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Monday, June 30, 2014

What if Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Aaron Paul and Adam Sandler Became the Dark Knight?

The bizarrely brilliant folks at Animation Domination High-Def  have put together a ridiculously funny "What if.." montage featuring a slew of actors donning the cape and cowl after Ben Affleck as Batman in 'Future Batmen.' I would pay good money to see Kevin Spacey as Batman. Check it out.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Wonder Woman and Scooby-Doo Team Up to Battle Monsters

Scooby-Doo Team-Up #5 (DC Comics)

In the latest issue of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #5 who else would seek the help of the gang but the Amazon princess herself, Wonder Woman. Written by Sholly Fisch with art by Dario Brizuela Paradise Island is under attack from mysterious monsters and the gang have to be ready even putting Daphne and Velma in Amazon training. Look for it July 2. 

Source: DC Comics, H/T Mary Sue

PREVIEW: Storm #1 (Marvel) by Greg Pak and Victor Ibanez

Storm #1 represents the first on-going series for the legendary member of X-Men written by Greg Pak with art by Victor Ibanez. Not sure why it has taken Marvel this long to make it happen but they're definitely making great strides by adding this female-led title to others in the All-New Marvel Now! line that includes Black Widow, She-Hulk, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and the all-woman X-Men book.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

VIDEO: Netflix's First Original Anime Series, Knights of Sidonia, Premieres July 4

The first Netflix original anime series, Knights of Sidonia, based on the popular manga series of the same name, follows Nagate, a low-born youth in a society of genetically engineered refugees who escaped the destruction of Earth one thousand years earlier and now occupy the massive ship Sidonia. When Nagate's talent as a pilot is revealed he becomes one of Sidonia's elite defenders against the Guana, shapeshifting aliens bent on eliminating humans from existence. 

Kaiju Dig It?! 'Pacific Rim' Lives On with an Animated Series, Comic Book, and 2017 Sequel

Good news for Guillermo del Toro, who was writing a sequel to Pacific Rim with Zak Penn without any assurances it would get made, will have his work rewarded because Legendary Pictures is indeed financing it and releasing it on April 7, 2017.

'Batman V Superman' Score Scoot for Former Super Sidekick?

One of the busiest actors in the business is adding a superhero movie to his resume as Scoot McNairy (Argo, 12 Years a Slave, Non-Stop) will be joining former co-star Ben Affleck in Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice according to Deadline.

'Daredevil' Feeling Foggy, Jumps on Elden Henson for Netflix

Casting news for Marvel's Daredevil continues as Matt Murdock's partner and BFF Foggy Nelson has been cast with Hunger Games actor Elden Henson donning the bow tie. Following the recent announcement of Rosario Dawson joining the cast in an unspecified role Marvel is moving quickly to finish casting on the 13-episode Netflix series.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

ART SHOW: 'The Art of Character' by Jeff Boyes Celebrates the Supporting Players

G1988 is proud to open "The Art of Character," a new solo show from artist Jeff Boyes, THIS FRIDAY NIGHT, from 7-10 PM at G1988 (East) at 7021 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles.  

PREVIEW: Rat Queens #7 (Image Comics) by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch

According to the Rat Queens' Facebook page, issue #7 is delayed but they were generous enough to provide a full five page preview. And how gorgeous is that cover of Dee? It's a bit of a bummer to have to wait a little longer for this fantastic series but this preview should help to calm the masses...for now.

UPDATE: Rat Queens #7 is out this week, Wednesday July 16, 2014.

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY: Notable New Releases for June 25, 2014

New Comics 6/25 by Slidely Slideshow

This week of new comics is oozing with quality writing and art. If you're new to comics or looking for some can't-miss books this is the week for you. 

Gaze Upon These 8 'Gotham' Character Posters

Det. James Gordon (Ben McKenzie): Idealistic new kid in town; a good cop saddled with a cynical partner (Donal Logue) who’s determined to play by the rules in a city that doesn’t have any.
Are you excited for Fox's upcoming Batman prequel, Gotham? Do you like promotional head shots? Then you're in luck because thanks to Entertainment Weekly we have all eight character posters as part of the network's promotional campaign.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

REVIEW: Trees #1 by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard

The new Image title from Warren Ellis and Jason Howard, Trees, is off to an intriguing start. What happens when an alien invasion starts then suddenly stops? That's premise in issue one as ten years have gone by since these strange but enormously tall beams or "trees" pierced locations around the world and remained stationary without a word from their owners. That's not to say there isn't a lot going on in the world they inhabit. 

