the ass-kicking, as there’s no way Tomar-Tu could hope to best the Greatest Green Lantern in a one-on-one fight.
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I’ve been so excited for these Justice League spin-offs and this absolutely did not disappoint. Wonder Woman leading a magic-based Justice League with Swamp Thing, Bobo the Detective Chimp, Zatanna, and Man-Bat? That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read and it absolutely works. I’ll read anything with Swamp Thing, especially when he’s working with the Justice League, so this is going to be quite a ride.
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Wally West is the Flash that many of us grew up with. He was the Flash of the 90’s, and is regarded by many as the best Flash. He’s the real Fastest Man Alive, and the most punished character is all of comics. Erased from existence, then brought back with no memories, only to discover an entire family, and entire past has been erased from existence. It’s the most tragic story in all of comics, right now.
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I really have no idea why I love this book so much. It reminds me of the books that got me into comics so long ago, like Spawn, Youngblood, WildCATS, etc. It’s great. The villains and seamless backstory are great, and Honor, aka The Silencer is a fantastic new character addition to the DC Universe. I would love to see her mixing it up more with the wider universe after her story follows through with its arc.
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That was a wildly confusing story. A new villain was introduced, and then immediately revealed himself, while the heroes dealt with even more confusing things happening to each of them. I’m not entirely sure where this is going with the Tom Strong thing, but it’s implied that the Terrifics were transported to another dimension? Right? Maybe? I haven’t been this confused since the beginning of Mister Miracle, and that managed to find its footing, so hopefully this will, too.
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I do enjoy these personal stories of Wonder Woman, her enemies, and her unending love for all life. It’s one of the things that makes Diana so great. She takes a different approach from the other heroes, and despite being a member of the Trinity still finds time to visit those she believes are worthy of redemption. To better them, and their lives, despite anything they could have done. It’s truly inspiring.

Danny Boyle Directing Bond 25

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What a whirlwind this has been. After the announcement that Daniel Craig was returning for one more James Bond film, amidst all of his negative energy during promotion for the last film, we were all wondering who would grab the director’s chair. There was a rumor that Nolan would take it, among others. However, it looks like Academy Award winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) has taken the job.

Yesterday, Boyle addressed the reported rumors of his involvement with Bond 25 in an interview with Metro US in which he mentioned he’s currently in the process of developing a script, alongside Trainspotting’s John Hodge penned by Richard Curtis.

Men in Black Spinoff in the Works

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Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures is developing a Men in Black spinoff based on a script by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum (Iron Man, Transformers: The Last Knight). The article states that the story of the new film will focus more on the Men in Black organization as a whole, on its global scale, rather than just a single branch in New York.

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not be reprising their starring roles, though cameos are not off the table. The new film will instead focus on a new team of MIB, and is being fast-tracked for a May 2019 release.

John Wick: Chapter 3 Gets Dated

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After John Wick: Chapter 2 grossed over $170 million worldwide on a $40 million budget, Lionsgate has officially set a release date for the third chapter, which is tentatively titled John Wick: Chapter 3, for May 19th, 2019.

Derek Kolstad will return to pen the script after writing the first two chapters, and Keanu Reeves is confirmed to return, as well. Given the way things left, we should also expect Ian MacShane, Lance Reddick, and John Leguizamo to return, as well.

Kamen Rider: Climax Fighters Announced

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Bandai Namco Entertainment has revealed an all-new Kamen Rider game titled Kamen Rider: Climax Fighters that will pit Rider against Rider in an epic action-fighting title. The game is a PlayStation 4 exclusive, and is releasing in Japan on December 7th. A livestream of the game on September 9th is set to reveal more information.

In the meantime, hit the jump to check out the reveal trailer, giving us our first quick look at the gorgeous new title.

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Daniel Craig CONFIRMED for Bond 25

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It’s been a roller coaster of ups and downs, will he’s, and won’t he’s, in the case of Daniel Craig returning as James Bond for the 25th film in the franchise. Now, thanks to the man himself, we have confirmation. Daniel Craig is set to reprise the role of James Bond in Bond 25.

