Sunday, 31 May 2015

"Time to Go to War" New "Batman: Arkham Knight" Trailer Revealed

"Time to Go to War" New "Batman: Arkham Knight" Trailer Revealed

7 Minutes of Gameplay Plus New Images

By Alex Burns

 


The release of "Batman: Arkham Knight" is just under a month away and Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have released a new 7 minute gameplay video to ramp up your excitement even more. Check out the video above plus the synopsis and a few new screenshots below, just click to enlarge.

"The Official Batman: Arkham Knight Gameplay Video – “Time To Go To War” is a continuation of the Official Batman: Arkham Knight Gameplay Video – “Officer Down.” See more of the Dark Knight in action in this extended gameplay walkthrough, as he pays a visit to Scarecrow’s safe house and battles the forces of the Arkham Knight’s militia."







Batman Akrham Knight is set for release June 23rd, in the meantime keep it locked here at Cape and Cowl for everything Superhero!

Check out Margot Robbie Filming a Motorcycle Stunt for "Suicide Squad"

Check out Margot Robbie Filming a Motorcycle Stunt for "Suicide Squad"

More Action from the Super Villain Team-Up

By Alex Burns

 


We saw that Ben Affleck and Jared Leto needed stunt doubles to complete a chase sequence in Toronto last week. Margot Robbie on the other hand had no issues getting stuck into the action as she completed her own motorcycle stunt during a recent night shoot. The motorcycle in question is a Harley Davidson as well, so kudos to the production team on that one! We've got a bunch of photos showing the actress in regular clothes as Harleen Quinzel, presumably this is before she becomes the villain Harley Quinn, putting the brakes on a beastly looking motorcycle on a highway in Toronto. Check out the images below, just click to enlarge, and also a short video of the action as well. "Suicide Squad" is set for release August 5th 2016.




Saturday, 30 May 2015

C&C Comic Review - "Marvel's X-23" Comic Book Series

C&C Comic Review - "Marvel's X-23" Comic Book Series

The Weapon X Program didn't end with Wolverine...

By Steven Carter

 


Ahead of next years "X-Men: Apocalypse" film, I thought it would be appropriate to review a series of comics that took me by surprise. I downloaded the first issue in the series for free but simply had to buy the rest to see the story reach its conclusion. The series was written by the duo of Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle and illustrated by Billy Tan. X23 is a clone of Wolverine. This series covers her dark origin. 

 
Released back in 2005, the 6 part series just kept on teasing me with more secrets, twists and revelations. It also kept this up without using any other mainstream characters to boost X23’s profile. Weirdly, the only mention of Wolverine was in the first book. You see him in a scene where he had just had Adamantium bonded to his bones. During his berserker rage, he kills one of the scientists involved in the weapon X programme. 

We follow the exploits of this scientist’s son Zander Rice. Zander has grown up and followed his fathers footsteps, continuing to work for the “diabolical human killing machine” company. Since the colossal failure (or success) of the weapon X programme, they have been doing their utmost to recreate a living weapon. Zander had just put in his requests for more human specimens when his Boss/adoptive father introduces the company's newest employee, Dr Sarah Kinney; A leading authority on Mutant genetics. She proposes that they go in a new direction. Instead of implanting weapon X’s genes into a human subject, they should instead build a clone embryo.

 Eventually, on the 23rd attempt, they manage to create a successful female embryo, much to Zander’s dismay. Zander is tasked with finding a surrogate mother. Full of anger at the fact the project was given the green light, he threatens Dr Kinney and gives her a choice. She either becomes the surrogate, or the embryo will not survive the night. Kinney found herself no longer the experimenter, she was now part of the experiment itself. 


The other 5 issues cover X23’s training and eventual graduation as a deadly assassin, all before she reaches her teenage years. There is an interesting element added in the form of a “trigger scent”. A special batch of pheromones that when exposed to X23, cause her to go into a mindless rage and kill anything standing near her, similar to Wolverine’s berserker rage. 


