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NYCC 2017: Enter the Elseworlds with “Gotham by Gaslight”

NYCC 2017: Enter the Elseworlds with “Gotham by Gaslight”

For the past 10 years, DC and Warner Bros. Animation have adapted many of the most seminal and popular comic book stories of the last several years, including The Dark Knight Returns, The Killing Joke, and Flashpoint. Next year, however, they will will be dipping into into as as-of-yet untapped resource of stories: DC’s Elseworlds.
To kick off the journey into this new realm of animated tales, DC and WB will be starting with non other than the original Elseworlds adventure, Batman: Gotham By Gaslight. Trading Gotham for Victorian London, this new feature film will pit the World’s Greatest Detective against the world’s most infamous serial killer, as Batman takes on Jack the Ripper. Actor Bruce Greenwood (Batman: Under the Red Hood) returns to the role of Batman and is joined by Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) as Selina Kyle in a period piece that looks to be the first of …

NYCC 2017: Return to Batman ’66 in “Batman vs. Two-Face”

NYCC 2017: Return to Batman ’66 in “Batman vs. Two-Face”

In a time when the image of Batman in the public consciousnesses is that of Ben Affleck or Christian Bale’s gruff and dour vigilante, it’s refreshing to know that more than 50 years after his debut, Adam West’s Bright Knight can still hold his own.
Following the success of 2016’s hit animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, the all-new Batman vs. Two-Face finds Batman (the late Adam West in his final role) and Robin (Burt Ward) back in classic 1960s action, protecting Gotham City from some of the most nefarious villains in comics history. But when the mutilated master of multiplicity, Two-Face (played by the legendary William Shatner), begins staging a daring crime wave across Gotham, the Caped Crusaders must work double-time to discover his mysterious secret identity before they can halt his evil-doing – all the while combating the likes of Catwoman, Joker, Riddler, Penguin, Bookworm, Hugo Strange …

NYCC 2017: DC Animated Universe 10th Anniversary!

NYCC 2017: DC Animated Universe 10th Anniversary!

Although no one could have predicted just how expansive it would be at the time, Superman: Doomsday officially ushered in the era of the DC Universe Original Movie when it was released in September of 2007. In the ten years since, these critically-acclaimed movies have become the gold standard for animating our beloved comics to life, telling both original stories and stories directly inspired by the comic books.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of DC Superheroes on the small screen, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released a Blu-Ray set encompassing all 30 animated films and five shorts to date. Individually numbered and limited to 20,000 copies, the DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection is available today from your favorite retailer.
During New York Comic Con, we had the chance to sit down and chat with some of the cast and crew behind the films to discuss reaching the …

NYCC 2017: “Batman: The Animated Series” 25th Anniversary!

NYCC 2017: “Batman: The Animated Series” 25th Anniversary!

In my opinion, Batman: The Animated Series is the definitive version of Batman ever to be shown on television. It was a show that aired on a kids’ programming block, but it was one that didn’t treat the audience like children. The overall atmosphere was dark, the writing showcased real conflict, and the actors portrayed real emotion. Sure, there was never really a question whether the good guy would beat the bad guy in the end, but Batman: The Animated Series addressed issues like death and psychological damage – which, frankly, is even rare today for an animated cartoon.
Every part of the series is iconic: the Bruce Timm aesthetic, the Shirley Walker score, the Andrea Romano direction, and the voices of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill (to name a few.)
I don’t have a great memory for individual episodes of most television shows, but I can still remember …

Get Your Spooky On With “Bizarre States: Los Angeles”!

Halloween is right around the corner, so let’s get our spooky on! From our friends at Alpha (the joint video-on-demand venture from Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, and Legendary Digital Networks), Bizarre States: Los Angeles is set to scratch our our itch for all things supernatural!
After three years of discussing the paranormal on their Nerdist podcast, Bizarre States, hosts Jessica Chobot and Andrew Bowser are heading out in the field to discover the real haunts of Southern California in person.
Bizarre States: Los Angeles explores the real haunts of Los Angeles, such as the infamous Devil’s Gate Dam and the Grand Warner Theater. At each location, Chobot and Bowser will break down the specifics of each creepy site, interview experts, and relate their own personal findings as they get to the bottom of the funny, the weird, the haunted, and the unexpected.
“I’ve had a fascination with the mysteries of the world …

Review: Con Man, Episode 12 – “Shock to the System”

Review: Con Man, Episode 12 – “Shock to the System”

OH MY GOD, YOU’RE CASPER VAN DIEN FROM STARSHIP TROOPERS.
Oh, Wray. Wray, Wray, Wray. How could you do this to yourself?
The problem with Wray Nerely from the very beginning was his inability to see just how good he had it. He already has fans and friends, but his ego never let him see them as they are. Never has that been more accurate than in “Shock to the System.”
Wray’s Casper Van Dien/Dina Meyer hallucination at the start of “Shock” is about the closest that his subconscious ever gets to that realization, as Van Dien tells him in an intentionally clumsy Starship Troopers metaphor that it’s okay to keep doing what you’re doing; that it’s better to do another Spectrum movie than not do anything at all.
As he wakes from his drunken fever dream, he rushes to Hall H for the Spectrum panel, ready to take …

Review: Con Man, Episode 11 – “A Shot with Finley”

Review: Con Man, Episode 11 – “A Shot with Finley”

TIFFANY, NO!
Now that all of the pieces are in place, Con Man finally has the ability to bring this season to a conclusion. Will he get the sought after part of Blade Slater?
That all depends on Finley Farrow (Laura Vandervoort). She has the power to determine who her Doctor Cop Lawyer co-star will be, and that means that both Wray and Girth (Liam McIntyre), the recently discovered lost Hemsworth, will both be vying for her attention.

At the Comic-Con Shock-A-Con afterparty promoting the Ambivalence movie, Wray heads to the bar and meets Bobbie and Tiffany (Spectrum’s resident hot mess(TM)), who point out that Finley is on the other side of the room getting comfortable with Wray’s Australian rival. Wray, now the de facto Tiffany sober guardian, prevents Tiffany from drinking any further by taking all of her orders for himself — he doesn’t seem to …

Review: Con Man, Episodes 9 and 10 – “Back to the Past” and “Dawn of Girth”

Review: Con Man, Episodes 9 and 10 – “Back to the Past” and “Dawn of Girth”

DID YOU JUST CASUALLY OFFER TO MURDER SOMEONE?
After the series’ highs of “I’m With Stupid,” Con Man finds itself settling back into familiar ground at the biggest con of the year: Shock-A-Con. While it is natural that the show would need to re-focus a bit after the events of the Long Con (as excellent as the episodes were, there was little in the way of development on the main Doctor Cop Lawyer plot), it is a little disappointing that these episodes seem to have slowed the momentum coming out of the previous episode to such a degree.
That’s actually why this is a combined, two-episode review: functionally, not much happened in “Back to the Past” and “Dawn of Girth.” That isn’t to say that these episodes aren’t enjoyable – on the contrary, they’re solidly funny – but they seem mostly concerned with setting up the season finale amidst some …