Dragon Ball's Bulma voice actress found in car on Thursday . Voice actress Hiromi Tsuru passed away on Thursday, November 16 due to unknown causes.
She was 57. Police found Tsuru unconscious withe seat belt fastened in the driver's seat of a car, which was stopped with hazard lights on at a highway in Tokyo's Chūō ward at around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Authorities rushed her to the hospital, but she was pronounced dead on arrival.
Her agency confirmed that she died at the age of 57 from aortic dissection. She will be truly missed..RIP ....
Doomsday Clock arrives in comic book stores Wednesday, Nov 22 (or, if you prefer to stay up late, at 11:57 PM on Nov. 21), but if you want to make sure you go into reading the first issue as spoiler-free as possible, you might want to sign off of the Internet a few days before it goes on sale.
As part of its promotional package for the first issue of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Watchmen-based event series, DC Comics set an official embargo time of Sunday, Nov. 19 at 11:57 PM PST for all reviews.
While the reviews allowed under the embargo are to be spoiler-free, there will, of course, be some discussion of the issue and event that some readers might prefer not to read ahead of getting the issue in their own hands. Plus, with the first issue now in the wild, it’s an inevitability that some spoilers will leak ahead of the issue’s official release, so it would be advised to avoid clicking on any headlines indicating potential spoilers in the articles they link to.
Source : CBR
CBR.com is reporting that a Morbius The Living Vampire movie is being developed at Sony.
Sony is looking to expand its Spider-Man shared universe with a film centered on Morbius, the Living Vampire. Power Rangers writers Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama developed the script, which was submitted to Sony “after a secret development process.”
Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane, Morbius first debuted in October 1971 in Amazing Spider-Man #101. Dr. Michael Morbius is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who attempted to create a cure for his own rare blood disease using vampires. Instead of finding a cure, Morbius turned himself into a vampire-like figure who needed to consume blood to continue living.
Sony has two Spider-Man spinoffs slated for release in 2018. Venom, starring Tom Hardy and written by Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, is expected to hit theaters on Oct. 5, 2018. Silver & Black (starring Silver Sable and Black Cat) is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, and also has an October 2018 release date.
The pilot for the adaptation of Rick Remender’s Deadly Class, the comic about a secret school for assassins began shooting this week.
According to Inside Vancouver the Russo Brothers produced series was to begin shooting November 15th.
However, we have heard the production has started today, apparently a letter was circulated that stated filming started on the 13th.
The Anime Industry Has Hit An 2.9 Trillion Yen Milestone
The Association of Japanese Animations reported that in 2016 the anime industry reached an industry income milestone of 2.9 trillion yen (about $25.5 billion US) for the first time in history!
The Association of Japanese Animations calculates business done in 9 areas, including movies, television shows, home video distribution, and overseas distribution. According to the AJA, overseas movie distribution and overseas home video distribution accounts for about 767.6 billion yen (about $6.8 billion US) in sales, while the next biggest category, character goods, accounts for about 562.7 billion yen (about $5 billion US) in sales. And they say there is still potential for it to grow even more in the future!
The AJA states that the increasingly diverse methods of enjoying Japanese animation domestically and abroad spur the industry's continued growth, citing live concerts, voice actor events, and mega-popular movies such as Makoto Shinkai's Your Name. as examples. Mr. Hiromichi Masuda, vice chairman of the Japan Video Association Business Committee, said, "It is becoming a big market to establish business methods for people to enjoy animation.The size of the market depends on overseas sales There is a possibility of further expansion. "
What are your thoughts on the news?! Are you so pumped for how big the anime industry has become? Do you think it will continue to grow? Let us know what you are thinking down below!
Source : Anime Mojo
During Secret Empire, Frank Castle — AKA the Punisher — chose to side with Captain America and Hydra. The deadly anti-hero’s choice proved to be a controversial one, and it seems that he’ll have some atoning to do in Marvel Legacy.
