The DC Universe Streaming Service May Be Coming Earlier than Expected

The DC Universe streaming service has never had a solid release date. Most people I know have been expecting the service to drop in November or December with a couple thinking October would be a good month. According to CinemaBlend, Dani Snow, who is the DC Entertainment Community Manager, commented in the James Bonding podcast that the service would appear in late August.

We are about to launch, I think late August, our DC Digital platform, which will be a hub for all things DC. There will be digital movies, TV shows that you can watch, streaming. We’re gonna have a lot of comics on there. There’s gonna be a lot of good stuff on there.

We know that with the streaming service launch we’ll get the premiere of Titans and they have more shows in the works including Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, Young Justice: Outsiders, and Harley Quinn.

I’m not 100% sold on joining the service yet, but I am very intrigued depending on pricing and if the shows are actually any good. Are you excited for DC Universe to launch?

New Details Emerge About KINGDOM HEARTS Animated Series Including Why It Got Canceled

I just learned that there was a Kingdom Hearts animated series in the works back in the early 2000’s. This may not be news to some fans, but it was to me. Nerdist recently posted a new episode of their show Animation Investigation and they got a chance to share some awesome and interesting details about the Kingdom Hearts series including why it was scrapped.

One of the coolest details, in my opinion, is that they were allowed to go use images from Disney movies such as Aladdin for the background and then they would insert the characters on those. It would’ve worked similar to those old Lilo & Stitch commercials.

The reason why the show was canceled was reportedly in order to keep a clean path open for future games. I’m a little sad we never got this show, but I can also see how it would’ve been really hard to not just copy the game.

Do you guys want a Kingdom Hearts animated series, or should they just leave it be?

Fox May Divide Assets Between Disney and Comcast

Comcast has outbid Disney for Fox, but it looks like Fox may have a way to have their cake and eat it too. B. Riley analyst Barton Crockett has explained that there’s a way for Fox to divide the assets and give some to Comcast and some to Disney. Here’s his explanation:

We would expect Disney to at least match Comcast by adding cash, and Comcast to appease [Rupert] Murdoch’s tax concerns by offering stock, and some back and forth raising the deal bid. Barring a third entrant (Internet/tech is possible), we would see the most sensible outcome as splitting the baby, with Comcast getting Sky (which we see as its main goal) and Disney getting most of the rest.

This looks like a great way to appease all three parties, but is it good enough for all three?  That’s the big question. If the assets are not divided, the question remains of who will win? I know many of you are rooting for Disney either because you hate Comcast or because of the Marvel heroes that would be able to enter the MCU. Another reason to want Disney to win though is that they would then have distribution rights to the original Star Wars films. Just food for thought.

Source: CNBC

Fan Goes Nuts Seeing Gal Gadot and Chris Pine in First Set Video from WONDER WOMAN 1984

We recently got our first set photos of Wonder Woman 1984, and now we have our first set video. The video was taken by a really excited fan as Patty Jenkins starts working with Chris Pine and Gal Gadot on the scene they’re working on. Pine spots the fan though and starts imitating her and she cannot contain her excitement anymore. I will admit, I probably would’ve reacted very similarly if I had been in her shoes and I am not ashamed. The question still remains of what on earth Pine is even doing there as he doesn’t look aged and his character from Wonder Woman seemingly died. My best guess is either a ghost or Hades. How would you have reacted to being noticed by Pine or anyone else on set?

DC’s Young Adult and Middle Reader Titles Announce Their Artists

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Back in February, we learned that DC wanted to make more comics and graphic novels for young adults and middle grade readers. Now we know who’s going to be illustrating the different stories. DC Zoom will be focusing their stories for younger children (around ages 8-12) will have the following titles, authors, and artists:

Super Sons: The Polarshield Project (April 2019) Author: Ridley Pearson Illustrator: Ile Gonzalez

DC Super Hero Girls: Spaced Out (May 2019) Author: Shea Fontana Illustrator: Agnes Garbowska

Batman: Overdrive (August 2019) Author: Shea Fontana Illustrator: Marcelo Di Chiara

Black Canary: Ignite (October 2019) Author: Meg Cabot Illustrator: Cara McGee

DC Ink will be the young adult (ages 13+) branch and here’s their list:

Mera: Tidebreaker (April 2019) Author: Danielle Paige Illustrator: Stephen Byrne

Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale (May 2019) Author: Lauren Myracle Illustrator: Isaac Goodhart

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (June 2019) Author: Mariko Tamaki Illustrator: Steve Pugh

Teen Titans: Raven (July 2019) Author: Kami Garcia Illustrator: Gabriel Picolo

Both imprints will premiere April 2019, and I am actually excited for them. The authors are reportedly set to reveal more information at this year’s American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition in late July. You can check out the covers for the novels below.

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Two New Trailers for BLEACH Finally Show Us Chad, Orihime, Urahara, and More!

I have no reservations left about Bleach. I think this movie is going to kick major butt! We have two new trailers today that show us Isshin, Masaki, Urahara, Chad, and Orihime, and the trailers look more and more awesome.

