Culture Movies/TV

Everything You Need to Know About Robert Pattinson’s ‘The Batman’

With Matt Reeves’ interpretation of the famous Batman character only six months away, The Batman will include a version of the character we have never seen on the big screen before. Here I will give you a few things you will want to know not only before the movie, which releases March 4th, 2022, but the first official trailer, which releases in just under four weeks at DC Fan Dome on October 16th. 

The most important thing to note is the tone of this movie. The film’s director, Matt Reeves, constantly talks about the state of mind that Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) will have through this film and the torment that the villain, The Riddler (played by Paul Dano), will put him through. Not only will this movie dive into the psychological aspects of what makes Bruce Wayne Batman, but it will also tackle the identity crisis Bruce goes through while having to be two completely different people. 

hoping that since Reeves is taking inspiration from the Batman: The Long Halloween comic, this movie will primarily take a detective route. It promises to show a closer relationship with Jim Gordon (played by Jeffrey Wright), which is mainly the reason for the more grounded villain choice. Early screeners are calling this movie “dark, scary, and like a horror movie.” The film is also being said to be super graphic, but Batman still doesn’t kill.

Early Screeners Breakdown

Though The Long Halloween is one of the comics that inspired this movie, the primary source material is Batman: Year One

This comic dives deep into the corruption within Gotham and how Batman faces an uphill battle against politicians and high-level citizens. We have never had a Batman on the big screen who faces such grounded issues while keeping the detective tones and being brutal without killing, so this iteration is going to be one like never before.

​​“I felt that we’ve seen lots of origin stories. It seems things go further and further into fantasy, and I thought, well, one place we haven’t been is grounding it in the way that Year One does, to come right into a young Batman, not being an origin tale, but referring to his origins and shaking him to his core,” Reeves said at DC Fan Dome.

Another super exciting thing about this movie is that these characters won’t just be here for one movie. From insiders, we know that they are planning a Batman 2 and 3, and Warner Brothers have already greenlit two spin-off shows within this world of Gotham, showing the fans that they have a lot of faith in this project they are committing to it for the long run. 

The first spin-off show is a GCPD show. Commissioner Jim Gordon leads the Gotham City Police Department, and in these movies and shows, he is played by Jeffrey Wright. From what we can see in the first teaser trailer the Batman and Jim Gordon have a very close relationship which hints even more towards the fact that this universe will be super grounded. Commissioner Gordon also has a daughter named Barbara, aka Batgirl, who will be getting her own movie on HBO Max, and Leslie Grace will play the hero.

“Gotham is a character in a way we haven’t seen before,” Pattinson said. 

The second show that was just recently reported to be greenlit is a show following the Penguin. Colin Farrell plays the Penguin, but he only has 4-6 scenes in The Batman, according to the actor. This information has led many fans to speculate that he will be the main villain in the 2nd or 3rd movie, and his character will be fleshed out in his show. All of these spin-off shows will be going directly to HBOMax.

A Look at the Spinoffs

Though I mentioned this slightly before, the cast for this movie is also absolutely insane. Robert Pattinson is making his return to Hollywood in the leading role of Batman. The cast also includes Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright is playing Commissioner Jim Gordon, Colin Farrell as Penguin, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and the list goes on.

The Batman 2022 is set up for greatness, and the first official trailer will be coming out October 16th at DC Fan Dome, along with a teaser trailer for Black Adam, The Flash, and a sizzle reel for Shazam 2 and Aquaman 2

Culture Movies/TV

What Could the Mystery MCU 2023-2024 Movies Be?

The Marvel Cinematic Universe officially kicked off in 2008 and has been delivering some of the biggest moments in cinematic history. 

For those of us who have been there from the very beginning, the double whammy of Infinity War and Endgame marked the end of some of our favorite MCU onscreen personalities and major story threads. Now the fourth phase of the MCU is currently underway – new heroes are being introduced, familiar faces are being phased into new roles, and an overarching plot is clearly building up to an all-powerful new baddie. Walt Disney and Marvel Studios already have a huge lineup of films and TV shows on the docket – as of this moment, there are two films left to drop in 2021, four movies set for 2022, five films ready to go in 2023, and four movies prepared for 2024. While we actually know what a few of those films are, a good majority of them are still untitled.

That’s left us with one thing to do – MAKE BOLD PREDICTIONS! There are a ton of clues floating throughout the MCU’s most recent story developments that point to what some of those mystery films could possibly be. Join us as we try to break down what the MCU could be giving us on the big screen in 2023 and 2024.

July 28, 2023 – ‘Fantastic Four’
Marvel Studios

When you take a quick peek at the MCU Phase 4 film schedule, the final film within that lineup marks the MCU debut of Marvel’s most famous “First Family” of superheroes – the Fantastic Four. We’ve already been treated to three films of middling quality regarding the foursome of Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic), Sue Storm (Invisible Woman), Johnny Storm (Human Torch), and Ben Grimm (The Thing).

Now that the F4 have transitioned from Twentieth Century Fox to Walt Disney & Marvel Studios, they now have a legit chance at being in a great film. Since their MCU debut is arriving after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 5, 2023), it seems like a safe bet that this movie date is put in place for the Fantastic Four. With Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Spider-Man: No Way Home) in the director’s chair, this second Fantastic Four reboot could truly be something special. All we know is this – whoever gets chosen to play Dr. Doom better knock it out of the park!

October 6, 2023 – ‘Blade’
Marvel Studios

The great Mahershala Ali has been chosen to play the part of Marvel’s beloved half-human, half-vampire hybrid hero within the MCU. Wesley Snipes’ interpretation of the character was amazing, so we just hope Ali measures up to the high standards set by Snipes’ films. Stacy Osei-Kuffour has signed on to write the film while Bassam Tariq has been handed the directorial duties, so it’s safe to say that this Blade reboot actually has a chance at succeeding. This October movie launch date seems like the perfect month to bring the vampire hunter back to the big screen. Vampires and the month dedicated to Halloween makes a ton of sense, right? Debuting a new version of Deacon Frost to play the part of Blade’s main foe in this film could work. But we’d be more open to seeing Blade come into contact with Dracula and his daughter Lilith from the jump.

November 10, 2023 – ‘Captain America 4’
Marvel Studios

If you’ve seen the entirety of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, then you already know Anthony Mackie’s Falcon has fully taken over the mantle of Captain America. The deal has reportedly been closed in regards to Mackie’s return to the role as he’ll save the world once again in Captain America 4. It’s worth noting that this film is being scripted by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier head writer and creator Malcolm Spellman. This date gives Spellman and the crew ample time to cook up an amazing film on par with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. Setting up this movie as a tentpole fall film seems sensible enough, don’t you think? A fourth Captain America movie that features a fully formed Thunderbolts team or even Red Skull’s daughter Sin are two amazing possibilities we’d totally be fine with.

February 16, 2024 – ‘Deadpool 3’
Twentieth Century Fox

According to Collider, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that the next Deadpool film is official and will be a part of the MCU. Ryan Reynolds’ fast-talking mercenary has technically done some MCU crossover work already by doing a quick trailer review with Thor: Ragnarok’s Korg, so the synergy is clearly already in place.

The Molyneux Sisters (Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin) have signed on to write the film and it’s clear that it won’t go into filming for a long time (2022 seems like a safe bet). Feige’s confirmation about the film’s R rating has us confident in its ability to mimic the vicious, gory feel of the last two series entries. If you remember, the first Deadpool debuted in theaters on February 12, 2016. So this February 16, 2024 date seems like a nice return to form for the foul-mouthed merc. We’d pay good money to watch Deadpool and Josh Brolin’s Cable team up to take on the MCU’s introduction of Mister Sinister.

May 3, 2024 – ‘X-Men’

Now there have been a couple of strong X-Men films from Twentieth Century Fox – the first movie, X2, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Logan were and still are cinematic heavy hitters. But the extreme lows of the previous X-Men movie franchise broke a lot of fans’ hearts. Now that Walt Disney & Marvel Studios has reclaimed the film rights to the X-Men, we’re hopefully due for a complete reboot that does right by Marvel’s most revered superhero squadron.

Now it’s going to be pretty tough to figure out a way to introduce the X-Men to the MCU as a whole. Will they be mutants that have been in hiding for years? Or will they spring up from one of the many realms within the multiverse? It’d be pretty wild to see Wanda Maximoff’s role as the Scarlet Witch play right into the formation of the X-Men and team up against an overwhelming threat such as Magneto and his Brotherhood of Mutants. Getting new big screen renditions of Wolverine, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm, and Rogue has us super hype. And setting them up for a Spring 2024 debut seems sensible to us.

July 26, 2024 – ‘Shang-Chi 2′
Marvel Studios

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings ended up being one of the best superhero films of all time and one of the more satisfying introductions of a hero to the MCU. Trust us when we say that it’s right up there with Iron Man and Black Panther! Based on the financial and critical success Shang-Chi garnered, there’s clearly going to be a sequel put into development for the next MCU Phase.

