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Joe Manganiello Is Officially Deathstroke, Will Appear in Stand-alone Batman Movie

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DC has officially cast the character of Deathstroke in the DC Extended Universe. DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns just confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that Joe Manganiello will play the character in the eventual solo Batman movie.

The first rumblings of Deathstroke came in when  Ben Affleck posted a video to his Twitter showing a very weaponized-looking unnamed figure walking slowly toward the camera. A few weeks later DC confirmed it was the world’s greatest assassin and one of the most feared people on the planet.”

In the comic books, Deathstroke has several run-in’s with Batman as the mercenary has been affiliated with adversaries like Lex Luthor and Talia al Ghul. When he isn’t working as a villain, he is known as Slade Wilson (no relation to Wade Wilson also known as Deadpool.)

The Batman solo movie doesn’t have a release date yet but we know that it is coming. In the meantime, check out the video Affleck posted below:

 

 

Batman: The Killing Joke to Play in Theaters for One Night Only

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The upcoming animated feature film “Batman: The Killing Joke” is coming to a theater near you… for one night only. Fathom Events is teaming up with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment to bring the highly anticipated adaptation to select theaters nationwide for one night only on Monday, July 25, 2016. The R-rated animated film will screen at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. local time at theaters.

In addition to the animated feature, audience members will get to experience a special introduction from Mark Hamill plus a never-before-seen documentary about how Hamill was cast in this project and what the role means to him as an actor and a fan. The event will conclude with a special behind-the-scenes look at how the Joker’s memorable, yet disturbing song and dance number was recreated for this feature.

Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations Tom Lucas said,

“Fathom Events is thrilled to be able to bring ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ to movie theaters across the country so fans can see it on the big screen. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment have created an amazing production based on a beloved graphic novel, and we’re honored to be a part of this release.”

Batman: the Killing Joke is based on the graphic novel of the same name.  It takes fans on a journey into the dark psyche of the iconic villain we love to hate – The Joker – from his humble beginnings as a struggling comedian to his fateful encounter with Batman that changes both of their lives forever. Years later, and now escaped from Arkham Asylum, The Joker devises a plan to prove that one bad day can make anyone as insane as he is – setting his sights on Commissioner Gordon. It’s up to the Dark Knight to put a stop to The Joker’s latest scheme and save one of Gotham City’s finest. Following a gripping prologue introducing Barbara Gordon’s heroic adventures alongside Batman as Batgirl, Batman: The Killing Joke stays true to the authentic tale that has held fans’ imaginations for nearly three decades – spotlighting the birth of a Super-Villain, the fortitude of a Super Hero and the punchline that will leave you speechless.

The film will see the return of actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their seminal roles as Batman and The Joker, respectively. Bruce Timm also returns as executive producer. The movie also stars the voices of Tara Strong as Barbara Gordon and Ray Wise as Commissioner Gordon. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are also serving as executive producers. Alan Burnett serves as co-producer.

Tickets for Batman: The Killing Joke can be purchased online beginning Friday, June 17 by visiting FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. You can find a a complete list of theater locations by clicking here.

Batman: The Killing Joke will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 2. You can pre-order your own copy by clicking here. The film will be available on Digital HD July 23.

Special Features for Batman: The Killing Joke Blu-ray Revealed

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“Batman: The Killing Joke” is almost here and in the mean time, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment  have revealed all the details on the special features for the upcoming Blu-ray release. “Batman: The Killing Joke” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 2. You can pre-order your own copy by clicking here. However, if you can’t wait for the physical release, the film will be available on Digital HD July 23.

The animated adaptation is based on the graphic novel written by Alan Moore and drawn by Brian Bolland which was published in 1988 and is widely considered to be one of the best comic book stories of all time. It follows the tale of  The Joker’s origin story – from his humble beginnings as a struggling comic, to his fateful encounter with Batman that changes both of their lives forever. In the tale we watch helplessly as The Joker terrorizes Commissioner Jim Gordon and ultimate paralyzes his daughter, Barbara Gordon. Although the story was not originally supposed to take place in the regular DC Comics continuity, the graphic novel wound up setting in motion the events that would lead to Barbara Gordon becoming Oracle.

Actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their “Batman: The Animated Series” roles as Batman and The Joker, respectively.

The Blu-Ray release of the animated film will include:

  • An exclusive sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie
  • Featurette – Batman: The Killing Joke – Madness Set To Music – Jim Gordon must bear witness to the most disturbing images any father could imagine while a maniac entices his break from sanity in song. This documentary looks at the step-by-process of one of the most crucial scenes in Batman: The Killing Joke, including the methodology James Tucker used as he storyboarded Brian Bolland’s stunning work for the screen; Dynamic Music Partners composers/lyricists’ creative merging of original music with the poetic words from the graphic novel to provoke the desired feelings and emotions for this critical scene; and actor Mark Hamill’s physical, devoted performance to capturing the world¹s most notorious Super-Villain in song.
  • Featurette – Many Shades of Joker: The Tale of The Killing Joke – Brian Bolland’s artwork is instantly recognizable to comic book enthusiasts all over the world. Known for his amazing cover art, it was a rare inclusion into the body of a graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke, that helped the perennial story of Batman and The Joker remain a fan favorite for decades to come. Combined with the graphic novel’s original script – which is more than just the telling of a story, but an intricate map explaining every stop along the way to the end of a fantastic journey – this documentary reveals the artistic process behind The Killing Joke’s distinct style. We’ll learn how artists and writers excelled at conveying story and human emotion one panel at a time, mesmerizing readers with unforgettable stories and humanized depictions of heroes and villains. And why after nearly 30 years in print, Batman: The Killing Joke is more thought provoking than ever, as its socio-economic themes are relatable to generation after generation.
  • From the DC Comics Vault – Two 22-minute episodes:
    • The New Batman Adventures – “Old Wounds”
    • Batman: The Animated Series – “Christmas with The Joker”

“Batman: The Killing Joke” is rated R, an indication that the animated film will be sticking to the graphic novel’s violent, controversial story. This makes the film the first non-PG/PG-13 rated movie in the nine-year history of the DC Universe Original Movie franchise.

You can watch the trailer below:

The First Official Trailer for Batman: The Killing Joke is Here and IT IS AMAZING

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While we had a pseudo first trailer for this a few weeks ago made by a fan, this is the first legit and official trailer for Batman: The Killing Joke and it is amazing.

The animated adaptation of the graphic novel features Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their iconic roles as Batman and the Joker from the ‘90s animated series which is amazing in and of itself. But what really shines is the story it self and how the trailer already appears like the film will bring it alive.

Not to mention how unique this film is. Not only is the animation style one we haven’t seen in probably decades but it is also an animated film that is rated R. That is something we almost NEVER see. And it isn’t rated R for cursing or nudity or anything like that, but for the dark and adult themes which makes this even rarer. That is what is giving fans such high hopes and expectations for this adaptation. It seems to be everything we wanted.

Let’s hope it holds a candle to our expectations.

Batman: The Killing Joke will premiere at San Diego Comic Con in July. Its wider release date has yet to be announced. You can watch the trailer below.

Watch a Trailer for Batman: The Killing Joke

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The Batman graphic novel series, “Batman: The Killing Joke” was one the best ever and we are getting an animated adaptation of the series. Which is interesting considering how dark and uncomfortable and adult that series was.

However, the upcoming adaptation has a pseudo trailer for Batman: The Killing Joke. I say pseudo because it appears as if while the clips are genuine to the upcoming project, the actual trailer is fan-made.

Batman: The Killing Joke is an  origin story for the supervillain the Joker. The graphic novel is a loose adaptation of the 1951 story arc “The Man Behind the Red Hood!” The story takes place over two timelines and depicts the Joker attempting to drive Jim Gordon insane and Batman’s desperate attempt to stop him. The series was created and written by Alan Moore. One of the reasons “The Killing Joke” was so well recieved is that it humanized the Joker into a tragic figure in the Batman universe. He was a family man and failed comedian who suffered “one bad day” that finally drove him insane. However, it is also incredibly dark including the shooting and paralysis of Barbara Gordon (a.k.a. Batgirl), an event that laid the groundwork for her to develop the identity of Oracle, as well as the possible sexual assault of Barbara.

