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Friday, January 27, 2017

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Announces Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Own it early on Digital HD on March 7th
Blu-ray debuts on March 28th

Expanded Fantastic Beasts VR experience
also available in 2017

Burbank, CA, January 27, 2016 – Immerse yourself in the wizarding world when “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” takes us to a new era of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away. Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl) stars in the central role of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also stars Katherine Waterston (Steve Jobs, Inherent Vice) as Tina, Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as Jacob, Alison Sudol (Transparent) as Tina’s sister, Queenie, Ezra Miller (Trainwreck, upcoming Justice League) as Credence, two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (In America, Sweet and Lowdown) as Mary Lou Barebone, Oscar winner Jon Voight (Coming Home, TV’s Ray Donovan) as Henry Shaw, Sr., Carmen Ejogo (Selma) as Seraphina Picquery, and Colin Farrell (Saving Mr. Banks,TV’s True Detective) as Percival Graves.

The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose seven beloved Harry Potter books were adapted into one of the highest grossing film franchises of all time. Her script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” written by her character Newt Scamander.

In addition to David Yates, the film reunited a number of people from the Harry Potter features, including producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Tim Lewis, Neil Blair and Rick Senat served as executive producers.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Themwill be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray for $44.95, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and 2-disc DVD Special Edition for $28.98 on March 28. The Ultra HD Blu-ray features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the film in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc of the film in high definition, and a digital version of the film in Digital HD with UltraViolet*. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the film in standard definition. All versions include a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet.* Fans can also own “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” via purchase from digital retailers.

Additionally, all of the special features, including interviews with filmmakers, character and creature featurettes, deleted scenes and 360° videos, can be experienced in an entirely new, dynamic and immersive manner on tablets and mobile phones using the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices. When purchased digitally and redeemed on UltraViolet, the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App allows users to watch the movie and simultaneously experience synchronized content related to any scene, simply by rotating their device. Synchronized content is presented on the same screen while the movie is playing, thus enabling users to quickly learn more about any scene, such as actor biographies, scene locations, fun trivia, or image galleries. Also, users can share movie clips with friends on social media and experience other immersive content. The Movies All Access app is available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.”

The Blu-ray discs of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Themwill feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar; however, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

Also available this year will be an expanded Fantastic Beasts Virtual Reality experience.  This version of the previously released Virtual Reality will allow fans to return to the wizarding world for a more robust and expanded experience featuring new beasts and participate in more magical spells as they interact with each of the creatures inside Newt’s case.  Additionally, the experience includes never-before-seen footage and will be available for purchase on several VR platforms.

Finally, Warner Bros. will release all eight Harry Potter films on Ultra HD Blu-ray in 2017. The last four films will be released on March 28 and will include Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be available later in 2017. Ultra HD Blu-ray showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.  

There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the No-Majs (American for Muggles), including the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction bent on eradicating them.  And the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away…and is now nowhere to be found. 

Unaware of the rising tensions, Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures, some of which are safeguarded in the magical hidden dimensions of his deceptively nondescript leather case.  But potential disaster strikes when unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski inadvertently lets some of Newt’s beasts loose in a city already on edge—a serious breach of the Statute of Secrecy that former Auror Tina Goldstein jumps on, seeing her chance to regain her post as an investigator.  However, things take an ominous turn when Percival Graves, the enigmatic Director of Magical Security at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), casts his suspicions on both Newt and Tina.

Now allied, Newt and Tina, together with Tina’s sister, Queenie, and their new No-Maj friend, Jacob, form a band of unlikely heroes, who must recover Newt’s missing beasts before they come to harm.  But the stakes are higher than these four outsiders—now branded fugitives—ever imagined, as their mission puts them on a collision course with dark forces that could push the wizarding and No-Maj worlds to the brink of war.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Ultra HD Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray,Blu-ray Combo Packs and 2-disc DVD Special Edition contains the following special features:
·         Before Harry Potter: A New Era of Magic Begins!
o   Join J.K. Rowling as she, David Yates and David Heyman return to Leavesden Studios to build a new and exciting corner of the wizarding universe.
·         Characters
o   The Magizoologist
o   The Goldstein Sisters
o   The New Salemers
o   The No-Maj Baker
o   The President and the Auror
·         Creatures
o   Meet the Fantastic Beasts
o   Bowtruckle
o   Demiguise
o   Erumpent
o   Niffler
o   Occamy
o   Thunderbird
·         Design
o   Shaping the World of Fantastic Beasts  (360°)
o   New York City (360°)
o   MACUSA (360°)
o   Newt’s Magical Case (360°)
o   The Shaw Banquet
o   The Blind Pig (360°)
·         Deleted Scenes (11 scenes)

