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. while also highlighting various Comic Book Cosplay (one female and one male). Let’s begin:
Batman ’66 SeriesDC announced a new digital first title based on the Adam West Batman show from the 1960s. Called Batman ’66, it will launch sometime in the Summer and will be written by Jeff Parker with rotating artists. Like all of DC’s digital first titles, it will be later collected in print format for those that prefer that (like me). The first villain featured will be one of my favourite Batman villains, the Riddler. Diane Nelson says: “The juxtaposition of offering a retro BATMAN ’66 comic as a current and modern digital first title is fun. DC Entertainment is the most prolific producer of digital first comics and, as we work to create new and compelling content, this is a great way to also preserve the legacy of our characters. It’s exciting to roll out the new BATMAN ’66 comic as part of this bigger initiative with our Warner Bros Consumer Product partners.” Hopefully this is a sign that the DVD season set is not far behind!
Comic Book Movie CastingLots of casting news this week in regards to various comic book-based movies. First up is, UFC Champion George St-Pierre who was cast as Batroc the Leaper in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Never in a million years did I think we’d see this villain represented on the big screen especially before Baron Zemo! Perfect casting as both the villain and St-Pierre are known as being a kickboxer and French (St-Pierre is French-Canadian). Secondly, Robert Redford was also cast/currently in negotiations to play a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent named Pierce. Robert Redford in a Marvel movie? Didn’t see that ever happening as well. Thirdly, Michael Bay found his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ralphael (Alan Ritchson), Leonardo (Pete Ploszek), Donatello (Jeremy Howard), and Michelangelo (Noel Fisher). Speaking of Noel Fisher, this cryptic tweet was issued by Jeff Sneider: “There goes the Noel Fisher scoop I’ve been holding for 2 weeks. It’s NOT the only big role he’s being eyed FOUR.” Johnny Storm, anyone?
DC In Other MediaDC’s new government-based group called A.R.G.U.S. and led by Amanda Waller and Steve Trevor will be making an appearance on CW’s Arrow. It’s currently unclear if they will be appearing in Season 1 or Season 2 or if either Waller and/or Trevor will make an appearance as well. Regardless, it’s a nice way to cross-pollinate the comic book universe with the TV show. Also announced was a feature length documentary narrated by Christopher Lee (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars) which will focus on the villains of DC. It looks to be released later this year.
DC NewsGrant Morrison was talking about the death of Damian this week and had this to say: “I don’t know if people have noticed, but the sword that kills him belongs to the very first known ancestor of the Waynes, it was used in Batman: Shadow of the Bat, in the 90s, so what we went back to, there’s a suit of armor in the case, and it’s Bruce Wayne’s earliest ancestor’s. That’s who kills the boy, and so there’s a lot of you know, you see him smashed against the Wayne “W” and the foyer of the Wayne tower and so it’s kind of very much about how these things play out over generations and how repetitive patterns play out of destructive patterns and it really never ends.” Did not catch that at all! Also, last week I mentioned that Andy Diggle was leaving Action Comics with Tony S. Daniels taking over both the writing and artistic chores and now this week we learned that Daniels will be leaving after Issue #21. What a mess! Daniels did comment on the whole situation: “Yes, many have heard, Andy Diggle left Action Comics after the first issue. I can only say I feel bad he made that decision. I think it was the wrong one, but that was his choice to make. For the remainder of the arc I’ll be working off his plots to finish out this first arc. So essentially, I become ‘scripter’ in the credits w/ Andy as ‘plotter. As for myself, I end my short run after I complete this first arc, which ends with issue 21. This was preplanned since last fall as there is another project I’ll be taking on, and assisting with, a massive project with DC. I still think people will like this arc and I’m staying as true as I can be to Andy’s plans for this story. In the end I hope he’ll find it somewhat recognizable as something he took part in.” Massive Project? I wonder what that could be?
Marvel NewsAlex Alonso talked about the future of Marvel NOW!: “There are plans for a Marvel NOW! Wave 2 — a new wave of titles that will generate the same amount of excitement amongst retailers and fans that the first wave did. From Uncanny Avengers to Thanos Rising, Marvel NOW! has been a hit, and we’re far from done. Look for exciting new series, starting in July and carrying through next year. We’ll be making an announcement soon about a three intriguing limited series, featuring eyebrow-raising talent, that fall under the creative umbrella of a much-loved sub-brand. I’m not at liberty to say much more. If you’ve ever wondered what might have happened if the Phoenix Force had found a different host than Cyclops, Emma Frost, Namor and Colossus in last year’s biggest super hero event, then you’ll want to read What If? Avengers Vs. X-Men, a 4-issue limited series, written by Jimmy Palmiotti and illustrated by Jorge Molina that ships weekly this July.” Phase 2, here we go! Also, that mysterious Warren Ellis and Mike McKone project I talked about last week was revealed. The OGN is entitled Avengers: Endless Wartime. The book is described as follows: “An abomination, long thought buried, has resurfaced in a war-torn land. But now it wears an American flag. Faced with another nightmare reborn, Captain America will not stand for yet more death at the hands of a ghost from his past. Haunted by his greatest shame, Thor must renew the hunt for a familiar beast. At their side, an assemblage of allies united to end the threats no one of them could face alone. They are soldiers. Warriors. Comrades-in-arms. Mighty heroes led by a living legend, stronger together than apart. They are the Avengers.” Look for it late September/early October. Only time will tell if this new OGN initiative will be as successful as DC’s Earth One line.
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