Most reviews labeled Batman: Arkham Origins as a serviceable continuation of the series, but it came with the caveat that the developer was WB Montreal instead of Rocksteady, who created the first two games, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Rocksteady has now “returned” to the series (I doubt they ever really left; they probably just wanted more time to work on their game, and Warner Bros. didn’t want a three-year gap between entries), with Batman: Arkham Knight. A four-minute announcement trailer has been released, and in all honesty, it’s pretty silly. It’s pulling a page from the Man of Steel playbook by having the dead father narrate hopes for his superhero son, and some of the moves Batman does are ridiculous. But Rocksteady’s Arkham games have been incredibly fun, and this will be the first one where you can drive the Batmobile, although I’m not sure how that gets you around faster than being able to fly like in Arkham City.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and a brief plot synopsis. Batman: Arkham Knight will be released later this year on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (so I guess I’m going to have to buy one of those…).
It’s always fun to drive a cool car, but what if you had the ability to own the coolest car? A street-legal replica of the Batmobile from Christopher Nolan’s Batman films—aka “The Tumbler”—has been built and is now being put up for sale to the general public for a cool $1 million. Yes, that’s right, this vehicle is 100% legal to drive on normal streets. The vehicle comes complete with 44-inch tires, (extremely necessary) driver-assist cameras, and a stereo with Bluetooth and iPod integration so you can blast Hans Zimmer’s Batman score while driving the streets at night, searching for crime to thwart. It’s not explicitly stated if the owner will be able to leap across buildings and shoot fire out of the back end, but it’s probably best if those features are not included so as to prevent citywide destruction at the hands of a very wealthy novice.
Hit the jump to take a look at some images of the Tumbler replica and to find out where you can purchase Christian Bale’s broodmobile.
If you simply can’t wait to see DC’s most famous superheroes team up to do battle on the big screen, then you’ll want to check out Justice League: War, the latest effort from Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. The animated feature adaptation of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s 2011 “Justice League: Origin” storyline finds the famous heroes battling crime separately before they officially team up. When a powerful new threat invades the Earth, the heroes must put aside their differences in order to work together and save the world. It’s a worthy addition to the series of animated features, and a great place-holder between live-action movies.
Featuring the voices of Alan Tudyk, Jason O’Mara, Michelle Monaghan, Christopher Gorham, Justin Kirk, Shemar Moore, and Sean Astin, Justice League: War is now available on Blu-ray. Hit the jump for my review.
The DC Comics/Batman prequel series Gotham has found its Gordon, and one imagines the news has Seth Cohen shrieking with delight. It was announced today that Southland and The O.C. star Ben McKenzie will play Jim Gordon in the pilot, which revolves around the Gotham’s future commissioner and takes place within the Batman universe. The Fox show—which has a series commitment from the network—comes from executive producer/showrunner Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) and Danny Cannon (CSI, Nikita) is onboard to direct the pilot.
As previously reported, Fox hopes to use Gotham as a vehicle for exploring famous Batman villains like the Riddler, Catwoman, and the Penguin. It comes on the heels of The CW’s recent success with an Arrow TV show, and that network also has a potential The Flash series in the works. More after the jump.
While we continue to wait with bated breath for some official casting news concerning the new Star Wars film, Warner Bros. has just dropped a bomb by announcing the casting of both Lex Luthor and Alfred in director Zack Snyder’s Batman-infused follow-up to Man of Steel. The incredibly talented Jesse Eisenberg will be playing the villainous Luthor in the untitled Batman vs. Superman film, while Jeremy Irons will be assuming the role of Batman’s trusted companion Alfred. Hit the jump to read on.
Two new Mondo posters are dipping into some 20th century icons for inspiration. First up is a nostalgic version of the animated feature Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Originally released in 1993, the film finds Batman wrongly accused of a series of mob murders. This new poster shows him facing off against the vigilante assassin behind it all. The second Mondo poster takes inspiration from David Fincher’s 1999 film, Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is … well, you know, so you’ll just have to hit the jump to take a look at the upcoming Mondo posters.
Here’s a round-up of the latest news bits in the world of DC movies:
- Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) confirms a three-picture deal to star as Wonder Woman. The report also reveals Gadot’s payday for the film (if you’re interested in that sort of thing), and more importantly, a May start date for the Man of Steel sequel.
- While it will be a little while before we see Ben Affleck in the Batsuit for that sequel, his wife Jennifer Garner has already gotten a peak, calling it “unbelievably cool” and “a total reinvention.”
- Stephen Amell, star of The CW series, Arrow, recently commented on the state of the Justice League movie and his discussions for possibly joining the DC superhero team-up.
Hit the jump for more on each story.
While DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. get their act together in the live-action feature film department, a new animated feature is on the way in the form of Son of Batman. Based on the 2006 Grant Morrison comic arc, this feature centers on Batman’s discovery that he has a violent, unruly pre-teen son named Damian. Secretly raised by the terrorist group the League of Assassins, Damian is the offspring of Batman and Talia Al Ghul.
