07/07/2015 - 4:41pm | Updated: 3 hours 27 min Ago
With foreign audiences - and especially China - being an ever growing market for movie studios, it's being reported Chinese action star Donnie Yen will be featured in Star Wars.
According to the site, Donnie Yen will play a Jedi and will be featured onscreen with Harrison Ford (who is yet to be confirmed for Star Wars: Episode VIII).
It's also said other actors that were up for Yen's role included Jet Li, Stephen Chow, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Daniel Wu, Wang Leehom and Chang Chen.
It's unclear how legit the rumor is as the Apple Daily is a Hong Kong gossip site.
Star Wars: Episode VIII has a May 26, 2017 release directed by Rian Johnson.
Yen is known for IP Man, Blade II and Highlander: Endgame.
07/07/2015 - 4:23pm | Updated: 3 hours 21 min Ago
Update: StarWars.com has confirmed Christopher Miller and Phil Lord will helm a Han Solo Star Wars anthology movie (read the official announcment below).
THR reports Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, the duo behind The LEGO Movie and the Jump Street movies, will be writing, directing and producing the Han Solo Star Wars anthology movie for Disney.
It's noted this is a new Star Wars project and not the one that was to have been directed by Josh Trank, who recently parted ways with Disney. According to the report, Trank's Star Wars movie is the origin story for Boba Fett and is still searching for a director.
It's noted that Miller and Lord were to direct The Flash movie starring Ezra Miller, but it's stated that is likely off the table as is the third Jump Street movie. It's is mentioned the duo could still stay on as writers and/or producers on both The Flash and another Jump Street.
The planned animated Spider-Man movie at Sony from Lord and Miller may still be intact as they are only set to write a treatment for the story and produce.
It's further said Miller and Lord will still be involved in the LEGO movie franchise, but in what capacity is unclear.
A young Han Solo Star Wars project has been rumored for some time, with Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul said to be up for the role at one time.
CHRISTOPHER MILLER AND PHIL LORD TO HELM HAN SOLO ANTHOLOGY FILM
THE DUO BEHIND THE LEGO MOVIE WILL DIRECT AN EARLY TALE OF THE SMUGGLER-TURNED-HERO, WITH A SCREENPLAY BY LAWRENCE AND JON KASDAN.
The next adventure in the Anthology series of Star Wars films will be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, whose credits include the critically acclaimed The LEGO Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, as well as 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street. Among the most sought-after filmmakers working today, the two have proven a formidable duo on the multiple films they’ve collaborated on and are looking forward to applying their unique creative chemistry to the Star Wars universe.
“This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with. We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”
The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan. The story focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.
Lawrence Kasdan, the writer and director known for Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Big Chill, and Grand Canyon, is familiar to Star Wars fans for having co-written the screenplays for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens. His son Jon Kasdan wrote and directed The First Time, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and In the Land of Women, as well as writing for the television series Freaks and Geeks and Dawson’s Creek.
We’re so excited to be working with Chris and Phil, who will bring a fresh new dimension to the Star Wars universe,” said the Kasdans. “They’re two of the smartest, funniest and most original filmmakers around, and the ideal choice to tell the story of Han Solo, one of the coolest characters in the galaxy.”
Kathleen Kennedy, who will be producing, says she can’t wait to discover what’s in store from these two extraordinary teams of directors and writers.
“It’s not just any filmmaker who can tell the story of such a beloved icon like Han Solo, and I’m excited to say we’ve found the perfect team to handle the task. Larry and Jon know all there is to know about the character, and Chris and Phil will bring their wit, style, energy and heart to tell Han’s story.”
Slated for a May 25, 2018 release, the film will be executive produced by Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin and co-produced by Will Allegra.
07/07/2015 - 4:08pm | Updated: 4 hours 38 sec Ago
Fox has announced a new initiative to watch every episode of X-Files - one a day - leading up the premiere of the new series on January 24, 2016.
201 days of X-Files kicks off today, so watch the premiere episode on Netflix or DVD.
Note: Fox isn't airing every episode (but what would have been pretty cool).
