DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection announced

DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection

DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection announced

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment has just made fans of the DC Animated Universe very happy. To celebrate 10 years of success with the direct-to-video animated movies a special 10th anniversary collection has been announced.

Bringing together all 30 films from Superman: Doomsday to this years Batman and Harley Quinn the box set is packed to the rafters with DC Comics highlights. The 30 films set will high digital outlets on August 15, 3017 with a physical release to follow on November 7.

Full package details are yet to be unveiled but Warner Bros. has announced the set will also include the 5 animated short films and a selection of new special features. Also confirmed to be included are the new celebratory editions of 2009’s Wonder Woman and 2008’s Justice League: New Frontier.

“It’s been an amazing journey from the initial concept of bringing comic book pages to screen to the completion of 30 animated films spotlighting the mesmerizing characters and stories of the DC library,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “We are proud to celebrate this first decade of filmmaking with an impressive box set filled with exciting extras beyond these stunning films themselves.”

The full list of films is as follows:

SUPERMAN: DOOMSDAY
JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER
BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT
WONDER WOMAN COMMEMORATIVE EDITION
GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT
SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES
JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS
BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD
SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE
ALL-STAR SUPERMAN
GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS
BATMAN: YEAR ONE
JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM
SUPERMAN VS. THE ELITE
THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 1
THE DARK KNIGHTS RETURNS, PART 2
SUPERMAN: UNBOUND
JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE FLASHPOINT PARADOX
JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR
SON OF BATMAN
BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM
JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS
BATMAN VS. ROBIN
JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS
BATMAN: BAD BLOOD
JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. TEEN TITANS
BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK
TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT
BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN

Whilst the package itself is yet to be unveiled we do have a promotional poster to show off for you!
DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle cast

Sony releases first trailer for ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’

21 years after Robin Williams first go lost in the world of Jumanji Sony Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for the films sequel. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will release later this year and puts a new spin on the franchise. Doing away with the board game seen in the first film the Jumanji game has been upgraded to a console release.

Hit player on the video below to see the first footage from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle!

Starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle also stars Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan. Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff and Morgan Turner also star. The film has been directed by Jake Kasdan while the screenplay was written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle hits cinemas on December 22, 2017.

Marvel's Inhumans

The first trailer for ‘Inhumans’ is here!

After months of anxious waiting the first trailer for Marvel’s Inhumans is here. The ambitious series is co-produced with IMAX and will premiere on cinema screens across the globe before airing on the ABC network in North America.

Fans have been left reeling after clunky cast photos and leaked footage which didn’t live up to expectations. Will this first trailer live up to the hype? Hit player on the the video below to find out…

Created by Scott Buck, Marvel’s Inhumans stars Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Iwan Rheon as Maximus, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Sonya Balmores as Auran, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Ken Leung as Karnak and Mike Moh as Triton. The series will premiere on September 1, 2017.

Marvel's Inhumans

Green Arrow #25 art by Otto Schmidt

‘Green Arrow’ #25 review

Green Arrow #25 is written by Benjamin Percy with art by Otto Schmidt. You can pickup your copy of Green Arrow #25 at Comixology now.

Synopsis

“BROKEN ARROW” part one! Hopelessly divided over Oliver’s role in the rise of Star City, Green Arrow and Black Canary do the unthinkable and break up. While Dinah starts a resistance movement in the former Seattle underground, Ollie’s been driven out of the city he sacrificed everything to protect. And that’s only the beginning! The next major phase of GREEN ARROW begins with in this oversized anniversary issue!

Review

Green Arrow has consistently been a go-to title for me in DC Rebirth. Much like The Flash it has really strong characters and equally strong stories. It also has an incredibly strong aesthetic which sets it apart from other series.

Over the course of Rebirth’s first year Oliver Queen has been through the wringer. Betrayals, deaths, bankruptcy and more betrayals have been a mainstay of each arc so far.

In Broken Arrow we find Ollie in police custody on charges of murder. Much like the title suggests he is a broken man. The opening panels paint his vibrant orange jumpsuit as surrounded by murky black surroundings with little detail as the world around him falls away. That’s just the beginning of a visual striking issue.

