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It was March 28, 2015 when Adam West and Burt Ward first announced that an animated feature film would bring them back into their roles as Batman and Robin, as seen in the 1966 BATMAN TV series. Things had been pretty quiet since then, but out of nowhere came the announcement that BATMAN: RETURN OF THE CAPED CRUSADERS would be arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on November 1, 2016, with the Digital HD version arriving early, October 11. If you're looking for a Batman film that you can actually share with your small children, this might be what you're looking for - at least until The LEGO Batman Movie hits screens next year. Take a peek at the full trailer and all the info below on this animated return to a much campier time...

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"Fun and stylish - a comic book come to life" - that was how I described David Ayer's SUICIDE SQUAD last night, a one-liner delivered moments after leaving the theater from a Thursday night showing, responding to comments from Facebook friends who noticed my check-in. Contrary to what you might've heard from the increasingly humorless legion of online critics this past week, SUICIDE SQUAD is far from the dismal "mess" that some have chosen to label it - an entertaining film that marks the cinematic debut of many new characters into the DC Extended Universe, and a perfect bridge between Zack Snyder's recent BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and next year's JUSTICE LEAGUE. Browsing my feeds on both Facebook and Twitter late last night, it appears I'm not alone in my thoughts. What we have here is another prime example of the growing audience vs. critic rift, and a reminder that film (as with any of the arts) is subjective - that you should never pass up the opportunity to experience something simply because of a bad review (yes, even if it comes from me), and that what's "entertaining" will vary widely among viewers. My take is that SUICIDE SQUAD is a film that feels like a comic book, but in a different way than anything that either DC or MARVEL has put on the big screen in the past.

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We just found out that the Robin costume is red, yellow and green for a very scary reason... it was once an alternate Batman costume known as "Reggae Man." Since this writer can't stand the music of Bob Marley, you can understand my terror at this revelation, but what else I can tell you is that February 2017 will bring forth a Batman movie that you can actually take your little ones to see (especially if the SUICIDE SQUAD promo has them all excited to see Harley Quinn and The Joker) - THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE! After a handful of teaser trailers, a proper look at the film has arrived thanks to the in-progress San Diego Comic-Con, and the good folks at Warner Bros. have placed it online for non-attendees like you and me to enjoy. Check it out!

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Saturday, July 23 2016 15:28

Watch Now: First JUSTICE LEAGUE Trailer!

Okay, "officially" it's not a "trailer," but this "footage was prepared for the filmmakers as a special look for fans in attendance at Comic-Con 2016." As we know from year's past, it doesn't take long for horrible quality unauthorized footage to hit the web, and this year Warner Bros. is being proactive about it by sharing the first trailer footage from Zack Snyder's forthcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE with the masses, mere minutes after causing the infamous Hall H to erupt. I'm a lifelong "DC Kid," and I loved BATMAN v. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (review here), but as we all know, many thought the film was too heavy and/or too dark/serious. From this footage and some previous set reports, JUSTICE LEAGUE appears to have a much lighter tone, and again - I love what I'm seeing. The beauty of these timeless characters is that they work well under different direction and different storytelling conditions, and I do dig seeing Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) lighten up a bit as he puts a team together... OCEAN'S 11-style, while set to THE WHITE STRIPES' "Icky Thump." Check this out!

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I've held what some would consider a very unpopular opinion when it comes to BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE... "unpopular" in the realm of those who write about pop culture on the internet, it would seem - but not necessarily unpopular for general audiences, those who've already helped the film approach nearly a billion dollars in global box office receipts. I very much enjoyed the film, writing a formal review as my last task as part of the for-now-shuttered "Fandango Family Digital Network." Since BvS opened in March, we've all known that a longer, "Ultimate Edition" would be headed home this summer, and tonight we've got the trailer for the extended cut, which comes to Digital HD on 6/28 and Blu-Ray on 7/19. Check it out...

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It's been a few months since the first proper trailer for Warner Bros.' SUICIDE SQUAD arrived for consumption, and with the release of BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (reviewed here) now behind us, it's time to get audiences ready for what will be the next installment of the DC Extended Universe. I think the film looks great, but it's probably a good thing to start getting casual audiences primed for the fact that this is a film that exists in the same world as Ben Affleck's BATMAN and Henry Cavill's SUPERMAN... and we'll see more of Batman in this film, he being what most agreed was a highlight of BvS. While the last trailer rocked to QUEEN's "Bohemian Rhapsody," this one pairs our anti-heroes with the music of SWEET's "Ballroom Blitz." Is there a music supervisor on this film that has the 1992 soundtrack to WAYNE's WORLD sitting around? If we get a Harley Quinn-centered trailer soundtracked to JIMI HENDRIX's "Foxy Lady," I think we'll have a definitive answer. Take a look...

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