Vertigo movie slate

When Warner Bros. announced a ten-film slate of DC Comics films last week, taking the studio all the way to 2020, you might have noticed one big omission. There was no Sandman, which we know Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been developing over much of 2014. But worry not (or continue to worry, if you’re afraid of the film), as Sandman creator Neil Gaiman says things are still moving along, and that we can expect another announcement. In short, Sandman isn’t part of the DC movie slate, because it is part of the Vertigo movie slate.  Read More »

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Want to watch some new footage from NBC’s Constantine? What does Captain Cold look like in The Flash? Is Gotham making some really big mistakes? Where is the director of Doctor Strange at the moment? Which actress wants to play She-Hulk? Can you look at the autopsy photos from X-Men: Days of Future Past? Did someone carve Groot out of wood, with a chainsaw? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Who are the latest characters confirmed to appear in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham? How was Miles Teller cast in Fantastic Four? Want to see a new Constantine featurette? What’s the latest on the set of Agent Carter? Was Aquaman a part of Man of Steel without us knowing it? Is it a good thing Joaquin Phoenix isn’t playing Doctor Strange? Who thinks Hellboy 3 is happening? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Is The Rock‘s DC character going to be in Lego Batman 3? Was Jesse Eisenberg wearing a wig out in public on the set of Batman v Superman? Who has been cast as The Spectre in Constantine? Which dream superhero Lego set is going to be reviewed by the company? Did a famous comic artist lend a hand to the new advertising for Gotham? Want to see new stills from The Flash? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Will Guillermo del Toro ever get to direct Justice League Dark? Who knows. He’s finishing up an October 2015 release in Crimson Peak, and then moves into 2017′s Pacific Rim 2. After that his schedule is hypothetically open. At Comic-Con, Legendary chairman Thomas Tull teased the filmmaker about possibly letting him make passion projects Into the Mountains of Madness or Hellboy 3 in the future. That leaves Justice League Dark as one of multiple films he either doesn’t make until the next decade or leaves to someone else.

Still, exploration of that dark DC Comics universe will start this fall in the NBC show Constantine. In a new interview del Toro said that while Warner Bros. has given him full freedom when writing the film, he would be open to tying the show into the movie, or maybe even casting Matt Ryan, if the opportunity presented itself. Read about the potential Justice League Dark Constantine crossover below. Read More »

Constantine pilot review

John Constantine is a tough character to put on screen, and the Constantine pilot constantly struggles with finding its take on the character. Matt Ryan plays the Brit magician, whose business card bills him as a “master of the dark arts,” in a way that demonstrates a clear idea of the character as a damaged but still cocky guy. That’s well and good, and a pretty direct import of the character as often seen in comics.

But the show around Ryan isn’t always so sure of itself. In fact, this pilot is frequently a bit of a mess, and even verges into incoherence. There are some logistical reasons for that latter point, but that doesn’t change the fact that multiple points of this pilot are muddled and unclear. Anyone looking for a more faithful version of the character than seen in the 2005 film will have to wait for the show to really find itself, and I’m not certain new viewers will fare much better. Read More »

Constantine no smoking

John Constantine is sad; all he wants is a smoke. The rain, however, is not preventing him from lighting up. Restraint comes from the standards & practices department at NBC, which is more powerful than any nicotine patch when it comes to killing off a nicotine habit.

The character, a DC Comics mainstay since his creation by Alan Moore in the mid-’80s, is coming to television via David Goyer and NBC. And despite the fact that Constantine is a serious smoker (such a dedicated smoker, in fact, that lung cancer became a major plot point in his overall story) the network has said “no smoking” to the producers of Constantine. Maybe he can vape?

After the break, pilot director Neil Marshall explains some of the no smoking reasoning. (Note: possible gross spoilers for Hannibal are below, in the form of thumbnail images.) Read More »

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