Sunday, July 02, 2017

"LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain" coming August 8 to DVD



SUPERGIRL, WONDER WOMAN, BATGIRL & FRIENDS
SEARCH FOR THEIR STOLEN MEMORIES WHEN
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT,
DC ENTERTAINMENT & THE LEGO® GROUP PRESENT
LEGO® DC SUPER HERO GIRLS:
BRAIN DRAIN
ON DIGITAL HD JULY 25 and DVD AUGUST 8, 2017

BURBANK, CA (June 1, 2017) – Missing memories provide an intriguing mystery for everyone’s favorite young female protagonists in the all-new animated film, LEGO® DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and The LEGO® Group, the film – the first LEGO® entry in the worldwide DC Super Hero Girls franchise phenomenon – will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) July 25, 2017 on Digital HD ($19.99 SRP) and August 8 on DVD (SRP $19.98). 

When Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Bumblebee and Katana suddenly realize they cannot remember a single moment from their Monday at Super Hero High, the young DC Super Heroes spring into sleuthing action! Suspecting foul-play, they band together to retrace their steps and uncover the mystery of who exactly stole their memories – and what nefarious plan might be afoot?

LEGO® DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain voice cast returns its core cast in Grey Griffin (Wonder Woman), Tara Strong (Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy), Anais Fairweather (Supergirl), Teala Dunn (Bumblebee) and Stephanie Sheh (Katana), with Ashlyn Selich joining the group (as Batgirl). The cast also includes Yvette Nicole Brown (Amanda Waller), Greg Cipes (Beast Boy), Romi Dames (Lena Luthor), John DiMaggio (Gorilla Grodd, Wildcat), Jennifer Hale (Mad Harriet), Josh Keaton (Flash), Tom Kenny (Gordon), Rachael MacFarlane (Artemiz), Mona Marshall (Eclipso), Khary Payton (Cyborg) and Meredith Salenger (Lashina).

Todd Grimes (Back at the Barnyard, Star Wars:  Detours) directs LEGO® DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain from a script by Jeremy Adams (Justice League Action, LEGO® Scooby-Doo). Rick Morales (LEGO® Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood) serves as producer, with Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!), Jill Wilfert (The LEGO® Movie, The LEGO® Batman Movie) and Robert Fewkes (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic)  as executive producers.

Following the success of two home entertainment releases for the DC Super Hero Girls franchise – DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High and DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has brought together two of the world’s most recognizable brands in DC and LEGO for their first combined DC Super Hero Girls franchise production. The DC Super Hero Girls franchise aims to empower and connect with young girls through the brand’s vast digital content networks across LEGO.com, DCSuperHeroGirls.com, YouTube and social media. 

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is excited to unite two extremely popular brands – LEGO® and DC Entertainment – to present the first ever LEGO® DC Super Hero Girls film,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “Animated feature-length movies featuring DC Super Hero Girls and LEGO are extremely popular amongst our fans, so we look forward to bringing this first collaboration to life.”

DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection coming from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment



DC UNIVERSE ORIGINAL MOVIES:
10TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION

COMING AUGUST 15 ON DIGITAL AND
NOVEMBER 7 ON BLU-RAY FROM
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
AND DC ENTERTAINMENT

All 30 Animated Films in Enduring Franchise PLUS All-New Special Features Included in Box Set

BURBANK, CA (JUNE 28, 2017) – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment celebrate a decade of heroic animation with the release of the DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection, a comprehensive box set of all 30 films, 5 animated shorts, new special features and exclusive collectible items coming November 7, 2017 to Blu-ray. The entire 30-film set will also be available on Digital starting August 15, 2017.

