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.
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.
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.
Last week we found out The CW has picked up their fifth DC superhero show with Black Lightning, and today they’ve released a trailer for the show. Starring Cress Williams as titular character Jefferson Pierce, Black Lightning will be a bit different than the other superhero shows on the network — and not for the obvious reasons.
The main character is a veteran superhero coming out of retirement, which is very different from the stories told on Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, or Arrow, which all feature younger characters and their origin stories. This means that Black Lightning can explore territory none of the other programs will be able to touch for some time.
Personally, I’m really excited for when this show premieres in the fall.
Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, Underground creator Misha Green, Bad Robot and Warner Bros TV are making an anthology series for HBO called Lovecraft Country. Based off of the Matt Ruff novel of the same name, The Wrap summarizes the series pretty succinctly:
When his father goes missing, 25-year-old Atticus Black joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to find him. And so begins their fight to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the malevolent spirits that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.
So yeah, it’s going to be a combination of mid-20th century racism and Lovecraftian horror — and it sounds amazing. Green is writing the pilot and showrunning the series, and will executive produce alongside Peele, and Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams and Ben Stephenson.
The long awaited sequel to Blade Runner is coming this fall, and today another trailer for the film dropped. It’s hard to say whether or not Blade Runner 2049 will be a worthy successor to the cyberpunk classic, but at the very least it’s going to look very, very pretty.
I mean, we’re getting teased more information about the film, but we still don’t know for sure what brings Ryan Gosling’s LAPD Officer K out to the middle of nowhere, where Harrison Ford’s Deckard has been hiding. I mean, it’s probably safe to assume it has to do with his history as a blade runner — but still. I guess we’ll all find out together.
While the marketing has felt a little light on Wonder Woman, Warner Bros has released a final trailer for the film that’s due at the beginning of next month. And you know what? It’s a pretty epic trailer.
Honestly, this is the first film set in the DCEU that I’m genuinely excited for. My expectations aren’t all that high based on the studio behind it (and the fact that the film seems determined to stick to the washed out color palette found in other DCEU films), but I think this one has the shot to be great.
I look forward to finding out whether or not my hope is justified.
Wonder Woman hits theaters (right in the face) June 2nd.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, Trae rambles incoherently for ten minutes about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. After that, we discuss how Stan Lee has (probably) been playing Uatu in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, lament Young Justice and Titans getting shunted off onto yet another streaming service, and then tackle this fortnight’s convention news.
In the con scene, Midwest Media Expo got cancelled days before their event, Missouri’s Oz Con had to be cancelled mid event due to historic flooding, and police are looking for information about a Maryland man who allegedly has been soliciting sex from minors at cons.
When it was announced that Young Justice season 3 was finally going to happen, many hoped that the series would land on Netflix. That’s where the first two seasons found an even larger audience and convinced DC and Warner Bros to revive the beloved series, and frankly almost every fan was already subscribed to the streaming service.
DC and Warner Bros have opted to do the one thing that no one actually wanted, and that’s launch their own service to host the show. The animated Young Justice will be joined by the live action Titans series, which TNT passed on a while back. This is, probably, the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.
This last season the Warner Bros co-owned network The CW pulled its shows, including its DC properties, from Hulu. The current seasons now release on a custom CW app on various devices, which is confusingly separate from their CW Seed online content. The only reason fans haven’t revolted at this shift is because the services provided are free, and while we don’t know how much this new service will cost, my money says it will have some sort of monthly cost.
The only thing this decision guarantees is that fewer people will watch these shows, and that’s just remarkably short sighted.
To say that The CW’s Supergirl is one of our favorite shows around these parts is kind of an understatement. The show has given us some of the best onscreen versions of some characters, and not just our headlining heroine. One of those is Calista Flockhart’s version of Cat Grant, who left the series as a regular after its move to The CW from CBS (pretty much because budget cuts meant they couldn’t afford to pay her), and another is Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman — who guest starred earlier this season.
Well guess what, they’re both coming back for the finale.
Its been confirmed that Tyler Hoechlin will suit up again as Superman in the show’s two part second season finale. It’s also being reported that Calista Flockhart will return as Cat Grant as well. This is exciting, as we’re always happy to see more of Hoechlin’s Superman, and Cat Grant has been sorely missed on the show lately.
The first part of the Supergirl season two finale will air May 15th, with part two following on May 22nd.