Although it’s not due to be released until 3rd June 2016 production is already getting underway on the sequel to 2014’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This time around the directors chair is being filled by David Green (‘Earth to Echo’) who takes over from Jonathan Liebesman whilst scriptwriting duties remain with Josh Applebaum and Andé Nemec.
Little is known about casting on the sequel but Megan Fox and William Fitchner are due to reprise their roles of April O’Neill and Eric Sachs from the first film. Will Arnett was recently spotted filming a scene with model Alessandra Ambrosio reportedly for the sequel so expect to see Vernon crop up during the movie.
This week via teenagemutantninjaturtles.com came news that NBA stars DeAndre Jordan, Matt Barnes, J.J. Redick, Austin Rivers & Spencer Hawes would be filming cameo appearances. J.J. Redick appeared in an interview to drop the bomb that sequel will be called ‘Half Shell’.
Sounds to us like a shooting title but maybe we’ll soon be buying our tickets to ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Half Shell’ personally it doesn’t sound like an overly exciting title but certainly fits with the franchise.
In sad news today it was announced that the upcoming ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ has been delayed to 23rd June 2015 moving back a further three weeks having already been pushed back by several months.
No official news has been given to explain the delay but to make up for the wait Rocksteady has released the following 7+ minute gameplay video entitled ‘Officer Down’ who features a mix of cut scene and gameplay footage taken direct from the PS4 version of the game.
The video shows off all aspects of the game from new gadgets to fight moves and of course the Batmobile. Check it out below and sound off in the comments about the added delay:
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Perhaps the greatest fan film of recent times 2003’s ‘Batman Dead End’ took the internet by storm with its dark translation of Batman to screen and perfect fusion of comics and science fiction. I doubt there’s a single one of you that hasn’t see this but I also doubt there’s a single one of you who won’t watch this again and again.
With the ‘Endgame’ storyline drawing to a close in the mainstream ‘Batman’ comics DC are turning their hand to the remaining members of the Bat-family to spin off the story in to a series of one-shots. Up first for release this week alongside its normal monthly release is ‘Batgirl: Endgame’ #1.
Unfortunately for writers Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart ‘Batgirl: Endgame’ ended up being released in a week where ‘Batgirl’ comics stole many headlines for all the wrong reasons (which you can read about here).
Stepping aside from the controversy ‘Batgirl: Endgame’ is an interesting mix of the current ‘Batgirl’ comics lighter tone and the disaster movie feel of the ‘Endgame’ arc.
For those who are a little out of touch with the world of Barbara Gordon she recently moved to the Burnside neighbourhood of Gotham, got a new costume and started back at square-one in the hero game. The storyline has worked well and kept the focus firmly on the creative aspect of the book rather than focussing on the fact that between issues ‘Batgirl’ went from a seriously dark and twisty series to a teen-dramedy with quirky artwork to boot.
As I’ve said ‘Batgirl: Endgame’ is a hybrid of this new Batgirl sensibility and the epic nature of Scott Snyder’s ‘Batman’ series. Amazingly the book works with almost nothing by way of dialogue. The ‘Batgirl’ series is very much social media focussed to bring it in to the modern era and using that aspect this ‘Endgame’ issue is almost an advert for that, though not enough of one for me to call this a cash cow.
Fletcher and Stewart take the social media aspect of the main series and use it as the crux of a rescue mission for the Burnside neighbourhood. Instead of playing up the teen-dramedy they switch it up and show how social media could, albeit by stretching the imagination of using emoticons, be used in a life or death situation.
That’s not to say the lack of dialogue makes perfect sense throughout. With hordes of infected chasing after similar hordes of Gotham’s citizens somebody somewhere should be screaming for help but oddly the entire cast remains silent throughout.
With very little dialogue to be used the book hinges on the artwork of Bengal. The artwork in ‘Batgirl: Endgame’ reflects the work of Babs Tarr in the mainstream series but takes on a more straightedged and serious tone. Where facial expressions are often bemused and played for comedy value in ‘Batgirl’ in ‘Endgame’ they’re very strained and much more seriously emotive and it works well. The story doesn’t feel unfamiliar or dishonest to the mainstream series but also doesn’t mock the work that Snyder and Greg Capullo are doing elsewhere in the ‘Batman’ series.
One-shot comics are a difficult medium to define as they’re not necessary reading for fans of the mainstream series or fans of the story they’re spinning out from which begs the question: why do they exist? Why should I read them?
I can’t answer that for all one-shot comics but for ‘Batgirl: Endgame’ my answer would be that it gives a wider context to the ‘Endgame’ story and is a shining example of an unorthodox construct for comics with its complete lack of dialogue.
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This week saw the release of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ #44 from IDW Comics and within mere minutes of release the word began to spread about a shocking TMNT death.
Yes the panel to your left seemingly gives away that Dontallo is killed off during the battle of the Technodrome.
Sadly our copy hasn’t arrived a GYCO Tower as yet so we’ve not read the story for ourselves but news sites are reporting that after taking a serious beating from Rocksteady, Donatello is left bloodied, battered and dying in the arms of Master Splinter.
IDW has been putting some serious PR work by setting the wheels in motion for what it is calling the ‘final storyline’ to begin in issue #50 but for now the company is keeping quiet about the future of my favourite turtle.
For now I have to wait another week for my subscriptions to be delivered. Have you read ‘TMNT’ #44? What do you think about the plot twist?
