In the action-film community, it’s already old news that Marvel and Warner Bros. (who holds the film rights to DC characters and storylines) are coming out with 19 new movies from now until 2019. Some pop-culture and comic-book heads have gone positively haywire with excitement, but others aren’t so stoked. But why? Whatever could possibly be wrong with some of DC and Marvel’s most revered and treasured personae and narratives coming to life on-screen? Isn’t this what all of us have wanted for literally years?
Not always, argues Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff, who says that he looks at a master list of the new film slate and “see[s] a long list of chores.” Which, well, makes sense. Nineteen films, at an average movie length of an hour and a half, means at the very least 1,710 minutes of sitting and watching a screen. That’s about 29 hours, or a part-time workweek. Factor in a movie-snack allowance and that’s already pretty hefty price to pay.
But thinking about it, it’ll be hard to escape the movies — let’s face it, they’ll be everywhere. Whether that will be on your Facebook feed or over the water cooler or buzzed about in the minutes before your biology lecture, it’ll be there. Do you want to be hopelessly uncool and out-of-the-loop when quotes from the movies are inevitably tossed around at beers with pals? This will be a very real concern for those afflicted with the chronic condition of FOMO.
VanDerWerff also raises the valid point that the DC-Marvel reveal only encompasses a slice of the whole amalgam that will be action films for the next few years. Releases from Fox (who own the rights to Marvel’s X-Men and Fantastic Four characters) and Sony (who own Spider-Man) haven’t yet been announced, and who knows what the inside of that Pandora’s Box will look like? It’s true, friends — we are on the brink of a plague of serious viewing anxiety. What to watch and when and where and for how much? Is it all worth the investment? Is it just another way that the big dudes are trying to reach into our humble little geek pockets?
Alack and alas, there’s not enough continuous space-time for contemplation of all the abstract details. What’s clear is that we’re about to consume unholy quantities of popcorn.
Where will you be in six years? Me, I’m a simple person — really, I’ll be happy if I can finally cook something other than ramen in 2020. But DC has far loftier goals than I, apparently. For all of you visual learners out there, here’s a graphic plan of DC movie titles for the next six 365-day carousels of humble human existence. Which will happen if the world doesn’t eventually succumb to a zombie-ebola apocalypse, that is.
The full list, according to Warner Bros. press releases:
- Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
- Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer (2016)
- Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot (2017)
- Justice League Part One, directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
- The Flash, starring Ezra Miller (2018)
- Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa (2018)
- Shazam (2019)
- Justice League Part Two, directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
- Cyborg, starring Ray Fisher (2020)
- Green Lantern (2020)
Deathstroke, Joker and Copperhead come together in a triple whammy as a nod to epic video-gaming experience Batman: Arkham Origins. The 2013 Warner Brothers action-adventure game was a smash hit, most certainly due in part to the presence of three whopping personalities who were set on deviously confounding Batman and his allies. Deathstroke, the aged, rogue fighter, and Copperhead, the maniacal, venemous gymnast, are joined by the ever-present and ever-scheming Joker — all in 6-inch format. Grab a piece of the action to keep for your very own this fall.
As dark and conniving as the alleyways of Gotham City.
Based on the 2013 Warner Brothers adventure/action video game Batman: Arkham Origins, this specialty realization of the bat hero is from the acclaimed Play Arts Kai line. As the Square Enix sector of the Play Arts line features improved articulation and slightly bigger sizes than conventional renderings of the character, this Arkham Origins figurine is the ultimate for the serious Batman collector.
A reflection of a more younger, precocious Batman, the Origins installment was key in the Arkham series, taking place several years before the events of the Arkham Asylum narrative. Re-create his crime-solving prowess in 8 inches for ready display.
(We also have Deathstroke from the same game — check him out here.)
Beat ’em up.
Warner Brothers and Rocksteady Entertainment will be collaborating to release Batman: Arkham Knight this June, but you can preview and own the who’s who of the new video game as early as March. In Arkham Knight, you’ll control Batman as a band of supervillains unites to take out the Caped Crusader. See it play out in your collection with each of these characters — Harley Quinn, Arkham Knight, Batman and Scarecrow.
