Ahead of the film’s trailer debut this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. is pleased to reveal the official teaser one-sheet for AQUAMAN.
Directed by James Wan (“The Conjuring” films, “Furious 7”) and starring Jason Momoa in the title role, AQUAMAN also stars Amber Heard (“Justice League,” “Magic Mike XXL”) as Mera; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (“Platoon,” “Spider-Man 2”) as Vulko; Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Green Lantern”) as Tom Curry; Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables” films) as Nereus; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (“Baywatch,” Netflix’s “The Get Down”) as Black Manta; with Patrick Wilson (“The Conjuring” films, “Watchmen”) as Orm/Ocean Master; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours,” “Lion”) as Atlanna.
AQUAMAN will release in UK cinemas on December 14.
Warner Bros. UK is pleased to reveal the brand new Thunder trailer for the highly anticipated JUSTICE LEAGUE.
First full Justice League Trailer.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
JUSTICE LEAGUE is released in UK Cinemas November 17, 2017.
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
WONDER WOMAN is available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™ and DVD October 9 and on Digital Download September 25
a round up of the DC Universe TV show in the UK at the moment.
The Flash – Sky 1 Tuesday nights at 8pm
Flash returned to our screens two weeks ago, season 3 sees Barry Allen dealing with the ramifications of his time travelling escapades at the end of season 2.
Barry changed the timeline surrounding his mother’s death, he stopped the reverse Flash, and took him away. Keeping him locked up in a specially designed cell. Barry lives out a surreal existence with his mother and father saved from death. Aww that’s cute.
Little does Barry realise the damage he’s doing. He starts having these weird little episodes, flashes of the real timeline start to disappear. Thorn still locked up, questions Barry and his motives. Who’s the villain Barry?
In this version of events, Wally West is Kid Flash (he hates being called that). Barry and Wally team up to deal with the Rival. Wally almost dies in this reality. Detective West saves the day, by killing the Rival.
Flash has to release the reverse Flash in a bid to reset the timeline. Oh dear Barry, you’ve messed up badly. Thorn takes Barry on his wild ride. But where has he left him?
Barry is completely at the mercy of Reverse Flash, and he’s gone and done a runner. (That’s really cheesy). Barry isn’t safe yet, subtle differences assure him he isn’t in the correct reality yet. Ms West, isn’t speaking to her father. Barry makes it his mission to sort the pair out.
Barry reveals to the group minus Harry Well’s that he’s messed with time, and messed it all up. He reminds the group that they should be working as one to save the day. So they put things aside to save the day. A new villain had appeared in alchemy, and he’s just resurrected the Rival. But what else has he bought back?
Sisko has his vibe suit and he’s pretty kick ass. Kaitlyn is hiding a dark secret. Killer frost. Will this mean she’ll go rogue and turn on the group?
You’ll have to watch Sky 1 on Tuesdays to find out.
Wednesdays sees the green Arrow return to our screens, also at 8pm on Sky 1.
Ollie is now mayor of Central city, and he’s trying to juggle his day job and his vigilante activities. The core team has been broken up. Thea just wants to get on being herself. Laurel Lance is dead, and the city owes her their existence to her. They’ve honored her with a statue (albeit a terrible one).
Former captain Lance is struggling to come to terms with the loss of the black canary, and he’s taken step backwards into the bottle. He’s no longer got the white canary to help him through, no she’s traveling in time with the Legends of tomorrow.
The events of season 4 lost me. I’m sorry I did not care much for the Damien Darkh storyline. But it’s fair to say he broke the group up. Enter our new villain, looking to terrorise the city and seize control. Church is a good match for Arrow, and without the usual back up Ollie looks out of his depth.
Felicity conceives Ollie he must recruit a new team. Ollie begins by chasing down mad dog. Gives him the usual warning, then leaves him an invite to try out for his team. The tech guy wants to join, and he’s on the inside, knowing who Ollie is and the whole nine yards. We have a new girl being recruited too.
