Superman: Red Son Movie in Development?

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It looks like Warner Bros. might be a little more invested in these DC Entertainment films than we thought, as they’re also rumored to be interested in developing Elseworlds films, as well. Superman: Red Son is an alternate-universe tale in which Superman lands is Russia, and not Smallville. Taken in by the Kremlin, he becomes a symbol of fascism in a world-ruling government.

The rumor comes from Mark Millar himself, creator of Red Son, as well as Den of Geek, who claims to have sources within WB that are supposedly seeing a lot of interest in adapting the graphic novel. It’s a rumor, for sure, but the prospect of seeing Red Son in live-action, especially in today’s turbulent times, would be a geek dream come true.

DC Movie Output Rumored to Increase Dramatically

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Warner Bros.’ DC Entertainment film output has been spotty, at best. The films have been successful from a financial standpoint, but critically they’ve generally been flops, and many have been fraught with delays and mishaps. Now, with the success of Wonder Woman, things finally seem to be on track once again.

Aquaman is currently filming, and Warner is expected to increase their output of DC Entertainment films dramatically. The Flash, Black Adam, Shazam, Cyborg, Gotham City Sirens, and Suicide Squad 2 are all in the works, so we should expect some pretty big announcements soon.

A lot of people have been asking me ‘What’s the next movie in 2018?’ I know for a fact that DC is trying to get three to four movies made a year going forward. If I were you, I’d make sure I’d be inside Hall H this summer.

Netflix: July 2017

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Starting this month, Ph LEVEL will be posting monthly updates related to the content changes on Netflix, and give a few recommendations for what to catch before it leaves, and what to look out for in the coming month.

First up, July 2017! The main thing to catch before it leaves on July 1 is absolutely the 1989 classic, Batman, with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. As far as arriving, there’s a few great gems! On July 1, check out Spawn: The Movie with Michael Jae White. July 7, we finally get the animated Castlevania series from Frederator, and July 18, if you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Hit the jump for the full list.

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New Comic Books: June 21

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This week was immensely short on new comics, but it made up for it with two fantastic titles that were both satisfying, heartbreaking, and shocking. One from each major publisher this week ensures it’s a pretty even race, and for once, I’m recommending a Marvel title for the week.

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My book of the week is Mighty Thor #20, which sees the representatives of the Congress of Worlds, head to the land of dwarves, where light elf refugees have made home. This issue focuses heavily on Volstagg, for good reason. After a Muspelheim attack on the refugees leaves the team separated, Volstagg attempts to rescue some children, but gets lost. They get attacked, and before his very eyes, the flames of Muspelheim turn the kids to ash. The others find him, naked, and bathed in the only thing that can quell Muspelhaim flame: Fire Goblin blood. At the end of the issue, the Ultimate Mjolnir is shown, calling out to Volstagg, as he grabs it, and becomes the War Thor! Volstagg is the War Thor! I’m not sure why none of us saw this coming, but man, it was satisfying to see Volstagg get his due.

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Another satisfying book this week, with the Manchester Black and the Elite arc coming to a close. Superboy defeats Black, and sends his consciousness into a cow, which is fantastic. Not only that, but we see Jon fly, and everything seems to actually work itself into a happy ending. Overall, this was a great throwback arc for the big blue boy scout, and I hope to see more like it in the future.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Headed to Blu-Ray

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Well, this slow week has officially been worth the wait. Warner Archive has announced that the classic 1993 animated film, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is officially headed to Blu-Ray this July! The release will feature a full 1080p HD remaster and will include both the original 16×9 aspect ratio (1.78:1) and an open matte 4×3 (1.37:1) version.

Mask of the Phantasm picks up from the Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series, and follows the caped crusader on the hunt for a mysterious new vigilante that is killing the low-lifes and thugs around Gotham. However, this new vigilante, known as the Phantasm, may have stronger ties to Batman and Bruce Wayne than he thought.

Dark Nights Metal Preview

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The upcoming DC solicitations have revealed some pretty epic things in the near future for the line-wide DC event, Dark Nights: METAL. DC Comics has revealed that seven “corrupted versions of Batman spawned from the Dark Multiverse” will descend on the DC Universe this September. Hit the jump to check out some mysterious teasers of these seven Batmen.

METAL is the final Batman event from acclaimed writer Scott Snyder and artist collaborator Greg Capullo. The story till take threads placed by the team the last several years, and use them to delve into the true history of the Joker, and the roots of many of DC’s Crisis events that have shaped it the last several decades.

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New Comics: June 14

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What a week for comics, this week. Both Marvel and DC brought their A-games with DC being the obvious winner. Not only did they have 4 core title releases, we also got the first issue of the new Batman-focused line-wide DC event. Such an exciting week, and I can’t wait to see where things go from here.

