Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Product Spotlight: Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Soundtrack CD

About the CD: La-La Land Records, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics present the original motion picture score to the DC Universe Animated Original Movie JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE FLASHPOINT PARADOX. Acclaimed composer Frederik Widemann (GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES) seizes the opportunity to work with a live orchestra and unleashes a stupendous superhero score that propels this action-packed, fan-favorite DC Comics storyline. Fans of Widemann's GREEN LATNERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES scores will be delighted with what the composer has delivered here. Produced by the composer and MV Gerhard, and mastered by Doug Schwartz, this special release is limited to 2000 units and features liner notes from the composer and the filmmakers.

Our Take: The DC Universe animated films have been bringing adult fans a lot of joy over the past few years.  There are those of us that don't want the magic to end after an hour and a half and great soundtrack CDs like this one from the good folks at La-La Land records are just the ticket!  The music from this animated feature film is absolutely epic.  The inside liner notes feature notes from the composter and screenwriter, along with some great images from the film.  This one is limited to only 2000 copies, so I would advise picking up a copy soon!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

'Gotham' Premiere Ratings Are Strong!

The pilot episode of Gotham generated a buzz that brought in 8.2 million viewers and scored a 3.2 in the 18-49 demo...and that's not counting DVR.  Not a bad start.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Review: Gotham Fails To Impress

I have been a Batman fan all my life.  I've been running Legions of Gotham for 11 years and never have I had to give such a grim review of a Batman related property.

I went into Gotham with high hopes. I was looking for a dark and gritty crime drama that centers around the universe and characters that I know and love. What I got was some pretty poor acting, unnecessary character changes and and overall sense of confusion about why we even need this show at all.

I have seen other reviews criticizing Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney. In my opinion she actually delivers the best and most believable performance in the cast. I had high hopes for Donal Logue as Bullock and was very disappointed with his lackluster and rather empy performance.  I saw him play a shady creepy in Sons of Anarchy and it was amazing.  He clearly phoned this one in.  James Gordon is intense and noble, sometimes overly so, but also lacks likability.

The show tries to have a hard edge with some cursing, lesbian lovers and a few instances of blood and violence, but it comes off more like Smallville in an overcast city setting. If you stuck with Smallville through thick and thin you will have no problem with this show whatsoever. If you felt critical of Smallville at times because it was a bit hoaky and over the top, then Gotham won't be your cup of tea.

I guess my overall question is why? We haven't had Batman in a series on the air since the 1966 show.  I feel safe in saying that we're long overdue for an actual Batman show, but they seem to be determined to deny us. Why don't they think Batman needs his own series? I'm baffled by this idea. I remember back in the day they wouldn't allow Scarecrow and Ra's Al Ghul on the cartoon "The Batman", because they were due to be in Batman Begins. WB felt that viewers would become confused. Thats honestly how they feel about us, like we're all so stupid we can't tell the difference between the television and film versions of the character, thus we get Gotham..a story about everyone but Batman. Bruce is in the show, but so far he's an afterthought.  If we had already gotten an amazing Batman show I would say sure, give us a prequel..let us see how it all began, but we haven't even gotten that yet.

I love these characters, but I only love them in relation to their interactions with Batman. I don't care about James Gordon, new cop in town...I care about James Gordon, new cop in town that will work with Batman. The gap in time before that happens just isn't that interesting to me. I will continue to tune in and hope for the best. Smallville did get better the last few seasons, but that took a decade.  This show might have flown previously, but next to epic television ventures like Arrow, it just pales in comparison.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Batman v. Superman Batmobile Set pics!

J.J. Abrams Tweets a Video w/ a Batman Reference

....and on it goes with JJ Abrams now posting this great video on his Twitter of the Millenium Falcon from Episode VII with a nice Batman Tumbler attached to the bottom!  Check it out

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bruce Timm Justice League Toon to be 3-Part Machinima Web Series!