In an interview with CBR, series writer Matthew Rosenberg teased how the Punisher’s choice to side with Hydra-Cap will influence his behavior when he dons the War Machine armor in the next arc, starting with Punisher#218.
RELATED: The Punisher: Current Events Didn’t Change Series’ Final Edit
“His role in Secret Empire was troubling, even for a man like Frank Castle who is, himself, troubling,” Rosenberg said. “But it was supposed to be. Seeing Frank jump into bed with bad people to get the chance to go at other bad people is tough to swallow but it raises some interesting questions about what and where his lines are.
“When we pick up with Frank, he has moved past that in a lot of ways,” he continued. “I like to think he has regrets and sees a chance to set some things right, but he’s not really someone who is big on introspection or verbalizing his feelings. In our series, Frank is going up against a fascist military government, trying to do what he always does, kill the bad guys. Is his decision to do this a reaction to Secret Empire? It’d be disingenuous to say it wasn’t a factor. But is he also going to cross some lines and maybe fall into some of the same traps as before? Yeah, for sure.”
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Guiu Vilanova will provide art for the series, which will see Castle take up the mantle of War Machine after the death of James Rhodes during Civil War II.
Source : CBR
DEATHSTROKE Movie Starring Joe Manganiello Reportedly In The Works From THE RAID Director Gareth Evans
Joe Manganiello's Deathstroke may have been dropped from The Batman but there is some good news for the character today as Warner Bros. is reportedly moving forward with a solo outing for the anti-hero.
Last year, Ben Affleck shared a cryptic Tweet featuring Joe Manganiello suited up as Deathstroke and it took no time at all for us to learn that the character was set to take centre stage in The Batman. Since then, big changes have been made and Affleck has been replaced as the movie's director by Matt Reeves. He's ditched Affleck and Johns' script to work on a new one unlikely to include Slade Wilson.
Despite all of that drama, we have some good news for both Manganiello and fans of the anti-hero as it's been revealed today that The Raid helmer Gareth Evans is in talks to write and direct a Deathstroke movie which will star the Magic Mike actor. Evans passed on directing Justice League Dark but his Deathstroke pitch actually impressed DC Entertainment executives enough to get this the green light.
Both The Raid and it's sequel featured jaw-dropping fight scenes which will fit in well in a movie like this. How it will fit into the wider DC Films Universe remains to be seen, especially as the studio is now developing standalone features too. Regardless, it's good to hear the character is getting his due and that Manganiello will be given the opportunity to play the character he was cast all those months ago.
Source: Comic Books Movie
Thunder Cats :
Hey guys, it's throwback Tuesday ,and in the spotlight today is Thunder Cats . ThunderCats is an American animated television series that was produced by Rankin-Bass Animated Entertainment and Leisure Concepts debuting in 1985, based on the characters created by Tobin "Ted" Wolf. The series, ran from 1985 to American animated television series that was produced by Rankin-Bass Animated Entertainment and Leisure Concepts debuting in 1985, based on the characters created by Tobin "Ted" Wolf.
First episode date: January 23, 1985
Final episode date: September 29, 1989
The animation for the episodes was provided by the Japanese studio Pacific Animation Corporation, with Masaki Iizuka as production manager. The studio was acquired in 1989 to form Walt Disney Animation Japan. Season 1of the show aired in 1985 (65 episodes), followed by a TV movie entitled ThunderCats – HO! in 1986. Seasons 2, 3, and 4 followed a new format of twenty episodes each, starting with a five-part story.
The series, for which Leonard Starr was the head writer, follows the adventures of a group of catlike humanoid aliens. The animation for the episodes was provided by the Japanese studio Pacific Animation Corporation, with Masaki Iizuka as production manager. The studio was acquired in 1989 to form Walt Disney Animation Japan.
Season 1of the show aired in 1985 (65 episodes), followed by a TV movie entitled ThunderCats – HO! in 1986. Seasons 2, 3, and 4 followed a new format of twenty episodes each, starting with a five-part story.
