Total Film debuts a new still from WONDER WOMAN 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 (EW Magazine/Warner Bros.)

Total Film debuts a new still from WONDER WOMAN 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 is hitting the pages of the latest issue of Total Film magazine and bringing with it a brand new still. As you can see below, the latest image from the film takes us back in to the mall scene glimpsed in the trailer.

Speaking of production on the Warner Bros. sequel, director Patty Jenkins said: “a much harder movie to shoot…I was more ambitious with it. So doing all the stunts for real on wires and things, it’s extremely complicated and time-consuming. And everybody involved knows that you could say, ‘Oh, forget it, we’ll just do it in CG.’ So it was difficult in a new way [compared to the first film].”

Are you excited for Wonder Woman 1984?

Gal Gadot returns in the role of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman 1984. The film also stars Kristen Wiig in the role of the Super-Villain The Cheetah, as well as Pedro Pascal. And Chris Pine returns as Steve Trevor. The film is directed by Patty Jenkins.

Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Patty Jenkins, Stephen Jones and Gal Gadot are producing the film. Rebecca Roven Oakley, Richard Suckle, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada are the executive producers.

Wonder Woman 1984 is set to hit cinemas on June 5, 2020.


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GYCO Podcast

GYCO PODCAST episode 32: THE INVISIBLE MAN, VIVARIUM, ONWARDS and PJ BOY WONDER interview

Today we’re releasing the 32nd edition of the GYCO Podcast and this is a huge one! We’re reviewing three films this week with: The Invisible Man, Vivarium and Disney Pixar’s Onward. Martin is picking up the comic books again for a new review and we’re taking London Film and Comic Con Spring.

Then we have a very exciting interview with one of the UK’s most exciting cosplayers!

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Dying Is Easy (IDW Publishing)

DYING IS EASY #3 review

Dying is Easy #3 is available now where all good comics are sold!

Synopsis

Syd Homes, having just Indiana Jones’d his way out of certain death, finds himself once again up the creek without a paddle. The Ross Brothers, suspects number one and two respectively in the death of joke stealer and general thief Carl Dixon, have just found themselves an alibi—which means Syd’s back on the Most Wanted list. Good thing he’s totally cool under pressure, because getting out of this jam may or may not involve posing as a stuntman… Well, as they say—life is short, comedy is hard, and dying is really f*cking easy!

Dying is Easy is written by Joe Hill, drawn by Martin Simmonds, coloured by Dee Cuniffe and lettered by Shawn Lee.

Review

Firstly, I have to state that I love Joe Hill’s comic book work. Locke and Key is nothing short of genius and is one of my favourite comic runs of all time. That being said, Dying is Easy is not your typical Joe Hill style of book. Dying is Easy follows Syd Homes, a disgraced former detective turned stand-up comedian, who is on the run from the police for the murder of a joke stealing comedian – a crime he didn’t commit. The Joe Hill hallmarks are there; a compelling story and interesting and layered characters, but this book is at its heart a comedy, underlined with a murder mystery plot – a contrast to Hill’s usual horror work.

The book is genuinely funny, from the first panel to the last. There is a running joke throughout the issue with the women all seeming to have an affection for Alan Rickman, a joke laid out in the first page by once character and paid off later by another. The laughs from the dialogue come thick and fast throughout the issue, a testament to Hill’s versatility as a writer. In this issue, Hill mixes the comedy with the plot to successfully move the story forward, something that the second issue lacked and suffered from.

There is a visual gag which begun in issue two and is continued here, where Syd continuously finds himself in ridiculous footwear. The first action sequence is of Syd hanging on to a speeding car wearing bright blue roller skates, which he uses to skate along the side of an oncoming speeding lorry. The chase ends and Syd is confronted by a gun wielding police man, who he speeds past and knocks over, skating away from the carnage. The visual is both ludicrous and hilarious, and Symmond’s rough, sketchy art style combined with Cunniffe’s surreal and bold colours work heighten the absurdity.