Launched in 2007 with the landmark release of Superman Doomsday, the DC Universe Original Movies are based on or inspired by storylines and/or characters from within the ever-expanding DC library. Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the stories range from films based upon iconic DC Super Hero stories (Superman Doomsday, Justice League: The New Frontier, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: The Killing Joke) to films inspired by themes from within DC history (Batman vs. Robin was inspired by “The Court of Owls,” Superman vs. The Elite was inspired by "What's so Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way?") to original stories (Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Batman and Harley Quinn).
The DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection will include all 30 films – from Superman Doomsday to the all-new Batman and Harley Quinn, as well as newly released commemorative editions of Wonder Woman and Justice League: The New Frontier. The 32-disc box set will also include all five “DC Showcase” animated shorts – The Spectre, Green Arrow, Jonah Hex, Catwoman and Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam. The details of the special features will be announced later this summer.
“It’s been an amazing journey from the initial concept of bringing comic book pages to screen to the completion of 30 animated films spotlighting the mesmerizing characters and stories of the DC library,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “We are proud to celebrate this first decade of filmmaking with an impressive box set filled with exciting extras beyond these stunning films themselves.”
The 30-film DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection (Blu-ray) will include:

  1. SUPERMAN: DOOMSDAY
  2. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER
  3. BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT
  4. WONDER WOMAN COMMEMORATIVE EDITION
  5. GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT
  6. SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES
  7. JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS
  8. BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD
  9. SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE
  10. ALL-STAR SUPERMAN
  11. GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS
  12. BATMAN: YEAR ONE
  13. JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM
  14. SUPERMAN VS. THE ELITE
  15. THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 1
  16. THE DARK KNIGHTS RETURNS, PART 2
  17. SUPERMAN: UNBOUND
  18. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE FLASHPOINT PARADOX
  19. JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR
  20. SON OF BATMAN                             
  21. BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM
  22. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS
  23. BATMAN VS. ROBIN
  24. JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS
  25. BATMAN: BAD BLOOD                                                       
  26. JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. TEEN TITANS
  27. BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE
  28. JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK
  29. TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT
  30. BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN                



About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.:
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games.  Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.

DC characters and all related elements are trademarks of and ©DC Comics. (s17)
About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s TV series include Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go! and the upcoming DC Super Hero Girls and Unikitty! for Cartoon Network; Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, The Tom and Jerry Show, New Looney Tunes and Wacky Races for Boomerang; Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim; Right Now Kapow for Disney XD; Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix; and Young Justice: Outsiders for the upcoming DC-branded digital service. As home to the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies — for DVD, Blu-ray® and digital media. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation). 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Adam West, Legendary Star of '66 Batman, Dead at 88


Adam West, possibly the most well known Batman of all-time, died today at the age of 88. West embraced his camp role in his later years, and he always treated the fans with respect, as well as the mantle of the Bat. He liked to refer to his version of Batman as the "White Knight". 

On a personal note, Mr. West gave me my first big interview back in 2003 and he was generous enough to write a preface for my book, Batman's Arsenal. My first memories as a child are of watching the 1966 Batman series when I was three years old. He always has been and always will be my favorite Batman, even if the show is hard to watch as an adult. 

The fans will never forget Mr. West, may he rest in peace. Our condolences to his family and friends.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Wonder Woman Makes Box Office History!



The new Wonder Woman film has been highly anticipated by DC Comics fans for ages now and the results don't seem to disappoint. The movie opened this past weekend to a box office smash. The film, starring Gal Gadot as the Amazonian princess, set records for June openings and also opened the highest of any film that was ever directed by a woman! This is not only amazing news for comic book fans and fans of Wonder Woman, but fans of female driven entertainment everywhere. The diversity that comes with female writers, directors etc. is widely underrated in American cinema, so hopefully these new developments will help to smash the glass ceiling from now on.

Director Patty Jenkins has a bright future in the industry, now that her film has smashed the box office into pieces! The movie is so well received by the fans that it is currently enjoying a 93% approval rating by both the fans and the reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes, which is virtually unheard of. The movie is getting rave reviews from fans and general audiences alike. To contrast that score, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has a meager 27% rating from the critics and 63% from the more forigiving audiences. Suicide Squad also has a sad rating of 25% from critics and 62% by fans. The two films both featured Batman, while Wonder Woman doesn't feature any appearances from Batman, Superman or the rest of the Justice League. The film is completely Wonder Woman centric, which is also what makes it such a phenomenal achievement.

