Sunday, December 31, 2017
Another year goes bye bye, and here we are preparing to welcome a brand new one!
2017 certainly was a year of constant unpredictability and change. As with past years, I challenged myself to do new cosplays, and I've had PLENTY OF THEM. One of them - Logan - was my way of paying tribute to Hugh Jackman's portrayal of one of my favorite comic book characters in the big screen, and I was alongside Mislaine who did a WONDERFUL Laura/ X-23 right beside me. That movie is my pick for "2017 Film of the Year" as well, but I digress - this year has a LOT of EPIC films that did well in their own way.
As I pushed forward, I also had the opportunity to FINALLY cosplay Ryu from the Street Fighter series - honoring my fandom and the series' 30th Anniversary this year! I also got to have some AMAZING adventures with my Spider-Verse PH family - in no small part due to the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming this year and our favorite wallcrawler's introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
Then there was the big departure - leaving a team I worked with for seven years due to creative differences and the way things were running. It was arguably the best decision I have made, and I'm used to working on my own and being free to do my own thing. That still didn't stop me from dressing up like a Bat - and I FINALLY UPGRADED MY BATSUIT just in time for the Justice League Movie - joining other like minded friends and comrades who also enjoyed doing things out of passion and for the fun of it.
From ToyCon to APCC, there were exciting conventions to attend and memories to cultivate - including meeting Karen Fukuhara/ Katana from Suicide Squad and Ray Fisher/ Cyborg himself with my buddy CAZ. Then there was Geek Day 2017 too and being invited as a judge and speaker. So much to be grateful for along with fellow ambassadors Dinny Grayson, Xidge Evangelista, and FoxRots! Plus I also got to cosplay Kylo Ren. for Star Wars and take part on A Hero's Call as Green Arrow!
Bottomline - 2017 was a rollercoaster ride full of unpredictability and memorable moments. I have a lot to convey and share, but this collage will do the trick for the highlights! THANK YOU AND HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY! TO 2018 WE GO!
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Hitting theaters in less than two months and helping usher in 2018's most anticipated blockbuster films, Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" takes front and center for Empire Magazine's "2018 Preview" issue cover. The new issue gives fans and moviegoers a sneak peek of what's to come in the new year - including Han Solo, Deadpool 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Avengers: Infinity War and so much more. You can check out more preview images via the source post at Superherohype.
Black Panther hits theaters on February 2018.
Friday, December 29, 2017
Before a certain Man of Steel came to Earth and became one of the world's greatest heroes in the DC Universe - there was his home planet and his predecessor who fought to bring order to his family and society. That will be the basis of SyFy's upcoming new show "Krypton" - which takes place two generations before Kal-El's birth and will focus on his grandfather Seg-El - as he gets an unexpected visit from the interstellar human time-traveller Adam Strange and is warned of the impending doom of his own planet. How this will play out and affect the destiny of the future "Last Son of Krypton" remains to be seen.
According to SyFy's official website, Krypton is set to premiere on March 21, 2018. Whether it ties to the DCEU or not, or is an alternate event in itself remains to be seen. The show is executively produced by David S. Goyer - who worked on Man Of Steel and Batman v Superman. Expect more to the legend when the show hits early next year.
Thursday, December 28, 2017
With Justice League finishing its theatrical run and preparing to see release in home video early next year, eyes have turned to what will be included in the deleted scenes - and one particular image from Reddit (as reported by Comic Book Movie) sees Bruce Wayne/ Batman making good on his offer to Arthur Curry/ Aquaman early on the film by literally bribing him with money on information on the Mother Boxes when he comes to the King of the Seven Sea's territory. The image is likely from the "Justice League: The Art of the Film" book, which is already out in stores.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
In what may certainly be the look of the home video release of one of 2017 big films, Blu-Ray Forum (as reported by Comic Book.com) has released the potential cover of the Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital release of "Justice League" - which features all six heroes of the team including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg all front and center. There's no word yet on when exactly the film will hit home video, but expect it to come in the first half of 2018.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Looks like one of the best Batman games made for the modern console generation is going to make its way to PS Plus if rumors are to be believed, as GameRant and Bleeding Cool report that "Batman: The Telltale Series" is among three games that will be FREE to Playstation Plus subscribers for the month of January. The game, first released in August 2016 for the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, Mac, and mobile devices - is Telltale Games startling and critically acclaimed reimagining of DC Comics' flagship superhero and his world, with their signature "choose your own adventure" style episodic adventure giving players the choice of either embracing Bruce Wayne's crusade as a vengeful Dark Knight, or balancing both personas to chart a path that will either make him or break him. The game was followed up by a second season that began this year called "Batman: The Enemy Within" - which picks up after the end of the first game and sees Bruce and his actions from the last adventure carry over to a new one filled with new adversaries, mysteries, and threats in Gotham City.