Zander really turns out to be a proper nasty piece of work. You do feel empathy for him in the first issue when he was a child, where he receives the news that his father had been killed by Wolverine, but that quickly dissipates as you read on. Who knew that the son of an evil scientist would turn out to be just as evil eh? The relationship between Kinney and X23 is the highlight of the story. Despite the fact Kinney was merely a surrogate mother, it never takes away the fact she gave birth to X23. In her eyes, X23 is her own flesh and blood. She builds a mother-daughter bond with X23 in secret. The security cameras show her reading “The Art of War” when in actual fact, she was reading “Pinocchio”.


The narrative is fleshed out with extracts from a letter that Kinney has written to X23, almost like a confession. The love that is shared between the pair is in stark contrast to the cruelty X23 is shown from Zander. He treats her like scum. All-out stick treatment. When the moment came for him to lace X23’s claws with Adamantium, he prevents her from having any kind of anaesthetic and just before surgery, he whispers to her “This is for my Father.” There is a serious chip on this guy’s shoulder! The plot’s climax in the final issue is both highly rewarding and gut-wrenchingly sad at the same time. It certainly does the job in keeping you hooked right up to the final page. I liked the style of the artwork too. Tan has a great way of showing off the characters emotions and the action shots are spot on. 

This series gets a well deserved

9/10

Trailer for "LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom"

Trailer for "LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom"

First Look at New Team-Up Movie

By Alex Burns

 


IGN have revealed the first trailer for DC Entertainment' and Warner Bros Animation's "LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom"! This is the latest instalment in the hugely successful "LEGO DC Comics Super Hero" range that has proved popular with children of all ages. Check out the synopsis and full trailer below!

Crime is on the run as the newly formed Justice League keeps Metropolis safe and this makes evil genius Lex Luthor very unhappy. Together with Black Manta, Sinestro and a gang of ruthless recruits, Lex builds his own league and declares them the Legion of Doom.

Up-Close Batman Photos from "Suicide Squad" set - Detailed look at the new Batsuit

Up-Close Batman Photos from "Suicide Squad" set

Detailed look at the new Batsuit

By Alex Burns

 


There has been so much action from the set of Suicide Squad, filming in Toronto has been extensive and the scale of the shoot has allowed a lot of people to grab some excellent footage and photos of the filming taking place. We already had some footage of Batman perched atop the Joker's car but now we've got some up-close images that really show off the Batsuit. Despite being a stunt suit this thing is a seriously detailed get-up and looks to be the most flexible Batsuit we've seen on screen yet. Alright lets get a look at these shots make sure you click to enlarge!


Check that out! There's been a lot said about how the costume is based off "The Dark Knight Returns" costume, there's elements of that for sure but look again, the lean physique, cowl and utility belt are definitely taken from comic artist Jim Lee's Batman, perfect balance and absolutely true to the comic!


An absolute must for any would-be caped crusader is access to a wide array of hi-tech gadgetry, well check that off your list as in this shot we can see Batman using a bat-gadget to blow the roof off the Joker's car!


Alright, this is kind of a big deal. Batman CAN turn his head people! Fear not, peripheral vision has not been compromised, he can fight injustice on all sides now!


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Although Ben Affleck and Jared Leto were not present on set it looks as though Margot Robbie was. Yeah we see you there Harley Quinn...


That's all for today guys, keep it locked here at Cape and Cowl for even more from "Suicide Squad" the film is set for release August 5th 2016.

Channing Tatum talks about His X-Men Spin-off Film "Gambit"

Channing Tatum talks about "Gambit" Film

Update on X-Men Spin-Off

By Alex Burns



Channing Tatum has spoken out about the progress on his X-Men spin-off movie, "Gambit". In a recent interview the actor has given a pretty thorough update on how the mutant hero is developing into a unique film. "X-Men: Apocalypse" is currently in production ad 20th Century Fox are looking to emulate Marvel Entertainment's success with their wide spread Avengers franchise. Tatum seems genuinely passionate for the character and his star power seems to be the catalyst for this flick even getting made.

