DC - jason momoa /tags/jason-momoa en Aquaman /characters/aquaman <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Aquaman</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:about content:encoded"><p>The son of a lighthouse keeper and an Atlantean queen, Arthur Curry is the bridge between the surface world and his tumultuous realm of the sea.</p> <p>Monarch of the undersea realm of Atlantis and King of the Seven Seas, Aquaman is one of the most powerful DC Super Heroes—commanding a kingdom that covers three-quarters of the Earth’s surface, including all the creatures contained within. Arthur Curry came from humble beginnings, as most of his life was spent exiled from his home, unaware of his noble origins. When he finally took the throne as an adult, he became the most legendary king in Atlantean history.</p> <p>A founding member of the Justice League of America, Aquaman has fought alongside Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman and held his own against the biggest threats the universe has ever seen. Despite being misunderstood by many as someone who merely “talks to fish,” Aquaman’s super-strength and fighting prowess alone make him a force to be reckoned with. His telepathic abilities make him one of the most powerful minds on the planet. If one chooses to underestimate the sea king, they do so at their own peril.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-facebook field-type-link-field field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Facebook:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/aquaman" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/aquaman</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-order field-type-number-integer field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Display Order:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="">5</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-profile-picture field-type-image field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Profile Picture:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="" resource="/sites/default/files/Char_Thumb_Aquaman_5c411a95e70ff5.50429372.jpg"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/Char_Thumb_Aquaman_5c411a95e70ff5.50429372.jpg" width="384" height="582" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-character-versions- field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Character Versions:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel=""><a href="/character-versions/aquaman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Aquaman</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-home-page-thumbnail field-type-image field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Home Page Thumbnail:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/Char_WhosWho_Aquaman_5c411a95e710b9.62155274.jpg" width="368" height="768" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-facebook-like-box-logo field-type-image field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Facebook Like Box Logo:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/CharFB_30x30_aquaman_52ab6321ab5393.32263582.png" width="30" height="30" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-character-type field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Character Type:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/character-type/individuals" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Individuals</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-character-alignment field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Alignment:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/alignment/heroes" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Heroes</a></div></div></div><div class="field-collection-container clearfix"><div class="field field-name-field-custom-information field-type-field-collection field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Custom Information:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-character-byline field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Character Byline:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">King of the Seven Seas</div></div></div><div class="field-collection-container clearfix"><div class="field field-name-field-first-appearance field-type-field-collection field-label-above"><div class="field-label">First Appearance:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property=""><div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"><div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-first-appearance clearfix" about="/field-collection/field-first-appearance/23491" typeof=""> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-label field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="">First Appearance</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-first-appearance-text field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property=""><a href="https://www.readdc.com/More-Fun-24ֱ-1936-1947-73/digital-comic/T0915200735001">MORE FUN COMICS #73</a> (<span class="date-display-single" property="" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="1941-02-15T12:30:00-08:00">1941</span>)</div></div></div> </div> </div> </div></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-char-powers field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Powers:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel=""><a href="/powers/super-strength" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">super strength</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel=""><a href="/powers/durability" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">durability</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel=""><a href="/powers/control-over-sea-life" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">control over sea life</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel=""><a href="/powers/exceptional-swimming-ability" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">exceptional swimming ability</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel=""><a href="/powers/ability-to-breathe-underwater" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">ability to breathe underwater</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-char-base-of-operations field-type-entityreference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Base of Operations:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="">Atlantis</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-group-affiliation field-type-entityreference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Group Affiliation:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="">Justice League</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-primary-coverimage field-type-image field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Primary Cover Image:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/default_images/DC_placeholder_comic-active_573b3c133ef580.76442500.jpg" alt="" /></div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/characters/aquaman" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Aquaman" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 01:21:54 +0000 publisher 130853 at /characters/aquaman#comments Battle of the Aquamen /blog/2020/11/18/battle-of-the-aquamen <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Battle of the Aquamen</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Mandy Curtis</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 12:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>It's likely that you're familiar with Arthur Curry, a.k.a. Aquaman, as the character's been a pop culture icon since his first appearance in <a href="https://www.readdc.com/More-Fun-24ֱ-1936-1947-73/digital-comic/T0915200735001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Jc3N1ZXM" target="_blank"><em>More Fun 24ֱ</em> <em>#73</em></a> in 1941. Recently, Jason Momoa stepped into the gold and green armor in 2018's <a href="/movies/aquaman" target="_blank"><em>Aquaman</em>.