Felicity is still happy to fulfil her role as overwatch. She’s the only one to keep Ollie grounded and stable. The man is a looney, taking on all manner of bad guy. He takes a Bratva training module to try to teach the team. But he’s so harsh on the new group, that all of them want out. Throw in a few flashbacks and you’re setting up the tone of the season. Ollie struggling with the weight of all his duties, and trying to put a kick ass team together.
Thea makes an interesting discovery, no big surprise that a supposed ally is really up to no good. Enter ragman, an undisclosed neutral with an axe to grind.
Arrow will have his hands full this season.
Legends of Tomorrow
Legends of Tomorrow returned on Thursday and will continue in a Thursday night slot on Sky 1 also at 8pm.
The Legends dealt with the time masters at the end of season 1. Rip Hunter has taken the Legends through time, playing protectors to all effectively making them the new time masters.
Looks like they’ve messed up though, they and the time ship are apparently at the bottom of the ocean since 1942. Our new member of the team, finds Ollie in his office. Dropping the bomb that he knows he is the Green Arrow.
Ollie is convinced that the best thing to do is get into a submersible and find the wave rider. Job done, they find only one crew member in stasis. After they get him out of stasis, they listen to his tale. Nice little set up for the season. Find Damien Darkh, and ignore the warning from another time master. Stay out of 1942! Ok then 1942 it is.
Darkh has stolen Einstein’s estranged wife in a bid to give the Nazis an atomic weapon. The Germans get the weapon onto a submarine and plan to travel to New York win the war and be home in time for crumpets and sauerkraut for tea with the führer.
Crisis averted but on a collision course with a nuclear device, Rip scatters the team through time but saves Mick Rory in stasis. Just because he took a hit and wouldn’t do so well being scattered. So the new guy and Mr Rory are tasked with finding the rest of the crew throughout time.
Where is Rip? What is Darkh up to? And why has Thorn turned up?
We’ll have to watch to find out how all of these questions pan out over the coming episodes. Sky seem to have all the superhero stuff that’s important.
Warner Bros. UK is pleased to reveal the official first look image for the release of the highly anticipated action adventure, Wonder Woman.
Directed by Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”) and starring Gal Gadot (the “Fast & Furious” movies) in the titular role, Wonder Woman made her big screen debut this weekend in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” but the new film will mark her first time headlining a feature.
The film also stars Chris Pine (the “Star Trek” films) as Captain Steve Trevor, Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Netflix’s “House of Cards”), Danny Huston (“Clash of the Titans,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), David Thewlis (the “Harry Potter” films, “The Theory of Everything”), Ewen Bremner (“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “Snowpiercer”), Saïd Taghmaoui (“American Hustle”), Elena Anaya (“The Skin I Live In”) and Lucy Davis (“Shaun of the Dead”).
The film is being produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder, with Richard Suckle, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and Rebecca Roven serving as executive producers.
Joining Jenkins behind the camera are director of photography Matthew Jensen (“Chronicle,” “Fantastic Four,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Oscar-nominated production designer Aline Bonetto (“Amélie,” “A Very Long Engagement,” “Pan”), and Oscar-winning editor Martin Walsh (“Chicago,” “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” “V for Vendetta”), and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Topsy-Turvy”).
Set to open in 2017, the Wonder Woman feature film is based on characters created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
An all-star roster of actors has joined new action adventure Suicide Squad, bringing DC Comics’ super villain team to the big screen under the direction of David Ayer (“Fury”).
The film will star two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (“The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Ali,” “Focus”) as Deadshot; Joel Kinnaman (“Run All Night”, “Robocop”) as Rick Flagg; Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Focus,” upcoming the “Tarzan” movie) as Harley Quinn; Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Alexander”) as the Joker; Jai Courtney (“Divergent,” “The Water Diviner”) as Boomerang; and Cara Delevingne (“Anna Karenina,” upcoming “Pan”) as Enchantress.
Ayer is also writing the script for Suicide Squad, which is being produced by Charles Roven (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”) and Richard Suckle (“American Hustle”). Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns are serving as executive producers.