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We here at Legions of Gotham haven't gotten out to the theater to see Wonder Woman yet, so we cannot comment on the film, but the previews certainly look promising. The DC Film Universe has been a disappointing cluster of rubbish for the most part, so we're hoping that Wonder Woman will be the shinnig beacon in a world of misses and overshoots. Suicide Squad had so much potential, but again fell flat with a generic story and that awful douche sleazy stripclub owner Joker. A healthy respect for the characters is what needs to be preserved and hopefully what Patty Jenkins was able to do with Wonder Woman. Hollywood needs to learn that not only are the female characters popular and sustaining, but also that the source material is already there and should be used to the fullest extent. They always think that they know better than the decades of already proven history that comic books provide. Hopefully, that will change very soon, so that we fans get more films like Wonder Woman and less like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Jutice.

Did you see Wonder Woman this weekend? What were your thoughts on it? Sound off on our Facebook or Twitter pages with your opinions Bat-Fans!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Batman and Harley Quinn Spawn a Host of Spin-offs



Image Source: Teaser Trailer via Facebook


As a character, Batman is no stranger to the world of animation, but the cartoon version of the Caped Crusader is making a welcome return to our screens in his latest adventure. Director Sam Liu oversees a cast of familiar voice actors including Melissa Rauch, Paget Brewster and John DiMaggio and early reviews suggest it’s a "must-see" even for die-hard Batman fans who prefer the Superhero in his real-life form.

Unlikely hero?




In the latest offering, Batman teams up once again with Nightwing but they have what is perhaps an unlikely assistant; Harley Quinn originally appeared as the Joker’s love interest in the 1992 Animation Joker’s Favor. Over the years she has proved so popular that the character has endured and for 2017, Harley is crossing over from the dark side to fight the threat to global civilisation posed by the Plant-Master and Poison Ivy.

But no more spoilers; reviews are encouraging but you’ll have to judge and find out the remainder of the plot by watching the movie yourself. One thing is certain, the arrival of any new Batman movie will herald a flood of new properties and merchandising but, as we hit the 80th anniversary of the original DC Comics series, the arrival of Superhero spin offs will intensify even further. 

Action Figures
It’s interesting that while Batman has endured as a Superhero in various forms for 80 years now, a lot of the attention is on Harley Quinn as the movie hits our cinemas. Action figures of Harley are nothing new and they have been available in assorted guises since she first came into the public conscience in 1992 but the new, animated version adds a new dimension and the new dolls will naturally be something of a must for collectors.

Her costume gives more than just a nod to the Joker and she retains that air of mystery and sensuality, even now that she’s on the good side. Figures of Nightwing and Batman himself are also available for purchase but they have been pushed to one side somewhat by the emergence of their new sidekick. 

Playing the slots
This may be seen as one of the more unusual spin offs, but action heroes and slot games have always been very compatible ever since casinos started to go online in the second half of the 1990s. Batman has already appeared in a number of games and the new movie is a natural fit, and with the fuss being created by Harley, the choice of slots featuring the more established hero is certain to be a big hit. To be specific, Sun Bingo slot games already include a popular range of Batman games - based on the retro animated series - and in the weeks that follow the release of the new movie, interest will no doubt intensify.

Dress like a Hero

Whatever your views may be surrounding cosplay, the practise of dressing up as your favourite action hero is not a new one. Sales and hires of Batman costumes are always on the rise in the wake of a new release and that trend will sustain following the screening of this latest film.

Once again, Harley Quinn takes more of a centre stage but the traditional cape of the superhero has been ditched in favour of the short rockabilly style dress that was more synonymous with her earlier incarnations. We may not get to see an animated version of this iconic outfit but the dress will become more widely available and attract even more sales now that Harley is getting so much attention.

Mugs, posters and t-shirts will go on to form some of the more conventional forms of memorabilia when Batman and Harley Quinn reaches our cinemas and leads to a glut of merchandise and other properties as fans continue to catch up with the latest release.

The producers have been very intuitive in taking an already established character in Harley, and switching her to the good side as she joins Batman’s battle to uphold law and order. It’s a smart move that avoids having to take the gamble of introducing new characters and as such, she will appeal to long term fans as well as new additions to the series. So, if you love the new animation, there are plenty of spin offs that can help you to treasure its memory.

