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Constantine is finally coming to Blu-Ray and DVD

The strength of the short-lived NBC show is unbelievable. Since the show finished airing in 2005 after just 13 brilliant episodes, we do seem to find it hard to let go. On a recent post, I revealed Matt Ryan’s John Constantine as my favourite DC character on TV. If you have seen this show before, chances are you will want to watch it again very soon. For those who haven’t, here is everything you need to know about the upcoming release.

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RELEASE DATE

As of this moment, the release is set for October 4th 2016 in the US. Although at the time of writing, there was no UK date set. Hopefully this will be rectified soon as I would very much like to own a copy of one of my favourite shows from the last few years. Worldwide I am not too sure on when it will be released, but it is a better promise than saying IF it will be released.

WHATS IN THE BOX

Being called The Complete Series, you know you will have all 13 broadcast episodes of the Hellblazer adaptation. The extras are there, just not too many to get excited about. First we have the Constantine Trailer (trailers have always been a popular feature). There is also Behind The Scenes footage for the release too. For the Comic-Con lovers amongst us, there will also be the 2014 SDCC panel which features cast and crew of the show from before it made its debut and finally a feature known as ‘DC Comics Night at Comic-Con 2014’.

WHY YOU SHOULD BUY IT

As we know, there has been a lot of internet buzz around Constantine returning in some shape or form. The biggest moment so far was Matt Ryan reprising his role for an episode of Arrow (please make more appearances, that was a great one!). With Matt Ryan coming back again to play the character for the animated feature Justice League Dark, there is certainly an audience for his take on the DC character. I think this may get some wheels into motion for potentially a new Constantine series (still think CW should have done Constantine Season 2 instead of Legends Of Tomorrow) and if popular enough, plenty more from this character in the future. Plus if you haven’t seen the show, I guarantee that having this in your collection will be a wise move and one you won’t regret.

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Constantine: The Complete Series is out October 4th in the US and will be available through Amazon and other retailers. Expect international release dates soon!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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TEN BEST LIVE-ACTION DC CHARACTER PORTRAYALS (ARROWVERSE and GOTHAM)

Superhero TV shows have generally been a strong force in animation form for many years. With certain exceptions such as Batman 1966, Lois and Clark and Smallville, there has never been such high quality comic based shows on TV at one time. With DC ruling the roost on The CW and Fox, Marvel’s MCU taking Netflix and ABC by storm and Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead and Outcast making some damn fine TV! So, the first in a number of countdowns, I wanted to give some top 10’s based on more current comic book shows and the characters that feature within them. With the short lived Constantine being hugely popular, Arrow creating a massive TV universe and Gotham giving us some great origins on much loved characters.

This list was not easy to write, but there was so many to choose from. Honorable mentions go to Morena Baccarin’s Dr Leslie Thompkins in Gotham, her partner and good cop Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon and Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells and Reverse-Flash in The Flash. I want to know who you would say was portrayed best as opinions will always vary. This is my personal list, so take this as you will.

  1. Harold Perrineau – Manny (Constantine)

Portraying an original character in a comic book show is not always seen as a great idea, but Harold Perrineau pulls it off so well as the angel Manny. Guiding Constantine on his journey to prepare for the oncoming war with evil, Manny appears at times of great need (even when John really could do without seeing him). Sometimes a very insightful character and a moment or two of comic relief, it is a shame that we may not see him spread his wings in Constantine’s future anytime soon.

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  1. Teddy Sears – “Jay Garrick”/Hunter Zolomon/Zoom (The Flash)

Trying to top the brilliant work by Tom Cavanagh in season one was never going to be easy, but Teddy Sears takes you on one hell of a journey in season two. Revealing himself to be Jay Garrick at the start of the season, he claims his speed was stolen by another known as Zoom! The twist here is that Jay is actually Hunter Zolomon AKA Zoom and he has hatched a plan to destroy all universes and speedsters…including Barry. Who knows if he will run again into the lives of the STAR Labs team.

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  1. Emily Bett Rickards – Felicity Smoak (Arrow, The Flash)

Originally a minor character, Felicity grew to be one of the most important characters in the Arrowverse. Originally an employee of Oliver’s step-father Walter, Felicity proves herself to be a welcome addition to Team Arrow. Originally only wanting to save Walter, Felicity eventually joins the team full time and is vital in helping Oliver become more understanding and find new methods to deal with crime. Though many see their romance as annoying, Felicity really does make a big impact in the show and I hope she will do for a long long time to come.