On March 7th, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Themwill be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, Flixster, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On March 28th, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Toy Review: Iron Man 2 Mark IV 1/6 Figure by Hot Toys!

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Hey Nation! Its Matt MacNabb (My Parents Are Geeks) back with another toy review for you. We aren't messing around this time, no shabby retail plastic here. No, we're going to take a look at a high-end collectible...the Sideshow exclusive Iron Man 2 Mark IV 1/6 Figure by Hot Toys. You know the name Hot Toys, its synymous with quality and no one brings you more high-end collectible product than Sideshow, so this is an exciting partnership. 

The detail on this is nothing short of astounding. This is definitely one for the display case or at least a very high shelf. There are so many working and moving parts to the suit that make it screen accurate, but with that comes the possibility for then to be pulled off or lost, so keep the kids away (if you have 'em!). The price tag on these is higher than many are used to spending at over $200, but once you see this guy in person you see where every dime of that money went. Quality over quantity.

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The Stats:

The Iron Man Mark IV Sixth Scale Figure features: 
  • An authentic and detailed likeness of the Mark IV in Iron Man 2
  • Approximately 30 cm tall
  • Over 30 points of articulation
  • LED-lighted eyes and circular-shaped Arc Reactor on chest (white light, battery operated)
  • Metallic red and gold painting on armor
  • Detachable chest armor
  • Three (3) pairs of interchangeable hands including:
    - One (1) pair of fists
    - One (1) pair of hands with articulated fingers and light-up repulsor (white light, battery operated)
    - One (1) pair of repulsor-firing hands (white light, battery operated)
  • Fully deployable air flaps at the back of the armor
  • Articulations on waist armor allowing flexible movements
  • Figure stand with character nameplate and the movie logo

There aren't many of this bad boy left in stock over at Sideshow, so go and pick yours up now!

Friday, January 20, 2017

xXx: 15th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray Review

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xXx: 15th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray Review

About the Film: From Revolution Studios and and Sony Pictures, Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) is a notorious underground thrill-seeker who, until now, has been deemed untouchable by the law. But when crack NSA Agent Gibbsons convinces Cage to infiltrate a ruthless Russian crime ring, this new breed of secret agent (codename: XXX) takes down the enemies of justice with a vengeance in this high-octane, turbo-charged thrill-ride from the acclaimed director of The Fast and the Furious. Synopsis for 15th Anniversary Edition Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) is a notorious underground thrill-seeker who, until now, has been deemed untouchable by the law. But when crack NSA Agent Gibbons convinces Cage to infiltrate a ruthless Russian crime ring, this new breed of secret agent (codename: xXx) takes down the enemies of justice with a vengeance in this high-octane, turbo-charged thrill-ride from the acclaimed director of The Fast and the Furious.

Our Take: I'm a junkie for action films, through and through. I grew up in the glory days of action...the 1980s. My love for the genre is what made me an instant fan of xXx when it was released back in 2002. Its an action film and a spy film all rolled into one and the extreme sports angle, which was hip at the time, gives it a unique charm. Vin Diesel does a great job as a lead, but my favorite part of this film is Asia Argento. Her performance is fantastic. The film holds up well on blu-ray. I only had this one on DVD, so I'm happy for the upgrade and the extras. I recommend this one, its a great watch and a fun way to prep before you see the new xXx: Return of Xander Cage film in theaters!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DC Collectibles Releasing Updated Batman Animated Rogue's Gallery Figure Pack!

BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES GCPD ROGUES GALLERY ACTION FIGURE 5-PACK Packaging concept is shown, but artwork is not final.Description: A lone cop—Renee Montoya—is surrounded by some of Gotham City’s greatest evildoers in this amazing new action figure 5-pack inspired by Batman: The Animated Series that comes in deluxe packaging with battery-powered lights! Each figure in this set comes with its own character-specific accessories and extra hands. 1:13/6 inch scale MSRP: $175.

