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Justice League. New Trailer. Is It Good?

The DCEU has had a lot of people worried now for some time. Man Of Steel was one of the most divisive films of recent memory, and they followed that up with…another divisive film! But, what we did get from Batman v Superman was a great collection of characters who will indeed be taking the world by storm this November. Here is the new trailer…

Do I honestly think Justice League will save the DC Extended Universe? Definitely!

There is a decent level of humour in this trailer, which was hinted in the debut trailer last year. We also get to see more on Cyborg (Ray Fisher), Aquaman (Jason Momoa, who certainly seems to be having fun in the role) and The Flash (Ezra Miller). By November, we would have become more acquainted with Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot was indeed perfect casting) and it is just right seeing Batman lead this group of heroes into the fight against Steppenwolf and his Parademons who have come to earth for three mother boxes that are on the planet (these are supercomputers created in Apokolips, the home to Steppenwolf and DC big-bad Darkseid!).

Also not just teasing the action, we also get to see other characters that will appear in the film, including our first real look at J.K. Simmons becoming Commissioner Gordon, Amber Heard’s Mera and Billy Crudup becoming Henry Allen (Barry Allen’s Dad). The shots we see look great and still no sign of Henry Cavill emerging as Superman…yet! We may be waiting a little while longer for that Batman solo film, but Ben Affleck will be back and leading the charge as the Dark Knight later this year. While we see no sign of Steppenwolf just yet, I am sure we will probably get our first glimpse of him in the next trailer.

Overall, I like this. It may be just what the DCEU needed. But you can find out for yourself when Justice League comes to cinemas on 17th November 2017!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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DCEU: WHO SHOULD JOIN DEATHSTROKE?

Today it has been all but announced that Deathstroke is to be part of the DC Extended Universe and will likely be making his debut in 2017’s Justice League (or maybe that Batman solo movie is coming quicker than we thought. A win either way!). Where we may not yet know the actor who will be portraying the assassin (Keanu Reeves would be great. I know many may not think so, but after John Wick, he is the perfect choice!), we do know that he will be more than a match for Batman when he does make his big-screen debut. The DC universe has got a huge rogues gallery which they can borrow from to bring some truly colourful characters to life. These are six that, as of writing, have not been confirmed for the DCEU. But I hope they will be coming soon…

Jason Todd/The Red Hood

Now that we have a new Joker, a new Batman and a “deceased” Robin, we do need to get this story going. I will mention this would probably be similar in vein to Captain America: The Winter Soldier where an ally becomes an antagonist. Jason Todd would also be a great way to introduce the Lazarus Pit, Ra’s Al Ghul and give a few hints towards the Justice League Dark movie! Having a villain who knows Batman’s moves and secrets would create a true nemesis to the caped crusader. Also, this would work towards an R-Rated (15 rating in UK) delight of a film.

Who should play Jason Todd: Matt Smith (Doctor Who) or Jensen Ackles (Supernatural)

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Leonard Snart/Captain Cold

Now hear me out on this one! Yes, Mr Freeze was a pretty rubbish character on the big-screen and put a lot of people off him. Captain Cold however, is definitely a well needed nemesis for The Flash. Usually a part of The Rogues in Central City, Captain Cold is incredibly smart and dangerous. One of the few villains without powers to face The Flash, versions of the character have managed to learn Barry Allen’s identity and trick him numerous times. Maybe not a primary antagonist, but am sure he will do a great job putting the scarlet speedster on ice (I promise only one ice joke is allowed).

Who should play Captain Cold: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises)

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Selina Kyle/Catwoman

Catwoman is indeed a vital character for the DCEU, but why? Selina Kyle has been someone who has not only been both a hero and villain, but a friend and foe and lover to the Dark Knight. Catwoman may be portrayed as a generally conflicted person who loves to steal, but she does have a heart. Previous portrayals have seen her generally taking revenge and being a professional thief, this one would be great to really explore the relationship between herself and Batman. Maybe she knows Bruce is Batman and that she wants to help him, though she still loves crime. Fingers crossed.