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When pre-orders for the June release of Rocksteady games final instalment in the ‘Arkham’ franchise ‘Arkham Knight’ were put up one of the first bits of info to come to light was that all pre-orders would come with a Harley Quinn playable DLC pack.
Avid fans will note that there is also a playable Red Hood pack coming but details on that are still sparse.
Today (via Amazon.com) comes news on the story of the Harley Quinn pack which serves as a prequel to the main ‘Arkham Knight’ storyline. The DLC is described as follows:
“For the first time in the Arkham series take on the role of Joker’s psychotic side-kick Harley Quinn and wreak havoc inside the Blüdhaven Police Department. With this exclusive Story Pack experience events in the lead-up to Arkham Knight as you infiltrate Blüdhaven to rescue your partner in crime: Poison Ivy. Delve deep into Harley’s demented nature and utilize her devastating baseball bat to smash, crash and bash your way to a friend very much in need.”
Interesting to see the setting of the game shift to Gotham’s neighbouring city Blüdhaven which fans will know as the home of Nightwing who has made several appearances in the previous ‘Arkham’ games.
Which are you looking forward to more: Harley Quinn DLC? Or Red Hood?
With it’s 2nd June 2015 release date quickly approaching the guys at Rocksteady have released the first TV spot for ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’.
Sadly there’s no new footage to behold in this short wonder but it’s a great rehash of footage from the launch trailer and we here at Get Your Comic On are happy to have anything which reminds us about how close we are to the release of the game.
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Earlier this week Walt Disney Pictures announced details of their first Star Wars spin-off film entitled ‘Rogue One’ and also announced that the upcoming ‘Star Wars VIII’ will be released on 26th May 2017.
Hot on the heels of that announcement comes news that the previously announced sequel to this years ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot will now be hitting theatres on the slightly later date of 9th June 2017 in the US. That should give the Marvel Comics sequel a little more space to make its mark on the box office without being entirely dwarfed but the sure fire hit that is ‘Star War VIII’.
In other ‘Fantastic Four’ news this week Total Film magazine have released four new images from the upcoming 7th August 2015 release. You can check them out in the gallery below:
If you haven’t already seen it you can find the trailer for ‘Fantastic Four’ (2015) below:
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It’s been a big week in the world of Walt Disney Pictures and ‘Star Wars’ firstly with the announcement of the release date for upcoming ‘Star Wars Episode VIII’ but also with the grand unveiling of the first in a series of previously announced spin off films.
First up is ‘Star Wars Episode VIII’ which now has an official release date of 26th March 2017. Eager ‘Star Wars’ fans will know this date is forty years on from the release of ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’ in 1977. The sequel to J.J. Abrams ‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ is confirmed to be written and directed by Rian Johnson (‘Brick’ & ‘Looper’).
Next up comes news that all ‘Star Wars’ fans have been waiting for: the title of the first spin-off movie is officially confirmed as ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’. The film will be directed by Brit Gareth Edwards (‘Godzilla’) and will star Felicity Jones (‘The Theory of Everything’). The film is due for release on 6th December 2016. Very little else is known regarding the film at this stage.
‘Episode VIII’ and ‘Rogue One’ join a growing ‘Star Wars’ universe, also this week came the release of initial details on several tie-in novels via Blastr (click here for original article). Here’s a few juicy tidbits from the announcement:
Star Wars: Lost Stars written by Claudia Gray: This thrilling Young Adult novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends–Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell–who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these two star-crossed lovers reunite, or will duty tear them–and the galaxy–apart.
The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure: Luke Skywalker returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story finds Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and R2-D2 stranded on a mysterious planet, and explores Luke’s first-ever duel with a lightsaber.
Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo Adventure: Han Solo and Chewbacca the Wookiee team-up for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story follows everyone’s favorite pair of smugglers as they fly the Millennium Falcon on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion.
Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure: Princess Leia returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, the story follows the warrior princess as she leads a ragtag group of rebels on a dangerous mission against the evil Galactic Empire.
Just in case you missed it here’s the trailer for the upcoming ‘The Force Awakens’:
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Hot on the heels of the previously released poster teasing next week’s return of ‘The Flash’ (you can check out the post here) US network The CW have released some further artwork for both ‘Flash’ and ‘Arrow’.
First up is our first proper look at the Reverse Flash character played by Tom Cavanagh, we’ve seen the suit in the series and there has been a lot of sneaky set photos taken but this is our first proper look at his suit which appears to be much more complex than that of Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen.
Second up is a much simpler promo shot for the return of ‘Arrow’ featuring Stephen Amell which returns to US screens on March 18th with it’s 16th episode of the third season entitled ‘The Offer’. The CW describes the episode as:
DC COMICS’ VILLAIN MURMUR SWEEPS INTO STARLING CITY — Still weighed down by his last meeting with Ra’s al Ghul (guest star Matt Nable), Oliver (Stephen Amell) returns home to find a new villain and his crew have started terrorizing Starling City – Michael Amar AKA Murmur (guest star Adrian Glynn McMorran), a man whose mouth has been sewn shut. Meanwhile, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law) bond over their issues with their fathers and Nyssa make Laurel an offer. Thea (Willa Holland) is forced to come to terms with her father after Oliver brings Malcom (John Barrowman) to the loft to recover, and Lance (Paul Blackthorne) shuts out both Laurel and the Arrow. Dermott Downs directed the episode written by Beth Schwartz & Brian Ford Sullivan (#316). Original airdate 3/18/2015.
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