This one is coming in 2015 as a three-part web episode series just before Batman v Superman debuts in theaters!  Bruce W. Timm and Alan Burnett are back together again!  Glory days Bat-Fans...glory days.

In the first programming collaboration since Warner Bros.’ investment in Machinima earlier this year, it was announced today that Machinima has greenlit the new animated shortform series “Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles,” from Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett (both producers on “Batman: The Animated Series”). The digital series is based on Justice League: Gods & Monsters, an original animated film executive produced by Timm and co-produced by Burnett that will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment later in 2015. “Chronicles” will focus on alternate versions of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.

“Ever since we announced the Warner Bros. strategic investment, we have been looking for a new and exciting way to tap into the company’s unmatched content. With ‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles,’ Machinima will be the very first place fans can experience a new vision for DC Comics’ beloved Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman characters. In addition, we have built a first-of-its-kind package for brands to engage with these characters to reach Machinima’s elusive audience,” said Chad Gutstein, Machinma’s CEO.

“Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles” marks the first project from Warner Bros.’ newly-formed digital content production unit, headed up by Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series.

Sam Register said: “We couldn’t be happier to be announcing our first new digital series today, and we’re even more excited that it’s a collaboration with such accomplished storytellers as Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, who have been responsible for some of the most innovative and creative DC Universe projects. We can’t wait for fans to have a chance to see the world they have created when ‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles’ debuts on Machinima next year.”

“We are committed to delivering DC Entertainment’s extensive line-up of world-class characters and stories to audiences across all platforms and formats,” stated DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson. “’Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles’ is an exciting opportunity to bring alternate versions of DC Comics’ iconic Justice League characters to Machinima, and we look forward to bringing this new animated shortform series to life with our partners across Warner Bros.”

“Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles” explores a newly conceived reality in the DC Universe where Justice League members Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are much darker versions of the Super Heroes that people think they know. The episodes are expected to debut on Machinima in spring 2015, weeks before the launch of the film.

-credit to Superhero Hype

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Pics of the Batman v Superman Batmobile!

We posted the birds-eye view on our facebook page late last night.  Now, we have more angles to share.  Its all so very "Arkham".  The reactions have been very split so far, what do you think Bat-Fans?

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Batman: Arkham Pop! Heroes from Funko!

Pop! Heroes: Arkham Asylum

From Arkham Asylum, the award winning action-adventure video game, we bring you a diabolical new Pop! series!

Picture this...
Arkham Asylum is home to Gotham's most vengeful criminals.
The Joker has trapped Batman inside while he holds Gotham hostage!
Batman has to fight his way out by facing Gotham's most dangerous psychopaths to free the city!

Batman and the villains of Arkham Asylum are coming soon!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Batman: The Brave and the Bold Season Two Coming to Blu-Ray!


Bigger, bolder, blu-er! Warner Archive Collection is proud to present “Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Complete Second Season” in Blu-ray™ -- arriving Tuesday, September 9 at www.wbshop.com and your favorite online retailers.

The fearsome fan-addict forces behind “The Batman: The Brave and the Bold” fired on all bat-cylinders for this fantastic sophomore season that skillfully blends super-heroics, sly satire, and a leviathan scope for an animated concoction embracing the fun of the past with the pow! of the present. Thanks to the series’ first season, “Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Complete Second Season” goes even farther beyond the expected grim and grit of the Dark Knight in both its narrative approach AND in the fun. 

Across the 26-episode second season - presented in HD and widescreen as it was meant to be seen - you'll find a vacationing Aquaman, a requiem for a Scarlet Speedster, the legendary Justice Society, the celebrated Justice League International, the Super Batman of Planet X (voiced by Kevin Conroy), Batman's Strangest Cases featuring a team-up with one snack-loving, mystery solving mutt, and an overarching story arc that climaxes in a stunning battle against Starro the Conqueror! 

