5 DC Animated Films That Should Happen

With Justice League: War releasing on DVD and Bluray February 4th, a new era of DC Animated movies will begin. War is an adaptation of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s Origin arc of the Justice League’s formation and battle against Darkseid. The New 52 has had other great story lines that would be great as animated movies. Here are five comic arcs I’d love to see as future animated films!

Court of Owls/City of Owls- Batman

Written by Scott Snyder & Drawn by Greg Capullo

The New 52 launched Batman fighting different villains aside from the Usual Joker, Riddler, or Penguin. The Court of Owls, a secret society that has been around as long as Gotham, was once a children’s tale but Batman soon comes to realize how real they are. When Bruce Wayne and numerous prominent city officials are attacked the Court’s assassinators, the Talons, it takes everything Batman has in him to stop them and save Gotham.

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What makes these arcs great, which could be made into a two part movie deal, is that Batman is tested in every way possible. The sheer number of Talon’s and the Court’s grasp on the city make Batman’s task that much more difficult. The arc also crosses over into the various Bat titles and we even find out a certain Boy Wonder was supposed to be a Talon.

The First Born- Wonder Woman 

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The New 52’s Wonder Woman has been brilliant. It’s an independent comic book with one great story arc essentially. The writing is humorous and you come to care about the characters and the mythology behind them.

Shortly after we see Zeus’ last born child, we find out the God is dead and there is a battle for the throne of Olympus. Wonder Woman is charged with protecting the baby and his mother Zola from harm since the Gods fear a prophecy which states the child would be the demise of Olympus. IF that wasn’t difficult enough, the First Born child of Zeus escapes and WW has to battle him!

What’s Great about the series

  • Wonder Woman battling Hades, Poseidon, Apollo, the First Born
  • The Greek Mythology
  • Strong Female Character

Death of the Family- Batman

Written by Scott Snyder & Drawn by Greg Capullo

The return of the Joker in the New 52 is nothing short of spectacular. The prelude begins with the Joker being imprisoned, escaping, and a present being left in his cell, his face. After a year long absence, the Joker is just as twisted as ever, if not more and returns to Gotham reliving memorable battles against Batman. The events that ensue involve everyone Batman cares about as the Joker tries to eliminate what he deems Batman’s weakness.

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The whole Bat Family is in danger with Joker loose and scheming. This would be a very adult story but great none the less. If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you get to it so you can see how brilliant yet sick the Joker truly is.

Death of a King- Aquaman

Initially I was going to put Throne of Atlantis but I believe that will be made or is being made into the next DCA film. The arc that follows is just as good so it substitutes well. At any rate, the Death of a King explains the origin of Atlantis, the first king, and Aquaman’s true affiliation with the throne. The First King comes back to claim what is his and Arthur learns the truth hidden from all of Atlantis.

Geoff Johns run on Aquaman was amazing and really gave the character the respect he deserves. Most have a new found appreciation for Aquaman and that is a big reason why Arthur Curry should get the movie treatment DC’s Trinity has.

Forever Evil

With the appearance of the Crime Syndicate, Earth 3’s evil Justice League counterparts, and the subsequent disappearance of the Justice League, the world spirals into chaos. An unlikely team of surviving heroes and villains band together to end the Crime Syndicate’s reign.

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What’s Great about the Series

  • Lex Luthor, Batman, and other villains battling for Earth’s Survival
  • Forever Evil Tie ins: A.R.G.U.S., Arkham War, and Rogues Rebellion
  • Legitimate Consequences

I think this would be a great animated movie since it doesn’t focus on the usual popular characters as much. It would be refreshing for the focus to be less on the main members of the Justice League and more towards antiheroes like Lex Luthor and company.

DC Comics News You Can’t Miss

There have been many updates and previews from DC Comics recently. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

Justice League: War Released on iTunes

DVD/BluRay Release Feb. 4th

Yesterday, the new animated film Justice League:War was released on iTunes although the DVD and Blu-Ray won’t be out until February 4th. The animated movie is the first to venture into the New 52 era with this adaptation of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s  origin story for this version of the Justice League. The superheroes have to put aside their differences to save the world from Darkseid’s invasion.