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  1. David Harewood – “Hank Henshaw”/J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter (Supergirl)

One of the biggest surprises of Supergirl was the revelation that head of the DEA Hank Henshaw was actually the Martian Manhunter. Having been nearly killed by the real Hank Henshaw, Kara and Alex’s father saved J’onn and in return J’onn promised to look after Alex and Kara as much as he could. A character with a huge heart and one of the most heartbreaking backstories in comics, he fights his inner demons and becomes a true hero who eventually gets the recognition he deserves.

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  1. Manu Bennett – Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (Arrow)

Probably the greatest rival to come up against Oliver, Slade Wilson originally helped Oliver Queen survive on the island and gave him the help he needed to escape and find his family. After Slade was injected with the “mirakuru”, he finds himself stronger than ever before, but his mind suffers from the chemical. He personally wants revenge against Oliver after what happens to him in regards to Shado and losing his eye. Killing Oliver’s mother and almost destroying the city was indeed enough to push The Arrow to his limit!

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  1. Danielle Panabaker – Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost (The Flash, Arrow)

When she had her cameo in Arrow, I was not too sure how much I would like this character. But from her first episode, Caitlin is shown to be a great part of the STAR Labs team. She is shown to be very distraught over the particle accelerator explosion which seemingly killed her fiancé and at times being cold towards her friends. Though Caitlin is indeed, in at least one life, destined to be the villainous Killer Frost, she proves a true friend and a heart to the show. She knows how to take on enemies without powers of her own and will do anything to help you.

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  1. Stephen Amell – Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Arrow, The Flash. Legends Of Tomorrow)

The man behind the Arrowverse, Oliver Queen returns to Starling City after five years being presumed dead. When he returns, he takes on the mantle of The Arrow to fight the crime in the city as part of his promise to his father. Originally wanting to take on this crusade alone, Oliver later gets assistance from John Diggle, Felicity, Roy Harper, Sara Lance, Laurel Lance and even his sister Thea. Though Oliver may be sometimes hard to trust, he does care about his friends and family and does show a lighter side with his friend Barry/The Flash.

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  1. Grant Gustin – Barry Allen/The Flash (The Flash, Arrow)

After getting caught in his lab as the STAR Labs accident happened, Barry Allen became The Flash. Originally unsure if he deserved his powers, Barry would go on to become one the greatest heroes in existence. With a pure heart and mind, Barry is definitely the best person to have on your side when in trouble with a meta-human. When Barry developed his powers and begun travelling through time, we see him truly get emotional with anything around his deceased mother when he sees her in the past. We want Barry to have a happy ending, but has he destroyed the world to get it?

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  1. Robin Lord Taylor – Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Gotham)

The only Gotham character to make it into the list, but there is a good reason why he is this high! Robin Lord Taylor from episode one managed to make Penguin probably the best portrayal of the character in any medium. Danny DeVito done a great job in Batman Returns, Nolan North makes a great performance in the Batman Arkham games but it is Taylor’s take on the character which is unique and intriguing. Starting as an aspiring gangster, he eventually takes control of the Gotham underworld and uses many means to get what he wants. Whenever his version of Oswald Cobblepot takes to the screen, I am glued!

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  1. Matt Ryan – John Constantine (Constantine, Arrow)

You know you have done a character right when you have a fan and cast campaign to get you to be the character again (eventually appearing in Arrow Season 4) and then becoming the character again for an animated movie (2016’s Justice League Dark). Am I right? Matt Ryan embodies the character perfectly and does everything right. He smokes like a chimney, isn’t afraid to be rude, enjoys being an arse to people and fights demons with ease. The look is also done right, down to the hair colour and the clothes. We may have only had 14 hours of TV with John Constantine, but I am sure Matt Ryan’s version of the character will be around for a long time…and maybe that petition to get a season two of Constantine will also become reality one day!