The set is due out in August 2017 and can be purchased for around $140 on sale if you check around. What do you think Bat-Fans? Will you buy this pack or hold out for individual releases?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Paul Dini Is Writing Harley Quinn Again!

Paul Dini Back on Harley Quinn in issue #17 Art by Amanda Conner

Oh, yes Batman fans...its on now. Paul Dini, the man who created Harley for Batman: The Animated Series, is back on creative writing a back-up story for DC Comics, starting in Harley Quinn #17. Check out the solicit:


  • Backup story written by PAUL DINI and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
  • Art by JOHN TIMMS
  • Backup story art by BRET BLEVINS
  • Cover by AMANDA CONNER
  • Variant cover by FRANK CHO
  • “Deadly Sin” part one! The twisted Harley Sinn’s been released from prison, and she’s looking to hurt Harley in a whole new way…by going after somebody she loved and lost! And to make this issue extra-unmissable, a brand-new backup story begins, set in Harley’s earliest days with the Joker—and co-written by one of Harley’s original creators, Paul Dini! “Harley Loves Joker” kicks off as Harley makes the biggest mistake of her burgeoning criminal career…accidentally revealing the location of Mistah J’s hideout!
  • On sale APRIL 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

Sunday, January 15, 2017


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Host Paul Shull Returns As New Season Puts the Spotlight on Our Veterans

New York, January 12, 2017 –Season two of the Smithsonian Channel original series THE WEAPON HUNTER shines a light on true American heroes as series host, history buff and restoration expert Paul Shull partners with veterans to spotlight iconic moments and artefacts in military history. This is history that leaves a mark. From a Vietnam era gun truck and a World War II B-25 bomber, to a giant 20mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft cannon and more, THE WEAPON HUNTER is history up-close and personal. Season two of the six-episode series premieres Sunday, February 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Paul Shull returns on his quest to get his hands on some of the world’s rarest and most remarkable pieces of military history. To do so, Paul calls on his network of military artifact collectors who have amassed collections that rival those found in the world’s great military history museums. This season, Paul also calls upon combat veterans – including a 96-year-old eyewitness to the Pearl Harbor attack , veterans from Vietnam, and Marines recently returned from Afghanistan and Iraq.

The series premiere, VIETNAM ROAD WARRIOR, takes Paul to rural Tennessee, where he meets Sammy Seay, a Vietnam veteran who is rebuilding a rare vehicle from the Vietnam War known as a Gun Truck. Built to protect supply convoys for American troops during the war, these armor-plated behemoths represent an untold chapter in the conflict’s history. Paul’s ultimate goal is to experience a simulated convoy attack while riding aboard the rebuilt truck with Gun Truck veterans.

Other episodes of THE WEAPON HUNTER:

Premieres Sunday, February 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Paul is looking for the final missing piece of a World War II B-25 bomber, which is being restored by the United States Commemorative Air Force. The piece in question is the heart of this flying weapons system - the Norden bombsight. Paul’s search takes him into the arid Californian desert. Then he heads on to a unique flight school where he learns to fly a B-25 and to use the World War II targeting scope to drop a bomb.

Premieres Monday, February 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Paul attempts to rebuild a weapon that helped America move on from the devastation of Pearl Harbor, the 20mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft cannon. While hunting down parts for this kamikaze-killer, Paul meets a Navy veteran who describes the carnage of Pearl Harbor. He also experiences the deadly capabilities of a vintage Japanese Zero fighter plane, all in a bid to understand how and why the Oerlikon cannon helped turn the tide in the Pacific theatre.

Premieres Sunday, March 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Paul sets out to fix and fire the fastest gun ever built: the Minigun - a rotating six-barrel monster that can fire up to 6,000 rounds per minute. Teaming up with Vietnam helicopter pilot Fred Behrens, Paul must track down the parts they need to get Fred’s vintage weapon firing again. Along the way, Paul investigates the evolution of machine gun speed, from hand-cranked Gatling guns, through the Nazi’s MG42, to the present day. 

