Justice League: Rebirth #3 review

'Justice Leauge: Rebirth' #3 art by Tony Salvador Daniel, Sandu Florea & Tomeu Morey

Justice League: Rebirth #3 review

'Justice League: Rebirth' #3 cover by Tony Salvador Daniel, Sandu Florea, Tomeu Morey
‘Justice League: Rebirth’ #3 cover by Tony Salvador Daniel, Sandu Florea, Tomeu Morey
  • Written by Bryan Hitch
  • Pencils by Tony Salvador Daniel
  • Inks by Sandu Florea
  • Colored by Tomeu Morey
  • Cover by Tony Salvador Daniel, Sandu Florea, Tomeu Morey

“The Extinction Machine” part three! The hive-mind entities known as the Awakened take their vendetta against the Justice League to the next level by changing ordinary people into grotesque monsters bent on hunting down super-humans all over the world. Meanwhile, Superman journeys to the center of the earth to stop the catastrophic quakes that are taking lives all over the world.

Pickup your copy of ‘Justice League: Rebirth’ #3 at Comixology now!

There are a lot of eyes on ‘Justice League: Rebirth’ right now. Not only because it’s the flagship DC Comics series also because of the impending film due in cinemas next year. Casual fans of heroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are curious how the team up works ahead of seeing them on the big screen.

Fans intrigued by films like ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ but unfamiliar with comics are using ‘Justice League: Rebirth’ as a way to familiarise themselves with characters like Cyborg and Aquaman.

This series has to be genuine, workable ensemble and right now it’s a little dysfunctional. Coming off the back of New 52 the Justice League finds themselves without a Superman. Familiar you say? Sounds like the films I say. We’re in a transitional period as not one but two Green Lanterns are also joining the team.

For a new reader coming in to ‘Justice League: Rebirth’ things are a little confusing.

‘The Extinction Machine’ storyline has been interesting. It’s acted as a soft reboot to the series but hasn’t spent much time with its characters.  This series has been all about the action. Huge set pieces have filled the pages of all three issues putting the Justice League team at breaking point from the start.

Reading between the lines writer Bryan Hitch is working really hard to make sure that this team needs a Superman. That storyline comes to fruition in this issue but let’s take a step back for a moment.

Many fans disliked the New 52 era Superman. From his uniform to his relationship with Wonder Woman fans took issue with many aspects of his character. DC Comics gave him a new supernova power, fans didn’t like that either so DC killed him off.

If there was any takeaway from the ‘Convergence’ storyline it was that DC Comics wanted to right some of the wrongs done with characters during New 52 and bring back their much loved previous incarnations. The problem that brings is we now have much loved characters surrounded by people who don’t know them.

So here we find ourselves with the classic Superman. Now headlining the ‘Superman’ series he is going through his own plight as he decides how to integrate with this post-New 52 world. Only he can’t be entirely the classic Superman because he doesn’t have the classic Batman and team to surround him.

Nevertheless the team need him and it’s up to Batman to bring him in.

Hitch is doing a fine job of carrying the action, what he needs to inject now is much more heart to his stories. It is nice to see a little interaction between Batman and Superman in this issue. It’s also great to see the remaining team members functioning together. However there’s no real interplay. There are some brief moments with the Kent family together which are hopefully a sign of things to come in this series.

Visually ‘Justice League: Rebirth’ does exactly what it needs to. It conveys a huge amount of action in a small number of pages. Moments like Wonder Woman striking one of the Awakened with a lightning bolt are hugely cinematic. Fight scenes feature his cityscape backdrops and characters are almost god like when they swing in to action.

It’s difficult to convey the scale of a story like this through distinctive and abstract artwork but my words are by no means a criticism. ‘Justice League: Rebirth’ is yet to flex its artistic muscles in low key character moments but it certainly succeeds in carry out its action scenes.

Verdict

‘Justice League: Rebirt’ #3 is a solid action story which balances a large number of A-list DC Comics characters. What it lacks in heart it makes up for in spectacle.