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Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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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Matt Ryan Returns as Constantine…in Justice League Dark

So if you have ever watched the 2014-2015 Constantine TV series, you will know that it was one of the biggest TV casualties of recent years. Why? Because it was cancelled after just 13 episodes. I have seen very few fan reactions this strong for a TV character, but I must admit that Matt Ryan was the ultimate John Constantine and it was a shame to see his tenure come to an end. After much reaction from fans, Constantine was officially brought into the Arrowverse and made a massive impact in his one (so far) appearance on Arrow. Since then, the Constantine front has been churning rumours such as an animated series on CW Seed, a second TV series and maybe even an appearance in film. Well, we have just found out that Matt Ryan will be reprising his iconic role in Justice League Dark, the latest animated film from DC Universe Animated Original Movies series.

In the film, Matt Ryan will be leading the cast as the self-proclaimed Master Of The Dark Arts. He will be joined by Camilla Luddington (Tomb Raider video games, Greys Anatomy) as Zatanna, Nicholas Turturro (Blue Bloods) as Deadman, Ray Chase (One Punch Man) as Etrigan and Jason O’Mara returns as Batman! An impressive cast to be sure, the film will definitely be anticipated as it follows-up (but not linked to) the eagerly awaited Batman: The Killing Joke. The preview of the film and behind-the-scenes footage gives us a great tease of what is to come. Are you excited to see Matt Ryan become Constantine once again? To get you ready for what is to come, here are some shows and films to see before Justice League Dark comes out later this year!

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CONSTANTINE (TV SERIES)

First off, completely ignore the 2005 film starring Keanu Reeves. This keeps almost nothing that made Constantine the respected and much loved character that we knew. Matt Ryan took 2014 by storm and gave TV superheroes a new bar to match. Not many comic book shows feature such a reluctant and tortured hero nowadays, but this one works superbly well. Matt’s Constantine not only respects the source material, but he gives you so much to make you both like him and hate him. In the end, Matt makes his mark and produces the definitive version of John Constantine. The 13 episodes may go quick, but all the easter eggs and characters really fit in well and the story will have you hooked in five minutes.

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I am not too sure how much of Batman we will see in the Justice League Dark movie, but I think it will be great to see Jason O’Mara come back to this iconic role. What makes Jason work as The Dark Knight is that he isn’t trying to copy any of his predecessors, and seems natural in his dialogue as the character. Also the animation in this film and the storytelling was just top-notch throughout and worth a watch before Justice League Dark makes its debut. There may be little in common with the two, but I believe they will have a very similar look between the two.

ARROW

Ok, this one may take a little while longer to watch. Arrow kicked off a new wave of superhero shows which currently sees at least five (six if we count Vixen from CW Seed) shows connected in the so called Arrowverse. Though with this, it was a great way to give the idea of magic and dark arts into the show by incorporating Constantine in the fourth season. Stephen Amell had campaigned for Constantine Season Two and said he would guest in the show if it happened, so was great to see it happen the other way and Matt Ryan graced his way into Star City and stole the episode.

Justice League Dark is out later in 2016, watch out for a review later in the year.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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DC at Comic-Con

DC’s Extended Universe may only be two films in, but there was a lot to show off at Comic-Con this year. With the release of Suicide Squad just a matter of days away, there was some more clips and a trailer to keep teasing this movie. We also got to see a proper first look at Wonder Woman and a Justice League trailer already? Also, how about the DC shows on The CW? Let us see what was shown in San Diego this weekend!

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With the film out on August 5th, we don’t have too long to wait for this big release. Bringing together a huge selection of DC villains for this release, we are guaranteed a superhero movie unlike any film we have seen before. With a huge selection of clips and a new trailer, the hype for this film could not be higher! We have got so much to look forward to in the DCEU, and this movie looks to be the turning point for all films to come!

The Flash

We know that the start of Season Three will be an adaptation of the Flashpoint storyline, and the initial trailer shows Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen really taking on a different world when the show returns. With new additions such as Tom Felton and the return of the Reverse-Flash, there will be plenty to enjoy in the new season. The Flash has never been about simple storylines, but if we have learnt anything, it is that the Arrowverse knows what the fans want! And, it is Flashpoint!

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Without this show, the run of DC shows we have now just wouldn’t exist. Arrow season 5 will continue with the fracturing of Team Arrow as Oliver Queen looks to build a new team. We have Curtis about to become Mr Terrific and we also have a potential Artemis and Wild Dog as new members of the team. Where we get a good a good tease at what is to come, I can’t wait to see what affect happens from the Flashpoint storyline

Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot is fresh from her fantastic appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice to bring her to the big screen for her debut as a lead in a film. We get a great tease in the few minutes of the trailer which features a fantastic cast and some great action scenes. It’s safe to say that the warrior from Themyscira will indeed make a great splash in 2017 in both Justice League (we will get to that) and with this movie! Did I mention the humour and action is just spectacular? Because it is!