Who should play Catwoman: Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road, Monster)

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Clayface/Hush

Now I am putting together these two, but it can work. Dr Thomas Elliot (Hush) was a friend of Bruce Wayne’s when they were younger, he would then go on to a life of crime and was very good at mimicking people to perfect accuracy. Clayface is also a person who can perfectly mimic people, though that is because of a mutation to his body which allows him to mould himself to any shape or form that is required. To see Batman face off with a master of disguise would truly make for a great film. Again, someone who would know Bruce well could truly make for a psychological fest.

Who should play Clayface: Kevin McKidd (Trainspotting, Journeyman)

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Brainiac

If you are going to have a villain to go up against Superman, you need someone who can truly give him a challenge. Brainiac certainly does push the Man Of Steel to the edge! There are a few different iterations of the character, and to see one that had a strong connection to Krypton would certainly play a fun part to his film. He would know a lot about Kal-El and it would be fun to see him possibly taking control and manipulating friends and family of Superman. Brainiac has been a vital part to many of the top stories of Superman, and am sure this could be Man Of Steel 2’s antagonist!

Who should play Brainiac: Doug Jones (Hellboy, The Flash)

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Trigon

This is a villain which not only would be on a truly epic scale, but there is a lot of groundwork to lay before this guy appears. Trigon is a powerful demon, he is effectively the personification of evil. Trigon was introduced as the father of Teen Titan member Raven, and to have the Teen Titans in the fold of the DCEU would certainly help work towards this mammoth clash. If Trigon wasn’t a big enough threat, his three sons (Jesse, Jared and Jacob) are able to introduce the seven deadly sins into people and can manipulate Raven to their side. This would need Darkseid out the way, a Teen Titans movie, a good amount of teasing and then…BOOM! Trigon takes the DCEU and makes it his bitch!

Who should play Trigon: Reg E. Cathey (The Wire, Outcast)

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Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders. West and Ward are back!

Batman will see 2016 as one of the biggest years for the character! Yet another film has been announced starring The Dark Knight, but this one has got a little edge over the others…its cast! Bringing in Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar will be returning to their roles from the 60’s Batman series for this animated adventure. Said to feature Batman and Robin against their biggest foes; Joker, Riddler, Penguin and Catwoman (Julie Newmar will definitely be a welcome return). The feature will show the dynamic duo face the villains on earth…and in space? Well, according to Adam West at least!

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As part of the 50th anniversary of the classic show, this film will certainly have a place for many fans and bound to be popular on its release this November. Capturing the essence of the original show with its bright colours and possibly silly set-ups, be sure to enjoy this fun romp later this year! Ka-Pow!!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Batman: The Killing Joke. “All It Takes Is One Bad Day…”

In the last few years, Batman has definitely saturated every available market he could appear in. We have had video games, live action and animated films, countless new comic books and this year is no exception. The Killing Joke by Alan Moore has always been considered one of the most essential comic books of all time. Showing a deeper insight to The Joker, we get to see what could be his origin story and experience one of the most adult pieces of work in the DC line. And this asks many questions such as…is Batman and The Joker connected to each other deeper than either will admit? And what does it take to truly go insane?

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This film, though is mainly faithful to the original Graphic Novel, does take a few leaps. The biggest one was the 30-minute prologue to the main story. We get a narration from Batgirl/Barbara Gordon as she speaks of her story. The comic gives minimal focus on Batgirl, even though her part is rather integral to the story. Her arc in this prologue gives you a look at what got her to quit being Batgirl and how strong her relationship with Batman was. After dealing with a criminal who takes a lot of interest in Batgirl, we then get into the main storyline which we are familiar with…almost as if this was a whole different film. A lot of people have commented about this, and I feel that although it does feel a bit bloated, it goes some way to set up to the main events.

While a murder scene is investigated by Batman with him believing it to be the work of The Joker, he then goes to speak to his nemesis and Batman begins to talk about what the possible endgame will be between the two of them! Without giving too much away, The Joker then goes on to create one of his most terrifying schemes ever; to drive someone completely crazy. The Joker kidnaps Commissioner Gordon in a scheme to show that anyone can go mad with just “one bad day” and Batman heads out to save his friend. During this story, we also get flashbacks to The Joker from before he had his “bad day” and became the clown prince of crime. Even though I read this story years ago, it still does give you an uncomfortable feeling when you see the images in front of you. Fair to say the story needed to be given a stronger age rating than many of the DC animated movies that came before, but I don’t want to give away too much to why it deserves the mature certificate.