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Recommendation for the week is absolutely 100% Dark Days: The Forge #1. The first issue, acting as a prequel to the upcoming METAL event, this was an exciting book, with a lot of mystery, and some fantastic moments. John Romita Jr’s art is some of the best in the industry, and he was on top of it here. I’m so pumped to see where this has been leading, because this event has been all sorts of mysterious, with all threads leading here.

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Marvel’s big event, Secret Empire, also had a release this week, with our heroes coming face-to-face with each other. Not by choice, but when they’re both overpowered easily by Ultron Pym inside Ultron City, his dominant personality tries to coerce them into stopping the war. The moment where Pym gives Scott Lang the cosmic cube fragment, simply because he’s the only one who sees him as a person was particularly great. The mysterious Steve Rogers in the blue mist just seems to get more mysterious as he was now joined by Bucky Barnes, and Sam Wilson. An interesting twist, that should be fun to see play out. I hope.

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns also saw a mystery start to unfold, though we know the answers to this one. Apparently it’s knowledge that Tomar-Tu murdered his fellow Yellow Lantern several issues ago, and now the Greens are paying the price for it. After the last arc was so severely short, I’m excited to this one play out in a bit more interesting fashion, though I expect the Kyle Rayner/Soranik narrative to play out in tragic fashion.

FLASH

The Flash continues to be such a personal, fast-moving tale, with the artwork and the thoughts inside Barry’s head doing so well to truly dig into our heads just how it feels to be a Flash. I had forgotten that Thawne remembers everything from before Flashpoint, so his interactions with Iris should be insane in the next issue. I wonder how she’ll take that knowledge? Especially with Barry bound to reveal his identity soon.

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The conclusion to Godwatch is a somber tale, with Diana fruitlessly attempting to bring Barbara Ann back from the brink. It’s satisfying to see Doctor Cale’s world implode around her. I feel sorry for her, after all she did to try to bring her daughter back, only for it to fail. But she should take comfort knowing that her daughter is not only safe, but in paradise. And she did that. But instead she’s selfish, and only cares about her daughter for her own reasons. A somber conclusion to a deep story. Now we begin with a new writer and artist.

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Basically every Superman book right now is a beautiful throwback to the 90’s with every villain just being a knock-off of Superman in some way or another. That’s not a bad thing. It’s been great fun reading these, and seeing all these characters again, with Superman being an easy standout among the Rebirth crowd.

Analog EP14: Na Na Na Na Tribute

Josh and Theo are joined once again by Bovi, in his first episode as a permanent member of Analog! Covering the latest news and views on the coolest pop culture has to offer!

Aladdin, Sense8, Josh Brolin’s Cable, the Black Panther teaser trailer, and a tribute to the Bright Knight, Adam West, fill out this week’s Analog! Check out the links below to listen, and please Subscribe and Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Justice League Toys First Look

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The official marketing site for Justice League, JoinTheLeague.com, has posted a first look at the new Mattel-produced action figures for the upcoming movie, as well as a first look at the massive Batmobile toy. All of the figures look fantastic, with Flash and Cyborg being some real standouts among them.

No word on when these will hit store shelves, but Justice League hits the silver screen in November. You can hit the jump to check out full body looks at the figures moving.

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New Comic Books: June 7

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A short week, and a few classic comebacks for me, personally. Well, one classic comeback, as I start to take on the daunting task of catching up on my favorite comic as a kid, Spawn. The two big-guys for DC have new books this week, and Marvel’s lone release I’m interested in stepped up its action and weirdness in a big way.

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My recommendation for the week is absolutely Batman #24, with an intensely personal and revealing conversation between Batman and Gotham Girl showing Bruce’s thoughts on him ever hanging up the cowl. After his Father told him to stop being Batman, we were all wondering where it would go, but now we have our answer. It’s not going to happen, but that doesn’t mean Bruce can’t be happy. After a romp around the rooftops with Catwoman, Bruce reveals he bought the diamond he took back from Selina in their first meeting, saving it for the right time. He pulls out a ring, and in what is the most longtime coming moment in all of comics, pops the question.

The bad news? This happens the issue before the fabled War of Jokes and Riddles begins. Which we have been teased with in other books for months.

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The other big one for DC is still on a roll right now, as well. Superman continues to feel like a throwback book for me, and Manchester Black (and now Superboy Black) are just upping the nostalgia factor by ten. We finally get Black’s motivations for all the secrecy, and methodical manipulation of Jon, and his big plan to turn Jon into the “justice-dealing” killer he thinks Superman should be. Overall, another great entry into the continuing rise of Superman among the ranks for me with his Rebirth titles. There has yet to be a single miss since his re-launch.

