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"My vision has shown me the future. You have two choices: you can be the destroyer of this world, or you can be its savior." Warner Bros has revealed the first official trailer for Black Adam, the Shazam series spin-off focusing on the origins of this anti-hero from DC Comics. Dwayne Johnson stars as Black Adam, an anti-hero from Kahndaq who was imprisoned for 5,000 years after he gained God-like powers. He will become the archenemy of the superhero Shazam, and shares his powers from the ancient wizard of the same name. Other DC characters, including the Justice Society of America (JSA), appear in this movie, too. The cast includes Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Sarah Shahi, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, plus Marwan Kenzari and Bodhi Sabongui. This looks pretty badass so far, I have to say that much. I'm glad to see Dwayne Johnson playing an anti-hero and not the most lovable softie this time. As for the rest of it, this does look like every other modern superhero movie, with a big buff dude being chased around by all those who do not like him. Worth a look.
"We're just a bunch of shelter pets, but we're stronger than you think." Warner Bros has revealed a new official trailer for the DC League of Super-Pets movie, also known as DC Super Pets. It's based on a real spin-off comic series that first launched in 1962, created by Jerry Siegel and Curt Swan, all about the pets of famous DC superheroes. We've already featured numerous trailers for this so far, it actually looks better than expected, with some funny pet humor to go along with all the superhero jokes. Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime side by side in Metropolis. However, Krypto must master his own powers for a rescue mission when Superman is kidnapped. Kevin Hart voices Ace, with Keanu Reeves, Dwayne Johnson, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, and Marc Maron as Lex Luthor. This is going to be fun! Yeah it seems mainly made for kids, but it also looks like adults might enjoy this movie, too.
"How come Batman doesn't dance anymore?" Ahahah this is great! Corridor has whipped up this ingenious creation remixing footage from The Batman movie with characters from the original 60s Batman TV show starring Adam West. It's even better than you think! It's so good my only complaint is that there is not enough footage. More more more…! This Batman video is created and uploaded by Corridor Crew (aka Corridor Digital), a professional YouTube channel of video creators and artists. We also featured their "VFX artists make the Up balloon house for real" video last year. This is one of their best so far! This also features Burt Ward as Robin and Burgess Meredith as The Penguin in addition to West's vintage Batman gaffing it up. I think my favorite parts in this are the jumping in the dark scene and the Bat-copter getaway. Enjoy.
"I wish I could say I'm making a difference, but I don't know." Is he making a positive difference or making everything worse? I've seen Matt Reeves' dark, gritty Gotham City noir thriller The Batman three times already. I've been thinking plenty about the movie over the last few weeks, but specifically about the plot, all three hours of it. What does it mean, what is the script trying to say? What is it really getting at? It's a story about the first years of DC's iconic superhero Batman, yes, but it's also deeper than that. By the third time I watched, there were a few key scenes that really stuck out to me that I didn't necessarily pick up on the first times around. On the surface, The Batman is about his "early years" in Gotham City as he's figuring himself out, trying to make sense of the crime in Gotham City, and whether or not he's helping stop all the crime as a masked vigilante. Similar to The Daily Bugle always hating Spider-Man, at the start most of the city seems to be against him, seeing him as a menace more than a hero. Which is an important lesson for him to learn.
"He's a nobody, wants to be somebody." Now what do we have here, Mr. Batman? Warner Bros has decided to release a sneaky deleted scene from The Batman some three weeks after the movie opened in theaters worldwide. The scene in question involves a certain green-haired, iconic Gotham City villain, portrayed by Barry Keoghan in this next Batman series. It's not so much of a spoiler because The Joker (!!) isn't really a part of The Batman movie. There's a scene at the very end of the movie with him, but you never see his face and it's more of a final nightcap than it is a setup. This scene, however, was cut from the movie but involves a more intriguing conversation between The Batman, played by Robert Pattinson, and his tricky Gotham nemesis The Joker. Director Matt Reeves wrote on Twitter: "Riddle me this… the less of them you have, the more one is worth…" It's an excellent scene between these two, as Joker is getting into Batman's head with all these truths that even Bruce Wayne doesn't like to admit are true. "You two have so much in common…"
"That better be a licensed toy or I will freak! out!" Ahahaha this is a fun trailer. Warner Bros has debuted a new 60-second Batman trailer for the DC League of Super-Pets movie, also known as DC Super Pets. It's based on a real spin-off comic series that first launched in 1962, created by Jerry Siegel and Curt Swan, all about the pets of famous DC superheroes. This trailer focuses on Batman and his pooch "Ace the Bat-Hound", who originally appeared in the comics in 1955 in Batman #92. Now isn't that something! This new trailer is obviously timed with the release of The Batman movie - which kids can't see, but they can wait for this! Kevin Hart voices Ace, and Keanu Reeves voices Bruce Wayne. This reminds me of how spot on the humor was in the The Lego Batman Movie. The rest of the Super-Pets voice cast also includes Dwayne Johnson, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, and Marc Maron as Lex Luthor. The more they show, the better this looks! I've got a very good feeling about it.
"Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown." That final line of dialogue from 1974's Chinatown summarizes the film's theme incredibly succinctly. Jake Gittes (played by Jack Nicholson), a private detective, is investigating a series of crimes that unravel the level of high corruption prevalent in Los Angeles. The investigation leads Gittes down a deflating and tragic path, as he eventually realizes there's simply nothing he can do to curb the pervasion of corruption in his own city. Matt Reeves' new Gotham City noir, The Batman, has a similar thematic throughline, even if the ending is a bit more optimistic. What it shares with Chinatown, and other street-level, grounded crime films of the 1970's, is a singular and clear vision. The Batman is a triumph of an auteur's artistic vision, a film that feels deeply personal amidst the occasionally bland and dispassionate studio blockbusters that Warner Bros (and other Hollywood studios) has been known to churn out as of late.
At the start of this new Batman movie, Bruce Wayne's voiceover talks about how his identity as the Batman has made criminals in Gotham City more fearful. They think he's lurking in the shadows, hiding down alleys, waiting to take them out. The very first reveal of "The Batman" in this movie has him literally walking out of the shadows, emerging from the pitch-black darkness to confront a group of hoodlums attacking a man on a subway platform. The darkness that permeates Gotham City is present in every frame of The Batman, it's unavoidable, a lesson that Batman comes to learn. This is the ultimate gritty, grimy Gotham City noir movie - easily the best Batman movie since The Dark Knight (read my old review). It's so incredibly dark that it's almost hard to see what's going on at times, but that's a feature not a bug. Matt Reeves has created one of the darkest Batman movies yet, both in tone and visual style, and it's an exhilarating big screen experience.
"What can be greater than a King?" DC has revealed a new 60-second trailer hyping up their four upcoming DCEU movies arriving in 2022. The sneak peek is called "The World Needs Heroes" and features footage from their four big movies: The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson & Zoe Kravitz; Black Adam starring Dwayne Johnson & Pierce Brosnan; The Flash starring Ezra Miller & Antje Traue & Michael Shannon; and the sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom with, once again, Jason Momoa & Amber Heard & Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. There's some new footage for all of these except Batman. And they all look pretty damn good so far. DC is trying very hard to match Marvel in quality, not in quantity, and while their movies have a different feel they're usually just as epic. "Come with us… there's a glorious world out there waiting for you."
"I'm here to unmask the truth about this city." In addition to two new posters debuted by Twitter today, a new 60-second TV trailer for The Batman has made its way online. This follows up the fun "The Bat and The Cat" trailer from a few weeks ago. But the focus in this one is on the classic villain The Riddler, played by Paul Dano in this film. Who's ready for another slice of Batman? Warner Bros has dropped a new trailer for Matt Reeves' The Batman dubbed "The Bat and The Cat" about the Batman vs Catwoman feud in the movie. We've already featured numerous trailers, including the full trailer and an extra Japanese trailer with more footage. While in his second year of fighting crime, Batman uncovers corruption in Gotham City that connects to his own family while facing a deranged serial killer. The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the "Caped Crusader", with Andy Serkis as Alfred, Zoe Kravitz as Selina, Jeffrey Wright as Gordon, plus Colin Farrell as Cobblepot, John Turturro as Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard. These trailers could not be more perfect - just the right amount of awesome footage to keep the hype going. Vengeance has arrived.
"This task force doesn't officially exist." HBO has unveiled another new red band the Peacemaker series, streaming on HBO Max in a few weeks. While finishing The Suicide Squad movie last year, James Gunn began writing a spin-off TV series centered on the origins of "Peacemaker", portrayed by John Cena. This picks up exactly where that leaves him, and continues when he returns home as a disgraced "hero" of sorts. The origin of the DC superhero so dedicated to world peace that he is prepared to use any and all force of arms to achieve it. The series cast includes Cena returning, with Steve Agee, Danielle Brooks, Robert Patrick, Jennifer Holland, Freddie Stroma, and Chukwudi Iwuji, plus Lochlyn Munro, Annie Chang, Christopher Heyerdahl, Elizabeth Ludlow, Rizwan Manji, and Nhut Le as "Judomaster". I really enjoyed what Gunn did with The Suicide Squad movie, which makes me more than excited to watch this – even though Peacemaker is such an asshole character. But that's the point? The eagle is the best part.
"If we don't stand up, no one will." Who's ready for another slice of Batman? Warner Bros has dropped a new trailer for Matt Reeves' The Batman dubbed "The Bat and The Cat" about the Batman vs Catwoman feud in the movie. We've already featured numerous trailers, including the full trailer and an extra Japanese trailer with more footage. In his second year of fighting crime, Batman uncovers corruption in Gotham City that connects to his own family while facing a serial killer known as the Riddler. The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the "Caped Crusader", with Andy Serkis as Alfred, Zoe Kravitz as "Catwoman", Jeffrey Wright as Gordon, plus Colin Farrell as Cobblepot, Paul Dano as Nashton, John Turturro as Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard. I'm loving the focus in this particular trailer on these two superheroes - there's an entire movie about just them to watch. And then there's all those villains! Ahhhhhhh I so can't wait for this movie.