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To have the winning combination of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill as the Dark Knight and the sinister clown is always bound to be a winner. Since their debuts in the 1992 animated series, these two have continued to be the most recognisable voices of these legendary characters. As this story is set quite late into their lives, it is good to have an aged and perfected cast for these parts. Tara Strong fits in well as Batgirl (am sure that the critics like her acting too), though is it fair to say she does a better job as Harley Quinn and it’s a shame the character has no part in this story. Ray Wise, though a distinctly different voice to Jim Gordon, definitely fits in well for the film. The animation may not be perfect, but the hand-drawn style which the animated DC films are known for is still striking. The Killing Joke had to look like the graphic novel was on screen, that was a great way to get the fans of the book to really leap into this film. There may be a lot of people disappointed with the prologue and think it’s nothing more than filler, and to a degree, it is. But I can see why it was needed for the film.

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Overall, the highlight is seeing Conroy and Hamill as they show that they ARE Batman and The Joker! Hearing the legendary lines and beautiful images come to life will certainly bring a smile to lifelong fans of these characters and of The Killing Joke. Alan Moore won’t agree with this being made into a film, and with just The Killing Joke section, it may not have been able to come out as a film. Writer Brian Azzarello indeed does keep everything that made The Killing Joke a success, but his addition to the source material is a more hit-and-miss affair. I think cutting at least two Batgirl scenes (you know which ones) and adding a bit more on Joker or Batman would have been much better. But, to have Mark Hamill deliver that joke at the end giving one of the most ambiguous endings in comic book history will always sit with me! I grew up with Mark Hamill as The Joker, and this was indeed his best ever performance of the character. Whether or not we do learn his true origin (“If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!”), he indeed owns every second he is seen and heard. No matter my other thoughts or small quibbles on the film, Mark Hamill got to do the part we all wanted, and he killed it (no pun intended).

Final rating: 8/10 (4/10 for the prologue, 10/10 for the main story and 10/10 for Mark Hamill)

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Here is the final scene from Batman: The Killing Joke, only watch if you have already seen the film or read the book…or want to see that “Joke” for yourself!

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Suicide Squad Review: The Day The Villains Won (SPOILER FREE)

By Joanna Cosgrove

I’ll start this out by saying, no, I am not as familiar with DC as I am with Marvel (and honestly, besides Assault on Arkham, I have never watched a DC film in full), but if you need to know how great the scale of amazement from Suicide Squad is, just know it made a fan out of me.

The premise of having a full movie, over two hours of watching the nemeses save the day, is enough to intrigue. The movie tells of the formation of Task Force X at the hands of the sophisticated yet devilish Amanda Waller, where she is looking to enforce her superiority over criminals, brought to justice by Batman – and another Justice League member I’m keeping hush hush about for now – by using them as her own unorthodox army to fulfil any orders. If they obey, demands are met and they get a reduced prison sentence each. If they disobey? They can say bye-bye to their lives via bomb in the neck.

By now, for about a year now, we know who is who in this flick. And don’t get me wrong, every character has a chance to shine in their own way. No matter if it’s Harley Quinn’s moments of undying love/obsession for her “puddin”, the infamous Joker; Deadshot’s constant dedication to seeing his daughter despite being restrained due to his deadly job; or even Captain Boomerang’s little friend Pinky (if you’ve seen the trailers, you know exactly who I mean…)

Special praise, in terms of acting, should really go to all of the main cast for their ability to throw away all sense usually linked to the hero role, and embrace the insanity and confused morality of the villain. But let’s single out a few wonderful performances.

Let’s start with the source of casting controversy: Jared Leto’s unique portrayal of the Joker. Unpopular opinion here – I believe Leto’s version of the psychopathic villain was fantastic. Everyone may have had ideas before viewing his full performance, especially from hearing about his behind-the-scenes shenanigans, but I saw what his prep was leading to and wow, I was definitely shocked by how well he fit into the role. Being creepy, frightening, yet fascinating, is what you should always expect from a portrayal of this character; all three were ticked off by Leto so easily. Hopefully with more movies in the DCEU planned, he will appear even more onscreen and we can get deeper into his backstory – and hopefully, it will be Leto returning.