This issues art is from the incredibly talented Otto Schmidt. Schmidt flip flops with Juan Ferreyra on the series and both have been able to create a consistent look to the series. Though there are strong difference between the two there are visual cues which help maintain the consistency and both have their merits.

Otto Schmidt is by far my favourite artist working on Rebirth titles at the moment. His art strongly portrays the emotion of Green Arrow as well as its action. Details are sharp and background are emersive and or always emotive throughout.

Schmidt’s artwork also works in perfect harmony with the Benjamin Percy’s story. There’s a lot going on in this issue but everyone and everything has its moment.

Broken Arrow appears to be the culmination of all the Green Arrow arcs so far. The story of the Ninth Circle, Red Arrow, Black Canary and also the return of Merlyn are all touched upon.

There could easily become a point where the story is too convoluted. There’s a fine line between balancing an ensemble cast and losing them to a melee of action. Percy handles it all incredibly well in this issue and uses the extra pages to help push the story forwards.

There’s some resolution to the story of Ollie and Dinah – at least for the time being – which will sadden fans of the couple. But also all the puzzle pieces are moved in to position for the next great conflict.

There are a couple of great emotional punches to the story as well. The first when Emi tries to break Ollie out of custody and he refuses. Accepting defeat is a huge deal for Ollie and the emotion in his dialogue and on his face is apparent throughout.

I can’t touch on the second punch because it’s a huge spoiler. The end of Green Arrow #25 came a little out of left field but certainly sets up more emotional turmoil for Oliver.

If I had to have a gripe about this issue it does play a little close to the No Man’s Land story in Batman. The destruction of Seattle, currently renamed Star City, is a great backdrop for this story. However there’s no escaping how it mirrors the 1999 storyline which saw Gotham destroyed by an earthquake.

At one point a character even refers to the ruins of Star City as a No Man’s Land. I may be being over sensitive as the Batman story is one of my favourite of all time. But as fans of the Arrow TV series complain the character acts too much like The Dark Knight this may be a little too close to home.

Verdict

Green Arrow #25 is at the forefront of the DC Rebirth series which are really pushing the boundaries of character and action. Like the previous arc this issue is stuffed to the brim with both.

8/10

Green Arrow #25 cover art by Juan Ferreyra

Power Rangers

‘Power Rangers’ sequel talks on going

Some good news for Power Rangers fans this morning. With the film hitting Blu-ray and DVD in North America yesterday director Dean Israelite has been doing some new press interviews.

Many have asked about the chances for a sequel given the lacklustre box office performance of the first film. Speaking with Screenrant Israelite stated “It’s obviously not up to me, but I know Lionsgate and Saban are talking in earnest about it, and are trying to push forward. They’re having a discussion.”

Power Rangers total worldwide gross sits at $140.2m. It made a little over $85m in North America and only $54.8m internationally. Whilst not an unmitigated disaster it wasn’t the start that Lionsgate were hoping for.

Some reviewers (us included) were kind to Power Rangers whilst others felt the film did not live up to the TV series. The film is available on all formats in North America now and hits shelves in the UK on July 31.

Sabans Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove (and the world) is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.

Directed by Dean Israelite, Saban’s Power Rangers stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, featuring Bill Hader, with Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks. The screenplay is by John Gatins. Story is by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless and Michele Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney. Producers are Power Rangers creator Haim Saban, Brian Casentini, Wyck Godfrey, and Marty Bowen.

Matt Reeves discusses ‘The Batman’

Director Matt Reeves is doing the rounds of press promoting War for the Planet of the Apes. Whilst he only completed editing the film a little over a week ago he’s deep in to the world press tour ahead of its July release. Whilst many of his recent interviews have focussed on that films development many have been quick to ask about another of his projects. Namely The Batman.

Speaking with New Trailer Buzz Reeves did briefly discuss the comparisons between Batman and Ceaser. He also touched on how his vision for the film may come together. You can checkout the interview snippet in the player below!

