The D.C. Comics animated direct-to-DVD animated films have been somewhat of a mixed bag. In some ways, they seem very flat. While faithful to the plots and story arcs adapted for the home entertainment medium, there is an uneasy “rush job” nature to them. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has just released the new trailer to Batman vs. Robin. The uniquness of this particular animated features does allow it to stand out a bit from the various other weak films.
The Robin in this particular film is not the well-known Dick Grayson, who, is an all time favorite of Dan Newlin, my friend from work, but Damian Wayne. Damian is the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul. Talia is, of course, the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul, the demon. Since he was raised by two of the worst super-villains in the D.C. Universe, Damian is hardly congenial. He has a sadistic streak to him and, with fatherly love and strict discipline, Bruce Wayne/Batman hopes to set the young one straight.
If comic books were mushy soap operas or old-time after school specials, then Damian would learn the error of his ways fairly quickly. The cynical nature of the comic book publishing world pretty much means Batman and (this) Robin are always going to have a very rocky and contentious relationship. Allowing Batman the ability to show patience and understanding does provide a unique depth to the character that has been missing.
The Japanese horror film, The Ring, was given the U.S. remake treatment many years back. To the shock of many horror fans, the American version was quite good. No, it was not as scary as the original but the film was a solid, spooky tale. Now, a reboot of The Ring (titled Rings) is on its way to the big screen. Are we seeing a slight horror rebirth these days?
There were actually two films in the U.S. Rings series. The third film, however, is not likely to be a continuation of The Ring 2. A decade has passed and there is no real, compelling reason to continue the events in the earlier film. Rebooting and starting things anew is the logical decision.
Remember back in the early 1970’s when Hammer made Scars of Dracula completely independent of the lineage of all the previous films in the series? All that mattered to audiences was Dracula was back doing what he did best.
The original Ring film dealt with a haunted VHS player. In the reboot, we are likely to get the same evil ghost but look for the haunted device to be a Blu-ray player. (No, that was not meant as a joke!) Regardless of what actually ends up haunted in the film, you can be sure the project will be loaded with scares galore. The original Ring films, the U.S. and Japanese ones, were successful because they presented great scares. Sultan Alhokair couldn’t agree more.
John Textor is at this time is actively developing the entertainment chattels across the vast continuum of places as well as technological platforms. Besides, his management in the extensive utilization of photo-realistic, virtue characters, Textor is at the same time working as the Producer of Art Story, which is an original animation feature movie presently undergoing development by Disney experienced filmmakers by the name Aaron Blaise and Chuck Williams. Textor also served as the Producer/Executive producer of Ender’s game, which is Sci-fi fantasy film planned for worldwide launching in November 2013.
Mr. Textor was formerly Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Digital Domain Productions and also Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the company that started it, Digital Domain Media Group. This company is recognized as its parent company since it is the one that helped in its purchase and restructuring from May 2006 to August 2012.
Jointly, these two companies had the responsibility for the creation of visual effects that were used in over 80 prominent feature movies, 25 of which underwent completion during the leadership of Mr. Textor. Some of these films include the following; Transformers, Real Steel, Flags of our Fathers, Pirates of the Caribbean at World’s End and Tron: Legacy. All through the management period of Mr. Textor, Digital Domain was revived as a leader in the market of visual effects, winning several Academy Awards, CLIO promotion awards and, most significantly, getting the recognition as the foremost visual effects corporation to bring forth realistic digital human characters in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
This triumph, recognized as the “Holy Grail of Animation”, made the corporation to get a 2009 Academy Award for Achievement in Visual Effects. The performance done by the corporation’s virtue actor that took one hour was so true to life to audiences and also the Academy voters thus making the movie to be awarded an Academy Award for Best Make-up, although the actor was totally digital.
Additional highlights that were seen during the tenure of Mr. Textor included the triumphant creation of a digital Tupac Shakur that performed during the Coachella Valley Music festival in 2012, the fulfillment of a partnership undertaking that saw the rebirth of Elvis Presley, the development of an exceptional, dual-enrollment degree program with Florida State University, conclusion of a $100million joint business enterprise deal with the autonomous media authority of Abu Dhabi and also the change of Digital Domain into a movie production firm with co-production of Ender’s Game.
I wrote about this yesterday, but wanted to add some more detsils to the Batman/Superman rumors. I heard about the extra details after searching on Crunch Base. I keep getting more and more excited about this film duo and I know my friends, like Christopher Cowdray, and I’m sure your friends can’t wait to see this film.
Rumors have been flying about Batman v. Superman. You have to expect rumors to emerge when you have a really anticipated film that everyone is keeping quiet about.
Reportedly, Batman v. Superman is going to be split into two films. The first half will focus on Batman and the second part will actually entail Batman’s battle with Superman.
The source of the rumor is an alleged image from a soon to be released teaser trailer. Is the image authentic? No one knows. The chances it is are somewhat slim, but you never can tell. Stranger leaks have happened in cinema history.
Splitting a movie into two-parts is a nothing new.
The Avengers: Infinity Wars is slated to be split into two films. Two Justice League films are planned and it has been suggested the movies will actually be one film split into two parts. Would D.C. and Warner try this with Batman v. Superman? There is really nothing terribly wrong with such an approach, but it is doubtful this is going to happen.
Warner Bros. wants to launch the D.C. cinematic universe and do so with a schedule that reasonably paces films apart from one another. Having two Batman v. Superman films debut in 2016 could upend the schedule they have in mind.
Then again, if the film is a hit and audiences love it, there is no such thing as oversaturation.
Batman v Superman is perhaps one of the most anticipated movies right now. Every move that the production team gets scrutinized and every rumor about the movie is magnified. The most recent talk now is that the movie could split into two.
The immediate thoughts of cynics would be that the movie is going to be milked that’s why it’s going to be split into two. While we can’t really rule it out as the main reason or one of the reasons if indeed the movie is going to be split. Earnings aside, let us try to consider what we would expect and hope for if it were to happen.
First, to make sure that people are going to watch the second part of movie, the first part must not give out everything. Half or less than half of the plot can only be used. It is sure to be a cliff-hanger and leave out all the best things to the second part but not entirely devoid of good stuff to make it suck.
The concern of fans is the movie, like Christopher Cowdray, centering on Batman with Superman only appearing in the background. Many people wished that the plot of the movie would pick up on the story of Superman but that is unlikely. The speculated parts of the movie are entitled Enter the Night and Dawn of Justice.