New Batman Ninja Trailer Released

Warner Bros. Animation has released a new trailer for Batman Ninja that features the debut of the English voice-cast as well as the final release date for the much-anticipated film, set for May 8th, on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital.

Batman: Arkham Origins‘ Roger Craig Smith returns to the role of Batman for the upcoming film, with Tony Hale as the Joker. Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo franchise) and Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke) supply the voices of the antagonist & protagonist’s closest allies – Catwoman and Harley Quinn, respectively – while Fred Tatasciore (Family Guy) provides the voice of Gorilla Grodd. Other voice actors include Bat-family members Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10: Omniverse) as Robin, Adam Croasdell (Reign) as Nightwing and Alfred, and Will Friedle (Boy Meets World) as Red Robin.

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Geoff Johns Confirms Doom Patrol in Titans

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Writer, and head of Creative with DC Entertainment, Geoff Johns, has confirmed that the Titans won’t be alone in their live-action debut on DC’s streaming service, as episode 5 will feature the introduction of the Doom Patrol. The Doom Patrol is a superhero team consisting of many of DC’s more eccentric characters, made popular by Grant Morrison in the early-90’s.

Beast Boy was an original member of the Doom Patrol, so it’s possible that factors into their inclusion, but with Hawk and Dove also joining the Titans, it’s looking to be a haven for lesser known live-action debuts of DC characters.

Michael Bay in Talks For Lobo

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According to The Wrap, divisive action-director, Michael Bay, is being tapped to direct a live-action Lobo film for Warner Bros. The film is set to be the studios attempt at combating Deadpool and his succcess, so the often vulgar Bay would be a perfect choice to direct an R-Rated film about the Main Man.

Bay has met with DC to discuss the project and give writer Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman) notes on the initial screenplay, which he’s currently re-writing. Afterwards, the studio will give it to Bay as a bid for the project.

Ron Cephas Jones in Talks for Shazam

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The Wrap is reporting that actor Ron Cephas Jones (Luke Cage, This is Us) is in final talks to portray the wisened Wizard, Shazam, that bestows Billy Batson with the ability to transform into the mighty warrior. Shazam is scheduled to begin filming next month and is currently slated for an April 5, 2019, release date.

The leads for the feature film include Asher Angel as a teenage Billy Batson, Zachary Levi as his mystical alter ego, Shazam, and Mark Strong as the villainous Doctor Sivana.

First Teen Titans GO! To The Movies Poster and Trailer Tease

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Warner Bros. has released the first official poster for this year’s upcoming Teen Titans GO! To The Movies animated film, as well as a trailer tease video on the film’s official Twitter account. The first trailer is set to launch tomorrow, and with a large fan-base among kids and adults, the film is expected to be a reasonable success.

Maybe we’ll be surprised, just as with the Lego Batman Movie. Only time will tell. Hit the jump to see the trailer tease and full poster.

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Injustice 2 Introduces Enchantress

Injustice 2 just keeps rolling with the character releases, and now WB Games and NetherRealm Studios have revealed a new trailer revealing our first look at gameplay for Enchantress. Her move-set looks fluid and graceful, with many of her moves and details resembling her Suicide Squad character.

Enchantress will arrive on January 9 for players who have purchased the Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition, Injustice 2 Ultimate Pack or Fighter Pack #3, and will be available as a standalone purchase beginning January 16 from the PlayStation Store, Xbox Store, Steam, and Microsoft Store.

First Look at Black Lightning’s Thunder

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It was only a matter of time before we had confirmation that Black Lightning’s daughters would be suiting up in the series, as well. They’re nearly as famous as he is, with several animated incarnations to speak of. Now, star Nafessa Williams has shared an official look at her Anissa Pierce in full costume as the heroic Thunder.

Williams also confirmed on Twitter than Thunder would be a lesbian like her comic book counterpart. Black Lightning premieres Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 9 p.m. (after The Flash) on The CW. Hit the jump for a look at the full image.

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New Comic Books: January 3

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After a lengthy hiatus thanks to life, getting married, going on my honeymoon, and then the holidays, we’re finally back to our regularly scheduled comic book programming. It was a short week, with Batman dominating the shelves this week for me, and all of his stories being pretty damn great.BM
This seemed like it was going to be a straightforward “Batman helping a kid with the same origin as him” story, but then it took that crazy dark turn and suddenly became an origin story for what could eventually become the most personal villain Batman has ever had. A child, mentally troubled, with the names of Bruce’s parents etched into his face after Batman’s failure to solve the puzzle. That’s one hell of an origin.SM
This Super Sons of Tomorrow story was short but incredibly sweet. It was cool to see Jon working with the Teen Titans, and the future Tim Drake not only getting a new suit and rad codename, Savior, but also his redemption, as well, after he sacrificed himself to save the very person he was trying to kill the entire story. The biggest question now is left at the very end, when Savior is falling through the timestream, and sees every DC event that’s been wiped out. Zero Hour, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and so many more. Is he going to be the key to restoring the universe?SIG
This has the potential to be an interesting read. The implication is that in METAL, when Duke’s powers awakened, they reacted with a metal in the water supply of Gotham that gave other kids that also matched biologically in some way, meta abilities. This opens up a whole slew of story-telling options for the Bat-family, and I’m pretty excited to see where it goes. I will say, though, that the metas, and even Signal himself, seem very Static Shock-like. Not a bad thing, but just an observation in the way the story seems to be progressing.WK
This is such an incredibly well-written story that my mind can’t fathom how remarkable it is. The origin of Neo-Joker, as the second Harley is calling herself, is absolutely tragic. The way Joker treated her, though, makes complete sense as to why she’s behaving the way she is. He saved her life, and she has to re-pay the favor by saving the Joker from Jack Napier. On top of that, Napier is forcing everyone closest to him away from Batman’s life. This Batman is darker, less caring, and more driven to brutally stomp crime out, so this plan is incredible. We’ll see how it all plays out.

