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‘Doctor Strange’ Comic-Con Trailer Ups the Ante in Some Big Ways

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One of the many panels that took up Marvel’s timeslot tonight in Hall H was Doctor Strange, the studio’s next film set to be released later this year. Introduced with a mystical smoke and light show, the stage was quickly taken by Kevin Feige, Benedict Cumberbatch, director Scott Derrickson, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, and Benedict Wong.

While the audience in Hall H not only got to see a full clip from the film (when Strange first meets the Ancient One), but they also got to see an extended trailer, which offered more footage than the one released online, though they’re both pretty bad ass if we’re being completely honest.

Check out the trailer below:

Giving us our first real look at some of the magic and mysticism that we can expect to see in the film, I think it’s safe to say that Strange is going to take the world-bending effects in Inception, times 10, especially based on the footage that was shown in Hall H last night.

The brief glimpse into the movie’s sense of humor is a surprise as well, considering the heavy and dramatic tone of the initial teaser. I can already tell I’m going to love Tilda Swinton’s performance as The Ancient One also, and considering what kinds of new worlds Doctor Strange is planning on introducing into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I’d say that it’s arguably one of the riskiest and most obscure projects from Marvel yet. With that being said, it also looks like one of their most promising as well.

Doctor Strange is set to hit theatres on November 4th.

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‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ Team Defends the Batgirl/Batman Romance

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For several months now, the anticipation surrounding DC animation’s upcoming adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke has been palpable, following several promising teaser trailers and a R-rating that seemed to guarantee a faithfulness to the brutal source material. However, earlier this week, a scene from the film leaked online that seemed to plant some serious doubt in some fans’ minds about the film, and specifically – it’s depiction of Barbara Gordon/Batgirl.

The scene shows a moment from the film when Batgirl and Batman, well, they basically have sex, which surprised a number of fans considering the usual paternal relationship that Bruce is shown to have with Barbara in the comics and other Batman stories.

Taking into account the reputation that Killing Joke already has for its treatment of Barbara Gordon, the notion of turning her into nothing more than a romantic interest for Batman before she gets (Spoiler alert) shot by the Joker.

During a post-screening Q&A with the film’s creative team though, writer Brian Azzarello and executive producer Bruce Timm defended the choice behind the relationship, with Azzarello saying that she isn’t pining for Batman in the film, she’s “pining for the violence.”

Timm admitted that their relationship in the film though is “complicated” before adding:

“I actually like that in that opening story both Batman and Batgirl make a series of mistakes and then it kind of escalates, because Batman kind of overreacts and then she overreacts to her overreaction. That’s a very human thing.

There’s clearly an unstated attraction between the two of the characters from the very beginning and I think it’s there in the comics. If you go back and look at the Adam West show, its’ there in the Adam West show. It’s subtle, but to me it’s always been there.”

Right now, the reviews for Killing Joke seem to be mixed, with a number of critics and fans praising this as possibly being Mark Hamill’s best performance as The Joker, but it seems like all of the movie’s biggest problems come from the prologue with Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, which originally may have been intended to flesh out her character, but by the sounds of this, could have just damaged the story’s use of her even more.