3 stars

 

 

3 stars

'Batman: Rebirth' #5 art by David Finch, Matt Banning, Sandra Hope & Jordie Bellaire

Batman: Rebirth #5 review

'Batman: Rebirth' #5 cover by Matt Banning, Jordie Bellaire, David Finch & Danny Miki
‘Batman: Rebirth’ #5 cover by Matt Banning, Jordie Bellaire, David Finch & Danny Miki
  • Written by Tom King
  • Pencils by David Finch
  • Inks by Matt Banning & Sandra Hope
  • Colours by Jordie Bellaire
  • Cover by Matt Banning, Jordie Bellaire, David Finch & Danny Miki

“I Am Gotham” part five. In the final chapter of this epic, is Batman truly the hero Gotham City deserves-or does it deserve better? In this ultimate showdown, where the line between allies and enemies blurs, the question will finally be answered…and the fate of Gotham will be decided.

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‘I Am Gotham’ has been an interesting reset for the ‘Batman’ series. In recent times the main ‘Batman’ line has heavily featured the full family of Bat-sidekicks., then with it’s New 52 ending run Jim Gordon took over the mantle of the Bat. In ‘Rebirth’ we find ourselves still readjusting to Bruce being behind the cowl. Ironically here we also find Alfred wearing the famous costume for a time, albeit under duress.

Rather than focusing on his own family it’s been a refreshing difference to see Bruce dealing with a new heroic family on the scene. Gotham and Gotham Girl have morally challenged the idea of Batman. Does Gotham need such a dark hero? Does it need a hero without having powers? The answer is of course, yes. But it is still interesting to see him challenged in new ways.

The characters of Gotham and Gotham Girl themselves have not been overly compelling villains. Gotham himself has seemed blindly hellbent on being a hero whilst his sister is only present through sibling affection. Over the course of these five issues it seems more time had been spent on Gotham leading to his downfall, with this issue Gotham Girl gets to take some of that limelight. Perhaps most perplexing is the closing scenes where Gotham Girl narrates from the future. Her future seems, at least for now (in this universe), to be tied with that of Duke.

Morality tales in comics ultimately need action. Writer Tom King is able to bring action to ‘Batman’ without sacrificing character. The Bruce-Alfred dynamic has always been the heart of this series and that was missed during Gordon’s time in the costume. In these first five issues of ‘Rebirth’ we have already had multiple opportunities to see Alfred’s emotional side. With issue 5 we’re able to see just how far Alfred will go to aid Bruce in his mission.

Critically all this has been done without the distraction of multiple sidekicks. We’re yet to understand the full extent of Duke’s new role as trainee hero.

‘Batman: Rebirth’ is currently one of the less visually stunning series on the DC slate. It is easily one of the most visually consistent however. There are a lot of cooks in the kitchen on this issue between penciller Finch, inkers Banning and Hope plus colourist Bellaire.

The colour palette is full of reds and drained hues which are in stark contrast to previous versions of ‘Batman’. Much of this series also seems to take place during the day. Whether these were conscious choices to step away from tradition or not they work. This looks like a new ‘Batman’ and reads like a new one to boot.

I’ve always been a fan of Finch’s pencils. The level of detail that he brings is always exciting. The way he draws Alfred in the Batsuit, extenuating how it fails to fit, is just one example of the care and attention he puts in to his art.

Verdict

‘Batman: Rebirth’ #5 further takes the story in new directions. There’s a strong mix of action and character with equally strong artwork. It’s unlike a to win any new fans but for current readers it continues what is shaping up to be a great run of issues.

3 stars

 

 

3 stars

Suicide Squad Box Office Update (UPDATED)

Poster artwork for 'Suicide squad'
Poster artwork for ‘Suicide squad’

30th AUG UPDATE: Following stiff competition from Screen Gem’s ‘Don’t Breath’ ‘Suicide Squad’ has fallen in to second place at the US box office.

The film took a further $12.1M but fell short of the $26.4M made by ‘Don’t Breathe’. Ending it’s fourth weekend the total domestic box office for ‘Suicide Squad’ is now $283M.

Internationally the film had another great weekend taking $19.6M to take it’s international total to $353.7M.

Globally ‘Suicide Squad’ is now sitting at $636.7M. Box office analysts are predicting the film will leave theatres around the $703M mark which is only $100M shy of the total raised by ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’.