Thirteen years after the original series run, the next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES will be a thrilling, six-episode event series helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents FOX MULDER and DANA SCULLY. This marks the momentous return of the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history. Production on THE X-FILES event series is set to begin in summer 2015.
THE X-FILES originally premiered in September 1993. Over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit, and became one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show, which earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, follows FBI special agents Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny), as they investigate unexplained cases – “X-Files” – for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena.
07/07/2015 - 3:35pm | Updated: 4 hours 34 min Ago
Fans of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead may want to get to the comic shop ASAP tomorrow as it promises to be a big issue for the series.
I'm not revealing any specific spoilers, but if you are familiar with Kirkman's writing, you know not everyone may make it out alive.
"The Walking Dead" #144 hits tomorrow.
THE WALKING DEAD #144
STORY: ROBERT KIRKMAN
ART: CHARLIE ADLARD, STEFANO GAUDIANO, & CLIFF RATHBURN
COVER: CHARLIE ADLARD & DAVE STEWART
JULY 8 / 32 PAGES / BW / M / $2.99
07/07/2015 - 3:24pm | Updated: 4 hours 44 min Ago
"Yeah, I am ready to go. I’m really excited about it actually," Reynolds confirmed in the above video. "I’ve only been there once and it’s mayhem, but, you know, we’re coming in with a ton of goodwill and a truly great film so I’m really happy about that.”
Reynolds wouldn't tease what's in store for fans, but did offer he will let what happens speak for its self.
The Fox movie panel takes place in Hall H Saturday night from 5:45 and 7:30pm.
"Deadpool" has a February 12, 2016 release directed by Tim Miller starring Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, TJ Miller as Weasel, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Morena Baccarin as Copycat and Ed Skrein as Ajax.
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Watch the Deadpool test footage:
07/07/2015 - 3:14pm | Updated: 4 hours 55 min Ago
Good news for fans of Dark Horse Comics as the company has signed a deal with Universal Cable Productions to get their comics adapted into TV series.
Full announcement can be read below:
SDCC 2015: UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS AND COMIC BOOK GIANT DARK HORSE ENTERTAINMENT SIGN FIRST-LOOK DEAL
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – July 7, 2015 – Universal Cable Productions (UCP) continues to expand its powerhouse producing talent and build upon the studio’s genre footprint by signing a first-look deal with legendary comic book publisher, Dark Horse Entertainment (“The Mask,” “Hellboy”). The deal announced today will focus on developing and producing scripted programming from their extensive comics library as well as new material. Discussions for the deal began at Comic Con in 2014 when Dark Horse introduced UCP executives to some of their top writers and artists. Over the last year, those conversations continued and have yielded multiple television projects with direct involvement from the comics creators.
“Dark Horse Entertainment has an incredible roster of fantastical, witty and mind bending stories,” said Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President of Development, Universal Cable Productions. “Their brand has conquered multiple media platforms and boasts iconic books that have attracted the highest level of writers. It’s going to be a wild and imaginative ride.”
UCP will collaborate with Dark Horse to bring their unique and fresh approach to the creative process. Together they will maximize Dark Horse’s network of talented comic creators and robust library of content to develop character driven concepts for television intended to resonate with their current fan base. Dark Horse President and founder Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg, SVP of Production, have enjoyed great success for the last two decades; no strangers to television, they also currently executive produce Syfy’s “Dark Matter”.
“As the landscape of narrative storytelling evolves, Dark Horse is thrilled to be working in the golden age of television with Universal Cable Productions. Their creative team has embraced the spirit of the Dark Horse brand and we’re proud to be partnered with them.” said Richardson.
Projects currently in development:
Harrow County - Emmy has always known that the deep, dark woods surrounding her home crawled with ghosts, goblins, and the restless dead. On the eve of her 18th birthday, she learns that she is connected to these creatures and to the land itself in a way she never imagined, for she is the reincarnation of a powerful witch who was put to death on the very day Emmy was born. For this reason, the townsfolk mean to kill her too. In order to survive, Emmy must embrace the unusual powers at her command. This project is based on the brand new book written by Cullen Bunn (“The Damned,” “The Sixth Gun”) and illustrated by Tyler Crook (“Bad Blood”).
