Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Happy Birthday, Christian Bale!

Former Child Prodigy. Method Actor. The Dark Knight Himself.

Depending on what part of the world you are (and it's already January 31 as of this writing), Today, January 30, is the birthday of one of the most distinguished actors to ever grace the silver screen - Christian Bale. Turning 38 years old this day, the British actor best known for his role as Bruce Wayne/ Batman sees his latest and final bow as The Caped Crusader later this year when "The Dark Knight Rises" shows in theaters this July 20th, and he's also earned an Academy for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "The Fighter" last 2010. For all his achievements in the last 25 years since he started acting, Bale has been a recognizable force in the acting and Hollywood community. Many happy returns, good sir!

Happy Birthday, Christian Bale! - Jan. 30, 2012

Iron Mike Tyson to be inducted into the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame!

This news is just as surprising to hear as the winner of this year's Royal Rumble, but it's a bit of a curveball all things considered.

It has officially been confirmed by World Wrestling Entertainment that legendary boxing champion and pop culture icon "Iron" Mike Tyson will be inducted into the 2012 class of the WWE Hall of Fame! To be held in Miami Florida at the American Airlines Arena, and a day before Wrestlemania XXVIII, Iron Mike will be inducted alongside other legends and icons from the WWE Universe, such as Edge and The Four Horsemen. And while some questions may linger as to why a boxer is getting added to WWE's HOF lineup, there's good reason why Mike Tyson was chosen.

Mike Tyson vs Stone Cold Steve Austion on Monday Night Raw! (January 1998)

Back in January 1998 during the "Attitude Era", Iron Mike made his first appearance in Sports-Entertainment, in a storyline that involved Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels, eventually culminating in their match in Wrestlemania XIV where the boxing champion officiated the title match as special guest referee.

WWE Mike Tyson helps DX 2010

"The Baddest Man on the Planet" also reappeared years later in January 2010, helping Degeneration X against their opponent at the time, Chris Jericho! Now, Mike takes center stage among the rest of wrestlingdom's finest legends, and becomes an honorary member of the WWE family officially! For more info and updates on the story, visit the source post at WWE.com!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Game of Thrones Season 2 "Shadow" Trailer!

Via YouTube, HBO has released their latest new trailer to their upcoming and much anticipated second season of "Game of Thrones"! Based on George R.R. Martin's best selling medieval fantasy series, the war continues in HBO's highly acclaimed TV series in a few months time, so check out a brief glimpse of what to expect in this new trailer, aptly titled "Shadow".

Game of Thrones "Shadow" Trailer

Game of Thrones resumes the war for the Iron Throne on April 1st!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

New pics of Hasbro's "The Avengers" movie toys go online!

Via bkbn.net and Comic Book Movie, more pictures of Hasbro's upcoming new toyline based on Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios' "The Avengers" have hit online, and have showcased some rather interesting assortments for those looking to collect these figures and accessories.

In addition to the usual 3.75" and 6" figures, there are new gimmicks such as the "Stark Tek Assault Armor" series, which see Iron Man and Captain America donning some HulkBuster-like exosuits, and new 6" figures reveal that aside from the movie figures, we'll be getting some comic book Avengers lovin' with toys based on The Ultimates! Take a look at Ultimate Hawkeye below!

For more pics, visit the source post at bkbn.net and CBM!

The Avengers assemble in theaters internationally on April 25th and at the US on May 4th!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Marvel announces Twitter chat for The Avengers!

To promote their upcoming Super Bowl TV Spot of one of their most awaited films ever, Marvel Studios is launching a Twitter chat initiative for fans and viewers looking forward to "The Avengers"! On Tuesday, January 31st at 11am  (Pacific Eastern Time), director Joss Whedon will be joined by stars Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson), as they offer a 10 second first look at the upcoming 30 second TV Spot for the Super Bowl, as well as prizes for lucky tweeters who answer trivia questions correctly.

