Dragon Ball Z new animated movie to revive Frieza

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Because DBZ still prints money, a sequel to the surprisingly fun 2013 animated movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is on the way.  While Battle of Gods introduced a new threat and put a new spin on Goku and “Super Saiyans”, the follow-up will return to more familiar territory by bringing back a certain raspy-voiced villain.

Yes, Frieza is back.  After being revived with the Dragon Balls by two mysterious new characters, Frieza looks to exact revenge on Goku, Vegeta and presumably Trunks.  This may be disappointing to those who were pleased with the fresh concepts introduced in Battle of Gods but at the very least, the poster reassures us that Beerus (Bils), the cat-like God of Destruction from the previous film, will be back.  His role in the overall conflict is still unknown at this point- given his nature, maybe he antagonizes Frieza and pushes him to fight or perhaps he joins the “Z fighters” and stands amongst Krillin, Tien, Yamcha and Piccolo…fading into obscurity so Goku can save the day again.

Dragon Ball Z: Revival of F will be first released in theaters in Japan, April 18th 2015.

V-Jump has released more details:

The January issue of V-Jump, officially slated for release this Friday (21 November 2014), features a detailed “DB Scoop” on the upcoming Dragon Ball Z movie (originally reported by Anime News Network). The scoop features a new visual for the film, the first seen since the movie was announced this past July. It is more than likely the movie’s official poster, which features our main protagonists, Beerus, Whis, Freeza, and two new unsavory characters.

The movie poster also reveals the film’s official title and release date:

Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”

Opening day, set at last!!! Saturday, 18 April 2015: A super-wide release nationwide in 2D and 3D!!!

Unlike with the previous film, Kami to Kami / Battle of Gods, no supplementary or alternative English title is provided. The movie will premiere nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in both 2D and 3D formats. This release date is a bit earlier than expected by most, but it is perhaps intended to build the movie’s momentum going into the Golden Week holiday break.

At the moment we cannot verify plot details — or Toriyama’s comments — beyond what is currently described elsewhere. However, the general plot details from Anime News Network are as follows:

An Earth where peace has arrived. However, remnants of Freeza’s army Sorbet and Tagoma arrive on the planet. Their goal is to revive Freeza with the Dragon Balls. Their dastardly wish is granted, and the “F” that plans its revenge against the Saiyans is revived…! 

Two new characters will appear in the movie: Sorbet (ソルベ) and Tagoma (タゴマ), shown below on the left and right, respectively. Following the fine nuances of the name puns in the last film, these name puns seem awfully transparent. As with all of Freeza’s minions, as described by Akira Toriyama in the Super Exciting Guide volumes, the names are “unified as food items that one puts inside [a refrigerator]”. Therefore, Sorbet gets his name directly from the frozen dessert “sorbet”, while Tagoma’s name is derived from the Japanese word tamago (卵), meaning “egg”.

Toriyama’s original designs for the characters are included in the magazine, along with a brief description:

A mysterious pair of planetary warriors, equipped with the latest type of battle armor!! “Tagoma” in particular looks to be wearing a new type of Scouter!!

The tidbit about the new type of Scouter is very reminiscent of what Toriyama revealed in his interview with Naho Ooishi in the July 2014 issue of Saikyō Jump. He stated (bold added for emphasis):

If you’re a soldier in Freeza’s army, you can have one made to order to fit your ear. The different screen colors can be chosen to fit the peculiarities of different aliens’ eyes, or to suit one’s tastes. Also, dual-eye types exist as well.

This comment came just one month prior to the new movie being officially announced, so it is likely that Toriyama slipped this tidbit in solely because of his work on the upcoming movie, possibly having just drawn these character designs. Also of note is the text reading “更なる変” that is cut off in the upper right corner. This is likely the phrase “更なる変身”, which means “further transformation(s)”. Based on the image available, there is no indication whether this is in reference to Freeza or a Saiyan warrior.

http://www.kanzenshuu.com/2014/11/17/v-jump-unveils-new-dragon-ball-z-2015-movie-title-date/

 

LEAKED Avengers 2 scene: Watch before it gets taken down!

Yesterday’s big Marvel event showed us how Phase 3 is shaping up with The Inhumans, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Captain America: Civil War and Avengers 3: Infinity War Parts I & II.

What was lost in the excitement of these announcements was this little clip from Avengers 2: Age of Ultron that was leaked from the event. The clip was shown with a purpose, giving the audience a taste of Rogers growing conflict with Stark.

Have a look:

Batman v Superman leak reveals female Robin!

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A ballsy extra from Warner’s upcoming Batman v Superman, risked a $5 million dollar fine, breaching a confidentiality contract to spill top-secret details to a local news station.  Asking WILX News 10 Detroit to keep them anonymous, the extra revealed an action scene at an art museum where Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), aided by the military, was engaged in an epic battle with Batman (Ben Affleck).  While Bat did not have the support of the military during this confrontation, he did have a plucky youth fighting by his side.

Yes, apparently Robin will be featured in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel/Batman reboot/Justice League prequel (…yeah, I know) but it won’t be Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake or Damien Wayne.  This Robin will be portrayed by Jena Malone (Donnie Darko, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) making it the first female Robin to appear on the big screen.  What’s interesting about Carrie Kelly is that she originates from Frank Miller’s 1986 graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, a non-canonical story taking place in a dystopian future.