The Umbrella Academy - Nine years after parting ways, the estranged members of the Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers, must figure out how to work together to save the world. Created by Gerard Way (lead singer of “My Chemical Romance,” and writer of “The True Lies of the Fabulous Killjoys”) and Gabriel Ba (Daytripper); Bluegrass films is also attached to executive produce.
Back Up - In the near future, a new technology allows people to be backed up the same way we now back up our computers—but instead of protecting against drive failure, these backups protect against death. This project is based on a feature script by Tom Vaughn. Kenny Golde is set to write and executive produce, Brad Anderson (“Zoo”, “Almost Human”) is in negotiations to direct. Jim Wedaa is also attached to executive produce.
Concrete - After his subconscious is transplanted into a hulking stone body, Ronald Lithgow must come to terms with his new form and try to live a normal life. This Eisner award-winning title is the opus of comics legend Paul Chadwick.
Dark Horse joins UCP’s leading producer line-up, including: horror icon Wes Craven; creator and executive producer of UCP’s critically acclaimed “Mr. Robot”, Sam Esmail; Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment, BenderSpink; and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions.
UCP’s extensive library of genre, fantasy and science fiction projects in the works include: with Syfy “Childhood’s End,” the first-ever adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s iconic novel starring Charles Dance, Mike Vogel and Julian McMahon; “Brave New World,” based on Aldous Huxley’s classic novel which is being developed alongside Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television; “The Magicians,” based on Lev Grossman’s popular trilogy; and Wes Craven’s “The People Under The Stairs,” based on the 1991 film; and “We Are All Completely Fine,” based on book by Daryl Gregory. And the mind-bending thriller pilot “Falling Water” with USA from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead”) of Valhalla Entertainment, Blake Masters (“2 Guns”) and the late Emmy Award-winner Henry Bromell (“Homeland”).
07/07/2015 - 3:01pm | Updated: 5 hours 5 min Ago
Robert Kirkman will not be attending this week's Comic-Con in San Diego.
Following not being able to attend the recent Image Expo last week, Kirkman let it be known he also won't be at the SDCC due to throat surgery.
"Unfortunately, after years and years of being healthier than my physique would indicate I had to have minor surgery on my throat," Kirkman posted on Skybound.com. "Nothing serious, but in the aftermath of such a fun experience, it comes with a brief duration of time where I’m unable to speak so all that pink business inside me can heal. As luck would have it, that period of time overlaps with Comic-Con."
Kirkman notes it will be his first time missing Comic-Con in ten years, but looks forward to next year and hopes to see the new Deadpool trailer in some form.
"This is the first Comic-Con I’m missing in well over a decade. While I’m bummed that I can’t be there, there’s nothing keeping you from enjoying all the fun events... I plan on making my triumphant Comic-Con return next year, you’ve been warned. Until then I’ll just be catching up on work and eating a lot of ice cream. So go to a panel, buy an overpriced hotdog, and think of me when you’re buying Transformer toys. I wish you all a fun and safe Comic-Con. Someone please be sure to bootleg the Deadpool trailer for me!"
07/07/2015 - 2:50pm | Updated: 5 hours 18 min Ago
Check out the Iron Patriot spotlight trailer above for the Marvel Contest Of Champions mobile game.
Cut loose with the iconic suit of red, white, and blue armor!
Marvel Contest of Champions is the only arcade-style fighting game on mobile that goes beyond the films and dives deep into the Marvel Universe. Heroes and villains from the Avengers, Thunderbolts, X-Men, Inhumans, Guardians of the Galaxy, the Brotherhood, X-Force and more battle it out in iconic Marvel locations, in an epic storyline that stays true to classic Marvel storytelling.
07/07/2015 - 2:34pm | Updated: 5 hours 24 min Ago
Watch a behind-the-scenes set video from Fear The Walking Dead featuring the cast and crew welcoming fans to LA and sharing what they're looking forward to in the episodes to come.
