Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer

Marvel Studios’ potential new franchise launcher opens in August. Not much has been revealed about it, but now we have the first trailer. Ramping up the fun and irreverence, this film based on the not exactly well-known comic series, and directed by James Gunn (Super, Slither) looks pretty great.

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team — the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits — Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace is poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand — with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Rival moviemakers 20th Century Fox also launched 17 new mid-shot character pics from May’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, but let’s be honest, you want to watch that trailer again, don’t you?

Perth Writers Festival

The Perth Writers Festival is now underway until March 1, in the capital city of Western Australia with a host of events, including some that will be of interest to pop culture curious, such as The Game Changers about the video game industry, and a free screening of the recent TV documentary Comic Book Heroes about Perth publisher Gestalt Comics. That follows Graphic Detail, a talk focused on print vs digital comics.

The Game Changers Event

Beware the Batman: Shadows of Gotham Release

Another DC Comics/ Warner Bros. cartoon that ended too soon, much like Green Lantern, and Young Justice, is getting a Blu-ray and DVD release next week. Beware the Batman never aired here in Australia, but I’m certainly intrigued by this latest take on The Dark Knight.

BEWARE THE BATMAN

SEASON 1 PART 1 AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 18, 2014

ON DVD FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT,

AND ON BLU-RAYTM FROM WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION 

The caped crusader continues to conquer Gotham City’s villains with the Blu-ray™ and DVD release of Beware The Batman: Shadows of Gotham, Season 1 Part 1 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. Batman and his trusted friends Alfred and Katana band together in the series’ first 13 episodes to face the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld.

Beware the Batman Season 1 Part 1 is available for the first time on both Blu-ray™ and DVD next Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment offers a two-disc DVD set ($19.97 SRP), while the single-disc Blu-ray™ is available from Warner Archive Collection for $19.95 via shop.warnerarchive.com and wbshop.com.

Batman swings into an exhilarating new age, teaming with a powerful allies old and new for a thrilling new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise in Beware the Batman: Shadows of Gotham, Season 1 Part 1. The new action-packed detective thriller incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogue’s gallery of criminals as the Caped Crusader faces some of Gotham City’s most despicable villains. Through the show’s first 13 animated adventures of this two-disc collection, ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana join Batman to takes on an array of evildoers including the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. This thrilling series redefines what we have come to know as the “Batman show” and is sure to excite fans with cutting-edge CGI visuals. 

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is delighted to begin this exhilarating animated Batman series with the release of Beware The Batman: Shadows of Gotham, Season 1 Part 1,” Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation and Partner Brands Marketing. “Fans will be excited to see their favorite super hero up against a whole new set of villains from the DC Universe to continue the expansion of the Dark Knight franchise!”

Episodes:

Beware the Batman Season 1 Part 1

  1. Hunted
  2. Secrets
  3. Tests
  4. Safe
  5. Broken
  6. Toxic
  7. Family
  8. Allies
  9. Control
  10. Sacrifice
  11. Instinct
  12. Attraction
  13. Fall

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Beware the Batman still

Beware the Batman Pyg and Mr Toad

 

80s Films Were Great. Here’s Why

I watched Riddick recently and was greatly disappointed. All I could think of was that it was quite similar to Aliens, from a plot point of view – a bunch of tough strangers thrown together on a desolate planet who must unite and survive against a common enemy. However, Aliens is far superior in every way. The characters in Riddick are bland, and all their dialogue could easily be swapped without making any major differences to the story being told. Alines is full of character, even with those who only have a few lines.

I realise nostalgia sometimes makes us thinks the past was better than it really was, but the magic of ’80s films rarely shows up today. Here’s a great list on io9 that puts my thoughts in to 10 handy points.

 

Brick Mansions Trailer

A remake of one of my favourite action films of all time, District B13 opens on April 25. Called Brick Mansions, it stars the late Paul Walker as well as parkour legend David Belle who starred in the French original, and its sequel, District B13: Ultimatum.

If you’ve seen the 2004 original, you’ll recognise many of the scenes in the trailer below, which would make Brick Mansions one of the closest remakes ever made, even if they did throw in a catfight for good measure.

Search TV Series Now on DVD

Now, I’ve never heard of this series, but last month I watched the first season of the classic Twilight Zone, and I’ve always enjoyed the original Star Trek, and am currently building my collection of Star Trek: The Next generation on Blu-ray. I do like the unique storytelling flavour of classic sci-fi shows.