Premieres Sunday, March 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Paul intends to reconstruct the entire experience of D-Day from the point of view of a GI on the front lines.  His focus is four key elements: the airborne attack; the Naval bombardment; the tank assault; and the massive infantry invasion. He finds and fires the classic weapons of the Normandy Invasion, and he speaks to WWII veterans who provide personal insight into these events. And with the help from a world-renowned explosives expert, Paul builds his very own Bangalore torpedo, a device critical to the bloodiest battle of the invasion, the landing at Omaha beach.

Premieres Sunday, March 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
In the season finale, Paul rebuilds a one-of-a-kind World War II machine gun, the Stinger. Built by Marines during the invasion of Okinawa, the unique firearm was made from the internal mechanisms of three different weapons. Now Paul must track down parts from each one in order to bring it to life. During his quest, he discovers why and how this franken-gun came into being, and he learns the heroic story of Tony Stein, the American Marine who won the Medal of Honor with The Stinger slung at his side.

THE WEAPON HUNTER is produced by Cream Productions for Smithsonian Channel. David Brady is the Executive Producer for Cream Productions. Tim Evans, David Royle and Charles Poe serve as Executive Producers for Smithsonian Channel.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD: The Complete Collection will be available on DVD February 14th

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For the First Time Ever, Comprehensive 12-DVD Set Includes all Four Volumes of the Television Series, Plus the Special Collector’s Edition of the Hit Movie
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America

Own this Must-Have Collection on February 14, 2017

NEW YORK – Attention fartknockers!  Creator Mike Judge’s beloved slackers are back in BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD: The Complete Collection, coming to DVD February 14, 2017.  When Beavis and Butt-Head first appeared on MTV more than a decade ago, critics dismissed them as brainless couch potatoes who did nothing but watch TV and make lewd jokes about bodily functions. Today we know they were ahead of their time. Beavis and Butt-Head's unique idiocy profoundly changed television, movies, pop culture and the world.

Now, America’s favorite culture critics are back in this comprehensive new collection to tell us all exactly what sucks.  Housing everything in one set for the first time ever, BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD: The Complete Collection includes all four volumes of the acclaimed television series—including the boys’ triumphant return in 2011—as well as the Special Collector’s Edition of the fan-favorite movie Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.  In addition, the 12-DVD set boasts a wealth of bonus material including “Taint of Greatness: The Journey of Beavis and Butt-Head” Parts 1-3, VMA appearances, a Thanksgiving Special with Kurt Loder, the 1994-1996 Butt-Bowls, MTV 20th Anniversary Special, the original, un-cut “Frog Baseball,” a 2011 Comic-Con panel featuring Mike Judge and moderator Johnny Knoxville, promos, montages, and much, much more. BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD: The Complete Collection has a suggested retail price of $46.99.

DVD Release Date: 2/14/17
U.S. Rating: NR (TV series); PG-13 (feature film)
Running Time: 17 hours, 21 min
Format: Full Screen (TV series); Widescreen (feature film)


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Original Marvel video series presents exciting short-form educational tour of the Marvel Universe with a concentration on Marvel’s MONSTERS UNLEASHED
New York, NY—January 11, 2017— Welcome back, class. Please take your seats. Class is now in session. Since its inception, Marvel Comics has been defined by hard-hitting action, engrossing story lines and an ever-expanding library of some of the most heroic and complex characters of all time! Returning today, Marvel is excited to continue its original video series devoted to giving fans an educational deep dive into some of the most iconic Marvel characters, you may, or may not be, familiar with. Start taking notes – this is season 2 of MARVEL 101!

Starting today, with new episodes made available every Tuesday on and on Marvel’s YouTube page, fans will be introduced to one-minute episodes that offer fans a background crash course on some of the fiercest Marvel monsters all part of the gigantic Marvel series, Monsters Unleashed

Since its launch, MARVEL 101 has provided fans with informative videos spotlighting the history of Marvel’s top heroes, and now is your chance to explore the Marvel Universe even more as MARVEL 101 enters its sophomore year and introduces Marvel fans to the mighty Marvel monsters that have be stomping through the Marvel universe since its inception. 