For more info and the official press statement, visit the source posts at Marvel.com and Superherohype!

The Avengers assemble at theaters on April 25th internationally and May 4th in the US! Be sure to follow the official Avengers Twitter page by following "@Avengers"!

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Avengers: Five official stills via Marvel.com!

Previously seen as scans via the latest issue of Empire magazine, Marvel.com has officially released five stills from their much anticipated superhero team flick "The Avengers"! Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, and Mark Ruffalo, Nick Fury assembles the most powerful team in existence, namely Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and the Hulk, in order to combat the greatest foes no single hero could withstand! Check out more pics after the jump!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The New 52 Justice League DC Direct and other toys revealed!

Comic Book Movie has posted up a scan pic of DC Direct's upcoming new figures based on their New 52 incarnation of the Justice League, featuring all the founding members of the roster - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg. Sculpted and based on the artwork of artist and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, each of these figures are set to be released on their corresponding dates as shown above, and they look mighty impressive alright. Be sure to check out more pics on the upcoming DC Toys, including ones based Batman Arkham City and Green Lantern The Animated Series, via the source post at CBM!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises DC Direct Toyline pics hit the web

Via blogsite Idle Hands and through posts by Comic Book Movie and Batman-News, the first images of DC Direct's official toyline based on Christopher Nolan's upcoming final Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" has leaked on the web, showing off statues, busts, and figurines based on Batman, Bane, and Catwoman (played by Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, and Anne Hathaway respectively). Not due to be revealed until the New York Toy Fair next month, these pics show clearly how the figures will look, some obviously still prototypes and subject to changes at the moment.

While we all know how Batman and Bane look like in the movie, but this is the first real time we see a close up "official" look of Anne Hathaway's appearance as Selina Kyle/ Catwoman in toy form. It's a pity that it doesn't take after the modern comic look of the character, but it certainly pays tribute to the 60's Batman TV Series look, which was performed by acting legend Julie Newman. It literally looks like a typical "Cat Burglar" mixed with a "Ballroom Mask" motif, and hopefully we'll learn why this is the case when the movie arrives later this year. In the meantime, check out more pics and details via the source posts at Idle Hands, CBM, and Batman-News.

The Dark Knight Rises dives into theaters on July 20th!

Liam Neeson confirms his appearance in The Dark Knight Rises

Consider this a MAJOR SPOILER as you read, but you probably know it was bound to happen anyway, and here be the proof...

It's been long speculated among Batman fans that legendary actor Liam Neeson will reprise his role as Henri Ducard/ Ra's Al Ghul. Now, via Comic Book Movie and Showbiz Spy, there may be credence to those whispers, as Neeson himself has confirmed that he was on the set of the third and final batflick directed by Christopher Nolan!

In an interview with Showbiz Spy, Liam was quoted to say the following:

"I can tell you nothing about Dark Knight Rises, seriously. I was on set for maybe an hour-and-a-half and the director didn’t tell me anything of what it’s about. So, I’m being very honest when I say I have no idea what’s going to happen.”

With that said, it's a very likely and obvious possibility that Liam Neeson will reprise his role as Ra's Al Ghul via flashbacks, mentoring a young Bane (Tom Hardy) perhaps or raising a young daughter Talia Al Ghul, who was recently confirmed to be played by young actress Joey King. The latter role however hasn't been confirmed to be linked to Maria Cotillard's role as Miranda Tate (who may be an alias for an older Talia), but the fact that Liam is back in some capacity is great news, even when fellow actor Josh Pence was cast as a younger version of his character Ra's.

Batman Begins - The Will To Act

In the end, things come full circle for Nolan's films. Liam Neeson returns to his role as Ra' Al Ghul from Batman Begins. He was the man who inspired Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) to become a "Legend", and gave him a path and the means to eventually assume his role as Batman. Whether it be flashback or an actual "Lazarus Pit" miracle, everyone is very much looking forward to this. For more on the story, visit the source post at CBM and Showbiz Spy!

