Brandon Routh revealed as KINGDOM COME Superman for CRISIS ON INFINITE EARHTHS

Superman (The CW/Warner Bros.)

Brandon Routh revealed as KINGDOM COME Superman for CRISIS ON INFINITE EARHTHS

This week marks the start of the new DCTV season as Supergirl returns to our screens and Batwoman makes her debut on Sunday. That means we are now on the countdown to Crisis On Infinite Earths with only nine weeks to go until the first episode of the crossover airs.

On Friday and over the weekend The CW and actor Brandon Routh have debuted a number of new looks at the actor in costume as Superman for the event.

His Kingdom Come inspired suit looks absolutely brilliant and here we get to see it in a number of different poses and setups. We’re beyond ready to see Routh put the cape on one more time!

Crisis On Infinite Earths begins on December 8, 2019 with Supergirl and continues with Batwoman on December 9 and The Flash on December 10. The five-part crossover concludes with Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow both airing on January 14, 2020.


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Joker (Warner Bros.)

JOKER (2019) review

Todd Phillips directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver, based on characters from DC. The film is being produced by Phillips and Bradley Cooper under their Joint Effort banner, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. It is executive produced by Richard Baratta, Joseph Garner and Bruce Berman.

The film stars Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, also starring are Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.

Synopsis

Forever alone in a crowd, Arthur Fleck seeks connection. Yet, as he trods the sooted Gotham City streets and rides the graffitied mass transit rails of a hostile town teeming with division and dissatisfaction, Arthur wears two masks. One, he paints on for his day job as a clown. The other he can never remove; it’s the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel he’s a part of the world around him, and not the misunderstood man whom life is repeatedly beating down. Fatherless, Arthur has a fragile mother, arguably his best friend, who nicknamed him Happy, a moniker that’s fostered in Arthur a smile that hides the heartache beneath. But, when bullied by teens on the streets, taunted by suits on the subway, or simply teased by his fellow clowns at work, this social outlier only becomes even more out of sync with everyone around him.

BEWARE OF SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ONWARDS…

Review

For all the talk of Joker being an ultra-violent, ultra-disturbing film. One which many reviewers believe could incite true-life violence no less. The film itself is much more of the nuanced character exploration which we were promised from the outset.

Though there are moments of extreme violence, the film is far more concerned with telling you the story of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) than intentionally causing any intentional discomfort.

That’s not to say there aren’t any uncomfortable moments waiting for you during the near two-hour runtime though. It’s just that those moments are born from Arthur’s story and not the other way around. Only one scene – which is too spoiler to discuss – felt forced to me. An excellent feeling coming from a huge studio, comic book movie.

Phillips and co-writer Scott Silver have crafted an emotionally intelligent story which, despite a modicum of comedy, remains pretty downbeat. From the opening scene the tone begins to weigh heavily on the audience and is unrelenting right until its final moments.

This is not the Gotham City we are used to. Despite the obvious lack of certain comic book characters whom we would consider central to the story, there are plenty more ways to bring the city down than simply populating it with super villains.

This late 70s/early 80s Gotham is suffering from a plague of “super rats” brought about by a municipal worker strike that has left garbage piling up in the streets. Budget cuts and corner cutting is leaving the poor destitute and the rich, well… rich.

Arthur is caught in the middle of all this. A victim of the system he was born in to. Much of the story revolves around his position in society and how his circumstances subvert expectations even when the outcome of the story is so widely known.

Even the way the city is filmed feels different to other Batman-related properties. There’s a dash more colour to it but Joker also offers us the opportunity to spend much more time on the ground amongst Gotham’s citizens. This new angle opens up a lot of opportunities for storytelling which Todd really capitalises on here.

Ultimately Joker‘s biggest hook is its journey. With no comic book storyline to adhere to, Phillips is free to carve a unique path for Fleck which plays out to often nervous laughter from its audience. Aside from a couple of obvious story beats the film plays with story and structure, allowing it to feel incredibly fresh against this year’s other huge comic book movies.

But those expecting Joker to completely shrug off any connections to DC Comics would be wrong. Whilst it is almost entirely a What If…?/Elseworlds style tale Joker is still able to pay homage to some of the characters biggest moments.