The voice cast features Jason O’Mara, Stuart Allan, Morena Baccarin, Giancarlo Esposito, David McCallum, Xander Berkeley and Thomas Gibson. Son of Batman will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and for digital download late this spring and will make its world premiere at WonderCon. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
Warner Bros. has just announced a new release date for its planned Man of Steel sequel. The as-of-yet untitled film, widely referred to as Batman vs. Superman, will now be opening May 6, 2016 instead of the planned July 17, 2015 release date. The official reason for the delay is listed as “allowing the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.” There were some rumors floating around the internet today that Ben Affleck, who will be playing Bruce Wayne/Batman, had injured his leg, but the veracity of those reports is not mentioned here. It’s worth noting that production on the film has been pushed back to the second quarter of this year, however.
May 2016 is going to be quite the busy month for comic book adaptations, as Batman vs Superman, an untitled Marvel movie, and X-Men: Age of Apocalypse are all slated. The vacant release date on Warner Bros.’ calendar will now be filled by the untitled Peter Pan film directed by Joe Wright. Hit the jump for more.
We recently reported that Donal Logue (Terriers) had been offered the role of James Gordon in the upcoming Gotham series; well, that was half-right. Logue was indeed offered a role, but it was for the part of Detective Harvey Bullock. The show’s pilot describes the character as being in his 40s and acting as a mentor for the younger Gordon. Throughout comics history and subsequent adaptations, Bullock has always been a cop who works in the gray areas, sometimes known for taking bribes, roughing up suspects and even sabotaging Gordon’s work, while other times he acts as the “bad cop” who is ultimately trusted by Gordon. We’ll see which version makes its way into Gotham, and whether or not Logue will take on the role. (Via Latino Review)
The 1960s Batman TV series a camp classic and delightful take on the famous character. Some like him dark and brooding, but there’s no denying the fun of Adam West’s performance as the caped crusader, the “WHAM!” and “POW” title cards, and the unforgettable theme song just to name a few. However, aside from the 1966 movie, the series has been unavailable on home release due to legal entanglements regarding ownership. Thankfully, it looks like that obstacle has finally been overcome because the series is finally getting an official release. Conan O’Brien made the announcement on his Twitter feed. There are currently no other details other than Warner Bros. will release all 120 episodes together in a complete series box set.
Hit the jump to check out Conan’s tweet, which includes a photo of him standing next to the classic Batmobile. And be sure to check back with us as we get more details on this set. Same Bat-time. Same Bat-channel.
Rumor has it that the role of James Gordon in the new Gotham series has been offered to Donal Logue. Normally you see Gordon’s name with the title of Commissioner in front of it, but as the Fox series will take place before even a young Bruce Wayne dons the cape and cowl, Gordon will have to earn those stripes. Scripted by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist), Gotham explores Gordon’s origins alongside such infamous villains as the Riddler, Catwoman and the Penguin, and takes place in a Gotham plagued with crime before the arrival of Batman. Hit the jump for more on Gotham and Logue.
All we really knew about the upcoming Gotham series up until this point is that it would center on a younger version of Commissioner James Gordon and would not be featuring the Batman. Now, we know that those villains will include, at the very least, the Riddler, Catwoman and the Penguin. Scripted by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist), Gotham explores Gordon’s origins alongside the villains who made Gotham City famous, and takes place in a Gotham plagued with crime before the arrival of Batman. We’ll also get to see Bruce Wayne himself, though not in the role fans are used to. Hit the jump for more.
We haven’t heard much about the Batman/Commissioner Gordon series Gotham since Fox won a bidding war for it, but now we know that Danny Cannon will direct and executive produce the pilot. Scripted by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist), Gotham “explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous.” The show, which has a series commitment and penalty, takes place in a Gotham plagued with crime before the arrival of Batman.
Cannon, who had some rough experiences in the movie world having directed Judge Dredd and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, has fared well in the television landscape. He’s directed the pilots for CSI, Dark Blue, and more recently, The Tomorrow People. Cannon is currently filming the TV movie, The Lottery. (Via Deadline)
For the third year in a row I find myself looking through previous Top 5 installments on the last Saturday of the year, trying to whittle the hundreds of stories I’ve covered in the past 52 weeks down to the five that I find most interesting, important, popular, etc. At its most basic, this is just an exercise of further reducing a list that I’ve been trimming and prepping on a weekly basis all year long. That’s likely the most boring/tedious way of looking at it, but true nonetheless.
At its best, I see the “End of the Year Edition” as a Collider time capsule of sorts. A snapshot that is in no way comprehensive enough to properly acknowledge the amount of time, work, thought, travel, money, etc. that goes into making this site what it is. And yet, representative enough of our content as a whole that someone who stumbles upon it can see what we were trying to accomplish: to cover the things that we’re passionate about in the most interesting and sincere way possible and to completely and utterly dominate the Internet by way of Star Wars and superhero movie casting rumors. Keep reading for the five stories/pieces of content that in many ways defined our 2013.