Is the Boy Wonder Already Doomed in the ‘Snyderverse’?

The upcoming Batman V Superman film directed by Zack Snyder will lay the groundwork of the DC Cinematic Universe by introducing Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, Cyborg, Lex Luthor and possibly more. In addition, it is possible that not only will Robin be introduced but he’s already dead!

(I wrote an article about the history of the boy wonder – and DC’s obsession with killing him – that may be worth a read)

The brief appearance of a glass case storing a Robin costume covered in graffiti hints at the demise of Batman’s sidekick at the hands of his nemesis the Joker (as seen in Death in the Family). Even more interesting is the rumor that Robin will be seen in a flashback.

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Via IGN:
As the Comic-Con trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justicerevealed, Robin exists in this new DC cinematic universe. Or did exist since we see his costume, riddled with taunting graffiti, hanging in the Batcave, presumably because Joker killed him.

But will we actually see the Boy Wonder on the big screen?

According to Heroic Hollywood, we will and they also claim to know who plays him.

The site reports that BvS director Zack Snyder’s 19-year-old son, Eli Snyder, portrays Robin in a flashback depicting his death at the hands of Jared Leto’s Joker.

“Eli Snyder is quite the athlete. He is 6’0″ and weighs 174 pounds. As the starting quarterback, Eli put up good stats at Maranatha High Varsity Football. Watching Eli’s senior highlight reel, he certainly has the youth, athleticism, and physicality to be Robin in real life!,” says Heroic Hollywood, which also posted the photo below of Eli Snyder.

The young Snyder is no stranger to being in his dad’s movies having previously played little Leonidas in 300 and young Rorschach in Watchmen as well as a solider in Sucker Punch.

UPDATE, July 23: BvS set photographer Clay Enos shared Zack Snyder’s Instagram photo below of him with his son Eli. The caption coyly hinted at the aforementioned casting rumor: “Boy wonder?”

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So what do you think? Can this film get any darker?

X-Men and Fantastic Four headed for a movie match-up

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The imaginauts and first family of Marvel Comics is once more headed for the silver screen and hopes are high they get it right this time. However, this time 20th C Fox has plans to bring the cosmic superhero team into the world of mutants seen in the X-Men flicks.

How, you may ask? Given the incredible lengths that ‘Days of Future Past’ went to in order to set the stage for a new time line which will be introduced in ‘Apocalypse’ next year, just about anything is possible for the merry mutants now. Add to this the fact that the new Fantastic Four film will be more centered on dimensional travel rather than outer space travel and I can see no reason why the X-Men and FF will not co-star on screen in no time at all. Especially given that comic book films are seemingly so bullet proof that Ant Man is performing well.

Via CBR.com:

Singer corroborated the X-Men and Fantastic Four team-up talk, saying that he has engaged in conversations with the “Fantastic Four” team — which includes “Apocalypse” writer/producer Simon Kinberg — to find a way to bring Fox’s two Marvel franchises together.

“Those ideas are in play,” said Singer. “That would be a natural match-up because they’re both ensemble films and there is a natural mechanism by which to do it. I don’t want to give it away, but it deals a little with time. That’s all I’m going to say.”

Since the relaunch of the X-Men franchise in 2011 with “X-Men: First Class,” the mutants have been hopping through the decades. They’ve moved from the ’60s to the ’70s in 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and will land in the ’80s in next year’s “Apocalypse.” And as seen in trailers for this August’s “Fantastic Four,” we know that the rebooted foursome are interdimensional travelers. As Singer stated, the mechanism for their potential crossover does seem natural.

“We’ll have to see how the films turn out — how [‘X-Men: Apocalypse’] turns out, how ‘Fantastic Four’ plays — to really understand what kind of desire and how that would really work. I think to just say you’re going to do it would be a mistake. You have to see how the films evolve before you make that decision to completely commit to that. But there are those ideas in play.”

From the sound of Singer’s answer, it looks like we may know more about this potential crossover after “Fantastic Four” opens on August 7 and “X-Men: Apocalypse” opens on May 27, 2016.

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So, what’s your opinion? Should the Fantastic Four and X-Men meet in a mega movie? If so, which team of mutants would you like to see and who would the villain be?

Let your words fly, readers!

Ultraman Returns!

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With the ability to grow into a silver and red giant, Ultraman battled monsters from the stars long before anyone had thought of the Power Rangers. A cult phenomenon, the character has reigned supreme as a monster wrestler and defender of our planet.