The Dark Knight Rises shows the legend ending on July 20th!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

"Man on a Ledge" extended trailer

Australian actor Sam Worthington has a busy year ahead of him.

In addition to reprising his role as Perseus in "Wrath of the Titans", the "Avatar" and "Terminator: Salvation" star will be playing the character Nick Cassidy, a fugitive on the run and claiming his innocence by attempting to jump off a building while his brother makes a big heist that will prove his innocence. The film also stars Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, and Ed Harris. Via You Tube and Screen Rant, here's the extended trailer to the film, showing that the plot is a lot more than what it initially presents itself to be! For more details, check out the movies' official Facebook page!

Man on a Ledge extended trailer!

Man on a Ledge opens in US theaters this January 27th!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Prometheus International Poster

Comic Book Movie has posted up this first look at the international poster to Ridley Scott's upcoming Sci-Fi horror epic Prometheus, which comes to theaters later this year. Unlike the US poster, this one gives viewers a close look at the giant head that appears in the movie. Take a look below, and for more details, visit the source post at CBM and Joblo!

Prometheus plows its way into theaters on June 8, 2012!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Hasbro releases preview photos of The Avengers toyline!

In anticipation for the big superhero team movie later this year, Hasbro has dropped the bombshell and released some teaser photograph compositions featuring their new 3 3/4 toys and action figures based on the upcoming film adaptation of Marvel's The Avengers! Featured and revealed in Marvel.com, and subsequently posted in sites like Bleeding Cool and Superherohype, check out more pics of the figures based on the upcoming live action versions of Earth's Mightiest Heroes!

See the Avengers assemble in theaters this May 4th!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Year of the Dragon 2012!

Happy Chinese New Year, one and all! Celebrations officially begin today to welcome the year of the water dragon, and festivities around the world see reading of fortunes and happy people taking time to gather together in honor of this momentous occasion! In my mind, however, we also celebrate the astrological time of the year when one superb and legendary martial artist was born. He was called Lei Seil Loong or "The Little Dragon", and it may not be familiar to most people at first, but you know him better by his American and Screen name... BRUCE LEE.

Bruce Lee, 2012 The Year of Dragon

In commemoration of the Year of the Dragon and the founder of Jeet Kune Do (The Way of the Intercepting Fist), this YouTube video by one hungmanfay showcases the man who became a legend through his passion and determination as a martial artist. I found this to be extremely well done, and it pays tribute to not only the man called the Dragon, but the year he was born in as well. Enjoy, and Kung Hei Fat Choi!

"I always learn something, and that is: to always be yourself. And to express yourself, to have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate him". - Bruce Lee

Friday, January 20, 2012

All things RE in 2012 with Resident Evil 6 and Re5ident Evil: Retribution!

It seems Capcom is having a big 2012 with all things Resident Evil (also known as Bio Hazard in Japan). Not only do we get a trailer for the next movie starring Milla Jovovich as Alice, but also one for a NEW GAME slated for release at the end of this year, and it stars none other than the main male leads of the series, Chris Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy! Thanks goes to Kotaku and Comic Book Movie for the news!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises: "The Bat-Wing" gets a name...

With 6 months to go just before The Dark Knight Rises arrives in theaters and Christopher Nolan ends his Batman film run with a bang, the interwebz has stumbled onto and unearthed one of the biggest mysteries surrounding the film: the name of the new vehicle Batman will use in his war against crime. Via Comic Book Movie and CinemaBlend, the question has been addressed and answered, through the most uncanny yet somewhat obvious source, and before anything gets revealed after the jump, consider this a BIG SPOILER for anyone trying to shy away from information and keep pure until the movie gets released this July. With that said, here we go...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Game of Thrones Season 2 Production Video!

With a few months to go until Season 2 hits, HBO has added via their You Tube page, a new production video that showcases behind-the-scenes footage from their new upcoming episodes of their hit series Game Of Thrones! Here it is below, highlighting Croatia, embedded for your viewing pleasure, as posted in the source post at Comic Book Movie!

