The Death of Superman Review

The Death of Superman screened at San Diego Comic-Con. It arrives on Digital July 24, 2018, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD August 7th. Some SPOILERS follow.

The Death of Superman marks the third time in 11 years that a movie has killed off the Man of Steel, which makes this latest DC animated offering a tedious case of been there-done that. While this new version hews more closely to its bestselling 1992-1993 namesake comics event than either 2007’s Superman: Doomsday or 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice did, it nevertheless lacks anything truly fresh or revelatory to add to this now well-worn tale. All the same beats are hit once again, Doomsday remains a lame villain, and all the sequel set-up undercuts the emotional impact of Superman’s tragic fate since the film almost immediately tells you all will be fine.

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The Many Origins of the Joker

The Joker is a character bathed in mystery. The fact that we know so little about this villain and who he was before becoming Batman’s greatest foe is a big part of his charm. But that hasn’t stopped some Batman stories from trying to shed light on Joker’s mysterious past. Even next year’s Joker movie from director Todd Phillips will try to put its own spin on Joker’s origin.

Are you familiar with the many conflicting stories about Joker’s past? If not, check out our slideshow or scroll down to learn the various explanations DC’s comics and movies have given for the rise of the Clown Prince of Crime.

The Joker movie will be directed by Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime. The film was recently given a release date of October 4, 2019. The film will reportedly be set in the ’80s and have a budget of just $55 million, lower than other recent DC films.

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How a Venom Movie Works Without Spider-Man

Director Ruben Fleischer has gone into detail about how a film about Venom works without his nemesis Spider-Man.

“There’s more than enough Venom to go around,” Fleischer told IGN at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday. “There’s plenty to mine just from Tom

‘s performance, the character, and the world he inhabits.”

The Venom director explained that the film’s exploration of Eddie Brock’s relationship with the symbiote is what makes it unique.

“It’s a really unique movie because it’s about a relationship,” he said. “The Eddie Brock and symbiote relationship is unlike any other superhero or comic book hero. It’s about that duality…it’s about two people coming together and forming a new identity. I think that’s plenty to explore in one film.”

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M. Night Shyamalan Explains How Unbreakable Got a Sequel in Glass

Duing IGN’s Comic-Con 2018 live show, Glass director M. Night Shyamalan discussed how this Unbreakable sequel came to be and that he’d been planning it for a very long time.

“When I made Unbreakable, I kind of intended to do three movies.” Shyamalan explained. “Just in my head, I was thinking to do that. It was just such a weird reaction to the movie…It wasn’t received well, at the time. I just felt hurt, so I moved on.”

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He further explained how Unbreakable grew a cult following since its release in 2000 and he soon found his way to return to this universe.

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Comic-Con 2018: Marvel’s Cloak And Dagger Season 2 Confirmed

There are so many Marvel shows either currently airing or in development that it’s sometimes hard to keep track of them all. But one of the best of 2018 so far is Cloak and Dagger, which premiered on Freeform in June. It was announced at San Diego Comic-Con that the show has been greenlit for a second season.

There are just two episodes left in Season 1, so this is great news for the show’s many fans. At the SDCC Cloak and Dagger panel, Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb confirmed that Season 2 will start production in the fall, so expect it to hit screens in 2019.

Cloak and Dagger features former Disney star Olivia Holt (Ultimate Spider-Man) as Tandy Bowen (aka Dagger), and Aubrey Joseph (Run All Night) as Tyrone Johnson (aka Cloak). It focuses on two superpowered teens who have contrasting powers–Cloak controls the power of darkness, while Dagger throws deadly blades of pure light.

Cloak and Dagger were created by Bill Mantlo and Ed Hannigan, and first appeared in a 1982 issue of The Spectacular Spider-Man. A successful four-issue limited series was followed by an ongoing bi-monthly comic book in 1985, and the characters have appeared in a variety of titles over the decades. For more check out our guide to everything you should know about Cloak and Dagger.

In related news, it has been confirmed that the Marvel Netflix show Iron Fist will return to the streaming service on September 7. The action-packed first trailer for Iron Fist Season 2 was revealed at SDCC.

Comic-Con 2018: Voltron Legendary Defender Season 7 Released, End Of Show Confirmed

Voltron: Legendary Defender is Netflix’s update of the classic animated sci-fi show Voltron, and the seventh season is due to hit the streaming service on August 10. The show featured at San Diego Comic-Con, where a new trailer for the upcoming seventh season was revealed.

The trailer shows that the Defenders are returning to Earth with the hopes of rebuilding the Castle of Lions, which was destroyed in the last season. It’s packed with the same mix of action, drama, and nostalgic callbacks to the classic Voltron that has made the previous six seasons so popular. Check it out above.

The Voltron: Legendary Defender SDCC panel had both good news and bad news for fans. It was confirmed that Season 7 will return the show to 13 episodes, following much shorter runs for Seasons 3 to 6. Sadly however, it was also revealed that this is to be the penultimate season. Season 8, which is expected in 2019, will end the entire show, so fans have just 26 more episodes to enjoy.

Voltron fans attending SDCC also have the chance to buy a huge Lego figure based on the show. This is Lego’s biggest “buildable” action figure to date, coming in at 2,321 pieces, and has a price point to match, with the set costing a hefty $180. Fans can also buy the Voltron figure online from August 1.

Voltron: Legendary Defender was the first show released following the deal struck between Netflix and DreamWorks Animation late in 2015. The original Voltron was a Japanese and American co-production that ran for three seasons between 1984 and 1986. It proved hugely popular, spawning spinoff shows, comic books, and video games.

Comic-Con 2018: Preacher Season 3 Trailer Promises More Insanity

AMC’s Preacher is one of the wildest comic book adaptations ever made, and the craziness is set to continue if the latest trailer is anything to go by. We’re already four episodes into Preacher Season 3, but fans at San Diego-Comic Con were given a look at what to expect from the rest of the season.

The latest promo gives us a new looks at the revolting, powerful Allfather and the 350-year-old vampire Eccarius, Hitler working in a diner, and plenty of snappy dialogue from main characters Tulip (Ruth Negga) and Jesse (Dominic Cooper). Check it out above.

At the Preacher SDCC panel, executive producer Seth Rogan was asked about Allfather, the head of the powerful organization known as the Grail. It sounds like there’s some disgusting scenes in store during the rest of the season. “He has a little wand to stick down his throat to make him throw up sometimes,” he said, via CBR. “There’s a scene where they eat a horse. It was one of our favorite characters from the comics and is truly just a bizarre character and we hope to make good on that promise.”

Preacher was created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, and first published in 1995 by the DC imprint Vertigo to huge acclaim. It ran for a total of 75 issues, including several one-off specials and a limited series.

Preacher Season 3 continues this Sunday, July 22, with an episode titled “The Coffin.” It runs until August 24.

Batman’s Classic Costume Returns This Summer

Superman isn’t the only DC hero to go back to his classic look in 2018. Batman will also be returning to his pre-New 52 costume, trunks and all.

Batman #54 cover by Tony Daniel. (DC Entertainment) Batman #54 cover by Tony Daniel. (DC Entertainment)

That news came during DC Comics’ Batman Family panel today. Batman writer Tom King revealed that the wardrobe change happens in Batman #53 next month. There the Caped Crusader will dust off his early 2000’s costume, made famous by stories like Hush. As King explained, Batman’s need to move on from his failed relationship with Catwoman compels him to make the switch. It appears that the days of the DC Rebirth Batman costume are done.

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