Deadpool screenplay nominated for Writers’ Guild Award

Deadpool screenplay nominated for Writers’ Guild Award

Having proven itself a smash hit with fans and critics upon its release in February 2016, Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds and the franchise have not been forgotten even nearly a year on.

With a sequel already in the works – with a tentative release date in 2018 – and even whispers of a Wolverine/Deadpool crossover, public interest is still very much alive.

The latest headline from the morbid mercenary though, is a nomination from the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, written by Rhette Reese and Paul Wernick.

Deadpool was no stranger to awards in 2016 following its release, being nominated for 33 in total including MTV Movie and Critics’ Choice Awards. Ryan Reynolds bagged a Best Actor in a Comedy award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, as well as 2 MTV Movie Awards in Best Comedic Performance and Best Fight (and a Teen Choice Award for ‘Best Hissy Fit’)

Having been one of the most critically acclaimed R-rated movies of all time, (claiming the title of Highest Grossing R-rated Movie of all time) Deadpool may have its eyes set on a bigger prize.

Ryan Reynolds tweeted a hilarious letter subtly aimed at the coveted Oscar nominations, opening by saying “Apologies in advance for this simple letter. I was informed by 20th Century Fox that I’m not allowed to present you with freshly pitted greek olives, locally purchased deli meats and low-grade Canadian elk jerky.’’

With the 89th Oscars taking place on February 26, 2017, the multi award-winning Marvel blockbuster may achieve another world first; to be the first superhero movie to score the Academy Award.

The CW renews several DCTV shows

DCTV's heroes star in 'Invasion'
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow –“Invasion!”

Great news for DCTV fans! Over the weekend The CW announced that it was renewing several of its returning shows of 2016.

In addition to network staple ‘Supernatural’ which will return for a thirteenth season later this year the also handed out early renewals for ‘Crazy Ex Girlfriend’ and ‘Jane the Virgin’.

For DCTV fans there was also some great news. ‘Arrow’ will live beyond it’s planned five seasons by officially moving forward with a sixth season. Star Stephen Amell took to Facebook to thank fans for the news:

“We are so lucky. Six seasons… Six!! I’d like to thank WB, the CW, our unmatched Crew, the cast, the producers and most of all, the fans. We are still here because of you. We have a chance to get to 200 episodes, because of you. I have the job of my dreams, because of you. Thank you. A thousand times… thank you.”

Network freshman ‘Supergirl’ will also be returning for a third season, its second on The CW. ‘The Flash’ will charge forward with its own fourth season and ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ will enter its third season.

Missing from the announcement was ‘iZombie’. Soon to premiere its third season the shows fate remains in limbo for the time being.

Which show are you looking forward to seeing continue most? Let us know!

'Justice Legue vs Suicide Squad' #1 art by Jason Fabok

‘Justice League vs Suicide Squad’ #1 review

'Justice League vs Suicide Squad' #1 cover by Jason Fabok
‘Justice League vs Suicide Squad’ #1 cover by Jason Fabok
  • Written by Joshua Williamson
  • Art by Jason Fabok

The first major event storyline of DC’s Rebirth era begins with a day Amanda Waller always knew would come: the Justice League discovers the existence of the Suicide Squad! This government-sponsored black-ops team of super-villains with bombs implanted in their brains is obviously a deal-breaker for Earth’s paragons of truth and justice! But you can bet that the Wall and her Task Force X won’t go down without the fight to end all fights as this weekly series gets underway!

Pickup your copy of ‘Justice League vs Suicide Squad’ #1 at Comixology now!

As the synopsis suggests now is the time for the first big event of DC Comic’s Rebirth. Although pardon me for thinking that Rebirth itself was a fairly large event.

I’m quite surprised there isn’t a long history of these two groups facing off against each other.

What I found most intriguing about this issue was it’s slow burn. I had honestly expected the action to kick off right from page one given that both the ‘Justice League’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ series forgo much of their character development to make way for action.