Game Of Thrones Season 2: In Production - Croatia

Expect the war for the throne to begin properly when Game Of Thrones returns this April!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

First teaser to Super Hero Taisen debuts!

Via JEFusion, here's the very first 24-second teaser to the much awaited and anticipated crossover movie of the year, Super Hero Taisen (also "officially" titled as Super Hero Taisen: All Kamen Riders vs All Super Sentai)! Next to featuring a gathering of every imaginable Rider and Sentai hero out there, the short clip features GokaiRed, as he declares his intent in defeating ALL of the Kamen Riders! Check it out below!

Super Hero Taisen 1st Teaser Trailer

40 Kamen Riders
meet 200 Super Sentai in the ultimate crossover battle this year! For more info, check out the source post at JEFusion

Super Hero Taisen raises Tokusatsu and Sentai hell on theaters this May!

Monday, January 16, 2012

First Look: The cover to Avengers vs X-Men #1!

Via Marvel and Comic Book Movie, here's a first look at artist Jim Cheung's cover to Avengers vs X-Men #1! The next big event from the House of Ideas, written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by John Romita Jr., pits Earth's Mightiest Heroes against the Children of the Atom, and after everything is said and done, nothing will ever be the same again! The cover certainly evokes epicness, and it looks just like a Marvel Vs Capcom poster! For more information, visit the source posts at Marvel.com and CBM!

The first issue of Avengers vs X-Men explodes into comic shops and beyond on April 3rd!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Walking Dead Season 3 gets 16 episodes!

Announced by AMC at the Television Critics Association (TCA) last Saturday, and posted in several sites like Comic Book Movie and Superherohype, AMC's third season of their popular survival horror series The Walking Dead will be getting 16 episodes! In addition to revealing a new promo poster that reminds viewers that the 13 episode strong Season 2 will resume with Episode 8 on February 12, the channel has also stated that their international broadcast partner, Fox International Channels, will be following the 16 episode order for Season 3.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Green Arrow to star in own TV Series; Will appear in Justice League #8!

Oliver Queen is striking back this week with a vengeance, and with good reason too.

The DC Comics' superhero better known as "Green Arrow" has been making the waves lately, with two news bits that have been circulating around the interwebz. First off, the hero has been pegged for a TV Series by The CW, the same network that aired the pre-Superman series "Smallville". Justin Hartley played a version of the character in the latter show, but there's no word out whether or not he'll be reprising that role, or when the series will get the greenlight to be done. Take note, this is just a network expressing interest, and it could be some time until we hear anything concrete and official.

The second bit of news related to the Emerald Archer is what you see above - Green Arrow finally makes his New 52 Justice League debut in issue #8, with Geoff Johns and Carlos D'Anda (Batman: Arkham City) doing the introductions. Main artist and DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee will be taking a break from art duties starting with issue #6, but he'll be returning in full force on issue #9. In the meantime, cover art is still coming from him, with this "Days of Future Past" style Green Arrow/ JL picture for issue #8 gracing the cover. For more info the stories, visit the source posts at Superherohype and Comic Book Movie!

First Look: Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in first official Skyfall pic!

Via Empire and Comic Book Movie, here's a first look at Daniel Craig reprising his role as James Bond, in the first official still from Skyfall provided by Empire that sees Agent 007 preparing to take a dip at the pool. While it's certainly not the most action-packed picture most fans have been expecting, it will get lady fans of Bond going gaga over the shot. MI6's infamous agent returns to hunt down those that have attacked his organization, and questions surrounding his superior M (played by Judi Dench) arise when secrets from her past come back to haunt her. For more on info and details, visit the source post at CBM and Empire.

Skyfall, starring Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes and directed by Sam Mendes, sees release in theaters this October 26!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Super Hero Taisen is officially "All Kamen Riders VS All Super Sentai"!