A little heads up: The voice acting takes time to get used to. There are a lot of unfamiliar voices for the characters and the dialogue at times comes off as a little too cheesy.

 

Post-Credits Scene Hints at Future Animated Film

Coming Soon Atlantis vs. Surface Dwellers!

One of the best parts (in my opinion) of the Justice League is Aquaman, who is notably absent from the JL’s origin story. After the credits, there is about a 30 second clip which features Orm, Aquaman’s brother, holding an old man in his arms.

“The Surface Dwellers have killed our king. This is an act of war. And they will pay.” 

Geoff Johns said last August that Aquaman would be getting an animated film soon and this may be what he was referring to. The “Throne of Atlantis” arc was a crossover between Justice League and Aquaman so this is most likely what the plot will be adapted from and hopefully the new era of New 52 films will improve.

 

DC Comics April 2014 Solicitations!!

Forevil will be wrapping up come April and there will be a lot of changes as a result! 

Here are a few notable titles and release dates:

  • Sinestro #1-  The Yellow Lantern finally gets his own monthly comic! (Apr 16th)

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  • Justice League United #0- Writer Jeff Lemire brings us the adventures of what Earth calls Justice League Canada! Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, Green Arrow, Stargirl, Animal Man, and Super Girl! (Apr 23rd)

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  • Forever Evil Aftermath: Batman vs. Bane- Batman fights to take back Gotham City from the clutches of Bane in the aftermath of Forever Evil! (Apr 30th)

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  • Justice League #30- Lex Luthor leading the show?!?! (Apr 23rd)

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  • Aquaman and the Others #1- In this Aquaman prequel we’ll see how Aquaman and the Others formed and there other missions before the events of the New 52.  (Apr 2nd)

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  • The Flash Annual #3- The long awaited return of speedster Wally West!! (Apr 30th)

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For the FULL list head to Newsarama‘s report.

Be sure to check back here in a few days for my review of Justice League: War!!

What You May Have Missed Today: DC Comics News

Son of Batman

This year marks the 75th Anniversary for Batman and we received some well received news regarding his son, Damian Wayne. The first trailer for Son of Batman was released. Son of Batman is a new animated film based on Grant Morrison’s early run on the “Batman and Son” arc where he finds out he has an unruly pre-teen son. Damian was being raised by his mother Talia Al Ghul and the League of Assassins.

The voice cast features Jason O’Mara as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Stuart Allan as Damian, Morena Baccarin as Talia, Giancarlo Esposito as Ra’s Al Ghul, and Thomas Gibson as Deathstroke. Deathstroke was not originally in the story but he will be in the animated film which will premiere at Anaheim’s WonderCon Easter Weekend.  If you haven’t seen the trailer, take a look below.

 

 

JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time

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A new animated film entitled JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time will be released January 21st. It wasn’t really marketed and this was the first I’ve heard of it.

Here’s the synopsis:

Get ready for a battle of the ages when the Justice League faces off against its archenemies, the Legion of Doom, in an all-new movie from DC Comics. A mysterious being known as the Time Trapper arises, and a sinister plan led by Lex Luthor sends the Legion of Doom back in time to eliminate Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman before they become super heroes. For Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg, along with teen super heroes Karate Kid and Dawnstar, the stakes have never been higher, the rescue mission never deadlier. So join the fight for the future as the Justice League confronts its ultimate challenge… the threat of having never existed!

I’ll try to watch that as soon as I can and give you my take on it!

 

Gotham

As you may know, Fox will be filming a new TV show centered around Gotham, a young Gordon, and a young Bruce Wayne. More reports now reveal some of Batman’s main villains will be in the show. Villains include the Riddler, the Penguin, and even the Joker. Fox’s entertainment chairman, Kevin Reilly, reported what the future villains’ roles shall be. “We will see how they get to become what they are as Gotham is teetering on the edge,” Reilly said.

I expect Gotham to be DC’s counter to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and I hope it can be as good as S.H.I.E.L.D. is. (Which isn’t particularly outstanding)

That’s all the news I have for today. Be sure to check back for more updates and news!