"I love Gambit," says Tatum exclusively in Empire. "I grew up in the South; my father’s from Louisiana. We’d go to New Orleans and I heard all the dialects. It felt so different from the rest of America; it has its own ancient culture. So I identified with that. And he always felt the most real of the X-Men to me. He’s kind of a tortured soul and he’s not a good guy. But he’s not a bad guy, either. He walks his own path. And of course he plays cards and drinks and is a martial-arts badass!”


Gambit has always been a fan-favourite within the X-Men universe and has seen action on the big screen before in actor Taylor Kitsch's disappointing turn in the equally disappointing "X-Men Origins: Wolverine". We're not sure if this previous appearance will connect to the new movie but with the way "Days of Future Past" set about retconning "X-Men: The Last Stand" we're willing to bet no.

“Josh Zetumer just turned in the first draft of the script, and it’s killer," adds Tatum. "None of us were sure how he was going to deal with the X-Men world. But we’re going to be changing some of the tropes of these movies. It’s always about saving the world (laughs), but maybe we’re going to shift things a little but. There’s so many ways you can take [an origin story]. You could do it like Batman Begins, or a different take and go the Guardians Of The Galaxy route. All I can say is, I’m super excited.”

It's becoming increasingly difficult to provide a unique take on a superhero film with so many in the works now but Tatum may be the right man for the job after success at reviving the Jump Street franchise, making male strippers box office gold with he Magic Mike films and even playing Superman for laughs in The Lego Movie. Tatum is still looking for a director but the Gambit movie is still set for an October 7, 2016 release.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Shots Fired! New Ant-Man Poster Revealed - Marvel's Small Hero is in Big Trouble

Shots Fired! New Ant-Man Poster Revealed

Marvel's Small Hero is in Big Trouble

By Alex Burns 

 


Marvel Studios has debuted an all-new poster for their upcoming movie Ant-Man, it's a pretty cool shot and begs the question; what's deadlier bullets or bugs? We're gonna have to think on that one in the meantime check out the full poster below.

Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd (This is 40, Anchorman), Evangeline Lilly (“LOST,” The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), Corey Stoll (This is Where I Leave You, Non-Stop) and Michael Douglas (The Game, Wall Street) and brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time. Armed with a suit that grants the user the power to shrink in scale and increase strength tenfold, master thief Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
 

We'll have plenty more on Ant-Man as the film appraoches release on July 17th so make sure to keep it locked here at Cape and Cowl! 

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

New "Batman: Arkham Knight" Trailer Shows Off PS4 Exclusives

New "Batman: Arkham Knight" Trailer shows off PS4 Exclusives

Variant Skins and Scarecrow Missions

By Alex Burns

 


Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros Interactive have released a new trailer detailing the exclusive PS4 content for "Batman: Arkham Knight". The content features an awesome set of Batman and Batmobile alternate skins plus early access to some pretty nightmarish Scarecrow missions, those missions will be made available on XboxOne and PC later down the line. Check out the video above.
Get a sneak peak at the great Batman: Arkham Knight content coming to PlayStation®4 at launch.
Don your futuristic Justice League 3000 Batsuit or revisit the past with Classic TV Series Batman and Batmobile skins and get ready to face off against a towering vision of Scarecrow and his undead army as they spread terror on the streets in the Scarecrow Nightmare Missions.
 There will be plenty more of additional content after release so make sure to keep it locked here at Cape and Cowl for everything on Arkham Knight!

Batman Jumps a Ride on The Joker's Car! Action-Packed Set Videos!

Batman Jumps a Ride on The Joker's Car! 

Action-Packed Set Videos!