So if this report is true, expect the beginning of 2018 to be a GREAT TIME for Playstation owners and Batman fans.
Monday, December 25, 2017
It's that time of the year again where we celebrate the good times and spend the holidays with loved ones all around! If you're wondering why the year went by so fast - we still have a few days left before we properly welcome 2018! So whether you enjoyed "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" this month, had mixed feelings about "Justice League", or absolutely cried manly tears over Hugh Jackman's final performance as Wolverine early this year in "Logan", there's plenty to talk about with friends and family who enjoy these things. There's also the new stuff like Avengers: Infinity War and Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition - so much to be excited about and we can absolutely treat ourselves to in the next few months.
Whether you collect stuff, watch movies, play games, or simply love reading about pop culture - here's wishing all of you a Merry Merry Christmas!!! Happy Holidays and hope you all got lovely presents! Let's all be festive this holiday season!
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Set to be released in a few months time and picking up where Guillermo del Toro's stellar 2013 giant robot vs giant monster blockbuster film, Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures have released in Japan a new poster promoting "Pacific Rim: Uprising" - which features the new Jaeger called "Gipsy Avenger" and a new hero in the rebellious son of Stacker Pentecost, Jake (John Boyega of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi). The film also stars Scott Eastwood, as well as bringing back Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori. For more info, visit the source post at Superherohype.
Pacific Rim: Uprising, directed by Stephen S. DeKnight, will be released in theaters on March 2018.
Saturday, December 23, 2017
After debuting in theaters over a month ago, Justice League has pretty much ran its course and is prepared to get ready for its inevitable "home media" release some time early next year. That being said, what looks to be the Steelbook cover for the Blu-Ray 3D and Blu-Ray release has surfaced c/o Comic Book Movie and Amazon India - and shows the entire line-up of heroes from Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg all looking around their surroundings - as drawn by DC Comics Co-Publisher and superstar artist, Jim Lee.
There's no official word yet on when the film will officially be released on Digital Media. Blu-Ray, and DVD - but the best bet is sometime on March or April 2018. The listing from Best Buy projects it for that period.
Friday, December 22, 2017
Hitting theaters on the second month of 2018, Empire Magazine (via Comic Book Movie) has revealed their "Subscriber Cover" spotlighting Marvel Studios' next Marvel Cinematic Universe film in "Black Panther" - which brings Chadwick Boseman back in the role of King T'Challa of Wakanda. The film will be helmed by "Creed" director Ryan Coogler, and also features the likes of Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Michael B. Jordan, and Danai Gurira co-starring.
Black Panther opens in theaters on February 2018.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
It looks like Ben Affleck may not be quite done with his tenure with the Caped Crusader after all, putting a rest to all of those rumors that the Academy Award winning director of "Argo" and "The Town" would be stepping away from his duties as Batman of the DC Extended Universe after this year's Justice League and the rumored Flashpoint movie. In a recent interview with Daily Sabah, the Hollywood star and film director put his future as the current Dark Knight of cinema into question and that anything was possible at this point.
"I want to direct a Batman movie, and I never got a script that I was happy with, so they are starting over and writing another script. And right now, I think a lot of different possibilities I think for the way the DC Universe could go, and I will just follow my interests in pursing that. And I know that I love working with this group of people, and it was a real joy for me to make this movie."