Joining Diedrich Bader (Batman) in this epic second season are some very special guest voices, including Adam West, Julie Newmar, Paul Reubens, Mark Hamill, Tom Kenny, John DiMaggio, Tara Strong, Stephen Root and many more! 

And making this collection even more fab is the fact that the episodes are presented in the producer's preferred order for the first time anywhere - including the "The Mask of Matches Malone!” in the correct aspect ratio!

“Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Complete Second Season” is the latest Blu-ray offering from Warner Archive Collection. The ever-growing roster of animated super hero Blu-ray animation includes “Young Justice,” “Beware the Batman” and “Green Lantern: The Animated Series.”

Pre-orders for “Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Complete Second Season” are available now. The direct link for the wbshop is:

The two-disc set of “Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Complete Second Season” includes the following episodes:

1 Death Race to Oblivion
2 Long Arm of the Law!
3 Revenge of the Reach!
4 Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!
5 The Golden Age of Justice!
6 Sidekicks Assemble!
7 Clash of the Metal Men!
8 A Bat Divided!
9 Super-Batman of Planet X!
10 The Power of Shazam!
11 Chill of the Night!
12 Gorillas In Our Midst!
13 The Siege of Starro! Part 1

14 The Siege of Starro! Part 2
15 Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!
16 The Last Patrol!
17 The Mask of Matches Malone!
18 Menace of the Madniks!
19 Emperor Joker!
20 The Criss Cross Conspiracy
21 Plague of the Prototypes!
22 Cry Freedom Fighters!
23 The Knights of Tomorrow!
24 Darkseid Descending!
25 Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!
26 The Malicious Mr. Mind!

Batman™:Ar​kham Knight Set for June 2, 2015 Release

Batman™:Arkham Knight Set for June 2, 2015 Release With Two Collector’s Editions 

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced Batman™: Arkham Knight is scheduled to release worldwide beginning June 2, 2015.  Also revealed, are two collector’s editions – Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition and Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition.  Both will be available in limited quantities at launch in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft.  Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition will also be available in Europe, Australia and New Zealand for PC.

 Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition will include: 

-Custom Art Book – 80 Page, Full Colour Art Book Showcasing the concept art of Batman Arkham Knight 

-Limited Edition SteelBook™ – Unique SteelBook™ case and game disc

-Comic Book – Limited Edition DC Comics Batman: Arkham Knight #0 Comic Book

-Exclusive Character Skin Pack – Three Unique Skins from DC Comics – The New 52

-Batman Memorial Statue – Imposing statue commemorating Gotham’s Protector, the Dark Knight·         

o   Console – $99.99 / 119.99 € / 89.99£
o   PC – 99.99€ / 74.99£ 

 Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition will include:
-Custom Art Book – 80 Page, Full Colour Art Book Showcasing the concept art of Batman Arkham Knight 

-Limited Edition SteelBook™ – Unique SteelBook™ case and game disc

-Comic Book – Limited Edition DC Comics Batman: Arkham Knight #0 Comic Book

-Exclusive Character Skin Pack – Three Unique Skins from DC Comics – The New 52        

-Transforming Batmobile  Statue – Fully transformable Batmobile statue realised in exquisite detail by TriForce ·         SRP: $199.99 / 199.99€ / 169.99£ (Console only)

 Batman: Arkham Knight is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and will be available exclusively for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC.   Batman: Arkham Knight brings the award-winning Batman: Arkham trilogy from Rocksteady Studios to its epic conclusion. Developed exclusively for the New Generation of consoles and PCs, Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady's uniquely designed version of the Batmobile. The highly anticipated addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman: Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City. In this explosive finale, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city that he is sworn to protect, as Scarecrow returns to unite the super criminals of Gotham and destroy the Batman forever.

 For more information on Batman: Arkham Knight, please visit www.batmanarkhamknight.com, https://www.facebook.com/BatmanArkham or https://twitter.com/BatmanArkham.