I have to claim ignorance to the fact that most of the League members were unaware of the Squad. More fool me for thinking that because they exist in the same universe they all know about each other.

Joshua Williamson has a lot on his shoulders right now. Coming out of the New 52 era fans are looking at DC Comics to make Rebirth a success. If this issue is any indication of how the rest of the event will go then we are off to a good start.

There’s a fair amount of tension as Batman explains the existence of the Squad to the rest of his League comrades. Equally the Suicide Squad mission that’s taking place through much of the story is one of their more tense. You can sense the chess pieces being manipulated towards conflict.

The third team of even worse villains being led by Maxwell Lord are the anomaly at this stage. What is abundantly clear is that this story is well planned out. My only hope is that there are genuine consequences across the DC Universe as a result of ‘Justice League vs Suicide Squad’.

The artwork, by Jason Fabok, is great. I’ve spoken in the past about how team up books like ‘Justice League’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ don’t necessarily need mind blowing artwork when they are trying to convey large action sequences.

Fabok handles this kind of larger scale story really well. Ensemble casts and their accompanying fight sequences seem to play to his strengths. With that this issue looks good. There’s a lot going on from start to finish with a cast of over twenty characters!

Verdict

‘Justice League vs Suicide Squad’ #1 is An engaging, solid start to the event story. It’s got a huge cast of characters but its creative team can more than handle the challenge ahead of them.

4 stars

'Star Wars: Rogue One'ac

‘Rogue One’ box office thread (UPDATED)

'Star Wars: Rogue One'ac
‘Star Wars: Rogue One’

9th JAN: Another great weekend at the box office has seen ‘Rogue One’ pull in another $21.97M in the US. Holding on to the top spot by only $200,000 that makes a fourth straight week leading the pack.

Its US domestic total is currently sitting at $447.2M.

Internationally the film has now grossed $437.1M for a global total of $914.3M. The film is now expected to cross $1B this week!

29th DEC: ‘Rogue One’ continues to dominate both the domestic and international markets. Having topped $600M the film is now closing in on $650M ahead of its third weekend. Most likely the film will cross $700M by Monday 2nd Jan.

The film is currently sitting at $342.4M at the domestic box office. With little competition due in the next couple of weeks it will easily hold on to the top spot.

The remaining $273.5M comes from international markets where it continues to dominate. Currently ‘Rogue One’ is the 11th highest grossing film of the year globally and the 10th highest grossing internationally.

Globally the box office is currently $615.9M.

ORIGINAL STORY: It’s that time again. Time for another box office celebratory thread. This time we’re taking a closer look at ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ which was released last week.

We will be using this thread to keep a close eye on the films numbers both at home and abroad.

The numbers are in and Disney will be celebrating today as ‘Rogue One’ bowed with approximately $155M in the US based on a $71M Thursday preview/Friday; a $46.25M Saturday and $37.75M Sunday. Final numbers are due overnight tonight.

$155M takes the record for the second highest December opening in the US. The highest December opening weekend of all-time? ‘The Force Awakens’. In other words ‘Rogue One’ is in good company with its nearby cousin.

Internationally ‘Rogue One’ scored the fourth highest December opening weekend of all time. Sitting ahead of the Disney/Lucasfilm release are:

  1. ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ ($281M)
  2. ‘Avatar’ ($164.5M)
  3. ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ ($138M)

The film took a final tally of $134.9M for a global haul of approximately $290.5M. Not bad for an opening weekend. ‘Rogue One’ was never expected to open with the numbers of ‘The Force Awakens’ but it will be interesting to see how where the film ends up when all is said and done.

Here are some key factoids:

  • No. 1 in all markets where it opened
  • UK – topped the box office with $21.6M
  • $12.35M in Germany
  • $9.9M in France
  • $7.8M in Japan
  • Russia $5.6M
  • Brazil $5.2M
  • Mexico $5.1M
  • Spain $4.7M
  • Sweden $3.5M

[source: Box Office Mojo]

New ‘Justice League’ image released

'Justice League' (2017)
‘Justice League’ (2017)

Several hours ago a new, grainy image from ‘Justice League’ surfaced online. Pertaining to be from USA Today the image gave us a blurry look at Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa exiting the Flying Fox.

