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Sunday, 17 December 2017

Joseph Kahn's Justice League Dark Designs Are Insane

There are plenty of DC projects currently in the works over at Warner Bros., including one little supernatural thriller known as Justice League Dark. While the project is still looking for a director, there has still been plenty of work done on the film behind the scenes over the last few years. Including some downright gorgeous concept art from director Joseph Kahn.

Over the weekend, Kahn took to his Twitter account to share some of his Justice League Dark concept art, which put the spotlight on characters ranging from Constantine to Swamp Thing! Check out the full range of concept art posted below, it's going to blow your mind!

Told you these designs were killer!

Deadman, Jason Blood, Swamp Thing, John Constantine and Zatanna Zatara all look great, and we're totally bummed out that these designs have since gone unused! Hey, Warner Bros! If anyone is reading this, give Joseph Kahn a call bad get him back into the studio to continue his design work on Justice League Dark! This stuff needs to be seen on the big screen!

What do you think, Infinite Earths fans?

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Armani Salado Really Wants To Play Blue Beetle

Actor Armani Salado is hoping to join the DC Universe - in the role of Blue Beetle.

The only problem is, as of right now, Warner Bros. isn't looking to grab Jamie Reyes from the printed page for either the DC Expanded Universe or the small screen Arrowverse. Still, this hasn't stopped the 22-year old Salado from filming an audition tape for the role.

Check out the full thing posted in the player below...

There's no doubt this guys got skills and, should Warner Bros. ever come calling, we could totally see Armani suiting up as the Blue Beetle in one form or another.

Interestingly, the young actor, who recently signed with the Abrams Artists Agency, has encountered fan casting of himself in the role and, his manager has even begun voicing support.

"He is a young fresh face, perfect for the role of Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle," says manager Hannah Hickman. "It would be amazing and a great opportunity for the comic community to get to know who he is and what he's made of."  

Actor Ryan Potter recently did something similar in an effort to fight alongside Ben Affleck's Batman as Tim Drake - a stunt that ended up getting him cast as Beast Boy in Titans.

So, if anyone over at Warner Bros. is reading this, why not give this young guy a call?

Special thanks to Armani Salado for reaching out and sharing this with us!

Source: NG Entertainment

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Rockets To $450-Million

The force is strong with Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The eighth installment of the iconic franchise dominated the worldwide box office this weekend with a massive haul totalling $450-Million. That number includes an estimated $220-Million here in North America, making it the  biggest debut of 2017 and the second biggest opening of all time - second only to J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Overseas, the movie opened in 54 international markets, where it brought in an additional $230-Million. The film opens in China on January 5th.

The global debut ranks as the fifth highest of all time behind The Fate Of The Furious, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The new film also brought in $40.6-Million from 776 IMAX screens across the globe.

Directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio del Toro and Lupita Nyong'o.

Did you see it this weekend?

Source: Box Office Mojo

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Review: Valiant - Ninja-K #2

Colin King continues the hunt next week in the pages of Ninja-K #2.

The issue opens with a trip back to 1952, where we encounter an unnamed operative of the Ninja Programme. Feeling empty and unfulfilled, he seeks out the company of a beautiful young barmaid, but is soon forced to leave her behind when he is unexpectedly called back into the field.

Upon returning from a successful mission, the young operative, codenamed Ninja-C, attempts to seek out the young woman, but is heartbroken to learn that she left the country in his absence.

Fast forwarding back to the present, we rejoin a vengeful Colin King as he attempts to get to the bottom of his friend's murder. When his mark is suddenly blown to Hell by an unknown assailant, Ninja-K decides to track down the mysterious Madame Charade - an old foe, and former lover, of the now deceased Ninja-D.

After making quick work of the woman's security systems, King comes face to face with the vile villain. Caught off guard by the sudden intrusion, Madame Charade does her best to conceal her true form. However, the shape shifting assassin eventually reveals herself to be nothing more than a bitter old woman who has been ravaged by the passage of time.

Now housebound and completely alone, Madame Charade wants nothing more than to die for her sins and to leave her old life behind. However, given her past, Colin sees her as a potential person of interest in his investigation and decides to keep her alive. As they discuss her past, Colin soon learns that the woman actually used to keep his mentor company while he was working out of a training facility located in Birmingham.

