Well, Alan Moore finally has a seriously legitimate beef when it comes to DC adapting his work. Moore’s 1988 original graphic novel, The Killing Joke, is widely regarded as one of the three best Batman stories of all-time. It has been incredibly influential in the development of the involved characters in the comics, influenced Tim Burton and Chris Nolan’s Batman films (Heath Ledger was given a copy of The Killing Joke when he signed on, and the interrogation scene in The Dark Knight has a lot of parallels with the graphic novel’s final showdown), and along with Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One, ushered in the modern grim and gritty Batman that has been the standard take since. When DC announced that its 24th animated feature would be its first R-Rated film, and would tackle The Killing Joke, fans initially got very excited. Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill would return to voice the iconic roles. The first trailer seemed to pull directly from the graphic novel, and got fans even more excited. Then, around Comic-Con, details started leaking about exactly how DC was padding the 48-page OGN into a 78 minute film. Thus began the slow reveal of the worst animated project DC has ever released. It fails the source material, it inflames concerns over aspects of the graphic novel, the script by Brian Azzarello is dull and poorly written when not cribbing for Moore, in short, this is an utter disaster. Continue reading Movie Review: The Killing Joke (2016) *DC is in Flames*→
While Marvel kicks DC’s tail in the movie theater, it’s pretty much even with the quality of the TV shows the publishers put out (much to the benefit of fans). DC doesn’t have a mature show line like Marvel does on Netflix, but their usurpation of The CW with Arrow still fantastic into its fifth year, Flash just as good into its third, Supergirl moving over from CBS for season two, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow taking on The Legion of Doom in season 2, and Gotham getting ready for The Court of Owls in season three, that’s a pretty solid line-up for fans to look forward to this fall. Comic Con had trailers for all five series for you to check out below.
Check out this write-up from Coming Soon that gives us THREE DC films a year starting in 2016 to begin building their film universe. The next two projects, according to the report, is a solo Captain Marvel/Shazam movie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman (which I maintain cannot be done in a film). Interestingly enough, if we didn’t already not consider Batman v. Superman a sequel to Man of Steel, Man of Steel 2 is on the slate for 2018. Looks like we’re going to be seeing two Marvel films, three DC films and a Star Wars film every year by 2016. Just…WOW.
Geek Tyrant has the latest scoop on what DC may actually be doing with its properties after Batman vs. Superman (it appears the Dark Knight-and rightly so-is getting top billing). We’ve got Green Arrow and The Flash with shows on The CW, but what about the rest of the universe? Find out below:
We’ve all been wondering when Warner Bros. is really going to pull the trigger on making more movies based on DC Comics superheroes. We knowBatman Vs. Superman is one the way, but it looks like the studio will be making more announcements in the near future.
Warner Bros. releases 12 to 14 movies annually, and CEO Kevin Tsujiharasays that the foundation of their upcoming slate of films will come from DC Entertainment,
“I think the basis, foundation of those 12 to 14 pictures are going to be coming from DC Entertainment.”
He goes on to confirm the title of Batman Vs. Superman, and talks about the upcoming announcements, saying,
“We have Batman Vs. Superman coming out in 2015, but there are going to be in the coming months a lot of announcements regarding the future movie, television, games and consumer product pieces that are going to be coming from DC… DC really does touch a lot of parts of our business and is an important part of the strategy in how we are going to grow going forward.”
Very cool fanmade poster of what the potential Justice League movie might look like. Assuming DC makes its deadlines, probably 2017 is when we’ll see this actually happen. Eliza Dushku might be a little too old (which makes me feel ancient) for Wonder Woman now, but that’s an interesting choice. Whether DC goes with the core five or adds two (Aquaman and Martian Manunter or Cyborg), it’s a pretty safe bet these are characters you’ll see. If the rumors of an older Batman for Superman vs. Batman are true, is that Batman going to continue on to a JLA movie? Lots of questions to answer between now and 2017.