Don’t expect to see the DC intro at the beginning however…

Fans of The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller will find one sequence particularly exciting and stressful. It’s not hard to guess the general circumstances of the scene by boy was it stressful to watch as the events play out.

This general flirtation with DC Comics lore allows Phillips and co. to play in the sandbox without ever being beholden to it. The results of which are easily one of the greatest comic book movies of the decade.

The film absolutely hangs on Joaquin Phoenix’s performance. He appears in almost every scene and so it’s crucial that Arthur’s journey be believable. It’s no surprise that many are calling for Phoenix to gain an Oscar nomination for his portrayal. His physicality alone is astonishing.

During our Q&A with Phoenix and Phillips both mentioned how Fleck has music within him. Todd Phillips explained this was to add a grace to the character which would also help visualise his descent in to madness.

Several of these moments have been glimpsed in the trailer but none are more effective than Fleck, in clown makeup, dancing alone in a public toilet. It comes following one of his first shocking acts of villainy and is a perfect example of how the film handles its characters.

Outside of the physicality Phoenix brings a lot of emotions to Arthur. There’s no doubting he’s a complex personality but Phillips presents him in a way which is easy to read on screen.

Other cast members, including Zazie Beetz; Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy and Brett Cullen are all supporting roles in the tale. Though each only has limited screen time, all are incredibly important to Arthur’s ultimate transformation.

I can’t say much without spoiling the story but each of the above has some kind of impact of Fleck which push him towards accepting his Joker persona. Though all have the opportunity to push the character in the other direction, it is their actions which ultimately culmination in the creation of one of comics most twisted villains.

Joker is a perfect analogy for our contemporary society and how our own actions can influence some of the more disparate personalities around us. Ultimately Joker‘s legacy will be its audacious attitude to challenging stereotypes and conceptions.

Within that it is not hard to see why the film’s detractors are concerned. Though I don’t see it “causing” real-life violence the film if incredibly lifelike in its portrayal and it’s not hard to imagine these circumstances playing out for real.

There were moments where I felt sympathy for the character. I felt that I often needed to remind myself that he’s not someone to sympathise with but the construction of the narrative makes it difficult not to feel for him. Leaving the cinema I felt incredibly uncomfortable at my own thoughts on Fleck.

Sonically, Hildur Guðnadóttir provides Joker with an absolutely stunning score. It’s understated, haunting and perfectly accompanies Lawrence Sher’s cinematography.

Much of Guðnadóttir’s music is played on the double bass, creating a low resonating sound which has echoes of Game of Thrones at times. It’s able to accentuate the downbeat nature whilst also enhancing the madness of certain scenes.

It’s not an understatement to say that Joker is now my absolute favourite film scores of 2019.

We were lucky enough to see the film in IMAX and it looked stunning. Sher’s visuals give an outstanding glimpse into the world of this period Gotham.

Wide shots take in the full view of the city, shot in New York, whilst close up are often disconcerting and uncomfortable. The film overall is able to visually recreate the emotions of the story and that is a true sign of success for me.

Verdict

Joker is a revelation for the comic book movie genre. A masterpiece by many standards it features an Oscar-worthy performance from Phoenix, stunning visuals and an equally stunning score. It’s heartbreaking, subversive and will stick with you hours after you leave the theatre.

9/10

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The King's Man (20th Century Fox)

“Witness the Rise of the Civilised” with new THE KING’S MAN trailer

Overnight 20th Century Fox has debuted a new, extended look at 2020’s The King’s Man. This latest look at the prequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service looks set to dive incredibly deep on the origins of the secret service agency.

The film boasts a massive, all-star cast and here we get a much better idea about what to expect when the film arrives on Valentines Day. Take a look at Ralph Fiennes Duke of Oxford as he assembles a team to take down Grigori Rasputin (Rhys Ifans).

Check out the trailer in the player below.