Well now USA Today have released the full HD image online. As part of their ‘must-see films of 2017’ article they say:

With Superman (Henry Cavill) having laid down his life for Earth, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) recruit a superteam to take on a new threat to civilization in Justice League. “It was all about the filling-out of this massive comic-book pantheon with the biggest and coolest heroes we could,” director Zack Snyder says of his group, which includes seafaring warrior Aquaman (Jason Momoa), speedy Flash (Ezra Miller) and high-tech Cyborg (Ray Fisher). Fans are getting a big character arc for Wonder Woman in 2017, beginning with her solo movie set during World War I. In it, she finds “humanity isn’t always the most kind and awesome thing,” says Snyder, also a producer on Wonder Woman. “It has its moments, but it can be brutal, and her coming to terms with that dichotomy is what we come to learn about her. And in Justice League, she’s fully evolved into someone who’s embraced mankind, partly through Superman’s sacrifice. She’s like, ‘All right, I’ve got to pick it up.’ ”

Hit the image above to see the full size version.

Justice League’ stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman and Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. Joining them are Jason Mamoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, and Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash.

'Green Arrow' #13 art by Otto Schmidt

‘Green Arrow’ #13 review

'Green Arrow' #13 cover by W Scott Forbes
‘Green Arrow’ #13 cover by W Scott Forbes
  • Written by Benjamin Percy
  • Art by Otto Schmidt
  • Cover by W. Scott Forbes

“EMERALD OUTLAW” part two! Snow falls on Seattle as its mayoral race heats up with a rash of murders that implicate a deadly archer. As a city wonders what’s become of its Emerald Archer, Green Arrow and Black Canary race to rule out their prime suspect: Emiko Queen.

Pickup your copy of ‘Green Arrow’ #13 at Comixology now!

After straying off in to the weird and wonderful for its previous arc ‘Green Arrow’ is back to what it does best: complex character mystery. The all out action of ‘Murder on the Empire Express’ was a good narrative breather but ‘Green Arrow’ is much more enjoyable when it puts its lead character in the crosshairs and gives us a good old fashioned whodunnit.

Whether its purposeful or not ‘Green Arrow’ comics are now being mirrored in the ‘Arrow’ universe on TV. Take Prometheus (presumably) out of the equation and both incarnations of the character are fighting against an enemy who wants to frame the Emerald Archer for crimes he hasn’t committed.

Sadly the TV series (for the time being) is lacking in Black Canary action where the comics is brimming with it. The pairing of Dinah and Ollie is what really makes this book stand out. I feel like I’ve said this in every ‘Green Arrow’ review recently but it’s great to have the two back together.

Benjamin Percy is an incredibly strong character writer, his action sequences are good but I find that when he focusses on them the series begins to struggle. This issue dials back the action and turns up the exposition and feels much more like a typical, modern ‘Green Arrow’ comic.

It’s now a rarity to see Oliver Queen outside of the Green Arrow costume. This Rebirth run has already stripped him of so many of the aspects of his life outside of his vigilantism that it’s in danger of losing the character altogether.

Otto Schmidt is back behind the pencils however so I am a happy boy. Not that ‘Murder on the Empire Express’ didn’t look good in its own way. I just feel that ‘Green Arrow’ looks its best with Schmidt in control.

This issue is the series looking its level best again. Characters are edgy, locations are intriguing no the fine detail just makes these stories so easily reread able because there’s so much to see. Even if this was the single worst story ever written in comics if it was drawn by Otto Schmidt it would still be readable.

Verdict

‘Green Arrow’ #13 is a step in the right direction after an arc which forgot a little of what makes the character great.

