Legendary Comic Book Duos and Ultimate Friendship Goals

From between the comic book pages, to their on-screen debuts, some duos are just so legendary you never forget them. Ahead of all new interactive film Batman: Death in the Family, featuring the infamous pairing of Batman and Robin, we wanted to bring you a roundup of well-known duos that originated in comics. Batman: Death in the Family is out on digital download October 13th and on Blu-ray™ October 26th.

Batman & Robin

Often referred to as the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder or the Dynamic Duo, Batman & Robin are the ultimate comic book pair and on screen. Robin is the junior counterpart to Batman and a very useful sidekick when it comes to saving the day. The pair came together after Robin loses his parents and Batman, sympathising with him due to a similar tragedy of his own, decides to take legal custody of Robin. Their close relationship is wonderfully showcased in new film Batman: Death in the Family.

Superman & Lois Lane

Another infamous pairing, Superman & Lois Lane were one of the first superhero comic book romances, with their complicated relationship featuring in almost every Superman comic and film. The pair married in comic Superman: The Wedding Album. Lois is an essential part of the Superman mythos.

Ant-Man and The Wasp

The original comic book versions of Ant-Man and the Wasp are the ultimate couple goals, as a rare husband and wife comic book duo. With the astonishing ability to shrink to the size of an ant and a wasp, these two complement each other perfectly, fighting crime in miniature form with all their might no matter how big the task.

Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy

When she’s not flying solo or mixing with the evil Joker, Harley Quinn often hangs out with best friend Poison Ivy. Their relationship is tipped as one of the most engaging, complex and explored relationships in Batman history, as some later DC spin offs suggest the pair are in an “open relationship”. Together these two super villains commonly work against Batman, teaming up for the ultimate girl power duo.

Green Arrow & Green Lantern

Although they are known for bickering like a married couple, Green Arrow & Green Lantern are extremely similar, both being arrogant hotheads! However, they do pretty well at balancing each other out, tackling situations in disparate ways. Although the two are now hardly seen together in modern day adaptations and comics, you can see echoes of their partnership in Green Lantern and Green Arrow movies.

Batman: Death in the Family is available on Digital Download October 13th, and on Blu-ray™ October 26th.

Superman’s Changing Suit

In the upcoming DC Animation film Superman: Man of Tomorrow, we get a glimpse into the development and evolution of Superman’s famous cape and costume to what we know it as today. To celebrate the new release, we wanted to bring you a round up of all of the different looks Superman has served over the years. Superman: Man of Tomorrow is available on digital download now and on DVD, Blu-ray™ and Limited-edition Blu-ray™ with mini figure Monday 7th September.

A Casual Starter Look – Superman Man of Tomorrow (2020)

As seen in Superman: Man of Tomorrow, this is Clark’s homemade and first look for Superman.

Superman Goes Grey – Superman Red Son (2019)

Superman’s suit gets a different colour scheme for the intense Superman: Red Son.

The Original Classic Blue Suit – Superman: Man of Tomorrow (2020)

We get the first glimpse of the suit that made Superman famous in scenes from Superman: Man of Tomorrow.

Man of Steel – Reign of the Supermen (2019)

Superman more indestructible than you’ve ever seen him before – a true man of steel in Reign of the Supermen.

An Ode to Alien  – Man of Steel (2013)

Homage to Superman’s alien roots are paid with this scaled costume on Henry Cavill in Man of Steel.

Superman: Man of Tomorrow is available on Digital Download now and on DVD, Blu-ray™ and limited-edition Blu-ray™ with mini figure September 7th.

Get to Know One of DC’s Most Feared Anti-Heroes, Lobo

One of the most rock n roll characters of the DC Universe, Lobo, gets a shining role in upcoming DC Animation Superman: Man of Tomorrow. Ahead of the digital release of the film on the 24th August, we wanted to provide you with a little insight into DC’s badass bounty hunter.

Character Creation

Lobo’s character was created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen, first appearing in 1983 in Omega Men #3. In the special feature Lobo: A Natural Force of Chaos attached to the Blu-ray™ edition of new film Superman: Man of Tomorrow, Lobo is described as the “natural force of chaos in all of us”. His muscular appearance is said to have been inspired by WWE and WWF wrestlers, whilst also portraying him as a metal rocker. The name Lobo roughly translates to “he who devours your entrails and thoroughly enjoys it” which totally represents his character!

The Last Czarnian & Badass Bounty Hunter

Lobo is the last Czarnian alien born on utopian planet Czarnia, after he brutally murdered every other member of his species. This fact alone tells you of Lobo’s extreme violence. Being the last of his kind is also something he has in common with Superman, who is the last of the Kryptionians.

Lobo is the best bounty hunter in the known universe and trust us he is the last being you would want to get into a fight with!

The Ride

Anyone who knows Lobo knows of his “space cycle” named the Spacehog and it’s a pretty sweet ride! This mode of transport totally fits Lobo’s metal, rock n roll lifestyle, baring a resemblance to a souped-up motorcycle with all the power and speed you could ask for.

What makes Lobo different

Lobo is unique because his character often goes where regular DC stories do not dare to go. He is a larger than life character, with extreme strength and excellent regenerative power rendering him immortal. Lobo can create weapons of mass destruction and has no impulse control… a dangerous combination! On top of the physical elements, Lobo has some hilarious quotes such as “I’ve got to take a big old space dump” in Superman: Man of Tomorrow.

Is he a good guy or a bad guy?

The confusing question is whether Lobo is good, bad or both. Over the years, he has fought on both sides, but it usually boils down to whoever is paying him the most or which side is offering the most action. This makes him the perfect anti-superhero.

Discover more about Lobo in Superman: Man of Tomorrow, available on digital download August 24th and Blu-ray™, DVD & Limited-Edition Blu-ray™ with Mini-Figure September 7th.

Competition: Win a Copy of Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons on Blu-Ray™

Own It Early On Digital Download Now, and Blu-ray™ & DVD August 17th

Go behind the mask and into the deep backstory of one of DC’s most revered anti-heroes in Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons. A new entry in the popular series of DC Animated Movies, Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons offers a new take on the Deathstroke legacy. Mercenary and master assassin Slade Wilson leads two lives: one as the relentless killer known as Deathstroke, and the other as a dedicated family man. When these worlds collide, forced together by the vicious terror group known as H.I.V.E., it is the killer in Slade who must fight to save his loved ones, as well as what remains of himself. With his soul torn apart and his young son held captive, Deathstroke will have to atone for the sins of his past to fuel the battles of his future!


Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Michael Chiklis (The Shield, The Commish, American Horror Story: Freak Show) headlines the cast as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, alongside Sasha Alexander (Rizzoli & Isles, Shameless, NCIS) as Wilson’s wife, Adeline “Addie” Kane Wilson.


Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons gives DC Animated Movies’ their first true look into the complicated backstory of one of DC’s most controversial characters – Deathstroke is sometimes villain, sometimes anti-hero, and always deadly,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Senior Vice President, Originals, Animation and Family Marketing. “Michael Chiklis does an incredible job capturing the ruthless approach and conflicted internal struggles of Deathstroke.”


For your chance to win a copy of Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons on Blu-Ray™, simply answer the following
question:

What two colours make up Deathstroke’s iconic mask?

a) Black and Orange
b) Blue and Black
c) Black and Red

Leave your answer down below in the comments section and I will be picking the winners on August 25th Good Luck!

*You must be located in the UK to qualify for the competition*


Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons is available on Digital Download now, and Blu-Ray™ & DVD on August 17th

Everything You Need To Know Going Into Justice League Dark: Apokolips War

One of the biggest comic book related events of the year is here! No, it’s not another Avengers movie. This one, although takes place on a much smaller screen rivals the build up we have seen in the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’. All good things must eventually come to an end. And now this is the case with this DC Animated Universe. That’s not to say that we won’t be getting anymore DC Animated movies. It’s just that Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will bring an end to the current storyline/universe which has been taking place for up to a decade now. So just before the arrival of the upcoming Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (available on digital now) this article is here to provide you with a recap of the story so far.

*This article will contain mild spoilers*

Chaos Ensues

At the start of Justice League Dark we see the world descending into chaos, as numerous violent incidents are committed all around the world. People live in fear that their fellow humans are in fact horrifying demonic creatures. The Justice League is called into action to bring order and peace back to civilisation. Under the impression that these are magical threats from a supernatural entity, the
league come to the conclusion they are not the best equipped to deal with it, forcing them to call in the help of some mystical heroes.

Constantine and Blood

Batman is highly sceptical that the threat actually originates from a supernatural entity and on his return to Wayne Manor, suffers a temporary blackout. When he wakes up, he sees the message ‘Constantine’ smeared on the walls. During a flashback, we find out that John Constantine is an exorcist and con man, who engaged the Demons Three in a poker game for high-end stakes, along with Jason Blood. During the game, Constantine offers his home in exchange for a box of artifacts, including a Dreamstone. When both parties are caught cheating, Constantine summons Blood’s demon alter ego Etrigan to dispatch demons. It’s safe to say, Blood wasn’t too happy with Constantine for making him summon Etrigan, and the two part ways.

After his blackout, Batman sets out to visit Zatanna at one of her shows to ask about John. Constantine, whom she once shared a fractured romantic history with. Zatanna agrees to bring Batman to meet with Constantine, but the trio are faced with a rush of magic summoned by an unknown sorcerer. The trio narrowly manage to escape to the House of Mystery for shelter where they are joined by Black Orchid, the spiritual embodiment of the House. The group gathers to share information, and after a quick disagreement between John and Zatanna the group agree to team up to investigate the cause and reason for these supernatural circumstances.

The Keshanti Key

Embarking on their investigation, the Justice League first pay a visit to Ritchie Simpson, an old friend of Constantine who is suffering from cancer and awaiting his fate of death. Simpson reluctantly agrees to hand over the powerful Keshanti Key, which can be used to unlock and search through a victim’s memories. Constantine and Zatanna do so on one of the victims, leading them to discover the victim had been possessed by an unknown entity wearing a strange and unique ring. All of a
sudden the supernatural creature manages to escape the body of the victim, but is quickly subdued by Zatanna.

The Dreamstone

On return to Ritchie’s home they find Ritchie close to death, as well as Blood who is on a mission to find the Dreamstone. In an attempt to save Ritchie’s life, Batman revives Ritchie with an adrenaline shot to the chest, leaving him in a coma. Blood then reflects on his past life and explains the significance of the Dreamstone, which was created during the era of King Arthur by a sinister, scheming magician named Destiny.

In order to defeat the power Destiny possessed though the stone, King Arthur ordered Blood to destroy Destiny who managed to cleave the stone into two, successfully banishing the sorcerer but leaving himself mortally injured. In anticipation that Destiny was only temporarily defeated and eventually would return, Merlin fused Blood with his demonic servant Etrigan so he could battle the
evil magician, once the Dreamstone resurfaced.

Destiny

When Ritchie awakens, he reveals he is the holder to the other piece of the Dreamstone, which he has been using it to keep his cancer in remission. Ritchie is then seemingly killed when the Dreamstone resurrects the powerful historic sorcerer, Destiny. Destiny destroys Constantine’s House of Mystery and is on mission to create further chaos and destruction. Zatanna comes to the rescue to save the group from the war path of Destiny but passes out from the attempt.

The Big Battle

We then see the Justice League enter an all-out battle with Destiny, which leaves Jason Blood separated from Etrigan once again. Constantine summons Swamp Thing/ Alec Holland, a humanoid plant elemental superhero to fight Destiny while Batman and the recovered Zatanna disable the Justice League. Swamp Thing surrenders as we witnessed Destiny ripping Alec Holland’s corpse from Swamp Thing, weakening him against Destiny’s strength.

Eventually, Constantine pulls Destiny into his protective shield leaving him powerless against a second attack from Blood. This gives Constantine, Batman, and Blood enough time to destroy the Dreamstone and Destiny’s body, which also results in Ritchie’s soul being dragged to Hell. After the battle, Blood succumbs to his mortal wounds from centuries before and is buried by Constantine, Batman and Zatanna near Blood’s old village. Etrigan now separated entirely from the body of Jason
Blood sets off for the unknown.

Zatanna eventually agrees to join the Justice League, with Constantine also being offered a position of which he declines conscious that Batman wouldn’t approve. Zatanna is quick however to state it was Batman’s initial idea. The two return to the newly-rebuilt House of Mystery, taking the first step to rebuild their rocky relationship.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is available on digital download now and on DVD, Blu-Ray™, Blu-Ray™ Steelbook & Blu-Ray™ Minifig release on May 18.

Superman: Red Son – Out Now!

The latest instalment into the DC Animated Universe is here! With the huge event of Justice League: Dark Apokolips War on the horizon. It’s time for another Elseworlds story in the meantime to hold us over until then. Superman: Red Son (by Mark Millar) has been given the animated treatment by the ever present Sam Liu. If that name doesn’t ring a bell to you, it certainly should. Liu has made a huge contribution towards the DC Animated Universe with his previous works such as All Star Superman, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract and most recently, last year’s Wonder Woman: Bloodlines.

I have been looking forward to this movie so much because not only is Superman my favourite comic book character, but this is also one of my favourite storylines ever. I’ve always loved the Elseworlds approach on certain characters and Superman is one of them. Because while he is rooted in Metropolis seeing him grow up and operate in an entirely different environment was fascinating when I first picked up the comic.

If you’re new to Superman: Red Son, here’s a brief summary of the story:

“In Red SonSuperman‘s rocket ship lands on a Ukrainian collective farm rather than in Kansas, an implied reason being a small time difference (a handful of hours) from the original timeline, meaning Earth’s rotation placed Ukraine in the ship’s path instead of Kansas. Instead of fighting for “… truth, justice, and the American Way,” Superman is described in Soviet radio broadcasts “… as the Champion of the common worker who fights a never-ending battle for Stalin, socialism, and the international expansion of the Warsaw Pact.”

Via. Fandom

Superman: Red Son is already available to purchase on Digital download as you read this. But if you’re like me and you love your physical media, you’re going to have to wait until 16 March, 2020 to purchase it on Blu-ray/DVD.

You might be tempted to purchase the limited-edition gift set which comes with your very own figure of the Soviet Superman himself.

(see pictures below)

Be sure to keep a look out for my review of course, and for a chance to win a copy of Superman: Red Son (courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Superman: Red Son is available on Digital Download now, and Blu-ray& DVD on March 16, 2020.

Joker Spoilers Review/Discussion

So after I uploaded my spoiler free review for joker last week I decided to make a spoiler version too since I love the move so much. Feel free to check it out my review below. I would love to hear any feedback whether it be positive or negative. I’m still learning (I think the audio should be a lot better this time)

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Joker: Review (video)

If you haven’t noticed I haven’t been posting that much on here lately. Writing has kind of taken a back seat for me. However, I still love talking about comic books/comic book movies. So I decided to start my own YouTube channel and talk about what I love over there. I started with my review of Joker! It took a lot of personal courage to upload this (I hate the sound of my own voice lol) But I had to give it a try. If I make a fool of myself then so what? At least I tried. So please feel free to check out my first review down below. If you do ending up checking it out please feel free to give me any feedback wether it be positive or negative. I would love to hear your thoughts on it and the movie in general.

Thanks again! 🙂

Michael Rooker in Talks to Play King Shark in ‘The Suicide Squad’

The cast for James Gunn’s upcoming ‘The Suicide Squad’ movie is all but completed now. Just in the last couple of minutes The Wrap have reported that Michael Rooker is in talks to play King Shark. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone since Michael Rooker and James Gunn have a great relationship from their work together on the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Now it looks like that relationship is going to further blossom DCEU. Rooker is going to be joining the likes of Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, John Cena and Idris Elba in the newly formed Suicide Squad. I’m Just surprised we haven’t heard anything about Dave Bautista joining the cast yet.

James Gunn’s ‘The Suicide Squad’ is set to be released on August 6, 2021

Who is Shark King?

After making a brief cameo in “Superboy” Vol. 4 #0 in late 1994, Karl Kesel’s creation made his first full appearance in “Superboy” Vol. 4 #9. Born in Hawai’i as Nanaue, the humanoid shark that would become known as King Shark is actually the son of a shark god, who is in turn known as “The King of All Sharks.” Early on, his supernatural origins were doubted and King Shark’s appearance was dismissed as a particularly aggressive mutation, one that also gifted him with superhuman strength and endurance, regenerative tissue, and shark-like physiology. (He’s been designed with both Great White stylings and that of a humanoid Hammerhead, the latter seen in The New 52.)

Via. Collider

Shazam! Sequel Already in The Works

It looks like Warner Bros./New Line Cinema already new they had a winner on their hands with Shazam! before the movie’s release. Yesterday the movie made a strong debut at the box office by making over $53M in its opening weekend. Now, it seems Warner Bros. are pushing already planning ahead for the sequel. The Wrap reported earlier today that writer of the movie Henry Gayden, will be returning to pen the script for the sequel. This is great news for me because I personally thought the script was the strongest aspect of the movie. And why change something that isn’t broken? Hopefully, this also means director David F. Sandberg will also be returning for the sequel. Warner Bros. seem to be on a role now. Earlier in the year they gave us a release date for an Aquaman sequel and now the wheels are being put in motion for the Shazam! sequel. It’s nice to see the universe growing without the likes of Superman and Batman at the forefront. Each character is big enough to hold their own.

Let me know your thoughts on this news down below.