The King’s Man stars Harris Dickinson as Conrad, Daniel Brühl as Felix Yusupov, Rhys Ifans as Grigori Rasputin, Gemma Arterton as Mata Hari, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Lee Unwin, Ralph Fiennes as the Duke of Oxford, Charles Dance as Field Marshall Haig, Matthew Goode as Tristan, Tom Hollander as George V/Wilhelm II/Nicholas II, Djimon Hounsou as Shola, Stanley Tucci as Merlin, Alison Steadman as Guinevere, Robert Aramayo as Gavrilo Princip, Alexandra Maria Lara as Polly, and Joel Basman as Gawain.


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Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony Pictures)

SPIDER-MAN is returning to the MCU!

Some breaking news that we have all been hoping for: Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have struck a deal for Spider-Man to remain in the MCU!

Variety is reporting that the two studios have struck a deal which would allow Tom Holland’s Spidey to appear in a sequel to Spider-Man: Far From Home which would remain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The deal is also said to include one further appearance for Spidey in another MCU movie.

the third Spider-Man film from Marvel Studios is set for a July 16, 2021 release, officially adding another film to the previously announced Phase 4 release slate.

Speaking of the announcement Kevin Feige said “I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it, Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”

More on this story as it develops…


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Atom (DC Comics)

SUPERNATURAL alum Osric Chau joins the cast of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS

The cast of Crisis On Infinite Earths just got even bigger… or should that be smaller? Supernatural alum Osric Chau has joined the cast of the five-part crossover as Ryan Choi aka The Atom.

According to EW Chau will take on the second live action version of Atom following Brandon Routh’s portrayal of the Ray Palmer version of the character.

Choi is described as “a physics professor at Ivy Town University” who “is just a normal guy who comes to learn that he has a pivotal role to play in the coming crisis.”

Choi was created by Grant Morrison, Gail Simone and John Byrne, and is an Asian-American physics professor at Ivy University who follows in Ray Palmer’s footsteps. His versions of The Atom has been a member of both the Justice League of American and the Lighter Than Air Society.

Crisis On Infinite Earths begins on December 8, 2019 with Supergirl and continues with Batwoman on December 9 and The Flash on December 10. The five-part crossover concludes with Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow both airing on January 14, 2020.


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Immortal Hulk (Marvel Comics)

Marvel releases preview of IMMORTAL HULK #25

New characters, new realities… what kind of world will reveal itself in this special, double-size issue?

It’s going to be a whole new world for the Hulk next month when IMMORTAL HULK goes to realms beyond this Marvel Universe! In IMMORTAL HULK #25 — on sale Wednesday, October 23 — writer Al Ewing and the artistic team of Germán García and colorist Chris O’Halloran (plus penciler Joe Bennett, inker Ruy Jose, and colorist Paul Mounts on a two-page epilogue) are taking readers to the next iteration of reality: the Ninth Cosmos. It’s a brand new era of the Marvel Universe with a different kind of inhabitant. It’s such a big shift in Hulk’s story that it’s all going down in a special double-size issue — 40 pages of what Ewing describes as “intense, ethereal, and flat-out gorgeous sci-fi and horror.”

Editor Wil Moss explained: “IMMORTAL HULK #25 is set way in the future. The current Marvel Universe — which is actually the eighth iteration of reality/the cosmos, so it’s known as the Eighth Cosmos — has ended, and this story takes place in the Ninth Cosmos. Everything about the Ninth Cosmos is different from the Marvel Universe we know, as you can see from the character featured in these preview pages: Par%l.”

Page from Immortal Hulk #25
IMMORTAL HULK (2019) #25 — art by Germán García and colorist Chris O’Halloran

Ewing also offered up a preview of what’s to come in IMMORTAL HULK #25, including what has become of the Jade Giant: “[This issue] is your first glimpse of Marvel’s Ninth Cosmos — the multiverse that is to come after the death of the current one. It’s 40 story pages of intense, ethereal, and flat-out gorgeous sci-fi and horror that’s so far outside normal business that we can only show you a glimpse and ask you to take the ride with us.”

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IMMORTAL HULK (2019) #25 — art by Germán García and colorist Chris O’Halloran

Ewing continued: “What we’re not showing you — just yet — is what the Hulk has become, after billions of years of immortality. What would a Hulk that survived the death of a multiverse be like? What would he do — and could anyone or anything stop him doing it?”