3 stars

'Batman-TMNT' #2 art by Jon Sommariva

‘Batman-TMNT Adventures’ #2 review

'Batman-TMNT' #2 cover by Jon Sommariva
‘Batman-TMNT’ #2 cover by Jon Sommariva
  • Written by Matthew K. Manning
  • Art by Jon Sommariva
  • Inks by Sean Parsons & Serge Lapointe
  • Colours by Leonardo Ito
  • Cover by Jon Sommariva

The Joker and Harley Quinn escape Arkham Asylum and make their way to the TMNT’s NYC where they meet none other than the Shredder! Meanwhile, will Batman, Robin, and Batgirl be able to form a truce with the Turtles?

Pickup your copy of ‘Batman-TMNT’ #2 at Comixology now!

After a really solid start (reviewed here) ‘Batman-TMNT’ #2 gets a little ahead of itself by overstuffing its pages with a huge number of new cast members.

Bringing in Robin; Batgirl, Shredder, Beebop, Rocksteady, April, Snakeweed and finally Poison Ivy there’s only small number of pages which don’t feature an introduction. Surprisingly it still kind of works. ‘Batman-TMNT’ is still very much an animated series, albeit in print form. For that very reason it’s able to handle such a huge cast in such a small space.

It’s fairly common place for series like this to become overstuffed whilst writers try to bring in as many moments of characters crossing over as possible.

Adding conflict to the story would have been difficult. Having Batman fending off four Turtles, April and the trio of Joker, Harley and Shredder teased in the first issue would have made this series very biased towards the ‘TMNT’ side of things. This way Batman, Robin and Batgirl are able to stand together against the Turtles until peace is made and we get a great moment of the seeing them all stood together ready to take on Snakeweed and Ivy.

Interestingly this issue marks one quarter of the entire series and we’ve yet to identify a full over-arching plot line. It will be interesting to see how this develops but for now this feels a little like fan service over great storytelling.

That being said I still love this series. Its visuals are a perfect mix of the 90s ‘Batman the Animated Series’ and Nickelodeon’s current ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ series. The two different styles seen to mesh together really well. Artist Jon Sommariva seems to have been the perfect choice to bring these two franchises together.

The only character who seems to suffer slightly in the translation is sadly Joker. His clothes look like ‘BTAS’ and his attitude is there but the face just isn’t quite right.

Verdict

‘Batman-TMNT’ #2 is a hefty issue with a lot of characters to contend with but fans of both the ‘BTAS’ and ‘TMNT’ franchises will get a real kick out of this.

3 stars

 

 

3 stars

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ teaser trailer misfire

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

After viewing the teaser trailer for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars story’ and viewing the movie upon release, some eagle-eyed fans had questions relating to discrepancies between what was promised in the trailer, and what was delivered on the big screen.

In response to this, Director Gareth Edwards addressed some issues with refining shots and scenes, saying, ‘’There was a bit of a process to refining the third act in terms of the specific shots and moments, and so certain things just fell away. But then what happens is marketing love those shots, and go, ‘oh, we’ve got to use that.’ And you say, ‘Well, it’s not in the movie.’ And they say, ‘It’s okay, it’s what marketing does, we just use the best of whatever you’ve done.’ And so there’s lots of little things, but towards the end you go, ‘I know that’s not in the film, but the spirit of it’s in the film.’’

Fans of the movies are notoriously perceptive and one, Vashi Nedomansky, spotted no less than 46 differences between the trailer scenes and the finished product.

‘Rogue One’ editors also weighed in, in an interview with Yahoo! UK, John Gilroy and Colin Goudie explained the thinking behind the re-shoots. “The story was re-conceptualized to some degree, there were scenes that were added at the beginning and fleshed out. We wanted to make more of the other characters, like Cassian [Andor]’s character, and Bodhi [Rook]’s character,” Gilroy explained. “The scene with Cassian’s introduction with the spy, Bodhi traipsing through Jedha on his way to see Saw, these are things that were added. Also Jyn [Erso], how we set her up and her escape from the transporter, that was all done to set up the story better.”

Unfortunately, there is no way to see the film entirely with the ‘missing’ scenes. ‘’There’s no mythical four hour cut, it doesn’t exist.’’ Said Goudie when asked about an extended edition.

Released on December 14, 2016, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ was an overall success, grossing over 700 million USD, and garnering praise from the critics. It is the 8th movie in the ‘Star Wars’ story arc so far, with events taking place between Episode III, ‘Revenge of the Sith’  and Episode IV, ‘A New Hope.’

New posters for ‘LEGO Batman Movie’ released

Warner Bros. have unleashed a fresh batch of dark justice with a new crop of graffiti style posters for the upcoming ‘LEGO Batman Movie’, due for release in February 2017.

The new images include headshots of Batman with a look of steely determination, a fresh-faced Robin, Alfred and Batgirl, as well as classic Batman villains such as Mr. Freeze, Penguin, Joker, Riddler and more. Each poster is vibrant and expressive, suggesting strong characters and personalities in the upcoming movie. Check out the gallery HERE.

The 2017 animated movie focuses on Batman’s struggles as he takes on a plethora of nefarious villains from his past, all the time learning to work with a new partner; the recently adopted Robin.

LEGO Robin poster

There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman (Will Arnett) wants to save the city from the Joker’s hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Cast for the leading roles are Will Arnett (‘The LEGO Movie’) as Batman, Michael Cera (‘Superbad’) as Robin, with Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter) and Zach Galafianakis ‘The Hangover’ as The Joker.

Directed by Chris McKay, with writers including Seth Grahame-Smith and Chris McKenna, The LEGO Batman Movie will be only the second feature length LEGO film to have been produced so far, following on from the successful 2014 box office hit. With a further 2 movies confirmed for release in 2017 and 2019, and ‘The Billion Brick Race’ awaiting a release date.

‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ is scheduled to be released on February 10, 2017

[Source: www.comicbook.com]

Power Rangers

First look – Zordon and Alpha 5 reveal in ‘Power Rangers’ Movie

Power Rangers
First look – Bryan Cranston as Zordon

In the past week fans of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers were treated to the first confirmed reveal of two iconic ‘Power Rangers’ characters; Zordon and Alpha 5.

Unlike most ‘first looks,’ both of these reveals come directly from Virtual Reality footage from the ‘Power Rangers’ movie simulator, which premiered at CES 2017 in Las Vegas.

 

CES 2017 in Las Vegas treated attendees to a VR experience, in which we see the first images of Alpha 5 (portayed by Bill Hader in the upcoming movie) walking and talking with the Power Rangers. With a quirky walk and charming personality, Alpha is looking like the lovable sidekick to the squad we’ve come to know over the years. The video can be seen HERE.

Power Rangers sidekick Alpha 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excited fans also got their first virtual reality glimpse of Bryan Cranston’s Zordon; mentor and commander of the Power Rangers, with a photo of a fan’s VR experience. While not crystal clear, there is no doubt that we are looking at the 4th iteration of Zordon of Eltar, inside the Power Rangers Command Centre. Appearing as a large head on the Command Centre wall and with the trademark blue hue, Zordon is instantly recognisable.

Lionsgate’s Power Rangerswill pit five seemingly ordinary teenagers from Angel Grove, California against the evil Rita Repulsa. Directed by Dean Israelite, the movie has been slated as a reboot and re-imagining of the franchise, Power Rangers is the third movie set in the Power Rangers universe.

Starring Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason, Naomi Scott as Pink Ranger Kimberly, RJ Cyler as Blue Ranger Billy, Becky G as Yellow Ranger Trini and Ludi Lin as Black Ranger Zack, fans of the original 1993 series Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers are hoping for a return to form for the franchise on March 24, 2017.

[Source: powerrangersnow.wordpress.com]