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All the DC Comics Movies Scheduled for Releases in the Next Two Years

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It seems that DC was playing second fiddle to Marvel on the feature movie side while dominating the TV airwaves. However, it doesn’t mean that there is not plenty to be excited about if you’re a fan of DC Extended Universe.

Throughout the next two calendar years, DC will be releasing not just more TV shows that fans can even count. But at present, there are at least four live-action feature movies as well as four animated films already in the works.

The DC Extended Universe animated features, which generally come out a few times a year, are only scheduled through 2019. However, that’s enough to account for four movies while DC’s live-action offerings will continue to be pretty eccentric on the heels of Aquaman’s massive success, with some less-recognizable brands being represented on the big screen. And even those who are familiar to casual fans will be spun in a different way.

So, what is on the calendar for DC & Warner Bros.? Yeah, we have got you covered!

1. REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN

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Coming up about at the end of this month is the Reign of the Supermen. It will be available on VOD platforms, the DC Universe app, DVD, and Blu-ray.

The film is the second in a two-part animated mega-story which began with last year’s The Death of Superman. And it deals with not only the reactions of the world to the loss of the Man of Steel after his fatal battle with Doomsday but also the arrival of four new “Supermen” who are all vying to take on his place.

Reign of the Superman is based on the best-selling comics story from 1993. It’ll also get a limited theatrical release and bicoastal premiere in New York and Los Angeles as well.

2. SHAZAM!

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Director: David F. Sandberg
Stars: Zachary Levi (as Shazam), Mark Strong (Dr. Thaddeus Sivana), Djimon Hounsou (The Wizard), Asher Angel (Billy Batson), Jack Dylan Grazer (Freddy Freeman), Grace Fulton (Mary Bromfield), Adam Brody, Ross Butler, and Michelle Borth.

Here is the official synopsis for Shazam!.

“We all have a superhero inside us. And it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. As for Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one-word “SHAZAM!”, the streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Superhero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still, a kid at heart – inside a ripped, godlike body – Shazam revels in his adult version by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: having fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have an X-ray version? Can he shoot lighting out of his hands? Can he skip his social study tests? Shazam sets out to test the limit of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he will need to master these powers quickly to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).”

Shazam! lands in theaters on April 5, 2019.

3. JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. THE FATAL FIVE

The Justice League will be facing a group of supervillains with the power to rival even the world’s superheroes in Justice League vs. the Fatal Five, a DC Universe Original Movie releasing in the spring of 2019.

During an announcement at San Diego Comic-Con, the animated film will pit the Justice League again the Fatal Five, a group of supervillains more closely associated with the Legion of Super-Heroes.

The Fatal Five have appeared in some episodes of Justice League Unlimited and the Legion of Super-Heroes animated series. And with the Legion missing from DC Comics’ publishing line, the villainous fivesome have not been seen in some time and the exception of Emerald Empress that was featured in the recent Justice League vs. Suicide Squad event series.

In 1966, the Fatal Five was created by Jim Shooter and first appeared in Adventure Comics #352. The original members are:
– Tharok, the small-time crook turned super-genius thanks to cybernetic implants installed after a robbery job literally blows up in his face.
– The Emerald Empress, wielding the immense power of the Emerald Eye of Ekron.
– Validus, one of the twin children of two founding members of the Legion of Super-Heros, Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl, whom Darkseid kidnapped, then sent back in time and transformed into a monstrous body with a near-mindlessness to be easily controlled by Emerald Empress mind-influencing abilities.
– Mano, having an anti-matter touch and being considered one of the greatest murderers of the galaxy.
– The Persuader, the one who wields an atomic ax capable of cutting through anything.

DC Comics fans may be wondering about Justice League vs. The Fatal Five could someway introduce the Legion of Superheroes into the continuity of the DC Universe Original Movies. Although the team was not mentioned in the announcement, fans will need to wait and see for now.

The Justice League vs. the Fatal Five is one of four new DC Universe Original Movies that is scheduled for release in 2019. The film will begin with the Reign of the Supermen. Each of these movies will simultaneously be released on the DC Universe app.

