A New DC Super Hero Girls Movie Coming in May

I enjoyed watching the first DC Super Hero Girls original animated movie, Hero of the Year, so I’m glad to hear another one will be coming. This franchise, aimed at and starring young women, is a breath of fresh air, and I’m glad to see heroes like Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl, and many others working together in the “hero school” setting. That Super Hero High environment allows for a bunch of cameos and supporting characters, which are fun. Plus, DC […]

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The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-Wrestlemania

Out Tuesday is the latest collaboration between Warner Bros. Animation and WWE Studios. Following in the footsteps of Scooby-Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery, Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon (which gets a one-line callout), and The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown comes The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-Wrestlemania. (I’ve previously posted the trailer.) We open at a WWE show in Denver. Big Show comes out bragging about being the next champion by defeating Sheamus, but a massive snowstorm is shutting […]

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Kickass Theron Atomic Blonde a Comic Book Movie!

Charlize Theron has a movie opening in July that’s been getting a lot of buzz recently because they just dropped the following restricted (red-band) trailer: She’s a sexy spy in this action thriller, and the Atomic Blonde trailer is heavy on fight scenes and girl/girl sex to get the adrenaline pumping. Also in the movie are John Goodman, Toby Jones, Sofia Boutella, and James McAvoy, so some big names there. It’s directed by David Leitch, whose John Wick has been […]

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Boomerang Streaming Service Coming for Animation

I applaud Warner Bros. for embracing the streaming market. For those who can’t or won’t pay inflated cable TV prices, Warner has created services like FilmStruck (by TCM) to bring content to subscribers directly. Now they’ve got one for animation fans. Boomerang (also the name of one of their cartoon cable networks) will launch later this spring as a domestic premium video subscription service from Warner Bros. and Time Warner’s Turner. The “massive Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes, and MGM animation library […]

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Vixen Animated Series Coming to Home Video

The Vixen animated series the CW put out online as a tie-in to their live-action superhero block will now be available for purchase. Vixen: The Movie will be released on Digital HD on May 8, with Blu-ray (list price $19.98) and DVD (list price $18.94) versions following on May 23. The shorts (a total of 12 across two seasons) will have 15 minutes of new content added to make them into a single story. Megalyn Echikunwoke voices the animal-powered superhero, […]

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Thirteen Women

I watched Thirteen Women, a 1932 proto-thriller, because I was inspired by the impressively good You Must Remember This podcast, which has started a new series on “Dead Blondes”. It sounds morbid, but it’s an interesting way to explore how women are sold as sex objects and often end up the worse for it. The first episode focused on Peg Entwistle, whom you’ve likely never heard of. She’s best known, if at all, for being the woman who committed suicide […]

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Powerless Also Laughless

I got a chance to watch the first two episodes of Powerless, the NBC workplace comedy set in the DC universe. Unfortunately, the superheroes are used only as set dressing, and the comedy isn’t funny. It’s the story of Emily (Vanessa Hudgens, High School Musical), new girl in the big city, who’s been hired to manage an R&D department for Wayne Security. Her employees include Teddy (Danny Pudi, Community), Ron (Ron Funches, Undateable), and Wendy (Jennie Pierson, Don’t Trust the […]

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Justice League Dark

Justice League Dark has a promising concept but executes it half-heartedly, turning a visit to the magic-using side of the DCU into just another superhero-style battle. As the movie opens, people start seeing demons. Defending themselves, the humans attack, but the demons are really other people. It’s a truly horrific idea, with fear based on the concept of what we could find ourselves doing if seeing hallucinations. Unfortunately, after a suspenseful introduction that was my favorite part of the movie, […]

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