COMICS REVISITED: Vigilante by Marv Wolfman and George Perez

In the early days of my comic book collecting as a young man there are books that stay with you. Sure, the big books like Batman, Spider-Man, X-Men, and others easily stand out but it's the guilty pleasures, the books whose short shelf life don't really reflect the impact they had good or bad as a fledgling comic book reader. In 1983, DC Comics released Vigilante created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez and I was hooked. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

'Marvel's Daredevil' Adds Rosario Dawson to Netflix Series in Undisclosed Role

The beautiful and talented Rosario Dawson (Sin City) is the latest addition to Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix coming next year as a guest star. She'll take on the undisclosed role along with Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil) and Vincent D'Onofrio (Wilson Fisk). The 13-episode miniseries is the first entry in a collection of series that will culminate in a Defenders feature on the streaming behemoth.

BOOM! Studios Teases a 'Sleepy Hollow' Comic Book Series Based on the Hit Show

The clever folks at BOOM! Studios decided to drop this teaser image on Twitter heralding what looks like a new comic book series based on Fox's hit show, Sleepy Hollow. The best new show of last season would make a fun comic as long as BOOM can replicate the fantastic chemistry of the lead characters, Ichabod Crane and Detective Abbie Mills. This will be one series to watch out for. 

Fresh Rumors About Wonder Woman's Costume, the Batcave, and Lex Luthor in 'Batman V Superman'

Despite earlier unsubstantiated rumors involving Wonder Woman's costume, JoBlo has reported that their source has the inside scoop on what she'll really wear and other details about Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. If you haven't read the comic books then consider the following spoilers.

2014 Latino Comics Expo Poster by Lalo Alcaraz Revealed

The official poster for the 2014 Latino Comics Expo has been released and it features the wonderful artwork from nationally syndicated cartoonist and writer of the upcoming Fox animated show BordertownLalo Alcaraz.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Solo Batman Movie Could be in the Plans for Ben Affleck in 2019

Anyone who saw the alleged list of planned DC Comics movies from Warner Bros may have noticed there was no solo Batman movie. Which is curious because they signed Ben Affleck for multiple appearances and it was assumed at the time that he'd direct and star in a Batman reboot. There's some new info that could keep that assumption alive. 

Jason Momoa Still Coy About Playing Aquaman on Jimmy Kimmel Live

After news broke out that the long rumored involvement of Jason Momoa in Batman V Superman was not only happening but he'd be appearing as Aquaman the Games of Thrones actor hasn't spoken publicly until last night on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.' 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

'Gotham' Promo Spotlights the Villains

The promotional push for Fox's Fall show, Gotham, continues with a trailer focused on the young villains. A nice montage of close-ups of Catwoman, Penguin, and especially a fabulous looking Jada Pinkett Smith as gangster Fish Mooney. 

ART: Supergirl by Froitz

A great big tip of the hat to comic book writer Justin Gray for bringing this wonderful piece of fan art to our attention from his Twitter feed. 

'The Flash' Promo Puts Barry in the Friend Zone as Candice Patton Explains

Long before the term "friend zone" took on the ominous undertone it does today it simply meant that perfectly nice guys were being overlooked by gal pals for not-so-nice guys. It's in that vein that this CW video promo for the upcoming The Flash series helps explain, with the help of "Iris West" herself Candice Patton, the relationship between Grant Gustin's Barry Allen (Flash) and Iris.

'Lucy' Starring Scarlett Johansson Releases a New TV Spot

A fourth TV trailer was released for Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. It features much of the same footage you've seen before but with more dialogue from Freeman. This action-sci-fi thriller has the typical Luc Besson hand-to-hand combat scenes and badass female action as Johansson continues to diversify her filmography.

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY - Notable New Releases for June 18, 2014

New Comics for 6/18 by Slidely Photo Gallery

A really eclectic mix of comics out today. Check out the new title from Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, THE WICKED & THE DIVINE for Image Comics. One of the best Star Wars titles is out with issue #2, STAR WARS, DARTH MAUL: SON OF DATHOMIR, by Jeremy Barlow and Juan Frigeri. DC Comics gimmick of the month is pretty spectacular actually. Bombshell variant covers are available like the Wonder Woman one below. And a cool unaltered teleplay by Harlan Ellison for the award-winning episode of Star Trek is out in comic book form. Check out these and other greats titles out this week!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Jason Momoa Will Be Appearing as Aquaman in 'Batman V Superman'

Some late breaking news tonight as Jason Momoa is reportedly playing Aquaman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. After months of rumors of his involvement in the movie and months of denial from him it seems he'll be the first live-action motion picture version of the much maligned King of Atlantis.

