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Nightwing (DC Comics)

NIGHTWING #57 review

Nigthwing #57 is available now where all good comics are sold!

Synopsis

Destiny…fate…predetermined inevitability… these are all things that Ric Grayson has struggled to reconcile now that he has been given a second chance at life. A life recently unburdened with years of trauma, defeat and struggle when the hero known as Nightwing was shot in the head. Now, Ric must come to terms with who he is, and what kind of hero he wants to be…if he wants to be one at all. And while Ric is content to walk away from the mantle, one woman has been hiding in the shadows, waiting to solidify an identity of her own…an identity tied for all eternity to the clown price of crime…enter The Joker’s Daughter!

Review

Okay I admit defeat. I enjoyed this issue of Nightwing. I am embracing the story of Ric Grayson. Not fully. But for now at least I am onboard with what writers Scott Lobdell and Zack Kalpan are trying to do.

Rather than following the mould they are beginning to break free from it. With Grayson now aware of his past self we are now witnessing an interesting moral dilema for the character.

Does he:

A) reject his past and fully embrace the Ric Grayson persona?

B) reject his current state of mind and try to emulate the man he was before in the hope his memories return?

Seeing him grapple with these choices is something which interests me. It goes beyond the simple notion of wh owill be Nightwing going forwards .It trascends all of the previous few issues development of the vigilante gang and instead takes a quick look at the actual mental state of the Grayson character.

But this is still a comic so, of course, there is plenty of other action going on. I thought it was interesting to bring Joker’s daughter back in to continuity. If I’m not mistaken this is the first time we’ve seen her in the Rebirth-era.

Though her appearance is fleeting it sets up an interesting story going forwards. I’m intrigued to know what made the writers choose her as the villain for this arc. Bludhaven has been lacking some good villains, it’s about time Nightwing developed some of his own.

This issue feels very much like a new beginning. Ric has a new romance, a new purpose and now a new villain to face. So this issue very much lays the groundwork for what is to come. In that respect it is, at times, a little plodding but the bigger moments outweigh this well.

My highlight moment was the brief appearance by Babara Gordon and her conversation at the bar with Bea. It was funny and heartfelt an dreally portrayed everyone’s love for the Grayson character well. We’re all grieving the character he was and Bea helps us face up to that.

Verdict

This issue is something of a step forwards for Nightwing. Whilst the Ric Grayson arc continues I’m glad to see it venturing in to new territory and trying something new with its story.

6/10

Nightwing #57 features a plot by Scott Lobdell and script by Zack Kalpan. Travis Moore provides the artwork with Tamra Bonvillain on colours and Andworld Design on letters. Cover artwork is by Chris Mooneyham and Nick Filardi.

Nightwing #57 cover by Chris Mooneyham and Nick Filardi

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Rami Malek

BOND 25 reportedly finds its villain in Rami Malek

Collier is reporting that the upcoming Bond 25 has finally found its villain. According to the rumour Bohemian Rhapsody and Mr. Robot star Rami Malek is in final talks with the studio to take on the role.

Little is known about the role at this stage. It is believed that Malek had been front runner for producers EON to take on the role but his scheduled had initially not allowed him to take part.

With production on Bond pushed back and some begotiation

Lea Seydoux is confirmed to return as psychologist Madeleine Swann, while Spectre actors Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Ralph Fiennes are also slated to reprise their roles.

Cary Joji Fukunaga is still set to direct the movie, stepping in after the departure of Danny Boyle.


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Birds of Prey (Warner Bros)

Harley causes chaos in new BIRDS OF PREY set photos

Our friends at JustJared are back with another gallery of photos from the set of Birds of Prey.

Margot Robbie has been been back on set filming what appears to be some kind of explosion sequence. In videos shared on social media the character is seen ducking out of the way of a truck as it busts through a huge set of gates.

Harley being Harley the whole sequence is followed by a huge explosion which she appears to revel in. In these pics we get to see the aftermath of that moment. The look of fiendish glee on her face is truly terrifying!

Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. The movie will be directed by Cathy Yan and arrives in cinemas on February 7, 2020.


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Will Smith in Suicide Squad

Will Smith reportedly no returning as Deadshot in SUICIDE SQUAD 2

Overnight a new rumour has surfaced via Variety about casting for Suicide Squad 2. It appears that Will Smith will not be returning to the role of Deadshot for the James Gunn directed sequel.

According to the trade Smith will be unable to return to the DC Comics property due to scheduling issues. It is believe, at this stage, that the split is amicable and the door hopefully remains open for him to return in future if the character is not recast.

The report does say the studio had hoped he would be able to return alongside Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn for the sequel.


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AQUAMAN 2 lands a release date

Warner Bros. has given Aquaman fans something to look forward to. Late last night Warner Bros. announced that the upcoming sequel has found itself a release date.

Following the huge success of 2018’s Aquaman there was no doubt that a sequel would be top priority for the studio. With over $1bn in the bank it was all-but guaranteed we would be seeing Jason Momoa return to Atlantis.

Now we know that Aquaman 2 will be hitting cinemas on December 16, 2022. Whilst that seems like a way off fans will remember there was a four year wait between The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

No news yet on whether James Wan has officially signed on to direct the sequel. The director has previously stated with a good script in place that he would be happy to return to the DC Films universe.


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Dark Phoenix (20th Century Fox)

The new DARK PHOENIX trailer is here!

UPDATE: following the end of the Jimmy Fallon show the full trailer has been posted online!

ORIGINAL STORY: It’s been a long wait but finally the second trailer for Dark Phoenix has arrived!

Following plenty of teases and a poster leak we now have a more in-depth look at a couple of scenes from the upcoming final Fox-X-Men movie. Check it out in the player below.

In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling our of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite – not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

Dark Phoenix is being directed by Simon Kinberg. James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender are confirmed to return to the roles of Charles Xavier, Mystique and Magneto respectively. Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp and Kodi Smit-McPhee will also return.

The film is due for release on June 7, 2019.


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Hellboy (Lionsgate)

HELLBOY has been officially rated (in North America)…

Fans are continuing to eagerly await the second trailer for the upcoming Hellboy reboot. But whilst the studio remains coy about when we’ll see more footage we do have some very exciting news for fans.

It’s been announced by the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America to us outside the US) that the Neil Marshall directed movie will be rated R. This high rating is due to “strong bloody violence and gore throughout, and language.”

According to the website for their UK equivalent (the BBFC) we don’t yet have a rating. A R-rating could translate to an 18 here or it could be a 15. Watch this space and we’ll let you know as soon as the film is classified.

ICYMI: here’s a look at the first trailer for the movie and 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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Avengers: Endgame (Marvel Studios)

Marvel would like to remind you AVENGERS: ENDGAME is only 2 months away!

Something which the Marvel marketing machine has gotten incredibly good at is reminding us just how long we have until their latest movie is released. With Captain Marvel now under 10 days away attends will begin to turn to their next release.

You may have heard of it. It’s this little movie called Avengers: Endgame.

With this short new promo Marvel would dutifully like to remind you the movie is due for release in only two months!

We recently took a deep dive on the “Big Game” spot for the movie released during the Super Bowl. Check it out here.

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.

Avengers: Endgame is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. The movie stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.

The film arrives in cinemas in April 25 in the UK and April 26 in North America.


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