So there it is. Ben's still itching to direct a Batman movie even after stepping away from directing duties for the first solo flick that's now gone to director Matt Reeves. Will he still be in that film or are the rumored replacements like Jake Gyllenhaal and Jon Hamm going to be considered? We can only wait and see for the future of DC Films.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Hitting theaters early next year and bringing another kind of epic from the mind of the director who gave us "The Lord of The Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies, Universal Pictures and Peter Jackson are proud to release the very first trailer for "Mortal Engines" - based on the fantasy adventure novel of the same name by Philip Reeve.
Here's the trailer for the film - which looks pretty intense as it rolls along.
Mortal Engines will be released theaters in the Philippines on December 2018.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
After having no updates for some time since the last film of the franchise was released with 2013's "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" - Paramount Pictures has set a release date for a new "G.I. Joe" film in March of 2020. Whether this is a direct follow up to the last movie featuring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Bruce Willis is anyone's guess, but a reboot is also possible considering Paramount and Hasbro are interested in making their films a shared universe in cinema like Marvel has.
Alongside that, another Hasbro property in "Micronauts" will be coming out in October of the same year. For more on the schedules as well as "Dungeons and Dragons", visit CBR.
Monday, December 18, 2017
Hitting theaters in the middle of next year and based on the 2013 reboot of the iconic video game series, Alicia Vikander spotlights the cover to Total Film's latest issue spotlighting "Tomb Raider" -which follows the adventures of Lara Croft -the daughter to an adventurer who mysteriously disappears and sees her seeking answers on how he vanished while encountering a situation that will push her survival skills to their limits.
Via Superherohype, here is one of the Behind The Scenes pics featured in the issue. You can check out more at the link.
Tomb Raider opens on March 2018.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Hitting Blu-Ray and DVD next year and bringing to life what is arguably the first DC Elseworlds story, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment have released the first clip from "Batman: Gotham By Gaslight" - the next DC Universe Movie that features the return of Bruce Greenwood as the voice of Batman.
Batman: Gotham By Gaslight hits digital on January 23, 2018 and Blu-Ray and DVD on February 6, 2018.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
After releasing a teaser image of Robin The Boy Wonder a few weeks back, DC Entertainment has revealed two more DC heroes that will appear in the "Titans" TV Series that will DC direct-to-consumer service, and it's none other than Hawk and Dove - the powerful duo that derive their powers from the Lord of Order and Lord of Chaos. Played by Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly respectively, the two characters will be recurring guests in the show - with a plan to make them regulars in Season 2 if things work out, and even possibly a spin-off series. For more on the story, visit Superherohype.
Titans TV premieres sometime in 2018.
Friday, December 15, 2017
After being rumored to make an appearance in the current season of the show (which is now on holiday break), Colton Haynes has been confirmed to return as Roy Harper/ Arsenal for the 6th season of Arrow - which will return this January yet will play out some events before getting our favorite sidekick back alongside Oliver Queen/ Green Arrow and most importantly his love interest, Thea Queen/ Speedy.
According to Variety, Haynes is expected to make his return appearance on the 15th episode of the show, which begins a new arc which has surprising changes that will define new things for him, Team Arrow, and Thea as well.
Arrow will return to The CW on January 18.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Long discussed and rumored and now FINALLY MADE OFFICIAL by the parties involved in the deal themselves, Disney has acquired key assets from 21st Century Fox - particularly their 20th Century Fox film, TV, and FX for a whopping $52.4 Billion. The deal won't include Fox's News Channel, Broadcasting, and sports channels... But this is SIGNIFICANT in the fact that the "X-Men" and "Fantastic Four" rights are now more or less back with Marvel - making it possible for Marvel Studios to incorporate the mutants and first family to the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
While this is certainly all good on Marvel's side, it's also great for those looking for the ORIGINAL Star Wars 1977 theatrical release, which can FINALLY be added to a future collection before the tampered and remastered editions were made. There's plenty more to read about the details of this deal, which you can find via Superherohype.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Set to premiere early next year and bringing another familiar DC Superhero property to the network, The CW has revealed a brand new poster and extended trailer for "Black Lightning" - the former heroic identity of Jefferson Pierce, school principal and father to two daughters. Unfortunately when trouble comes brewing along the corner of his neighborhood that threatens those he loves, Pierce steps back into his alter ego boots and stands up against crime once more.
