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:
DC Comics: WTFPreviously it had been revealed that in the month of April all the New 52 DC Comic books would be getting gatefold covers where the second half of the cover would reveal a shocking moment contained within the issue. Now this event has a name: WTF. I know what you’re thinking: “Is that the best they could do?”. Lame name aside, DC revealed some of the plot points that will be taking place including “Booster Gold reappears while an entire team disappears”, “one team is trapped in a bottle while another is changed completely”, “some heroes change their colors and other change allegiances”, “Pandora battles to the death”, “a close encounter of The Dark Knight kind”, “there’s a new, old Creeper and some old New Gods”, and “one hero quits, and another hero dies”. Anyone care to take a guess which tease belongs to which series?
Animation CancellationVery depressing news hit fans of DC Animated TV shows this week when it was revealed that both Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series were not being picked-up for new seasons with the current ones being their last. Young Justice was axed in large part to lower toy sales than expected which is really a crying shame that a quality show gets canned because of that. Hopefully both shows will get some form of a proper ending before the season is up. DC has already found the two replacement shows to replenish the DC Nation line-up. The first one is Beware the Batman: “A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogue gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a “Batman show.” Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming to Cartoon Network’s DC Nation block in Summer 2013.” The second one is Teen Titans Go!: “Featuring the return of Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg in all-new, comedic adventures, Teen Titans Go! will premiere in April 2013. Character-driven comedy is the order of the day as this new take on the superhero series focuses on the funny business that happens between saving the world and living together as teenagers without adult supervision. The series stars the principal voice cast from the original Teen Titans, and is produced by Warner Bros. Animation.” Who knows when (if ever) Green Lantern will get another TV show so I’ll be sure to enjoy it and Young Justice while I can…
X-Men: Days of Future PastA whole lot of news was revealed in regards to the X-Men: First Class movie sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past this week. Here’s the rundown: 1. The majority of the film will take place in 1973 (10 years after the first one), 2. Anna Paquin (Rogue), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), and Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde) will all make an appearance, and 3. Currently neither actress that portrayed Emma Frost or Moira McTaggert have been asked to return. X-Men: First Class was brilliant and I can’t wait for the sequel!________________________________________________________
Other DC NewsThree other noteworthy bits of info this week. First off, Comic Artist RB Silva teased the internet this week with his drawings for a potential new Justice League International title possibly written by Jeff Lemire. If this turns out to be true the new JLI looks to consist of Hawkman, Booster Gold, Nightwing, Shazam, Red Tornado, Black Canary and Batgirl. Whoa! What a line-up and a book that I would buy instantly with no hesitation. Secondly, things are not looking good for the CW Wonder Woman pilot. Apparently they are nowhere near ready to shoot and it looks like it will either be a mid-season replacement or not be featured until the 2014 season. Better to get it right then rush it and create a mess like the NBC Wonder Woman one was. Finally, “Warner’s top brass has indicated that they are awaiting the results of Man of Steel, which opens June 14, before moving further ahead” on the planned Justice League movie. Yeah, there’s absolutely no way there going to get this done by 2015 and still have it be awesome.
Other Marvel NewsAnd not to be left out, here’s three bits of info from Marvel. Firstly, a Doctor Strange movie has been confirmed to be a part of Marvel’s Phase Three of movies which is set to begin after Avengers 2 is released in 2015. Super excited for this and the rumored Heroes For Hire movie that was also hinted at. Secondly, Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill from Avengers) revealed that her commitments to How I Met Your Mother doesn’t affect her possible inclusion in the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show. She also said that there are definite talks about her inclusion. Very good news indeed! Finally, actor Paul Giamatti is rumored to be finalizing a deal to appear as the Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man movie sequel. Also, actress Felecity Jones is up for an unspecified role. Personally I’d love to see her as Betty Brant but I’m really intrigued how the movie would actually tackle the character of the Rhino on the big screen.
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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