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.

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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!!

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!!

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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Watch out for that ro–

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)

Biggest Tweet of the Year

Biggest Tweet of the Year

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.

 

Will Wonder Woman Origin Story Change in Batman vs Superman?

In the latest rumor about the Man of Steel sequel, Wonder Woman may have a change in her origin story. Wonder Woman comes from Themyscira, a hidden island full of Amazons, and was discovered after Steve Trevor crash landed on that island. Her origin is infused with Greek mythology and a lot of her villains are demigods and gods. But would that origin fit into a more grounded Man of Steel universe? The direction looks to continue along the path of unrealistic but semi plausible so there has been recent speculation that her origin may change. I repeat speculation ensues.

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Batman-on-film, site with reliable sources, believes Gal Godot may play Wonder Woman who is a descendant of Krypton. BOF proprietor Jeff Ramey was asked about Wonder Woman’s role in the sequel and her origin story.

“I’d bet a year’s pay – in MONOPOLY money, of course – that the ‘Amazons’ of this cinematic DCU will be descendants of those ‘ancient Kryptonians’ who attempted to set up Kryptonian outposts throughout spacedom thousands and thousands of years ago. Furthermore, I say that Wonder Woman will be powered-down, if you will, relative to Superman because these Amazons have evolved and adapted to living on Earth for hundreds of centuries. And since Kryptonians are produced without any “He’n and She’n” – Jor El and Lara excluded – couldn’t this original Kryptonian on Earth have used this reproductive science to create an all-female race? I say yes!”

So you're Kryptonian too?

So you’re Kryptonian too?

Once again speculation, but is it possible that that will be the direction things go towards? I would like to have her origin explained some other way. Her being a powered down Kryptonian has upset some fans already. The first live action film adaptation of a major character in the DC universe shouldn’t have the origin butchered and altered completely. Hasn’t Wonder Woman suffered enough? Failed TV show. Underrated Animated Film. There’s already a lot of pressure to do things right for a character who means so much to the fans. Batman was redeemed with the Nolan Trilogy. Supe’s reboot was an improvement. Make WW origin/adapted cameo role something to be proud of, people!!

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Now although things could change, that doesn’t mean it can’t work. IT does make sense that WW could be a descendant of Krypton. The magic element may be removed or replace with “science”. Ancient civilizations may perceive the super humans to be demigods so that could work. Wonder Woman could explain how the matrix bred only female offspring which then went on to be known as Amazons.  The path of realism has already been set and although WW origin is full of mythos and magic, some of it may need to change to fit into this universe.

Girls Only

Girls Only

While the speculation circles the web, we’ll have to wait for future updates and news on Batman vs. Superman. The film has a scheduled release date of July 17th 2015.

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Superman vs. Batman Casting Rumors

Recently the Rock was asked a question on Twitter regarding his involvement in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel, Batman vs Superman.

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rock_as_loboInitial casting rumors discuss The Rock playing a bounty hunter named Lobo. Lobo is known for his tough guy mentality and has a bit of humor in him. The Rock has the size and attitude to play a character like Lobo but I’m hesitant to say whether or not that would be who he gets cast to play. (If at all considering his tweet is vague) The Rock has been rumored for many other villains and some heroes as well for the MOS sequel.

Doomsday, an abomination with superhuman strength that killed Superman, is also rumored to be a character the Rock may portray. Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa has been rumored for that character and Martian Manhunter as well. Both could be good fits if Doomsday appears in the film. Maybe Lex Luthor is working along with Cadmus and that involves Doomsday’s release? Who knows.

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The Rock has been thrown around with the iconic villain Lex Luthor as well. Others tied with the Lexicorp President are Joaquin Phoenix and  Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston. I would love to see Cranston take on this role. He has played villainous but likable characters in the past and he would portray a character with legitimate fears (reliance on superheroes to survive) that takes measures to “protect humanity”.

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The film being known has “Batman vs. Superman” has a much more expanded cast already as more and more people are cast to play superheroes. It may be better fit to entitle the film something involving the Justice League. As we know, Gal Godot will be playing Wonder Woman. There has already been some backlash because of the casting but it will be interesting to see how she will fit into this universe and film.gal-gadot-wonder-woman-slice

To many fans horrors, Batman will be portrayed by Ben Affleck. He could be a good fit in this universe, you never know. Plus, Dare Devil was ten years ago and Affleck has proven he is a capable actor and writer/director.

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The appearance of a Green Lantern in the film has surfaced around the web. Denzel Washington is rumored to play John Stewart. I’d rather see Idris Elba play the third Green Lantern from Earth. Fans have made posters with Elba as the character and he has expressed interest in playing the part.

Make this Happen!!

Make this Happen!!

With the Trinity already cast and rumors on numerous villains and heroes alike, the film definitely looks to establish some sort of team to match Marvel’s Avengers. The film is slated to release July 15th 2015. man-of-steel-2-superman-vs-batman