It appears that they have changed some things, but I feel that’s only natural. For instance, it looks like the showdown between Ichigo and Renji and Byakuya will take place during the day. Also, there’s still nothing on Yuzu or Karin (Ichigo’s sisters), but they’re probably the easiest ones to remove from the equation if you can’t put everyone in.

I need a western release of this movie! Come on Warner Bros. Bleach will be in theaters in Japan on July 20, 2018.

That JUMP FORCE Game May Get an Anime or Manga Adaptation

Did you all check out that surprise new game from Bandai Namco, Jump Force, that was shown at E3? It features Goku, Luffy, Naruto, and more in what appears to be some kind of fighting game, and it shows a good amount of potential. If they add the right characters, this would be a must-have for any Shonen Jump fan. That being said, there’s a possibility that Jump Force will not be limited to a video game. Comic Book spoke to public relations manager for Bandai Namco, Nick O’Leary, at E3 and asked if a manga or anime or some other media was in the works and here’s his response:

Yeah, we’ll be working with the licensers of Shonen Jump and Viz and all those kinds of companies to make this a big celebration of the 50th year anniversary of the magazine,” O’Leary said, referring to the Shonen Jump magazine. “So expect things to be happening throughout the year and throughout the campaign.

It sounds like it’s all up to Shonen Jump and Viz. It appears Bandai Namco is up to work with the companies to celebrate 50 years of Shonen. Would you like a manga or anime adaptation? What do you think the story should be? Write your best fanfic below.

AT&T and Time Warner Merger Goes Through and Comcast Makes a $65 Billion Bid on FOX

The merger between AT&T and Time Warner has been in the process of being investigated to make sure it doesn’t break antitrust laws, but Richard Leon, a federal judge, has officially approved the merger. Warner Bros. and DC Comics are part of Time Warner’s assets, which means this could potentially have an impact on all the upcoming DC movies including (but not very likely in my opinion) Aquaman, Shazam!, and Wonder Woman 1984. The Wizarding World, The Lego Movie, Legendary’s “Monsterverse”, and more are also included in the deal. This merger also opens up doors for other companies.

One of the big reasons Comcast wasn’t bidding for 20th Century Fox was because of the high levels of government scrutiny that would go into the process. However, now that this merger has gone through, it opened the doors for Comcast to have a better shot of actually pulling off an acquisition of 20th Century Fox. Deadline reports that Comcast has made an all-cash $65 billion offer which is more than Disney’s bid of $52.4 billion all-stock deal. Of course, Disney and Comcast are both loaded and this will be a crazy battle as neither company will want the other to win. It does put a potential kink in the plans of adding the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool to the MCU though. Some people, such as media analyst Michael Nathanson, believe that Disney will come out on top even if it means incurring a $37 billion debt:

We continue to believe that Disney has the superior balance sheet, cost of debt, equity and rationale to emerge victorious over Comcast in a bidding war. The question is will Disney’s board and management go to the mat on this transaction? We think the answer is yes.

In my opinion, I cannot believe that they didn’t think this merger broke antitrust law. I am not a lawyer or judge so maybe I’m missing something, but this is a big deal. I also would like Disney to obtain Fox for the sole purpose of bringing those characters to the MCU, but outside of that, I don’t want anyone to obtain the company. If 2 or 3 companies are in charge of all our entertainment, what then?

Do you like the news of AT&T merging with Time Warner? Do you want Disney or Comcast to acquire 20th Century Fox?
 

Jeremy Renner Reveals How He Broke His Arms Filming TAG and Watch a Funny New Clip and Featurette

We recently reported that Jeremy Renner broke both of his arms on the set of his new movie Tag and not the Avengers movies. The source for the article was Jon Hamm who worked with Renner on Tag.

It appears that Renner is now backing up Hamm’s statement and tells us exactly how he broke his arms and the impact that had on the film while being interviewed by Jimmy Fallon. What’s even better than that story though, is the story Renner tells about getting locked in a bathroom while filming.

Tag looks like a lot of fun to watch and I can’t wait for it to be released on June 15, 2018. I also included a funny new clip and a featurette for you to watch! Enjoy!

Bandai’s DRAGON BALL Adverge Figures Give Nappa a Toupee

A tweet was recently sent out to show off the new Dragon Ball Adverge figurines from Bandai. Overall, they look pretty cool and a great collectible for any Dragon Ball fan. There’s one figure that seems to come with a special gift: Nappa. Nappa is Vegeta’s original “friend” who dies in the first saga of Dragon Ball Z. He’s bald. Oddly enough, the figure will come with a toupee. Have I missed something in Dragon Ball Super? I don’t think it looks very good either. I just don’t understand why they included such a random add-on for Nappa, unless there’s something in Dragon Ball Super or one of the specials that I missed. Do you like Nappa with or without hair?

According to the tweet, it looks like the figures will go on sale in August in Japan for about 500 yen.