Check out the new "Resurrection" trailer released.
"Black Lightning" premieres on The CW on January 16, 2018.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
From the mind of director Steven Spielberg and based on Ernest Cline's best selling book of the same name comes a futuristic tale where the real world is on the brink of collapse, yet a virtual reality universe called the OASIS gives humanity something to escape to... And one boy will be thrust into an adventure where everyone searches for the ultimate prize in "Ready Player One". Starring Tye Sheridan as Wade Watts, a contest sparked by OASIS creator James Halliday has everyone scrambling to search for a digital easter egg placed by Halliday just before his death - which will leave the first person to find the prize his entire fortune. What comes next is a huge treasure hunt where no holds barred action and adventure awaits!
Monday, December 11, 2017
It's a BIG year ender for Street Fighter fans worldwide, as not only did we see a NEW Capcom Cup champion crowned at the end of the "Capcom Cup 2017" tournament, but also the reveal of not one, not two, but THREE bombastic trailers that honors Street Fighter's 30th Anniversary and what's to come for 2018!
The first reveal by Capcom is the big anniversary title coming to PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC Steam and honors all things Street Fighter by bringing pretty much EVERY title that you know - Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection!
Then following the victory celebration and awarding at Capcom Cup 2017 (which you can read via Shoryuken), this LONG AWAITED character reveal comes! Sakura, Ryu's biggest fan and the now grown up exuberant youth, is back!
And finally just to show off to Street Fighter fans that SFV Arcade Edition is BIG, SF series producer Yoshinori Ono shows off the FUL SFV AE trailer with ALL of the Season 3 DLC characters revealed - including Sagat, Blanka, and Cody!!!
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition will be released on January 16, 2018 for PS4 and PC along with Sakura!
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection will hit PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on May 2018!
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Literally debuting out of nowhere and giving Spider-Man fans something to be excited and hyped over for a year's time, Sony Pictures and Marvel have released the first set of teasers for their upcoming animated Spider-Man movie entitled "Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse" - which sees us introduced to a world much bigger than your friendly neighborhood hero typically embodied by Peter Parker. This time, the focus of this show goes to Miles Morales - aka the former "Ultimate Spider-Man" and now the second teenaged hero to bear the name in mainstream Marvel continuity! He's the star of this movie, and will be dealing with the likes of Prowler and a force that should be feared by any Spider-Man! From the title itself, there is a universe where MORE than ONE wears the mask!
Thanks to CBM, there are two different versions of the teaser trailer to watch! Check them out below.
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Set for release in the middle of next year and based on Yukito Kishiro's 1990 manga series "Gunnm" or "Battle Angel Alita", 20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for the James Cameron produced live-action film "Alita: Battle Angel" - which features actress Rosa Salazar in the titular role of Alita - the cyborg heroine, as well as powerful supporting cast in Christoph Waltz and Jennifer Connelly.
Alita: Battle Angel, directed by Robert Rodriguez, will be released in theaters on July 2018 in the Philippines.
Friday, December 8, 2017
Set to be released next year and picking up several years after the events of the fourth installment in the beloved "Jurassic Park" film franchise, Universal Pictures has released the first trailer to "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" - which brings Chris Pratt back as former dinosaur trainee Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard as former "Jurassic World" park manager Claire Dealing.
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures PH, here's the first "Global Trailer"
Directed by J.A. Bayona and also featuring the return of B.D. Wong and Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Henry Wu and Dr. Ian Malcolm from previous films, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is set for release on June 6, 2018 in the Philippines and June 22, 2018 in the US.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Literally turning up the heat with what comes next for the X-Men Movies franchise, Entertainment Weekly has revealed their cover to their next issue revealing stuff and juicy details for "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" - the next installment of the X-Men prequel universe where veterans James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence return as Professor X, Magneto, and Mystique, while new blood like Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, and Sophie Turner return as Storm, Quicksilver, and Jean Grey respectively.