Top 5 Current Must-Read DC Comics

The New 52 will be approaching its third year anniversary this September. There has been some discontinuations for some titles while others have flourished. I’m going to go over my favorite comics to pick up week in and out so here are my Top 5 DC Comics to read!

5. Justice League

The Justice League has experienced wide ranging success in the DCAU with hits Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. (Side note: Justice League: War comes out in about two weeks!) The New 52 launched with the League and it’s been pretty good from the start. Justice League has had some members drop, new additions, Supes/WW love story, crossover with Aquaman and Atlantis, and led into Forever Evil. Trinity War was a little underwhelming but Forever Evil seems to be picking up speed now. At any rate, the Justice League remains one of fan favorites for its great artwork from Lee and popularity of characters.

4.  Nightwing

Major Fanboy here for Nightwing but his comics have been pretty decent. There are numerous titles under the Bat Umbrella and Nightwing stands out among some of the best of the titles. The story arcs have included Haly’s Circus, Death of the Family, and his move to Chicago in search of Tony Zucco. I like seeing Nightwing’s relationship with Batman and the remains of his connection with Batgirl. The dynamic between Bruce and Dick is different from the Robin’s or Batgirl. Nightwing is currently battling Marionette and I suppose it should be leading into the events of Forever Evil soon. Now that should be interesting to see since his identity has been revealed. Hopefully he survives the outcome so we can get some more of Grayson’s humor and wit.

3.  Aquaman

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The end of so many jokes is no longer something to laugh about. Geoff Johns has turned a character who has been ridiculed into something great. The King of the Seven Seas had a great run under Johns and continues to thrive after his departure. I loved Aquaman and the Others. (A lot of people must have since they will have their own book come April) Their stories were interesting and added a level of depth to Aquaman’s character. Whether Aquaman was battling for the throne, his life, or his friends it was alway captivating and made you look forward to the next issue.

2.  Batman

Batman was one of the first comics I read from the New 52 and it was amazing. The Court of Owls arc was excellent. I felt like Batman wouldn’t make it out alive against the Court. Next, Death of the Family came along and things managed to get even better! The New 52 has an excellent take on one of the most infamous comic book villains. The Joker has always been sick and twisted and really such a fun character to read about.  Scott Snyder has done a great job with the series. Zero Year is the latest arc and its cool to reexamine Bruce in his founding years of being the Bat. He’s battled some tough foes and suffered even tougher losses yet Batman remains one of the strongest heroes because of his will and determination.

1. Wonder Woman

This is by far one of the best things that has come from the New 52 relaunch. What’s made Wonder Woman stand out is the consistent writing efforts from the same team. There hasn’t been a change in writers so things flow better. Brian Azzarello has done a great job with keeping the readers interested in the WW mythos. In the New 52, Diana Prince is a daughter of Zeus, God of War, and Last of the Amazons.  I also like how its really just been one story arc. Some may think it’s drawn out but it’s working nicely. Wonder Woman also hasn’t had any guest appearances from other Justice Leaguers or heroes which is different but allows you to focus on her world. Wonder Woman continues to excel issue after issue and I look forward to seeing what happens with the First Born and the Battle for Olympus.

Notable Mentions: Justice League Dark, Swamp Thing, Animal Man, Green Arrow

Comment your favorite titles and let me know what you like the best!!

Injustice Year Two Review

Injustice is back! After a short break period, Injustice picks up in Year Two with a flash back. Chapter 1, entitled Third Wheel, starts with Green Arrow, Black Canary, and Green Lantern as they finish a mission. We see the trio in the past visiting a bar sometime before Superman changed. Bruno Redondo did a great job in the opening issue. The artwork was beautifully drawn and the facial expressions of the characters were humorous. Although Green Arrow was killed by Superman, we still get another chance to see his humor and interactions with other heroes. Green Arrow will definitely be missed.

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The issue jumps back to the present as the heroes take time to bury the dead. Arrow’s funeral was definitely a reminder that there will be losses in the war and sides must be chosen. Green Lantern is no longer a third wheel and still sides with Superman. After a conflict with Superman, we find out that Canary is with child and working with Oracle. I like that even at Ollie’s funeral, Superman remains on guard and for a moment, he almost destroys Black Canary. The first chapter focused a lot on characterization and wasn’t very action oriented but that was fine. We saw a lot of interaction between old friends and new foes.