4. BATMAN: HUSH

In the release pattern for DC Universe original animated films holds, Batman: Hush will probably be out in either July or August, though the movie is technically not dated at this stage.

While many feature films are “undated” only because they’re nowhere near completion yet, therefore, they do not make this list even if they’re originally supposed to come in the next couple of years. The DC Universe animated films are kind of a different animal. They’ve been produced with such consistency that there’s no reason to believe they’ll miss their target time. And their releasing dates are routinely kept under wraps until the last minute.

Even so, Batman: Hush will adapt the fan-favorite storyline by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee, about one of Bruce Wayne’s friends in his childhood who becomes a supervillain obsessed with him.

You can read the official synopsis for DC’s collected edition of the comics below, which has become one of the most evergreen sellers in current years.

“The epic crime thriller which rejuvenated The Caped Crusader is now available in one place as a trade paperback! In the story of murder, mystery, and romance, Batman will set out on a simple mission and discover the identity of the mysterious villain wreaking havoc in his own life a.k.a Hush. But then Batman ends up facing possibly the most intense case of his life as secrets from the past flood into the present, and the most notorious villain ever to haunt the Gotham City’s street attack simultaneously! Guest-starring The Dark Knight’s greatest allies and enemies, the collection will feature BATMAN #608-619 as well as the six-page segment from Wizard #0 and a two-page origin story that first appeared at dccomics.com. From the best-selling writer Jeph Loeb (SUPERMAN/BATMAN, TV’S Heroes) and the superstar artist Jim Lee (SUPERMAN, X-Men) comes the long-awaited collection!

5. JOKER

With the pushback of Wonder Woman to 2020, the next big theatrical release for DC after recent Aquaman and upcoming Shazam! will be Joker, a movie featuring the roots of Batman’s arch nemesis.

The film, made inexpensively under the lens of director Todd Phillips (of The Hangover) and featuring Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, is just a grimy, the ‘80s-set origin story that has drawn comparisons to Taxi Driver – a movie directed by Joker producer Martin Scorcese.

While some people quickly called Joker a superhero film, Phoenix stressed caution and said it’s anything but.

“I would not classify this as like any genre,” Joaquin Phoenix said in a recent interview with Collider. “I would not say it is a superhero movie, or a studio movie or something. It feels unique. So I think more than anything, and probably the most important thing is Todd seems very and giving and very passionate about it. So that’s exciting. I think, underneath the excitement of those films, and the size of them, there’re incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles. And sometimes that’s uncovered and exposed. Sometimes it is not. So I always felt like there were these characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to kind of study. And I think that is what Todd sees appealing for this idea.”

Meanwhile, some people also have questioned the need for a Joker spinoff movie or even the reasons why Joaquin Phoenix would agree to fulfill such a role. However, the actor is simply following in the footsteps of legends such as Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Hamill.

“I take a lot of time and the consideration when making decisions and what I am gonna work on, always.” The star added. “So, in some way, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker, then continuing to have discussions and meetings with Todd [Phillips]. I think he is very impressive. He seems to have an interesting understanding of the world and what he is trying to say. So there is something very appealing about it and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique. It’s its own world in some ways. And maybe, mostly, it scared the f*cking sh*t out of me. It might be the thing that scares you the most.”

Joker will hit theaters on October 4, 2019.

6. WONDER WOMAN: BLOODLINES

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Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, an original story that features Diana Prince in a leading role. While the film was announced at the same time as Hush and Fatal Five, it may end up pushed to 2020.

We have to stress “may” here. There’s nothing official to suggest that yet.

First of all, the DC Universe animated films have a long tradition of not announcing release dates until the previous movie has already hit the theaters. So it’d be at least this spring before we got a glimpse at a release date for Hush or Bloodlines.

Though, beyond that, Warner Bros. likely is releasing a second Wonder Woman animated film to tie in with the premiere of Wonder Woman 1984. So it’s possible that moving the release date of WW84 to 2020 could result in this film getting a 2020 date, as well.