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IMMORTAL HULK (2019) #25 — art by Germán García and colorist Chris O’Halloran

If you’re ready to follow Hulk to the end of the universe, now is your chance!

IMMORTAL HULK #25, written by Al Ewing with art by Germán García, Chris O’Halloran (colors), Joe Bennett (pencils), Ruy Jose (inks), and Paul Mounts (colors), goes on sale Wednesday, October 23. Pre-order your copy today online or at your local comic shop!


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The Flash (The CW/Warner Bros.)

CRISIS is coming in new trailer for THE FLASH season 6

The CW has released another new promo for The Flash season 6. This latest look at the upcoming season focusses on Team Flash needing to save Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) from the upcoming Crisis.

The trailer shows Barry exploring the multiverse and strongly features Jay Garrick’s trademark helmet. It seems the season really will focus on trying to avert the Crisis event but as we all know… Crisis is coming!

Check out the trailer in the player below.

https://youtu.be/YUihWQbLtK4

The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West-Allen, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes as Cicso Ramon, Tom Cavanagh Harrison Wells, and Jesse L. Martin as Joe West. The series airs Tuesdays  at 8/7c on The CW.


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Birds of Prey (Warner Bros.)

BIRDS OF PREY TV actress Ashley Scott joins CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS

The cast of The CW’s Crisis On Infinite Earths has been growing pretty rapidly this week as shooting as begun. With the recent announcements of Tom Welling and Erica Durance returning, the rumour that Lynda Carter may well be involved after all and now that Ashley Scott is returning to the DC Universe.

Scott played Helena Kyle/Huntress in the 2002 series Birds of Prey. That series only lasted for one season but remains a cult favourite amongst DC Fans.

TVLine reports that Scott will appear across the five-part epic which begins airing in December. Original co-star Rachel Skarsten is currently appearing in Batwoman and could pull double-duty during the crisis.

All that remains is for Dina Meyer to join the crossover and we’ll have a complete Birds of Prey reunion!

Crisis On Infinite Earths begins on December 8, 2019 with Supergirl and continues with Batwoman on December 9 and The Flash on December 10. The five-part crossover concludes with Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow both airing on January 14, 2020.


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Angel (BOOM! Studios)

Get a first look at BOOM! Studios ANGEL #6 with new preview

BOOM! Studios, in partnership with 20th Century Fox, revealed today a first look at ANGEL #6. Acclaimed filmmaker and writer Bryan Edward Hill (American Carnage, Batman & The Outsiders) and artist Gleb Melnikov, along with series creator and story consultant Joss Whedon (the visionary writer/director behindFirefly, Marvel’s The Avengers, and more) reimagine the groundbreaking pop culture phenomenon as the world deals with the consequences of the open HELLMOUTH, available in stores October 2019.

With Angel trapped in the HELLMOUTH with the Slayer, the rest of his newly formed team has their hands full dealing with the fallout in Los Angeles. Will this gang of supernatural crime-solvers be able to protect Los Angeles from the shockwaves of the Hellmouth’s opening… and from newly arrived vampire, Spike?

ANGEL #6 features a main cover by artist Dan Panosian (Slots, Batman: Arkham Knight), along with variant cover by horror illustrator Scott Buoncristiano (Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections, Dead Rabbit) and artist Goñi Montes (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers).

Created by visionary writer and director Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers film franchise), Angel premiered on the WB Network on October 5th, 1999 and was a spin-off from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series ran for five seasons from 1999–2004, starring David Boreanaz as Angel, the tortured vampire destined to walk the earth with a soul who moved to LA to set up shop as a supernatural private investigator. Despite Angel’s best efforts to deal with the sins of his past all by himself, Angel Investigations soon became home to other lost souls searching for redemption and willing to fight by his side.

ANGEL is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet; Abbott by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Klaus by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora; and Folklords by Matt Kindt and Matt Smith. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Joss Whedon’s Firefly from Greg Pak and Dan McDaid; Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Jordie Bellaire and David López; Angel from Bryan Edward Hill and Gleb Melnikov; and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott and Daniele Di Nicuolo.

Print copies of ANGEL #6 will be available for sale on October 23, 2019 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.


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