Warner Bros. to Release Stand-Alone BATMAN and SUPERMAN Films in Addition to 9 Newly Announced Superhero Movies

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Because it wasn’t enough for Warner Bros. to announce nine new DC superhero movies today, the studio has also announced they have stand-alone Batman and Superman films planned as well.  All of these are announcements today are to please investors and let them know that the studio is on firm ground with its biggest franchises.  The Batman and Superman films aren’t a total surprise, although it will be interesting to see where Warner Bros. tries to slot them.  Keep in mind that Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill want to do other things with their time than wear superhero costumes, and so it will probably be a matter of scheduling.  Additionally, from 2016 onwards, the studio has at least two superhero movies planned, and if any of these solo films is mammoth hit, it could rearrange things completely.  If Wonder Woman kills at the box office, do you think the studio will sit on their hands for at least three years just because they mapped out a schedule in 2014?  All of this is fluid, and that includes the “World’s Finest”.

Hit the jump for the press release.

LEGO BATMAN Movie Fast Tracked at WB; Will Arnett Returns to Voice

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It was only matter of time, but this is still mostly good news to me.  After the phenomenal success of The LEGO Movie (and a delay in production on The LEGO Movie 2) Warner Bros. is fast-tracking a spinoff in the form of a LEGO Batman movie.  Will Arnett, whose character was a highlight of the amazing first film, will return to voice the hilarious character.  Chris McKay, who acted as animation supervisor on the first film and was attached to direct the sequel, will how helm this picture.

LEGO Batman will be written by Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter scribe Seth Grahame-Smith and is targeting a 2017 release date.  Hit the jump for more on the LEGO Batman movie.

GOTHAM Premiere Recap: A Promising Start to the Fall’s Most Anticipated New Series

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It’s a bold move indeed to launch a television series steeped in the mythology of Batman without including the Caped Crusader himself.  Fox’s Gotham attempts to do just this, by choosing instead to center on Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), the city’s lone hero who looks to avenge the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, put an end to the corruption within the police department, and clean up the mob menace that currently rules the streets.  It’s a solid start, if not a groundbreaking one, that should please both comic book fanatics and police-procedural regulars alike.  There are plenty of nods to the Great Detective’s mythos and Rogues Gallery in this stylized noir version of the title town, but Gotham also leans heavily on familiar (and proven) tropes from the ever-popular detective dramas.  Time will tell if the Batman-less gamble pays off, but for now, hit the jump for my recap of Gotham’s premiere. 

Six GOTHAM Clips Lift the Curtain on Fox’s Batman Origin Series

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Fox’s Gotham premieres in just a few days, so I can’t see it taking much more than these six clips to tide you guys over until then.  To be perfectly honest, this show is so far removed from my own personal tastes that I don’t feel qualified to tell you whether these clips are “good” or “bad.”  They just exist.  The show features  James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), along with Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney.

Hit the jump to check out the Gotham clips.  Be prepared for the Batverse to feel very different from both the Nolan and Burton takes on the world (so far, at least).  Gotham is set to kick off on Monday, September 22nd and also stars Donal Logue, John DomanBarbara KeanCamren BicondovaSean PertweeCory Michael Smith and Zabryna Guevara.

BATMAN: The Ride Coming to Six Flags in Summer 2015; 4D Wing Coaster with Head-Over-Heels Free-Fly Flips

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Movies are top priority, but my second favorite thing is amusement parks, and specifically the fastest and scariest rides I can find, so I’m absolutely losing my mind over Six Flags’ new Batman ride.  Six Flags Fiesta Texas just unveiled the plans for BATMAN: The Ride, a 4D Wing Coaster that lifts riders up 120 feet in the air and then shoots them through a track packed with hills and drops while flipping them head-over-heels six times on the way through.

Six Flags is calling this thing their “most exciting thrill ride in the park’s history” and based on the concept video, I’m inclined to agree.  Hit the jump for more information on the new attraction and to check out that video.  BATMAN: The Ride is set to open in the summer of 2015.

Bad Robot Responds to Zack Snyder with Their Own Batman/STAR WARS Mashup

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We may be in for an odd back-and-forth between two of the biggest upcoming blockbusters.  A couple weeks ago, Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder tweeted a photoshopped picture of Henry Cavill wearing a robe and wielding a lightsaber with the hashtag “SuperJedi”.  About a week later, Snyder followed it up with Batman hanging out with R2-D2, and gave it the hashtag “BATMAN & R2BIN”, and directed it at Bad Robot’s Twitter account.