Five Places Where We'd Like to See Batman this Spring

Credit: Pixabay
Batman is one busy guy. As well as regularly appearing on our TV screens, at the cinema, in comic strips and at conventions up and down the country, he is also showing up in some more everyday locations. For example, on a trip far away from Gotham City, he recently visited Norwich Castle Mall in a replica Batmobile from the 1989 Batman Film. Eve since he introduced himself to the wide public as played by Adam West in the television series that ran from 1966 to 1968, Batman has been a favourite pop culture icon, and for a number of reasons - not only marketing either - he's never been absent from the spotlight. Here are five of our favourite places that we’d like Batman pop up in soon.

At A Party

What better place for the superhero to show up than at a party? Ideally, we'd like him to pop up at a special themed event to enjoy the different treats on offer. There are many different types of Batman decorations available to create the right atmosphere including plates, cups, napkins, tablecloths, banners and black balloons to hang in the Batcave. Party Delights, for instance, offers over 110 individual Batman-themed products. Add to this some Penguin Punch or Joker Juice and the scene is set for a great night. A recent Buzzfeed article lists seven Batman character-inspired cocktails which seem ideal for such a party. Let’s just hope he shows up to join in the fun. 

In a marathon

credit: Pixabay
With the days getting longer and the nights lighter, spring is the perfect time to get outside and exercise more. For the runners (or spectators) amongst us, another great place to see Batman is in a marathon race. Robin currently holds the world half-marathon record for the fastest time recorded by a male dressed in superhero costume (1:09:33) with Batman not far behind (1:10:45). The marathon world record for a runner in a superhero costume currently lies with Wonder Woman though! This means the Virgin Money London Marathon, which takes place on the 23rd of April, is the perfect opportunity for Batman to show up and get on the leader board.

In Online Gaming

If spotting Batman in a road race sounds a bit too energetic for some of you, then another great place for him to appear would be in online games. There are quite a few genres to consider here. At the moment, thematic, officially licenced slots, such as those offered by Betway Casino, make great use of their different themes from across pop culture. In the Jurassic Park one, for example, the five different reels feature familiar creatures from the film such at the T-Rex, the Velociraptor, the Brachiosaurus, the Triceratops and the Dilophosaurus, all estimated to have inhabited the earth about 190 million years ago. Added to this title is a realistic tropical rainforest background, animated sequences and sound effects in keeping with the prehistoric setting. In other gaming genres, there are already some Batman games out. Web gaming hub Heroes Arcade has collected and provides free opportunities to play platform, action and more types of Batman-themed games from all over the web, even including Batman Dress Up and beat'em up title Batman Underground. It would be interesting to see Batman be developed in even more ways in gaming, with the Batcave being used as a backdrop for games to be played out against.




In a restaurant

credit: Pixabay
Another exciting place for Batman to appear at would be in a restaurant. Imagine sharing your meal with him and Robin or having the superhero take care of your bill for you. While it can’t be guaranteed that Batman will pay a flying visit, there are places to eat that offer themed food. There's an official DC Comics cafe at the Pavilion Mall in Kuala Lumpur which offers delights such as the Dark Knight Burger, which is served in a charcoal coloured bun, followed by Batman ice cream. A bit closer to home, Area 52 cafe in London also serves superhero inspired meals and decor. Watch out for Batman toys in fast food restaurants too – there have been plenty of giveaways by big names over the years, including McDonalds and Pizza Hut.

In new kinds of merchandise

A last place we’d like Batman to pop up in is in the form of even more unusual and quirkier types of merchandise. There are currently stacks of Batman toys, items of clothing and costumes, electronic goods, stickers and collectible items available for the discerning superhero fan. It’s also good to see new items coming onto the scene though. Last Christmas for example, it was great to see novelty jumpers that featured Batman and Robin, with designs including Fairisle as well as other characters such as The Joker in them too.
The new Lego Movie, which has grossed more than $173,000,000 so far, has also introduced different types of merchandise, with the five most popular new items amongst fans being Lego key ring lights, the Joker’s Notorious Low Rider, mini-figures set, Scarecrow Special Delivery and Batgirl Batjet Chase. With opportunities for appearing limitless, remember to keep your eyes peeled for Batman whenever you are out and about as he is sure to appear in one guise or another somewhere soon!
 

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