</a> However, he wasn’t the first actor to do it! Although Momoa's Aquaman is the first live-action version to gain real traction, Arthur did try to make waves on the small screen <a href="/tv/aquaman-2006" target="_blank">in a 2006 pilot</a> for The WB Television Network, developed by the creators of <a href="/tv/smallville-2001-2011"><em>Smallville</em>.</a></p> <p>Both versions have more than a few redeeming qualities, but let's take a look at who comes out on top in the Ring of Fire challenge between <em>Aquaman</em> (2006) and <em>Aquaman</em> (2018)!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/fullres-AMDSC0313_5fb4696beb5fc3.55811150.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 602px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Voiceover</strong></h2> <p>Beginning at the...well, beginning, both the TV pilot and the movie start out with voiceovers which talk about the world and Arthur's place in it. No offense to Daniella Deutscher (née Wolters), who plays Atlanna in the TV pilot, but I'd rather listen to Momoa warn me of the dangers to come. (I'd rather listen to him read the phone book, to be honest, but that's not part of this battle.)</p> <p><strong>Victor:</strong> <em>Aquaman</em> (2018). I mean...Jason Momoa.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/rev-1-AMN-FP-1024r_High_Res_JPEG_5fb46991037fb5.91274470.jpeg" style="width: 900px; height: 475px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Family Life and Early Years</strong></h2> <p>In the pilot, Arthur "AC" Curry (played by Justin Hartley) is the—spoiler alert—actual, full-blooded prince of Atlantis, and his human father is actually his adopted father. His real name is Orin, and he and his mother were secreted away from Atlantis by an advisor named McCaffery to keep them from getting killed. AC grew up not knowing anything about his past or where he came from, but he was aware of his skills in the water and a "strange empathy" toward sea life.</p> <p>In the movie, Arthur's half-human/half-Atlantean, which causes him a whole lot of issues when he first tries to wrest the crown from his half-brother (and full-blooded Atlantean) King Orm. Unlike AC, this Arthur knew the truth about his mother and was trained from a young age by a royal advisor, Vulko.</p> <p><strong>Victor:</strong> <em>Aquaman</em> (2006). There's nothing wrong with either of their upbringings, but being the full-blooded prince might have made things easier for AC, in the long run. The "half-breed" moniker really set Arthur back. (And c'mon, Atlanteans. Don't be so prejudiced.)</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/rev-1-AMN-TRL-1047-UMr_High_Res_JPEG_5fb469b97d0ee0.17781717.jpeg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Mother's Disappearance</strong></h2> <p>In both the pilot and the movie, Arthur's mother has to leave him when he's quite young. In the TV show, the plane Atlanna's piloting goes down in a freak storm over the Bermuda Triangle and a creature drags her down into the depths of the ocean after she entreats AC to get to the surface. In the movie, Atlanna is forced to return home for the safety of her son and Tom Curry, but not before she completely wrecks house (both figuratively and literally) when a contingent of Atlantean soldiers come looking for her.</p> <p>Victor: <em>Aquaman</em> (2018). Watching Nicole Kidman absolutely slay those soldiers was such a fist-pumping moment.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/AMN-JBG-0067r_proxy_WB360JPEG_900_5fb469d5e0efa4.02775356.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Looks</strong></h2> <p>You'll have to excuse me for getting superficial here for a moment, but <em>Aquaman</em> is a property that often features fit dudes going around shirtless or wearing suits of armor that leave little to the imagination, muscle-wise. Neither the pilot nor the movie were exceptions to that rule.</p> <p>Hartley obviously did a lot of training to get in shape for the role of AC, and with his blond hair and lithe physique, his AC definitely wins in the "who looks more like the comic character" contest. And if you asked me in 2006 whose looks I preferred, I probably would have named Hartley. (What can I say? I grew up on the WB's shows.) But—and again, excuse the superficiality—Momoa is, well, Momoa. Those tattoos! Those sun(-in) highlighted locks! Those biceps! That gravelly voice that can be both scary and sensuous! Momoa looks the part of a superhero and carries himself like one too.</p> <p><strong>Victor:</strong> <em>Aquaman</em> (2018). I don't really have to explain this one, do I?</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/fullres-AMDSC0388_5fb469fad86ff8.68890725.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 602px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Teacher</strong></h2> <p>In the movie, Arthur grew up training under the tutelage of Vulko, who was a vizier in the Atlantean royal court and an extremely skilled fighter. His training allows Arthur to be able to hold his own against Orm and eventually defeat him. In the pilot, AC got no training whatsoever, but the promise of training to come—from another royal advisor, McCaffery—was expressly stated at the end of the episode and likely was going to be a part of the larger series.</p> <p><strong>Victor:</strong> <em>Aquaman</em> (2006). I love me some Willem Dafoe, but Ving Rhames gave AC Shakespeare's <em>Henry IV</em>, parts 1 and 2, to read as his first task. Hit me right in my Bard-loving heart.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/fullres-AMDSC0504.r_5fb46a31d0aa26.46462711.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1045px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Love Interest</strong></h2> <p>We don't get to learn who the actual love interest of the TV series would have been, but there were two female characters in the pilot who had promise: AC's business partner Eva and Lt. Rachel Torres, who AC saves when her fighter jet goes down while she's patrolling over the Bermuda Triangle. Eva seems nice, and I hope she was going to be a regular in the series (she's hurt at the end of the show, and I'm guessing it could have gone either way), but I was already shipping AC and Lt. Torres after their flirty scene in the hospital. (She also had an intriguing backstory that I would have loved to watch unfold.)</p> <p>The movie stuck with the source material, introducing Y'Mera Xebella Challa—Mera—into Arthur's life. She's a skilled fighter in her own right and is the voice of reason when Arthur's unsure of what he's supposed to do. She's his equal in more ways than one, and an impressive superhero in her own right.</p> <p><strong>Victor:</strong> <em>Aquaman</em> (2018). Mera might be betrothed to Orm, but she's got a mind—and ideals—all her own. Plus, her water-bending skills are savage!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/rev-1-AMN-00627r_High_Res_JPEG_5fb46a5c01b407.43344745.jpeg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Villain</strong></h2> <p>Whereas Arthur battled his half-brother and Black Manta, who were out for world domination and vengeance, respectively, AC battled a vicious siren named Nadia who was looking to drag him back to Atlantis to face execution.</p> <p><strong>Victor: </strong>Tie. The movie villains had more time to be fleshed out and their motivations made a lot of sense, but I do love a good monster of the week story. And the practical and special effects to turn Adrienne Palicki into a monster were surprisingly good for the time period!