Based on the post-credits scenes the film delivered (don’t worry, we won’t spoil them!), something major might be connected to Shang-Chi’s mystical ten rings armament. We’re sure that tease will play a major role in who’s going to be the main villain in the next Avengers movie. But for this sequel, we’d love to see Shang-Chi square up with Midnight Sun (look him up cause his origin story is wild!), Moving Shadow, or the Si-Fan Cyber Ninjas as a whole. Setting up another Shang-Chi film for a 2024 release date gives Walt Disney & Marvel plenty of time to bring it to fruition.

November 8, 2024 – ‘Avengers 5′
Marvel Studios

This late 2024 release date seems like the perfect time to drop the next highly anticipated entry in the Avengers films. The mega threats seen in the movies thus far include Loki/The Other/the Chitauri, Ultron, and Thanos. Now, which super baddie could be overwhelming enough to force a new generation of The Avengers to come together and defeat it? Galactus, perhaps? Based on what we learned about the ten rings’ mysterious origin in Shang-Chi’s first post-credits scene, the planet-eating menace could certainly exist within the MCU.

Getting a teaser of Galactus in the Fantastic Four film also seems pretty feasible, while the rest of the movies set after could continue to build him up for the next Avengers movie. Just imagine this scenario – the new Cap, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Lady Thor, Shang-Chi, The Eternals, and everyone else engaging in a climactic battle with Galactus! Phase Four and the one right after it will most likely set up the next universe threatening villain for the Avengers to clash with.

Culture Movies/TV

The 40 Best Animated Superhero Movies of All-Time

Superheroes easily capture the imagination of anyone that chooses to bask in their comic book realm.

And once those beloved saviors get the big-budget movie treatment, fans are given plenty of reasons to rejoice when that big screen adaptation ends up being amazing. On both the big and small screen, there’s a myriad of animated films that bring Marvel and DC’s finest to life in impressive fashion. Even Disney got in on all the superhero fun by crafting a few incredible (pun intended) animated superhero epics of their own!

If you’re in the mood for some superheroic antics and want to see some baddies get their due comeuppance, then the following list of 40 animated superhero films will definitely save the day.

1. ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse’

Not only is this film the best animated film effort ever put out via Marvel, but it’s also arguably the greatest Spider-Man movie of all time. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse shows love to the young web-slinging prodigy Miles Morales and a fun assortment of other Spidey heroes from neighboring universes. The movie’s heartwarming moments, shocking twists, hilarious hijinks, and unique animation style all combine to make it a bonafide classic. It doesn’t matter what age you are – Into the Spiderverse is a favorite among all ages.

2. ‘The Incredibles’

Once the 3D animation wizards at Pixar decided to get into the superhero business, they knocked it out of the park. Their first crack at the popular genre resulted in The Incredibles, a film with a lot of heart, humor, and exciting action. The family of superheroes at the heart of this film are beloved and their struggle to stay undercover as regular citizens are engrossing. Once a crazed fan turned villain rears his ugly head, the superpowered fam springs into action and makes this film even more of a fun wild ride.

3. ‘The Incredibles 2’

It may have taken forever and a day to get this sequel, but it was well worth the long wait. The Incredibles 2 marked the return of the family that fights together and saves together. A new baddie enters the picture to change the public’s positive perception of superheroes, Mr. Incredible adjusts to being a stay-at-home dad, Elastigirl takes on some solo superhero work, Violet finds her first teenage crush, and little Jack-Jack’s powers begin to grow out of control. All of those factors combine to create an awesome Pixar film that showcases The Incredibles once more for their adoring fans.

4. ‘Superman/Batman: Public Enemies’

Jeph Loeb’s “Public Enemies” arc from the Superman/Batman comic book series gets translated wonderfully into one of DC’s finest animated movies. The two biggest DC icons must come together due to the threat of President Lex Luthor (yes, you read that right!) and a host of other DC baddies. You’ll get to witness Lex at his most conniving here and be treated to a wealth of DC Comics cameos while Batman and Superman fight for the greater good in impressive fashion.

5. ‘Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme’

If you enjoyed each and every minute of the mind-bending live-action Doctor Strange movie, then you’ll most definitely feel the same way about this 2007 animated film. Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme details the mystical journey that Dr. Stephen Strange embarked on during his ascent to the title of “Sorcerer Supreme.” That ascension to one of the most powerful magic wielders in Marvel history makes for a quality viewing experience in animated form. Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme is a visual tour de force that will certainly enrapture one and all.

6. ‘Hulk Vs.’

How can anyone not enjoy watching Marvel’s big green brute swing his enormous fists and feet at someone? It’s especially entertaining when he does it in this film against two equally formidable superheroes. You can turn your brain off if you’d like and just enjoy witnessing The Incredible Hulk square up with Wolverine and Thor. The plot buildup to those epic battles is pretty interesting too, so you can also watch this with your brain turned off if you’d like.

7. ‘Green Lantern: Emerald Knights’

The Green Lantern Corps stand out as DC’s proud protectors of the galaxy. And one of its most recognizable members is Hal Jordan, who has a respectable track record when it comes to animated adaptations of his many adventures. Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is one of those strong animated movie series entries as it follows incoming member Arisia as she and the rest of the Lanterns do battle with Krona. The stories told here about several legendary Lanterns and the exciting action that unfolds here makes this film worth watching.

8. ‘Big Hero 6’

The fictional city of San Fransokyo will enrapture you as you follow the superhero exploits of Hiro, his robot companion Baymax, and their assorted allies. There’s a lot of heart and hilarity at play in Big Hero 6, which has the power to appeal to adults and children alike. This film moves at a comfortable pace, delivers amazing action sequences on par with the ones presented in The Incredibles, and tugs at the heartstrings more often than you’d expect.

9. ‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters’

DC’s many universes feature cool renditions of everyone’s favorite caped crusaders. Justice League: Gods and Monsters puts a darker and far more sinister version of the Justice League in the spotlight. This movie’s wholly different versions of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman provide the mass appeal this film deserves due to their more violent nature and eventual turn to redemption. DC’s “Trinity” of heroes will definitely shock first-time viewers of this one.

10. ‘Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox’

If you followed the comics that inspired this film, then you know just how integral it is to the birth of The New 52 era of DC. Watching all of the events tied to this storyline unfold onscreen is a treat as it’s done in the best way possible. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox follows The Flash as he looks to fix the errors caused to his world’s timeline via his own actions. What follows is a movie filled with alternate versions of fan favorites and monumental events that ended up changing the status quo of everything we once knew about the DC Universe.

11. ‘Justice League: Doom’

Remember how Batman made it clear that he had contingency plans in place if his fellow Justice League members ever went rogue? Well, those plans end up in the hands of the evil Vandal Savage and all hell breaks loose. This awesome film features an epic clash between the Justice League and the equally powerful Legion of Doom. Justice League: Doom does three things and does them well – it shows just how ahead of the curve Batman always is, delivers some hype action sequences, and brings its source material to life thanks to some strong animation techniques.

12. ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1’

One of the greatest and most influential graphic novels of all time is Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Thankfully, the entirety of that monumental storyline gets perfectly translated into one of DC’s best animated films. The first movie in that two-part saga encapsulates a version of Batman that’s at his darkest on a psychological level and showcases his long-awaited return to crime-fighting post-retirement. This film certainly does right by its source material.

13. ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2’

The second installment in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns earns the honor of being our favorite animated Batman movie of all time. It continues the incredibly riveting struggle established in Part 1 and raises the stakes accordingly. Batman’s continued war with Joker and his memorable clash with Superman are the two main story threads that afford this film its legendary status. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 wraps up things in the most efficient manner possible and gets you giddy for a possible animated sequel rendition of The Master Race.

14. ‘Batman: Under the Red Hood’

Red Hood’s introduction quickly turned him into one of the most celebrated DC characters of all time. His tragic backstory paves the way for a vicious anti-hero that’s justified in his feelings toward his former mentor. Batman: Under the Red Hood embraces the character’s dark and brutal nature as it delivers some of the best action sequences you’ll ever see within the DC Animated Universe. Everything is top-notch here – the animation, the emotional story beats, and the tense interactions between Batman & Red Hood make this film a bonafide classic.

15. ‘Teen Titans Go! To the Movies’

The slapstick humor and witty rebuttals featured in Teen Titans Go! Became that much better once it got the big Hollywood big screen treatment for Teen Titans Go! To The Movies. Robin, Cyborg, Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy broke down the fourth wall in a major way as they starred in a film that’s all about them trying to get their own superhero film made. Of course, their grand plans result in pure mayhem being unleashed due to the presence of familiar DC heroes and villains. The cameos put on display here are worth the price of admission alone (STAN LEE’S EVEN IN HERE!).

