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After a San Diego Comic-Con sneak-preview last summer, the first official trailer for Warner Bros' JUSTICE LEAGUE is finally here. This long-awaited installment of the DC Extended Universe will arrive in theaters this November, uniting Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller), and while he's absent from this trailer and the marketing, you can bet we see a rebirth of Superman (Henry Cavill) at some point. After all, while he was sacrificed at the end of last year's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the familiar "S" is present on the film's official website, and it's long-been known that Kal-El never stays down for long. Check out the trailer below...

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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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There was a question posited many years ago, back when Jack Nicholson was the first actor to play The Joker in a modern cinematic Batman film... "Where does he get those wonderful toys?" He was speaking, of course, of Batman's impressive arsenal of gadgets and weaponry, all shown in-action as tools of Michael Keaton's portrayal of The Caped Crusader in Tim Burton's 1989 film. While Zack Snyder's current BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is divisive (I loved it - read my review here), one point that I always feel is important to note is that what makes these DC Comics characters truly timeless and classic is that they work in many different incarnations across many different media. While it's my opinion that BVS is not a movie for small children (it's a harder-edged PG-13), that hardly means that kids are left out - quite the contrary when it comes to the wide assortment of toys that are available. Leading the charge this year is Mattel, who have brought Batman and Superman back into toy aisles in a massive form, and at the centerpiece of their BVS line is the collection of 6" action figures and vehicles, several of which were sent to Rock Father HQ for review. Over the past month, something has become quite clear - and that's that The Rock Daughters have incorporated these new versions of these iconic characters into part of every day imaginative play - something massively important... old-school, hands-on, tech-free fun!

Despite what you may have heard, BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is a fantastic movie... according to my wife and I. And really, we're not alone in thinking that, as the box office has been robust, and the most vocal critics always tend to be the loudest. While I loved the film, I do believe some important details were cut in the sake of time (BVS is 2½ hours as-is), and the lack of certain things probably led to some confusion - particularly among those not deeply familiar with the elements of the DC Universe that inspired the movie. Today, Warner Bros. unleashed the first deleted scene, "Communion," in which Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) is definitely having a deep connection with something. Exactly who is unknown, with speculation pointing to several characters, but what's clear is that some Mother Box action is happening - the same type of box that appears when [SPOILER] the creation of future Justice League member, Cyborg is seen. Take a look...

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When I was a kid growing up in the 1980s, I was undeniably a “DC kid.” While I had an appreciation for MARVEL’s stable of heroes including Spider-man and Captain America (and the SECRET WARS toys were way cool), my allegiance was planted firmly with the residents of Metropolis and Gotham City, and all of their counterparts living within the pages of DC Comics.

Reruns of the 1966 BATMAN aired regularly on Channel 32 in Chicago, while the SUPER FRIENDS cartoon fueled my desire to get my parents to buy me more of Kenner’s SUPER POWERS Collection action figures. Christopher Reeve’s SUPERMAN films were a regular viewing staple, with the under-appreciated SUPERMAN III and the fairly bad SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE watched more times than they should’ve been, thanks to HBO. When it comes to the source material - the actual comics, it was John Byrne’s 1986 MAN OF STEEL that truly hooked me with it’s then-more grown-up portrayal of the character. Superman was my #1 for a few years, and then the summer of 1989 came around and Tim Burton’s BATMAN hit the screen, and ever since it’s been The Caped Crusader as my #1, with “The Big Blue Boy Scout” as #2.

As an adult, I’ve been there right with everyone else in appreciating how well-handled the MARVEL Cinematic Universe has been cared for at Disney, and while their 13-strong film series continues to grow, my heart is still with Batman and Superman...

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