22nd AUG UPDATE: ‘Suicide Squad’ is now spending its third week atop the US box office chart.

The film took a further $20.7M in America to push it’s box office total to $262.2M.

Internationally the film fell in to second place as Universal’s ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ continued its roll out and returned to the top of the chart. ‘Suicide Squad’ fell to second place taking a further $38M.

It’s international gross now sits at $310.4M. It’s worldwide gross is $572.7M meaning it should cross the $600M mark this week.

Opening in Germany the film took an impressive $6.8M, 13% higher than the opening of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.

With a total gross of $36.1M the UK still leads offshore markets, followed by Brazil, Mexico ($23.6M), Russia ($22.6M), Australia ($21.1M), France ($15.1M), Korea ($14.2M), Spain ($9.7M), Taiwan ($8.4M) and Italy ($7.4M).

The film is still to open in Japan on September 10th.

17th AUG UPDATE: the continuing saga of ‘Suicide Squad’ at the box office has been quiet. The film very quietly held the top spot in the US on Monday ($5.0M) and Tuesday ($6.2M). Yesterday it earned $4.1M. Both days the film topped the weekday grosses of ‘Batman v Superman’ and ‘Captain America: Civil War’. It has now slipped behind the weekday grosses of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ but maintains an overall lead of over $45M on that films gross.

It’s US gross is now reported at $238M. Internationally the film is still playing strongly and on it’s 13th day of release has crossed $509M globally! It’s international gross is currently $271M.

14th AUG UPDATE:  globally ‘Suicide Squad’ continues to play on 15,600 screens across 62 territories. Over the weekend the film saw a 56% decline in gross, marginally better than the 66% decrease of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’.

Over the weekend grossed another $58.7M in international markets. It’s international gross now sits at $242.5M.

The film remains number one at the UK box office having taken a further $5.5M. It’s total UK gross is now $29M. It also remains number one is Australia where a $4.4M weekend has taken it’s total gross to $17.5M.

Strong performances continue in Brazil ($22.9M), Mexico ($19.5M) and Russia where it has fully outgrossed ‘Batman v Superman’ with a total $20M.

This weekend saw ‘Suicide Squad’ open in Argentina where it too $2.5M. This topped ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Deadpool’. In Italy it’s opening day was 318% over ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and 23% over ‘Batman v Superman’. It’s weekend gross there was $2.2M.

The film is yet to open in Germany and Japan.

Domestically the film saw a 65% decline in ticket sales for a $43.7M second weekend. The decline is lower than that ‘Batman v Superman’ but still high for a comic book movie. On the flip side $43.7M is a new record for a second weekend in August,

Globally the film has now made $465.4M.

13th AUG UPDATE: more international numbers have been released which show that the film continues to play strong in the international market.

Pulling in $11.7M on Wednesday and $11.4M on Thursday the film is now sitting at around $188.1M internationally and will easily cros $200M this weekend.

Globally the film is sitting at £370.6M and will cross $400M by Monday.

12th AUG UPDATE: Wednesday numbers for the US box office have been released. The film made a further $9.8M on Wednesday, beating the Wednesday records of ‘Batman v Superman’, ‘Civil War’, ‘Deadpool’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.

Weekend estimates expect the film to make a further $51-$54M this weekend. That would be an approximate 60-61% drop from it’s opening weekend.

11th AUG UPDATE: Some more international numbers were released overnight showing that the film made $15.7M on Monday and $15.3M  on Tuesday. This takes the international gross to around $165M. Worldwide the film is now sitting at a gross of $326.1M!

10th AUG UPDATE: ‘Suicide Squad’ is off to an awesome start at the US box office this week having broken the record for the highest grossing Monday and Tuesday in August.

On Monday the film took a reported $13.1M before rising a further 9% for a gross of $14.2M on Tuesday.

The best news? That $14.2M Tuesday is higher than the best Tuesday gross for ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ ($12.7M), ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ ($13.1M) and ‘Captain America: Civil War’ ($13.76M).

The films US gross is now sitting at $161M.