This would also make sense, as the DC Universe animated features have been coming out three times a year. Once in January (in this case, that would be Reign of the Supermen), once in March (a possible date for Justice League vs. the Fatal Five), and the other time is in this summer, either July or August (Batman: Hush). Pushing the film back to 2020 would keep that pattern in place as well as giving it a more organic tie to the sequel of Wonder Woman.

7. BIRDS OF PREY (& THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN)

Little is known yet about the long wait for Birds of Prey movie (officially titled Birds of Prey (& the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)). But, a report from Revenge of the Fans has revealed some general plot points for the upcoming DC Films venture, which will see Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), with Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), alongside Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), and Cassandra Cain teaming up against villainous Black Mask.

Warning: potential spoilers for Birds of Prey below!

According to the report, each of the movie’s all-female heroes will be in their own places at the beginning of the film, which is a combination of new and established DC Comics lore. From there, Canary is a singer who fights crime at night, while Huntress will become a former killer employed by Black Mask. Then Huntress decides to hunt the villain down after learning that he did kill her family. And the pair’s crime-fighting body count will put them in the crosshairs of Renee, and Harley will enter the team while trying to move on from her relationship with the Joker.

Meanwhile, Cassandra will apparently become the catalyst that will bring the group together, after Black Mask kidnaps her to become his next assassin. The report also compares Cassandra’s role to that of X-23’s in Logan, with her speaking very little dialogue.

As the report says, Birds of Prey will find a way to rescue Cassandra before the movie’s third act, which will see the team all working together to fight Black Mask. It also alleges that a potential “epic cameo” is rumored to appear in the film, even though there is no telling exactly who that could be.

Cathy Yan is set to direct Birds of Prey, with a script from Bumblebee’s Christina Hodson. The film is expected to get an R-rated entry into the DCEU pantheon.

Birds of Prey (& the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) premieres on February 7, 2020.

8. WONDER WOMAN 1984

Patty Jenkins returns to helm the sequel for Wonder Woman, by far DC’s biggest critical hit and one that’s generally beloved by the fandom in a way few other movies have been since The Dark Knight.

Still, little is known about the specifics of the plot. Though there’re widespread reports that it’ll deal with the Cold War where its settings in the mid-‘80s, makes sense.

Wonder Woman 1984 follows Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince in a new kind of adventure, which will pit her against Barbara Ann Minerva/Cheetah (stars Kristen Wiig). Meanwhile, Chris Pine will also reprise his role as the previously-dead Steve Trevor, with Pedro Pascal rumored to be playing Maxwell Lord.

“It is not a sequel. It’s its own story,” Gadot teased during the film’s San Diego Comic-Con panel. “It is own chapter, a brand new movie. The bar is so high, but our aspirations are even higher. So, we just give everything that we have. And we hope what we bring you guys will love.”

“I’ve never wanted to do more of everything for the wrong reason. And I was very thoughtful of that while working on the second one,” Jenkins added. “I do not even want to go that place in my head, like how do you keep it going, etc. It is not more of anything though it’s evocative of what made it great the first time.”

And either way, it seems like WW84 will be giving fans even more of the inspiring and powerful hero that fans saw in the first movie.

“The thing I love most about Wonder Woman is that I feel she is us more than other superheroes,” Jenkins expressed. “People find themselves in the Wonder Woman and the Wonder Woman in us. She makes each of us believe in the Wonder Woman in us.”

The film will premiere on June 5, 2020.

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Joker Movie Described as “Cinematic Achievement on a High Level”

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Todd Phillips’ Joker is a “cinematic achievement on a high level,” says Cameron Bailey, co-head/artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival, where the Warner Bros. movie will be the first comic book film screened as a Gala presentation.

“First of all, it is terrific. It should play on our largest stage,” Cameron Bailey told the Toronto Sun.

“But it is a really original take on comic book movies and the Joker character in particular. It is not based on an existing story, it has one of the greatest actors in modern cinema, Joaquin Phoenix, in the lead, and Robert De Niro as well, one of the best actors that has ever lived.”

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Joaquin Phoenix as Joker.

Cameron Bailey added Joker, set outside the DC Extended Universe, “has an interesting tone and approach to it.”