Leaving the aged Charade behind with her vanity ever intact, Colin contacts Neville and the pair locate the now abandoned training facility that Ninja-D used to call home. Ever alert to potential threats, Colin begins exploring the facility and unlocks some deep and dark secrets about the organization that recruited him into the Ninja Programme.

However, his search is suddenly cut short when he is beset upon by an equally skilled assailant working from the shadows - the former Ninja Programme operative known as Ninja-C!

Issue #2 of Ninja-K is another very strong entry in the newest tale of Valiant's deadliest super spy. As the forces of evil close in around him, Colin King must venture into the deepest and darkest corners of the Ninja Programme and confront the bloodstained past of the organization that spawned him - before he becomes the next one crossed off the list!

Ninja-K #2 stands as continued proof of the amazing year Valiant has enjoyed in 2017. This is a high-tech sleuthing story at its very finest that serves as a welcome break from the constant crime fighting capers of the countless costumed superheroes dominating comic books today!

Kudos to Christos Gage and Tomás Giorello for crafting yet another engaging read that offers a near perfect blend of spycraft, stealth, and steel with ever turn of the page.

Rating: 5/5 - "As the hunt for a killer continues, Colin King is forced to confront the bloodstained past of the organization that created him."

Ninja-K #2 arrives on newsstands Wednesday, December 20th.

Don't miss it!

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Saturday, 16 December 2017

Hasbro Marvel Legends Netflix Daredevil Review

One of the biggest surprises to come out of last February's New York Toy Fair was the unveiling of the Man-Thing wave of Marvel Legends figures - made up mostly of characters found within the Netflix side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Daredevil, Elektra, Jessica Jones, heck, even the Punisher made an appearance.

However, it is Matt Murdock that truly caught our attention when this line-up was announced. And so, without further delay, here's our review of the Marvel Legends Netflix Daredevil...

As you've all probably guessed, the Marvel Legends Netflix Daredevil is a 6" action figure modelled after the character's appearance in the extremely popular Netflix series of the same name. Bolstering standard Marvel Legends articulation throughout his torso, arms, legs and head, Daredevil is a completely new sculpt from head to toe who came as quite the pleasant surprise when he was first announced back in February at Toy Fair 2017.

To be honest, we didn't think we were going to get a new wave of Marvel Legends figures that was so heavily centred around the Netflix shows - at least not so soon, that is. But, we were wrong and we're certainly not disappointed by Hasbro's decision to do this. Especially since they gave us small screen versions of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Elektra and Punisher all in a single wave - oh yeah, and comic book versions of Bullseye and Blade. Seriously, this is a great wave, which is only made better by the fact that we also get to build an updated version of everyone's favorite Muck Encrusted Mockery Of A Man in the process of collecting each subsequent figure in the assortment.

Literally looking as though Hasbro physically kidnapped actor Charlie Cox and shrunk him down to 6" scale, Daredevil features a nicely detailed version of the suit seen at the end of Season 1. Sure, it's not the all-black Dread Pirate Roberts version we were really hoping to see Hasbro bring to life in action figure form, but it's still really nice thanks in no small part to a screen accurate red and black motif broken up by the addition of several silver snaps and buckles, and it's easily one of the best looking plastic renditions of Matt Murdock's costumed alter ego we've come to see in recent years.

The figure also comes complete with a few accessories. These include two sets of interchangeable hands, including a closed-fisted set for throwing down with the scum of Hell's Kitchen, and one dent meant to hold on to his included collapsible Billy Club - which, by the way, fits nicely into the holster mounted to his leg, just like it does on the show.

As if you didn't need another reason to love this figure, it was released after Hasbro switched over to digital face sculpting technology. This means that, when you look at it, despite the fact that you can only see the lower half of the figure's face, you can tell that it's meant to be based off of Charlie Cox, five o'clock shadow and all.

If you haven't guessed it by now, the Marvel Legends Netflix Daredevil figure is all kinds of win. We love the detail of the sculpt, the appropriateness of the accessories, the accuracy of the face - heck, we even love the box. We love this figure so much that the majority of our spare time has not only been spent binging the fist two seasons of the show on Netflix, but petitioning the toy gods to please inspire Hasbro to give us additional versions of Matt Murdock dressed in his all-black suit from Season 1 and the more superhero-esque suit from Season 2 sooner rather than later.