08th AUG UPDATE: the weekend actuals have been released with ‘Suicide Squad’ adjusting it’s US box office takings down to $133.6M. That drops the film to the fourth biggest opening of the year but still breaks the record for an August opening weekend.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Warner Bros. have several reasons to celebrate today as ‘Suicide Squad’ made a massive dent in the weekend box office.

Starting with America the film took an estimated $135.1M. Going in to the weekend the studio estimated $125-$130M so expectations have been exceeded. The film expectedly fell short of the $166M opening weekend of previous DCEU entry ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’.

$135M takes the record for the biggest August opening weekend. Beating the previous record of $94.3M set by ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. Combined Thursday previews and Firday gross also get a record for the highest grossing day in August with $65.3M. The film saw a drop of 41% in ticket sales from Friday (incl. previews) to Saturday in line with ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. $11M of the takings were from IMAX screenings.

Internationally ‘Suicide Squad’  opened on 17,670 across the globe, the all-time record for biggest August opening overseas. The international gross ended the weekend on $132M taking the global tally to $267.1M.

Here are some of the key highlights from international markets:

  • The film took $13.9M in the UK topping the opening weekends of both ‘Deadpool’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.
  • DC Comics had it’s best ever opening in Spain with $3.5M topping ‘Batman v Superman’.
  • In Russia the film opened to $11.3M topping predecessor ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ as well as Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and even topping ‘Captain America: Civil War’.
  • Korea opened with $10.4M on par with ‘Batman v Superman’.
  • Australia brought $10.6M for the highest August opening ever once again topping both ‘Batman v Superman’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.
  • Also opening on $10.4M was Mexico. Despite one major distributor withdrawing the film from cinemas it was the top August opening weekend ever and the 2nd best ever for WB.
  • France debuted to $7.6M once again topping ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.

You can read our review of the film here and catch all our ‘Suicide Squad’ coverage including a gallery of photos from the European premiere here!

[source: Deadline, Box Office Mojo]

Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers in 'Supergirl'

First poster for Supergirl season 2 debuts!

Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers in 'Supergirl'
Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers in ‘Supergirl’

It’s that time of year again. That time when we start eagerly anticipating our favourite TV shows returning. Read to whet our appetites are The CW who have today unveiled the first poster for season 2 of ‘Supergirl’.

Starring Melissa Benoist the show has famously become the first in year to move networks between seasons. Production on ‘Supergirl’ has also moved from California to Vancouver joining sister shows ‘The Flash’, ‘Arrow’ and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’.

The second season is adding recurring roles for Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor sister of Lex, the original Wonder Woman herself Lynda Carter as the President of the United States, and Tyler Hoechlin as Superman.

The previously released synopsis for season 2 reads:

In Season One, ‘Supergirl’ soared fighting crime and battling various villains, chief among them two Khryptonians who were intent on destroying earth, but she has yet to find that same empowerment as Kara Danvers. Now, in Season Two, Kara has left the safety of being Cat Grant’s assistant in order to figure out what she really wants to do, while as Supergirl she continues to work at the DEO., protecting the citizens of National City and searching for Jeremiah and Cadmus. Along the way, she will team up with Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) to battle new villains, as she strives to balance her personal life with her life as a superhero.

The series also stars Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, Jeremy Jordan as Winslow “Winn” Schott, Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw. Recurring stars include Peter Facinelli as Maxwell Lord, with Dean Cain and Helen Slater.

‘Supergirl’ returns Monday, October 10th at 8/7c on The CW.

[source: The CW]

Deathstroke in the DCEU

Deathstroke to be the villain in The Batman?

Ben Affleck as Batman in 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'

It looks like Ben Affleck has just gone and broken the internet! Earlier today the star cryptically tweeted a short video containing what appears to be test footage featuring the famous DC Comics villain Deathstroke.

A short while after Affleck tweeted the video went viral with 49.3k tweets and counting. The Wrap posted an article with more information. Their article quotes an insider as stating that Deathstroke is the planned villain for the solo Batman movie. The film, to be written, directed and starring Ben Affleck is currently without a release schedule. It is expected to take one of the two empty slots in the current DCEU slate.

The video does appear to show Deathstroke on the set of Batman’s new travelling base of operations from ‘Justice League’. However there’s nothing to stop Affleck doing test footage for his film whilst working on ‘Justice League’. Either way this has us really excited to see what he’s cooking up!

Deathstroke was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. He is a mercenary and assassin who first appeared in ‘The New Teen Titans’ #2 back in 1980. He has also played roles in most of Rocksteady’s ‘Arkham’ computer game series. The character also played a major role in the animated series ‘Teen Titans’.

TV fans know the character best from his appearances in The CW’s ‘Arrow’ where he was played by Manu Bennett. Deahstroke plagued the titular hero during the shows second season before making a short guest appearance in season 3.

When asked during a recent AMA show runner Marc Guggenheim was asked about the characters potential return to the series. His response?

“The character of Slade Wilson is currently tied up in another DC project.”

No official word yet on who is wearing the costume in the video but we’ll bring you the news when we have it! Checkout the video in the player below!

What do you think? Would you be excited to see Batman standoff against Deathstroke?

[source: The Wrap]

'The Flash: Rebirth' #4 artwork by Neil Googe & Ivan Placencia

The Flash: Rebirth #4 Review

'The Flash: Rebirth' #4 cover art by Carmine Di Giandomenico & Karl Kirsch
‘The Flash: Rebirth’ #4 cover art by Carmine Di Giandomenico & Karl Kirsch
  • Written by Joshua Williamson
  • Pencils & Inks by Neil Googe
  • Coloured by Ivan
  • Cover by Carmine Di Giandomenico & Karl Kirsch

“Lightning Strikes Twice” part four! The leader of the science-terrorist group Black Hole has weaponized the Speed Force, leading to a final confrontation with The Flash and his new league of citizen speedsters.

Pickup your copy of ‘The Flash: Rebirth’ #4 at Comixology now!

Whilst other titles in the ‘Rebirth’ brand are continuing to languish on setup ‘The Flash’ is pushing its story forward with each issue. Four issues in to the new series and we have been introduced to new villain, Godspeed, added a new sidekick in August, endured a Speed Force storm and put Barry in the role to teacher to a whole host of new Speeders.

I’ve spoken before about Williamson and the ‘Rebirth’ team looking to rebalance The Flash character with Barry Allen. The two are becoming much more synonymous in this series. As Barry continues to relish his role as teacher to the new Speedsters, The Flash continues to deal with the fallout from Godspeed. Alter-egos have been easily forgotten in this series. Williamson is trying hard to correct the problems of issues past and it’s, so far, working well.

Interestingly Williamson is in many ways making the villains of ‘The Flash: Rebirth’ secondary to its heroes. We know that Godspeed will come to the fore sometime in the near future but for now the series is very much a villain-of-the-week format. The Black Hole group has been ever present but again their group has presented a new foe for Flash with each issue. The villains are also used as a metaphor for some of the life lessons in the series. With issue 4 the new Speedsters are learning to work together. It’s presented well without becoming clichéd.

It’s really great to see so much time being spent on developing its characters rather than focussing on its villains. Barry has taken a back seat for far too long. The romantic subplot between Barry and Doctor Dhawan is also a nice change from the usual Barry/Iris or Barry/Patty storylines that have been prominent in recent years. Writer Josh Williamson is allowing Barry to spread his wings rather than keeping him running in circles and the series feels incredibly fresh for it.

Future conflict is possibly being setup in the nature of how the Speed Force has affected the new Speedsters. It’s not been fully explored yet but Williamson has laid the ground work for some potentially exciting future storylines. Hopefully they take the time to develop the Speedster characters before heading down that path however.

Where ‘Batman: Rebirth’ is running at break-neck speed with the storyline of Gotham and Gotham Girl, ‘The Flash: Rebirth’ is slowly building towards its inevitable villain show down. The Speedsters are slowly increasing in number with each issue yet we’re still to learn much about any of their backstories. They are being carefully and strategically kept back for when the story requires them and it feels incredibly exciting to read.

The art of the book remains outstanding. Googe’s pencils and inks mixed with Placencia’s colours are fantastic. ‘The Flash: Rebirth’ is one of the best looking books in the current DC Comics slate. It’s sharps lines and angular models are still very new to the world of ‘The Flash’. Mixed with the deeply inky backgrounds and the sharp colours of the costumes and you’ve got a winning combination. Barry’s costume never fails to stand out but doesn’t dominate the book.

