‘Despicable Me 2’ Takes Over 2013 Summer like a Mad Genius

Credits: Universal Pictures
Credits: Universal Pictures

‘Despicable Me 2’ Takes Over 2013 Summer like a Mad Genius

Plain and simple, “Despicable Me 2” has been the one supers sequel that out-Gru not only its own hype but original flick. That is, across the 2013 movie catalogue and even in comparison with the last few years, the animation starring Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig accounts a standing within the box office just as strong as any live action superhero film – between established franchises or budded break outs.

How successful has the Universal Pictures animation challenged dynamo comic book films?

July extends one landmark. “Despicable Me 2” was one of the key propulsion movies that made 2013s calendar host of Independence Day an industry marker; a placement denoting a second-highest box office total ever for the month. The animation was a principal ticket sales gathering that total.

The year so far is another notch among the animation’s vanquisher qualifications. Not all coverers of comcs adrenalizing multiplex features face theatrical defeat at the commercial hands of a changed would-be world ruling mad scientist. At this point of late summer, the May-released “Iron Man 3” holds up both on the world-wide and domestic front being the top accumulator in the box office. “Fast and Furious 6” at $771.1 million speeds past “Despicable Me 2” spotting at $713.7 million world-wide, but the throttle-burner franchise can’t overtake the primary $1,212. million by the third Tony Stark movie.

But State-side, “Despicable Me 2” is the second-placer on the heels of Robert Downey Jr.’s latest Armored Avenger portrayal, according to Box Office Mojo. At both listings, “Despicable Me 2” soars a higher horizon than “Man of Steel”. The Warner Bros. Superman reboot just a measure behind the non-comic book script on an international and national commercial count.

On the animated movie’s own garnering merits, subsequent reviews – like the animation – are not mismatched colors. Rotten Tomatoes gave a site applause of 75%, while users review betokens a higher rating at 86%. Over on RogerEbert.com, “Despicable Me 2” was one star shy of maximum – three stars were relegated. IMDB users ratchet up their praise of the animated film to a 7.8 out of 10.

Take witness filmmakers and movie-goers, a good supervillain story is not such a supporting filler classification after all.

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New teaser trailer for ‘Young Justice: Legacy’

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New teaser trailer for ‘Young Justice: Legacy’

While we all wait for the Young Justice hiatus to be over, Orbit has released a teaser trailer on their game Young Justice: Legacy.

The video game bridges the gap between the first season of the show and Young Justice: Invasion which began airing earlier this year.

The creators have stressed that they have worked closely with the shows writing team and production crew to have the story match up. This will be great insight into many of the happenings during the time skip.

From the video below, we see Beast Boy, Nightwing and Zatanna (amongst others) in battle in a Marvel Ultimate Alliance style game-play.

Young Justice: Legacy does not have a release date yet but keep coming back for more details as they come.

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The debut of ‘The Dark Knight Returns Part 1’ trailer

Credits: DC Comics

The debut of ‘The Dark Knight Returns Part 1’ trailer

The next DC Animated original movie was announced to be The Dark Knight Rises, based on the Frank Miller graphic novel of the same name.

Today, MTV Geek has the exclusive first trailer of the movie starring Peter Weller as Batman.

Here’s the synopsis:

…it’s been a decade since Bruce Wayne hung up his cape, following most of the other superheroes who had been forced into retirement. Facing the downside of middle age, a restless Bruce Wayne pacifies his frustration with race cars and liquor – but the bat still beckons as he watches his city fall prey to gangs of barbaric criminals known as The Mutants.

The return of Harvey Dent as Two-Face finally prompts Wayne to once again don the Dark Knight’s cowl, and his dramatic capture of the villain returns him to crime-fighting – simultaneously making him the target of law enforcement and the new hope for a desolate Gotham City. Particularly inspired is a teenage girl named Carrie, who adopts the persona of Robin and ultimately saves Batman from a brutal attack by the Mutant leader. Armed with a new sidekick, and re-energized with a definitive purpose, the Dark Knight returns to protect Gotham from foes new…and old.

The movie also stars David Selby as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter as Robin, Wade Williams as Two-Face and Michael McKean as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper.

“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1” hits Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD and download on September 25, 2012 from Warner Home Video. Part 2 is set to be released in early 2013.

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Zenescope wants to get animated

Credits: Greg Horn, Zenescope Entertainment

Zenescope wants to get animated

Philadelphia – Local comic book publisher, Zenescope Entertainment, is hoping to enter its flagship property into a new medium. GRIMM FAIRY TALES is Zenescope’s longest running and best selling title. Through a Kickstarter campaign, Zenescope is looking to raise enough capital to produce a pilot episode for a GFT animated series.

Launched in 2005, the GRIMM FAIRY TALES comic book series stars Sela Mathers as the custodian of a book of fairy tales with great power, which she utilizes to help people through difficult points in their lives. Now, Zenescope wants to extend GFT into the world of animation. The company has partnered with Titmouse, Inc. to be the project’s animation studio and Jon Schnepp will direct the pilot episode. They have extensive experience with The Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim animation block.

Zenescope has also announced some notable voiceover talent for the potential new animated series. “Game of Thrones” star, Lena Headey, has signed on to voice Sela Mathers. Actress Briana Evigan (“Step Up 2: The Streets,” “Sorority Row”) will also be lending her voice to the show.

Of course, all this is contingent on Zenescope meeting their crowd funding goal of $175,000. They are offering contributors some great rewards, such as digital, DVD and Blu-Ray copies of the show, exclusive comics and art prints, Special Thanks in the credits and more.

At the time of this writing, Zenescope has received pledges totaling $63,178 with 18 days left in the campaign. To contribute to the campaign, follow this link.

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‘A Legion of One’ McDuffie tribute in ‘Justice League: Doom’ combo pack

Credits: Warner Bros. Animation

‘A Legion of One’ McDuffie tribute in ‘Justice League: Doom’ combo pack

“Justice League: Doom” onsets a salutary accolade to the late Dwayne McDuffie within the next animated Justice League chapter. A biographical featurette within the Blu Ray Combo Pack, set to release Feb. 28, the same date for the DVD on the “Justice League Unlimited” and “Ben 10” famed producer, writer.

Comics and animation scribe Dwayne McDuffie passed away this year in Jan., mere weeks after attending the premiere for the production off his script of “All Star Superman” for Warner Bros. Animation.

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