SUICIDE SQUAD is released in UK cinemas in August 2016
The Stars Align To Bring Star Trek And Green Lantern Together This July
San Diego, CA (April 4, 2015) – IDW Publishing, CBS Consumer Products and DC Entertainment announced today that they will boldly go where no one has gone before…in brightest day, in blackest night. Two iconic franchises will meet this summer in a legendary crossover event with the release of a six-part comic book miniseries, STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR. Both Star Trek and Green Lantern are known for their strong cast of interstellar characters and when they come together for the first time this July, fans new and old are sure to experience a galaxy-sized thrill.
STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR is six-part monthly mini-series and will be written by veteran Star Trek comic writer Mike Johnson with interior art by Angel Hernandez (INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE, ARROW). STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR #1 will be available in stores and online in July, boasting covers from Gabriel Rodriguez, Francesco Francavilla, Elsa Charretier, and Garry Brown. Following issues will feature covers from an amazing lineup that includes Declan Shalvey, Marc Laming, and more!
“We’ve looked forward to bringing these two iconic universes together for a long time,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW President and COO. “Star Trek and Green Lantern both share so many of the same science-fiction adventure themes and ideals, that a galaxy-spanning crossover like this is simply…logical.”
“Green Lantern is one of the most popular, storied characters in the history of comic books and a modern DC Comics icon. An entire universe of Green Lanterns and other supporting characters have grown out from his original adventures in the 1940’s, and this series really showcases the intergalactic scope of the franchise,” said Bob Harras, Editor-in-Chief of DC Comics.
A pop culture mainstay for almost 50 years, Star Trek’s fan base continues to grow exponentially with the new feature films in 2009 and 2013. Now all Star Trek fans can watch their favorite U.S.S. Enterprise crew members meet Hal Jordan and the entire Green Lantern Corps in an adventure that spans space, time and all the colors of the spectrum. Set in Star Trek’s 23rd Century, the balance of the universe will be tested when the Green Lantern Corps’ Power Rings come into the possession of certain Star Trek characters while a dark and powerful evil looms around every corner. Only the combined power of the Green Lantern Corp and the Federation stand any chance of stopping those who worship evil’s might.
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DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.
?Green Lantern? ? Review for SciFind by Matt Dillon
Where did it all go wrong for DC? Whilst Marvel have ushered in the great modern age of the superhero movie with the likes of X-Men, Spider-Man and the recent solo outings for the Avengers cast – admittedly having stolen the perfect super-movie formula from Richard Donner’s Superman in the first place – DC’s one and only victory of recent years has been Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise, and even that was a gamble. Watchmen split fans, and that was based on a comic book which invented new heroes to get around DC’s preciousness; the Wonder Woman pilot was declared a failure because fans couldn’t get over her costume; and the less said about Superman Returns the better. And yet it could be argued that they have a far richer back-catalogue of source material than their rivals, employing such powerful archetypes that it’s almost impossible to get them wrong.
Almost, however, isn’t completely, and this brings us sharply to the question of Green Lantern. One of DC’s most enduring characters, writing for Green Lantern – regardless of who is wearing the ring – is hampered only by the power of imagination.? His powers come from a ring which, through a process that owes more to science fantasy than the science fiction proffered by the comic book in recent years, makes the wearer’s will manifest, as long as they don’t mind their will being all green and glowing. Warner Brothers had already had a successful stab at the character (albeit a different incarnation) as part of the main lineup in their Justice League animated series – a series which, incidentally, also made a decent go of almost every mainstream DCU character, and plenty of the second-stringers to boot – so it seemed that the Lantern would be the perfect choice to pave the way for a new generation of DC movies that, presumably, would culminate in an ensemble flick based on the Justice League itself. Fate, as it turns out, had something else in mind.
It’s not as if the film completely misfires. The first thirty minutes or so of Green Lantern seem to follow that tried and tested super-movie formula: we meet our protagonist, his love interest, his best friend and his family in short order. The protagonist gets super powers; the protagonist discovers that he has a greater purpose, and then…? Well, we all know what’s supposed to happen next. We should get a montage of super-moments, as our hero begins fighting crime and injustice, swiftly followed by the movie’s villain revealing himself. The hero will then come up against the villain swathed in overconfidence, suffer an humiliating defeat, lose all confidence, get inspired by his mentor/father figure then fly off to save his love interest (or mentor) who, in the meantime, has found themselves kidnapped by the villain. Cue an explosive final showdown, in which the hero gets whipped to within an inch of his life before snatching victory out of the jaws of defeat with one final courageous move, and an epilogue showing the hero now fully embracing his destiny and flying off into the sunset (usually straight at the camera).