Created in 1966 by Eiji Tsuburaya, Ultra Q underwent several revisions. A sci-fi series similar in some ways to U.N.I.T. from Doctor Who whereby the Earth was protected from the regular attacks of bizarre aliens by an even weirder jump-suited force.

Set in the distant future, a well-armed planet-wide defense known as Science Special Search Party utilizes the most advanced arsenal of weapons and vehicles known to mankind. One key member of the global organization called the Space Patrol, Hayata, is abducted by aliens and granted the unlikely ability to grow into fantastic size, thus leveling the playing field against the race of skyscraper-sized monsters.

While Utlraman easily has the most diverse and amazing list of super abilities ranging from super speed to telekinesis to a kind of supreme super soaker ray, he primarily relies on his fighting fists. As Ultraman, Hyata primarily utilizes wrestler-style moves and the occasionally inexplicable blast of energy from a special positioning of his arms. Hyata has a limited but vague amount of time in which to defeat the alien threat, the limit of which is signaled by a flashing light on his chest. However, it’s not fair to really discuss Hyata and Ultraman as if they were one persona as they swap places in much the same way the Captain Marvel and Billy Batson do. While Ultraman is fighting a giant alien monster, Hyata is in some strange limbo.

Ultraman retains the Guiness record for spinoffs but while it is CG-animated, the new series looks to be a return to the character’s roots. No more rubber suits, but similar levels of devastation.


Ultraman will return in a brand new series in 2016 which appears unafraid to embrace its past.

Get ready.
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THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 7/22/15

For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

Not sure where your local comic shop is? Try comicshoplocator.com!

(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
If you can’t make it to the shop, just click on any of the links below to be taken to an online retailer. I don’t get any referrals for these sales, I’m just doing my bit to spread the word on some neat products.

Original Ghost Rider Volume 1 HC (not verified by Diamond), $49.99
Archie Vs Predator #4 (Of 4)(Cover A Andrew Pepoy), $3.99
Elfquest The Final Quest #10, $3.50
Fight Club 2 #3 (Cover A David Mack), $3.99
Aquaman #42 (Trevor McCarthy Regular Cover), $3.99
Batman ’66 #25, $2.99
Batman Gothic Deluxe Edition HC, $24.99
JLA Earth 2 Book And DVD/Blu-Ray Set, AR
Justice League Gods And Monsters Batman #1 (One Shot)(Francesco Francavilla Regular Cover), $3.99
Prez #2 (Of 12), $2.99
Demons And Angels The Mythology Of S. Clay Wilson Volume 2 HC (not verified by Diamond), $34.99
Winterworld Frozen Fleet #3 (Of 3)(Cover A Gerardo Zaffino), $3.99
All-New Hawkeye #4, $3.99
E Is For Extinction #2 (Ian Bertram Regular Cover), $3.99
Old Man Logan #3 (Andrea Sorrentino Regular Cover), $3.99
Star-Lord And Kitty Pryde #1 (John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Variant Cover), AR
Uncanny X-Men #35 (Kris Anka Regular Cover), $3.99
Weirdworld #2 (Mike Del Mundo Regular Cover), $3.99
Night Hawk The Hell Caverns Prose Novel SC, $9.99
Sherlock Holmes And Kolchak Cry For Thunder Prose Novel SC, $9.99
Rick And Morty #1 (CJ Cannon 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Ant-Man Ant-Man Wacky Wobbler, $13.99
Ant-Man Yellowjacket Wacky Wobbler, $13.99

Batman: Bad Blood First Look

A symbol that criminals fear, Batman is nonetheless mortal. His legacy, however, has created a family of heroes who rise to the challenge and defend Gotham City for the forces of evil… if they don’t kill each other first.


Building on Son of Batman and Batman Vs Robin comes Bad Blood, an animated film that will blend several story lines from R.I.P., Batman Inc. and more. Featuring a gang that leads to the ‘death’ of Batman, Bad Blood sees a race to fill the gap left by the dark knight detective. When Nightwing dons the cowl, Damian Wayne becomes a surly sidekick as Batwoman is a relative outsider in the war on crime. All three are joined by a new hero, Batwing. But are four heroes enough to fill the shoes of Batman?

Bad Blood will see several actors return to the roles with Jason O’Mara making his fifth outing as Batman, Sean Maher once more voicing Nightwing and Stuart Allan providing the petulent tones of Robin. This film will also introduce Ernie Hudson as Lucious Fox, Gaius Charles as Batwing and Yvonne Strhovski as Batwoman. Several villains will make an appearance including Brick, Electrocutioner, Firefly, and of course ‘The Heretic.’