Fear The Walking Dead premiers in August with the first season set in Los Angeles; a second season is also in development for 2016.
The series stars Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Mercedes Mason and Rubén Blades.
07/07/2015 - 2:28pm | Updated: 5 hours 40 min Ago
The all-female Ghostbusters has found its villain.
Deadline reports Neil Casey will play the bad guy in the Paul Feig Ghostbusters reboot.
Casey is known for Saturday Night Live where three of the film’s leads - Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones - also came from as well as roles on Veep, Other Space, Kroll Show and Cufflinks.
As the article notes, interestingly enough Casey sort of resembles Ghostbusters II's Dr. Janosz Poha.
It's said Neil Casey's character is named Rowan, but no specific details are known.
Leaked Sony e-mails did mention the bad guy of the all-female Ghostbusters might be a convicted murderer who turns into a ghost after his execution is hit by "a supercharged electrical storm" and raises an army of the dead in NYC.
Director Paul Feig also shared some prop images.
"Ghostbusters" has a July 22, 2016 release starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth.
07/07/2015 - 2:15pm | Updated: 5 hours 53 min Ago
The Screen Junkies YouTube Channel is back with another of their "honest trailers" - this time with Iron Man.
Iron Man came out in 2008 spearheading the Marvel Cinematic Universe starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and the titular character.
The movie made a worldwide gross of just over $585 million and saw RDJ skyrocketed to fame.
RDJ reportedly received a hefty $80 million payout for The Avengers 2 and Captain America: Civil War.
Screen Junkies regulary puts out "honest trailers" that are parody approaches to various Hollywood moveis.
07/07/2015 - 2:06pm | Updated: 6 hours 3 min Ago
Check out another new spot above for Fantastic Four.
"Fantastic Four" has an August 7, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank from a screenplay by Jeremy Slater, Simon Kinberg and Josh Trank; produced by Matthew Vaughn, Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Robert Kulzar and Gregory Goodman; starring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell.
FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
07/07/2015 - 1:14pm | Updated: 6 hours 54 min Ago
“Sam’s original Delta is back,” says Campbell. “I’m talking the ‘73 Delta 88. The Classic is back! I’ve driven it. I did a William Shatner power-slide in that car. That’s the only spoiler I’m gonna give you: that Ash and that car — we can power-slide. I met William Shatner on the convention circuit, and I talked aboutT.J. Hooker. He talked to me about how he power-slides those cars in T.J. Hooker. So I took Shatner’s advice, and I used that advice to do a T.J. Hookercombo-platter — with the Classic — power-slide.”
“There’s going to be a lot of the classic, over-the-top, in-your-face fullness, with a pretty trash-talking Ash,” says the star. “In a TV series, people gotta talk, so Ash will have more dialogue than he’s pretty much ever had. There’s a pretty high count of Ash’s classic one-liners. They’re back, and they’re strong, and they’re flourishing!”
Ash Vs Evil Dead premiers with ten episodes in the Fall also starring Ray Santiago and Dana Delorenzo, and the show will be featured Friday, July 10th at Comic-Con.
Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.
07/07/2015 - 1:04pm | Updated: 7 hours 5 min Ago
Images have surfaced of Daniel Bruhl arriving for filming in Atlanta, GA on Captain America: Civil War.
Bruhl will be playing Baron Zemo in the movie.
Hopefully we see Bruhl in costume soon.
"Captain America: Civil War" has a May 6, 2016 release date directed by Anthony and Joe Russo starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Emily VanCamp, William Hurt, Martin Freeman and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.
Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.
¡Primera foto de Daniel Brühl en el set de rodaje de 'Capitán América: Civil War'! pic.twitter.com/GGolLfH06q— Agent of MARVEL (@AgentedeMARVEL) July 7, 2015
07/07/2015 - 12:51pm | Updated: 7 hours 17 min Ago
Two more possible pieces of Superman video game art have been released with another look at the Man of Steel and a new image of Brainiac.