“It is set in the late ‘70s, early ‘80s. It feels like it was made then. It is gritty in its look,” said Bailey. “It has references to Martin Scorsese’s filmmaking, and it feels like a cinematic achievement on a high level. Although it is working with very populist material, it has great ambition. That’s why it is a Gala.”

Moreover, the R-rated examination of the infamous Batman villain is “very cinematic,” he said.

During the CCXP Cologne convention in Germany, longtime Batman franchise producer Michael E. Uslan, the executive producer on Joker, promised the film is “unlike any comic book movie you have ever seen.”

“I thought the Guardians of the Galaxy was different and unique when it came out. I also thought Deadpool was different and unique when it came out. This Joker movie is different and unique. It is unlike any comic book movie you have ever seen,” Uslan said earlier.

“Maybe it’s more like a Martin Scorsese, low-budget film noir crime drama, but I have all the faith in Todd [Phillips], the brilliantly talented Joaquin Phoenix, and Robert De Niro. It is an incredible, incredible group of people that is brought this to life.”

Joker is slated to hit theaters on October 4.

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“Aquaman 2:” Jason Momoa Can’t Shoot the Film as He Protects Major Hawaii Construction

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Even though while fans might be eager to see the future of Aquaman 2 in the next DC Comics-based film, actor Jason Momoa is now concerned with something much closer to his homeland. And if his latest post on social media is any indication, the Aquaman star is obviously being focused on using his platform to make a difference.

Jason Momoa posted an image on Instagram that shows a telescope being constructed. He pointed out the severe damage done to the land, explaining that Hawaii’s planned Thirty Meter Telescope would be much more catastrophic to the site where it’s being built. Check it out his post below.

The actor feels strongly about protecting the site on Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii. And Jason Momoa has joined thousands of activists in protest of the telescope’s construction. According to Live Science, that proposed site is said to cost around $1.4 billion, but its location on Mauna Kea that is the point of the controversy.

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Actor Jason Momoa holds the hands of his children, Nakoa-Wolf Momoa and Lola Momoa, as he is welcomed with a hula while visiting elders and Native Hawaiian protesters blocking the construction of a giant telescope on Hawaii’s tallest mountain, at Mauna Kea Access Road on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in Mauna Kea, Hawaii. (Cre: CNN)

Jason Momoa has also been supported by fellow Hollywood superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who said the construction was taking place at a location that he likened to church grounds.

“This is so much bigger than a telescope being built,” Johnson explained on the Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon last month. “This is humanity. And these are human beings whose hearts are hurting. I think any time situations like this come up, that is our indication we gotta stop. Let’s be considerate. Be empathetic. And let’s always take care of our people.”

It is great to see that Jason Momoa and Dwayne Johnson are using their platforms to support causes they believe in. It’s unclear whether or not they’ll actually stymie any progress made on the telescope right now, but the two might be gaining some momentum as more prominent people lend their support to the cause.

Currently, Aquaman 2 is set to be released on December 16, 2022.

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DC Universe’s Harley Quinn Animated Series Trailer Released at Comic-Con

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Nearly 30 years since the first debut in Batman: The Animated Series, Harley Quinn is officially headed back to the animated world. And it looks like she is making quite the entrance.

During a panel at San Diego Comic-Con this year, DC Universe unveiled the first full trailer for their upcoming adult-oriented animated series, Harley Quinn. Actually, this comes after a brief, fourth-wall-breaking teaser was released during Comic-Con in New York last year.

The Harley Quinn stars The Big Bang Theory alum Kaley Cuoco as Harley Quinn after she breaks up with Joker (Alan Tudyk) and attempts to make it on her own as Gotham City’s criminal “Queenpin.”

“Knowing that I can’t be Mark Hamill, I have not listened to Mark Hamill,” Alan Tudyk told Comicbook of his portrayal of The Joker. “I’ve heard him, but I did not watch it so I could not recreate it. He is different in the way that he can cuss. I think that is probably referring to be able to say, ‘Ah, fuck off.’ And having that in your ability and your Joker is fun. It is a very funny cartoon, an animated series. So I think its style of lends itself to allow more flexibility. But I don’t know, man. I don’t know. And I think I am doing some of my voice and sometimes I will hear it. When I watch all the previews of it, I just sound like me. I hope it is okay. I’m just hoping, yeah I hope it is okay.”