The ThunderCats comic book series was based on the original television series of the same name. It was originally published by Marvel Comics through its Star Comics imprint in 1985, lasting for 3 years and 24 issues.
During this time, a new series was published by Marvel UK consisting of 129 issues and was also published for three years.
Beginning in 2002 Thundercats titles were published by Wildstorm Productions, and including 5 mini-series and several one-shots.
Robert Kirkman lied to Image about The Walking Dead involving an alien invasion to get them to approve the book.
All through this weekend (and earlier in last week), I’ve been talking about the origins of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead. When last we left our heroes, Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore, the pair of creators had re-pitched The Walking Dead as a more traditional zombie book after getting rejected as a futuristic zombie story and being told by Jim Valentino not to have the book be a spin-off of Night of the Living Dead. So Kirkman and Moore pitched Image with a more traditional, modern zombie story. THAT pitch was rejected because the opening seemed to boring, so Kirkman revamped it again to come up with the now-famous opening where Rick Grimes gets shot and ends up in a coma and when he wakes up from the coma, the world has been overrun by zombies.
However, even THAT didn’t get the book approved, as again, Image just thought that it sounded too, well, NORMAL. Everyone knows a zombie story, ya know?
So Robert Kirkman took one last crack and came up with a lie about the series that he sold to Image’s then-Marketing Director, Eric Stephenson, telling him,
“Look, you’re right, it does need a hook and that’s why after a few issues I’m gonna reveal that this is actually an alien invasion story. That these zombies are actually put on Earth by aliens and it’ll eventually be revealed that it’s this really cool sci-fi epic involving alien invasion. You know, the seeds will be planted very early on, but it will be a while before it’s actuallt revealed.”
Stephenson liked the idea and told Jim Valentino and they approved the book.
The Walking Dead #1 came out and it was very well-received and everyone liked it.
However, Stephenson then contacted Kirkman to tell him, “Hey, I read the first issue. It’s great. But I didn’t see any hints at this alien ivnasion plot that’s being set up. Is it gonna come in at #2 or #3 or whatever?”
Kirkman then came clean that he was not intending to actually tie aliens into the story (as noted in Wednesday’s Comic Book Legends Revealed) and the first issue had gone so well that they just let Kirkman do his own thing and, well, thank goodness that they did so!!
Thanks to Matt O. for the suggestion, thanks to Jamie Coville for telling me more about this stuff and thanks to Dave Marks at the Zombie Research Society for information about this and the rest of this weekend’s The Walking Dead-related legends!
Source : CBR
McFarlane Toys has signed a toy license deal with CBS Consumer Products to create figures, role play weapons and accessories for the new Star Trek: Discovery television series. In addition, McFarlane Toys will also create merchandise from the entire Star Trek universe, ranging from the iconic classic television series Star Trek: The Original Series to the legendary films.
The initial line will highlight two of the most iconic characters in the Star Trek universe with articulated 7-inch figures of U.S.S. Enterprise Captain James T. Kirk from Star Trek: The Original Series and U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation. These figures will debut in window box collector packaging and feature iconic accessories such as phasers and communicators. Various characters from the highly-anticipated Star Trek: Discovery television series and other adaptations will follow.
“Star Trek is hands down one of the most groundbreaking and innovative franchises in the history of entertainment,” said Todd McFarlane, Owner and CEO of McFarlane Toys. “We plan on carrying that forward with our upcoming toy lines, giving fans a fresh and detailed look, that their favorite characters deserve.”
“We are excited to sign McFarlane Toys as the first licensee for Star Trek: Discovery. Their commitment to quality and dedication to fans is the perfect combination to bring this lineup of products to life,” said Veronica Hart, Senior Vice President of CBS Consumer Products. “We know Star Trek fans worldwide are looking forward to it as much as we are.”
