The ‘Batman and Harley Quinn’ Trailer is Like a Flash Back to the 1990s

Batman and Harley Quinn is bucking the doom and gloom trend of DC’s straight to video animated features of late. In fact, with the new trailer (which we can watch courtesy of Entertainment Weekly) it’s clear that they’re taking the animated franchise back to its roots — or at least its renaissance.

You see, Batman and Harley Quinn is animated in the style of the classic 1990s Batman the Animated Series, and to boot it features Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester as Batman and Nightwing reprising their respective roles. Honestly, the whole thing looks pretty awesome.

Batman and Harley Quinn is expected to come out this July.

The First Teaser for Netflix’s ‘Castlevania’ Is Full of Nostalgia

It was first revealed to the world that Netflix was making a television series based off of the classic Konami Castlevania video games back in February. We honestly had very few details about the show beyond “Castlevania show” and “coming in 2017,” but that’s finally starting to change.

The streaming service has now released a teaser for the series, along with a premiere date of July 7th. The teaser itself actually only includes a little footage from the actual show, spending over half of it trying to tug the NES nostalgia strings of the viewer. If the first season wasn’t coming out in less than two months, I might think it was because they had very little of the show done yet.

What we do see of the show looks dark, bloody, and (frankly) very Castlevania. Hopefully the quality of the show itself will match the faithfulness of its visuals.

‘Star Wars’ is Officially Forty Years Old

On this day in 1977, a little movie came to theaters simply titled Star Wars. It would later get the subtitle “A New Hope” in its rerelease (though no one would start calling it that until the prequels came out), but this is the film that started a seemingly unstoppable franchise.

I honestly can’t remember the first time I saw Star Wars. I was born in 1980, so my exposure to all the films of the original trilogy was on heavily rewatched VHS tapes rented from the local Sentry or the now long gone Shamrock Video. Maybe it was on television at some point — I honestly don’t know.

What I do know is that I honestly can’t remember a time where I didn’t know Star Wars by heart.

It’s a film that reshaped the culture, changed cinema, and inspired decades of imitators. Lucas created a world that felt lived in, and over the decades its been fleshed out into two cohesive, extensive universes. It’s a playground I’ve spent my lifetime playing in in my imagination, and it keeps getting better.

So happy forty years, Star Wars. Here’s to another.

The New Trailer For ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ is Here, and it is Glorious

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets dropped another trailer today, and it yet again confirms what we know most about the film — it’s absolutely beautiful. Set to an orchestral cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise,” it feels dramatic, action packed, and colorful.

Based on the comic Valérian and Laureline, this film is Luc Besson’s return to space opera. The visual aesthetics in the trailer make it clear that this film really is the spiritual successor to his previous work The Fifth Element more than ever. Hopefully this film will hold up as well as that one did. Now if only Valerian would smile in one of these things…

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets comes out July 21, 2017.

Peter Parker Wants the Training Wheels Off in the Final ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer

So I know Spider-Man has seen a lot of reboots in the last two decades, and even though I want to complain about that, each Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer has us more and more hyped. We now have the final trailer for the film, and… well… yeah.

It looks pretty great.

This trailer again focuses on Peter pushing against the limitations Stark has put on him. I mean, when you can stop a bus with your bare hands, it’s hard to be okay with something called the “training wheels protocol.”

Spider-Man: Homecoming comes to theaters July 7th.

Doug Liman Has Stepped Away From ‘Justice League Dark’ Movie

Last August we found out that Edge of Tomorrow director had stepped away from the Gambit movie to take on the Justice League Dark movie Dark Universe. Well, as time passes, and none of these movies seem to be getting made, he’s now stepped away from this one too apparently.

Liman seems to have left the the Justice League Dark film because of scheduling issues, as Lionsgate has greenlit his film Chaos Walking. And you know what they always say “Make the movie that someone’s actually paying you for.”

Liman, of course, was not the first director on this film, as Guillermo del Toro was attached before he got pulled away to work on other projects as well. No word yet on who will take over Justice League Dark from Liman, as the studio isn’t commenting on the departure. We’ll keep following this once a replacement is announced.

Via Variety

Tom Holland Cast as Lead in ‘Uncharted’ Movie

So Tom Holland has been officially cast as a young Nathan Drake in the Uncharted movie adaptation. Based on the Naughty Dog video game of the same name, the film will act as a prequel to the game series.

The movie is going to be based on a cut scene from the third game, where a young Drake encounters Sullivan for the first time. Sony has been trying to make this movie for a while, and while a lot of names have been attached to the director’s chair. There’s no one currently attached to direct, but Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad are producing.

Tom Holland, of course, is currently running around the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Spider-Man, and will star in the Sony produced Spider-Man: Homecoming later this summer. He’s a solid actor, so it will be interesting to see what he does with this character.

Via Deadline

The Final Trailer for ‘Orphan Black’ Season 5 is Pretty Great

Look, we’ve probably told you how awesome Orphan Black is about a kajillion times at this point, so either you know already or you’re just not watching it for reasons we can’t understand. Either way, I don’t need to tell you how great Tatiana Maslany is in it or how you need to be watching it.

You know already.

The fifth and final season of the series will premiere in just a few weeks, and BBC America has released another trailer for it. It’s dark, it’s engaging, it’s Orphan Black. Not sure what else I have to say about it.

The final season of Orphan Black premieres Saturday, June 10th.

Tom Hardy Will Play Eddie Brock in Sony’s ‘Venom’

No one was expecting it when Sony announced it’s Venom movie, so it makes sense that no one was expecting who will end up starring in it. Its been announced that none other than Tom Hardy will be playing Eddie Brock in the upcoming film.

Venom will be an R-rated film meant to launch a shared universe based around Spider-Man characters (that will somehow not feature Spider-Man). Separate from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, where the current film Spider-Man resides, it’s expected to be darker — and by all accounts confusing as hell.

Honestly, Hardy is a phenomenal actor, but even his casting isn’t quite enough to get me excited about this project. Maybe I’m wrong — maybe this will end up being phenomenal. With Sony’s current track record though, I’m not giving them good odds.

Venom is scheduled for an October 2018 release.

Justice League Loses Snyder and Subs in Whedon

The “sadness” in the  DC Carnival of Sadness is normally the kind of sadness that brings about “Nerd Rage.” It’s the kind of thing that makes us disappointed in how iconic characters and fans of those characters are treated.

This is not one of those entries. Director Zack Snyder and his wife, producer Deborah Snyder, are stepping away from the Justice League film following the suicide of their daughter Autmn back in March. The Snyders tried their best to not make this public and had hoped to return to the film after some time to grieve. Understandably their whole family is still coping though, so (with Warner Brothers’ blessing) they are stepping away and leaving the film in the hands of Joss Whedon.

This story is overwhelming honestly. Firstly, I’ve probably been one of the harshest critics of Zack Snyder in more outlets than I care to list right now, but I would never wish this heartache upon him, or any parent. My heart goes out to both Zack and Deborah Snyder right now.

The news of Joss Whedon seems very strange to me. Keep in mind, the movie is in post-production. At this point, while there’s still room to maybe add a scene or do some re-shoots, the tone, story and characters are all pretty much set in stone. It seems like such an odd move to bring in such a big name to direct what is essentially a wrap-up job. Especially to choose a director with a distinct style that doesn’t exactly match the one Snyder is known for.  This is just really weird news — weird and very sad news.

Justice League is still set to open in November, so right now all we can do is wait.

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