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On a similar stream, let’s explore his lover of sorts, Harley Quinn. I feel that Harley’s backstory was given more than the other members of the group but it sure did help loop the Joker into the story. Kudos to Margot Robbie for taking on such a complex role and doing it total justice. I cannot think of anyone who could have done a better job for Harley’s first ever live-action appearance. Personally, my highest point with Harley Quinn was all homages to her original red and black jester outfit; whenever it appeared, it was telling the fans “we know how to handle Harley, so don’t you panic”. I did not, and I was proud that she was given the respectful personality she deserved. This includes her chemistry with the Joker. There are scenes that show that despite her love for him, and his love for her, there was an edge to it; she felt uneasy at moments, which gave depth to her emotional state of mind. Thank you, DC, for not reducing Harley Quinn to an insane sexualised blonde. Thank you! Fingers crossed for that Harley Quinn solo movie, because I would so book tickets as soon as they are released.

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Lastly, but definitely not least, let’s discuss the astounding acting of Jay Hernandez as flame-wielder criminal El Diablo. I don’t know how to talk about him for so long without spoiling the movie, but here goes. Honestly, I had no clue about this character before hearing about Suicide Squad, but I now just want to learn all about him. He was one of the most complicated and heart-breaking characters, because unlike the other villains, he did not want to fight. He explains how he was once like the rest of them, out of control and dangerous; but after too many casualties and too many losses, he restricted himself from using his “curse”. If you’re looking forward to badass pyrotechnics 100% of the time he’s on screen, change your ideas; he will make you feel, possibly cry, when he shows too well the damage villains’ powers can have on loved ones.

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So to conclude, I will say this: do not pay full attention to websites like IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes, who take some reviews and average the scores. Go see the movie, judge for yourself. You may agree with me, and you may not; it’s all up to you and how you view this movie.

Give these evil enemies a chance, because like it or not, they are here and they are ready to dominate the box office.

Rating: 9/10

Suicide Squad. “I’m a soldier! You’re a serial killer who takes credit cards.”

Plenty of things happened in this 2-hour comic book film, all of which were great. The Harley and Joker pairing happened (and it worked well), the extension to the DC Extended Universe went swimmingly and Jai Courtney finally happened (more on that later)!

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We start with introductions to our characters beginning with Deadshot (Will Smith) who is currently incarcerated following his capture by Batman. We also see Harley (Margot Robbie) in a similar situation. Then we get to meet Amanda Waller, possibly one of the greatest villains in DC, who definitely lives up to her reputation in this movie. Amanda Waller has started putting together a team that she calls Task Force X, this is to take villains and give them the chance to do some good and have time taken off their prison sentences, possibly prepare them for the next meta-human threat. She also backs up this team by showing off the Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) and her unique powers. Amongst the “Suicide Squad” there is pyrokinetic El Diablo, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, Katana, Slipknot and their team leader Rick Flagg as well as Deadshot and Harley. Some may think how do you keep villains in line and to co-operate with you? Well, Amanda Waller has got a way which could leave you with an almighty headache if you disobey her.

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Throughout the film, we see the team come together and see what brought them to their current situation. We then also get to see the big bad emerge from a familiar point as Midway City becomes a war zone. The team is then sent out to extract an individual from the city before things get worse. While we have the Squad heading out to fight, there is a certain Joker going around too trying to get back to Harley. Without giving away too much, there is a lot of backstory filled for Harley to understand her relationship with her Mr. J, and the scenes do work well between all the action. Though this is a comic book film and there is a great number of CGI shots, this truly does still feel like a grounded movie throughout. It doesn’t feel as big as Batman v Superman was, but it does still impose a scale which is epic.