Friday, June 13, 2014

'Rat Queens' Comic Book Getting Animated for Television

It's no secret that we at Spartantown absolutely love Image Comics' Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch. We've mentioned how great the sassy shield maidens are here, here and here among other times. Now comes the great news that Pukeko Pictures and Heavy Metal will be adapting the comic book into an animated TV series.

A Peek at New Cover for Wonder Woman Digital Series - Sensation Comics - by Gene Ha

Image Credit: DC Entertainment

Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive first look at the cover of Sensation Comics #2, the Wonder Woman digital-first anthology series,  from DC Comics and artist Gene Ha. As previously reported the new series is titled after the books in which she debuted in the '40s and will feature stories outside of the main continuity allowing revolving writers and artists to put their own spin on the iconic Amazon princess. The weekly tales will be available digitally then collected for later print publication. What do you think of the cover?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

ART SHOW: 'Icon' Pop Art by DKNG Studios at Gallery 1988 this Saturday

Gallery 1988:
This Saturday night, June 14th, from 7-10 PM at G1988 (West) we will open the debut solo show from DKNG Studios. Their exhibit "Icon," will feature 50 minimalistic pop culture screenprints, each 12 x 12 inches, editions of 100 and only $25. The artists will be attendance, so make sure to not miss this incredibly cohesive, and impressive, show. It will run through July 5th.

Wonder Woman, Shazam, Justice League, Sandman Movies Release Dates Revealed!

On day one of her new website, Nikki Finke, legendary Hollywood scooper with no filter, just got her hands on some very anticipated release dates for Warner Bros./DC Comics movies planned for announcement at this year's San Diego Comic Con. They include not only Justice League (May 2017) but confirmation of a solo Wonder Woman (July 2017) movie as well as a team-up of The Flash and Green Lantern (X-Mas 2017). And there's more!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

COMIC BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Notable New Releases for June 11, 2014

New Comics 6/11 

New 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' Trailer - Now with More JGL!

There's no denying the visually striking black and white noir style of Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For being co-directed with Miller and Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez, like with the first film, promised to keep as true as possible to the graphic novels it was based on to mimic it frame by frame. A difficult task no doubt but this extended trailer makes the comic book style come to a vividly exciting reality. 

Drax and Star-Lord Get Their Own Character Posters for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

The latest character poster for Guardians of the Galaxy has been released and it's Drax's turn as he's showing off his tattoos with his back turned with blades in hand. There is also one for Star-Lord but perhaps that's not an official release. The promotional push continues even though it doesn't appear in theaters until August.

Official LEGO Batman 3 Gameplay, 'Constantine''s Matt Ryan and Exclusive DC Comics Previews from DC All-Access

Some great exclusive footage of this Fall's release of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham video game from DC Entertainment's DC All-Access web series. The gameplay looks amazing as Batman and the Justice League head to space to battle the Joker.

Meet the STAR Labs Team from CW's The Flash in this Featurette with Tom Cavanagh

A hero never stands alone. Tom Cavanagh discusses the gifted team responsible for reviving Barry Allen! ‪#‎TheFlash‬
 In this newest video from the CW, Tom Cavanagh (Harrison Wells) describes the two members of STAR Labs and what sets them apart and special on the upcoming Arrow spin-off The Flash. Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow) and Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon) are responsible for helping Grant Gustin's Barry Allen adjust to his newly acquired powers and provide as his support system.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Vincent D'Onofrio Cast as the Kingpin for 'Marvel's Daredevil' on Netflix

Now that Matt Murdock has been cast, Marvel's Daredevil needed to find his arch-nemesis and they found their Kingpin in veteran actor Vincent D'Onofrio. The scenery-chewing thespian from Full Metal Jacket and Law & Order: Criminal Intent  will be battling the Man Without Fear in Hell's Kitchen for Netflix.

Real Life 'Arkham Knight' Batmobile Hits E3

The Batmobile is out on the show floor at E3. Head over to stand 2023 in the South Hall for a chance to see #BattleMode in real life!
As reported a couple of days ago, West Coast Customs came through big time as they brought the Batmobile from the game Batman: Arkham Knight to life and now sits on the E3 show floor for the world to see. No word yet if it can transform into Battle Mode with multiple cannons blazing or if it's drivable. Stay tuned!