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…but if this is true, and the Carrie Kelly Robin is indeed appearing in BvS, it won’t be the first similarity between the two stories.  Ben Affleck has also been described as sporting an “older, late 40’s/early 50’s” look  (TDKR is about an older, retired Batman), the new Batsuit looks extremely similar to the one featured in TDKR and of course, Supe’s brawl with a kryptonite-costumed Batman is right out of the pages of the legendary graphic novel. Hell, I already pointed this out earlier in the summer when the first teaser leaked.

I guess Synder is a big fan huh?

I wonder if Zack Synder, Warner Bros or any of the cast members will deny the leak or not respond at all.  Time will tell.

 
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Star Wars VII leaked concept art is pretty cool

There has been a pretty steady flow of Star Wars: Episode VII tidbits and concept art over the past few months, including CGI renders and wacky rumors about Luke Skywalker (potential spoilers).

More recently there was a pretty big leak of early concept art for the upcoming film, including images of a “grave robber” uncovering Vader’s charred helmet, a cybernetic-hand Chewbacca, “Knight Troopers”, new characters and an image of a new Sith Lord that some are attaching to those crazy Luke rumors.

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First pictures of Michael Douglas in Ant-Man

The first movie in the 3rd wave of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will most likely be Ant-Man.  We’ve been hearing about this movie for the better part of a decade now, mostly due to Edgar Wright’s former (sniff) involvement.

The cast however, is still looking great.  LOST’s Evangeline Lilly is playing Hope Van Dyne, House of Cards album Corey Stoll is playing Yellowjacket, Mad Men’s John Slattery in a (kind of) secret role and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man.  The first Ant-Man who passes the torch, Hank Pym, will be played by the magnificent Michael Douglas.

The pictures below are our first look at Douglas in the role of Hank Pym.

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Netflix Feeling Mischievous, Creates “SPOILER” Website

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Netflix is clearly feeling very mischievous lately.  No, not not because they added Storage Wars or Toddlers & Tiaras.  No, they’ve done something almost as evil as that (but not quite)…

They’ve released a website that will spoil the ending to any movie or show at random. Yes, pass through the door and you’ll be exposed to a brief video ruining something that you may have been planning to watch.

Clearly this was all in good fun, since the website warns you in advance.  If Netflix really wanted to be evil, they would check the history on your browser to see what shows you watch and select the videos based on that.

Actually it probably would have saved me from finishing Prison Break.

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WHY?!  SUCH WASTED POTENTIAL.

Robert Downey Jr. reportedly playing Leonardo Da Vinci in Assassin’s Creed movie

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Early reports have been flooding in this morning, indicating that Robert Downey Jr. has just signed on to join the big-screen adaptation of the people video game series “Assassin’s Creed”.  Which character would he play?  Why the renaissance-era Tony Stark himself, Leonardo Da Vinci.  This would further add to the rumor that the Assassin’s Creed film will indeed take place around the events surrounding the character Ezio Auditore, the protagonist introduced in the second game.

The news was leaked via an article on MoviePilot this morning, but the website has since taken the article down without further explanation.

Assassin’s Creed is being produced by Michael Fassbender, who is also set to star in the film, presumably as Ezio.  In August report from IGN, Fassbender indicated that he plans to remain as loyal to the games as possible:

“You know, we absolutely want to respect the game,” Fassbender said. “There’s so much cool stuff in the game that we’re actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can’t, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game. But we’re definitely making a feature film, and we’re approaching it as a feature film, as opposed to approaching it as a video game. But I love the world. I don’t really play that many video games, but when I met up with the guys from Ubisoft and they started to explain this whole world and the idea of DNA memory — you know, I think it’s a very feasible scientific theory. I just thought, “This is so rich,” and about the possibility of it being this cinematic experience. So I’m really excited about it, and we’re working very hard to make sure that we’ve got the best and most exciting, original package.”

If you want an idea of the AC version of Leonardo Da Vinci, and how Robert Downey Jr. might portray the character, take a look at the clip below:

 

It’s Official: The Rock is Playing Black Adam

Shazam? …or Black Adam?

Shazam? …or Black Adam?

After months of back-and-forth speculation and teases by The Rock himself, actor Dwayne Johnson, we finally have our answer- The Rock will be playing DC villain Black Adam in the upcoming Shazam movie.

Less than an hour ago, the charasmatic actor tweeted this:

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“Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot.” My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComicspic.twitter.com/Qk55eNf3R7

There can be no mistaking it now.

For those who don’t know, Shazam (previously known as Captain Marvel) is actually a little boy named Billy Bastian. Upon meeting an old wizard (also named Shazam), Billy was granted the ability to transform into the adult superhero with a variety of powers based on Soloman, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury -hence the acronym “Shazam”.

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Black Adam is another being who had been granted the same wish, only instead of protecting the innocent had used it to further his own interests. Having developed a powerful God-complex, Black Adam was furious to learn of Shazam’s existence and became obsessed with hunting him down and destroying him.

The lead role of Shazam has not been cast and the movie has no official release date as of this time.