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What is Black Canary up to now that Batman is sidelined?

The second chapter, Fear, was not as strong as the opener. Superman visits Gotham, we find out what happened to Batman, and Kyle Rayner makes his way back to Earth. Superman’s visit with Commissioner Gordon was of little substance as Superman desperately tries to locate Batman. Even in his condition, Superman realizes Batman is still a dangerous threat to his cause. Bruce is healing in Dr. Fate’s tower thanks to Zatanna. Lastly, Kyle Rayner, who was away on GL business makes his way back home but is intercepted by Sinestro. The title Fear comes into play as Sinestro’s Corps instills said emotion in Rayner, resulting in the Green Lantern’s death. I did not understand this at all. Sinestro wants to ally himself with Superman as he sees how Superman is changing but why kill Rayner? He could have sided with Superman’s cause and been an ally like, I don’t know, Hal Jordan! There’s no way of knowing which side he would have chosen after arriving on Earth. This was our first time seeing these characters in the Injustice comic and for some this will be their only stint.

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All in all, the first glimpse back into the Injustice world featured a lot of character driven stories and slowly built to a bit of action. Redondo’s artwork looks great in both chapters and the facial expressions were accurate. With Batman out of commission, Black Canary assembles her own team and it looks like the eyes of those outside of Earth (the Guardians) are watching Superman closely. While some questions from the end of Year One were answered, many still remain unknown so be sure to pick up the next issue. Side note, the issues seem to be coming out monthly instead of weekly (digitally).

8.0/10

  • Great Artwork and focus on character interactions
  • More Green Arrow
  • Lack of Substance/Direction in Fear

Game of Thrones Season 4 Trailer

GoTYesterday, HBO released the first trailer for Season Four of Game of Thrones.  First off, everything looks amazing. Heres the trailer if you haven’t seen it.

Now, I’m currently reading a Clash of Kings so this won’t have any spoilers. 

The first shot of a city with the shadow of a dragon looked epic and the threat of the Mother of Dragon continues to grow. I love her character and Clarke does a great job in the role. She is compassionate while fierce and stern when need be. Season Three left off with Danaerys now gaining an entire city of newly freed slaves. It’ll be interesting to see where she heads next.

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There is also a gigantic wedding that will take place in Season Four. King Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell will wed in this season and I’m sure that will serve as a distraction to the chaos. Joffrey is such a hatable dude. Everything he does or says I just despise. Jack Gleeson is excellent and portrays the character very true to the books. A notable Martell will be in attendance and has some words with Tyrion. Speaking of the Imp, Tyrion seems to be in some sort of trouble. Well, he’s always in some trouble but this one is different. Will he finally meet his demise? He now has two main squeezes. Shae, the prostitute, and Sansa Stark, the oldest Stark that remains.

Jaime, the one-handed Kingslayer, is going to be fitted with a golden hand. Are the Lannisters really that rich? What I really want to see in Season Four is the path that Arya and Jon Snow take. Arya is losing family members left and right and there aren’t that many Starks left. Although we haven’t really seen many Wildling and Crow conflicts, the trailer showed an ensuing battle. Jon has people he cares for on both sides and last we saw so we’ll see where he really stands. Last we saw of Snow, he suffered serious wounds due to his girlfriend shooting him in the back. Tough Love. “You know nothing John Snuhh” 

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Author George R.R. Martin said that there will be an even bigger battle to take place this time around so that should great. Let it be noted that the Show runners have strayed away from the source material for Season Three and Season Four may follow that trend. We’ll just have to wait and see when Game of Thrones returns on April 6th.

 

Top 10 Moments from Injustice: Gods Among Us Year One

Injustice Gods Among Us was a hit video game that was released last April. The coinciding digital comic series was an even bigger hit gaining a great following. The series had it’s ups and downs but I loved it from the start. While the game story only briefly covers Superman’s ascent to Dictator of the World, the comic shows us how Superman’s reign began. Since Injustice Year Two was released last Tuesday, let’s take a look at the top moments that made us ooh and ahh from Year One.

