In #Trending I’ll highlight and offer my opinions on any comic-related news that occurred during the week. This will included news about comic books, comic-related movies, TV shows, video games, etc. I’ll also give a shout-out to some favourite comic blog entries and have a social media section involving Twitter. Let’s begin:
As news continues to trickle out on The Man of Steel, two thoughts have been at the back of my mind: will we see Lex Luthor and who is playing Jimmy Olsen? I can see all the secrecy over Luthor as he’ll probably only amount to a cameo but why haven’t we seen Jimmy yet? And then came the news this week. It’s far from official but Warner Brothers refuses to comment and the evidence is starting to trickle in with the rumored actress being…Rebecca Buller. That’s right Superman’s Pal is rumored to become Superman’s Gal. Jimmy Olsen is no more, say hello to Jenny Olsen. I ask you…why? Why did they need to do this? Why take an iconic character like Jimmy Olsen and make him a female? What’s next? Is Lex Luthor actually Alexandra Luthor? If this turns out to be true…
Guardians of the GalaxyAnother week means more Guardians of the Galaxy casting rumors. First off, Marvel appears to be inquiring about the availability of Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler. Yes, that’s right. Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler. The leading theory is that they could potentially provide the voices for the two all-CGI members of the Guardians, Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Never thought we’d see these two actors linked with a Marvel movie but if it pulls through it would be some inspired casting. Secondly the search continues for Star-Lord. The latest three actors that read for the part were Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games, Ghost Rider), Cam Gigandet (Priest), and Chris Lowell (Veronica Mars). Wonder when we’ll start hearing casting for the other Guardians of the Galaxy?
Black Canary’s MomThis week the news broke that Laurel Lance (Black Canary) would be visited by her mother in an upcoming episode. Turns out that episode is going to be at least three episodes and that the actress playing her is Alex Kingston (River Song from Doctor Who fame). She’s apparently returning “to Starling City to make amends with her family and find closure in the tragic death of her other daughter”. The possibilities are endless. Why did she leave? Was it to protect her family from her life of crime fighting? We know that in the comics Black Canary’s Mom was the original Black Canary before her daughter took up the mantle. Are they going to go this route? Will she team-up with Arrow? Am I reading too much into this? Regardless, phenomenal actress that will most assuredly do a perfect job.
New Batman Movie DelayedThe next solo Batman movie has reportedly been pushed back to 2017. They want to debut the new actor playing Batman in the Justice League movie before spinning him off into his own series. Someone needs to straighten DC out as the reason Marvel’s Avengers worked so well is you were already invested in their characters due to their solo movies. DC wants to cut corners and start with the team-up movie first which I feel is a big mistake. No Batman until 2017 is too long for me!
Ed BenesI’ve loved the job Ed Benes has been doing on Batgirl and this week came the news that he would be leaving the title. Actually that’s not right, Ed Benes will be leaving comics entirely for a year or two. He made this statement on his Facebook Page: “Hi guys, today I am using this space for, to warn you that I’m away from comics for a while, maybe a year or two I do not know, the fact is that this was something I’ve wanted to do since the time of the JLA, I’m warning you here because almost all my contacts are here, and it’s clear that the plan to form a team to work with me will have to wait, I’m sorry about that, but I’ve been living under pressure for a long time and I need time to rest a bit. This does not mean that I will stop drawing because that’s what I know how to do.” I’m sad at the news, but hopefully when he’s ready he’ll come back recharged and even better than he was before.
In this section I’ll highlight the various WordPress based blogs that I recommend:
House of Flying Scalpels – http://houseofflyingscalpels.com/
Cover of the Week, Iconic Panel Art, awesome reviews, and a fellow writer at The Artifice.
Sci-Fi Jubilee – http://scifijubilee.wordpress.com/
Really nice in-depth reviews from a perfect gentleman residing in the UK.
Sidekick Reviews – http://sidekickreviews.wordpress.com/
Blog I go to for excellent The Walking Dead and Arrow episode reviews.
The Indigo Tribe – http://indigotribe.wordpress.com/
A blog about all things Green Lantern including reviews and musings.
Arousing Grammar – http://arousinggrammar.com/
Great reviews that are a nice hybrid of commentary and full-page comic art.
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And that concludes #Trending. Thoughts on any subjects discussed? Other Blogs you enjoy? Anything else worth mentioning? Comment below!