Reeves will be touring War for the Planet of the Apes for several more weeks as the film rolls out worldwide. Later in the summer his commitments to 20th Century Fox will come to an end. From late August/early September Reeves will move to Warner Bros. to begin his work on The Batman.

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ review

Synopsis

Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now, it’s up to the unlikely alliance of inventor Cade Yeager, Bumblebee, an English lord and an Oxford professor to save the world.

Review

This feels like one of those reviews which I should preface by saying I’ve watched every film in this franchise. I’ve enjoyed many of them for the films they are. Loud, brash and utterly thoughtless a Transformers film is pure escapist fun.

Transformers: The Last Knight however loud and brash that it might be is sadly nowhere near the fun ride of its predecessors. One could argue that now I’ve reached my 30s perhaps I’ve grown out of what makes this franchise fun. I would argue that this pushes those things to such extremes that it forgets the baser elements which make it watchable.

This film seemingly boasts the most lead roles of any in the franchise history and it shows. There are just too many people to keep track of. Much of the films first act feels like a series of disjointed scenes which could each of been their own film. From the kids in Chicago, to Cade Yeager, to meeting new characters played by Sir Anthony Hopkins and Laura Haddock it’s all too much. Of course there is also the reintroduction of Lennox (Josh Duhamel) who returns for his first film since Dark of the Moon.

There are also 35 to 40 Transformers between the Autobots, Decepticons, Dinobots, Knights of Iacon and others. That’s a lot of characters for one film to handle in a fairly standard runtime.

It’s no surprise that Transformers: The Last Knight runs to over two-and-a-half hours. It is worth noting its shorter than the previous film but feels so much longer. Whilst action sequences remain huge in scope and filled with explosions there is a lot more talking to do here.

Sir Anthony Hopkins is thankfully given the lions share of the monologuing. Nonsensical as it is he does at least bring some form of narrative to the chaotic proceedings. There’s a loose storyline around a spear infused with energy from Cybertron which was given to Merlin during the time of King Arthur. Transformer demi-goddess Quintessa needs the spear to bring Cybertron back from ruins.

It’s a strange mishmash of previous storylines. Another artefact which becomes the reason the Autobots arrived on Earth. Another mission to bring Cybertron back from ruins which sends it on a collision course with Earth. Nothing feels fresh here. The only new aspects are the window dressing which try to mask the musty smell of movies past.

Additional elements such as flashbacks to King Arthur and World War 2 try to contextualise the story and flesh out the universe. Sadly they fall flat because there’s very little depth to these moments. They’re really just throwaway moments which only complicate the story more.

Overall the story could easily have been condensed down in to a 90 minute film had all the fat been trimmed. What is glaringly obvious whilst watching this film is a tug-of-war behind the scenes between refocussing the franchise on character over bigger and more explosions.

Perhaps the most annoying aspect of Transformers: The Last Knight is its aspect ratio. In an age of more accessible IMAX technology movie goers are getting used to shifting aspect ratios. But most films don’t have the fast paced cutting of a Transformers film. The King Arthur sequence alone shifts aspect ratio between each and every shot. Jumping from IMAX to letterboxed and back at the drop of a hat. A character looks to camera in IMAX, turns over their shoulder and they’re letterboxed before jumping in to an IMAX closeup. It’s nauseating.

Many fans have complained on social media about how jarring the jumps are and it’s no over exaggeration. It’s near constant throughout the film. I commend the production team for shooting so much on IMAX format but with so much non-IMAX footage it makes the editing choices much more obvious.

As expected the CGI is impeccable… for much of the film. Say what you will about Transformers but the franchise really pushes the boundaries in what can be done with computer imagery. This film is no different aside from one difference. The character of Cogsworth appears to be animated differently to all the other Transformers. There are moments where he integrates well with the environment but many of his scenes he feels more like something from a computer game. He often stands out as looking the most fake of all the CGI characters.

