Episode 98 Shanlian On Batman

 

 

Episode 98 is live and on this episode we countdown our favorite Batman Animated Films.

Where does Batman: Mask of the Phantasm rank with us? What about the recent Lego Batman Movie? Was our number one animated film your number one animated film? Let us know where you ranked some of your favorite animated films. Make sure you let us know your favorite animated films and tweet them to us our send us a post on Facebook!

Sidenote* Justin Wants to personally apologize for his microphone that echoes throughout this episode. He will have all the kinks worked out for the next episodes to come! Hope you enjoy!!

 

 

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“Warrior”, “The Accountant” Director to Helm Suicide Squad Sequel

by Andrew Kiess

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We have been hearing for some time now that a sequel to Suicide Squad was high on Warner Bros.’s priority list, and after announcements for projects that will take place after the sequel, it only seemed natural that we would be getting news on a director soon.

After several rumors near-misses, we finally have our director for when the worst heroes ever return to the bigscreen. Gavin O’Connor, according to Deadline, will be that director, all that’s left to do is to agree on salary. O’Connor will rejoin his Jane Got A Gun and Warrior screenwriter Anthony Tambakis to tell the continuing stories of Amanda Waller’s group of misfits starring Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Jared Leto as the Joker, among the the other presumed returning cast.

No release date has been announced for Suicide Squad 2, but reports have been circling that production could begin as early as next year, meaning the movie could hit theaters as early as 2019.

O’Connor has been a personal choice of mine to helm a comic book movie for sometime. He is still currently attached to the Green Hornet reboot, but no news has come of that recently. One would imagine this would spell the end of that project for him.

Warrior and Miracle are among some of my favorite films of the 21st century, and The Accountant was a huge hit for Warners. Jane Got A Gun was a film saved from oblivion by O’Connor, which, despite the critical drumming, had some terrific character beats. There is no question that O’Connor is talented, and I am ecstatic to see what he comes up with for this franchise.

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Shanlian On Batman Episode 97

Shanlian on Batman is back and the guys are talking DC news. Hang out with Justin, Kyle, and Tom as they go through the talks of not 1 but 2 new Joker based films and much more. For all of your SoB needs follow us on Twitter twitter.com/ShanlianOnBat and visit our website shanlianonbatman.com/ thank you so much for listening!

Episode 96 “Batman and Harley Quinn” Review

 

Episode 96 is in the bag! On this episode we talk the Casey Affleck news, Wonder Woman surpassing Spiderman at the domestic box office and then we get to the meat of this episode. Reviewing the new DC Animated film “Batman and Harley Quinn.” Make sure that you find time to listen to this episode, it is a great one!

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Elseworlds Joker Origin Film In Development

by Andrew Kiess

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According to a new report from Deadline, a Joker movie is in development with Todd Phillips, director of The Hangover in talks to co-write with Scott Silver (The Fighter) and direct, with legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese to produce. The film will reportedly take place in the 1980s and have the feel of an 80s crime drama, like the kind Scorsese is famous for.

The film will not feature Jared Leto as the lead actor, but the report did confirm he will return to the role for both Suicide Squad 2 and the Harley Quinn spinoff (presumably Gotham City Sirens). This film will focus on telling an origin for the character before he became the Clown Prince of Crime.

This new film will not fall under the DC Films label run by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg. This new label, yet to be named, will provide Warner Bros. an opportunity to tell stories outside of the continuity of the connected universe films.

I have some misgivings about the prospect of a Joker origin film. I don’t see the necessity of it and risks over saturating the market by double-dipping on a character in the same medium for mass audiences. This does not mean that I do not think it will be good–it has a great chance to be just that–but I would prefer Warner Bros. to remain committed to the shared universe of DC Films by supporting the filmmakers and producers involved within it. With the upcoming launch of the DC streaming service, it makes me wonder why Warners wouldn’t use that as a place to tell this story.

But, it appears that this film is on its way, and so, as a fan of these characters, all I can do is wait and hope that it turns out well.

 

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Batman and Harley Quinn Review

by Andrew Kiess

Many Batman fans are in agreement that Batman: The Animated Series is among the greatest comic book adaptations out there. For many of us, it has defined the character of Batman and his supporting cast. So, when co-creator Bruce Timm returns to the style and characters that first captured our imaginations, only greatness can happen, right?

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Batman and Harley Quinn is the latest DC animated feature film to get the one-night only theater treatment before being released on demand, following the success of The Killing Joke and Return of the Caped Crusaders. While I enjoyed Crusaders, neither of these one-night only showings featured what I considered to be the “best” of the recent animated films (I thought Judas Contract and Justice League Dark were fantastic), I was still excited to see what looked to be a long lost episode of The New Batman Adventures. What I got fell short of my expectations.

The opening few scenes of the films did not help my perception of the project overall. The animation looked cheap and the characters inconsistent. As the movie went on, the animation improved, but that’s when the story developed.

The plot of the film centers around Poison Ivy (voiced by Paget Brewster) and Jason Woodrue, the Floronic Man (Kevin Michael Richardson) plotting to recreate the event that turned Alec Holland into Swamp Thing on a global scale, transforming all humanity into The Green. Batman (Kevin Conroy) and Nightwing (Loren Lester) enlist the help of a reformed Harley Quinn (Melissa Rauch) to track down Ivy and save the world.

On the surface, this still feels like a new episode of Batman. But as has been the case with many of the latest DC animated film, there seemed to be an imperative to “adult it up.” In theory, I don’t think this is necessarily a good or bad thing. It worked extraordinarily well in both The Judas Contract and Justice League Dark, but failed miserably with movies like The Killing Joke and Assault on Arkham. Harley Quinn is no stranger to being sexualized, and when done right it can create empathy for the character as someone who has overcome objectification. When done wrong, it just feeds into the objectification that the character (and, let’s face it, the comic book industry as a whole) has been fighting against.

We meet Harley working as a risqué waitress, where she beats up a customer for attempting to grope her. When Nightwing later questions her about it, she explains that it’s the only job she can get due to her past with The Joker being on her record. Instead of this being a moment to create empathy, it is followed up by a ridiculous scene where it is not-so-subtly implied that her an Nightwing, to quote Marv from Sin City, “do the nasty.” From the way the scene is drawn to the absolute lack of any reason for this to be in the film completely disservice the character, and is, in one man’s opinion, the opposite of “adult”. It is pure adolescent fantasy, with no real appreciation for storytelling.

To make matters worse, the rest of the humor in the film is bizarrely sophomoric. There is not much I can write that would fully explain just how off-putting a fart joke is in a movie that is trying to convince me that it is an “adult comedy.” A ten minute scene in a karaoke bar with ridiculous dancing and singing did nothing but add to the ever-changing tone. The story progresses to an inevitable appearance by Alec Holland himself, which was simply the final disappointment in a long line of disappointments.

Perhaps I am being too harsh. I have seen several positive reactions and some middle of the road reactions from many outlets online. But for me, Batman and Harley Quinn was a failure on every level and never engaged me for a single moment. As always, I would recommend you judge for yourself if you are interested in seeing it, but I think this will join The Killing Joke as the second of the DC animated films to not have a home on my shelf.

 

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Batman: The Enemy Within Episode One Review

By Andrew Kiess

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Telltale introduced me to my second-favorite (behind comics) form for telling Batman stories. Put me inside of a comic book and let me define the type of character my hero will be. Season One of Batman: The Telltale Series was a spectacular display of just that. The game creators present you with a story that is not afraid to go off script in order to make you feel uneasy in your judgments, forcing you to question who you should allow as allies and who you should treat as potential enemies. Season One’s five episode arc did not disappoint me and kept me fully engaged to the end, and so I have been waiting impatiently for Season Two to get underway, and this month, it did just that.

“The Enigma” opens with the reappearance of a figure from Gotham’s past. Edward Nygma, also known as The Riddler, who we learn once terrorized Gotham long before Bruce Wayne took up the cowl. Bruce, while investigating a casino owner for potential illegal arms deal, witnesses the return of The Riddler and immediately steps into “Batman mode”. With the assistance of the newly-appointed Commissioner James Gordon, Riddler is stopped from killing his target, but escapes before he can be brought in. As it turns out, ARGUS is critical of GCPD’s supposed failure as Amanda Waller has taken a special interest in Nygma’s case.

This conflict is the central decision of “The Enigma”. Do you stick up for Gordon or do you side with Waller? And when you do choose a side, just how much information do you share with them? Unlike the first season, where your decisions were simply noted as “remembered” or “noticed”, your decisions in this game can change the relationship you have with other characters, as opposed to simply triggering different conversations later in the game. This nuance adds a little more weight to subtle differences in responses.

These relationships are on full display with both Gordon and Waller, but we get hints that it will play a large role in the development of “John Doe”, who we all know will eventually become The Joker. But, in the meantime, he’s John Doe, a character who seems eager to help, and can prove quite useful as an ally. It becomes interesting as we push our knowledge of the inevitable because of our familiarity with the lore in order to further our agendas as Batman within this alternate canon. What will cause the least amount of problems for Bruce, trusting John Doe or brushing him off? I guess only time will tell.

If it’s not obvious by now, I love this game. From Troy Baker’s performance as Bruce Wayne, to the comic book-like design of the world, this is one of my favorite non-comic Batman stories ever told. It is bold and unafraid to challenge our assumptions as fans to keep us on our toes, and it works for me on every level. If the pattern holds from last season, we should expect season two sometime in late September, so if you haven’t had a chance to play through this series, you have plenty of time to catch up, and I could not recommend it highly enough.

 

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Episode 95: 100 Days away from “Justice League”

 

 

 

Get ready for Episode 95 of Shanlian On Batman as we talk so many things that are happening in The DCEU! We celebrate Wonder Woman surpassing the $400 Million mark at the domestic box office! Other topics that we cover in this episode include, Justice League being only 100 days away from making its premiere at the WorldWide Box Office, The DCEU Batman and so much more! So strap yourself in and enjoy Episode 95 of the podcast! Thank you for listening and make sure that you follow us on all our social media.

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Get Ready for more Wonder Woman

by Drew Kiess

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We all know the success that Wonder Woman is having at the box office. It has crossed $400 million in the States, and is preparing to cross $800 million worldwide, with Japan yet to open the film. With this kind of success, it should comes as know surprise that Warner Bros. will be trying to capitalize on that success and use Diana as a central figure in the DCEU moving forward.

We won’t have to wait long to see Diana on the big screen again with Justice League just a few short months away. We also recently heard that Wonder Woman II is scheduled for a December 2019 release. And now, according to Forbes’ own, and friend of Shanlian on Batman, Mark Hughes that Diana is expected to appear in Flashpoint, which could be hitting theaters in 2020.

This is great news for fans of the great DC event Flashpoint, as it is one step closer to getting the adaptation of the book that we deserve, and until we’re told otherwise, we may be able to assume that the other characters from that book will also be showing up, including Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Thomas Wayne/Batman (please).

My one big question about this news is whether or not general audiences will go along with this elseworlds version of Wonder Woman. This will be a new concept for live action films, and while this would be Gal Gadot’s fifth outing as Wonder Woman, audiences may be a bit taken aback by this character going from the inspiring hero she is known as to the anger-driven warlord of the Flashpoint timeline. I believe such a transition is going to need a masterful director (paging Mr. Zemeckis) and a tight script. This is a powerful story, and if done right, I think audiences will go along with it. But this is an ambitious project, and the creative team is going to be key. Thankfully, it is looking like this will have an amazing cast, and amazing casts attract amazing filmmakers.

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Andrea Romano Retires

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For three decades, fans of DC Comics have been gifted with some amazing performers voicing our favorite characters. One of the primary reason for that has been Andrea Romano, who has announced her retirement from animation.

Romano began her career with a little remembered DC cartoon in 1985 titled The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians. She went on in that decade to work on revitalization of classic animations such as The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo and Yogi Bear. She also worked on the 80s Smurfs series as the casting director. She would go on to success in the 90s as the casting director of Batman the Animated Series, helping to put in place what would forever be known as the voices of Batman and the Joker in Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill. She would also serve as the voiceover director and casting director for most of the DC animated properties moving forward, including Superman, Batman Beyond, Justice League, Static Shock, Justice League Unlimited¸ and the many movies that spun off from these properties and that also followed.

Romano was also attached to classic Warner Bros. animations such as Tiny Toons and Animaniacs. She also served as casting director for recent favorites such as Ben 10, Voltron, and Ratchet and Clank among many others.

The torch is ready to be passed on at Warner Bros. animation, and I do not envy whoever must stand in her shoes. Romano has certainly left her mark on the popular culture conscious of the last three decades and that work will stand the test of time. It is sad to see Romano leave animation after providing such a stellar body of work, but we wish her happiness in her retirement!  

 

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