In short, if you're a Marvel Legends collector, an avid viewer of the MCU, or a long-time fan of Matt Murdock's costumed alter ego, you need to add this impressive figure to your collection.

Thanks for giving this article a read, guys! We know this figure has been in circulation for a little while now, but we're really hoping response to some of these test reviews will garner some positive feedback as we continue to hone our approach to making YouTube videos in the very near future.

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Grace Fulton Confirms Shazam Casting

Back in November, it was reported that Annabella: Creation actress Grace Fulton would be reuniting with director David F. Sandberg for New Line's Shazam. Now, both the actress and director have taken to social media to officially confirm Fulton's involvement in the project.

First up, Fulton herself took to Instagram to share her excitement over joining the DC Film by posting an image of herself holding a copy of Shazam #7 from 1973 - one of the very first comics to feature the appearance of Mary Batson after DC purchased the rights to the characters from Fawcett Comics the previous year.

Check out the post below...

On the heels of this post, David F. Sandberg also took to Instagram to officially welcome Grace Fulton to the cast by sharing an image of his own...

Now, while neither Sandberg or Fulton announce who the actress will portray in the film, we're going to guess she'll be suiting up as Mary Marvel. It just seems like the right part.

But, as we said, it's just a guess at this point.

The film follows a boy named Billy Batson who can transform into an adult superhero by uttering the magic word “Shazam!” The name is an acronym representing the ancient gods and historical figures Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury, who Batson derives his heroic attributes from when in adult form.

Starring Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Jack Dylan Grazer and Grace Fulton, New Line's Shazam is directed by David F. Sandberg and arrives in theatres April 2019.

Sources: David F. Sandberg & Grace Fulton

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Review: Valiant - Quantum And Woody #1

Valiant Entertainment has been on a roll this year, and they're not finished yet! The publisher is set to wrap up 2017 with the release of the highly anticipated Quantum And Woody #1. That's right, comic book fans! The World's Worst Superhero Team returns to the printed page this month, and they're bringing a new story along for the ride!

Hailing from the creative team of Daniel Kibblesmith and Kano, the new tale kicks off by introducing readers to younger versions of Eric and Woody Henderson - with the former trying desperately to become friends with his newly adoptive brother. Fast forward a couple of years, and we rejoin the siblings as they clean up crime in Washington D.C. as the superhero duo, Quantum And Woody.

After saving the city from the vile Doctor Unfathomable, who was attempting to unlock the secrets contained in the mysterious Epsilon Box, the brothers find themselves split apart after Eric ends up hired by the United States government. We're then launched one year into the future, where we see that something is not right between the Terrific Twosome.

While Eric continues to fulfill his obligations to his employer, Woody seems to be spiralling out of control, racking up debt after debt, and spending every night with a different women - a lifestyle that culminates with the one-time hero getting clocked in the face and dumped in an ally after trying to cheat at cards. Additionally, it is discovered that the dynamic duo is not speaking with one another over a secret that Eric came to discover after coming into possession of a letter - one which reveals the true identity of Woody's birth father!

Of course, Woody overreacts to his brother's decision to keep the information from him, and decides to go his own way - not an easy task when you must KLANG your wristbands together once every 24 hours or risk dissolving into a cloud of nothingness.

We then catch up with Woody as he continues to add to his debts. As he drinks away his sorrows, Woody finds himself confronted by a mysterious woman calling herself Negative One. After paying off all of Woody's debts, she promises the one-time hero that the people she's involved with can give him that which he wants most of all...

...complete freedom from Eric once and for all!

Following in the tracks of those that have come before, Quantum And Woody #1 serves as an excellent jumping-on point for newcomers and regular readers alike! The issue gives us a nice look into the duo's past, while presenting a mystery to fans that is sure to keep them guessing!

It seems like forever since Valiant first announced the new title, but we can assure fans that the debut issue was well worth the wait! It's full of fun, over the top superhero heroics, and enough family drama to make Dr. Phil sweat it out! In short, it was a great start!

Rating: 4.5/5 - "Quantum And Woody #1 was well worth the wait, and serves as an excellent final notch in Valiant Entertainment's banner year!"

Quantum And Woody #1 hits newsstands on Wednesday, December 20th.

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