Yesterday saw the first image leak, with it also stated a new Superman video game is in development.
It's possible with the Batman Arkham games seemingly being finished that WB Games may be going with a new Superman video game or possibly some sort of Justice League game.
07/07/2015 - 1:48am | Updated: 18 hours 21 min Ago
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has a March 25, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter and Tao Okamoto in new character roles for the film. Justice League is to follow directed by Zack Snyder as well.
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
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07/07/2015 - 1:32am | Updated: 18 hours 35 min Ago
In EW's latest issue covering Comic-Con, it's noted in their Batman Vs. Superman article the Justice League script is ready.
Here's the blurb:
To craft the costumed-hero mash-up, Snyder and Chris Terrio -- the Argo screenwriter who was brought on to Batman v Superman for a rewrite and who has since finished the Justice League script -- locked themselves in a room with an enormous supply of Diet Coke and plotted out their epic saga visually, like a giant cave painting. "Chris would talk and I woud draw and it was basically this weird mural of the movies with no words," says Snyder.
They drew from their own imaginations as well as comics mythology, including Frank Miller's revered 1986 The Dark Knight Returns, which also posits and embittered Batman past his prime setting his sights on our boy in blue. In his editing suite in Pasadena last month, Snyder showed off early passes of the money sequence, a rainy rooftop battle between the two capes. There's an undeniable thrill to watching these pop culture icons go at it -- that can likely be traced back to a memory of lying stomach-down in the living room, an action figure in each hand.
"Justice League Part One" has a 2017 release directed by Zack Snyder starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. "Batman v Superman" hits March 25, 2016.
Batman Vs. Superman Trailer:
07/06/2015 - 10:28pm | Updated: 19 hours 3 min Ago
Rocksteady’s swan song is in full effect and the Knight will never again be the same. In what we all presume is the final “Arkham” game featuring Batman (if you believe them, that is), gamers all around will be treated to a beautiful looking, next generation, high production value, AAA title that once again empowers the player to be vengeance; to be the night. Arkham Asylum (2009) and Arkham City (2011) made people believe in super hero video games again. They didn’t have to be shameless and senseless movie tie-ins without vision. They could produce atmospheric immersion as edgy as Chris Nolan’s “Bat” films. They could reach deep into the treasure trove of “Bat” mythos established in the comic books. They could deliver fast-paced gameplay that was both satisfying in its ease of use and difficulty to master. Arkham Knight is one of 2015’s highly anticipated games, and in some instances this game meets all the hype with a knockout smash.
However, there is no such thing as a perfect game, and there is a laundry list of issues associated with this product that cannot be ignored in light of the average consumer needing to be as smart as possible when it comes to their cash. When AAA game productions boast so much money in their budgets and employ so many talented professionals, everything needs to be taken into account to properly separate Game of the Year contenders from the pretenders.
Let’s start with the big one:
PC sales of Arkham Knight were suspended indefinitely (starting June 24th) by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment due to multi-dimensional software failure. Gamers who remember the rocky release of Assassin’s Creed: Unity last year know what I’m talking about when it comes to describing a game as being “broken.” The PC version of Arkham Knight is apparently worse. Bugs, glitches, sporadic freezes and frame rate stutters are running rampant like a jailbreak from Blackgate Prison. The main culprit appears to be the massive performance discrepancy between this game’s system requirements and the capabilities of AMD graphics cards. Users on STEAM are absolutely irate (and rightly so!) delivering a 70% unfavorable rating for this game. The console versions are by no means functioning with full fluidity either. I played my version of Arkham Knight on a PS4, and I too experienced some frame rate issues as well as two instances of complete freeze/crashes – one during the middle of a massive hand-to-hand fight and the other when I was opening the door to a building.
Can this news get any worse? According to Kotaku, anonymous quality assurance testers have stated that WB Interactive knew precisely how much of a mess the PC version of this game was and pushed ahead with the release anyway. Before we grab our torches and pitchforks, we do need to realize that the PC translation was subcontracted out to developer Iron Galaxy. Then we need to appreciate the relationship between software developers and distributors/publishers. Developers usually want more time and resources to finish their projects while distributors want return on their investment ASAP and push hard for deadlines; sometimes so hard that the end result isn’t pretty. No one gets a pass here. Rocksteady, Iron Galaxy and WB Interactive deserve poor marks for their choices regarding the PC port.
Arkham Knight’s Season Pass pricing set at $40 seems too high. I do not believe that downloadable content is or should be priced at some proportional ratio to the content provided by a “complete” game. However, I completely understand how anyone could compare the price points and think exactly that. I consider DLC as a separate entity that may or may not enhance the original product for the player. I don’t care about the pricing so long as I know what I’m paying for, and that is specifically the problem with Arkham Knight’s pass. Season passes in general don’t do a good job at identifying its own content because the trick to snagging early sales is by pushing the impulse buy that the hype of a game release such as this can generate. Most season passes do not deliver any form of content right away and investing in them early on can be a gamble. What if you’re only interested in certain parts of it?
I personally do not recommend the season pass for Arkham Knight as this series of games has a history of producing a ton of aesthetic skins to dress Batman up like a Ken doll as a major component of the overall content that is provided later on. I would change my tune in an instant if the “Batman Beyond” skin would allow me to turn invisible and jetpack around the city as opposed to gliding. Unfortunately, these skins never have and never will alter the gameplay and therefore have no value to me. Story levels have been promised as part of the season pass which will allow the player to control other marquee personalities stalking Gotham City (like Batgirl, Harley Quinn and the Red Hood), but I need to know details such as how much time it takes to clear this content before having any measuring stick to determine worth.
What the hell happened with those “Batmobile” Collector’s Editions? This SNAFU is not to be laid at Rocksteady’s feet as it is usually the corporate conglomerate’s desire to increase sales through cross promotions and tie-ins, and it is WB Interactive’s authority to determine who to partner with and how so. Details are sketchy as to which company is to blame for making these “fully transformable” Batmobiles a quality control issue. According to WB, “unforeseen circumstances that greatly compromised the quality,” are to blame. This corporate rhetoric can translate to any number of excuses, but none of them matter for those that pre-ordered the $200 dollar version of Arkham Knight. Nobody is getting it now. I’m not sure what’s more pathetic, the fact that the “New 52” skin pack is being offered to everyone for free as some kind of apology or that this edition was officially cancelled less than a week prior to its retail release?
How many times has this game been delayed? Twice. Arkham Knight was originally slated for a holiday release in 2014, then it got pushed to June 2nd of 2015 until finally settling on June 23rd. Now that we have passed the release date and everyone is loving (or loathing) the game, it is natural to forget about those pesky delays that felt so soul crushing at the time. Considering the technical difficulties that have cloud burst the PC iteration, one can’t help but think about what Rocksteady (and Iron Galaxy) was doing with the extended time? Delays, unfortunately, have become hard wired into the very essence of the video game industry. Teasing the general population with cut scene videos and quarterly window release periods is the norm because there’s some fundamental miscommunication happening between distributors and developers. To suffer almost a year’s worth of delays for some to receive an unplayable game is inexcusable. Avoiding such a travesty is worth additional delays for problematic platforms, at least. Better time management and detailed communication in the first place would have been better.
Yay! The Batmobile is a major part of Arkham Knight. But how much is enough? Do you know that feeling when a software company introduces a new mechanic to a game and when you start playing it, it seems like all you are doing is that very same game mechanic? That’s exactly the situation regarding the Batmobile in Arkham Knight. Having completed the main story and a number of all the side quests, I’d estimate that Batmobile centric activity in this game is at least 50% of the whole shot, and that’s a huge amount considering this entire series has been about “being the Batman” which is considerably more than simply “being his car.” And what does that car do? Well, it’s mostly a tank that gets into a ton of tank battles on the streets of Gotham where shells don’t penetrate buildings, damage dealt to sidewalks and parked cars regenerate and pedestrians don’t get “run over” by the car, they get “knocked out” and pushed to the side of the road. Huh?
Do you know what the “car” mechanic means in the video game industry? It means races and time trials. Do you know what the Batmobile brings to the “Arkham” series? Races and time trials (and tank battles?). Now, if you’re a fan of these, chances are you are familiar with games that do these better like Forza, Gran Turismo or Midnight Club. If you’re a fan of “Arkham” games, get used to the learning curve of driving this really fast, heavily armored, and poor handling contraption that gives you the ability to power slide corners, but chances are you are just going to crash through the corner, every corner, all the time. Rocksteady’s intent was to make the Batmobile more than one of Batman’s tools and more than a mode of transportation. The Batmobile is essentially a new character, but no character should ever steal the player’s attention from Batman himself in a game like this.
Conclusion: Arkham Knight still plays well on Xbox Ones and PS4s. Gamers that have said platforms should at least try this game out via rental or borrowing if they happen to be on the fence. This game is only to be considered as an absolute buy for “Bat” fanatics and fans of the Arkham series. Those that are looking to ride out the dog days of the summer with ANY new game should reconsider, especially if this one is still selling at the full asking price.
The elements that underwhelm me are more than just the historic bullet points I mentioned in the body of this article. Batmobile transit has completely supplanted methodical exploration on foot. The story is too fragmented. There are no proper “boss” fights (see Poison Ivy from Asylum and Mr. Freeze from City). And the best parts about this game are things I can’t even talk about because of major spoilers early and throughout as well as the ending itself which is very fun to experience.
This is not how Rocksteady wanted to wrap up their “Bat” trilogy. The Arkham games have been celebrated for getting the player into Batman’s head unlike any other, but I didn’t feel like the Dark Knight playing this game at all. I felt like his life model decoy that was running errands that he himself simply could not be bothered with. I spend too much time dealing with the Riddler when he’s contributed zilch to Scarecrow’s siege on Gotham. I drive around way too much when I feel I should be lurking in the shadows. Fear takedowns are so overpowered that stealth is all but a waste of time. Ping combat was great, but there seemed to be less moments where situations called for it.
Arkham Knight is a big budget pretender for Game of the Year. Its sheer size and name will assure its presence on every website’s and media conglomerate’s “Top 5” lists, but make no mistake; this game has already been outshined by the likes of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and the big boys of the Fall like Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, Halo 5: Guardians, Fallout 4, Star Wars Battlefront, and Rainbow Six: Siege all show enough potential for gamers to say “Bat who?”
07/06/2015 - 10:01pm | Updated: 22 hours 6 min Ago
Regarding Marvel Studios, while Kevin Feige tried to explain Marvel didn't have anything to show off ("the timing wasn't right"), Marvel could have easily done something for Ant-Man, which opens next week, as well as could have featured new Spider-Man Tom Holland and probably could have done something for Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange if they really wanted to.
At least Disney will have a Star Wars panel, but EW.com reports no new trailers, clips or footage will be shown.
What is stated to be coming at Comic-Con from Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a behind-the-scenes look at the film in addition to J.J. Abrams, Disney LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy and some members of the cast apeparing from the movie.
It's assumed Disney is saving future Marvel Studios news for August's Disney D23 Expo, and now it's likely new Star Wars footage may debut then.
EW's report does note a new Star Wars trailer is due out in the Fall.
The Star Wars Comic-Con panel takes place this Friday.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has a December 18, 2015 release directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer:
07/06/2015 - 4:55pm | Updated: 7 hours 16 min Ago
Not only is a new Superman video game rumored to be in development, but a possible leaked Superman concept image has hit the net.
Honestly, the image does look fake as it features the New 52 Superman from Injustice in addition to stock fonts for the lettering; however, a user on the WBGames forums is stating a Superman video game is in the works and is coming soon.
Obviously, it's a stretch, but perhaps WG Games Montreal and/or Rocksteady are developing a Superman game similar to the popular Batman Arkham games, and the studios used easily referenced material for concept art and use.
Of course, another possibility is some sort of Justice League video game.