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The Rock teaming up with DC in 2014

- December 31st, 2013
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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. REUTERS FILES

It appears DC Comics smells what The Rock is cooking – and it wants some.

Dwayne Johnson has revealed on Twitter that he and Warner Bros. are teaming up to create something “cool.”

 

Could that mean Johnson is set to join Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel sequel? If he does appear, we’d lay our money on the action star playing the supervillain Doomsday instead of Lex Luthor.

Johnson is no stranger to the comic book world. In the past, he has been linked to the role of Black Adam in a proposed Shazam movie, and he was also in talks to bring DC’s interstellar bounty hunter Lobo to the big screen.

If The Rock joins the DC Universe, which character do you think he should play? Sound off in the comments.

Superman vs. Hulk: Watch the epic CGI fight

- December 27th, 2013

It’s the age-old question comic book fans have debated for decades: Who is the strongest superhero of all time, DC’s Superman or Marvel’s Hulk?

On the one hand, you have a guy who is “faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.” On the other, you have someone who, after just a little bit of stress, can turn into a “living engine of destruction.”

You could literally debate the super fight for hours, and make a case for either hero.

Well, animator Mike Habjan is attempting to answer the question of who would win that hypothetical fight with a series of highly-entertaining YouTube videos that show the two heroes squaring off in the Mojave Desert.

Habjan, who says the videos are “an independent project… not affiliated with any company,” has been working on the series for over a year (the first one came out in 2012). The most recent instalment debuted just a few days ago and shows Christopher Reeve’s Superman and a Lou Ferigno/ Edward Norton version of the Hulk both taking a pounding. But you can’t keep Supes down. The clip ends with the Man of Steel grabbing hold of Big Green and flying him way, way up into the sky where he’ll either throw him into space, or drop him down to Earth.

The video ends on a cliffhanger, and Habjan says he already has ideas for the fourth instalment.

Watch the fight unfold chronologically below, from the meeting to the brutal beatdown of the Hulk in Part Three, and let us know who you think would win in a battle between Superman and the Hulk in the comments.

Guillermo Del Toro: ‘Justice League Dark’ part of DC rollout

- November 13th, 2013
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A cover from Justice League Dark #9 and director Guillermo Del Toro are seen in this combination file photo. REUTERS FILE

During his promotional rounds for Pacific Rim, director Guillermo Del Toro teased one of his upcoming projects – an adaptation of DC’s Justice League Dark.

One of the publisher’s most popular titles, the book focuses on supernatural characters like John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Shade the Changing Man, Zatanna, Mindwarp, Enchantress, and Swamp Thing.

In April, Del Toro told FirstShowing.net that Constantine (played by Keanu Reeves in a 2005 adaptation) will be the lead character.

Now that DC has revealed that Man of Steel 2 will hint at a larger DC Universe, Del Toro is shedding new light on Justice League Dark. Here’s what he told Cinefilos [via Latino Review].

“We’re still on it, and writing. And hopefully it will happen. But there’s no developments that are new. It’s still at Warner Bros. They are making plans for the entire DC Universe. All the superheroes, all the mythologies, and part of that is Justice League Dark. They’re planning on TV, movies, all the media, so we have to fit within that plan.”

This is another confirmation that DC is officially following the cinematic plan Marvel kickstarted in 2008 with Iron Man. There will be lots more movies – starting with 2015′s Batman vs. Superman – and television shows.

So far – no newsflash here – DC has been losing the movie war, but the publisher has a deep reservoir of characters that it can mine for potential features and TV series.

What do you think? Which DC characters do you hope to see on the silver screen? Let us know in the comments.

Batman spinoff series headed to TV

- September 25th, 2013

A new show set in the Batman universe is coming to the small screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the prequel series Gotham will be based on Batman character Commissioner James Gordon and is set to air on Fox.

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Because it is a prequel, The Dark Knight, who will be played by Ben Affleck in Man of Steel 2, will not appear on the show, but various villains from the comics might show up.

Gordon was played by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, while Pat Hingle played him in the four previous films from Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher.

Right now The CW airs Arrow (based on the Green Arrow) and has plans for a Flash spinoff, so don’t expect any crossovers.

So far, DC has an uneven track record with bringing its properties to the small screen. Superman helped jump start Smallville, which lasted 10 seasons.

However, this isn’t the first time TV bosses have tried to set a show in the world of Batman. Birds of Prey, which aired in 2002, focused on the daughter of Batman and Catwoman. It was yanked after 13 episodes. An early attempt at The Flash in 1990 also flopped.

Pilots for Aquaman and Wonder Woman have also been shot, but never aired.

Commissioner Gordon has also had a starring role in the comics with his own long-running series Gotham Central. Written by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka, the 40-issue series focused on the detectives in the Gotham City Police Department with appearances from Mr. Freeze, Mad Hatter and the Joker, among others.

The new show will be written by The Mentalist showrunner Bruno Heller.

No air date has been set for Gotham (presumably it’ll debut next fall), but it will be following Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which debuted last night.

What do you think about a show focusing on Jim Gordon? Good idea or giant mistake? Sound off in the comments.

Chris Hemsworth says DC no competition for Marvel

- September 21st, 2013

Marvel’s Mightiest Avenger just dropped the hammer on DC Comics.

While making the promotional rounds for his upcoming racing drama Rush, Chris Hemsworth was asked by Jake Hamilton (via CBM) about the rivalry between Marvel and DC.

“We’re just winning aren’t we?” said Hemsworth. “That’s not really a rivalry.”

When Hamilton told the Thor star that last summer’s Avengers trumped The Dark Knight Rises at the box office, Hemsworth took another dig adding, “Did we? Good.”

He became more measured as he continued: “Look you can’t not be excited about your film being part of something that does that well, but it all kind of benefits each other. If one film opens big, then most likely people want to come back to the movies and see something else. So it all feeds into each other.”

Still Hemsworth did raise an uncomfortable point for DC fans. So far, when it comes to dollars and cents, Marvel owns the comic book movie box office. Seven of the 10 highest grossing films are Marvel, with The Avengers sitting in first place.

This summer’s Man of Steel just managed to squeak into the top 10, and outside of Batman and Superman, DC doesn’t have another comic book property that has been a hit on the big screen.

That all might change with Man of Steel 2, and Justice League, but right now, Hemsworth is right. It isn’t a rivalry, Marvel is just winning.

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