Verdict

‘The Flash: Rebirth’ #4 is excellent. From its artwork to its story the issue is a success in every way. Mixing great story with stunning artwork there are no criticisms here. If you enjoy strong characters built around an equally strong narrative then this series is for you. There’s little room for disappointment and huge potentially for fun!

4 stars

 

 

4 stars

Captain America: Civil War Avengers

What could Marvel’s future look like post-Infinity War?

Captain America: Civil War Avengers

As one Thor closes, another must open. With the release of ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ rapidly approaching, there’s more discussion than ever as to the direction the MCU will move in the future.

Regarded as a turning point for cinematic colossus that is the MCU, ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ will bid farewell to some of the biggest and best characters we have come to know and love.

Since ‘The Incredible Hulk,’ was released in 2008, Marvel have slickly interwoven and steered their biggest heroes’ movies towards each other, culminating in the long-awaited and explosive mega movie that was ‘The Avengers’ in 2012.

Followed by ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ which grossed over $1 billion worldwide, it seemed like Marvel’s magic formula would continue to yield smash hits and cinematic firsts for years to come.

Alas, all good things must come to an end. ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ could bid farewell to fan favourites such as Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. Widely understood yet unconfirmed, it would seem that many of the largest stars’ contracts conclude after the movie set to be released in 2018.

Robert Downey Junior, Marvel’s golden boy, is guaranteed to star in ‘Infinity War’ and the highly anticipated ‘Spider Man: Homecoming.’ Other that, there are no more confirmed films for the superstar.

Chris Evans, one of the most consistent characters in the MCU, seems to have only one movie left on his roster. ‘Infinity War’ could see the last of the First Avenger in a major role, however co-director Joe Russo has stated that Steve Rogers will NOT return as Captain America, but will still be instrumental in taking down ‘the big Purple guy’ [Thanos]

Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo – notably absent from ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ – are set to star in Thor: Ragnarok, alongside Tom Hiddlestone. Ruffalo has signed a 6-movie deal with Marvel – of which he has only fulfilled 2 – So we can expect plenty of the Gamma grunt in the future. Hemsworth, for now at least, looks to be making his final incarnation as Thor in ‘Infinity War.’

Both Jeremy Renner and Scarlet Johansson seem to have made their penultimate appearances for The Avengers in ‘Civil War,’ with neither confirmed for any movies past ‘Infinity War,’ despite calls for a potential ‘Black Widow’ solo flick.

What next for Marvel?

With the meat of the main cast seemingly departing after ‘Infinity War,’ there has been plenty of speculation as to the direction the MCU will take following on.

One hugely popular character we can count on seeing is Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther. Debuting in ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ Boseman has signed a minimum 5 movie contract with Marvel, including a solo outing as the king of Wakanda.

Other lead characters will see the return of Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Paul Rudd as Ant Man and Anthony Mackie as Falcon. The cast of ‘Civil War’ will be leading the fight in ‘Infinity War,’ with the original ‘Avengers’ cast supporting.

Exciting new potential characters set to fill the void include Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) The Collector (Benedicio del Toro) and Evangeline Lilly as Ant Man’s ‘The Wasp.’ Brie Larson is also cited to debut as a female Captain Marvel, paving the way for the possibility of Marvel’s first female-fronted film.

Debuting in ‘Civil War,’ Tom Holland’s ‘Spiderman’ web-slung onto our screens as a young, inexperienced, yet enthusiastic hero. Setting a solid precedent as a combatant, with plenty of wit to boot, ‘Spider Man: Homecoming’ has the chance to open up an avenue for the third major reboot of Spider Man, following on from Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. Confirmed as one of Robert Downey Jr’s last major appearances as Iron Man, the movie is set to be released in July, 2017.

With nearly 2 years to wait until the next major MCU blockbuster, there’s still an opportunity for even more new characters to appear. One thing that the new kids on the block in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ made clear is that that the ‘Avengers’ super-franchise and more importantly, the MCU, is far from done with us.