10. Lois’ Death and Metropolis Destruction

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The Joker mixes together a dosage of Scarecrow’s fear toxin and Kryptonite which caused Superman’s perception to be altered. While he thinks he’s flying Doomsday up to outer space to stop a bomb from detonating, it was actually Lois. The Joker hooked up the bomb to detonate once Lois’ heartbeat stopped. The two things Superman held dear, he could not protect. What made matters worse was the Lois was pregnant so Clark lost his chance to be a father.  That moment threw Supe’s over the edge and led to another significant moment on the list.

9. The Relocation of Atlantis

The King of the Oceans doesn’t like being commanded and in a show of strength, Arthur pushes his armies onto the shores of many nations. That pretty much backfired as Superman and his team showed their strength by relocating Atlantis to the Sahara Desert. Aquaman quickly reconsidered his defiant nature and pulled back. This move showed how strong Superman is. He’s capable of doing virtually anything and any opposition will not sit with him. Injustice - Gods Among Us (2013-) 012-016

8. Martian Barbecue

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After Martian Manhunter is revealed to be allied with Batman, he takes on Superman and Wonder Woman. He tries to dissuade Superman from continuing his conquest but that eventually leads to Manhunter entering Wonder Woman’s body.(Not that way) With no other course of action as Diana’s life was at stake, Superman zaps Wonder Woman, leaving nothing but ash of Martian Manhunter.

7. Nightwing’s Death

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Robin sides with Superman when he decides Arkham isn’t doing a good enough job. A prison break caused by Harley Quinn led to a battle between Superman’s team, the inmates, and Batman & Nightwing. Robin throws his baton at Nightwing who then falls and lands on a rock, breaking his neck. The death shook both Robin, who wasn’t trying to kill Nightwing, and Batman who has now lost a son.

6. Team Batman

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The President and Batman form a team of heroes to combat Superman’s Regime. Catwoman, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Captain Atom, Huntress, Batwoman, and Black Lightning all enlist to save the world. It was great to see two sides “doing the right thing” go head to head.

5. Joker’s Final Laugh

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An enraged Superman fresh with grief did the unspeakable. When Superman killed the Joker, that changed everything. Superman, the poster child for morality, good, and justice murdered someone in cold blood. Side note, the brutality of the kill was something out of Mortal Kombat. No one was safe from that moment on. While Superman justified the kill as “One death to save millions of lives” Batman reminded him it always starts with one and just gets easier.

4. Green Arrow’s Demise

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Batman has said before the Arrow would keep the Justice League from going out of control since he always looks out for the little guys. After attacking the Fortress of Solitude to retrieve the Super Soldier pills, Team Batman discovered Martha and Jonathan Kent there. This led to Superman rushing back to save his parents who he thought were in danger. Arrow, trapped in the Fortress of Solitude, is left to feel Superman’s wrath. Luckily, with his last breaths, he is able to secure the pill for Batman before Superman commits one of many murders.

3. World Regime 

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This event ended Year One of Injustice. Superman’s press conference leads to Super powered Soldiers entering by his side to maintain the peace and ultimately ushered the world into a new era.

2. No Secrets (Identity Reveal)

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After learning the Martian Manhunter was spying on Superman for Batman, Superman decides its time to release the identity of his enemy. With his Identity out in the open, Batman will be seeing some major changes to his life. He would have no where to hide and who knows what would happen to Wayne Enterprises.

1. Breaking Bat

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The age old question has been asked thousands of times: Who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman? We got a great slugfest when Superman brought the fight to Batman’s Cave. Batman stalled for time as his synthesis of the Super pill neared completion. Superman not wanting to kill Batman, takes some notes from Bane and decides to cripple him instead.

Honorable Mention: Super Alfred Bringing the Pain

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Alfred took the Super Pill in an attempt to save Bruce. The Butler finally becomes a true hero and fights fire with fire. Superman now has a new accented nose.

Be sure to check back soon for a review of the first issue of Injustice: Year Two.