I don’t want to give too much away, but there is a great chance for many characters to shine and they do. Deadshot and Harley definitely get the most to do in this movie and get the most development. Will Smith really makes this part work for him and I can’t wait to see where Deadshot will show up next. Margot Robbie makes Harley a breakout character and you know there is so much more for her to do in the DCEU in the future. If the rumours of a spin-off with Harley are true, I hope this means more Joker too and maybe an introduction to Catwoman and Poison Ivy. Jay Hernandez for me was a character we needed a lot more screen time with, playing the powerful El Diablo came to him with ease and was by far the deepest portrayal in the movie. You do feel most for this guy out of all the characters featured.

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There were very few characters I didn’t like, but some I think got a rough deal. Jared Leto’s Joker was actually rather fun, I enjoyed the scenes he was in, but he should have been in the movie more for a better effect (but hopefully he will be back in the solo Batman film and maybe Justice League). Viola Davis definitely nailed the part of Amanda Waller, and you will feel a lot of hatred for her but be amazed how much you enjoy her character (hopefully more of Amanda to come). If I was to say one that did make me laugh, it was Captain Boomerang. Jai Courtney was a very funny character and brought some good laughs to the screen but was relatively absent till nearly an hour into the film (though his scene of him getting arrested was great). Then there is The Dark Knight himself, Ben Affleck may not get a lot of screen time in Suicide Squad, but Batman is definitely a big force in the movie. Batman may be next leading the screen in Justice League, but it’s great to see him weave throughout this universe.

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This film is a success, throughout it is very funny and will keep your attention throughout. The action scenes are intense and the special effects both practical and CG are done superbly. The dialogue does crackle throughout and there are so many great lines in its runtime. The music throughout is brilliant, the mix of rock classics and modern hits really shines. Hearing a mix of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eminem, Queen, White Stripes and many more really work well in the movie. There is a sense of Guardians of the Galaxy in this movie, the similarities come from its fun soundtrack and the way the characters come together from all different places and work as one solid unit. Overall I loved this film! A few minor gripes are the main mission they are trying to accomplish, then there is the under-development of a few squad members. But a strong cast, some great cameos and a super mid-credit scene make this film a resounding success. The Joker and Harley share a much different relationship to how I was expecting and I won’t spoil it here, but I did enjoy it and hope to see that expand in the future. Suicide Squad 2 should be on the list, and I hope we get more Deadshot, Harley, Joker, Amanda Waller and Captain Boomerang (They tried for years to make Jai Courtney happen, and he finally happened!) in the near future. David Ayer knows how to make a true Comic Book film and I hope he sticks with the DC Extended Universe for a long time. And just for once, bad is good!

Final rating: 9/10 (10 if the DVD release features more Joker and a few more DC easter eggs).

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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INJUSTICE 2. What I Want To See!

Who would have thought a game based around DC comics and using the game engine from the latest Mortal Kombat series would prove such a hit? But it did in both the look and the gameplay. It was fun and really had you hooked all the way through the story mode and repeatedly going through the arcade segments to master each superhero and villain. The personal highlights I got from this game was how well each character was represented and the special moves given to each was well made and faithful to their traits. Also, who expected them to actually give a reason to how Green Lantern and Green Arrow could fight each other on equal grounds? But anyway, we have Injustice 2 on the way next year. With a cool looking trailer and hints to some new and returning characters, here are the five things I want to see in the next game…

  1. Don’t be afraid to extend the roster

There was a great cast of characters in the first game, though I am sure many fans would like a further expansion of the DC characters you can pick from. We already know Supergirl, Atrocitus and Gorilla Grodd will be in the new game with returning characters Batman, Superman, Aquaman and The Flash. After the successes of the DC TV shows, there is a lot of new characters who deserve a spot on the game. I reckon Black Canary, Constantine, Red Arrow, Firestorm and more would work well as some new heroes to feature. On the villain side, we need Captain Cold, Zoom, Riddler, Ra’s Al Ghul, Livewire, Clayface and maybe Brainiac as the main enemy? Why not.