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/rev-1-AMN-VFX-ILM-1019rv2_High_Res_JPEG_5fb46a74aeda94.29503543.jpeg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Weapon</strong></h2> <p>Arthur starts the movie wielding his mother's weapon, a five-pronged trident that can do some major damage. And he ends the movie battling with a three-pronged trident forged for the greatest king Atlantis has ever seen, long thought to be merely a myth, like his namesake’s Excalibur.</p> <p>AC stabs Nadia in the head with a vaguely trident-shaped harpoon that's not even three feet long and kind of looks like a BBQ fork.</p> <p><strong>Victor:</strong> <em>Aquaman</em> (2018). That little harpoon fork thing AC uses to kill Nadia can't hold a candle to King Atlan's trident.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/fullres-AMDSC0419_5fb46aa59664c3.09434406.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 602px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Ending Song</strong></h2> <p>Because it was a WB show in the early aughts, the pilot ends with an angsty TRUSTcompany song called "Downfall." The movie, on the other hand, ends with a more up-beat number by Skyler Grey called "Everything I Need." Both songs do a good job of speaking to the themes of the story, with lyrics like "You can't see / What I see / The other side of me / Fall back on me / And I'll be the strength I need" ("Downfall") and "Born on the wrong side of the ocean / With all the tides against you / You never thought you'd be much good for anyone / But that's so far from the truth" ("Everything I Need").</p> <p><strong>Victor: </strong><em>Aquaman</em> (2006). Although "Downfall" is very stereotypically 2006, it seems to be more about AC finding the strength he needs inside himself, while "Everything I Need" is about someone (Mera?) finding what she needs in Arthur. The former feels more applicable to the plot and who Aquaman is.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/rev-1-AMN-CC-TRL-93852_High_Res_JPEG_5fb46ac5921dc8.79989079.jpeg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Winner: <em>Aquaman</em> (2018)</strong></h2> <p>Although the winner here is the movie, it wasn't as much of a rout as Arthur and Orm's final battle, and the pilot and the movie actually have much more in common than I might have expected. In the end, and no matter who "won," they're both about a man finding his place in the world and discovering that there's more to himself than he ever knew—and I'm not just talking about superpowers.</p> <p><br /><em><a href="/movies/aquaman" target="_blank">Aquaman, </a>directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa, is available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital rental and purchase. The 2006 Aquaman pilot is <a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/join/" target="_blank">available for streaming on DC Universe.</a></em></p> <p><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Mandy Curtis writes about comics, specifically DC’s Young Adult line, and TV for DC24ֱ.com. Look for more of her writing on <a href="http://foreveryoungadult.com/" target="_blank">Forever Young Adult</a> and find her on Twitter at</em><span style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"> </span><a href="http://twitter.com/mandyannecurtis" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;" target="_blank"><em>@mandyannecurtis.</em></a></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/aquaman-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Aquaman</a>, <a href="/tags/aquaman-vs-aquaman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">aquaman vs. aquaman</a>, <a href="/tags/comparing-aquaman-movie-and-tv-pilot" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">comparing aquaman movie and tv pilot</a>, <a href="/tags/aquaman-movie-vs-aquaman-tv-pilot" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">aquaman movie vs. aquaman tv pilot</a>, <a href="/tags/aquaman-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">aquaman movie</a>, <a href="/tags/aquaman-tv-pilot" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">aquaman tv pilot</a>, <a href="/tags/aquaman-tv-show" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">aquaman tv show</a>, <a href="/tags/aquaman-tv-series" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">aquaman tv series</a>, <a href="/tags/aquaman-2006-tv-pilot" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">aquaman 2006 tv pilot</a>, <a href="/tags/james-wan-aquaman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">james wan aquaman</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-momoa" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason momoa</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-momoa-aquaman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason momoa aquaman</a>, <a href="/tags/justin-hartley" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">justin hartley</a>, <a href="/tags/justin-hartley-aquaman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">justin hartley aquaman</a>, <a href="/tags/arthur-curry" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">arthur curry</a>, <a href="/tags/atlantis" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Atlantis</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-films" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc films</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-movies" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc movies</a>, <a href="/tags/dceu" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dceu</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">#dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/atlanna" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">atlanna</a>, <a href="/tags/mera" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mera</a>, <a href="/tags/black-manta" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">black manta</a>, <a href="/tags/ocean-master" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Ocean Master</a>, <a href="/tags/hbo-max" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">hbo max</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe</a>, <a href="/tags/mandy-curtis" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mandy curtis</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/11/18/battle-of-the-aquamen" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Battle of the Aquamen" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Wed, 18 Nov 2020 20:00:00 +0000 Mandy Curtis 466572 at /blog/2020/11/18/battle-of-the-aquamen#comments Justice League: Director's Cut - Official Teaser (Updated) /videos/justice-league-directors-cut-official-teaser-updated <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Justice League: Director&#039;s Cut - Official Teaser (Updated)</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:summary schema:description content:encoded"><p><span dir="auto">“It’s just us. United. And that’s all we need.” Stream </span><a dir="auto" href="https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23TheSnyderCut" spellcheck="false">#TheSnyderCut</a><span dir="auto"> exclusively on </span><a dir="auto" href="https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23HBOMax" spellcheck="false">#HBOMax</a><span dir="auto"> in 2021. </span></p> <p>Not yet a subscriber? <a href="https://www.hbomax.com/dc?utm_source=dccomics.com&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=fusion_launch" target="_blank">Click here for a free seven-day trial!</a></p> </div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/videos/justice-league-directors-cut-official-teaser-updated" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Justice League: Director&#039;s Cut - Official Teaser (Updated)" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Tue, 17 Nov 2020 21:55:58 +0000 Tim Beedle 466568 at /videos/justice-league-directors-cut-official-teaser-updated#comments Zack Snyder's Justice League - DC FanDome Panel /videos/zack-snyders-justice-league-dc-fandome-panel <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Zack Snyder&#039;s Justice League - DC FanDome Panel</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:summary schema:description content:encoded"><p><span dir="auto">Welcome to </span><a dir="auto" href="https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23TheSnyderCut" spellcheck="false">#TheSnyderCut</a><span dir="auto">. Streaming exclusively on HBO Max in 2021.</span></p> </div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/videos/zack-snyders-justice-league-dc-fandome-panel" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Zack Snyder&#039;s Justice League - DC FanDome Panel" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Tue, 25 Aug 2020 02:23:14 +0000 Tim Beedle 453880 at /videos/zack-snyders-justice-league-dc-fandome-panel#comments Return to Atlantis: James Wan Talks Aquaman /blog/2020/07/16/return-to-atlantis-james-wan-talks-aquaman <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2> Return to Atlantis: James Wan Talks Aquaman</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">George Taylor</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/dcfandome" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/thumbnail_DailyStar_Logo_900_5f0e064b8066a1.24711180.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 150px;" /></a></p> <p>As any tried and true comic book fan will know, comics have a rich and deep history that doesn’t only involve superheroes. Wait… What? It’s true, and yes, the mainstream stories—the stuff even the most casual fan’s grandma has heard of—primarily involve capes, cowls and gauntlets. But there was a whole line devoted to horror-based comics as well, including DC titles dating back to the early 1950s.</p> <p>What’s that got to do with the 2018 movie <em><a href="/movies/aquaman" target="_blank">Aquaman,</a></em> you ask? Well, one prolific filmmaker who made a name for himself in the horror movie world with the <em>Saw</em>, <em>Insidious</em> and—though tending more toward the supernatural—<em>The Conjuring</em> franchises made his big screen superhero debut in a big, big way with <em>Aquaman</em>, the most successful DC Super Hero film to date. However, when you watch the movie (and yes, I know you have, but on the off-chance you haven’t, what are you waiting for?!), you’ll see a nod or two to his roots (the Trench sequence, anyone? Eeek!)…and an undersea vehicle chase or two to rival anything fast <em>or</em> furious.</p> <p>Ladies and gents, let’s chat with director James Wan about all things <em>Aquaman</em> (or as many as we can fit in a Daily Star column)!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/fullres-AMNBTS0244r_5f0fb0bf44e4a6.18162586.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p> <p><strong>What was it about this character as brought to life by Jason Momoa that drew you in and made you want to make <em>Aquaman</em>? </strong></p> <p>What really attracted me to this project was the idea that Aquaman is a superhero whose origin story had never quite been done before—at least not on the big screen and never on this scale. I don’t think people quite knew who this guy was or where he comes from. Or they’re familiar with him from the <em><a href="/tv/super-friends-1973-1974" target="_blank">Super Friends</a></em> TV show, where he was always presented in a somewhat jokey light. That’s what ultimately made this project so exciting for me—I got to take this character that people think they know and present him to the world in a way that’s tough and cool and really badass. And Jason is an amazing Aquaman. I think people get a kick out of seeing Jason play him and fall in love with his sort of roguish charm.</p> <p>So, that was a big part of the attraction—to come and play with Jason Momoa and tell this character’s story onscreen. But, obviously, the other big part of it was getting to take the audience on this crazy adventure into an amazing world we’ve never seen before—the world of Atlantis and the seven kingdoms, and all the different cultures that people got to experience in this movie. All of that was incredibly exciting to me as a filmmaker.</p> <p><strong>So, was making the movie its own kind of adventure for you, as both a filmmaker and a movie fan yourself? </strong></p> <p>Oh, it definitely was. (laughs) For the longest time I’d wanted to make a world-creation movie, so this was a dream project. It was slightly different from what I went through on <em>Fast and Furious 7, </em>which was also a really massive film. But with this one, I got to design and visually create my own world on the biggest canvas imaginable—one that is entirely underwater.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/rev-1-AMN-FP-1041_High_Res_JPEG_5f0fb0f4b4bd67.13712620.jpeg" style="width: 900px; height: 475px;" /></p> <p>I think that the most fun I’ve had on any of my movies was in the production design process on <em>Aquaman</em>, designing the aesthetic of this magical, other-worldly kingdom—the kingdom of Atlantis—and creating an entire civilization and all the creatures and environments and technologies of that world. It was just incredible. Basically, your imagination is your limit—you can just keep creating things that you’ve never seen before.</p> <p><strong><em>Aquaman</em></strong><strong> was obviously a big visual effects movie, but one of your signatures as a director are the cool, inventive practical effects in your films. Is that something you integrated into this production?</strong></p> <p>Yes, my background is definitely filming with practical effects, and it’s something I just love doing. So, making a film with such a huge visual effects component was, for me, a big step in a different direction. However, it’s one that I embraced and ultimately really enjoyed because it enabled me to kind of create anything I could imagine, and that was the coolest thing to be able to do on a movie like this.</p> <p>Having said that, if there was something I could achieve on set with practical effects, I would always lean into it. We have all these strange, fascinating creatures in the film, and I still love having creatures be depicted by an actor in some kind of prosthetic suit. So, we did it that way wherever possible, then visual effects would come in and augment them and take them to a whole different level. So, it’s having access to all these great filmmaking tools, but ultimately understanding that they’re just filmmaking tools. The most important thing about a film is still and always will be the storytelling and creating characters that you’re engaged with.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/rev-1-AMN-CC-TRL-93852_High_Res_JPEG_5f0fb12a7c1960.64476392.jpeg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p><strong>Can you talk about the journey that Aquaman, aka Arthur Curry, takes in this film? </strong></p> <p>One of the things I love about Aquaman is that he is a superhero who ultimately feels like he doesn’t quite fit in. He’s a character who’s kind of stuck between two worlds—people on the surface world don’t quite trust him because he’s Atlantean and the people of Atlantis don’t trust him either because they see him as a surface-dweller. So, part of the journey for Arthur is trying to be accepted for who he is, and ultimately to accept himself and actually believe in himself. That, to me, is a very interesting arc for a superhero to go through. </p> <p>That outsider aspect of the character is also what makes Jason such a terrific actor to embody Aquaman, and something he identifies with as well, as someone who was born in Hawaii and raised in Middle America. I also can understand it, as a guy who was born in Malaysia and then having this strong Australian upbringing—and now living in America. (laughs) So, it felt sort of topical and relevant in the world we live in today.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/rev-1-AMN-00627r_High_Res_JPEG_5f0fb3e4cc91d0.24307883.jpeg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p> <p><strong>A lot of comics fans were really excited about seeing Black Manta on screen, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen.</strong></p> <p>We meet Black Manta at the start of the film and, at that moment, he’s not quite Black Manta yet; he’s still just David Kane. He and his father are leading this mercenary pirate team that hijacks a submarine. That’s how his character comes face-to-face with Aquaman for the first time. But then, through the course of events, his father is killed and he blames Aquaman for his death. So, it’s a classic sort of revenge motivation for his character. From that moment on, he just hates Aquaman and becomes single-minded in his approach to one thing: eradicating Aquaman off the face of this planet. Having said that, Black Manta is not the ‘Big Bad’ of this film—it’s Patrick Wilson’s character, King Orm, who is Arthur’s half-brother.</p> <p><strong>What can you tell us about filming the epic fight that plays out between Aquaman and King Orm?</strong></p> <p>Oh, it was an incredible experience to dream up the fights between Jason and Patrick, and also to design a fighting style that we haven’t quite seen before—because it’s set in Atlantis and takes place underwater. So, I got together with my stunt and visual effects teams to devise this epic showdown between these two characters, who confront each other in what we call the <em>Combat of the Kings</em>. They basically stage their battle inside this massive underwater coliseum built into the cone of a submerged volcano. (laughs) You see this crazy underwater fight sequence and watch these two brothers surrounded by steam and lava while they duke it out for the right to the throne of Atlantis. And because it’s this underwater environment, there’s no gravity holding them down, so it feels like they’re flying through space.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/rev-1-AMN-VFX-ILM-1040_High_Res_JPEG_5f0fb1526ba062.36501994.jpeg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>Also, I felt for Patrick because I made him say these really, really outrageous things in this film, like, ‘War is coming to the surface and I’m bringing the wrath of the seven seas with me!’ (laughs) But kudos to Patrick Wilson, whom I know so well and fully trust, because I knew that if I put these words in his mouth, he would make it work.</p> <p><strong>Last question: Do you recall exactly what you were hoping audiences experienced when they saw <em>Aquaman</em> for the first time? </strong></p> <p>I wanted to tell this story very much in the spirit of the classic action-adventure quest films I loved growing up—that kind of epic storytelling with big romance, a lot of humor and really fun adventures. So, I really just hoped that people would come along on this crazy rollercoaster ride and that, at the end of it, they’d feel like they’d taken the journey with Arthur and walk out inspired.<br />  </p> <p><em>Be sure to check out the InsiderVerse in the DC FanDome for all kinds of behind-the-scenes looks at how all DC Super Hero movies come to life, and hear about the process straight from the incredibly talented artisans who create worlds like Aquaman’s Atlantis.</em></p> <p><em>Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa and directed by James Wan, is available for streaming on HBO Max. Not yet a subscriber? <a href="https://www.hbomax.com/dc?utm_source=dccomics.com&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=fusion_launch" target="_blank">Kick things off with a free seven-day trial.</a></em></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div 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Aquaman" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 16 Jul 2020 17:00:00 +0000 George Taylor 453198 at /blog/2020/07/16/return-to-atlantis-james-wan-talks-aquaman#comments Level Up Your Weekends with DC Games /blog/2020/07/03/level-up-your-weekends-with-dc-games <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Level Up Your Weekends with DC Games</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Nick Mindicino</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, July 3, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/dcfandome" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/06-JUN/thumbnail_DailyStar_Logo_900_5efbea86c0a756.09334934.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 150px;" /></a></p> <p>Let’s face it: we’re all inside wishing we were outside, but thankfully DC has given us plenty of virtual worlds to explore over the years. Sure, it’s not the same, but gaming has always had an uncanny ability to bring people together in ways that allow our imaginations to run wild.</p> <p>That’s why we’re kicking off a special blog series here at the <em>Daily Star </em>to celebrate DC gaming past, present, and future. So join us as we take a trip down memory lane, offer up some tips and tricks for you to try out right now, and of course speculate about what in the world we could be cooking up on the gaming front as a part of the DC FanDome event.</p> <p>After all, if DC FanDome is our big boss battle, we’d better level up ASAP. So let’s get started by venturing into the world of Fortnite!</p> <h2 style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><span style="font-weight: 700;">It’s an Aquaman Summer</span></h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/X_Hfi-4Q4wo" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>You know what they always say: sun’s out…tridents out?</p> <p>It might not roll off the tongue quite as nicely, but Aquaman splashing down in Fortnite’s new Chapter 2 - Season 3 Battle Pass is definitely the summer adventure we’ve all been waiting for. That means it’s time to grab some sunscreen and get ready to dive into everything you need to know about the King of the Seven Seas taking this maiden voyage.</p> <p>In order to unlock your Aquaman Outfit, you’ll have to complete a series of challenges. And, in doing so, you’ll get a special Aquaman-themed reward each step of the way. But the fun doesn’t end there! That’s because there’s a second Outfit waiting for you at the end of the line if you’re up to the task: the Arthur Curry style (if you’re wondering what that style is exactly, it’s a shirtless Aquaman with tattoos on full display…kind of a big deal).</p> <p>So how can we at this humble <em>Daily Star</em> blog help you ride the waves to these riches? The good news is that we can definitely get you started, but then the rest will be in your hands as the Fortnite Battle Pass continues to unfold.</p> <h2><strong>Aquaman Challenges</strong></h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/06-JUN/FortniteC2S3_KeyArt_900_5efbe8934ce217.38575538.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>Let’s begin with what you can already tackle right now. From there, you’ll have the chance to participate in one challenge each week. Expect new challenges to appear in Fortnite every Thursday, which you can find in the Battle Pass menu under Map Challenges.</p> <p>Challenge #1 is pretty straightforward: you just have to jump into a whirlpool. The trick lies in finding it, though, which you can do with the help of your Battle Pass map and an aerial drop over The Fortilla collection of islands.</p> <p>When you leave the Battle Bus, fly over the general vicinity of The Fortilla and keep your eyes peeled for some unmistakable swirls: those will be your ticket to victory. After your eagle eyes have spotted them, the only thing left to do will be to glide straight into the whirlpool…but be prepared for a quick exit! Pretty much as soon as you enter, you’ll be spit back out by its currents and you’ll be gliding again, but you’ll also have your first Aquaman reward under your belt.</p> <p>Oh, and we of course can’t forget about that Arthur Curry Outfit style unlock. Again, this won’t be available until you’ve had a chance to complete all of the other Aquaman weekly challenges. But, when you’ve emerged victorious from those missions, you’ll have the default Aquaman look in your toolbox. Be sure to snag that first because you must be wearing that Outfit in order to unlock the variant. So throw it on, head to Gorgeous Gorge, and dive over the waterfall there. With that epic leap, you’ll have all of the Aquaman rewards and Outfits available, and Atlanteans everywhere will envy you.</p> <h2><strong>DC and Fortnite</strong></h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/06-JUN/BatmanFortnite_900_5efbe8b74d7f73.75871631.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>As fun as this new Aquaman integration is, it’s actually not the first time DC and Epic Games have worked together to bring the DC universe into the world of Fortnite.</p> <p>For those of you who might remember, the very first crossover happened last fall with the one and only Batman. In celebration of Batman’s 80<sup>th</sup> anniversary, Fortnite launched a special set of Batman and Catwoman Outfits and even recreated Gotham City as a part of a special rift zone. Within this unique interpretation of Gotham, you could find iconic landmarks like Wayne Tower, the ACE Chemical Processing Plant, and the Monarch Theatre in addition to special accessories and challenges that could help establish you as the newest hero on the streets.</p> <p>But we didn’t stop there! Next up was a crossover tied to the <em>Birds of Prey</em> film, and it focused on the infamous Harley Quinn. Players had the chance to pick up a special Harley Quinn Outfit showcasing her unforgettable “Lil Monster XoXo” look, participate in mischievous challenges, and collect some of Harley’s favorite tools (you know, things like a giant “Punchline” pickaxe). And, similar to Aquaman, you could unlock an additional Harley Outfit style featuring a new look inspired directly by the film.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/06-JUN/HarleyQuinnFortnite_900_5efbe8cceb0dd3.86870083.jpg" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px; width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>Which DC characters do you think should be the next to join Fortnite’s ranks? Stay tuned to DC24ֱ.com and the <em>Daily Star</em> blog for all of the latest intel because we hope that these crossovers are only just getting started.</p> <p></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/daily-star" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">daily star</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-fandome" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc fandome</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-fandome-blog" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc fandome blog</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-fandome-convention" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc fandome convention</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-virtual-convention" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc virtual convention</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-fandom-virtual-convention" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc fandom virtual convention</a>, <a href="/tags/leveling-up" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">leveling up</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-games" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc games</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-video-games" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc video games</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-videogames" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc videogames</a>, <a href="/tags/fortnite" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">fortnite</a>, <a href="/tags/aquaman-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Aquaman</a>, <a href="/tags/aquaman-in-fortnite" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">aquaman in fortnite</a>, <a href="/tags/fortnite-battle-pass" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">fortnite battle pass</a>, <a href="/tags/fortnite-season-3" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">fortnite season 3</a>, <a href="/tags/fortnite-chapter-2-season-3" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">fortnite chapter 2 season 3</a>, <a href="/tags/fortnite-splashdown" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">fortnite splashdown</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-momoa" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason momoa</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-momoa-aquaman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason momoa aquaman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-in-fortnite" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman in fortnite</a>, <a href="/tags/harley-quinn" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">harley quinn</a>, <a href="/tags/harley-quinn-in-fortnite" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">harley quinn in fortnite</a>, <a href="/tags/aquaman-outfit" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">aquaman outfit</a>, <a href="/tags/aquaman-fortnite-outfit" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">aquaman fortnite outfit</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/07/03/level-up-your-weekends-with-dc-games" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Level Up Your Weekends with DC Games" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 03 Jul 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Nick Mindicino 452981 at /blog/2020/07/03/level-up-your-weekends-with-dc-games#comments Fortnite Chapter 2 - Season 3: Splash Down Launch Trailer /videos/fortnite-chapter-2-season-3-splash-down-launch-trailer <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Fortnite Chapter 2 - Season 3: Splash Down Launch Trailer</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:summary schema:description content:encoded"><p>Aquaman is coming to Fortnite! The Island has flooded, there are new areas to explore, Marauders to take on and... sharks to ride? Or if you're the King of Atlantis, a big orange fish.</p> <p>Survive more than just the Storm. Adapt to the new flooded way of life on the Island.</p> <p>There's plenty more to discover in Season 3 dive in now! Learn more: <a href="https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/home" target="_blank">https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/home</a></p> </div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/videos/fortnite-chapter-2-season-3-splash-down-launch-trailer" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Fortnite Chapter 2 - Season 3: Splash Down Launch Trailer" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 18 Jun 2020 20:18:29 +0000 Tim Beedle 452768 at /videos/fortnite-chapter-2-season-3-splash-down-launch-trailer#comments Breaking 24ֱ: Zack Snyder's Justice League Cut is Coming to HBO Max /blog/2020/05/20/breaking-news-zack-snyders-justice-league-cut-is-coming-to-hbo-max <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Breaking 24ֱ: Zack Snyder&#039;s Justice League Cut is Coming to HBO Max</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 12:05</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>Director Zack Snyder and HBO Max today announced that the highly sought “Snyder Cut” of <em><a href="/movies/justice-league" target="_blank">Justice League</a> </em>will be coming exclusively to HBO Max in 2021. Snyder broke the news to fans today during a <em>Man of Steel </em>watch party.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ReleaseTheSnyderCut?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ReleaseTheSnyderCut</a>. Only on HBO Max 2021. <a href="https://twitter.com/ZackSnyder?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ZackSnyder</a> <a href="https://t.co/cfXCK1B6pA">https://t.co/cfXCK1B6pA</a> <a href="https://t.co/hqeA9i7tTL">pic.twitter.com/hqeA9i7tTL</a></p>&mdash; HBO Max (@hbomax) <a href="https://twitter.com/hbomax/status/1263169877847625728?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 20, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>While Snyder is the credited director of 2017’s <em>Justice League, </em>the film was finished by director Joss Whedon prompting a social media fan initiative to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut.</p> <p>“I want to thank HBO Max and Warner Brothers for this brave gesture of supporting artists and allowing their true visions to be realized,” Snyder shared. “Also a special thank you to all of those involved in the SnyderCut movement for making this a reality.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/05-MAY/SnyderCutJL_5ec57ded842c44.35138827.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1037px;"></p> <p><em>Justice League </em>represented the first time the superstars of the DC Universe were seen together in live action on the big screen, and starred Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. It also gave DC fans their first cinematic taste of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World with the appearance of Steppenwolf as the movie’s villain.</p> <p>In the movie, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act at the end of <em>Batman v Superman</em>, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/05-MAY/JL_01_5ec57e27624671.22582107.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 607px;"></p> <p>“Since I got here 14 months ago, the chant to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut has been a daily drumbeat in our offices and inboxes,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, Warner Media Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer. “Well, the fans have asked, and we are thrilled to finally deliver. At the end of the day, it really is all about them and we are beyond excited to be able to release Zack’s ultimate vision for this film in 2021. This could never have happened if it weren’t for the hard work and combined efforts of the teams at HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures.”</p> <p>In the two and a half years since <em>Justice League’s </em>release, several of the movie’s heroes have broken out with franchises of their own, including Momoa’s Aquaman and Gadot’s Wonder Woman, the latter of whom will return to theaters later this year in <em>Wonder Woman 1984. </em>But Snyder’s <em>Justice League </em>marked his final film in the series, and fans have long wondered what his director’s cut might look like. Sounds like they won’t have much longer to wait to find out.</p> <p>If you’re hungry for more info, <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/justice-league-snyder-cut-plans-revealed-it-will-be-an-new-thing-1295102" target="_blank">check out today’s feature in <em>The Hollywood Reporter.</em></a> For now, though, let us know what you think! Are you all in for this new cut of <em>Justice League?</em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/justice-league-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Justice League</a>, <a href="/tags/snyder-cut" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">snyder cut</a>, <a href="/tags/zack-snyders-justice-league" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">zack snyder&#039;s justice league</a>, <a href="/tags/justice-league-directors-cut" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">justice league director&#039;s cut</a>, <a href="/tags/release-the-snyder-cut" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">release the snyder cut</a>, <a href="/tags/snydercut" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label 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href="/tags/warner-bros" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">warner bros.</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/05/20/breaking-news-zack-snyders-justice-league-cut-is-coming-to-hbo-max" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Breaking 24ֱ: Zack Snyder&#039;s Justice League Cut is Coming to HBO Max" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Wed, 20 May 2020 19:05:59 +0000 Tim Beedle 451791 at /blog/2020/05/20/breaking-news-zack-snyders-justice-league-cut-is-coming-to-hbo-max#comments HBO Max - Launching May 27 /videos/hbo-max-launching-may-27 <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>HBO Max - Launching May 27</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:summary schema:description content:encoded"><p><span dir="auto">Where all of HBO meets your favorite shows, movies, and new Max Originals. 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Desi Valentine </span></p> <p><span dir="auto">About HBO Max:<br /> HBO Max is WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer offering launching May 27. With 10,000 hours of curated premium content anticipated at launch, HBO Max will offer powerhouse programming for everyone in the home, bringing together HBO, a robust slate of new original series, key third-party licensed programs and movies, and fan favorites from WarnerMedia’s rich library including Warner Bros., New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes and more. Sign up for updates at HBOMax.com. </span><br /><a dir="auto" href="https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23HBOMax" spellcheck="false">#HBOMax</a> <a dir="auto" href="https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23WarnerMedia" spellcheck="false">#WarnerMedia</a></p> </div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/videos/hbo-max-launching-may-27" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="HBO Max - Launching May 27" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 23 Apr 2020 23:07:36 +0000 Tim Beedle 451590 at /videos/hbo-max-launching-may-27#comments Relationship Roundup: Arthur Curry and Mera /blog/2019/05/02/relationship-roundup-arthur-curry-and-mera <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Relationship Roundup: Arthur Curry and Mera</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Meg Downey</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 14:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>It's pretty fair to say that Arthur Curry has had something of a renaissance lately. Both his hit solo film and his comic's all-new creative team have brought a breath of fresh air—er, water—to the Atlantean king. But he's not the only one reaping the benefits of the new exposure. After all, every good king needs an equally amazing queen, and while Mera might be a little reluctant to pick up that mantle from time to time, she's more than strong enough to shoulder the burden. Mera and Arthur's friendship and eventual romance form a critically important backbone for Aquaman lore.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/05-MAY/AM_3_5ccb460f94cff0.77486158.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1025px;" /></p><p>If you're new to the underwater side of the DC Universe, here are the basics. Arthur, as you probably know (and if you don't, go see the movie!) was the half-human son of Atlanna, an Atlantean queen, and Tom Curry, a human lighthouse keeper. In his most recent origins, he was raised mostly on land—though some of his vintage stories feature him being raised by dolphins, like an aquatic Tarzan.</p><p>Gotta love the Silver Age!</p><p>Anyway, one of Arthur's biggest connections to Atlantis, you know, aside from his mom, was Mera—who, technically isn’t from Atlantis at all. Mera is royalty from the kingdom of Xebel, which is a bit more complicated than just a neighboring underwater community.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/05-MAY/AM_2_5ccb462d0bcb43.37179494.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 937px;" /></p><p>The short version is that Xebel was once a part of the ancient Atlantean empire, but after a series of civil wars, Xebel was magically cast into another dimension to be used as a sort of penal colony—almost like Krypton's Phantom Zone, but not quite. For some time, Xebel was called "Dimension Aqua," but eventually as more and more modern contact was made between the present day Atlanteans and the people of Xebel, some bridges were rebuilt and the old name was reinstated.</p><p>Arthur and Mera's relationship was one of those bridges, though it took some time for that part of the story to develop. In the classic comics, Mera and Arthur were quickly wed and had a baby named Arthur Curry Jr—or, uh, Aquababy, because why not, right?</p><p>But as the landscape of comics changed and evolved, so did Arthur and Mera's dynamic. Arthur's complicated origins shifted and changed into the version we'd recognize today and the history of Mera and Xebel became clear. Things between them were tricky, but tricky in a way that helped flesh out countless corners of Atlantean lore. Mera's allegiance to both Xebel and Atlantis mirrors Arthur's allegiance to both Atlantis and the surface world, making them uniquely suited for one another even on a purely diplomatic level.</p><p>There aren't many people in the world, after all, who can really understand the delicate nuances of inter-kingdom dynamics and politics.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/05-MAY/Mera_1_5ccb4645acefc8.63486650.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1080px;" /></p><p>Interestingly enough, Arthur and Mera also share one of DC's most consistently inconsistent marriages. They've been married and, uh, un-married ("divorced" wouldn't be accurate in this situation, really, because it's typically not a break up, but some sort of continuity change that gets in the way). But even when they're not officially together, they have a way of finding one another when it matters most. They're almost magnetic in that way. Two characters who are frequently thrown into very personal conflicts that isolate them from the heroes around them, but who eventually circle back around for each other.</p><p>In recent years, Xebel's history has been updated yet again to remove the whole extra-dimensional aspect. It's now readily accessible from Atlantis itself, rather than a place that can only be found through a portal in the Bermuda Triangle (though that's still a really awesome sentence to type), but the conflicts between the kingdoms and the surface world are just as tricky as ever.</p><p>Mera and Arthur don't need one another to exist. Their stories work perfectly fine without the other's help. But they certainly aren't hurt by their relationship to the other either, and it’s one of the DC Universe’s most compelling love stories. It’s little wonder it’s being explored in an entirely new way, and from Mera’s perspective, in <em><a href="/graphic-novels/mera-tidebreaker" target="_blank">Mera: Tidebreaker,</a> </em>DC’s first foray into the world of Young Adult graphic novels<em>. </em>It has all the elements of a great fairy tale—warring kingdoms, secret romance, fantastic creatures, magic. Together, Mera and Arthur transform some of the more complicated corners of the DCU into easy to understand, extremely personal stories that weave all the tension and stakes of a richly imagined history with the smaller scale drama and romance of two people who are, undeniably, meant for one another.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/05-MAY/Mera_Kiss_5ccb4c85df6090.75936383.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 975px;" /></p><p><br /><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><a href="/graphic-novels/mera-tidebreaker" target="_blank">Mera: Tidebreaker</a> by Danielle Paige and Stephen Byrne is now available in bookstores, comic shops and as <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Mera-Tidebreaker/digital-comic/T1850400018301" target="_blank">a digital graphic novel.</a> </em></p><p><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Meg Downey covers movies, TV and comics for DC24ֱ.com.</em><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"> You can follow her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/rustypolished" target="_blank">@rustypolished</a>. </em></p><p></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/relationship-roundup" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">relationship roundup</a>, <a href="/tags/mera" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mera</a>, <a href="/tags/aquaman-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Aquaman</a>, <a href="/tags/arthur-curry" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">arthur curry</a>, <a href="/tags/mera-and-aquaman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mera and aquaman</a>, <a href="/tags/mera-and-arthur" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mera and arthur</a>, <a href="/tags/aquaman-and-mera" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">aquaman and mera</a>, <a href="/tags/arthur-and-mera" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">arthur and mera</a>, <a href="/tags/aquaman-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">aquaman movie</a>, <a href="/tags/mera-tidebreaker" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mera: tidebreaker</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-momoa" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason momoa</a>, <a href="/tags/amber-heard" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">amber heard</a>, <a href="/tags/james-wan" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">james wan</a>, <a href="/tags/relationship-column" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">relationship column</a>, <a href="/tags/shipping-column" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">shipping column</a>, <a href="/tags/ship" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">ship</a>, <a href="/tags/atlantis" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Atlantis</a>, <a href="/tags/xebel" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">xebel</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-superheroes" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc superheroes</a>, <a href="/tags/meg-downey" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">meg downey</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2019/05/02/relationship-roundup-arthur-curry-and-mera" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Relationship Roundup: Arthur Curry and Mera" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 02 May 2019 21:00:00 +0000 Meg Downey 445865 at /blog/2019/05/02/relationship-roundup-arthur-curry-and-mera#comments