McFarlane’s Star Trek toys will be available in the Spring of 2018 at major retailers worldwide starting at an MSRP: $19.99. For more information about Star Trek, visit www.startrek.com. For more information about everything McFarlane Toys, fans are encouraged to check out www.mcfarlane.com as well as the McFarlane social media channels for updates and news.
For over 20 years McFarlane Toys has produced toys for various entertainment properties, and is renowned for its attention to detail and unmistakable craftsmanship. This collaboration with Star Trek will undoubtedly give fans all over the world new and unique collectables that will be “true to life” replicas of both legendary and new characters from the Star Trek franchise.
Born from the mind of Gene Roddenberry, the original Star Trek series debuted on September 8, 1966 and aired for three seasons -- a short run that belied the influence it would have for generations. It spawned six more television series and 13 feature films spanning the course of half a century. Its newest chapter, Star Trek: Discovery, will feature a new ship, new characters, and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. The series will premiere on the CBS Television Network with all subsequent episodes available on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service, and will be distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and OTT service CraveTV.
Source : DC
Shanghai WingsMedia Strikes $250M Animation Co-Production Deal With Shellhut,
Tiny IslandWith what they say is the biggest animation film cooperation in Asia, the partners want to create the Chinese equivalent of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe for an international audience.
Singapore’s Tiny Island Productions and Thailand’s Shellhut Entertainment have signed a $250 million 10-film co-production deal with Shanghai WingsMedia, a subsidiary of China’s second-largest media group, Shanghai Media Group.
They struck the deal, which they said it the biggest animation film cooperation in Asia, under their joint venture Shellhut and Tiny Island Pictures. With the cooperation, the companies said they intend to create the Chinese equivalent of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe for an international audience.
The co-production partnership will start with a feature film bringing together two known properties, namely Shanghai Media Group’s reality TV series Starship MZ: 2049 and Tiny Island’s animated series Dream Defenders. That first film is targeted for release in 2020. The partnership plans to subsequently unveil a new film based on new IP every year.
Shellhut will use the new IP from the feature films to build theme parks in Thailand, while Tiny Island will use it for the development of more licensing and merchandising products.
Veteran animators, such as director Paul Chung, who has worked on Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Shre, and Madagascarunder DreamWorks Animation, Disney, Warner Brothers and MGM, has been brought together to lead the development and production of the films.
Ok guys, it's Throwback Tuesday, and in the spot light this week is Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends is a series that ran from September 12, 1981 to September 10, 1983. It is the third Spider-Man series after Spider-Man and Spider-Man and the first team-based series.
Created By :
Steve DitkoJack KirbyStan Lee
Story Line :
Peter Parker (Spider-Man), Bobby Drake (Iceman), and Angelica Jones (Firestar) are all college students atEmpire State University.
After working together to defeat the Beetle and recovering the "Power Booster" he stole from Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) the trio decide to team-up permanently as the "Spider-Friends". They live together in Peter's Aunt May's home with her and a pet dog, Ms. Lion (adopted from Firestar), a Lhasa Apso. Together, the superheroes battle various supervillains.
Some stories featured team-ups with other characters from the Marvel Universe, including Captain America,Thor, Iron Man, Sunfire, and the mid-1970s X-Men.
Today at New York Comic-Con, Warner Bros. Japan revealed the first official poster for its upcoming anime movie Batman Ninja.
The poster was unveiled alongside footage from the film, which was shown to those in attendance at NYCC. While the footage has not yet been released online, you can check out the poster, which offers an early glimpse at the katana-wielding Dark Knight, below:
Batman Ninja NYCC poster.
The film, which sees Batman sent back in time during medieval-era Japan, will be released sometime next year on DVD and Blu-ray.
Batman Ninja is being directed by Jumpei Mizusaki (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure) with character designs by Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai). Eric Garcia and Leo Chu wrote the English screenplay, which is based on a script by Kazuki Nakashima.
