According to Warner Bros. Studio chairman Toby Emmerich and Warner Bros. president and chief content officer-TV Peter Roth, they are considering pushing back the release of next year’s Godzilla Vs Kong film.
They are siting “fatigue” as the reason they feel Legendary’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters is “tanking.” 1. Stop blaming fatigue. It’s been years since the last one. 2. The new film was good and a lot of fans really liked it. 3. Godzilla is popular, but it isn’t going to perform as well as a movie from Star Wars or the MCU as they have a much larger fan base.
According to Emmerich next year’s movie “will deliver for fans in the way they were looking for” in the latest Godzilla. It might come out later in the year, so we can deliver an A+ movie.”
I’ve talked to a lot of Godzilla fans and they enjoyed Godzilla: King of the Monsters quite a bit. I really hope they do not go and ruin the film to appease the “critics.” Hollywood needs to stop focusing on what “critics” think and focus on what the fans think. Rotten Tomatoes is not a site I would use to make decisions about anything and even there it’s an 85% audience score (with over 16,000 reviews) compared to the 40% critic score (with under 300 reviews.) Some of the critics gave it a bad review simply because they felt Godzilla is a low brow franchise to begin with.
I am very worried where they are going to go with the next movie to make it “deliver for fans” because I honestly feel the this one mostly did that. If anything, the last film turned people off from King of the Monsters as it was more about people and barely had Godzilla in it. Godzilla fans aren’t there to see a human interest story with a tiny bit of monster action.
Doing $179 million on opening weekend (world-wide) isn’t a great number and it did only debut at $49 million domestically, but if there’s “fatigue” it was from the 2014 film’s lack of monsters. This film did open to higher numbers internationally, and still did better than Kong: Skull Island’s opening.
So far no official change has been made to the current March 13, 2020 release date. I’m sure there will be one coming based on what was stated. I just hope they don’t ruin it to appease “critics” like Hollywood tends to do.
Yesterday, June 8 Electronic Arts (EA) and Maxis announced a new expansion pack for the Sims at EA Play 2019.
This new pack called Island Living, will allow Sims to venture on the island of Sulani. There they can swim, get tanned or burnt, canoe, build sandcastles, and even meet a mermaid!
Check out the Trailer:
Here are the Key Features according to the EA Site:
Sit Back and Relax – Welcome to Sulani, where the sun shines bright and the nights are totally chill. Set sail on the glistening water in your island canoe, swim to your heart’s content, and explore the scenery on a watercraft. Build a spectacular sand castle, catch some rays, and even meet a mermaid!
Pitch In or Help Out – Become a conservationist, clean up the beaches, and watch your Sims’ impact bloom all over the island. Take to the waves in a fishing or diving career or become a lifeguard to keep the locals safe under the sun. No career? No problem! Sims can do a few odd jobs or fish for their next meal.
Engage in Local Culture – Tradition runs deep on Sulani, and your Sims get to experience everything it has to offer. Immerse Sims in their newfound lifestyle by attending a pit barbecue event, learning about local folklore, tasting tropical delicacies, and chatting with ancestors from the island.
Rock the Island Vibes – Dress Sims in tropical garb inspired by sun, sand, and waves. Or, gear up for water activities like snorkeling and swimming. Decorate a rustic oasis with home objects and unwind at the tiki bar. Everything is chill (except for the occasional sunburn) when it’s Island Living.
My daughter is absolutely going crazy over this. She loves the Sims and this is completely up her alley!
The new expansion pack can be pre-ordered now for $39.99 and will be released on June 21, 2019 for Mac and Windows PC, and for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on July 16, 2019.
Some thought they might turn up in the DC Extended Universe, but it looks like they’re headed to Netflix.
For an anime.
Of Magic the Gathering?!
Here’s the official announcement tweet from Netflix…
HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT TIME: Netflix and Wizards of the Coast are teaming up with Joe and Anthony Russo to make a Magic: The Gathering anime series and this teaser of Chandra has me asking QUESTIONS. pic.twitter.com/vljlEtl0Mq
According to new details about the series, Anthony and Joe Russo will executive produce the series. In a newly released statement, the pair shared how excited they are to work on the series and confirmed they are lifelong fans of Magic: The Gathering as well.
“We have been huge fans and players of Magic: The Gathering for as long as it has been around, so being able to help bring these stories to life through animation is a true passion project for us,” the duo said.
So far, there are few details out about the project, but it will focus on the expansive world of Magic: The Gathering and its Planeswalker, which are described as “Magic’s unique magic-wielding heroes and villains as they contend with stakes larger than any one world can hold.”
But is at actually anime?
Not to be a Debbie Downer here, but we do have some concerns about the project.
The first being the teaser image of Chandra Nalaar, which is obviously CGI… and very western looking. It might not be indicative of the final animation itself, but it’s clearly not what I would call “anime.”
The series is being animated by a company called Octopie Studios. Geeky has done some sleuthing (as she often does) and it seems that Octopie is now home to several former Machinima staffers.
Machinima created the Transformers: Combiner Wars “anime” that ran on their YouTube channel. It even shares some of the same staffers as Netflix’s Magic the Gathering.
Of course, Machinima got obliterated in the first wave of mergers and cuts at Otter Studios, which has now been rolled into Warner Media. Other Otter Media divisions include Crunchyroll, VRV and Rooster Teeth. (And the word on the street is more cutbacks are coming — possibly even to Cartoon Network.)
If you’re a small press comic book creator and thinking of crowdfunding a comics project, you might want to hear about a new initiative that Small Press Expo (SPX) is launching in conjunction with Kickstarter.
Here’s more details from their press release…
If you launch a Kickstarter campaign for a small press or self-published comic or zine in September, your project will be featured in the initiative.
You’ll also receive the following: Personal guidance and support on how to setup and run your project with Kickstarter’s Comics Outreach Lead, the fantastic Camilla Zhang
Potential promotion in newsletters, social media, and Kickstarter Magazine
Kickstarter balloons for your SPX table and your name called out in the Program Guide with a special color, bringing more visibility to you and your tablemates’ amazing work.
Bonus: If you’re selling books that you’ve funded with Kickstarter at SPX, email [email protected] by June 30 to get special (and useful) Kickstarter swag for your table!
The Small Press Expo has sort of become the “It Con” for indie comics publishers lately. I can honestly say it’s one of the few conventions where people actually go to seek out and buy new comic books. SPX has hosted the Ignatz Awards since 1997.
This year’s SPX takes place on September 14 and 15, 2019 at the the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center.
Good luck getting a table, however! Exhibitors are curated and tables are in high demand, with a lottery system being instituted in recent years.
According the Variety Robert Pattinson is officially the new Batman.
Warner Bros. has confirmed that a deal has been signed for the Twilight actor to play Batman in the upcoming film that will hit theaters on June 25, 2021.
Deadline has said that the new Matt Reeves’ trilogy will have no connection to the previous Ben Affleck Batman.
This film will in no way carry on the work that Ben Affleck did as the older Batman in Batman Vs. Superman and Justice League.
It seems that they are going to continue with more stand alone superhero movies going forward with the DC properties. Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Shazam! have all performed well.
I’m just not sure where this one is going to fall and who can cross over into it. Although I didn’t mind the one suggestion, on social media, about Batman Beyond with Bruce Wayne played by Michael Keaton and Terry played by Robert Pattinson. I doubt that’s where they would go, but I would have liked to have seen something like that.
The new film will be called The Batman and will be produced by Reeves and his Planet of the Apes collaborator Dylan Clark. Fans can expect it in theaters 2021.
This new musical will be based on the Princess Kaguya story from the Sailor Moon S movie, the second Sailor Moon movie. This one follows the story of an ice villain named Princess Snow Kaguya comes to Earth to freeze it with the help of her Snow Dancers. The Sailor Scouts must fight and defeat the enemy.
What I really love about this story is the large part Luna plays and how Sailor Moon helps her take her human form as the Princess Kaguya. It’s always been one of my favorites!
Currently this musical is only planned for Japan, but there’s always a chance it will come over like other ones have in the past!
A variant cover for Marvel Comics #1000 featured a collage celebrating 80 years of Marvel history… and some characters from rival DC Comics.
One of the just-solicited variant covers for August’s Marvel Comics #1000 is a collage of art and covers from numerous Marvel Comics stories dating back to the 1930s – and apparently, one image that traces back to a DC comic book from just a few years ago.
Spotted by Twitter user ‘Symbiobro’, the image, which appears in the collage in the middle right hand side of the image, depicts two men kissing. It seems to be ‘sampled’ from a page from DC Comics’ Earth 2 #2. The characters depicted in that scene are Alan Scott, the Green Lantern of Earth 2, and his partner.
However, that doesn’t mean that comics creators can’t make a sustainable living working outside of the mainstream comic book industry.
There’s been an explosion in six-figure crowdfunded comic book projects on Indiegogo, but you wouldn’t know it from visiting most of the news outlets that cover comics.
Sure, much has been made about Kickstarter’s comic book campaigns lately, even by the mainstream press. But you hardly ever hear anything about rival Indiegogo campaigns, even though on average they seem to be raising more per campaign.
Why not? I blame politics and mainstream publishing’s grip on comics media.
And it’s personal and political bias that is (in my opinion) keeping mainstream comic book news outlets from covering a boom in independent comic book funding and creation. Most (but not all) of the campaign creators lean conservative, and some creators openly identify as “comicsgate.”
In today’s divisive political climate, being openly conservative is likely an undesirable trait for freelancers to have in an industry that is dominated mostly by progressives. There’s some debate as to whether or not there’s actually a “blacklist” of conservatives in comics. But given how hostile many comics creators are to conservatives on social media it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to deduce that many of these people wouldn’t want to share comics credits with a political “enemy.”
I’ve noticed some “high strangeness” around how comics treats some conservative and “free-thinking” creators, and I’m a liberal.
Ethan Van Sciver’s CYBERFROG has made over $800,000 on Indiegogo… but no one is talking about it.
Former DC Comics artist turned YouTube commentator Ethan Van Sciver has raised over $800,000 in total for three different campaigns of his self-published title Cyberfrog. This includes the initial run as well as two variant runs. His initial campaign (at over $538K) would have landed him in the Top 5 most-funded campaigns of all-time had he been on Kickstarter.
Add to this that Van Sciver was also the only Marvel or DC pro that had generated over $500K in crowdfunding at the time. (The rest were webcomics creators, and Gabriel Picolo has since beaten Van Sciver’s initial campaign total.)
Yet none of the major comics news outlets seemed to cover the success of Cyberfrog as it was happening. I searched Newsarama, ComicBook.com Bleeding Cool, CBR, Comics Beat — nada.
Had his campaign been on Kickstarter, it probably would have been all over the place. (Kickstarter definitely has the better PR machine in the comics space, that’s for sure.)
Richard Meyer’s JAWBREAKERS made over $450,000, placing him in the Top 10 of Crowdfunded Comics Campaigns… but you can’t talk about HIM.
Love him or hate him, YouTube comics critic turned comics creator Richard C. Meyer (formerly known as Diversity & Comics) made bank on his Jawbreakers campaign. Over the course of two campaigns (one for a “remaster”), he raised over $450,000 with the first doing $400K.
And the comic book industry lost its bleepin’ mind. Things got so bad that Meyer is now in the middle of a lawsuit with Mark Waid, who he alleges interfered in a publishing deal with Antarctic Press.
The campaign seemingly got little to no mainstream coverage outside of admonishing Meyer’s “hot takes” on YouTube and his lawsuit with Waid. That $450,000 was generated almost entirely by his YouTube presence and word of mouth.
How about major gaming sites like IGN, Kotaku and Polygon?
Nope, nope and nope.
Aside from a handful of blogs that cover Indiegogo campaigns and some smaller gaming sites, nobody talked about the runaway success of Earthworm Jim: Launch the Cow.
TenNapel is an outspoken conservative, but stressed that this project wasn’t “comicsgate.”
Doesn’t matter. The campaign is absolutely newsworthy for a variety of reasons, but media won’t touch it because they don’t like him.
The list goes on and on…
There have been dozens and dozens of other successful campaigns on Indiegogo in the past year, but you’re not hearing about them. And it is newsworthy. Especially at a time when the comic book industry is in “crisis mode.”
Comic Industry news is Comic Industry news, and it needs to be reported on.
But regardless of how you feel about the creators of these comic books, the fact that there are Indiegogo campaigns that would easily rank in the Top 10 most funded comics projects of all time on Kickstarter that are deliberately not being covered by most comic book “news” outlets is complete failure of “comics journalism.”
Personal bias and vendettas should have no place when there is legitimate, factual news about the comic book industry to be reported. People are making good money in comics on Indiegogo. Many of those comics are apolitical. And in a time when comic shops are closing at at alarming rate and mainstream publishers and laying off, this news does need to be reported.
It’s like the entire comic book “industry” and the journalists that cover it all decided to turn a blind eye to a massive opportunity for creators of all kinds.
Look, you don’t have to like the politics of the people behind the campaigns. But as an advocate for independent comics and for creators finding a better way to get paid to do the things they love, I’m legitimately angry that this isn’t being covered. It’s doing a huge disservice to displaced creators and up-and-comers to deliberately not tell them that there are other options out there.
The situation with these Indiegogo campaigns confirms to me what I’ve suspected for years.
Beyond politics, I personally think some of the animosity toward these campaigns is that most have a connection to creators who’ve become popular on YouTube. Comic book blogs are quickly losing relevance in the age of YouTube, and the dance that publishers and comics journalists did for the past couple of years just isn’t working as well as it used to.
Even Neutrals and OG Comics Creators are getting caught in the crossfire of this bullshit.
There seems to be a “secret war” between comics media outlets and their supporters, and YouTubers and their supporters these days, with neutral parties and even oldschool comics creators being caught in the crossfire on social media.
Alterna Comics has seen a massive uptick in sales of their newsprint comics over the past year. They’ve also faced a lot of backlash from Twitter outrage mobs because they won’t take a “side.”
Alterna Comicscame under attack by “Twitter outrage mobs” because publisher Peter Simeti didn’t want people working with Alterna to use blockbots and wouldn’t publicly denounce readers who identified as “comicsgate.”
More recently, legendary comics creator Billy Tucci also got a taste of what it’s like to go up against “Club Comics” on Twitter. However, he had some choice words for them…
Again. I don't ever recall hitching my wagon to anyone. I'm Billy Fucking Tucci. Comic books about heroes, antiheroes and the journey will prevail over such strange and unwarranted toxicity. It always does.
Billy “Fucking” Tucci had some thoughts on the crazy censorship and collusion going on in the comic book industry on his own YouTube channel, Crowdfunding Comics. He was joined by Gemstone Publishing’s J.C. Vaughn and co-host Nile Scala.
The doomsday clock is ticking on the careers of many people working in comics right now.
Crowdfunding might be one of the only viable life rafts for a lot of comics creators, and to ignore the success of these campaigns, comics is acting like Denethor in Lord of the Rings — burning not just himself alive, but even those who can’t speak for themselves like Faramir.
The choice to burn yourself down with the rest of a dying industry or not should be yours and yours alone to make.
Real journalists lay out all the facts and options. And there are options for creators who want to escape the dying mainstream industry.
You just won’t hear about all of them from Club Comics and the blogs that support it.
EDIT: Catch our recent livestream talking about the subject here.
NOTE: Some of the opinions expressed above are just that — opinions. They do not necessarily reflect the views of other D-Rezzed contributors, sponsors or advertisers.
Yes, thanks to a little help from Dungeon Master (and a Renault SUV) Hank the Ranger, Eric the Cavalier, Diana the Acrobat, Presto the Magician, Shiela the Thief, and Bobby the Barbarian finally find their way back to the carnival that transported them to the DnD realm all those years ago.
The trailer also features their nemesis Venger, Uni the unicorn and — surprisingly — classic DnD supermonster Tiamat!
Why Brazil? Dungeons & Dragons was known as Dragon Cave in Brazil, and was apparently quite popular there.
The Dungeons & Dragons cartoon never did get a proper ending, although it was planned for the teenagers to finally find their way home in the series finale “Requiem.” Sadly, the episode was never produced and the kids have been stuck in limbo ever since.