The series was previously given a series order back in November of 2017 (according to Deadline). And it will hail from Dean Lorey and Powerless producers Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker.

The cast of Harley Quinn animated series also includes Lake Bell (Wet Hot American Summer) as Poison Ivy, alongside Rahul Kohli (iZombie) as Scarecrow, Diedrich Bader (Veep) as Batman, Sanaa Lathan (The Twilight Zone) as Catwoman, Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Veep) as Doctor Psycho, and Chris Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Happy!) as Commissioner Gordon. Others including Ron Funches (Powerless), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Wanda Sykes (Black-ish), Natalie Morales (Bojack Horseman), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), and Jim Rash (Mike Tyson Mysteries) have all been cast in currently-unknown roles.

So, what do you think of the latest look at the Harley Quinn animated series? Share with us in the comments!

Harley Quinn is expected to arrive in DC Universe sometime this fall.

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“Batman Beyond” Complete Series in Blu-ray Officially Announced at Comic-Con

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On Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced the complete Batman Beyond animated series that will release on Blu-ray for the first time this October.

The set releases on Digital Oct. 15 and Blu-ray Oct. 29 in celebration of Batman Beyond’s 20th anniversary.

All 52 episodes of Batman Beyond include across a four-disc set alongside two bonus discs and a remastered version of the feature-length movie Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, which was previously released as a standalone Blu-ray in 2011. The special features include 15 featurettes and audio commentary from executive producer Bruce Timm on four episodes.

This physical set also includes a chrome Batman Beyond Funko Pop and lenticular art cards as well.

A side-by-side comparison debuted by IGN highlights the series’ HD remaster, applying to all but 11 episodes that have been damaged by time. IGN reports these remaining 11 episodes have been “Smark Rezzed.” That resulted in an image not as advanced as the other 41 full-remastered episodes. They include “Eyewitness,” “Final Cut,” “The Last Resort,” “Armony,” “Sneak Peek,” “Zeta,” “The Eggbaby,” “Plague,” “Sentries of the Lost Cosmos,” “April Moon,” and “Speak No Evil.”

Batman Beyond even elevated the animated adventures of The Dark Knight to greater heights, providing an edgier, faster-moving, and more contemporary take on crime-fighting in Gotham with an inspiring new character in Terry McGinnis,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing.

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has long known the fans’ desire to see this series come to Blu-ray. And we’re excited to finally have the technology to elevate the quality of the original assets to an exquisite high-definition presentation packaged with compelling collectibles in a limited edition set, especially as fans celebrate Batman’s 80th anniversary this year.”

Bruce Timm, who attended the 20th-anniversary panel alongside original series stars Kevin Conroy and Will Friedle, said a potential Batman Beyond revival is possible should strong Blu-ray sales indicate an interest in the series.

The price of this digital edition will be at $49.99 SRP USD and the physical set at $99.99 SRP USD. Batman Beyond: The Complete Animated Series Limited Edition releases October 16 on Digital HD and Blu-ray October 29.

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“The Batman:” Vanessa Kirby Addresses Rumors that She Would Be Playing Catwoman

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With Robert Pattinson set in place to star in The Batman, DC fans are already speculating about who will be among the movie’s supporting cast. And one of the most prominent rumors and theories has been that Vanessa Kirby could play portray Selina Kyle/Catwoman. And now finally the actress is speaking out about it.

Recently, during an interview with ET, Vanessa Kirby revealed that she did not even know whether or not she was actually up for the part, but that she would love to step into the role.

“I don’t know anything about it,” said Vanessa Kirby, who can next star in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. “Are you kidding?! I’d love to be Catwoman. Oh my god, it’d be a dream.”

Then, Vanessa Kirby went on to joke that in order to play Catwoman – and put on the sort of skintight outfit traditionally associated with that character – she would definitely need to prepare beforehand.

“Oh my god, are you kidding? I have to do lots of squats,” said Kirby. “I mean, literally, lots of squats.”

