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.

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.

SUPERMAN

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.

Watchmen Series in the Works at HBO

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Last year, there was a pretty spicy rumor that Watchmen would be making the jump to the small screen. Nothing came of that. But now, we have some solid movement on that front, with The Hollywood Reporter claiming that HBO is now working on the project with Damon Lindelof at the helm.

Lindelof doesn’t have the most spotless track record (fuck you, Prometheus), but his television work is pretty solid. While Zack Snyder was initially involved in the project, he is no longer working with the studio, and Lindelof is proceeding alone. The series is expected to be based on the classic Alan Moore / Dave Gibbons graphic novel. It’s also likely we’ll see a few snippets of the Beyond Watchmen books in there, as well.

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.

The CW Fall Premiere Dates

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The CW has released their updated schedule for this fall, with premiere dates and a few schedules changes for the The CW Arrow-verse. Supergirl returns on Monday, October 9th, at 8pm EST, with The Flash to follow the next day, October 10th, at 8pm EST. Legends of Tomorrow will then come on directly after Flash on Tuesday at 9pm EST in its new timeslot. Arrow will also be in a new timeslot, premiering on Thursday, October 12th at 9pm EST.

The CW keeps raising the stakes on their comic book universe, and with Black Lightning premiering mid-season 2018, it’s just going to continue getting better for fans of DC television.

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.

SPAWN

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.

Ph LEVEL Review: Wonder Woman

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To say that Wonder Woman is one of the most anticipated movies of the summer is, put simply, an understatement. This film is easily one of the most anticipated films of all time, with an unimagineable amount of pressure on the shoulders of director Patty Jenkins, and star, Gal Gadot. With the future of the DC Entertainment Universe, and female-led films all laid at their feet, it would be enough to sink anyone else.

However, these aren’t normal filmmakers. Nor are they normal stars. The crew behind Wonder Woman is clearly one of the most passionate to ever be put behind, or on camera, and it’s evident based on the powerfully near-flawless movie they’ve created. Hit the jump for my long-awaited thoughts on Wonder Woman.

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The Thinker for Flash Season 4

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Ever since the show started placing hints about the upcoming presence of Clifford DeVoe, aka The Thinker in the Flash’s future, it was inevitable we would be seeing him. Abra Kadabra mentions by name, as well as Savitar twice near the tail end of the season.

Now, TVLine is reporting that the foreshadowing wasn’t just name-dropping, and The Thinker has been confirmed as the primary villain for The Flash season 4. This will mark the series’ first foray into an antagonist that’s not a speedster. With that in mind, the next season of Flash should definitely be… running at a different speed. (Sorry…)

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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Batman and Harley Quinn Final Trailer

Warner Bros. Animation has posted the final trailer for Batman and Harley Quinn, their latest DC animated adventure. The film features Bruce Timm’s iconic art style from the Adventures of Batman and Robin, complete with the original voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy.

The film sees Batman and Nightwing team up with Harley Quinn, in an attempt to track down Poison Ivy, who’s also found herself a partner in the Floronic Man. The two seek to turn the world into plant people using stolen research from Dr. Alec Holland, also known as Swamp Thing.

Analog: The Injustice Special

Josh and Theo are back on their first Wednesday release, and their first Special Episode! After months of waiting, Injustice 2 is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and they’re here to share their love of the game, and their concerns. Check out the links below to listen, and please Subscribe and Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Doug Liman Leaving Justice League Dark

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Director Doug Liman has, quite abruptly, announced his immediate departure from the upcoming Warner Bros. produced, DC Entertainment film, Justice League Dark. This is interesting considering his comments just weeks ago regarding the fresh take on John Constantine, in which he seemed genuine excited.

The change can be attributed to scheduling conflicts, as Liman is next tapped to helm Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking, which will star Tom Holland, and Daisy Ridley. Currently, the rumored frontrunner to replace him is current IT director, Andy Muschietti. If they’re looking to keep that horror vibe prevalent in the film, that honestly doesn’t seem like too bad a choice for me. Currently, there are no plot details, but the film is expected to star Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan the Demon.

DC Super Hero Girls Getting Animated Series

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DC Super Hero Girls has been a boon for the company and its representation with young children, and it would appear they don’t plan on slowing down that train any time soon. The short web-series, and toy line is officially getting an animated action-comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation in 2018. The series will have “fresh character designs” and writing by producer Lauren Faust (Super Best Friends Forever, Powerpuff Girls).

The world may know them as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl, but not-so-typical teenagers Diana, Kara and Barbara, alongside their Super Hero friends have much more to deal with than just protecting the citizens of Metropolis from some of the most sinister school-aged Super-Villains of the DC Universe. After all, being teens is tough enough, what with school, friends, family and the chaos that comes with managing a social life. But add super powers and a secret identity to the mix, and things can get a lot more complicated.

Sure, gal pals Bumblebee, Zatanna and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz are always there to lend an ear, a shoulder to cry on, and a fist to punch with, and their bros in the Justice League amp up the fun whether they’re at a concert or taking down a crime ring. But what happens when Diana and her favorite study buddy and fencing partner, Tatsu, can’t agree on how to dole out justice as Wonder Woman and Katana? Or when Barbara finds out her Gotham-Con bestie is teen-fiend Harley Quinn? Along with all their friends, foes and frenemies, this squad of super teens navigates the unique growing pains that come when you’re a teenager trying to fight the battles of the world and the battles of growing up at the same time.