The actor confirmed the casting last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, returning for his fifth time to the character. Bond 25, which currently remains untitled, hits US theaters on November 8th, 2019.

John Cena Cast in Bumblebee Spin-Off Movie

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Proof that we don’t live in the darkest timeline after all. John Cena has been cast opposite Hailee Steinfeld as the lead in the upcoming Transformers spin-off film, Bumblebee. The cast also includes Jorge Lendeborg, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos and Gracie Dzienny.

Little is known about the plot outside of its 1980’s setting. Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), will direct the Bumblebee movie from a script written by Christina Hudson (Shut In).

Warriors All-Stars Set for Next Month

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You would be completely forgiven for not knowing that Warriors All-Stars even exists, and yet, it not only exists, it’s being released next month, on August 29th. The game is a musou-style (Dynasty Warriors) game featuring characters from the mega-hit Dynasty Warriors series, as well as Dead or Alive, Atelier, Nights of Azure, and more!

The game doesn’t seem traditionally the type to get a North American release, but Koei Tecmo has a history of bringing over its more ludicrous titles, much to the delight of us all.

New Kingsman: The Golden Circle Trailer

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20th Century Fox has unveiled a new Red Band trailer Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and while not particularly story-heavy, it emphasizes what we already knew to be true: this film is going to be a hell of a lot of fun. We get confirmation that Colin Firth’s Harry Hart will be back in action assisting his friends, and we know that Julianne Moore’s Poppy will be the destruction of the Kingsman.

Directed by Matthew Vaughn from a script by Jane Goldman and Vaughn, and based on the graphic novel The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, Kingsman: The Golden Circle stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry with Sir Elton John, and Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges. It hits theaters on September 22.

DJMAX Respect Limited Edition and Release Date

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I haven’t covered any of DJMAX Respect up to this point, but this limited edition is beyond cool, and it forced my hand. The title is an upcoming rhythm-action game for PlayStation 4, which includes a comprehensive list of past songs from older DJMAX games, as well as a great selection of newer songs.

The Limited Edition (seen above) includes the game, an art book, a two-disc soundtrack, six pins, and a replacement cover with DJMAX Portable 1 & 2 on it. The game is set to release across Asia and Korea on July 28th, with worldwide release dates expected to be announced soon. Hit the jump for a look at some newly released songs for the game, as well.

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Full Tokyo Ghoul Trailer

Tokyo Ghoul just got its longest trailer yet, with a packed 3-minute theatrical trailer that gives us our best looks at the main characters of the film, as well as the effects. We even get a taste of the official theme of the film, by the band RADWIMPS, who also performed music for this year’s critically acclaimed Your Name.

Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki, a boy who is attacked on a date gone wrong, and becomes half-human and half-ghoul. Set in an alternate reality where creatures called ghouls live amongst humanity and feed on flesh to survive.

Deadpool X-Force Play Arts Kai Figure Revealed

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Square Enix has unveiled their newest addition to the Marvel Play Arts Kai universe: an X-Force variant of the Deadpool Play Arts Kai figure. The new figure is a repaint of the classic version, and includes two head sculpts, two swords, a rifle, several knives, interchangeable hands and a figure stand. The figure is expected to be released in September 2017 and pre-orders are expected to open soon.

The Marvel Play Arts Kai figures have been a revelation in terms of original figure design, with Deadpool admittedly being a standout. This new version looks even more awesome in the wicked-cool X-Force Black and White. Hit the jump for many more pictures of the entire figure, and its cadre of accessories.

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5 Games Sega Should Revive

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SEGA unveiled their Road to 2020 last week, showcasing their plans to restore their former glory in the world of gaming across Japan, and the rest of the globe. It’s a fascinating look at a company desperate to get back to their roots. In the lofty plan, they reveal a plan to revive older game IP’s for modern home consoles to restore some of their older player base.

Their history of innovative titles consists of a Who’s Who of blockbuster games in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Some have seen themselves revived, in not-so-good fashion. While others haven’t seen the light of day since. Hit the jump for my Top 5 picks of Games that Sega should revive.

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