Zack Snyder explains Robin’s death 

I know I’m going against the grain here, but I actually enjoyed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It was a deeply flawed movie, but it wasn’t as bad as people want it to be.  

If you have seen the movie, then you know that there are glimpse into the DCU. One of those involves a Robin suit, in a glass display case with “HAHAHA The Joke’s On You Batman” graffitied on it.

Batman V Superman director Zack Snyder sat down with IGN, to explain that scene:

“In my mind, it was that Robin had died 10 years earlier, during some run-in with a young Joker, so there was a fun backstory there to play with. I felt like the whole idea was that there had been loss and there had been sacrifice. In a weird way, he had sacrificed everything to be Batman. He doesn’t really have a life outside the cave. I thought that including Robin, a dead Robin, was helping us understand that he’s been on quite a little journey.”

Rivers of London: Night Witch

Drawn from from Ben Aaronovitch’s novel Rivers of London, this serialised comic is co-written by Andrew Cartmel, who was Aaronovitch’s script editor on the Doctor Who television series.

Chapter one, page one we’re sat in a van with a trio conversing urgently in Russian. Balaclavas are pulled on, shotguns grabbed and then it’s out into a London morning for a meeting with The Night Witch.

Issue 1 is rich in back story, much of it set in Russia. Politics and power, money and migrants and military women practising the Old Religion.

Varvara Sidorovna is doing time at HM Prison Holloway but her army past is causing trouble in her London present. This hasn’t escaped the attention of police constable Peter Grant, who spots the mysterious Faceless Man behind recent events just as the Russians have turned their attention to him as well.

Artist Lee Sullivan is also no stranger to the Doctor Who franchise. Here he shows his talent for pushing a lot of character out of the faces in his panels without resorting to outlandish facial features. He’s got a good exchange going with his colourist, Luis Guerrero; a reflective laptop screen and the ‘golden hour’ before dusk come to mind particularly.

During one flashback, an actual Russian stock certificate fills the page behind the panels, bringing a sense of high-def to the necessarily bold shapes of comic art. The technique was a good choice here; the last time I was so delighted by it was long ago in an adaptation of The Vampire Lestat.

The trickiest part of the read was that the visual focus of issue 1 is relatively even; main story and back story are interlaced but the transitions between the two aren’t very marked.

As a newcomer to The Rivers of London I found the story stood alone quite well but after some research it seems like this chapter puts PC Grant – the main character – into the background somewhat. Perhaps this is because it’s not the first tale from the novel and it’s only the first bit of the serial.

Night Witch issue 1 is a cracking bit of urban fantasy overall. The pace is good and the international angle contributes to a freshness that no modern tale of London can do without.

Rivers of London - The Night Witch issue 1, pic 1

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The Light of September

A maritime audio drama with a science fiction twist from the makers of Minister of Chance and Death Comes to Time.

Episode 3, They Thought He Was a Goner: It’s the morning after the very speed of light has been surpassed but aboard the RRS Venus May is starting to wonder if she woke up on the same ship as everyone else. Listen now in your browser or subscribe to all the episodes in iTunes or Android.

Writer/director Dan Freeman’s research on England’s south coast included sound effect recordings that bring the research vessel to life. The voice talent pulled together give nice aural contrast to the proceedings as well.

Returning to the mic from the Minister of Chance cast are Sylvester McCoy, Tamsin Greig, Jed Brophy, Simon Hickson, Stuart Fox, Simon Bugg and Richard Oliver.

They’re joined by Laura Cayouette (Django Unchained, Friends), Robert Picardo (Stargate, Star Trek), Thorbjørn Harr and Gorge Blagden (Vikings), Karim Saleh (Iron Man 2), Heida Reed (Vampyre Nation), Julian Seager (Poldark) and Tuppence Middleton (Sense8).

As with previous series this production is powered by you and I. Help unlock the next episode at the website for The Light of September.

Previous Episodes

1. Breakfast on Venus: a ten-minute stroll aboard the Royal Research Ship Venus as May Sutherland (Tuppence Middleton) joins the crew. Her look round culminates in a, erm, memorable encounter with Engineer Allan (Sylvester McCoy).

2. The Long Light Shakes: on the poop deck of the RRS Venus, Lorraine (Laura Cayouette) and May peer up at the International Space Station as it prepares to launch a faster-than-light vehicle. Yeah, Noel (Karim Saleh) thinks that’s ridiculous too.

How day of the Doctor would have looked with Eccleston 

We all know that Christopher Eccleston declined to take part in the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who. But, up until now we didn’t exactly know how the ninth Doctor would have fit in to the story. 

Luckily for us bleeding cool have unearthed some early concept art, with Christopher Eccleston in place of Sir John Hurt. 

What’s interesting is that had Eccleston appeared, Billie Piper wouldn’t have. Instead the moment would have taken the image of a young girl. 

   
    
   

The Force Awakens Lego Game on the way

I absolutely adore the Lego games, my kids and I have hours of fun playing these games and since The Force Awakens was first announced, we wondered if we would see a Lego Game. Well, today Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm announced there will indeed be a game based on the movie. I can’t wait, check out the trailer below.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens marks the triumphant return of the No. 1 LEGO videogame franchise and immerses fans in the new Star Wars adventure like never before. Players can relive the epic action from the blockbuster film in a way that only LEGO can offer, featuring all of the storylines from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, retold through the clever and witty LEGO lens. The game will also feature exclusive playable content that takes players on adventures between Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, providing additional insight about the new movie and its characters.

GAME FEATURES:

• Relive the Blockbuster Action – Blast off into a new and improved LEGO Star Wars experience that takes fans deeper into the new film than any other game, retold through the clever and witty LEGO lens.

• Exclusive New Story Levels – Experience untold adventures set before Star Wars: The Force Awakens through exclusive new story levels that takes place between Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and the new film.

• Variety of Characters, Vehicles & Locations – Play as all of the heroic characters from the movie, including Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and BB-8, as well as Kylo Ren, General Hux and Captain Phasma, while exploring iconic Star Wars locales, such as Jakku and the Starkiller Base, and utilizing a multitude of vehicles along the way.

• Build… and Rebuild – Through the enhanced “Multi-Builds” system, players must choose from multiple building options – to puzzle solve, or just for fun – all advancing the game in different ways.

• Experience the Galaxy Like Never Before – Experience the thrill of high-speed, action-packed flight gameplay like never before, including arena-based battles and dogfights in space.

• Exciting New Blaster Battles – Use your surroundings as cover during intense blaster battles and drive back the relentless First Order.

• More “I” in A.I. – Enemy fighters can now build using LEGO bricks to support their fellow Stormtroopers, calling in air support, reinforcements or heavy artillery – taking the fight to the Resistance with the power of LEGO!

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on June 28th.

Listen to our podcast on The Force Awakens.

Clip-Victor Frankenstein

Here is a brand new clip from the upcoming Victor Frankenstein.

Its a great clip, that doesn’t give too much away.

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.

 

Trailer-Downtime

The unnofficial 1995 Doctor Who spin-off, Downtime is coming to DVD for the time ever, on Monday, November 16th, To celebrate Koch Media has released a new trailer. Downtime acted as a sequel to the Second Doctor serials ‘The Abominable Snowmen’ and ‘The Web of Fear’.

Downtime is a unique British 1995 sci-fi movie from the Doctor Who universe (but unofficial) featuring treasured characters and talent from the franchise and only now released on DVD – it’s a must see for fans of the Time Lord.

We follow The Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney – Doctor Who) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen – Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures) of UNIT who investigate New World University; a sinister school run by Victoria Waterfield and Professor Travers. The technology obsessed University holds a gateway to Earth made by classic foe the ‘Great Intelligence’. Fighting alone this time – without their famous time-travelling scientific advisor – The Brigadier and Sarah Jane are hard pressed to decide who is friend or foe as they search for a missing Locus, which binds the Intelligence’s power. The battle is broadened when the Brigadier’s own family is threatened and UNIT faces a powerful new breed of Yeti!

Rupert Grint heading to TV 

American network, NBC have ordered a pilot for a Rupert Grint headed Superhero show.
The part was reportedly written with Grint in mind, he will play a New Yorker, whom is obsessed by Imperial City, a comic book series his now deceased father created.

He’s spent his whole life believing he owns all nine issues. But when a mysterious comic book collector arrives and reveals the existence of a tenth issue, he discovers that the world of Imperial City is all too real, and he is the one person who can save it.