“The Killing Joke”  won the Eisner Award for ‘Best Graphic Album’ in 1989 and appeared on The New York Times Best Seller List in May 2009.

You can watch the trailer for the upcoming movie below:

Batman: The Killing Joke Animated Movie Announced

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At this year’s San Diego Comic Con, it was announced that an animated movie is being developed based on the graphic novel, “Batman: The Killing Joke.” The news was announced by DC Comics’ Bruce Timm during the “Justice League: Gods and Monsters” panel.

“Batman: The Killing Joke” is one of the most popular Batman graphic novels. It was created by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, It is gritty with incredibly dark themes and tones.

It was first published in 1988 and has remained in print since. It provides a new origin story for the Joker, depicting him as a failed stand-up comedian who agrees to aid a gang of criminals and is thwarted by the superhero Batman before being disfigured; in doing so he is driven insane and attains his supervillain persona. It also features Barbara Gordon, also known as Batgirl and some psychological ramifications that she experiences as well.

The comic won the Eisner Award for ‘Best Graphic Album’ in 1989 and appeared on The New York Times Best Seller List in May 2009. In 2006, The Killing Joke was reprinted as part of the trade paperback DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore. In 2008, DC Comics reprinted the story in a deluxe hardcover edition, which features new coloring by Bolland, with a more somber, realistic, and subdued palette than the original.

Not much is known about the animated film at the moment or how much of the source material it will remain faithful. It is expected to be released next year some time.

 

Solo LEGO Batman Film on the Way

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After the success of both this year’s The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman video game franchise, fans are finally getting a standalone LEGO Batman film!Will Arnett will be voicing Batman again in his gravelly and gloriously ridiculous voice.

The LEGO Batman film will likely be released sometime in 2017 but there is no confirmed released date. It appears likely that LEGO Batman will take the May 26, 2017 release date. Warner Bros. is reportedly fast tracking the film to replace the originally planned LEGO Movie sequel. The sequel is now being pushed to some unknown date.

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will produce again alongside Roy Lee and Dan Lin.

There is no word yet on what the plot of The LEGO Batman film will be but given the expanse of the Batman comic books there is a lot to choose from. There is also no word on who the villain will be.

25th Anniversary Blu-ray for Tim Burton’s Batman Revealed

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Warner Bros. has announced plans to release a 25th Anniversary Edition of Tim Burton’s iconic film adaptation of Batman. The Blu-ray edition will release on November 11.

Despite being a 25th Anniversary Edition, the release will have basically the same special features as previous releases. The only difference being an addition titled “Batman: The Birth of the Modern Blockbuster.” The feature allows you to discover how the film’s marketing, extensive merchandising and franchise foresight set the template for the next 25 years of tentpole pictures.

The full press release is below:

To help mark Warner Bros. Entertainment (WBE) and DC Entertainment’s milestone 75th anniversary of DC Comics’ popular Batman character, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will release Batman 25th Anniversary Two-Disc Edition, a new Blu-ray™ edition debuting November 11 (at $24.98 SRP) in the studio’s distinctive new sleek Diamond Luxe collector-style packaging. With its state-of-the-art sophisticated and durable design, the new packaging is perfect for those wishing to add this edition to their home libraries. Also included is Batman: The Birth of the Modern Blockbuster — a look at the phenomenal marketing, extensive merchandising and franchise foresight that set the template for the next 25 years of tentpole pictures.

WBHE and DCE’s year-long celebration, befitting the world’s most popular Super Hero, will boast new products from WBE and DC Entertainment in numerous areas – comics, TV, Interactive Entertainment, Consumer Products and more. There is a new commemorative 75th anniversary Batman logo and an exclusive “Cape/Cowl/Create” art exhibit, featuring 20 contemporary artists’ interpretations of The Dark Knight’s iconic cowl headpiece and cape from the new Batman: Arkham Knight video game. Various other events are taking place throughout the year.

