18 June 2010

New Poster Reveals Green Lanterns Mask, But No Costume

Bleeding Cool gives us a glimpse of the Green Lantern, but the poster only teases what the costume will ultimately look like.

17 June 2010

That Flushing Sound Means Jonah Hex has Arrived

As of tonight, the eve of Jonah Hex's debut, the movie has a solid 00% rating on rottentomatoes.com and if the 70+ minute running time is any indication, this is a real stinker. Hey, Dumbo was just over an hour long, but I just don't think Jonah can stack up against a flying elephant. At this point it is not even a forgone conclusion that Hex will beat out such superhero bombs as Howard the Duck's $16 million or even Punisher: War Zone's $8 million. Who would have thought that with $24 million, The Losers would be DC's big summer winner. Hopefully next year's Green Lantern sets things right.

Evolution of the Batman (and Robin) - Joker Edition

One of the things that defines Batman is his arch-nemesis, the Joker. Over the years, the Dark Knight has always had to face off with the Clowned Prince of Crime. For this special edition, I present a gallery of all the incarnations of the Joker in TV and film.

1960's Live Action

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder

Batman on Scooby Doo

The New Adventures of Batman

The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians

Batman 1989

Batman: The Animated Series

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

The New Batman Adventures

The New Batman Adventures, Legends of the Dark Knight episode

Static Shock

Gotham Girls web series

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

Justice League

Birds of Prey opening sequence

The Batman

The Batman Vs. Dracula

Justice League: The New Frontier cameo

The Dark Knight

Alternate world Red Hood in Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Alternate world Jester in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

Batman: Under the Red Hood

Young Justice

Up Next: Batman: Under the Red Hood

Batman Serial * Batman and Robin Serial * Batman '66 TV * Batman '66 Movie * Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder * Batman on Scooby Doo * Batman the Super Friend * The New Adventures of Batman * Batman '89 * Batman Returns * Batman: The Animated Series * Batman: Mask of the Phantasm * Batman Forever * Batman and Robin * The New Batman Adventures * Boo Wonder * Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero * Batman Beyond * Gotham Girls * Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker * Batman on Justice League * DCAU Crossovers * Birds of Prey * Teen Titans * Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman * Chase Me * The Batman * Batman Begins * Batman Vs. Dracula * Justice League: The New Frontier * Batman: Gotham Knight * The Dark Knight * Batman: The Brave and the Bold * Superman Batman: Public Enemies * Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths *

* Special Musical Edition * Special Christmas Edition *
Special OnStar Edition * Special Never Happened Edition * Special Canine Edition * Special Joker Edition

16 June 2010

Iron Man Does it Again at the Box Office

Yesterday, on day 40 of its release, Iron Man 2 passed the elusive $300 million mark at the box office. Though its pace has slowed, IM2 is $10 million ahead of the original film's total after an equal number of days. The movie has anywhere from $10 to $20 million left to earn, but it most likely will not pass the original's 2008 domestic total of $318 million. Nevertheless Iron Man has been one of the few bright spots in a lackluster summer movie season and thus far remains the summer box office champ (with Toy Story 3 just around the corner). Way to go Tony!

15 June 2010

Blue Beetle Revealed

And just like that the test images for the Blue Beetle have arrived over at DC comics The Source. Obviously these are not finished effects, but it looks like if they can overcome the cheesiness factor, this could be fun.

I guess some questions are, if this is going to replace Smallville (entering its 10th and final season) will Blue Beetle and Clark Kent be crossing paths before the series ends, or will BB stand on its own. Also, after failed attempts at launching Bruce Wayne, Starman, Aquaman, and the Graysons (featuring Robin) and plans that never materialized for Supergirl, Green Arrow, or Justice League series, will BB be the lucky hero to follow in the footsteps of the short lived but greenlit Birds of Prey...

14 June 2010

Is the Blue Beetle DC's Next Big Thing?

Geoff Johns, DC Entertainments Chief Creative Officer recently tweeted that a live-action Blue Beetle project is in the works. The poor guy (Blue Beetle) has been around since 1939 and it looks like he might finally get his big break.

The original Blue Beetle, Dan Garret first appeared in Mystery Men comics #1. He fought crime with the aid of pills from the neighborhood pharmacist. Garret would be succeed by Ted Kord in the 60's as the Beetle who would in turn be succeeded by the modern incarnation's Jaime Reyes who debuted in 2006.

There was a bumbling Blue Beetle that appeared on The Electric Company in the 70's but I am honestly not really sure if this was just a case of copyright infringement that no cared about or if this was THE Blue Beetle. Needless to say, that depiction was not very true to the character.

The first honest to goodness appearance of the Blue Beetle occurred on the team-up series Batman: The Brave and the Bold in 2008. BB has been one of the shows primary showcased heroes (aside from Batman of course) even appearing in the series pilot, The Rise of the Blue Beetle!

Not only did Brave and the Bold present the Jaime Reyes character, but in the episode Fall of the Blue Beetle! the legacy of Blue Beetle Ted Kord was honored via flashbacks.

Later in the series, when Batman went to a parallel Earth, he encountered the Scarlet Scarab, an evil version of the Beetle.

Another evil version of the Blue Beetle was hinted at in a quick screen of Crime Syndicate members in the 2010 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.

With his limited mainstream exposure, Blue Beetle may not be that well known to general audiences, but if given his own series or movie, things will finally be looking up for BB.

Green Lantern's Brightest Days #7

#7 Justice League: Secret Origins

Although the Green Lantern played more of a support than leading role in this particular episode, Secret Origins launched 52 episodes of Justice League and 39 episodes of Justice League Unlimited in which John Stewart was THE Green Lantern. This was also John Stewart's onscreen debut. John's inclusion in the Justice League series alerted mainstream audiences that a Green Lantern was not a single person (AKA Hal Jordan), but title for a member of a rich and diverse interstellar force.

#25 - Justice League Unlimited: Initiation - John Stewart's new look
#24 - Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Death Race to Oblivion! - Guy Gardner's Lanternmobile
#23 - Justice League of America: Pilot - Doesn't air
#22 - Justice League Unlimited: The Once and Future Thing: Time Warped - Hal Jordan joins the league
#21 - Legends of the Superheroes - Lantern goes live-action
#20 - Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths - Darker shade of green
#19 - Batman Beyond: The Call - Lantern of the future
#18 - Static Shock: Fallen Hero
- Hero worshiped
#17 - Batman: The Brave and the Bold: The Revenge of the Reach! - Loads of Lanterns
#16 - The Batman: Ring Toss - Gotham by greenlight
#15 - Justice League: Hearts and Minds - More to the Corps
#14 - Justice League Unlimited: The Return - The Corps is greener yet
#13 - Justice League: The Savage Time - Ringless
#12 - Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Day of the Dark Knight - Guy is the man
#11 - Justice League: Legends - The Green Guardsman
#10 - DC Heroes: Justice League of America: Between Two Armies - Joining the League
#9 - Challenge of the Superfriends: Secret Origins of the Superfriends - Secret origin of Hal Jordan
#8 - Duck Dodgers: The Green Loontern - Looney Lanterns
#7 - Justice League: Secret Origins - John gets the limelight