*Note: old picture of Decade/ Shinkenger roadshow back in 2009/ 2010

Since the news broke that a movie featuring 200 Super Sentai facing off against 40 Kamen Riders would be made, the tentative title for the movie was "Super Hero Taisen" (also rumored to be called Kamen Rider X Super Sentai Cross Generation). Now, via JEFusion and the Viva City Cinema site, it's now been confirmed the the official title for the movie is "All Kamen Riders Vs All Super Sentai"! All Rider vs Daishocker and Let's Go Kamen Rider director Kaneda Osamu returns to helm, and the movie features the return of Masahiro Inoue as Kamen Rider Decade, as well as Kamen Rider Den-O's Momotaros, Naomi, and Owner, not to mention Ryota Ozawa as Gokai Red! For more info on the story, visit the source posts at JEFusion and Viva City Cinema!

All Kamen Riders Vs All Super Sentai is slated for a May 2012 release!

The Dark Knight Rises: New pictures and plot details surface!

After the unveiling of their newest issue featuring Christian Bale as Batman in the cover, Entertainment Weekly has released brand new photos and details online on Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan's final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises! Via Batman-News.com and EW itself, new pics have appeared giving fans a sneak peek of what's to come later this year. Above is a very nice shot of Bale as Bruce Wayne, standing beside his Batsuit as he contemplates his next move against his new adversary - Bane (played by Tom Hardy).

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Abobo's Big Adventure: The Ultimate Tribute to the NES!

Saw it. Played it. LOVED IT.

If you're a fan of video games and everything that dates back to the 80's and the good ol' NES (Nintendo Entertainment System, or Famicom in Japan), then you truly owe it to yourself to check out this awesome piece of video game nostalgia - Abobo's Big Adventure. As the title implies, it stars none other than that big hunk of mass and muscle from the Double Dragon games, who's out to look for his lost son that's been kidnapped by the bad guys. As you'd expect, nobody messes with Abobo, and this game is a labor of love by fans of these types of games, who have programmed it to be just more than a simple side-scrolling beat 'em up game. Expect all kinds of gameplay that any NES fan will remember, from Super Mario Bros. to Legend of Zelda to Punch Out, and see all the kinds of mischief and mayhem one big dumb lovable guy will go through to save his offspring, with every kind of popculture reference and achievement to boot! Check out the trailer to this adventure!

Abobo's Big Adventure Trailer

Just by looking at the trailer, you know you want to play it. Thanks goes to Joystiq and Kotaku for the heads up on this epic flash game release, and thank you to Newgrounds and Team Bobo for delivering the ultimate tribute to the NES. PLAY IT HERE!

The Dark Knight Rises graces the cover of Entertainment Weekly!

Via Comic Book Movie, here's a first look at the cover to the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly, which features Christian Bale donning The Dark Knight batsuit once more and assuming his role as Batman in Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan's epic conclusion to the Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises! Check out more info, as well as excerpts of EW's interviews with Nolan and Bale, by visiting the source post at CBM!

The Dark Knight Rises opens in theaters this July 20!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

50th Anniversary James Bond 007 Blu-Ray announced!

Announced to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Ian Fleming's signature character, MGM and 20th Century Fox have unveiled the newest collection of the entire James Bond library of movies to date! Entitled "BOND 50", the series features all 22 films, from the very first Bond movie "Dr. No" with Sean Connery's tenure as 007 until current Bond Daniel Craig's recent flick "Quantum of Solace"! Featured on Comic Book Movie and Enewsi was the official press release, which you can check after the jump, as well as the official trailer of this collector's edition package!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Japan's Life-Sized RX-78-2 Gundam returns in April 19!

Mobile Suit Gundam has endured for many years since its introduction to Japan and the world with the original series in April of 1979. Since then the universe that began with Universal Century has expanded immensely, and several other spin-off titles have been created, garnering countless fans across the globe who admire the military science fiction drama and action the series possesses.