In addition to releasing Batman 25th Anniversary Two-Disc Edition, WBHE will also feature the highly anticipated release of the 1960s Batman: The Complete Television Series for the first time ever. Other new home entertainment releases include animated films Son of Batman and Batman: Assault on Arkham.

In announcing the Batman 75th anniversary initiative in March, WB Chairman and Chief Executive Kevin Tsujihara noted, “Batman is an incredibly important property with multi-generational appeal across all of the Studio’s businesses, and we’re proud to celebrate this milestone anniversary. From billion-dollar blockbuster films to TV, home entertainment, video games and consumer products, The Dark Knight continues to resonate with audiences worldwide and rightfully deserves his place as a global pop culture icon for the ages.”

About the Movie

In 1989, director Tim Burton breathed new life into one of the most complex and intriguing characters in popular culture. Burton cast off the 1960s camp depiction of the Dark Knight and launched for Warner Bros. one of the most popular comic book film series ever. Batman was the top-grossing movie that year and subsequently became a global phenomenon.

Tim Burton’s vision and Michael Keaton’s performance as the Caped Crusader combine perfectly to capture Gotham City’s sinister atmosphere and Batman’s brooding nature. Jack Nicholson stars in a memorable performance as the maniacal Joker and Kim Basinger is Vicki Vale, the beautiful and resourceful photojournalist desired by both men. Featuring songs by Prince and a score by Danny Elfman, Batman won the 1990 Oscar® for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Anton Furst and Peter Young).

Special Features

Batman: The Birth of the Modern Blockbuster (NEW) Discover how the film’s phenomenal marketing, extensive merchandising and franchise foresight set the template for the next 25 years of tentpole pictures

 

Batman Solo Film Rumored For 2019

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Rumors are swirling that Warner Bros. are planning to keep Ben Affleck in the batsuit for a while. It appears they may be eyeing a 2019 release date for a solo Batman film with Affleck also in directors chair.

According to a report from Latino-Review, a standalone film featuring Affleck as Batman is being tentatively called The Batman. Due to the production schedule of the Batman vs. Superman film and then the Justice League film, that would put the solo film going into production sometime in 2017 or 2018.

The solo film has not been confirmed by any of the parties involved. Plus fans have not yet been convinced of Affleck’s ability to play the Dark Knight.

Considering the solo Batman film would still be another 5 years away, do you think it could happen or that Affleck is planning that far ahead? Would you be willing to see that film?

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Coming This Fall

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A new LEGO Batman game is on the way. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group have announced a third entry in the popular video game series. The upcoming new installment is titled, “LEGO Batman: Beyond Gotham.”

You can read the press release for the game and watch the announcement trailer below:

LEGO® Batman™ 3: Beyond Gotham will be available beginning Fall 2014 for the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system and the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, the Wii U™ system from Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system, as well as for Windows PC.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is the next instalment to the blockbuster LEGO Batman™: The Videogame and LEGO Batman™ 2: DC Super Heroes videogames. To-date, LEGO videogame sales have reached more than 100 million units worldwide.

“Building on the incredibly successful LEGO Batman franchise, we are working to make LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham the ultimate super hero videogame this year for all ages,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games.  “The TT Games team is bringing LEGO Batman and an astounding amount of characters from the DC Comics universe to the next frontier with a new epic story, more gadgets and unexpected challenges.”

In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics Universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth.  Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe.  Now the greatest super heroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it’s too late.

Players will unlock more than 150 unique characters from the DC Comics universe, including members of the Justice League and LEGO big figures such as Killer Croc, Solomon Grundy and many more. Fans of all ages will be able to control their favorite heroes and villains with new gadgets and abilities. Brainiac’s mind controlling abilities and the power of the Lantern rings bring unexpected twists to the classic characters’ personalities.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham also will allow players to explore iconic locations such as the Hall of Justice, the Batcave and the Justice League Watchtower.  They will be able to access Batman’s training modules on the Bat Computer and take part in various challenges, battles and races.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is being developed by TT Games and will be published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.