By Alex Burns




Yesterday we saw some great set videos and pictures showing the Batmobile chasing down The Joker and Harley Quinn, well today it looks like the Dark Knight caught up with the two criminals and got close enough to hitch a ride on top their purple Lamborghini! This is some pretty awesome stuff and the lucky passers by managed to get some footage from the action in Toronto, check out the videos below. "Suicide Squad" hits cinemas August 5th 2016 and stars, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie at Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as the Joker and will also feature Ben Affleck as Batman. For everything Superhero keep it locked here at Cape and Cowl.

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The Batmobile Chases Down The Joker in New "Suicide Squad" Video - Batman is Back in Toronto!

The Batmobile Chases down The Joker in New "Suicide Squad" video

Batman is Back in Toronto!

By Alex Burns

 


There's been plenty of news from the set of David Ayer's "Suicide Squad" including a look at Task Force X taking up arms and Harley Quinn and The Joker having a domestic under a bridge. Now we've got the Batmobile speeding down the streets of Toronto! We already knew Ben Affleck would be appearing in the movie when he was spotted on-set a little while back but now we know for sure he will be appearing as Batman, he will be coming up against Jared Leto's Joker and he will be behind the wheel of the new Batmobile! The Batmobile is the same one that will be used in Zack Synder's "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice" and already looks like it will be become a fan-favourite when both films hit cinemas next year. Also worth noting is the Joker's flamboyant purple Lamborghini, complete with neon lighting! Whilst Jared Leto and Ben Affleck weren't present for filming it''s not unusual for action sequences like a car chase to shoot without the actors present, are Affleck and Leto together on a sound stage somewhere creating movie magic? Who knows? We certainly hope so! Check out the videos and let us know your thoughts, for more on "Suicide Squad" keep it locked here at Cape and Cowl.



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Monday, 25 May 2015

Epic X-Men Apocalypse Concept Art shows off Jean Grey and Cyclops - Possible Action-Sequence Revealed

Epic X-Men Apocalypse Concept Art shows off Jean Grey and Cyclops

Possible Action-Sequence Revealed

By Alex Burns

 


Empire magazine are running a Superhero special in their latest issue and one of the images in the piece offers a new look at the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse film. The concept art shows off an action sequence that could feature in the final movie, Cyclops fires off an optic blast towards an airborne enemy while Jean Grey takes cover behind some debris. Director Bryan Singer has been sharing the progress of the film via his Twitter account and we've also had a few set photos leak to give us a look at Tye Sheridan and Sophie Turner as Cyclops and Jean Grey respectively. This is the first time we've seen the type of spectacle that Singer is aiming for with the film and it's worth noting the setting of the concept art, Cyclops and Jean appear to be in a completely levelled city, very few characters are powerful enough to cause that kind of destruction but Apocalypse most certainly is! The enemy the two X-Men are battling could well be Apocalypse himself or maybe even the mutant Angel, who is also appearing in the film. Check out the huge diamond buildings in the background as well, could they be monuments that Apocalypse has raised to aid in his world domination schemes? Whatever the case, we are even more excited for "X-Men: Apocalypse" and cannot wait for the May 19 release date in 2016. Check out the image below (click to enlarge) and keep it locked here at Cape and Cowl for everything Superhero.


Awesome New Ant-Man Images Revealed - More from Marvel's Bug-Sized Epic

Awesome New Ant-Man Images Revealed

More from Marvel's Bug-Sized Epic

By Alex Burns 

 


Empire magazine has some awesome shots from Marvel's Ant-Man in theri new issue, we've got some of the awesome shots here plus a look at the the two variant covers for the movie magazine. "Ant-Man" will be the next Marvel film following the success of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and focuses on the story of con man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) as he obtains a suit which grants him the ability to shrink to microscopic size, giving him superhuman speed and strength and making him as dangerous as a human bullet. The Film also stars Micheal Douglas and Evangeline Lily and is set for release July 17 this year. Check out the images below (click to enlarge) and keep it locked here at Cape and Cowl for everything Superhero.


