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Released Today – Man of Steel™ Blu-Ray Review

Man of Steel Blu-ray Combo Pack Available Today

The fate of mankind is in the hands of one man when Man of Steel™ arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition, 3D Limited Collector’s Edition and Digital Download on November 12 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. In Man of Steel, Clark Kent is forced to confront his extraterrestrial past and embrace his hidden powers when Earth is threatened with destruction.

ToonBarn readers: we will say this only once. If you only get one Blu-Ray Disc this year, get MAN OF STEEL™. Period.

You get over 4 hours of special features on this collection, and you can see the movie 2 different ways:

1. The original film as it was released in theaters, in all of it’s detailed and rich digital glory, or
2. Watch the movie with Zack Snyder, cast and crew members walking you through it, showing you Man of Steel from their perspective.

Superman’s 75th Anniversary Animated Short featured at NYCC

Superman's 75th Anniversary was celebrated at NYCC, and also with this animated short, Produced by Bruce Timm and Zack Snyder

Thanks to the awesome folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Thanks, Gary!), we have the Superman 75th Anniversary Celebration animated short that premiered at New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 12. The short is produced by Warner Bros. Animation, in conjunction with DC Entertainment. Producers are “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder and animation guru Bruce Timm.

Toonbarn Character of the Week: Aquaman


For this week’s Toonbarn character feature, we’re going with King Arthur himself, the ruler of the seas and one of the founding members of the Justice League: Aquaman. Technically, we were going to feature Batman but there’s really nothing more to say about Batman (other than the fact that Beware the Batman completely exceeded everybody’s expectations, turning out to be much, much better than what even the most jaded fans are expecting).

There’s always been a consensus that Batman = Badass, and the only point of contention is the level of his badassitude especially when compared to other equally-lauded characters like Superman or Son Goku. However, when you mention Aquaman, people automatically think “guy that talks to fish.” In fact, it’s very telling that a large part of this feature on Aquaman talks about Batman – that’s exactly how poorly Aquaman’s being treated. Guy can’t even get a single feature about himself without people bringing up his more popular friend.

Man of Steel Sequel to Film in Michigan in Early 2014


The Internet has had its fill of announcements regarding the upcoming sequel to Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, which is said to be a Batman vs. Superman movie. We’ve received news over the tone of the film (Bats and Supes aren’t going to start out as best friends), the cast (Ben Affleck will play Batman), and now it’s been announced that principal filming will start in 2014, in Michigan.

The news came from the Detroit Free Press, which reported that the production will net around $35 million in tax incentives to shoot in and around the city, as well as other locations in the state. Certainly something that will help the currently financially-troubled state.

Director Zack Snyder has also recently addressed one of the main criticisms lobbied at the first film, that of the massive collateral damage that Superman’s fight with Zod and his army has brought on Metropolis:

New DC Nation Clip: Super Pets – World’s Finest Bark


A New DC Nation clip has just been released, this time we’re back to the animal-themed sketches. Titled “Super Pets – World’s Finest Bark,” which depicts Superman and Batman as super-powered canines.

In the clip, we get a little bit of banter between the two heroes, where they reveal that they don’t talk when there are humans present. Additionally, the two superpets are currently stationed on a roof somewhere, waiting for the Green Lantern to arrive.

The Super dog (krypto?) expresses excitement at meeting a new hero, despite initial misgivings about meeting a human (the “they don’t talk to humans part,”) but Bat dog (ace) reassures him that Green Lantern is an animal as well. Super Dog was very vocal about wanting to meet a “dog lantern,” only to be surprised when the emerald hero has arrived and turned out to be a squirrel. Anybody who has had a pet dog and seen their reactions to a squirrel knows that something hilarious is about to happen. You can check out the clip below:

Frank Miller in Talks for Batman vs. Superman


According to a recent report from The Independent, Warner Brothers and Man of Steel director Zach Snyder are currently in talks with The Dark Knight Returns author Frank Miller regarding the studio’s upcoming Batman/Superman film. Comic book fans will remember that Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, which was published in 1986, was one of the first comic book yarns that pitted Superman against Batman in a real fight – and by real we’re talking about a fight that isn’t the result of a misunderstanding nor mind control, and it most certainly wasn’t a dream. It was a real fight between two heroes – former friends – who had contrasting point of views.