16. ‘Superman vs. The Elite’

Don’t let this film’s less than impressive art design keep you from its engrossing tale. Superman vs. The Elite features “The Man of Steel” in a movie that puts his honorable approach to superheroism against those of the more brutal means employed by The Elite. This movie’s messaging will even have you in a conundrum when it comes to choosing the right way to dish out street justice. The adult themes put into play here and the intense action sequences that spring up make Superman vs. The Elite one of Supes’ best animated efforts.

17. ‘The Lego Batman Movie’

If you don’t laugh at anything The Lego Batman Movie presents, then your soul is simply devoid of any happiness. The jokes come a mile a minute here and they’re sure to elicit giggles out of old-school DC fans and kids that enjoyed every minute of 2014’s The Lego Movie. Batman pops up in his cockiest form to date here, but he’s forced to change up his game plan once he meets his new sidekick. Following “The Dark Knight” as he adjusts to his new allies and comes to blows with his biggest foes becomes that much better as you watch everyone interact in a world full of Lego studs.

18. ‘Justice League Dark’

We rarely get to see the supernatural side of the DC Universe get its shine on the small and big screen. Justice League Dark brings that intriguing corner of DC’s superhero realm into focus and excels because of it. Batman is forced to join forces with John Constantine’s band of magic wielders in an attempt to eliminate an overwhelming plague. The character dynamic that plays out between everyone leads to some tense moments, plus the violence factor is high enough to satiate action movie buffs.

19. ‘Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths’

This film has it all – memorable voice acting, an engaging plot, and plenty of high-octane clashes between DC’s biggest heroes. It just so happens that those battles take place against those heroes’ evil counterparts from an entirely different universe. Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths focuses on the heroic efforts of a good version of Lex Luthor (crazy, we know!) as he adopts the aid of the Justice League in order to take down the Crime Syndicate.

20. ‘Justice League: The New Frontier’

Imagine if you will a world in which the Justice League rises to prominence and fights alongside the government that remains wary of them and combat war veterans. And to make this premise even crazier, imagine that that whole scenario takes place in the 1950s. Justice League: The New Frontier adopts all those elements and handles it well by featuring a retro art style, the initial formation of the Justice League, and a sophisticated approach to storytelling.

21. ‘Teen Titans: The Judas Contract’

The main story arc that put the Teen Titans on the map gets lovingly recreated here. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract follows the young superhero squadron during their clash with Deathstroke and a mysterious religious cult. When they’re joined by a new member, their lives become upended by even more turmoil. The…well, “interactions” between Deathstroke and that new Teen Titans member are a bit uncomfortable. But the rest of the film stands tall thanks to a mix of great fights and a mature retelling of one of DC’s best storylines.

22. ‘Batman: Mark of the Phantasm’

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is considered legendary among devoted Batman fanatics and DC animated filmgoers. You can tell the creatives behind it wanted to make a strong first impression since it’s the first film in the DC Animated Universe. This Batman: The Animated Series-themed movie follows our hero as he faces a mysterious vigilante that takes out Gotham’s most feared criminals. The animation, the storytelling, the dialogue, and everything in between are masterfully done here.

23. ‘Batman: Return of the Joker’

There’s just something incredible about the films that expand the Batman universes put forth by their cartoon series. Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker reprises the characters introduced in the beloved late 90s show and adds in the boisterousness of a returning Joker. This film showcases Bruce Wayne and Joker’s obsession with each other in great detail, plus it gives both Batman’s a proper sendoff within the Batman Beyond universe.

24. ‘All-Star Superman’

If you’ve read the All-Star Superman comics themselves, then you know just how much of a gripping tale it is. In animated movie form, it handles good old Supes’ last days on Earth with care just like the source material did years beforehand. All-Star Superman tells the grand tale of a superhero that tries to fulfill all his dreams after being diagnosed with sun radiation poisoning. As you await Superman’s eventual passing, you’ll get sucked into all the madness happening around him due to Lex Luthor’s meddling. And you’ll definitely shed a tear during Superman’s final sacrifice for the people of Earth.

25. ‘Batman: Year One’

The adult-oriented animated Batman films clearly stand out as the best entries to date. Batman: Year One provides even more proof of that widely held belief. Just like the graphic novel it was adapted from, this film follows Bruce Wayne’s initial transformation into the superhero moniker we all know so well and pre-commissioner James Gordon’s move to Gotham City. While this film’s runtime is shorter than one would expect, it still manages to make the most of its time thanks to some compelling interactions between Batman & Gordon. Plus the action sequences also impress.

26. ‘Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam’

While shorter than most of the picks on this list, this superhero team-up film ends up being a fun watch nonetheless. Billy Batson’s grown-up superhero persona links up with Superman in order to defeat the overwhelmingly powerful Black Adam. This movie’s light on a whole lot of deep storytelling – it quickly gives us Shazam’s origin story and gets right to the hard-hitting action between three of the most powerful superheroes the DC Universe has ever seen. The stakes are certainly high for this one.

27. ‘Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay’

Amanda Waller’s Task Force X has been all over the big screen and increased its popularity tenfold. If you’re looking for an animated film that’s far superior to the first Suicide Squad live-action film, then go out of your way to watch this one. Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay features the group’s most prominent members and has them hot on the trail of a mystical artifact. During their search, the Suicide Squad gets caught up in several chaotic clashes that certainly entertain. This pick on our list delivers some hilarious moments and plenty of shockers when it comes to who eventually gets killed off.

28. ‘Batman: Assault on Arkham’

Batman has his hands full with this particular case. While he’s hot on the trail of a bomb-toting Joker, Batman also has to contend with Amanda Waller’s Suicide Squad. If you’ve played the Batman: Arkham games, then you’ll get a kick out of watching all the madness unfold between Task Force X, Batman, and a few additional members of his Rogues Gallery. Batman: Assault on Arkham plays out like a madcap heist film that’s full of dark humor, likable anti-heroes, and explosive action scenes.

29. ‘Ultimate Avengers: The Movie’

The very first Ultimate Avengers film started a strong trend for Marvel’s dedicated move to produce animated films that appealed to its older fanbase. The early origins of Marvel’s most iconic superhero team play out here and come together in a riveting manner. Aliens invade Earth, which gives General Fury every reason in the world to call on the aid of Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Giant-Man, and The Wasp. This strong introduction to the Ultimate Avengers team hits on all the right notes you’d expect from a quality animated film.

30. ‘Planet Hulk’

If you read the Planet Hulk comic book arc (and even if you haven’t!), you have to give this quality animated movie adaptation a thorough watch. Especially since it features a wild clash between the big green guy and Beta-Ray Bill! So here’s how the story goes – Bruce Banner’s green alter-ego has caused far too much destruction on Earth, which forces some of his contemporaries to send him off the planet. Hulk soon ends up crash landing on a planet that’s ruled by a tyrant, who forces the green anti-hero to entertain him and his followers during coliseum battles. In a bid to fight back against that tyrant and free his fellow warriors from captivity, Hulk joins the resistance and struggles to regain his and theirs freedom.

31. ‘Justice League vs. Teen Titans’

So who would win in a fight – the youthful Teen Titans or the almighty Justice League? This film offers an animated description of that intriguing superhero clash and produces some shocking moments in the process. Once the Justice League falls under the possession of the demon/father of Raven Trigon, Robin and the rest of the Teen Titans must band together to break them out of their enslaved state. What ensues is an action-packed affair that’s way more violent than you’d expect. 

32. ‘Justice League Dark: Apokolips War’

Earth’s decimation at the hands of Darkseid and his overwhelming forces creates an unlikely alliance between members of the Justice League and its Dark spinoff team. The superviolent crusade against the all-powerful New God is equal to the epic superhero vs. super-villain encounters that took place in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, which is certainly high praise. Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is an incredible wrap-up of the DC Animated Movie Universe and provides an ending that is sure to satisfy.

33. ‘The Death of Superman’

2018’s The Death of Superman is pretty much a modern retelling of the comic book to film adaptation known as 2007’s Superman: Doomsday. And to be quite honest, this new take on one of comic book’s most shocking storylines is a much better presentation. The brutality that was on display in the comics between Supes and Doomsday is animated perfectly here, so expect to feel every brutal blow thrown by those superpowered rivals. The cameos from other DC heroes and getting to watch Superman at his very best are the main reasons you’ll want to check out this heart-tugger of an animated DC film.

34. ‘Constantine: City of Demons’

John Constantine is quite the shady and self-serving individual, but he can do a bit of good whenever the situation calls for it. Matt Ryan reprises his live-action role of the beloved anti-hero in animated form here and does it as well as you’d expect. Constantine’s current mission entails finding a cure that will break a young girl out of her supernatural stupor. This film features strong animation and some truly emotional moments that make every one of its characters incredibly endearing.

35. ‘Wonder Woman’

So you’d think two films that practically adopt the same origin story for a superhero would be super redundant. But that’s not the case for the animated films that focus on Wonder Woman’s initial rise to power and superstardom. The 2009 Wonder Woman animated movie paints her in the best light during her clash with a vicious war god. While the storyline should be familiar to anyone who’s followed Wonder Woman for an extended period of time, this film still offers a fun romp through her origins as a heroic conduit between the world of man and her fellow Amazons.