Directed by Simon Kinberg and based partially on the famous storyline by Chris Claremont, Dark Phoenix picks up in 1992 and sees the X-Men as national heroes. However an adventure to outer space for a rescue mission has severe consequences when a solar flare passes and affects Jean - causing her to unleash catastrophic powers as The Phoenix. For more information, read up the news via Entertainment Weekly!
X-Men: Dark Phoenix has an opening date of November 2018.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
In what is certainly a very different and scary looking poster that gives a different glimpse into the X-Men Movies universe that has been seen in live-action cinema, 20th Century Fox and Marvel have released the very first poster for "The New Mutants" - directed by Josh Boone and starring Charlie Heaton, Maisie Williams, and Anna Taylor-Joy - as a group of Young Mutants who are in a secret facility and are trying to come to terms with their powers... But not without some of their fears/ nightmares seemingly coming to life.
If you haven't seen the trailer yet, here it is again for a glimpse into what comes next year.
The New Mutants opens in Philippine cinemas on April 11, 2018 c/o 20th Century Fox PH.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Looks like Capcom is reigniting excitement for fans of a certain "Blue Bomber" and his legacy, as the Japanese game publisher and company made two bombshell announcements to honor Mega Man's 30th Anniversary! In 2018, a new numbered Mega Man sequel will hit PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in Mega Man 11! Here's a trailer to showcase the exciting new reveal at the end of this 30th Anniversary Mega Man trailer!
Also, current generation consoles and PC are getting a "Mega Man X" collection - spanning all eight games from the Mega Man X series! It's going to be a stellar and MEGA 2018 for fans of super fighting robot!
Monday, December 4, 2017
Justice League is already three weeks "All In" in theaters, and while it has passed the $500 Million mark in the Box Office it has received mixed reviews from critics and viewers alike. This has led many to believe that Zack Snyder's original vision of the film (if not changed by WB and adding new scenes by Joss Whedon) would have featured something pretty interesting and actually expected by fans - an appearance by the big baddie from Apokalips himself, DARKSEID.
According to Kevin Smith's "Fatman on Batman" podcast - the tyrannical ruler and wielder of the Omega Sanction was supposed to appear via visions seen by a resurrected Superman who briefly turns evil because of Steppenwolf's tempting offer. Unfortunately that never came to pass in the final release, and all we get is stories of what could have been from Smith - which was reported by Newsarama and Screen Rant as well. Hopefully in the home video release we may see those things behind the scenes touched upon by Snyder and crew. Until then, it's still a long wait until this DCEU film hits Blu-Ray, Digital, and DVD.
Justice League is currently playing in theaters.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Set to end the first bits of the season as far as 2017 goes, The CW has released the mid-season finale teaser to the sixth season of "Arrow" - titled "Irreconcilable Differences" and starting with wedding bells in check for Oliver Queen and his love interest Felicity Smoak - yet also hinting that there is trouble for Team Arrow as well.
Arrow airs every Thursdays on The CW.
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Looks like "Daddy's Lil' Monster" is going to be pretty busy in the next few years, as "Suicide Squad" star and Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie has stated during an interview with MTV News that she is working on a standalone film featuring her alter ego - which is separate from the other DC movies she is expected to appear in that includes the "Suicide Squad sequel", "Harley Quinn vs The Joker", and "Gotham City Sirens". While there's no information or details on when these films will see updates, Miss Robbie did state that the solo Harley film is "Totally Separate" from the aforementioned DC Films, and she'll be helping in the production of that spin-off via her own production studio LuckyChap Entertainment.
"I've been working on a separate spin-off for Harley for a while now," said the Harley Quinn actress "I want to see her with other women. I kept saying it while we were filming Suicide Squad. I was like, 'She needs her girlfriends.'"
No word on when exactly this "Harley Quinn" solo film will be coming, but it's a safe bet we'll be hearing more news come next year.
Friday, December 1, 2017
Hitting Japanese theaters sometime next year and definitely looking like a very different yet refreshing take on DC Comics' iconic Dark Knight vigilante himself, Warner Bros. Japan has released the first official trailer to "Batman Ninja" - which finds our favorite Caped Crusader and his allies and enemies time displaced and put in feudal Japan!
Batman Ninja will hit theaters in Japan in 2018.