Source : io9
New Poster for the Constantine Animated Series on CW Seed
The Constantine animated series that was announced for CW Seed back in January at the Television Critics Association winter press tour has gotten a brand new poster. The series will feature the voice of Matt Ryan, who starred as the title character in the live-action NBC series, which aired for one season. The Constantine animated series will consist of five to six 10-minute episodes and will premiere in 2018. You can stream the live-action series on CW Seed right now.
This all-new animated series, from Warner Bros. Animation and Blue Ribbon Content, follows DC’s popular comic book character John Constantine (voiced by the live-action series star Matt Ryan), a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult. Armed with an arcane knowledge of the dark arts and a wicked wit, he fights the good fight. With his soul already damned to hell, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent. With the balance of good and evil on the line, Constantine uses his skills to face the supernatural terrors that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.
The Constantine animated series is produced by David S. Goyer (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knight trilogy and the Constantine live-action series), Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl) and Sarah Schechter (Riverdale, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow). It’s produced by Butch Lukic (Justice League Action, Batman Unlimited), written by J.M. DeMatteis (Justice League Dark, Batman vs. Robin) and will be directed by Doug Murphy (Justice League Action, Young Justice).
Fans at New York Comic Con this Sunday can check out a three-minute sneak peek at the Constantine animated series at the beginning of the Warner Bros. Television panel in the Hammerstein Ballroom at 2 p.m. Are you excited for the new series? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned for more news from NYCC!
Source : Superherohype
Batman and the Signal #1 has been pushed back from its planned November 8 debut, with DC stating they expect to re-solicit it for a January 2018 release. All orders for the debut issue and #2 have been cancelled at the retailer level.
No reason was given for the change, but this is the second change to the title. It was originally announced as an ongoing, but was later amended to be a three-issue miniseries.
Sneak Peek :
BATMAN AND THE SIGNAL #1
Written by SCOTT SNYDER and TONY PATRICK
Art and cover by CULLY HAMNER
Variant cover by DECLAN SHALVEY
Batman may own the night, but with new villains emerging during the day he needs an ally to defend the city when he can’t. Only one teen is up to the challenge, Duke Thomas.
After months of training, he’s ready to step out of the shadow of the bat to become his own kind of hero. Meet Gotham City’s newest protector:
The Signal! Spinning out of adventures in ALL-STAR BATMAN and WE ARE ROBIN, comics superstar Scott Snyder and newcomer Tony Patrick take our young hero to new heights in this exciting miniseries with artwork by Cully Hamner.
32 pg, FC
This week’s release of Wonder Woman #31 brought with it the arrival of a new creative team in writer James Robinson and artist Carlo Pagulayan. Titled “Children of the Gods,” the pair’s story will pick up threads established over a year ago, when DC’s New 52 was at its dusk and DC Rebirth was just beginning. Not only will the storyline finally give us answers regarding the mystery of Diana Prince’s long-lost twin brother Jason, it will also feature the return of a fairly recent, albeit quite massive, addition to the DC Universe. Grail, the infamous daughter of Darkseid, has returned.
Although she hasn’t been seen since we caught a glimpse of her in last year’s DC Rebirth Special #1, the importance of Grail’s introduction and impact on the DCU can’t be overstated. She’s kept quiet for a while, but now she’s back, and it doesn’t bode well at all for Wonder Woman, considering the trail of death and destruction Grail left in her wake the last time she surfaced. The last time Grail interacted with DC’s heroes was in “Darkseid War,” a Justice League event that was published over two years ago, so it’s understandable if you’ve forgotten some details about who Grail is, or if you’re simply unfamiliar with the character at all.
Before DC entered the current Rebirth era, the New 52 essentially came to a close with Justice League: Darkseid War. Written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by the likes of Jason Fabok and Francis Manapul, the event not only featured Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor battling it out, it also saw many members of the Justice League take on brief roles as actual gods. For example, Superman became the opposite of himself as the god of Strength, Batman became the god of Knowledge, and the Flash became the god of Death. But, at its center, the story was about Diana Prince and her never-ending struggle of balancing her own existence as a creature of myth, a god, and a person.
