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Return of Bruce Wayne, issue 5

Today, Bruce Wayne gets closer to the present as he navigates through 1960s Gotham City and helps to investigate the murder of his parents along with a mysterious dame. Film Noir styled Batman? Yeah, I’m game.

A look at DC Comic’s official description:

Bruce Wayne finds himself in the hard-boiled streets of Gotham City’s past. Will his adventure as a private investigator help him take one step closer to the present day?

The issue was written by Grant Morrison, with art by Ryan Sook and the cover by Andy Kubert.

Posted on October 13th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Another week and a lot is going on in the world of Entertainment! Lets take a look at what has fallen into the Pit this week.

  • Our friends over at 141tv have posted the demo/pilot for one of my all time favorite cartoons, The Flintstones. It is really cool to see something like this uncovered. You get a short scene that showcases how they were trying to make a “modern stone-age family”. The animation is rough and the character designs are slightly different than the finalized ones. Definitely worth a viewing!
  • The upcoming Superman reboot has a director, and he is very familiar with adapting comics and graph novels, 300 and Watchmen‘s Zack Snyder. With a strong script from Nolan and Goyer, I think that Snyder could do something really amazing with Superman. He is one of the best visual directors out there and this could be one of the best looking superhero movies to date. Hopefully Nolan ties this into his new Batman film with at least a reference or nod to a shared universe.
  • There is a trailer out for an all new X-Men video game, X-Men: Destiny. Click here to check it out. The story for the game was written by comic writer Mike Carey, where gamers take on the role of new mutant recruits to the X-Men and the decisions you make in the game change the outcome and how the story unfolds. It is expected to be released in the fall of 2011. We have some time.
  • There is an all new Chuck on tonight! You are watching the best show on TV, right?
  • Lots of comic book news has been coming from the NY Comic Con, including the fact that next year Dark Horse will be launching Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 along with a new Angel ongoing and spin offs for both Spike and Willow. There is also talk about Buffy meeting the extended Angel cast, including Connor. Hopefully we can get some Connor/Dawn interactions, I think most fans have wanted that from the day both characters were introduced.  Personally, I can’t wait for all the characters of the Buffy universe to interact and crossover. And I’m crossing my fingers that Oz rejoins the gang full time. He has been missed and there is no reason for him not to be in the mix anymore. Exciting stuff is ahead for Buffy fans. 🙂

A poster for Cartoon Network’s upcoming Green Lantern series has been revealed. While I like the teaser image, I’d still prefer if if the series was in the 2d style of Superman: The Animated Series and Batman. This just looks really blocky and unnatural. TV doesn’t have the time or budget to look as good as Pixar movies do.

Green Lantern Animated Series

What do you think? Excited for the new show?

Check out these Green Lantern related products…

Posted on October 11th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Okay, so we still don’t have news about a new live action Superman film, but thankfully we still has a ton of Superman adaptations, some of which have been awesome lately!  I really enjoyed the last Superman animated film I saw, Batman/Superman: Public Enemies, and I can’t wait to see Batman/Superman: Apocalypse, which features Supergirl and Darkseid. Well, they just announced the latest Superman flick…

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The new flick is based on the very Silver Age inspired All Star Superman limited series, which was written by Grant Morrison with art by Frank Quitely. In the series, Superman gets accidentally supercharged after a rescue mission takes him too close to the sun. His overpowered cells begin to poison him and he knows that he is dying. The story showcases what he chooses to do when he knows that he doesn’t have much time left. James Denton from Desperate Housewives lends his voice to Superman, while the lovely Christina Hendricks from Mad Men voices Lois Lane. Other cast members include Anthony LaPaglia, Ed Asner, Frances Conroy, Linda Cardellini, Arnold Vosloo, and Matthew Gray Gubler. If done right, this could be a very special Superman flick.

Smallville's Final Season

How badass is this still from the season premiere of Smallville‘s final season? Lois Lane is stuck in a position Clark Kent knew all to well in the series’ pilot.  Does this mean we’ll get the return of the villainous Jeremy Creek, the show’s first “meteor freak”.  The preview for the new season is a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see Clark finally become Superman. I absolutely hate the name the red and blue blur and the black suit that Clark is currently wearing. I hope that they have him become Superman mid-season and we actually see him as Superman for a bit of the final season, but I seriously doubt that will happen. We shall have to wait and see. The season premiere is next week, Friday September 24th.

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As you can see, our short vacation has ended and we are fully back into the swing of things.  Big thanks to Lucian for continuing his Wrestling Recaps while I have been gone.  I have not been able to check out Scott Pilgrim vs. the World yet, but I’ve wanted to see it for a while and Lucian’s review only makes me want to see it more. Anyhow, I’m happy to be back with a new Pit and this week’s edition will have a slight superhero slant (sorry, but sooooo much has been going on while I’ve been out).

  • Okay, first up is the confirmation that X-Men: First Class will feature the Hellfire Club. That’s right, it is confirmed that Kevin Bacon will be the villainous Sebastian Shaw with Mad Men‘s January Jones will be Emma Frost, aka the White Queen. How does this fit into the past films with Emma being featured by Tahyna Tozzi in X-Men Origins: Wolverine? The film will start in the 1960s with James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto working together for the future of mutant kind.  I hate that they’ve cast a younger Mystique… she’s a shape shifter, she can look as young as she wants forever. They should have kept Rebecca Romijn if we ever see an of age Mystique. At least it would feel a little connected to the other films. We shall see…
  • Okay, lets move off one X-Men prequel and onto another one: X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2 (god, I hope that isn’t going to be the official title).  It has been rumored for a while that the film would take Wolverine to Japan where he’d train to be a samurai warrior and fight the likes of Silver Samurai.  Yeah, so the Wolverine we met in the first X-Men film was no samurai, I guess that means he’ll be getting shot with another memory wiping bullet? Ugh.  Prequels are stupid, just make a good damn sequel.
  • Yesterday I checked out DC Comic’s animated Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and I gotta say, I dug it. DC has really been on a roll with its animated features, Superman Doomsday and Justice League:  The New Frontier were both very well done. I wasn’t before, but now I’m really interested in the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight’s next animated team up in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. The film once again features Tim Daly as Superman and Kevin Conroy as Batman, and they are joined by genre fan favorite Summer Glau as Supergirl.
  • Okay, so this isn’t movie related, but it is both comic adaptation related and Batman related. It has been a long time, but Batman and Scooby-Doo will meet again!  An upcoming episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold will feature the cartoon dog and Batman teaming up to solve a case. While I don’t regularly watch the series, I will be checking out this episode.
  • According to Mark Millar, Kick-Ass 2 has been officially greenlighted and we be based on his upcoming graphic novel follow up to the first series. Matthew Vaughn did an awesome job adapting Kick-Ass for the big screen. He knew just what to cut and what to keep to make the film as good as it can be. I hope Millar learns from what Vaughn did with the film to craft the sequel series.
  • AICN has been reporting that Fox has narrowed the possible directors list for its Fantastic Four reboot to James McTeigue, Joe Carnahan, and David Yates. None of them get me excited about the film.  McTeigue could make it visually impressive, Carnahan would be just as bad as Tim Story, and Yates is a passable director, but is he suited for the first family of superheroes? There is also a rumor that the studio wants a CGI Thing voiced by Bruce Willis. Um… okay.
  • Disney and Marvel Comics are moving forward with an Iron Fist movie! The karate expert with literal fists of fury could make a decent film. In the past, Ray Parks was rumored to be in the running for the role and I still think he’d make a great fit. I’m assuming that Disney will want to make the film be a kid friendly action flick. Hopefully we’ll see Luke Cage in it.
  • No MJ in the Spider-Man reboot? That’s the rumor from THR. If it is true, I can understand the need to want to distance the movie from the Raimi trilogy, but this is just plain stupid. Have MJ, have Gwen, and just concentrate on making the best Spider-Man movie possible. If this is true, it’d bring my interest for this re-do to zero.

Excited about all of the upcoming comic book flicks? Sound off in our comments!

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Smallville

The final season of Smallville is almost upon us! Here is some of the latest news about the end of the long running “young Superman” drama:

  • John Schneider will return as Jonathan Kent in the premiere and will guest star in a number of episodes throughout the season.
  • James Marsters will return as Braniac in the 200th episode. Rumors are saying that he might not be the evil Braniac that we know and love, but a different version of the character.
  • Laura Vandervoort will return as Kara/Supergirl for at least one episode, maybe more? I hope so.
  • The Superman suit appeared in the Comic Con trailer. It was the actual suit worn by Brandon Routh in Superman Returns.  I hope if this is the suit Clark wears, they they replace the maroon with red. The Returns suit was a bit of a disappointment.
  • Cat Grant will become a recurring character with Keri Lynn Pratt replacing Emilie Ullerup. She will become Clark’s new partner at the Daily Planet. Where does that leave Lois?
  • Michael Shanks will return as Hawkman. He appeared in the Smallville: Absolute Justice TV Movie that featured the JSA.
  • Sahar Biniaz has been cast as Hawkgirl, and I think we can all assume that she’ll be in the same episode of Hawkman.
  • Bradley Stryker has been cast as Deadshot, a member of the Suicide Squad.
  • Blue Beetle and Booster Gold will appear in an episode. Both are long running DC Comic characters.
  • Justin Hartley, aka Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, will direct an episode.

Are you excited for Smallville‘s final season? What news do you want to hear?

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It is a new week, and there is a lot going on.

  • Warner Brothers Animation has announced a new Green Lantern series that will be fully computer-generated. It is set to follow Hal Jordan, Kilowog, and an unspecific Red Lantern.  This is the first fully computer generated series with DC Comics superheroes.  There is rumored to be a Batman CG series that will follow this one also.  I’m not sure how I feel about this. I love classic animation and DC/WB put on some great superhero shows. I guess I’ll give the new style shows a chance, but if it isn’t broken, I don’t see why they are trying to “fix” it.
  • I have to do a shout out for myself, please head over to YouTube and watch The Paw! It is a little modern noir. You can also watch it on our side bar, thanks!
  • Scott Pilgrim vs the World has a new i-trailer! This movie looks awesome, and I can’t wait to see it.
  • The Twilight Saga took home 12 award wins at the Teen Choice Awards, proving once again that teens are stupid.
  • This is shaping up to be a really awesome weekend at the movies. In addition to the above mentioned Scott Pilgrim, we also have Stallone’s action flick The ExpendablesExpendables features the biggest cast of ass kickers ever assembled. I can’t wait to sit down and finish off two large popcorn buckets while it’s on.
  • Enjoying any summer TV shows? Movies? Video games? Comics? Books? Music? Let us know in the comments!
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