Warner Bros. Tours Announces Batman Exhibit in Honor of Dark Knight's 75th Anniversary

I'm not sure what fans expected from a Twitter handle like "Warner Bros Tours" when they teased some big reveal but it sure wasn't anything related to the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice movie as some had guessed. Instead, the big announcement involved honoring Batman on his 75th anniversary with a VIP studio tour featuring costumes, cars, gadgets and more from the iconic films.

Gamora Graces the Newest Character Poster for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Yesterday, the first character poster released featured Groot and Rocket Raccoon from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and today's reveal has the deadliest assassin in the space, Gamora (Zoe Saldana). She's the last of her kind and tied to the evil Thanos which you'd think would make it awkward while trying to save the galaxy.

Monday, June 9, 2014

New International 'Constantine' Trailer Hints at the Existence of Doctor Fate

NBC's DC Comics-based supernatural thriller, Constantine, may be getting into some magical world building as it took an international trailer to show a familiar helmet from none other than Doctor Fate. The powerful sorcerer, or rather his helmet makes a cameo, and who knows maybe more in the series that could introduce the dark forces in the DC universe.

Guillermo del Toro is Writing 'Pacific Rim 2' Whether it Gets Made or Not

Buzzfeed caught up with the uber-director, Guillermo del Toro, while promoting his new FX series, The Strain, during the Austin Television Festival and he revealed he is working on the screenplay to the sequel of his international hit movie, Pacific Rim. Just one problem - Legendary Pictures has not committed to producing a sequel...yet.

Groot and Rocket Raccoon are First of the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Character Posters Released

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and Fandango are releasing character posters this week starting with this one featuring Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Vin Diesel (Groot) and Bradley Cooper (Rocket) have never looked better. 

Lara Croft is Back with 'Rise of the Tomb Raider' Video Game Trailer

Rise of the Tomb Raider was announced at E3 from Crystal Dynamics today and it looks like the Lara Croft is enjoying a rebirth both in the medium she originated from to the printed pages on which the story for the game emerges from.

VIDEO: Happy Father's Day, Walter White!

Just in time for Father's Day, Screen Junkies in association with the online men's magazine, Made Men, are celebrating TV dads and they got R.J. Mitte who played Walt Jr. to Bryan Cranston's Walter White, the school teacher turned meth kingpin on AMC's Breaking Bad, to reminisce about what made Big Walt a great dad. Maybe he wasn't so bad after all.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

'Batman: Arkham Knight' Batmobile Comes to Life at E3 This Year Courtesy of West Coast Customs

Even though the game, Batman: Arkham Knight, has been pushed back to 2015 it hasn't stopped Rocksteady from teasing fans with the Batmobile Experience, an interactive exhibit of the Batmobile, and commissioning a real life version from West Coast Customs to be displayed at this year's E3 in Los Angeles (South Hall, Booth 2023).

Saturday, June 7, 2014

'Watchmen' is Neil deGrasse Tyson's Sole Comic Book Movie in His Top 10 Sci-Fi List

Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex caught up with superstar astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, days before the season finale of his series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, and asked for his top ten sci-fi films. The list included some classic movies you'd expect to find - 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Day Earth Stood Still, The Terminator, The Matrix - but one stood out as Watchmen was the only one from the comic book genre.

DR.STRANGE: Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch Join Marvel's Wish-List Plus Other Suggestions

Who will be Dr Strange for Marvel? 

Now that horror director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us from Evil) has signed on to direct Marvel's Dr. Strange movie the casting rumors are heating up. This isn't anything new as rumors go bad as far as January when Marvel's wish-list included Johnny Depp. It seems that wish-list has grown.

Marvel Turns to Peyton Reed to Direct and Adam McKay to Rewrite 'Ant-Man'

In the search to find Edgar Wright's replacement, Marvel has not one but two directors to salvage Ant-Man. One, Peyton Reed (Yes Man, Bring it On), will do the actual directing while the other, Adam McKay (Anchorman, The Other Guys), will be rewriting the script that Wright co-wrote then was secretly altered by Marvel's house writers. Reed became the viable option after many other candidates, including McKay, turned it down.