Keeping with the melancholic aesthetic of Arkham Asylum, the four heavyweights mean business in shades of grey and black, with hints of red. You can purchase the figurines separately, but where’s the fun in that? Preorder the set of four for this spring.
Watch Batman virtually dodge the perilous advances of villains!
Standing an impressive 13 inches high, this rendering of Henry Cavill in his upcoming role as Clark Kent/Superman in MAN OF STEEL. With his cape billowing behind him, he gazes skyward and cuts an incredibly striking figure. It’s inspiring and gives a lot of hope for what the film will be. Order now and it ships in May!
Bats and Cats can now be pre-ordered as part of the Batman Legacy ARKHAM CITY collection.
Arkham City created some stunning character designs and these upcoming figures showcase them perfectly. Standing about 6 inches tall, these highly-detailed renderings of Batman and Catwoman are available both fully-painted or in an unpainted collectible variant–perfect for those who want something special, or would just like the opportunity to add the colour themselves. Order now and the figures ship out in June!
Some fans can’t wait, others dread the inevitable changes to their comic bible, and a great many more will be introduced to the characters and the events in Alan Moore’s WATCHMEN for the first time on March 6th. The movie stars Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl II, Malin Ackerman as Silk Spectre II, Jackie Earle-Haley as fan-favourite Rorschach, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as The Comedian and more equally spot-on casting choices complete the ensemble.
Naturally, with something like this coming up, DC Direct has been working on a line of merch suitable to the tastes and high expectations of WATCHMEN fans everywhere. They’ve got busts and statues, 13 inch figures and 6 inch figures, all of which look great (though I personally prefer the detail on the smaller ones). Check ’em out!
And now a word from The New Frontiersman…
Ever since her breakout role in “Transformers,” 22-year-old brunette beauty Megan Fox has gained an enormous fanbase online. So it was big news this week when Wonder-Who.com revealed that she would be portraying DC Comics superhero Wonder Woman in an upcoming big screen adaptation. There’s only one problem: it’s a hoax.
In the “Holy Trinity” of DC Comics superheroes, one iconic character has been conspicuously missing from movie screens. Superman had his heyday in the 70s, Batman in the 90s, and both have been revived in the past three years. But Wonder Woman, the Amazonian princess with the magic lasso and invisible plane, has not had a live-action portrayal since the last episode of the TV series aired in 1979. There have been attempts in recent years to put together a film version at Warner Bros. Pictures shepherded by Joel Silver, veteran producer of the “Lethal Weapon” and “Matrix” franchises. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon was attached to write and direct, but he left the project for “creative differences” last year.
Then out of nowhere the Wonder-Who.com site appeared with an image of the Wonder Woman logo over an American flag with the words “The Truth Will Be Revealed!” below. As the days progressed, bits of the background were torn away to reveal the figure underneath. Finally, the image of Fox in full costume was unveiled, with DC Comics, Silver Pictures, and Warner Bros. logos in the lower right-hand corner.
Many movie websites ran with the news that Fox had indeed been cast in the role. It was believed that Warner Bros. was attempting to leak the information virally like they did for the first photo of the Joker last year for “The Dark Knight.”
The site is very well done, with obvious but accomplished Photoshop work on the Fox photo. It’s also up in the air as to when the “Wonder Woman” film will happen. The studio had indicated that the character would be a part of the “Justice League” movie that was in development earlier this year, but that film has been put on hold as well. However, Wonder Woman is getting a direct-to-DVD animated movie (see below) from the same producers as the successful “Justice League: The New Frontier” and “Batman – Gotham Knight.” Featuring the voice of Keri Russell (“Mission: Impossible III”), “Wonder Woman” hits shelves in February 2009. Megan Fox will actually be seen next in “Jennifer’s Body,” a horror movie written by Oscar-winner Diablo Cody.
Wonder Woman and the JLA Boys: Superman just returned from Celebrity Biggest Losers and Flash looks a little frisking if you ask me.
Here is that Wonder Woman animated direct to DVD movie trailer: