WIN SUPERMAN: RED SON ON BLU-RAY™

As stated in my previous post I would be running a giveaway for you to possibly win your own copy of Superman: Red Son on Blu-ray™, thanks to the people at Warner Bros. All you have to do is answer the question in the comment section down below:

Which of the following characters has Jason Isaacs, the voice of Superman in Superman: Red
Son, voiced for DC Universe Movies?

a) Sinestro
b) Ra’s al Ghul
c) Lex Luthor
d) All of the above
Superman: Red Son is available on Digital Download now, and Blu-ray™ & DVD on March

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

Good luck!

This competition will close on the 16th March, 2020

Superman: Red Son

What if the Man of Steel was raised behind the Iron Curtain? So begins DC’s acclaimed Elseworlds story, Superman: Red Son, now the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives – along with a new DC Showcase animated short, Phantom Stranger – from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital Download from February 25, 2020, and on Blu-ray, Blu-ray Mini Fig, Blu-ray Steelbook and DVD on March 16, 2020.

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.

Zack Snyder’s Original Justice League Plan

Over the past couple of days director Zack Snyder held a directors cut event for fans in California. The first two days consisted of watching the directors cuts for Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead and Watchmen. And for the last day Batman V Superman was screened as the event came to an end. Just like the previous two screenings this was also followed by a Q&A session and this is where things got kind of crazy. Of course the elephant in the room was addressed which is Justice League. Now the audience member didn’t ask something like “When are we going to see the Snyder Cut?”. But she questioned Zack’s original plans for the Justice League movie(s). Before we get into his response this is what we knew before about his Justice League arc thanks to Kevin Smith.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Trilogy

Art by @datrinti
  • Justice League Part 1: Justice League defeats Steppenwolf with appearance of Darkseid
  • Justice League Part 2: Justice League take the fight to Darkseid on Apokolips and they LOSE
  • Justice League Part 3: Takes place after Darkseid wins and is set in the Knightmare universe from BvS.

Last night Snyder went into more detail about the third movie which is set in the Knightmare timeline. We were under the impression from the Knightmare scene in BvS that Superman turned evil because he lost Lois Lane. But how did he lose Lois Lane? In the scene he clearly blames bruce as he says to him “She was my world and you took her from me”. Yesterday Snyder explained how Darkseid was the one who was going to kill Lois Lane in the Batcave, turing Superman’s world upside down. And this would lead to him blaming Bruce for everything that happened. It wasn’t specified but my guess would be that Superman became an agent for Darkseid with the Anti-Life equation playing a major role.

So the main thing to take away is Darkseid killing Lois triggers the whole post apocalyptic world. Snyder also went on to state that some of the Justice League members would have fallen in the process and it’s left up to Cyborg, Flash and Batman to correct everything. Cyborg and Batman help send Flash back in time to warn Bruce just like we saw in Batman v Superman. And what happens next? I guess we’ll never know. I hope the script for the original Justice League movie leaks one day. I know some people aren’t a fan of Snyder’s style, but one thing I admire about his movies is how he pushes the envelope. He doesn’t just go out to make ‘safe’ movies, he really tries to go above and beyond and I appreciate that. I would’ve loved to have seen how his whole vision played out.

Let me know your thoughts on this news down below.

P.S. If things went according to plan we probably would of had an Avengers movie and a Justice League movie use time travel in the same year. Crazy right?

If you want to hear Kevin Smith go into more detail about Zack Snyder’s three Justice League movies check out the video down below:

Krypton Renewed For Second Season

The first season of Krypton has been a welcomed addition to the world of DC shows currently on television. As a huge Superman fan I have to admit at first I wasn’t completely sold on the concept of exploring the life of Superman’s grandfather in this technologically advanced world. But I always wanted to see a spin off television series or film that centred heavily on Krypton mainly because of Man of Steel. So far I’ve found the series really interesting and produced well, especially when it comes to the visual effects. It’s such a breath of fresh air compared to the other superhero TV shows which are currently running. So the news that he show had been renewed for a second season was a welcomed surprise to me. I have to admit in the midst of the recent controversies surrounding shows such as Gotham and Lucifer I was worried about Krypton’s future. Now that it has been renewed for a second season the world of Krypton can only get bigger. They have already introduced General Zod, Brainiac and now Doomsday in the first season. Where do they go with the season season? Do they introduce Justice League members? They referenced the Green Lantern Corps this season too. I have no idea where they go next but at the moment I’m just enjoying the ride and I can’t help but be excited about the return of Krypton next year

The season one finale of Krypton “The Phantom Zone” is set to air tomorrow night

Have you been watching Krypton?

If so what do you think os the series so far?

Let me know down below

Rumour: Henry Cavill’s Superman To Appear in Shazam?

According to ‘Revenge of The Fans’ the next time we will get to see Henry Cavill’s Superman on the big screen is in DC’s upcoming Shazam film. Shazam is set to be released next April and is directed by David Sandberg. Granted this isn’t the first time I’ve heard these rumours but ‘Revenge of The Fans’ have a good reputation and claim to have a trusted source for this scoop. As for what I think about Superman turning up in Shazam? I think it would be a really good idea. I’d like to see Superman play a mentor role to Billy Batson who will be a new inexperienced hero in Shazam. Superman is definitely someone that can show him the ropes of what it’s like to be a superhero. There is also a theory that one of the kids interviewing Superman at the beginning of Justice League is Billy Batson so they could tie that in if they wanted to.

My one worry with this idea is would Superman’s presence in this film be too much and take away from Shazam himself? If they do this it has to be done right. In my opinion the use of Iron Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming was too much and in general the film suffered because of this.

I put together a slideshow of a few comic pages from various series to show what Shazam and Superman’s relationship could look like on the big screen:

 

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One last thing I would like to add is that Henry Cavill according to a lot of people has only one film left on his Warner Bros. contract (granted this has never been confirmed) .So could this be the last time we see his Superman on the big screen ever? I would love for them to give him another solo Superman film before recasting the role in my opinion. There seems to be a lot of rumours surrounding the studio rather than confirmations at the moment. Well what we know for certain is that Shazam is set to be released on April, 5 2019.

Let me know what you think about this rumour down below?

Do you want to see Superman show up in Shazam?

Source: Revenge of The Fans

Justice League Home Release To Come With ‘Bonus Scenes’

Warner Bros. Justice League is set to be released on Blu-ray March 13th while the Digital HD release will arrive earlier on February 13th. Warner Bros. announced this news with a new mini trailer promoting the Blu-ray release date. What’s interesting to note from the trailer is that the Blu-ray is set to be released with ‘Bonus Scenes’ yes plural! By the end of the trailer we are teased with a bonus Superman scene. It’s hard to tell what is going on in this scene but speculation has led to fans thinking this is where Superman gets his suit back after his resurrection. That would make sense because that part was skipped over in the theatrical cut. No one really knows how he got his suit back, hopefully this will provide some answers. I will also be interested to see what other bonus scenes they will also include. Personally I would love to see more scenes with Aquaman in Atlantis which we didn’t get enough of in the theatrical cut. As of right now the studio hasn’t hinted at all of a ‘directors cut’ or ‘Zack Snyder cut’ being released in the near future.

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Confirmed Blu-ray art box (via Warner Bros.)

Here is a list of details of what is going to be included in the Blu-ray and standard DVD version: (via. Collider)

Justice League 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack contains the following special features:

  • Road to Justice

o   Journey alongside DC comic creators as they explore over fifty years of the Justice League, from comic books to animated adventures to their cinematic debut.

  • Heart of Justice

o   Discover the heart, soul and mind of the Justice League, as the cast and filmmakers share their admiration for DC’s iconic Trinity: Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.

  • Technology of the Justice League

o   From Batman’s arsenal to Cyborg’s alien tech, interface with the Justice League database to learn their most advanced secrets.

  • Justice League: The New Heroes

o   Join Ray Fisher on a personal tour to meet the newest members of the Justice League: Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg.

  • The Return of Superman

o   Bonus scenes not seen in theaters

  • Steppenwolf the Conqueror

o   Join actor Ciarán Hinds and the filmmakers as they reveal the story behind mankind’s ancient enemy and the Justice League’s greatest challenge.

  • Scene Studies: Revisiting the Amazons

o   Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences

  • Scene Studies: Wonder Woman’s Rescue

o   Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences

  • Scene Studies: Heroes Park

o   Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences

  • Scene Studies: The Tunnel Battle

o   Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences

  • Suit Up: The Look of the League

o   Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson explores the innovation and artistry that goes into creating the costumes of DC’s iconic heroes. 

Justice League” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:

  • Road to Justice
  • Heart of Justice
  • Technology of the Justice League
  • Justice League: The New Heroes
  • Steppenwolf the Conqueror
  • Scene Studies: Revisiting the Amazons
  • Scene Studies: Wonder Woman’s Rescue
  • Scene Studies: Heroes Park
  • Scene Studies: The Tunnel Battle
  • Suit Up: The Look of the League

Will you be buying Justice League when it releases on Blu-ray? Let me know down below

HD Digital Release: February 13th

Blu-ray/DVD: March 13th

 

Superman’s journey from Man of Steel to Justice League

In 2013 we were introduced to a new Superman… the Man of Steel. Much different to the characters previous iterations Henry Cavill’s Superman has become the staple Superman for this generation. Now within the 4 years since this new Superman first graced the big screen we have already witnessed his Birth (Man of Steel), Death (BvS) and Return (Justice League). That is some journey that this Superman has already been on in the space of 4 years! To some it has been an amazing journey and to others like myself it has been more of a bumpy ride with both highs and lows. So in this article we will be looking at the journey of Superman across these three films and the development of the character in completing one of the biggest comic book story arcs ever.

Man of steel (2013)

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This is where my love for the character of Superman started back in 2013 with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. I finally had a Superman that I could relate to! This was a bold and new take on the character compared to its iconic portrayal by the legendary Christopher Reeve. While I have gone back and watched films such as Superman: The Movie and Superman II which I love by the way. I just found Henry Cavill’s Superman more interesting and most importantly most relatable. We now had a Superman that wasn’t perfect, someone that was going to make mistakes and someone that was conflicted by being the most powerful being in the world. This was a different Superhero movie and Superman altogether. We weren’t going to see scenes of this Superman saving a cat out of tree doing all of your stereotypical superhero acts from the comics. Now don’t get me wrong Christopher Reeve’s Superman made sense for that time and now I can confidently say Henry Cavill’s Superman was a much needed take for this generation. Times have changed and the character went through a much needed change with Man of Steel in my opinion.

Man of Steel focuses heavily on Superman’s relationship with humanity with both its highs and lows. Throughout this film Clark Kent struggles to find a place in the world from being bullied at a young age to moving from place to place taking on numerous jobs after failing to find a place to settle down as a adult in the beginning of the film. However this all changes when General Zod invades Earth and gives Kal-El the option to join him in turning Earth into a new Krypton. But Superman can’t bring himself to join Zod on his objective which will end up wiping out the entire human race. In the short time of being Superman Kal-El has finally realised why he was sent here. His purpose was to be that leader that Earth needed and he was there to set an example to the people who would eventually join him in the sun.

By the end of the film Clark has finally found his place in the world. Not only has he just saved the world but he now finally settled down with the love of his life Lois Lane. He found a job which allowed him to live somewhat of a normal life. The line that Lois says to Clark at the end of the film “Welcome to the Planet” isn’t just a cliche line, no this line has much greater significance in that an alien who has been struggling to find their way for 30 plus years has finally been accepted by the world and is no longer seen as an outsider.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

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What’s it like to save the world and then become a huge figure of controversy being both loved and hated by those same people who’s lives you just saved? Well the answer lies here in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While Man of Steel built on Superman’s relationship with humanity Dawn of Justice tears that down as well as Superman’s character who throughout the film is even questioning his role in the world. There is this underlying theme throughout the film about whether the world actually needs a Superman or not. Not only is he blamed for the destruction of Metropolis but behind the scenes Lex Luthor is plotting away framing Superman for horrific acts which he did not commit fuelling to the hatred of this omnipotent figure.

The treatment of Superman in this film is something that can be described as a social commentary on issues today in the world such as immigration and racism. It can even be compared to stories of the past, the most obvious being the story of Christ. Again this doubles down on the reliability of the character for me. I mean who can’t relate to Superman in this film? I for one can. Doing all you can to the best of your abilities but at the end of the day you get demonised for your efforts. Now granted I haven’t experienced anything like the type of  backlash Superman experienced in this film but I couldn’t help myself from feeling sorry for the character. Lets also get one thing straight of course this Superman isn’t going to be smiling throughout this film. Would you if you felt like the whole world was against you? I mean Jonathan Kent in man of steel did warn Clark what would happened to him if people really found out who he truly was and he was right. That’s one thing that has always annoyed me the way people criticise Jonathan Kent for wanting Clark to keep his powers a secret which ultimately led to his death. Look at how they treated him in Dawn of Justice and now imagine that same reaction but this time to a Superman that was basically a teenager in Man of Steel.

The world’s reaction to Superman again has him questioning his place in the world. This is shown in scenes where he is talking to Martha where she tells him that he has the choice to be their monument or be nothing because he owes them nothing. This whole film is built up to the moment when Doomsday is created and Superman realises he is the only one who is capable of taking this monster. I think it’s powerful how with everything he’s gone through in this movie he says the line “This is my world” making the ultimate sacrifice while saving a world that contained many people who wanted to see him dead or in jail. Here is where Superman’s relationship with humanity is restored and in fact made stronger. We see the world mourning him in the streets, the people realise that Superman not only saved the world once but twice now at the cost of his own life this time. Most importantly Superman left his mark on the world with the idea of hope in which he inspired others with his sacrifice just like he did with Batman.

Justice League (2017)

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While I enjoyed Superman in Justice League I can’t help myself from pointing out the major issues I had with the character as a whole in this film. I’m not even going to talk about the whole CGI debacle with Henry Cavill’s moustache. This is more to do with the change in character of Superman once he returns in the film. Superman comes back and all of a sudden he is saying lines such as “I’m a big fan of justice” and “Is this guy still bothering you?”. While I loved a lot of what he done in the third act it just didn’t make sense to me. Superman’s character done a 180° turn from Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice. This change in the character is fine in my opinion but it didn’t seem natural, it all felt forced. I would argue that the studio was responding to the criticisms surrounding this Superman as one that wasn’t hopeful enough and didn’t smile at all. I’m fine with them wanting to take the character in this direction but it felt rushed to me and in the process we missed out on probably the most crucial part of this character’s development. I feel like we were missing a scene of Clark having a vision talking to Jor-El or Jonathan Kent where they were telling him how the world needs him now more than ever.

With that being said Justice League as a whole was a film that was riddled with issues that not only affected Superman but all of the members of the Justice League. I guess what Justice League solidified for me was my issue with killing Superman in the first place. At the time I still felt it was too early to kill him in his second movie and I 100% stand by that now. The death of Superman should have happened in the third Superman film or at least at the end of the first Justice League movie and. Part of me feels like they knew they made a mistake with his death because of the way they handled his return in Justice League. They didn’t even show the world’s reaction to Superman’s return which was a huge disappointment for me. The relationship between Superman and the public has been one of the most interesting aspects of this character but it was completely ignored in Justice League. When he actually returns, there’s no crowd of people cheering him on or anything. It’s just sad to see how we started off so well in Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice the character’s arc isn’t done justice (pun intended) in the end with Justice League.

So where does this leave us now with Superman? Well Justice League ends with Clark Kent running down the street revealing the iconic ‘S’ just like Christopher Reeve’s Superman. Is the Superman from Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice gone now? Will the next Superman film see a return to the more classic image of the character? In my opinion I’ll be happy either way all I ask from the future creators is that they treat the character with the respect and care that it deserves.

Let me know what you think down below

 

Fabian Wagner confirms scenes of Superman in a black suit were shot for Justice League

For huge Superman fans like myself the return of the Man of Steel was one of the most anticipated moments in this year’s Justice League film. Looking back at the comic book history of the character with the death and return of Superman fans were expecting to see him return in a black suit. This was also heavily teased by Henry Cavill on Instagram who shortly after the release of Dawn of Justice posted what looked to be a close up of a black Superman suit with the hashtag #Superman. One year later to the fans dismay there was no black suit to be seen when Superman eventually returned in Justice League. Shortly after the release of the film a lot of information started to leak about storylines that were changed/scrapped. One of those leaks which I was particularly interested in was the claims of there not being a black suit in the script at all from the start. Now granted a lot of this information at the time came from a Reddit user so we have to take it with a grain of salt. However just yesterday it was confirmed by Fabian Wagner (Director of photography for Justice League) that there was scenes of Superman shot with the black suit which were eventually cut.

Fabian Wagner told Inverse in a interview:

Wagner on the black suit: “There were [scenes shot],” Wagner said. “It’s a cool looking costume. Sadly, we didn’t see that either in the final cut.”

Wagner on scenes that were cut in general: “Zack takes his time with telling the stories, and I’ve always liked that about his movies. There are a few scenes that I was very much looking forward to seeing which unfortunately got cut.”

(Via. Inverse.com)

For some this new information will further frustrate fans who were already calling for a Zack Snyder cut of this film to be released in the future. Personally as a huge Superman fan although I would have loved to have seen the black suit these are just small issues to me. A huge part of me has just accepted what we were given and it is what it is. Maybe the use of the black suit and the beard would have allowed the studio to avoid the whole moustache fiasco. At the end of the day I’m just a fan and I have no idea of what type of pressure and stress comes with the making of a project of this size.

All I ask from Warner Bros. is in the future to learn from their mistakes and just let their selected director finish their vision of the project.

Let me know what you think of these recent developments below.

Did you want to see Superman return in the black suit? Were you let down?

What should Warner Bros. do next with the DCEU?

If you were to tell me a couple of years ago that the first ever Justice League movie would make $96 million over its first weekend box office I’d call you crazy (making it the lowest box office opening of all the DCEU projects). As big of a DC fan I am and how much I like the film itself I can’t help but agree that this is a somewhat of a disappointment. Is it a total failure as some people are making it out to be? When you compare it to Thor Ragnarok’s numbers which made $122million in its first weekend you could see why some people are calling it that. I’m actually the type of person who doesn’t care at all about box office numbers. When someone says this movie is amazing or bad because it made $10 million or $100 million I usually just tune them out. The only reason why I’m writing this article is because Warner Bros. as a company has a track record of drastically responding to numbers and criticism.

Don’t believe me? let me just give you guys a few examples;

  1. People hated Dawn of Justice but they loved Ben Affleck’s performance, so they gave him his own Batman film which they would let him write and direct it. (any coincidence that he was taken off the project as both director and writer after the performance of his film ‘Live by Night? )
  2. Just look at the drastic changes they made to Suicide Squad because of the backlash Dawn of Justice received.
  3. People hated Suicide Squad but they loved Harley Quinn so they gave her own film with Catwoman and Poison Ivy ‘Gotham City Sirens’. (pretty sure there was also rumours of Deadshot getting his own movie too because of the response Will Smith’s performance)
  4. The one that frustrated me the most was the response to the criticism of Dawn of Justice’s runtime which left us with a two hour Justice League film.
  5. Not to mention the countless films that seem to be in the pipeline which have been officially/unofficially announced.

So what does Warner Bros. do next? How do they respond to the poor Box office numbers and criticisms to Justice League?

Look I get that they want to get the critics on their side but apart from Wonder Woman it just hasn’t worked so far. With Justice League it felt like they were appealing to the masses a bit too much rather than just focusing on a film that they wanted to create from the start. I personally feel that people didn’t go out to see Justice League because they were burnt by the previous DCEU films. There wasn’t really an established universe going into this film. Maybe we should of had a solo Flash and Aquaman film prior to Justice League. One could also argue that we are actually suffering from superhero movie fatigue but I’ll leave that topic for another day.

Currently what’s next for the DCEU is Aquaman which is coming out in December 2018. Now Aquaman has just finished shooting, so there’s no doubt in my mind we will see this film next year. I’ve seen some people say why don’t they just move the date up? Given DC only has one project throughout the whole of next year. That would be the worst thing to do, just look at how rushed and incomplete some of the CGI in Justice League was. Aquaman too is a film that will undergo reshoots just like any other Hollywood film so we have to keep that it mind when asking to push up its release date. Plus how many more December’s in the future are we going to have without a Star Wars film being released, it looks like they have the perfect release date for me.

After that we have Shazam which is set for a 2019 release in April which I will definitely be watching. I’m just worried about how the masses are going to respond to this film, do they even know who this character is? How many people will go out and watch it especially after Justice League’s performance? On the surface with this film it does look like they are targeting the hardcore fans but if it underperforms what are the chances we will get a sequel? Marvel on the other hand have put nearly 10 years into building a universe which allows them to create films such as Black Panther, Ant-Man, Captain Marvel which aren’t their staple characters but people will run out to go and see them. The biggest difference to me is Marvel has built trust with their core audience as well as with the masses.

As for right now Warner Bros. need to just stay the course, don’t reboot now. Also take one film at a time, it feels like every month they are announcing a new film. However I’d hope that they are trying everything behind the scenes to get this Batman film up and running. Ultimately what they need figure out first is who are they making these films for? Is it for the critics/mass audience or the core fans? At the end of the day if its for the critics and mass audience it seems to impacting their creative process which leaves both the fans and the critics unsatisfied.

Let me know your thoughts down below?

Am I being too harsh? Should we cut them some slack? Am I out of my depth with this topic?

At the end of the day I just want to see the DCEU thrive

(P.S. I really liked Justice League)