Constantine is already aging like a fine wine. 15 years after the release of the supernatural action movie, based on the Vertigo comic book series, it’s only grown more beloved among fans. While nostalgia may play a part, the film itself is an artful and character-driven comic book that is unlike most major blockbusters. Constantine is an anomaly. A sequel to the modest hit was talked about for years, but it never came to fruition.
Nonetheless, filmmaker Francis Lawrence, Keanu Reeves, and producer Akiva Goldsman still want another crack at the chainsmoking, anti-hero demon fighter.
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HBO Max’s rollout wasn’t as notoriously bad as Quibi’s, but the team behind WarnerMedia’s new streaming service probably would have benefited from being a little clearer about the availability of certain movies and shows on the platform. That extends to its roster of DC-centric content, because while the company previously announced that movies like Justice League, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and more would be leaving the service on July 1, it has since changed course on that. Now those movies (and several others) will be available on HBO Max through December of this year. Get the details below.
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In the future, everyone will have a podcast. If there wasn’t already a plethora of podcasts available before the coronavirus pandemic, the quarantine has certainly inspired a whole swath of new audio entertainment to fight for our attention. Even media giants are getting in on the latest rise in podcast popularity, and Spotify and Audible will be adding more to the bunch.
Spotify has just struck a deal with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment that will bring the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, The Joker and many more DC Comics characters into the podcast arena with an annual slate of dramatic and comedic scripted audio programming. Meanwhile, over at Audible, a handful of new shows starring Kevin Bacon, Alicia Silverstone, Christian Slater, Yvette Nicole Brown and more have just been announced. Read More »
Your daily dose of DC Comics and DC Universe news is coming to an end. DC Daily, the daily news program that kept DC Universe subscribers abreast of DC news and content, has been canceled by the streaming service. Its final batch of episodes will air on DC Universe over the next few weeks.
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Neil Gaiman‘s comic book series The Sandman has long been one of Hollywood’s white whales — a seemingly unadaptable series following the adventures of the physical embodiment of Dreams that the industry has tried and failed to bring to the big screen for years. But while chatter of the in-development Netflix series has (unsurprisingly) died down, The Sandman will be adapted in another medium for the first time: audiobooks. A Sandman audiobook is set to debut this July, narrated by Gaiman himself and featuring a star-studded cast led by James McAvoy, who takes on the title role of Dream.
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Last year, when showrunner Damon Lindelof posted a letter to Instagram about his upcoming Watchmen series for HBO, he classified it as a “remix.” On the one hand, this was good news for fans who were trepidatious about seeing the greatest comic book story of all time receive another direct sequel or adaptation. On the other hand, remixes already dominate the dance floor in Hollywood. When creators and critics use that word now, it either feels like industry code for a thinly disguised remake (amid all the other official remakes that are currently flooding the market), or it feels like a pejorative term for the repackaged greatest hits of a beloved IP.
By way of an example, this very week, we’ve got a new Terminator movie hitting theaters, which reviewers have likened to The Force Awakens of the franchise. However, if the first two episodes are any indication, that’s not what Lindelof’s Watchmen remix is. Instead, what it looks to be is a fascinating re-contextualization: a show that sets us down on familiar ground but updates it and makes it feel different enough that its echoes of Watchmen and other past superhero tales lay submerged within a fresh story.
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Reading around online, it would be easy to go into into Joker with a list of talking points in your head before you had even seen the movie. Since its unprecedented win last month of the Venice Film Festival’s top prize, the latest comic book tentpole from Warner Bros. and DC Films has become highly politicized—to the point where the idea of it and what it represents is almost a separate thing from the movie itself. Film festival premieres take place in an online vacuum where larger cultural forces have not yet swept in to surround a movie and define it. On the other side of them comes the escalation (of movie opinions) that Commissioner Gordon warned about at the end of Batman Begins.
Whether it’s a case of critics comparing notes and/or the film telegraphing specific concepts, reviews of Joker have frequently invoked the same buzzwords, such as “incel” and “income inequality.” There’s a lot of hand-wringing, in negative reviews, about the movie’s lack of a clear message. Comparisons abound, across the boards, to the films of Martin Scorsese, while in the background, the shadow of the 2012 Aurora, Colorado shooting hangs over everything.
To be clear, it’s not without good reason that some of these talking points are out there, but now Joker is in theaters and general audiences have had a chance to square their own cinema experience against the pre-release media chatter. Members of the insane clown posse that is the Internet should probably brace themselves for the backlash to the backlash. However, until such time as a #ReleaseThePhillipsCut petition materializes, let’s not forget that there’s an actual movie with Joker’s name on it to be discussed.
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The first full-length trailer for HBO’s Watchmen premiered during Comic-Con and we’ve been exploring every frame, looking for Easter eggs and hints about what the show’s mysterious plot might entail. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ twelve-issue Watchmen series is arguably the greatest comic book story ever told. The collected edition is the only graphic novel that made it onto Time magazine’s list of the 100 best novels since 1923. Since Zack Snyder’s film adaptation hit theaters ten years ago, DC Comics has begun revisiting the world of Watchmen: first with the Before Watchmen line of titles, and more recently with the Doomsday Clock miniseries.
Like Doomsday Clock, showrunner Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen is venturing into “After Watchmen” territory. The show takes place in the same world some years after the original storyline, and judging from the trailer, it will include a fair number of connections and callbacks to the comics. Below, we’ll dive into all of those and more with our Watchmen trailer breakdown.
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DC Vertigo is dead. The esteemed adult-oriented imprint that for 26 years has housed award-winning comic book series like The Sandman, Preacher, 100 Bullets, Y: The Last Man, and Fables, and beloved classics like Hellblazer and Swamp Thing, has been killed by DC Entertainment. This is part of a restructuring of the company’s DC Comics’ imprint divisions in an effort to release all published content under the DC brand.
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This week, DC Universe is adding roughly 10,000 digital comics to the library that is available to customers who signed up for the subscription service. It’s part of their recently announced efforts to have nearly every DC Comics issue they’ve ever released available through the digital library. However, if you’re a fan of the DC Comics imprints like Vertigo, Milestone, and Black Label, then you might be disappointed to hear they won’t be in the DC Universe comics library. Read More »