May 022016
 

SixFlagsTHEJOKER4DcoasterIf you like me, suffer from motion sickness and can’t get in roller coasters, but want to be part of the action… I offer you an alternative.

Thanks to a well placed GoPro and a very brave bunch of dummies, you can be part of the first test run of the new roller coaster in Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.  Please take your Dramamine and enjoy the ride …

Apr 162016
 

BTASKillingJOKEIn the original KILLING JOKE written by Alan Moore, characters like Barbara Gordon were relegated to a background that left many questions laying on the table and left a strong woman just a toy for the Clown Prince to play with.

Don’t take me wrong. In the time when KILLING JOKE was written (almost 30 years ago…GOD I’M OLD!), the story was wonderfully crafted to enhance the main theme of the story: a deep dive into the Joker’s twisted psyche viewed on the shadow of his relationship with the Batman.  That is all cool, but it is also true that because of the media limitations, exploring other characters and other emotions than those of the main characters was extremely difficult if not impossible then.

Now, the new generation wants to know more, want to explore more of who Barbara Gordon is, and related more to her to understand the tragedy of her assault. The animation media, allows just for that and DC is adding a  specials 15 minute prologue to explore Barbara Gordon before her painful encounter with the Joker.

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has accepted the MPAA’s “R” rating for its upcoming animated film, Batman: The Killing Joke, choosing to remain true to the landmark DC Comics graphic novel’s violent, controversial story, and making the film the first non-PG/PG-13 rated movie in the nine-year history of the DC Universe Original Movie franchise. At this time, there are no plans for an edited, PG-13 version of the film. The animated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke is executive produced by Bruce Timm and will retell this classic tale in an exciting new way. It’ll also feature an original 15-minute prologue that helps set up the story, giving even longtime fans of the story something new to look forward to.”

I don’t know you guys, but this is just pure genius.

I think that this addition will allow a little more dimension to her character and enrich an already loaded drama.  That, added to the fact that the movie is going to be R-rated, gives hopes that the story can follow on the original steps for what was intended: To EXPLORE THE PERVERSE MIND OF GOTHAM’S MOST DANGEROUS CRIMINAL.

Hope DC has a chance to “explore” a little more of the other supporting characters through dialogue and animation as well….

Can’t hardly hold my enthusiasm and hope Summer is soon here…

(Read the complete MOVIEWEB article HERE)

Apr 032016
 

killingjoke_ani_byphaMy favorite Joker story of all time, and I can’t just way to see it…so to tease the fans DC Has released a preview of the animated film…full 10 minutes of insights of what promises to be one of the best Batman animated films in a long time.   Please sit back and enjoy this nice preview with me…

 

I can’t wait for this film to come out….

 

Mar 162016
 

Yes, the “kids” at Sideshow are at it again, and bring forward another awesome new sculpt of the DARK KNIGHT’S Joker that Heath Ledger helped to immortalize.

Let me introduce…THE DARK KNIGHT THE JOKER PREMIUM FORMAT STATUE

The sculpt is awesome and the presentation is even better.  The artists over at Sideshow deliver us another winner.  It is already available for ordering…I am planning on getting one, what are you waiting for to get yours?

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Mar 152016
 

killingjoke_ani_byphaWho’s not excited to hear the incredible duo of Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy once more in the retelling of what is probably the most cherished Joker/Batman story of all times?  The dream is coming slowly true as production continues.  Mark Hamill, just teasing fans, tweeted us a first look at what the clash of the two enemies would look like in a production still from the movie.  It is so reassuring that not only the best voices are involved in this project but that the animators did their best to preserve Brian Bolland’s spirit.  Thanks guys.  Waiting for the film to be released later this year… here it is…

Oct 302015
 

Actress Margot Robbie was also interviews by EMPIRE MAGAZINE regarding her characterization of SUICIDE SQUAD’s  HARLEY QUINN.EmpireHQCVR01

If you thought the Watchmen were messed up, get a load of Suicide Squad. Leading off Empire‘s rogues gallery of new covers was Jared Leto’s wild card, not a member of the squad but still the beating heartlessness at the core of David Ayer’s comic-book adaptation, and Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress. Now comes Margot Robbie’s post-transformation Harley Quinn, the third newsstand star to adorn the new Suicide Squad issue.

A mischief-making case-study in how not to conduct therapy sessions, not only will she not improve the Joker’s mental equilibrium, her own psychological health will be sent spinning along the way. Along with her work attire. “When I got the role I started looking up Harley costumes online, with my mum sitting next to me,” Robbie tells Empire. “She was like, ‘My daughter is going to dress like a prostitute!’ There are a lot of angry mothers out there!”

With apologies to Mrs Robbie, this image of a fully decked-out Quinn might cause a splutter or two back in Queensland. Like a heavily-armed riot grrl, she accessorises punk and street gang style with a non-MLB approved baseball bat and a sidearm the size of Liechtenstein. Note, too, the ‘Daddy’s Little Monster’ tee.

A property Ayer has termed “Comic-Book Movie 2.0”, Suicide Squad is not your common-or-garden superhero tear-up. This one, Ayer is at pains to explain in Empire’s on-set report, is something different. “You do a story about struggle and isolation and people who have been shit on, that suddenly get thrown this lifeline… that’s not so bad.” On the surface, at least, it seems like Robbie’s character is heading in the other direction, but she has demons that need exorcising too. Unfortunately, it’s the Joker doing the exorcising.

(Original article by Phil De Semlyen for EMPIRE MAGAZINE HERE)

Oct 302015
 

Here is a transcript of the article from EMPIRE MAGAZINE where Jared Leto was interviewed regarding his Joker portrayal in the movie SUICIDE SQUAD to be release in 2016…

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Glimpsed on Instagram, teaser in the trailer and much discussed online, Suicide Squad‘s Joker has remained tantalising unknowable – up to now. The new issue of Empire pokes through the bars of Arkham Asylum and lays bare the nuts and bolts of Jared Leto’s wild-eyed reimagining of DC’s supervillain. Nuts, of course, being the operative word for this character.

“There was definitely a period of… detachment,” the actor tells us of his immersion in Suicide Squad’s wild-eyed outsider. “I took a pretty deep dive. But this was a unique opportunity and I couldn’t imagine doing it another way. It was fun, playing those psychological games.” When quizzed on exactly how arduous that process was, Leto unleashes an allusion you’re unlikely to hear from, say, Tom Hanks anytime soon. “It was painful, like giving birth out of my prick-hole.” Ouch.

The role of the Joker in David Ayer’s vivid, sure-to-be-ferocious imagining of the DC team-up is, Leto stresses, radically different from what’s gone before. “If you don’t break rules, you’re not going to strike new ground,” he explains. You can bring your pencils out again, although there’ll be plenty of other ways for this Joker to inflict pain.

Director David Ayer pays fulsome tribute to his star in the piece. “There’s a power to that character,” he elaborates in Empire, “and by some freaking miracle, through the incredible things Jared has done and the photography and all the other things that went into it, we’ve cooked up something transcendent.” So how dark does this Joker get? “He’s scary.”

Surprisingly, perhaps, producer Charles Roven pitches this new Joker as “more social” than those that have gone before. Besides being a sociopath, Roven explains that this Joker is “a very successful and smart businessman”, hinting at another hitherto unseen side of the man. Maybe a man who, beneath the psychic wounds, has something to offer Lex Luthor in due course?

The new issue of Empire – on newsstands on Thursday, October 29 – opens up this anarchic comic-book world in fine style. Head here for a look at its four lead character across five dazzling new covers.

(Original article by Phil De Semlyen appeared in EMPIRE MAGAZINE ONLINE HERE)

Oct 302015
 

Empire Magazine is releasing this month’s  magazine with covers depicting the cast of the upcoming SUICIDE CAST and include images of Jared Leto’s Joker, Harley Quinn, Dead Shot, and Enchantress… Click on the thumbnails for more covers.

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Oct 122015
 

untitled (2)OK, it is not official, but at least they are willing to consider the idea of a movie based on the graphic novel…that is a tremendous first step.

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Now the thing will be to see if Mr. Tucker can follow up and get a good script and accomplish the task.  We are in a Comic-book based movie boom and I would not see why one of the most iconic Joker stories of all times can’t be translated into the big screen, but it is a matter of timing and scripting magic.

About the rating…I don’t thing that a movie with such the violent content derived from the graphic novel could get a more audience friendly rating.  I think R  is a good rating, but maybe they can manage to barely make a PG-13.  One word of caution…if an adaptation of this graphic novel is to be made, please be respectful to the original story and don’t “chop the plot” just to get a rating.

Get the substance of what made THE KILLING JOKE a great and classic story and then work on what you need to do to translate that to the big screen.

(Please read all about it in the full report here in BATMAN-NEWS HERE)

Aug 302015
 

Gotham-TV-Show-Fox-LogoWell, truth be told.

The first season of GOTHAM was kind of slow, and unusual.  First I’d say unusual because you see a world you know…GOTHAM CITY…without a Batman (at least yet) and the introduction of all this characters, from a total new and vast DC Universe (Gothamverse) that is  taking its time, with snippets of origin stories here and there that seemed to take forever.  It also did not help that midseason seemed disjointed when there was that hiatus while they added more episodes.

But…

At the same time, it was interesting.  Yes, this storytelling does not have the appeal of THE FLASH or ARROW, but it was successful enough to grab my attention for the whole season.  I personally wanted to see more Nigma becoming the ruthless criminal he is, Zsasz crumbling under his own manic obsession with self-mutilation, and what is on with Gordon’s first love Barbara…?  Is that the background that will explain why his [future] sob is so perturbed in the comics?  And a surprise newcomer was Fish, which I hope returns for next season, but in the meantime it is time to add some more chaos to Gotham and that is what Season 2 is bringing forth , just look at the preview and tell me you are interested…especially of seeing A LOT MORE JOKER????

Here you have it…ENJOY!!