Grail was the instigator of the entire event, having made her first appearance in the Free Comic Book Day issue Divergence, via a short story by Johns and Fabok that told her origin. As it turns out, just like Diana, Grail was born on Themyscira. Not only that, the two were born on the very same night, at the very same time. On one corner of Paradise Island, Hippolyta gave birth to Diana (and her twin brother Jason), and on the other, Myrina gave birth to Grail, a gray-skinned creature with red eyes — unmistakably Darkseid’s offspring.
Years later, mother and daughter resurfaced, scorned by Darkseid and ready to declare war upon him. Raised to despise and defeat her father, Grail is both New God and Amazon, a warrior as fierce and deadly as any dark god. She took out the entire Justice League without breaking a sweat and brought the worst villain in the universe to help in her cause: the being named Mobius, aka the Anti-Monitor. Since the Anti-God was fused with the Anti-Life Equation, she used him to destroy her father, and later took the powerful Equation for herself, effectively becoming the goddess of Anti-Life.
Source : CBR
Rumors continue to persist that Cindy Moon aka Silk could make her big Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Avengers: Infinity War. Fans have been buzzing with excitement over Marvel Studios’ 10th-year-anniversary offering with the promise that all pockets of the MCU will collide in one massive production. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will finally cross paths with the Guardians of the Galaxy, an event initially set-up in this November’s upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, as well as, other newly introduced superheroes like Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.
Marvel Studios’ next big ensemble project, their biggest yet, is just seven months away from hitting theaters and we continue to get a steady stream of speculations regarding the highly secretive film. This time, the intel could be huge for Spider-Man’s new lore in the rebooted superhero franchise as one of the characters from his own corner of the MCU could apparently pop up in the epic blockbuster.
A video posted to the official IMDB Twitter [h/t CBR] fuels rumors that Silk could appear in Infinity War. The character, who has already previously appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming as one of Peter’s classmates, is played by Tiffany Espensen. As it turns out, upon checking her IMDb profile, she seems to be signed on for the project where she’s set to reprise her role as Cindy.
Warner Bros. confirms standalone DC movies outside of DCEU continuity
A month ago, you could practically hear the collective necks of the internet snap in one direction as it was revealed Warner Bros. was developing a Joker movie from The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips, a solo movie that would not be in continuity with the other DCEU films like Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman, and Justice League. Confusion continued to linger as the tight-lipped studio wouldn’t reveal too much about the project, but now speaking with Vulture we know that the plans for the “DCEU” are changing at Warners.
Our intention, certainly, moving forward is using the continuity to help make sure nothing is diverging in a way that doesn’t make sense, but there’s no insistence upon an overall story line or interconnectivity in that universe,” DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson tells the outlet about their plans moving forward.
This summer’s Wonder Woman was the first example of such, a solo film that briefly hinted at the larger DCEU but wasn’t so entrenched that it became a hindrance on the film. It went on to become the highest-grossing movie in the DCEU and one of the highest-grossing Warner Bros. movies of all time. The studio plans on taking a similar approach with the upcoming Aquaman as well.
Some of the movies do connect the characters together, like Justice League. But, like with Aquaman our goal is not to connect Aquaman to every movie,” chief creative officer Geoff Johns said.
The pair confirmed that the standalone films like The Joker one are very much part of their plan moving forward, and they would be under their very own film label, which will be officially announced to the world “soon-ish.”
What do you think about DC’s plans to keep their films purposefully separate and even make solo films out of the larger continuity? Sound off in the comments below!
Source : Superherohype
Movies based on video games are almost never a good idea. Reboots of movies based on video games couldn't possibly be any better, right? Or maybe that's the way to do it?
Regardless, nearly 17 years after Angelina Jolie's original foray as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, Oscar winner Alicia Vikander will take over in the upcoming movie of the same name.