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Marvel’s only big release for me, Black Bolt #2, almost didn’t get read this week. The first issue was slow, boring, and light on any kind of story. This next issue? The complete opposite. The art was incredible and engaging, with a load of exposition, and fantastic action sequences. Black Bolt has instantly become one of Marvel’s strangest titles, and if it keeps up this pace, it will absolutely not disappoint.

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When I was a kid, Spawn was my favorite hero. He was edgy, and cool, and his toys were the most kickass thing you could own when you were a 12-year-old. Since those years, a lot has happened in the Spawn mythos, and while I occasionally try to jump back in, I’ve never been able to fully immerse myself. Well, now the time seems right for me to catch up, and really dig in. Really remind myself why I loved this character and this series. It’s going to be a long road, since I had no idea what was happening in this issue, but I’ll get there.

Wonder Woman 2 Details

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Wonder Woman just had the biggest female-directed opening weekend of all time, with a whopping $100.5 million domestic, and $223 million global take. It’s been given rave reviews, sitting comfortably at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, with fans and critics alike in love with the incredible film. You can read my review here.

It comes as no surprise then, that we already have a few details on Wonder Woman 2. Patty Jenkins is contracted through a second film, so she will most certainly helm the sequel. She’s also stated that her plan is to bring Diana Prince to America, in contemporary times. Most certainly taking place after Justice League, and her reveal to the world.

New Comic Books: May 31

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Another slower week for comic releases as we start to approach San Diego Comic-Con, and many of the large event releases throughout August. It was a great week for reading, at least, as what books there were, were fantastic. Great twists, charming origin stories, and some absolutely mind-boggling art this week.

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Naturally, my recommendation for this week, is Wonder Woman Annual #1 – which consists of a series of short stories about Diana of Themyscira. The first is, by far, the most charming. We’re back to the moment Diana revealed herself to the world, and Supermand and Batman quickly take notice. Both attempt to spy on her at the military base, and much to their dismay, she instead finds them, in a fantastic scene. The art and characterization in this story alone is what made this my recommendation for the week.

The other few stories are hit and miss, with the kaiju story being particularly a hit, with beautiful artwork, and a small, personal story about Diana rescuing the child of a giant monster.

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Now that The Button has concluded, we’re suddenly back to a more personal Flash story, as a surprise visit from Multiplex, after a surprise visit from Hal Jordan, after a surprise party all happens with 4 pages. The entire fight, Barry is struggling in his head about whether to tell Iris the truth about who he is. It’s a rare moment, to stay so strictly in a heroes head, and it makes the story feel incredibly personal to Barry Allen and his struggle.

The real takeaway here, though, is the final page. After getting Iris back home safe, Wally opens the door, and lo and behold… the Reverse Flash. Eobard Thawne. Already back from the dead. That somewhat takes away from the power of the Button event doesn’t it?

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The only Marvel read this week is the 3rd installment of the primary Secret Empire event, which is pulling no punches, at this point. Steve Rogers is going back and forth between save Supreme Leader, and caring politician like a light switch, while the heroes bicker and split in an attempt to save the day. We saw much more of the mysterious other Steve Rogers, who I’m going to call it now, is navigating his own head. The blue glow of the world they’re in closely resembles that of the Cosmic Cube, and I could see that twist happening.

My favorite moment in this book came at the end, though. Fred Myers, aka Boomerang, had started his own restaurant, and facilitated a meeting between Black Widow and Maria Hill. Late that night, he steps into the bathroom to reveal a landmine. Finally, in a shocking, but totally-makes-sense twist, the Punisher reveals himself to have aligned with Hydra. Proudly hailing, with a Hydra/Punisher skull variant adorned across his chest.

Analog EP12: Love & Spider-Verse

Josh and Theo are back talking about a mix of video game news, and Marvel & DC’s film universes! Covering the latest news and views on the coolest pop culture has to offer!

Far Cry 5, Justice League, the Sony Spider-Verse, and more fill out the first regular Wednesday release of Analog! Check out the links below to listen, and please Subscribe and Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Batman & Harley Quinn 4K/Blu-Ray Details

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After getting our first trailer a few days ago, we now have full details of the Ultra HD/Blu-Ray release of Batman and Harley Quinn. The film will be available for Digital Download on August 15th, and home video on August 29th.

Batman and Harley Quinn will be the first DC Animated Universe film to be released in an Ultra HD combo pack, as well as Blu-Ray and DVD combo pack. You can hit the jump to see the full box-art, as well as Special Features.

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Introducing Red Hood

NetherRealm Studios has shared the first character trailer from DLC Pack 1, showcasing Jason Todd’s Red Hood fighter. The trailer relies heavily on known rivalries, as it pits Jason against the Joker, and Damian Wayne.

Red Hood will be released alongside Starfire, and Sub-Zero, in the “Fighter Pack 1” for Injustice 2. Currently, there is no release date for the DLC, but we should be hearing soon. Injustice 2 is available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.