Flashpoint Paradox Week: DVD/Blu-Ray Review

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

Flashpoint Paradox Week on ToonBarn has been a blast! We hope you liked the interviews and articles we posted celebrating last Tuesday’s DVD/Blu-Ray release of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox from Warner Bros Home Entertainment. ToonBarn wants to thank everyone at Warner Bros Home Entertainment, especially Gary Miereanu (@SuperPRGuy), for inviting us to join them for the interview session, the panel, and the screening for Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.

We also want to thank all the talented people we interviewed, including Jay Oliva (Director), Jim Krieg (Writer), Andrea Romano (Casting/Voice Director), Cary Elwes (Aquaman), C. Thomas Howell (Professor Zoom), and Sam Daly (Superman). You are all top class professionals and you’ve provided the fans with an awesomely entertaining movie. Thank you so much!

Flashpoint Paradox Week: Jay Oliva Interview

Jay Oliva, Director of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, talks to ToonBarn at SDCC 2013

After talking to Jay Oliva (Director of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox) for a little while, you get the sense that behind the filmmaker face he shows most of the time, there is a raging DC Fanboy underneath. As we saw in the interviews with Nathan Fillion in our first story for Flashpoint Paradox Week on ToonBarn, he was a fan BEFORE he became a participant. The same is true with Jay Oliva. They had all been introduced to this DC Universe when they were kids, reading comics, watching cartoons, having imaginary battles between heroes and villains, and have now matured into adults that can create new stories for these amazing characters.

Flashpoint Paradox Week: Sam Daly Interview

ToonBarn's Marc Morrell talks to Sam Daly about his role as Superman on Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

Getting to play the part of Superman is a very prestigious position to be in for anyone involved with acting or voice acting. There are so few people who have had the chance to be Superman, in all of his 75 years as a DC Character. You’re all probably thinking of those actors now, as we speak. So, you can imagine that the chances of having a father and son who have BOTH played Superman would be quite low. Even a .000001 chance is enough, apparently.

Flashpoint Paradox Week: Andrea Romano Interview

ToonBarn's Marc Morrell interviews Casting and Voice Director, Andrea Romano, at SDCC 2013, for Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

From all the people we have spoken to at San Diego Comic-Con, particularly those involved in the animation industry, the most popular name on everyone’s lips is Andrea Romano. When a voice actor has someone to thank, it’s the “brilliant” Casting and Voice Director, Andrea Romano. When it comes to the amount of praise that is bestowed upon any one person, Andrea Romano receives the most. She didn’t pay these people to say these things, and she doesn’t ever ask for praise. She is simply the most genuine, most respected, most gifted Voice Director that the industry has ever seen. I want to work for her, simply to watch her work her magic, and I am far from being a voice actor. Yes, my friends, she is THAT good.

Welcome to Flashpoint Paradox Week on ToonBarn!

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

Well, the day has finally arrived! For those of you who weren’t able to go to San Diego Comic-Con, TODAY is the first time Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox has ever been available on DVD or Blu-Ray. I highly recommend Blu-Ray, if you weren’t already leaning in that direction. Some of you may have already downloaded the movie from iTunes, when it became available on the digital format on July 19th (or 20th, depending on your timezone).

San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Warner Bros. Confirms Superman/Batman Film


One of the big Comic-Con reveals on the DC side of the pond concerns the sequel for Man of Steel, not because nobody expected Zack Snyder’s film to have a sequel – the healthy box office take already makes that inevitable – but because the film is going to be a Batman and Superman movie.

One of the main reasons why nobody expected a World’s Finest movie is because they have no one to play the Batman yet, as Christian Bale’s version is still fresh in people’s minds, and the actor has firmly declined to reprise the role.

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