Vanessa Kirby at the premiere of Universal Pictures’ “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” at Dolby Theatre on July 13, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo: ET)

After a scene-stealing performance in Mission Impossible: Fallout last year, fans have wanted to see Vanessa Kirby tackle some sort of comic book role. Fans even campaigned for her to play Black Canary in Birds of Prey of next year, a role that went to Jurnee Smollett-Bell eventually. It is hard to deny that an action-packed role like Catwoman would fit in Kirby’s filmography, though the actress apparently did not expect that kind of career.

“I’ve just never thought in a million years I would be an action girt because I am just not naturally like that at all,” Vanessa Kirby explained. “But yeah, there’s something about this, particularly that made me feel like it was such a good opportunity to take care of this female character in the massively male world. And every day, we made sure in every area, that she was a capable fighter that she had all the best fights, and she was never saved by the guys… And I also hope it instills some kind of change.”

So, do you want to see Vanessa Kirby play Catwoman in The Batman? The movie will arrive in theaters on June 25th, 2021. Other upcoming DC films include Joker on October 10th this year, Birds of Prey (& the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7th, 2020; with Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5th, 2020; The Suicide Squad on August 6th, 2021, and Aquaman on December 16th, 2022.

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“Batman Beyond: The Complete Series” on Blu-ray Potentially Releases This Fall

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A listing for Batman Beyond: The Animated Series has surfaced on Amazon France with its release date of October 30. A Blu-ray upgrade hasn’t yet been announced by Warners Bros. Home Entertainment. The studio premiered Batman: The Complete Animated Series on Blu-ray back in October of last year.

According to the listing, Batman Beyond will be released for the first time on Blu-ray in a four-disc standard edition with the price around $67, in addition to a six-disc Deluxe Edition that costs around $112.

This complete Batman Beyond set will include all 52 episodes across three seasons and a direct-to-video feature movie Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker as well, which saw Batman: The Animated Series star Mark Hamill return to play his role, the Joker. The film was previously issued as a standalone Blu-ray in 2011.

Amazon France also lists a bonus disc as well as a total runtime of 1144 minutes.

It’s unknown what collectible extras are included in the Batman Beyond Deluxe Edition. Meanwhile, the preceding 12-disc Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition set includes three Funko Pocket POPS figurines, lenticular collector cards, and two bonus disc featuring animated movies Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is apparently to announce the set at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 18 – where the studio hosts a Batman Beyond 20th Anniversary panel.

Producer Bruce Timm and actors Kevin Conroy and Will Friedle are among the guests who will be featured on the Hall H panel, promising to offer fans “some exclusive prizes and cool announcements,” per a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment press release.

Produced by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Batman Beyond won two Emmy Awards and three Annie Awards as it captured the imaginations of a new generation of Batman fans, setting new standards for the superhero storytelling with innovative designs, outstanding voice acting and intriguing approach to DC’s iconic characters or stories. The series also spawned an acclaimed animated movie, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.

Come celebrate this series’ 20th anniversary with many members of our creative team behind the breakthrough production, including producers Bruce Timm (from Batman: The Animated Series) & Glen Murakami (Teen Titans); eight-time Emmy Award-winning casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano (Justice League) and director James Tucker (Batman: Huck); writers Stan Berkowitz (Justice League: The New Frontier) and Bob Goodman (Elementary, Warehouse 13); alongside the acting stars of the series – Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) and Will Friedle (Boy Meets World, Kim Possible), with the voices of Batman and Terry McGinnis, respectively. Stay until the end for some exclusive prizes and cool announcements. Hall H.

Warner Bros. previously made the complete Batman Beyond series available in DVD format.

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“The Flash” Brings On “IT” Director Andy Muschietti Alongside Writer Christina Hodson

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Now it looks like The Flash is making headway in Hollywood after a long period of rest. With a slew of development issues, the DC Extended Universe has made some impressive progress with the fastest superhero. Eventually, The Flash has found a new director in Andy Muschietti and screenwriter to boot thanks to Christina Hodson – THR reports.