While the art and colours work well to highlight the tone of the book, the style can make it quite hard to follow visually. Once or twice I found myself lost in a sequence, and often characters can look completely different from one panel to the next. This isn’t a major fault of the art, and it could even have been done on purpose to mirror the chaos of the plot, but I found it jarring at times. That being said, there is an excellent sequence with each wide panel depicting the different levels of a building. The visual storytelling in this scene and the next are outstanding, and are a testament to the unique storytelling style that the comic book medium is capable of. And oh my, what a dazzling last page!

Verdict

This issue is a significant improvement on the previous, the plot is progressing and I’m fully on-board for the outrageous comedic ride! The questionable art choices do not take away from some really striking visuals and storytelling.


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Antonio Banderas (Getty Images)

Antonio Banderas joins the cast of Sony’s UNCHARTED

Despite a troubled development period it looks like Sony Pictures Uncharted is still heading towards shooting.

According to Variety, the Academy Award-Nominated actor has boarded the picture in an undisclosed role. Banderas will appear alongside Tom Holland in the lead role of Nathan Drake. It was recently confirmed that Venom director Reuben Fleischer has signed-on as the latest director to helm the project.

Starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, Uncharted is currently due in cinemas on December 18, 2020.


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Artemis Fowl (Walt Disney Studios)

Disney releases full trailer for ARTEMIS FOWL

After a long delay, Disney has finally released a full-length trailer for Artemis Fowl. The film, adapted from Eoin Colfer’s popular series of young adult novels, was originally due to hit cinemas in August 2019 before being delayed to May 2020.

The film follows young genius Artemis Fowl (Ferdia Shaw) as he sets out to find his missing father (Colin Farrell) with the help of a “giant dwarf” (Josh Gad) and a heavily armoured elf (Lara McDonnell).

Check out the trailer in the player below.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Artemis Fowl stars Ferdia Shaw, Colin Farrell, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Lara McDonnell, Nonso Anozie, Tamara Smart, Miranda Raison, Joshua McGuire, and Hong Chau. The film hits cinemas on May 29, 2020.


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Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (Warner Bros.)

It’s all out war for the DCAU in first trailer for JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: APOKOLIPS WAR

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has dropped the first trailer for its upcoming DCAU epic Justice League Dark: Apokolips War. The next film in the DCAU will dive back in to the series long-running shared universe and pick up following The Death and Return of Superman, the film will also act as a sequel to 2017’s Justice League Dark.

The trailer, first shared by IGN, gives off some serious Endgame vibes as characters from across the entire DCAU band together to take on Darkseid (Tony Todd).

Characters from the Justice League, Teen Titans, JL Dark and the Suicide Squad will all be involved in an epic battle to save Earth from Apokolips and we cannot wait to see it!

Check out the trailer in the player below.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War stars Matt Ryan as Constantine, Jerry O’Connell as Superman, Jason O’Mara as Batman and Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman. Co-starring are Taissa Farmiga, Shemar Moore, Christopher Gorham, Rebecca Romjin, Rainn Wilson and Tony Todd.


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Marvel Future Revolution (Marvel/Netmarble)

Marvel announces new open-world RPG MARVEL FUTURE REVOLUTION

Marvel and Netmarble have unveiled a brand new open-world adventure game: MARVEL Future Revolution. The game was officially revealed at PAX East over the weekend and is the first open-world game set in the Marvel Universe to be developed for mobile platforms.

MARVEL Future Revoluton tasks players to take on the role of some of Marvel’s most iconic heroes as they assemble following an event called “Convergence,” which was described as “a multi-universal catastrophe where Earths are about to collide with each other.” Playable characters confirmed so far are Captain America, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and Captain Marvel.

We’ve also got a huge library of other videos from the game courtesy of Twinfinite including more footage of the game’s heroes and a special look at some of the villains who will also appear.

Marvel Future Revolution comes from Netmarble. Sign-up at the official website for more news on the game’s release.


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Gil Perez-Abraham

Gil Perez-Abraham joins the cast of Matt Reeves THE BATMAN

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed another piece of casting news for Matt Reeves The Batman.

As the film continues production here in the UK it has been confirmed that Orange Is The New Black star Gil Perez-Abraham has joined the cast in an undisclosed role.