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Well this one was unexpected! We don’t get this film for another 16 months (Sixteen Months!!!!!), but we got a great look at what is to come. We see Bruce Wayne begin to assemble the league in this movie and learn more about the members who will be coming in! Aquaman does indeed look intimidating, and this will work well for the character. Wonder Woman is on hand to help, and will do all she can to help Bruce. The Flash seems very keen to be part of this group, and almost fangirls over the fact he just met Batman. Then there is Cyborg who actually does look rather awesome! Cyborg ain’t as flashy (no joke intended) as I thought he would be, but does look impressive. We get a good idea of what to expect, but I think you should watch the trailer now and begin your hype train!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Suicide Squad – Final Trailer

With just a few weeks to go, one of 2016’s biggest films is about to be released! We know Suicide Squad will see a collection of villains coming together for a mission set up by the conniving Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). This team includes Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, El Diablo and more! We also get a new Joker (Jared Leto) for the DCEU and the excitement level is ridiculously high!

We know this film will possibly set a standard for the DCEU and I definitely hope this will be the best in the series so far! Due out 5th August, check out the last trailer before it’s release. Then just another 8 months till we get Wonder Woman (I do like looking towards the future)

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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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow VS. Supergirl

The 2015-2016 TV season is to bring two new big comic book shows to our screens. While Netflix is continuing to expand on the MCU with Marvel based Television, DC continues to grow. While Supergirl is with CBS and may or may not cross over with the established CW shows, we know that Legends of Tomorrow will bring characters from both The Flash and Arrow as well as introduce new characters not previously seen. So let’s weigh these up with five rounds to see which show is definitely the more exciting.

ROUND ONE: SYNOPSIS

DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow: Rip Hunter travels back in time to the present day where he brings together a team of heroes and villains in an attempt to prevent an immortal from destroying the world and time itself.

Supergirl: Twenty-four-year-old Kara Zor-El, who was taken in by the Danvers family when she was 12 after being sent away from Krypton, must learn to embrace her powers after previously hiding them. The Danvers teach her to be careful with her powers, until she has to reveal them during an unexpected disaster, setting her on her journey of heroism.

It is fair to say that Supergirl offers more of a premise than a synopsis for the show. Where someone like Supergirl will arguably have a more epic origin than many characters we would normally see, haven’t we seen this thing countless times before? I won’t say time travel is original, even for DC. But, to see a lot of focus on an as-yet-unseen character is rather fun. Where we already seem to know so much about Kara Zor-El, I would argue hardly anyone knows Rip Hunter. Legends Of Tomorrow take the first round.

ROUND TWO: DC ROOTS

We have a tricky one here. Where Legends Of Tomorrow will have many characters from Arrow and The Flash coming together, the new Supergirl has already announced 80’s Supergirl Helen Slater will be joining the cast as will former Superman Dean Cain. Even though we finally get to see Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) Atom take a lead, just for the geek level on previous super-powered beings pre 2000, Supergirl takes the win here.

ROUND THREE: SCI-FI ROOTS

We already established some cast members for Supergirl (Dean Cain and Helen Slater); also David Harewood has guested and starred in many shows. But, Legends Of Tomorrow has Victor Garber who has been in Alias, Stargate Universe and will return as his character Dr. Martin Stein from The Flash. Also who can ignore the fact Doctor Who actor Arthur Darvill will be taking a lead role as Rip Hunter! Also we get to see Hawkgirl finally on the screen! Legends Of Tomorrow take round three.

ROUND FOUR: FUTURE

OK, neither of these shows have yet aired. But, we should be ready for what will happen. Arguably, Legends Of Tomorrow does sound more like a limited series, and it may very well will be. Supergirl, if it goes well, could possibly see itself fall into the same universe as Arrow, The Flash and maybe Legends Of Tomorrow. We could see a great story ark emerge and multiple seasons. I unfortunately can’t see the same happening for Legends. Supergirl wins it.

FINAL ROUND: THE TRAILER

Well, trailers have come out for both! They both look brilliant, but which one do you think is best? Check them out now…

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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