 

Shazam! Adds Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman

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The long-standing supporting cast for Shazam!, arguably just as important as the title character himself is starting to finally take its full shape. Jack Dylan Grazer (It) has been cast as Freddy Freeman according to Deadline.

Grazer’s Freddy Freeman is said to be “Batson’s best friend and the only person who knows the truth about Shazam.” DC fans will know that Freeman eventually suits up as a hero himself, taking on the mantle of Captain Marvel Jr. in the comics. Shazam! is set to hit theaters in 2019, and also stars Zachary Levi as the titular superhero, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Mark Strong as Doctor Sivana, and Grace Fulton.

Batman Ninja Debut Trailer

Earlier this year, it was revealed that an epic adaptation of the Dark Knight from creators Junpei Mizusaki, Takashi Okazashi, and Kazuki Nakashima, titled Batman Ninja. Now, its first trailer has hit and it looks like we won’t be disappointed.

The incredibly original animation includes Feudal Japan inspired Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Catwoman, The Joker, Poison Ivy, Gorilla Grodd, and more. Warner Bros. is set to release the film next year and will include both the subtitled original Japanese version and an English dubbed version when it lands on Blu-ray.

DC Films to Introduce the Legion of Doom Across Several Films

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Despite the generally negative reception to Justice League, Warner Bros. is committed to revamping the DC Extended Universe to please fans, and build a solid cinematic universe. The first part of this plan truly began in the end credits of Justice League when Deathstroke (Joe Maganiello) met with Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and was proposed the group should begin to “form [their] own league.”

It was an exciting moment in an otherwise “OK” film. Now, rumor has it that the Legion of Doom is set to begin forming across the slate of DC Films for the future, beginning with Aquaman, and culminating with the group being the villains of Justice League 2. That’s an exciting prospect, and hopefully Warner Bros. gives this story time to truly fill out, and allow the villains to stay one step ahead of the heroes, and do right by them.

First Look at Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke

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If you stayed after the credits for Justice League, you were treated to one of the best comic book movie teases in recent memory, with Joe Manganiello debuting his interpretation of mercenary Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke. It was the culmination of a fan campaign to keep the actor on board for the role, which eventually resulted in the announcement of his own solo movie.

The costume looks incredible, and while I would have personally just kept all of Joe Manganiello’s own personal facial hair, he’s one of the who can make that white goatee work. Hit the jump for a full look at the epic photo.

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Ninja Turtles Joining Injustice 2

WB Games and NetherRealm Studios have revealed the long-awaited Fighter Pack 3 DLC for Injustice 2, and it does not disappoint. The already revealed Atom, Ryan Choi, is spotlighted here, as well as the addition of The Enchantress. The big surprise? The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are joining the roster, as well.

A release date for Fighter Pack 3 was not announced, though Atom will be available in early access on December 12th. The addition of the Ninja Turtles, Atom and Enchantress will bring Injustice 2’s roster to a massive 41 playable characters.

Wonder Woman is Now the Best Reviewed Superhero Film of All Time

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According to Rotten Tomatoes, Wonder Woman has managed quite the feat. Not only is it by far the best superhero film of the DC Extended Universe to date, but it is now the best reviewed superhero film of all time. Wonder Woman is currently not the “freshest” film on the site, but using Bayesian Inference (the statistical analysis of probability as more information becomes available), Rotten Tomatoes has found the Top 5 films:

Wonder Woman(108.549%) 
Logan (107.954%) 
The Dark Knight (106.313%) 
Spider-Man: Homecoming (105.957%)
Thor: Ragnarok (105.511%)

Given how new many of these films are, it’s quite the feat that The Dark Knight still remains in the Top 3 after all these years.

Asher Angel Cast as Billy Batson in Shazam!

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Warner Bros. has announced that Asher Angel (Andi Mack) will take on the role of Billy Batson, the young boy imbued with power by the wizard, Shazam, that when he speaks the wizards name, transforms into the powerful hero being played by Zachary Levi.

Production on the film is set to begin next year as casting has been rounding out with Mark Strong playing Sivana, and Grace Fulton cast in a mystery role for the film.