A couple of years ago, a life-sized model of the original Gundam, the RX-78-2 found in Mobile Suit Gundam and piloted by Newtype Amuro Ray, was first erected in Odaiba, Japan in July 2009. It moved to Shizuoka the following year, and some disassembled parts were donated to a charity drive following the great earthquake in Japan in 2011. Now, the large model of the original Gundam is set to return, with a grand opening on April 19 this year. Since it's already up, some time lapse videos have been released by one darwinfish105.

Here's one of the time lapse videos, showing the Gundam being constructed from scratch! For the other  clip plus more info on the life sized Gundam, check the source post at Anime News Network!

Monday, January 9, 2012

First Look: Batman # 8 and the Court of Owls back-up!

Announced in DC Comics' official blog The Source, here is a first look at what's coming in a few months time with Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque's epic DC The New 52 run on Batman. Starting with issue #8, a new back-up feature will be included in the series, entitled "The Secret History of The Court of Owls", focusing on the society that has been hounding The Dark Knight and his home Gotham City. It will lead to a mega crossover called "The Night of The Owls" The roots of the group extend longer than Batman realizes, and how it connects to the Wayne family's own history will be explored as the series progresses, particularly when issue #9 rolls around, starting a new arc called "The Fall of the House of Wayne". For more information and preview pics, read it up at the source post at DC The Source!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

First Look: The Bourne Legacy Teaser Poster and First Pic!

Courtesy of Comic Book Movie, Cine 1, and USA Today, Universal Pictures has released the first teaser poster and picture from the new "spin-off" installment of the Bourne film series, The Bourne Legacy. Starring Jeremy Renner of Hurt Locker, upcoming Avengers, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol fame as new rogue agent and lead Aaron Cross, as he and the rest of his costars (Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz included) are thrown into a web of conspiracy that has further been provoked by the actions of Jason Bourne in the previous films. Below is the first shot of Renner as Aaron Cross.

The film is currently being shot across the globe, and coincidentally, will do location shooting in New York, Canada, and in Asian countries, including The Philippines as well! For more information on the poster and pics, visit the source posts at CBM, Cine 1, and USA Today!

The Bourne Legacy sees release on theaters on August 3 this year!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Creative parodies of The Dark Knight Rises Trailer!

Since it hit the web in December, the official theatrical trailer of The Dark Knight Rises has generated a lot of buzz, comments, and "creative output", with the latter taking shape in the form of "parodies" that mix and match parts from the trailer. Streaming through You Tube and being posted in other news blog sites, there have been several new trailers that combine footage from other well known things from the pop culture spectrum, and the end result is just awesomeness personified. Take a look at what has been trending so far.

Friday, January 6, 2012

First Look: Batman: Earth One and Superman: Earth One Vol. 2

Released in conjunction with one another since the past day via DC Comics' official blog The Source, here is a first look at two of the most highly anticipated and much awaited graphic novels this year: Batman: Earth One and Superman: Earth One Vol. 2!

Written by acclaimed scribe Geoff Johns and illustrated by the talented Gary Frank, Batman: Earth One serves as Johns' first original graphic novel work, and explores a contemporary look at the origins and beginnings of The Dark Knight. In this story, Batman isn't yet the master detective or watchful protector he is known through legend, and instead we see a Bruce Wayne who is still making mistakes and trying to adjust to a world where shades of gray dominate the society of Gotham City. Above is a sneak peak page of the awesome looking graphic novel, and more pages, as well as info on the story, can be viewed here!

Once again written by J. Michael Straczynski and drawn by Shane Davis, Superman: Earth One Vol. 2 is the long awaited sequel to one of the best original graphic novels of 2010, once again exploring a younger version of the Man of Steel as he tries to find his place in the world. Now that he has finally become Superman, Clark Kent has to find out where his alter ego fits in, especially with the world watching and wondering what his true purpose will be. As he starts to put his life in check, he becomes mixed up with a certain girl next door, and as Lois Lane tries to snoop around Clark's mysteries, a new threat comes in the form of the deadly Parasite. In the end, Superman will have to discover how to use his power, and how he really fits in the world he calls home. Check out more info, pages, and details here!