Every Tuesday, MARVEL 101’s second season will continue to explore the history of Marvel’s greatest monsters as they rampage across the Marvel universe and battle the heroes who have sworn to protect innocents from harm.
With MARVEL 101 this is your chance to quickly explore new corners of the Marvel Universe you may be unfamiliar with, or simply take a refresher course on some of the most incredible entries within the Marvel library. Be sure to take notes – there may be a pop quiz.

Super7 Releases Street Fighter II themed M.U.S.C.L.E.!

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 The classic rubber figures from the 80's have now entered the Street Fighter combat arena with Super7's latest M.U.S.C.L.E. release!

This Friday at 9/8c on TLC's Paranormal Lockdown "Waverly Hills"

New Episode "Waverly Hills" Airs
Friday, January 13 at 9/8c

ABOUT THIS WEEK'S EPISODE: Friday, January 13 at 9/8c

Leading paranormal investigators, Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman live among the dead in one of the country's most notoriously haunted locations: Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky. For Katrina, this is her first time and the culmination of 10-years of research and anticipation of this paranormal Mecca, while Nick returns for the third time to revisit past experiences with a full arsenal of state-of-the-art investigative equipment, hoping to capture evidence of the elusive shadow figures lurking among the 3rd and 4th floors. From the body chute in the bellows of the gothic building, where over eight thousand corpses were sent to their final resting place, to the terrifyingly restless upper floors, Nick and Katrina push themselves to their limits with chilling results.

Season 2 of the hit television series PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN on TLC follows world-renowned paranormal investigators Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman as they spend an unprecedented 72 hours locked inside a haunted location in an effort to capture groundbreaking paranormal evidence. No stone goes unturned for Nick and Katrina, who believe that the longer they stay confined in a haunted location, the more spirits will communicate with them.

Check Out the SAILOR MOON R: THE MOVIE Theatrical Gala Coming This Friday, January 13th!

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The big day is almost here - SAILOR MOON R: THE MOVIE will make a special red carpet event debut this Friday January 13th at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles! VIZ Media is thrilled to welcome attendees to this gala to celebrate the beloved series with fellow fans! 

Held at a historical and beautiful Spanish Gothic-styled style theater in downtown Los Angeles, the premiere precedes the nationwide release of the movie starting January 19th! The premiere will include a special live Q&A with members of the English-language cast and the staff behind the film, and all attendees will receive an exclusive SAILOR MOON character board! Themed SAILOR MOON drinks and merchandise will also be offered, and fans can use an official Sailor Moon Snapchat filter, available to audiences only at this special event!

Tickets for the premiere are almost all sold out - get your tickets at   

For those around the country, follow the event live on VIZ Media's Snapchat ("vizmedia")! There will be takeovers from voice actor Robbie Daymond (voice of Mamoru Chiba / Tuxedo Mask) and other special guests! 

As SAILOR MOON R: THE MOVIE opens, the young Mamoru gives a single rose in thanks to a lonely boy who helped him recover from the crash that claimed his parents. This long-forgotten friend, Fiore, has been searching the galaxy for a flower worthy of that sweet gesture long ago. The mysterious flower he finds is beautiful, but has a dark side - it has the power to take over planets and is tied to an ominous new asteroid near Earth! Faced with an enemy blooming out of control, it’s up to Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians to band together, stop the impending destruction and save Mamoru! Check out the latest trailer here:

Wilson Fisk Builds His New Empire in KINGPIN #1!

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Marvel Comics Kingpin #1

Wilson Fisk Builds His New Empire in KINGPIN #1!

New York, NY—January 12th, 2017 — They say that every villain is the hero of their own story. Yes, Wilson Fisk has done some bad things. Deplorable things. He has cheated the law. He has blackmailed rivals. He has killed. But that’s all in the past now. It’s time for a new beginning. And it begins this February in KINGPIN #1 – the new ongoing series from breakout writer Matthew Rosenberg and Marvel newcomer Ben Torres!

The Kingpin is out for a clean start. Wilson Fisk returns to the city he loves with a new goal in mind—to make his mark as a titan of legitimate industry. First things first though, he’ll need to repair his public image. When Wilson Fisk makes a disgraced journalist an offer she can’t refuse, the spiraling saga of crime and betrayal begins anew. Sure, he’s out for a clean start. How long before his hands get dirty again?