So far, there’re few details available to the public about the turn. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Andy Muschietti is in talks to helm a solo movie starring the Flash. Currently, the report also says the filmmaker and his wife Barbara Muschietti will co-produce the movie alongside Michael Disco.

Andy Muschietti and his wife Barbara Muschietti during IT press tour.

As for the script, Christina Hodson is seemingly being eyed to rewrite The Flash. The writer, who also penned Bumblebee as well as Birds of Prey, will redo the story. And for those who concerned, Ezra Miller is still attached to play Barry Allen.

This report is obviously a stunning one for fans but exciting nonetheless. The Flash has been stuck in deep developmental hell ever since it was first announced. After a string of director changes, the film pushed back its release date indefinitely as new reports continued going live about this solo venture.

Most recently, other reports suggested The Flash was getting a rewrite by two familiar talents. Not only was Ezra Miller said to be writing the script, but the actor was reportedly joined by iconic comic creator Grant Morrison. Now, it seems Christina Hodson will either scrap the long-reported script entirely or provide some polish to this tandem story.

Still, there’s no word on when DC Entertainment is eyeing a release for The Flash. Andy Muschietti is now busy finalizing IT: Chapter Two before the horror sequel debuts this year. The filmmaker is also attached to some big name projects like Hollywood’s live-action Attack on Titan adaptation, but DC fans are still hoping for an update on The Flash sooner rather than later.

Other upcoming DC films include Joker on October 10th this year; Birds of Prey (& the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7th, 2020; Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5th, 2020; The Batman on June 25th, 2021; The Suicide Squad on August 6, 2021; and Aquaman 2 on December 16, 2022. In the meantime, Shazam! will be streaming on home video on demand services, DVD, and Blu-ray next month.

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Robert Pattinson’s The Batman Film Reportedly Goes Into Pre-Production

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Matt Reeves’ The Batman has reportedly gone into pre-production, according to the latest update coming out of the DC film rumor mill. DC movie scoopers are now pointing to IMDb Pro as evidence of the movie’s status change, as the site has switched Robert Pattinson’s Batman reboot film from “Script” to “Pre-Prod.”

Take a look at the screen grab one fan posted on Twitter:

“The Batman is officially in pre-production!”

It has already been announced that The Batman would be shooting in either later this year or early 2020, for its release in 2021. So far, Robert Pattinson starring as Batman is the only official bit of information that we have, in terms of casting, characters, and story.

It has been made clear that director Matt Reeves is interested in telling the most detective Noir Batman story that we have seen onscreen so far, with comparisons being made to classic movies like Chinatown. It seems that The Batman is going to focus on Bruce Wayne in a younger era of his life as the Caped Crusader, especially on the road to earning the title of “World’s Greatest Detective.” Hints from Reeves seem to indicate a lineup of iconic Batman rogues being a part of the story, and casting these rogues will be an equally big step of this movie.

DC fans even have been seeing a lineup of fan-casting choices or actors campaigning for roles.

For example, Frozen star Josh Gad has been claiming to play Penguin for more than a year or so. Meanwhile, Vanessa Hudgens is open to playing Catwoman, but recently, Mission Impossible star Vanessa Kirby was reportedly being eyed for the role. We’re getting hints that the casting process for The Batman may be well underway already, as Josh Gad recently took to social media, ending any speculation that he is the Penguin, thusly:

Currently, it remains unclear when Warner Bros. and DC Films may actually share additional Batman casting information with fans. The studio is officially skipping a Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, which is where they traditionally reveal major details about the next slate of DC Films. Obviously, DC Films has been putting a lot of marketing decisions in the hands of respective directors, so pre-production apparently underway, and it should not be too long now before more of those official Batman details start to drop.

DC’s Joker hits theaters on October 4 this year. Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is set to premiere on February 7, 2020, while Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020, and The Batman on June 25, 2021.

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“The Batman:” Vanessa Kirby Rumoredly Being Up For Catwoman Role

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According to Geeks Worldwide, Vanessa Kirby – the star of Mission: Impossible and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw – is reportedly being eyed for Catwoman role in the Matt Reeves-directed The Batman.

The site names Vanessa Kirby as “one contender” for the part, but does not name other actresses in consideration. The report also adds Warner Bros. likely has not yet entered into formal talks with her, who would play alongside Robert Pattinson starring Batman.