He joins a huge cast which includes Golden Globe-nominee Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings) as Alfred Pennyworth, Golden Globe-winner Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them) as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, newcomer Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, 2x Golden Globe-nominee John Turturro (The Night Of) as Carmine Falcone and Golden Globe-nominee Peter Sarsgaard (Green Lantern) as Gil Colson.

Written and directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman is set to star Robert Pattinson in the title role, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon and Paul Dano as Edward Nashton.

The Batman is due for release on June 25, 2021.


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The Oracle Code (DC Comics)

DC Comics releases book trailer for THE ORACLE CODE

DC Comics has been having huge success with its line of Young-Adult and All-Age graphic novels. The publisher has been diversifying from it’s normal comic book fare by bringing in new creative teams to craft standalone stories featuring some of their more diverse cast of characters.

The next of those graphic novels is The Oracle Code, written by Marieke Nijkamp and illustrated by Manuel Preitano. Set within a mysterious thriller, this moving coming-of-age tale follows teenager Barbara Gordon as she adapts to a new normal after a tragic accident and begins her path to becoming Oracle, one of DC’s fiercest Super Heroes.

Nijkamp is the author of bestselling YA novels This Is Where It Ends and Before I Let Go and has built a celebrated career advocating for and writing stories that elevate disabled voices. She is the editor of the YA anthology Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens, and is also a co-founder of We Need Diverse Books, a nonprofit organization created to promote diversity of multiple forms in children’s literature and publishing. Now, Nijkamp brings her thoughtful and authentic storytelling expertise to DC to put a fresh twist on one of the publisher’s most beloved disabled characters.

“The Oracle Code is my love letter to Barbara Gordon, to Oracle,” said Nijkamp. “It’s a book for everyone who’s ever felt like the puzzle pieces don’t quite fit, whether they’re in a creepy Arkham institute or simply figuring out themselves. And it’s for every disabled reader who knows they can be a hero too.”

The Oracle Code marks Nijkamp and Preitano’s first work with DC. Preitano is an Italian illustrator and graphic designer, best known for the Destiny, NY, series he co-created with author Pat Shand.

“Illustrating The Oracle Code was a great challenge and an opportunity to grow as an artist,” said Preitano. “The strength Barbara, Yeong, Issy, and the other characters displayed was truly inspiring, which reflects Marieke’s attention to details. The script really made me feel the mood of the scenes I was going to draw and we worked together to get the best out of each sequence.”

Nijkamp added, “Manuel’s art brought the story to life in a way that was beyond my wildest dreams. He got the characters from the very first sketch and his eye for detail made their whole world shine!”

“I hope readers will see the incredible work the whole team (writer, colorist, letterer, editors…and maybe this humble artist, too!) did with this book, reflected in every page!” said Preitano. “And I hope this will inspire them too!”

The Oracle Code is available to preorder now and hits stores and online retailers everywhere books are sold March 10, 2020.


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Mystery Incorporated

Meet the Scooby gang like you’ve never seen them before in MYSTERY INCORPORATED trailer

Have you ever wanted to see the Scooby gang given a more grown up twist? Something which takes inspiration from some of your favourite teen dramas and supernatural series? Well then we have news on a indie project you’re going to want to check out!

Mystery Incorporated is a fresh new series designed to tell the story of the characters from Hannah Barbara’s “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” with a modern filter for a new generation.

Set in the small town of Coolsville, OH and inspired heavily by shows like “Supernatural”, “Riverdale”, and the original “Scooby-Doo” cartoons. We enter a world where monsters are real, demons guard every crossroad, and spirits lurk in the dark.

If you would like to get behind the project then head over to their Indiegogo page where you can donate and also get more information behind Mystery Incorporated.

There’s also a cool behind-the-scenes feature with the cast and crew which you can watch in the player below.

Directed by Dante York, Mystery Incorporated stars Dade Elza as Fred Jones, Jessica Chancellor as Daphne Blake, Chris Villain as Shaggy and Dayeanne Hutton as Velma Dinkley.


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