Now Bad Robot has responded with their own mashup by having C-3P0 as “THE C3PED CRUSADER”.  If this series between Snyder and J.J. Abrams‘ production company continues, it could be a fun little way to pass the time as fans anxiously await their blockbuster pictures.  Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars Batman mashup.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

Unused JURASSIC PARK and BATMAN Posters Reveal Significantly Different Marketing Campaigns

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Poster artwork has a tendency to become iconic, though that trend is becoming less frequent in the current era of giant faces and back-to-camera poses.  When you think of certain movies, a very specific poster image comes to mind.  However, sometimes that glorious poster art was one of hundreds of different possibilities and actually came close to never being released, significantly altering the film’s marketing campaign going forward.  Today, a number of unused posters for Jurassic ParkTim Burton’s Batman, and Batman Forever have been unveiled in anticipation of the release of the book The Art of John Alvin, which celebrates poster artwork from artist John Alvin, whose resume also includes Blazing Saddles, E.T, and The Lion King.  The unused Jurassic Park posters and Batman posters are actually pretty fantastic, offering a glimpse at just how differently these films might have been introduced to audiences.

Hit the jump to take a closer look at some of the unused Jurassic Park and Batman posters.  The Art of John Alvin will be released on August 16th.

New GOTHAM TV Spot Has James Gordon as the Last Honest Cop

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Fox has released a new Gotham TV spot online.  The upcoming FOX series will function as a prequel featuring a young James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) trying to clean up the city that Batman will ultimately protect.  The series will also provide young versions of The Penguin, The Riddler, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, and more.  I’m curious to see how the series handles being a police procedural (the bread-and-butter of any network television lineup) while also cashing in on its comic book origins.  This TV spot leans towards a regular police procedural since a show about an honest cop in a corrupt city could be for any TV series; being based on Batman has nothing to do with it.

Hit the jump to check out the Gotham TV spot, and click here for our coverage of the Comic-Con panel. The show also stars David MazouzDonal LogueBarbara Kean, Jada Pinkett SmithRobin Lord TaylorCamren BicondovaSean PertweeCory Michael Smith, and Zabryna GuevaraGotham premieres this fall on Fox.

Zack Snyder Continues Trolling the Internet with New Batman STAR WARS Image

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While director Zack Snyder is no doubt extremely busy while he’s in the midst of production on the highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it appears that he still has time to toy with the internet.  A couple of weeks ago during Comic-Con, Snyder put together an image of Henry Cavill dressed like a Jedi and shared it on Twitter with the caption “SuperJedi”.  The pic was presumably just Snyder having some fun, as all of the Batman v Superman actors have to wear those robes to set to avoid being snapped by onlookers; Snyder apparently thought Cavill looked a bit like a Jedi.  It appears that Snyder’s Star Wars fascination isn’t over yet, though, as today he went ahead and put up a Batman Star Wars image captioned “Batman & R2bin”.

Hit the jump to check out the cheeky image, and for real BvS news, check out the first Wonder Woman image and our full Comic-Con panel recapBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE – Warner Bros.’ Comic-Con Presentation Reveals First Look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

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During Warner Bros.’ Comic-Con presentation in the convention center’s famed Hall H today, a crowd-pleasing presentation kicked things off with Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  While we’ve previously seen Henry Cavill in costume as Superman, along with Ben Affleck in costume as Batman, this presentation was the first glimpse of Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman armor.  Needless to say, it looks like the Internet’s knee-jerk reaction to Gadot’s casting was premature; no surprise there.  They also screened some footage that apparently wowed the crowd, which Matt covers in his panel recap.

Also starring Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, and Laurence Fishburne.  Batman vs. Superman opens May 6, 2016.  Hit the jump to check out the new Wonder Woman image.

New Ben Affleck BATMAN V SUPERMAN Image Celebrates the Character’s Anniversary

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Though director Zack Synder’s Man of Steel follow-up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice doesn’t open in theaters until 2016, Comic-Con-goers will be quite disappointed if we don’t see something from the film during the Warner Bros. Hall H panel on Saturday.  The thirst for superhero footage should be temporarily quenched by today’s reveal of a new Ben Affleck Batman v Superman image that gives us another look at Affleck as the Caped Crusader.  The image premiered on the convention floor at the DC Booth to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Batman character.  This image is a much tighter shot than the previous character reveal, giving us a great look at some Batfleck Stubble.  I really think the choice of casting Affleck as Batman was a fantastic move, and I’m crossing my fingers we get to see a short tease of the character in action this weekend.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Ben Affleck Batman v Superman image.  The film also stars Gal GadotJesse EisenbergAmy AdamsLaurence FishburneJason MomoaHolly HunterCallan Mulvey, Tao OkamotoScoot McNairy, and Jeremy Irons.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.