Manhattan’s criminal mastermind returns to the Big Apple with honorable intentions, but no one will remain pure on his climb back to the top! Don’t miss the thrilling crime-noir debut of 2017, when KINGPIN #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on February 8th!

KINGPIN #1 (DEC160863)
Variant Covers by BILL SIENKIEWICZ (DEC160864),
Connecting Variant by MARCO CHECCHETTO (DEC160865)
Hip-Hop Variant by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO (DEC160867)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (DEC160869)
FOC – 1/16/17, On-Sale – 02/08/17

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Batman in the 21st Century

In 1940 he came, he saw, he conquered. Well, that is not terribly accurate. He certainly came as a comic book character and to his enraptured audience who followed his exploits, he certainly conquered. But that was in an earlier, more innocent time, a time when the world was still between the wars and enjoying life was the concern of most people. After all they had fought the great war and were entitled to some time off from world politics. And Batman’s world? Well, its place was in the comic books their children enjoyed!

But what of his world today? Well, he is still protecting Gotham, and beating just about everyone except when he lost at cards to the Joker in Season 2, Episode 18 "Almost Got 'Em" (Batman disguised as a croc is famously pummelled by the Joker's Four of a Kind before revealing his true identity - classic). 

But what position does he hold in our lives today? Does he still relate as closely to us as he did at the time of his conception? Yes, thanks to film directors and Hollywood he is as alive now as he was 77 years ago. The between the war years may have passed into dim and distant memory but Batman is still out there doing what he does best, fighting off evil, saving his city from the corrupt forces that want to take over, ensuring that justice prevails.

And if that is what he is doing, then he must be a true hero for our times. Because in similar fashion our world is as scary as the 1940’s world he was born into. We have had the horrors of 9/11, the descent into the chaos of world terrorism, the scenarios of displaced and distressed children, civil wars of brother against brother and friend against friend.

Did the Hollywood Batman predict all of this or did he respond to it? Who knows? And does it matter? What is obvious and significant is that his movies mirror what is going on in the global  sphere. His defeat of Superman in the Dawn of Justice 2016 may well be the struggle between ruling partners when one partner decides to follow the corruption route. How real is that? Flick on the News any morning and you will hear of that scenario unfolding in one nation or another. Think of Joker who wants to plunge the world into chaos. You won’t have to look very far for the Joker in our midst. And in the middle of it all is Batman, who with his cars and extra skills, wants to rid his world of this evil.

His role is ridding Gotham of corruption. Extend your minds for a moment my friends. Imagine Gotham as your town or your country. Is there anyone who could say, hand on heart, that we don’t need Batman right now? I think I heard you say “No”, in fact I would be very surprised if I hadn’t heard you say that. Who could object to the solid values that this once upon a time comic book figure is bringing us? His apparel may be outlandish to us and dare any of us drive his cars but try applying his beliefs to our world and Wow!

And he is human too. Hard to believe, that but look at the very human crises he has had to face. Losing his father in tragic circumstances, overcoming his fear of bats with the mantra” feel the fear and do it anyway”, struggling with the role he has been given, always knowing that he wants an ordinary life but feeling morally obliged to follow the role he feels has been laid down for him. 

Relevant to our times? Heck yes, very much yes. Almost two decades into the century we need Batman to spread his creed now more than ever. And to spread it in a way that will make people sit up and listen. Hollywood - we are depending on you to do the necessary.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Affleck Hints That 'The Batman' Movie Could Face Delay

Ben Affleck has been closely associated with the upcoming Batman solo film. We know very little thus far, but the fact that he is working on a script with Geoff Johns, Deathstroke makes and appearance and it's titled The Batman. We fans thought that the film was on the slate and as good as in pre-production status at this point, but Affleck doesn't sound quite so positive on the subject.

The Guardian recently spoke to Affleck and when they asked him if The Batman was his next film, he had this to say: "That's the idea. But it’s not a set thing and there’s no script. If it doesn’t come together in a way I think is really great, I’m not going to do it." If Affleck isn't on board to direct and if a good script isn't already on the table, we may have to wait awhile longer for that highly anticipated solo Batman film.

Stay tuned to Legions of Gotham for the latest.