[source:denofgeek.com]

The rogues gallery of 'Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders'

Full Return of the Caped Crusaders trailer released!

Box art for 'Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders'
Box art for ‘Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders’

Rejoice Bat-fans! Our friends over at IGN have unveiled the first full trailer for ‘Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders’.

A short teaser trailer (see it here) was released over the weekend but now we have our first full look at the film.

Bringing back the talents of Adam West, Burst Ward and Julie Newmar the film promises a return to Batman’s 1960s TV roots. The trailer doesn’t give too much away about the story but does feature our first looks at Joker, Catwoman, Riddler and Penguin. Plus looks at the Batcave, Batmobile and the other dynamic duo of Commissioner Gordon and Chief O’Hara.

IGN have also brought us the official synopsis for the film:

It’s back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes – Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman. This time, the four Super-Villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City. It’s a truly fantastic adventure that will pit good against evil, good against good, evil against evil … and feature two words that exponentially raise the stakes for both sides: Replicator Ray. Holy Multiplication Tables!

‘Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders’ will be available in the US for streaming from October 11th followed by Blu-Ray and DVD releases on November 1st.

Amazon.co.uk have a provisional European release date of December 31st. At present only DVD pre-orders are being taken.

Checkout the trailer in the player below and let us know in the comments whether you’re excited for the return of the Caped Crusaders!

[source: IGN]

Harley Quinn in 'Injustice 2'

‘Injustice 2’ unveils Harley Quinn & Deadshot!

Harley Quinn in 'Injustice 2'
Harley Quinn in ‘Injustice 2’

Rejoice, ‘Injustice’ fans! A new dawn rises.

Following on from the unprecedented success of NetherRealm Studios’ and Warner Brothers’ blockbuster platform fighter, a new hero emerges. ‘Injustice 2’ is set to be a bigger, better, more immersive and in-depth beat ‘em up than its predecessor.

Continuing on from the 2013 smash-hit ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’; ‘Injustice 2’ offers new characters, new moves and new perils to face as NetherRealm and WB pit the best (and worst) of the DC universe against each other, with explosive results.

Features from the last game include buffs – game strategies specifically designed for the play style of each hero – destructible environments, dynamic stage transitions and epic character clashes.

Continuing the plot of ‘Injustice Gods Among Us’, alternate universe Batman and his Insurgents are fighting to restore balance and normality after Superman’s brutal regime. This time however, a new – as yet unspecified – threat emerges.

Regarding available players, gamers can expect favourites such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Supergirl to make a return, with the exciting addition of Atrocitus and Gorilla Grodd – nemesis of the Flash.

But there’s been an even bigger change. The folks at NetherRealm Studios recently released a cracker of an update in the form of two ‘Suicide Squad’ heroes (or villains?). The most recent trailer, Harley Quinn and Deadshot square off, and are confirmed as playable characters – with plenty of attitude and wardrobe changes. The diversity of outfits shown in the trailer alone hint at more opportunities for player customisation than the previous game.

In the video, Harley Quinn enters flanked by two baying bloodhounds, sporting colourful hair somewhat reminiscent of the Joker’s garish attire. There’s a recognisable sadism in the way she lays her damage out; from the senseless baseball bat beatings on such DC giants as Batman and Wonder Woman, to the casual toss of dynamite before ordering her hellhounds to feast on a member of the Red Lantern Corps and finishing with a brutal ground and pound.

Deadshot enters cool and collected; combining knife and gun as one before squaring up to Harley. We’re then treated to a taste of his killer level three combo, as he takes a knife to Batman’s upper body multiple times before catching the rifle he tossed in the air earlier and firing a round directly into the Dark Knight’s cowl.

Clearly the biggest news of the game so far; the addition of ‘Suicide Squad’ characters neatly fits in with the updates of the wildly popular iOS ‘Injustice Gods Among Us’ app, with many wondering what other playable characters will be introduced.

With the game releasing in the next year, there’s still plenty of time for the character roster to be boosted, and here’s hoping they include as many fan favourites as possible. ‘Injustice 2’ will be released in 2017 for PS4, Xbox 360, iOS and Android.

Checkout the ‘Harley and Deadshot’ trailer in the player below!

[source: nether realm studios]