(excuse the many cut outs in the video, this can also be seen in the Justice League: Gods and Monsters release)

Produced by James Tucker, Bad Blood is a film that explores the Bat-Family dynamic through an action-packed adventure. While that Batman is missing from the monthly comics (unless you are reading the outstanding Batman ’66), the animated features have held the torch high for the caped crusader.

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The third in a series of Bat-themed animated stories, Bad Blood has a TBA 2016 street date

Thunderbirds are GO! (again)

A world in peril. Impossible odds. Unimaginable dangers. And International Rescue was there.

The Thunderbirds was a revolutionary children’s TV series produced from 1964-66 that spawned two feature films and several spin-offs and reboots over the years. Gerry Anderson’s crew of imagineers crafted a universe of adventure unlike anything ever seen before… with marionettes. Don’t believe me? The legacy lives on today and thanks to the wonder of the internet, brand new episodes featuring storylines and voices of the past are being made with technology of the present…. emulating the era of 1964-66. Thanks to old recorded stories and carefully rebuilt models and puppets, Thunderbirds are GO one more!

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It was the show that launched a generation of childhoods – a rocket-powered blend of action, adventure, and explosions. A world brought to life with sophisticated marionettes, scale models and pyrotechnic effects all realised in front of the camera.

… And we’re going to bring it all back with brand new classic style episodes based on original 60s audio recordings. EXCLUSIVELY TO KICKSTARTER!

To celebrate its 50th anniversary we want to make a new, classic style episode of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s legendary puppet series Thunderbirds using original audio-only stories recorded in the 1960s.

Technology has moved on in five decades, but our goal is to produce an unashamedly retro episode made with many of the same ‘Supermarionation’ techniques used to bring the puppets and models to life in the 1960s.

This special anniversary production, supported with the blessing of ITV, Sylvia Anderson, and the Gerry Anderson Estate, will be made by the team behind Filmed in Supermarionation – the criticially acclaimed documentary about Thunderbirds released last year.

For more info, visit the official Kickstarter campaign.

THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 7/15/15

For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

Not sure where your local comic shop is? Try comicshoplocator.com!

(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
If you can’t make it to the shop, just click on any of the links below to be taken to an online retailer. I don’t get any referrals for these sales, I’m just doing my bit to spread the word on some neat products.

Doctor Who Damaged Goods Audio CD, $24.99
Doctor Who Last Of The Cybermen Audio CD, $24.99
Doctor Who The Fourth Doctor Adventures Suburban Hell Audio CD, $18.99
Doctor Who The Well-Mannered War Audio CD, $24.99
Worlds Of Dr Who Volume 2 Audio CD Set (The Well Mannered War & Damaged Goods), $52.99
Abe Sapien Volume 6 A Darkness So Great TP, $19.99
B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #133, $3.50
Dark Horse Presents #12, $4.99
Astro City #25, $3.99
Batman Harley Quinn TP, $19.99
Batman Second Chances TP, $19.99
Dr Fate #2 (Ibrahim Moustafa Variant Cover), $2.99
Justice League #42 (Jason Fabok Regular Cover), $3.99
Astronauts In Trouble #2, $2.99
Ant-Man Annual #1, $4.99
Armor Wars #3 (Paul Rivoche Regular Cover), $3.99
Captain Britain And The Mighty Defenders #1 (Of 2)(Alan Davis Regular Cover), $3.99
Hail Hydra #1 (Andrew Robinson Regular Cover), $3.99
Hawkeye #22, $4.99
Infinity Gauntlet #1 (Dustin Weaver 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Moon Knight #17 (Declan Shalvey Regular Cover), $3.99
Planet Hulk #3 (Mike Del Mundo Regular Cover), $3.99
Incredible Herb Trimpe HC, $34.95
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Color Out Of Space Limited Edition BD, AR

Batman V Superman images previewed in Entertainment Weekly

Batman_V_SupermanThe paperweight that thinks it is a magazine Entertainment Weekly has premiered some interesting images from the upcoming ‘dukeroo’ between the iconic heroes Batman and Superman. The new images depict the civilian identities of Batman and Wonder Woman (Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince) as well as a fully coiffed Lex Luthor and more.