  1. Keep them equal

The big selling point in the fights was that each character could handle their own with any other and still stay unique. Before 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us, I would have thought a game like this could not exist. Though I think the pills will not be a factor in this game, and that may not be a bad idea. In the trailer, it looks like we get to see some “upgrades” for the heroes to see them capable of going head to head on a level playing field again. Will that work into the story? This is where we get to the next point…

  1. Take inspiration from a certain 2016 film

Before you say it, I am not talking about Batman v Superman. If you have watched Captain America: Civil War, you will see its biggest talking point was the big battle between Team Cap and Team Iron Man. Maybe a similar story seeing the two sides form in the one universe (I think we could avoid multiverse for this game) and it would be fun to see two sides form over some crisis. I wouldn’t ask for a remake of what I saw on screen, but there are some elements that could be borrowed. Maybe it’s a way to deal with the defeat of a villain like Joker or Lex Luthor and then them fighting each other leaves earth vulnerable to an attack. From the information I have read, this looks very unlikely and seems to be a more direct continuation of the first. But fingers crossed the links will be there.

  1. Keep the same actors/actresses

Another good point from the first Injustice game was the voice acting. If you have Kevin Conroy voicing Batman, you have already sold it to me. There was also Carl Lumbly reprising his role as Martian Manhunter from the Justice League cartoon, Phil LaMarr becoming Green Lantern again and the amazing Tara Strong living her role as Harley Quinn. If we could have the same cast again, it would not be a disappointment. To have consistency within the games, it would be nice to get that same feeling back from the first title. The only change in cast would be for me The Joker, no offence to the guy who took it on, but I think Mark Hamill or Troy Baker needs to re-take the part.

  1. Longer story mode

In Mortal Kombat and Injustice: Gods Among Us, the story was always strong and enjoyable. The only problem was that story mode could be completed in about 5 hours. I know this would not be the end of my time playing the game, but it would be great to expand the story some more and get about 8-10 hours. If we learnt anything from the first game, the story shot past with great speed and indeed kept you hooked. I hope the next instalment can keep the same momentum but give a longer experience without just padding it out.

Injustice 2 will be released on PS4 and XBOX ONE in 2017.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Batman: The Killing Joke. The Trailer and The Facts

This sounds like a broken record when it comes to this story, but I think it is one of the best Batman stories in existence. A real look into the mind of both Batman and The Joker is both a fascinating and disturbing insight. Where this book really finds its strength is how we get under the skin of The Dark Knight’s greatest ever foe! The trailer is officially out and the film is due for release on Blu-Ray and DVD later this summer. Before we get to the trailer, here are five points you need to know about the upcoming adaptation…

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  1. Alan Moore wrote this story!

The man behind V FOR VENDETTA, FROM HELL and WATCHMEN! Alan Moore not only delivered one of the most stunning graphic novels of our time, but THE KILLING JOKE was also inserted into the continuity of the DC comics universe. This included Barbara Gordon’s end as Batgirl, the “origin” of The Joker and even helped towards the inspiration of the Birds Of Prey TV series (worth a watch, honestly. It is a bit tacky, but was ok). This man is not afraid to really flesh out some horrifying points to the characters he works with, and this is very evident throughout these 48 pages.

  1. There will be original material in the film!

The book itself is relatively short, and it would be hard to make a full-length animated feature on that alone. Luckily, there will be a 15 minute prologue which will set up the events of THE KILLING JOKE. This will give an insight into Barbara Gordon as she donned her cape and cowl. This would hopefully be enough to help expand on the source material and keep it as intriguing as the book did.

  1. Bruce Timm is producing the film!

If you were a fan of Batman: The Animated Series from the 1990’s, you will be glad to know that Bruce Timm (the co-creator of the show) is producing this adaptation. If we can trust anything, it’s that the best ever animated superhero series was made because of this man. His credits expand to much of the animated outings featuring Batman. If the news of this guy was big, just wait and see who he brought with him…

  1. Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill are back too!

You heard that right, the definite voices of Batman and The Joker will both be present for this epic! It was previously announced that Mark Hamill would quit voicing the character after the 2011 video game Batman: Arkham City. But…said he would return if The Killing Joke was ever made into a film. Our prayers were answered, and it is nearly upon us. As for Kevin Conroy, this is the man who made Batman a huge star and introduced us to two distinctly different sides as both Bruce Wayne and Batman. It will be great to see these two exchange words again, and we will only wish it won’t be the last time. Also, let’s not forget voice actress extraordinaire Tara Strong will be on board voicing Batgirl!

  1. The Film WILL be R rated!

All the superhero movies seem to strive towards an R rating nowadays (thank you Deadpool…By the way, Deadpool was freaking awesome!). With the content said to a faithful adaptation of the graphic novel, it is safe to this film will need a strong rating. The depths we fall into with the psyche of Commissioner Gordon and Batman being put to the test, you are going to need to brace yourself. The perfect example of how similar Batman and The Joker are needs to show every twisted detail.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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THE SIXTEEN FILMS TO SEE IN 2016

Deadpool

Do you enjoy your comic book films as family friendly, easy viewing and generally safe? Well, that is thrown out the window in this adaptation. Starring Ryan Reynolds as the guy in the red suit (no, not Santa), Deadpool follows the lead character as he gets revenge on those who nearly destroyed his life. Possibly the darkest and most brutal Marvel film to date, you will surely be questioning your movie tastes when you find yourself laughing out loud at this film. Be sure to look out for cameos from the X-Men and how many times the fourth wall is broken.

Captain America: Civil War

The oldest bromance in the MCU is about to be revived as Captain America finds his former friend Bucky, and looks to save him. Things don’t look too good as Bucky is wanted for the crimes he committed when he was brainwashed as The Winter Soldier. With tensions mounting, The Avengers split into two factions. One lead by Cap, the other by Iron Man. Look out for new heroes on the screen such as Black Panther, Spider-Man and the return of General “Thunderbolt” Ross. Who will survive the Civil War? Plus, this is coming from the guys who made Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so I think we are in very good hands.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Did you enjoy The Force Awakens? Honestly, it restored the faith in the franchise for millions of people and looks set to become the biggest film of 2015 and maybe even of all time. Since Disney want to expand the franchise, we get this spin-off set between Episode III and IV which shows a group of rebel fighters looking to steal the plans for the Death Star. A heist movie in Star Wars sounds a bit mad, right? Well, it worked well in Ant-Man, so it could be fun and exciting. Be sure to see many callbacks and maybe a cameo from James Earl Jones and Ian McDiarmid as the Sith Lords?

Doctor Strange

Comic book movies are definitely going to be taking over the world again in 2016, but this one looks to be a very much different idea compared to the others. Using a more mystical setting, bringing magic into the Marvel Cinematic Universe will certain add a new dimension to the well-established world that we have come to know. Benedict Cumberbatch will become the sorcerer supreme while the supporting cast includes Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. A great cast should easily bring this film to life and take it to a world of its own!

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Has there been a void in your heart since the Harry Potter films finished? Well fear not, as 2016 will see us return to the wizarding world for this story set around 70 years before Harry Potter was born. Eddie Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander, a British wizard from the Ministry of Magic in 1920’s New York as he holds a briefcase filled with many creatures and they escape. This sounds like a fun movie, and it will be great to see what happens when the magic world gets hugely involved with the muggle world.

Suicide Squad

The villains are coming, and they are ready to save the world. With many of the DC rogues, including many which originated from Batman, are set up by Amanda Waller for a mission which many others would consider a death sentence. From Harley Quinn to Killer Croc, there is a huge mix of villains from which to take in and discover. Will the film do a good job of expanding the DC universe of films? And what will happen with Jared Leto becoming the new version of The Joker? See when the insanity begins in August!

Star Trek Beyond

2016 will see the 50th anniversary of the long-running Sci-Fi franchise be marked with the new film. Star Trek Beyond is set after the 2013 film and shows the crew of the Starship Enterprise as they embark on their mission to explore space. After an incident which sees the starship destroyed, the crew are all separated and in danger. Though we won’t have Leonard Nimoy making an appearance as Spock, we may still get that William Shatner cameo which has been mentioned for many many years.

Ghostbusters

In 1984, the catchiest theme tune was released to go with one of the most fun movies of the decade. Even though this is a reboot of the original film, here is hoping there will still be links to the original movies. Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy lead the cast as the new female Ghostbusters come together for an updated adventure. Though to see Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver maybe back in some of their original roles will be worth cost of the ticket.

The BFG

Steven Spielberg returns to making family movies with the release of The BFG. Based on the famous novel from Roald Dahl, The BFG will see Mark Rylance take the title role as the Big Friendly Giant as teams up with a young girl to capture the man-eating giants who have been invading the human world. The work of Roald Dahl always is fun to see on the big screen, and an update on this classic tale will surely get plenty of people to see what happens. Now, we just need that adaptation of The Twits to finally get the go ahead.

X-Men: Apocalypse

If you think of how Spider-Man and Fantastic Four went, you will know why people have begged for them to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Luckily, even after 16 years, the X-Men films have managed to be very impressive and recently see their critical acclaim hit an all-time high. With the mutant Apocalypse about to rise, he enlists four mutants to be his horseman to help him take over the world. This will conclude the trilogy which begun with First Class and looks to be the biggest film to date.

The Angry Birds Movie

Have you ever played this game on your phone/tablet/video game console? Chances are you have heard about this movie being produced. There are so many big names coming to lend their voice in this movie (including Peter Dinklage, Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader and more). With the story seeming to be similar to the nature of the game, it looks like a good film to take the kids and just wittle away 90 minutes to something fun. The trailer makes the film look rather intriguing, but we will find out more when it comes out this summer!

The Jungle Book

Jon Favreau brought Iron Man to the big screen and helped kickstart the MCU, and now he looks to take the Rudyard Kipling classic to the cinema once again for this modern update. Disney looks to take one of its more popular set of characters and give them to a whole new audience. Bill Murray gets to play his dream role as Baloo and Christopher Walken will be shaking his thing as King Louie. With the film coming out this spring, it will be a great way to introduce the characters you know to your kids or younger siblings.

 

Grimsby

Sacha Baron Cohen returns for yet another quirky character and looking to make another massive impact on the world. This time, he becomes Nobby Grimsby, a football hooligan whose brother is a spy for MI6. They reunite after a long time to help save the world and the humour looks to be very strong in this one. Playing his brother is Mark Strong, a man who may not be too familiar with comedy, but already seems to have it down to a tee. Let’s see if Cohen can make it yet another success story with Grimsby.

Creed

Rocky Balboa will forever go down as one of the most famous characters in movie history. Sylvester Stallone returns to the role that made him famous and this time takes a supporting role to Michael B. Jordan who debuts as Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky’s former friend and rival Apollo. Adonis seeks out Rocky for his help in getting him into boxing, and the story goes from there. The praise for this film already is ridiculously high and there is even Oscar talk for Stallone. Definitely one to see for fans of boxing, Rocky, Stallone or just to see what is probably his best performance according to many reviewers.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

If you can take a famous novel from Jane Austen and make it into a well-received parody, you clearly are on to a winner. Burr Steers has written and directed this adaptation and has managed to squeeze in a huge amount of talent for this movie. A mostly British cast lead this film which tells the original Pride and Prejudice story, but with the subtle change of being in a world infested with zombies. Could there be a more bonkers movie for 2016, yes and it is called Deadpool! But I think this will probably get people going just for the title alone!

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

What more do I need to say? This is two of the biggest comic book characters in history coming face to face on the big screen for the first time. Henry Cavill returns as the Man Of Steel while Ben Affleck gets his chance to be the hero again as he becomes The Dark Knight. Though many feel the latest trailer has maybe given away a lot of the story, the one released in the summer saw just how well the two go on the screen and the tension is shown to be really high as both characters come eye to eye. This may be the biggest film of the year, will you see it?

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

 

P.S. There is also Finding Dory…

Episode Four: The Best Things In Life Comes In Threes

Doctor Who is over, but it is now time to explain my three favourite episodes of 2015. Also, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice got a new trailer, but did it give away too much? Also, a few thoughts about Star Wars: The Force Awakens before I saw the movie, and what does it mean to you? Hear the latest podcast now! Remember, this Sunday I will give a full review on the podcast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and what I thought of it all…

http://thesingingwhovian.podomatic.com/entry/2015-12-13T16_06_54-08_00

P.S. I want to give massive thanks to singer/songwriter/beatboxer and friend Dana McKeon for creating a fantastic new theme tune for the show!