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New Aquaman Poster Features Arthur And Mera In Classic Costumes

Jason Momoa took to Instagram to share a brand new poster for Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films‘s upcoming superhero blockbuster Aquaman, featuring Momoa and Amber Heard as Arthur and Mera standing beside each other while wearing their characters’ classic comic book costumes.

From Warner Bros. Pictures comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas. The film, starring Momoa (Justice League, Game of Thrones) in the title role, reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime — one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.

Aquaman also stars Amber Heard (Justice League, Magic Mike XXL) as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman’s ally throughout his journey; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Spider-Man 2) as Vulko, counsel to the Atlantean throne; Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring films, Watchmen) as Orm/Ocean Master, the present King of Atlantis; Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables films) as Nereus, King of the Atlantean tribe Xebel; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Baywatch, The Get Down) as the vengeful Black Manta; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Lion) as Arthur’s mom, Atlanna. Also starring is Ludi Lin (Power Rangers) as Captain Murk, Atlantean Commando, and Temeura Morrison (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Green Lantern) as Arthur’s dad, Tom Curry.

Directed by Wan from a script by Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (The Conjuring 2), from the story by Geoff Johns, Wan and Beall, the film is being produced by Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Rob Cowan, Jon Berg, Walter Hamada, and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. The movie is based on characters from DC’s Aquaman created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger. Rupert Gregson-Williams (Wonder Woman) will compose the music.

Aquaman opens on December 21 in theaters everywhere.

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Watch The Gotham Season 5 Preview: This Is The End

Gotham has released a preview of its upcoming fifth and final season with a teaser of what’s to come. As expected, things are looking bad for Gotham city, as key villains seem to be taking over the city. A now older Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) offers the one glimmer of hope. 

It was confirmed that actor Shane West’s character “Eduardo Dorrance” is actually none other than the back-breaking villain Bane, and in fact will end up inflicting his trademark injury on one of the characters in the series. It was also confirmed that the series finale for the show will leap ahead ten years in the future, featuring Bruce Wayne’s final transformation into Batman!

Gotham also stars Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Morena Baccarin as Leslie Thompkins, Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Robin Lord Taylor as The Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/the Riddler, Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan, Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox, Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean/Solomon Grundy, Alexander Siddig as Ra’s Ah Ghul, and Crystal Reed as Sofia Falcone.

Gotham is based upon DC characters and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Bruno Heller, Danny Cannon and John Stephens serve as executive producers on the series. 

The fifth and final season premieres January 3 on FOX.

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Marvel Remembers The Legacy of Stan Lee

Marvel Comics salutes the life and career of Stan Lee and offers their undying gratitude for his unmatchable accomplishments within their halls. Please join in remembering the legacy of Stan “The Man” Lee.

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‘The Man’ Golden Age Edition Print By Josh Budich

Stan “The Man” Lee passed yesterday at the age of 95. His impact on popular culture is immeasurable. To honor the comic book icon, artist Josh Budich has brought back his long-sold-out “The Man” print – this time as a ‘Golden Age’ gold-foil edition of just 100 copies.

Josh has requested 50% of proceeds be donated to The Hero Initiative– which assists comic book creators in need. This 18×24 print is hand-printed on gold foil, and hand-numbered in a limited edition of 100 copies.

This is a pre-order item. The print will ship in time for delivery for the Christmas holiday. Order HERE for $50.

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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Character Posters

Sony has released six new Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse character posters ahead of its theatrical release next month.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Shameik Moore, star of The Get Down and Dope, voices Miles Morales in the film. He is joined by Liev Schreiber as Kingpin, Mahershala Ali as Miles’ Uncle Aaron, Brian Tyree Henry as Miles’ father Jefferson,  Luna Lauren Velez as Miles’ mother Rio, Lily Tomlin as Aunt May, with Hailee Steinfeld as Spider-Gwen, Jake Johnson as Peter Parker along with Kimiko Glenn (Orange Is the New Black) as SP//dr aka Peni Parker; comedian John Mulaney as Spider-Ham; and Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman. The script was written by Phil Lord. The producers are Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Christina Steinberg.

The film swings into theaters December 14.

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Stan Lee, Superhero of Marvel Comics, Dies At 95

Stan Lee, who as chief writer and editor of Marvel Comics helped create some of the most enduring superheroes of the 20th century and was a major force behind the breakout successes of the comic-book industry in the 1960s and early ’70s, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 95.

His death, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, was confirmed by Kirk Schenck, a lawyer for Mr. Lee’s daughter, J. C. Lee.

Mr. Lee was for many the embodiment of Marvel, if not comic books in general, and oversaw his company’s emergence as an international media behemoth. A writer, editor, publisher, Hollywood executive and tireless promoter (of Marvel and of himself), he played a critical role in what comics fans call the medium’s silver age.

  

Many believe that Marvel, under his leadership and infused with his colorful voice, crystallized that era, one of exploding sales, increasingly complex characters and stories, and growing cultural legitimacy for the medium. (Marvel’s chief competitor at the time, National Periodical Publications, now known as DC — the home of Superman and Batman, among countless other characters — augured the silver age, but did not define it, with its 1956 update of its superhero the Flash.)

Mr. Lee was a central player in the creation of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor and the many other superheroes who, as properties of Marvel Comics, now occupy vast swaths of the pop culture landscape in movies and on television.

Under Mr. Lee, Marvel revolutionized the comic book world by imbuing its characters with the self-doubts and neuroses of average people, as well an awareness of trends and social causes and, often, a sense of humor.

 

In humanizing his heroes, giving them character flaws and insecurities that belied their supernatural strengths, Mr. Lee tried “to make them real flesh-and-blood characters with personality,” he told The Washington Post in 1992.

“That’s what any story should have, but comics didn’t have until that point,” he said. “They were all cardboard figures.”

Energetic, gregarious, optimistic and alternately grandiose and self-effacing, Mr. Lee was an effective salesman, employing a Barnumesque syntax in print (“Face front, true believer!” “Make mine Marvel!”) to market Marvel’s products to a rabid following.

Read more HERE.

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Mondo Reissuing Danny Elfman’s Batman Score

Mondo has announced a vinyl reissue of Danny Elfman’s iconic score to Tim Burton’s Batman.

Mondo is issuing two versions of the score: an expanded edition that’s limited to 2,000 copies and a more standard release. Both were produced by Neil S. Bulk and both feature artwork by Kilian Eng. One disc comes pressed with a yellow and black swirl, while the other is purple and green. 

Both go on sale later this month.

Batman Expanded Motion Picture Score Tracklist:

Side A:

01. Main title (2:49)
02. Family / First Batman / Roof Fight (3:24)
03. Jack Vs. Eckhardt (1:36)
04. Up Building / Card Snap (1:54)
05. Bat Zone / Axis Set-Up (1:52)
06. Shootout (5:39)
07. Dinner Transition / Kitchen Dinner / Surgery (2:58)

Side B:

08. Stair Kiss / Face-Off / Beddy Bye (4:00)
09. Board Meeting (0:20)
10. Roasted Dude (1:04)
11. Vicki Spies (Flowers) (1:55)
12. Clown Attack (1:58)
13. Bruce Contemplates / Photos/ Men At Work (2:59)
14. Paper Spin / Alicia’s Mask (0:31)
15. Vicki Gets A Gift (1:12)
16. Alicia’s Unmasking (1:10)
17. Batman To the Rescue / Batmobile Charge / Street Fight (4:25)
18. Vicki Hides The Film (0:35)

Side C:

19. Descent Into Mystery (1:34)
20. Batcave / Paper Throw (2:49)
21. The Truth (1:14)
22. The Joker’s Poem (0:59)
23. Sad Pictures (0:39)
24. Dream / Challenge / Tender Batcave (4:28)
25. Charge of the Batmobile (1:47)
26. Joker Flies to Gotham / Batwing I (0:34)
27. Batwing II (4:00)

Side D:

28. Batwing III (2:07)
29. Cathedral Chase (5:06)
30. Waltz to the Death (3:59)
31. Showdown I / Showdown II (5:06)
32. Finale(1:49)
33. End Credits (1:29)

Batman Original Motion Picture Score Tracklist:

Side A:

01. The Batman Theme (2:38)
02. Roof Fight (1:20)
03. First Confrontation (4:43)
04. Flowers (1:51)
05. Clown Attack (1:58)
06. Batman To the Rescue (3:56)
07. Roasted Dude (1:04)
08. Photos / Beautiful Dreamer (2:30)
09. Descent Into Mystery (1:34)
10. Batcave (2:35)
11. The Joker’s Poem (0:57)

Side B:

12. Love Theme (1:31)
13. Charge of the Batmobile (1:41)
14. AttacK of the Batwing (4:44)
15. Up The Cathedral (5:04)
16. Waltz to the Death (3:55)
17. The Final Confrontation (3:47)
18. Finale (1:45)
19. Batman Theme Reprise (1:28)

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DC Black Label Expands 2019 Slate Adding Watchmen, The Killing Joke And Other Classic Tales To Its Roster

DC announced today that some of its most legendary stories will now be a part of the DC Black Label imprint. The recently launched publishing line, dedicated to giving premier writers and artists the ability to tell unique, standalone stories set outside DC continuity, will release several iconic comic book collections featuring the most famous DC heroes from the archives beginning this December through the end of 2019.

“The DC Black Label line will house the best and most evergreen stories from DC,” says DC Publisher Dan DiDio. “The company has a long history that includes some of the most recognizable and renowned storytelling in comics and we want to honor that history by putting them under one banner.”

The quintessential tales that first inspired the creation of the line include complex and emotionally engaging narratives with stunning visual storytelling from some of the greatest creators in the industry. The list of reprinted collections and their release dates through 2019 can be found below:

– All-Star Superman – Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely – available 12/04/2018
– DC: The New Frontier – Darwyn Cooke – available 2/19/2019
– Watchmen (Hardcover with new slipcase) – Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons – available 3/26/2019
– Kingdom Come – Mark Waid & Alex Ross – available 4/23/2019
– Ronin – Frank Miller & Lynn Varley – available 5/07/2019
– All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder Vol. 1 – Frank Miller & Jim Lee – available 6/11/2019
– Batman: Year One – Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli – available 6/11/2019
– Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again – Frank Miller – available 6/18/2019
– Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Frank Miller & Klaus Janson – available 6/18/2019
– Batman: The Dark Knight: The Master Race – Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert & Klaus Janson – available 6/25/2019
– Luthor 10th Anniversary Edition – Brian Azzarello & Lee Bermejo—available 7/09/2019
– Joker 10th Anniversary Edition – Brian Azzarello & Lee Bermejo—available 7/09/2019
– Batman: Arkham Asylum – Grant Morrison & Dave McKean – available 8/13/2019
– The Joker: Deluxe Edition – Brian Azzarello & Lee Bermejo – available 9/10/2019
– Batman: The Killing Joke – Alan Moore & Brian Bolland – available 9/17/2019
– Watchmen (Trade Paperback) – Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons—available 9/24/2019
– Batman: Year 100 – Paul Pope—available 10/08/2019
– Superman: Red Son – Mark Millar, Dave Johnson, Andrew Robinson, Killian Plunkett & Walden Wong – available 10/22/2019
– Batman: The Long Halloween – Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale—11/05/2019
– Black Orchid – Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean—11/12/2019
– Batman: Dark Victory – Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale—11/26/2019
– Batman: Haunted Knight – Loeb & Sale—12/17/2019
– Catwoman: When In Rome – Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale—12/31/2019

These collected editions are in addition to new original content that was previously announced. To see more of what’s to come from DC Black Label, check out DCComics.com.

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Marvel Universe By Frank Miller Omnibus

Frank Miller took the comics industry by storm, redefining iconic characters, obliterating creative boundaries and inspiring a generation of readers and creators. While most know Miller as the man who remade Daredevil and created Elektra, he contributed his talents to many Marvel titles – and this incomparable Omnibus brings those stories together in one complete collection! From Miller’s first Marvel work to his extensive array of covers and rare pinups, this painstakingly restored collection is the Millerphile’s be-all and end-all. Featuring Miller’s iconoclastic take on Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, the Thing, Doc Samson, Captain Marvel, Karma, Power Man and Iron Fist – and many more!

Collecting Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #27-28; Marvel Two-In-One (1974) #51; Marvel Spotlight (1979) #8; Amazing Spider-Man Annual #14-15; Marvel Team-Up Annual #4; Wolverine (1982) #1-4; Marvel Fanfare (1982) #18 – and material from Marvel Preview #23; Marvel Team-Up (1972) #100; Power Man and Iron Fist (1978) #76; Incredible Hulk Annual #11; and Official Handbook of The Marvel Universe (1983) #2-6, #8 and #10.

The 448 page hardcover book will be available in comic shops on December 19, 2018 and retail for $75.

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Watch The Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Extended Sneak Peek

Sony has released an international, extended sneak peek at the upcoming Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The trailer details Miles Morales’ relationship with Peter Parker, while giving us glimpses of Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, and even Peter Porker: The Spectacular Spider-Ham.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Shameik Moore, star of The Get Down and Dope, voices Miles Morales in the film. He is joined by Liev Schreiber as Kingpin, Mahershala Ali as Miles’ Uncle Aaron, Brian Tyree Henry as Miles’ father Jefferson, Luna Lauren Velez as Miles’ mother Rio, Lily Tomlin as Aunt May, with Hailee Steinfeld as Spider-Gwen, Jake Johnson as Peter Parker along with Kimiko Glenn (Orange Is the New Black) as  SP//dr aka Peni Parker; comedian John Mulaney as Spider-Ham; and Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman. The script was written by Phil Lord. The producers are Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Christina Steinberg. 

The film swings into theaters on December 14.

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