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After news of Robert Pattinson’s hiring as a younger Bruce Wayne-slash-Batman, some DC fans took to social media with calls for Pattinson’s once Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart to play Catwoman. The femme fatale was previously reported to be heavily featured in The Batman alongside the Penguin, a role not yet cast, as part of the Dark Knight’s rogues gallery.

Still, details remain scarce, but last month, an early report from Forbes claimed Batman’s famed sidekick Robin will appear, as will veteran supporting actors Alfred Pennyworth and Commissioner Gordon.

The report also named the Riddler as one of the handfuls of villains who will be appearing in what Matt Reeves has described as a “noir-driven” and “definitive Batman story in which he’s investigating a particular case, and that takes us out into the world of Gotham.”

“I went on a deep dive again revisiting all my favorite comics,” Matt Reeves said at the Television Critics Association press tour back in September. “Those all inform by osmosis. There is no continuation of the [Christopher] Nolan films. It is very much trying to find a way to do this as something that for me is going to be Batman and new and cool.”

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Though his movie centers on a just-starting-out Caped Crusader, The Batman is not based on origin tale Year One or any particular Bat-comic, Matt Reeves confirmed. Year One presented Selina Kyle as a dominatrix operating in the seedy Gotham City.

Year One is one of many comic books that I love. We’re definitely not doing Year One,” said Reeves.

“I’m just excited to be focused very specifically on a tale that is defining for him and personal to him. Obviously, we are not doing an origin tale or anything like that. We are doing a story that is definitely Batman though, and trying to tell a story that is emotional and yet really about him being the world’s greatest detective and all the things for me, since I was a kid, made me love Batman.”

Warner Bros. has dated The Batman for June 25, 2021.

Other upcoming DC films include Joker on October 10 this year, Birds of Prey (& the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7th, 2020, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5th, 2020. In the meantime, Shazam! will be streaming on home video on demand services, DVD, and Blu-ray next month.

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Aquaman 2 Will Not Be James Wan’s Next Movie

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Despite a studio high on Aquaman enough to greenlight not only a second movie but also a horror spinoff based on the characters in The Trench, director James Wan has other projects to fulfill before beginning production on this seafaring sequel. While there were reports that The Trench might be made before Aquaman 2, most fans had hoped and expected that James Wan’s attention would be mainly focused on the world of Aquaman once his Annabelle Comes Home wrapped its press tour. Instead, during an interview in support of the movie, James Wan teased a mystery project coming up that will likely be the next one he films.

There also has been little in the way of clear information about the sequel of Aquaman, which will follow DC’s highest-grossing film at the global box office of all time. The expectation is that villain Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) will return while some rumors have claimed that The Others, a group of elite Atlantean metahumans, would play a role in that story. And one of The Others was briefly rumored to be making an appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

“It will not be Aquaman 2 just yet,” Wan said, “I have something else I’m cooking up. I’m not ready to share just yet.”

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According to an interview, James Wan was previously bullish on returning for a sequel right way. The filmmaker expressed his desire to tackle other new challenges, having made entries and started his own established franchises like Insidious, Saw, The Conjuring, and Fast & Furious.

“I mean, like the people I work with goes a long way,” said James Wan. “That’s the reason why I came back when I did Insidious 2. But it is a weird one for me because actually, I don’t know what I want to do next for the very first time in my career. I feel like Aquaman ticked a lot of boxes for me. So I wanted to do another action movie after Furious 7. And I wanted to do a world creation film, a superhero movie, and literally, Aquaman ticked all of those boxes for me. So right now, I’m in the sort of place of like do I kind of go back and do a smaller movie maybe as my next one, something a bit more intimate; or if I can do a personal film, but maybe it is on a bigger scale. I’m not sure at this point.”

Currently, Aquaman 2 is slated for December 16th, 2022. Other upcoming DC films include Joker on October 10 this year, Birds of Prey (& the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7th, 2020, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5th, 2020. In the meantime, Shazam! will be available on streaming home video on demand services, DVD, and Blu-ray next month.

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