While I viewed the Man of Steel as a decidedly strong step in the wrong direction, taking the colorful world of DC Comics into a world of muted grays and blues… I want this movie
to be a success.

I also want that Batman V Superman tee director Snyder can spotted wearing on set.

Directed by Zack Snyder with a script by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg and is scheduled for release on March 25th, 2016.

Alien Identity ignores 3rd and 4th film

The 1979 Alien film directed by Ridley Scott with a sharp script by Dan O’Bannon and mold-breaking designs by HR Giger remains a landmark in sci-fi/horror/ The subsequent films are, at best, homages to the first and while I agree that James Cameron’s 1986 ‘Aliens’ is a thrilling action movie and don’t *detest* the David Fincher film, it all goes downhill pretty fast.

That of course does not stop the creation of spinoffs and sequels. However, one fan is mounting a quest that could realize the dream of a third movie capturing the terror and impact of the first and using the ideas of the second.

Unofficial sequel Alien Identity is set after Aliens, brings back Newt and reintroduces actors Carrie Henn and Ricco Ross…

James Cameron, like many Alien fans, was incensed by Alien 3′s decision to kill off Newt and Hicks, two supporting characters that made Aliens such a perfect sequel. But a new, unofficial tribute film called Alien Identity will attempt to rewrite history, saving Newt from her grisly fate at the start of Alien 3and sending her off on a new sci-fi adventure.

The story will pretend that the events of Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection were mere “cryo-sleep nightmares” and will catch up with Newt 14 years after the events of Aliens. This time, Elle Viane Sonnet will play the now 20-something Newt; Carrie Henn, who played Newt in Aliens, will return as her mother Anne in a flashback sequence.

alien-identityWritten and directed by Adam Sonnet, Alien Identity will be funded through Kickstarter, with a campaign scheduled for launch in the coming months.
Like several other recent tribute films, Alien Identity has been given the go-ahead by 20th Century Fox, a studio seemingly relaxed about unofficial, fan-made spin-off films. If you haven’t seen it yet, Predator Dark Ages is one such recent example, and well worth a watch.

Director Neill Blomkamp is set to tinker with the Alien chronology himself in the forthcoming Alien 5, which will bring back Michael Biehn’s Hicks. Will it also revive Newt? We’ll have to wait and see. Until then, Alien Identity promises to give the character a new lease on life.

Read more: http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/aliens/36024/alien-tribute-film-brings-back-newt-stars-carrie-henn#ixzz3ekw8j77Y

THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 7/1/15

For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

Not sure where your local comic shop is? Try comicshoplocator.com!

(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
If you can’t make it to the shop, just click on any of the links below to be taken to an online retailer. I don’t get any referrals for these sales, I’m just doing my bit to spread the word on some neat products.

Baltimore The Cult Of The Red King #3 (Of 5), $3.99
Lone Wolf And Cub Omnibus Volume 9 TP, $19.99
Absolute Y The Last Man Volume 1 HC, $125.00
Action Comics #42 (Aaron Kuder Regular Cover), $3.99
Detective Comics #42 (Francis Manapul Regular Cover), $3.99
Omega Men #2 (Trevor Hutchinson Regular Cover), $2.99
Vertigo Quarterly SFX #2 (Nathan Fox Regular Cover), $7.99
Justice Inc The Avenger #2 (Cover A Francesco Francavilla), $3.99
Masks 2 #4 (Of 8)(Cover A Butch Guice), $3.99
SpiritWill Eisner’s The Spirit #1 (Cover B Matt Wagner), $3.99
Grant Morrison’s 18 Days #1 (Cover A Jeevan Kang), $1.00
Batman Classic 5-Minute Batman Stories HC, $12.99
Wicked + The Divine #12 (Cover A Jamie McKelvie & Matthew Wilson), $3.50
Amazing Spider-Man #19.1 (Yasmine Putri Regular Cover), $3.99
Darth Vader #7, $3.99
Future Imperfect #2 (Greg Land Regular Cover), $3.99
Princess Leia #5 (Of 5), $3.99
Secret Wars #4 (Of 8)(Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
Years Of Future Past #2 (Arthur Adams Regular Cover), $3.99
Doctor Who The Twelfth Doctor #9 (Brian Williamson Regular Cover), $3.99
Cowboy Bebop Crew Coffee Mug, $9.99
Godzilla 1954 Body Knocker, $13.99
Godzilla 2000 Millenium Special Color Edition S.H.Monster Arts Action Figure, AR