Steve Jablonsky once again returns to provide the score. It’s typically epic but in keeping with the rest of the film franchise fatigue has set in. There are moments in the score of the last two films which really lifted it from the doldrums. Here Jablonsky’s trademark string arrangements fall somewhat flat though never to the point of distraction.

Verdict

Transformers: The Last Knight is sadly a huge miss for the franchise. Less watchable and more convoluted than any previous entry it gets bogged down in a muddled plot and at times sub-par CGI. It’s never quite an outright disaster though this is the first time in the history of the franchise I’ve seen moviegoers walk out of the cinema throughout a film.

2/10

Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

Wonder Woman v Transformers

‘Transformers’ opens soft, ‘Wonder Woman’ holds on strong

It’s been another close weekend at the worldwide box office. Whilst Wonder Woman was never expected to retake the top spot questions had been raised over the performance of Transformers: The Last Knight. The fifth film in the Transformers franchise has met with more negativity in the press that previous entries and as all is said and done it has hurt the films performance.

Opening on Tuesday in North America, Transformers: The Last Knight was only able to muster an estimated $69.1m over its first five days. That’s the lowest opening for a Transformers film. Over the three-day weekend the gross sits at $45.3m, again a series low for the Paramount Pictures release.

Much like with The Mummy the international picture is a little different. The Transformers films have become big business in China and this film is no exception. China alone raised an estimated $123.4m. That’s the largest Transformers opening in that market. Overall the film was able to gross $196.2m internationally for a world wide opening of $265.2m.

In her fourth weekend in theatres Wonder Woman once again outperformed her superhero brethren. Dropping only another 39% for a North American gross of $25.175m. The reason for the extra digits there is the rivalry between Warner Bros. and Disney. Wonder Woman has been duking it out with Cars 3 for second place all week. Industry estimates put the DC Films picture ahead of the Pixar release. Studio estimates have both films grossing the exact same amount according to estimations. We’ll need to wait until tomorrows actuals to find out who won the war this time.

In the meantime Wonder Woman has now grossed $318.3m in North America. That’s well beyond the gross of Man of Steel but slightly short of both Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman. Either this week or next the film will pass both of those remaining DCEU entries to become the third highest grossing film in DC Comics history behind only The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

Internationally Wonder Woman has begun to shed screens as other films take precedent. That being said the film was still able to gross another $20.5m. The international gross now sits at $334.5m. Worldwide Wonder Woman has now reached $652.8m!

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Han Solo (2018) cast

Ron Howard is officially taking on ‘Han Solo’

The rumour mill has been in overdrive for the last 24 hours following the unceremonious sacking of the Han Solo directors. Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s time in the directing chair came to an abrupt end this week following rumours of tensions on set.

Various media reports have sighted the duo clashing with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy as part of the problem. Lord and Miller are also rumoured to be on bad terms with long time Star Wars scribe Lawrence Kasdan. Kasdan co-wrote Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and has had a hand in the franchise development ever since.

The duo spoke briefly to the press via statement: “Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew.”

At the time of firing Kennedy also had her own words on the situation: “Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon,”

Han Solo is currently on a filming hiatus. That hiatus is due to come to an end in early July when the final weeks of principal photography will take place. There are also 5 weeks of reshoots worked in to the schedule for later in the summer which are likely to come in handy.

Several media outlets pointed to Ron Howard are the frontrunner to replace Lord and Miller. Today Kathleen Kennedy has been back in the media to confirm the news: “At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,” Kennedy said. “With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

What do you think of this news? Are you still excited to see Han Solo?

‘Jurassic World’ sequel officially titled ‘Fallen Kingdom’

Today marks exactly one year until the release of Jurassic World 2. To celebrate the occasion Universal Pictures has released the first teaser poster confirming the title of the film. We now know the film to be titled Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

The sequel to the 2015 soft reboot of the franchise lands in cinemas on June 22, 2018. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return as Owen and Claire and will be joined by Jeff Goldblum who reprises the role of Ian Malcolm from the first two films in the original franchise. B.D. Wong, Toby Jones, James Cromwell and Rafe Spall also star in the film directed by J. A. Bayona.

Check out the poster below!

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom