AQUAMAN surges to almost $750M worldwide!

Aquaman

AQUAMAN surges to almost $750M worldwide!

Warner Bros. has some serious cause to celebrate today. Aquaman closed out its second weekend in North America by bringing in another $51.5M!

For those keeping score that’s only a 24% drop from its opening weekend of $68M (not including $4.7M previews). The smallest second week decline of any comic book movie in this modern era.

It’s North America box office now sits around $188,7M. The movie should cross $200M on New Years Eve, ending the year as Warner Bros. highest grossing movie of 2018.

Internationally Aquaman fought off competition to bring in another $85.4M. The movie is currently open in 78 markets across the glove and its overseas cume is now $560M.

Globally that means James Wan’s underwater adventures has now amassed $748.7M. It has officially passed the lifetime grosses of Man of Steel ($668M) and Suicide Squad ($746.8M).

It’s now a race to $800M and surpassing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s lifetime gross of $873.6M. From there it will be a waiting game to see if Aquaman can be the first modern age DC movie to cross $1 billio.

Have you seen the movie yet? Check out our review here.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an acition-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.

Aquaman stars Jason Momoa in the title role of Arthur Curry/Aquaman. The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe as Vulko; Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry; Dolph Lundgren as Nereus; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II  as Black Manta; with Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman as Atlanna.

The film is being produced by Peter Safran, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Rob Cowan, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.


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The Gifted (Fox)

THE GIFTED season 2, episode 10 “eneMy of My eneMy

Fox’s The Gifted returns on January 1, 2019 with new episodes. The network has now released the promo and synopsis for the first episode back from the winter hiatus.

“eneMy of My eneMy” finds the Strucker family re-united as the Mutant Underground wrestles with the idea of recruiting the Inner Circle to help them out. Check out the full synopsis below and scroll down for the episode promo.

THE STRUCKERS REUNITE ON THE ALL-NEW WINTER PREMIERE OF “THE GIFTED” TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, ON FOX

The Mutant Underground wrestles with the idea of recruiting the Inner Circle to assist them. Andy considers reconnecting with his family when he learns about his father’s powers, but Lauren may not be as willing to have him back as their parents. Find out if the Mutant Underground and Inner Circle will be able to put their differences aside in order to save John from the Purifiers in the all-new “eneMy of My eneMy” winter premiere episode of THE GIFTED airing Tuesday, Jan. 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Here’s the promo for “eneMy of My eneMy”:

https://youtu.be/PDlo7yoy-w0

Action-adventure family drama The Gifted, from Marvel, tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.

Written by Matt Nix (APB, Burn Notice), directed by Bryan Singer (the X-Men franchise) and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones) and Jim Chory (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones), the series stars Stephen Moyer (SHOTS FIRED, True Blood) and Amy Acker (Person of Interest).


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AQUAMAN crosses $625M worldwide!

Going in to its second weekend at the North American box office Aquaman is riding high on a tide of success. See what we did there?

With the DC Films movie set to make around $54M in its second weekend the global box office is giving Warner Bros. reason to celebrate. As of writing the movie is currently sitting at $629.4M worldwide.

That’s following a $137.2M first week gross in North America. The movie has continued to pull in big numbers following that huge $22M Christmas Day haul. It’s first week now eclipses that of last years Justice League which pulled in $130.8M in its first week.

By the end of the weekend Aquaman will have easily crossed $700M. Going in to 2019 the movie should easily be over $750M and closing in on the $800M mark.

The question still remains as to whether the movie will be able to make $1 billion before it leaves cinemas.

Have you seen the movie yet? Check out our review here.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an acition-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.

Aquaman stars Jason Momoa in the title role of Arthur Curry/Aquaman. The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe as Vulko; Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry; Dolph Lundgren as Nereus; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II  as Black Manta; with Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman as Atlanna.

The film is being produced by Peter Safran, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Rob Cowan, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.


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Reign of the Supermen

DEATH OF SUPERMAN/REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN double-bill coming to UK cinemas

Warner Bros. UK has announced that its bringing this years Reign of the Supermen animated movie to cinemas. Not only that but the movie will be screening in a one night only double bill with The Death of Superman.

Yes, for one night only on January 14, 2019 you can watch both movies back-to-back starting at 19:00 GMT. Just in case you missed it, here is the trailer for Reign of the Supermen:

You can check for local screenings and pick-up your tickets from here!

Reign of the Supermen stars Jerry O’Connell as the Man of Steel. Joining him are Cameron Monaghan, Cress Williams, Patrick Fabian, Rebecca Romijn, Nathan Fillion, Rainn Wilson, Toks Olagundoye and Nyambi Nyambi.

The movie hits DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital HD from January 28, 2019.

Krypton (SyFy/Warner Bros)

KRYPTON “The Rankless Initiative” review

Krypton stars Cameron Cuffe as Seg-El, Georgina Campbell as Lyta Zod, Ian McElhinney as Val-El, Elliot Cowan as Daron-Vex, Ann Ogbomo as Alura Zod, Rasmus Hardiker as Kem, Wallis Day as Nyssa-Vex and Aaron Pierre as Dev-Em.

The series airs on E4 here in the UK and on SyFy in North America.

Synopsis

During a military crackdown on Seg’s home district, Seg and Adam Strange race to find a deadly Sentry.

Review

Well this show just keeps getting better. I said in my review of episode 2 (here) that Krypton isn’t taking prisoners when it comes to its storytelling. This episode is no different.

“The Rankless Initiative” actually goes to great lengths to take the alien landscape of Krypton and make it parallel our own issues here on Earth. Whilst the Braniac story is still at the forefront of the series there’s a whole other set of problems to be dealt with.

As Lyta-Zod and the Sagitari take centre stage for much of this episode so do the class issues which have infected the Kryptonian civilisation. Some of the most “human” moments in “The Rankless Initiative” are seeing the soldiers entering the neighbourhood where Seg-El and his family lived in order to hunt for Black Zero’s base of operations.

Strip out the sci-fi tropes, the costumes and the outlandish set design and you have a simple story of class division. The poor are living in the underbelly of the city whilst the wealthy rise above it all and turn a blind eye.

This kind of world building really sets Krpyton apart from other representations of the Man Of Steel’s home planet. This is no shiny crystalline utopia.

Placing the cast system aside the series takes a huge narrative leap forwards in this issue. The Brainiac arc is some long form storytelling at its finest.

We start out by flashing back to how the Brainiac Sentry came to be on Krypton in the first place. We quickly learn it was picked up by a scientific team and is already on the loose amongst the populous. To neatly tie the stories of this episode together the sentry ends up in Rhom, one of Seg-El’s neighbours in the under siege district of Kandor.

Writer Steve Shill is able to balance the stories in perfect harmony. There’s enough of the first season world building to keep the show fresh. Whilst the action with Brainiac will have comic book fans on the edge of their seats.

By the end of the episode its clear that Brainiac is a force to be reckoned with. It seemingly won’t be long until he arrives so I’m intrigued to see how it plays out over the remaining seven episodes.

All of this action is accompanied by more excellent visuals for the show. It maintains the cinematic quality we’ve seen in previous episodes and the CGI continues to impress. I seriously can’t get over the production quality of this show.

One aspect of Krypton I haven’t picked up on yet is its score. It’s something I’m going to try and focus on more in future episodes as this is the kind of show which deserves a great score.

Verdict

“The Rankless Initiative” is a kick in to high-gear for Krypton. It expands on the Kryptonian society which we have only glimpsed so far in the series whilst forwarding the Brainiac story brilliantly.

This show is rapidly becoming an absolute must watch!

7/10

In the next episode…


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Marvel Comics

Kevin Feige discusses bringing FOX MARVEL characters in to MCU

It’s been a little while since we heard anything about the merger between 20th Century Fox and Disney. The latest rumours point to the deal being completed “sometime” in the first half of 2019.

The deal being completed will signify that Marvel can go ahead and begin bringing the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters in to its cinematic universe. But are the team at Marvel already working on plans?

Studio president Kevin Feige has been discussing the subject in a new interview with Variety and here’s what he had to say.

“No, not yet, but we’ve been told it’s looking very, very good and could happen in the first six months of next year … The notion of the characters that had previously been under a Fox agreement coming back is great. It’s nice when a company that created all these characters can have access to all those characters. It’s unusual not to; Marvel’s been in a unique position to not have access to those characters for a long time … But in terms of actually thinking about it and actually planning things, we haven’t started that yet.”

Kevin Feige – Marvel

Are you ready for the X-Men to join the MCU?


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Shazam! (Warner Bros.)

Fandango shares new behind-the-scenes look at SHAZAM!

American ticket company Fandango has been looking ahead to most highly anticipated movies of 2019. As part of that preview the site has, of course, been covering the next DC Films release, Shazam!

Last night the company shared this new look at Zachary Levi on the set of the movie. The scene looks to be from the fairground sequence glimpsed in the trailer and features the titular hero ready for action.

Check it out in the tweet below and let us know if you’re excited for Shazam! to be released in April.

Just to tide you over here’s a refresher of that first trailer…

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard.Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

Shazam! also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (“IT”) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (“Annabelle: Creation”); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (TV’s “This is Us”); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat”); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”). Cooper Andrews (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) and Marta Milans (TV’s “Killer Women”) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez, with Ron Cephas Jones (“This is Us”) as the Wizard.

Christopher Godsick, Jeffrey Chernov, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia are serving as executive producers.


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Hellboy (Lionsgate)

Empire Magazine shares new HELLBOY image

Empire Magazine is preparing to launch its 2019 preview issue. The annual event looks at all the biggest movies due for release over the next 12 months. That, of course, includes the latest cinematic incarnation of Hellboy.

In readiness for the issue to hit shelves today the team at Empire has shared this new image from the movie. The shot features David Harbours titular demon alongside Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm.

Pick up the issue now for plenty more from their Hellboy preview!

Here’s a look at the released earlier this month. Don’t forget to also check out our exclusive trailer gallery!

Hellboy stars David Harbour as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Milla Jovovich as Nimue, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida and Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio. The movie is directed by Neil Marshall and arrives in cinemas April 12, 2019.


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Swamp Thing

SWAMP THING set photo offers new look at series leads

Swamp Thing pilot director Len Wiseman has shared a new behind-the-scenes look at production on his Instagram.

The series’ Executive Producer shared an image of himself on set alongside series leads Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane and Andy Bean as Alec Holland. Cryptically Wiseman has captioned the image “Anatomy Class”.

Swamp Thing production is currently in full swing ahead of its planned summer debut on DC Universe.

When CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.

Swamp Thing will premiere on the DC Universe streaming service sometime in 2019/20. The series is set to star Virginia Madsenas Maria Sunderland, Jeryl Prescott as Madame Xanadu, Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane and Maria Sten as Liz Tremayne.


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Titans (DC Universe)

TITANS showrunner confirms S1 finale changes

Each week as a new episode of Titans was due to premiere DC Daily would drop a new behind-the-scenes featurette. Somewhere around the middle of the season one of those featurettes gave us a look at what appeared to be a climactic battle sequence.

In the very sequence we saw Raven and Starfire in much more comic book accurate costumes.

Also, do you remember hearing that Beast Boy would have green skin by the end of season 1? Well now we have an idea why those costumes and that green skin never appeared.

Titans showrunner Greg Walker has confirmed in an interview with TVLine that the original season 1 finale episode has been cut from the series.

So I’m curious, in part because the episode count changed from 12 to 11: Did your original finale turn into the Season 2 premiere?
A version of that, yes. We’re cannibalizing some of the stuff from Episode 12 [for the premiere]. We thought it was such a good cliffhanger at the end of 11, and we wanted to go for an even bigger, better Season 2 opener. We had a big idea, and our friends at DC bought it.

That’s what I figured — you were watching a cut of 11 and once Dick’s eyes went dark, you decided, “Hey, we could just end it here,” and then Season 2 is about what happens next.
Yeah. It’s really fun to be able to you know where we’re going to go with it. We’re going to also use [the Season 2 premiere] to launch a new villain, and because Trigon’s role in canon is so huge, we felt like we really needed to give him a really big episode, the kind you can launch a season with.

We highly recommend you hit the link above and check out the full interview to catch Walker talking about his favourite moments from season 1.

Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Robin, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Alan Ritchson as Hawk and Minka Kelly as Dove. The series debuts new episodes each Friday on DC Universe.


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