Geroge Clooney Thought He'd Destroyed Batman - Plus a Funny story about Joel Schummacher

Geroge Clooney Thought He'd Destroyed Batman 

Plus a Funny story about Joel Schummacher

By Alex Burns

 


George Clooney is doing the rounds promoting his new flick "Tomorrowland", during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show Clooney was asked about his time in the Batsuit, and his response was hilarious. We already know Clooney is "very sorry" for his role in the 1997 film "Batman & Robin", the superhero film is often credited for killing the 90's Batman Franchise and regarded as one of the worst films of all time. Thanks to the recent Christopher Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy we can now all laugh at "Batman & Robin" (trust me it's best watched as a comedy!) but at the time the critical and commercial failure was a pretty big deal and certainly tarnished the comic book hero's popularity. Clooney's comments are tongue-in-cheek and very refreshing, he even spills a few details as to what it was like shooting the film with then director, Joel Schumacher's. Check out the video below for yourself, the Bat-talk starts around the 01:38 mark. If you want to remind yourself of Clooney's performance as Bruce Wayne be sure to check out our look back at the actor's performance, plus where he ranks amongst other on-screen Batmen.


Saturday, 23 May 2015

Ryan Reynolds Meets Kid-Deadpool for the Make a Wish Foundation - Young Boy Meets His Hero

Ryan Reynolds Meets Kid-Deadpool for the Make a Wish Foundation

Young Boy Meets His Hero

By Alex Burns

 


You all know about Batkid but wait until you get a load of Kid-Deadpool! Tony Acevedo is a young boy battling Hodgkin's disease and he made a wish to visit the set of the new Deadpool movie and meet his hero. Organised through the Make a Wish Foundation, Tony was given access to the film set and spent the day hanging with Ryan Reynolds and even wore the actor's costume. Reynold's shared his experience on his Instagram page and gave a message of support to Acevedo in overcoming Hodgkin's disease. We wish Kid-Deadpool all the best, to learn more about how you can help support those diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in the UK visit www.lymphomas.org.uk

Friday, 22 May 2015

Ranking Batman - #3 Kevin Conroy - Batman: The Animated Series - 1992 - 98

Ranking Batman

#3 Kevin Conroy - Batman: The Animated Series - 1992 - 98 

By Alex Burns


 
After Adam West last time round, Kevin Conroy takes the third spot on our list and although the actor has never played the character in live-action, when you consider that his take on the caped crusader has spanned over two decades and literally dozens of films and tv shows, then there's no doubt that he is a worthy addition to this list.

The man behind the mask
Conroy first took on the Mantle of the Bat in the wildly successful cartoon, "Batman: The Animated Series". The television show was launched to capitalise on the success of the 1989 "Batman" film and took a more mature tone towards kids programming, allowing for quite possibly the most faithful take on Batman outside of the comic books. The show runners had initially struggled to find the right voice for The Dark Knight but when Conroy auditioned for the role in 1991, they knew their search was over and well, the rest is history. The producers were going for a level of sophistication not normally associated with cartoons and gave the actors a freedom to play the character as though interpreting for a live play or movie, using this direction, Conroy came up with the distinctive Batman voice we all know and love.

 
A few of the many different looks to Conroy's Bat career.
  "We wanted Batman's voice to have a dark side as well as a kind of sexy side. There's something very appealing to women about the Batman character, different from the Superman character, which is a bit more proper. Batman is a rule breaker. We felt his voice shoule be inherently sexy, not something the actor was playing. A lot of the other actors would tend to read the part sort of Clint Eastwood-raspy. Kevin came in and did this voice that is really his own, just made a little more intimate. We all went, 'That's it. We're done. We found it.' It's a wonderful moment in casting when you can just go, 'This guys's got it,'" - Andrea Romano, Voice Director, Batman: The Animated Series


I've got to be honest, this was my first exposure to the Batman character so for me it kind of trumps nearly all other things related to the Caped Crusader and a lot of that can be attributed to Kevin Conroy's performance. When I was growing up I'd watch the show every week and then read a whole bunch of Batman comics hearing Conroy's voice in my head, giving life to the written word on the page, the guy just encapsulated the character completely. I'm definitely not alone in this mind-set and it's not surprising that as the Batman films got a little way laid at the end of the 90's, the animated version of The Dark Knight, voiced by Conroy, went from strength to strength.