Friday, June 6, 2014

DC Comics Celebrates Batman Day with Free Super-Sized Comic and 75th Anniversary Timeline

Batman Day (July 23) will bring a very special edition of Detective Comics #27 featuring a re-telling of the 1939 first appearance of Batman in honor of DC Comics' year long celebration of 75 years of the Dark Knight. The best part - it's absolutely free!

Lex Luthor and LexCorp Filming Scheduled for 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice'

It seems production on Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is picking up steam as there appears to be a scene scheduled to be filmed next week of LexCorp that could also feature Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) himself. The good folks at Batman News have a description of the working environment:

Thursday, June 5, 2014

'Ghostbusters' Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Theatrical Re-Release, Blu-Ray Set and More

Sony Pictures announced it will be returning Ivan Reitman's 1984 comedy classic Ghostbusters back to theaters for a limited engagement to celebrate the film's 30th anniversary on August 29th. That's just the beginning because there are numerous events and entertainment releases to follow.

'Sabrina' Gets a Horror Make-Over in New Mature Series from Archie Comics

Issue #1 - Cover A

Hot off the critical and commercial success of Afterlife with Archie, think The Walking Dead set in Riverdale, Archie Comics has provided more details about the new Sabrina series taking the same tone in October. 

CW Releases New 'iZombie' Poster

CW is starting to promote their planned quirky horror dramedy, iZombie, with photos and this new poster featuring stars Rose McIver as zombie/psychic/morgue assistant Liv, Malcolm Goodwin as Clive Babinaux and Ruhul Kohli as Dr Ravi Chakrabarti. The series is produced by Veronica Mars creators and producers Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright based on the Vertigo Comics series of the same name.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

J.J. Abrams Requests People Stop Leaking Photos While Leaking Photo

You know something is fishy when celebrity pap-site TMZ, not known for breaking movie set photos, gets their hands on numerous "secret" shots from the Star Wars: Episode VII set filming in Dubai. Well, conspiracy theorists grab your tin foil hats because J.J. Abrams just posted a shot from the set requesting people stop leaking photos while leaking a photo himself.

'Star Wars' Nabs Another Young Director for Stand-Alone Film in 'Chronicle's Josh Trank

After hiring Godzilla director, Gareth Edwards, Disney/Lucasfilm has tapped Chronicle and Fantastic Four filmmaker Josh Trank to also helm a stand-alone Star Wars movie. 

COMIC BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Notable New Releases for June 4, 2014

new comics 6/4 by Slidely Slideshow

Another great week in comics dominated by some diverse offerings from independent publishers. The Big Two have some good stuff for loyal followers like the Amazing X-Men Annual from Marvel and the all-ages super book Tiny Titans returns to DC Comics. The indie books have a little something for everybody.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Lazarus #8 Review

“LIFT,” Part Four
Forever calls on the Daggers. The Barrets reach the final stage of their journey as all threads converge on Denver for the Lift.
 Lazarus is not your typical post apocalyptic/sci-fi/western thriller. It's a character driven tale of the powerful and how they keep and exercise their power amid a society divided by class. At the heart of the series is Forever Carlyle, the most sympathetic genetically engineered enforcer and protector ever seen in comics, a cross between Terminator and La Femme Nikita. In issue #8, the stakes are higher as she is tasked with averting a bombing at the Lift.

Monday, June 2, 2014

ART: Batman and Commissioner Gordon by Francesco Francavilla

Francesco Francavilla is an artist of the people. The prolific illustrator shares a ton of art; concept, commissions, previews, his own fan art, whatever Mr. Francavilla is doing at the time on his tumblr page. In the month of May he created a work of art once-a-day and made it available for sale. Sgt. Rock, King Kong, Daredevil, Iron Man, Orion, Spider-Man were just some of the characters illustrated during the month.

Rocket Girl #5 Review

The hard-hitting conclusion to the first story arc! Teen time-cop DaYoung Johansson uncovers a thing or two about both New York Cities, the connection between past and future, and the secrets that people don’t even know they keep. Growing up is hard to do—and sometimes it proves to be impossible.
One of the best looking books in all of comics, Rocket Girl #5, is out and it's as stunning as usual but also the conclusion to its first arc by Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder. Reeder is one of my favorite artists and Montclare has given her a lot to work with before they embark on a summer hiatus.

Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong'o and Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie Cast in 'Star Wars Episode VII'

Back in March, Latino Review reported there were talks with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o to join J.J. Abrams' production of Star Wars: Episode VII and today that scoop was confirmed. She has been officially cast and fans of the Hollywood darling couldn't be more ecstatic. 



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