Come on, that’s how superhero movies go. That’s the way they always go. It’s soft, warm and comforting, like an old blanket, and it ensures that the audience leave the cinema on a high. We want a hero with vulnerabilities, we want a sexy love interest, and we want a supremely arch villain. We want a climax that leaves us punching the air in celebration. We want a stirring score, complete with an iconic fanfare. We want Richard Donner’s Superman, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, Jon Favreau’s Iron Man. We want goosebumps. And if Green Lantern had managed even two thirds of these criteria you might be reading a more favourable review, but it fails to tick so many boxes that what we are left with is what The Black Dog Podcast’s Lee Medcalf describes as “a collection of trailer moments” – a series of scenes strung together which, in the context of themselves, work very well, but with none of the connective tissue required to knit them together into a coherent movie.
Strike one: the film cannot decide whether it wants to tell a story on a local (Earth-based) scale or a wider-reaching galactic scale. The film’s first act ends with Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) being spirited away to Oa, the planetary headquarters of the Green Lantern Corps – galactic police on the side of justice, all of whom bear a ring exactly like Hal’s. He meets a high degree of resistance, as (in yet another tired SF cliche) humans are considered “too young” and too headstrong to be worthy of joining the Corps, and is trained by a sneering instructor and then… quits. The next thirty minutes or so leave him sulking on Earth, pouting out of a series of windows like a dumped Bella Swan, whilst his fellow Lanterns (don’t bother learning their names, they have no impact on the plot) use painfully brief scenes to discover the movie’s big bad – a giant planet-eating squid standing in for comic book villain Parallax. Does this threat immediately head for earth? No. Instead, a slap-headed John Waters lookalike gets magically infected with some Parallax DNA, contracts Elephantitis, gets a little bit telepathic and throws a strop. Cue the one and only rescue scene of the movie, in which Hal saves a helicopter that’s hovering about three feet off the ground, a really uninspiring showdown, and Hal flying off to succeed where hundreds of other, more experienced Lanterns have failed. He does eventually come into contact with ?Squilactus? aka Parallax, after returning to Earth yet again, but by this time you’ve really lost interest.
Strike two: the film can’t decide whether they want to use Mark Strong’s Sinestro as a villain or a hero (he’s fulfilled both roles in comic series, albeit mainly the former) and so present him as a fairly good guy, only to give what I’m sure they were hoping would be a fan-pleasing moment twenty seconds into the end credits. If you’ve followed the comic franchise you can probably guess what this moment is, but since this incarnation of the character has been given absolutely no reason to turn against the Green Lantern Corps – he’s consumed with saving the Corps from Parallax and that, of course, has been done – it is simply one more disconnected moment, adding absolutely nothing to the film. Certainly it is sequel bait, but the film spends no time setting it up and therefore wastes it. Sinestro’s gradual fall could have made (and should have made) a fantastic plot device for this first outing. Mark Strong is exactly the arch villain that the movie is lacking, and having him on screen in such a half-hearted manner only serves to highlight what a crime that is.
Strike three: it’s in 3D. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but cinema does NOT need 3D. Since this ridiculous gimmick re-reared its ugly head a few years ago, only one movie seems to have actually had a decent use for it, and that was Tron Legacy, which used the 3D effect as subtle marker for scenes set inside the computerised world of The Grid. In the case of Green Lantern, however, it just about manages to add some depth to the space scenes, and otherwise might as well not even be there.
To give it its due, Green Lantern does contain a handful of decent crowd-pleasing moments, but they really can’t polish up the mess underneath. If the film’s horrendous pacing issues were absent it might make a decent Sunday afternoon movie for kids, but the drawn-out soul-searching and moping is far more likely to leave them bored, and the hideous plot-mangling will irritate existing fans whilst leaving newcomers completely cold. Sorry, DC, but Marvel is still the undisputed king of the comic book movie. Better luck next time.