Search is a 1970s TV show that is now available on DVD, thanks to the efforts of the folks at the Warner Bros. Archive. All the info you need is below.

Search: The Complete Series

Available for the First Time from Warner Archive Collection

Look no further: You can now find SEARCH: THE COMPLETE SERIES at Warner Archive Collection.

One of the coolest series ever to grace the airwaves, the 1972-73 thriller starred Hugh O’Brian, Doug McClure and Tony Franciosa – as rotating leads – playing elite high tech espionage operatives for Probe Division of World Securities Corporation.

For the very first time, Warner Archive Collection has made Search: The Complete Series available via WBShop.com as a six-disc, 23-episode collection.

The spy-sensational, Sci-Fi-flavored actioner was the brainchild of Leslie Stevens, creator of The Outer Limits, and Robert Justman, producer and one of the guiding lights of Star Trekand Star Trek: The Next Generation.

In the series, each agent – dubbed a “Probe” – is wired for worldwide surveillance thanks to a Scanner (miniature video camera) and dental/ear implant. Tracking their telemetry and giving real-time mission advice is a team of specialists at Probe Control, and directed by the brilliant, irascible V.C.R. Cameron (Burgess Meredith). O’Brian plays ex-astronaut Lockwood, aka Probe One; McClure is brilliant beachcomber goofball CR Grover, aka Standby Probe; and Franciosa plays street savvy ex-New York cop Nick Bianco, aka Omega Probe, who is tasked with organized crime capers. The Probes hunt stolen moon rocks, missing agents, a deadly Probe defector and more alongside a luminous list of special guest stars. Three very different agents, one very out-of-this-world show.

The guest cast includes the likes of Stefanie Powers, Bill Bixby, Mary Ann Mobley, Sebastian Cabot, Barbara Feldon, Mel Ferrer, Joanna Cameron, Cheryl Ladd, Anne Francis, Capucine, Wally Cox, Dabney Coleman, Bert Convy, John Vernon, Robert Webber, Larry Linvile, Annette O’Toole, and three-time Grammy Award-winning singer Nancy Wilson.

The talent behind the camera has an equally impressive pedigree. Directors on the series include popular Star Trek directors Marc Daniels & Joseph Pevney, Rockford Files favorite William Ward, Green Hornet veteran Allen Reisner and Magnum P.I./Kojak regular Russ Mayberry. Nicholas Colasanto, “Coach” on Cheers, directs a Doug McClure-based episode entitled “In Search of Midas” that features guest stars Barbara Feldon and George Gaynes.

Emmy and Golden Globe-winning composer Dominic Frontiere did the music for the series. Fred Harpman (Deliverance, Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze) was the art director.

Search-Complete Series box art

SEARCH-PROMO SHOT

Hugh OBrian-JoAnna Cameron

Brooke Bundy-Doug McClure

 

DC’s Animated Shared Universe

Thanks to what Marvel Studios have been doing with their films since Iron Man debuted on the silver screen, the concept of a “shared universe,” is now in fans’ minds. Of course, comics have been doing that for decades, and it’s called “continuity. It’s a lot harder to do on film though, and now that with the Man of Steel sequel and its myriad DC Comics character cameos is underway, they can focus on unifying the animated films.

Since Warner Bros./DC Comics released their first animated film based on their massive library of comics tales in 2007 focused on The Death of Superman tale, they’ve been producing about two such films a year. They have varied greatly in terms of tone and cast, but with Justice League: War and the upcoming Son of Batman, that looks set to change.

“This will definitely be the first salvo in doing new movies that are in continuity with each other,” producer James Tucker told Comic Book Resources. “Our next movie is going to be Son of Batman, and that Batman will be the same Batman that you see in Justice League: War. Basically, we’ll have two concurrent series of Justice League movies and Batman movies, and they’ll be in continuity with each other. So it’s kind of world-building.”

The new continuity will not be limited to adapting storylines from the current New 52 line of DC superhero books, according to Justice League: Wardirector Jay Oliva. “We can do original content, we can do New 52 stuff,” he said. Indeed, Oliva’s next animated project will be Batman: Arkham Asylum, based on the successful Batman: Arkham video games.

Warner Bros. plans to put out two home releases each year based in this shared continuity, with an additional DC animated project every year as a stand-alone, continuity-free project (Batman: Arkham fills that spot for 2014), although Tucker told CBR that such plans are “always subject to change.”

You can read the whole story at The Hollywood Reporter, and below is the Sneak Peek from Justice League: War showing a glimpse at the epic Son of Batman film.

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