The awesome theatrical poster for "Phantasm"
Conroy is the longest serving actor to have played Batman and his work covers a variety of different takes on the character. "Batman: The Animated Series" was a huge hit and even spawned a cinematic outing in the form of "Batman: The Mask of the Phantasm". This unique and compelling Batman story was a thrilling murder-mystery that explored Bruce Wayne's past before he took on the persona of the Batman, even showing that he may have wanted a life for himself with a woman he loved, more than avenging the death of his parents. If it sounds like pretty heavy stuff for a children's cartoon, don't be fooled, I watched that film at around 6 years old and pretty much destroyed the VHS tape by replaying it so much, in fact, I've only found more to love about the film as time has gone by. Conroy was able to sink his teeth into a seriously sophisticated script that didn't have to pander to studio needs, something that has hindered some of the live-action bat-films, in animation Conroy had a freedom to really explore the mind behind the mask and truly disappear into the role of the Batman, presenting him as powerful and terrifying whilst showing a more vulnerable and human Bruce Wayne. 


After the lengthy run of the animated series finished, Conory continued his work as Batman in a new and exciting way as he played an ageing and retired Bruce Wayne in "Batman Beyond". The show put a futuristic spin on the Batman mythos and saw Conroy's Wayne as a dogged mentor to a new hero, Terry Mcginnis, played by Will Friedle. It was great to watch as Conroy altered his performance to suit the age of his role and also make an old dude in a Saturday morning cartoon a cool character you care about.

The "Beyond" series showed Wayne mentor a new hi-tech Batman
The show was another success and spawned the spin-off movie "Batman Beyond: Return of The Joker" which provided Conroy a chance to reunite with his animated series co-star, Mark Hamill, as The Joker. This continued into the Arkham games and between these two actors you never question how Batman and The Joker should sound or act, these performances make a serious claim to being the definitive take on the The Dark Knight vs The Clown Prince of Crime dichotomy.

Mark Hamill's Joker was the perfect adversary to Conroy's Batman
Conroy continued to play Batman in a variety of projects and trust me when I say there's way too many to list here, most notable are The "Justice League" cartoon series where Conroy consistently stole the show from the likes of Superman and Wonder Woman and the current "Arkham" game series which takes a huge helping of tone from the original animated series. Through the "Arkham" games, Conroy has reached a new generation of Bat-fans and upped his game with a more modern and matured take on the character, showing critics that there is still plenty of room to explore with the character and whilst also achieving new heights as an actor.

"Justice League" ran for several successful seasons
Having recently wrapped on the final outing in Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Knight, fans are wondering what's next for Conroy after the credits roll on that game, we're hoping DC have got another Bat-project just waiting in the wings for him to take on.

Conroy is voicing Batman in the conclusive Arkham game
Overall Conroy tackled aspects of the Batman character that very few actors have been completely able to, presenting the complex mindset of the hero in a perfectly distilled performance to the harshest of critics, children. Those children are now adults like myself and there is no change in peception, if I go back and watch those shows or films I just have even more admiration for what was acheived. Although Conroy never got the chance to play the more physical side of the character, I'm willing to bet he'd have had no issues,  standing tall and strong with that trademark chiseled jaw-line, he'd have filled the Bat-Suit perfectly and we already know he's got the voice down! All I'm saying is watch out Affleck.



We'll have our next pick for the Best Batman up soon so make sure you keep it locked here at Cape and Cowl.