36. ‘Justice Society: World War II’

Anytime The Flash and the Speed Force come into play, mind-bending events are sure to pass. That’s exactly what happens in this movie when Barry Allen runs right into Earth-2 during the height of World War II. The plot is pretty straightforward, but that simple approach to telling this film’s story works well – watching The Flash and throwback interpretations of DC’s best & brightest work together to beat up some Nazis is certainly a good time.

37. ‘Superman: Man of Tomorrow’

Taking place right after the last film on our list, Superman: Man of Tomorrow follows a young Superman during his early days as the chosen savior of Metropolis. This faithful retelling of the Kryptonian hero’s origin story is familiar, yet it still manages to be a satisfying watch due to a welcome change in art style and an overall uplifting vibe. Superman: Man of Tomorrow embraces its source material by relaying his early crime-fighting days in an entertaining manner.

38. ‘Wonder Woman: Bloodlines’

It’s pretty criminal that DC’s standout heroine only has two animated DC films to her name. Thankfully, both of those movies are satisfactory viewing experiences. Just like the 2009 Wonder Woman film, Bloodlines follows the iconic warrior’s origin story as she first encounters Steve Trevor. This initial meeting gives way to Wonder Woman’s epic struggle against Villainy, Inc., which is a collective hellbent on invading her home of Themyscira. Diana’s big battles against her Rogues Gallery and her union with Trevor provide the main basis for this film’s most admirable scenes.

39. ‘My Hero Academia: Two Heroes’

We’re gonna do things a bit differently with our last two picks here and show some love to the superhero anime that’s commanded everybody’s attention, My Hero Academia. The very first feature-length film from the smash hit manga/anime sees Class 1-A attend a hero item convention. While their time spent there starts out on a fun note, everything falls apart once a group of villains rears their ugly heads. The students and All Might himself spring into action, which sets up some awe-inspiring action scenes. We even get some revelations about All Might’s past and his most trustworthy sidekick.

40. ‘My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising’

The second My Hero Academia movie moves Class 1-A to a private island and sees them improving their hero work as they aid its many denizens. The action gets kicked up a notch once a crew of baddies following a villain similar to All for One shows up. Deku and the rest of his fellow young heroes-in-training embark upon a grand struggle against them all and fight to protect a brother-sister duo. The closing moments of this film must be seen to be believed as they embody the visual madness My Hero Academia is known for when it comes to its battle sequences.

Culture Movies/TV

HBO Max Launches “So She Did” Initiative on Women’s Equality Day

Today is Women’s Equality Day, and to celebrate, HBO Max is launching their So She Did campaign platform created by W+K New York, and is teaming up with nine female-identifying talent to release a film that celebrates the women who are always told they are “too much,” and the ones that stay true to themselves while breaking all of the rules. 


Below is a list of the nine talents that will be participating in the film.

So She Did Talent:  

  • Jordan Alexander (Gossip Girl)
  • Laura Donnelly (The Nevers)
  • Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
  • Myha’la Herrold (Industry)
  • Martha Plimpton (Genera+ion)
  • Lisa Ling (CNN’s This is Life with Lisa Ling)
  • Hannah Einbinder (Hacks
  • Zion Moreno (Gossip Girl)
  • Eyricka Lanvin (Legendary)

In addition to the release of the film, HBO Max will be giving back by donating to four nonprofits Girls Write Now, Poderistas, Women of Color Unite, and Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, as they will work hard to ensure donations service a multitude of female experiences and backgrounds, as the intention of this platform is to prioritize diversity and inclusion first and not service “women” as a monolith.

Dana Lichtenstein, Vice President of Brand Marketing at HBO Max and HBO is excited for viewers to finally see the film.

“Our programming has always been at the forefront in celebrating diverse and authentic stories for our audiences that we believe encourage conversation and push culture forward. In the spirit of honoring Women’s Equality Day today and every day, we came up with “So She Did,” an initiative that, at its core, is about rule-breaking. A platform that is less about what women have in common and more about what happens when we dare to celebrate our unique differences.”

The HBO Max So She Did initiative is all about celebrating rule-breaking women of all different backgrounds. It is about the attitudes of women, exactly what they want to do, and the contradiction of what is expected of them, on-screen and in real life. In addition to the on-camera talent, HBO Max is also commemorating pioneers behind the camera with the “So She Did” trays across its Homepage, Series and Movies Page, Documentaries Page, Comedy Page, and the HBO Hub.

This curated selection will showcase notable behind-the-scenes talent such as Lovecraft Country (Misha Green), Summer Camp Island (Julia Pott), and Steven Universe (Rebecca Sugar).

The comedies page will feature titles such as Going the Distance (Nanette Burstein) and Insecure (Issa Rae) and the documentaries page will spotlight I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (Liz Garbus) and Harlan County USA (Barbara Kopple).


In addition, the HBO Hub will be home to My Brother Luca Catalina Serna), Frida (Julie Taymor), and Senseless (Penelope Spheeris).

Stay tuned for more from HBO Max as they have plenty in the works. 

Culture Movies/TV

Olivia Charmaine Morris Is Bringing Her Series To TV

Olivia Charmaine Morris is a name that you have already heard and will be hearing plenty more of in the future. 

Olivia Charmaine Morris

Known as “Hollywood’s best kept secret,” Morris is a producer, host, and CEO of her full-service production company Black Monarch Entertainment, which is celebrating its first full year this month. Black Monarch Entertainment is dedicated to providing a platform for marginalized communities, operating with the slogan “For people of color and colorful people.” Morris has consistently embraced her melanin, queerness, talent, and womxn power as her stardom continues to rise. 

Earlier this month, Morris began filming the newest season of her show “The Tea with Olivia Charmaine,” which will be making the leap from IGTV to television screens across the nation later this year. The show has already featured notable names such as Janelle Monáe, Jidenna, and Angelica Ross, and will feature even bigger guests, and conversations this upcoming season including some of the entertainment industry’s biggest names and most buzzed-about up-and-coming talent. 

We recently sat down with Morris while on set to discuss her burgeoning career, being a powerful influence in the Black community, and her plans for the future.

Olivia Charmaine Morris

ONE37pm: Let’s talk a little bit about your show The Tea With Olivia Charmaine. You’ve had such great success with it, even through the course of this pandemic.

Morris: Thank You! I’ve actually done three seasons on Instagram. I essentially started doing it during the height of the pandemic. It was at the height of the presidential election, and honestly there was so much unrest with everything going on socially, racially, and politically. I know it’s random, but I didn’t like Tuesdays the same way people don’t like Mondays. I decided to try to find a brighter spot in my day, and that I was going to have a cup of tea with my audience on Instagram Live which I had never done before. A friend joined me and from there I knew I wanted to do it again. It became a full show, the community has grown, and it’s been very exciting! I’m humbled by how much it has blossomed.

ONE37pm: It has blossomed! I understand this is going to be on TV now, and you guys have already had some big guests. What can you tell us right now?

Morris: When it was on Instagram I had guests like Janelle Monae right before the election, Jidenna, and so many incredible people, and I appreciated that they would pull up in the middle of their busy schedules. That was the intimacy of being able to do it on Instagram. What you can expect as the show gets bigger is the show being “full.” It was previously in my house, but now it’s like walking into my dream home. Every single guest is very intentional, sweet, and kind, and they’re still artists, entrepreneurs, etc., but as it gets bigger I expect the sunshine to keep spreading.

ONE37pm: Do you have a theme that you go with for episodes?

Morris: There is a different theme with every episode. They are pretty general topics like wellness, mental health, etc., but I try to really drill down and make it personal. So instead of just talking about mental health on a broad stroke, I’ll talk about the mental illnesses that run in my family, and how in Black and Brown communities it’s an issue we don’t really hit upon. When the show was on Instagram I wasn’t able to do themes because it was more free flowing, but now I hope to be even more intentional. 

ONE37pm: Being a young, powerful, Black, creativewhat does it mean for you to be in this position where you can mentor and create opportunities for others?

Morris: That question is the most meaningful question that I can be asked because it’s everything. I’m also queer, and growing up I didn’t have role models that looked, move, or spoke like me. There were some far off pillars like Whoopi Goldberg who I love, but I didn’t have anybody directly in my life to be that person. I have always felt like the girl next door. So in this moment of stepping into the spotlight I think it’s really important to not just own that space for myself, but everyone else that is watching. It means everything.

ONE37pm: What else are you working on right now?

Morris: I have my own production company called Black Monarch Entertainment, and I have both a docu-series and documentary that I’m working on. This show is really exciting because it’s the only time that I’m a creator and host, but with all of my other projects I am still behind the scenes which is my bread and butter.

ONE37pm: Five years from now where do you see yourself? 

Morris: Five years from now I’ll be 35-years-old, this show will be in its third season, and I’ll have kids. I want my company to be a household company that people know the name of, and I hope there is more peace in general. In life, politically, culturally, and socially, and even more grounded than I am now.      

You can keep up with all of Olivia’s latest projects via Instagram.

Culture Movies/TV

Who Should Be The Main Villain in ‘Captain America 4?’

Major kudos to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s quality rendition of Steve Rogers aka “Captain America.”

He delivered a hat trick with the strongest trilogy in the MCU via Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Captain America: Civil War. And by the end of Avengers: Endgame, he laid down his trademark shield to pass it on to Falcon and live out his final days as a senior citizen. And due to the events of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, we now know that Anthony Mackie’s days as Falcon have come to an end as he is the new Captain America. Years from now, we’re slated for a fourth Captain America film with Mackie in the lead role as the proud and powerful superhero. Now that Marvel’s new USA hero representative is in the driver’s seat, who should be his latest onscreen adversary? 

After taking a peek at Cap’s entire Rogues Gallery, we arrived at three potential villains and even a dangerous stable that could present the new Cap with a worthy challenge.

1. Sin

The very first MCU baddie that Steve Rogers came into contact with was the infamous Red Skull. This classic WWII-themed baddie got his comeuppance in The First Avenger, but he eventually sprang back up in Infinity War and Endgame as a Stonekeeper. In the comics, he actually fathered a daughter named Sinthea Shmidt aka “Sin.” Her backstory is a bit silly when you really think about it, however – Red Skull basically used a machine that instantly aged her into adulthood and blessed her with superhuman powers. If she was adapted into the MCU, we’d prefer her origin story to get a bit of change-up. 

Having her play the part of a sympathizer that adopts Red Skull’s views and building herself a stable of fellow believers in the Sisters of Sin to target America’s newly appointed Cap sounds like a plan to us. Sure, that concept sounds similar to the Flag Smashers in theory. But it’s about time that someone with a close connection to the first film’s villain comes to life on the big screen against Mackie in his first solo outing. And here’s a dream scenario we’d love to see come to fruition – what if Captain Carter hopped through a multiverse portal into the live-action MCU to fight side-by-side with Captain Mackie against Sin and the Sisters of Sin? We’re sure Dr. Strange could make some sort of arrangement there…

2. Scourge of the Underworld

The Scourge of the Underworld may have the right intentions when it comes to his mission statement, but the way in which he acts it out is pretty sinister. He’s an assassin that carries out his own form of justice by killing known supervillains. Having him play the part of Cap’s new main adversary could make for an interesting film that pits the hero’s moral ideals against his foe’s more immoral actions. It’d be interesting to watch the public’s reaction to the new Captain America being forced to confront someone that’s doing something good in their eyes, but going about it the wrong way according to Cap. An MCU Scourge that carries out assassinations on corrupt political officials could be the perfect foe for Cap to take on as our hero comes to grips with the government he’s meant to fight for and the negative influences he seeks to eliminate from it.

3. The Serpent Society

If Captain America 4 is meant to go the Civil War route and feature Cap teaming up with some familiar faces, then they’ll need an overwhelming threat to come to blows with. The perfect group of villains they’d engage in epic battles with would most definitely be the Serpent Society. This powerful collective of supervillains is a sort of labor union that seeks to help each other accomplish their sinister goals and rake in all the cash from their seedy business partners. One of the organizations they’re known to work for is A.I.M., which played a huge role in the events of Iron Man 3

We think it’d be pretty cool to revive the evil faction and have them revealed as the Serpent Society’s true benefactors as they look to replace the now-defunct Hydra. We’d pay good money to watch the team of King Cobra, Anaconda, Bushmaster, Death Adder, Rattler, Constrictor, and Viper wreak havoc across the MCU and garner the attention of Cap and his most trustworthy allies. Just imagine how dope it would be to see Cap team up with Winter Soldier, War Machine, Hawkeye, and Shang-Chi. And hey, maybe we could even see Valentina Allegra de Fontaine’s U.S. Agent and her very own Black Widow Yelena Belova lend them all a hand!

4. Taskmaster

Now if the MCU can right its wrongs with the way it initially presented The Mandarin, then it can damn sure do the same for Taskmaster! Black Widow’s onscreen version of the character was nothing more than a mute rendition of the beloved baddie that only retained the original’s battle prowess. Once the stink of that first Taskmaster wears off after a few years, it’d be smart for the powers that be at Marvel Studios to revive the copycat character and showcase him as he was truly meant to be. 

The man is a shit-talking mercenary that carries out his assignments for the highest bidder and utilizes his photographic reflexes in order to defeat his foes. A revised Taskmaster going at Cap’s head on behalf of A.I.M. could make for a great film full of action-packed clashes between the two. And hey, maybe we could have A.I.M. put some other baddies into play to get rid of the new Cap! MCU renditions of Karl Stryker and Abe Jenkins’ Beetle moniker (who could later become a member of the live-action Thunderbolts) could make for some cool side villains, wouldn’t you say?

Culture Movies/TV

The 29 Best Animated Batman Movies, Ranked

Gotham City’s nightly savior is considered fabled among the massive pantheon of iconic superheroes. 

Time and time again, Bruce Wayne’s alter ego Batman has battled against seemingly insurmountable odds and come out at the end of them the victor. His many adventures have produced a collection of the greatest stories in the vast comic book medium. And thanks to the animation wizards at Warner Bros, many of those same legendary plotlines have been adapted into animated movies. Plus there’s been a good number of films that offer entirely original storylines that place Batman and his many allies against the best Rogues Gallery in all of comics. It’s pretty daunting to find all of those movies and watch the very best of the best. 

We’ve decided to come to your rescue and rank all of “The Dark Knight’s” animated films.

29. Batman: Death in the Family

The shocking demise of Jason Todd during his tenure as Robin is still talked about to this very day. Batman: Death in the Family retells that story in animated movie form and also gives viewers the chance to change its outcome however they see fit. While that choose-your-own-adventure style experiment is cool, this film simply pales in comparison to its predecessor Batman: Under the Red Hood.

28. ‘Batman Ninja’

It’s always cool to follow one’s favorite superheroes and their Rogue’s Gallery once they revert to a past time period. Batman Ninja goes that route by sending The Dark Knight, his most trusted allies, and his most dangerous villains to the age of feudal Japan. The visual stylings of this film are certainly striking, which lends itself well to some jaw-dropping action sequences. The story being told here and the overall pacing of Batman Ninja isn’t as strong, however.

27. ‘Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem’

As a Batman film meant to entertain younger audiences, this selection gets the job done. If you’re a much older Batman fan, then Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem probably didn’t appeal to you as much as the other picks on this list. All in all, this film ends up being a solid watch that features a fun mixture of Batman’s best characters and some additional DC icons. Chances are you’ll at least find some enjoyment in watching Batman fight hard to foil Joker’s latest madcap plan. 

26. ‘Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts’

The first entry in the Batman Unlimited film series ends up being a much better watch for young and old fans alike. Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts gives The Penguin a formidable force to rule over as he pits Batman against an army of mechanical beasts. There’s a decent amount of fun to be had here as you watch Batman, The Flash, Green Arrow, Nightwing, and Red Robin engage in some exciting battles with the more animalistic side of the DC Universe.

25. ‘Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants’

And now we have arrived at the final (and best) entry in the Batman Unlimited trilogy. This time around, Batman and his fellow heroes have to go big (literally) in order to save Gotham City from Mr. Freeze and his massive (literally again!) monsters. Towering versions of Bane and Killer Croc engage in some Kaiju-inspired clashes with Batman and Green Arrow’s Megazord-like battle suits, which leads to this film’s strongest moments. Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants’ super-sized fights make it an easy watch.

24. ‘Batman and Harley Quinn’

Batman and Harley Quinn is quite the shock for those who used to watch Batman: The Animated Series. The art style present in this film harkens back to that classic cartoon, plus a lot of praise must be directed at this film’s strong voice work from everyone involved. But the more sexual themes take things completely left with some raunchy content that could have been left on the cutting room floor. This unexpected team-up film still produces a fun ride though thanks to Harley’s outlandish antics.

23. ‘Batman: Soul of the Dragon’

Batman: Soul of the Dragon is pretty much an animated nod to classic 70s martial arts flicks, which gives it a personality of its own to stand on. A celebrated martial arts master goes missing, which pushes his student to head into action and find him. Bruce Wayne/Batman, Richard Dragon, Ben Turner, and Lady Shiva engage in some exciting clashes that perfectly pay homage to its many inspirations. The second half of his film may not be as strong as the first, but this movie still manages to be worth watching.

22. ‘Batman vs. Two-Face’

The 60s Batman TV series still remains a fan favorite thanks to the zany ways its characters acted and interacted. There’s been a few animated Batman films that adopt the beloved themes and character interpretations of that classic show. One of those movies is Batman vs. Two-Face, which provides a different take on the origin story for Harvey Dent’s evil alter-ego. This movie is an enjoyable swan song for Adam West that retains the humor and charm the 60s Batman series is known for.

21. ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’

Batman: The Killing Joke is regarded as one of the greatest graphic novels in the comic book medium. Expectations were through the roof once the animated movie adaptation was announced. While the overall presentation of this movie is decent enough and the ionic dialogue present in the source material is recited well here, the added story beats and the awkward relationship between Batman & Batgirl hampers the movie as a whole. The second half of this film is what keeps it from being a complete wash.

20. ‘The Batman vs. Dracula’

The Batman animated series that ran from 2004 ‘till 2008 is one of the more underrated TV shows based on DC’s finest night savior. That rendition of Batman’s cartoon career got the movie treatment in a film that pitted him against a horror movie icon. The Batman vs. Dracula provides a strong visual presentation that’s delightful for any and all viewers. The younger audience will get a kick out of the predictable and surface-level story being presented here, while older fans may be let down by that aspect of the film.

19. ‘Batman: Gotham by Gaslight’

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight adopts one of the better “Elseworlds” stories ever. The film sticks to the dark and brooding themes present in the source material, which helps it stick out when compared to the other picks on this list. Batman’s adventure within this movie takes place in Victorian-era Gotham City and puts him on the trail of the infamous serial killer, Jack the Ripper. The mature elements from this film can be hit or miss, so keep that in mind while it unfolds.

18. ‘Batman: Gotham Knight’

This anthology of different interpretations of Batman is an interesting experiment that’s still worth checking out. Josh Olson, David S. Goyer, Brian Azzarello, Greg Rucka, Jordan Goldberg, and Alan Burnett all come together to show “The Dark Knight” in a different light while he confronts a new danger. Crossfire, In Darkness Dwells, and Deadshot definitely stand out as the best segments within this compilation, while the other six minifilms are decent in their own right.

17. ‘Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman’

The Bat Family earned itself a new member here as Batwoman, a night stalker that aims to stop crime and forgo Batman’s rule to never kill. This new heroine forces Batman to stay on her trail and figure out her true identity while at the same time trying to stop The Penguin and Rupert Thorne’s latest scheme. The classic 90s art style from the Batman cartoon returns here, thankfully. While enjoyable in parts, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman ends up being one of the more forgettable films from DC’s animated efforts. The voice acting and action sequences are still worthy of applause, though. 

16. ‘Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders’

The first animated movie take on the 60s Batman TV series arrived in the form of Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. The zany and altogether groovy world that Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin), and Julie Newmar (Catwoman) once inhabited gets the cartoon treatment in the best way possible here. The usual suspects from Batman’s Rogues Gallery pop up here to add to the fun of it all. This film will definitely appeal more to those old enough to remember the 60s Batman show.

15. ‘Son of Batman’

Damian Wayne, the young son of Talia al Ghul and Bruce Wayne, is born to lead the League of Assassins. But a chance encounter with Deathstroke puts him on a different path that sets him up as Batman’s newest version of Robin. The fight sequences that play out in this film are exciting, which comes as no surprise considering the key players starring in it. The more comedic vibes this film tries to give off can be bothersome. But once Son of Batman gets serious, you’ll find yourself sucked into everything happening on screen.

14. ‘Batman: Bad Blood’

It’s a rare sight to see the entirety of the Bat Family come together to uphold justice and combat the latest threat trying to take over Gotham City. Batman: Bad Blood brings them all together for this film and it ends up being an entertaining romp. Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Batwoman, and Batwing’s combined efforts give this film a ton of life. As far as fight scenes and storytelling goes, Batman: Bad Blood largely succeeds.

13. ‘Batman: Hush’

A whole slew of Batman characters and a dark figure from Bruce Wayne’s past come together for the Batman: Hush graphic novel and made it an interesting read. And thankfully, that engrossing mystery has been given the animated movie treatment. Batman and Catwoman come together to get to the bottom of who Hush is, which places them in a bunch of wild situations that result in some surprising developments and epic battles. The source material for this film has been adapted perfectly, plus there are a few welcome changes to the story’s formula.

12. ‘Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

The crossover comic that brought the nighttime heroes in Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is awesome and you need to check it out when you get a chance. As for the animated film adaptation of that awesome team-up, it’s just as good as the comic book miniseries that inspired it. Batman and his two closest allies eventually align themselves with the “turtles in a half shell” to clash with Ra’s al Ghul and Shredder. The action put on display here is off the charts and the humorous moments will actually get viewers young & old to elicit a few laughs.

11. ‘Batman vs. Robin’

The dreaded Court of Owls plays the part of the main baddies here in this heated disagreement between Batman and his young son that dons the Robin moniker. The drama that plays out in this film between father and son is gripping, as is their furious search for Gotham City’s version of the Illuminati and their chosen Talon. The adult themes present in this film match the dark mood that this mature animated movie exudes, which is what makes it worth delving into.

10. ‘Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero’

One of Batman’s smartest and most cunning enemies is Mr. Freeze. This 90s throwback film has the two face off as Batman looks to save Barbara Gordon from Mr. Freeze’s plan to use her life force to bring back his dying wife. Warm feelings of restored nostalgia will enter your soul as you watch this movie unfold – thankfully, it still holds up thanks to its compelling version of Mr. Freeze and its inclusion of all the best aspects that Batman: The Animated Series are known for.

9. ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two’

The Long Halloween storyline derived from the Batman comics follows his early days as Gotham’s “Caped Crusader.” The mysterious villain at the heart of that tale is an individual named Holiday, who chooses to harm his victims on…well, holidays. The tale that’s told in that story gets split up over two parts in a cinematic form, which helps the big revelations carried over from the first film’s mysteries hit hard upon their reveals. This epic conclusion wraps things up nicely as it retells one of Batman’s more mature-rated capers.

8. ‘Batman: Year One’

The adult-oriented animated Batman films clearly stand out as the best entries to date. Batman: Year One provides even more proof of that widely held belief. Just like the graphic novel it was adapted from, this film follows Bruce Wayne’s initial transformation into the superhero moniker we all know so well and pre-commissioner James Gordon’s move to Gotham City. While this film’s runtime is shorter than one would expect, it still manages to make the most of its time thanks to some compelling interactions between Batman & Gordon. Plus the action sequences also impress.

7. ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One’

Both parts of The Long Halloween animated movie saga are great as a package deal. The first part in that overarching plot adapts the legendary graphic novel perfectly and creates the perfect cliffhanger for the second installment. The movie’s striking art style offers a nice change of pace from other Batman films and sticks to the grim nature that accompanies his crusade against the deadly Holiday.

6. ‘Batman: Assault on Arkham’

Batman has his hands full with this particular case. While he’s hot on the trail of a bomb-toting Joker, Batman also has to contend with Amanda Waller’s Suicide Squad. If you’ve played the Batman: Arkham games, then you’ll get a kick out of watching all the madness unfold between Task Force X, Batman, and a few additional members of his Rogues Gallery. Batman: Assault on Arkham plays out like a madcap heist film that’s full of dark humor, likable anti-heroes, and explosive action scenes.

5. ‘Batman: Mask of the Phantasm’

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is considered legendary among devoted Batman fanatics and DC animated filmgoers. You can tell the creatives behind it wanted to make a strong first impression since it’s the first film in the DC Animated Universe. This Batman: The Animated Series-themed movie follows our hero as he faces a mysterious vigilante that takes out Gotham’s most feared criminals. The animation, the storytelling, the dialogue, and everything in between are masterfully done here.

4. ‘Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker’

There’s just something incredible about the films that expand the Batman universes put forth by their cartoon series. Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker reprises the characters introduced in the beloved late 90s show and adds in the boisterousness of a returning Joker. This film showcases Bruce Wayne and Joker’s obsession with each other in great detail, plus it gives both Batman’s a proper sendoff within the Batman Beyond universe.

3. ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1’

One of the greatest and most influential graphic novels of all time is Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Thankfully, the entirety of that monumental storyline gets perfectly translated into one of DC’s best animated films. The first movie in that two-part saga encapsulates a version of Batman that’s at his darkest on a psychological level and showcases his long-awaited return to crime-fighting post-retirement. This film certainly does right by its source material.

2. ‘Batman: Under the Red Hood’

Red Hood’s introduction quickly turned him into one of the most celebrated DC characters of all time. His tragic backstory paves the way for a vicious anti-hero that’s justified in his feelings toward his former mentor. Batman: Under the Red Hood embraces the character’s dark and brutal nature as it delivers some of the best action sequences you’ll ever see within the DC Animated Universe. Everything is top-notch here – the animation, the emotional story beats, and the tense interactions between Batman & Red Hood make this film a bonafide classic.

1. ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2’

The second installment in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns earns the honor of being our favorite animated Batman movie of all time. It continues the incredibly riveting struggle established in Part 1 and raises the stakes accordingly. Batman’s continued war with Joker and his memorable clash with Superman are the two main story threads that afford this film its legendary status. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 wraps up things in the most efficient manner possible and gets you giddy for a possible animated sequel rendition of The Master Race.

Culture Movies/TV

These 4 DC Characters Need a James Gunn TV/Movie Adaptation

Ay, James Gunn really doesn’t miss when it comes to these superhero films! 

He took a relatively unknown Marvel Comics property in the Guardians of the Galaxy and turned its cast of interplanetary heroes into household names thanks to his 2014 film adaptation. Then he delivered the equally entertaining sequel in 2018 and has already been tapped to handle the directing duties for the third film that drops in 2023. The recently released The Suicide Squad has earned plenty of acclaim and has plenty of fans excited about his future DC endeavors. DC Films president Walter Hamada basically confirmed Gunn’s future involvement in the production company’s future film and TV renditions during a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter

Since he was pretty much given free rein to go as crazy as he wanted to be with the direction of The Suicide Squad, we’re guessing he’s going to be afforded the very same freedoms on his follow-up DCEU projects. Gunn’s penchant for focusing on gut-bustlingly funny moments, warm character interactions, and explosive action sequences can be seen throughout all of his Marvel and DC helmed movie adaptations. With all that being said, there are four noteworthy DC characters that would make for an incredible movie or streaming series with Gunn in the director’s chair. Let us all bow our heads and pray to the New Gods in hopes of getting these films in Prime Earth instead of Earth-1.

1. Lobo (Movie)

There was a point in time where Dwayne Johnson’s name came up every time some sort of update arrived concerning a Lobo film. After years of rumors, the project seemingly just disappeared into the ether. Now “The Rock” is preparing to lay the smackdown on the DCEU as none other than Black Adam. Since Gunn has mastered the art of zany space capers with a whole lotta attitude and hilarity, it’s about time he got to revive the Lobo film adaptation. “The Main Man” only exists to raise hell as he fulfills his space mercenary duties – he’d make for the perfect anti-hero that would lend a Gunn-helmed project the mature themes it would thrive on. Pitting DC’s baddest bastich against signature foes such as Bludhound and Loo so audiences get a taste of Lobo’s overwhelming strength through their battles could be just what the doctor ordered.

2. Deathstroke (Movie)

The post-credits scene for Justice League pointed to a pretty exciting future concerning the creation of an anti-Justice League. Joe Manganiello, the actor who portrayed Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, excited everyone and even made an additional appearance in the Snyder Cut. This version of the superpowered mercenary was meant to be the main antagonist for Ben Affleck’s version of The Batman, but those plans sadly fell through. Joe’s perfect casting of Deathstroke shouldn’t just be left to die – James Gunn should get his hands on the character and bring it to life in a standalone film. Telling his origin story and having him clash with the likes of rival assassins Cheshire, Deadborn, Ebrax, and Forgotten could produce an action-packed DCEU cinematic joyride. Gunn’s bombastic directing style would do wonders for a Deathstroke film.

3. WildC.A.T.s (Movie)

Some of you may not realize this, but the WildStorm Universe that was originally created by Jim Lee and Brandon Choi is a part of the DC Universe. The standout superhero team from that comics line is called the WildC.A.T.s, which is a covert action team that ended up getting caught up in the alien conflict between the Kherubim and the Daemonites. Gunn certainly has a knack for producing films focused on lesser-known teams within the comic book realm, so it’d make a ton of sense for him to work his magic for the WildC.A.T.s. Grifter, Zealot, Ladytron, Void, and the other members of the team’s latest incarnation would make for an incredible ensemble on the big screen. Watching a Gunn-directed movie adaptation that sets the WildC.A.T.s against an equally powerful threat would definitely elicit The Suicide Squad vibes. 

4. Plastic Man (TV Series)

Patrick “Eel” O’Brian aka “Plastic Man” has always stood out as being one of the more humorous characters within the DC Universe. His malleable physiology affords him the ability to stretch his body into a bevy of shapes and sizes. If Warner Bros. is willing to cut a big ass check for Gunn, we think he’d have the funds needed to create a big-budget DCEU series. And of course, it’d make for a perfect addition to the HBO Max streaming service alongside the first slate of DCEU TV shows. A series that follows Plastic Man’s rise from a petty criminal into an unlikely super savior could be the perfect mix of comedy, action, and surprisingly emotional revelations. We’d be so down to see Gunn apply his talents to another HBO Max exclusive series once he wraps up his work on Peacemaker.

Culture Movies/TV

15 Shows Like ‘Rick and Morty’

Adult cartoons are a dime a dozen these days, but there’s something unique about the way Rick and Morty took hold of the cultural zeitgeist. Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, the Adult Swim original series is an outrageous and hyperbolic twist on the relationship between mad scientist Doc Brown and his teenage companion Marty McFly in the Back to the Future movies. The episodic series follows the adventures of the titular grandfather-grandson duo of Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith, both voiced by series co-creator Roiland, that sees Morty constantly being pulled into intergalactic danger thanks to his genius, alcoholic grandpa. 

People who are unfamiliar with Rick and Morty may know that it’s full of vulgar catchphrases and flatulence, but underneath that crass layer is a show that is actually incredibly complex and bold in its storytelling decisions.

Every new dimension explored and character introduced becomes an opportunity for the show’s creative team to either poke fun at something or introduce a bit of unexpected sorrow or trauma to an otherwise silly moment. Even though there’s something wholly original about Rick and Morty’s comedic sensibilities and a cast of characters, a lot of other shows out there are similarly bold in the way they deliver their humor or look at the world. So put down the portal gun and check out these 15 Shows like Rick and Morty! 

15. ‘Community’

If the overwhelming amount of pop culture references and meta-humor in Rick and Morty is your cup of tea, then you should definitely check out Community. Created by Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon, the NBC sitcom follows a group of misfits at the Greendale Community College as they bond and “study” together in a study group. The show is so much more than this simple premise, though, as each episode gives the quirky ensemble- featuring hilarious performers like Donald Glover and Alison Brie- ample room to get into shenanigans and bond both inside and outside of the classroom.  

Watch Now On Netflix
14. ‘The Orville’

Clearly, Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show weren’t enough for Seth MacFarlane, as the prolific show creator also turned his attention to the final frontier in The Orville. A live-action series that plays as a Star Trek parody, The Orville follows the crew of the USS Orville as they explore the galaxy in the 25th century. The ensemble show is led by MacFarlane as officer Ed Mercer and, despite its comedic undertones, it sometimes feels like a more genuine Star Trek series than some of Viacom’s recent attempts.

Watch Now On Hulu
13. ‘The Venture Bros.’

Adult Swim has evolved a lot since it first launched in 2001, but throughout most of its existence Jackson Publick’s The Venture Bros. has been a staple on that “channel.” A satirical spin on old cartoons like Johnny Quest, the show follows the exploits and adventures of the Venture Family as they interact in a mad scientist and superhero-filled world. The phenomenally voiced show lasted for seven seasons and evolved into a hilarious parody of modern nerd culture rather than just fixating on old Hanna-Barbera tropes. 

Watch Now On Hulu
12. ‘Loki’

One surefire way for a series to feel like Rick and Morty is for it to be written by a Rick and Morty alum. The newest Marvel show streaming on Disney+, Loki, is a time-travel-filled adventure series created by Michael Waldron, a former producer and writer on the Adult Swim hit. Tom Hiddleston once again plays the Norse God of Mischief, but this time he finds himself supervised by the Time Variance Authority, a seemingly all-knowing organization that wants to defend the sacred timeline. The show definitely rewards long-term fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it is accessible and entertaining for people who just want to check it out due to its connection with Rick and Morty.  

Watch Now On Disney+
11. ‘Archer’

Premiering in 2009, Archer is an animated parody show set inside a dysfunctional intelligence agency. The series is witty and has a unique structure- certain seasons ditch the intelligence agency setting all together to see the characters become Miami drug dealers or Noir detectives- but what really sets this show apart from other adult cartoons is its exemplary ensemble cast, led by H. Jon Benjamin as the womanizing Sterling Archer. For all the hardcore Jerry Smith fans out there, Chris Parnell also lends his voice to Archer as Cyril Figgis, a straight-laced agent who is often the butt of many of Archer’s jokes.

Watch Now On Hulu
10. ‘Doctor Who’

The tagline “A moody genius and their companion travel around space and time going on adventures” perfectly describes both Doctor Who and Rick and Morty. The BBC series follows The Doctor, an alien from the planet Gallifrey who uses his brain and handy sonic screwdriver to solve problems and help people across the galaxy. A sometimes silly, sometimes extremely serious show, Doctor Who remains fresh after 50+ years thanks to the Doctor’s natural ability to reincarnate and keep exploring the cosmos with a new personality and new face. 

Watch Now On HBO Max
9. ‘Avenue 5’

Thanks to eccentric billionaires like Virgil Bronson and Jeff Bezos, rich people doing whatever they want in space doesn’t sound as absurd as it should anymore, but Avenue 5 injects some delightful chaos back into the subject. From the satirical mind of Veep and The Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci, Avenue 5 follows what happens after an artificial gravity accident causes an interplanetary cruise ship (the Avenue 5) to veer off course. With only eight weeks of supplies onboard to sustain everyone, panic sets in when it is revealed it could take up to three years to return to Earth. The ensemble show was renewed for a second season in early 2020, but no official premiere date has been set due to pandemic-related delays.  

Watch Now On HBO Max
8. ‘Disenchantment’

Matt Groening swapped suburban America for the medieval castles of Dreamland in the Netflix original Disenchantment. The series follows Princess Bean (Abbi Jacobsen), a notorious and happy alcoholic, who is unhappily set to marry a Prince. While peaking at her wedding gifts, Bean discovers a little demon named Luci (Eric Andre), who despite being sent there to curse Bean, ends up empathizing with her and discouraging her from getting married. With Luci and her new friend Elfo (Nat Faxon) by her side, the three of them embark on a series of adventures as the elites of Dreamland jostle for power thanks to the abandoned wedding, and the alliance could have solidified.

Watch Now On Netflix
7. ‘BoJack Horseman’

Rick and Morty is often praised for the way it handles complex emotions and addictive personalities, but the Netflix original BoJack Horseman tackles these ideas in a much more direct manner. Created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, BoJack Horseman follows former television actor Bojack (Will Arnett) as he struggles to revamp his Hollywood career and come to terms with his depression and narcissistic tendencies. Set in a world where talking animals and people interact with each other and work side-by-side, the whimsical and silly nature of the show obscures a tragic engine that constantly picks at and explores the insecurities of each of its lead characters.  

Watch Now On Netflix
6. ‘Reaper’

Sam Oliver’s (Bret Harrison) life flipped upside down on his 21st birthday when his parents explained that they had actually promised his soul to Satan (Ray Wise) before he was born. Now, the college dropout and hardware store employee must accept his new destiny as a “reaper,” a bounty hunter who tracks down souls that have escaped from hell, or his mother will be banished to hell. The show only lasted for two seasons, but its unique blend of supernatural elements and “stoner comedy” tropes makes it the perfect binge for anyone looking for a show similar to Rick and Morty. 

Watch Now On ABC
5. ‘Adventure Time’

Adventure Time may have been marketed primarily to children because it was on Cartoon Network rather than the after-hours adult swim, but watch just one episode, and it’s clear the creators were aiming to please and entertain viewers of all ages. Created by Pendleton Ward, Adventure Time is a fantastic and consistently silly show that follows a boy named Finn (Jeremy Shada) and his talking, transforming dog Jake (John DiMaggio) as they go on adventures in the psychedelic and post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo. Finn and Rick themselves don’t have a lot in common, but they are the anchors for two of the most absurd, hilarious shows to come out in the last 25 years.

Watch Now On HBO Max
4. ‘South Park’

The townsfolk of South Park and the space-traveling Rick and Morty may not appear to have a lot in common on the surface, but take a deeper look at both shows and the main characters are all deeply raunchy individuals who are not afraid to speak their minds about what is unfair about life and the world.

For those who are somehow unaware, South Park is a deeply satirical show that follows the lives of four elementary school children, the most notorious among them being the extremely crass Eric Cartman, as they constantly find themselves being swept up into ridiculous and dangerous situations. It’s fair to say that the longevity of South Park has paved the way for shows like Rick and Morty to succeed and even earn a whopping 70 episode renewal back in 2018.

Watch Now On HBO MAX
3. ‘Futurama’

Similar to how Disenchantment let Simpsons creator Matt Groening dabble in fantastical storytelling, Futurama allowed him to tell silly science fiction stories. Futurama follows Fry (Billy West), a man from 2000 who is accidentally cryogenically frozen and subsequently thawed out in the year 2999. Despite its futuristic sheen, Futurama can really be boiled down to a hilarious workplace comedy as Fry quickly finds himself working alongside the crew of the Planet Express delivery company.  Each episode finds the ensemble on a new adventure as they dart across the galaxy, but it’s really the quirky personalities and relationships between the three core characters, Fry, Bender (John DiMaggio), and Leela (Katey Sagal), that makes the show so addictive.

Watch Now On Hulu
2. ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’

Similar to Rick Sanchez, no topic is off-limits for the gang over at Paddy’s Pub. In It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, recently renewed for four more seasons, a group of self-centered, angry friends operate a bar and argue about the state of the world. Whether it’s critiquing Escape Rooms or solving the Gas Crisis, this group of drunks has opinions on just about everything. The gang has never been to another planet or entered a spaceship, but they have the same narcissistic, self-destructive tendencies that both Rick and Morty do.

Watch Now On Hulu
1. ‘Solar Opposites’

Due to Rick and Morty‘s overwhelming success, Hulu ordered another space-themed comedy from co-creator Justin Roiland: Solar Opposites. The animated sitcom follows a family of literal aliens as they try to adjust to life as refugees in the middle of the United States after their home planet of Shlorp was destroyed.  A fun twist on the fish out of water trope, Solar Opposites is full of Roiland’s signature outrageous and sometimes heady humor, but it also does a good job at making the audience empathize with its central characters as they enter difficult situations in a new environment. 

Watch Now On Hulu
Culture Movies/TV

Everything We Know About ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’

Okay, we are finally here. Well not yet, but almost.

Space Jam: A New Legacy has been long-anticipated since its announcement in 2014, and while we still aren’t fully clued in on all the details (we imagine there will be some surprises), we now know enough to write an article on what we do know. There’s still a lot of questions—will there be surprise appearances? Will Michael Jordan make a cameo (Don Cheadle says yes)? When does the rest of the merchandise drop? We imagine we’ll find out those details when you do. In the meantime, let’s get into what has been confirmed.

When Will Space Jam: A New Legacy Be Released?

You probably already know this, but Space Jam: A New Legacy will hit theaters on July 16th. There were questions at the beginning of the year of whether or not the film would be released in theaters due to the pandemic, but the movie will indeed make its debut on the big screen. Understanding that not everyone is ready to be in theaters yet, the movie will also be available via HBO Max for one month. 

Who is going to be in it?

In short—a lot of people. Y’all Ready? Here are some of the names of those confirmed at the moment: Lebron James obviously, Don Cheadle, Zendaya, Sonequa Martin-Green, Kyrie Irving, Draymond Green, Chiney Ogwumike, Nneka Ogwumike, Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma, Chris Paul, Diana Taurasi, Damian Lillard, and more. 

The legendary Jeff Bergman will voice multiple characters along with Eric Bauza. Bob Bergen, Jim Cummings, Candy Milo, and Gabriel Iglesias will also have roles in the film, as well as Ernie Johnson and Lil Rel Howery, who will serve as game commentators. Of course, there is the question of Michael Jordan. He has to make an appearance right? Well, the only thing we have to go on right now is Don Cheadle’s word. We imagine he wouldn’t have given official confirmation if it wasn’t happening, so we’ll go ahead and put MJ on the list too.

What Is This Movie Going To Be About?

A New Legacy is labeled as a stand-alone sequel, so it won’t be a direct follow-up to the original 1996 film. This movie will see Lebron James and his son (portrayed by Cedric Joe) are trapped in the wild world of Warner Bros which is ruled by a devious dictator by the name of AI-G rhythm (Don Cheadle). What happens next? Like you guys we have to wait until the movie comes out, but right now we do know that James is charged with the task of getting everyone home safe by leading the Looney Tunes to victory over the A.I. champions. 

What About The Soundtrack?

Space Jam: A New Legacy will have a dope soundtrack that will feature Lil Baby, Lil Wayne, Saweetie, Kash Doll, Chance the Rapper, John Legend, Kirk Franklin, The Jonas Brothers, and plenty more. Even Damian Lillard (whose rap moniker is Dame D.O.L.L.A) will have a song on the soundtrack that features G-Eazy, P-Lo, and White Dave. Right now, the soundtrack participants are still being quiet, but maybe next week we’ll get official single promotions and perhaps music videos. 

Space Jam Merchandise
Nike x Converse Space Jam Merchandise

Last but not least, what about the merchandise? Again we’re still kind of this dark on this a bit, but there have been some Space Jam merch drops already. Forever 21 dropped their collection a few weeks ago, and McDonald’s teamed up with DiamondSupplyCo. to release their own set of merchandise earlier this week. However, we are still waiting on the Nike x Converse Space Jam exclusives that were teased last month. The Space Jam Nike and Converse collaboration have an upcoming capsule that is set to release on July 16th along with the movie. We imagine it will be an early drop that will probably go quick, so make sure you are ready if you plan on buying anything for the collection. 

Alright folks that’s all we’ve got for right now, if there are any major updates between now and next Friday we’ll be sure to make updates. Enjoy the movie and for those that see it early, please don’t spoil it!