Expect Batman: Earth One and Superman: Earth One to hit comic book shops and bookstores this 2012!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Concept Art: The Justice League of Japanese Anime...

Considering the immense popularity of western comics, it comes as no surprise that characters from the rich history of DC Comics would some form or way get considered for a Japanese styled anime/ tokusatsu treatment. Back in the 70's, Marvel's own webslinging hero Spider-Man got turned into a Tokusatsu TV series, and the House of Ideas even released some miniseries some years back using Manga styled drawings. DC almost gave the greenlight to that approach, but sadly it did not come to pass. Thankfully, io9 has put up some concept art of the proposals via Project Rooftop, as illustrated by one Cliff Chiang. You can take a look at them via i09, and check out how heroes like Batman, Superman, Aquaman, and The Flash are drawn very much similar to Gatchaman, Mazinger Z, Ultraman, and Racer X!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Marvel and DC Team Up for a new 2012 Spider-Man/ Batman crossover miniseries!

UPDATE: The story is a big rasberry PWNAGE attack (aka HOAX). Bleeding Cool confirms such too. Two of the best heroes in the comic book world are going to meet each other face-to-face once more!

Via a scoop at Bleeding Cool and reported by Comic Book Movie, DC Comics and Marvel are going to team up to produce a new 12 issue comic book series that sees The Dark Knight cross paths with your friendly neighborhood Webslinger! Entitled "Spider-Man/Batman", the series will depict the crimefighters interacting with each other through the years, starting with their very first meeting on the 48 page debut issue coming out in April, and eventually spreading out to other adventures through the course of their respective careers. Of course, this isn't the first time the heroes have interacted with one another, as Marvel and DC have made both heroes star in team up books and crossover stories in the 90's (as pictured above). Also, since The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man are coming out in theaters this year, it's the perfect time for Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker to fight together to blend in with the hype! For more info on what is arguably comicdom's ultimate Dynamic Duo 2012 pairing series, visit the source posts at Bleeding Cool and Comic Book Movie!

Be sure to catch the 12 issue Spider-Man/ Batman crossover series on comic book stores and newsstands starting this April!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises: Bane's voice being improved for the movie

UPDATE: CBM reports that Warner Bros. has debunked the rumors, and there is "no truth" to the new audio mix news.

Via a report from Collider as well as a story posted at Comic Book Movie, it appears that a lot of the feedback and comments given towards the near inaudibility of Bane's voice in The Dark Knight Rises has been addressed, as new reels of the TDKR Prologue introducing the villain (played by Tom Hardy) are now reportedly "clearer" and much easier to understand. A new audio recording has reportedly been sent, making it much easier to understand Bane as he talks without the background noise drowning the dialogue away. Not much else to say regarding the matter, but this is definitely good news for those who didn't understand and took issue to the voice. If you needed a sampling of why it was initially a concern, visit the source post at CBM!

The Dark Knight Rises sees the legend's end on July 20, 2012!

Monday, January 2, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises Prologue video montage

Many have seen The Dark Knight Rises Prologue attached to IMAX screenings of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol or otherwise. If you're one of the lucky few, then you probably know that after the initial presentation ends, a video montage plays that teases clips and scenes that will appear in the final product that opens in theaters later this July. Via Comic Book Movie and Vimeo, a very clear video of said montage has gone up and online for the world to see! Check it out below.

The Dark Knight Rises Prologue Video Montage

Prepare for the epic conclusion to the saga of The Dark Knight as done by Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. in a few months time. For more information, check out the source post at CBM

The Dark Knight Rises breaks into theaters on July 20!

Sunday, January 1, 2012


And The Bat welcomes it with fiery determination!

Yes, it may be the year of the dragon, but it's also the year of the bat, with a certain movie rising on July!