BATMAN DAY Giveaway! Two Lucky Readers Will Each Win a Batman Black & White Statue by Jae Lee, New Detective Comics #27, and a Batman Mask and Cape

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DC Collectibles is giving two lucky readers a chance to win some Bat-swag for Batman Day!  Celebrate the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary on  Batman Day, July 23rd by entering our giveaway and winning the following items:

  • Batman Black & White statue by Jae Lee from DC Collectibles (Valued at $79.95 ea)
  • A special edition of Detective Comics #27, featuring Batman’s first appearance, and reimagined by artist Chip Kidd and author Brad Meltzer
  • Batman masks inspired by designs from the hero’s 75 years of existence
  • Batman cape celebrating the 75th anniversary of the World’s Greatest Detective

Hit the jump for details on how you can win.

LEGO Reveals THE DARK KNIGHT Tumbler as Well as Heath Ledger Joker

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LEGO and Batman have been together for years, but always in a fun, cutesy way.  But at San Diego Comic-Con, LEGO Batman is getting a little grittier by releasing not only The Dark Knight Tumbler, but also a Heath Ledger Joker minifigure.  The Tumbler will be on display at Comic-Con beginning Wednesday, and will go on sale in September.  The toy has 1,869 pieces and will retail for $199.  If you want to buy it, you’re also going to have to clear some shelf space because the toy measures 15 inches tall and 9 inches wide plus it comes with a fact-sheet/plate.

The Tumbler set also includes a new Batman figure, which is painted slightly differently than previously released Batman minifigs, yet it doesn’t have the same Bat symbol as the one from The Dark Knight.  But where things get a little confusing for me is the Heath Ledger joker.  It will be included in the Tumbler set, but I can’t think of another LEGO minifigure that was based on such an intentionally disturbing character.  Does it come with a pencil?  Or just knives and lint?  Hit the jump to check out LEGO Batman Heath Ledger Joker and the Tumbler.

Comic-Con 2014 Bags to Feature ARROW, THE FLASH, GOTHAM, CONSTANTINE and More

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San Diego Comic-Con bags aren’t really good for everyday use beyond Comic-Con, but every single year I still manage to squeeze it into my suitcase so I can take it home and never use it again.  Perhaps it’s a little silly, but the designs tend to be pretty cool and when I score one for a show I like, I’m hanging on to it.  And this year will probably be no different; I’ve already got my eye on a few.

For the fifth year in a row, Warner Bros. Entertainment teamed up with Comic-Con to create 13 different bags to be distributed upon check-in.  This year, the line-up includes designs for Arrow, Constantine, The Flash, The Following, Gotham, iZOMBIE and The Originals.  Hit the jump to check out all 13 Comic-Con 2014 bags.

Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Wednesday’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th Includes CONSTANTINE, HANNIBAL, BATMAN ’66, and More

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The Comic-Con 2014 scheduled for Wednesday’s July 23rd’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th has been announced.  As they’ve done in previous years, Preview Night will offer fans a first look at the pilots for upcoming shows.  This year’s lineup is for The Flash, Constantine, and iZombie plus a brand new episode Teen Titans Go!.  On Thursday, you’ll get a much stronger Hall H lineup than last year with presentations from DreamWorks Animation, The Giver, Paramount Pictures, Entertainment Weekly’s: The Visionaries (the “visionaries” haven’t been announced yet, but usually this is a fascinating panel), and a look at the upcoming Batman ’66 Blu-ray set.  Folks in Ballroom 20, which hosts plenty of TV panels, will get to see presentations for 24, Teen Wolf, Hannibal, and Penny Dreadful.  Then there’s an outlier with Sony Pictures doing a presentation in the Indigo Ballroom over the in Hilton Bayfront Hotel.  That’s how packed Comic-Con is this year: there’s no room for a major studio that’s bringing Goosebumps and Pixels.

Hit the jump for Comic-Con 2014 schedule highlights from Wednesday’s July 23rd’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th.  The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con will run from July 23rd to July 27th.

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